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United Kingdom: Brexit Impact: UK Could Drop Sanctions To Trade With Iran
Jun 30, 2016 08:00 pm

With Britons having voted to exit the European Union, Britain could eventually expand its trade with Iran — a country hungry for foreign investment, especially in its energy sector, compliance attorneys at the New York-based Sheppard Mullin told International Business […]
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United States: SEC adopts rule on oil, mining payments to foreign governments
Jun 30, 2016 07:30 pm

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Mondayapproved a rule requiring oil, gas and mining companies to disclose payments made to foreign governments, capping a process stalled in the courts for years. The rule requires companies to state publicly […]
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Bangladesh: Passport most corrupt sector
Jun 30, 2016 07:00 pm

Passport sector has been found to be the most corrupt one, followed by the law enforcement agencies and education in the TIB National Household Survey 2015. While 77.7 percent households fell victim to corruption while securing services from passport offices, […]
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Iraq: Father of Isis fighter Mohamed Elomar accused of Iraq bribery plot
Jun 30, 2016 06:30 pm

The father of Isis recruit Mohamed Elomar has been accused of involvement in a plot to send a million-dollar bribe to Iraq in an effort to secure “first chance” at lucrative building projects. The late terrorist’s father Mamdouh Elomar, 62, […]
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Canada: Michel Fournier, ex-Federal Bridge Corp. executive, charged in kickback scheme
Jun 30, 2016 06:00 pm

The former head of Canada’s Federal Bridge Corporation (FBC) and his wife have been charged with a string of corruption offences tied to allegations of kickbacks and a $127 million contract awarded to the engineering firm SNC-Lavalin to refurbish Montreal’s […]
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Malaysia: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to be charged with corruption over house purchase
Jun 30, 2016 05:30 pm

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng is set to be charged with corruption in the Sessions Court here today over the purchase of his RM2.8mil property in Pinhorn Road. State exco member Chow Kon Yeow said the warrant of arrest served […]
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Important – Ministry-wise PIB releases I requested.

National Waterways Projects

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 28 minutes ago
As per The National Waterways Act, 2016, 111 waterways have been declared as National Waterways (NWs) including the five existing NWs. Out of the 111 NWs, NW-1, 2, & 3 are already operational. Cargo as well as passenger / cruise vessels are plying on these waterways. DPR for development of NW-4 & 5 were completed in 2010. The DPR of NW 5 was updated in 2014. For the newly declared 106 NWs, techno-economic feasibility studies have been initiated. A statement indicating the approximate length of each of the 111 NWs is given below*: *. *Sl. No* *National Waterways* *Approximate Le… more »

Text of PM’s remarks at Joint Dedication of Petrapole ICP

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 58 minutes ago
Your Excellency, Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Hon’ble Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal, बांगलादेश ओ पोश्चिम बंगेर भाई बोनेदर आमार नोमोश्कार आज थेके आमादेर दुई देशेर मोध्ये आदानप्रदान आरो शोहोज हबे, आमरा आरो काछाकाछि एलाम एई शुभो ओबोशोरे, शोकोलके जानाई ओभिनोंदोंन क्योकि यह ईद का महीना है इसलिए सबसे पहले बांग्लादेश में रहने वाले सभी भाइयों और बहनों को मेरी और समस्त भारत की ओर से ईद-उल-फ़ित्र की शुभकामनाएं यह मेरे लिए, और सभी भारतवासियों के लिए, यह एक अत्यंत पीढ़ा की बात है कि रमजान के पावन महीने में ढाका और किशोरगंज में दर्दनाक आतंकवादी हमला हुआ। इन आ… more »

Revival of Mumbai Port Trust

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 58 minutes ago
Mumbai Port is functioning efficiently and handled all time highest cargo throughput of 61.66 Million Tones during 2014-15 and 61.11 Million Tones during 2015-16. To increase the efficiency further, Mumbai Port has already taken up many initiatives such as construction of new berths, installation of floating cranes, mechanization of Port operations etc. during last few years. Mumbai Port has already awarded contract for capital dredging project to achieve (-) 19 metre Chart Datum (CD) at Berth pocket and (-) 15 metre CD at anchorage of the on going 5th Oil Berth at Jawahar Deep to … more »

Joint dedication of the Petrapole Integrated Check Post (ICP)

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 58 minutes ago
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina today jointly inaugurated the Petrapole Integrated Check Post through video-conferencing. Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee also participated from Kolkata in the video-conference. Petrapole-Benapole is an important land border crossing for India-Bangladesh trade. More than 50 per cent of the India-Bangladesh trade passes through Petrapole. Trade worth more than Rs. 15000 Crore takes place through the Petrapole ICP, which is more than all the other Indian Land Ports and Land Cust…more »

Startup India States’ Conference

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 58 minutes ago
The Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech had announced the “Start-up India” initiative. This initiative aims at fostering entrepreneurship and promoting innovation by creating an ecosystem that is conducive for growth of Startups. The Government of India launched the “Startup India” movement on January 16, 2016 at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. The Action Plan for Startup India was unveiled by the Honorable Prime Minister of India. This Action Plan lays down the roadmap for creation of a conducive ecosystem for the growth of Startups in India. The… more »

Implementation of PM’s 15 point programme

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 17 hours ago
The Prime Minister’s New 15 Point Programme for the welfare of minorities is an overarching programme, covering 24 schemes/ initiatives of 11 different Ministries / Departments implemented throughout the country, including Andhra Pradesh. In order to ensure that the benefits of various Government schemes flow equitably to minorities, this programme stipulates location of a certain proportion of development projects in minority concentration areas. It also provides that, wherever possible, 15% of targets and outlays under various schemes should be earmarked for minorities. Some of th… more »

Guidelines against fraudulent educational institutes abroad

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 18 hours ago
The Government of India takes prompt action to address issues pertaining to security, safety and welfare of Indian students who are enrolled in foreign universities and educational institutions. In addition to this, the Government is in regular contact with foreign Governments, Universities and educational institutions to provide assistance to Indian students in foreign countries, as and when such issues arise. Furthermore, the government also issues advisories to Indian students asking them to carry all documentation and undertake due diligence to ensure that the foreign institutio… more »

Deemed Universities in the Country

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 18 hours ago
At present, 123 Deemed to be Universities are functioning in the country. State-wise details of these Deemed to be Universities are available at University Grants Commission (UGC)’s website www.ugc.ac.in. The performance of deemed universities in comparison to the central universities can be assessed through their relative ranking obtained by them under National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) which is available at www.nirfindia.org. It is seen that in the top twenty list of Universities there are 8 deemed universities. As per the UGC (Institutions Deemed to be Universities)… more »

First Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of BRICS New Development Bank held yesterday at Shanghai;

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 18 hours ago
Second Annual meeting of New Development Bank to be held in India in 2017 and India will Chair the Board of Governors of NDB next year; India to follow the approach of ‘Reform to Transform’ through far reaching Structural Reforms and has taken several initiatives to boost investment climate and improve the Ease of Doing Business. The First Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the BRICS New Development Bank was held yesterday at Shanghai, China. The New Development Bank (NDB) has completed one year since its establishment in 2015. Since its establishment, the policies of op… more »

Income Tax Department to issue 7 lakh letters seeking Information in respect of High Value Non PAN Transactions

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 18 hours ago
Under the Annual Information Returns (AIR), various types of high-value transactions were being reported to the Income Tax Department. These include reporting of cash deposits of Rs.10,00,000 or more in a saving bank account, sale/purchase of immovable property valued at Rs. 30,00,000 or more, etc. Many of these transactions do not have PAN linked to it. The Department has details of about 90 lakh such transactions for the period 2009-10 to 2016-17. The Income Tax Department has with the help of in-house computer techniques, grouped such non-PAN transactions and identified 7 lakh hi… more »

Development of Data Satellite by NASA and ISRO

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 18 hours ago
ISRO and Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)/NASA are jointly working on the development of Dual Frequency (L&S band) Synthetic Aperture Radar Imaging Satellite named as NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR). In this joint mission, JPL/ NASA will be responsible for design & development of L-band SAR, 12m unfurlable antenna & its deployment elements, GPS system and data recorder. ISRO will be responsible for design & development of S-band SAR, Spacecraft Bus, data transmission system, Spacecraft integration & testing, launch using GSLV and on-orbit operations. The L & S band microw… more »

India’s share in International Satellite Market

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 18 hours ago
According to the published reports available in the public domain on the international satellite market, the average annual revenue over the last three years, is approximately $200 billion (Rs. 13 Lakh Crore), which includes the launch services market (Rs. 0.37 Lakh Crore), satellite manufacturing (Rs. 1.07 Lakh Crore), ground equipment (Rs.3.85 Lakh Crore) and satellite services (Rs. 8.17 Lakh Crore). ISRO is providing the launch capacity, when available, for launching satellites on a commercial basis through Antrix Corporation Limited. During the last year (2015-16), Antrix earned… more »

Social Impact Assessment Study for Nuclear Power Projects in Andhra Pradesh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 18 hours ago
The survey of land for Nuclear Power Plant at Kavvada, Srikakulam District of Andhra Pradesh is completed. The land proposed to be acquired for the project comprises 599.20 acres of Private land, 791.37 acres of Government land and 683.94 acres of Assigned land totaling to 2074.51 acres. Social Impact Assessment (SIA) study has been taken up and notification for the same has been issued by the state government. The Commissioner, Rehabilitation & Resettlement (R&R), Government of Andhra Pradesh has identified Environment Protection Training & Research Institute (EPTRI), Hyderabad as… more »

Civil Nuclear Deal with UK

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 18 hours ago
An Agreement between the Government of India and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy was signed on 13 November 2015, during the visit of the Prime Minister to U.K. The scope of cooperation inter alia covers the supply of nuclear material, non-nuclear material, equipment, components or technology, training of personnel and transfer of technology, for peaceful uses of nuclear energy. The U.K. Government’s recently stated energy policy is to increase the share of nuclear power in U.K.’s energ… more »

India’s share in International Satellite Market

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 18 hours ago
According to the published reports available in the public domain on the international satellite market, the average annual revenue over the last three years, is approximately $200 billion (Rs. 13 Lakh Crore), which includes the launch services market (Rs. 0.37 Lakh Crore), satellite manufacturing (Rs. 1.07 Lakh Crore), ground equipment (Rs.3.85 Lakh Crore) and satellite services (Rs. 8.17 Lakh Crore). ISRO is providing the launch capacity, when available, for launching satellites on a commercial basis through Antrix Corporation Limited. During the last year (2015-16), Antrix earned… more »

Approval for Second Unit of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Station

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
The second unit of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP-2) attained first criticality (start of controlled self-sustaining nuclear fission chain reaction in the Reactor for the first time) at 20:56 hours on July 10, 2016 after accord of regulatory and statutory clearances. This will be followed by various tests, connection to the grid and raising of power in steps to full power in line with the stage-wise clearances of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB). The compliance certificates from Ministry of Environment and Forest and Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board are issued fo… more »

Central support for primary education in country

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
For universalization of elementary education across the country the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) is implemented as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme in partnership with State Governments. The Central and the State Governments have the concurrent responsibility to implement this Scheme. The existing fund sharing pattern between the Central and the State Government is in the ratio of 60:40 except for the 8 North-Eastern States viz. Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim & Tripura and 3 Himalayan States viz. Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh & Uttrakhand wher… more »

Panel to bring good governance

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
No specific “Panel to bring Good Governance” has been constituted. However, eight Groups of Secretaries (GoS) were constituted on 01.01.2016 to deliberate on eight thematic areas which have a direct bearing on the socio-economic development of the country and to come up with a roadmap for achieving specific outcomes. Out of these, one Group was on the subject of ‘Good Governance – Challenges and Opportunities’. The reports submitted by the Groups were circulated to the Secretaries of all Ministries/Departments, who were required to prepare Departmental Action Plans based on the reco… more »

Reservation in promotion for differently-abled people

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
Section 33 of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and full Participation) Act, 1995 (PWD Act, 1995) mandates every appropriate Government to appoint in every establishment such percentage of vacancies not less than 3% of persons with disability of which 1% each shall be reserved for persons suffering from: (i) Blindness or low vision; (ii) Hearing impairment and (iii) Locomotor disability or cerebral palsy in the posts identified for each disability During the period from 01/04/2015 to 14/07/2016, the Office of Chief Commissioner for Person… more »

First Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of BRICS

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 21 hours ago
First Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of BRICS New Development Bank held yesterday at Shanghai;Second Annual meeting of New Development Bank to be held in India in 2017 and India will Chair the Board of Governors of NDB next year; India to follow the approach of ‘Reform to Transform’ through far reaching Structural Reforms and has taken several initiatives to boost investment climate and improve the Ease of Doing Business. The First Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the BRICS New Development Bank was held yesterday at Shanghai, China. The New Development Bank (… more »
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PM salutes CRPF personnel on 77th Anniversary Day

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 3 hours ago
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has saluted the CRPF personnel, on 77th Anniversary. “On 77th Anniversary Day of CRPF, we salute CRPF personnel for their fortitude and key role in our security system,” the Prime Minister said. Courtesy: pib.nic.in

Big investment by M/O Tourism in Tourism Infrastructure in the country

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 4 hours ago
Rs. 2333 Crore sanctioned for projects under Swadesh Darshan and PRASAD in last 18 months The Ministry of Tourism, in last 18 months, has sanctioned projects worth Rs. 2333 Crore under Swadesh Darshan and PRASAD, the flagship schemes of the Ministry of Tourism. These projects envisage world class infrastructural development of the sites with special emphasis on Tourist Facilities including Tourist Facilitation Centres, way-side amenities Parking, Public convenience, Illumination, Sound and Light Shows and Theme Parks. In the meeting of the National Steering Committee (NSC, the ap…more »

Sports Minister Vijay Goel Felicitates World Record holder Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 4 hours ago
Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports (I/C) Shri Vijay Goel here today felicitated Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra who has just returned home from Poland after his remarkable feat in Under 20 IAAF World Athletics Championship. Congratulating the young Athlete from Haryana, the Minister said that the entire nation is proud of Neeraj Chopra’s record breaking performance. He expressed hope that with his determination and dedication he will be front ranking Athlete in the world who will vie for top honours at the 2020 Olympics. Shri Goel said all facilities and support will be extended to… more »

Shri Nitin Gadkari Calls for Perfection in Road Engineering , Reiterates Government’s resolve to make High Quality, Green and Safe Roads at Low Cost

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 4 hours ago
The Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari has said that the quality of road engineering in the country needs to improve drastically and should be aligned to international standards. He was speaking at the Inception Day celebrations of National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL) in New Delhi last evening. Citing the high number of road accidents in India and the resultant fatalities, Shri Gadkari said that preparation of very high quality of Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) is the very first stage in ensuring road safety. H… more »

Composite township for Kashmiri migrants

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 4 hours ago
The State Government of Jammu and Kashmir has been requested to identify suitable land in the Kashmir Valley, where the Kashmir migrants could be rehabilitated. A variety of measures have been taken over the years by the Government for rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants. Under the Prime Minister’s Package 2004, 5242 two room tenements have been constructed in Jammu (Purkhoo, Muthi, Nagrota and Jagti) and 200 flats at Sheikhpora in Budgam district (Kashmir Valley) and have been allotted to the migrants. A comprehensive Package was announced by the Government in 2008 for return an… more »

Allowing 74 Per Cent FDI in Pharma Sector

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 4 hours ago
FDI in Brownfield pharma sector has been permitted upto 74% under automatic route; and FDI beyond 74% and upto 100% is allowed under Government approval route. The move to permit 74% FDI under automatic route in Brownfield pharmaceutical sector is aimed at attracting required capital, international best practices and latest technologies in the sector. Further, 100% FDI under automatic route is permitted for Greenfield pharma sector. The Government while reviewing FDI policy on pharma sector has put in place necessary safeguards by providing that non-compete clause would not be per… more »

Extension for submission of Comments on the draft Telecom Consumers Protection (10thAmendment), Regulation, 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 5 hours ago
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) issued a draft regulation related to *Telecom Consumers Protection (10th Amendment), Regulation, 2016 *on 05.07.2016 for comments/responses of stakeholders. Last date for submission of comments/responses, if any, on the draft regulation was 26.07.2016. On the request of some stakeholders, TRAI, yesterday extended the last date for receipt of written comments/responses from the stakeholders on the draft regulation up to 02.08.2016. No request for further extension of time for submission of comments/responses shall be entertained. Courte…more »

Training Activities Imparted by PSUs

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 5 hours ago
The Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) under the Department of Heavy Industry (DHI) are engaged in various training and skill development activities through various programmes such as Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Core Programme, Functional & Technical Management Programmes, Strategic Management Programmes, Quality Management Programmes, Competency Programmes, Craftsman Training Scheme, Nursing Training Scheme, Vocational Training Scheme, Apprenticeship Training Scheme, Training on Computer Applications, Industrial Safety, Trainin… more »

Cochin Shipyard Limited Signs MoU with Government of India

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 5 hours ago
Cochin Shipyard Limited has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of India for the financial year 2016-17. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Shri Rajive Kumar, Secretary Shipping and Shri Madhu S Nair, Chairman & Managing Director, Cochin Shipyard Limited, at New Delhi yesterday. The MoU broadly consists of the performance evaluation parameters and targets for Cochin Shipyard for the ensuing year. The MoU will be reviewed by the Ministry on a regular basis and the performance of PSU would be evaluated and ratings awarded at the end of the financial ye… more »

Anti-Dumping Duty on Imports of a Chemical

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 5 hours ago
Directorate General of Anti-dumping & Allied Duties (DGAD) conducts anti-dumping investigations on the basis of duly substantiated petitions filed by domestic industry alleging dumping of goods into the country causing injury. The basic intent of the anti-dumping measures is to eliminate injury caused to the domestic industry by the unfair trade practices of dumping and to create a level playing field for the domestic industry vis-a-vis dumped goods by re-establishing a situation of open and fair competition in the domestic market. DGAD initiated an anti-dumping investigation in re… more »

Restructuring North Eastern Council

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 5 hours ago
The Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region has constituted a Committee in February, 2016 to examine the role and functions of North Eastern Council. The Committee is required to consult the State Governments in the North East in preparation of its report, which would, inter-alia, cover the issue of up-gradation and restructuring of the North Eastern Council. This was stated by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh in written re… more »

Excerpts of the speech of Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu, Minister of Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information & Broadcasting on the occasion of Laying of Foundation Stone for Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu on July 27, 2016.

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 5 hours ago
Brothers and sisters! Tamil is an ancient classical and beautiful language, I can understand it but unfortunately I cannot speak it and am sorry for the same. I will not take any names of the guests as the earlier speakers have all taken their names however I will take only one name in my opening and that is that of Janab APJ Maraikayar, the brother of the great Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. I welcome him. I thank my colleague the Defence Minister Mr. Manohar Parrikar for organizing this event in memory of the great son of this country APJ Abdul Kalam. I thank the Chief Minister Selvi Jay… more »

Indian Companies to pitch for executing more telecom projects in Bangladesh, says Manoj Sinha

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 10 hours ago
India today asked Bangladesh to utilize the services of Indian Companies in executing telecom projects in the neighbouring country. New Delhi has already offered line of credit worth two billion US dollars to Dhaka and Indian companies including Tejas have successfully completed pilot projects in connecting 100 Union Parishads (Gram Panchayats) in Bangladesh and has pitched for executing 1000 such projects. This was conveyed to the visiting Bangladeshi delegation led by State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Ms. Tarana Halim, who called on the Union Minister of Communicatio… more »

New Air Traffic Control Tower at IGI Airport

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 10 hours ago
The Indira Gandhi International Airport is going to get a new air traffic control tower with state-of-the-art equipment. The height of the new air traffic control (ATC) tower at IGI Airport is 102m. The cost of the tower and equipment as part of overall project cost as approved by the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) is Rs.350 crores. It took around 4 years to construct this tower. The old control tower will remain operational till the new ATC Automation System in the new control tower is stabilized. This information was given by the Minister of State for Civil Aviatio… more »

National Agricultural Research System is One of the Largest in the World

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 10 hours ago
National Agricultural Research System is One of the Largest in the World The Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE) coordinates and promotes agricultural research & education in the country. DARE provides the necessary government linkages for the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), the premier research organisation for co-ordinating, guiding and managing research, education and extension in agriculture including horticulture, fisheries and animal sciences in the entire country. With 102 research institutes and 73 agricultural universities spread across… more »

PM’s telephonic conversation with Prime Minister of UK

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 10 hours ago
Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi spoke to UK Prime Minister Theresa May on telephone on Tuesday. He congratulated Prime Minister May on the assumption of her new responsibility. Prime Minister Modi recalled his memorable visit to the UK last November and affirmed India’s commitment to further strengthen the strategic partnership between both countries. Prime Minister also appreciated UK’s consistent support to India in various global fora. Prime Minister May thanked Prime Minister. She looked forward to working closely with Prime Minister for developing stronger bilateral ties a… more »

Jim Rogers on Financial Post Midas Letter 06/24/2016

noreply@blogger.com (Nicole Bourbaki) at JIM ROGERS BLOG – 17 hours ago
Jim Rogers on Brexit and Gold “You Should be Very Worried” Financial Post Midas Letter 06/24/2016 Jim Rogers started trading the stock market with $600 in 1968.In 1973 he formed the Quantum Fund with the legendary investor George Soros before retiring, a multi millionaire at the age of… This is an excerpt only please visit http://www.jimrogersinvestments.com for the full story , full links, other content, and more! Thank You >>>>

Jim Rogers Interview at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum BNE Intellinews 06/23/2016

noreply@blogger.com (Nicole Bourbaki) at JIM ROGERS BLOG – 17 hours ago
Jim Rogers Interview at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum BNE Intellinews 06/23/2016 Jim Rogers started trading the stock market with $600 in 1968.In 1973 he formed the Quantum Fund with the legendary investor George Soros before retiring, a multi millionaire at the age… This is an excerpt only please visit http://www.jimrogersinvestments.com for the full story , full links, other content, and more! Thank You >>>>

Jim Rogers : The way of the successful investor is normally to do nothing

noreply@blogger.com (Nicole Bourbaki) at JIM ROGERS BLOG – 17 hours ago
Jim Rogers: “I like to buy things and own them forever. And what success I have had in investing has usually come from buying stock that is very cheap or that I think is very cheap. Even if you are wrong, when buying something cheap you are probably not going to lose a lot of money. But buying… This is an excerpt only please visit http://www.jimrogersinvestments.com for the full story , full links, other content, and more! Thank You >>>>

Jim Rogers Turmoil Is Coming

noreply@blogger.com (Nicole Bourbaki) at JIM ROGERS BLOG – 17 hours ago
Jim Rogers Turmoil Is Coming. Description and Comments at: Two years since his last interview with us, investor . Jim Rogers started trading the stock market with $600 in 1968.In 1973 he formed the Quantum Fund with the legendary investor George Soros before retiring, a multi millionaire at… This is an excerpt only please visit http://www.jimrogersinvestments.com for the full story , full links, other content, and more! Thank You
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TERM OF THE DAY JULY 27, 2016

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1. Marketing: A characteristic or feature of a product that is thought to appeal to customers. Attributes usually represent a manufacturer’s or a seller’s perspectiveand not necessarily that of a customer. Attributes of instant coffee, for example, may include its aroma, flavor, color, caffeine contentpackaging and presentation, price, shelf-life, source, etc. Attributes have only two … Read more

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The marketing campaign highlighted the attribute that they believed would convince the most potential consumers to purchase the product.
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What does “cooperate” mean?
Used of oneself, to enter into a constructive collaboration with another person. Used of someone else, to do exactly as one is told. (Gordon Burnside)

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Much misused – Term of the Day- ANALYST

Term of the Day

analyst

An employee of a bankbrokerageadvisor, or mutual fund who studiescompanies and makes buy and sell recommendations, often specializing in asingle sector or industry. Analysts use a wide variety of techniques forresearching and making recommendations. The reports and recommendations they publish are often used by tradersmutual fundmanagersportfolio managers and investors in their 

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The analyst was able to observe patterns in the data, which he presented during the weekly team meeting last Friday.
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PM salutes CRPF personnel on 77th Anniversary Day

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 12 hours ago
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has saluted the CRPF personnel, on 77th Anniversary. “On 77th Anniversary Day of CRPF, we salute CRPF personnel for their fortitude and key role in our security system,” the Prime Minister said. Courtesy: pib.nic.in

Big investment by M/O Tourism in Tourism Infrastructure in the country

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 12 hours ago
Rs. 2333 Crore sanctioned for projects under Swadesh Darshan and PRASAD in last 18 months The Ministry of Tourism, in last 18 months, has sanctioned projects worth Rs. 2333 Crore under Swadesh Darshan and PRASAD, the flagship schemes of the Ministry of Tourism. These projects envisage world class infrastructural development of the sites with special emphasis on Tourist Facilities including Tourist Facilitation Centres, way-side amenities Parking, Public convenience, Illumination, Sound and Light Shows and Theme Parks. In the meeting of the National Steering Committee (NSC, the ap…more »

Sports Minister Vijay Goel Felicitates World Record holder Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 13 hours ago
Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports (I/C) Shri Vijay Goel here today felicitated Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra who has just returned home from Poland after his remarkable feat in Under 20 IAAF World Athletics Championship. Congratulating the young Athlete from Haryana, the Minister said that the entire nation is proud of Neeraj Chopra’s record breaking performance. He expressed hope that with his determination and dedication he will be front ranking Athlete in the world who will vie for top honours at the 2020 Olympics. Shri Goel said all facilities and support will be extended to… more »

Shri Nitin Gadkari Calls for Perfection in Road Engineering , Reiterates Government’s resolve to make High Quality, Green and Safe Roads at Low Cost

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 13 hours ago
The Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari has said that the quality of road engineering in the country needs to improve drastically and should be aligned to international standards. He was speaking at the Inception Day celebrations of National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL) in New Delhi last evening. Citing the high number of road accidents in India and the resultant fatalities, Shri Gadkari said that preparation of very high quality of Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) is the very first stage in ensuring road safety. H… more »

Composite township for Kashmiri migrants

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 13 hours ago
The State Government of Jammu and Kashmir has been requested to identify suitable land in the Kashmir Valley, where the Kashmir migrants could be rehabilitated. A variety of measures have been taken over the years by the Government for rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants. Under the Prime Minister’s Package 2004, 5242 two room tenements have been constructed in Jammu (Purkhoo, Muthi, Nagrota and Jagti) and 200 flats at Sheikhpora in Budgam district (Kashmir Valley) and have been allotted to the migrants. A comprehensive Package was announced by the Government in 2008 for return an… more »

Allowing 74 Per Cent FDI in Pharma Sector

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 13 hours ago
FDI in Brownfield pharma sector has been permitted upto 74% under automatic route; and FDI beyond 74% and upto 100% is allowed under Government approval route. The move to permit 74% FDI under automatic route in Brownfield pharmaceutical sector is aimed at attracting required capital, international best practices and latest technologies in the sector. Further, 100% FDI under automatic route is permitted for Greenfield pharma sector. The Government while reviewing FDI policy on pharma sector has put in place necessary safeguards by providing that non-compete clause would not be per… more »

Extension for submission of Comments on the draft Telecom Consumers Protection (10thAmendment), Regulation, 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 14 hours ago
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) issued a draft regulation related to *Telecom Consumers Protection (10th Amendment), Regulation, 2016 *on 05.07.2016 for comments/responses of stakeholders. Last date for submission of comments/responses, if any, on the draft regulation was 26.07.2016. On the request of some stakeholders, TRAI, yesterday extended the last date for receipt of written comments/responses from the stakeholders on the draft regulation up to 02.08.2016. No request for further extension of time for submission of comments/responses shall be entertained. Courte…more »

Training Activities Imparted by PSUs

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 14 hours ago
The Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) under the Department of Heavy Industry (DHI) are engaged in various training and skill development activities through various programmes such as Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Core Programme, Functional & Technical Management Programmes, Strategic Management Programmes, Quality Management Programmes, Competency Programmes, Craftsman Training Scheme, Nursing Training Scheme, Vocational Training Scheme, Apprenticeship Training Scheme, Training on Computer Applications, Industrial Safety, Trainin… more »

Cochin Shipyard Limited Signs MoU with Government of India

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 14 hours ago
Cochin Shipyard Limited has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of India for the financial year 2016-17. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Shri Rajive Kumar, Secretary Shipping and Shri Madhu S Nair, Chairman & Managing Director, Cochin Shipyard Limited, at New Delhi yesterday. The MoU broadly consists of the performance evaluation parameters and targets for Cochin Shipyard for the ensuing year. The MoU will be reviewed by the Ministry on a regular basis and the performance of PSU would be evaluated and ratings awarded at the end of the financial ye… more »

Anti-Dumping Duty on Imports of a Chemical

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 14 hours ago
Directorate General of Anti-dumping & Allied Duties (DGAD) conducts anti-dumping investigations on the basis of duly substantiated petitions filed by domestic industry alleging dumping of goods into the country causing injury. The basic intent of the anti-dumping measures is to eliminate injury caused to the domestic industry by the unfair trade practices of dumping and to create a level playing field for the domestic industry vis-a-vis dumped goods by re-establishing a situation of open and fair competition in the domestic market. DGAD initiated an anti-dumping investigation in re… more »

Restructuring North Eastern Council

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 14 hours ago
The Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region has constituted a Committee in February, 2016 to examine the role and functions of North Eastern Council. The Committee is required to consult the State Governments in the North East in preparation of its report, which would, inter-alia, cover the issue of up-gradation and restructuring of the North Eastern Council. This was stated by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh in written re… more »

Excerpts of the speech of Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu, Minister of Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information & Broadcasting on the occasion of Laying of Foundation Stone for Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu on July 27, 2016.

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 14 hours ago
Brothers and sisters! Tamil is an ancient classical and beautiful language, I can understand it but unfortunately I cannot speak it and am sorry for the same. I will not take any names of the guests as the earlier speakers have all taken their names however I will take only one name in my opening and that is that of Janab APJ Maraikayar, the brother of the great Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. I welcome him. I thank my colleague the Defence Minister Mr. Manohar Parrikar for organizing this event in memory of the great son of this country APJ Abdul Kalam. I thank the Chief Minister Selvi Jay… more »

Indian Companies to pitch for executing more telecom projects in Bangladesh, says Manoj Sinha

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
India today asked Bangladesh to utilize the services of Indian Companies in executing telecom projects in the neighbouring country. New Delhi has already offered line of credit worth two billion US dollars to Dhaka and Indian companies including Tejas have successfully completed pilot projects in connecting 100 Union Parishads (Gram Panchayats) in Bangladesh and has pitched for executing 1000 such projects. This was conveyed to the visiting Bangladeshi delegation led by State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Ms. Tarana Halim, who called on the Union Minister of Communicatio… more »

New Air Traffic Control Tower at IGI Airport

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
The Indira Gandhi International Airport is going to get a new air traffic control tower with state-of-the-art equipment. The height of the new air traffic control (ATC) tower at IGI Airport is 102m. The cost of the tower and equipment as part of overall project cost as approved by the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) is Rs.350 crores. It took around 4 years to construct this tower. The old control tower will remain operational till the new ATC Automation System in the new control tower is stabilized. This information was given by the Minister of State for Civil Aviatio… more »

National Agricultural Research System is One of the Largest in the World

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
National Agricultural Research System is One of the Largest in the World The Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE) coordinates and promotes agricultural research & education in the country. DARE provides the necessary government linkages for the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), the premier research organisation for co-ordinating, guiding and managing research, education and extension in agriculture including horticulture, fisheries and animal sciences in the entire country. With 102 research institutes and 73 agricultural universities spread across… more »

PM’s telephonic conversation with Prime Minister of UK

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi spoke to UK Prime Minister Theresa May on telephone on Tuesday. He congratulated Prime Minister May on the assumption of her new responsibility. Prime Minister Modi recalled his memorable visit to the UK last November and affirmed India’s commitment to further strengthen the strategic partnership between both countries. Prime Minister also appreciated UK’s consistent support to India in various global fora. Prime Minister May thanked Prime Minister. She looked forward to working closely with Prime Minister for developing stronger bilateral ties a… more »

Jim Rogers on Financial Post Midas Letter 06/24/2016

noreply@blogger.com (Nicole Bourbaki) at JIM ROGERS BLOG – 1 day ago
Jim Rogers on Brexit and Gold “You Should be Very Worried” Financial Post Midas Letter 06/24/2016 Jim Rogers started trading the stock market with $600 in 1968.In 1973 he formed the Quantum Fund with the legendary investor George Soros before retiring, a multi millionaire at the age of… This is an excerpt only please visit http://www.jimrogersinvestments.com for the full story , full links, other content, and more! Thank You >>>>

Jim Rogers Interview at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum BNE Intellinews 06/23/2016

noreply@blogger.com (Nicole Bourbaki) at JIM ROGERS BLOG – 1 day ago
Jim Rogers Interview at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum BNE Intellinews 06/23/2016 Jim Rogers started trading the stock market with $600 in 1968.In 1973 he formed the Quantum Fund with the legendary investor George Soros before retiring, a multi millionaire at the age… This is an excerpt only please visit http://www.jimrogersinvestments.com for the full story , full links, other content, and more! Thank You >>>>

Jim Rogers : The way of the successful investor is normally to do nothing

noreply@blogger.com (Nicole Bourbaki) at JIM ROGERS BLOG – 1 day ago
Jim Rogers: “I like to buy things and own them forever. And what success I have had in investing has usually come from buying stock that is very cheap or that I think is very cheap. Even if you are wrong, when buying something cheap you are probably not going to lose a lot of money. But buying… This is an excerpt only please visit http://www.jimrogersinvestments.com for the full story , full links, other content, and more! Thank You >>>>

Jim Rogers Turmoil Is Coming

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Jim Rogers Turmoil Is Coming. Description and Comments at: Two years since his last interview with us, investor . Jim Rogers started trading the stock market with $600 in 1968.In 1973 he formed the Quantum Fund with the legendary investor George Soros before retiring, a multi millionaire at… This is an excerpt only please visit http://www.jimrogersinvestments.com for the full story , full links, other content, and more! 
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Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases

Benefits from Launching of Foreign Satellite

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 3 hours ago
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched 20 satellites in a single launch mission onboard Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle ‘PSLV-C34’ on June 22, 2016 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. In this mission, 17 foreign satellites (total weighing 555 kg) from 4 countries viz. Indonesia, Germany, Canada and USA were launched as co-passenger along with Indian primary payload CARTOSAT-2 series of satellite (weighing 727 kg) and 2 University/academic institute’s satellites (weighing 2.5 kg) namely SWAYAM (College of Engineering, Pune) & SATHYABAMASAT (Sathy… more »

PM condoles the demise of Indian social activist and writer Smt. Mahashweta Devi

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 3 hours ago
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has condoled the demise of Indian social activist and writer Smt. Mahashweta Devi. “Mahashweta Devi wonderfully illustrated the might of the pen. A voice of compassion, equality and justice, she leaves us deeply saddened. RIP”, the Prime Minister said. Courtesy: pib.nic.in

‘Open Sky Policy’ agreement with SAARC countries

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 4 hours ago
As per National Civil Aviation Policy 2016, Government has planned to enter into an ‘Open Sky’ Air Service Agreement on a reciprocal basis with SAARC countries and countries with territory located entirely beyond a 5000 km radius from New Delhi. Unlimited flights above the existing bilateral rights will be allowed directly to and from major airports within the country as notified by the Government time to time. However, the points of call at other airports under the existing Air Service Agreement will continue to be honoured till the same are renegotiated. This information was give… more »

Delhi NCR under severe Seismic Zone

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 4 hours ago
As per Bureau of Indian Standards [IS-1893 (Part- 1): 2002], based on the past seismic history, Delhi lies in Zone-IV that has fairly high seismicity where the general occurrence of earthquakes is of 5-6 magnitude and occasionally of higher magnitude. Delhi lies among the high-risk areas. A state-of-the-art 16 station Seismic Telemetry System is already in operation by National Centre for Seismology (NCS) to detect and locate earthquakes in and around Delhi. The data generated by this network is useful in understanding the changing profile of seismicity and seismotect… more »

Exploration and Production of Atomic Minerals by Private Companies

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 4 hours ago
Reconnaissance Permit (RP), Prospecting License (PL), and Mining Lease (ML) leading to the production of some atomic minerals (minerals listed in Part B First Schedule of Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act 1957) especially in the beach sand environment was permitted by the Government as per the details of beach sand policy 1998 and related notifications under Atomic Energy Act, 1962. The recently issued Atomic Mineral Concession Rules, 2016 provides scope for such activities in areas below certain defined threshold values. The details of both atomic (Ilmenite, Rut… more »

‘C-ATFM’ To Decongestair Traffic at Airports

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 4 hours ago
Airports Authority of India has initiated the process for installation of Central Air Traffic Flow Management (C-ATFM) at 06 metro airports -Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad & Bangalore and associated air spaces in the first phase. Supply, Installation, Testing and Commissioning (SITC) of first phase of C-AFTM project has been awarded with a total estimated cost of Rs.107Crores. C-ATFM is for the purpose of balancing the demand and capacity at airports and airspace. There is no implication on navigational facilities at Indian airports. This information was given by the Mi… more »

Prediction for above average Rainfall during Monsoon

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 5 hours ago
During the current year (2016), above normal rainfall has been predicted by India Meteorological Department (IMD) as per the following: Quantitatively, the monsoon seasonal rainfall is likely to be 106% of the Long Period Average (LPA) with a model error of ± 5%. The LPA of the seasonal rainfall over the country as a whole for the period 1951-2000 is 89 cm. IMD has a well-established early warning system for monitoring and warning of severe weather events and associated heavy rainfall. Accordingly, watch/ alerts/ warnings of severe weather are issued regularly. IMD is also provi… more »

Special facilities to women for research work

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 5 hours ago
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has informed that it has initiated several measures to promote enrolment of women in Ph.D and M.Phil. courses. The measures include lying down provisions in the UGC (Minimum standards and procedure for award of MPhil/Ph.D. for relaxing the maximum duration for completion of Ph.D or MPhil. by women candidates for a further two years and one year, respectively; allowing transfer of research data in case of relocation of an M.Phil/Ph.D woman scholar due to marriage or otherwise; and allowing women candidates maternity leave/child-care leave once i… more »

Suo Moto Statement of MOS (I/C) OF YOURH AFFAIRS AND SPORTS Shri Vijay Goel in Lok Sabha on 28 July, 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 6 hours ago
I wish to make a suo-moto statement in this august House on the intent of the Government to make the august house aware of facts of the matter relating to the case of Anti-Doping Rule Violation in respect of Narsingh Pancham Yadav, wrestler. 2. Narsingh Pancham Yadav won bronze medal in 2015 World Wrestling Championship .By virtue of this Medal, he won a quota place for India in 74 Kg freestyle wrestling event in Olympic 2016 to be held at Rio, Brazil. He was training at the training centre of Sports Authority of India, Sonepat. 3. National Anti-Doping Agency (an Autonomous Body u… more »

CAG of India signs 11 UN Audit reports

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 7 hours ago
Shri Shashi Kant Sharma, Comptroller & Auditor General of India, is currently in New York to attend the 70thRegular Session of the United Nations’ Board of Auditors, held at the UN headquarters, New York. Shri. Shashi Kant Sharma, along with Auditor Generals of Tanzania, Shri. Mussa Juma Assad and of the United Kingdom, Shri. Amyas Morse approved and signed 11 UN Audit reports today, as approved by the Board. These reports will be presented to the General Assembly of the UN and to other governing bodies. The reports cover important UN bodies e.g. UNICEF, UNDP, UNHCR, UN-WOMEN, UNOPS… more »

President of India’s Message on the occasion of National Day of Peru

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 8 hours ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of the Republic of Peru on the occasion of their National Day (July 28, 2016). In a message to His Excellency Mr. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, the President of the Republic of Peru, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government, the people of India and on my own behalf, it gives me great pleasure to extend warm greetings and felicitations to you and to the friendly people of Peru on the occasion of your National Day. I also take this opportunity to felicitate you… more »

Conference on Implementation of National Pension System (NPS) in Central Autonomous Bodies (CABs)

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 9 hours ago
A conference on implementation of National Pension System (NPS) in Central Autonomous Bodies (CABs) was organized by PFRDA on 27th July 2016 at New Delhi. The prime objective of the conference was to understand and address the concerns of the Central Autonomous Bodies who have not yet registered for NPS. Shri Hemant Contractor, Chairman, PFRDA in his key note address stressed on the need for a regular and steady source of income for old age income security. He informed the participants that it was mandatory for all CABs which had offered CPF to its employees earlier to switch to NP… more »

National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management to undertake research studies with respect marine environment, ecology and habitat of entire Indian coast

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 9 hours ago
The Government of India set up the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM) under the Ministry of Environment Forest & Climate Change at Chennai during 2011-2012. The Centre has undertaken various research studies with respect marine environment, ecology and habitat of entire Indian coast including the islands. The Centre provides knowledge support on policy and scientific matters related to integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) and conservation of coastal resources along Indian coast including the islands. NCSCM has mapped the Ecologically Sensitive Areas (E… more »

The rainfall recorded during the month of June

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 9 hours ago
The rainfall recorded during the month of June this year for the country as a whole is 145.4 (mm) against long period average (LPA) value of 163.6 mm (11% below normal). The rainfall recorded during the month last year was 189.0 (mm) (16% above normal). The state-wise rainfall Departure for the month of June-2015 and June-2016 given in Annexure-I. This was stated by Minister of State for Ministry of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Shri Y.S. Chowdary in a written reply to a Question in Lok Sabha on 27th July, 2016. Courtesy: pib.nic.in

National Monsoon Mission to build state-of-the-art coupled ocean atmospheric model for improved prediction of monsoon rainfall

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 9 hours ago
Under the National Monsoon Mission initiative, the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad and National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF), NOIDA have embarked upon to build a state-of-the-art coupled ocean atmospheric model for:- (a) improved prediction of monsoon rainfall on extended range to seasonal time scale (16 days to one season) and (b) improved prediction of temperature, rainfall and extreme weather events on short to medium range time scale (up to 15 days) so that for… more »

National Tourism Awards for 2014-15 to Travel, Tourism & Hospitality Industry to be presented on 30th July 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 10 hours ago
National Tourism Awards for 2014-15 to Travel, Tourism & Hospitality Industry to be presented on 30th July 2016 The Speaker, Lok Sabha Smt. Sumitra Mahajan will present the “National Tourism Awards for 2014-15 to various segments of the Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Industry” at a function organized by Ministry of Tourism on 30th July, 2016 in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Tourism & Culture (Independent Charge) will preside over the function. The function will be attended by Chief Ministers and Tourism Ministers of States, Central and State Gove…more »

Cabinet approves rescinding the decision of the Government to set up the Concurrent Evaluation Office in Ministry of Rural Development

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 10 hours ago
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has decided to rescind the earlier decision of the Government to set up the Concurrent Evaluation Office (CEO) for managing Concurrent Evaluation Network (CENET) in Ministry of Rural Development. The CEO was envisaged to undertake concurrent evaluation of Rural Development programmes in conjunction with Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the erstwhile Planning Commission. The decision will pave the way for a need based strengthening of the Economic and Monitoring Wing of the Ministry of Rural Development for ma… more »

Cabinet increases the limit for foreign investment in Stock Exchanges from 5% to 15%

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 10 hours ago
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for raising foreign shareholding limit from 5% to 15% in Indian Stock Exchanges for a stock exchange, a depository, a banking company, an insurance company, a commodity derivative exchange. The Cabinet has also approved the proposal to allow foreign portfolio investors to acquire shares through initial allotment, besides secondary market, in the stock exchanges. The move will help in enhancing global competitiveness of Indian stock exchanges by accelerating/facilitating the adoption of latest … more »

Cabinet approves abolition of Separate Guidelines for establishing Joint Venture Companies by Defence PSUs

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 10 hours ago
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved abolition of existing “Guidelines for establishing Joint Venture Companies by Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs)”. These guidelines which were notified in February, 2012 will not be required for separate JV by the DPSUs. The Guidelines issued by the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) and Ministry of Finance (MoF) from time to time, which are uniformly applicable to all Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) will be applicable for the DPSUs to set up JV companies now. This will meet the goa…more »

Cabinet approves Policy for award of Waterfront and associated land to port dependent industries in major ports

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 11 hours ago
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Policy for award of waterfront and associated land to port dependent industries in major ports and its operationalization. The Policy will result in uniformity and transparency in the procedure for awarding captive facilities. It will enable optimal utilization of capacities in major ports and increase revenue to the Major Port Authority. The ambit of the Policy includes creation of new assets as well as utilization of currently unutilised existing assets such as vacant berths. The Policy will be ap… more »
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Did you know…

Did you know… 

… that today is Alice in Wonderland Release Day? In 1951, Walt Disney’s film “Alice in Wonderland” was released. Based on the Alice books by Lewis Carroll, the film premiered in New York City and London. A new Alice in Wonderland film, directed by Tim Burton, starring Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, was released in 2010. Watch the classics today, original or remade! 

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Today’s Inspirational Quote: 

“Only by letting go of what stops us from growing can we put down new roots and truly flower.” 

— Peg Streep 
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HR HEADLINES courtesy Naukri.com

Flipkart’s of India to help create ‘missing jobs’: HSBC report
Indian e-commerce companies will have to pick up the slack left by traditional sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing and services in employment generation over the next 10 years, according to the British bank HSBC Holdings Plc. India needs to generate a total of 80 million jobs by 2025, double that in the last 10 years. Taking into account both demand and supply of jobs, existing labour-intensive sectors like agriculture and services may not be able to meet the entire demand, HSBC analysts Mr. Pranjul Bhandari and Mr. Prithviraj Srinivas wrote in a note. “Armed with both demand and supply for new jobs, we find that without e-commerce, India would have 24 million missing jobs. With a potential of creating 12 million new jobs in ten years, e-commerce fills half of this shortfall,” the research note said. “With the rise of online purchases, e-commerce could create 20 million gross jobs across logistics and delivery (70%), and customer care, IT & management (30%). Some jobs will be lost in bricks-and-mortar stores. We model this carefully and find that, on net, e-commerce could create 12 million new jobs,” the note added. E-commerce currently employs less than a million people and a lion’s share of these are in logistics and warehousing, the note estimates.
Source : 27-07-16   Livemint.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
TCS top employer in IT industry, says Nasscom
Software services major Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has been ranked as the top employer in the Indian IT industry by the representative body Nasscom. The Mumbai-based firm was followed by its peers Infosys, Cognizant, Wipro and Capgemini, Nasscom said in a statement. Though Cognizant is a US-based IT firm, it has the largest number of employees in India with development centres in Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. At the end of June, 2016, TCS had a total headcount of 3.62 lakh while Infosys and Wipro had 1.97 lakh and 1.73 lakh, respectively. Others in the top 10 include HCL Technologies, Tech Mahindra, Genpact, Intelenet Global Services and Aegis. The top 20 includes Hinduja Global Solutions, CSC India, WNS Global Services, Syntel, Mphasis, EXL, L&T Infotech, Firstsource Solutions, MindTree and CGI. The Indian IT-BPM industry’s employee base has reached a total of 3.7 million with an addition of 2 lakh employees in 2015-16. About 1.1 million jobs were added in the last 5 years, according to another Nasscom report. Nearly 1.3 million employed in the sector are women.
Source : 25-07-16   Firstpost.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
As the purse strings tighten, Flipkart to lay off 700-1,000 non-performers
India’s largest e-commerce player, Flipkart, is downsizing its workforce as it looks to cut costs and better compete with global rival Amazon. The move will affect between 700-1,000 staffers or up to 3.3% of its workforce, according to a report. Flipkart, which has come under the gaze of investors for burning cash, is trying to find a balance between growth (to ward off Amazon) and profitability. Recently, the company made several changes to this effect, including increasing margins the margins its charges from sellers. At the same time, Amazon has committed to invest a further $3 billion in its India operations over the next few years, aiming to become the leader in India’s e-commerce space. The US firm is estimated to have already edged out local player Snapdeal and is seen as closing in on Flipkart. However, Flipkart says that the downsizing is part of its annual employee performance review where underperformers are asked to leave or will be let go. It claims that it loses between 1-2% of its workforce during this time each year, and that it isn’t something to be alarmed of. “At times, we have employees who do not meet the performance bar. In those situations we work closely with employees to enable them to improve their performance. In due course, if these employees are unable to make the desired progress, they are encouraged to seek opportunities outside the company,” said a Flipkart spokesperson. With a staff of 30,000 people, Flipkart has one of the largest workforces among Indian e-commerce companies.
Source : 29-07-16   Business-standard.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Ex-Myntra Finance Head Mr. Prabhakar Sunder joins Voonik as CFO
Fashion marketplace Voonik has appointed rival Myntra’s former Finance Head Mr. Prabhakar Sunder as its Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Prabhakar Sunder brings over 15 years of experience in capital raising, corporate finance, financial reporting and compliance, treasury and fund management, etc. “With more than a decade of experience with core e- commerce business platforms, Mr. Sunder has a proven track-record of maintaining lean and healthy financial operations and providing strategic guidance to top ventures. We are certain that his expertise will provide the necessary impetus to Voonik s growth,” Mr. Sujayath Ali, the CEO & founder of Voonik.com, said.
Source : 27-07-16   Moneycontrol.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Microsoft to cut 2,850 more jobs
Microsoft Corp said it would cut about 2,850 more jobs over the next 12 months, taking its total planned job cuts to up to 4,700, or about 4 per cent of its workforce. The company said in May it would cut 1,850 jobs in its smartphone business, most of them in Finland. Microsoft bought Finland-based handset maker Nokia in 2014 in an ill-fated attempt to take on market leaders Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. Chief Executive Mr. s Satya Nadella, who took the helm just two months before the deal closed, has since focused on restructuring the struggling phone business. Microsoft had about 114,000 full-time employees as of June 30.
Source : 29-07-16   Indiatoday.intoday.in   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Mr. Sunil Kant Munjal, Joint MD at Hero MotoCorp, to step down
Mr. Sunil Kant Munjal, joint managing director at Hero MotoCorp will step down from his position next month to ‘pursue new business interests’. Mr. Munjal is the brother of Mr. Pawan Munjal, the chairman, managing director and chief executive officer of the company. “Mr. Sunil Kant Munjal, JMD, Hero MotoCorp, and chairman, Hero Corporate Service, intends to focus his time and energy on his independent and core businesses, and to pursue new business interests. He has, therefore, expressed his desire to step down from the Board of Directors, once his tenure comes to an end on August 16, 2016,” the company said in a communication to stock exchanges. Hero said this realignment will not impact the overall promoter shareholding, strategic direction or operational management of the company. “We will continue to work in the best interest of all stakeholders of Hero MotoCorp, including shareholders, employees, suppliers and business associates,” the statement said.
Source : 28-07-16   Business-standard.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
SBI chief Ms. Arundhati Bhattacharya set to get 1-yr extension
The government is likely to extend the tenure of State Bank of India (SBI) chairman Ms. Arundhati Bhattacharya by a year to ensure smooth merger of the bank’s five associate banks and Bharatiya Mahila Bank, said finance ministry sources. Ms. Bhattacharya’s three-year tenure at the helm of the country’s largest lender by assets began on October, 2013. Currently, the SBI brass comprises the chairman and four managing directors — Mr. B Sriram, Mr. VG Kannan, Mr. Rajnish Kumar and Mr. PK Gupta. Officials said an extension to Ms. Bhattacharya would help the government complete the merger process of SBI within the current fiscal. The Appointments Committee of Cabinet is expected to take a final decision on the extension of Ms. Bhattacharya’s tenure soon. On June 15, the Cabinet gave an in-principle approval to SBI’s proposal for the merger, which would place it among the world’s top 50 banks in terms of assets. After working out the scheme of amalgamation, SBI would soon seek the final approval from the Cabinet. The merger will result in a consolidated entity commanding a deposit base of over R21.5 lakh crore or nearly a fifth of the banking system’s total deposit base of R97 lakh crore. “The merger of SBI and its associate banks is a win-win for both. While the network of SBI would stand to increase, its reach would multiply. One can expect efficiencies to be created from rationalisation of branches, common treasury pooling and proper deployment of a large skilled resource base,” Ms. Bhattacharya said after the Cabinet approved the merger last month. While mergers of banks have traditionally been opposed by employee unions, Ms. Bhattacharya, who is said to have a good rapport with the unions, could help convince them of the benefits.
Source : 28-07-16   Financialexpress.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Mr. Jaikishin Chhaproo quits as Media head at Snapdeal
Mr. Jaikishin Chhaproo will be moving on as Media Head at Snapdeal, confirm sources. Chhaproo leverages around 20 years of experience – panning FMCG, Telecom, Broadcast, E-commerce in India & Middle East Markets. He has handled Media requirements at Nokia MENA, Hindustan Unilever Limited, Snapdeal, Godrej and Wipro. He has also spear- headed Marketing for STAR Middle East (a NewsCorp company) & Strategy & Research for MCCS (ABP News, Ananda, Majha – erstwhile STAR News, Ananda & Majha). His next destination remains unknown as of now.
Source : 28-07-16   Exchange4media.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Indian women to soon get 6 months maternity leave, work from home option after leave!
Maternity leaves in India were fixed at 12 weeks with female employees generally utilising their excess leaves after that or choosing to take a break from their career if they wanted more time with their babies. However, 3 months seems like a paltry time and also, it makes bonding with the child difficult as the mother is hardly home and the baby is with either the relatives or a nanny. There are newer and mom-friendly provisions in the latest Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 prepared by the Cabinet keeping in mind the working mother and their problems. According to the new provisions, the amount of leaves will be increased to 26 weeks from the current 12 weeks. That’s more than double the leaves. The current leaves come to 3 months whereas, after the new provisions, the women will get slightly over 6 months. Also, the new, upgraded act has the option of moms being able to work from home where their profiles permit them. There’s no lower or upper limit of leaves set by the government on the work from home option and the option will depend completely on the woman and the organisation. The organisation can refuse the work from home option if the profile does not permit it. Also, for women who are having a baby through surrogacy or adopting a child younger than 3 months old, can avail a leave for 12 weeks. The 26 week policy does not apply to women who already have 2 kids. The new policy also mandates that each organisation with over 50 employees have a crèche or team up with other organisations in their vicinity and have a combined crèche where the mothers can leave their kids when they work. Also, the employee must grant mothers availing crèche services at least 4 breaks in a day to visit the crèche. Also, mothers who have just given birth will be provided breaks and rest periods so that work does not take a toll on their bodies and thus, on their babies too.
Source : 25-07-16   India.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
New RBI governor announcement unlikely before August review, Mr. Kaushik Basu in frame
The Indian government has scaled back the urgency of its search for a new central bank governor, sources said, with a replacement to Mr. Raghuram Rajan now likely to be named only after he chairs his final policy meeting on August 9. Two government sources with direct knowledge of the matter also said Mr. Kaushik Basu, who is stepping down as the World Bank’s chief economist, had made it onto a shortlist of candidates to take over when Mr. Rajan’s term expires on September 4. Mr. Rajan announced in June that he would not be seeking a second term, stunning investors who had accorded him “rock-star” status as the former International Monetary Fund chief economist who saw the global financial crash coming. Anxious to reassure investors following Mr. Rajan’s shock exit announcement, Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s team initially wanted to identify a replacement in time for Mr. Rajan’s last bi-monthly policy meeting. Now, one senior government official said that Mr. Rajan’s successor is likely to be named afterwards to a temporary post at the Reserve Bank of India as a stepping stone to formally assuming office – as was the case with Mr. Rajan’s own appointment in 2013. “I find it difficult to think that the new governor will be appointed (before the policy meeting) – the governor in place would become a lame duck,” said the official, who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter. The official said the timing of an announcement is yet to be fixed. Also still in contention are RBI deputy governor Mr. Urjit Patel, former deputy governor Mr. Subir Gokarn and State Bank of India Chairman Ms. Arundhati Bhattacharya. A close aide to Mr. Modi said it is preferable for Mr. Rajan to see out his three-year term before his successor formally assumes the role.
Source : 30-11-99   Indianexpress.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Air India on a hiring spree, to recruit 2,000 crew members likely by 2019
To meet the carrier’s expanding fleet, state-owned carrier, Air India said that it would recruit 500 pilots and more than 1,500 cabin crew in next two to three years. According to the officials, nearly 150 pilots are expected to complete their training by December 2016 and start flying on various routes. “We are planning to have 700 more pilots in the next two to three years keeping in view the fleet expansion. From last August till now, we have already recruited 250 pilots. So about 500 more pilots we are going to recruit. Advertisement for 400 pilots has already been floated,” said AI’s General Manager (Operations), Mr. N Sivaramakirshnan. “We have plans to have cabin crew of 3,000 personnel. Beside the existing number, we are planning to take 1,500 more in the next two to three years,” he said. He further added that in 2015, Air India had planned to hire about 200 trainee pilots. However, only 78 of those completed their training. Air India has about 858 pilots and the beleaguered airlines has lost around 100 pilots to other airlines since 2014.
Source : 28-07-16   Newindianexpress.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
NDMC to implement 7th Pay Commission despite financial crunch
Despite facing a financial crunch, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) has decided to implement the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for its employees. “After the notification of recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission by the Centre, it has been decided that the NDMC would also implement the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for its employees as it is,” NDMC Standing Committee Chairman Mr. Pravesh Wahi said. “We hope this would boost the morale and improve efficiency of the employees,” he said. The matter would soon come up in the NDMC House and sources said it is likely to be cleared by it. “The civic body had made a provision for implementing it in its budget. And, now it will come up before the Standing Committee and is likely to get cleared by it and the House,” a civic official said. “Although we are facing a financial crunch yet this decision has been taken keeping in view the interest of the employees,” Mr. Wahi said. He claimed, once the process is completed, the NDMC would be the first local body to implement the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. “Employees of the corporation have to work under pressure, besides facing situations arising due to financial position, yet they work in the interest of citizens. Hence, it has been decided in their interest. And, we hope, this would certainly improve our services too,” Mr. Wahi said.
Source : 28-07-16   Business-standard.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Lloyds to cut 3,000 jobs, close more branches after Brexit shock
Lloyds Banking Group is to step up its cost cutting plans to help to offset a more testing economic environment caused by Britain`s vote to quit the European Union. Britain`s largest retail bank aims to save 400 million pounds ($528.56 million) by end-2017 by axing a further 3,000 jobs and closing an additional 200 branches to protect its earnings and dividends against the effects of lower-for-longer interest rates. Lloyds, rescued in a 20.5 billion pound taxpayer bail-out during the financial crisis, is the first major British bank to report results since the referendum and is the most exposed to any downturn in the British economy. Chief Executive Officer Mr. Antonio Horta-Osório is searching for ways to prop up Lloyds` dividend, one of its key attractions, and sustain profit growth in its main UK consumer and commercial lending market, still reeling from the Brexit result on June 24. “While the business will remain highly capital generative, it is possible that this capital generation may be somewhat lower in future years than previously guided,” the bank said in a statement. So far this year, Lloyds has already said it would cut about 4,000 positions from its 75,000-strong workforce and has closed nearly 100 branches this year. The bank said it would look to sell off unwanted properties to increase income. “Lloyds remains a no growth bank,” Mr. Ian Gordon, an analyst at Investec, said. “Its revenue outlook is flattish, hence its costs need to fall faster.”
Source : 28-07-16   Zeenews.india.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Yahoo suddenly in a hiring frenzy despite layoffs and the sale of its company
July 18 was a big day at Yahoo: it announced its second quarter earnings and took the final bids for the auction of its core business, which eventually sold to Verizon. But it appears that day marked the start of a new trend at Yahoo as well: a massive hiring spree. According to Yahoo’s US careers page, the company posted 76 new job openings on July 18. Two days later, on July 20, it posted a whopping 151 new job openings. And after announcing its sale to Verizon, Yahoo’s posted 23, 20, and 15 new job openings over each of the past three days. That’s a big increase from the previous two months, during which time Yahoo’s careers page has not had a single day in which it posted a double-digit number of new jobs in the US. It’s unclear what’s driving this change, but it’s a strange development given the fact that Yahoo’s going through a 15% workforce reduction plan and a massive reorganization simultaneously as a result of its sale to Verizon. Most of the jobs are located in Yahoo’s Sunnyvale headquarters, with a heavy focus on engineering. A lot of the jobs require experience in mobile and ad technology, the two areas Yahoo’s been investing in more heavily lately. The sudden uptick in the number of new jobs could be interpreted in a lot of different ways. It could be a sign of high turnover and Yahoo filling up those empty positions. It could also be a result of Yahoo replacing less productive jobs with newly created positions focused on its higher growth areas. Maybe it’s just a sign of Yahoo pushing forward with some of its previous plans. Or it could simply be a backlog of job openings being pushed out after a pre-determined date.
Source : 30-11-99   Businessinsider.in   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Cyanogen to Cut Jobs as Part of Major Revamp, may pivot to Apps: Reports
Cyanogen Inc., the company that once wanted to take Android away from Google, is said to be falling apart. Multiple reports suggest that the company is undergoing a major revamp and cutting jobs. According to a report, the company is conducting layoff where it is asking roughly 30 out of the 136 people to leave – that’s about 20 percent of entire workforce. The report says that the layoffs are being conducted by Mr.vSteve Kondik, the Co-Founder and CTO of Cyanogen. The biggest impact of the layoffs has been on the team behind the Cyanogen OS commercial distribution, and not those involved with the Cyanogen Mod project. The report adds, “The systems and QA teams in Palo Alto and Seattle have been heavily cut, with Cyanogen’s smaller offices in Lisbon and India reportedly being essentially gutted.” Notably, the community driven Cyanogen has also not spared community support members as they were allegedly also removed. There are rumours that Cyanogen is looking to revamp its services and once of the sources hinted that the company may be involved in a “pivot to apps.” As of now, there is no word how the company will move to the new strategy but we can expect hear more from Cyanogen soon. Re/code in a separate report points out that Cyanogen will be working on the new strategy under the supervision of former Facebook employee Mr. Lior Tal, who has joined the company as Chief Operating Officer. The report adds that several top executives have also moved out from the company in last few weeks. The sudden layoffs hint that Cyanogen despite having an eventful 2015 where the company announced rebranding alongside raising $80 million (approximately Rs. 497 crores) in funding has not been able to show results. The company also managed to strike a deal to get Microsoft’s apps preloaded on Cyanogen OS-based devices.
Source : 25-07-16   Gadgets.ndtv.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
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An old contest – Technology has made a mockery of effective censorship

noreply@blogger.com (Swapan Dasgupta) at Usual Suspects – 1 hour ago
By Swapan Dasgupta The battle between the judiciary and the executive (and its various arms) is never ending. In the recent past, it has actually intensified as the courts have stepped into a twilight zone created either by the executive’s dereliction of its responsibilities or by an onrush of judicial activism. In the public eye, the intensity of the conflict is magnified when the battle lines are over civil liberties. In a recent judgment, the Bombay High Court cleared the film, *Udta Punjab*, for public viewing after ordering one scene to be deleted. Earlier, the Central Board … more »

Union Home Minister to visit Assam tomorrow

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 3 hours ago
Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh will be making an aerial survey of flood-affected areas of Nagaon, Morigaon and Kaziranga in Assam tomorrow. He will also be visiting Bhagatgaon Camp of flood-affected residents in Morigaon district. Shri Rajnath Singh will hold a meeting with the Chief Minister Shri Sarbananda Sonowal and other State Government Officers in Guwahati before returning to Delhi in the evening. Courtesy: pib.nic.in

Mission Indradhanush

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 4 hours ago
During the second phase of Mission Indradhanush, 11.6 lakh sessions were organized. Indradhanush aims to increase full immunization coverage in India to at least 90% children by 2020. However, in 199 districts the improvement in immunization coverage was not satisfactory during the first and second phase and therefore these districts were included in third phase of Mission Indradhanush. The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Shri Faggan Singh Kulaste stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today. Courtesy: pib.nic.in

Distribution of pulses at subsidized rate by state governments

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 4 hours ago
Some States have taken up distribution of pulses through Public Distribution System (PDS), details at subsidized rates. These states are: (as on 31.12.2015) S. No State Type of Pulses Qty. allotted per family per month Issue price per kg. Scheme operational since 1 Andhra Pradesh Red Gram Dal 1 kg. Rs. 50/- per kg June 2008 2 Chhattisgarh Chana (in schedule areas) 2 Kg. Rs. 5/- June, 2011 Dal (in non-schedule areas) 2 Kg. Rs. 10/- May, 2013 3 Haryana Pulses (Chana Dal & Sabut Masur inter changeable) 2.5 kg. per ration card (SBPL,BPL &AAY ) Rs.20/- per kg August, 2013 4 Himachal Pradesh Mo… more »

FCI to sell 65-75 Lakh MT wheat in Open Market during 2016-17

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 4 hours ago
FCI sells wheat and rice in the open market under Open Market Sale Scheme (OMSS) (Domestic) through e-tender. For the year 2016-17, a target of 65-75 Lakh Metric Ton (LMT) has been set for sale of wheat by FCI out of Central Pool under the OMSS (D). A target of 20 lakh MT of Grade ‘A’ rice has also been kept for sale under OMSS (D) during 2016-17. A quantity of 8.81 LMT of wheat and 0.26 LMT of rice have been sold under OMSS (D) as on 27.07.2016. This information was given by the Minister of State Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri C.R.Chaudhary in a written reply i… more »

Setting up of four Petroleum Chemical and Petrochemical Investment Regions approved

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 5 hours ago
Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Ministry of Chemicals and Petrochemicals is implementing the Petroleum Chemical and Petrochemical Investment Region (PCPIR) Policy to promote investments, boost manufacturing and generate employment. Substantial investments by upstream Anchor Units in the Refinery and Cracker Segments are envisioned to lead to other investments in the chemical and petrochemical downstream sectors and ancillary industries. Government of India has approved setting up of four PCPIRs in the States of Andhra Pradesh (Vishakhapatnam – Kakinada), Gujarat (Dahej),… more »

Formation of Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agriculture University

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 5 hours ago
Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Shri Sudarshan Bhagat has said that formation of Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agriculture University, Pusa has been completed with the untiring efforts of the Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh in which the youth of India and Bihar are getting education in Agriculture science which will in turn benefit agriculture in Bihar. Shri Bhagat informed that under the process of the formation of Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agriculture University, it was decided to bring the assets of Rajendra Prasad Ag… more »

I&B Minister Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu interacts with officers of I&B Ministry

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 7 hours ago
Minister of Information & Broadcasting, Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that principal objective of public communication is to make people informed participants and enthusiastic partners in the task of nation building. Effective public communication was the backbone for change management and thus all officials of Ministry of I&B and its Media Units were important stakeholders in this process as change agents. The Government priorities were clear in the context of expectations from officials which included focus on Results, Tran… more »

President of India’s message on the eve of Independence day of Vanuatu

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 7 hours ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of the Republic of Vanuatu on the eve of their Independence Day (July 30, 2016). In a message to His Excellency Baldwin Lonsdale, the President of the Republic of Vanuatu, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government, the people of India and on my own behalf, I extend warm greetings and felicitations to you and to the people of the Republic of Vanuatu on the occasion of your Independence Day. It is matter of satisfaction that India and Pacific Island coun… more »

Brahmaputra receding at Goalpara in Assam

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 7 hours ago
River Brahmaputra at Goalpara in Goalpara District of Assam has receded from High Flood Situation to Moderate Flood Situation at 0800hrs today. At 0800 hrs, it was flowing at a level of 36.92 m with Falling trend which is 0.65 m above its Danger Level of 36.27 m and 0.51m below its previous HFL of 37.43 m recorded on July 31, 1954. Courtesy: pib.nic.in

Preprations are in full swing for “RUN FOR RIO” in NEW DELHI

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 7 hours ago
Preparations are in full swing for RUN FOR RIO to be held in New Delhi on Sunday 31st July, 2016 at 7 am onwards. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will flag off the RUN to celebrate the Olympic mood especially when India is sending its largest ever contingent of athletes to participate in the Games. Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Vijay Goel said that the objective of the Run is to not only demonstrate to our athletes that the whole country is proud of them and wishes them all the best in the forthcoming Rio Olympics competitions, but also to connect publ… more »

International Tiger day celebrated

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 10 hours ago
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Anil Madhav Dave has exhorted tourists from across the world to come to India to see the Tiger. Speaking at a function to celebrate the International Tiger Day today, the Minister urged upon the students to conserve tigers. Shri Dave pointed out that students from various schools have gathered here today, because they all are themselves Tigers. He said that people in India love the Tiger and added that by conserving the Tigers, India has 2, 226 Tigers, which constitutes 70% of the population o… more »

Action taken to fill vacancies of directors in higher institutions

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 10 hours ago
Following is the status of action taken to identify Directors of IIMs, NITs and IITs: (a) Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) For six new IIMs at Amritsar, Sirmaur, Bodh Gaya, Sambalpur, Nagpur, Vishakhapatnam advertisement has been issued and Search cum Selection Committee (SCSC) has been constituted for recommending a panel of names for consideration of the Government. The mentor Directors are looking after the six new IIMs till the appointment of regular Director. For IIMs at Ranchi, Raipur, Bangalore and Rohtak, the SCSC has recommended a panel of names, which are under co… more »

The Startup India initiative is designed to foster innovation, create jobs and facilitate investment.

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 20 hours ago
The Startup India initiative is designed to foster innovation, create jobs and facilitate investment. Government is committed to make this initiative a scalable reality and to provide an environment for our Startups to thrive in. Since the launch of the Action Plan for the Startup India initiative considerable progress has been made. However, a lot remains to be done. The Ministry of Commerce and Industry believes the way forward is to have all the stakeholders on board to take the initiative forward and act as a facilitator for Startups to flourish. With the agenda of creating a c… more »

PM asks NITI Aayog to create a vision for transformational change

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 20 hours ago
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today called upon NITI Aayog to create a vision document that would, chart a roadmap for India’s development for the next fifteen years, and also lay the foundation for the country’s growth over the next decades of the 21st century. Interacting with members of the NITI Aayog, the Prime Minister said the time for incremental change, that was the norm across the world for quite some time, is now over. He said the current age is one that requires transformational change. He highlighted the importance of technology as an emerging driver of change… more »

President of India receives copy of coffee table book ‘India’s most Powerful Women’

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 20 hours ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee received a copy of a coffee table book ‘India’s Most Powerful Women’ at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (July 28, 2016). The book has been written by Mrs. Prem Ahluwalia. Speaking on the occasion, the President congratulated Mrs. Prem Ahluwalia, the author of the book for making an attempt to recognize the contribution of women in India through her book. He expressed hope that the objective of the book and the stories of its women reach every young mind and inspire them to move towards a progressive society. He said that the book will also ser… more »

Benefits from Launching of Foreign Satellite

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched 20 satellites in a single launch mission onboard Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle ‘PSLV-C34’ on June 22, 2016 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. In this mission, 17 foreign satellites (total weighing 555 kg) from 4 countries viz. Indonesia, Germany, Canada and USA were launched as co-passenger along with Indian primary payload CARTOSAT-2 series of satellite (weighing 727 kg) and 2 University/academic institute’s satellites (weighing 2.5 kg) namely SWAYAM (College of Engineering, Pune) & SATHYABAMASAT (Sathy… more »

PM condoles the demise of Indian social activist and writer Smt. Mahashweta Devi

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has condoled the demise of Indian social activist and writer Smt. Mahashweta Devi. “Mahashweta Devi wonderfully illustrated the might of the pen. A voice of compassion, equality and justice, she leaves us deeply saddened. RIP”, the Prime Minister said. Courtesy: pib.nic.in

‘Open Sky Policy’ agreement with SAARC countries

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
As per National Civil Aviation Policy 2016, Government has planned to enter into an ‘Open Sky’ Air Service Agreement on a reciprocal basis with SAARC countries and countries with territory located entirely beyond a 5000 km radius from New Delhi. Unlimited flights above the existing bilateral rights will be allowed directly to and from major airports within the country as notified by the Government time to time. However, the points of call at other airports under the existing Air Service Agreement will continue to be honoured till the same are renegotiated. This information was give… more »

Delhi NCR under severe Seismic Zone

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
As per Bureau of Indian Standards [IS-1893 (Part- 1): 2002], based on the past seismic history, Delhi lies in Zone-IV that has fairly high seismicity where the general occurrence of earthquakes is of 5-6 magnitude and occasionally of higher magnitude. Delhi lies among the high-risk areas. A state-of-the-art 16 station Seismic Telemetry System is already in operation by National Centre for Seismology (NCS) to detect and locate earthquakes in and around Delhi. The data generated by this network is useful in understanding the changing profile of seismicity and seismotect… more »