Wednesday, March 11, 2015

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David Warner makes 178 runs against Afghanistan
Sport > Cricket > 5 March
David Warner made Australia's highest World Cup individual score of 178, beating the 158 of Matthew Hayden against West Indies in 2007. Warner's innings included 19 fours and five sixes . With this, Australia made a record World Cup total of 417 for six wickets in a Pool A match against Afghanistan. Warner's 260-run second-wicket partnership with Steve Smith was also an Australian ODI record.

Indian- American doctor to get Fulbright Nehru Distinguished Chair
Awards > Fulbright Nehru Distinguished Chair > 5 March
A top Indian-American physician has been selected for the prestigious Fulbright-Nehru Distinguished Chair to India. Dr. Rahul Jindal's program will be hosted by Ahmedabad-based HL Trivedi Institute of Transplantation Sciences for the specified duration. Awards in the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program. The Chairs Program consists of lectures and research ranging from three to 12 months.

ISIS attacks ancient Iraq city
World > ISIS > 8 March
In a retaliation against Iraqi government offensive, the Islamic State group bulldozed the ancient city of Nimrud with heavy machinery, appropriating the archaeological attractions dating back 13 centuries BC . The UN termed the latest jihadists' attack on Iraqi cultural treasures as "war crime". Iraq's officials and locals have highly condemned the destruction of their cultural heritage. The assault against Nimrud came just a week after the release of a video showing Islamic State forces smashing museum statues and carvings in Mosul, the city they seized along with much of northern Iraq last June.

Modi government shortlists L&T, Pipavav for submarine project
India > Submarine Project > 10 March
Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Pipavav Defence & Offshore have been shortlisted by the Narendra Modi government, for Rs 60,000-crore contract to build six conventional submarines under its Project 75i. The two private sector shipyards - L&T’s Katupalli yard and Pipavav unit- were selected by a high level committee by vice-admiral Subhedar, which had considered both public and private shipyards to shortlist candidates for the project. Project 75i is designed to purchase 6 next generation diesel submarines with Air Independent Propulsion System (AIP) technology for Indian Navy by 2022.

Coal scam case: Manmohan Singh, KM Birla, PC Parakh summoned as accused
Politics & Government > Coal Scam > 11 March
A special court has summoned former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla, ex-coal secretary P C Parakh and three others as accused pertaining to allocation of Talabira-II coal block in Odisha in 2005. The six accused have been asked to appear before the court on April 8 and if convicted, they are liable to be sentenced for a maximum of life imprisonment. The then Prime Minister Singh was holding the coal portfolio in 2005 when Talabira II coal block in Odisha was allotted to M/s Hindalco .

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft arrives at dwarf planet's orbit
World > NASA > 6 March
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has become the first mission in the history to achieve orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres. According to NASA, the spacecraft had reached 61,000 kilometres from Ceres when it was captured by the dwarf planet’s gravity. Following this accomplishment, Dawn will work on providing new insights and capturing images of the planet. Dawn is currently in Ceres’ shadows and won’t take new pictures until it emerges in April.

Republicans warn Iran against signing nuclear deal with Obama
World > Nuclear deal > 7 March
In an open letter addressed to the Iran leaders, the Republican US Senators have said that any nuclear deal with President Barack Obama could last only as long as he remains in office. The letter says that any deal not approved by Congress would be merely "an executive agreement" that could be revoked by Congress. According to the senators, Obama's hastiness would leave Iran with the liberty of being able to build a nuclear weapon under the agreement.

India might soon become world's third largest economy
India > Third Largest Economy > 8 March
In a recent commentary posted on Project Syndicate website, Jim O’Neill known for coining the acronym BRIC, said that India will soon take its place as the world’s third largest economy. Neil bases his prediction on the growing investment climate of India. According to him, with the current growth rate, India might surpass Italy and Brazil to become the world’s seventh largest economy in 2017; by 2020, there is a reasonable chance that it will overtake France and the United Kingdom to become the fifth largest.

US declares Venezuela a national security threat, sanctions top officials
World > Venezeula > 8 March
In the worst bilateral diplomatic dispute between the United States and Venezuela, President Barack Obama issued and signed an executive order declaring Venezuela a national security threat. Obama has ordered sanctions against seven officials from Venezuela. The orders were issued for people whose actions undermined democratic processes or institutions, had committed acts of violence or abuse of human rights, were involved in prohibiting or penalizing freedom of expression, or were government officials involved in public corruption. Following this, Venezuealan President Nicolas Maduro angrily denounced the sanctions calling it an attempt to overthrow his government.

India-Nepal joint military exercise concludes
World > India - Nepal > 8 March
The joint India-Nepal military exercise named Surya Kiran VIII concluded at Salijhandi in Nepal. The exercise was mainly aimed to strengthen the understanding between Indian Army & Nepalese Army and develop interoperability in Jungle Warfare and Counter Terrorism operations in mountainous terrain. The training ended with an exercise in which troops of both nations carried out a search and destroy mission in the general area of Saljhandi. The exercise was conducted under the aegis of Nepalese Army and it had started on 23 February 2015.

Government seeks Parliament approval for Rs 11,000 crore CST grants to states
Politics & Government > CST grants > 10 March
An amount of Rs 11,000 crore will soon be provided to the states as the first tranche of long-pending central sales tax compensation by the government, ahead of the goods and services tax (GST) rollout. The government has sought approval for additional spending of Rs 36,953 crore that included the first tranche of compensation for CST in accordance with finance minister Arun Jaitley's promise to states. The government has already introduced the constitution amendment bill in Parliament for GST and expects to roll out the new regime that will replace multiple state and central taxes with a single levy.


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