NCST presents special report on “ISPPATP”

Dr. Nand Kumar Sai, Chairperson, NCST presented a report on “Indira Sagar Polavaram Project Affected Tribal People”. The report and recommendations are under Article 338A(5)(e) of the Constitution. This is for the effective implementation of constitutional safeguards, welfare and socio-economic development of the Scheduled Tribe affected by Polavaram Irrigation Project, Andhra Pradesh.

7,400 Indians sought asylum in the US in 2017

At least 7,400 Indians sought asylum in the US last year, the UN refugee agency said. The UNHCR revealed in its annual Global Trends report that the US received the largest number of asylum requests, while the highest number of claims were filed by Afghan nationals. Wars, persecution and other violence led to the displacement of 68.5 million people globally.

33% increase in carpet area of houses

Government has approved a 33% increase in carpet area of houses eligible for interest subsidy under its affordable housing scheme PMAY-U. The carpet area of a house has been enhanced to 160 sq m from 120 sq m for Middle Income Group-I, while it has been increased to 200 sq m from 150 sq m in case of MIG II. Under MIG-I, 4% interest subsidy is available on loan up to Rs 9 lakh for people.

China and India meet for fighting corruption

A six-member delegation of senior Chinese officials will meet their counterparts in Indian agencies. It is to deepen cooperation between the two countries on people wanted for corruption and asset recovery. During the Chinese presidency of G20 in 2016, the “High Level Principles on Cooperation on Persons Sought for Corruption and Asset Recovery” was initiated. India supported the initiative.

Indonesia’s active volcano shows danger signs

Mount Merapi, Indonesia’s active volcano on Java island has shown dangers with small eruptions. The last eruption from this volcano killed more than 350 people in 2010. Any public activity including hiking within 3km of radius has been prohibited and villagers nearby have been asked to leave.

First essential diagnostics list

World Health Organisation has published its 1st essential diagnostics list, a catalogue of tests needed to diagnose the most common conditions as well as a number of global priority diseases. The step was taken to address the problem of people’s inability to access diagnostic services. List focuses on vitro tests like tests of blood & urine.

India and Myanmar sign 7 agreements

India & Myanmar have signed 7 agreements during the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s visit to Myanmar. The 7 agreements signed included one on land border crossing that will enable people from both countries to cross the land border with passport & visa for accessing health & education services. MoU on training of Myanmar foreign service officers was also signed during the meeting.

Cholera vaccination campaign began in Yemen

The 1st vaccine campaign against cholera in Yemen has started, a year & a half after an epidemic was triggered by war &a health and sanitation crisis. According to WHO, there have been more than 1 million cases of cholera in Yemen & 2,275 recorded deaths since Nov 2016. The oral vaccination campaign started in four districts in Aden aims to target around 350,000 people.

Modi among the top 10 most powerful people

PM Modi has been ranked 9th among the top 10 most powerful people in the world by Forbes. The list is topped for the first time ever by the Chinese President Xi Jinping, who dethroned Russian President Vladimir Putin as the most influential person on the planet. Forbes said that Modi has emerged as a key figure in the international effort to tackle climate change.

‘Vibrant North East 2018’ from May 3

The ‘Vibrant North East 2018’, an event in which people would be made aware of central government’s schemes and programmes, will be held in Guwahati from May 3. The main purpose of the event is to disseminate information about the schemes, grants and projects of the Central government. This will be the fourth edition of the ‘Vibrant North East’ expo in Guwahati.

Mechanism of deadly fungal infection found

Scientists have discovered a unique mechanism that drives the spread of a rare and deadly fungal infection that affects the lungs and brain. Cptococcosirys is a fungal infection that usually only occurs in people with impaired immunity, according to researchers at the University of Birmingham. The infection affects the lungs first, because it is acquired by inhaling fungal spores.

Deposits in Jan Dhan account cross ` 80,000 cr

Total deposits in Jan Dhan accounts has crossed ` 80,000 crore mark with more people joining the flagship financial inclusion programme.The deposits, which have been steadily rising since March 2017, were at ` 80,545.70 crore on April 11, 2018. Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana accounts had come into focus during the demonetisation period when the deposits witnessed a meteoric rise.

Mizoram govt signs peace pact with HPC-D

A landmark peace accord was signed between Mizoram Government and Manipur-based Hmar People’s Convention (Democratic) in Aizawl.The peace pact aims to end nearly three decades of insurgency in Hmar inhabited areas of Mizoram. The peace pact agreed for setting up of Sinlung Hills Council consisting of 14 members to accelerate speedy development in north and northeastern parts of Mizoram.

Trekking trail for differently-abled, elderly

Nepal has launched its first “accessible” trekking trail in Pokhara city for the differently-abled and the elderly.The trail was inaugurated as a part of 3 day international conference on Accessible Tourism’ held for the first time in the Himalayan nation. ’Accessible tourism’ is an emerging concept to ensure that tourist destinations, products and services are accessible to all people.

Microsoft opens Garage innovation site

Microsoft inaugurated Garage facility, a maker space for employees, its first in Hyderabad and the 2nd largest in the world after its Redmond Garage facility. Microsoft Garage provides a platform to employees who want to explore ideas, build prototypes or experiment with existing products. India is Microsoft‘s 2nd largest work location after Redmond, which employees close to 45,000 people.

Pakistan gets first woman opposition leader

Pakistani lawmaker Sherry Rehman made history by becoming the first woman Leader of the Opposition in the Senate. Rehman of Pakistan Peoples Party was declared as the Leader of the Opposition after she secured support of majority 34 opposition senators in the house of She has served as Pakistan‘s ambassador to the US from 2011 to 2013 and was elected to the Senate in 2015.

Yi Gang is Governor of People?s Bank of China

China appointed American-trained economist Yi Gang as Governor of People‘s Bank of China. Yi is currently serving as Deputy to incumbent central bank Governor Zhou Xiaochuan. China‘s central bank does not operate independently of the government, and so Mr Yi will report to President Xi Jinping.

Manipur celebrates its New Year

Sajibu Nongma Panba Cheiraoba, the New Year of Manipuri lunar calendar was celebrated with gaiety and fervour in Manipur on 18th March. The festival was celebrated on the first day of the Manipuri month, Sajibu, which usually falls in the month of March end or early part of April. Sanamahi, the domestic deity of the people of Manipur is worshipped on this day.

Li Keqiang re-elected as Prime Minister

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang was on March 18, 2018, re-elected for his second five-year term by the members of the 13th National People‘s Congress (NPC). Li Keqiang received 2964 votes in favour and two in against. Traditionally, the Chinese Prime Minister is regarded as the top economic official of the country.

Sanjeev Gupta appointed as Ambassador

Indian-origin steel tycoon Sanjeev Gupta has been appointed by Britain‘s Prince Charles as an official ambassador for the Industrial Cadets programme designed to nurture manufacturing skills. Mr Gupta was appointed to the flagship programme to give young people a direct structured experience of the industry. The Industrial programme was set up at the behest of the Prince of Wales.

Odisha launches “Ama Gaon, Ama Vikas” prog

Odisha has launched a Ama Gaon, Ama Vikas (Our Village, our development) to reach out to the people in rural areas and involve themselves in the developmental activities. CM flagged off wi-fi enabled mobile video wall vans through which people can send their grievances directly to the CM‘s office. With this initiative the administration will solve the the grievances of the people quickly.

Hindu woman elected to Pakistan?s senate

Krishna Kumari Kohli from Pakistan‘s Sindh province has become the 1st ever Hindu Dalit woman Senator. She is a member of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari-led Pakistan People‘s Party. Her election represents a major milestone for women & minority rights in Pakistan. She has actively participated & worked for the rights of downtrodden people of marginalised communities living in Thar & other areas.

Javed Abidi passes away

Noted disability rights activist Javed Abidi passed away this afternoon due to chest infection. Abidi was the Director of the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People and also the Global Chair of Disabled People International. He was involved in several consultations with the government on policies for creating a barrier free environment for all, including the disabled

Hung Assembly in Meghalaya

Meghalaya faces a hung state Assembly after no party won the required 31 seats to form the government in the 60-member Assembly. The Congress, which has ruled the state for 10 years, won the maximum of 21 seats, followed by the National People‘s Party which won 19 seats. The BJP secured two seats in the state Assembly.

BJP won Tripura for 1st time

The BJP defeated the CPI(M) in Tripura to form the state government for the first-ever time after winning 35 seats. The CPI(M), which ruled the state for 25 years, reportedly won 16 seats in the 60-member Assembly with 43% vote share. BJP-ally Indigenous People‘s Front of Tripura (IPFT) won 8 seats after fielding candidates in 9 constituencies.

Cops Eye: New app to help police

Madurai police have come up with a new app ?Cops Eye.? Based on face recognition feature, it would help them detect people with criminal backgrounds by clicking photographs. The data of 2,000 criminals has their names, photographs and details of criminal cases. Taking photograph of any person whose data is available with the centralised criminal analysing system will give all particulars.

Office of Missing Persons: Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has appointed commissioners to a special panel tasked with investigating war-era disappearances. The Office of Missing Persons was officially launched by President Maithripala Sirisena. The country‘s Parliament agreed two years ago to the first steps toward reconciling its war-era past tracing about 20,000 people who went missing during 37 years of fighting.

CSIR project to find pollution spots

To warn people of pollution hotspots, the National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies is rolling out a project to install pollution sensors at the Capital’s traffic junctions.The aim is to develop a messaging alert system that will warn people of spikes in pollution in certain localities. NISTADS is the policy arm of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.

Intermodal stations to come up in 15 cities

National Highways Authority of India has prioritized 15 cities across the country for the development of intermodal stations.Out of these 15 cities, Nagpur & Varanasi have been selected as pilot projects. Intermodal stations are terminal infrastructure which integrates transportation modes like rail, road, inland waterways, etc so that people can move from one mode to another seamlessly.

Nadda rolls out free viral load tests for HIV

Health minister JP Nadda has launched the free Viral Load Tests, which measure the quantity of virus in the body.The move is likely to benefit 12 lakh people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) in the country. The test is of immense importance to monitor the effectiveness of treatment of patients taking lifelong anti-retroviral therapy.

8th Indo- Seychelles Army exercise starts

The eighth joint military exercise between the Indian Army and Seychelles People’s Defence Forces started at Mahe Island, Seychelles.The focus of the ongoing exercise is to conduct counter-insurgency and counter-terrorist operations in semi-urban environment under the United Nations Charter. The exercise is named “Lamitye” which in the local dialect ‘Creole’, means friendship.

Former Indore mayor Suresh Seth passes away

Senior Congress leader and former Indore Mayor, Suresh Seth, breathed his last following an illness at a local hospital. He was 87.Seth, known for his charismatic and robust personality, was also called as a ‘Lion of Indore’. He aggressively took up people’s issues and cut across party lines to deliver benefit to the common man.

Trump pushes for ban on gun ‘bump stocks’

US President Trump has signed an order to ban bump-stock devices, which were used by a gunman who killed 58 Las Vegas concert-goers last year.Such devices enable a rifle to shoot hundreds of rounds a minute. The gun control debate took on a new urgency after 17 people were killed at a school in Florida last week. He also said arming teachers could ‘solve the problem’ of school shootings.

PM Modi inaugurates UP Investors’ Summit 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the two-day Uttar Pradesh Investors Summit 2018 along with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow.The Investors’ Summit has been organised to further the cause of economic development in the state and attract investments.The Summit is being attended by at least 5,000 people including industry heads from India and abroad.

Mandarin approved as official language of Pak

Pakistani Senate has approved a motion to declare Mandarin as one of the official languages of Pak.Relation b/w Islamabad & Beijing would deepen further & help people connected with CPEC communicate easily if Mandarin was made the official language. Punjabi, which is widely spoken in Punjab province of Pakistan, Pashto & many other native languages have not been declared official languages.

Ethiopia declares national state of emergency

A state of emergency has been declared in Ethiopia after the resignation of Prime Minister Desalegn.Emergency has been declared as protests have caused massive displacement of citizens, destruction of properties & threats against constitutional order of the country. In Aug 2017, Ethiopia lifted a 10-month state of emergency imposed after hundreds of people were killed in anti-govt protests.

India slides 16 spots on globalisation index

According to Global Connectedness Index 2016, India dropped 16 spots to 78 from 62 in 11 years to 2015.India’s 16-place drop was the 2nd worst change among its neighbours in central & south Asia. Georgia fared the best by moving up 43 spots to 56 while Sri Lanka was the worst, dropping 19 spots to 86. The index takes into account international flows of trade, capital, information & people.

Bajaj Allianz Insurance partners with Quikr

Bajaj Allianz General Insurance has entered into a partnership with Quikr to increase the insurance outreach and offer people with adequate financial protection.With 30 million monthly Unique Visitors, Quikr will be a new age distribution channel for Bajaj Allianz’s products. Under this key agreement, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance will offer personal lines of insurance products.

Pakistan to get first woman Hindu MP

The Pakistan Peoples Party’s Krishna Kumari is poised to become the country’s first woman Hindu lawmaker next month, after the party nominated her for the upcoming Senate elections.Ms. Kumari said she faced a “slave-like situation” during her childhood in the remote village of Nagarparkar in Sindh Province. She worked on the farm of a feudal landlord who was abusive to his workers.

Rajnath inaugurates spoken Sanskrit centre

Home Minister Rajnath Singh has launched the Centre for learning Sanskrit language in Gujarat University in Ahmedabad.It will offer a 6 month course for people on how to speak the language, anybody who loves Sanskrit can join this course. For the course, no prior knowledge of Sanskrit is required, the minimum strength of the class will be 30 students while the fees has been fixed at Rs 500.

Abu Dhabi to get its first Hindu temple

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of the first Hindu temple to be built in Abu Dhabi.The temple spread over an area of 55,000 square meters will be located off the Dubai-Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Highway at Al-Rahaba. The temple’s construction will be completed by 2020 and will be open to people of all religious backgrounds.

Forbes Releases Cryptocurrency Rich List

Business magazine Forbes has released its first-ever Crypto Rich List, comprising 20 wealthiest people in the cryptocurrency space.The list was topped by Ripple Co-founder Chris Larsen, who is estimated to have a crypto net worth of $7.5-8 billion.He is followed by Ethereum Co-founder Joseph Lubin ($1-5 billion) & Founder of cryptocurrency exchange Binance Changpeng Zhao ($1.1-2 billion).

Ancient Mayan city discovered under jungle

Archaeologists have discovered an ancient Mayan city in the jungle of Guatemala’s Peten region using an aerial mapping technique.Researchers mapped over 2,100 square kilometre of the region and found more than 60,000 hidden Mayan ruins, including houses, buildings, defence works and pyramids.As per estimates, nearly one crore people may have inhabited the ancient city.

World Cancer Day Observed

The World Cancer Day is observed on 4 feb, across the world, including India with an aim to raise awareness among people about the disease.For 2016 to 2018, the theme for observing World Cancer Day is ‘We Can. I can.’People are expected to, individually and collectively, understand and work towards lessening the impact and harmful effects of the condition globally.

Foundation of Universal Peace Center

Andhra Pradesh laid the foundation stone for the Universal Peace Retreat Center of ‘Prajapita Brahmakumari Eswariya University’ in Amaravati.The Center will be built with a capacity to provide shelter to 1500 people.It will propagate and teach raja yoga, Dhyana, youth development, women empowerment, stress relief activities, child care, positive attitude, life skills and moral values.

` 14.3 lakh cr to be spent on rural infrastructure

Arun Jaitley said that the government has allocated ?14.3 lakh crore to be spent for rural infrastructure.He said every block with more than 50% ST population and at least 20,000 tribal people will have a model residential school by 2022.He added social security will be provided to aged, widows, and orphaned children.

Govt allots ` 56k cr for SC welfare

Arun Jaitley announced ` 56,619 crore for SC welfare and ?39,135 crore for ST welfare.Every block with more than 50% ST population and at least 20,000 tribal people will have an ‘Ekalavya’ model residential school by 2022.Ekalavya Model Residential School is a scheme for model residential school for Indian tribals across India. It was established by the Tribal Ministry, Government of India.

550m living with unsafe PM10 levels

About 550 million people, are living in cities that recorded annual particulate matter levels above the national standards in 2016, a report by Greenpeace India said.The report, titled ‘Airpocalypse-II’, said that 180 million people were living in areas where the PM10 levels were more than twice the annual limit of 60 µg/m³. Delhi is the most polluted with annual PM10 level of 290 µg/m³.

Open defecation falls to below 50%

The number of people defecating in the open in rural India had reduced to less than half of what it was in 2014, according to the Economic Survey.So far, 296 districts and 3,07,349 villages have been declared as Open Defecation Free. 8 States and 2 UTs, i.e., Sikkim, HP, Kerala, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Arunachal, Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Chandigarh have been declared as ODF.

China To Establish International Courts

China has decided to set up three international courts to deal with disputes related to its multi-billion dollar Belt and Road Initiative.The courts will weigh litigation, arbitration and mediation; providing legal support and solving initiative disputes. The Chinese Supreme People’s Court will set up international courts in Beijing, Xi’an, and Shenzhen.

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

China’s new military training manual

28 : China’s People’s Liberation Army, the world’s largest army, has published an officially approved outline for military training.It focuses on the PLA’s combat capability, highlighting military training under combat conditions & joint training. The new training outline makes it a mission of the PLA that by 2035, the modernization of the China’s national defence should be completed.

Manipur launches health assurance scheme

Manipur CM N Biren Singh launched the Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT), a pioneering health assurance scheme for the poor and disabled people. 10 advanced life support ambulances will be given as gift of Statehood Day to Manipur.The CMHT will provide cashless treatment to the poor at government hospitals, health centres and other empanelled selected private hospitals.

World Bank signs US$300m loan

The World Bank approved a US$300 million loan for Nepal as the impoverished nation struggles to raise money to rebuild almost three years after an earthquake killed thousands and flattened homes.Nearly 9,000 people died when a 7.8-magnitude quake struck in April 2015, destroying more than half a million homes.

Kachra Mahotsav in Chhattisgarh

Rajesh Munat, successfully organised a free five-day health camp, where more than 60,000 people, from a four-month-old infant to a 90-year-old senior citizen, availed of check-ups, diagnosis and treatment.The event secured a place in the Golden Book of World Records. The aim of Kachra Mahotsav is to promote recycling and upcycling of waste generated in the Chhattisgarh.

2nd passenger bus to Kolkata via Dhaka

A second passenger bus to Kolkata via Dhaka was started from Agartala, Tripura, to give a boost to the trans-border relationship between India and Bangladesh.The second bus service has been named Maitre-2.The bus service is expected to improve the relationship between India and Bangladesh through people-to-people connectivity. The first Maitre bus service was launched in the year 2015.

Britain appoints Minister for Loneliness

United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May has appointed a “minister for loneliness” in a bid to tackle social isolation.This comes after a report revealed that nine million people in the country suffered from loneliness. Tracey Crouch, whose official title is Minister for Sport and Civil Society, will take on the additional role, created in memory of Labour MP Jo Cox.

Delhi, Punjab richest states in India

On the basis of data from fourth round of the National Family and Health Survey (NFHS-4), people in Delhi and Punjab are the richest, with more than 60% of their households in the top wealth quintile.The survey was conducted among more than 6 lakh households in 2015-16. The index has been prepared on the basis of scores on ownership of consumer goods and household characteristics.

Nepal bans solo climbing on Mt Everest

Nepal banned solo climbers from scaling its mountains, including Mt Everest, in an attempt to reduce accidents & make mountaineering safer.New regulations prohibit double amputee & blind climbers from attempting to reach the Everest without a valid medical certificate.The death toll so far this season stands at 6, nearly 300 people have died since the 1st ascent to the peak made in 1953.

Largest Human Research Project in China

The world’s largest human genome research project of 100,000 people was launched by China.The aim of the project is to document their genetic makeup for a study that aims to help generate the precision medicines of the future.It is the country’s first large project detecting the genetic links between health and sickness.

Swaraj & Safadi held a bilateral meeting

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Jordanian counterpart Ayman Al Safadi held a bilateral meeting in New Delhi.They discussed deepening bilateral ties across multiple sectors.Mr. Safadi discussed steps to set up a robust agenda for deepening and diversifying areas of cooperation in the fields of trade and investment, defence and security and people-to-people contact.

Anushka is PETA’s ‘Person of the Year’

Anushka Sharma has been named PETA’s Person of the Year by animal rights organisation ‘People for Ethical Treatment of Animals’.She is a vegetarian and has nabbed the title for helping in protections of dogs and advocating for horses who are forced to pull carriages in Mumbai. PETA is the largest animal rights organization in the world established in 2000.

WCD launches ‘Spot BBBP logo contest’

Ministry of Women & Child Development has launched a contest inviting people to share photographs of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao logo that they spot at unique locations. The objective of the contest is to engage with a larger audience. Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao is a social campaign of the Govt. that aims to generate awareness and improve the efficiency of welfare services intended for girls.

World’s Longest Glass Bridge in China

The world’s longest glass bridge has been opened in China to the public.Though it has a capacity to hold 2000 people, only 500 would be allowed at a time.Located in Shijiazhuang, the bridge lies 218 meters above hanging between the two cliffs in Hongyagu Scenic Area in Pingshan county.The bridge is 488 meters long & 2 meters wide, with two dragon statues on top that could produce smoke.

Rajasthan to offer e-mail IDs in Hindi

Rajasthan has become the 1st state in the country to offer free e-mail address in Hindi to its residents.The facility – name@rajasthan.bharat will draw millions of new users who are not comfortable with English e-mail ids.It is part of the Rajasthan DigiKit which has an enrollment of more than 1 crore people. Hindi is spoken by 544 million people in India making it the most spoken language

Apple buys song-recognition app Shazam

Apple has bought Shazam, the maker of a song-recognition app that Apple’s digital assistant Siri has already been using to help people identify music playing on their iPhones.Shazam deal marks Apple’s biggest acquisition in music since paying $3bn for Beats Electronics’ line of headphones & music service in 2014.Shazam lets users identify songs, movies & commercials from short audio clips.

J&K govt. launches ‘Saubhagya’ scheme

Jammu & Kashmir govt has launched Saubhagya (Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojna) with an aim to provide free electricity connections to poor people in the State.Saubhagya is an initiative that aims to provide electricity to 4 cr families across the country by Dec 2018.Electric connections would be given to poor people, identified by Socio Economic & Caste Census of 2011 & other sections for Rs 500

World’s largest free trade agreement

EU & Japan have announced that they have finalised terms for a giant free trade deal, presenting it as a challenge to protectionism championed by Donald Trump. Once completed it will forge an economic zone of 600 million people with 30% of global GDP.EU is seeking access to one of the world’s richest markets, while Japan hopes to jump-start an economy that has struggled for more than a decade

Armed Forces Flag Day

Armed forces day is observed annually in India on Dec 7 since 1949 to remember the sacrifices & commemorate the honour to soldiers, airmen & sailors.It is a day dedicated to India towards collection of funds from people of India for welfare of the Indian Armed Forces personnel. Flag Day is an opportunity for every Indian citizen to contribute most generously to the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund

‘Populism’ Named Word of the Year

The word ‘populism’ has been announced as Cambridge Dictionary’s Word of the Year 2017.The dictionary defined populism as “political ideas and activities that are intended to get the support of ordinary people by giving them what they want”.It said searches for ‘populism’ rose when Pope Francis made statements warning against its rising tide.

‘Bandhan Tod’ app for school girl

Patna-based Gender Alliance, an initiative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), had launched the Android-based app named ‘Bandhan Tod’.It is to sensitize people across the state against dowry, child marriage, domestic violence and gender inequality.A Bihar girl, 13 years old, sent out a distress message through this app and was saved from becoming a victim of child marriage.

Mehbooba Mufti re-elected PDP president

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was re-elected as the president of the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the next three years.She thanked party leaders for “reposting their trust and electing me as their president”.A law graduate, 57-year-old Mehbooba took the plunge into mainstream politics of the state in 1996 by joining the Congress, along with her father.

Aegon appoints Vineet Arora as MD & CEO

Aegon Life Insurance has appointed Vineet Arora as the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, effective from January 2018. Vineet Arora will replace K S Gopalakrishnan who had left the company on November 17, 2017. Chief People Officer of Aegon Life Insurance, Saba Adil, will serve as the interim In-charge and Principal Officer.

Mount Agung erupts after 54 years

Mount Agung, a volcano on the Indonesian island of Bali has erupted for the first time in more than 54 years. Mount Agung last erupted in 1963, claiming 1600 lives. Due to increased volcanic activity in the recent months, more than 1.4 lakh people have evacuated their homes.

Hike, Airtel Payments Bank tie-up

Messaging app Hike has tied up with Airtel Payments Bank to power its mobile wallet product. Through this partnership, Airtel Payments Bank gets access to over 100M (million) users on Hike and will begin powering the Hike Wallet product. People using Hike will get access to Airtel Payments Bank’s product line including merchant and utility payments and KYC infrastructure.

Facebook aims to train 5 lakh Indians

Facebook expects to train about 5 lakh people in India on digital skills by 2020 and has unveiled two programmes designed for individuals and start-ups. The 2 programmes – Facebook Digital Training & Facebook Startup Training Hubs are being rolled out in India before any other country. It will help people learn digital skills as well as enable entrepreneurs & SMB in digitising their business

Quarraisha as UNAIDS Special Ambassador

Acclaimed South African Indian-origin AIDS researcher Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim has been appointed as a UNAIDS Special Ambassador for Adolescents and HIV. Professor Abdool Karim is one of the world’s leading AIDS researchers. She has made pioneering contributions to understanding the HIV epidemic among young people, especially among young women.

Qatar, the Richest Country: IMF Report

Based on the per capita income of its people, Qatar has been named the world’s richest country as per the recent International Monetary Fund (IMF) report. The per capita GDP (gross domestic product) of Qatar is over Rs. 81 lakh. With per capita GDP of over Rs. 38 lakh, the United States is at No. 13. India, with a GDP of over Rs. 4 lakh per person, is ranked 126th.

Karnataka inks pacts with Chinese firms

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has inaugurated the sixth China-India Forum meet. It is jointly hosted by the Government of China, Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, China-India Friendship Association (CIFA), and Podar Enterprise in Bengaluru. India sees big opportunities to attract Chinese companies to Make in India, besides attracting investments.

UNHCR to get Mother Teresa Award 2017

UNHRC was named as the recipient of the Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice, 2017 as an acknowledgment of its exceptional work worldwide. The UNHCR provides humanitarian aid to innumerable people internally displaced by conflicts and helping stateless people all over the world. Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice was instituted by Harmony Foundation in 2005.

Tokyo’s AI ‘boy’ gained a residency

An AI character was made an official resident of Tokyo district in Japan. He doesn’t exist physically. He is a virtual chatty seven-year-old boy. The virtual boy was named “Shibuya Mirai”. Mirai, whose name means “future” in the Japanese language. He can have text conversations with humans on the widely used LINE messaging app. His hobbies are taking pictures and observing people.

Typhoon Damrey arrives in Vietnam

Typhoon Damrey hit Vietnam on 4th November 2017 and made landfall causing devastation. This was the strongest cyclone in Vietnam in 16 years. It weakened and fully dissipated on 5th November 2017. Typhoon Damrey killed at least 27 people and 22 are missing after it hit southern Vietnam.

Haryana gives funds for logistics hub

Haryana government signed a MoU with Verbind, an integrated trade facilitation services organisation, to set up a logistics and trading hub in Haryana. The government signed Rs 20,000 crore worth MoU for logistics parks. The logistics and trading hub is expected to attract investment of Rs 20,000 crore. This public-private project is expected to generate employment for six lakh people.

9th global green film festival in Delhi

The 9th edition of ‘CMS Vatavaran’, a global film festival on environment and wildlife, will begin on November 2, 2017, in Delhi. 113 films, including 4 films from Kashmir, will be showcased during this five-day film festival, ‘CMS Vatavaran’. The theme of CMS Vatavaran is “Conservation 4 Water”. The aim of this festival is to spread awareness about water conservation and sensitize people.

Air Chief Marshal visits Vietnam

Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh is on an official visit to Vietnam from 30 Oct 17 to 03 Nov 17. During his visit, he is scheduled to hold bilateral meeting with Vietnam People’s Air Force. The main focus of the visit would be on improving bilateral relations, promoting defence ties and evolving steps to further strengthen defence cooperation between the two Air Forces.

1st shipment of wheat to Afghanistan

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Salahuddin Rabbani, through a joint video conference, flagged off the first shipment of wheat from India to Afghanistan. It would be transhipped through the Chabahar port in Iran. The shipment is part of India’s commitment to supply 1.1 million tonnes of wheat for the people of Afghanistan on grant basis.

IAF Exercise on Lucknow-Agra Expressway

The Lucknow-Agra Expressway will be closed for commuters from 10 am on October 23 till 2 pm on October 24 as the IAF plans to conduct a major touchdown exercise. 20 planes, including the AN-32, will take part in exercise on the highway. The AN-32 are meant for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. It can bring a large amount of relief material and can also help in evacuating people.

Model platform for blockchain technology

IDRBT, an arm of the RBI is developing a model platform for blockchain technology. It’s a type of distributed ledger or decentralised database that keeps records of digital transactions. People generally use a trusted third-party like a bank to make a transaction but blockchain removes the need for a third-party by directly connecting the customers and suppliers on the same platform.

Rain sweeps China

Torrential rains sweep through China,leaving hundreds of people dead and hundreds others missing.