The wooden lacquer craft toys of Andhra Pradesh or 'EtikoppakaBommalu' has a long history said to be dating back to Bahamani times. The craft was originally started in Nakkapalli village but was later moved to Etikoppaka after the area's landlords resettled the artisans there.The artisans mainly use the wood from .... Read More
Two Indian Cities included in UCCN
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has included Mumbai and Hyderabad in its network of ‘Creative Cities’ on the occasion of World Cities Day 2019 (31st October).
Mumbai has been designated as Creative City of Films and Hyderabad as a Creative City of Gastronomy.
Earlier, .... Read More
Global Leadership Awards 2019
Google’s India-born CEO Sundar Pichai and Nasdaq President Adena Friedman have been awarded with the prestigious Global Leadership Awards 2019 in recognition of the two companies’ contribution as the leading technology-driven platforms.
The award is given annually by Washington-based US-India Business Council (USIBC) whichrecognises top corporate executives from .... Read More
Dr LEE Jong-wook Memorial Prize for Public Health, 2019
On 24th May, 2019, Professor Balram Bhargava, Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) was conferred Dr Lee Jong-wook Memorial Prize for Public Health, 2019.
He has been recognised for his achievements as a clinician, innovator, researcher and trainer at .... Read More
Croatia’s Highest Civilian Award
President Ram Nath Kovind on March 26th was honoured with the Croatia’s highest civilian award the Grand Order of the King of Tomislav in Zagreb.
2018 Turing Award: Nobel Prize in Computing
Godfathers of AI: Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton and Yann LeCun were named the recipients of 2018 Turing .... Read More
The 91st Academy awards was held on 25th February.
End of Sentence” won the Oscar in the Documentary Short Subject Category List.
This is a film on menstruation, set in rural India in Hapur district, UP where woman fight against the stigma on menstruation (directed by: Rayka Zehtabci, produced by: Gunnet .... Read More
Mrs. India 2018Mrs. Divya Patidar Joshi has been crowned the prestigious ‘Mrs. India My Identity’ Beauty Pageant 2018 which was held on 25th December, 2018 in New Delhi.‘Tansen Samman’Renowned sitar player Manju Mehta has been conferred with the ‘Tansen Samman’ for 2018 by the Madhya Pradesh government for her contribution .... Read More
Gandhi-Mandela Peace Medal 2019
The Annual Gandhi Mandela Peace Medal 2019 has been awarded to Thich Nhat Hanh –a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, revered around the world for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace. He is the man Martin Luther King called “An Apostle .... Read More
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has set up an 11-member expert committee headed by Dr K S Reddy, president of Public Health Foundation of India to study impact of coronavirus (Covid-19) on human rights of individuals, particularly marginalised and vulnerable sections of the society, together with migrant labourers & .... Read More
The Government of India has set up a three-member committee for determination of ceiling rates under Remission of Duties and Taxes on Exported Products (RoDTEP) scheme.The Committee will be headed by G. K. Pillai. .... Read More
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has constituted a five-member Internal Working Committee to review ownership guidelines and corporate structure for ‘Indian Private Sector Banks’ headed by P K .... Read More
SC Committee to Expedite Disposal of Rape Cases
The Supreme Court has set up a two-judge committee to expedite disposal of rape cases across the country.
The panel comprises Justice Subhash Reddy and Justice MR .... Read More
The Assam government on 26th February, formed a 3-member named “Parents Responsibility and Norms for Accountability and Monitoring (PRANAM) Commission” headed by V.B. Pyarelal.
This commission has been constituted for hearing cases under a pay-cut policy envisaged to make its employees to take care of their dependent elderly parents & .... Read More
4th Global Digital Health Partnership Summit
The ‘4th Global Digital Health Partnership Summit (GDHP)’ was held on 25th February, in New Delhi.
This summit aimed to provide an opportunity to support governments and health system reformers to improve the health and well-being of their citizens through digital technologies.
International Vision Zero Conference .... Read More
South Asia Youth Peace Conference
The three- day ‘South Asia Regional Youth Peace Conference’ was held in New Delhi from November 28-30.
The Conference was organised by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, UNESCO MGIEP and STEP (Standing Together to Enable Peace).
About 100 youth leaders from South Asian countries and different .... Read More
42nd Indian Social Science Congress (ISSC)The 42nd Indian Social Science Congress was held at KIIT University campus in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. It was inaugurated by Manipur governor Dr. Najma Heptulla on 27th December, 2018.The theme of the Congress was “Human Future in Digital Era”. 9th India-ROK Joint Commission MeetingThe 9th meeting .... Read More
Anti - Submarine Warfare capability of the Indian Navy has received a major boost with the conclusion of a contract for Advanced Torpedo Decoy System Maareech capable of being fired from all frontline warships. Design & Development of this anti-torpedo decoy system has been undertaken indigenously by DRDO labs .... Read More
Tejas Mk-1 FOC Inducted
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has inducted Tejas Mk-1 FOC aircraft into the recently resurrected No 18 Sqn, the “Flying Bullets” at Air Force Station Sulur.
The Squadron is the first in the IAF to induct this platform.
Tejas Mk-1 FOC is a single engine, light weight, highly .... Read More
HAL to Manufacture Light Utility Helicopters
The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has got the initial clearance from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to domestically manufacture Light Utility Helicopters (LUHs) to meet the operational requirements of Indian Army and Indian Air Force, paving the way for replacing the ageing fleet of .... Read More
IAF’s 222 Squadron - ‘The Tigersharks’
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has inducted its first squadron of Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft carrying the BrahMos missiles at its Thanjavur base in Tamil Nadu.
The 222 squadron was raised at Ambala in 1969 with Sukhoi Su-7 aircraft. In July 1971, it was moved to Halwara .... Read More
The National Investigation Agency hosted the first ‘CT-TTX’ (counter-terrorism table-top exercise) for the “Quad” countries - India, the US, Japan and Australia, at the NIA headquarters in Delhi.
Za’ir-Al-Bahr: Za’ir-Al-Bahr (Roar of the Sea), the first India-Qatar joint Naval Exercise, was held in Doha.
Samudra Shakti: Indian Navy and Indonesian Navy’s .... Read More
IAF Decommissions MiG-27
The Indian Air Force has decommissioned last of its MiG-27 fighter aircrafts.
The Russian origin aircraft was inducted in IAF in 1985.
With decommissioning of the MiG-27, the number of IAF’s fighter squadron has gone down to 28 as compared to the authorised 42 squadrons to fight a two-front .... Read More
Eminent Indian mathematician C. S. Seshadri known for his work in algebraic geometry has passed away. The Seshadri constant is named after him.He was a recipient of the Padma Bhushan in 2009, the third highest civilian honour in the country. Other major awards bestowed upon him are Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar .... Read More
Former President Pranab Mukherjee has passed away at the age of 84.Mr Mukherjee served as 13th President of India from 2012 to 2017. He also served as Union Minister of Finance, Defence, External Affairs and Commerce. He was also Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission. He was elected to Rajya Sabha .... Read More
Lt Gen (retd) Raj Mohan Vohra has passed away due to COVID-19.He was awarded the MahaVir Chakra for his bravery and leadership in the Battle of Basantar during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.The MahaVir Chakra is the country's second-highest gallantry award after Param Vir Chakra. It is awarded for acts .... Read More
Noted film Actor Irrfan Khan known for his work in Hindi cinema passed away on 29th Aril 2020 after two-year battle with neuroendocrine tumor, at the age of 53. He had also worked in British films and Hollywood.
Irfan received many awards throughout his career spanning 30 years and .... Read More
Oliver E. Williamson
Noted economist and Nobel laureate (2009) "for his analysis of economic governance, especially the boundaries of the firm", Oliver E. Williamson has passed away.
He provided a theory of why some economic transactions take place within firms and other similar transactions take place between firms, that is, in the .... Read More
Hosni El Sayed Mubarak
Egyptian military and political leader - Muhammad Hosni El Sayed Mubarak, who served as the fourth president of Egypt (1981 to 2011) has passed away.
Rajendra Kumar Pachauri
Dr Pachauri, who contributed immensely to global sustainable development through his leadership (2002-2015) in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change .... Read More
Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said
Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said, the Arab world’s longest-serving ruler, has passed away. He ruled Oman for almost half a century.
His cousin Haitham bin Tariq Al Said has been sworn as his successor.
Lt Gen PN Hoon
Lt Gen Prem Nath Hoon (retd.) who served .... Read More
Former Navy Chief Admiral Sushil Kumar, who headed the Navy during the Kargil war has passed away. He served as Navy Chief from 1998 to 2001.
He authored a book named ‘A Prime Minister to Remember — Memories of a Military Chief’ which highlighted the key defence-related decisions taken .... Read More
The senior-most female lawyer in the Supreme Court of India, Lily Thomas has passed away.
She will be most remembered for her petition which resulted in striking down of Section 8 (4) of the Representation of the People Act which allowed for convicted lawmakers to continue practising during the time .... Read More
Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has died after collapsing in a Cairo court.
Morsi was a top figure in the Muslim Brotherhood and the first democratically elected president in Egypt’s modern history.
He had been in jail since he was toppled by the military in 2013 after mass protests against his .... Read More
ITC’s longest serving corporate chief and legendary corporate leader Y C Deveshwar passed away at a private hospital in Gurugram on 11th May 2019 at the age of 72.
Deveshwar stepped down from the executive role in 2017 but remained as the Chairman in non-executive capacity and spearheaded the diversification .... Read More
Noted Malayalam writer Ashitha, who potrayed the inner sorrow of women through her touching stories and poems, passed away on March 26th at Thrissur, Kerala.
She received several awards including the Padmarajan Award (2000), Lalithambika Antharjanam Award (1994) and Edaserri Award (1986).
Eminent folk artist, radio commentator, harmonium player, music composer .... Read More
Hindi author, literary critic and Sahitya Akademi Awardee Namvar Singh passed away on 19th February.
Singh had authored over a dozen books, and had received the Sahitya Akademi award for literary criticism in 1971 for his work Kavita Ke Naye Pratiman.
Goa’s former Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza passed .... Read More
Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar, 59, died on November 12.
Kumar first got elected to Lok Sabha in 1996 from Bangalore South, the constituency, which remained his bastion till his passing away.
Alyque Padamsee, 90, who was known for his role as Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the film Gandhi, .... Read More
Ramakant Vithal AchrekarThe legendary cricket coach, Dronacharya Awardee Ramakant Vithal Achrekar passed away on 2nd January, 2018 at his Shivaji Park residence in Mumbai.Kader KhanVeteran Bollywood actor-screen writer Kader Khan passed away on 1st December, 2019 in Canada.Mrinal SenLegendary filmmaker and Dadasaheb Phalke award winner Mrinal Sen passed away on .... Read More
Former Minister of External Affairs of India Sushma Swaraj has passed away.
She was the second woman to hold this office, after Indira Gandhi.
At the age of 25 in 1977, she became the youngest cabinet minister of Haryana.
She also served as 5th Chief Minister of Delhi for a .... Read More
John Robert Schrieffer
He was an American physicist who, with John Bardeen and Leon N Cooper, was a recipient of the 1972 Nobel Prize in Physics for developing the BCS theory, the first successful quantum theory of superconductivity.
BCS theory or Bardeen–Cooper–Schrieffer theory is the first microscopic theory of superconductivity since Heike .... Read More
The Anji Khad Bridge (under construction) is India’s first cable-stayed Rail Bridge connecting Katra and Reasi Section of Jammu–Baramulla line over Chenab River.The bridge is a part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) project, which passes through the Young Himalayas. It is being developed by Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL), .... Read More
Talamaddale is a variant of Yakshagana theatre having only spoken words. It is an art form minus dance, costumes and stage conventions. It is not well known art form outside coastal Karnataka.Unlike the Yakshagana performance, in the conventional ‘talamaddale,’ the artists sit across in a place without any costumes and .... Read More
Dekho Apna Desh
The Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India is organising a series of Webinars on the overall theme of ‘Dekho Apna Desh’.
The objective of these Webinars is to create awareness about and promote various tourism destinations of India – including the lesser known destinations and lesser known facets .... Read More
Israel Names Street after Rabindranath Tagore
Israel has named a street ‘Tagore Street’ in Tel Aviv after celebrated Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore as a tribute on his 159th birthday on 08 May.
CERT-In (Indian Computer Emergency Response Team) has issued a caution against EventBot Malware. EventBot is a Trojan that targets mobile .... Read More
India’s First ‘Protein Day’
Right to Protein, a national-level public health initiative, has launched India’s first ‘Protein Day’ to raise awareness about the health benefits of protein.
The theme for this year’s Protein Day is ‘Protein Mein Kya Hai?’ asking citizens to be mindful about their protein consumption.
Many countries recognize 27th February .... Read More
Assam Rifles has built a war memorial in Nagaland for 357 martyrs at Mokokchung, which is also the cultural and intellectual centre of Nagaland. This memorial is the first of its kind in Nagaland, which also has the famous Second World War Cemetery at Kohima.
India’s First War Memorial of .... Read More
Logo & Motto of Lokpal
Lokpal Chairman Justice (retired) Pinaki Chandra Ghose has launched the new logo for the apex anti-corruption ombudsman along with its ‘motto’.
The logo symbolises how Lokpal protects and cares for the people of India by establishing justice as per law. It figuratively symbolises the essence of Lokpal, .... Read More
Denman Glacier: Deepest Point on Land
The deepest point on continental Earth has been identified in East Antarctica, under Denman Glacier. This ice-filled canyon reaches 3.5km (11,500ft) below sea level. Only in the ocean are the valleys deeper still.
For comparison, the lowest exposed land on Earth, at the Dead Sea shore, .... Read More
550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak
Government of India has decided to commemorate 550th Birth Anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji from November, 2018 at national as well as international level in a befitting manner.
The Year-long Celebration starting November 23rd this year will include a number of commemorative .... Read More
White tea is minimally processed. It is harvested even before the plants leaves unfurl fully with the buds still covered by fine white hairs, hence, the name white tea.
The successful completion of pilot projects on white tea has paved the way for planters in Tripura to go .... Read More
National Sports Awards are given every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports.
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award: Given for the spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four years.
Arjuna Award: Given for consistently outstanding performance for four years.
Dronacharya Award: .... Read More
President Ram Nath Kovind virtually conferred the National Sports and Adventure Award 2020 on the occasion of National Sports Day (August 29, birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand).
In a first, this year the awards function was held virtually at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi, instead of the Rashtrapati .... Read More
The 78% Russian electorate have voted in favour of constitutional amendments that will allow President Vladimir Putin to stay in power until 2036.His current term of 6 years will end in 2024. It means now, he will be re-elected twice under the constitutional amendments.He is already the longest-serving leader in .... Read More
Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has announced his resignation owing to health reasons.The 65-year-old has suffered for many years from ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease.Last year, he became Japan's longest serving prime minister. .... Read More
Former US Vice President Joe Biden, has formally become the Democratic presidential nominee to run for the White House against President Donald Trump in the elections in November this year.The veteran Democrat served as the 47th vice president of the United States from 2009 to 2017 during the presidency of .... Read More
Animal rights body People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has conferred Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik with ‘Hero to Animals Award’ for allocating funds to feed community animals in Odisha during the lockdown owing to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Raghuram Rajan, the former RBI .... Read More
Benjamin Netanyahu has been sworn in as the Prime Minister (PM) of Israel for the 5th time after signing a power-sharing deal with rival-turned-partner Benny Gantz of Blue and White Party ending long political crisis that three elections had failed to resolve.
According to the three-year coalition agreement, Gantz was .... Read More
Wing Commander Shaliza Dhami became the first woman officer of the Indian Air Force to become the Flight Commander of a flying unit. Flight Commander is the second in command of the unit.
Wing Commander Dhami, serving for 15 years now, has been flying choppers. She became the first woman .... Read More
Former Chinese Premier Li Peng, best known as the “Butcher of Beijing” for his role in the Tiananmen Square crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in 1989 has passed away.
Li Peng was a staunch advocate of Three Gorges dam despite vehement domestic and international opposition.
Prayuth Chan-ocha, who as .... Read More
Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa, who was next in the line to head the poll panel, has been appointed as vice president for Private Sector Operations and Public-Private Partnerships at the Asian Development Bank.He would be only the second election commissioner to step down from the poll panel before completion of .... Read More
He was the first Lt Governor Jammu and Kashmir and now been appointed as the 14th Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India.He replaced Rajiv Mehrishi.The Comptroller and Auditor General of India audits all receipts and expenditure of the Government of India and the state governments, including those of bodies .... Read More
Volkan Bozkir, first from Turkey has been elected as the president of the 75th United Nations (UN) General Assembly. He will succeed Tijjani Muhammad-Bande when the annual session opens on September 15, 2020 at New York, United .... Read More
Sanjay Kothari has been appointed as the Central Vigilance Commissioner.
Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) is a statutory body.
It has the status of an autonomous body, free of control from any executive authority, charged with monitoring all vigilance activity under the Central Government, advising various authorities in central Government organizations in .... Read More
Mustafa Al Kadhimi
Mustafa al-Kadhimi, former head of Iraq’s intelligence agency, has been sworn in as the country’s 6th Prime Minister after Adel Abdul Mahdi, who had resigned in November 2019 due to massive anti-governmental protests.
Moeketsi Majoro has been sworn in as Lesotho’s new Prime Minister after Thomas .... Read More
President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani won Afghanistan’s presidential election for the second term. He defeated Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah.
The election results were announced by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) five months after the voting took place amid the threat of violence and concerns over electoral fraud.
Muhyiddin Yassin .... Read More
Mikhail Vladimirovich Mishustin
Russian economist and politician Mikhail Vladimirovich Mishustin has been appointed as the new Prime Minister of Russia following the resignation of Dmitry Medvedev.
Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani
Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani has been appointed as the Prime Minister of Qatar after .... Read More
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Re-elected as President of UAE
Re-elected as Prime Minister of Mauritiu
President of Sri Lanka
Prime Minister of Sri Lanka
President of the World Anti-Doping Agency
Chief Minister of Maharashtra
First women Chief Secretary (CS) of Andhra Pradesh (AP)
1st Indian Trustee to be Elected .... Read More
Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane
Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane has been appointed as the Chief of Army Staff. He succeeded Gen. Bipin Rawat, who retired on the 31st December 2019.
General Bipin Rawat
General Bipin Rawat, has been named as the first Chief of Defence Staff of India.
He will serve as CDS .... Read More
Narendra Damodardas Modi has been sworn in as the Prime Minister of India for the second consecutive term -- becoming only the first non-Congress PM to achieve the feat. He was recently conferred with ‘Order of the Distinguished Rule of Izzudeen’, Maldives’ highest honour for a foreign dignitary during .... Read More
Justice Ajay Kumar MittalOn 22th May, 2019, Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal was been sworn in as the Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court.Justice Mittal was recommended by the Supreme Court Collegium to be elevated as the Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court in a resolution dated April 8, 2019.Prior to .... Read More
Chacko Purackal Thomas
Tata Coffee on March 22nd announced the appointment of Chacko Purackal Thomas as the new Managing Director (MD) & Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Transgender Activist Gauri Sawant has been appointed as one of the 12 Goodwill election ambassadors of the Election Commission in Maharashtra. She is the 1st .... Read More
D K Jain
The Supreme Court on 21st February, appointed former Supreme Court Judge, Justice D K Jain as the new BCCI Ombudsman.
He will be the 1st BCCI Ombudsman under the new constitution.
Dr. G C Anupama
Dr. G C Anupama was elected as the 1st women to head the Astronomical Society .... Read More
The Centre has announced the appointment of senior-most election commissioner Sunil Arora as the Chief Election Commissioner.
A Chief Election Commissioner or an EC can have a tenure of six years or hold office till the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.
The convention is to appoint the senior-most .... Read More
Sudhir BhargavaThe government has appointed Sudhir Bhargava as the Chief Information Commissioner. He will take charge on 1st January, 2019.PV BharathiThe Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of PV Bharati as MD & CEO of Corporation Bank. She will replace Jai Kumar Garg. She will take .... Read More
VG Somani has been appointed as Drug Controller General of India (DCGI).
DCGI heads the Indian drug regulatory body the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), whose functions include ensuring the quality of drugs and cosmetics sold in the country, approval of new drugs and regulating clinical trials.
Chandrima Shaha .... Read More
Pro-Brexit member of Britain’s ruling Conservative Party Boris Johnson has been appointed as UK’s Prime Minister after Theresa May stood down over her failure to lead Britain out of the European Union.
The withdrawal agreement has already been rejected three times by the UK’s parliament, prompting May to announce her .... Read More
Recently, PM Narendra Modi virtually addressed the session of Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on 17th July on the occasion of 75th anniversary of the United Nations. The theme of this year’s high-level segment was ‘Multilateralism after Covid19: What kind of UN do we need at the 75th anniversary’.ECOSOC’s inaugural .... Read More
It is a subsidiary of the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) that has been created recently.NIPL will facilitate NPCI’s ambition to venture into newer international markets and co-create payment systems with participating nations.Ritesh Shukla to head NIPL as the newly appointed .... Read More
Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data (GISAID)
India has shared nine whole genome sequences of the coronavirus with the Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data (GISAID).
Headquartered at Munich, Germany, the Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data was created to promote international sharing of all influenza virus sequences related .... Read More
Indian Ocean Commission
The Indian Ocean Commission is an intergovernmental organization that links African Indian Ocean nations: Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Réunion (an overseas region of France), and Seychelles.
There are also six observers: China, India, Japan, Sovereign Order of Malta the European Union and the Organization internationale de la Francophonie.
The commission was .... Read More
The Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) has been renamed as Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (MPIDSA) to honour the commitment and legacy of late Defence Minister of India Manohar Parrikar.
National Institute of Financial Management (NIFM), Faridabad has been renamed as Arun Jaitley National Institute .... Read More
India has pledged to contribute USD 5 million in 2019 to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
UNRWA is a relief and human development agency which supports more than 5 million registered Palestinian refugees, and their patrilineal descendants, who fled or were .... Read More
Capt. Tania Shergill
Captain Tania Shergill, a fourth generation Army officer, led an all-men marching contingent of the Corps of Signals at the 71st Republic Day parade in New Delhi.
Captain Shergill recently became the first woman Parade Adjutant in the history of the Army Day function.
Prince Harry & Meghan Markle
Prince Harry .... Read More
Jair Messias Bolsonaro
The President of Brazil Jair Messias Bolsonaro will be the chief guest at the Republic Day Celebrations 2020.
Hailing from Muzaffarpur in Bihar, Lieutenant Shivangi became the first female pilot of the Indian Navy.
Shivangi will fly fixed-wing Dornier surveillance aircraft.
Former Bolivian President Evo Morales took political asylum .... Read More
Donald Trump became the third US president to be impeached, as the House of Representatives formally charged him with abuse of power. He is now set to face a Senate trial that will determine whether he is removed.
Prior to Trump, impeachment has only happened twice in American history – .... Read More
Azim H Premji
IT major Wipro Ltd has announced that its founder Azim H Premji would retire as executive chairman and managing director (MD) of the company by the end of July. However, he will continue to serve on the board as non-executive director and founder chairman.
Chief executive officer and executive .... Read More
Justice Madan Lokur
The Retired judge of Indian Supreme Court Justice Madan B Lokur has been appointed to the Supreme Court of Fiji.
He is appointed as a judge of Supreme Court of Fiji’s Non-Resident Panel for a period of three years. He will assume charge of his new role on 15 .... Read More
Brazilian physicist and astronomer Marcelo Gleiser on March 19th was awarded with the annual Templeton Prize 2019, for his work blending science and spirituality.
This award is worth $ 1.4 million, and the ceremony was started in 1972 by late global investor Sir John Templeton, previous winners include the Dalai .... Read More
Muhammadu Buhari was on 27th February re-elected for second time as Nigeria’s President.
He was first elected in 2015.
Former PepsiCo’s CEO Indra Nooyi joined the Amazon’s board of directors on 26th February.
She became the second women to be added in Amazon’s Board of Director after former .... Read More
Teenage sprint sensation Hima Das, who won three medals, including gold in 4x400m women’s relay at the Asian Games and a historic gold medal at the U-20 World Championship in Finland, has been appointed India’s first ever Youth Ambassador by UNICEF.
In her role as a Youth Ambassador, Hima will .... Read More
Sheikh HasinaBangladesh’s ruling alliance won almost all the seats in the parliament in the country’s general election, giving Prime Minister Sheikh Hasinaa third term.The coalition led by Hasina’s Awami League won 288 out of 300 seats—96%—in polls. The National Unity Front the opposition alliance led by lawyer Kamal Hossain won .... Read More
It comprises a major part of the Eastern Himalaya, where the Himalaya takes a sharp southward bend and connects with the Indo-Burma Range.This part of the Arunachal Himalaya has gained significant importance in recent times due to the growing need of constructing roads and hydropower projects, making the need for .... Read More
Kotumsar cave is located near Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh.It is a limestone cave formed on the Kanger limestone belt, situated near the bank of the River Kanger, a tributary of the Kolab River. This cave system is the largest series of caves after Meghalaya.Various types of speleothems (or cave formations, are .... Read More
Switzerland has expressed solidarity with India in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic by projecting the tricolour on the Matterhorn Mountain in the Swiss Alps.
The Matterhorn is a mountain of the Alps situated on the border of Switzerland and Italy.
It is the sixth highest mountain in the Alps and .... Read More
Titabor- First Zero Waste Town of Assam
Titabar town under Jorhat District has become Assam’s first ‘zero waste town’ by revolutionizing management of solid waste.
The Jorhat town has also set up the state’s first bio-mining project to completely recover the dumpsite and work towards 100 percent waste processing.
The Researchers from Atomic .... Read More
Recent archaeological excavations at Nagardhan village in Ramtek taluka, near Nagpur, have provided concrete evidence on the life, religious affiliations and trade practices of the Vakataka dynasty that ruled parts of Central and South India between the third and fifth centuries.
Chandauli district in Uttar Pradesh has topped the list of .... Read More
Archaeologists from Pakistan and Italy have discovered a 3000-year-old city named Bazeera, believed to be the remains of Alexander the Great.
Traces of Hindu temples, coins, stupa, pots and weapons of that period were also found here.
Bazeera is located in Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, famous for 5,000 years .... Read More
Ecuador has declared emergency to contain the environmental impact of a fuel spill in the Galapagos Islands recently.
The Galápagos Islands, part of the Republic of Ecuador, are an archipelago of volcanic islands distributed on either side of the equator in the Pacific Ocean.
The islands, a UNESCO World Heritage .... Read More
The African Union has suspended Sudan’s membership amid an upsurge of violence in the capital that has seen dozens killed.
The pan-African body has warned of further action if power is not transferred to a civilian authority - a key demand of pro-democracy protesters.
Mauritania, a nation in Northwest Africa went to .... Read More
After seeing the increasing number of tigers in Valmiki Tiger Reserve (VTR) the Bihar government has initiated to develop second tiger reserve in Kaimur forests.
Kaimur forests are surrounded by three states - Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh
Indonesia’s capital city is to be relocated to the province of .... Read More
The State Govt. of Kerala has initiated ‘Namath Basai’ programme that involves the teaching of tribal children in their mother tongue.The programme, implemented by the SamagraSiksha Kerala (SSK), has succeeded in retaining hundreds of tribal children in their online classes by making them feel at home with the language of .... Read More
India’s Aviation Safety Rating at Category-1The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has retained India’s aviation safety rating at Category-1. The Federal Aviation Administration carried out an audit of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in July 2018—the third since 2013.National Report on States’ Startup Ranking 2018The National Report on .... Read More
The Uttar PradeshGovernment has approved Uttar Pradesh Startup Policy 2020 to increase job opportunities and employment in Uttar Pradesh by promoting the developing units in agriculture, health, power, education, tourism and transport sectors.The policy aims at ensuring the position of UP within the top tier of the Centre’s startup rankings; .... Read More
The Uttar Pradesh Govt. has launched ‘Major Dhyan Chand Vijaypath Yojana’ under which 19 International Players will get road connectivity to their homes.The initial list includes 19 International Players from the state, and later on more players are expected to be added to the list.The list includes Indian Cricketers Bhuvneshwar .... Read More
Jeevan Shakti Yojana
Madhya Pradesh Government has launched the ‘Jeevan Shakti Yojana’. Under this scheme, women in urban areas can earn by making masks at home. The government will pay them Rs 11 per mask.
Women wishing to make masks will have to register themselves by calling on the Call Centre .... Read More
The West Bengal Government has launched ‘Matir Smristi’ scheme to utilise 50,000 acres of barren land in 6 districts for income-generating activities like horticulture and pisciculture involving the locals.
‘FIR Aapke Dwar’ Yojana
Madhya Pradesh government has launched country’s 1st ever ‘FIR Aapke Dwar Yojana’ in Bhopal.
Ladakh .... Read More
UP Govt. Approves Ground Water Act, 2020
To improve the falling groundwater level, UP Govt. has approved the Ground Water Act, 2020. It aims to improve the falling groundwater level.
Under the Ground Water Act, 2020, registration is mandatory to install submersible pumps. The domestic users and farmers need not pay .... Read More
West Bengal surpasses UP in Vegetable Production
West Bengal has overtaken Uttar Pradesh and emerged as the top State in vegetable production in 2018-19 according to the State-wise horticulture production data released at a conference organised by the Agriculture Ministry.
Fruits Production: Andhra Pradesh continued to hold on to the pole .... Read More
UP’s 1st Vulture Conservation Centre
The Uttar Pradesh Government will set up state’s first vulture conservation and breeding centre in Pharenda area of Maharajganj district.
Jatayu Conservation Breeding Centre at Pinjore in Haryana is the first such centre in India.
Budget Allocation to Ladakh Non-Lapsable
The Union Government has made a provision to ensure .... Read More
Haryana to Observe 2020 as ‘Good Governance Year’
Haryana government will observe 2020 as “Susashan Sankalp Varsh” during which suggestions and reforms in governance would be invited from the people.
Tripura’s First SEZ
Tripura’s first special economic zone (SEZ) which will generate 12,000 skilled jobs will come up at Paschim Jalefa, Sabroom.
Rubber-based industries, .... Read More
Gujarat Unveils India’s First Emissions Trading Scheme
The Gujarat government has started a novel emissions trading programme aimed to cut particulate air pollution and facilitate robust economic growth.
Chief minister Vijay Rupani launched the pilot programme in Surat, a densely populated industrial centre with a significant number of polluting textile and dye .... Read More
Rajasthan bans Advertisement and Sale of e-cigarettes
The Rajasthan government recently announced its decision to ban production, distribution, advertisement and sale of e-cigarettes in the state.
The government has banned both online and offline sale, storage, production, distribution and advertisement of e-cigarettes in Rajasthan.
The decision was announced on occasion of the World .... Read More
‘i-help’ Initiative in Assam
The ‘i-help’ was launched on March 18th by Mahesh Sahu (Assam CEO) with an objective to promote digital electoral literacy for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls.
It was a joint initiative of the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) and Common Service Centres (CSC) in Assam.
NBCTF .... Read More
Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani on 25th February inaugurated the Titanwala Museum in Bagru, Rajasthan.
This museum showcases the Chippa community’s hand-block printing.
National War Memorial
The National War Memorial was dedicated to the nation by the Prime Minister on 25th February, in New Delhi.
The main structure was built in form .... Read More
12th Annual ISDSI Conference held in MumbaiSPJIMR hosted the 12th Annual Indian Subcontinent Decision Sciences Institute (ISDSI) Conference from 27th to 30th December, 2018 at SPJIMR, Mumbai. The theme of this international conference was “Data-Driven Decision Making in the Digital Age”.This conference is a platform for academicians, researchers and practitioners .... Read More
NABCONS to Study Climate Change and its Impact on Goa
The Goa government has roped in the consultancy services of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) to do a comprehensive study on the impact of climate change in Goa and recommend an action plan to combat the same.
Government .... Read More
Two more Districts to come up in TN
The Tamil Nadu government has announced two more districts, taking the number of new districts created so far this year to three, and raising the number of districts in the state to 35.
Tenkasi district carved out of Tirunelveli district and Chengalpet, south of .... Read More
Global unemployment is estimated to increase by around 2.5 million in 2020, the United Nations’ International Labour Organisation report - World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2020 (WESO). .... Read More
The 2020 report (prepared by teams of independent experts at the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung) has reviewed the performance of 193 UN Member States out of which 166 were ranked under SDG Index 2020. The index has been topped by Sweden.The report outlines the likely .... Read More
The Global status report on preventing violence against children 2020 charts countries’ progress towards the SDGs aimed at ending violence against children.
It is jointly published by WHO, UNICEF, UNESCO, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Violence against Children, and the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children.
It collates inputs from .... Read More
World Press Freedom Index 2020
India has dropped two places on a global press freedom index to be ranked 142nd out of 180 countries in the annual Reporters Without Borders analysis.
South Asia in general features poorly on the index, with Pakistan dropping three places to 145, and Bangladesh dropping one place .... Read More
Energy Transition index 2020
According to the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s global Energy Transition Index (ETI) 2020, India has moved up two positions to rank 74th among 115 economies with improvements in all three dimensions of the energy triangle:
(i)Economic development and growth.(ii)Energy access and security.(iii) Environmental sustainability.
For India, gains have come .... Read More
Global Health Challenges for 2020
TheWorldHealthOrganizationreleaseslistofGlobalHealthChallengesofthe forth coming year.
The list included 13 potential threats.The foremost threat was Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) and climate crisis.
India has moved up eight places to the 72nd position in the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) 2020 released at the World Economic Forum. Switzerland topped the list .... Read More
Global Terrorism Index 2019
India has been placed at 7th position in terms of country most impacted by terrorism according to the Global Terrorism Index released by the Australia based Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP).
It ranks 163 countries according to the impact of terrorism on the basis of factors such .... Read More
India Skills Report
India Skills Report is a joint initiative by Wheebox - Global Talent Assessment Company, PeopleStrong - a leading HR solutions and HR Technology company from India, in collaboration with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) along with partners like All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), United Nations Development .... Read More
Inclusive Internet Index 2019
Indian ranks 47th Out of 100 countries in The Facebook Inclusive Internet Index 2019, while Sweden topped the list, followed by Singapore and the US.
It was prepared by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) for Facebook, and the Inclusive Internet score was based on the scores of availability, .... Read More
Global Talent Ranking
India has slipped two places to rank 53rd on a global annual talent ranking released by IMD Business School Switzerland, while the top slot has been retained by the Alpine nation itself.
Within Asia, Singapore has topped the charts with a global 13th place on the list that ranks .... Read More
Composite Water Management Index 2.0
NITI Aayog has released the second round of Composite Water Management Index (CWMI 2.0).
It first launched and conceptualized the Composite Water Management Index in 2018 as a tool to instill the sense of cooperative and competitive federalism among the states. CWMI 2.0 ranks various states for .... Read More
ASEAN Special Summit
Vietnam is chairing a Special Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit via video-conference due to Coronavirus pandemic.
Headquartered in Jakarta, Indonesia, the ASEAN is a regional grouping of 10 countries (Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, The Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Brunei, and Laos) which was established in 1967 with .... Read More
North East Sustainable Development Goals Conclave 2020
NITI Aayog organised “Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Conclave 2020: Partnerships, Cooperation and Development of North Eastern States”in Guwahati, Assam, from 24th to 26th February, 2020, in association with the North Eastern Council, Government of Assam, Tata Trusts, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Research .... Read More
The 50th World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting was held in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.
WEF annual meetings aim to engage world leaders in collaborative activities to shape the global, regional, and industry agendas at the beginning of each year.
This year’s forum was themed Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable .... Read More
World Youth Conference for Kindness
The first World Youth Conference on Kindness was organised by the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development and Ministry of Human Resource Development on the theme ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: Gandhi for the Contemporary World: Celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’ .... Read More
The Nelson Mandela Prize for 2020 was awarded to Ms. Vardinoyannis from Greece and Dr.Morissanda Kouyate from Guinea.The inaugural 2015 Prize was awarded to Dr. Helena Ndume of Namibia and Mr. Jorge Fernando Branco Sampaio of Portugal.Winners and their WorkMs. Vardinoyannis from Greece, has been involved in the fight against .... Read More
At the age of 29, Dutch Author Marieke Lucas Rijneveld became the youngest to win the 2020 International Booker Prize for her literary fiction book ‘The Discomfort of Evening’.The Book was first published in Dutch in 2018 and eventually translated into English by Michele Hutchison. The International Booker Prize .... Read More
Indian-American Soil scientist, Dr. Rattan Lal received the 2020 World Food Prize for developing and mainstreaming a soil centric approach to increase food production that conserves natural resources and mitigates climate change.The World Food Prize was created by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Norman Borlaug in 1986 to recognise scientists and .... Read More
Three Indians get Pulitzer Prizes
The three Indian photojournalists namely Dar Yasin, Mukhtar Khan and Channi Anand from Jammu and Kashmir who work for Associated Press (AP) have won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in feature photography for their work in capturing the shutdown in the Union territory following the abrogation of .... Read More
Food Planet Prize
Curt Bergfors Foundation of Sweden has created two USD 1 million prizes - Food Planet Prize - for solutions to feed billions of people, as climate change threatens the world’s food supply and a growing population requires sustainable food systems.
Two Food Planet Prizes will be awarded annually, one .... Read More
Padma Awards 2020
In 2020, the President of India has approved conferment of 141 Padma Awards (7-Padma Bibhushan, 16- Padma Bhushan and 118 Padma Shri).
George Fernandes (Posthumous)
Arun Jaitley (Posthumous)
Sir Anerood Jugnauth
M. C. Mary Kom
Sushma Swaraj (Posthumous)
Sri Vishveshateertha Swamiji Sri
Pejavara Adhokhaja Matha Udupi (Posthumous)
Padma .... Read More
Eminent Malayalam poet Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri, popularly known as Akkitham has been chosen for the 55th Jnanpith Award.
The Jnanpith Award is presented annually by the Bharatiya Jnanpith to an author for their "outstanding contribution towards literature" and bestowed only on Indian writers writing in Indian languages included in the .... Read More
Gandhi Citizenship Education Prize
Portuguese Prime Minister, Antonio Costa during his recent visit to India, announced to launch Gandhi Citizenship Education Prize, each year inspired by his different thoughts and quotes.
The first edition of this prize will be dedicated to ‘animal welfare’ as Mahatma Gandhi said that the greatness of .... Read More
Ambassador of Conscience Award
Amnesty International has withdrawn a prestigious human rights award from Myanmar Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi, accusing her of perpetuating human rights abuses by not speaking out about violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority.
The international human rights group named Suu Kyi as its 2009 Ambassador of Conscience .... Read More
‘Order of Zayed’
President of the UAE Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan honoured Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the prestigious Zayed Medal for boosting relations between the Emirates and India.
The ‘Order of Zayed’ is the highest civil decoration instituted by the UAE. It consists of a collar cantered by a .... Read More
To mark the 100th year of Indian participation in the Olympic Games the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) adopted a new visual identity (Logo).India first participated at the Olympic Games in 1900, with a lone athlete (Norman Pritchard) winning two medals- both silver- in athletics. The nation first sent a team .... Read More
The Sports Ministry will establish Khelo India State Centres of Excellence under the Khelo India Scheme.One such centre will be identified in each State and Union Territory with an aim to create a robust sporting ecosystem in the entire country.In the first leg, the Ministry has identified state-owned sports facilities .... Read More
Official Mascots of 19th Asian Games
The official mascots of the 19th Asian Games (2022 Hangzhou Asian Games) are collectively known as the smart triplets- three robots - Congcong, Lianlian and Chenchen, which reflect the internet prowess of Hangzhou city and Zhejiang province.
The Olympic Council of Asia's 19th Asian Games .... Read More
Para-athlete Deepa Malik has announced her retirement from Paralympics games in order to serve as the office-bearer in the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI).
As per the National Sports Code, an active athlete cannot hold an official post in any federation.
She is the first Indian woman to earn .... Read More
Five-time grand slam winner Maria Sharapova of Russia has announced her retirement from tennis.
She won five Grand Slam (Women Singles) titles — two at the French Open and one each at the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open.
Khelo India University Games
The first Khelo India University Games was held .... Read More
Khelo India Youth Games
The third edition of annul sports competition ‘Khelo India Youth Games’ was held at Guwahati, Assam.
Maharashtra finished at the top of the medal table for second consecutive year with 256 medals, comprising 78 gold, 77 silver and 101 bronze.
Haryana with 200 medals (68-60-72) and Delhi with 122 .... Read More
Persons in NewsL Sarita Devi
Laishram Sarita Devi of Manipur is among the six boxers from 5 continents who were elected as members of International Boxing Association (AIBA) Athletes Commission.
Mary Kom OLY
Six-time world champion (Boxing) MC Mary Kom has been recognised with honorarium of suffixing name ‘OLY’ by World Olympians .... Read More
Athletics13th South Asian Games
The 2019 South Asian Games were held in Nepal. The Dasarath Stadium hosted the opening and closing ceremonies.
In the 13th SAG campaign India topped the medal tally and also got highest ever medals in this event since its participation - 312 (174 gold, 93 silver and 45 .... Read More
FIFA Women’s World Cup
The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup is the eighth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup being hosted by France.
The official mascot for the FIFA Women’s World Cup, France 2019 is a young French poussin named ‘Ettie’.
Ettie is a young chicken with a passion for life and .... Read More
Apurvi Chandela wins Gold at ISSF World Cup Rifle
India’s Apurvi Chandela won gold in women’s 10m Air Rifle at ISSF World Cup Rifle held in Munich, Germany.
She beat Wang Luyao of China with a score of 251 to win gold medal in 10m Air Rifle event at the 2019’s third .... Read More
Manu Bhaker & Saurabh Chaudhary wins Gold at AAC
Manu Bhaker & Saurabh Chaudhary won Gold medals in the 10-meter Air Pistol Mixed team event on March 27th at the 12th Asian Airgun Championship at Taoyuan, Taipei.
India wins SAFF Women’s Championship
Recently, India lifted South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Women’s Championship 5th .... Read More
Cannes International Open Trophy
Indian Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta lifted the Cannes International Open trophy on 25th Februaryafter he took an easy draw with Pier Luigi Basso of Italy in the9th and final round.
AHF’S Player of the Year
The Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) has honored Indian hockey team skipper Manpreet Singh with .... Read More
Mary Kom Creates History
Mary Kom created history on November 24, 2018 by winning her sixth world championship gold at the 10th World Women’s Boxing Championships, held in New Delhi, India.
Mary Kom won the sole gold for India by beating Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota in a unanimous 5-0 verdict in the 48kg .... Read More
Smriti Mandhana named ICC Women’s Cricketer of the YearSmriti Mandhana was named as the Women’s Cricketer of the Year on 31st December, 2018 by International Cricket Council. She also won the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award. The Mumbai cricketer was the third highest scorer in the World T20 with 178 runs. CA .... Read More
Persons of limelight
Sumit Nagal became only the fourth Indian — after Somdev Devvarman, Yuki Bhambri and Saketh Myneni —to win a set in the main draw of a Grand Slam in the last 20 years.
He won the first set against Roger Federer, a colossal figure with 20 Grand Slams .... Read More
Men’s Singles: Serbia’s Novak Djokovic has won the men’s singles title of Wimbledon open by defeating Switzerland’s Roger Federer.
Women’s Singles: Simona Halep defeated seven-time champion Serena Williams to clinch her first-ever Wimbledon title - first Romanian to win the Wimbledon singles’ title.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
England beat New Zealand .... Read More
Virat Kohli: He became the first batsman to reach 3,000 runs in T20 internationals.
Bhavani Devi: She is India’s first ever fencer to qualify for the Olympics (Tokyo 2021).
Smriti Mandhana: The left-handed Indian batswoman has become the first-ever cricketer, male or female, to smash 10 consecutive scores of 50 or .... Read More
Gandhi Peace Prize
The Gandhi Peace Prize for the past two years (2019 and 2020) were conferred on late Omani Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said and Bangladeshi leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman respectively.
Late Sultan Qaboos is being recognised for his “unparalleled vision and leadership” in strengthening India-Oman relations and his efforts .... Read More
Russia has registered the world’s first coronavirus vaccine for animals.
Called Carnivak-Cov, the vaccine was developed by scientists at the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, also known as Rosselkhoznadzor.
Troops from Pune-headquartered Southern Command of the Indian Army have launched ‘Operation Thiruvallur’ in Tamil Nadu for the safe disposal .... Read More
Global Gender Gap Report 2021
India has slipped 28 places to rank 140 among 156 countries in the Global Gender Gap Report 2021. In 2020, India ranked 112th among 153 countries.
Iceland has topped the index as the most gender-equal country in the world. Afghanistan is the worst-performing country in the report.
India .... Read More
Foundation Laid for Conservation of Singorgarh Fort
The President of India laid the foundation stone for the conservation works of Singorgarh Fort in Singrampur village of Damoh district in Madhya Pradesh.
It was a fort and a residence of Rajgond rulers of Gondwana Kingdom in Central India.
Before coming in hand of .... Read More
‘Shantir Ogroshena -2021’
Indian Army will participate in a multinational military exercise namely SHANTIR OGROSHENA -2021 in Bangladesh along with contingents of Bhutan, Sri Lankan and Bangladesh Armies.
The nine days exercise will start on the 4th April 2021 to commemorate the birth centenary Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and mark glorious 50 .... Read More
Jharkhand Govt. launches SAAMAR Campaign
The Govt. of Jharkhand has launched SAAMAR (Strategic Action for Alleviation of Malnutrition and Anemia Reduction) campaign to tackle malnutrition.
The campaign aims to identify anemic women and malnourished children; and to converge various departments to effectively deal with the problem in a state where malnutrition has .... Read More
Walter Anthony Gustavo Pinto
Lieutenant General Walter Anthony Gustavo Pinto has passed away on 25 March 2021.
He last served as the 8th General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Central Command.
As a major general, he led the 54th Infantry Division on the western front in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, for which .... Read More
Tirath Singh Rawat
Tirath Singh Rawat has been appointed as the new Chief Minister of Uttarakhand after the resignation of Trivendra Singh Rawat.
On 17th March, 2021 Kuldiep Singh has been appointed as the director general (DG) of CRPF after incumbent chief A P Maheshwari’s retirement.
On 18th March, Indian Police .... Read More
Justice NV Ramana
Justice NV Ramana has been appointed as the 48th CJI (48th) by the President with effect from April 24, 2021, and will retire on August 26, 2022.
Samia Suluhu Hassan
Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan has become the first female president of Tanzania.
After the recent death of President John .... Read More
Narendra Modi Stadium
President Ram Nath Kovind laid the foundation stone of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave, an ambitious project to come up over an area of 215 acres along the Sabarmati riverfront at Motera in Ahmedabad and digitally inaugurated the newly revamped Motera cricket stadium in Ahmedabad, which has .... Read More
Asia Environmental Enforcement Award-2020
The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), a statutory body established by the Government of India under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change to combat organised wildlife crimehas received the Asia Environmental Enforcement Award-2020 awarded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
International Anti-corruption Champions Award
Right to .... Read More
INS Karanj: Indian Navy gets Third Scorpene Submarine
The Indian Navy got its third Scorpene submarine, which will be commissioned as INS Karanj, of Project P-75.
Earlier, Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited, MDL, has delivered two Scorpene submarines named Khanderi, Kalvari.
The fourth submarine, Vela, launched on May 6 2019, has commenced sea trials, .... Read More
Initiatives to Honour ‘Netaji’
To honour Subhash Chandra Bose on his 125th anniversary, the West Bengal Govt. has announced to form a Netaji Battallion, Netaji State Planning Commission, and in all districts a Jay Hind Bhawan.
Earlier, the Central Government has declared Netaji’s birth day to be observed as ‘Parakram Diwas’ and .... Read More
Skyroot Aerospace, a startup founded by former scientists of ISRO has signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) with ISRO on behalf of Department of Space (DoS), through which it can use the facilities & technical expertise in ISRO centers for development of their Launch Vehicle Development .... Read More
Vijayanagara became the 31st district of Karnataka on 8th February, 2021 which was carved out of Ballari district.
In a first for an Indian State, Bihar has signed a memorandum of understanding with the UN Environment Programme to achieve climate resilience and low carbon development by 2040.
A major Bamboo Agarbatti Stick .... Read More
The Govt. of Odisha has approved the proposal for implementation of the ‘Rejuvenating Watersheds for Agricultural Resilience through Innovative Development (REWARD)’ project to ensure efficient water management & enhanced cropping area.
Uttar Pradesh has introduced a system of issuing a unique 16-digit Unicode to mark all kinds of .... Read More
Major General BK Mahapatra
Retired Major General Basant Kumar Mahapatra, who had participated in four major wars including Goa Liberation and Indo-China war, passed away.
During his 40 years of career in Defence he had taken part in 1961 Goa Liberation, 1962 Indo-China war, 1965 fierce Patton Tank battle in Khemkaran of .... Read More
Nigerian economist Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has assumed office as the 7th Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
She is the first woman as well as the first African national to lead the organization.
Indian economist Ligia Noronha has been appointed as Assistant Secretary-General of UN and Head of the New .... Read More
Alok Sharma is a British MP and President-designate of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP-26), which is scheduled to be held at Glasgow, UK in November 2021.
Yoshiro Mori, the head of the Tokyo Olympics 2020, a former Prime Minister, who drew criticism over sexist .... Read More
Government has approved the appointment of Belarussian coach Nikolai Snesarevas the middle- and long-distance coach of the Indian athletics team.
Australia’s Claire Polosak become the first female match official in a men’s Test match when she took up the fourth umpire’s role in the third Test between India .... Read More
Padma Awards 2021
The President of India has approved conferment of 119 Padma Awards including 1 duo case (in a duo case, the Award is counted as one).
The awards comprise 7 Padma Vibhushan, 10 Padma Bhushan and 102 Padma Shri Awards.
29 of the awardees are women and the list .... Read More
SMCB: First Co-operative Bank to become SFB
Uttar Pradesh-based Shivalik Mercantile Co-operative Bank (SMCB) is the first Urban Cooperative Bank in the country to make a transition into a Small Finance Bank (SFB) under the voluntary transition scheme.
Red Sand Boa
The World Wildlife Fund-India and TRAFFIC India Office have launched an online .... Read More
Ex Desert Knight-21
Indian Air Force and French Air and Space Force conducted a bilateral Air exercise, Ex Desert Knight-21 at Air Force Station Jodhpur from 20 to 24 Jan 21.
It was the second edition of the biennial pan-India coastal defence exercise that was conducted on 12-13 January 2021 along .... Read More
Partnering for Racial Justice in Business
The World Economic Forum has launched the Partnering for Racial Justice in Business initiative, which will see a coalition of organizations commit to building equitable and just workplaces for professionals with under-represented racial and ethnic identities.
The initiative has been designed to operationalize and coordinate commitments .... Read More
India Justice Report 2020
The 2nd Edition of India Justice Report (IJR) 2020 has been released by the Tata Trusts with the support of Centre for Social Justice, Common Cause, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, DAKSH, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) – Prayas& Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy.
Maharashtra (5.77 points) regained .... Read More
South Asia Group for Energy (SAGE)
The government of India has set up a high-level group called South Asia Group for Energy (SAGE) under the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)-run think tank Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS)to help build a South Asia-focused energy security architecture.
It is headed .... Read More
One Planet Summit
France organized the fourth ‘One Planet Summit’ in cooperation with the United Nations and the World Bank,for biodiversity on 11 January 2021 that aims to advance the protection of nature.
Convened under the theme of “Let’s act together for nature!”, the Summit brought together heads of state and government, .... Read More
The Myanmar Military Tatmadaw has announced a one-year state of emergency in the country and detained State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint and other senior leaders from the ruling party National League for Democracy (NLD) accusingfraud in the national elections held on Nov. 8, 2020.
The Vice President .... Read More
Gujarat’s Bagayat Vikas Mission
The Govt. of Gujarat has announced ‘Horticulture Development Mission’(Bagayat Vikas Mission)to double the income of farmers involved in medicinal and horticulture farming.
Under this mission, the waste land of the government will be given on 30-year lease for farming of horticulture and medicinal crops.
Madhya Pradesh’s 'Launch Pad Scheme' .... Read More
Paul J. Crutzen
Paul Jozef Crutzen was a Dutch atmospheric chemist.
He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1995 for his work on atmospheric chemistry and specifically for his efforts in studying the formation and decomposition of atmospheric ozone.
He popularized the term ‘Anthropocene’ to describe a proposed new .... Read More
Kaja Kallas has become the first woman Prime Minister of Estonia since the Baltic nation regained independence in 1991.
Now, Estonia is the only country in the world led by ‘elected’ women – both the President, Kersti Kaljulaid, and the Prime Minister, KajaKall as.
Oyun-Erdene Luvsannamsrai has been appointed .... Read More
Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States on January 20, 2021.
Notable policy reversal done by him include - rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, ending the state of national emergency at the border with Mexico, directing the government to rejoin the World Health Organization, restoring relations with .... Read More
‘Champions of the Earth’ award 2020 in the ‘Policy Leadership’
The Prime Minister of Fiji, Frank Bainimarama has been awarded the UN's highest environmental honour ‘Champions of the Earth’ award 2020 in the ‘Policy Leadership’ category for his global climate action work and his commitment to climate-responsive national development.
Global Teacher Prize
Ranjitsinh .... Read More
Four Film Media Units Merged With NFDC
The Union Cabinet has approved the merger of four film media units - Films Division, Directorate of Film Festivals, National Film Archives of India, and Children's Film Society, India with NFDC (National Film Development Corporation).
‘Oh Mizoram’: P S Sreedharan Pillai, Governor of Mizoram
“Covid-19: Sabhyata .... Read More
India's Highest Meteorological Centre Inaugurated at Leh
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has set up India's highest (Located at 3,500 metres above sea level) Meteorological Centre (MC) at Leh.
After Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh, the Leh centre is the second MC located in the Himalayas.
It will provide specialised weather forecasts for traffic .... Read More
DRDO, Indian Navy Conduct Successful Trial of SAHAYAK-NG
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) along with Indian Navy conducted the successful maiden test trial of SAHAYAK-NG - India’s first indigenously designed and developed Air Dropped Container from IL 38SD aircraft of Indian Navy off the coast of Goa.
The trial was conducted .... Read More
EZIE & EUVST: Two Heliophysics Missions
The US space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has approved two heliophysics missions. Heliophysics is the science of understanding the Sun and its interactions with Earth and the solar system, including space weather.
Of the two missions, NASA will lead the Electrojet Zeeman .... Read More
Light House Projects under GHTC-India
On 1-1-2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of Light House Projects (LHPs) under Global Housing Technology Challenge (GHTC)-India at six sites across six States- Indore (Madhya Pradesh), Rajkot (Gujarat), Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Ranchi (Jharkhand), Agartala (Tripura) and Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh).
The LHPs showcase .... Read More
Four Indian Sites won UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation
India won UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation towards its four sites.
Award of Excellence/ Special Recognition for Sustainable Development: Sunder Nursery, set amid historical structures at Nizamuddin, has become Delhi’s first heritage complex to receive two UNESCO Asia-Pacific awards .... Read More
Zomi Ethnic Group
Manipur's Zomi ethnic group has renewed its demand for the creation of Zoland Territorial Council (ZTC) under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution, a self-administered zone on the lines of the Bodoland Territorial Council in Assam.
Zomi identify themselves as descendants of the Zo, the Tibeto-Burman people that speaks .... Read More
Vanuatu, a Pacific island nation has recently graduated from the official list of Least Developed Countries (LDC), becoming the sixth country to achieve the milestone since the development categorization was created in 1971.
Aligarh Muslim University
Aligarh Muslim University celebrated its centenary recently.
It was originally established by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan .... Read More
‘Matru Sahyogini Samiti’: MP Initiative to Check Malnutrition
The Madhya Pradesh government has issued an order for the appointment of committees called ‘Matru Sahyogini Samiti’ or Mothers’ Cooperation Committees, led by mothers to ensure better monitoring of services delivered at anganwadi or day care centres across the State.
These Committees will .... Read More
Jack Steinberger was a German-born American physicist noted for his work with neutrinos, the subatomic particles considered to be elementary constituents of matter.
He was a recipient of the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physics, along with Leon M. Lederman and Melvin Schwartz, for the discovery of the muon neutrino. .... Read More
Lloyd Austin has been chosen by President-elect Joe Biden to be the first African-American secretary of defense and head of Pentagon.
Suneet Sharma has taken over the charge of new Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Railway Board (Ministry of Railways).
Prior to this, he worked as General Manager, .... Read More
Dr. Harsh Vardhan
Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has been nominated as a member on the GAVI Board by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation. He will represent India for two years starting from 2021 to 2023.
The GAVI Board oversees the operations of the Vaccine Alliance .... Read More
One of the greatest footballers of all time, Diego Maradona has passed away. He was the captain when Argentina won the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.
Maradona along with Pele won the FIFA Player of the Century award created by FIFA to decide the greatest football player of the 20th .... Read More
Booker Prize for Fiction
Scottish writer Douglas Stuart has won the Booker Prize for Fiction for his first novel ‘Shuggie Bain’.
In 2019, Margaret Atwood won this award for her novel ‘The Testaments’.
The Booker Prize for Fiction, formerly known as the Booker–McConnell Prize (1969–2001) and the Man Booker Prize (2002–2019), is a .... Read More
It is India’s first-ever e-resource centre that has been inaugurated at Judicial Officers Training Institute in Maharashtra’s Nagpur.
It will facilitate e-filling of cases in Supreme Court, any High court and district courts across the country.
100 years of All India Trade Union Congress
The All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) was .... Read More
The 37th ASEAN Summit was organised through video-conference during November 12 to 15, 2020.
Viet Nam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc chaired ASEAN 2020.
Brunei Darussalam will assume the ASEAN Chairmanship for 2021.
ASEAN is a regional grouping that promotes economic, political, and security cooperation.
It was founded in Bangkok, .... Read More
Vagir: India’s 5th Stealth Submarine
The Indian Navy has launched Scorpene class submarine Vagir.
Indian Naval Ship (INS) Vagir is the fifth among the six Kalvari-class submarines being constructed by the public sector shipbuilder Mazagon Dock Ltd (MDL) in Mumbai.
The other vessels in the class are INS Kalvari, INS Khanderi, INS Karanj, .... Read More
Arunachal records Best Sex Ratio at Birth: CRS Data
Arunachal Pradesh recorded the Highest Sex Ratio at Birth (SRB) in the country with 1,084 females born per thousand males according to a recent release by the office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner of India - ‘Vital Statistics on India .... Read More
Tristan da Cunha
It is an isolated UK Overseas Territory, which is home to the world's most remote human settlement, has been declared the largest fully protected marine reserves in the South Atlantic Ocean.
Vijayanagara will be the 31st district of Karnataka.
Recently, the Karnataka cabinet has approved this proposal which will be .... Read More
Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Goa - Best governed States: PAI
The Public Affairs Index-2020 report was released on 30th October 2020 by a Bengaluru-based not-for-profit organisation Public Affairs Centre.
The annual report on governance considers three broad parameters — equity, growth and sustainability.
Former ISRO chairman, Dr K Kasturirangan, is the chairman of .... Read More
Winner of Dadasaheb Phalke award (2012), Padma Bhushan (2004), Soumitra Chatterjee has passed away.
He was the first Indian film personality to be conferred with the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France’s highest award for artists established by Napoleon Bonaparte.
‘Apur Sansar’ was the first film of Soumitra Chatterjee .... Read More
Girish Chandra Murmu
The Comptroller & Auditor General of India Girish Chandra Murmu has been elected as External Auditor of Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) for three years.
The IPU is the global organization of national parliaments headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.
Shashi Shekhar Vempati
The CEO of Prasar Bharti, Shashi Shekhar Vempati has been .... Read More
French Open 2020
The French Open is a Grand Slam tennis tournament played on outdoor clay courts. It was held at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France.
Poland's Iga Swiatek defeated American Sofia Kenin to win the 2020 French Open for her first Grand Slam singles title.
The 19-year-old Swiatek, .... Read More
Nobel Prize 2020
Physiology or Medicine
Harvey J. Alter (USA)
Michael Houghton (UK)
Charles M. Rice (USA)
The discovery of Hepatitis C virus
Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute
Roger Penrose (UK)
>Reinhard Genzel (Germany)
Andrea Ghez (USA)
Their work on blackhole formation and the discovery of a supermassive blackhole at the centre of our galaxy
Royal Swedish Academy .... Read More
India’s First Sand Dune Parks
India’s first sand dune parks are set to be developed in Goa. The World Bank has sanctioned around Rs.3 crore for the same.
A dune is a mound of sand formed by the wind, usually along the beach or in a desert.
A collection of dunes is .... Read More
“Stacked Odds”: UN Report on Modern Slavery
On the occasion of International Day of the Girl Child, 2020 (11 October), the United Nations(UN) released a report titled “Stacked Odds” that highlights the scenario around the globe on modern slavery.
Modern slavery is defined as the recruitment, movement, harbouring or receiving of children, .... Read More
It is an annual naval exercise which began in 1992 as a bilateral exercise between India and the U.S; Japan joined in 2015; and now Australia will join this in November 2020 edition.
The second edition of India-Bangladesh naval exercise – Bongosagar - was held in Northern Bay of Bengal.
Stand-off .... Read More
Gujarat State Fertilizers and Chemicals India Ltd (GSFC)
Gujarat State Fertilizers and Chemicals India Ltd (GSFC) is the first company in India to manufacture Calcium Nitrate and Boronated Calcium Nitrate- fertilizers that were solely imported by India.
Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO)
It is a military alliance formed by six member countries- Armenia, .... Read More
The World Economic Forum will hold its Annual Meeting 2021 in Lucerne-Burgenstock, Switzerland, as against the traditional venue of the ski resort town, Davos.
Peru’s famous Nazca Lines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its depictions of larger-than-life animals, plants and imaginary beings called geoglyphs was in news recently .... Read More
Disturbed Areas Act
President Ram NathKovind has given his assent to the amended Disturbed Areas Act passed by Gujarat Legislative Assembly in 2019 to stop polarisation and keep a check on attempts to cause any “demographic imbalance”.
Under the Disturbed Areas Act, a District Collector can notify a particular area of a .... Read More
Mario José Molina-Pasquel Henríquez, a Mexican chemist who played a pivotal role in the discovery of the Antarctic ozone hole, and was a co-recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his role in noting the threat to the Earth's ozonelayer from chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) gases has passed away.
He .... Read More
Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman (VC) of NITI Aayog will head the NITI Aayog constituted 14-member advisory committee to evaluate the reforms in the urban planning education system.
Harish Kumar and Umesh Sinha
Harish Kumar and Umesh Sinha are the two members of the committee constituted by the Election Commission of .... Read More
Jacinda Ardern has been elected as the Prime Minister of New Zealandfor the second consecutive three-year term.
Her Labour Party won the election in a landslide victory against the National Party, led by Judith Collins.
An Indian-origin priest whose grandfather came from Gopalganj, Bihar - Wavel Ramkalawan - has been .... Read More
All India Football Federation Awards 2019-20
Men’s Footballer of the Year: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu
Women’s Player of the Year: Sanju Yadav
Men’s Emerging Footballer of the Year: Anirudh Thapa
Emerging Women’s Footballer of the Year: Ms Ratanbala Devi
Best Referee: L. Ajit Kumar Meetei .... Read More
The 2020 US Open was the second Grand Slam event of the year.
It was held on outdoor hard courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York.
Men’s Singles: Dominic Thiem (Australia) won the men's singles title, defeating first time Grand Slam finalist .... Read More
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Dr. Anil Jain
Dr. Anil Jain has been elected as the president of the All India Tennis Association (AITA).
Cricketer Suresh Raina will set up five schools in Kashmir division and an equal number in Jammu division to train the aspiring cricketers, particularly the youngsters from remote areas of .... Read More
Indira Gandhi Peace Prize 2019
Renowned broadcaster and natural historian David Attenborough has been presented with the Indira Gandhi Peace Prize 2019 by the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust.
UNDP Award to Sonu Sood
Actor Sonu Sood has been conferred with the prestigious SDG Special Humanitarian Action Award by the United Nations Development Programme .... Read More
International Day to Protect Education from Attack
With the theme “Protect Education, Save a Generation” the first ‘International Day to Protect Education from Attack’ was observed on 9th September after United Nations General Assembly accepted a resolution introduced by Qatar.
It is being observed to raise awareness about the importance of safeguarding .... Read More
Barbados, a Caribbean island has announced to become a republic and remove Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II as head of state by November next year - by the time it will celebrate its 55th anniversary of independence.
After Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, and Sindh, Pakistanplans to make Gilgit Baltistan its 5th .... Read More
World Risk Index 2020
India is ranked 89th among 181 countries on the World Risk Index (WRI) 2020, a part of the World Risk Report 2020 released by the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), Bundnis Entwicklung Hilft and the University of Stuttgart in Germany.
The Report says .... Read More
The 13th President (2012 to 2017)of India Pranab Mukherjee has passed away.
He also served as Union Minister of Finance, Defence, External Affairs and Commerce. He was also Deputy Chairman of erstwhile Planning Commission.
He was elected to Rajya Sabha five times and twice to Lok Sabha. He served .... Read More
Dinesh Pant will head the 6-member working group formed by Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) to scrutinize various aspects for allowing the life insurance companies to offer index linked products.
Lt Gen (retd) Rajesh Pant
The Government of India has set up an expert committee under Lt Gen .... Read More
Yoshihide Suga has been appointed as the Prime Minister of Japan after the resignation of Shinzo Abe.
Harivansh Narayan Singh
Noted journalist and politician Harivansh Narayan Singh has been re-elected as deputy chairman of Rajya Sabha.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has appointed P.D. Vaghela as the chairman .... Read More
Preeti Sudan, the former Health Secretary of India has been appointed as one of the 11 panelists across the world for the World Health Organisation’s independent panel for pandemic preparedness and response.
The Australian government has appointed former cricketer Matthew Haydenand Indian-origin politician Lisa Singh as trade envoys for .... Read More
Asian Wrestling Championships 2019
The Asian Wrestling Championships 2019 was held from April 23rd-28th at Xidian University Gymnasium in Xian, China.
The Indian Team including men and women bagged 16 medals (1 gold, 6 silver, 9 bronze). Bajrang Punia clinched gold medal in 65kg category.
Asian Athletics Championships
The 23rd Asian Athletics Championships was .... Read More
Virtual Reality Centre in Delhi
Admiral Sunil Lanba on April 12th inaugurated the maiden ‘state-of-the-art’ Virtual Reality Centre (VRC) at the Directorate of Naval Design (Surface Ship Group) in New Delhi.
This would provide boost to indigenous warship design capabilities in Indian Navy, providing further impetus to ‘Make in India’ initiative.
Foreign Interactive .... Read More
Deenanath Mangeshkar Award
The prestigious Master Deenanath Mangeshkar (MDM) Award was awarded to several individuals on April 24th at a ceremony in Mumbai.
MDM Award for Music & Art: Sucheta Bhide-Chapekar.
MDM Lifetime Award: Salim Khan.
MDM Award for contribution to Indian Cinema: Madhur Bhandarkar.
MDM Special Award: Helen.
Tagore Literary Prize 2019
The 2nd edition of .... Read More
Renowned city-based chroniclerand writer-journalist S Muthiah passed away on April 20th in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
His most famous work was titled “Madras Discovered” which was published in 1981.
Legendary Bengali folk singer, Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee Amar Paul passed away on April 20th in Kolkata, West Bengal.
S K Shivakumar
Renowed Space .... Read More
Shri Rajendra Kumar Nayak took over as the 52nd ControllerGeneral of Defence Accounts on April 22nd.
Indian Overseas Bank on April 24th appointed Karnam Sekar as its new MD and CEO. He will take over from July 1st , 2019.
Twitter on April 22nd appointed Manish Maheshwari as the .... Read More
Professor Sree Sreenath, an Indian-American scientist and social activist has been inducted into the prestigious Cleveland International Hall of Fame on April 16th in a function in Ohio.
He was selected for his contribution in applications in systems biology, global issues and sustainable development.
Actor, Comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy on April .... Read More
Exercise SEA VIGILTen years after “26/11”, the Indian Navy commenced the largest coastal defence exercise off the Indian coast on 22nd January, 2019.
Exercise SEA VIGIL, was undertaken along the entire 7516.6 km coastline and Exclusive Economic Zone of India and is involving all the 13 coastal States and Union Territories .... Read More
Amateur Golf ChampionshipIndia’s Kartik Sharma won the New South Wales men’s Amateur Golf Championship in Australia.
Earlier, he had also won the Indian golf union western India amateur golf championship 2018.
Indonesia Masters 2019Saina Nehwal won the women’s singles title on 27th January, 2019 after injured Carolina Marin limped out of the .... Read More
National Salt Satyagraha MemorialTo commemorate the ‘Death Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’, PM Modi dedicated the ‘National Salt Satyagraha Memorial’ in Dandi, Gujarat to the Nation on 30th January, 2019.
At the memorial site, PM Modi also unveiled statues of Mahatma Gandhi and 80 Satyagrahis who had marched with him during the .... Read More
Bloomberg Innovation Index 2019India was ranked 54th in the list of most innovative countries in the world with a score of 47.93 out of 100 in 2019 ‘Bloomberg Innovation Index’ of 60 economies.
South Korea has topped the Index for the sixth time in a row with a total score of .... Read More
State Tiger Protection Force (STPF)The Telangana government has decided to form a 112 member armed ‘State Tiger Protection Force’ (STPF) to protect Tiger populations in Amarabad and Kawal Tiger Reserves.
The State and Central government will share the cost of the force on 40:60 basis.
Committee on Group InsolvencyThe Insolvency and Bankruptcy .... Read More
2nd World Integrated Medicine Forum
The 2nd World Integrated Medicine Forum 2019 on the Regulation of Homeopathic Medical Products was held from 23rd to 25th January, 2019 in Goa.
This forum was organized by the Central Council for Research in Homeopathy, under the Ministry of AYUSH.
India Steel 2019 Exhibition and Conference
The 3-day .... Read More
DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2018
DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2018 was awarded to Jayant Kakini & Tejaswini Niranjana for a short story collection titled “No Presents Please” on 25th January, 2019 at the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet.
In the above mentioned award ceremony, US $25,000 DSC Prize .... Read More
George FernandesGeorge Fernandes, former Parliamentarian and Union Minister, died on 29th January, 2019.
Under his stewardship, India fought the Kargil war in 1999. It was also during his tenure that India conducted nuclear tests at Pokhran in 1998.Atin BandyopadhyaySahitya Akademi award winning Bengali writer Atin Bandyopadhyay passed away on 19th January, .... Read More
Piyush GoyalPiyush Goyal has been appointed as the Interim Finance Minister and Interim Minister of Corporate Affairs with Arun Jaitley undergoing surgery in the US.
Piyush Goyal is currently the Minister for Railways & Coal and will also be the Interim Minister for Corporate Affairs.
Sanjiv KhannaJustice Sanjiv Khanna was sworn in .... Read More
Poonam Khetrapal Singh
Poonam Khetrapal Singh has been reappointed WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia, for a five-year term.
The World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board on 26th January, 2019 unanimously endorsed Dr. Khetrapal Singh, who was earlier also unanimously nominated by 11 Member countries of the Region.
Sultan AbdullahSultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad .... Read More
new rules for trans athletes by world athletics
World Athletics (formerly the IAAF) has ruled that transgender women must maintain testosterone levels at a maximum of 5 nanomoles per litre for 12 months before being declared eligible to compete. The limit is half the previous limit of 10 nmol/l, in .... Read More
Nobel Prize 2019
Peace: Abiy Ahmed Ali (Prime Minister of Ethiopia) for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea.
Physics: One half to James Peebles (Canadian-American) for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology and the other half .... Read More
‘Feed Our Future’ Campaign
To create awareness and take steps against hunger and malnutrition in India, the United Nations (UN) World Food Program (WFP) has launched the ‘Feed Our Future’ campaign in association with the help of Bollywood.
World’s 1st AI University
The world’s first dedicated AI University – Mohammad Bin Zayed University .... Read More
The Trak Island is in the Andaman Nicobar group of islands.
Recently, Indian Air Force fired two BrahMos missiles as a part of the routine operational training.
The Union government plans to make Ladakh the first Indian union territory (UT) to run completely on renewable energy.
The UT currently has .... Read More
ASI Finds 8th Century Objects, Trade Centre Remains in Andhra
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has unearthed a 2000-year old historic trade settlement in Andhra Pradesh’s Gottiprolu village, along with a Pallava-period Vishnu statue.
The bricks unearthed are comparable with the Satavahana or Ikshvaku period structures in Krishna river valley (Amaravati .... Read More
India and Uzbekistan will carry out a joint military exercise ‘Dustlik-2019’, the first-ever exercise between the armies of the two nations from November 4 to 13 at Chirchiq training area in Uzbekistan.
It is an India-Myanmar Naval Exercise recently held in Visakhapatnam.
Indian and French armies conducted biennial joint counter-terrorism .... Read More
Stations’ Cleanliness Survey Report 2019
Three railway stations in Rajasthan - Jaipur, Jodhpur and Durgapura – were adjudged as the cleanest Railway stations in India in Urban categories according to its annual cleanliness survey among 720 stations.
Andheri, Virar and Naigaon railway stations were the top three among 109 suburban stations.
Global Health .... Read More
First State to Enact Law on Contract Farming
Tamil Nadu has become the first State in the country to enact a law on contract farming with President Ram Nath Kovind giving assent to the Agricultural Produce and Livestock Contract Farming and Services (Promotion and Facilitation) Act.
Mizoram: State with Highest HIV Prevalence .... Read More
Alexei Leonov, the Soviet cosmonaut who became the first human to walk in space has passed away.
Leonov staked his place in space history on 18 March 1965, when he exited his Voskhod 2 space capsule secured by a tether.
She was the first woman and the first Japanese person .... Read More
Sharad Arvind Bobde
Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde has been appointed as the 47th Chief Justice of India. Justice Bobde will take oath as the CJI on November 18th.
He previously worked in Bombay High Court (as additional Judge), Madhya Pradesh High Court (as Chief Justice) and Supreme Court (as Judge since .... Read More
Persons in News
P.T. Usha was presented the ‘Veteran Pin’ by the world athletics governing body - International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), in recognition of her contribution to the growth of sport.
Payment technology company ‘Visa’ has appointed world badminton champion Pusarla Venkata Sindhu (PV Sindhu) as its .... Read More
Right Livelihood Award
The Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ is awarded by Right Livelihood Award Foundation, Sweden to "honour and support those offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today”.
Greta Thunberg (Sweden): For inspiring and amplifying political demands for urgent .... Read More
Srivilliputtur ‘Palkova’ gets GI Tag
The famed `Srivilliputhur Palkova' (milk sweet) produced in and around Srivilliputhur town in Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu received the GI tag from the Geographical Indications Registry of India.
First Transgender Library in India
For the first time in India, a transgender library has been opened as part .... Read More
Exercise ‘Changthang Prahar’
The Indian Army conducted an all arms (tanks, artillery and helicopters) integrated exercise ‘Changthang Prahar’ in the Eastern Ladakh region, bordering China.
The exercise was conducted at a high altitude area involving the use of infantry, mechanised forces, T-72 tanks, with force multipliers such as artillery guns and Unmanned .... Read More
Tripura HC Bans Animals Sacrifice
The Tripura High Court has banned centuries-old tradition of animals sacrifice in religious places across the state.
The HC invoked Article 21 of the Indian Constitution – “No person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty except according to procedure established by law”.
Referring to judgments .... Read More
Khem Singh Gill
An academician, geneticist and plant breeder who was also known for his contributions to the Green Revolution—Dr. Khem Singh Gill has passed away.
He was instrumental in breeding new strains of wheat, linseed and sesame.
He was awarded the Padma Bhushan (1992) for his contributions towards science.
Former president of .... Read More
Gen Bipin Rawat
Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat took over as the new Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee, succeeding Indian Air Force (IAF) chief, Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa, who retired from service.
The Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) comprises chiefs of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force .... Read More
Wing Commander Anjali Singh has become the first female officer from the armed forces to be posted as a military diplomat in any of the Indian missions abroad when she joined the Indian Embassy in Moscow as a Deputy Air Attache.
Ponung Doming became the first woman officer from .... Read More