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Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal launched UJALA Scheme in Madhya Pradesh

Apr 30, 2016
The scheme is being implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of PSUs under the Union Ministry of Power.

Indian Navy decommissioned INS Veer and INS Nipat

Apr 30, 2016
INS Veer was commissioned into Indian Navy on 26 March 1987 with the pennent number K 40 while, INS Nipat was brought into Navy on 5 December 1988 with pennent number K 42.

Endangered asiatic wild dogs spotted in China nature reserve

Apr 30, 2016
These animals are rarely seen in the inland province. The species lives mainly in south China's mountains and hills are under second-class state protection.

NABARD partners Germany for food security initiative

Apr 30, 2016
The programme is part of the German government's recently introduced special initiative 'One World, No Hunger' initiative. India is the only country in Asia chosen for this initiative.

Swat activist Tabassum Adnan won 2016 Nelson Mandela Award

Apr 30, 2016
She won the award for the individual activist category on the concluding day of the International Civil Society Week held from 25 April to 28 April 2016.

International Jazz Day 2016 observed globally

Apr 30, 2016
This year, UNESCO celebrated the day at Washington, DC.

Iraq Thomas made fastest ever century in cricket history

Apr 29, 2016
The 23-year-old Thomas represented Scraborough/Mason Hall and remained not out on 131 runs off just 31 balls. He helped his side to chase down Speyside's target of 152 runs in just eight overs.

Gujarat government announced 10 percent reservation for EBCs in general category

Apr 29, 2016
A notification will be issued on the Gujarat state formation day on 1 May 2016, and EBCs among general category will be able to take the benefit of the reservation in education and jobs from the 2017-18 academic year

China developed world's first graphene electronic paper

Apr 29, 2016
It will be a huge breakthrough that will catapult the material to a new level. It was developed by The Guangzhou OED Technologies in partnership with a company in Chongqing.

Senior IPS officer Surender Kumar Bhagat appointed as DG of Railways Protection Force

Apr 29, 2016
He will serve the Railway Board till the date of his superannuation that is on 30 June 2017.

Charles Borromeo resigned from Tata Steel Sports Department

Apr 29, 2016
The resignation came after the vigilance department officials of the company questioned him in connection with alleged irregularities in tender process of 4.40 crore rupees worth synthetic track laying at the JRD Tata Sports complex.

Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare 2016 observed

Apr 29, 2016
This commemoration will provide an opportunity to pay tribute to the victims of chemical warfare.

Rajya Sabha passed Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2016

Apr 29, 2016
The amendment to the Constitution Schedule Caste Order 1950 was done in accordance with the clause (2) of Article 341 of the Indian Constitution.

Rajya Sabha passed the Industries (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2015

Apr 29, 2016
The SC in its judgement on 20 January 1997 demarcated the regulation of production of alcohol between centre and states (Bihar Distillery and another vs. Union of India and others.

Kane Williamson confirmed as New Zealand test cricket captain

Apr 29, 2016
He will succeed Brendon McCullum as captain in all three formats. McCullum retired from test cricket in February 2016..

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated 100 rural drinking water projects

Apr 29, 2016
The project was inaugurated on the occasion of Utkal Gaurab Madhusudan Das’ anniversary. Das was the first graduate and advocate of Odisha.

Union Government banned import of dogs for commercial breeding

Apr 29, 2016
The ban came after many animal rights organisations raised concerns over foreign breed dogs suffering due to unsuitable climatic conditions

Experian India launched fraud detection mechanism named Hunter Fraud Score

Apr 29, 2016
The new scoring mechanism measures the probability of fraud in a credit application across banking and insurance industries.

India extended 1-billion dollar Line of Credit to Mongolia

Apr 29, 2016
During this visit, Purevsuren conferred Mongolia's highest civilian award, the Order of North Star, on Lokesh Chandra and Mansura Haider.

Indian academician Radha Kumar appointed to United Nations' University Council

Apr 29, 2016
Radha Kumar is the Director General of New Delhi-based think tank Delhi Policy Group.

South Korean Olympians to wear mosquito repellent uniform at Rio Olympics

Apr 29, 2016
South Korea that aims to finish in top 10 on the medal table in Rio Olympics announced that its Olympians will wear mosquito repellent uniform in the games to avoid Zika virus.

New Zealand's $5 bill won IBNS Banknote of the Year Award

Apr 29, 2016
The runner’s up in the voting were Sweden’s 20 Kronor note depicting children's author Astrid Lindgren, Russia’s 100 Ruble note illustrating Crimean landmarks, Kazakhstan’s 20,000 Tenge note and Scotland’s (Clydesdale Bank) 5 Pound polymer note.

WADA released 2014 Anti-Doping Rule Violations Report; India ranked third

Apr 29, 2016
With 96 cases of doping violations in 2014, India ranked third worldwide in the report. The two countries above India in the list are Russia with 148 cases and Italy with 123 cases.

Union Cabinet approved Investment enhancement by BPCL in Bharat Oman Refineries Limited

Apr 28, 2016
Now, the investment amount can be enhanced upto a maximum of 3000 crore rupees by way of subscription of convertible warrants.

Jayasurya recalled as Sri Lanka's cricket chief selector

Apr 28, 2016
Jayasuriya is back as the chief selector for the team, after a year when he stepped down from the role. Earlier, he served as the chief selector from January 2013 to March 2015.

China successfully launched Kunpeng-1B Sounding Rocket

Apr 28, 2016
The rocket reached a maximum height of 316 kilometres (196 miles), with the total flight time coming to 10 minutes.

NITI Aayog launched urban management programme for capacity building of states and urban local bodies

Apr 28, 2016
It was to tap the expertise of Singapore in urban sector to build capacities in State Governments and ULBs to design efficient solutions to urban problems.

Blood on my Hands: Confessions of Staged Encounters by Kishalay Bhattacharjee

Apr 28, 2016
The book contains the author’s conversations with an anonymous army officer. It narrates the staged encounters in India's northeast and explains how awards and citations are linked to a body count.

Chinese human rights activist Harry Wu died

Apr 28, 2016
Wu, the son of a wealthy Roman Catholic family from Shanghai, was arrested in 1960 when he was only 23 years old. He was given a life sentence in a forced labour prison camp after he criticised the Soviet Union, then an ally of China.

ISRO’s seventh navigational satellite IRNSS 1G launched

Apr 28, 2016
With this launch, India successfully joined the elite group of countries that have their own navigation system technology to cater to the mammoth navigational needs.

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