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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday hailed Germany as a “natural partner” of India after signing deals with Chancellor Angela Merkel on clean energy and speeding up the European powerhouse’s investment in Asia’s third largest economy.
Briefly leaving behind a refugee crisis in Europe, Ms Merkel and her ministers signed 18 deals with India, including on renewable energy and fast-tracking approvals for German companies to operate in the country.
WILLIAM C CAMPBELL, SATOSHI ŌMURA AND YOUYOU TU WIN NOBEL PRIZE IN MEDICINE
WilliThree scientists from Ireland, Japan and China have won the Nobel prize in medicine for discoveries that helped doctors fight malaria and infections caused by roundworm parasites. Youyou Tu discovered one of the most effective treatments for malaria while working on a secret military project during China’s Cultural Revolution.
FIRST U.K. CYBER-SECURITY DELEGATION TO VISIT INDIA
Ahead Of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Visit To The U.K. Next Month, The British Government Will Send The Country’s First Cyber Security Delegation To India Later This Week. The Mission Is A Sign Of Britain’s Increasing Focus On Developing And Exporting Its High-End Cyber Security Expertise, Which Coincides With Mr. Modi’s Current Push Of Digitising India. The Delegation, Led By Stephen Phipson, Head Of The U.K. Trade And Industry’s Defence And Security Organisation, Will Comprise Heads Of Eight Private Companies Which Include Large Firms Like Bae Systems As Well As Small Enterprises
KASHINAGAR BECOMES FIRST ‘OPEN DEFECATION-FREE’ BLOCK
Kashinagar in Gajapati district became first ‘open defecation free’ revenue block in Odisha.According to administration sources, Kashinagar block has 12,300 households, who live in 140 villages under 12 panchayats. Now every family of this block has a toilet of its own, apart from community toilets.
BARABATI STADIUM CREATES HISTORY
When South African fast bowler Kyle Abbott bowled the first ball to Indian opener Rohit Sharma from the Mahanadi end of the Barabati Stadium here on Monday in the India-South Africa T-20 match, the stadium created history of hosting all three versions of international cricket.
MAMATA IN BHUTAN TO ATTRACT INVESTMENT
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited Bhutan to explore “business possibilities” with the country. In a message on a micro-blogging site, Ms Banerjee said that she has explained to the Bhutan’s Prime Minister how Bengal has grown over the years as a possible investment destination.
ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK TO GRANT RS 1,500-CRORE TO MADHYA PRADESH FOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT
Asian Development Bank ( ADB) has decided to give around Rs 1,500 crore (USD 240 million) for skill development in Madhya Pradesh.
UP TO HAVE SEPARATE POLICE STATIONS FOR SC/STS
With Uttar Pradesh seeing a high rate of crime against SC/ST community members, the state government is mulling a proposal for setting up separate police stations to deal with such cases. Such police stations already exist in states like Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh, official sources said, adding that UP government plans to set up at least one such police station in every district.
INDIA’S POVERTY RATE LOWEST AMONG NATIONS WITH POOR POPULATION: WORLD BANK
India accounted for the largest number of poor people in any country in 2012, but its poverty rate was lowest among countries having large number of poor population, a latest World Bank report has said. According to the report, the number of people living in extreme poverty around the world is likely to fall to under 10 per cent of the global population in 2015.
NDMC RECORDS HIGHEST COLLECTION OF PROPERTY TAX IN FIVE YEARS
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has recovered a record property tax collection of over Rs 290 crore during the current financial year so far, the highest figure in the last five years. “NMDC has recovered a record collection of Rs 295.29 crore as Property Tax during the first six month of financial year 2015-16.
LED BULBS TO LIGHT UP ALL KARNATAKA HOMES IN JANUARY
Coming January, all the existing lights in Karnataka homes will be replaced by LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs. The cost of the bulbs can be paid in one go or through monthly electricity bills. Replacement of fluorescent bulbs, tubes and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) will save 50 per cent of power consumption and reduce monthly electricity bill.
INDIAN TECH, SERVICES MARKET TO TOUCH $350 BILLION BY 2025: NASSCOM
Innovation and entrepreneurship will drive the next phase of growth for Indian technology and services market in the coming decade with the industry poised to touch $350 billion by 2025.
IBRAHIMOVIC BREAKS PSG GOAL RECORD IN VICTORY OVER MARSEILLE
Zlatan Ibrahimovic became the leading goalscorer in Paris Saint-Germain history on Sunday as the reigning Ligue 1 champions extended their lead at the top following a 2-1 victory over arch-rivals Marseille.
SWEDISH CRIME WRITER MANKELL DIES OF CANCER
Best-selling Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell, whose detective character Kurt Wallander became a worldwide phenomenon, has died at 67 after a battle with cancer.
RARE TINTIN DRAWING FETCHES $1 MILLION IN HONG KONG
A rare drawing of comic book hero Tintin by Belgian cartoonist Herge fetched over a million dollars at auction in Hong Kong today as experts say comic art is becoming as collectible as paintings.
RAJVEER MEENA, A RESIDENT OF MOHOCHA VILLAGE SETS NEW GUINNESS WORLD RECORD OF RECITING 70,000 DIGITS OF PI VALUE
A 21-year-old Indian student has set a Guinness World Record by memorising 70,000 post-decimal digits of Pi, beating a Chinese who had held the record for 10 years. Rajveer Meena, a resident of Mohocha village in Swaimodhapur district of Rajasthan, had in March this year set the record by reciting post decimal Pi values up to 70,000 digits in 9 hours 27 minutes.