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Meet Arnav Sharma, Indian Boy Who Scored Higher Than Einstein, Hawking in IQ Test

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An Indian-origin boy aged 11 took the famous Mensa Test for IQ measurement, totally unprepared and unaware of it and the results showed that the child prodigy has scored more than what Albert Einstein or Stephen Hawking could have scored. The maximum score in the test was around 140 and the boy, Arnav Sharma scored 162 in the Mensa Test. ...

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After 20 Years, McDonald Shuts 43 Outlets in Delhi

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The global food giant McDonald which had made headlines in 1997 when it opened first outlets in India at Delhi with veg burgers replacing its iconic beef burgers elsewhere, hit an unexpected controversy almost 20 years later over ownership issue. The franchisee given to Connaught Plaza Restaurants Pvt Ltd (CPRL) in North and Eastern India has run into trouble over ...

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Cabinet Approves MoU with US Homeland Security

Video grab of PM Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump on Monday (White House)

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, approved signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation between India and the United States of America on Homeland Security. The Memorandum of Cooperation will further strengthen bilateral security relations between India and the USA and will also help in coordination and interactions among the six Sub-Groups that are proposed to be formed under ...

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US Statement on Modi Visit Says ‘Prosperity Through Partnership’ with India

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Following Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit, the White House issued a statement listing a huge array of opportunites explored together in trade, cultural and scientific areas. “The visit reinforced the close ties between the United States and India that have strengthened both great democracies,” said the statement. Here is the full text of the Highlights issued by the White ...

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White House Not to Host Ramadan Dinner, Just Sends Out ‘Eid Mubarak’ Greetings

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As announced earlier, the US White House under President donald Trump has decided to skip the dinner hosted on the occasion for Muslims in the country and instead sent out ‘Eid Mubarak’ greetings in a statement, ending a two-decade-old tradition. First time the Iftar party in the White House was hosted on December 9, 1805 by the then US President ...

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PM Meets Indian Community in Washington DC, Praises Their Contribution

The Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi addressing at the Indian Community Reception, in Washington DC, USA on June 25, 2017.(PIB)

As part of his US visit, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday interacted with the Indian community in Washington DC after his CEOs meeting where he pitched for more investments in view of GST roll out and ‘Ease of Doing Business’ in India. Addressing the Indian diaspora, he noted that they rejoiced whenever there was good news from India, ...

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PSLV-C38 Successfully Launched With 31 Satellites

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Within months after successfully launching more than 100 satellites at one go, ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C38 successfully launched the 712 kg Cartosat-2 Series Satellite along with 30 co-passenger satellites on Friday, June 23, 2017 in its 39th consecutively successful mission of PSLV. PSLV-C38 lifted off at 9:29 am IST from the First Launch Pad from Sriharikota in Andhra ...

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India Showcases Merits of International Day of Yoga to World

Participants perform Yoga at the commemoration of the 3rd International Day of Yoga – 2017, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on June 21, 2017.(PIB)

On the occasion of International Day of Yoga on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed his greetings from Lucknow to all those joining the Yoga Day celebrations across India and said Yoga has become a part of many people’s lives today. He said Yoga’s popularity is high even outside India; and Yoga has connected the world with India. ...

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India Presidential Elections 2017: BJP Proposes Bihar Governor, Dalit Leader Ram Nath Kovind

Ruling party BJP has proposed the candidature of Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit leader and Bihar governor who once worked as an aide to late PM Morarji Desai, in a bid to placate isolated Dalit communities across the country. While many see it as a belated attempt to reach out to the Dalit community, BJP is hoping that Kovind’s nomination ...

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HRD Minister Felicitates Indian National Science Talent Scholars of 2016-17

The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar felicitated the award winners of National Science Talents-2017, at a function, in New Delhi on June 14, 2017.(PIB)

Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar has felicitated winners of National Science Talent Exam of the Year 2016-17 in New Delhi on Wednesday, which is slowly emerging as India equivalent of US Intel Science Awards. The winners were given away mementoes and certificates by the Minister. Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA) in association with Vigyan Prasar – an autonomous institution under ...

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India Signs 7 MoUs, Malaysia PM Razak Meets PM, President

Malaysian Prime Minister Mohd. Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak called on President of India Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan today, April 1, 2017, as part of his state visit, reciprocating PM Narendra Modi visit to Malaysia in November 2015. Welcoming PM Razak, the President said relations between India and Malaysia are centuries old and is best ever so far. The ...

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Indian Army Chief Visits Nepal and Bangladesh

Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat is visiting Nepal and Bangladesh from 28 March to 02 April 2017 on his first foreign visit after assuming office. Gen Rawat will be visiting important military installations and meeting high ranking dignitaries including the Prime Minister, Defence Minister and the Chief of Army Staff. The delegation will also visit Nepalese Army Mountain Warfare ...

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Third Protocol of Amended India-Singapore DTAA Comes into Effect

The Third Protocol amending India-Singapore Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) which was signed on 30th December, 2016, has come into force on 27th February 2017, said a statement. The India-Singapore DTAA currently provides for residence based taxation of Capital Gains of shares in a company. The Third Protocol amends the DTAA with effect from 1st April, 2017 to provide for ...

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French Former President Sarkozy Meets Modi

Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy, former President of France, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday and congratulated him for the success of “demonetization”. The Prime Minister congratulated Mr. Sarkozy on the publication of his latest book, “Tout pour la France”. The two leaders discussed regional and global issues of mutual interest. India’s relations with France have seen a spur in recent ...

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Indian Railways Increasing Foreign Collaborations for High Speed Trains, Travel

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Ministry of Railways have signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC), Joint Declaration of Intent (JDI), and Protocol with the following foreign Ministries and Railways for Technical Cooperation in Railway Sector, said Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on 17.03.2017 (Friday). The agreements include cooperation areas such as ...

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First Airbus Training Centre in Asia to be Set up in India

European aviation firm Airbus is setting up a greenfield training facility at Aerocity, New Delhi, to support India’s growing need for Airbus aircraft pilots and maintenance engineers and the ground-breaking for it was performed by Aviation Minister P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Thursday. Speaking on the occasion, Tom Enders, CEO, Airbus said the training centre will be the first such ...

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Indonesian Security Minister Visits Delhi

An Indonesian delegation led by the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, General (Retd.) Wiranto held talks with Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju in New Delhi on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Since both India and Indonesia have world’s largest Muslim populations, in a democratic set-up and common cultural and social ties, Rijiju said India is ...

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Ambassador Venkatesh Varma Accredited to Andorra in Spain

IFS Officer of 1988 batch Mr. D. Bala Venkatesh Varma, currently Indian ambassador to Spain has been accredited as the next Ambassador of lndia to the Principality of Andorra, with residence in Madrid. “He is expected to take up his assignment shortly,” said a press release of the External affairs Ministry. Mr. Varma earlier served in several capacities, including the ...

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Jordan Royal Official Meets PM

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Mr. Fayez Tarawneh, Chief of The Royal Hashemite Court of Jordan call called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, March 10, 2017. They discussed the shared commitment to strengthen bilateral engagement and the many opportunities in this regard. Mr. Fayez Tarawneh also exchanged views with Prime Minister on the situation in West Asia and the scourge of terrorism that ...

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Women’s Day Special: Hungary, Bahrain Top Safe Places to Work for Women

Hungary and Bahrain prove great locations for expat women who want to work abroad, but Luxembourg, Taiwan, and Germany top the chart. Based on a survey of about 6,000 women, the annual Expat Insider survey by InterNations, a network for people who live and work abroad, compiled a so-far unpublished ranking of the top countries for women working abroad, which ...

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India’s tallest Tricolour Flag Near Border Irks Pakistan

It is not the tallest flag in the world but certainly one of the tallest at attari-Wagah border in India but the sight of tricolour even from Lahore has irked Pakistan, who woke up on Sunday seeing India’s national flag. The 360-ft tall tricolour, hoisted on a 110-meter high mast, measures 120-foot long and 80-foot wide and the weight of ...

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H1 Visa Premium Process Halt is Good, Argues US Lawyer

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The Trump administration has halted the H1 Visa Premium Processing for at least 6 months and it should not come as a bolt from the blue but an inevitable course of events from a battered economy like the United States, which had allowed streams of workers and goods from abroad, which no other country had ever done, argue US immigration ...

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Indian Navy Concludes Tropex 2017 Exercise

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The Indian Navy’s Annual Theatre Level Readiness and Operational Exercise (TROPEX 17) concluded on the Western Seaboard on 23rd February, 2017. The month long exercise witnessed over 45 ships from both the Western and Eastern Naval Commands of the Indian Navy, including the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, 05 submarines including the nuclear powered Chakra, 50 Naval aircraft, 11 ships from ...

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Indian Navy Chief Sunil Lanba to Visit UAE, Oman

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Indian Navy’s Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff will visit United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman from 26 February to 02 March 2017, to consolidate bilateral naval relations and to explore new avenues for naval cooperation. Admiral Lanba will begin his visit from UAE on 26 February 2017, where he will hold bilateral discussions with Mohammed bin Ahmad ...

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Jaishankar Makes Half-Way to Convince China on NSG, Azhar Issues

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External Affairs Secretary Dr. S. Jaishankar’s visit to China at a crucial stage has come as no magic but certainly paved the way, at least by half, to make Beijing see the reason behind India’s demand. The latest restructured strategic dialogue with Chinese counterpart Executive Vice Minister Mr. Zhang Yesui besides the State Counsellor Mr. Yang Jiechi and Foreign Minister ...

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MEA Secretary Jaishankar Meets Top Chinese Officials to Soothen Feelings

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Amid apprehensions and suspicions, Indian foreign secretary S. Jaishankar visited Beijing and held talks with top officials to bring a semblance of rapproachement in fast-deteriorating bilateral relations. On Wednesday, Dr. Jaishankar held held parleys over Beijing’s reluctance to support India’s NSG bid as well as a UN ban on JeM chief Masood Azhar, the two top impediments in current bilateral ...

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Tarini, First All Women Vessel, to be Inducted into Indian Navy

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The sail boat Tarini is being inducted into the Navy and is slated to be the platform for First Indian All Women Circumnavigation of the Globe expedition of the Indian Navy. Tarini will be inducted at a ceremony scheduled to be held at the INS Mandovi Boat Pool on evening of 18 February 2017. Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of Naval ...

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Pre-loaded Sim Card for Foreign Tourists Arriving in India on E-Visa

The Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge), Dr. Mahesh Sharma launching the presentation of Pre-Loaded Free SIM Cards for foreign tourists arriving in India on e-visa, in New Delhi on February 15, 2017. (PIB Photo)

India’s Ministry of Tourism launched pre-loaded Sim Cards to foreign tourists arriving in India on e-Visa on Wednesday and minister Mahesh Sharma inaugurated the scheme to facilitate the foreign tourists in communicating with their acquaintances immediately after their arrival in India. Earlier, the Ministry of Tourism had also launched a 24 x 7 Tourist Helpline 1800111363 in 12 foreign languages ...

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MEA Opens First Batch of New Post Office Passport Seva Kendras

The Minister of State for External Affairs, General (Retd.) V.K. Singh interacting with the staff during his visit to review the working of Regional Passport Office, in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on September 27, 2016.(PIB Photo)

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the Department of Posts (DOP), following the 24th January announcement, has opened the first batch of the Head Post Offices (HPO) in the various States as Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSK) for delivering passport related services to the citizens. The move makes post offices escape the prospect of extinction and yet ...

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Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2017: MEA Begins Registration Process

The Union Minister for External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs, Smt. Sushma Swaraj with the first batch of Kailash Manasarovar Yatra- 2014 after the flagged off ceremony, in New Delhi on June 11, 2014.(PIB Photo)

The registration for Kailash Manasarovar Yatra being organized by Ministry of External Affairs has started with the Yatra scheduled from 12th June to 8th September, 2017. The Yatra will be conducted in two routes, said a statement. Eligible applicants should be 18 years or above and not more than 70 years as on 1st January 2017 and the last date ...

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