Monday, 31 July 2017

Global Tiger Day : 29th July

    International Tiger Day’ is celebrated every year on 29th July. This year’s International Tiger Day was celebrated with the slogan ‘Fresh Ecology For Tigers’ Protection’.

The conference of the heads of 13 countries – where tigers are available – held at Saint Petersburg of Russia in 2010 took the decision to mark the world tiger day on July 29 every year.
The goal of the day is to promote a global system for protecting the natural habitats of tigers and to raise public awareness and support for tiger conservation issues. 

Delhi Metro first to become 100% 'Green'

      Delhi Metro has become the only completely 'green' Metro system in the world for adhering to green building norms for its residential colonies

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had earlier received the green certificates for its Phase3 stations, depots, and substations.
DMRC is now generating 20 megawatts (MW) of solar power, after adding new solar power facilities that produce 2. 6 MW across the Metro network.
The DMRC mentioned 'Swachh Chetna An Eco Club', a joint initiative of the DMRC and Shri Ram School, Gurugram, for its efforts to encourage school children to participate in the more environmentfriendly projects and activities. 

Canara Bank Launches "CANDI" in Bangalore

        Public sector lender Canara Bank has launched its first ‘Digital Banking Branch’ in Bengaluru.

The branch is reportedly titled “CANDI” and it will aim to provide an end-to-end digital experience to customers.
The most attractive feature of the Digital Branch is a humanoid robot that addresses basic queries of customers on banking products and services.
This is a first-of-its kind initiative by a public sector bank in the country. 

India among Top nation with Potential for Digital payments

   India has featured among 60 nations on Digital Evolution Index 2017, exhibiting a high potential in terms of digital payments.

On the Digital Evolution Index 2017, India has been categorised under the “break out” segment which refers to countries that have relatively lower absolute levels of digital advancement, yet remain poised for growth and are attractive to investors by virtue of their potential.
The report outlined that India has been experiencing rapid strides of progress with an evolving payments landscape, catalysed by the government’s demonetisation decision. 

Sunday, 30 July 2017

PM to Inaugurate Kalam's Memorial in Tamilnadu

   Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the former President, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam’s memorial at Pei Karumbu, Rameswaram.

The PM would flag off ‘Kalam Sandesh Vahini’, an exhibition bus which would travel across various States of the country and reach Rashtrapati Bhavan on October 15th which marks the birth anniversary of the former President.
The memorial has been constructed by DRDO in exactly one year. The Memorial has four main halls each depicting the life and times of Dr Kalam. Hall-1 focuses on his childhood and educational phase, Hall-2 the Presidential days, including address to Parliament and UN Council, Hall-3 his ISRO and DRDO days and Hall-4 his post-Presidential days, till he breathed his last at Shillong. 

BRICS Tax Authorities sign a Pact to enhance Cooperation

   Tax authorities of the five BRICS countries signed a landmark document to establish a mechanism for taxation cooperation.

The BRICS Taxation Cooperation Memorandum, signed at the fifth meeting of BRICS Heads of Tax Authorities, is the blocs first document that elevates taxation cooperation to the institutional level.
The authorities also agreed to cooperate on taxation information exchange, improve consultation procedures efficiency, boost taxation capacities and plan paths for coordination of taxation policies and tax collection.

Points to remember:-
BRICS was established in 2006.
It is an association of five major emerging national economies- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
The BRIC grouping's first formal summit, also held in Yekaterinburg, commenced on 16 June 2009.
It became BRICS after South Africa joined it in 2010. 

India will need $4.5 trillion by 2040 for Infrastructure

 As per `Global Infrastructure Outlook’ releasedby Global Infrastructure Hub (GIH) India willneed investments to the tune of around USD 4. 5trillion till 2040 to develop infrastructure toimprove economic growth and communitywellbeing. 

• Taking
 sustainable development goals (SDGs)into account, the country is predicted to need anadditional USD 888 billion by 2030 to provideuniversal household access to electricity andwater. 
• According
 to report, the total investmentneeded to meet the SDGs is greatest in India - atotal of USD 1. 3 trillion of investment is neededby 2030, more than China. 

NPCS gets final nod from RBI to Function as BBPS unit

    National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), the umbrella organisation for all retail payment systems, has received a final nod from the Reserve Bank of India to function as the Bharat Bill Payment Central Unit (BBPCU) and operate the Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS).

There is a specific direction from RBI to operate the Central Unit as a Strategic Business Unit of NPCI. Nearly 45 crore bills comprising electricity, telecom, DTH, water and gas are permitted under BBPS.
The total number of Bharat Bill Payment Operating Units (BBPOU) certified by NPCI now stands at 24. The certified units include three public sector banks (Bank of Baroda, Union Bank of India and Indian Overseas Bank), 10 private banks, five cooperative banks and six non-bank biller aggregators.

Points to remember:-
Founded: 2008
Headquarters: Mumbai
Chairman: Balachandran M
MD&CEO: A. P Hota

Saturday, 29 July 2017

NITI Ayog clears six Proposals for High Tech Public Tranport


       The NITI Aayog has approved 6 transport proposals of the Transport ministry exploring options to improve public transport.

It includes high-tech mass rapid transportation technologies such as Metrino, Hyperloop, Pod taxis, hybrid buses Stadler buses, and freight rail road.
The new technologies are being explored by the Government as current public transportation is unable to resolve the increasing traffic crisis in the country.
The ministry of road transport and highways had sought the approval of NITI Aayog to experiment and introduce six latest mass rapid transportation technologies.

Points to remember:-
NITI Aayog, was formed via a resolution of the Union Cabinet on January 1, 2015.
Chairperson:-Shri Narendra Modi, Hon'ble Prime Minister
Vice Chairperson:-Dr. Arvind Panagariya
Chief Executive Officer: - Shri Amitabh Kant

Dr. Harshavardhan Launches "Sagar Vani"

   Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Dr. Harshvardhan launched an Integrated Information Dissemination System, “Sagar Vani” on the occasion of Foundation Day of Ministry of Earth Sciences in New Delhi.

Now-a-days ICT facilities in the country are accessible to large population of the country and that plays a major role in effective dissemination of information to the end user.
ESSO-INCOIS under Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) has adopted the state-of-the-art technologies and tools available in the country for the timely dissemination of Ocean Information and Advisory Services that includes Potential Fishing Zone (PFZ) advisories, Ocean State Forecast (OSF), High Wave Alerts and Tsunami early warnings. 

RBI set up Supervisory Colleges for six Schedule Commercial Banks

     Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has informed that Supervisory Colleges have been setup for the following six Scheduled Commercial Banks which have sizeable international presence:- 

State Bank of India, ICICI Bank Ltd. , Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, Axis Bank Ltd. and Punjab National Bank. 
The objectives of the colleges are to enhance information exchange and cooperation among supervisors, to improve understanding of the risk profile of the banking group and thereby facilitate more effective supervision of internationally active banks. 

Points to remember:- 
Reserve Bank of India:- 
Established: 1st April 1935 
Headquarters: Mumbai 
Bank Rate:6. 50%; Repo Rate: 6. 25%; Reverse Repo Rate:6. 00; Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR): 4%; Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR): 20%

Punjab govt Launches "Care Companion Program"

        The Punjab health minister Brahm Mohindra has launched a flagship care companion health scheme on 28th of July 2017.

The objective of this scheme is improving patient outcomes through better family engagement and education.
This innovative program turns hospital hallways/wards into classrooms and taps into the most compassionate and willing resource available for care i. e. the patient's own family, by teaching the family high-impact medical skills to take care of their loved ones in the hospital and at home.
Families will learn high-impact health skills for taking care of the new-born baby and post-partum mother, specifically, baby hygiene, thermal care, breastfeeding, and maternal nutrition. The aim is to reduce the number of baby deaths and complications like infections in the first 30 days’ post-discharge, and ensure adoption of long-term health pro motive behaviours. 

Friday, 28 July 2017

Mumbai Metro Launches India's first Mobile Ticketing System

  Mumbai Metro One announced the launch of India's first Mobile Ticketing System 'OnGo' which will help commuters pass the AFC gates using their mobile phones.

The 'OnGo' will be particularly convenient for those commuters wanting to book their journey through tokens or passes at their own convenience even from outside the Metro stations and avoid queues before ticketing windows. 

Panjab NB & Bajaj Allianz General tie up

     State-owned Punjab National Bank (PNB) and Bajaj Allianz General Insurance have signed an agreement for the distribution of insurance products through the branches.

Under this agreement, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance will offer personal lines of insurance products such as health, personal accident, home, motor and travel along with commercial line of insurance products such as property, marine and engineering insurance, etc to the banks customers.
The bank has widespread network of around 7,000 branches. 

Madras H Court makes Vande Mataram mandatory in TN's schools

     The Madras High Court ruled that 'Vande Mataram' must be sung in schools, educational institutes and government offices.

Justice Muralidharan said that in the event, if any person or organisation has difficulty in singing or playing the national song, he or she shall not be compelled or forced to sing it, provided there are valid reasons for not doing so.
Court hopes and trusts that this order shall be taken in the right spirit and also implemented in letter and spirit by the citizenry of this great nation. 

World Hepatitis day: 28 JULY

World Hepatitis Day is observed on 28 July of every year officially endorsed by the World Health Organization.

Theme of World Hepatitis Day 2017 is to Eliminate Hepatitis.
World Hepatitis Day (WHD) is celebrated to raise awareness of the huge burden of viral hepatitis and to influence real change in disease prevention and access to testing, treatment and care. 

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

FSSAI Bans stapler pins in Tea bags from January 2018

      The Food Safety and Authority of India (FSSAI) has banned the stapler pins in tea bags from January 2018.

It has also directed all food safety commissioners to take action to prevent the use of unsafe packaging materials by companies and take up measures for enforcement of its order.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India established under the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

Points to remember:
It has been established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.
FSSAI is responsible for promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety.
HQ: New Delhi

Monday, 24 July 2017

Arunachal has been chosen to host the 5th North East Connectivity Summit in 2018.

Arunachal has been chosen to host the 5th North East Connectivity Summit in 2018.

The summit organised by FICCI is one of the most important forums for action oriented deliberations on sub regional economic integration and connectivity between North East India and South East Asia.
4th North East Connectivity Summit is going to be held in Nagaland in the month of September this year. 

Sunday, 23 July 2017

India to Host Global Conference on CYBER SPACE 2017

            India will be hosting the 5th Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS) in 2017, one of the world’s largest conferences on Cyber Space and related issues.

Themed on ‘Cyber4All: An Inclusive, Sustainable, Developmental, Safe and Secure Cyberspace’, the GCCS 2017 will be inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi.
The conference to take place on 23rd & 24th of November 2017 in New Delhi. 

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Google launches job applicant management tool 'HIRE'

Google officially released a new tool named 'Hire' to help small and medium sized businesses recruit talent.

The service is built on G Suite and will allow employers to track candidates' contact information, resume details and calendar invites.
It will allow business partners to share feedback within the candidate's profile. 

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Tata Motors has developed countrys first Bio CNG Bus

Tata Motors has developed countrys first Bio-CNG (bio-methane) bus which was unveiledrecently at a bio-energy programme, Urja Utsav. 

• The
 firm, which is Indias largest commercialvehicles manufacturer, said the bio-methaneengines could be used in LCV, ICV and MCVbuses. 
• At
 the Urja Utsav held in Punes ShivChhatrapati Sports Complex, Tata displayedthree engines, along with the lead model  TataLPO 1613 with 5. 7 SGI NA BS-IV IOBD-IIcompliant bus. 

Monday, 17 July 2017

Mobikwik integrated with Samsung pay mini

Mobile wallet major MobiKwik has integrated its wallet into Samsung Pay Mini, a mobile payment platform focused on Samsung’s budget and mid-range phones.

Samsung Pay Mini is designed to cater to the unique requirements of Indian mid-segment consumers.
The tie-up will enable one-tap payments at more than 1. 4 million MobiKwik-powered merchant’s pan-India. MobiKwik will also be available soon on Samsung Pay, which is the proprietary mobile payment platform for Samsung’s high-end phones. 

Friday, 14 July 2017

All salaried people MUST READ This

After 4 years of selfless service, I realized that I had not been promoted, no salary increment, no commendation.
So I decided to walk up to my HR Manager. The manager looked at me, smiled and asked me to sit down saying: "My friend you have not worked here for even a single day!"

I was shocked to hear this, but the manager went on to explain. And here's the conversation that took place:

Manager: How many days are there in a year?

Me: 365 days and sometimes 366.

Manager: Do you come to work on weekends?

Me: No sir.

Manager: How many days are there in a year that are weekends?

Me: 52 Saturdays and 52 Sundays equals to 104 days.

Manager: Thanks for that. If u remove 104 days from 366 days. how many days
do you now have?

Me: 262 days

Manager: How many hours make up a day?

Me: 24 Hours.

Manager: How long do you work in a day?

Me: 10am to 6pm
(i.e. 8 hours a day.)

Manager: So, what fraction of the day do you work in hours?

Me: 8/24
i.e 1/3 (one third).

Manager: This is nice of you! what is 1/3rd of 262 days?

Me: 87
(1/3 x 262 = 87days)

Manager: I do give you 2 weeks sick leave, 15 days casual leave, 5 days optional leave, 30 days earned leave every year. Now remove that 64 days from the 87 days left. How many days do u have remaining?

Me: 23 days.

Manager: Do you work on festivals ? (20 days)

Me: No Sir!

Manager: Do you work on Republic Day?

Me: No sir!

Manager: Do you come to work on Independence Day?

Me: No sir!

Manager: So how many days are left?

Me: 1 day sir!

Manager: Do you come to work on New Year's Day..?

Me: No sir..!!

Manager: So how many days are left?

Me: None Sir!

Manager: So what are you claiming?

Me: I have understood, Sir. I did not realise that I was stealing company
money all these days.


(HR= HIGH RISK.) 😀😀😀👆👆

Ha ha ha who wrote this amazing explain by HR.....I salute him....

DIPP to setup India's first TISC in Punjab

The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) signed an Institutional agreement with the Punjab State Council of Science and Technology in New Delhi to establish India’s first Technology and Innovation Support Center (TISC) at Patent Information Centre, Punjab, under the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) TISC program.

The objective of the TISC is to stimulate a dynamic, vibrant and balanced Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) system in India to foster creativity and innovation, thereby promoting entrepreneurship and enhancing social, economic and cultural development by establishing a network of TISCs in India.
The Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM) is designated as the National Focal Point for the TISC national network. 

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Delhi government to start online RTI portal

Delhi became the second state to launch e-RTI portal that will enable citizens to file online Right to Information (RTI). 

• The
 Central government had launched its ownonline RTI application portal in 2013, whichallowed users to file queries, pay application feeand submit requests for appeal. 
• The
 Central government had urged the Statesto set up their own online application portals.Maharashtra had followed suit in 2015 with itsown RTI portal. 

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

SEBI amends guidelines for eligible foreign Investors

Markets regulator SEBI amended the guidelinesfor eligible foreign investors looking to operateat the International Financial Services Centre(IFSC). 

• In
 case of participation of an EFI, notregistered with SEBI as an FPI, but desirous ofoperating in IFSC, a trading member of therecognised stock exchange in IFSC may carryout the due diligence on its own or it may relyupon the due diligence carried out by a bank,which is permitted by RBI to operate in IFSC,during the account opening process of an EFI.

Monday, 10 July 2017

The Curse of the Second-Born Child Is Real

The Curse of the Second-Born Child Is Real 
If you have a son who’s the youngest or middle child, you’re going to want to watch them like a freakin’ hawk. Second-born sons are more likely to get suspended, become juvenile delinquents, and go to prison.

According to a massive new report from Joseph Doyle, an MIT economist, the “curse of the second-born child” might actually be true. Doyle and his colleagues Sanni Breining, David Figlio, Krzys Karbownik, and Jeffrey Roth scoured tons of data sets and found that second-born children (specifically sons) have a whopping 25% to 40% increased chance of getting in serious trouble at school or with the law when compared to the first-born in the same family.

Researchers have suggested for a while that first-borns do better in education, have higher IQs, and can earn higher wages, but this is one of the first major studies to point out that second-born children are in fact the troublemakers of the bunch. And this isn’t something exclusive to families here in the states. The family data sets, consisting of thousands of sets of brothers, come from both the U.S. and Europe. Now, this isn’t to say that every second-born son is going to be a handful, but the study suggests the risk is there.

But why? What makes second-born sons so different from their older siblings? For one, Doyle suggests parents of first-borns are more invested in their upbringing. By the time the second kid comes around, parents are simply less vigilant. It also has to do with the child’s role models, Doyle explains to NPR:

“The firstborn has role models, who are adults. And the second, later-born children have role models who are slightly irrational 2-year-olds, you know, their older siblings. Both the parental investments are different, and the sibling influences probably contribute to these differences we see in the labor market and what we find in delinquency. It’s just very difficult to separate those two things because they happen at the same time.”
It’s important to note, however, this research is painting a very broad picture. Not every family will encounter this phenomenon, and being a second-born son certainly doesn’t mean you will have a harder time in life. There are always exceptions to the rule. But for parents out there raising a second child, it couldn’t hurt to keep a watchful eye and stay on guard. It seems that treating them differently than your first-born will have an impact.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

U.S. isolated on climate at summit of world leaders

U.S. isolated on climate at summit of world leaders

           By Paul Carrel and Noah Barkin
HAMBURG (Reuters) - Leaders from the world's leading economies broke with U.S. President Donald Trump on climate policy at a G20 summit on Saturday, in a rare public admission of disagreement and blow to multilateral cooperation.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, keen to show off her skills as a mediator two months before a German election, achieved her primary goal at the meeting in Hamburg, convincing her fellow leaders to support a single communique with pledges on trade, finance, energy and Africa.
But the divide between Trump, elected on a pledge to put "America First", and the 19 other members of the club, including countries as diverse as Japan, Saudi Arabia and Argentina, was stark.
Last month Trump announced he was pulling the United States out of a landmark international climate accord clinched two years ago in Paris.
"In the end, the negotiations on climate reflect dissent – all against the United States of America," Merkel told reporters at the end of the meeting.
"And the fact that negotiations on trade were extraordinarily difficult is due to specific positions that the United States has taken."
The summit, marred by violent protests that left the streets of Hamburg littered with burning cars and broken shop windows, brought together a volatile mix of leaders at a time of major change in the global geo-political landscape.
Trump's shift to a more unilateral, transactional diplomacy has left a void in global leadership, unsettling traditional allies in Europe and opening the door to rising powers like China to assume a bigger role.
Tensions between Washington and Beijing dominated the run-up to the meeting, with the Trump administration ratcheting up pressure on President Xi Jinping to rein in North Korea and threatening punitive trade measures on steel.
Trump met Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time in Hamburg, a hotly anticipated encounter after the former real estate mogul promised a rapprochement with Moscow during his campaign, only to be thwarted by accusations of Russian meddling in the vote and investigations into the Russia ties of Trump associates.
Putin said at the conclusion of the summit on Saturday that Trump had quizzed him on the alleged meddling in a meeting that lasted over two hours but seemed to have been satisfied with the Kremlin leader's denials of interference.
Trump had accused Russia of destabilizing behavior in Ukraine and Syria before the summit. But in Hamburg he struck a conciliatory tone, describing it as an honor to meet Putin and signaling, through Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, that he preferred to focus on future ties and not dwell on the past.
"It was an extraordinarily important meeting," Tillerson said, describing a "very clear positive chemistry" between Trump and the former KGB agent.
In the final communique, the 19 other leaders took note of the U.S. decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord and declared it "irreversible".
For its part, the United States injected a contentious line saying that it would "endeavor to work closely with other countries to help them access and use fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently."
French President Emmanuel Macron led a push to soften the U.S. language.
"There is a clear consensus absent the United States," said Thomas Bernes, a distinguished fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation. "But that is a problem. Without the largest economy in the world how far can you go?"
Jennifer Morgan, executive director at Greenpeace, said the G19 had "held the line" against Trump's "backward decision" to withdraw from Paris.
On trade, another sticking point, the leaders agreed they would "fight protectionism including all unfair trade practices and recognize the role of legitimate trade defense instruments in this regard."
The leaders also pledged to work together to foster economic development in Africa, a priority project for Merkel.
Merkel chose to host the summit in Hamburg, the port city where she was born, to send a signal about Germany's openness to the world, including its tolerance of peaceful protests.
It was held only a few hundred meters from one of Germany's most potent symbols of left-wing resistance, a former theater called the "Rote Flora" which was taken over by anti-capitalist squatters nearly three decades ago.
Over the three days of the summit, radicals looted shops, torched cars and lorries. More than 200 police were injured and some 143 people have been arrested and 122 taken into custody.
Some of the worst damage was done as Merkel hosted other leaders at for a concert and lavish dinner at the Elbphilharmonie, a modernist glass concert hall overlooking the Elbe River.
Merkel met police and security force after the summit to thank them, and condemned the "unbridled brutality" of some of the protestors, but she was forced to answer tough questions about hosting the summit in Hamburg during her closing press conference.
(Additional reporting by Andrea Shalal, Thomas Escritt, Jeff Mason, Roberta Rampton, Denis Dyomkin, Joseph Nasr, Sabine Siebold, Gernot Heller; Writing by Noah Barkin and Paul Carrel; Editing by Janet Lawrence and Jon Boyle)