Daily Archive: Wednesday, October 5, 2016

5 Oct 2016

France becomes the first country to ban plastic plates and cutlery

France has apparently become the first country in the world to ban plastic plates, cups and utensils, passing a law that will go into effect in 2020. Exceptions will be allowed for items made of compostable, biosourced
5 Oct 2016

Cabinet approves MoU with the AARDO in the field of rural development

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and the African Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) for capacity building
5 Oct 2016

Former Isro chief U R Rao inducted into IAF Hall of Fame

Former chairman of Isro Prof U R Rao was inducted into the 2016 IAF Hall of Fame by the International Aeronautical Federation (IAF) during the closing ceremony of the IAF Congress 2016 held at Guadalajara, Mexico, on
5 Oct 2016

Cabinet approves India-EU MoU on water cooperation

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval for the signing of MoU between India and European Union on water cooperation. The MoU envisages strengthening the technological, scientific and management capabilities of India and the European Union in the
5 Oct 2016

Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir Stoddart and Bernard Feringa win Nobel prize

Jean-Pierre Sauvage of France, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart of Scotland and Bernard L. Feringa of the Netherlands were awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Wednesday. The prize, given by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences,
5 Oct 2016

Cabinet Approves Amendments To HIV and AIDS Bill, 2014

The Union Cabinet has given approval for carrying out amendments to the HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2014, in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Bill seeks to usher in greater legal
5 Oct 2016

Sangeet Natak Akademi fellowships and awards for 2015 presented

President Pranab Mukherjee on 4 October 2016 presented the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships (Akademi Ratna) and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards (Akademi Puraskars) for the Year-2015. The awards were presented at a function in Rashtrapati Bhawan. C V
5 Oct 2016

Maria Sharapova drugs ban reduced from two years to 15 months

The five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova, 29, was initially banned by the International Tennis Federation for two years after testing positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open. The Russian will be able to return to
5 Oct 2016

Yusuf Arakkal: Raja Ravi Varma Puraskaram winning artist passes away

Noted artist Yusuf Arakkal passed away on Tuesday, 4 October. He was 70. The Kerala-born, Bengaluru-based artist was an alum of the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishad and also received training from Jaya Varma (the grand nephew of Raja Ravi
5 Oct 2016

Aadhaar card must for LPG subsidy after November

The government has made Aadhaar mandatory for availing cooking gas, LPG subsidy but has given two months grace period for citizens to get the unique identification number. Government currently gives 12 cylinders of 14.2-kg each at subsidised
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