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HDFC Bank becomes first Indian bank to cross Rs5 trillion market capitalisation

India’s most-valued lender HDFC Bank Ltd crossed Rs5 trillion market capitalisation for the first time, making it only the third Indian company to achieve this milestone. In intraday trade, the stock touched a fresh record high of Rs1,53.75 on the BSE, up 3.31% from its previous close. The scrip closed at Rs1,931.80,. . . . .

Bank of Baroda Partners with Invoicemart as a TReDS Partner

Digital invoice discounting marketplace - Invoicemart has tied up with state-run lender Bank of Baroda to discount invoices for MSMEs. Buyers and sellers registered in the marketplace will now be able to access funding from Bank of Baroda. Invoicemart is a joint venture between Axis Bank. . . . .

DIPP arm launches competition for college students

Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM), under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, has launched a competition for college and university students to foster a culture of innovation and creativity in the youth. The competition - IPrism - invites students to submit films on. . . . .

Smriti Irani addresses Conclave dedicated to Chaar Sahibzaade of Guru Gobind Singh

A national conclave was organized in the national capital dedicated to the martyrdom of four sons of Sikh's 10th Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani, Shiromani Akali Dal leader Sukhbir Badal and other dignitaries attended the programme organized by Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Prabandhak. . . . .

PM inaugurates work on Barmer refinery

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates commencement of work for the Barmer Refinery in Rajasthan; the project to be completed in four years with employment generation potential for 40,000 people. The biggest advantage with the refinery is that it is being set up in the vicinity of its oil source. The project is a Joint. . . . .

India contributes USD 50,000 to UN Youth Envoy's Office

India has contributed USD 50,000 to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres's Office of Envoy on Youth to help with its mission of involving young people in the world body's goals. The contribution is voluntary with no strings attached and is in addition to the regular payments India makes to the UN's. . . . .

UIDAI introduces new two-layer security system to improve Aadhaar privacy 

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has introduced a system of virtual authentication for citizens enrolled on its database and limited the access available to service providers in a move aimed at allaying widespread concern over security breaches that have dogged the world's largest repository of citizen data.

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'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 /. . . . .

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. . . . .

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. . . . .

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. . . . .

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". 

Israel confirms its withdrawal from UNESCO

Israel has formally notified the UN's culture and education body of its withdrawal from the organization. The UNESCO Chief has voiced "deep regret" over Israel's decision to withdraw from the agency. she had received official notice from the Government of Israel's withdrawal from the agency effective on 31 December. . . . .

P.M inspired film ‘’Modi Kaka ka Gaon’’ set to be released 

Nearly 11 months after it was denied a censor certificate on various grounds, Hindi feature film 'Modi Ka Gaon'- now renamed as 'Modi Kaka Ka Gaon' loosely inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's development agenda, will finally hit the screens all over India, the filmmakers said. ' In the first phase, the Hindi film. . . . .

National Mathematics Day celebrated on December 22

December 22 is celebrated as National Mathematics Day as it marks the birth anniversary of mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. He was born in Erode, Tamil Nadu in the year 1887. He continues to be an inspiration for mathematicians across the world. Ramanujan’s house where his family moved after his birth, is now maintained. . . . .

National Consumer Rights day observed on December 24

The 32nd National Consumer Rights Day was observed across India by the Consumer Protection and Action Committee (CPAC) on December 24, 2017. National Consumer Rights Day is observed every year in India on December 24, since the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 has been enacted on the same day in 1986. The Consumer Protection Act. . . . .

World University of Design (WUD) opens at Sonipat, Haryana

India's first and only Design University - World University of Design opens its campus at Sonipat, Haryana. It is Promoted by Om Parkash Bansal Educational and Social Welfare Trust of Mandi Gobindgarh, Punjab.The campus is situated on NH1 in Rajiv Gandhi Education City (NCR), Sonipat - the largest planned integrated city. . . . .

International Human Solidarity Day observed on December 20

International Human Solidarity Day (IHSD) is being observed across the world (December 20) to create awareness about the human oneness as one of the fundamental and universal values that should underlie relations between people in the twenty-first century. The UN has urged the world community to raise public awareness of the. . . . .

World minorities Rights Day observed on December 18

UN Declaration of 18th December 1992: In order to strengthen the cause of the minorities, the United Nations promulgated the “Declaration on the Rights of Persons belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities” on 18th December 1992 proclaiming that: States shall protect the existence of the National. . . . .

Facebook added new security feature to prevent online harassment

Facebook has introduced new features that will prevent unwanted friend requests and messages from reaching you, a move the social media giant said will save a user, especially women, from harassment. Facebook created the new features after working with New Delhi-based non-profit organisation working for women empowerment,. . . . .

Cabinet approves Establishing India's First National Rail and Transportation University at Vadodara(Gujarat).

The Cabinet has approved the proposal of Ministry of Railways to set up first ever National Rail and Transport University (NRTU) in Vadodara to skill its human resources and build capability. The University will be set up as a Deemed to Be University under de novo category as per the UGC [Institutions Deemed. . . . .

India Innovation Index (III) launched by NITI Aayog, DIPP and CII

India currently ranks 60th out of 127 countries on the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2017 as compared to 66th rank on GII 2016. In order to make India an innovation-driven economy, NITI Aayog, Department of Industrial Policy Promotion (DIPP) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) together launched a mega initiative India. . . . .

National Green Tribunal allowed vintage cars display in Delhi rallies

NGT (National Green Tribunal) exempted vintage cars from the ambit of the ban on 15 year- old vehicles, it allowed classic cars to ply on roads in the Capital on specific events such as rallies and exhibitions. Antique cars which satisfy prescribed norms under the Motor Vehicles Act would be allowed to ply on the road for rallies,. . . . .

Environmental clearances issued to Kaleshwaram irrigation project

The Expert Appraisal Committee of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has accorded environmental clearance for the Kaleshwaram irrigation project in Telangana.The project is estimated to cost about Rs 80,499.7 crores and proposed to be completed in three years. While according to clearance, the committee. . . . .

Trump administration banned selected words in health care department

The Trump administration has told agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services to avoid using certain words or phrases in official documents being drafted for next year’s budget.List of seven prohibited words or phrases: “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based”. . . . .

International Migrants Day observed on 18th December

Migration draws increasing attention in the world nowadays. Mixed with elements of unforeseeability, emergency, and complexity, the challenges and difficulties of international migration require enhanced cooperation and collective action among countries and regions. Newyork declaration: On September 19, 2016, the. . . . .

Cabinet approved banning of instant triple talaq bill

The Union Cabinet approved a Bill that makes instant triple talaq or talaq- e-biddat a criminal offence and a Muslim husband resorting to instant talaq can be jailed for up to three years. The proposed Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill will deal with complaints against instant triple talaq across the country,. . . . .

National Energy Conservation Day observed on December 14

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) was presented the National Energy Conservation Award by President Ram Nath Kovind today for its LED replacement project. The LED programme, claimed to be the largest of its kind in the world, involved replacement of 2.80 lakh sodium-vapour lights with energy efficient LEDs, reducing. . . . .

‘’Youthquake’’ declared as word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries for 2017

Oxford Dictionaries on Friday declared “Youthquake” as the word of the year for 2017, owing to what it calls a “political awakening” among young voters. 'Youthquake' is defined by Oxford Dictionary as “a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people”. Last. . . . .

GE and Tata group to make LEAP engine parts in Hyderabad

US multinational giant GE and Tata Group have joined hands to manufacture CFM International LEAP engine components in India for the global supply chain, a development bound to have considerable significance for Telangana as the Tata arm associated with the project is headquartered in Hyderabad. GE Aviation and Tata Sons subsidiary,. . . . .

Mount Hope is crowned the highest peak on UK territory

Mount Hope is crowned the highest peak on UK territory at 3,239 metres after satellites reveal it is nearly 400 metres TALLER than first thought.Mount Hope in the British Antarctic Territory was recently remeasured, was found to be 377 metres (1,237 ft) taller than thought. This means it overtakes Britain's previous record holder Mount. . . . .

World Human Rights Day observed on December 10

Human Rights Day observed on 10 December every year commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. India has been unequivocal in its commitment to the preservation and protection of human rights globally as well as within the country.  It is. . . . .

'We The Women' Event Inaugurated by UN Women, Facebook

'We The Women'  a two-day event in Mumbai inaugurated by UN Women in collaboration with Facebook to empower and recognise the magnificent contribution of women in our society. The event witnessed speakers from different walks of life including Textile and I&B Minister, Smriti Irani, Sakshi Malik,. . . . .

Armed Forces Flag Day observed on December 07

Armed Forces Flag Day or Flag Day of India has been celebrated on December 7 since 1949. Armed Forces Flag Day or Flag Day of India has been celebrated since 1949 and is dedicated to commemorating the courage of servicemen as well as collecting welfare funds from the citizens of India to assist the rehabilitation of ex-servicemen. . . . .

Telangana day to be celebrated in Jeddah

The Consulate General of India in Jeddah will celebrate ‘Telangana Day’ at Saudi Arabia between December 15 and 16. To mark the occasion, a series of cultural programmes have been lined-up during for the two-days. The Indian Embassy is collaborating with Saudi Indian Business Network and Jeddah Telangana Community to organise. . . . .

Indonesian monkey ‘’Naruto’’ named as ‘’Person of the year’’ of PETA

An Indonesian monkey who shot to fame after it snapped a grinning selfie — and sparked a landmark U.S. copyright case — was named “Person of the Year” on 06/12/2017 by the animal rights group that took on the monkey’s cause. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said it was honouring Naruto, a crested. . . . .

Time magazine’s Person of the Year is ‘’The Silence Breakers”

“The Silence Breakers” — those who have shared their stories about sexual assault and harassment have been collectively named Time magazine’s Person of the Year.Numerous women have spoken out since October about sexual misconduct by dozens of high-profile men in entertainment, media, business and sports. ##MeToo. . . . .

Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved $583 million debt to Reliance Bangladesh Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Power Project

The board of directors of Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved debt financing and Partial risk guarantees totalling $583 million to help develop the Reliance Bangladesh Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Power Project in Dhaka. Fact sheet: 1. Headquarters: Mandaluyong, Philippines 2. President- Takahiko Nakao

48 journalists killed worldwide in 2016: Amnesty report

Amnesty International released its global report ‘Deadly but Preventable Attacks: Killings and Enforced Disappearances of Those who Defend Human Rights’. The report said that: “In India, journalists, land rights activists, and those advocating the rights of ethnic and religious minorities, Dalits and Adivasis (tribal). . . . .

China invited other nations to participate in CPEC project

China has thrown open its economic corridor with Pakistan for investment by other countries. China invited other countries to participate in the corridor on the “principle of equality and voluntarism”. China announced this statement on the occasion of completion of first phase of 1320 Megaatt Port Qasim power project.

International Volunteer Day celebrated on December 05

International Volunteer Day (IVD) mandated by the UN General Assembly, is held each year on 5 December. It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), United Nations agencies,. . . . .

World Soil day observed on 05th December

World Soil Day is celebrated annually on the 5th of December.World Soil Day 2017 activities aim to communicate messages on the importance of soil quality for food security, healthy ecosystems and human well-being. 2017 Theme: ‘Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground’ Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General. . . . .

First Phase of Chabahar port inaugurated by Iran

The first phase of the Shahid Beheshti Port in the Sistan-Baluchestan province inaugurated by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on 03rd December. Significance: Construction of the Chabahar port in Iran will contribute to regional trade It helps to bilateral and regional trade and economic development. . . . .

International day of Persons with Disabilities observed on 03rd December

International Day of Persons with Disabilities observed on 3rd of December across the world. Objective: It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political,. . . . .

Proud of BSF: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Raising Day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 1/12/2017 greeted the Border Security Force (BSF) on its Raising Day and said that the nation was proud of the force.  Greeting BSF personnel and their families, Modi said: "BSF exemplifies fortitude and impeccable service to our nation. Established on December 1, 1965, the. . . . .

One rupee note turns 100 on 30th November 2017

The little blue bill, the one rupee note, marks its centenary on November 30. The first one rupee note was printed in India on November 30, 1917, with the photo of King George V with the text "I promise to pay" written on it.Over the past century, the one rupee note has undergone 28 design changes.  This. . . . .

Reliance Communication DTH services to be acquired by Pantel technologies

Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications (RCom) announced that it will sell its direct-to-home (DTH) subsidiary Reliance BIG TV Ltd to Pantel Technologies Pvt. Ltd and Veecon Media and Television Ltd. Apart from RCom, there are five other private DTH companies —Zee group-owned Dish TV India Ltd, Tata Sky Ltd, Videocon. . . . .

Miss Universe 2017

South Africa’s Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was crowned Miss Universe on 26/11/2017 at the pageant held in Las Vegas, with Miss Colombia and Miss Jamaica making it to the final three. She hails from Western Cape Province and recently earned a business management degree from North-West University. Shraddha Shashidhar, who. . . . .

Safe city concept to be implemented in eight cities


A comprehensive ‘safe city’ plan for women will soon be kicked off in eight cities where a robust emergency response system and police-verified public transport will come into place. This is to be implemented in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Lucknow and Hyderabad. The initiatives taken. . . . .



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