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India, US discover major Natural Gas Reserve in Indian Ocean

Jul 28, 2016
The international team of scientists was led by the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited of India in cooperation with the US Geological Survey (USGS), the Japanese Drilling Company.

Union Cabinet clears changes to GST Bill, drops 1% additional tax on inter-state sales

Jul 28, 2016
It decided that any dispute between states and the Centre will be adjudicated by the GST Council, which will have representation from both the Centre and states.

Lok Sabha passes Lokpal and Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill, 2016

Jul 28, 2016
The bill amends section 44 of the 2013 Act and says that every public servant shall make a declaration of his assets and liabilities in such form and manner as may be prescribed.

Union Cabinet approves setting up of AIIMS in Bhatinda

Jul 28, 2016
The cost of the project for establishment of the AIIMS in Bhatinda shall be 925 crore rupees. This cost estimate does not include recurring costs (wages & salaries and operation & maintenance expenses).

World Hepatitis Day 2016 observed with theme Elimination

Jul 28, 2016
The theme for the 2016 focuses on elimination of hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030. The theme can be easily adapted for local use to achieve elimination, greater awareness, increased diagnosis and key interventions including universal vaccination, blood and injection safety etc.

India signs $1 billion deal with US for procuring four Poseidon-8I aircraft

Jul 28, 2016
The contract is a follow-on order to eight P-81 planes worth 2.1 billion dollars deal inked in 2009, already bought by India in a direct deal with the firm. These aircrafts were inducted by the Navy between May 2013 and October 2015.

Policy for awarding Waterfront and associated lands in major ports approved

Jul 28, 2016
Under the Policy, concession will be granted to Port Dependent Industries (PDI) for setting up dedicated facilities in Major Ports for import and export of cargo for maximum 30 years.

Muralitharan, Lohmann, Morris and Rolton to be inducted into Cricket Hall of Fame

Jul 28, 2016
With the announcement, off-spinner Muralitharan becomes the first Sri Lankan player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.  The four iconic cricketers were voted by the ICC Cricket Hall of Famers as well as members of the media.

Lok Sabha passes Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Bill, 2015

Jul 28, 2016
The bill provides for rrigorous imprisonment of one year up to seven years, and a fine which may extend to 25% of the fair market value of the benami property.

Father of Hybrid Sorghum Neelamraju Ganga Prasada Rao passes away

Jul 28, 2016
Due to his efforts, sorghum hybrids CSH1 CSH5 and CSH9 became popular and were cultivated in over 8 to 10 million hectares

IOC to launch Olympic Channel on August 21

Jul 28, 2016
The channels original programming will include short-form and long-form content, focusing on elite athletes, their quest for success and sport around the world.

European Commission appoints Michel Barnier as Chief Brexit Negotiator

Jul 28, 2016
Barnier was appointed under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. He will be a prominent figure in the negotiations over Britain’s exit from the union.

India's first Humboldt Penguins reach Mumbai’s Byculla Zoo

Jul 27, 2016
The newly arrived penguins are about one to three years old and weigh around 1 to 2.5 kgs. The weight is expected to reach 4-6 kgs after they are fully-grown. Their height, which is 12.15 cms now, will also increase to 65-70 cm.

Bezwada Wilson, Thodur Madabusi Krishna win Ramon Magsaysay Award 2016

Jul 27, 2016
Bezwada Wilson was recognized for asserting the inalienable right to a life of human dignity. While, TM Krishna was recognized for ensuring social inclusiveness in culture.

East Bengal to honour Milkha Singh with Bharat Gaurav Award

Jul 27, 2016
Singh will be honoured with the prestigious award on the East Bengal Foundation Day (1 August 2016). Along with the award, a cheque of 2 lakh rupees will also be presented to him.

India's CSIR ranked World's 12th Best Government Institute

Jul 27, 2016
In 2016, the ranking of the CSIR jumped to 12th spot after being at 14th spot for three consecutive years. The overall global ranking of CSIR also improved from 110 to 99th position.

Lok Sabha passes Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2016

Jul 27, 2016
The official amendment seeks to amend the Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) (CLPR) Act, 1986 and allows children below the age of 14 years to work in select non-hazardous family enterprises.

Odisha announces Rs 60 lakh special incentive for Rio Olympic qualifiers

Jul 27, 2016
The six sportspersons are sprinters Dutee Chand and Srabani Nanda and four hockey players are Deep Grace Ekka, Namita Toppo, Lilima Minz and Sunita Lakra.

Parveen Rana to replace Narsingh Yadav for Rio Olympics

Jul 27, 2016
United World Wrestling earlier asked Indian Olympic Association that since the positive test occurred outside of the qualification event they would be allowed to replace Yadav with another wrestler, or else vacate the qualification spot.

World Health Organisation declares Brazil free of measles

Jul 27, 2016
From 1985 to 2000, Brazil saw no domestic cases of measles, although it broke out in 2013 in the northeastern states of Pernambuco and Ceara.
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