Daily News


NIC launches new data centre in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar becomes the fourth National data centre (NDC) of National Informatics Centre (NIC) after Delhi, Hyderabad, and Pune.

The new cloud-enabled NDC aims to offer round-the-clock operations with secure hosting for various e-governance applications of Central and State Governments and has ability to support 35,000 virtual servers.

Did you Know

NIC provides technology support to all governance services and hosts nearly 10,000 websites of the Government.

NIC was established in 1976.

NIC is a part of the Indian Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology's Department of Electronics & Information Technology and is headquartered in New Delhi.


BEL to make satellites for ISRO

Bharat Electronics Ltd., recently chosen by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to make its future satellites.

The core business of the Rs. 10,000-crore company includes Akash missiles for the Armed Forces, radars, military communication, and signal equipment, besides electronic voting machines Alpha, along with five companies, has already worked on two of ISRO navigation satellites (IRNSS-1H and 1I).

Did you Know

BEL- is an Indian state-owned aerospace and defence company with about nine factories and several regional offices in India.

Headquarters: Bengaluru

Founded: 1954

ISRO- The Indian Space Research Organisation is the space agency of the Government of India headquartered in the city of Bangalore.

Founder: Vikram Sarabhai

Founded: 15 August 1969


Rama Chiluka official bird of Andhra Pradesh

The State government has decided to notify Rose-ringed parakeet (Psittacula krameri), popularly known as Rama Chiluka, as the State bird.

The neem (vepa, Azadirachta indica) is the official tree.

Did you Know

AP State animal is Blackbuck and flower is Lotus.


Ranbir Singh is Northern Army Commander

Lt Gen Ranbir Singh has been appointed Northern Army commander.

Lt Gen Ranbir Singh was the Director-General of Military Operations (DGMO) when India carried out surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.

Lt Gen Singh succeeds Lt Gen Devraj Anbu who will take charge as Vice Chief of the Indian Army.

Did you Know

The Northern Command is a Command of the Indian Army.

It was originally formed as a formation of the British Indian Army in 1895, scrapped upon India's independence in 1947 and later reformed in 1972.

Headquarters: Udhampur


India, Indonesia elevate ties

India and Indonesia elevated their bilateral ties to Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

The two countries signed 15 agreements, including one to boost defence cooperation, and called for freedom of navigation in the strategic Indo-Pacific region.

PM Modi announced a free 30-day visa for Indonesian citizens.

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About Indonesia

President: Joko Widodo

Currency: Indonesian rupiah

Capital: Jakarta


Moody’s cuts 2018 growth forecast to 7.3%

Moody’s Investors Service cut India’s 2018 growth forecast to 7.3% from the previous estimate of 7.5%.

The economy is in cyclical recovery, but higher oil prices and tighter financial conditions will weigh on the pace of acceleration.

Moody’s maintained its 2019 growth forecast at 7.5%.

Did you Know

Moody's was founded by John Moody in 1909.

Moody's is the bond credit rating business of Moody's Corporation, representing the company's traditional line of business and its historical name.

Moody's, along with Standard & Poor's and Fitch Group, is considered one of the Big Three credit rating agencies.


4th International Yoga Day Celebrations

The main event of 4th International Yoga Day celebrations (IDY-2018) will be held on 21st June 2018 at Dehradun in Uttrakhand.

Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Utpal Kumar Singh was informed about it by Ayush Secretary Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha.

Did you Know

United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga.

The event on first IDY on June 21, 2015, registered two Guinness World Records, one for 35,985 people practicing in a single yoga session at a single venue and the other for most nationalities participating in a yoga lesson.


SBI hikes deposit rates by 5-15 bps

The country’s largest lender, SBI has raised retail fixed deposit rates by 5 to 15 basis points on two maturities.

Deposit rates (less than Rs. 1 crore) from one year to less than two years have been raised by 15 bps to 6.65%, while those for two years to less than three years have been increased by 5 bps to 6.65%.

Did you Know

SBI Chairperson: Rajnish Kumar

Headquarters: Mumbai

Founded: 1 July 1955


India signs Loan Agreement with the World Bank for Rajasthan Project

An Agreement for IBRD Credit of USD 21.7 Million from World Bank for the Strengthening of Public Financial Management in Rajasthan Project was signed.

It is USD 31 million project of which USD 21.7 million will be financed by the World Bank, and the remaining amount will be funded out of the State Budget.

The project objective is to contribute to improved Budget execution, enhanced accountability and greater efficiency in Revenue Administration in Rajasthan.

Did you Know

World Bank was established in 1944 and is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

It provides low-interest loans, zero to low-interest credits, and grants to developing countries.

President: Jim Yong Kim


CIAL as world's 1st fully solar

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) recognise Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) as the world's first fully solar energy-powered airport.

Solar energy reduces pollution and can compete with coal powered power plants in terms of expenses.

Did you Know

UNEP is an agency of UN and coordinates its environmental activities, assisting developing countries in implementing environmentally sound policies and practices.

Founded: 5 June 1972

Director: Erik Solheim