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- Raosaheb Dadarao Danve
- President Pranab Mukherjee today accepted the resignation of Minister of State for Consumer Affairs and Food and Public Distribution, Raosaheb Dadarao Danve, from the Union Council of Ministers.
- Danve, who was appointed as the new Maharashtra BJP Chief in January by party President Amit Shah, had submitted his resignation to the Prime Minister yesterday over the principle of “one-man, one-post”.
- Ram Sundar Das
- Former Bihar Chief Minister and senior JD(U) leader Ram Sundar Das died here today due to age-related problems. He was 95.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave on March 10 on a three-nation visit – Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka – the External Affairs Ministry announced today with no mention, however, of the Maldives, which was being considered earlier.
- Ahead of the UN climate conference in Paris later this year, India
and Egypt have decided to form a “joint working group” for “cooperation
on environment and climate change”.
- Prakash Javadekar is attending the Fifteenth Session of African Ministerial Conference on Environment, which is being held here from March 4 to 6. India, China and France are special invitees for the conference.
- Annual vaccination is the most effective solution for combating seasonal influenza infections such as swine flu, which has killed more than 1,200 people this year in India, the World Health Organisation has said.
- The nationwide toll from swine flu stands at 1,239 while the state-wise data shows Gujarat to be the worst affected with more than 300 casualties.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the Sri Lankan parliament during his visit. He is the third Indian leader to be given the special honour.
- The last time an Indian leader addressed the Sri Lankan parliament was in 1979 when then Prime Minister Morarji Desai visited the nation on the invitation of President R. Jayawardene to attend the island’s National Day celebration.
- Ahead of the first Indo-U.S. Space Security Dialogue next week,Frank Rose, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Bureau of Arms Control, concern over China developing disruptive counter-space technologies and underscored the need for an early conclusion of a global code of conduct on use of outer space.
- Israeli Jews, who are devotees of Lord Krishna, gathered in this small northern Israel township and celebrated Gaura Purnima with fanfare, commemorating the transcendental appearance of Lord Chaitanya.
- China has invited Japan to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a brainchild of the Communist nation for which 27 countries including India have signed up to be its founding members.
- India has joined the initiative to set up the Bank floated last year by China to step financing of infrastructure projects in the region.
- The bank to be headquartered in Beijing is expected to be operational this year.
- The authorised capital of AIIB is $ 100 billion and the initial subscribed capital is expected to be around $ 50 billion.
- The bank together with BRICS Development Bank and $ 40 billion Silk Road development fund established by China was expected to fund large number of infrastructure projects in the region.
- Twenty years after 189 countries adopted a blueprint to achieve equality for women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka the head of the U.N. agency promoting equality for women said in an interview with The Associated Press that not a single country has reached gender parity and equality.
- India, the largest troop contributor to UN peacekeeping operations, will serve on the organisational committee of the world body’s peace building commission for a period of two years.
- India has contributed more than 170,000 troops to 43 of the 68 UN peacekeeping missions since the inception of UN peacekeeping more than 60 years ago.
- US employers extended a healthy streak of hiring in February by adding 295,000 jobs, the 12th straight monthly gain above 200,000.
- The unemployment rate fell to 5 per cent from 5.7 per cent, the government said today.
- com, India”s leading online fashion retailer, today said that 90 per cent of its traffic is being generated through mobile devices.
- “Based on our inflation and growth forecasts, and the RBI’s inflation targets, we estimate that the average policy rate over the next three years should be around 7.4 per cent as the policy rates have reached neutral,” Japanese brokerage Nomura said in a note.
- Three top US airlines groups accused Qatar and the United Arab Emirates of lavishing USD 42 billion in subsidies on their airlines to wrest business from competitors.
- In an unusual auction, four islands in Fiji, Greece, Britain and Canada were put up for sale on China”s largest online shopping platform Taobao with three of them being sold within 12 hours.
- The country’s umbrella body for all retail payments system, National Payments Corporation (NPCI),
has reached a new milestone with successful linking of as many as 15
crore bank accounts with the Aadhaar numbers, moving closer to map the
overall 17 crore DBT accounts before June 30.
- The Reserve Bank-promoted NPCI agency’s chief A P Hota today said it expects that all beneficiaries of all government subsidies/benefit transfers will be brought under the linkage programme.
- Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan has said the
target band for retail inflation could tighten much further in the
future as the central bank becomes more comfortable with it.
- Rajan had said RBI will seek to bring the inflation rate to 4 per cent by the end of a two-year period starting 2016- 17.
- With Non Banking Finance Companies- Microfinance Institutions (NBFC-MFIs) likely to have overall debt of Rs 360 billion to Rs 420 billion by March 2016, re-finance from MUDRA Bank could constitute a major portion of the overall debt of the MFIs, according to rating agency ICRA.
- India defeated West Indies by four wickets in their Pool B match of the cricket World Cup, here today.
- Mahendra Singh Dhoni today surpassed former skipper Sourav Ganguly as the most successful Indian captain in terms of ODI victories achieved on foreign shores.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been named among the 30 most influential people on the internet by Time magazine in a list which also features US President Barack Obama.
- The list, which analysed social-media followings, site traffic and overall ability to drive news, also includes British author of the Harry Potter series J K Rowling and singers Taylor Swift and Beyonce.
- Time said the Indian Prime Minister has roughly 38 million followers on social networking sites Twitter and Facebook, putting him ahead of any other leaders in the world except Obama .
- The list also includes reality star Kim Kardashian, singer Justin Beiber, actress Gwyneth Paltrow, Chinese actress Yao Chen, singer Shakira, photographer behind the hugely popular blog Humans of New York Brandon Stanton and TV personality Jimmy Fallon.