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1. Ravish Kumar awarded first Kuldip Nayar journalism award

Senior executive editor of NDTV India Ravish Kumar was awarded inaugural Kuldip Nayar journalism award at in recognition of his outstanding contribution in the world of Journalism. The award was set up to honour those working in vernacular media. It will be awarded every year from now on and carries a plaque along with a cash amount of Rs 1 lakh. Read more

People in News

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1. SBI’s Arundhati Bhattacharya among Fortune’s top 50 global leaders

State Bank of India (SBI) Chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya has been ranked 26th in the Fortune magazine’s World 50 Greatest Leaders list for 2017, only Indian to feature in the list this time. The list features those who are “transforming the world and inspiring others to do the same.” The list is topped by Theo Epstein, president for baseball of Chicago Cubs, followed by Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba Group. Read more

Economy News-Daily Digest: 7 Key Updates

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1. SEBI Bans Reliance, 12 Others from Equity Derivatives Market for 1 year

SEBI barred Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), the country’s second most valued firm, and 12 other entities from dealing in equity derivatives futures and options segment for a period of one year, directly or indirectly, for allegedly indulging in fraudulent trades in Reliance Petroleum in 2007. Read more

International News-Daily Digest: 3 Key Updates

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1. US Reintroduces Bill to Prevent H-1B Visa Abuse

Two US politicians have reintroduced a Bill that seeks to curb misuse of H-1B visas and prevent outsourcing of jobs to foreign shores. The Keeping American Jobs Act was introduced by Derek Kilmer (Democrat) and Doug Collins (Republican). They said the legislation will prevent companies that have temporary visas from the H-1B visa programme from using them to train workers in the country and then moving those jobs to a foreign land. A Bill to this effect was first introduced in the last Congress on February 24, 2016 under the Obama administration. Read more

National News-Daily Digest: 10 Key Updates

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1. Sports Ministry clears move to make doping a criminal offence

The Sports Ministry has cleared a proposal to make doping by athletes a criminal offence, in sync with laws that govern the usage of narcotics. The proposed legislation is aimed at punishing coaches and manufacturers, too, who in many cases have been known to supply athletes with performance-enhancing substances. Read more

World Tuberculosis Day: March 24

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The World Tuberculosis Day (WTD) is observed every year on March 24 to raise public awareness about the global epidemic of Tuberculosis (TB) and efforts to eliminate the disease. The theme of 2017 is “Unite to End TB”. This year it is second year of a two year “United to End TB” Campaign. WHO has placed special focus on uniting efforts to “Leave no one behind” including actions to address stigma, discrimination, marginalization and overcome barriers to access care. Read more

Anima Pookkunnyil and Shreya Ila Anasuya awarded at the 8th Laadli Media Awards

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The 8th Laadli Media Awards for Gender Sensitivity 2016 (Northern and Eastern Region) were announced at the Chinmaya Mission in Delhi. Anima Pookkunnyil and Shreya Ila Anasuya were awarded this year for their critical gender-sensitive reportage.
Pookkunnyil’s story was about Kamlesh Kairi’s petition to the Supreme Court against the unjust laws barring women without a minimum educational qualification from fighting Panchayat elections. Read more

Economy News-Daily Digest: 10 Key Updates

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1. Bharti Airtel ramps up 4G data with Rs 1,600-cr Tikona deal

Bharti Airtel announced the acquisition of Tikona Digital Networks’s 4G business, including Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrum and 350 sites across five circles. With the deal, which values Tikona at Rs 1,600 crore, Sunil Mittal-led Airtel is gearing up to face Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio with a stronger data offering and faster customer addition. Read more

National News-Daily Digest: 7 Key Updates

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1. PMO steps in to resolve steel companies’ bad debt woes

With banks reluctant to take any action on the debt recast plans of top steel companies, the government is stepping in to sort out the issues. The project monitoring group of the Prime Minister’s Office, along with the finance ministry, was working on a fresh package for top steel companies and also for the top 40 accounts that were under stress due to various external reasons such as the cancellation of licences. Read more

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