·This year marks the 50th
anniversary of the 1968 International Conference on Human Rights, where family
planning was, for the first time, globally affirmed to be a human right.
Youth Skills Day - 15 July
·Theme – “Youth Skills for Sustainability
Mandela International Day - 18 July
·Nelson Mandela International Day 2018
marks 100 years since the birth of
Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918).
·The Nelson Mandela Foundation is
dedicating this year's Mandela Day to ActionAgainst Poverty, honouring Nelson
Mandela's leadership and devotion to fighting poverty and promoting social
justice for all.
Sets Noise Standards for Airports across India
·The Union environment ministry has
issued a notification setting noise standards for all airports across the
country. The limits, however, exclude defence aircrafts, and those that are
landing and taking-off.
signs MoU with Rajasthan govt for digital training
·Microsoft signed an MoU with the
Rajasthan government to provide free digital training to 9,500 college students
in one year.
Satyarup Siddhanta scales world's highest volcano
Siddhanta has become the 2nd
Indian mountaineer after Malli Mastan Babu to climb Mt Ojos del Salado, the highest
active volcano in the world.
·Satyarup is also set to be the 1st Indian to climb Mt Sidley, the highest volcano of
climbs 24 spots in global innovation ranking since Modi’s arrival in 2014-15
·In a boost to Modi government, India
jumped three places to reach 57th
spot on the Global Innovation Index (GII)
retained its number-one spot in the index.
·Rounding out the GII 2018 top 10 are:
the Netherlands, Sweden, the UK, Singapore, the US, Finland, Denmark, Germany
and Ireland. China’s ranks at number 17th on the list.
·The Global Innovation Index (GII)
rankings, published annually by Cornell University, INSEAD and the UN World
Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)
and GII Knowledge Partners.
·India ranked 105thon IT access
and 110thon IT use.
Pradesh tops states’ ease of doing business ranking
Pradesh topped the ranking of states in the central
government’s ease of doing business survey.
beat France to become 6th largest economy: World Bank Report
·India is now the world's sixth-biggest economy, having muscled
past France, which was pushed to the
·The top 5 the world's biggest economies
are US, China, JapanGermany and Britain.
ever ‘India Tourism Mart’ to be hosted in New Delhi
·The Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism,
K. J. Alphons announced that the Tourism Ministry in partnership with theFederation of Associations inIndianTourism andHospitality(FAITH)and with the support of State /UT
Governmentswill organizethe ‘first ever’ IndiaTourismMart (ITM)atVigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
becomes newest shareholder of EBRD
·India is now the 69th shareholder of the European Bank for Reconstruction
and Development (EBRD), paving the
way for more joint investment with Indian companies across the bank's regions
·The EBRD is a multilateral development
bank set up in 1991 to promote
private and entrepreneurial initiative in emerging Europe.
neutrality gets the okay from Telecom Commission
·In a move that will ensure open and free
Internet in India, the government has approved the principle of Net neutrality.
This means that telecom and Internet service providers must treat all data on
the Internet equally, and not discriminate or charge differently by user,
content, site, platform, or application.
Ambani pips Alibaba's Jack Ma to become Asia's richest person
·Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries
has broken three records – (a) his
company initially entered the $100-billion market cap club.
breached the Rs 7-lakh crore market valuation.
richest man Mukesh Ambani has replaced Chinese giant Alibaba Group's
founder Jack Ma to become Asia's
launches its 1st consolidated bridge management system
·Days after a bridge in Mumbai collapsed
on a railway track, the railways launched its first consolidated Bridge
Management System (IR-BMS), a
web-enabled IT application to store data on its 1.5 lakh bridges.
becomes regional head of Asia Pacific at WCO
has become the vice-chair (regional head) of the Asia Pacific region of the
World Customs Organisation (WCO) for a period of 2 years till June 2020.
·WCO represents 182 customs
administrations across the globe that collectively process approximately 98% of
paise/litre: Bihar set to get cheapest drinking water in world
·An innovative cost-effective drinking
water project in Bihar promises to lower the price of one-litre bottle to 50
paise – cheapest in the world.
Haryana schools, ‘I’m not afraid of English’ drive on
·For children studying in government
primary schools, the Haryana School Education Department has launched an “I am
not afraid of English” initiative which is aimed at introducing English right
from Class 1.
Pakistan to be part of anti-terror SCO drill in Russia
·Militaries of India and Pakistan will be
part of a mega anti-terror drill in Russia next month which is being organised
by the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) with an aim to expand cooperation
among the member countries to deal with terrorism
·The exercise will be joined by all SCO
member countries including Russia,
China, KyrgyzRepublic, Kazakhstan,
Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
military exercise with India and Pakistan together.
of Houston signs MoU with IIPE
·The University of Houston has signed a
MoU with the Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy (IIPE) to build
scientific and technical knowledge through joint research.
yoga champion named ‘British Indian of the Year’
·An eight-year-old Indian-origin
schoolboy who is the under-11 UK national yoga champion has been named the
British Indian of the Year for his achievements in the field.
Survekshan Grameen 2018launched
·The Ministry of Drinking Water and
Sanitation launches the Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2018 (SSG 2018) in the
top state in per capita revenue collection under GST: Min
·Haryana has topped other states in per
capita revenue collection under GST, and is also the 4th highest
generator of e-way bills in the country.
lifts ban on photography at protected monuments
·Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) lifts ban on photography at
land-based communication link between Pakistan and China open
·An optical fibre cable project that
would be the first land-based communication link between China and Pakistan has
becomes the VC of the Asia Pacific Region of WCO
·India has become the Vice-Chair
(Regional Head) of the Asia Pacific Region of World Customs Organisation (WCO)
for a period of two years.
·WCO represents 182 Customs
administrations across the globe that collectively process approximately 98% of
·WCO is the only international
organization with competence in Customs matters and can rightly call itself the
voice of the international Customs community.
signs MoU with Saab for surveillance radar
·Defence public sector undertaking BEL
has signed a MoU with Saab, Sweden, recently for jointly marketing the L-Band
3D Air Surveillance Radar, RAWL-03, co-developed by BEL and Saab.
·IIT Madras has launched “world’s first”
remotely operable microscope that would enable a precise atom-by-atom view of a
·The Local Electrode Atom Probe (LEAP) was developed in a collaborative
exercise involving eight top research institutions headed by IIT Madras.
to host country’s 1st Defence incubator
·One of the country’s first Defence
incubators will come up in Hyderabad,
which is India’s missile development centre and fast emerging the hub for
·T-Hub is the largest Incubation facility
in the country.
clears Assam Bill against witch-hunt
·President Ram Nath Kovind’s assent to
the Bill against witch-hunting that the Assam Assembly passed three years ago
has rejuvenated the campaign of a barely literate 65-year-old woman against
superstition that has claimed scores of lives.
ranked 109th in mobile internet speed, 76th fastest for
·The popular internet speed testing
service Ookla has released its November edition of the Speedtest Global Index,
ranking average internet speeds in different countries, on mobile and home
·At present, Norway has the fastest mobile networks in the world with an average
speed of 62.66Mbps, while Netherlands
(53.01Mbps) is 2nd.
Vohra e-inaugurates J&K Bank’s 1st women branch
·This was stated by First Lady of
J&K, Usha Vohra at the SKICC Auditorium after e-inaugurating the J&K
Bank’s first all-women business unit, Jawahar Nagar.
ranked 3rd among world's best cities for 2nd successive
·The city of Udaipur has once again in
2018 been ranked among the World's Best Cities.
the heritage-city built by the Maharanas of Mewar in the 16th
century, is on the 3rd place among the 15 of the world's best cities
by Travel + Leisure.
Railway’s Elphinstone station renamed to Prabhadevi
·The decision to change the name of
suburban Elphinstone station on the Western Railway to Prabhadevi.
·The station code for Prabhadevi will be
Approves MOU amongst BRICS Nations on RAPC
·The Union Cabinet chaired by the P.M
Modi has approved the signing of MoU amongst BRICS Nations on the Regional
Aviation Partnership Cooperation (RAPC) viz. Brazil, Russia, India, China and SouthAfrica.
joins International Solar Alliance
·Myanmar joined the India-initiated
International Solar Alliance (ISA), becoming the 68th member of the
grouping that is aiming at optimum utilisation of solar energy.
CM Raman Singh launches online pension system
·Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr. Raman
Singh launched an online portal and mobile app called 'Aabhaar-Aapki seva ka'
by the online pension management system for the pensioners of the state.
Sabha passes amendments to anti-corruption law
·In a move aimed at providing relief to
bankers and helping them take business decisions without fear, the Rajya Sabha
passed the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act, 2013.
·According to the amendments, a police
officer will now have to take prior permission from appropriate authorities
while pursuing cases. Further, bankers cannot be pulled under the corruption
law unless they have accumulated assets disproportionate to their.
Round Table Conference on “Data for New India’’
·The Ministry of Statistics
&Programme Implementation (MoSPI) is organising a two-day International
Round Table Conference at New Delhi.
·The objective of the Round Table
Conference is to identify innovative ideas for improving the statistical system
in India, taking cue from the best practices followed in advanced countries
like Canada, UK and Australia.
World Sanskrit Conference in Vancouver, Canada
·Human Resource Development Minister
Prakash Javadekar inaugurated the 17th World Sanskrit Conference to
be held at Vancouver, Canada.
largest mobile manufacturing plant” in Noida
·P.M Modi and President of the Republic
of Korea Moon Jae-in inaugurated Samsung’s
mobile manufacturing plant, touted as the biggestin the world, in Noida.
Releases 2018 List of America's Richest Self-Made Women
Hendricks, cofounder and chairman of ABC Supply, the nation’s
largest roofing distributor, reclaims the top spot on this year’s list of
America’s most successful women entrepreneurs, with a net worth of $4.9 billion.
Ilitch, worth $4.3 billion, falls to the No. 2 spot.
·Epic Systems’ Judy Faulkner climbs three spots to No. 3, with a net worth of $3.5 billion. Rounding out the top five are MegWhitman (No. 4, $3.3 billion) and JohnelleHunt (No. 5,
UK sign MoU on exchange of experience by legal experts
·India and the United Kingdom signed an
agreement on exchange of experience by legal professionals and government
functionaries for resolution of disputes before various courts and tribunals.
High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation
·United Nations Secretary-General Antonio
Guterres announced the launch of a High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation.
100 List of The World's Highest-Paid Entertainers: Forbes
Mayweather ($275 mil in pretax annual earnings), captures the
top spot on Forbes’ 20th annual Celebrity 100 ranking of the world’s
Clooney ($239 mil) is in the No. 2 spot after British
liquor giant Diageo purchased Casamigos, the tequila company Clooney cofounded.
Jenner ($166.5 mil) returns to the list at No. 3, a
significant jump from the 2017 newcomer’s spot at No. 59, followed by Judge
Judy Sheindlin ($147 mil) at No. 4. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, earning $124
million, rounds out the top five.
tops global ranking of nations soft power
has topped an annual global ranking of nations' soft power, with France placed 2nd on the list of 30 countries which does not feature
Rowling's next book Lethal White to release
·JK Rowling will come out with the 4th
novel in the series about the exploits of private investigator Cormoran Strike
on 18 September under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
US to hold first ‘2+2 dialogue’ on Sept 6: U.S State Dept
·The inaugural ‘two-plus-two dialogue’
between India and the US will be held on September 6 in New Delhi.
·Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis would travel to India for the dialogue.
BRICS Health Ministers’Meeting at Durban
·The 8th BRICS Health
Ministers’ Meeting was held at Durban, South Africa.
·Indian deligation was led by Mr J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and
·BRICS is made up of, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
·The 1st BRIC Summit was held
in June 2009 in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
BIMSTEC Summit in Kathmandu
is the current Chair of the BIMSTEC.
·The Bay of Bengal Initiative for
Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) has as members
seven nations of South Asia and Southeast Asia -- Bangladesh, India, Myanmar,
Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan, and Nepal.
BANKING, BUSINESS & ECONOMY
cancels licence of Alwar Urban Co-operative Bank
·The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said the
licence of Alwar Urban Co-operative Bank in Alwar, Rajasthan has been cancelled
as it is not in a position to pay its depositors in full as and when their claims
accrue, among other reasons.
approves USD 503 mln lining project of the Son canal in Bihar
·The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has
approved $503-million lining project
of the Son canal in Shahabad-Bhojpur
region of Bihar which would benefit the agriculture sector immensely in the
on Defence Salary Package signed between Indian Army and SBI
·A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was
signed between the Indian Army and SBI on the Defence Salary Package.
directs banks to put purchaser’s name on demand drafts
·In order to address the concerns arising
out of the anonymity and to prevent money laundering, the Reserve Bank has now
made it compulsory to incorporate the purchaser’s name on the face of demand
draft, pay order, banker’s cheques and other instruments.
·This directive will come into effect
from 15th of September this year.
board approves acquisition of up to 51% stake in IDBI Bank
·The board of Life Insurance Corporation
of India approved the acquisition of up to 51% stake in debt-ridden IDBI Bank.
and Nabard tie-up for credit in Telangana
·State Bank of India and National Bank
for Agriculture and Rural Development have joined hands to provide
collateral-free credit through Joint Liability Groups in Telangana.
cuts India growth forecast for 2018 by a notch to 7.3%
·The International Monetary Fund (IMF)
projected a growth rate of 7.3% in
2018 and 7.5% in 2019 for India as against 6.7% in 2017, making it the fastest
growing country among major economies.
AND Google joined hands to monitor impact of Human activity on ecosystem
·UN Environment Programme and the search
engine giant Google have entered into a partnership to monitor the impact of
human activities on how it affects the global ecosystem. The activity will be
monitored through the use of sophisticated online tools.
and Walmart team up to take on Amazon
·Microsoft and Walmart are teaming up for
a strategic partnership that will take on rival Amazon in both technology and
fastest growing economy in Asia : ADB
·Led by India, South Asia will continue
to be the fastest growing economic area.
to issue new Rs 100 note with special Gujarat connection
·After giving Rs 500, Rs 50 denomination
notes a makeover, the Reserve Bank of India has come up with an all-new Rs 100
·The hundred rupee note will come in
lavender colour and bear a motif of “RANI
KI VAV” on the reverse, depicting the country's cultural heritage.
·The colour of the thread in the new 100
rupee note changes from green to blue
when the note is tilted. It also bears Swachh Bharat logo with slogan on the
·Rani Ki Vav is an intricately
constructed stepwell situated in the town of Patan in Gujarat. It is located on
the banks of Saraswati River.
·The dimension of the banknote will be 66 mm and 142 mm.
award for Repco Micro Finance
a non-banking finance company promoted by Repco Bank, received Nabard 2018
award for its service to self-help group (SHG) linkage in Tamil Nadu for the
fiscal year 2017-18.
to issue new 100 banknote
·The Reserve Bank of India, said it will
shortly issue ₹100 denomination banknotes with lavender as the base colour in the Mahatma Gandhi (New) series.
·The new denomination has the motif of ‘Rani Ki Vav’ (the queen’s stepwell
located at Patan, Gujarat) on the
reverse, depicting the country’s cultural heritage.
·The dimension of the banknote will be 66 mm×142 mm.
stock market value hits $900 billion, threatens Apple
stock market value reached $900 billion for the first time, marking a major
milestone in its 21-year trajectory as a publicly listed company and
threatening to dislodge Apple as Wall Street's most valuable jewel.
slaps record $5 billion fine on Google over Android antitrust case
·Google was fined 4.3 billion euros($5
billion) by the European Union and ordered to change the way it puts search
and web browser apps on Android mobile devices, setting a global record for
Ministry approves Rs 11,336 crore capital infusion in 5 PSU Banks
·The finance ministry approved infusion
of Rs 11,336 crore in five
state-owned lenders including PNB, Corporation Bank and Andhra
Bank to help them meet regulatory capital requirement.
Lady e-inaugurates All Women Branch of J&K Bank
·First Lady Usha Vohra e-inaugurated the
first “All Women Branch of J&K Bank” at a function organised at the SKICC.
Foundation, Bangalore Metro sign MoU for constructing
·Infosys Foundation, the philanthropic
arm of IT major, Infosys, signed a MoU with the Bangalore Metro Rail
Corporation Limited (BMRCL) for the construction of a station at Konappana
Agrahara in Electronics City.
Hotstar join hands for ad platform
·India’s largest online retailer Flipkart
has forged an alliance with video streaming service Hotstar and launched a
video advertisement platform—part of a broader strategy to generate more
revenue from the booming video advertising business.
·The new platform, Shopper Audience
Network, will allow brands to target consumers through personalized video ads
to Launch Its Own Internet Satellite In 2019
·As part of its plan to connect billions
of people who are still offline, Facebook is working on launching Athena, its own Internet satellite,
early in 2019.
Sandeep Sancheti takes charge as President of AIU
Sancheti, Vice Chancellor of SRM Institute of Science and Technology
(SRMIST) has assumed charge as the 97th President of the Association
of Indian Universities (AIU), New
Hunt named UK’s new Foreign Secretary
has been appointed the new British foreign secretary, following Boris Johnson's
resignation over Theresa May's Brexit plans.
MD & CEO of Dhanlaxmi Bank
·Dhanlaxmi Bank Limited has appointed T Latha as the Managing Director &
CEO. She has taken over from G Sreeram.
women's coach Tushar Arothe resigns
·Less than five months before the Women's
World T20, TusharArothe has stepped down as the head
coach of the Indian women's team, soon after reports of discord within the team
had surfaced after their Asia Cup loss.
and President of ICWA appoints Director General of ICWA
·The Vice President of India and the
President of ICWA, M. Venkaiah Naidu has appointed Dr. T.C.A. Raghavan as the Director General, ex officio
Member-Secretary of the Council, ICWA.
Governor gets additional charge of Himachal
·Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki was given the additional charge of Himachal
Pradesh by President Ram Nath Kovind.
Bhushan officially named as India's Chef de Mission for Asian Games
·Wrestling Federation of India (WFI)
President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh
has been appointed Chef de Mission (CDM) for the upcoming 18th Asian
Games in Jakarta-Palembang.
Das to be Assam sports ambassador, confirms CM
·Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal
has confirmed that Indian AthleteHimaDas will be named as the first sports ambassador of the state after
Hima Das recently became the first Indian woman to win gold at IAAF World U-20
renews appointment of Prof Sahasrabudhe as AICTE chairman
·The central government has renewed the
appointment of Prof D Sahasrabudhe as the chairman of the All India Council for
Technical Education (AICTE).
·He was appointed to the top post of the
country's technical education regulator in July 2015.
Ondaatje's 'The English Patient' voted best-ever Man Booker Prize winner in 50
Ondaatje's 'The English Patient' was named the greatest-ever
winner of the Man Booker Prize at an event celebrating five decades of the
prestigious literary award.
·The Canadian writer's tale of love and
conflict during World War II was awarded the Golden Man Booker Prize for
fiction after winning a public vote.
Now-ICICI Bank Awards: Prem Watsa named ‘NRI of the Year’
Watsa, founder of Fairfax Financial Holdings, was
conferred the Special Jury ‘NRI of the Year Award’ at the fifth
edition of Times NOW & ICICI Bank NRI of the Year Awards 2018.
·Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri was presented with the ‘Global
experts get Oxford awards for arsenic poisoning research in Ganga-Brahmaputra
·A team comprising experts from the Indian
Institute of Technology-Kharagpur and the University of Oxford has been
selected for an award for exceptional research-led innovation to mitigate
arsenic poisoning in the Ganga-Brahmaputra delta in north and northeast India.
to lead Indian hockey team at Asian Games 2018
·Indian goalkeeper PR Sreejesh will lead
the 18-member Indian men's hockey squad in the 18th Asian Games, which is
slated to begin in Jakartaand Palembang from August 18.
Karmakar clinches gold medal at Gymnastics World Cup
·India's premier gymnastDipa Karmakar clinched a gold medal in
the vault event of FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup at Mersin in
lifter bags bronze medal in junior world championships
·Indian lifter Jhilli Dalabehera bagged the bronze medal in the 2018 IWF Junior
World Weightlifting Championships at Tashkent.
·She is the 2nd woman lifter
after Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (in 2013) to win a medal in the Junior World
universities granted ‘Institute of Eminence’ status
·In a bid to improve the rankings of the
Indian institutes globally, the Human Resource Development Ministry announced
the name of six universities which have been selected for the Institute of
Institute by Reliance Foundation
Academy of Higher Education
bag 4 medals at Asian Archery, finish 3rd
·India bagged three silver medals and a
bronze to finish joint third with Iran in the Asia Cup World Ranking Tournament
Stage 3 in Taipei.
topped the tally with eight gold, three silver and as many bronze followed by
hosts Taipei (2-1-2).
Das Creates History! Bags Gold at IAAF U20 World Championship
·Hailing from Assam’s Nagaon distrist, Hima Das finished on top of the podium
in the women’s 400m event at the
IAAF World U20 Championship, clocking 51.46 seconds.
·She has become the first Indian woman to
win an international gold in athletics.
Men's Hockey Team Included in Target Olympic Podium Scheme
·In a departure from the norm, the
Mission Olympic Cell included the entire Indian hockey team in the TOP (Target
Olympic Podium) scheme, rewarding the players for their silver medal-winning
performance at the Champions Trophy.
FIFA World Cup 2018 : HIGHLIGHTS
·21st edition of FIFA world
cup final concluded in – Luzhniki
stadium in Russia
·Winner of FIFA 2018 – France
·Official mascot of FIFA – Zabivaka
·Official song of the tournament with
vocals from Will Smith, Nicky Jam and Era istrefi – “Live it up”
·Prize money of FIFA world cup -38million
·Top Scorer (Golden Boot) - Harry Kane (England)
·Golden Ball award for FIFA’s Best Player
- Luka Modric (Croatia)
·Fair Play award for being the ost
disciplined team in FIFA -Spain
·2022 FIFA world cup will be held in – Qatar
·The 2018 Wimbledon Championships was the
132nd edition of the tournament and is to be held at All England
Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London.
Junior Wushu Championships
·The Indian team won four silver and five
bronze medals in the 7th World Junior Wushu Championships.
Kerber beats Serena Williams to win maiden Wimbledon crown
·Angelique Kerber ripped up the script
when she stunned Serena Williams to win her first Wimbledon title.
Phogat wins gold at Spanish Grand Prix
·Wrestler Vinesh Phogat won gold at the Spanish Grand Prix in Madrid,
conceding just one point in five bouts en route to the title victory in the
women's 50kgfreestylecategory. The
23-year-old outclassed Canada's Natasha
Fox 10-0 in the final.
German Grand Prix
·Marc Marquez clinched an incredible
ninth German Grand Prix victory across all classes to strengthen his claim as
the ‘Sachsen-King’ with a dominant display at what is likely to be the final
MotoGP race at the Sachsenring, taking a major step towards a fourth consecutive
world championship in the process with his fifth win of the season.
Chopra wins javelin Gold at Sotteville Athletics Meet
·Neeraj Chopra, India's javelin star,
struck Gold in the Meeting International de Sotteville-les-Rouen in France.
adds 7 medal events to 2022 Beijing Winter Games
·Planning for its next three Olympic
Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has added seven medal events
to the 2022 Beijing Winter Games, published a 2020 Tokyo Olympics schedule.
·IOC sports director Kit McConnell.
joins Liverpool as world's most expensive goalie
·Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper when he joined Liverpool from Roma.
van Dijk became the world’s most expensive defender when he joined Liverpool from Southampton.
Becomes Youngest Indian Golfer to Make Cut in Any Major
·Shubhankar Sharma became the youngest
Indian golfer to make the cut in any Major, while Anirban Lahiri failed to
progress at The 147th Open Championships in Carnoustie.
discover the world’s oldest colours
·Scientists have discovered the oldest
colours in the geological record — 1.1 billion-year-old bright pink pigments
extracted from rocks deep beneath the Sahara desert in Africa.
leader Dada J. P. Vaswani
·Noted spiritual leader and educationist
Dada J.P. Vaswani — the moral force behind the Sadhu Vaswani Mission and a
tireless promoter of vegetarianism and animal rights — passed away aged 99.
actor Rita Bhaduri
·Veteran actress Rita Bhaduri, who worked
extensively in films and television shows, including the ongoing "Nimki
·income or have misappropriated assets
entrusted to them.
Hindi poet, Padma Bhushan Gopal Das Neeraj
·It is a dark day for the Hindi literary
world as the doyen of Hindi poetry, Gopal Das Neeraj, passed away.
·Awards: He was awarded Padma Shri in
1991 and Padma Bhushan in 2007.