Institutions-And-Organisations

New Unesco World Heritage sites

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is holding its 37th annual session in Phnom Penh. On Sunday it completed an update of new sites to be added the World Heritage List.


Panel on indecent depiction of women in media

The committee will be headed by WCD Additional Secretary K. Ratna Prabha and will comprise senior members from the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting among others.


Armed forces mount relief operations in Uttarakhand

For the first time, the Indian Air Force deployed its C 130J aircraft for reconnaissance mission as part of ‘Operation Rahat’ besides deploying 20 aircraft, mostly helicopters, to carry out missions till sunset.


The persisting problem of malnourishment

Findings by the ICDS are preliminary, may be subjected to more refinements. Many States report high proportions of severely high proportions of undernourished children.


India to be most populous country by 2028: UN report

At 1.2 billion now, India’s population will touch 1.4 billion in 2025; 1.6 billion by 2050 before it starts declining by the year 2100, at which point India will have 1.5 billion people.


Uttarakhand NGO gets French award

The Central Himalayan Environment Association (CHEA), a voluntary organisation based in Nainital, was honoured with ’Special Mention of the 2012 Human Rights Prize of the French Republic’ in recognition of its work in the field of “defence of socio-economic rights and sustainable development” of people.


Malnutrition causes 45 per cent of deaths of under-five children: Report

The findings — contained in the Hunger and Malnutrition (HUNGaMA) report by the Naandi Foundation— were described by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as a “national shame.” Undernutrition affects development of a child, with consequences ranging from poorer school performance to increased susceptibility to infectious disease.


Experts Council to assess International Competitiveness of the Indian Financial Sector

In accordance with the announcement made by the Union Finance Minister Shri P.Chidambaram in his Budget Speech 2013, a Standing Council of Experts is constituted today by the Government in the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance with a view to assess the international competitiveness of the Indian financial sector.


Tribal expert Virginius Xaxa replaces Aruna Roy in NAC

After the exit of Aruna Roy, government has reconstituted the National Advisory Council by inducting renowned sociologist Virginius Xaxa into the 12-member panel chaired by Sonia Gandhi.


Telecom regulator asked to audit spectrum use by telcos

The Department of Telecom will ask the sector regulator to conduct an audit of spectrum used by telecom companies to ensure the resource is used efficiently. The move comes after the DoT was severely criticised by the CAG for wasting spectrum resources.


KPSC recruitment: Advocate-General submits legal opinion on complaints of corruption

Several aspirants for the posts of gazetted probationers such as Assistant Commissioners, Tahsildars and Deputy Superintendents of Police, who had written the KPSC exams and appeared for the interviews, have complained about the demand for bribes ahead of the interviews by touts claiming to be representing the KPSC members.


UGC panel to track four-year undergraduate programme

The UGC can recommend to any university the measures necessary for the improvement of university education and advise the university upon the action to be taken for the purpose of implementing such recommendations.


Tata Housing ties up with NSC to create awareness about safety

Tata Housing on Wednesday said it has tied up with National Safety Council of India (NSC) to create awareness about importance of following environment, health and safety norms in real estate industry.


Two ex-judges on BCCI probe panel on IPL spot fixing

Justice T. Jayaram Chouta, former Judge of the Karnataka and Madras High Courts, Justice R. Balasubramanian, former Judge of the Madras High Court, and BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale are members of the Commission.


Australia named 'happiest' developed nation again

The OECD Better Life Index compares the well-being of more than 30 countries based on categories including housing, income, jobs, community, education, environment, civic engagement, health, life satisfaction, safety and work-life balance.


Put Gram Sabhas in charge of all social sector schemes

A panchayat-driven social sector expenditure model empowers the community with a sense of ownership as against the bureaucracy-driven, top-down model currently inbuilt in the Central sector schemes.


Now, send SMS to book rail ticket

Very soon, short code 5676714 will become an integral step to kick-start your travel programme. One has to SMS his or her travel details and SARATHI will book the ticket and deliver it in a flash, through SMS.


Farmers’ suicide rates soar above the rest

Suicide rates among Indian farmers were a chilling 47 per cent higher than they were for the rest of the population in 2011. In some of the States worst hit by the agrarian crisis, they were well over 100 per cent higher.


1,000-year-old Chola-era temple facing threat of demolition

A 1,000-year-old Siva temple at Manambadi village near Kumbakonam is facing the threat of demolition for expansion of a road under the Thanjavur-Vikkiravandi four-way project of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).


NCERT Study of Education in India

English introduced in Class I in most States and Union Territories. Study recommended to know the status of co-scholastic areas in actual practice.