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France’s Franky Zapata successfully crosses English Channel on hoverboard for 1st time

France’s Franky Zapata successfully crossed English Channel on a jet-powered hoverboard for 1st time. The journey took just over 20 minutes. The French inventor reached speeds of 110 mph to complete 22-mile journey on his flyboard. He took off from Sangatte, northern France and landed in St. Margarets Bay, near Dover in southeast England. This Read More…

RBI tightens fit-and-proper criteria for directors on PSB boards

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has tightened fit-and-proper criteria for directors on boards of state-run Public Sector Banks (PSBs). In this regard, it has issued RBI (‘Fit and Proper’ Criteria for Elected Directors on the Boards of PSBs) Directions, 2019. Purpose of directions is to determine ‘fit and proper’ status of person to be eligible Read More…

QRSAM: successfully test-fired by DRDO

Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully conducted two back-to-back flight tests of its state of the art Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missiles (QRSAM) from Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur in Odisha. The test was conducted against live aerial targets. ContentsKey Highlights of TestAbout Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missiles (QRSAM) Key Highlights of Test Two missiles were tested Read More…

10th Mekong Ganga Cooperation Ministerial meeting held in Bangkok

The 10th Mekong Ganga Cooperation (MGC) Ministerial Meeting was held in Bangkok, Thailand. India was represented by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. During this meeting, new MGC Plan of Action 2019-2022 was adopted. ContentsNew MGC Plan of Action 2019-2022About Mekong Ganga Cooperation (MGC) New MGC Plan of Action 2019-2022 It envisages project-based cooperation among member Read More…

NHB to provide Rs.10,000 cr  liquidity infusion facility to HFCs

The housing sector regulator National Housing Bank (NHB) opened a liquidity infusion facility of Rs.10000 crore for Housing Finance Companies (HFCs) to improve liquidity in sector. The move is taken to unveil measures to boost lending and accelerate growth. ContentsAbout Liquidity Infusion FacilityNational Housing Bank (NHB) About Liquidity Infusion Facility This decision by NHB to Read More…

Indian Army in partnership with EESL employs e-cars to combat pollution

Indian Army in partnership with Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) has launched ecological initiative of employing E Cars for use of its officials in New Delhi. Under this ecological initiative, first lot of 10 e-Cars was flagged off by Indian Army. Now, Indian Indian Army is planning to further increase number of E Cars in Read More…

Parliament passes Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019

Parliament has passed Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019 to empower Central Government to designate an individual as a “terrorist”. It was first passed by Lok Sabha on 24 July 2019 and later by Rajya Sabha on 2 August 2019. Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019 It seeks to empower Central Government to designate an Read More…

Parliament passes Repealing and Amending Bill, 2019

Parliament has passed Repealing and Amending Bill, 2019 that seeks to repeal certain enactments and to amend certain other enactments. The bill provides for repealing 58 old and obsolete laws which have no relevance at present and makes minor amendments to two other laws. It was introduced in Lok Sabha on 25 July 2019 by Read More…