BHEL and LIBCOIN to Build India’s First Lithium Ion Giga Factory
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) and Libcoin are in dialogue to form a world class consortium to initially build 1GWh lithium ion battery plant in India. Its capacity will be scaled up to 30GWh in due course. With this, India has finally taken steps into its energy security and clean energy commitment to the world.
Gandhi Peace Prize for 2015,2016,2017 and 2018 announced
The Gandhi Peace Prize for the years 2015,2016,2017 and 2018 has been conferred on the following
Government nominates Justice AK Sikri to Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal
Supreme Court judge A.K. Sikri, who voted with the government in the three-member committee to remove CBI Director Alok Verma, is understood to have been nominated to the post of President/Member of the London-based Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal (CSAT). In fulfilment of its obligations under the Agreed Memorandum, the UK government passed the Commonwealth Secretariat Act 1966 which, among other things, gives the Commonwealth Secretariat legal personality and accords it certain immunities and privileges.
Mary Kom is World No. 1
M.C. Mary Kom’s unprecedented sixth World title last November has propelled her to the top position in the AIBA latest World rankings. In the latest rankings put out by AIBA, Mary Kom is placed top of the chart in the 48kg weight division with 1700 points. The 36-year-old will have to move to 51kg in pursuit of her 2020 Olympic dream as 48kg is not yet included in the Games roster. Other Indians’ rankings: Pinki Jangra (8th, 51kg); Manisha Maun (8th, 54kg); Sonia Lather (2nd, 57kg); Simranjit Kaur (4th, 64kg); L Sarita Devi (16th, 64kg); Lovlina Borgohain (5th, 69kg) .
Rajya Sabha passes bill for 10% quota to economically weaker sections in general category
The Rajya Sabha passed the Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill 2019 to provide 10 per cent reservation in jobs and educational institutions to the economically weaker sections in the general category.
Ramnath Goenka awards 2019
IT was the spirit of democracy, transparency and courage that dominated the award ceremony of the13th Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards in New Delhi, last week. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who was the chief guest, gave away the prizes to 29 winners across 18 categories from print and broadcast journalism.
Lok Sabha passes quota Bill that provides reservation to economically backward
The Lok Sabha passed a Bill allowing 10% quota in employment and education for the general category candidates who belong to the economically weaker sections. The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019, introduced by Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot, was cleared by majority of the members (319) voting for it, and four against.
Shri Kumar Rajesh Chandra is appointed as DG, SSB
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Shri Kumar Rajesh Chandra, presently working as DG, BCAS to the post of DG, SSB from the date of joining of the post and upto 31.12.2021 i.e. date of his retirement on superannuation or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
Vikram Misri takes charge as India’s new envoy to China
India’s new ambassador to China Vikram Misri took charge of the post and met top Chinese officials during which they discussed Sino-India ties. A 1989-batch India Foreign Service (IFS) officer, Mr. Misri (54), replaced Gautam Bambawale who retired in November last year. Mr. Misri has taken the charge of the country’s envoy at a time when India and China are trying to deepen their cooperation in various areas, leaving behind 2017 Doklam standoff which was the most serious military face-off in decades. Before his appointment as India’s ambassador to China, Mr. Misri served as Indian envoy in Myanmar.
India scores maiden Test series win in Australia
India scripted history winning the first ever series on Australian soil beating the home team 2-1 after the fourth and final Test ended in a tame draw due to inclement weather.
Malaysia's king Sultan Muhammad V steps down
In a historic first for the country that ended weeks of speculation about his future after he took medical leave. Sultan Muhammad V's decision marks the first time a king has abdicated in the Muslim-majority country since it gained independence from Britain in 1957. It came after the king took leave at the start of November for two months, during which time unconfirmed reports circulated that he had married a Russian former beauty queen. A statement from the national palace confirmed the resignation of the relatively youthful monarch, known for his fondness for four-wheel driving and other extreme sports.
Drug Prices Control Order (DPCO) amendment
Recent amendments to the Drug Prices Control Order (DPCO), 2013, have fuelled concerns that the authorities might find it difficult to keep the prices of essential medical devices in check as multinational firms would now be able to use patent protection to exempt such equipment from price control for five years. According to a government notification, new drugs patented under the Indian Patent Act will be exempted from price control for five years from the date of the commencement of their commercial marketing by the manufacturer in the country.
Mallya became the first businessman declared as FEO
Mallya became the first businessman declared as FEO under the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act, which came into existence in August 2018.
Arunima Sinha becomes world’s first woman amputee to scale Mount Vinson
Arunima Sinha, the Indian mountaineer who became the world’s first woman amputee to climb Mount Everest in 2013, has now become the first woman amputee to climb Mount Vinson (highest peak of Antarctica).
Eminent witer Manoj Das honoured
Eminent English and Odia writer Manoj Das received the Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja National Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature, instituted by the Berhampur University. During the 53rd foundation day ceremony.
Praveen Kumar takes oath as Andhra HC acting CJ
Justice Chagari Praveen Kumar, senior-most Judge of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh, took charge as acting Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court. The court had been established consequent to the bifurcation of the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad.
RBI sets up panel under ex-Sebi chief U K Sinha to suggest measures for MSMEs
The Reserve Bank of India set up an expert committee under former Sebi chairman U K Sinha to suggest long-term solutions for the economic and financial sustainability of the MSME sector. The RBI has announced the panel a day after it allowed a one-time restructuring of existing debt up to Rs 25 crore for the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) which have defaulted on payment but the loans given to them have continued to be classified as standard assets. The eight-member committee will also examine the factors affecting the timely and adequate availability of finance to the sector, the RBI said in a statement.
HDFC MF regains top spot in mutual fund industry
HDFC mutual fund has regained its number 1 spot in the Indian mutual fund industry by racing ahead of ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund. For the quarter ending December 2018, HDFC AMCs average assets under management stood at Rs 3.35 lakh crore, ahead of ICICI Prudential Mutual Rs 3.08 lakh crore. Over the last one year, HDFC MFs assets under management have grown 16% from Rs 2.89 lakh crore.
Cabinet apprised of MoU between India and Morocco on Cooperation in the area of Cyber Security
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been apprised of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Morocco on cooperation in the area of Cyber Security. The MoU was signed on 25th September 2018. The MoU intends to promote closer cooperation for exchange of knowledge and experience in detection, resolution and prevention of security-related incidents between India and Morocco. Implementation of the MoU will result in significant mutual benefits in the Cyber Security sector, through institutional and capacity building with Morocco in the field of Cyber Security.
Cabinet approves first-ever three way merger in Indian Banking with amalgamation of Vijaya, Dena and Bank of Baroda
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the scheme of amalgamation for amalgamating Bank of Baroda, Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank, with Bank of Baroda as the transferee bank and Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank as transferor banks. The amalgamation will be the first-ever three-way consolidation of banks in India, with the amalgamated bank being India's second largest Public Sector Bank.The amalgamation will help create a strong globally competitive bank with economies of scale and enable realisation of wide-ranging synergies. Leveraging of networks, low-cost deposits and subsidiaries of the three banks has the potential of yielding significant synergies for positioning the consolidated entity for substantial rise in customer base, market reach, operational efficiency, wider bouquet of products and services, and improved access for customers. This will come in to force from 1st April 2019.
Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav takes charge as new Chairman, Railway Board
Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav, IRSEE (1980 Batch), has taken over as Chairman, Railway Board (Ministry of Railways) and ex-officio Principal Secretary to Govt. of India. The appointments committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav as Chairman Railway Board on superannuation of Shri Ashwani Lohani.
ISRO launches Samwad with Students on New Year Day
As part of the enhanced outreach programme of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), a new platform named “Samwad with Students” (SwS) was launched in Bengaluru. Through the SwS initiative, ISRO aims to constantly engage youngsters across India to capture their scientific temperament. The new conversation mission will inspire students cutting across schools and colleges. The first SwS event saw 40 wards and 10 teachers from select schools interact with ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan at the Anthariksh Bhavan. During the three-hour stay at ISRO HQ, the students were first briefed about Indian space programme and their benefits to the common man.
T. B. Radhakrishnan takes charge as first Chief Justice of Telangana High Court
Thottathil B Radhakrishnan took over as the first Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court, which came into existence on the first day of 2019. Mr. Radhakrishnan was administered the oath of office by Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana E S L Narasimhan at the Raj Bhavan.
PM Modi renames 3 Andaman & Nicobar islands as tribute to Netaji
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced renaming of three islands of Andaman and Nicobar archipelago as a tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. The Ross Island was renamed as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep, the Neil Island as Shaheed Dweep and the Havelock Island as Swaraj Dweep on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the hoisting of the Tricolour by Bose.
Pakistani activist Asma Jahangir wins UN Human Rights Prize for 2018
Late Pakistan lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir has been awarded the UN Human Rights Prize for 2018. Her daughter Munizae Jahangir received the prestigious award on behalf of her mother. Jahangir was announced as one of the four winners of the quinquennial prize in October. Other winners included women’s rights activist in Tanzania, Rebeca Gyumi; activist for the rights of indigenous Brazilian communities Joenia Wapichana and Ireland’s human rights organisation Front Line Defenders.
Philippines contestant Catriona Gray named Miss Universe
The Philippines’ Catriona Gray was named Miss Universe 2018 in a competition concluding in Bangkok. The 24-year-old Ms. Gray wore a sparkling red dress she said is inspired by a volcano in the Philippines as she was handed the crown to the delight of a roaring crowd that generally favoured Southeast Asian contestants.
Kamal Nath sworn in as Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister
Congress leader Kamal Nath was sworn in as the 18th Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh in Bhopal. Governor Anandiben Patel administered the oath of office to him. Mr. Nath, who has held several portfolios in the Union Cabinet, was appointed the Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee president on April 26 and was at the forefront in steering the party to a win in the November 28 Assembly polls.
PV Sindhu scripted history by becoming the first Indian to win a World series final title
PV Sindhu scripted history by becoming the first Indian to win a World series final title. The Indian shuttler was at her best in a real humdinger of a contest against Japanese Nozomi Okuhara as she walked away with the match 21-19, 21-17.
Zoramthanga sworn in as Mizoram chief minister
Mizo National Front (MNF) leader Zoramthanga was in as Mizoram’s new chief minister. The 74-year-old rebel-turned-politician was a former underground leader and a close aide of the legendary MNF leader Laldenga. A former Chief Minister, Zoramthanga, 74, was elected for a fifth term from Aizawl East-I seat, defeating Independent candidate K. Sapdanga by a margin of 2,504 votes.
BP Singh is appointed as FTII chairman
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting appointed TV producer BP Singh as President of FTII and chairman of its Governing Council. Singh will step in the shoes of actor Anupam Kher, who had resigned in October.
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