Wednesday 8 June 2016

Shahid Rasool, a communication technology specialist, on 7 June 2016 took charge as the Director of the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA).Rasool will guide CEMCA in its mission to ensure effective utilisation of educational media resources for distance education.He was earlier the Director of the Educational Multimedia Research Centre, University of Kashmir. He earned his MS

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on 7 June 2016 appointed a judicial commission to probe into the recent Mathura violence hours.The Judicial commission will be headed by retired Allahabad High Court judge Justice Mirza Imtiyaz Murtaza. It has been asked to submit its report in two months.The commission was formed after the Supreme Court refused to entertain a plea seeking a CBI probe into

Forbes on 6 June 2016 released the list of World’s 100 Most Powerful Women of 2016 showing women who impacted businesses, media, philanthropy, politics and more.Four metrics: money (net worth, company revenues or GDP), media presencespheres of influence, and impact, were analysed to prepare the list. The world’s most powerful woman in the list is German Chancellor Angela Merkel who

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on 7 June 2016 approved 1.5 billion US dollar loan to Sri Lanka. IMF has already transferred 168 million US dollars as the first Instalment with immediate effect to support the country’s economy.The Executive Board of the IMF accepted this 36-month extended arrangement under its Extended Fund Facility (EFF) with Sri Lanka under special drawing rights.

Scientists of the University of Sheffield identified the process of removal of DNA molecules from the iconic double-helical structure. Scientists were trying to unlock the mystery for over 20 years.The research was published on 6 June 2016 in a Journal, Nature Structural & Molecular Biology.The new research has unlocked a crucial part of the mystery as to how the human DNA can replicate and repair

ARUSHA, TANZANIA: A fter being abandoned as too ambitious in 1969, global plans to eliminate malaria are back on the agenda, with financial backing from the world 's richest couple, Bill and Melinda Gates , and U.S. President Barack Obama. The Gateses aim to eradicate malaria by 2040 by doubling funding over the next decade to support the roll out of new products to tackle rising drug resistance against the disease. Their goal of permanently ending transmission of

PARIS: A new smartphone app designed to alert users to possible terror attacks will be launched by the French government Wednesday, amid growing security concerns over the Euro 2016 football tournament. The application, which will be free to download in both French and English, will send users a warning "in case of a suspected attack," said the interior ministry, which has piloted and introduced the service. It will also alert users -- who must agree to be

NEW DELHI: India plans to more than double its liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal capacity in six years to cater to the rising natural gas demand from its refineries, fertilizer and power plants. Plans to set up new terminals and expand existing facilities will push up LNG terminal capacity to 47.5 million metric tonne per annum (mmtpa) by 2022 from the current 21.3 mmtpa, according to an oil ministry document. In 2015-16, the natural gas consumption in the

BRUSSELS: Growth in natural gas demand will slow to an average 1.5 per cent a year globally through 2021, as stagnation in Europe and uncertainty about Chinese consumption offsets robust growth in India, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Wednesday. After growth of 2.5 per cent over the last six years, gas is facing competition from renewable energy and cheap coal, meaning the global gas market will remain over supplied. In Europe, Russian

CAIRO: Yoga has grown enormously over the last a few years in Egypt , Indian envoy has said here as India organised first Yoga Championship in the country to popularise the ancient Indian spiritual practice . Ambassador of India to Egypt Sanjay Bhattacharyya welcomed the growing number of Yoga practitioners and noted the historic nature of the event. "Over the last few years, we have noticed that the interest in yoga has grown enormously in Egypt. Last year we found

NEW DELHI: Senior IAS officer Chetan Bhushan Sanghi , who had claimed to be under pressure for naming a "certain VIP" in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) probe panel report, has been appointed Joint Secretary in Women and Child Development Ministry. The Centre has also revoked an order debarring him from central deputation which was issued after he failed to join the WCD Ministry in 2014 following his appointment to the same post. The

NEW DELHI: The National Green Tribunal has refused to entertain a farmers' body plea seeking modification of its earlier order prohibiting cultivation of edible crops and vegetables on the floodplains of Yamuna here. The green panel said that Yamuna's water was "highly" polluted as it contained "acidic, heavy metals and other high pollutants" which were very injurious to human health and it cannot be treated as source of irrigation for agricultural purposes. "If it

KOLKATA: The Indian unit of search giant Google Inc and Tata Trusts launched 'Internet Saathi' program in West Bengal on Wednesday. The initiative will roll out from West Bengal's Purulia district and will focus on training women and larger communities in the state to learn and explore various uses and benefits of the Internet. Launched in July 2015, the program has trained and benefitted over 2 lakh women across villages in

Indian financial technology (fintech) market is expected to double to $2.4 billion by 2020, primarily triggered by rising customer experiences, e-commerce and smartphone penetration, according to a report. Emergence of fintech companies in India is a prelude to the transformation in payments, lending as well as personal finance that has attracted significant investor interest, the joint report by KPMG India and Nasscom 10,000

Yahoo Inc has hired boutique investment bank Black Stone IP LLC to sell about 3,000 of the internet company's patents, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The company has sent letters to a number of potential buyers for the patents, which date back to when the company was founded in 1996 and also include its original search technology, the report said. The deadline for bids for the

After setting up India's largest technological incubation centre, T-Hub, Telangana government will soon launch two initiatives -- T Works and the country's first Very Large Scale Integration Design (VLSID) Academy -- in the city. "We are ready to start various verticals of T-Hub focussed on different areas like hardware, particularly electronics and semi-conductors, which will be launched in Hyderabad before

New computer simulations from the Georgia Institute of Technology provide a conclusive test for a hypothesis of why the center of the Milky Way appears to be filled with young stars but has very few old ones. According to the theory, the remnants of older, red giant stars are still there -- they just aren't bright enough to be detected with telescopes. The Georgia Tech simulations investigate the possibility that these red

Chronic marijuana use disrupts the brain's natural reward processes, according to researchers at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas. In a paper published in Human Brain Mapping, researchers demonstrated for the first time with functional magnetic resonance imaging that long-term marijuana users had more brain activity in the mesocorticolimbic-reward system when presented with

Our Earth consists of silicate rocks and an iron core with a thin veneer of water and life. But the first potentially habitable worlds to form might have been very different. New research suggests that planet formation in the early universe might have created carbon planets consisting of graphite, carbides, and diamond. Astronomers might find these diamond worlds by searching a rare class of stars.Our Earth consists

West Bengal's premiere technology institute IIT Kharagpur is all set for a "green" makeover. The institute has embarked on an ambitious plan to reduce its monthly electricity bill by 10 - 15 per cent with the use of using renewable energy like solar power. Work is already underway to set up a 1 Mega Watt solar plant in the campus. Solar panels are being installed on the rooftops across nine prominent buildings. The move comes

The percentage of the Ozone-related mortalities owing to COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) was highest in Uttar Pradesh. Air pollution has reduced the life expectancy of Indians by an average of 3.4 years with Delhi topping the list at 6.3 years, according to a study. Delhi is followed by West Bengal and Bihar at the reduced life expectancy at 6.1 years and 5.7 years, respectively, stated the study conducted by

New Delhi: In a major scientific breakthrough, doctors at AIIMS claim to have successfully tested a new drug delivery system based on nanotechnology to replace injectable vaccination for Hepatitis B with oral dosage. Lead researcher A K Dinda told TOI that the system had been tested successfully on animals and human trials would be completed by 2021. "People will not require multiple injections for Hepatitis B if this

Jaitley also said it's important to upgrade our airports to meet international standards. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said India needs airports of global quality and 25 regional airstrips will be added this year. "Logically there is no reason that airports and airlines in India should not do well. We have amongst largest number of people in the world, we have a large number of expatriate, we have economy which can

The Chinese government has banned civil servants, students and children from taking part in fasting.China has marked the start of Ramadan with its customary ban on civil servants, students and children in a mainly-Muslim region from taking part in fasting, government websites said as the holy month started on on Monday. China's ruling Communist party is officially atheist and for years has banned government employees

Obama has backed India's bid for membership of the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) amid a major push to the strategic ties between the two countries. With President Barack Obama voicing strong support for India's application to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) agreeing to admit India, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs in

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi plans to launch a major initiative that will enlist support of other Nobel prize winners and world leaders for the cause of neglected and abused children. 'The Laureates and Leaders Initiative for Children' will be initiated by the Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation which aims to bring Nobel laureates from all disciplines and not just the Peace Prize winners as well as world leaders

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is currently on a visit to the US and met President Barack Obama to discuss key bilateral issues such as clean energy, defence partnerships and security. India and the United States have agreed to ratify the historic Paris Agreement that was achieved last December and have said in a joint statement that recognising the urgency of climate change, they “share the goal of enabling entry into force of

Scarecrow has appointed Kanika Sethi as Creative Director, Art. She will be based in Mumbai. Sethi started her career with Ogilvy Delhi in 2005. She moved to Rediffusion Y&R Delhi in 2007 and then went back to Ogilvy Delhi in 2009. She has also worked briefly with Wieden + Kennedy Delhi in 2015.  In her career spanning 10 + years, she has worked on brands like Incredible India, Hindustan Times, Pernord

The Delhi High Court has issued notice to the I&B Ministry in a petition seeking the cancellation of downlinking and up-linking permissions granted to Star India and Discovery Network Asia Pacific (Discovery).  The petition filed by Vikki Choudhry and Home Cable Network Private Limited was heard by a Bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath. Advocates Vivek Sarin, Md. Danish and Vijay

Geometry Global has announced the appointment of Diana Cawley as Chief Executive Officer for the Asia Pacific region. Diana will be based in Shanghai and report to global CEO Steve Harding starting July 4, 2016. “I have admired her ability to lead and inspire diverse teams for some years, especially across the dynamic Asian markets,” said Steve Harding, Global CEO of Geometry Global. “She has a proven record in

West Indies star batsman Chris Gayle has equated himself to football superstars Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo in his recently-released autobiography ‘Six Machine’.The 36-year-old maverick batsman has a slew of records to his name, including being one of only four men to have scored two Test triple centuries and being the first batsman to smash a ton in each of the three formats.And according to Gayle, he

V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust, Tuticorin, received two awards, one for achieving second highest growth in traffic for the year 2015-16 and another for attaining second position in RFD target achievement for the year 2015-16 among the 12 Major Ports. Shri S. Anantha Chandra Bose, Chairman and Shri S. Natarajan, Deputy Chairman of V.O.Chidambaranar Port Trust received the awards from Shri Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble

Viktor Korchnoi, regarded as one the greatest chess players, passed away on 6 June 2016 in Wohlen, Switzerland.  He was 85. Korchnoi played in three matches that produced the World Champion, but in each case lost to Anatoly Karpov. It made Korchnoi the strongest player never to have won the title.
About Viktor Korchnoi 

Amber Gurung, the legendary Nepali musician and composer of the country's national anthem, died on 7 June 2016. He was 78. He was suffering from diabetes and Parkinson's disease.He was cremated in Kathmandu with full state honours, which was attended by Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Bhim Rawal. A contingent of the Nepal Army offered a final salute.

8 June: World Oceans Day
The World Oceans Day was observed globally on 8 June 2016 with the theme Healthy oceans, healthy planet. The main focus of this year's theme is on curbing the plastic pollution. Plastic pollution is a serious threat because it degrades very slowly, polluting waterways for a very long time. In addition,

Himachal Pradesh on 5 June 2016 became the first Indian state to have a State Data Centre (SDC). The centre was launched by Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh in Shimla. The SDC is designed using green data centre concept. The centre will offer 101 people-oriented service online through an integrated data base. CM Virbhadra Singh directed all government departments to make

Adani Enterprises is in the process of setting up a copper smelter project with a capacity of one million tonnes per annum at an investment of Rs 10,000 crore at Adani Port Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) in Gujarat. The project includes copper smelter, sulphuric acid plant, copper refinery, continuous cast copper wire rod plant, precious metal recovery plant, phosphoric acid plant, aluminium fluoride plant among others,

Showcasing its commitment to enhancing cyber security, US-based technology company Microsoft on Tuesday said it has set up a Cyber Security Engagement Centre (CSEC) in Gurgaon near here. The CSEC aims to drive the public-private partnership to fight cyber crime, strengthen cooperation with Indian businesses, government and academic organisations on cyber security. The Gurgaon centre, one of the only

A new survey has revealed that Indian workers are paid significantly lower salaries compared to their peers in China. This makes India a cost competitive nation compared to China. According to a research by global advisory, broking and solutions company Willis Towers Watson, annual base salaries in India are the lowest in the Asia Pacific region and significantly lower than China. China’s base salaries across all job grades are

Honouring innovation and entrepreneurship, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday presented US-India Business Council (USIBC) Global Leadership Awards to Managing Director of Sun Pharmaceuticals Dilip Shangvhi and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. John Chambers of Cisco mentioned that USIBC members are on track to invest $45 billion in India. "I can assure you it's only the beginning

Indian FinTech market is set to double to $2.4 billion in the next four years from $1.2 billion now.The Reserve Bank of India is in the process of setting up a multi-disciplinary committee to study the FinTech business in India, its executive director N.S. Vishwanathan said.Speaking at the Nasscom India FinTech event in Mumbai, Mr. Vishwanathan said: “The committee would see what kind of FinTech business is

The issue of MCI restructuring has caused quite a ruckus in the parliament with the move of the government to appoint a fresh panel to suggest the reforms for the Apex Medical Regulator. This has indeed not gone well with some, who have questioned the need of a new committee report, when already a larger standing committee on health is given its recommendations, earlier this year. The

New Delhi: Empowered Committee of Secretaries headed by Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha is all set to meet on coming Saturday (June 11) to give final shape to the changes on 7th Pay Commission recommendation. This will give the much needed boost to lakhs of government employees who are anxiously waiting for the implementation of the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission.  The secretaries group is expected to

New Delhi: Global Skill Development Meet, organised by the Europe India Foundation for Excellence (EIFE), Brussels in close collaboration with the Permanent Delegation of India to UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), was held at the Paris headquarters of UNESCO on May 23, 2016. This global summit marked the beginning of a crucial journey to showcase Skill India project, country’s 2nd Largest News Website announces the winners of Women Pride Award, the annual award by digital division of Dainik Bhaskar group where it celebrates the indomitable spirit of Womanhood. In a glittering ceremony in Mumbai on 4th June, Shilpa Shetty, the eminent Bollywood actor felicitated the winners.