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  • 13-Jan-2017
  • President Barack Obama awarded Vice President Joe Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

    President Barack Obama awarded Vice President Joe Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction, the highest civilian honour, in a surprise tribute at the White House.

  • India successfully test-fires Guided Pinaka rocket.

    India on Thursday successfully test-fired the Guided Pinaka rocket from Integrated Test Range (ITR) launch pad at Chandipur in Odisha.

  • TCS announced that Rajesh Gopinathan has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director. 

    TCS announced that Rajesh Gopinathan has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director. Mr. Gopinathan takes over from Mr. N Chandrasekaran who has been appointed as the Chairman of Tata Sons Ltd, effective February 21, 2017.

  • IndiGo to ferry mortal remains of NE people for free.

    Budget carrier IndiGo in association with Delhi Police on Thursday launched 'Akhiri Ahuti', a social service under which the Gurgaon-based airline would ferry free of cost the bodies of northeast residents who die in Delhi to their homes.

  • Ken-Betwa River linking project receives environment, forest & tribal clearances.

    The ambitious Ken-Betwa river linking project has received formal environment, forest and tribal clearances. The project aims at addressing water needs of dry swathes in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

  • NITI Aayog calls for review RTE Act.

    The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog has called for a review of the provisions of the Right To Education (RTE) Act that stipulate children who do not perform well cannot be held back up to 8th Class.

  • Industrial production grows 5.7% in November 2016.

    India’s factory output, measured by the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) has registered 5.7% growth in November 2016 as against 1.9% in October 2016. It is the fastest growth recorded in more than four years and is largely on account of a low base effect. It also does not display the negative effects of demonetisation as production cycles in manufacturing take longer to adjust to any demand change.

  • SC refuses to pass judgment on Jallikattu before Pongal.

    The Supreme Court has rejected a plea urging it to pass judgement on Jallikattu before the harvest festival of Pongal. It had also dismissed the review petition against its 2014 verdict. Earlier, the apex court had questioned the Union Government for its January 2016 notification allowing use of bulls in events like Jallikattu, saying that its 2014 verdict banning the use of the animals cannot be negated.

  • Hope Island becomes graveyard for Olive Ridleys Turtles.

    Hope Island in Andhra Pradesh has become graveyard for Olive Ridleys turtles after 54 carcasses of this species were spotted on the shores of island. This indicates that the breeding cycle of this species got severe blow due to mechanised fishing boats scouring in the Bay of Bengal coastline. These boats crush most of these turtles under it leading to their death. The Fisheries Department is encouraging the mechanised boat owners to fit a Turtle Excluder Device (TED) to their trawl nets to allow thee turtles to pass.

  • Delhi declared free of bird flu.

    National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi was declared free from bird flu (H5N8 avian influenza) after consecutive samples collected at 15 days’ intervals from the last positive results tested negative. In October 2016, cases of mortality among the birds due to H5N8 avian influenza were reported in National Zoological Park, Delhi NCR.

  • Norway to become first country to end FM radio.

    Norway is set to become the first nation to start switching off its FM radio network next week, in a risky and unpopular leap to digital technology that will be closely watched by other countries considering whether to follow suit.

  • 12-Jan-2017
  • PR Sreejesh becomes member of Hockey Athletes' Committee.

    The Indian men's hockey team captain PR Sreejesh on Wednesday became a member of International Hockey Federation (FIH) Athletes' Committee.FIH Athletes' Committee comprises a total of eight current and former hockey players who have the responsibility to act as a liaison between the FIH and the athletes to make sure the players have voice in the FIH decision making process.

  • National Youth Day is celebrated in India on 12 January on the birthday of Swami Vivekananda.

    National Youth Day is celebrated in India on 12 January on the birthday of Swami Vivekananda. In 1984 the Government of India declared the day as the National Youth Day and since 1985 the event is celebrated in India every year.

  •  Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India's first international exchange-India INX

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India's first international exchange-India INX- on Monday at International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) in Gujarat International Financial Tech City (GIFT) located in Gandhinagar.

  • Former MRF director and rubber industry doyen KM Philip dies.

    KM Philip, 104, former whole-time director on the board of MRF, passed away.Born on May 2, 1912, Philip had served on the MRF board since its inception in 1961 till 2015. A founding member of the All India Rubber Industries Association, he who played a key role in the establishment and growth of the domestic rubber and tyre industries. The association instituted the KM Philip Medal & Award on his 90th birthday in recognition of his service.He has also served on the Rubber Board of India for more than 15 years.Philip was a Padma Shri Awardee and a noted philanthropist.

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