UPSC new members

Air Marshal Ajit Shankarrao Bhonsle : He is the recipient of two Presidential Awards:- Vishisht Seva Medal and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal. Ms. Sujata Mehta She was appointed Secretary(ER) in Ministry of External Affairs in February, 2014 and has taken charge as Secretary(West) in the Ministry on January 11, 2016. The oath was administered by Prof….

Making Digital Payments a Mass Movement in India

Nearly 10 lakh citizens get reward money over Rs.153.5 crore for embracing Digital Payments It has been 58 days since the launch of NITI Aayog’s two incentive schemes – Lucky Grahak Yojana and Digi Dhan Vyapar Yojana to promote digital payments and the public response has been quite encouraging. The initiative to make Digital Payments…

New Format for Reporting Accidents

Kirti Saxena  stated that the main role would be that of the police for whom workshops would have to be held. After a series of deliberations the committee has developed a uniform accident Recording Format to be adopted by the police in all states and UTs. The accident Recording Form has five sections designed to capture…

WHO congratulates India on successful assessment of India’s National Regulatory Authority

World Health Organisation has, based on a robust benchmarking tool developed over years of consultation with various experts drawn from across the globe, carried out assessment of the National Regulatory Authority (NRA) of India comprising the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), State Drug Regulatory Authorities, Pharmaco-vigilance Programme of India (PvPI) and Adverse Events Following…

COAS felicitates best Marching Contingent 2017

MADRAS Sappers was once again adjudged best marching contingent among all the Service contingents during this year’s Republic Day Parade. The Contingent, with every soldier of the height 193 cm and above, had toiled hard over many months to earn the coveted honour. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday presented the Best Marching Contingent Trophies…

Independence Day of St. Lucia 22nd February [1979]

“I avail this opportunity to convey to Your Excellency, my best wishes for your good health and personal well-being, as well as for the progress and continued prosperity of the friendly people of Saint Lucia”. President of India. Caricom Establishment • Treaty of Chaguaramas Capital:  4 July 1973 Castries The countries of CARICOM which are designated…

Scientists claim discovery of drowned Pacific Ocean continent Zealandia

Zealandia, the land mass of 4.5 million square kilometres (1.74 million square miles) is 94 per cent under water and only its highest points — New Zealand and New Caledonia — poke above the surface. Zealandia is believed to have broken away from Australia about 80 million years ago and sank beneath the sea as…

There is no concept of a ‘national song’, observes Supreme Court

“Therefore, we do not intend to enter into any debate as far as a national song is concerned,” says Bench. The court rejected a plea to direct the Central government to frame a national policy under Article 51A (fundamental duties) of the Constitution to promote and propagate the National Anthem, the National Flag and a…

TATKAL BOOKING timing changed for Indian Railways

W.E.F June 15th 2017! Individuals Now the reservation under Tatkal scheme will open at 10 am on the previous day of journey from train originating station for AC classes whereas that for non-AC classes will start at 11 am on the previous day of journey from train originating station. Agents Moreover, all types of ticketing…

State government responds to frequent droughts in Vidarbha with a three-year cloud seeding experiment

During monsoon 2017, weather scientists will fly airplanes loaded with silver iodide over clouds hovering above Solapur, Maharashtra and begin a three-year investigation into an old question: does cloud seeding produce sufficient rain? The ₹250-crore programme, coordinated by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, will be the first controlled experiment to quantify the extent to…