Indian Railways announced elimination of all 3479 Unmanned Level Crossings (UMLCs) on Broad Gauge
Indian Railways announced elimination of all Unmanned Level Crossings (UMLCs) on Broad Gauge.
Ministry of Railways:
♦ Union Minister: Shri. Piyush Goyal.
♦ Minister of State: Shri. Manoj Sinha, Shri. Rajen Gohain.
♦ Chairman of Railway Board: Ashwani Lohani.
78th Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Agricultural Economics held in Delhi
The 3-day 78th annual conference of the Indian Society of Agricultural Economics was held in New Delhi.
It was organized by:
The Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi;
International Food Policy Research Institute, Delhi; and
Tata-Cornell Institute,Ithaca, USA.
The Institute of Economic Growth:
♦ Chairman: Mr. Tarun Das.
♦ Director: Prof. Manoj Panda.
♦ Headquarters: New Delhi.
18th Indian Ocean Rim Association Council of Ministers Meeting held in Durban, South Africa
The 18th Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers Meeting was held in Durban, South Africa.
The Theme of the IORA meeting was: “IORA: Uniting the Peoples of Africa, Asia, Australasia and the Middle East through enhanced cooperation for Peace, Stability And Sustainable Development”.
South Africa is the current chairman of the IORA organization.
The Meeting was chaired by Honourable Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, Foreign Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, and Chair of the Association.
♦ Full Form: Indian Ocean Rim Association.
♦ Headquarters: Mauritius.
♦ Established: 7 March 1997.
♦ Secretary-General: Dr. Nomvuyo N. Nokwe.
Singapore is Asia’s most sustainable city: Arcadis
Singapore has maintained its rank as number one Asian city in the Sustainability Index by engineering firm Arcadis.
♦ Capital – Singapore
♦ Currency – Singapore dollar
♦ Official languages – English, Malay, Mandarin, Tamil
♦ President – Halimah Yacob
♦ Prime Minister – Lee Hsien Loong
India ranked 12th globally in web-borne threats: Kaspersky Lab
India has ranked 12th in the world in terms of web-borne threats, according to a recent report by global cybersecurity company, Kaspersky Lab.
About Kaspersky Lab:
♦ CEO – Eugene Kaspersky
♦ Headquarters – Moscow, Russia
Banking & Finance
Banks allowed to invest in NBFC bonds to support raising money: RBI
RBI allowed banks to support bonds sold by non-banking finance/housing companies.
According to the permit, it allowed banks to provide partial credit enhancement (PCE) to bonds issued by the systemically important non-deposittaking non-banking financial companies (NBFC-ND-SIs) registered with the Reserve Bank of India and Housing Finance Companies (HFCs)registered with National Housing Bank.
♦ Founded: 1st April 1935.
♦ Headquarters: Mumbai.
♦ 24th Governor: Dr. Urjit Patel.
Simone Biles sets record by picking up 13th world championship gold medal
Simone Biles became the first ever gymnast to win 13 world championship gold medals, by winning her 13th gold medal at the world gymnastics championships in Doha, Qatar.
Ambati Rayudu retires from first-class cricket
Ambati Rayudu has retired from the long-form of cricket, including the Ranji Trophy, to focus on limited-overs cricket. Ambati Rayudu is 33 years old. He will continue to play international and domestic matches of the shorter version.
Dinkar Asthana appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Dinkar Asthana was appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Lao People’s Democratic Republic.
About Lao People’s Democratic Republic or Laos:
♦ Capital – Vientiane
♦ Currency – Kip
♦ Official language – Lao
♦ President – Bounnhang Vorachith
♦ Prime Minister – Thongloun Sisoulith
Science & Technology
Offshore patrol vessel ICGS Varaha launched from a corporate shipyard near Chennai
Indian Coast Guard has launched a new offshore patrol vessel named ICGS Varaha from a corporate shipyard near Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
About Indian Coast Guard:
♦ Director General – Rajendra Singh
♦ Headquarters – New Delhi