4.4 million jobs created in 9 months : EPFO

4.4 million jobs created in 9 months : EPFO
Retirement fund body EPFO’s payroll data suggests that as many as 4,474,859 jobs were created during September 2017 to May 2018. During May, the maximum number of enrolment of 2,51,526 were recorded in the age bracket of 18 to 21 years followed by 1,90,090 in 22 to 25 years age group. The EPFO manages social security funds of over 6 crore workers in the organised/semi organised sector.

J&K abolishes interviews for Class-IV jobs

The Jammu and Kashmir government today abolished interviews for all Class-IV posts in the state and the selection. All recruitment for Class-IV posts under State, Divisional and District Cadres also for companies, organizations & bodies substantially owned by Jammu and Kashmir Services Selection Board (JKSSB). The decision will speed-up the selection process against these posts.

41 lakh new jobs created in 8months: CSO

Central Statistics Office (CSO) released the employment-related statistics in the formal sector for eight months beginning from September 2017. The year witnessed new payrolls of over 6.8 Lakhs were recorded by Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO). The estimated total number of new National Pension Scheme subscribers during the same period is over 5 lakhs.

Delhi accepted full statehood proposal

Delhi Vidhan Sabha accepted the resolution on full statehood to the city. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said that the capital has been deprived of its basic rights unlike other states, which has affected the development of the city. Kejriwal promised that if Delhi gets statehood then every family will get one home, people will have jobs.

Women SHGs to be trained in making LED lights

Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat launched a programme for women self-help groups at Thano. The 5-day programme named LED Gram Light Training programme will train 50 women from 10 SHGS in making LED bulbs, tubelights and chandeliers and help them stand on their own feet. It will boost the sale of local products and will also help in stoping sale of Chinese items of home decor.

India’s 1st Aviation Multi Skill Dev. Centre

Union Minister of Civil Aviation P Ashok Gajapathi Raju inaugurated the country‘s first Aviation Multi Skill Development Centre at Chandigarh Airport‘s old terminal. The centre, which is a CSR initiative of Airports Authority of India (AAI), will initially train 2,360 students free of cost in three years. It will train about 2,400 youths in eight aviation job roles over the next three years.

India should create more salaried jobs

The World Bank has said that India needs to create more regular, salaried jobs with growing earnings.It should not focus on self-employment to become a middle-income country by 2047. It said that salaried jobs are a “rare privilege” in India today where less than 20% of workers are in salaried employment. India is currently classified as a lower middle-income country.

Bangladesh gets new Chief Justice

Bangladesh has appointed Syed Mahmud Hossain as the new Chief Justice.This comes as the predecessor & Bangladesh’s 1st Hindu chief justice was virtually forced to resign amid grave graft allegations. Hossain is the 22nd chief justice of Bangladesh.

Acid attack victims to get quota

People with autism, mental illnesses, intellectual disability & victims of acid attacks will now get quota in central govt jobs.In case of direct recruitment, 4% of total number of vacancies in groups A, B & C shall be reserved for people with benchmark disabilities. This comes after the passage of Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 & notification of relevant rules in this regard

‘one district, one product’ scheme in UP

The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet has approved ‘one district, one product’ scheme to promote products indigenous to every district.Implementation of the One District, One Product will boost economic development of the state, and also help in generation of five lakh new jobs annually. Under this, one product indigenous to every district would be showcased at the three-day UP Diwas event.

Govt lowers additional borrowings

The government has lowered the additional borrowing requirement for the current fiscal to Rs 20,000 crore from Rs 50,000 crore estimated earlier.The government reassessed the additional borrowing requirements after taking note of revenue receipts and expenditure pattern. The reduced borrowing would help contain fiscal deficit within the target.

Inflation accelerates to 17-month high

India’s retail inflation has reached a 17-month high with a little respite to be seen in the coming months amid a surge in oil prices.Consumer prices rose 5.21 percent in December from a year earlier, the Statistics Ministry said in a statement. The rise in inflation is unlikely to translate into higher wages, given subdued demand for jobs.

Govt initiates survey to count jobs

NDA govt has tasked Labour Bureau to ascertain the number of jobs created under MUDRA scheme through a survey of small entrepreneurs.It is done to get an authentic estimate of the jobs created under the govt’s scheme before the general elections of 2019.The Mudra scheme is aimed to give unsecured loans of up to Rs 10 lakh to small enterprises with the objective to provide self-employment.

NSG, CISF to handle VVIP security

Home Ministry has relieved paramilitary forces CRPF & ITBP from VVIP protection.Responsibility for the same has been given to CISF & NSG that are already in the job.Till now, CRPF was providing security to 75 VVIP’s under Z plus, Z, X, Y Plus & Y categories while ITBP was securing 17 such persons.NSG will continue to provide security to high risk protectees as decided from time to time.

Snehlata appointed as Secretary General

Snehlata Shrivastava, a 1982-batch retired IAS officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre, has been appointed as the first woman Secretary General of the Lok Sabha. Her appointment to this post was made by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. She will replace Anoop Mishra, who is retiring on November 30, 2017. She will have the rank and status of Cabinet Secretary with effect from December 1.

First transgender in Rajasthan Police

On 14th November 2017, Ganga Kumari became the first transgender to be inducted into Rajasthan Police. Ganga Kumari is a resident of Raniwara in Jalore district of Rajasthan. She was selected in the police recruitment examination for constables in 2013.

Second Economic Advisory Council meeting

The 2nd meeting of the Economic Advisory Council to PM Modi spelt out a clear road map towards skill development, job creation; enhanced resource investment in the social sector. The meeting was chaired by Bibek Debroy. Economic Advisory Council to the PM is a non-constitutional, non-permanent and independent body constituted to give economic advice to the GoI, specifically the PM.

Air New Zealand: Airline of the year

Air New Zealand has been named Airline of the Year for 2018. has honoured the airline with its most prestigious award for the fifth consecutive year. The Airline Excellence Awards judge airlines on 12 key criteria, including fleet age, passenger reviews, profitability, investment rating, product offerings and staff relations.

Walmart’s first fulfillment centre

Walmart India launched its first fulfillment centre in Mumbai. The global chain recently signed a MoU with the Maharashtra government to build 15 Cash and Carry stores under the brand `Best Price’ in the state. This FC will bring in almost 1,500 direct and indirect jobs to the city and help develop SME suppliers in the state.

Rajesh: High Commissioner to Malta

Shri Rajesh Vaishnaw has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Malta. He is a 1996 batch IFS Officer. Rajesh presently holds the office of Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs. He is expected to take up his assignment shortly.

Bharti AXA Life Appoints Vikas as CEO

Bharti AXA Life Insurance, a joint venture between Bharti Enterprises & AXA, has appointed Vikas Seth as Chief Executive Officer. The appointment is subject to requisite IRDAI approval. Prior to joining Bharti AXA Life, he was with the Aditya Birla Group, where he worked for nearly 10 years in different roles. He has also served as the Chief Distribution Officer for Birla Sun Life Insurance.

SK Sinha appointed Secretary (security)

Senior police officer SK Sinha was appointed as the Secretary (security) in the Cabinet Secretariat. He is a 1983 batch IPS officer of Bihar cadre. He is at present special director in the Intelligence Bureau. He has been appointed in place of ARK Kini. Secretary (security) is the administrative head of the SPG, who is responsible for monitoring the security arrangements for Prime Minister

HSBC Appoints Jayant Rikhye as CEO India

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) has announced the appointment of Jayant Rikhye as the Chief Executive Officer for India. The appointment would be effective from Dec. 1 subject to regulatory approvals. He succeeds Stuart Milne. Mr. Rikhye is currently Head of International, Asia-Pacific, responsible for 11 markets in the region.

Maharashtra launched ‘MahaLabharthi‘

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis launched ‘MahaLabharthi‘ web portal that will help people get information about all the government schemes that they are eligible for. The portal will allow people to apply for the welfare schemes. The web portal,, works on the basis of personal, educational and professional information provided by a person while registering on it

Govt to end VIP culture in Railways

The railway ministry has asked its senior staff to slug it out, at home & at work as part of steps to end the VIP culture in Indian Railways. In an unprecedented move, the ministry has brought to an end a 36-year-old protocol. As part of a massive overhaul of the culture of privilege prevalent in the ministry, the Railway Board has decided to do away with the instructions of a 1981 circular.

Committee for North Eastern Region

The Government has constituted a committee for proper management of the water resources in the North Eastern Region under the Chairmanship of Vice-Chairman, Niti Aayog. This is a sequel to the Modi’s visit to Guwahati in August this year to review the flood situation and relief work in the North Eastern States. Committee would facilitate optimising benefits of appropriate water management.

Conference of SAARC Speakers

The 8th Conference of the Association of SAARC Speakers and Parliamentarians is being held in Colombo. The three day conference which started on October 4, 2017 is lead by Sumitra Mahajan. She will speak on the topic Association of the SAARC Speakers and Parliamentarians, a platform for the Parliamentarians of South Asia to work together to reach the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development.

VNL signs pact with BSNL

Telecom equipment & solutions provider VNL has signed a MoU with BSNL to provide solutions for disaster management. ‘Relief 123’ service will restore connectivity at disaster sites, help locate affected & integrate information across platforms to enable informed decision-making for quick relief. It has been designed to work in different scenarios, including natural disasters such as tsunamis

Best places to work in India

Google, BHEL and State Bank of India have been named as the top three best places to work in India by leading global job site Indeed. While Amazon grabbed the 4th place, Marriott International was ranked 5th and Intel 6th. The ranking is on the basis of both overall and across individual categories as determined by reviews left by visitors on individual company pages.

ADB plans to raise annual lending

Asian Development Bank is planning to raise annual lending to India to a max of $4 bn per year during 2018-22 to accelerate inclusive economic transformation. ADB will focus on boosting economic competitiveness to create well paid jobs, improved access to infrastructure & addressing climate change. In private sector, it will support transport, power and affordable housing among others.

Team Europe wins Laver Cup

World number 2 Roger Federer handed Team Europe the maiden Laver Cup title after beating Team World’s Nick Kyrgios in a tie-break. Federer won 4-6, 7-6 (6), 11/9 to give Team Europe an unbeatable 15-9 lead. Team Europe were odds-on favourites with 5 of world’s top 7 players. Nadal suffered a 7-5 7-6 loss to Isner forcing him to hand the baton to team-mate Federer, who eventually got the job

Australia announces new space agency

Australia will create its own space agency in an attempt to cash in on a $420 billion aeronautical industry and create thousands of new jobs. A national space agency will ensure a strategic long-term plan that supports the development and application of space technologies and grows the domestic space industry of Australia. Most developed nations have a space agency, including New Zealand.

24 additional judges

24 judges to Allahabad and Calcutta high courts were appointed today. Allahabad high court, with an approved strength of 160 judges is functioning with 91 judges while Calcutta high court has an approved strength of 72 judges, but is working with 31. These are the first set of fresh appointments to the high court after Justice Dipak Misra took over as Chief Justice of India.

Merger of 17 govt presses into 5 units

The Cabinet has approved the merger and modernisation of 17 Government of India Presses (GIPs) into five GIPs. The modernisation will enable these presses to undertake confidential, urgent and multi-colour printing work of the Central Government offices all over the country. The five presses are to be redeveloped and modernised through monetisation of their surplus land.

Govt approves Army’s cadre review policy

The government has approved a long-awaited cadre review policy for Junior Commissioned Officers and other rank-holders in the Army. It will offer higher career progression to nearly 1.45 lakh personnel of the force. The upgradation would take place over a span of five years. The decision was conveyed to former Army chiefs by incumbent General Bipin Rawat at the biennial Chiefs’ Conclave.

Task force on employment, export

Govt has constituted a task force headed by NITI Aayog vice chairman Rajiv Kumar to lay down the roadmap for employment generation through export promotion. Task force consisting of senior officials of various ministries & industry representatives will seek expansion of formal sector for creation of well paid jobs. It will recommend sector specific policy interventions in key employment sector

MakeMyTrip President resigns

Online travel firm MakeMyTrip has announced the resignation of president Ashish Kashyap with effect from Sept 30, 2017. As per the settlement agreement, Kashyap will be under non-solicitation & non-competition obligation for the next 2 years. Kashyap, who was earlier designated as the CEO of the Ibibo Group, joined MakeMyTrip’s executive team as a co-founder & president post the acquisition.

Virendra Kumar takes charge as MoS

Dr Virendra Kumar has taken charge as the Minister of State for Women and Child Development. Kumar is the member of the Lok Sabha from Tikamgarh (Madhya Pradesh). He is 6-time Lok Sabha member. He also has a post-graduate in Economics and a PhD in Child Labour from Dr Hari Singh Gour University in Sagar.

Rajnath Singh Inaugurates YUVA

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the YUVA – a skill development programme and an initiative by Delhi Police under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana. YUVA aims to connect with youth by upgrading their skill as per their competencies. Delhi Police has tied up with NSDC and CII for providing mass job linked skill training for the selected youth.

No interview in government jobs

Uttar Pradesh Govt has decided to end the process of holding interview for selection of candidates for the govt jobs in all the non-gazetted posts of Group B, C, and D categories. This new rule will not be binding on the ongoing recruitment for Class II officers. The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Sankara Rao to be IFCI Chief Executive

IFCI is set to have a new Managing Director & CEO in E Sankara Rao. He is currently a director and chief executive officer at IIFCL Asset Management Company. Appointments Committee of Cabinet has given its nod for Department of Financial Services proposal to appoint Emandi Sankara Rao as Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of IFCI. Rao’s appointment will be valid for three years.

Pak gets 1st full-time Foreign Minister

Khawaja Asif has been appointed as the Pakistan’s new Foreign Minister, the first full-time leader to hold the post since the party came to power in 2013. Nawaz Sharif retained the foreign affairs portfolio, the job was handled by Sartaj Aziz, who was adviser on foreign affairs. Khawaja Asif a former banker, earlier held the defence and power ministries.

MOU between India and Spain

Union Cabinet has been apprised of the pact signed b/w India & Spain on cooperation in the renewable energy sector. MoU will help in strengthening bilateral cooperation between the 2 countries with the exchange of expertise and networking of information. The pact envisages establishing a Joint Working Committee in order to review, monitor and discuss matters related to areas of cooperation.

Ravi Mittal appointed part-time member

Ravi Mittal, who has joined as additional secretary in the Finance Ministry in place of Anil Khachi, is now a part-time member on the board of Irdai. Mittal has replaced N S Rao at Irdai, who is a joint secretary level officer. Besides, Maruthi Prasad Tangirala, a 1990-batch IP&TA&FS officer, has been appointed as ED at Irdai.

Sehwag & Usha in Arjuna Award committee

Virender Sehwag & P T Usha have been named in a 12-member Committee which has been handed the job to pick this year’s Khel Ratna & Arjuna awardees. Committee to be headed by Justice C K Thakkar, will meet on August 3 to select this year’s awardees. The Committee also includes Mukund Killekar (boxing), Sunil Dabbas (Kabaddi), M R Mishra (Journalist), S Kannan (Journalist) among other members.

Tamil Nadu doubles MLAs’ salaries

Tamil Nadu govt has almost doubled the salary and allowances of its MLAs, taking their new pay from Rs. 55,000 per month to Rs. 105,000 per month. Govt. also announced an increase in MLAs Local Area Development Fund from Rs. 2 crore to 2.5 crore. The decision comes as farmers are protesting in Delhi to press for better crop prices and a loan waiver.

Free education for transgenders

Indira Gandhi National Open University has announced that transgender students can now study in any of the programmes offered by the university for free. This is set to benefit 4000+ transgenders in the state who have lost out on job opportunities as they don’t have necessary qualifications. Vice Chancellor, Ravindra Kumar announced the initiative during the 22nd Prof G Ram Reddy Lecture.

New CEO & MD of L&T

SN Subrahmanyan will take charge as the chief executive officer and managing director of Larsen & Toubro. The appointment marks a major change in leadership positions at L&T where Naik has served for over 52 years. Subrahmanyan is currently the deputy managing director and president of L&T. He will assume the new role of non-executive chairman for a period of 3 years beginning 1 October.

Shamma appointed Indian envoy to Greece

Senior diplomat Shamma Jain has been appointed as India’s ambassador to Greece. She will succeed M Manimekalai as Indian envoy in Greece. Shamma is a 1983-batch Indian Foreign Service officer and is currently serving as Indian envoy to Panama. She had earlier served as ambassador to Cote d’Ivoire and has served in Indian missions in Italy, Philippines, Washington DC, Turkey and Argentina.

Sinha assumes charge as I&B Secretary

Narendra Kumar Sinha, a 1980 batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre has assumed charge as the Information and Broadcasting Secretary. He will take charge in place of Ajay Mittal, who has been appointed as the Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training. Prior to being Secretary, Sinha served as Principal Secretary, Information Technology Department, Government of Bihar.

Training programme COMMIT launched

Training programme “Comprehensive Online Modified Modules on Induction Training” for State Govt officials has been launched by Dr Jitendra Singh. It’s Objective is to improve public service delivery mechanism & provide citizen centric administration through capacity building of officials who interact with citizens on day-to-day basis. It has been developed by DoPT in collaboration with UNDP

Quikr acquires Babajob

Quikr India has acquired job listing company Babajob Services in an attempt to strengthen its position in the blue collar jobs segment. This the 11th acquisition for Quikr and its second in the online jobs marketplace space. The combined entity of Babajob and QuikrJobs will become the largest platform for blue collar job seekers. Quikr has decided to run Babajob as a separate entity.

Special secretary in Ayush ministry

Ayurveda physician Rajesh Kotecha has been appointed as special secretary in Ayush Ministry. He has been appointed for 3 years on a contract basis, according to an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training. The appointment is in line with Centre’s efforts to bring in specialists from the private sector in the govt. He is the chief consultant of Chakrapani Ayurveda Clinic, Jaipur.

Rajiv Gauba to be home secretary

The appointments Committee of the Cabinet has appointed senior IAS officer Rajiv Gauba as Union home secretary. He will replace incumbent Rajiv Mehrishi who is set to retire in August 2017. He is currently posted as secretary in Ministry of Urban Development as Officer on Special Duty. Durga Shanker Mishra will replace Gauba as the Urban Development Secretary.

Kerala’s first metro in Kochi

Kerala’s first metro line was flagged off in Kochi by PM Modi. Kochi Metro is the first in India to use Communication Based Train Control technology to maximise frequencies and minimise errors. Each station on Kochi Metro will have solar panels, which will focus on producing 35% of the total power usage. It is the first public transport system to reserve jobs for members of the third sex.

Anti-dumping duty on hydrogen peroxide

India may impose anti-dumping duty of up to $118 per tonne on import of a chemical used by industries in applications such as corrosion control and paper bleaching from six countries. The move is aimed at guarding domestic players from cheap imports of ‘hydrogen peroxide’ from Bangladesh, Taiwan, Korea, Indonesia, Pakistan and Thailand. Hydrogen peroxide is used as an oxidizer.

AUS abolishes visa programme for Indians

Australia has abolished a visa programme used by over 95,000 temporary foreign workers, majority of them Indians. The move is seen as a measure to tackle the growing unemployment in the country. The programme known as 457 visa allows business to employ foreign workers for a period up to four years in skilled jobs where there is a shortage of Australian workers.

Getting H1B visa harder for Indians

US is about to bring an executive order directing federal agencies to recommend changes to a temporary visa program. This program was used to bring foreign workers to the United States to fill high-skilled jobs. The order is an attempt by Trump to carry out his “America First” campaign pledges to reform US immigration policies and encourage purchases of American products.

India 7th in tourism economy

India’s travel and tourism sector ranks 7th in the world in terms of its total contribution to the country’s GDP, according to a new report of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). According to data, the travel and tourism sector generated Rs 14.1 trillion ($208.9 billion) in 2016. Additionally it created 40.3 million jobs.

Wi-Fi kiosks at 500 remote rail stations

Railways will set up Wi-Fi hotspot kiosks at about 500 stations and help people access an array of online services. Railwire Saathi, the Wi-Fi kiosks will function like a PCO for Digital India and enable people to use online services. The Railwire Saathi aims to provide connectivity to the unconnected and at the same time offer jobs opportunities in rural areas.

Govt nod to hike in salaries of SC

The government has accepted the Supreme Court proposal for raising emoluments given to judges of the Supreme Court and high courts. The Chief Justice of India (CJI) is the highest-paid functionary in the judiciary with his current monthly emoluments at Rs 1 lakh. This is likely to be raised to Rs 2.8 lakh, in addition to perks such as official residence, cars, staff and allowances.

HIV and AIDS (Prevention & Control) Bill

A crucial bill to ensure equal rights to people afflicted with HIV and AIDS in getting treatment, admission in educational institutions and jobs, was passed by the Rajya Sabha. The Rajya Sabha passed the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2014. The bill seeks to assure treatment to patients without stigmatising them.

Bihar- 35% quota for women in PDS

After implementing 35% reservation for women in government jobs, the Bihar government has now announced 35 % reservation for women in allocation of PDS shops. Over 4,500 women are expected to be immediate beneficiaries of the move. The state Food and Consumer Protection department has asked commissioners and district magistrates to ensure the immediate implementation of the decision.

Vijaya Bank opens its 2,000th branch

Vijaya Bank has opened its 2000th branch in Tirupati. The branch was opened by Chadalawada Krishna Murthy, Chairman, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams. This is the region’s 65th branch and the second in Tirupati city.Vijaya Bank was the first bank to start banking operations in Tirumala and has been extending yeoman service to the devotees of Lord Venkateswara.

Dearness allowance to be hiked by 2%

5 : The Centre is likely to announce a hike of 2-4 per cent in dearness allowance for its about 50 lakh employees and 58 lakh pensioners later this month. The dearness allowance as per the agreed formula by the Centre works out to be 2 per cent which would be effected from January 1, 2017. The dearness allowance is paid as proportion of the basic pay of the central government employees.

Half of India-Bangladesh border fenced

Half of the 4,096-km border India shares with Bangladesh has been fenced. Land acquisition is a major challenge to completing the work by the 2019 deadline. The border runs along West Bengal for 2,216.7 km, Assam 263 km, Meghalaya 443 km, Tripura 856 km and Mizoram 318 km. The aim of the project is to curb infiltration and smuggling of cattle and fake Indian currency notes.

P K Purwar appointed MTNL CMD

P K Purwar was today appointed Chairman and Managing Director of state-run telecom major Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL). The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved his appointment to the post for five years. Purwar is currently working as Director (Finance) in MTNL, which has been without a full-time CMD since May 31, 2014, following superannuation of A K Garg.

Aadhaar for settlement of pension claims

EPFO has clarified that obtaining of Aadhaar is mandatory for the time being only for final settlement of pension and not in withdrawal cases. The EPFO had extended the date of submission of Aadhaar number authentication by the members of Employees’ Pension Scheme 1995 up to March 31, 2017. Aadhaar is still mandatory for final settlement of pension (10 D) and scheme certificate cases,”

Government Panel for migrants

A Government appointed Panel has recommended necessary legal and policy framework to protect the interests of the migrants in the country. The ‘Working Group on Migration’ set by the Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation in 2015 who submitted their Report to the Government recently. The 18-member Working Group headed by Shri Partha Mukhopadhay.

Ajay Tyagi takes charge as Sebi chairman

2 : Senior IAS officer Ajay Tyagi on Feb 28 took charge as the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Board of India. He has taken over from U K Sinha, who completed his six-year tenure on February 28. Sinha was the second-longest serving Sebi chief after D R Mehta’s seven-year term from 1995 to 2002.

NDDB’s Cattle Feed Knowledge Portal

Shri Rupala inaugurated a National Workshop on Improving Feed Production Efficiency & Quality Control Aspects of Cattle Feed Plants organized by the NDDB in Anand. He launched NDDB’s Cattle Feed Knowledge Portal, an interactive knowledge platform. The portal will also have information on least cost formula for feeds, suppliers of feed ingredients etc.

New director of National Police Academy

Ms. D. R. Doley Barman, IPS, presently working as Director, NEPA, Shillong, Meghalaya, has been appointed as Director, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad. The term is for a period of 2 years or until further orders. Ms D. R. Doley Barman would also hold additional charge of the post of Director, NEPA till the appointment and joining of regular Director, NEPA

New Secretary (West) in MEA

1 : Senior diplomat Ruchi Ghanashyam was appointed as the Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs. She has been appointed in place of Sujata Mehta, who has recently taken over as a Member in Union Public Service Commission. The Appointments Committee of Cabinet has approved Ghanashyam’s appointment to the post, an order issued by the Personnel Ministry said.

Birender Singh to be Ambassador of Togo

Birender Singh Yadav has been concurrently accredited as the Ambassador of India to the Republic of Togo, with residence in Accra (Ghana). Yadav is presently working as the High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Ghana Togo. He is expected to take up his assignment shortly.

Alibaba launches Paytm mall in India

Alibaba-backed Paytm has launched Paytm Mall, a consumer shopping app, to take on local rival Flipkart and global rival Amazon in the country. The Paytm Mall, an Android app for smartphones is modelled on TMall, China’s dominant e-commerce platform. In 2016, India’s e-commerce industry saw businesses such as Askme collapse; firms such as Flipkart and Snapdeal shed jobs and cut expenses.

9 bank unions to strike Feb. 28th

The United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), an umbrella body of nine unions in the sector, has called a one-day strike on February 28 to protest the government’s “anti-people banking reforms”. Employess in all public sector banks, including SBI, RRBs will be a part of this strike. Compensation for employees for extra work done on account of demonetisation is also on the demand list

RIL market cap crosses ` 4 trillion

India’s biggest company by revenue, Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), Today crossed ` 4 trillion in market capitalisation. RIL is the second company after Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS) to cross ` 4 trillion in market cap. Currently, TCS has a total market cap of ` 4.88 trillion. Last time, the company was seen achieving this milestone on 18 January 2008.

Agreement between India and Poland

An agreement between India and Poland has been signed on cooperation in the field of agriculture and allied sectors. The agreement covers various activities in the field of agriculture and allied sector. It provides for constitution of a Joint Working Group (JWG) comprising of representatives from both countries.

Health Min. conducts largest drug survey

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, GOI had entrusted the work relating to carrying out a largest ever drug survey in the world for determining the quality of drugs to the National Institute of Biologicals (NIB). The statistical design of the Drug Survey included as many as 224 Drug molecules belonging to 15 different therapeutic categories of the National List of Essential Medicines 2011.

NDMA to conduct 2-day national workshop

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is conducting a two-day national workshop in Hyderabad on heat wave risk reduction through sharing of best practices beginning tomorrow. In India, heat waves typically occur between March and June, and in some rare cases even extend till July. It may result in dehydration, heat exhaustion, stress and even a fatal heat stroke.

Telangana Govt Signs MoU With NABARD

The Telangana Government lead by K. Chandrashekar Rao signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NABARD for a loan of ` 874 crore. This loan will be used for Horticulture Development Corporation to cover 3.15 lakh acres under Micro Irrigation scheme for 2016-17 and 2017-18. NABARD was founded in 12 July 1982 with headquarters in Mumbai.

N Chandrasekaran to be TCS Chairman

Tata Sons Chairman Natarajan Chandrasekaran has been appointed as the non-executive Chairman of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) on February 21, 2017. Rajesh Gopinathan is appointed as CEO and Managing Director, V. Ramakrishnan as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and N. Ganapathy Subramaniam as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of TCS.

First artwork created in space

A ‘laugh star’ a 3D-printed representation of sound waves generated from human laughter created aboard the International Space Station has become the first-ever piece of art to be produced outside Earth. The artwork was printed using Additive Manufacturing Facility, a gravity independent 3D printer. The work was conceptualised by Israeli contemporary artist Eyal Gever.

Feb. 20: World Day of Social Justice

World Day of Social Justice is a day recognizing the need to promote efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion and unemployment. The United Nations General Assembly has decided to observe 20 February annually, approved on 26 November 2007 and starting in 2009, as the World Day of Social Justice. The 2017 theme is, “Preventing conflict and sustaining peace through decent work”

Dick Bruna dies at 89

Dick Bruna, the Dutch illustrator, artist and “spiritual father” of Miffy, the white rabbit who enchanted millions of young children around the world for more than half a century, has died at age 89. Bruna passed away peacefully in his sleep. Amsterdam’s venerable Rijks museum put on a show featuring his work in 2015.

Corporation Bank bags award

Corporation Bank has bagged the “National MSME Excellence Award 2017.” FITS is a national industry body working in the form of a bridge between the industry and the State/Central authorities to bring about desired reforms in the MSME sector. It has taken many initiatives especially in finance, quality of production with employability and skill development.

Railway general ticket available in bank

In a step towards easing availability of train tickets, the Indian Railways will start disbursing tickets of the general class from banks. The railway board had started working on this in Aug 2016 7 initiative is said to be in its final stages. The Indian Railways and the SBI are in constant touch to work out the modalities for this, project will reach its final stages by April 2017

Vikas Swarup: High Commisioner to Canada

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Vikas Swarup has been appointed the new High Commissioner to Canada. Mr. Swarup, a well-known author, became the MEA spokesperson in April 2015. He is expected to join his new post in Ottawa by mid-March.

Persons with disabilities to be honoured

The 15th edition of the Cavinkare Ability Awards, which was instituted to honour achievers with disabilities in various fields, will be given on February 18. Conceived by Cavinkare Pvt. Ltd., and Ability Foundation, a non-governmental organisation working towards the empowerment of persons with disabilities, the awards were instituted in 2003 under two categories.

Kalimpong is Bengal’s 21st district

The Kalimpong subdivision of the Darjeeling hills became the 21st district of West Bengal. Kalimpong was once known for the Silk Route that passed through the region, connecting Nepal and Bhutan with the city. ` 220 crore will be invested in road construction.

Syrian Bank starts paying dividends

The ‘name and shame campaign’ initiated by Catholic Syrian Bank Employees and Retirees against wilful defaulters in Kerala seems to have started paying dividends.Of the 30 defaulters identified by the bank with dues of more than ` 50 lakh each, 10 borrowers have already approached the bank. The bank has succeeded in sending a strong message to defaulters not to avoid loan repayments.

States to set factories’ threshold limit

Fresh discussions begin with trade unions today to push through a long-pending overhaul of the Factories Act of 1948. The Centre has put the onus on States to set factories’ threshold limit Instead of increasing the threshold limit set for the number of workers in an industrial unit. The Centre had proposed that the Factories Law be applicable to all factories that employ at least 40 workers

L&T-European firm tie up to make missile

Engineering and construction major L&T entered into a joint venture with European defence major MBDA Missile Systems for development of missiles in India. L&T will own 51% stake in the JV named L&T MBDA Missile Systems and the rest 49 would be with the European partner.The two companies had been working together for the last six years, specially on the defence offset programmes in India.

Ambassador to Republic of Phillipines

Former IFS officer Narinder Chauhan has been appointed as the next Ambassador of lndia to the Republic of the Philippines. Currently Narinder Chauhan is working as the Ambassador of lndia to the Republic of Serbia. Diplomatic relations between India and the Philippines was established in 1949. Treaty of Friendship was signed between the Philippines and India on 11 July 1952.

Life certificates to pensioners

Post offices in Telangana will now aid pensioners avail life certificates and the unemployed find jobs through tie-ups with the Ministry of Labour.The schemes are being launched at 36 head offices on a pilot basis before they can be extended to 720 sub-offices in the State.For the unemployed, post offices will serve as enrolment centres for the National Career Service (NCS)

Queen to host UK-India Year of Culture

Queen Elizabeth II will host a spectacular UK-India Year of Culture launch at Buckingham Palace. This year will witness great works of art, greater collaborations on all the cultural aspects which will demonstrate how strong the cultural ties between two countries are.Queen Elizabeth II is the first British monarch to reach a Sapphire Jubilee, with 65 years on the throne.

Jiro Taniguchi dies at 69

Jiro Taniguchi, a legend in Japan’s comic art of manga, died at the age of 69. Taniguchi achieved an international following with works such as The Walking Man, The Summit of the Gods and The Magic Mountain.He was especially popular in France, one of the biggest markets for graphic art.

70,000 evacuated to defuse WW-II bomb

In Greece, at least 70,000 people in the city of Thessaloniki are being evacuated so that a 500 pound World War-II bomb can be defused. It is thought to be one of the largest wartime bombs to be found in urban Greece.Officials said it is too degraded to tell if it is German or an Allied bomb.The bomb was discovered during road works last week and is due to be disposed off today.

India signs MoU with Senegal

The government has approved signing a MoU between India and Senegal in the field of Health and Medicine.Both countries will set up a Working Group to further elaborate the details of cooperation and to oversee the implementation of this MoU.

Bill in senate to cut legal immigration

The bill proposed is to reduce the number of green card or Legal Permanent Residency issued every year from currently about a million to half a million in the US. It will have a major impact on hundreds and thousands of Indian-Americans who are currently waiting to get their green cards on employment-based categories.The bill however does not focus on H-1B visas.