India gets observer status in Arctic Council

India’s bid for observer status in the Arctic Council was successful on Wednesday along with that of five other countries — China, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Singapore — at a meeting in Kiruna, Sweden.

IOC to take India back in Olympic fold

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will soon lift the ban on the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) as Indian representatives from the government and sports bodies reached an agreement in a meeting with IOC officials in Lausanne on Wednesday.

AICTE rescinds Microsoft Office 365 mandate

All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has agreed to remove the word ‘mandatory’ from a controversial memo it served on 11,500 colleges it oversees for installing Microsoft Office 365.

Brazil’s Azevedo is new WTO boss

Brazilian Roberto Azevedo has been named to take the helm of the World Trade Organization, the selection process chief told AFP on Wednesday. He will replace Frenchman Pascal Lamy.

World Heritage Sites status sought for 6 Rajasthan forts, Himalayan park

India has nominated a group of six hill forts in Rajasthan and the Great Himalayan National Park in Himachal Pradesh as candidates for World Heritage Sites this year. UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee at its meeting in Cambodian capital Phnom Penh next month will decide on conferring the status on them.

MoU Signed between NCW and HUDCO to Improve Living Conditions of Destitute Women

HUDCO and NCW have agreed to co-operate and work together by utilizing their respective strengths for improvement of the living conditions of destitute women and also facilities like women hostels, remand homes, wherever women are in custodial places, on the need basis in relation to above and anything which is related to women’s welfare/development by enhancing qualities if their habitat, dwelling units and make available modern and comfortable accommodation for those deserted and abandoned and services to improve their living conditions and environment.

More Indian newborns die on the first day than in any other country

More newborns die on the first day in India than in any other country, according to the latest 'State Of The World's Mothers 2013' report.

Recent Trends in Material Flows and Resource Productivity in Asia and Pacific 2013: UNEP

Vice President inaugurates International Centre for Environment Audit & Sustainable Development at Jaipur

This Centre has been set up to provide training in the fields of capacity building and professional certification, knowledge dissemination, policy research and environmental audit drawing upon specifically upon India’s experience and expertise in the past two decades.

Andhra Government set up State Security Commission

The government has constituted a State Security Commission, with Home Minister P. Sabitha Reddy as its chairperson, to monitor public security and take decisions periodically to rectify the identified system deficiencies.

Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade

Govt sets up committee to boost MSME exports

Worried over widening trade gap, the government has set up a six-member inter-ministerial committee under the chairmanship of Finance Secretary R S Gujral that will suggest measures to boost MSME exports. Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector contributes about 40 per cent in the country’s total exports and over 8 per cent to India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Desertification affects over one-fourth area of India: Report

According to the Environment Ministry, the total area undergoing the process of land degradation in the country is estimated at 105.48 million hectares, which constitutes 32.07 per cent of India's total land area.

Lucknow Zardozi gets GI tag

Lucknow Zardozi, the world renowned textile embroidery, has been accorded the Geographical Indication (GI) registration by the Geographical Indication Registry (GIR).

Narasimhan Ravi Elected As the President of Editors Guild of India

Narasimhan Ravi, the director of Kasturi and Sons Limited as well as the former Editor of The Hindu was unanimously elected as the president of Editors Guild of India on 23 April 2013 at the annual general meeting of the Guild in New Delhi.

Regional rural banks move ahead – with technology and consolidation - A. J. VINAYAK

The establishment of RRB branch network dates back to 1975. With the bank nationalisation in 1969 not giving the desired results in expanding rural base of banks, the Government came out with a new credit agency to operate in rural areas in the form of RRBs in 1975. This expansion of rural banking network lasted for more than a decade.

Government introduces Bill to raise capital of RRBs to Rs. 500 crore

Currently, the authorised capital of RRBs is Rs. 5 crore and as per the proposed Bill raising it to Rs. 500 crore would help them widen banking services in rural areas.

Panel for ban on mining in 37 % of Western Ghats

Identifying 37 per cent — or about 60,000 square km — of the Western Ghats as ecologically sensitive, a high-level panel has recommended that “destructive” activities such as mining, thermal power, major construction, and some hydel power projects should not be allowed there.

P J Kurien elected chairman of Asian forum of parliamentarians

Krishnakumar Natarajan is new Chairman of Nasscom

Mindtree’s Managing Director and CEO Krishnakumar Natarajan, on Monday, took over as Nasscom Chairman for the year 2013-14, the industry body said. Mr. Natarajan succeeds N Chandrasekaran, MD and CEO of TCS, who served as the Chairman for the year 2012-13.