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Harsh Vardhan takes charge of Environment Ministry

May 22, 2017
Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan took over the additional charge of Environment Ministry, filling the seat left vacant after the death of Anil Madhav Dave.

Indian mountaineer creates history by scaling Mt Everest for the fourth time

May 17, 2017
Arunachal Pradesh's Anshu Jamsenpa became the first Indian woman to scale the Mount Everest for the fourth time.

T K K Krishnakumar appointed as Coca-Cola India President

May 1, 2017
Coca-Cola India is one of India’s leading beverage companies which, along with its bottling partners, has a strong network of over 2.6 million retail outlets.

International Jazz Day 2017 observed across the world

Apr 30, 2017
The Day was attended by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue Herbie Hancock in Cuba.

Narendra Modi released 23 volumes of Basavanna's Vachana on social reformer's birth anniversary

Apr 30, 2017
The 23 Vachana volumes are edited by renowned literary scholar late M M Kalburgi and translated by more than 200 people. The Vachana was commissioned by the Bengaluru-based Basava Samithi at a cost of Rs 2.5 crore of which, the Karnataka Government contributed Rs 1 crore.

Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare 2017 observed

Apr 29, 2017
The Third Review Conference of States Parties to the Chemical Convention held in April 2013 in the Hague, the Netherlands, adopted a political declaration that confirms the unequivocal commitment of the States Parties to the global chemical weapons ban.

101-year-old Mann Kaur becomes world’s oldest person to complete Auckland Sky Walk

Apr 29, 2017
On 26 April 2017, Kaur broke the Guinness World Record for javelin with a throw of 5 m 12 in her final competition at the Trusts Stadium in Waitakere, west Auckland.

ISRO to improve India’s communication system by launching 5 satellites

Apr 29, 2017
ISRO is going to launch five communication satellites by the end of 2017 to improve the communication system in India.

German lawmakers approve package of security measures, partially ban burqa

Apr 29, 2017
The ban on full covering of the faces will not be implemented on health workers who are working to protect themselves against infectious diseases.

Shah Rukh Khan becomes first Indian actor to deliver Ted Talk

Apr 28, 2017
A successful actor, businessman and a philanthropist, Khan is also a brilliant speaker.

Tamil actor Vinu Chakravarthy passes away

Apr 28, 2017
Vinu Chakravarthy was the one who introduced iconic actress Silk Smitha to the silver screen in the 1980 movie Vandi Chakkaram.

World Immunization Week 2017 observed with theme #VaccinesWork

Apr 28, 2017
The year 2017 marks the halfway point in the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP). The GVAP was endorsed by 194 Member States of the World Health Assembly in May 2012.

Uma Bharti has launched Water Conservation Programme for Bundelkhand

Apr 28, 2017
Uma Bharti has launched a new water conservation programme to address the decline in ground water level in UP and MP’s Bundelkhand region.

UNESCO to screen this Indian short film during World Press Freedom Day celebrations

Apr 28, 2017
The theme for the 2017 World Press Freedom Day is “Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies“.

President conferred Jnanpith Award to poet Sankha Ghosh

Apr 28, 2017
President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the 52nd Jnanpith Award to well-known Bengali poet Sankha Ghosh to honour his immense contribution to Bengali literature.

Paytm launches Digital Gold; Consumers now buy gold on Paytm

Apr 28, 2017
Using Paytm mobile wallets, consumers can purchase 24K 999.9 purity gold online and store it in MMTC—PAMP’s secure vaults free of charge.

El Salvador becomes first country to ban metals mining

Apr 28, 2017
The law bans "prospection, exploration, exploitation, extraction or processing of metallic minerals in El Salvador."

World Day for Safety and Health at Work observed globally

Apr 28, 2017
This year, ILO’s campaign focuses on the critical need for countries to improve their capacity to collect and utilize reliable occupational safety and health (OSH) data.

Indian Cultural centre holds seminar to strengthen ties with Egypt

Apr 28, 2017
The Indian cultural centre in Egypt organised a seminar to strengthen and deepen ties between the two nations.

Haryana Government appoints BS Sandhu as state’s DGP

Apr 28, 2017
B S Sandhu, a 1984-batch IPS officer has been appointed as the new Director General of Police in Haryana, replacing current chief K P Singh.

Bhubaneswar becomes 1st Indian city to win Pierre L'Enfant Awards-2017

Apr 28, 2017
Bhubaneswar became the first Indian city to win the Pierre L'Enfant Planning Excellence and Achievement Awards-2017 instituted by the American Planning Association.

Jonathan Demme, Oscar-winning director of The Silence of the Lambs, dies

Apr 28, 2017
He rose to prominence in the 1980s with his comedy films Melvin and Howard, Swing Shift, Something Wild.

Union Government launches MSEFC Portal and MyMSME Mobile App

Apr 27, 2017
Micro and Small Enterprises Facilitation Council (MSEFC) portal will facilitate implementation of delayed payment provisions of the MSMED Act 2006.

Puducherry farmers to get free power

Apr 27, 2017
The Puducherry government has decided to give free electricity supply to small and other classes of farmers.

UAE's first solar-powered gas station opens in Dubai

Apr 27, 2017
The station goes in line with the great strides made by the Emirate of Dubai to turn itself into a hub for renewable energy as part of the Dubai 2020 Vision. The Vision plans make the emirate the smartest and the most sustainable in the world.

'Iceball' Planet discovered through Microlensing

Apr 27, 2017
NASA scientists discover 'Iceball' planet through microlensing. The new planet is likely far too cold to be habitable for life because its star is so is so faint.

India successfully test-fires Agni-III ballistic missile

Apr 27, 2017
Agni-III’s first user successful trial was carried out on 21 September 2012.

PM Narendra Modi launches UDAN scheme, flags off first UDAN flight on Shimla-Delhi route

Apr 27, 2017
Simultaneously, PM Narendra Modi also launched the inaugural UDAN flights on Kadapa – Hyderabad and Nanded-Hyderabad routes.

Nita Ambani made Member of IOC's Olympic Channel Commission

Apr 27, 2017
On the other hand, the International Olympic Committee also announced the composition of 26 commissions for the year 2017. The composition of the IOC commissions for 2017 has seen a 70 per cent increase in female participation since September 2013.

BCCI loses both revenue, governance vote at ICC meet

Apr 27, 2017
BCCI was disseminated in ICC’s recent vote on a new revenue sharing model and change in governance structure.

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