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Aanchal Thakur Becomes First Indian To Win International Medal In Skiing

Aanchal Thakur created history as she gave India the first-ever international medal in skiing. The 21-year-old, who hails from Manali, won bronze in Alpine Ejder 3200. She clinched the medal in the slalom race category. The Cup organised by the Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS) in Turkey. Turkey. . . . .

Direct tax collection rises 18.2% in Apr-Dec

The net Direct Tax collections represent 67% of the total Budget Estimates of Direct Taxes for Financial Year (F.Y.) 2017-18 (Rs. 9.8 lakh crore). from April to December 2017 Gross collections adjusting have increased by 12.6% to Rs. 7.68 lakh crore. Refunds amounting to Rs.1.12 lakh crore have been issued during April to. . . . .

GDP growth to touch 7.3 percent in 2018-19: World Bank

The World Bank is estimating India’s economy to grow by 6.7 percent during the current fiscal year, higher than the 6.5 percent estimate by the Indian government. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth is expected to rise to 7.3 percent in 2018-19, making India again the world’s fastest growing economy,. . . . .

Indian Railways launches transparent and efficient "New Online Vendor Registration System" in its research arm RDSO

To make systems and procedures digital and transparent, Research Designs & Standards Organisation (RDSO), the research arm of Ministry of Railways, has launched New Online Vendor Registration System.  This system was evolved after "Minister of Railways & Coal, Shri Piyush. . . . .

Playing national anthem in cinema halls not mandatory

Playing the national anthem in cinema halls is not mandatory anymore. The Supreme Court stated this on 09/01/2018, a day after the government asked it to review its October 2016 order, in which it had made playing Jana Gana Mana mandatory to instil “committed patriotism and nationalism.”

India and Saudi Arabia signed a bilateral annual Haj 2018 agreement

UnionMinister for Minority Affairs ShriMukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that Saudi Arabia has given the green signal for Indias decision to revive the option of sending Haj pilgrims through sea route. The practice of ferrying Haj pilgrims between Mumbai and Jeddah by waterways was stopped in 1995. For the first. . . . .

India’s Second Film and Television Institute of India to be set up in Arunachal

Arunachal Pradesh would get its first Film and Television Institute, being set up by the Union Government as part of tapping the potential of the Northeastern region. This would be the second such one in the country. The first Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) was set up in Pune, an autonomous institute operating. . . . .

Haryana becomes the first state to launch portal for managing high risk pregnancies

Haryana has become the first state in the country to launch high-risk pregnancy (HRP) portal. This portal not only helps in early identification of high-risk pregnancy cases up to the grass-roots level but also ensures their timely referral to the civil hospitals for further management and delivery by specialists. This. . . . .

PM inaugurates PIO Parliamentary conference 

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates the first Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) Parliamentary Conference in Delhi on the occasion of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. This day is celebrated every year to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community in the development of India. It also commemorates the return. . . . .

Telangana to host World Sweet festival(WSF) and Telangana International Kite Festival (TIKF)

The World Sweet Festival (WSF-2018) will be held in Telangana(Hyderabad) from January 13 to showcase the cosmopolitan nature of Hyderabad in a sweet way. The sweets from around 25 states in India and 15 foreign countries, to be prepared locally by members of various associations, will be displayed at the event, being organized. . . . .

India to launch 31 satellites on January 12

India will launch 31 satellites, including earth observation spacecraft Cartosat, on January 12 instead of its earlier tentative schedule on January 10. "The rocket launch to carry Cartosat and other satellites, including 28 from the US and five other countries, will take place on January 12 at 9.30 a.m.,"  The. . . . .

SpaceX Launches Secretive Zuma Mission

SpaceX on Sunday i.e., 07/01/2018 blasted off a secretive U.S. government payload known as Zuma, a mission whose nature and the agency behind it remains a mystery. "Three, two, one, ignition and liftoff," said a SpaceX commentator as the Falcon 9 rocket launched under cover of darkness from Cape Canaveral, Florida,. . . . .

75th Annual 'Golden Globe Awards' held at California

The 75th Golden Globe Award ceremony was held in Los Angeles, the USA.  “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” dominated the 2018 Golden Globes, taking home "four statues, including best drama, best screenplay, and acting awards for Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell in the drama category".. . . . .

NASA's 'most experienced astronaut' John Young passes away

Legendary astronaut John Young, who walked on the Moon and later commanded the first space shuttle flight, has died at 87. Young was the ninth man to walk on the Moon and the only agency astronaut to go into space as part of the Gemini, Apollo and space shuttle programs, and the first to fly into space six times.

India's top 10 police stations in 2017

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh addressed the inaugural session of DGsP/IGPs Conference at BSF Academy in Tekanpur in Madhya Pradesh. The Home minister released "Ranking of Police Stations for the Year 2017" publication, during the inauguration of the three-day All-India Conference of Director Generals /. . . . .

Federer-Bencic lead Switzerland to Hopman Cup title

Switzerland won their third Hopman Cup as Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic beat Germany's Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber 4-3(3) 4-2 in the deciding mixed doubles to secure a 2-1 victory in the final at the Perth Arena. It was Federer's second Hopman Cup triumph after victory in 2001 alongside. . . . .

'Khelo India' Logo Launched by Sports Minister Rathore

The Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore, stated that Khelo India would go a long way in achieving the twin objectives of mass participation and promotion of excellence in sports. The Sports Minister launched the simple yet vibrant Khelo India logo at the Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.. . . . .

Sushma Swaraj co-chairs fifth meeting of India-Indonesia joint Commission

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who is visiting Indonesia as part of her three-nation tour, co-chaired the fifth meeting of the India-Indonesia Joint Commission with her Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi. Sushma Swaraj also met Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla in Jakarta. Indonesia President- Joko. . . . .

26th World Book Fair Begins at Delhi

The 26th World Book Fair has begun at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi and will be held till January 14, 2018. The book fair is an event which witnesses participation of lakhs of visitors and book lovers who throng the bookstalls every year. The fair, this year, is themed around environment-related issues such as climate. . . . .

Goa to host  3rd edition of Science Film Festival from Jan 16

Goa will be hosting the 3rd edition of the Science Film Festival of India between January 16-19. The festival, titled SCI-FFI Goa, is being organised by the state-based Vidnyan Parishad, Goa's Department of Science and Technology, the Entertainment Society of Goa and the Goa College. . . . .

MAS chief Ravi Menon named best central bank governor in Asia-Pacific

The managing director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Ravi Menon, has been named the best central bank governor in Asia-Pacific for 2018 by the UK-based magazine, The Banker. This annual award administered by The Banker, a publication under The Financial Times Group, is based on a selection process involving. . . . .

RBI introduces new Rs 10 note with new design and colour

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) presented the new Rs 10 banknote under the Mahatma Gandhi (New) series. The new Rs 10 note is chocolate brown in colour, and it will bear the signature of RBI Governor Urjit Patel. The back of the note features​​​​​​​ a motif of Sun Temple in Konark, 'depicting the country's. . . . .

Meghalaya signs host city contract for 39th National Games

Meghalaya signed the Host City Contract with the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) for hosting the 39th National Games in 2022.the tripartite contract was signed between the IOA, the Meghalaya State Olympic Association and the state government. Meghalaya had made the bid to host the 39th National. . . . .

Arjuna Awardee ace archer Vennam Surekha donates Rs 5 lakh to soldiers

Ace archer Vennam Jyothi Surekha who received a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh along with her Arjuna Award has decided to donate the entire amount to the soldiers’ welfare fund.  Surekha who was in New Delhi to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that she will donate the sum “as part of my responsibility towards the nation”.

Rs 372.51 crore sanctioned by NABARD to Odisha

The NABARD has sanctioned Rs 372.51 crore loan assistance under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) to Odisha towards irrigation and rural bridge projects for the last quarter of this fiscal. A total number of 17,322 lift irrigation projects including bore wells, shallow tube. . . . .

Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust wins SamudraManthan Award 2017

Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, India’s Premier Container Port has won “Samudra Manthan-Caring Organisation of the Year” award organised by Bhandarkar Shipping, which is leading publication of the maritime industry and has played the role of a business and a social catalyst.  JNPT located in Mumbai commissioned. . . . .

Karnataka govt to hold "largest" B2B travel event in the country

The Karnataka government today announced that 'Karnataka International Travel Expo' (KITE) will be held here from February 28, billing it as the "largest" B2B travel event in the country. The three-day event will see close to 400 delegates from 25 countries take part."For the first time in the country, we will be having. . . . .

Endangered ‘bird language’ enters UNESCO list

The unusual and very efficient whistle language used as a means of communication by villagers in remote northern Turkey entered the Unesco list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Unesco has accepted the “bird language” of Black Sea villagers as an endangered part of world heritage in need of urgent protection, Xinhua. . . . .

Six countries enter UN Security Council

Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kuwait, Peru, Poland and the Netherlands formally joined the ranks of the non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council today “to make a difference,” the body’s president said. “Peace and security are difficult to achieve,” Kazakh envoy Kairat Umarov, who took the. . . . .

PM Modi, Sachin Tendulkar Most Talked About Parliamentarians On Facebook

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar have emerged as the most popular parliamentarians in 2017 on social networking platform, Facebook. PM Modi was the most talked about Lok Sabha member, while Sachin Tendulkar was the most popular Rajya Sabha member on Facebook, a statement said. The. . . . .

India’s 2nd largest rooftop solar plant in Uttar Pradesh

The country's second-largest rooftop solar power plant with a capacity of 5.76 MWp (megawatt peak) at its Pata petrochemicals complex in UP. GAIL chairman B C Tripathi said the solar plant will reduce the company's carbon footprint and reduce carbon emissions by 6,300 tonnes per annum. The plant is expected to save the. . . . .

171st Thyagarajar Aradhana festival at Thiruvaiyaru

Carnatic music has retained its religious form, traditional nature and its cultural purity as it has been handed over from generation to generation, said governor Banwarilal Purohit after inaugurating the 171st Thyagarajar Aradhana festival at Thiruvaiyaru in Thanjavur. The main function of the festival is the choral singing. . . . .

Pakistan’s central bank allows yuan-based trade with China

Pakistan’s central bank has allowed the Chinese yuan to be used for bilateral trade and investment activities, a move which could replace the US dollar for transactions in strategic CPEC projects. The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) said that all arrangements for using the Chinese currency for trade and investment were. . . . .

G Sathiyan Becomes India’s Highest-Ranked Player in Latest ITTF(International Table Tennis Federation) Rankings

Sathiyan, who was nowhere near the top-100 bracket until a few months ago, is the leader today at world No. 49, thus pushing A. Sharath Kamal to the second spot at No. 51. They are followed by Soumyajit Ghosh (58), Harmeet Desai (60), Sanil Shetty (68) and Anthony Amalraj (87). As for the women paddlers,. . . . .

Credit rating agency Crisil launched index to measure FPI investments.

Rating agency launched an index to measure the performance of investments of foreign portfolio investors (FPI) in the fixed-income market. The Crisil FPI index would serve as the benchmark for the performance of FPI investments in government securities, and "AAA", as well as "AA", rated corporate bonds with the residual maturity. . . . .

Vijay Keshav Gokhale appointed as foreign secretary of India

Vijay Keshav Gokhale, considered an expert on China, was today named the next foreign secretary succeeding S Jaishankar, who completes his extended tenure later this month. Gokhale, a 1981-batch officer of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS). He had played a key role in India-China negotiations last year to resolve the 73-day. . . . .

P.M inaugurated 125th birth anniversary celebrations of SatyendraNath Bose

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed via video conference the curtain- raiser ceremony of the commemoration of professor Satyendra Nath Bose's 125th birth anniversary at Kolkata. Physicist Satyendra Nath Bose, born on January 1, 1894, is best known for his work on quantum mechanics in the early 1920s, providing the foundation. . . . .

115 tigers lost life in 2017 according to Tigernet study

India recorded 98 tiger deaths and 17 cases of seized bones, skins, and claws, resulting in an estimated total loss of 115 tigers in 2017. While some of them died due to natural causes, several were electrocuted, victims of poisoning, poaching, and road or rail accidents, or were caught in traps, according to data for the year. . . . .

Mumbai’s CSIA becomes India’s first airport to host transit lounge

Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) has become the first airport in the country to have a transit lounge in the arrivals section of the International Terminal (T2). Built by Aviserve Airport Services, the lounge was inaugurated in January 2017 but has been made fully functional now. Aviserve will tie. . . . .

NARI and e-SAMVAD portals inaugurated by Maneka Gandhi

Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi launched a web portal NARI, which will provide information on all government schemes for women. The portal carries details on 350 different central schemes for women and will be updated from time to time. The Minister also unveiled a website called e- SAMVAD which is an. . . . .

World’s largest wind farm to be built in North Sea

TenneT, the operator of the Netherlands’ electric grid, has come up with an ambitious plan to build an artificial island in the middle of the North Sea that on completion would support the world’s largest wind farm. The location for the artificial island is a region called the Dogger Bank, about 100 km (60 miles) off. . . . .

World’s largest Picture Frame opened in Dubai

Rising 150 meters from Dubai’s Zabeel Park, the “World’s Largest Picture Frame” has officially opened in the UAE. Known as the Dubai Frame, the structure is the latest in the city’s line of eye-catching megaprojects, offering up panoramic views of the skyline while framing views of iconic buildings such as the Burj. . . . .

Prime Minister inaugurated 85th annual Sivagiri pilgrimage celebrations.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 85th annual Sivagiri pilgrimage celebrations at Sivagiri Mutt in Kerala. The Sivagiri Mutt is a major spiritual-cum- pilgrim centre of the Ezhava community in Kerala and was established by Sri Narayana Guru, who propagated the message of " One Caste, One Religion and One God for Mankind". 

Haryana govt launched country’s first-ever minimum support price mechanism for vegetables- Bhavanta Bharpayee Yojana

The new Bhavantar Bharpai Yojna or the price deficit compensation scheme for vegetables, “The protected price or the base price would be fixed equivalent to the cultivation cost. Whenever the prices fall below the input or cultivation costs of the farmer, the state government will compensate for the price deficit. For example,. . . . .

MoU signed between Allahabad Bank and National E-Governance Services Ltd (NeSL)

State-run Allahabad Bank signed a MoU with the government-owned National E-Governance Services Ltd (NeSL) for the tie-up that could help in minimising the resolution period in NCLT (National Company Law Tribunal) referred cases. NeSL is the first Information Utility entity registered by Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India. . . . .

Paytm becomes the first payment app from India to cross 100 million downloads

India's largest mobile-first financial services platform, Paytm announced that its app has crossed the 100 million milestones on Google Play Store in the second week of December 2017. This makes Paytm the country's first payments app to cross the 100 million downloads mark. " We are overwhelmed with the 100 million. . . . .

Bronze medal to Viswanathan Anand in the World Blitz Chess Championship

Viswanathan Anand won a bronze in the World Blitz Chess Championship following his gold-winning performance in the Rapid section. After ending the first day of the Blitz category on a disappointing note when he suffered a loss at the hands of Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia, Anand won against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France.

Saudi Arabia hosting world chess tournament for first time after long ban

Saudi Arabia is hosting a world chess tournament for the first time after the country's top cleric issued a religious edict against playing the board game. However, players from Israel and Qatar are missing the tournament due to regional tensions. Saudi Arabia's top cleric, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Sheikh, said. . . . .

Arunachal declared open defecation-free State

Arunachal Pradesh emerged as Open Defecation Free State. It is the second State in Northeast after Sikkim. Arunachal has 21 districts and the State attained the feat much before the national deadline of October 2, 2019. ​​​​​​​The three remaining districts - Upper Subansiri, Siang, and Changlang. . . . .

Vidarbha Win Maiden Ranji Trophy After Beating Delhi 

Vidarbha has created history by winning the Ranji Trophy for the first time in history with a thumping nine-wicket win over Delhi at the Holkar stadium in Indore. Rajneesh Gurbani’s 6/59, including a hat-trick and a century from Akshay Wadkar, were the key moments in Vidarbha scripting a fairytale run. For Delhi, Dhruv. . . . .



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