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2016 Fortune Global 500 list released: Indian Oil Corporation ranked at 161st Place

Jul 22, 2016
Seven Indian companies figure in the Fortune Global 500 list with state-run Indian Oil Corp (IOC) ranked highest at 161st with revenues of 54.7 billion US dollars.

Former French cyclist Dominique Arnaud passes away

Jul 22, 2016
He rode in eleven editions of the Tour de France, which is an annual multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in France. He won three stages in the Vuelta and a stage in the Midi Libr.

Union Cabinet approves Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016

Jul 21, 2016
The Bill will benefit a large number of transgender persons, mitigate the stigma, discrimination and abuse against this marginalized section and bring them into the mainstream of society.

Union Cabinet approves signing of Air Services Agreement between India and Mozambique

Jul 21, 2016
Till now, there was no Air Services Agreement between India and Mozambique. In order to promote the air connectivity between the two countries, the two sides initiated the process of consultation in 2011 to finalize the text of Air Services Agreement.

ECI launched National Electoral Roll Purification 2016

Jul 21, 2016
The programme was launched to improve health of Electoral Rolls (ERs) and to optimize the Polling Station (PS) location and area across the country. The motto of ECI for the year 2016 is No voter to be left behind.

Union Cabinet approves incorporation of Sagarmala Development Company

Jul 21, 2016
Sagarmala Development Company will provide equity support to the project Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) and funding support to the residual projects under the Sagarmala Programme.

Genes of 6000-year-old barley grains sequenced for first time

Jul 21, 2016
With this, the ancient barley has become the oldest plant genome to be reconstructed to date. Before this, only prehistoric corn was genetically reconstructed.

Oldest and last Babri litigant Hashim Ansari passes away

Jul 21, 2016
Ansari, born in Ayodhya, was one of the seven main litigants from Muslim side in the 1949 Babri Masjid case regarding placing of Lord Rama idols in the premises.

Turkey declares three-month state of emergency after a failed military coup

Jul 21, 2016
A coup was attempted by a faction within the Turkish Armed Forces under a council calling itself the Peace at Home Council against the incumbent Justice and Development Party in Turkey.

CCEA approves Ghatampur Thermal Power Project in Uttar Pradesh

Jul 21, 2016
The project will be installed through a Joint Venture Company named Neyveli Uttar Pradesh Power Limited, which is formed jointly by Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited and Uttar Pradesh Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited.

Union Cabinet approves amendment in the Benami Transactions Prohibition amendment Bill, 2015

Jul 21, 2016
The legislation is intended to effectively prohibit benami transactions and consequently prevent circumvention of law through unfair practices.

CCEA approves construction of new Dry Dock within Cochin Shipyard Limited

Jul 21, 2016
The project will augment the shipbuilding/ship repair capacity essentially required for tapping the market potential of building specialized and technologically advanced large vessels.

Union Cabinet approves establishment of All India Institutes of Medical Sciences at Gorakhpur

Jul 21, 2016
The cost of the project for establishment of the new AIIMS in Gorakhpur will be 1011 crore rupees. The institution will have a hospital with capacity of 750 beds, which will include Emergency/Trauma Beds, AYUSH Beds, Private Beds and ICU Speciality and Super Speciality beds.

Chennai's Advay Ramesh wins Google Community Impact Award from Asia

Jul 20, 2016
Ramesh's device named FishErmen Lifeline Terminal (FELT) hand-held terminal uses the Standard Position Services (SPS), an open service without encryption provided by the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System, to enhance fishermen's safety and productivity at the sea.

Odisha government to celebrate bicentenary of 1817 Paika revolt

Jul 20, 2016
Paikas (a martial race) had first raised the banner of revolt against the British Raj in 1817 at Barunei near Khurda. The revolt is termed as the first war of India’s Independence by many historians.

Hockey legend Mohammed Shahid dies

Jul 20, 2016
Mohammed Shahid made his first appearance for India in the junior team in 1979 at the Junior World Cup in France. He made his first appearance in the senior team in 1979 in a four-nation tournament in Kuala Lumpur.

NITI Aayog, Intel India sign SoI to start Atal Tinkering Lab Initiative for Young Innovators

Jul 20, 2016
The aim of setting up Atal Tinkering Laboratories is to build relevant skill sets among youngsters and to provide access to technology that will enable solutions.

Nigeria's Didi Akinyelure wins BBC World News Komla Dumor Award

Jul 20, 2016
The BBC World News Komla Dumor Award aims to celebrate African journalism and reward exceptional talent. Ugandan news anchor Nancy Kacungira was the winner of the first BBC World News Komla Dumor Award.

The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable authored by Amitav Ghosh

Jul 20, 2016
The book addresses the challenges of representing the complexity of climate change in literature and the responsibility of writers to document the extreme reality humans are now facing.

Rajya Sabha passes Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2012

Jul 20, 2016
The Bill prohibits employment of children below 14 years in all occupation or processes except where the child helps his family after school.
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