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Indian Navy Concludes Tropex 2017 Exercise

Representational picture of Indian Navy (Indian Navy)

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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Hyderabad Techie Shot Dead; Trump Regime Wakes up to First Racial Crime Against Indian?


In a bizarre incident of perpetuating racial crime in America against Indians, an IT engineer from Hyderabad was shot at in a bar after the white man identified as Adam Purinton, 51, a US Navy veteran, shouted at him “Get out of my country”. Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, was shot dead and his Indian colleague Alok Madasani from Warangal was wounded in ...

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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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India Ropes in Italian Firm to Avoid Rail Accidents, Maintain Railway Safety

Indian railway mou italy

Indian Ministry of Railways and Italian state-owned Ferrovie Dello Stato Italiane Group, managing the Italian railway sector, have signed on Thursday an MoU for cooperation in rail safety and train operations. The MoU covers areas of safety audit of Indian Railways and measures for enhancing safety in train operation, Assessment and certification of advanced technology based safety products and systems ...

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Sri Lankan Navy Commander Visits Delhi, to Proceed to Goa, Kochi Next

india sri lanka ties

Vice Admiral RC Wijegunaratne, Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, who is on an official visit to India from 29 January to 02 February 2017, held bilateral discussions with Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff and other senior officials of the Indian Navy on 30 January 2017. The Admiral is also scheduled to meet the Chief of the ...

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India Moves up 2 Points in Transparency Index 2016

India has moved up slightly in the graft watchdog Transparency International‘s corruption perception index for 2016 by two points with a score of 40 out of 100, compared to 38 last year. “India s ongoing poor performance with a score of 40 reiterates the state s inability to effectively deal with petty corruption as well as large-scale corruption scandals. The ...

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PMO Distances from KVIC Calendar; Amazon Row on Gandhi Slippers Persists

The country’s Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) which has issued a calendar and diary depicting PM Narendra Modi in front of a charkha replacing Mahatma Gandhi was asked for an explanation by the Prime MInister’s Office, which said no permission was sought from the PMO on the claendar. The PMO said officials have sought explanation from the Ministry of ...

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Colourful Dances, School Children to Enthrall Republic Day Parade – 2017

Republic Day Parade 2017

School children in unforms and colourful dances enthrall Republic Day every year but this year’s parade will have just one school with 162 students performing the key dance on the national tri-colour with the theme ‘Tiranga Sakshi Hai’. Their performance is being choreographed to convey how our national flag has been a witness to the glorious tales of our freedom ...

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Move Home to Change Habits, to Keep up New Year Resolution: Study

Though 41% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, only 9% said they were successful in keeping them. According to research being presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) Annual Convention 20176, the time for successful habit change is not based on the calendar, but on big changes to our everyday lives like moving to a new home. ...

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India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians Set up

India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians (IDF-OI),  a not-for-profit Trust set-up by the Government of India, was set up on the occasion of the closing day of the PBD convention in Bangalore on Monday. It facilitates philanthropic contributions by Overseas Indians to social and development projects in India and it will be chaired by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Presently, ...

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Portugal PM Visits Ancestral Home in Goa

Portugal Prime Minister António Costa, who is on an official visit to India, was greeted with six Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) between India and Portugal being signed on the occasion, including one pact on defence cooperation. Later Mr Costa visited Goa, his ancestral home and Bengaluru where he was the Chief Guest at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas opened on Saturday. ...

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Dawood Ibrahim UAE Properties Seized, BJP Claims Modi’s Victory

By Pallavi Kumari pallavik Following news reports from Dubai about the United Arab Emirates government seizing the properties of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim worth Rs.15,000 crore, BJP has gone to the street basking on its new accomplishment. In a tweet, the Bharatiya Janata Party said the credit goes to PM Narendra Modi’s "major diplomatic success". It has also claimed that ...

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Indian Coast Guard Holds Talks With Visitng Sri Lanka Counterparts

A three member delegation led by Director General Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG) Rear Admiral Samantha Wimalathunge, which is on a three day visit to India from 03 January 2017 for a High Level Meeting, held talks with the Indian Coast Guard delegation was led by Director General of Indian Coast Guard Mr Rajendra Singh. The visit was part of ...

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IFC Invests $67 Million in Apollo to Open 1000 Access Health Centers

IFC, a World Bank investment arm, is investing $67 million in Apollo Health and Lifestyle Limited, a subsidiary of Apollo Hospitals group to focus on small-format healthcare centers across India, improve access to quality healthcare and create jobs. IFC is investing half for its own account and half will come from the IFC Emerging Asia Fund, an investment fund managed ...

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Queen Elizabeth’s Health Triggers Anxiety Levels in London

The long-reigning monarch of the United Kingdom, Queen Elizabeth II’s health after she missed mass on Christmas Day for the first time in six decades has fuelled enough fire over the next course of events in Buckingham Palace. The palace, however, said the queen had a “heavy cold” and preferred to stay indoors, though she would participate in other ceremonies. ...

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India’ Ambitious Maritime Project Sagarmala Development Company Inaugurated

  Minister of Shipping and Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari has inaugurated Sagarmala coastal and maritime development projects worth Rs. 1 Lakh Crore under Sagarmala programme. At a ceremony to inaugurate the Sagarmala Development Company in New Delhi on Monday, he said the Sagarmala Development Company (SDC) will achieve India’s maritime ploans. It has been incorporated under the Companies ...

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India Opens Online Haj Applications From Jan 2, 2017

Indian Muslims population growth

The government has launched a trilingual website www.haj.gov.in for Haj Matters on Tuesday in Hindi, Urdu and English to facilitate online application for Haj, besides giving information about the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Haj Department, Haj Pilgrimage, rules and regulations. It may be noted that Haj affairs are being looked after by the Ministry of Minority Affairs now, not the ...

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Digital IT Honchos to Meet Trump, Grudgingly for Now!

President-elect Donald Trump is meeting the IT honchos known as “Technology Roundtable” on Wednesday, December 14th, reportedly organized in part by Paypal co-founder and Trump supporter Peter Thiel. The list of invitees include Alphabet (Google) CEO Larry Page; Apple CEO Tim Cook; Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella; Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg; Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins; IBM CEO Ginni Rommetty; Intel CEO ...

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Post-Jayalalithaa, Tamil Nadu Braces Cyclone Vardah, Schools Closed

In less than a week after the demise of J.Jayalalithaa, Tamil Nadu is bracing for the worst storm on Monday, Dec. 12, called Cyclone Vardah with heavy rains and strong winds lashing the coast, forcing shut down of schools and cancellation of flights. In Andhra Pradesh, the storm is feared to damage the paddy crops and orchards in Ongole and ...

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Sushma Swaraj Kidney Transplant Successful: AIIMS

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj underwent a kidney transplant at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Saturday and her condition is stable, said a statement. It said the minister, 64, is safe and is in Intensive Care Unit after the six-hour-long surgery. “A dedicated team of 50 personnel comprising transplant surgeons Prof. M. Minz and Prof. V. K. ...

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204 Patents Issued So Far in Ayurvedic Formulations; AYUSH Ministry Pushes for Global Tie Ups

Ayush ministry is collaborating with International Agencies in its quest for promotion of cooperation in the field of medicinal plants, the National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB) signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with University of West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago in 2014. To give further impetus to the promotion of international cooperation in the field of Medicinal plants, the NMPB ...

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4G Rivalry Heats Up as Airtel Slashes Prices to Match Jio

Telecom major Bharti Airtel on Thursday unveiled unlimited voice calls and more 4G data under a new plan, while keeping the old subscribers to 4G unhappy as it costs Rs.200 per GB on these devices currently. On the contrary, Reliance Jio has been providing 1GB per day free on its 4G devices and the freebeis have been extended up to ...

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Yearender: Fidel Castro or Jayalalithaa? Real Crusaders World Lost in 2016?

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa resembles the talented, educated and mature leader of masses while Fidel castro resembles the age-old image of a crusader for his people to lead a revolution and life-long respect in turn. Unfortunate but Fidel Castro lived up to see his promise for a revolution dwindle once his health deteriorated a decade ago but Jayalalithaa ...

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Shops, Hotels to Remain Open 24/7 Soon: Minister Venkaiah Naidu

Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting M. Venkaiah Naidu said the Union Cabinet has approved the Model Shops and Establishment Act, facilitating round-the-clock working hours aimed at generating employment prospects by allowing cinema halls, restaurants, shops, banks and other such workplaces to remain open 24/7. Speaking to the representatives of the Media and Entertainment (M&E) sector, he said all their ...

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ONGC Videsh to Acquire 11% Stake in JSC Vankorneft

India’s Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has given its approval to an cquisition by ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL) for 11% stake in JSC Vankorneft from M/s Rosneft Oil Company (Rosneft), the National Oil Company (NOC) of Russian Federation (Russia). Rosneft operates Vankor fields, with Vankorneft, its wholly owned subsidiary. OVL will be paying an ...

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IMF Sees Subdued Growth, Warns of Stagnation, Rise in Protectionism

With global growth subpar at 3.1% in 2016, with slight increase to 3.4% next year, persistent stagnation in advanced economies could further fuel anti-trade sentiment with calls for protectionism in developed economies, said IMF in its latest outllok that may send warning bells to India and China. Global economic growth will remain subdued this year following a slowdown in the ...

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Mozart’s Music Reduces Hypertension (BP), Says Study

A study from the University Bochum in Germany showed in its recent comparative research of the classical music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss II vis-a-vis Abba of the 1980s that the hepertension comes down when you listen to Mozart or Strauss but not ABBA. They corraborated how Mozart’s music can reduce blood lipid concentration, blood pressure and heart ...

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Foreign University Collaboration to be Cheaper Now: HRD Ministry

HRD Ministry has announced new UGC conditions which will apply to any Indian institutue seeking foreign academic collaboration and award of joint degrees. Indian Universities and Colleges need to approach the University Grants Commission (UGC) for starting twinning and collaborative arrangement with quality Foreign Educational Institutions (FEIs) in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes leading to the award of a degree. The ...

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Depression in Parents Leads to ‘Anti-Social’ Kids: Study

Researchers have hit upon another angle of depression — that parents who undergo depression can lead to offsprings who are prone to breaking rules and law and indulge in substance usage. Eva Telzer from the University Of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign said, “There are a lot of changes happening in the teenage years, especially when we are thinking about risk-taking behaviours.” ...

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JNU Bus Incident: Navnirman Sena Man Held for Mysterious DTC Bus Bag

Delhi Police on Thursday night arrested Amit Jani, the Uttar Pradesh Navnirman Sena chief, who had threatened to kill Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar and another student Umar Khalid by leaving behind a bag full of weapons and a letter to kill the student leader. The bag full of weapons and a letter threatening Kanhaiya and ...

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