Current Affairs and News Update 2nd September 2015

Current Affairs and News Update 2nd September 2015

1. Union Government releases Rs 2,000 crore for Employees’ Pension Scheme

Pension Scheme - News Update 2nd September

Pension Scheme – News Update 2nd September

Union Government has released 2,000 crore rupees to Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS), 1995 as its contribution for the year 2015-16. This contribution is in addition to the 250 crore rupees contributed by the government as grant-in-aid in the EPS in order to provide minimum pension of 1,000 rupees to pensioners under the scheme. The contribution of Union government has been calculated at a rate of 1.16 per cent of the monthly wages of the members contributing to the scheme. In September 2015, Government had assured EPS pensioners a guaranteed minimum pension of Rs 1,000 per month. In order to meet this assurance it was necessary for the Government to infuse additional amount as grants-in- to sustain the continuance of the minimum pension. Employers contribute nearly 8.33% of the monthly wages of the scheme members. Approximately 28 lakh pensioners including five lakh widows will get benefit from this scheme. (There are total 44 lakh pensioners). Read More

2.Punjab Government wins award for achievement in rooftop solar power output

Solar Energy Corporation of India - News Update 2nd September

Solar Energy Corporation of India – News Update 2nd September

Punjab Government has won first award in the category of highest capacity addition in grid connected solar rooftop power in the country during the financial year 2014-15. It is one of 5 awards won by Punjab New and Renewable Energy Department (PNRED) for outstanding performance in the various fields of Renewable Energy and Power Generation. The other four areas in which Punjab won awards includes Highest capacity addition of off-grid waste to energy plants. Deployment of highest cumulative numbers of Solar Water Pumps. Achieving highest cumulative grid connected solar rooftop power capacity. Achieving highest capacity addition in grid connected solar power in the country. Read More

3.SC stays Rajasthan HC’s decision declaring ‘Santhara’ ritual illegal

Santhara' ritual - News Update 2nd September

Santhara’ ritual- News Update 2nd September

The Supreme Court (SC) of India has stayed Rajasthan High Court’s order declaring Santhara, a Jain ritual of voluntary and systematic fasting to death illegal. The stay order was given by SC Bench comprising Chief Justice of India H.L. Dattu and Justice Amitava Roy.

What is Santhara? Santhara is a religious custom of Jain religion that embraces voluntary death in order to purge oneself of bad ‘karma’ and attain ‘moksha’. The practitioners of this custom take an oath to stop eating until they die of starvation. This oath is taken in consultation with a guru and follows the most detailed of procedures. Background Earlier in August 2015, Rajasthan High Court had banned the practice of Santhara by declaring it as a criminal offence and mentioning it as illegal in the eyes of law. The High Court in its ruling had made this religious practice a punishable offence under section 306 (abetment of suicide) and Section 309 (attempt to commit suicide) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Constitutional Validity Article 25: The Rajasthan High Court in its ruling had mentioned that as per Article 25, religious liberty and freedom is only limited to the scope of essential religious practices of particular religion. Read More Read more

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9 Key Current Affairs and News Update 1st September 2015

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9 Key Current Affairs & News Update 1st September 2015

1. Union Government identifies 305 cities for implementing ‘Housing for All’ scheme

Housing for All- News Updates 1st September

Housing for All- News Updates 1st September

Union Government has identified 305 cities and towns across 9 states for implementation of its flagship ‘Housing for All’ scheme. 305 cities were identified by Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) for beginning of construction of houses for the urban poor under the scheme. In this regard, HUPA Ministry will provide assistance of over 2 lakh crore rupees over the next six years for construction of houses to enable two crore urban poor own their own houses. Selected cities and towns are in these states: Chhattisgarh (36 cities and towns), Gujarat (30), Jammu and Kashmir (19), Jharkhand (15), Kerala (15), Madhya Pradesh (74), Odisha (42), Rajasthan (40) and Telangana (34). Read More

2. US extends anti-dumping duty on Indian preserved mushrooms for 5 years

Mushrooms - News Updates 1st September

Mushrooms – News Updates 1st September

United States (US) has extended the anti-dumping duty on Indian preserved mushrooms for another five years. This decision to revoke existing anti-dumping duty orders on preserved mushrooms was taken by US International Trade Commission on cheap imports Chile, China, India and Indonesia. The move will have a negative impact on India’s domestic exporters as US is a major export destination. What is Preserved mushroom? Preserved mushroom refer to mushrooms prepared or preserved by blanching, cleaning and sometimes slicing and cutting. Read More

3. Senior Kannada writer Dr.M. M. Kalburgi passes away

Dr.M. M. Kalburgi - News Updates 1st September

Dr.M. M. Kalburgi – News Updates 1st September

Senior Kannada writer Dr. Malleshappa Madivalappa Kalburgi passed away in Dharwad, Karnataka. He was 77. Dr. Kalburgi died after he was shot dead by unidentified persons in his residence in Dharwad. He was scholar of Vachana sahitya (Vachana literature), Kannada epigraphist and academician who had served as the Vice-Chancellor of Kannada University in Hampi. About Malleshappa Madivalappa Kalburgi M. M. Kalburgi was born 1938 in Yaragal (now in Karnataka) in then Bombay Presidency. Read More

4. India pitches for anti-terror treaty, UNSC reforms

India has strongly pitched for finalisation of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) and UN Security Council (UNSC) reforms. On behalf of India, these issues were stressed by Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during her meeting with the President-elect of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Mogens Lykketoft who is on official two-day visit to India. India’s demand Urgent reforms in UNSC to reflect present day world realities in order to reflect current geopolitical realities and increasing role of developing nations. Early finalisation of the CCIT (a treaty proposed by India in 1996) in order to make it binding for countries to ban terrorists, deny funds and safe haven to them. Read More

5. Union Government launches SAHAJ scheme for online release of new LPG connections

Union Government has launched SAHAJ scheme for online release of new LPG connections for the consumers as parts of its consumer friendly initiative. It was launched by Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan at a function held in New Delhi. Key facts Under the scheme, people can apply online for new LPG connection and they need not visit to the LPG distributors for it. SAHAJ facility will enable the customers to post online request for a new connection by filing Know Your Customer (KYC) form by uploading bank account details and photographs. Read More

6. Indian Bank launches IndPay mobile app service

State-owned financial services lender Indian Bank has launched IndPay mobile app service to enables its customers to operate bank accounts anytime from anywhere. It was formally unveiled by the Indian Bank MD and CEO M K Jain Key features of IndPay app Aims at helping bank’s customers to access their bank accounts from any corner of the country. It can be operated through smartphones compatible with Android, iOS and Windows mobile operating systems. Read More

7. Ethiopia’s Mare Dibaba wins women’s marathon at World Athletics Championships

Ethiopia’s Mare Dibaba has won the gold medal in the women’s marathon event at the World Athletics Championships 2015 held in Beijing, China. She won the women’s marathon by finishing it in two hours, 27 minutes and 35 seconds. Kenya’s Helah Kiprop (2:27:36) won the silver medal and Eunice Kirwa (2:27:39) of Bahrain won bronze medal in this event. With this victory, Dibaba became first Ethiopian female to win the marathon event at the world championships. Women’s world 4×400 metres relay Jamaica has won the gold medal in the women’s world 4×400 metres relay event of World Athletics Championships 2015. Read More

8. India’s Anil wins gold medal in Cadet Wrestling World Championships

Indian wrestler Anil has clinched gold medal in Cadet Wrestling World Championships in the 50 kg freestyle competitions. In the final match played at Sarajevo, Bosnia he defeated Erfan Aeini of Iran by 10-6 score. Earlier, Anil had defeated Tumentsogt Bold of Mongolia in the semi-final bout and Ertugrul Kahveci of Turkey in quarter-final bout. It was second medal for India in this championship. Earlier female grappler Ankus had won silver medal in the 38 kg women freestyle competitions. Read More

9. Indian women hockey team qualifies for 2016 Rio Olympics

Indian women’s hockey team has qualified for 2016 Rio Olympics and now joining nine other teams. It was announced by International Hockey Federation (FIH) after Great Britain’s semifinal victory over Spain and Netherlands’ win over Germany in the other semifinal in the 2015 European Championships. These victories freed one quota for 2016 Rio Olympics as both the finalists already have qualified for the Olympic Games. This qualification for Indian women’s hockey team comes after long gap of 36 years as they had featured last time in 1980 Moscow Olympics and was placed at 4th position. Read More

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Key Current Affairs & 30 August 2015 News Updates

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1. Biggest harvest festival Thiru Onam celebrated in Kerala

Onam - 30 August News Updates

Onam – 30 August News Updates

Biggest harvest festival of Thiru Onam was celebrated by Keralites across the globe. Various cultural and religious programmes were organized throughout southern state of Kerala to celebrate the Onam. The festival falls during the Malayalam month of Chingam (August- September). It is reminiscent of Kerala’s agrarian past and is considered to be a harvest festival. It is also the state festival of Kerala. Celebration Traditions The festival marks the commemoration of Vamana avatara of Lord Vishnu and the subsequent homecoming of the mythical King Maha Bali and his prosperous rule. Read More

2. NTPC sets a record in single-day power generation

 

India’s largest power generator National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Limited has achieved a record of highest single-day electricity generation of over 733 million units. The record generation of electricity on August 27, 2015 was achieved from NTPC’s 18 coal-based power plants, and 8 solar and hydro power stations and 7 gas-based units. On the record day, the Declared Cumulative Capability (DCC) of the stations was 91.10 per cent and Plant Load Factor (PLF) was of 86.34 per cent. Read More

3. Government gives nod to rename Delhi’s Aurangzeb Road as Abdul Kalam Road

 

Union Government has given its nod to rename Delhi’s famous Aurangzeb Road has been renamed after former President of

APJ Abdul Kalam - 30 August News Updates

APJ Abdul Kalam – 30 August News Updates

India APJ Abdul Kalam. It was decided by New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) to rename road as APJ Abdul Kalam Road, as the jurisdiction of the road comes under it. The decision was taken by NDMC in which is in charge of central Delhi, after it received clearance from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. It should be noted that, the road was earlier named after the Mughal emperor Abul Muzaffar Muhi-ud-Din Muhammad Aurangzeb. He had ruled much of the Indian subcontinent from 31 July 1658 to 3 March 1707. It is also said that, Aurangzeb Road is India’s richest road where property prices are the highest in India and is located in the heart of Lutyens’ bungalow zone. The road begins at the Taj Mansingh hotel near India Gate and joins Safdarjung Road near the official residence of the Indian Prime Minister.

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9 Key Current Affairs and News Update 28th August 2015

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9 Key Current Affairs & News Update 28th August 2015

1. Union Government gives nod to 6 new SEZ proposals

Union Government - News Updates 28th August

Union Government- News Updates 28th August

Union Government has approved six new proposals 6 Special Economic Zones (SEZs) proposals including four from Information Technology and IT enabled Service (ITeS) sector. This decision was taken by the Board of Approval (BoA) for SEZ (under the aegis of Union Commerce Ministry) chaired by Commerce Secretary Rita Teaotia. The approved SEZ proposals are HCL IT City Lucknow- set up IT/ITeS zones in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. Loma IT Park Developer- set up IT/ITeS zones in Mumbai, Maharashtra. North Mumbai International Commodity Township- It is proposed free trade warehousing zone in Thane, Maharashtra. Read More

2. Maharashtra government acquires Dr. B. R. Ambedkar’s London House

Dr. B. R. Ambedkar’s - News Updates 28th August

Dr. B. R. Ambedkar’s – News Updates 28th August

Maharashtra government has bought the house in London where social reformer and architect of the Indian Constitution Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar had stayed in the 1920s. State government has acquired this house in 3.1 million pound deal owing to its cultural and national importance and pride of millions of people of India. The property is three-storey house located on 10, King Henry Road, NW3 of London. B R Ambedkar had stayed in this house during his days as a student at the London School of Economics in 1920-21. State government now will convert this property into a international memorial-cum-museum and will be open to public. Read More

3. GSAT-6 communication satellite successfully placed in orbit

GSAT-6 - News Updates 28th August

GSAT-6 – News Updates 28th August

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has successfully placed communication satellite GSAT-6 into its intended geosynchronous transfer orbit. It was launched by the indigenously built Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV)-D6 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikotta. About GSAT-6 satellite GSAT-6 satellite was carrying S-Band transponders meant for strategic purposes. The satellite is having S-Band Unfurlable Antenna of 6 m diameter. This is the largest antenna ever made by ISRO for a satellite. Read More

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4 Key Current Affairs and News Update 27th August 2015

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4 Key Current Affairs & News Update 27th August 2015

1. CCEA gives nod to Differential Royalty Payment to states on crude oil production

Crude Oil - New - News Updates 27th August

Crude Oil – New – News Updates 27th August

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the proposal for payment of differential royalty in respect of 28 discovered fields to the respective State Governments concerned. These 28 discovered fields were awarded by the Union Government to different companies in states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Gujarat during the years 1994-95, 2001 and 2004. The royalty payment will be through budgetary allocation from the year 2015-16 onwards instead of Oil Industry Development Board (OIDB) fund. Financial Implication: The estimated expenditure for the year 2015-16 based on this payment mechanism has been estimated at 56 crore rupees of which 30 crore rupees for Arunachal Pradesh and 26 crore rupees for Gujarat. This expenditure is calculated assuming average crude oil price of 50 US dollars per barrel and one US dollar being equivalent to 60 rupees. Read More

2. Union Cabinet gives nod to amend Arbitration and Conciliation Bill, 2015

Union Cabinet - News Updates 27th August

Union Cabinet – News Updates 27th August

Union Cabinet has given its nod for amendments to the Arbitration and Conciliation Bill, 2015. These amendments seek to make of commercial disputes more user-friendly and cost effective which in turn will lead to expeditious disposal of cases. Key Provisions of Bill Mandatory for arbitrators to settle disputes within 12 months. This period can be extended by 6 months only by a court on sufficient cause. Cut the fees of arbitrators if the court finds that the delay has been caused due to arbitrators. Rewarding arbitrators with extra fees in case the matter is disposed of within 6 months and the parties agree to pay more. Read More

3. Cabinet gives nod to include Sipai, Patni, Jamat Kahar and Tanwar Singhariya in the OBC list

Union Cabinet - News Updates 27th August

Union Cabinet – News Updates 27th August

Union Cabinet gave its nod to amend the Central List of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) for Gujarat and Uttarakhand for inclusion of Sipai and Patni Jamat or Turk Jamat (all Muslims) from Gujarat and Kahar, Tanwar Singhariya from Uttarakhand in the list. Decision to make suitable amendments in the Central List of OBCs was taken Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Ministeri Narendra Modi based on advice from the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC). This inclusion will enable the persons belonging to these communities/castes to avail the benefits of reservation in Government services as well as in Central Educational Institutions as per the existing reservation policy. It will also make them eligible to get benefited by various Union Government welfare schemes, scholarships etc, which are presently available to persons belonging to the OBCs mentioned in the list. Read More

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6 Key Current Affairs and News Update 26th August 2015

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6 Key Current Affairs & News Update 26th August 2015

1. PM inaugurates birth centenary celebrations of Rani Gaidinliu

Rani Gaidinliu - News Updates 26th August

Rani Gaidinliu – News Updates 26th August

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 24 August 2015 inaugurated birth centenary celebrations of freedom fighter Rani Gaidinliu. On this occasion he launched commemorative coin of 100 rupees and circulation coin of 5 rupees of Rani Gaidinliu to mark her birth centenary celebrations. About Rani Gaidinliu Rani Gaidinliu was a Naga political and spiritual leader who had led a revolt against British colonial rule in India. Her political struggle in present North east India was based on Gandhian principles of Satyagraha, non-violence, self-reliance. She also had played an important role in India’s wider freedom movement by spreading the message of Gandhi ji in Manipur region. Read More

2. Hindu population declined, Muslims increased: 2011 census

Population - News Updates 26th August

Population – News Updates 26th August

As per recently released 2011 census data on religion, the proportion Muslim population in India has increased by 0.8 per cent and Hindu population has declined by 0.7 per cent. This religion based data during 2001-2011 was released by the Registrar General and Census Commissioner. Key facts Population Composition: The total population of India was 121.09 crore population of which 96.63 crores are Hindus, 17.22 crores are Muslims, 2.78 crore are Christians. Sikhs constitutes 2.08 crore, Buddhist 84 lakh, Jains 45 lakh and other religions and persuasions 79 lakh. Read More

3. India, Australia ink MoU on Cooperation in the Fields of Education, Training and Research

India, Australia - News Updates 26th August

India, Australia – News Updates 26th August

India and Australia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the fields of education, research and training. The MoU was signed by Union Minister of Human Resource Development (HRD) Smriti Irani and her counterpart Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education and Training of Australia. It was signed after the 3rd meeting of the Australia-India Education Council (AIEC) which was held in New Delhi. The MoU seeks to intensify existing partnerships between both countries in higher education & research, including professional and technical education, vocational education, schools and training. It also seeks to open up new and innovative areas of cooperation. Read More

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5 Key Current Affairs and News Update 25th August 2015

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5 Key Current Affairs & News Update 25th August 2015

1. Amol Palekar appointed as Chairman of India’s Oscar jury

Amol Palekar - News Updates 25th August

Amol Palekar – News Updates 25th August

Veteran actor and director Amol Palekar has been appointed as the Chairman of India’s Oscar jury by Mumbai based Film Federation of India (FFI). He will head the 17-member jury panel which will select the Indian films official entry in the best foreign film category of the 88th Academy Awards which will be held in Los Angeles in February 2015. About Amol Palekar Palekar is best known for portraying the middle-class Indian in a string of films such as Rajnigandha, Gol Maal, Chitchor, Ek Chhoti Si Baat and Gharaunda in the 1970s. After 1986, he had stopped his acting career in in order to concentrate on filmmaking. Read More

2. South, North Korea reach agreement to defuse crisis

South, North Korea - News Updates 25th August

South, North Korea – News Updates 25th August

South and North Korea have reached an agreement to defuse a crisis that had pushed the two rivals to the brink of armed conflict recently. In this regard both nations have issued a joint statement which includes series of measures. Key facts North Korea has expressed regret and publicly apologised over mine blasts which had occurred earlier in August 2015 in demilitarized zone between both countries. The mine had seriously injured two South Korean soldiers on border patrol. In retaliation for the mine blasts, South Korea had resumed loudspeaker propaganda broadcasts into North Korea. Read More

3. UNFCCC, MSSRF to work for conservation of coastal resources in Andhra Pradesh

UNFCCC - News Updates 25th August

UNFCCC – News Updates 25th August

UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Chennai based M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) have agreed to work together for the conservation and adaptation initiative of coastal resources in Andhra Pradesh. In this regard, UNFCCC has sanctioned 3.8 crore rupees through an adaptation fund for the implementation of potential adaptation strategy of MSSRF in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh. Key facts The objective of the adaptation initiative is to overcome the consequences of sea level rise and seawater inundation following cyclones. UNFCCC will release this adaptation fund through the state owned National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD). Read More

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5 Key Current Affairs and News Update 24th August 2015

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5 Key Current Affairs & News Update 24th August 2015

1.Roger Federer wins seventh Cincinnati Masters title of Tennis

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World number two, Roger Federer from Switzerland has won the Cincinnati Masters title for record seventh time in men’s singles title category. In the final match played at Ohio near Cincinnati, US he defeated world number one, Novak Djokovic by 7–6, 7-1 and 6–3 score. Earlier, Roger Federer had won this title in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2014. Read More

2. Gujarat to become 1st state to launch ‘Agro-Solar Policy’

Gujarat is set to become the first state in India to launch ‘Agro-Solar solar-enery_647_081715100817Policy’ to encourage the farmers to tap the solar energy. The new policy seeks to encourage the farmers in the state to tap free solar energy from sun, which will in turn help them to earn additional income from power generation companies. Read More

3.Bandhan, first micro finance company to start operation as a commercial bank

Bandhan Bank has become the first micro-finance company in India to start operation as full-fledged scheduled commercial bank. The bank was inaugurated fm-arun-jaitley-inaugurates-bandhan-bank-as-full-fledged-scheduled-commercial-bank
by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Kolkata, ushering in a new era in country’s banking sector to reach out to the unbanked population. Read More
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7 Key Current Affairs and News Update 22nd August 2015

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7 Key Current Affairs & News Update 22nd August 2015

1. US scientists grow replica of human brain in a laboratory

Human Brain - News Update 22nd August

Human Brain – News Update 22nd August

Scientists from United States (US) have successfully grown a replica of a human brain in a laboratory dish. This medical breakthrough research was undertaken team of researchers from Ohio State University led by Professor Rene Anand. Key facts The brain called ‘Organoid’ was created from reprogrammed skin cells. It is about the size of a pencil eraser. In order to build the replica human brain, the research team had transformed adult skin cells by altering their genes into induced pluripotent stem (IPS) cells. Read More

2. Gujarat HC stays implementation of compulsory voting Act in local polls

Voting Act - News Update 22nd August

Voting Act – News Update 22nd August

Gujarat High Court has stayed implementation of the compulsory voting in the panchayat and municipal polls under the provision of Gujarat Local Authorities Laws (Amendment) Act, 2009. Ruling in this regard was given by High Court Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Jayant Patel and Justice J.B. Pardiwala on public interest litigation (PIL) challenging the constitutional validity of the Act. Background Gujarat had become the first state in India to make voting compulsory in local polls after Governor O.P. Kohli gave assent to Gujarat Local Authorities Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2009 in November 2014. Read More

3. Chengalikodan Banana from Kerala accorded GI status

Chengalikodan Banana - News Update 22nd August

Chengalikodan Banana – News Update 22nd August

Chengalikodan banana variety from Thrissur district of Kerala has been accorded Geographical Indication (GI) status by the Chennai based Central GI registry. This banana variant is uniquely grown in Chowannur, Pazhayannur, Wadakkanchery, Puzhakkal and Ollukkara block panchayats in Thrissur district of Kerala. Chengalikodan banana is known for its unique shape, size, colour and taste. It was cultivated in erstwhile Chengazhikode from where it got its name as Chengazhikodan banana which was later changed as Chengalikodan banana. Other GI status products from Kerala Vazhakkulam pineapple, Central Travancore jaggery, Pokkali rice, Palakkadan matta rice, Wayanadan scented rice varieties Jeerakasala and Gandhakasala are other agricultural products from Kerala already having GI status. Read More

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Airports Authority of India – vacancies for Junior Executives (Air Traffic Control)

The Airports Authority of India has invited applications for the posts of Junior Executives. The details of the vacancies are as follows:

The Airports Authority of India has invited applications for the posts of Junior Executives. The details of the vacancies are as follows:

No. of vacancies: 200

Essential Qualifications: Candidates must have completed a regular full time B.Sc. with Physics/ Mathematics or B.E/ B.Tech in Electronics/ Telecommunications/ Information Technology with at least 60% marks from a recognized university or institute. Read more

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