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International Day for Biological Diversity

International Day for Biological Diversity has proclaimed May 22 by United Nations.  The moto of  International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. Biodiversity is the foundation for life and for the essential services provided by ecosystems. It therefore underpins peoples’ livelihoods and sustainable development in all areas of

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Anti-Terrorism day

All over India, May 21st is observed as Anti Terrorism Day in the  memory of former Indian Prime Minister Mr Rajiv Gandhi who passed away on this day. On this day in the year 1991, former India’s Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was killed brutally by terrorist attacks. Every Year Union Home Ministry administers the Anti-Terror pledge to Government employees.

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Intolerance in India went up in 2015: USCIRF

Religious intolerance in India increased in 2015, as per US Commission for International Religious Freedom’s report.  USCIRF has suggested that the government should publicly criticize officials and religious leaders, who make any objectionable statement about religious communities. USCIRF said it will be keeping a constant check, to know if India should be termed as a

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Capitation fee is illegal in educational institutions

In a historic judgement, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled that demand of capitation fee by educational institutions is illegal. The apex court held that the education sector must run on ‘no-profit-no-loss’ basis and commercialization and exploitation of the sector won’t be allowed.  The court also sought governments intervention in the sector to promote merit

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SBI cuts home loan rates by 5 bps

State bank of India has reduced its home loan rate by 5 bps to 9.40%. The revision in the rate follows reduction in the one-year marginal cost of funds-based lending rate to 9.15% from 9.20%. Similarly, auto loan rate will be 9.75% lower by 5 bps. Women borrowers will get an additional discount of 5

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BCCI nominates Kohli for Khel Ratna Award, Rahane for Arjuna Award

The Cricket board BCCI has nominated Test captain Virat Kohli for the nation’s biggest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. Also, Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane has been nominated for the Arjuna award. If Kohli gets the award, he will become the third cricketer after Tendulkar (1997-98) and Dhoni (2007-08) to be bestowed with

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First human head transplant!

An Italian surgeon Dr Canavero claims he is ready to perform the first full human head transplant and he already has a volunteer. Experts have debunked his claims and insist that the operation is still many year from reality. According to Canavero, the operation will be a 36-hour procedure involving 150 people, including doctors, nurses,

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Sachin joins Salman, Bindra as Rio ambassador

Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar has joined Olympic shooting champion Abhinav Bindra and Bollywood superstar Salman Khan as India’s goodwill ambassador for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Reportedly, the Indian Olympic Association had also requested music composer AR Rahman to become one of the India’s brand ambassadors for Rio Olympics but Rahman is yet to confirm.

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US rejected Indian products citing adulteration

MoS for Commerce and Industry, Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said that over the past 5 years, the US health regulator has refused entry of 12012 Indian products citing reasons including adulteration and misbranding. She added that the government has taken steps to tighten rules regarding labeling and pre-export inspection. The minister said that standards and

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Largest violet diamond found!

A violet diamond, one of the rarest gems in the world,  has been found at Australia’s remote Argyle Mine. The largest-of-its-kind,  the germ originally weighed 9.17 carats and had etchings, pits, and crevices. Named as Argyle Violet, the diamond has now been polished down to an oval shaped gem weighing 2.83 carats. Argyle mine is

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