Tamil film actor Kamal Haasan has been appointed brand icon of Pro Kabaddi League franchise Tamil Thalaivas, co-owned by India batting legend Sachin Tendulkar.
The multi-faceted film personality, who has recently run into a controversy over the Tamil version of “Bigg Boss” he is hosting, said he was honoured to be associated with the sport as the team makes its debut in season five of PKL
Advani gets Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions in Lok Sabha
Veteran BJP leader L.K. Advani received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions as a parliamentarian in the Lok Sabha.
JD-U leader Sharad Yadav also received the Lifetime Achievement Award as a Rajya Sabha representative from Vice President Hamid Ansari at a function organised by the Lokmat Media Group to honour distinguished Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members.
The other awardees from the Lok Sabha included;
1. Revolutionary Socialist Party MP N.K. Premachandran (Best Parliamentarian),
2. Congress leader Kumari Sushmita Dev (Best Woman Parliamentarian) and
3. BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi (Best Debut Woman Parliamentarian).
The Cabinet approved sale of government’s 51.11 percent stake in oil refiner HPCL to India’s largest oil producer ONGC for a potential Rs 26,000 crore to Rs 30,000 crore
While ONGC buying HPCL will help the government meet as much as 40 percent of its target for raising Rs 72,500 crore in the current fiscal through stake sales, more deals in the oil sector including one where refiner Indian Oil Corp (IOC) buys out explorer Oil India Ltd or Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) merges with gas utility GAIL may be in the offing.
HPCL will become a subsidiary of ONGC and will remain a listed company post the acquisition, he said adding the board of the refining and marketing company will continue to remain in place.
ICICI Bank has launched a facility whereby its existing salaried customers can avail personal loans at ATMs, up to 15 lakhs in their savings account instantly
In a statement, the country’s largest private sector bank by consolidated assets, said the facility offers a bouquet of features – swift application in simple steps, multiple eligible loan amount options up to Rs. 15 lakh based on pre-checked CIBIL scores and instant transfer of the money to the customer’s account.
The facility also incorporates an additional level of authentication to make the security of the offering robust. Through this offering, a customer can get personal loans of upto Rs. 15 lakh for a fixed tenure of 60 months.
On completion of a transaction for balance enquiry or cash withdrawal, customers will be shown the option of availing the loan (at ICICI Bank ATM).
The money will get transferred to the customer’s account instantly on completion of this procedure. Customers can also avail personal loans from the Bank’s website, iMobile – its mobile banking application as well as its branches.
The landmark India-Japan civil nuclear agreement came into force. Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar exchanged the diplomatic notes with the Japanese envoy to India to formalise the completion of the process
The pact was signed in Tokyo during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Japan on November 11, 2016.
This Agreement is a reflection of the strategic partnership between India and Japan and will pave the way for enhanced cooperation in energy security and clean energy. It seeks to promote full cooperation between the two countries in the development and uses of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes on a stable, reliable and predictable basis
The deal is essential for bringing a network of nuclear energy cooperation for India, especially with the U.S. as prominent American nuclear companies are owned by the Japanese nuclear majors like Toshiba.
In a major upgrade to its defences, the Indian Army has signed a MoU with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to raise one regiment of the advanced Medium Range Surface to Air Missiles (MRSAM)
The army plans to have a total of five regiments of this air defence system, which will be deployed opposite to China and Pakistan.
The MRSAM marks a paradigm shift in the capabilities of the Indian Army.
The system can shoot down enemy ballistic missiles, aircraft, helicopters, drones, surveillance aircraft and Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft. Meant for the Army Air Defence, the MRSAM is an advanced, all weather, mobile, land-based air defence system.
Each MRSAM system comprises a command-and-control system, a tracking radar, missiles, and mobile launchers.
Climate projects of three States get Centre’s nod Proposals for climate adaptation projects submitted by Rajasthan, Gujarat and Sikkim have been approved by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change
The three projects approved by the National Steering Committee on Climate Change will receive funds under the National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change (NAFCC). Current projects address a range of climate change vulnerabilities in the states, which are not addressed under the ongoing schemes of the Central and State governments, a statement from the Ministry said.
The projects in Rajasthan and Sikkim are targeted at water security, while in Gujarat, the project will focus on increasing the adaptive capacity of communities dependent on natural resources in the Kachchh district, the official statement said.
With India being a signatory to the UN Paris climate change deal, the country is looking to step up work on climate change mitigation as well as adaptation to fulfil the targets under the National Action Plan on Climate Change.
The Lok Sabha passed the IIIT Public Private Partnership Bill 2017
The Bill provides to establish 20 IIITs under Public Private Partnership mode across the country and authorise them to award degrees to the students.
The Bill intends to address the challenges faced by the Indian information technology industry and growth of the domestic information technology market.
It includes developing new knowledge in information technology, providing manpower of global standards and ensuring autonomy in governance.
At present, there are fifteen functional Indian Institutes of Information Technology in public-private partnership mode, which are proposed to be declared as Institutes of national importance under the Bill.
Second phase of rural connectivity project BharatNet gets approval under which 1,50,000 gram panchayats would be connected with optic fibre cable (OFC)
Project BharatNet, the Union Cabinet is learnt to have cleared the proposal for the second phase of the project, under which 1,50,000 gram panchayats would be connected with optic fibre cable (OFC), according to a top government official.
In the first phase of the project, 1,00,000 gram panchayats were connected as of end March, albeit two years after it was originally intended to.
The original target set by the government for laying down OFC in 1 lakh gram panchayats was March 2015, but was later advanced to March 2017.
The approval entails a total estimated expenditure of Rs 42,068 crore for the implementation of BharatNet, which will be funded from Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF). Out of this amount, Rs 11,148 crore is the cost of providing connectivity to 1,00,000 gram panchayats in phase-I and Rs 18,792 crore is for providing connectivity to remaining 1,50,000 gram panchayats in phase-II.
Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana (PMVVY) is a pension scheme announced by the government exclusively for the senior citizens aged 60 years and above which is available from May 4, 2017 to May 3, 2018
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will launch a pension scheme for elderly with 8 per cent fixed rate of interest on their savings.
It can be purchased offline as well as online through Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India which has been given the sole privilege to operate this scheme, the finance ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
Pension is payable at the end of each period, during the policy term of 10 years, as per the frequency of monthly, quarterly, half-yearly, yearly as chosen by the pensioner at the time of purchase, it said.
The scheme is exempted from Goods and Services Tax, adding, loan up to 75 per cent of purchase price shall be allowed after 3 policy years to meet the liquidity needs.
Ram Nath Kovind was on Thursday declared elected as India’s 14th President polling 65.6% of the vote defeating, former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, who secured 34% of the vote
Mr. Kovind will be the second Dalit President of India after late President K.R. Narayanan but, more significantly, the first from politically significant Uttar Pradesh and the first person from the BJP to hold the office of President since Independence.
The value of each vote of an MP was 708. Among the States, each vote in Uttar Pradesh had the highest value of 208, while each vote from Sikkim had the lowest value of seven. Mr. Kovind got the highest number of votes – 335 – from U.P. and the lowest – just 1 – from Kerala.
Leading oil marketing company Indian Oil has bagged the WPC Excellence Award for its innovative and ground-breaking INDMAX technology at 22nd edition of the World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul.
Sanjiv Singh, Chairman, IndianOil and SSV Ramakumar, Director (R&D) received the award from Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah, former Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Energy and Industry, Qatar.
LPG as a clean and convenient cooking fuel, he added. Developed by Indian Oil’s R&D Centre, the INDMAX technology is highly suitable for heavy crude oil feeds contaminated with metals.
In addition to the WPC Excellence award for INDMAX technology, Indian Oil also won the top honours for the unsurpassed scale of implementation of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) it had spearheaded for distribution of deposit-free LPG connections to below-poverty-line families.
The J&K Tourism Department has received the award in the category of ‘Best Adventure Tourism Destination and Eco-Tourism Destination’ by Indian International Travel Mart
The J&K Tourism Department has received the award in the category of ‘Best Adventure Tourism Destination and Eco-Tourism Destination’ at a 3-Day event organized by Indian International Travel Mart, Chennai Deputy Director Tourism (Publicity) Peerzada Zahoor who was representing the J&K State received the award.
During the Travel Mart, J&K stall which was beautifully decorated attracted huge visitors mostly locals and travel agents.
A group of seven Indian students has bagged two awards at the first global robotics Olympiad in the US where 157 countries participated
The students, who hail from Mumbai, won gold for Zhang Heng Engineering Design Award and bronze for Global Challenge Match at the international robotics challenge organised by FIRST Global in Washington, according to a statement.
The Indian team was led by 15-year-old Rahesh, the youngest member of the group. Others were; Aadiv Shah, team spokesperson;
Harsh Bhatt, alliance strategist;
Vatsin, alliance analyst;
Adhyyan, robot tactician;
Tejas, robot controller and
Raghav, robot driver.
Mumbai youngsters Neel Joshi and Ananya Dabke bagged the under-15 boys and girls titles, respectively, in the Dutch Open Junior Squash Championships, in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
As per information received, top seed Joshi beat 5/8 seed Khalil Alhassan of England 9-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-6 in the boys final, while Dabke, seeded down the order at 9/12, turned giant-killer with an exciting 11-7, 11-4, 12-10 win over second seed Serena Daniel of the USA in the girls championship round.
Bharat Arun appointed India bowling coach by the three-member committee formed by the Committee of Administrators (CoA).
The three-member committee formed by the Committee of Administrators (CoA) has decided to retain the services of Sanjay Bangar and fielding coach R Sridhar while appointing Bharat Arun as the bowling coach of the Indian senior men’s team.
In addition to serving as batting coach, Bangar will also serve as Ravi Shastri’s deputy.
In addition to these appointments Patrick Farhart will continue as the physio of the team and Shankar Basu the trainer.
Former national-level hockey player Amit Saroha clinched silver medal in the club throw event in the F-51 category — below waist paraplegic category — at the ongoing World Para Athletics Championships in London
The event is the equivalent of the hammer throw, only para athletes throw a wooden club.
Amit Saroha has been wheelchair-bound, after a horrific a road accident in 2007 left him crippled.
Karnataka’s Manudev won the title in the first National Masters snooker tournament 2017
He defeated Alok Kumar to win the title Manudev, Alok Kumar, Chirag Ramakrishnan and Rafath Habib have qualified for the world 6 red and team championship snooker to be held in Egypt and also for the world snooker championship to be held in Malta later this year.
In order to provide qualitative education to the students, ‘Hamari Shala Kaisi Ho’ and ‘Shala Siddhi Karyakram’ are being implemented by the School Education department in Government schools of Madhya Pradesh
The State Education Centre has started Shala Siddhi Prohatsan Yojana to encourage best works under this programme. The Shala Siddhi Prohatsan Yojana has been started in 25,000 schools of the State till date.
A time table has been fixed for the award process. According to the time table, selection committees at block level will be formed by the district core committees till July 22.
The selected schools will forward their applications for Shala Siddhi Karyakram to Sankul Principals till July 28.
UIDAI or Unique Identification Authority of India has launched a new mobile app, called mAadhaar, that will negate the need to carry the Aadhaar card in wallets
Users of this mAadhaar app will have all the demographic details of Aadhaar card in their smartphones.
Information like name, date of birth, gender and address along with the user’s photograph (that is linked with Aadhaar card) will be available in the app.
The app comes with a biometric lock/unlock feature to secure the personal data. Once a user enables the lock system, the app remains locked till he/she chooses to either unlock it (which is temporary) or disable the locking system.
The Maharashtra government approved a revised policy of the ‘Majhi Kanya Bhagyashree’ scheme, by which families who have a yearly income of upto Rs 7.5 lakh will be benefited
The scheme, launched by the state government on April 1, 2016 in place of ‘Sukanya’ scheme, is aimed at improving the skewed girl child ratio, prevent sex determination and female foeticide, and support female education.
According to the earlier provisions, the ‘Majhi Kanya Bhagyashree’ scheme catered to girls from Below Poverty Line (BPL) families and those whose annual income was upto Rs 1 lakh.
According to the revised provisions, families having an income upto Rs 7.5 lakh will be eligible for the scheme, an official from the Chief Minister’s Office said.
As per the revised provisions after bearing the first girl child, if the mother or the father undergoes a family planning operation, a sum of Rs 50,000 shall be deposited in a bank in the name of the girl child.
Also, if any of the parents undergo a family planning operation after bearing the second girl child, a sum of Rs 25,000 shall be deposited in the name of both children.
The girl will be able to withdraw the interest money twice – once she attains 6 years of age and when she turns 12.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik dedicated the state’s longest bridge to nation and named it after Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose
The 2.88 km bridge over the river Kathajodi will connect the state capital of Bhubaneswar with Cuttack reducing the distance between the two cities by 12 km.
Patnaik said he was delighted to name the state’s longest bridge after Netaji who was born and brought up in Cuttack. Although the construction work of the bridge started after Patnaik laid the foundation in February 2011, the completion missed the deadline by over three years.