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Indian Air Force (IAF) has inducted two Light Combat Aircraft (LCA),Tejas aircraft - 01 Jul 16

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LCA Tejas ?

  • Tejas is a single-engine lightweight multi-role fighter jet. 
  • It has been pegged as world’s smallest and lightest supersonic fighter. 
  • It is outcome of India’s LCA programme, which began in the 1983 to replace country’s aging MiG-21 fighters. 
  • It is a tailless and having compound delta wing design. 
  • It is powered by a single engine. 
  • It is mounted with inbuilt Multi-Mode Radar (MMR), Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) systems. 
  • It is equipped with a quadruplex digital fly-by-wire flight control system in order to ease handling by the pilot. 
  • LCA Tejas has a limited reach of a little over 400-km. 
  • It will be mainly used for close air-to-ground operations. 
  • LCA Tejas is not the first indigenous fighter to be inducted into the IAF. 
  • In April 1967, IAF had formed the first operational squadron with the indigenous HF-24 Marut fighter. 

India’s first integrated Defence Communication Network (DCN) launched - 01 Jul 16


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  • India’s first integrated Defence Communication Network (DCN) has been launched.
  • It was launched by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
  • The network will enable India Army, Air force, Navy and the Special Forces Command to share situational awareness for a faster decision-making process. 
  • DCN is the largest single satellite network in the Indian Defence Forces, spread across the country. 
  • It is a strategic, highly secure and scalable system. 
  • It has has a pan-India reach from Ladakh to the North East to island territories. 
  • The tri-communication network makes voice data and video data accessible to the three services over a secured network. 
  • It has been designed, developed and deployed by the information technology services, distribution and digital solutions firm HCL Infosystems. 
  • It is capable of working on both terrestrial as well as satellite mode of communication and has also been fixed onboard different military vehicles. 
  • HCL Infosystems has had a long association with the Indian Defence sector. 
  • The company has closely worked with the Indian Air Force (IAF) to deploy AFCEL (Air Force Cellular Network) and Air Force Network (AFNet). 
  • AFNet is the first network of its kind for Indian armed forces which interlinks major installations throughout the country on a high bandwidth network and incorporates latest traffic transportation technology in the form of Internet Protocol. 

Eminent Marathi literary scholar RC Dhere passes away - 01 Jul 16

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Indian company Amul will officially sponsor at Rio Olympics 2016 - 01 Jul 16

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India to host shooting World Cup Finals in 2017 - 01 Jul 16

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State Bank of India (SBI) inks $625 million deal with World Bank for Green energy - 02 Jul 16

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Australia's Cate Campbell breaks 100m freestyle world record - 02 Jul 16

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Indo-US defence Pact : The Cabinet Committee has cleared acquisition $1bn deal with US for 4 Poseidons - 02 Jul 16

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India to levy tax on investments from Cyprus from April 2017 - 02 Jul 16

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Russia-Finland Tense : Vladimir Putin hints Russia will react if Finland joins NATO - 02 Jul 16

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India has abstained at the UN Human Rights Council voting in Geneva on LGBT - 02 Jul 16

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Skill Development and MEA to launch employment opportunities abroad - 03 Jul 16

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India slips to 75th place on money in Swiss banks : SNB (Swiss National Bank) Report - 03 Jul 16

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Kukrail ghariyal centre has been declared a biodiversity heritage site - 03 Jul 16

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India's biggest oil refinery to be set-up with joint venture,cost US$ 30 bn - 03 Jul 16

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The Central Government will set - up 90 new small airports in 2016-17 - 03 Jul 16

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India's pharma industry expected to grow to $55 bn by 2020 - 04 Jul 16

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Ludhiana city of Punjab to create 3 lakh skilled jobs by 2022 - 04 Jul 16

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NPCIL gets nuclear liability policy covering all atomic power plants - 04 Jul 16

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France offers €1 billion to revive India's combat jet engine project - 04 Jul 16

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Every adult has Aadhaar number in UIDAI-managed areas - 04 Jul 16

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N.S. Vishwanathan has appointed as new RBI Deputy Governor - 05 Jul 16

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The apex trade associations of India.ASSOCHAM proposes to set up National Data Bank - 05 Jul 16

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World's largest charkha unveiled at Delhi airport - 05 Jul 16

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Hmar National Army founder Lalthanshang shot dead in Manipur - 05 Jul 16

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Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT)becomes first port in India to implement logistics data tagging of containers - 05 Jul 16

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Central Government decided to issue note on listing of PSU insurers - 05 Jul 16

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Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) is likely to be expanded - 06 Jul 16

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China plans $9 billion loan for Bangladesh - 06 Jul 16

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India shall add 4,300 MW wind power capacity in 2016-17 - 06 Jul 16

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“Clean Ganga” : The center to launch Ganga cleaning projects over 100 locations - 06 Jul 16

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Some key points of “Clean Ganga”.

I. 231 projects will be inaugurated at various locations in Uttrakhand, UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Haryana and Delhi.

II. The projects involve: Modernization and redevelopment of Ghats and crematoriums; development of sewage infrastructure and treatment; afforestation, plantation of medicinal plants; drains; interceptors, trash skimmers and conservation of biodiversity

III. 47 such projects will be inaugurated at various locations in Dehradun, Garhwal, Tehri garhwal, Rudraprayag, Haridwar andChamoli districts of Uttrakhand

IV. 20 projects will be inaugurated at various locations in North 24 pargana, Nadia, South 24 pargana and Howrah districts of West Bengals

V. 26 projects will be inaugurated at various locations in Buxar, Vaishali, Saran, Patna and Bhagalpur districts of Bihar

VI. 112 projects under Namami Gange programme will be inaugurated at various locations in Amroha, Bijnor, Hapur,Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Mathura, Allahabad, Varanasi, Farukhabad and Kanpur districts of UP

VII. Remaining projects will be inaugurated in Jharkhand, Haryana and Delhi.

The center changes names of Bombay and Madras high courts - 06 Jul 16

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Union Cabinet Ministry has been expanded,19 new faces in Modi Ministry - 06 Jul 16

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Networked Readiness Index (NRI)-2016 : India ranks 91st - 07 Jul 16

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Rajasthan becomes first state to introduce minimum wages for part time workers - 07 Jul 16

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The Center unveils National Mineral Exploration Policy-2016 - 07 Jul 16

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Lionel Messi sentences to 21 months in jail for tax fraud by Spanish court - 07 Jul 16

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BRICS nations decided to work on energy saving and research - 07 Jul 16

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India’s thriving biodiversity: 445 new species added in 2015 - 07 Jul 16

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Centre Approves Interest Subvention Scheme for farmers for year 2016-17 - 08 Jul 16


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  • The Union Cabinet has approved the Interest Subvention Scheme for farmers for the year 2016-17.  
  • For this purpose Union Government has earmarked a sum of 18,276 Crore Rupees. 
  • The scheme will help farmers getting short term crop loan payable within one year up to 3 lakhs Rupees at only 4% per annum. 
  • Interest subvention for providing short term crop loan to farmers has been provided to Public Sector, Private Sector, Cooperative, Regional Rural banks and NABARD. 
  • Union Government will provide interest subvention of 5% per annum to all farmers for short term crop loan up to 1 year for loan upto 3 lakhs rupees for year 2016-17. 
  • Thus farmers will have to effectively pay only 4% as interest. 
  • In case they fail to repay loan in time they would be eligible for interest subvention of 2% as against 5% available above. 
  • Union Government will provide an interest subvention of 2% i.e an effective interest rate of 7% for loans upto 6 months to give relief to small and marginal farmers who borrow at 9% for the post-harvest storage of their produce. 
  • The interest subvention of 2% will be provided to Banks for the first year on the restructured amount in order to provide relief to the farmers affected by natural calamities. 

What is Interest Subvention ? 
  • This is a form of waiver of some percentage of interest on loan given to promote some particular industry and general public interest. 
  • This implies that with the subsidy in hand, the loan borrower has not to pay total interest on loan amount and the balance interest amount will be borne by the government.

India-Mozambique have signed three MoUs - 08 Jul 16

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Yesteryear music director Omi Prakash Sonik passes away - 08 Jul 16

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South African writer Lidudumalingani wins 2016 Caine Prize. - 08 Jul 16

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‘MySpeed’ mobile application: TRAI launches Myspeed App to measure real time mobile internet speed - 08 Jul 16

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Russian President Vladimir Putin signs controversial ‘Big Brother’ law - 08 Jul 16

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The Union Govt. panel to examine on new financial calendar - 09 Jul 16

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Prominent Pakistani philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi dies at 92 - 09 Jul 16

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Niti Aayog to set up panel to draw up a new poverty line - 09 Jul 16

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Radhika Menon become Indian 1st woman to get Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea - 09 Jul 16

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Former Pakistan Test player and umpire Javed Akhtar died - 09 Jul 16

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Kerala become the first state in India imposes ‘fat tax’ on Pizzas product - 10 Jul 16

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The Centra Govt to set up special cell to take on trolls on social media - 10 Jul 16

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Bangladesh bans televangelist Zakir Naik's Peace TV - 10 Jul 16

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Wimbledon 2016: Serena Williams beats Angelique Kerber to win 22nd Grand Slam - 10 Jul 16

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India extends $92 million Line of Credit to Tanzania - 10 Jul 16

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India and South Africa to sign MoU on grassroot innovation - 10 Jul 16

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Start-up village : India’s first PPP model incubator is set for scale-up in digital avatar - 11 Jul 16

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Wimbledon Tennis-2016 (Men): Masterful Murray beats Raonic to clinch second Wimbledon title - 11 Jul 16

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Union Govt forms nine probe teams to scan televangelist Zakir Naik's speech - 11 Jul 16

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Wimbledon double -2016 (Women): Williams sisters win sixth Wimbledon doubles crown - 11 Jul 16

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Second unit of Kudankulam atomic power plant starts fission - 11 Jul 16

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Euro Cup Soccer-2016: Portugal stun host France to win the cup - 11 Jul 16

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Raghuveer Chaudhuri,Gujarati litterateur gets Jnanpith award for 2015 - 12 Jul 16

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The state Bihar signs MoU with Bangkok firm for disaster risk reduction - 12 Jul 16

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Pharmaceutical giant Sun Pharma launches ready-to-administer cancer drug in Europe - 12 Jul 16

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(NREGA) records 79.10 crore person-days of employment, highest since 2012 - 12 Jul 16

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Union Govt identifies 100 districts for stabilising population - 12 Jul 16

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India and Kenya sign seven pacts to deepen cooperation in security - 12 Jul 16

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Mrs.Theresa May will take charge as UK's next Prime Minister - 13 Jul 16

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Najma Heptullah & Gowdara Mallikarjunappa Siddeshwara resign, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi gets charge of minority affairs ministry - 13 Jul 16

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South –China Sea Controversy Isue : China suffered a major blow from Philippines - 13 Jul 16

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China's biggest road builder (CRCC) keen to bid for Indian highway projects - 13 Jul 16

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Arunachal Pradesh state Instability: SC orders restoration of Congress Government - 13 Jul 16

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INS Karna commissioned in Indian Navy’s Marine Commandos’ base - 13 Jul 16

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The Union Cabinet approves Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana for skilling 1 crore youth - 14 Jul 16

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‘Janani Sewa’ service has launched in South Eastern Railway(RER) - 14 Jul 16

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The Central government cleared Rs 1500 crore projects for religious tourism - 14 Jul 16

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Operation 'Sankat Mochan' to evacuate Indians from South Sudan lead by VK Singh - 14 Jul 16

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Five Libya sites on heritage-in-danger list : UNESCO Report - 14 Jul 16

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  • The UN's cultural agency has added Libya's five World Heritage sites to its danger list, because of armed militias posed a grave danger to the archaeological treasures.
  • The sites named by UNESCO include the Old City of Ghadames, often referred to as "the pearl of the desert" and the archaeological site of Cyrene, one of the principal cities in the Hellenic world.
  • The rock-art sites of Tadrart Acacus on the border with Algeria that feature thousands of cave paintings dating back as far back as 12,000 BC to 100 AD are also listed.
  • AFP The ruins of the ancient Greek city of Cyrene (or Kyrene), 650 BC, near the eastern Libyan town of Shahat in the Jebel Akhdar, is one of the sites the UNESCO has included in its 'danger' list.
  • Since the 2011 NATO-led military intervention, Libya has been in the grip of a conflict which has killed thousands as rival militias fight for territory and control of the country.
  • The other two are the coastal archaeological sites of Leptis Magna and Sabratha, a Mediterranean trading post that was once part of the brief Numidian Kingdom of Massinissa before it was taken over the by Romans.
  • The committee noted the high level of instability affecting the country and the fact that armed groups are present on these sites or in their immediate surroundings.
  • Recently, UNESCO held the 40th meeting of its World Heritage Committee in Istanbul.
  • Since the 2011 NATO-led military intervention, Libya has been in the grip of a conflict which has killed thousands as rival militias fight for territory and control of the country.
  • The three archaeological sites of Cyrene, Leptis Magna and Sabratha were added to UNESCO's World Heritage List of the world's outstanding natural and cultural wonders in 1982, following Ghadames in 1986 and Tadrart Acacus in 1985.
  • According to the UNESCO, its list of heritage in danger is designed to inform the world of risks to the very characteristics that led to a site being listed as World Heritage and encouraging corrective action.
  • It also allows the committee to allocate immediate support from the World Heritage Fund to at-risk sites.

Madhya Pradesh becomes first state to have 'Happiness Department' - 15 Jul 16

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India has 47 million adolescent school dropouts:UNESCO Report - 15 Jul 16

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Bastille Day celebration: Truck attacker kills 84 in Nice, French City - 15 Jul 16

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Amar Gopal Bose of sound, is dead at 83 - 15 Jul 16

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PFRDA launches new features for NPS subscribers - 15 Jul 16

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Indian businessman Datta Phuge famed for $240,000 gold shirt 'beaten to death' - 16 Jul 16

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Pema Khandu sworn in as Arunachal Pradesh chief minister: Governor’s directive goes against SC ruling - 16 Jul 16

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Records rise of 54.5 % in literacy among disabled : Census 2011 - 16 Jul 16

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Citizenship Act to be amended soon in the monsoon session of Parliament - 16 Jul 16

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Vijender Singh beats Kerry Hope to clinch WBO Asia Pacific title - 16 Jul 16

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi re-constituted the Cabinet Committees : Smriti Irani outs Cabinet committee - 17 Jul 16

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Bopanna beats Hong Chung to win 10th Davis Cup singles - 17 Jul 16

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UNIDO PREPARES ROADMAP FOR 100 MW CONCENTRATED SOLAR THERMAL - 17 Jul 16

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Turkey in turmoil:The govt.troops foiled Coup - 17 Jul 16

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Kishenganga and Ratle hydroelectric projects Issue : Pakistan to take India to the Hague after two-day meet yields no breakthrough - 17 Jul 16

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India slips to 3rd place on business optimism index: Thornton - 17 Jul 16

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Famous architecture Le Corbusier buildings named world heritage sites - 18 Jul 16

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Three Indian sites to be part of UNESCO's World Heritage List - 18 Jul 16

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Atal Pension Yojana : Government releases Rs 100 cr towards co-contribution - 18 Jul 16

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Pakistani spinner Yasir Shah scales to No.1 spot in ICC Test rankings - 18 Jul 16

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A timeline of Lodha panel formation and its recommendations - 18 Jul 16

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Navjot Singh Sidhu, resigned from the Rajya Sabha as a BJP member - 19 Jul 16

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World's wealthiest countries host less than 9% refugees: UNHCR - 19 Jul 16

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Indian-origin ex-Singapore President S R Nathan conferred the South Asian Diaspora award. - 19 Jul 16

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Mr. World title-2016: Rohit Khandelwal becomes first Indian to win Mr. World title - 19 Jul 16

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Mubarak Begum, the Legendary playback singer passes away - 19 Jul 16

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India’s first e-court (paperless court) opened at Hyderabad High Court - 19 Jul 16

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The apex court of Brazil overrules suspension of WhatsApp service - 20 Jul 16

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Oldest Babri litigant Hashim Ansari passes away - 20 Jul 16

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Indian hockey wizard Mohammed Shahid dies aged 56 - 20 Jul 16

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Nigerian journalist Didi Akinyelure wins BBC World News Komla Dumor Award - 20 Jul 16

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Malcolm Turnbull sworn in as Prime Minister of Australia - 20 Jul 16

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Indian Parliament passes Regional Centre for Biotechnology Bill, 2016 - 20 Jul 16

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NITI Aayog and Intel India ink SoI to set up Atal Tinkering Lab Initiative for young innovators - 21 Jul 16

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TRI-NETRA system instal by Indian Railways to reduce train accidents - 21 Jul 16

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CBDT signed seven Advance Pricing Agreements to cut tax litigation - 21 Jul 16

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China to develop New Bhubaneswar and Baiyappanahalli railway stations - 21 Jul 16

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India link emerges in $3.5-bn forex trading fraud at HSBC - 21 Jul 16

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India tops chart in financial inclusion progress: BCG - 22 Jul 16

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India’s external debt of $474 bn forms 16% of APAC borrowing: Moody’s - 22 Jul 16

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Haryana State Govt. to set up new Sewage Treatment Plant, upgrade five more to clean Yamuna - 22 Jul 16

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The Centre has set up Panel for implementing WTO's trade pact - 22 Jul 16

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India ranks 110th on Sustainable Development index - 22 Jul 16

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Char Dham Connectivity: Additional Rs 2,100 crore okayed for the project in Uttarakhand - 22 Jul 16

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India is bid to invest in Argentina and become the first ever investment - 23 Jul 16

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China unveils largest amphibious aircraft for marine rescue and forest fire ops - 23 Jul 16

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IMF chief Christine Lagarde to stand trial in arbitration deal - 23 Jul 16

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India Govt. ordered three Xinhua journalists to go back to China - 23 Jul 16

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The air craft carrier INS Viraat embarks on farewell voyage to Kochi - 23 Jul 16

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Medical Council of India (MCI) may scrapped by High-powered committee - 24 Jul 16

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The Union Govt. to assess Model Village Scheme running out of steam - 24 Jul 16

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India and U.S. to train jointly African troops for U.N. peacekeeping - 24 Jul 16

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Railway minister Suresh Prabhu has inaugurated the first `green train corridor' of India. - 24 Jul 16

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Legendary modern artist S H Raza died in prolonged illness - 24 Jul 16

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Desiltation of River Ganga : Madhav Chitale committee constituted to prepare guidelines - 24 Jul 16

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Nepal Prime Minister Oli resigns ahead of no-trust vote - 25 Jul 16

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Neeraj Chopra becomes 1st Indian to set world record in Jr athletics Championship - 25 Jul 16

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Ganesh Singh appointed Chariman of JPC for Land Acquisition Bill - 25 Jul 16

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India trails Pakistan on AWACS front,has just 3 AWACS - 25 Jul 16

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Violinist A Kanyakumari, first female violinist to get Sangita Kalanidhi Award - 25 Jul 16

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World’s largest Yazidi temple to be constructed in Armenia - 26 Jul 16

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National Health Policy expected to be taken up by the Cabinet next month. - 26 Jul 16

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Medical Council may be replaced by National Medical Commission - 26 Jul 16

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ISRO will launch weather satellite next month with its GSLV rocket - 26 Jul 16

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi to chair meeting of Niti Aayog - 26 Jul 16

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India has most number of stunted children in world - 26 Jul 16

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Ramon Magsaysay Award : T.M. Krishna and Bezwada Wilson win Magsaysay Award - 27 Jul 16

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Gujarat state has cleanest railway stations and Bihar dirtiest: Indian Railway - 27 Jul 16

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The Central Govt plans exit exam for all MBBS students - 27 Jul 16

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India inks $1 billion deal for 4 sub-hunting planes with the USA - 27 Jul 16

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Antrix-Devas deal: India to appeal against Hague tribunal’s verdict - 27 Jul 16

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India orders maritime spy planes from Boeing for $1 billion - 27 Jul 16

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BRICS regional office set to boost South Africa’s clout - 28 Jul 16

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India has credited $318-million aid to Sri Lankan railways - 28 Jul 16

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Eminent writer and social activist Mahasweta Devi died - 28 Jul 16

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  • Eminent author and social activist Mahasweta Devi has died at Kolkatta at the age of 91 after a multi-organ failure .
  • Her writings focused on the marginalised communities in the country and served as the voice of the oppressed.
  • She was suffering from multi-organ failure and suffered a cardiac arrest following the multi-organ failure.
  • She was awarded the Sahitya Akademi and Jnanpith awards for literary excellence.
  • Mrs.Devi helped tribals and the rural dispossessed in organising themselves in groups so that they could take up development activities in their own areas.
  • She founded several grassroots level societies for the welfare of tribals.
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  • Mahasweta Devi was born in undivided India's Dhaka (now in Bangladesh) in 1926 into a family of writers.
  • Her father, Manish Ghatak, was a 'litterateur' of the Kallol era, and her mother, Dharitri Devi, was a writer-cum-social activist.
  • She was also a niece to renowned filmmaker Rittik Ghatak.
  • Before becoming a full-time writer, Mahasweta Devi worked as a journalist and an English professor. Her first book, Jhansi'r Rani (The Queen of Jhansi), came in 1956 while she was still teaching at Kolkata's Bijoygarh College.
  • In her 90-year-long life, Devi won the Sahitya Akademi award (1979), the Padma Shree (1986), the Jnanpith (1997), the Magsaysay award (1997) and the Deshikottam award in 1999.
  • She has almost a 100 novels and over 20 collections of short stories to her name, primarily written in Bengali but often translated to other languages.
  • Devi has been described as one of the boldest female writers in India.
  • She was the author behind award-winning Hindi films Rudaali and Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa, both of which delved into the lives of ordinary Indian women as wives and mothers.
  • As she wrote about women's rights, Devi chose to end her own marriage to a renowned playwright to seek space for herself.
  • Few of her other noted stories would be Aranyer Adhikar (The Occupation of the Forest), Agnigarbha (Womb of Fire), Dhowli, Bashai Tudu, Dust on the Road, Our Non-Veg Cow, Till Death Do Us Part, Old Women, etc.
  • Devi was closely involved with tribal communities, both as a social worker and a writer.
  • While the inspiration for her stories stemmed from their struggles and discrimination, she worked with organisations like the West Bengal Oraon Welfare Society and the All Indian Vandhua Liberation Morcha for tribal welfare.
  • She was also the founding member of Aboriginal United Association and a tribal magazine named Bortika, which she startedin 1980.
  • Devi is remembered for her work with the Sabars (aka Saora), a scheduled tribe in the Purulia district of West Bengal, which earned the title of "The Mother of the Sabars".

The Union Cabinet approves setting up of new AIIMS in Bhatinda - 28 Jul 16

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Haryana Government launches Pashudhan Bima Yojana - 28 Jul 16

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First BRICS Employment Working Group meeting held in Hyderabad - 28 Jul 16

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Noted Tabla maestro Lachu Maharaj passes away - 29 Jul 16


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  • <140style="font-family: arial;">He was 73 years old. Lacchu Maharaj was renowned internationally and his table performance had drawn attention of the connoisseur of performing arts from across the country and world. 
  • Lachu Maharaj's real name was Lakshmi Narayan Singh. 
  • He belonged to Banaras gharana of classical music. 
  • He had started playing tabla at tender age of 10 under guidance of his father Vasudev Singh. 
  • He was famous for his pure Banarasi style. 
  • His unique style of playing table coupled with perfection had earned him fame as Lachu Maharaj. 
  • He had developed spiritual and philosophical table tunes which he had used to play often during his practice sessions (riyaaj). 
  • He had lived a simple life and stayed out of publicity and even refused awards. Bollywood actor Govinda is his nephew. 
  • Union Government had decided to give him Padma Shri award but he refused saying that no award was bigger than laurels from the audience.

International Tiger Day being observed on 29 th July - 29 Jul 16

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The Union Govt aims to set up 660 One Stop Centres through out India - 29 Jul 16

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Indian music composer AR Rahman to perform at UN on Independence Day - 29 Jul 16

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Ramgundam fertiliser