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Maharashtra Government Unveils the Portrait of Social Reformer ‘Prabodhankar Thackeray
The Maharashtra state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has unveiled the portrait of social reformer ‘Prabodhankar Thackeray’ in the general assembly hall of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). “Keshav Sitaram Thackeray, famously known as Prabodhankar was a social reformer, author and key leaders of the Samyukta Maharashtra Samiti”.
Trial run of India’s first 700 MW PHWR expected in 2017
“The trial run of India’s first 700 MW Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor(PHWR) will be started in the middle of 2017 at Kakrapar, Gujarat. India’s atomic power plant operator NPCIL is building four 700 MW PHWRs. Two each at Kakrapar Atomic Power Station (KAPS) in Gujarat and Rajasthan Atomic Power Station (RAPS) in Rajasthan”.
PM Modi inaugurates 104th Indian Science Congress at Tirupati
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the 104th Indian Science Congress at Tarakarama Stadium of Sri Venkateswara University in Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. The theme for the five-day event is ‘Science and Technology for National Development’.
Union Government Keeps interest rates on Small Savings Schemes Unchanged
For the January-March quarter, the Union Government has kept interest rates on Small Savings Schemes. The small savings schemes like PPF and Kisan Vikas Patra, Senior Citizens Savings Scheme remains unchanged. The interest rates will remain unchanged from the rates prescribed for the fourth quarter of 2016-17 starting from January 1, 2017, and ending on March 31.
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Ministry of Sports Constitutes Committee to suggest improvements to National Sports Code
The Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Mr. Vijay Goel has constituted a committee to suggest improvements in the National Sports Development Code functioning of sports federations.
HSBC Expat survey 2016
According to HSBC Expat survey 2016, India ranks the third position among the countries offering the highest average annual salary to expatriates. In this survey, Switzerland has topped the list to offer the highest average salary of about $188,275 a year to expats while Hong Kong ranks second.
India and Sri Lanka Agrees to find permanent solution to the fishermen issues
A ministerial-level talks held between Indian Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare of India Radha Mohan Singh and Minister for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development of Sri Lanka Mahinda Amaraweera. On this occasion, both the countries agreed to release all Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen in each other’s custody.
Pakistan finally approved the Hindu marriage bill
Pakistan’s Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights under the guidance of Nasreen Jalil approved the much-awaited Hindu Marriages Bill.
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China launches first freight train to London
China has launched its first freight train to London. The train will travel for about 18 days and more than 12,000 km before reaching its destination in Britain.
Coca-Cola India partners the State Bank of India to enable digital transactions
“The Coca-Cola India and its largest bottling partner Hindustan Coca-Cola beverages entered into the partnership with the SBI to enable over 2.6 million retailers and 5000 distributors in conducting business transactions digitally”.
HDFC Ties with Niki.ai to Launch OnChat to make Payments via Facebook’s Messenger
HDFC has tied-up with artificial intelligence firm Niki.ai to launch a chatbot called OnChat on Facebook’s Messenger platform. This will allow users to recharge phones, pay utility bills, book cabs from Ola or Uber etc., through a chat.
Sanjiv Ranjan – the next Ambassador of India to the Oriental Republic of Uruguay
The 1993 batch IFS officer, Shri Sanjiv Ranjan has been concurrently accredited as the Ambassador of India to the Oriental Republic of Uruguay. Mr. Ranjan, presently serving Ambassador of India to Argentina.
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