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Retail inflation for industrial workers falls

Retail inflation for industrial workers fell to 3.97% in April. Labour Ministry said the fall is mainly due to lower prices of food items. All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) is issued by Labour Bureau. The index is used for working out dearness allowance for central government employees and dearness relief for central pensioners.

Google celebrates the founder of the pH scale

Google honoured Danish biochemist, Soren Peder Lauritz Sorensen, for his revolutionary work in the concept of the pH scale. The pH scale is a concept that is used to measure acidity and alkalinity of substances. The significance of pH is that it measures the concentration of the hydrogen ion and ‘ranks’ them on a scale of numbers between 0 and 14.

Panel for time-bound release of MPLADS funds

The parliamentary panel on Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) funds has recommended that amounts donated by lawmakers for rehabilitation work after natural disasters should be disbursed within two weeks. The panel was headed by Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha M. Thambidurai. A Member of Parliament gets Rs. 5 crore a year to spend on local area development.

India, Guatemala signs various agreements

India and Guatemala agreed to work together to combat terrorism. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed on enhancing cooperation in diplomatic academics. A Letter of Intent (LoI) of providing training for the English language to Guatemalan teachers was also signed under the ITEC (Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation) programme.

International Labour Day observed on 1st May

International Labour Day, also known as International Worker’s Day or May Day is observed on 1st May. It is observed every year to promote and encourage the international labour associations. The day marks the victory of workers’ movement for eight hours of work. It also aims to pay tribute to workers sacrifices in achieving economic and social rights all over the world.

World Day for Safety and Health at Work

The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an annual international campaign to promote safe, healthy and decent work.It is held on 28 April and has been observed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) since 2003. The theme for World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2018 is: Occupational safety health (OSH) vulnerability of young workers.

A historic event: North-South Korea meet

In a historic turn of events, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on April 27, 2018 stepped into South Korean border for a day of talks with the Southern President Moon Jae-in.Kim and Moon signed “Panmunjom Declaration,” named after the truce village in the Demilitarized Zone between the two Koreas.Both leaders also agreed to work jointly for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Scientists in Spain create a new record

Researchers based out in Spain cramp down light to lesser than a nanometer, that is, a space of 1 atom.The team did so by squeezing plasmons into a gap between graphene and metal. This is the smallest confinement done till date. This work was performed in collaboration with MIT (USA) and University of Minho (Portugal).

Andhra Pradesh to get happiness department

The Andhra Pradesh government will soon constitute a Happiness Commission that will take up a series of programmes to promote “happiness” in the state.The commission, which will work under the department of planning, will be headed by Chief Minister. AP became the second state in the country to introduce an exclusive ministry for happiness in April 2017. Madhya Pradesh is the first state.

India ranked 3rd in facing most cyber threats

India ranked third in the list of countries where the highest number of cyber threats were detected, and second in terms of targeted attacks in 2017, according to security software firm Symantec.India was ranked second globally when it comes to spam and phishing (misleading emails, weblink etc). Symmantec detected 133 targeted attacks in India which are the work of organised groups.

India & JICA signed a ?500-cr loan agreement

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will provide a concessional loan of ` 500 crore for smarter mobility project in Chennai to develop Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS).ITS will make traffic management system more efficient to ease the city’s congestion.The project will optimise the way traffic lights work and reduce long vehicle queues at city’s main intersections.

Canadian mathematician wins Abel Prize

Canadian mathematician Robert Langlands won the prestigious Abel Prize for developing a programme connecting representation theory to number theory. The prize was established by the Norwegian government in 2002 to honour outstanding scientific work in the field of mathematics. Along with the Fields Medal, it is one of the world‘s most prestigious maths prizes.

Crime-free zone along Indo-B?desh border

The Border Security Force (BSF) and the Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) declared an 8.3 km stretch along the border a =crime free zone.‘ The stretch falls between the border outpost of Gunarmath and Kalyani of the BSF and Putkhali and Daulatpur of the BGB. Both the forces will work together to ensure that no crime or anti-social activity occurs along this stretch.

First cyber police station of Haryana

The first cyber police station of Haryana has been established in Gurugram where cyber offences related cases will be registered. The cyber police station was inaugurated by the chief executive officer, Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority, Gurugram. The police station would work under the direct supervision of ACP Crime/DCP Crime Gurugram.

1000 GW of solar energy by 2030

The International Solar Alliance (ISA) is working for the deployment of over 1,000 GW of solar energy and aims to mobilise more than USD 1,000 billion into solar energy project by 2030. The International Energy Agency (IEA) also signed a joint partnership declaration with the ISA. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) will sign a joint partnership declaration on 11th March 2018.

Veteran Actor Shammi Passes Away

Veteran Bollywood actor, who was fondly called ‘Shammi aunty’ by many in the film fraternity passed away at the age of 89. Born as Nargis Rabadi she has appeared in over 100 films. She was well-known for her work in television series like Dekh Bhai Dekh, Zabaan Sambhal Ke, and Shriman Shrimati. She made her debut in Bollywood at the age of 18 with Ustad Pedro.

Vinay Kumar is envoy to Afghanistan

Senior diplomat Vinay Kumar has been appointed as India‘s ambassador to Afghanistan, succeeding incumbent Manpreet Vohra. Mr. Kumar, a 1992 batch Indian Foreign Service officer, is currently serving as Joint Secretary in the headquarters of the External Affairs Ministry here. He has served in various positions and has worked in India‘s permanent mission to the UN in New York.

Kunwar Bai passes away

Kunwar Bai, Chattisgarh’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan mascot, passed away after suffering from a long time illness. She was 106 years old.She was felicitated by PM Modi for her work to make her village open defecation free in 2016. She sold her goats for Rs 22,000 and built a toilet at her home with that money. Kunwarbai was made Swachhta Doot by Chattisgarh state government.

‘Installation’ work at KIA Motors inaugurated

CM Chandrababu Naidu inaugurated the ‘framework installation’ work at the KIA Motors site near Penukonda town of the Anantapur district.It will produce the first KIA test car in a year. It’s total cost will be more than Rs. 13,000 crore, would produce 3 lakh cars initially and will eventually be scaled up to 4 lakh cars. Han-Woo Park is the CEO & President of the KIA motors.

UN observes World Day of Social Justice 2018

World Social Justice Day is observed annually on 20th Feb for promoting efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, unemployment, gender equality & to create an equitable society for all.The theme of World Day of Social Justice 2018 is ‘Workers on the Move: the Quest for Social Justice’. This year the theme is focused on hurdles of migrant workers who are suffering for good work opportunities

Noted cardiologist BK Goyal passes away

Renowned cardiologist & Padma Vibhushan awardee Dr BK Goyal passed away after he suffered a cardiac arrest.In recognition of his public service & pioneering work, he was appointed as Sheriff of Bombay in 1980. He was also awarded Padma Shri in 1984, Padma Bhushan in 1989 & Padma Vibhushan in 2005. He was one of the youngest to be selected as the president of Cardiological Society of India

Govt gives nod to Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill

Cabinet has given its nod to introduce Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill in the parliament.Bill aims to amend Sec 85 (b) of the Chit Funds Act, 1982 to remove ceiling of Rs 100. It also aims at hiking ceiling of foreman’s commission from a max of 5% to 7%. Chit business will be required to use the word Fraternity Fund to signify its nature as well as to differentiate its working from Prize Chits

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.

South Central Railway with 100% LED Lighting

9 : The South Central Railway (SCR) has become the first railway zone in the country to complete 100% LED lighting at all the stations under its jurisdiction.The SCR has been on the forefront of adopting energy conservation measures.It has attained the status of becoming the first zone in the Indian Railways to complete 100% LED lighting in all the 733 stations under its jurisdiction.

Madavoor Vasudevan Nair Passes Away

Kathakali maestro Madavoor Vasudevan Nair collapsed on stage and died while performing at Agasthyacodu Mahadeva Temple, Kerala.A recipient of several awards, including Padma Bhushan, he was the follower of the Kaplingattu School, the particular style of south Kerala.Madvoor had also worked as a faculty in the Thekkan Kalari of Kerala Kalamandalam.

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.

Cochin Shipyard Signs MoU with Russia

Cochin Shipyard signed a MoU with United Ship Building Corporation of Russia to collaborate in design and development of state of the art Vessels for waterways.The MoU will cater to the demand for different kinds of vessels.Both will work for the development of high-speed vessels, river-sea cargo vessels, and other watercraft for Indian waterways and coastal shipping.

Madhukar awarded with Bhasha Samman

Magahi writer Shesh Anand Madhukar, who has been working extensively for the development of the language, was honoured with this year’s Sahitya Akademi Bhasha Samman award.The second writer of Magahi language to be given the award, Madhurkar was conferred the award, comprising a Rs 1 lakh cheque and a memento, by Sahitya Akademi President Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari.

Innovation in Governance Award 2018

Andhra Pradesh Information Technology Minister Nara Lokesh was felicitated with Dr. Kalam Innovation in Governance Award 2018.The award was conferred on him by Rajya Sabha Secretary General Desh Deepak Verma for exemplary work in improving governance. The foundation was set up in the memory of former President A J Abdul Kalam. It works in various areas for development of the society.

Johnson & Johnson Partners with Maha.

Maharashtra’s mine workers who face an increased risk of tuberculosis will be part of awareness programmes on the illness.It is a part of a partnership that the Maharashtra Government recently formalized with Johnson & Johnson. Other interventions under the ambit of the agreement include hospital acquired infections and maternal and infant mortality.

UIDAI to enable face authentication

UIDAI has decided to enable face authentication in fusion mode on registered devices by 1st July 2018.It will help in inclusive authentication of those who are not able to biometrically authenticate due to their worn out fingerprints, old age or working conditions. It will be allowed only in fusion mode along with 1 more authentication factor combined with either fingerprint or iris or OTP.

Railways to deploy drones

Drones would now monitor railway projects, aid crowd management and oversee maintenance works across its zones.The West Central Railways, headquartered at Jabalpur (MP), is the first zonal railway to procure the drone cameras. The cameras (UAV/NETRA) would be used for these activities. The DRDO Netra is an Indian, light-weight, autonomous UAV for surveillance and reconnaissance operations.

Iceland to Legalise Equal Pay

Iceland has become the first country in the world to legalise equal pay between men and women.In Iceland now it will be illegal to pay men more than women for the work. Under the new rules, companies and government agencies employing at least 25 people will have to obtain government certification of their equal-pay policies.

Desktop ATMs in rural India

Andhra Pradesh Grameena Vikas Bank has operationalised it’s first desktop ATM at Kasibugga in Mandi Bazar of Warangal in Telangana.The model will be scaled up to 100 in the near future, said Narasi Reddy, Chairman.The ATM is designed to work in harsh climatic conditions and minimum power requirements.They can dispense small denominations and cater to small cash needs of rural customers.

Jewar airport construction to start

The construction work on Jewar airport in Greater Noida will commence in December next year. It will start earlier than the Uttar Pradesh government’s scheduled plan and well ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections.The Jewar airport is billed to become the biggest airport in India in terms of area.

Sue Grafton passes away

Sue Grafton, author of best-selling “alphabet series” of mystery novels died in Santa Barbara.Her series of murder mystery novels, each beginning with a different letter of the alphabet, have been translated into 26 languages & regularly topped best-seller lists in US.She received numerous awards for her work including from British Crime Writers’ Association & Mystery Writers of America.

Abhay Appointed Director General of NCB

Senior IPS officer Abhay was appointed Director General of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).He is at present working in Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved his appointment to the post till November 18, 2019.The post was lying vacant after R R Bhatnagar took over as DG of CRPF in April 2017.

SAC developing new Remote Sensor camera

The Space Application Centre Ahmedabad is all set to develop a new advanced hi-tech “Remote Sensor” camera with a capacity to capture images from a height of over 300 kms.The Camera will be fully indigenous, living up to “Make in India” concept. It will be an improvement on the existing application used for infrastructure development works, soil management and even security-related tasks.

UN imposes new sanctions on North Korea

The UN Security Council unanimously approved tough new sanctions against North Korea.These sanctions are taken in response to its latest launch of a ballistic missile that Pyongyang says is capable of reaching anywhere on the US mainland.The resolution includes lower limits on North Korea’s refined oil imports, the return home of all North Koreans working overseas within 24 months etc.

AP Govt, UNESCO to set up gaming hub

Andhra Pradesh Government in association with the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace & Sustainable Development is planning to establish a centre of excellence for children with learning differences.It will be the first of its kind in India and in Asia-Pacific region. A Telugu app will be working with a number of schools in the State to screen students at a very early age

International Human Solidarity Day

20 : The United Nations’ (UN) International Human Solidarity Day is annually held on December 20 to celebrate unity in diversity.It also aims to remind people of the importance of solidarity in working towards eradicating poverty. It is a day to encourage debate on the ways to promote solidarity for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Uber ties up with BBM messenger

Uber Technologies has joined forces with BBM Messenger to allow users around the world to book rides via the messenger service.With this partnership, BBM users can quickly request an Uber ride via BBM despite variations in quality of location, network speed, or device features.The partnership agreement is with Creative Media Works, operating as BBM Messenger.

DCI and NHAI inks pact for sand

Highways authority NHAI & Dredging Corporation of India have signed a pact to ensure adequate supplies of sand for road construction.Concessionaires working on highway projects have been facing a shortage of sand at many sites and the pact aims to fill this gap by facilitating the supplies to them.As per the MoU, business intermediaries will ship & store this sand at various ports in India

Ravi Shankar launches first NIC-CERT

IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has launched 1st NIC-CERT, a setup of National Informatics Centre to prevent & predict cyber attacks on govt utilities.NIC-CERT will work to ensure early detection & immediate mitigation of cyber attacks by monitoring data across the NIC platform.It has been setup with the objective of creating a comprehensive framework that integrates world class security.

$1 bn credit for connectivity with ASEAN

India has proposed $1 bn line of credit to promote sea, air & road connectivity projects with ASEAN. It was announced by Nitin Gadarki during ASEAN-India Connectivity Summit jointly organised by CII & ASEAN India Centre. ASEAN & India have also agreed to establish a maritime transport working group among India, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam to examine feasibility of shipping networks.

Mamta Kalia to get the 27th Vyas Samman

Eminent Hindi writer Mamta Kalia will be honoured with literary award Vyas Samman for year 2017 for her novel “Dukkham Sukkham”.Kalia is known for her works in Hindi and English including “Beghar”, “Janch Abhi Jaari Hai”, “Nirmohi”, and “Bolne Wali Aurat”.Vyas Samman is given to a Hindi literary work published in the past 10 years.

Sukharanjan Sengupta passes away

Veteran journalist Sukharanjan Sengupta died in Kolkata due to old age-related health problems.Sengupta had worked for Bengali dailies Jugantar and Ananda Bazar Patrika in his long career spanning over six decades.West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed grief at Sengupta’s death and remembered his reportage of the 1971 Bangladesh liberation war.

India opposes e-commerce talks at WTO

India has for the first time submitted a formal document opposing any negotiations on e-commerce at the World Trade Organisation (WTO).The country has said that it would “continue the work under the Work Programme on electronic commerce, based on the existing mandate and guidelines”, referring to the programme on e-commerce adopted by the WTO countries in 1998.

Dia Mirza appointed as Ambassador

Actor-activist Dia Mirza has been appointed UN (United Nations) Environment’s Goodwill Ambassador for India.Dia Mirza is 35 years old. She has been recognised by the United Nations for her contribution to environment conservation.She will work with the UN to further spread the message on priority areas including clean air, clean seas, wildlife protection and climate change.

BoB launches digi supply Chain solution

Bank of Baroda launched digital Supply Chain Finance solution which provides working capital loan opportunities for the small and medium enterprises and large corporate clients. This new product provides a range of supply chain finance products such as pre- and post-shipment finance. BoB’s digital Supply Chain Finance solution has been designed to ensure faster approvals.

Google to train workers for Skill India

Aiming to build a highly skilled tech workforce in India, Google partners with Pluralsight and Udacity to provide training in emerging technologies like Mobile and Web Development. In July, Google announced that it would train around 2 million developers in India to foster innovation and support the growth of India’s startup ecosystem. Google will also provide scholarships.

Baiwar becomes SEBI’s executive director

Markets regulator SEBI said Anand Rajeshwar Baiwar has taken charge as an executive director. An Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer of the 1990 batch, Baiwar assumed office on November 16. Baiwar will look after the investigation department and division of foreign portfolio investors and custodians. Prior to this assignment, he was working as an income tax commissioner in Kolkata.

Conf. on eradication of Child Labour

A plenary session of 4th Global Conference on Sustained Eradication of Child Labour was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on November 15, 2017. This Conference was jointly organised by Government of Argentina and International Labour Organization. Minister of Women & Child Development, Maneka Gandhi attended the conference and gave her commitment to continue working to eliminate child labour.

ISA to set up 1000 GW of solar energy

The International Solar Alliance has announced a target to support setting up 1000GW of solar energy capacity by 2030 across its member countries. It will be met through projects that ISA will support under its various work programmes. This initiative by India to harness the untapped resource of sunshine-rich countries was launched at the Paris climate talks in 2015.

DVDB for civic works in Delhi

Delhi Cabinet approved to set up Delhi Village Development Board (DVDB) for civic works in rural and urban villages of Delhi. All 300 villages in the national capital will come under the purview of the board. DVDB will look after the construction of approach roads, link roads, village roads, development of cremation grounds, ponds, water bodies, cremation grounds, parks and other facilities.

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.

Maya Swaminathan gets award by ASSOCHAM

ASSOCHAM honoured CMC Skills’ Founder Ms. Maya Swaminathan Sinha with the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2017’ award in Ranchi. ASSOCHAM organized “One Day National Summit on Leadership cum Awards 2017’’ at Hotel BNR Chanakya, Ranchi. At the event, organizations and professionals who have worked extraordinarily and accomplished achievements were honoured.

Talks with Brazil for social security

6 : Indians working in Brazil will soon be able to get social security cover by retirement fund body EPFO. Once the agreement is implemented, Brazil will be 19th country where Indian workers would be allowed to opt out of any social security scheme run there. The EPFO is one of the largest social security providers in the world, covering 9.26 lakh establishments with more than 4.5 crore members.

Khadri Achyuthan dies at 71

Veteran Kannada writer and journalist Khadri Achyuthan died after a brief period of illness, in Bengaluru. He was 71 years old. He has also contributed to the coinage of new Kannada words. He is a veteran journalist, author, academic and translator of various literary works. He has written a book in Kannada on ISRO. He has worked on Kannada translations of Sardar Patel and Dr. Ambedkar.

Venkatesh appointed AMFI chief executive

NS Venkatesh has been appointed as CEO of Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI). Before joining AMFI, Venkatesh served in Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI) for over 19 years, where he held several senior positions, including that of chief financial officer and executive director. He was also working as the executive director at Lakshmi Vilas Bank.

Railways to cut running time of trains

The Indian Railways will soon cut short the running time of over 500 long distance trains by up to two hours, a senior railway official said today. The new timings will be updated in the November timetable of the railways. The new timetable will also provide each railway division two to four hours for maintenance works.

Universal social security plan

The government has drafted a Rs. 1.2 lakh crore plan to provide universal social security coverage for the poorest people of the country. This broader programme envisages three categories — the poorest 20%, who will get a government payout; those who subscribe on their own and formal sector workers who will need to set aside a fixed proportion of income toward the scheme.

Myntra ties up with Textile Ministry

E-commerce major Myntra launched its CSR initiative in association with the Union Textile Ministry, to work directly with weavers It is an initiative to transform and revive demand for arts and handloom products in India and to bring artisans and their products online, providing them access to new customers and opportunities. These products will retail on Myntra via a dedicated online store.

T M Krishna wins Indira Gandhi Award

Singer T M Krishna has won 30th Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration for the year 2015 and 2016. T M Krishna has been awarded for promoting and preserving national integration in the country. Krishna is a pre-eminent vocalist in the Carnatic tradition of Indian classical music and has been an activist who has worked to break down caste-barriers in the society.

Niti Aayog working on agriculture reform

Aiming to double farmers’ income by 2022, the federal think-tank Niti Aayog is working with states to adopt first set of agri market reforms. These include contract farming, online spot and futures trading besides encouraging private investment. NITI Aayog is essentially an advisory body and think tank of the government.as well as states.

Historian Satish Chandra passes away

Veteran and one of the India’s eminent historian Satish Chandra passed away on 13 october 2017, at the age of 95. Satish’s important works include Mughal Empire and its downfall. He was also the author of NCERT’s leading history book ‘History of Medieval India’ which is widely preferred in schools and colleges around India.

SBI launches SME Assist

State Bank of India launched a new product called ‘SME Assist’ to provide a short-term working capital demand loan to its MSME clients. The loans shall be provided on the basis of clients’ input credit claims under GST. These loans will help clients to manage their working capital requirement till the time they get input credit and will thereby ensure stability in operations.

Yuvraj Sing becomes Laureus’ ambassador

Yuvraj Singh has become the first Indian ambassador of Laureus. Laureus works to improve the lives of young people through sport, and uses the power of sport to end violence, discrimination and disadvantage. Laureus consists of Indian cricket legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Kapil Dev.

NBFC bad loans rise to 5% in 5 years

The Reserve Bank of India has said that the NBFCs, key players in the financial spectrum, have witnessed a steady deterioration in asset quality in the past five years. Gross non-performing assets ratio for NBFCs increased to 5% at end-March 2017 from 2.9% at end-March 2012. Bad loans of NBFCs work out to around Rs. 74,230 crore as the advances by the sector were Rs. 14.84 lakh crore.

World Mental Health Day: 10 October

World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. ‘Mental health in the workplace’ is the theme of World Mental Health Day 2017. Every year October 10 provides people with the chance to talk about mental health issues.

Swachhta Hi Seva campaign

Centre will launch a nation-wide, fortnight-long sanitation campaign to highlight govt’s flagship cleanliness initiative Swachh Bharat Mission. The initiative, which is being coordinated by ministry of drinking water & sanitation, will include ‘sharamdaan’ or voluntary work & will focus on mass mobilisation. The campaign will be launched by President Kovind from Ishworiganj village in Kanpur

Second Indian Workers’ Resource Centre

Indian Ambassador in UAE Navdeep Singh Suri inaugurated 2nd Indian Workers’ Resource Centre in UAE. It provides counseling and support to the overseas Indian Community on legal, personal and financial matters, free of cost. The IWRC will receive, register and monitor grievance petitions and provide clarification to information seeking queries. The first IWRC was opened in Dubai in 2010.

Nestle sets up 1st food safety institute

Swiss food major Nestle has set up a food safety institute to help develop standards in food safety and quality in Manesar, Haryana. The institute aims to train and guide its students in food safety including nutrition check and keeping the ingredients in the food items within the limit among others. FSSAI and Nestle India worked together for the past 7 months to set up this institute.

Marijne named chief coach of hockey team

Holland’s Sjoerd Marijne has taken over as the head coach of the India men’s hockey team following the sacking of fellow Dutchman Roelant Oltmans. Marijne, who was working as the chief coach of the India women’s team since February this year, has been asked to take over the men’s team. Marijne has previously served as the chief coach of Dutch women’s team.

Nagaland to implement DBT under MGNREGA

Nagaland will start implementing DBT under MGNREGA beginning from the current financial year. To ensure transparency & check corruption at all levels, wages of the MGNREGA workers will be directly credited to individual accounts of the jobcard holders through National Electronic Fund Management System. To avail, the benefit, every jobcard holder must have a bank account duly linked with Aadhaar

Ryzen Pro processors

AMD presented a new line of microprocessor chips called ‘Ryzen Pro’ for commercial desktop workstations to be available in India and other countries by end of 2017. The Ryzen Pro desktop processor is an 8 core and 16 thread CPU and much faster than the rival Intel’s ‘Core i7’. The new Ryzen Pro processors are for commercial usage.

Trump to end Dreamers Program

Donald Trump has decided to scrap a program giving work permits to people who came to the United States illegally as children. The program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was established in 2012. DACA, as it is usually referred to, protected young immigrants who came to the U.S. as children without legal status.

Largest malware campaign in 2017

Locky ransomware`s re-emergence with new email distribution campaign has been touted as one of the largest malware campaigns in the latter half of 2017. The ransomware, once considered almost defunct, sent over 23 million emails with the malware to the US workforce in just 24 hours on August 28, zdnet.com reported. Locky rose to prominence in 2016

UAE topples Saudi Arabia

As per the immigration clearance data for the first 6 months of 2017, The United Arab Emirates has emerged as the leading destination for Indians migrating to the Gulf in search of work. As many as 74,778 Indians (or 40.6%) obtained immigration clearances for the UAE. Bihar edged Uttar Pradesh to occupy the top slot as the leading source state during the first half of 2017.

Sunil Arora appointed as the new EC

Govt has appointed former I&B secretary Sunil Arora as the Election Commissioner. He is a 1980 batch IAS officer of Rajasthan cadre, has worked in ministries such as finance, textiles. He has been brought in to fill the vacancy created by former CEC Nasim Zaidi. He will get 4 years in Election Commission & will most likely oversee the conduct of Lok Sabha polls in 2019 as the CEC.

Mustafa takes charge as SIDBI chairman

Mohammad Mustafa has assumed office as the chairman and managing director of Small Industries Development Bank of India. Prior to this, Mustafa was working as the joint secretary in the department of financial services at the Centre. SIDBI is an independent financial institution aimed to aid the growth and development of micro, small and medium-scale enterprises in India.

YouTube changes its logo

Google-owned YouTube has refreshed its iconic logo, Unlike minor tweaks, this is the biggest change the YouTube logo has received over the years. It is for the first time that YouTube has changed its logo after it was launched 12 years ago. Google says the change allows the YouTube logo to work better “across a variety of devices, even on smallest of screens”.

Sunil Sanghai resigns

HSBC India’s vice chairman and investment banking head Sunil Sanghai quit British banking giant. Sanghai has joined hands with the Dinesh Kanabar-promoted tax & regulatory firm Dhruva Advisors to start a merchant banking division. Before joining HSBC, Sanghai worked as Goldman Sachs’ managing director & co- head of investment banking & also has had stints with Morgan Stanley & JM Financial.

Tobe Hooper passes away

Tobe Hooper, best known for his work in the horror film genre, passed away at the age of 74. He rose to prominence after his 1974 fantasy thriller “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” He continued working in television and film throughout the 1990s and 2000s. He made his directorial debut with the movie, “Eggshells” in 1969.

5-year term for Chauhan as CEO

BSE’s board has approved another 5-year term for its chief Ashish Chauhan. Chauhan, who joined BSE as Deputy CEO in 2009 was made MD & CEO for 5 years with effect from Nov 2, 2012. Under his leadership, BSE also set up country’s 1st international exchange, India International Exchange. Chauhan also happens to be one of the founding team members of NSE where he worked from 1992 to 2000.

Ramananda Sengupta Passes Away

Country’s oldest cinematographer Ramananda Sengupta, who worked with legends like Jean Renoir and Mrinal Sen died in Kolkata. His first film as a full-time cinematographer was in ‘Purbaraag’ directed by Ardhendu Mukherjee in 1946. Sengupta was also a founding member of the Technicians’ Studio in South Kolkata’s Tollygunge.

Panel to examine sub categorization

Union Cabinet has approved setting up of a commission to examine the matter of sub-categorisation of Other Backward Classes. The commission will work out the mechanism, criteria, norms, and parameters through scientific approach for sub-categorisation within OBCs. The proposed commission will examine extent of inequitable distribution of benefits of reservation among caste and communities.

Roopa Purushothaman as chief economist

Tata Sons has appointed Roopa Purushothaman as chief economist & head of policy advocacy She will drive macroeconomic research as well as policy & advocacy initiatives relevant to businesses of Tata group. She has worked with Goldman Sachs International as VP & global economist. She has published research papers covering wide range of topics including path-breaking research on BRIC countries

Google partners with Walmart

Google & Walmart has announced a partnership that will make Walmart’s products available on Google’s online shopping mall. Walmart will work with Google to offer hundreds of thousands of items for voice shopping via Google Assistant. It’s the first time Walmart has made its products online in US outside of its own website. The service will compete with Amazon’s Alexa voice-shopping platform

Lohani named as Railway Board Chairman

Ashwani Lohani, CMD of Air India, has been named as the new Chairman of the Railway Board, following the resignation on A.K. Mittal. He will replace Ashok Mittal who resigned from his post in the wake of two derailments on the Indian Railways in just four days. He holds the Guinness Record for successfully running the ‘Fairy Queen Express’, the world’s oldest working steam locomotive.

Uber India appoints Vishpala as CPO

Uber has roped in former American Express executive Vishpala Reddy as the chief people’s officer for its India & South Asia operations. Prior to joining Uber, Vishpala was Vice-President & Head of HR for American Express in India. She has also worked with Hewitt Associates as a senior consultant. For Uber, India is one of its largest markets outside the US & has witnessed over 100% YoY growth.

More teeth to T-90 battle tanks

The Indian Army is working on a project to add more teeth to its T-90 main battle tanks by arming them with a third generation missile system. Currently, the T-90 tanks are equipped with a laser-guided INVAR missile system. The Army has decided to replace them with a third generation gun-launched missile. The Russian-origin T-90 tanks are mainstays of the Indian Army’s offensive formations.

Delegation of Powers to BRO

Defence Ministry has approved delegation of administrative & financial powers to Border Roads Organisation. Functioning under control of Ministry of Defence, BRO is engaged in road construction to provide connectivity to difficult & inaccessible regions in the border areas. This has been done to bring transformational changes in organization in order to improve the pace of execution of works

World Humanitarian Day

World Humanitarian Day is held every year on 19 August to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service & to rally support for people affected by crises around the world. The inspiration for inaugural WHD came on August 19, 2003 when a terrorist attack hit the UN headquarters in Baghdad, killing 22 people. The theme of this year’s World Humanitarian Day is #NotATarget.

North Koel Reservoir Project

The Union Cabinet approved the proposal to complete the balance works of North Koel Reservoir Project in Bihar, stalled since 1993. Completion of the North Koel Reservoir Project will create annual irrigation potential for 1,11,521 hectares of agricultural land (91,917 hectares in Bihar and 19,604 hectares in Jharkhand). The construction of the project was originally started in the year 1972.

Long-Term Irrigation Fund approved

The Cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval for raising Extra-Budgetary Resources of up to Rs. 9020 crore during the financial year 2017-18. The funds will be raised by NABARD through the issuance of Bonds at 6% per annum as per requirement. The LTIF will be for the implementation of Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme works of 99 ongoing prioritised irrigation projects.

Fortune’s Annual ‘40 Under 40’ List

5 Indian-origin persons, including Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, have featured in Fortune’s annual list of 40 young and influential people in the field of business inspiring others with their work. Indian-origin persons who are included in the list are Divya Nag, Rishi Shah, Shradha Agarwal, Leila Janah, and Leo Varadkar. The list has been topped by French President Emmanuel Macron.

SBI gives leg-up to CSR initiatives

SBI has launched a CSR initiative, SBI Gram Seva which will work in areas of health, education, environment & rural infrastructure. SBI Foundation will partner with NGOs to carry out CSR initiatives under which will adopt 5 villages each from 10 village panchayats with each village getting Rs 2.40 cr over next 3 years 10 gram panchayats comprising of 50 villages in 6 states have been adopted

Tata Motors appoints PB Balaji as CFO

Tata Motors, India biggest automobile company has appointed PB Balaji as its new group chief financial officer. He will take over the reins from CR Ramakrishnan. Balaji, who will take over this year has been working with HUL as its CFO since 2014 His appointment comes at a time when Tata Motors is battling market share loss in commercial vehicles & competitive pressures in passenger vehicles

Thespian Shobha Sen passes away

One of the foremost theatre personalities of Bengal, actor and director Shobha Sen, died in Kolkata. Sen was associated with the Leftist theatre movement led by the Indian People’s Theatre Association at both the State and national level. She worked in some path-breaking productions from Bengal, including Nabanna (New Harvest) by playwright Bijon Bhattacharya.