Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has constituted a three-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) for re-investigation of the 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases mainly in Delhi and other States.
Three-member SIT has been given six months to complete its work, including filing of charge sheets in nearly three-decade old cases.
In recently released World Press Freedom Index (WPFI), India was placed at 136th rank out of 180 nations surveyed worldwide in terms of press freedom in 2015.
In WPFI 2015, India has shown improvement from its rank of 140 in 2014. However, India’s absolute score has declined from 40.34 to 40.49.
Top 10 countries: Finland (1st), Norway (2nd), Denmark (3rd), Netherlands (4th), Sweden (5th), New Zealand (6th), Austria (7th), Canada (8th), Jamaica (9th), Estonia (10th).
India’s Neighbours: Sri Lanka (165th), Pakistan (159th), Afghanistan (122th), China (176th), Bangladesh (146th).
An Indian-origin scientist Gurpreet Singh has won prestigious $500,000 National Science Foundation CAREER award. He has won this award for his research on Scalable liquid exfoliation processing of ultrathin two-dimensional metal dichalcogenides nanosheets for energy storage devices.
This CAREER award will help him to study large-scale production of ultrathin sheets, a few atoms thick and several micrometres wide using transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs).
At present no methods are available to produce thin TMDs in large quantities cost-effectively. His research aims to make that possible. The prestigious award will also help him to organize educational activities for high school students and teachers.
Currently, Gurpreet Singh is assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering at Kansas State University.
Some of his other research had focused on using graphene oxide to improve sodium and lithium ion flexible batteries and creating carbon nanotubes for better laser detectors and rechargeable batteries.
National Science Foundation CAREER award is given by US National Science Foundation as part of Faculty Early Career Development Programme.
It is awarded to persons for supporting early career faculty who effectively integrate research and education within the context of their institution’s mission.
Renowned Telugu novelist Kesava Reddy has passed away in Nizamabad district of Telangana. He was 68.
He was well known for his writings that had addressed many important social problems in India like poverty, prejudices and superstitions.
Indian pharmaceutical giant, Cipla has been awarded $188.95 million (around Rs. 1,172 crore) Contract by Global Fund to supply ARV (anti-retroviral) drugs.
Cipla has been selected as a Panel Supplier for a supplier partnership agreement. This contract is effective from 1 January 2015 and will run for a period of three years i.e. till 2018.
ARV drugs will be made at Cipla’s manufacturing facilities in India which has been approved by various international regulatory agencies.
Earlier, Cipla had played a pioneering role in supplying cheaper HIV/AIDS treatment. In 2001, Cipla was first pharmaceutical company to offer ARV drugs at a fraction of the cost in Africa. Since then, it had offered a triple combination ARV at less than a dollar a day and has treated several million patients. Cipla has been associated with Global Fund since 2002. It also one of the suppliers of Global Fund awarded with a long-term contract to supply anti-malarial drugs.
It was established in 2002. It operates in a partnership model between governments, civil society, private sector and people to accelerate the end of diseases such as AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
It raises and invests nearly $4 billion annually to support its programs in more than 140 countries.
Micromax Informatics has appointed Ashish Agrawal as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO).
As CTO of Micromax, he will be responsible for defining the vision and the direction of company’s software services and driving new initiatives to provide a strong impetus to its brand and bring future technology disruptions into the market.
Prior to this appointment, he was working as the CTO for mobile and cloud services player Sirqul. He had worked for the execution and adoption of Sirqul’s suite of mobile engagement products and services.
Ashish Agrawal has rich corporate experience of 16 years in the field of mobile, e-commerce, payments, web services and large scale distributed systems. Of 16 years, he had spent 14 years with eCommerce giant Amazon in software & product development including Amazon Anywhere (mobile), AWS and payments and also lead development of m-commerce applications for Amazon.
Fourth River festival has begun at Bandrabhan bank of Narmada River in Hoshangabad district in Madhya Pradesh.
Three day festival was inaugurated by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
Theme of this year’s river festival is River, its catchment area, chemicals and crisis.
In this year’s festival more than 100 participants will discuss topics like effects of chemicals used in agriculture on forests, wild life and human beings. Success stories on natural farming will also be part of discussion.
Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCSHAU) has been selected for the prestigious Mahindra Samridhi India Agri Award 2015.
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