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  • 31-Oct-2019
  • ‘Aarambh’, common foundation course for IAS probationers held in Statue of Unity

    'Aarambh' (Beginning), the common foundation course for civil service probationers is underway at the Statue of Unity in Kevadia, with around 450 civil service probationers participating in it. 

    This is the first ever of it's kind common foundation course for civil service probationers. The theme this year is 'How to achieve the goal of making India a 5 trillion dollar economy'. 

    World Bank president David Malpass addressed the trainees at the event. 

  • Odisha govt inks LoU for ‘drink from tap mission’ with UNICEF

    To provide quality drinking water to every urban household in the state, Odisha has inked a Letter of Understanding (LoU) on "drink from tap mission" with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

    UNICEF will provide technical cooperation to the government of Odisha for implementation of the "drink from tap" program which aims at providing piped quality drinking water supply to each household on a 24-hour basis, in first phase 1.20 lakh people are going to benefit."

  • CM Patnaik launches ‘Odisha Mo Parivar’ programme

    Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday launched a social service initiative aimed at encouraging environment protection, blood donation and the welfare of Odias in distress.

    Under the 'Odisha Mo Parivar' (Odisha, my family) programme, party leaders will dedicate themselves to protect the environment and undertake extensive planting of trees, and create awareness among the public.

  • RBI Fined Rs 35 lakh penalty on Tamilnad Mercantile Bank

    The Reserve Bank has imposed a penalty of Rs 35 lakh on Tamilnad Mercantile Bank for violating norms on frauds classification and notification.

    The bank has been penalised for non-compliance with certain provisions of directions issued by RBI on frauds classification and reporting by commercial banks and select FIs directions 2016.

  • Birender Singh Yadav to be next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Iraq

    Birender Singh Yadav has been appointed as India's next Ambassador to Iraq.

    A 1997-batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, Birender Singh replaced Pradeep Singh Rajpurohit as the ambassador. Yadav is expected to take up the assignment shortly.

  • Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde Appointed as 47th Chief Justice of India

    President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday appointed Justice SA Bobde, the senior-most judge in the Supreme Court after CJI Ranjan Gogoi, as the next Chief Justice of India. Bobde will be the 47th CJI.

    He will hold office till April 23, 2021.

  • G C Murmu and R K Mathur appointed as new Lt Governors of J&K and Ladakh respectively

    IAS officers Girish Chandra Murmu and Radha Krishna Mathur have been appointed the new Lt Governors of Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh respectively.

    Murmu, a 1985-batch Gujarat cadre officer, is serving as the Expenditure Secretary in the Union Finance Ministry.

    Mathur, a 1977-batch officer, has served as the defence secretary and is a former Chief Information Commissioner (CIC).

  • 9th edition of Bangladesh-India Friendship Dialogue

    The ninth edition of Bangladesh-India Friendship Dialogue will be held at Cox Bazar in Bangladesh from November 1. The two-day dialogue will cover a wide range of issues like trade and investment, connectivity, technology, energy, regional security, extremism and sustainable development among others. The dialogue aims to draw from learning and experiences in these sectors between India and Bangladesh.

  • HBR’s list of 10 best performing CEOs has 3 Indian-origin CEOs

    Three Indian-origin CEOs, Shantanu Narayen, Ajay Banga and Satya Nadella are among the world's top 10 best-performing chief executives, featured in a list complied by the Harvard Business Review (HBR).

    Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen was ranked 6th, followed by MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga was ranked 7th and Microsoft chief Satya Nadella on the 9th spot.

    The list also features India-born CEO of DBS Bank Piyush Gupta on the 89th spot. Apple CEO Tim Cook was ranked 62nd in the list. The 2019 list has 4 female CEOs in the top 50 of the rankings.

  • Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty bags silver medal at French Open

    India's top men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty lost to world No.1 pair of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo in the finals of the French Open in Paris.

    The Indian duo settled for silver after losing the final 18-21, 16-21.

    Satwik and Chirag had won their maiden Super 500 title at the Thailand Open earlier in August this year. It was the first time that an Indian men's doubles pair  reached a World Tour 750 final.

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