June 2016

Nagaland Governor launches women's helpline number '181'

Governor of Nagaland and Assam P B Acharya has launched women helpline number - 181 in the premises of District Hospital Dimapur in Nagaland and also inaugurated Sakhi, a one stop Centre, intended to support women affected by violence both in private and public spaces under one roof.

Addressing the gathering, Acharya reminded society that women were marching ahead in every field. He also highlighted the multiple roles played by women as home makers, guardians of children and the hard work put in by them in every field.

Nokia appoints Sanjay Malik India head


Nokia has announced the appointment of Sanjay Malik as the head of Indian market, effective August 1. Malik is currently head of Network Implementation (NI) at Nokia Global Services and is credited with efficiently driving growth and delivering strong performance both in terms of revenue and operational efficiency.

Mahashangarh declared as the SARRC cultural capital for 2016-17


Mahasthangarh, the 3rd century BC archaeological site in Bogra, Bangladesh, has been declared as the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SARRC) cultural capital for the year 2016-17.
As an SARRC cultural capital, the historic place will host festivals on literature, films, foods and dances from October 2016 to September 2017. Besides, the year 2016-17 has also be declared the SAARC Year of Cultural Heritage.

Colombia and FARC rebels sign historic ceasefire deal to end 50-year conflict


The Colombian government and FARC guerrillas have declared the final day of one of the world’s oldest wars with the signing of a ceasefire agreement to end more than 50 years of bloodshed.
The signing ceremony held at Havana was witnessed by Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos, FARC chief Timoleón Timochenko Jiménez, the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, Cuban president, Raúl Castro and Venezuela’s head of state, Nicolás Maduro.

ADB extends $500-million loan for river bridge in Bihar


ADB is multilateral lending agency based in Manila, Philippines, has approved a 500 million dollars loan to build a bridge across the Ganga River in Bihar. The loan funds will be used to build 9.8 km road bridge in Bihar on the Ganga River. On completion of the project it will be the India’s longest river bridge.

Indian-origin lawyer to chair panel on human rights in South Sudan


South African Indian-origin lawyer Yasmin Sooka has been appointed to chairman of three member UN commission (committee) to monitor the human rights situation in South Sudan.
The committee was constituted by the United Nations Human Right Council (UNHRC) resolution 31/20 which was adopted by consensus, the 47-member body. Other two members of the committee are Kenneth R. Scott (US) and Godfrey M. Musila (Kenya).
Neil O’Brien dies at 82



NEIL O’BRIEN, a leader of the Anglo-Indian community who is credited with pioneering quizzing in the country, passed away in Kolkata

The 82-year-old former Lok Sabha MP and three-time nominated Anglo-Indian MLA in West Bengal Assembly.

Sri Lanka's parliament votes in favour of right to information bill


Sri Lankan Parliament has unanimously passed the Right to Information (RTI) bill with amendments. The bill that seeks to restore transparency and good governance in the country was adopted without a vote in the Parliament after two days of debate.

A five-member Right to Information Commission will be formed to monitor and ensure compliance.


BCCI to host mini IPL in September


The BCCI is set to introduce a new Twenty20 event, to be branded as mini IPL, outside India in September.
According to BCCI president Anurag Thakur, In the month of September, the BCCI is willing to host a mini IPL or IPL overseas with all the eight teams participating. It will be a shorter format, not home and away matches but a lesser number of matches. In a two-week window we should be able to complete it.

DRDO inks MoU with Kolkata’s JU to establish Rs.100 cr research centre at Jadavpur University


Heralding a new era of DRDO-Academia Partnership, Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Jadavpur University (JU), Kolkata to establish the Jagadish Chandra Bose Centre for Advanced Technology (JCBCAT).

IIT-Kanpur professor Sanjay Mittal awarded 2015 GD Birla Award


IIT-Kanpur professor Sanjay Mittal has been awarded the twenty-fifth GD Birla Award for Scientific Research for the year 2015.


Mahashangarh declared as the SARRC cultural capital for 2016-17

Mahasthangarh, the 3rd century BC archaeological site in Bogra, Bangladesh, has been declared as the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SARRC) cultural capital for the year 2016-17.



Brexit wins as Britain votes to leave European Union in historic referendum


The United Kingdom has voted by 52 % to 48 % to leave the European Union after 43 years in a historic referendum.


Tech Mahindra Ltd acquires UK-based BIO Agency Ltd






Technology services provider Tech Mahindra Ltd (TechM) has acquired UK-based digital transformation firm The BIO Agency Ltd.


M S Dhoni becomes brand ambassador of Exide Life Insurance


Exide Life Insurance has signed India’s ODI and T20 cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni as its brand ambassador.


RBI releases framework on payments systems


Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has released its much awaited ‘Vision-2018‘ document.

Anil Kumble appointed India head coach


Legendary spinner Anil Kumble (45-year)has been appointed the new head

PayPal appoints Anupam Pahuja as India Country Manager and MD


World’s leading payments platform PayPal has appointed Anupam Pahuja as the Managing Director (MD) and Country Manager for its India operations.


Railway minister flags off Danapur-Saharsa Janhit Express


Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has flagged off a new train service between Danapur and Saharsa in Bihar through video-conferencing at Rail Bhawan in New Delhi.


Cabinet approves Rs.6,000 Cr package for textiles


The government has also approved a Rs 6,000 crore special package for textiles & apparel sector to create one crore new jobs in 3 years, attracting investments of $11 billion and generating $30 billion in exports.


LIC chairman S K Roy resigns two years before his term ends


The head of state-run Life Insurance Corp (LIC) S.K. Roy has tendered his resignation two years before his term was due to end.


Assam: Ambubachi Mela at Kamakhya temple to begins



In Assam, the annual Ambubachi Mela at Kamakhya temple has begun.
For the celebration, the temple doors will remain closed until Sunday.


India ranks 10th in FDI inflows: UNCTAD report


As per the recently released 2016 World Investment Report, India ranks 10th in FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) inflows


A Life in Diplomacy authored by ‘MK Rasgotra’


The book titled A Life in Diplomacy has been released which is written by former Indian diplomat Maharaja krishna Rasgotra.


AIFF to launch ‘Mission 11 Million’ for football


The All India Football Federation is set to launch a football promotion programme in October targeting 11 million children across India.


Russian hockey winger Artemi Panarin wins 2015-2016 Calder Memorial Trophy


Russian hockey winger Artemi Panarin playing for the Chicago Blackhawks has won the 2015-2016 Calder Memorial Trophy.


India wins three match T20 series with Zimbabwe



India pipped Zimbabwe by three runs to win the three-match T20 series 2-1 at the Harare Sports Club in Harare, Zimbabwe.

ISRO launches record 20 satellites in single mission


Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched a record 20 satellites in a single mission from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

Scientists make world’s first 1,000-processor microchip



US scientists team has created the world’s first microchip that has 1,000 processors and is thought to be the fastest chip designed in a university lab.

Vice President inaugurates 2-day international conference on Yoga


Vice President Hamid Ansari has inaugurated two day international conference on ‘Yoga for Body and Beyond‘ in New Delhi.

Maharashtra Govt grants minority status to Jews


Maharashtra Government has accorded minority status to Jews in the state as per the provisions of the Maharashtra State Minorities Commission Act, 2004.

Himachal Govt launches skill development project


The Himachal Pradesh government has launched a Rs. 640 crore project for skill development under which multipurpose training and marketing centres will be set up in rural areas as per the needs of local youths.

Aadhaar to be linked with caste certificates


Centre has asked all the states to link Aadhaar card of school students to their caste and domicile certificate.

SCO summit to begin tomorrow in Tashkent



A two-day meeting of heads of state of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) under the presidency of Uzbekistan will begin tomorrow in Tashkent.

Govt sets terms for PPF withdrawal


The Finance Ministry has said subscribers of the Public Provident Fund (PPF) can prematurely close the deposit scheme after completing five years.

Telangana poet and lyricist Guda Anjaiah passes away


Telangana poet and lyricist Guda Anjaiah (61-years) has died at his house at Ragannagudem, Telangana following a brief illness.

Ken Miyauchi to replace Nikesh Arora as SoftBank President



SoftBank Group has named Ken Miyauchi as its new President and Chief Operating Officer after Nikesh Arora resignation.

Jaitley releases silver coin to mark Martyrdom Day of Banda Singh Bahadur



Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has released a commemorative silver coin on the occasion of 300th Martyrdom Day of Sikh General Banda Singh Bahadur.

Virginia Raggi became first female mayor of Rome



A leading member of the populist anti-corruption Five Star Movement (M5S) Virginia Raggi (37-years) has been elected as Rome’s first female mayor.
Raggi is the youngest mayor in Rome’s history.

Assam Government launches Maitree Ek Gyan Yatra



The Assam Government has launched a unique initiative ‘Maitree Ek Gyan Yatra’ to link primary schools to high schools to colleges.

South India Bank launches Remit2 India Service


South India Bank has announced the launch of its Remit2India Service.
It is a secure online money transfer service for NRIs.
The new arrangement facilitates faster, cost -effective remittance from the US to SIB accounts in India.

Govt keeps interest rates on small savings scheme unchanged


Government has kept interest rates unchanged for various small savings schemes for the July-October quarter of 2016-17 fiscal.

IT dept to block PAN, LPG subsidy of tax defaulters


The Income Tax department has decided to block Permanent Account Number( PAN) of willful tax defaulters, get their LPG subsidy canceled and take measures to ensure that they are not sanctioned loans

Govt approves 100% FDI in aviation, defence, e-commerce


The Union Government has eased foreign direct investment (FDI) norms for nine sectors to give impetus to job creation and ease of doing business in the country.

Punjab Government launches Mukh Mantri Punjab Hepatitis C Relief Fund



The Punjab government has launched a special fund “Mukh Mantri Punjab Hepatitis C Relief Fund” to provide free treatment for patients affected by Hepatitis C.

Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana to be launched in Odisha



State-level launch of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana to provide free of cost LPG cooking gas connections to women from BPL households has been held in Sambalpur, Odisha.

Kannada film ‘Thithi’ wins top award in Shanghai film festival



Kannada film ‘Thithi‘ has won the best film award and best script writers award at the Asia New Talent Awards in the 19th Shanghai International Film Festival.

Renowned Educationalist Jeppiaar passes away


Renowned politician-turned-educationalist and founder of Jeppiaar Educational Trust Jeppiaar Pangiraj (85-year) has passed away due to brief illness at Chennai.

106-year-old Aida Gemanque becomes oldest Olympic torch bearer


World’s oldest skydiver, Aida Gemanque (106-year) has become the oldest Olympic torch bearer on 18 June 2016 when she carried the flame in the Amazonian city of Macapa, aged .


Sri Lankan pacer Shaminda Eranga suspended by ICC for illegal action



International Cricket Council has suspended Sri Lanka’s fast bowler Shaminda Eranga from bowling.