Tuesday 13th July, 2021 by Ankit
After touching a six-month high in May, India’s retail inflation was virtually unchanged in June at about 6.3%, remaining out of the central bank’s comfort zone for a second month in a row. Economists expect the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to revisit its inflation estimate of 5.1% for 2021-22 and stressed that lack of fiscal policy action to cool prices could precipitate a faster unwinding of RBI’s growth-supporting approach to interest rates.
Thursday 8th July, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Tuesday, Afghan Prez Ashraf Ghani said that Taliban can’t make Afghan government surrender even in next 100 years. The Khaama Press reported that Ghani also said that Taliban & its supporters are solely responsible for current bloodshed & destruction in country. Country’s defence ministry informed over 200 Taliban terrorists have been killed in last 24 hours. Taliban, on the other hand, claimed that they have captured six more districts in the same duration.
Thursday 8th July, 2021 by Ashutosh
Robert Downey Sr., the accomplished countercultural filmmaker, actor and father of superstar Robert Downey Jr., has died. He was 85. He had Parkinson’s disease for more than five years. “He was a true maverick filmmaker, and remained remarkably optimistic throughout,” Downey Jr. wrote.
Thursday 8th July, 2021 by Ashutosh
Jonathan Solofa Fatu of Cantonment, whose ring name is Jimmy Uso, secured his release from the Escambia County Jail on a $500 bond after he was arrested on a DUI charge. WWE officials are not happy about this situation at all. Neither Uso nor WWE have officially released a statement on the situation. Uso is currently featured on SmackDown in the main storyline with WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns
Wednesday 7th July, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Tuesday, U.S. military said that its ongoing troop withdrawal from Afghanistan is more than 90% complete. US Central Command said it has handed over seven facilities to Afghan Ministry of Defense. Nearly 1,000 C-17 air freight loads of equipment have also been shipped out of country. The announcement comes several months after Prez Biden said he would withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11. Last week, all US & NATO troops left Bagram Air Base.
Wednesday 30th June, 2021 by Ashutosh
World Bank said it has approved a USD 500 mill (about Rs 3,717.28 cr) loan programme to support India’s informal working class to overcome the current pandemic distress. The loan will create greater flexibility for states to cope with the ongoing pandemic, future climate and disaster shocks. The funds will be utilised in social protection programme for urban informal workers, gig-workers, and migrants.
Wednesday 30th June, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Tuesday, South Africa’s Constitutional Court has found ex-president Jacob Zuma “guilty of the crime of contempt of court” and sentenced him to 15 months in prison over his refusal to answer corruption charges. The judge ordered Jacob Zuma to hand himself over within five days. Zuma, 79, stands accused of enabling the looting of state coffers during his nearly nine-year tenure in office.
Tuesday 29th June, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Monday, Israel Hayom newspaper reported that Sayed Zulfi Bukhari, a British Pakistani businessman & former aide of Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan made a secret visit to Israel last November for meetings with foreign ministry officials & the then Mossad chief. The visit & contacts were the outcomes of “heavy pressure from UAE”, report added. Bukhari denied the report in a tweet & said “DID NOT go to Israel”. Pakistan doesn’t recognise Israel as a country.
Monday 28th June, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Sunday, the speaker of Iran’s parliament said Tehran will never hand over images from inside of some Iranian nuclear sites to U.N. nuclear watchdog as a monitoring agreement with agency had expired, Iranian state media reported. State-run Tehran Times newspaper’s website reported that a spokesman for parliament’s National Security & Foreign Affairs Committee warned that “Iran will also turn off the IAEA cameras if the United States fails to remove all sanctions”.
Monday 28th June, 2021 by Ashutosh
Union Health Ministry of India said India has overtaken the United States in the total number of Covid vaccine doses given till date. While India has administered a total of 32,36,63,297 doses till date, the United States used 32,33,27,328 doses. While 46.5% of adults in the US have been fully vaccinated, India has vaccinated only 4% of its population so far but India began its vaccination drive nearly a month after the US.
Sunday 27th June, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Friday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said India is an “incredibly important” partner to the US in the region and globally underlining that US is working with the country on wide-ranging issues like economic, strategic and security. Psaki also said US took a range of steps to help India to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. In May, President Joe Biden announced $100 million worth of Covid-19 assistance to India.
Friday 25th June, 2021 by Ashutosh
The oxygen audit committee set up by the SC during the peak of the 2nd wave of COVID-19 last month has noted “gross discrepancy” in actual consumption claimed vs calculated consumption in the national capital and said that the Delhi gov sought 4 times more oxygen than what was required. Delhi gov’s claim of 1,140 MT was 4 times higher than the calculated consumption as per bed capacity formula, which was 289 MT only.
Thursday 24th June, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Wednesday, a U.S. State Department spokesperson told Forbes that U.S. negotiators have not agreed to lift sanctions on Iran contradicting an Iranian official’s claim that the U.S. had agreed to lift sanctions on insurance, oil and shipping industries imposed by President Trump. Claims that more than 1,000 sanctions would be removed were made to state-run media Wednesday by Mahmoud Vaezi, chief of staff to President Hassan Rouhani, according to Reuters.
Thursday 24th June, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Wednesday, Iran said the United States had agreed to remove all sanctions on Iran’s oil and shipping, although Germany cautioned that major issues remained at talks between Tehran and world powers to revive a 2015 nuclear deal. Iran and world powers have been making progress in talks to revive their 2015 nuclear accord but still have to overcome major hurdles, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Wednesday.
Thursday 24th June, 2021 by Ashutosh
Vatican has expressed concerns to the Italian gov about a gay rights bill working its way through Italian Parliament. Advocates for the legislation say it offers overdue protections to LGBT Italians from violence and discrimination. But the Vatican said that the bill infringed upon guaranteed religious liberties, and risked exposing the church’s core beliefs such as limiting the priesthood to men, or only recognize marriage between man and woman.
Wednesday 23rd June, 2021 by Ashutosh
67-year-old Usha Lodaya, who had dropped out of college at 20, has completed her doctorate course in Jainism after resuming her education in her sixties. “It has been my dream to become a doctor ever since I enrolled for a bachelor of science degree decades ago. However, I was forced to drop out of college when I was 20 years old because of early marriage,” said Lodaya.
Tuesday 22nd June, 2021 by Simran
Due to continuous rainfall, water level of river Ganga has increased in Patna on June 22. Bihar disaster management and police are on high alert. “Water level in Ganga is less then warning level no”. The main reason for increasing water level in Ganga is due to heavy rainfall. Water also flows from different rivers which mix into Ganga so because of that the level rises rapidly,” said the director.
Tuesday 22nd June, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Monday, UN said more than 8,500 children were used as soldiers last year in various conflicts across the world and nearly 2,700 others were killed. UN report on children and armed conflict verified that violations had been committed against 19,379 children in 21 conflicts. Most violations in 2020 were committed in Somalia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen.
Monday 21st June, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Sunday, in an interview with The Associated Press just weeks before the last U.S. and NATO troops leave Afghanistan, ending their ‘forever war,’ former Afghan prez Hamid Karzai said United States came to his country to fight extremism and bring stability to his war-tortured nation and is leaving nearly 20 years later having failed at both. He said extremism is at its “highest point” and departing foreign troops are leaving behind a disaster.
Saturday 19th June, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Friday, UN General Assembly appointed Antonio Guterres as UN Secretary-General for 2nd five-year term beginning Jan 1, 2022, days after powerful Security Council unanimously recommended his name to 193-member body for re-election. India had expressed its support for re-election of Guterres as UN Chief & welcomed the adoption of resolution recommending his name.
Saturday 19th June, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Friday, the Russian foreign ministry said that Russia has notified its partners under in the Open Skies arms control treaty that it will leave the group on Dec. 18. The Kremlin said this month that the U.S. decision to withdraw from the treaty – which allows unarmed surveillance flights over member countries – had “significantly upset the balance of interests” among the pact’s members and had compelled Russia to exit.
Tuesday 8th June, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Monday, Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid was elected as the president of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). Abdulla Shahid won with three-fourth majority against contender Afghanistan’s former Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul. Shahid received 143 votes while Rassoul received 48 votes out of the 191 votes polled in election. The president of UNGA needs 97 votes in the 193 member assembly.
Saturday 5th June, 2021 by Simran
Karnataka minister Arvind Limbavali on Saturday said the state government will take legal action against Amazon Canada for promoting the sale of bikini with the Kannada flag. “We experienced an insult of Kannada by @Google recently. Even before the scars could heal, we find @amazonca using the colours of #Kannada flag and the Kannada icon on ladies’ clothes,” Arvind Limbavali tweeted saying that multinational companies should be careful.
Friday 4th June, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Thursday, India’s MEA clarified that India’s position to abstain at UNHRC during resolution to probe Gaza violence isn’t new & country has abstained on previous occasions also. This was in response to complaint raised by foreign minister of Palestinian National Authority that New Delhi’s abstention at UNHRC “stifles the important work of… advancing human rights for all peoples, including those of the Palestinian people”. A similar letter has been written to all countries who abstained.
Monday 31st May, 2021 by Simran
Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has made some changes in their rules for Provident Fund (PF) account holders which are set to come into force from June 1, 2021. The employer has now been tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that their employees link their PF account to their Aadhaar cards, and failure to do so will result in the employer’s contribution being stopped from going into the employee’s account.
Wednesday 5th May, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
According to Indian foreign ministry official, Britain and India Tuesday signed an agreement on migration and mobility as they look to deepen economic, cultural and other ties following UK’s departure from European Union. The pact will provide enhanced employment opportunities for 3,000 young Indian professionals annually, in return for India agreeing to take back any of its citizens who are living illegally in the UK, Sandeep Chakravorty told a news conference.
Monday 3rd May, 2021 by Aniruddha
PUBG Mobile India will launch as Battlegrounds Mobile India. The company has changed the official handle on Facebook to @BattlegroundsMobileIn ahead of the launch. The launch date of Battlegrounds Mobile India is currently unknown. However, we can expect it to launch very soon. PUBG Mobile was banned last year in India owing to data security concerns.
Thursday 29th April, 2021 by Shikha Meshram
After the earthquake of 6.4 magnitude on the Richter scale on Wednesday (April 28), Assam’s Sonitpur was struck by six tremors on Thursday (April 29). An earthquake of magnitude 2.7 on the Richter scale struck Assam’s Sonitpur in the early hours of Thursday, said the National Center for Seismology. Another earthquake of magnitude 2.7 on the Richter scale hit Sonitpur, Assam at 2:38 am: National Center for Seismology Six earthquakes occurred in Sonitpur of Assam after 12 am.
Wednesday 21st April, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Monday, Russian military said its airstrike killed about 200 militants in eastern Syria. Russian warplanes hit two militant hideouts northeast of Palmyra, said Rear Adm. Alexander Karpov, head of Russian military’s Reconciliation Center in Syria. Karpov said in statement carried by Russian news agencies that air raid killed some 200 militants & destroyed 24 vehicles & about 500 Kg (over 1,100 pounds) of ammunition & explosives. The militants’ base had served as a staging ground for terror attacks across Syria, he added.
Friday 16th April, 2021 by Shikha Meshram
Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has urged US electric carmaker Tesla to start its production of electric vehicles in India as soon as possible. Gadkari assured Tesla that the government will help the EV maker create industrial clusters in the country. According to recent media reports, Tesla is likely to start its India business by bringing in its most affordable Model 3 sedan by the end of the year.
Friday 16th April, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Thursday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Australia will withdraw all remaining troops from Afghanistan by September in line with the U.S and other allies. This decision of Australia comes after the U.S. announced it would pull out its troops from Afghanistan to end its longest war. Australia’s contribution to the NATO-led mission had once exceeded 15,000 personnel but currently, it has around 80 personnel deployed in Afghanistan.
Thursday 15th April, 2021 by Shikha Meshram
Chief Justice of India Sharad Bobde on Wednesday claimed that Babasaheb Ambedkar had prepared a proposal to make Sanskrit the official language of India but the move did not make any headway. Justice Bobde was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the academic building of the Maharashtra National Law University at Nagpur. Ambedkar Jayanti, the birth anniversary of Dr Ambedkar, is also on April 14.
Thursday 15th April, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Wednesday, US Prez Joe Biden said in a nationally televised speech from White House that India, Pakistan, Russia, China, & Turkey have significant stake in stable future of Afghanistan & these regional stakeholders should do more to bring peace to this war-torn country. He announced the withdrawal of all US troops from Afghanistan by September 11. This announcement came in less than 100 days after he took over as the president of the US on January 20.
Wednesday 14th April, 2021 by Saloni
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar on his 130th birth anniversary. “I bow to Bharat Ratna Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar on #AmbedkarJayanti. His struggle to bring the marginalized sections of the society into the mainstream will continue to be an example for every generation,” PM Narendra Modi tweeted. Ambedkar led a crusade for the upliftment and empowerment of Dalits in the country.
Wednesday 14th April, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
U.S. Prez Joe Biden has decided to withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan by Sep. 11, 2021. This would happen 20 years after President George W. Bush ordered an invasion in Afghanistan after the Sept. 11 attacks on New York City & Pentagon by al-Qaida. Democratic party supporters praised this decision while Republicans said it would risk American security. In this conflict nearly 2,400 U.S. troops have died in Afghanistan that has cost about $2 trillion.
Tuesday 13th April, 2021 by Suraj Somkuwar
On Monday, White House has said that the U.S. has nothing to do with power outage incident in Iranian nuclear site. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters, “The U.S. wasn’t involved in any manner.” Iran accused Israel of sabotaging the Natanz facility. Iran vowed revenge & described it as an act of “nuclear terrorism” that caused electricity outage in one of the production halls at the uranium enrichment plant.
Sunday 11th April, 2021 by Saloni
The state government is set to construct four jumbo Covid centres in the city. “We have already increased the capacity of the six existing jumbo centres by adding regular and ICU beds,” said Sanjeev Jaiswal, BMC additional civic chief (city). This will be to prepare for a third wave. Jaiswal further said the Kanjurmarg plot will have 2,000 beds and 200 ICU beds. BMC has already added 150 ICU beds at its Nesco jumbo centre in Goregaon.
Thursday 8th April, 2021 by Ashutosh
There is now a faster global growth driven primarily by the US, China and India, World Bank president David Malpass has said even as he expressed concern over growing inequality due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. He was addressing reporters at Spring meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. The annual spring meeting, which is being held virtually, focusses on vaccines, climate change, debt and recovery.
Wednesday 7th April, 2021 by Ashutosh
Gujarat state irrigation department has filled more than 400 check-dams, 67 village ponds and 10 dams by pumping 2,761 million cubic ft (mcft) of Narmada waters through Saurashtra Naramada Avataran Irrigation Yojana (SAUNI) pipeline network to meet the drinking water needs in villages and cities in the region. Dams like Aji-I, Machhu-I, etc filled with Narmada water to meet drinking water needs of cities like Rajkot and Jamnagar and towns like Gondal and Dhrol.