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Verizon buy yahoo for $4.83 billion

Internet pioneer Yahoo has finally sealed the deal to sell its core online assets, ending a 20-year run as an independent company. US telecom giant Verizon Communications has bought Yahoo's search and advertising operations today for $4.83 billion.

Employment News

Armed Forces Medical Stores Depot, Pune invites applications for Storekeeper - 4 posts : 2 Gen, 1 OBC, 1 XSM Electrician - 1 Gen post Refer Website or Employment News dated 4-10 June 2016...

BHARAT RATNA AWARD

Bharat RatnaBharat Ratna is the highest civilian honour, given for exceptional service towards advancement of Art, Literature and Science, Sports and in recognition of Public Service of the highest order. The provision of Bharat Ratna was introduced in 1954.

The original specifications for the award called for a circular gold medal, 35 mm in diameter, with the sun and the Hindi legend "Bharat Ratna" above and a floral wreath below. The reverse was to carry the state emblem and motto. It was to be worn around the neck from a white ribbon. This design was altered after a year.

The first ever Indian to receive this award was the famous scientist, Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman. Since then, many dignitaries, each a whiz in varied aspects of their career has received this coveted award.

List of recipients

NameAwardedNote
Sachin Tendulkar2014
Cricketer
C. N. R. Rao2014
Scientist
Bhimsen Joshi2009Hindustani classical singer
Bismillah Khan2001Hindustani classical shehnai player
Lata Mangeshkar2001Playback singer
Gopinath Bordoloi1999Posthumous, independence activist, Chief Minister of Assam
Amartya Sen1999Economist from Kolkata and a Noble laureate
Ravi Shankar1999Sitar player from Calcutta
Jayaprakash Narayan1998Posthumous, independence activist and politician
Chidambaram Subramaniam1998Independence activist, Minister of Agriculture
M. S. Subbulakshmi1998Carnatic classical singer
Aruna Asaf Ali1997Posthumous, independence activist
Gulzarilal Nanda1997Independence activist, interim Prime Minister
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam1997Aeronautical Engineer,11th President of India
Satyajit Ray1992Bengali Filmmaker
J. R. D. Tata1992Industrialist and philanthropist
Abul Kalam Azad1992Posthumous, independence activist, first Minister of Education
Morarji Desai1991Independence activist, fourth Prime Minister
Vallabhbhai Patel1991Posthumous, independence activist, first Home Minister,Was responsible for unification of all Indian princely states.
Rajiv Gandhi1991Posthumous, Sixth Prime Minister.
Nelson Mandela1990Second non-citizen and non-Indian recipient, Leader of the Anti-Apartheid movement and Noble laureate
B. R. Ambedkar1990Posthumous, Chief architect of the Indian Constitution,Crusader against Untouchability, Dalit Icon, Social Reformer, Historian, politician, economist, and scholar
M. G. Ramachandran1988Posthumous, film actor, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan1987First non-citizen, independence activist
Vinoba Bhave1983Posthumous, social reformer, independence activist
Mother Teresa of Calcutta1980Catholic nun, founder of the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata and Noble laureate
K. Kamaraj1976Posthumous, independence activist, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu State
V. V. Giri1975Trade unionist and fourth President
Indira Gandhi1971Third Prime Minister,The First Woman Prime Minister of India(1966-1977,1980-1984)
Lal Bahadur Shastri1966Posthumous, independence activist, second Prime Minister
Pandurang Vaman Kane1963Indologist and Sanskrit scholar
Zakir Hussain1963Independence activist, Scholar, third President
Rajendra Prasad1962Independence activist, jurist, first President
Purushottam Das Tandon1961Independence activist, educator
Bidhan Chandra Roy1961Physician, Chief Minister of West Bengal
Dhondo Keshav Karve1958Educator, social reformer
Govind Ballabh Pant1957Independence activist, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Home Minister
Jawaharlal Nehru1955Independence activist, author, first Prime Minister
Mokshagundam Visvesvarayya1955Civil engineer, Diwan of Mysore
Bhagwan Das1955Independence activist, author, Founder of Kashi Vidya Peeth
Radhakrishnan1954Philosopher, India's First Vice President (1952-1962), and India's Second President(1962-1967)
C. V. Raman1954Physicist from Madras and a Nobel laureate
C Rajagopalachari1954Independence activist, last and the only Indian Governor-General of India

The Paris Agreement on climate change 2016

The historic agreement on climate change on 22nd April 2016 marked a milestone, with a record 175 countries, including India, signing it. The Paris Agreement on climate change is a milestone in global climate cooperation. It is meant to enhance the implementation of the Convention and recognizes the principles of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities in the light of different national circumstances. The salient features of the Paris Agreement are as follows: The Paris Agreement acknowledges the development imperatives of developing countries. The Agreement recognizes the developing countries' right to development and their efforts to harmonize development with environment, while protecting the interests of the most vulnerable.The Paris Agreement recognizes the importance of sustainable lifestyles and sustainable patterns of consumption with developed countries taking the lead, and notes the importance of 'climate justice’ in its preamble.The ...

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What is credit rating?

A credit rating assesses the credit worthiness of an individual, corporation, or even a country. Credit ratings are calculated from financial history and current assets and liabilities. Typically, a credit rating tells a investor the probability of the subject being able to pay back a loan. However, in recent years, credit ratings have also been used to adjust insurance premiums, determine employment eligibility, and establish the amount of a utility or leasing deposit. A rating is an opinion of the credit rating agency (CRA), on the future ability and legal obligation of the company whose instrument is being rated, to make timely payments of principal and interest on the obligation. The rating measures the probability that the issuer will default on the security over the life of the instrument being rated, this is expressed by means of a symbol. What are the factors that influences a person's credit rating? Ability to pay a loan Interest Amount of credit used Saving patterns ...

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Genetically Modified Food or Crops

Genetic Modification Genetic modification refers to techniques used to manipulate the genetic composition of an organism by adding specific useful genes. A gene is a sequence of DNA that contains information that determines a particular characteristic/trait. All organisms have DNA (genes). Genes are located in chromosomes. Genes are units of inheritance that are passed from one generation to the next and provide instructions for development and function of the organism. Crops that are developed through genetic modification are referred to as genetically modified (GM) crops, transgenic crops or genetically engineered (GE) crops. Over the last 30 years, the field of genetic engineering has developed rapidly due to the greater understanding of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) as the chemical double helix code from which genes are made. The term genetic engineering is used to describe the process by which the genetic makeup of an organism can be altered using “recombinant DNA technology.” This ...

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Career Scope in Print Media

Print media are lightweight, portable, disposable publications printed on paper and circulated as physical copies in forms we call books, newspapers, magazines and newsletters. They hold informative and entertaining content that is of general or special interest. They are published either once or daily, weekly, biweekly, monthly, bimonthly or quarterly. Print Media is the oldest form of media. But even today it is growing from strength to strength. Around 4000 small, medium and large newspapers and magazines across the county are registered with the Registrar of Newspapers every year. This indicates that it is a growing sector where employment opportunities are increasing with each passing day. Most of the young aspirants who want to enter the print media prefer reporting, but newspapers and magazines also seek young talent as photographers, artists, editors, computer experts, librarians, and cartoonists. Students who have writing ability, graphics or photo skills, curiosity and deter ...

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