Maritime India Summit 2016 Inaugurated
- 1 Lakh Crore investment for Port Development
- 140 agreements signed
- Sagarmala National Perspective Plan Released
- Rs 35,000 crore investment intentions for Gujarat
Bhimrao Ambedkar Awas Yojana for widows in Jarkhand
- Target of 11,000 units (houses) has been set in the current financial year
- Rs 80 crore has been earmarked in the budget for it.
- Rs 75,000 would be granted to build a house in districts in hilly terrains and Rs 70,000 in plains in three installments. Widows would also get pension
Panagarh airbase renamed after former IAF Chief Arjan Singh
- This occurred on the 97th birthday of Arjan Singh, Marshal of the Indian Air Force.
- Air base station is located in Burdwan district which is around 150 kms from Kolkata.
- Air Force Station played a significant role in the 1965 and 1971 wars with Pakistan.
Trimbakeshwar allows entry of women with certain rules
- Trimbakeshwar Devasthan Trust in Maharashtra to allow women into the sanctum sanctorum of Shiva temple for an hour every day.
- Allowed with a rider that women must wear wet cotton or silk clothes while offering prayers in the core area.
- Women activists have refused to abide by the rule and lodged a police complaint against the Temple Trust.
Delhi ranked 44th among world’s 50 ‘future-ready cities’
- Efforts put in by the Delhi and Union government to make a digitally enabled nation has put Delhi in the list.
- San Jose tops the list. San Francisco, Singapore, and London are the others that follow.
New York Mayor declares April 14 as Bindeshwar Pathak Day
- April 14 as ‘Bindeshwar Pathak Day’ in recognition of the contributions made by the Indian social activist and ‘Sulabh International’ founder for improving the lives of people engaged in the “most dehumanizing situation”.
- Honored Pathak for his outstanding work to improve health and hygiene and “moving the world forward“.
Business and Economy
Apollo ties up with Google Health Card in India
- This new feature aims to give people access to health information quickly and easily.
- Apollo Hospitals had collected comprehensive information on 400 diseases including malaria and dengue which would show up once the keyword of the disease was typed in.
Bihar to ban supply of medicinal drugs with alcohol content
- Bihar to restrict the supply of all medicinal drugs with alcohol content
- Banned medicines mostly are in the analgesics, anti-depressant and psychotic condition segment.
People in News
Dhoni quits as Amrapali Brand Ambassador
- Micro blogging twitter hashtag #AmrapaliMisuseDhoni saw a total of 70,000 tweets, forcing Dhoni to react to it a day later at a press briefing.
- Indian captain was the brand ambassador of the company for the last 6-7 years.
- Residents turned unhappy of a housing project in Noida from Amrapali.
Rudra Gaurav Shresth appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Mozambique
- He is an IFS Officer from 1999 cadre, presently Director in the Ministry.
Geetha Johri becomes Gujarat’s first woman DGP
- Promoted from the rank of ADGP to Director General of Police
- She is a 1982-batch IPS officer, who is originally from Tamil Nadu.
Thomas Cook elevates Mahesh Iyer to COO post
- Currently the head of its foreign exchange division
- Will be responsible for day to day business management.
- Will also be responsible for managing the visa and foreign exchange business in India, Mauritius and Sri Lanka.
Iconic African photographer Malick Sidibe passes away at 80
- Malick is known for his street scenes and studio shots that render a portrait of photos of Mali’s post-colonial period helped people see the Mali’s in a new light.
Science and Technology
Super computer Param Kanchenjunga launched at Sikkim NIT
- The institute achieved the distinction of the most powerful and fastest among all the 31 NITs.
ISRO to launch 21 satellites in one shot
- The Space Organization will put Indian Spacecraft as well as 21 small and mostly foreign commercial satellites into the orbit by PSLV-C33 launcher.
Environment and Ecology
Twin quakes kill 29 in south Japan, many trapped
- Two powerful earthquakes hit South Western Japan a day apart, killing at least 29 people and injuring 1,500, as thousands left their home in the tragedy.
- Magnitude-3 quake hit the Kumamoto region on the southwestern island of Kyushu.
- The next day the nation was hit by a magnitude-6.5 quake that left 10 dead.
T N Ninan gets Mumbai Press Club’s lifetime achievement award
- T N Ninan is the Chairman and Editorial Director of Business Standard.
- Extensive contribution to business journalism through good editorial leadership which he provided over the years to a host of publications.