World observes first International Day of Girl Child

The first ever International Day of the Girl Child was observed on October 11, 2012. The theme for this year is “Ending Child Marriage”. The UN General Assembly had announced in 2011 to observe this day as International Day of Girl Child, to recognize rights of girls and the unique challenges they face around the

"Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986"

Union Cabinet approves amendments in the "Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986" The Union Cabinet approved the introduction of Amendments to the "Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986". Major amendments proposed are as follows: Broaden the scope of the law to cover the audio-visual media and material in electronic form. Penalties to be

India, France ink pact for Sustainable Urban Development

India and France signed an Administrative Agreement in the field of Sustainable Urban Development. India could benefit immensely from the French experience. The Agreement would provide an enabling platform for the officials, professionals, business leaders and local self-governing bodies to meet and share knowledge and best practices in the urban sector. India invited international firms

Sebastin Vettel won Japanese Grand Prix

Sebastin Vettel won the F1 title race of the Japanese Grand Prix. Vettel is a German Formula One racing driver, currently driving for the Austrian racing team Red Bull Racing. He is the current World Champion.

Union Cabinet approves XII Plan

The Union Cabinet approved the XII Plan (2012-17) document focused at attaining annual average economic growth rate of8.2%, down from 9% targeted earlier. The Plan document will now need final approval from the highest decision making body, the National Development Council (NDC). Besides, the XII Plan aims to achieve 4% growth of agriculture sector. The

Persons in News: A.A.Manavalan

Saraswati Samman to A A Manavalan for his comparative study on Ramayana The esteemed Saraswati Samman was conferred on AA Manavalan for his work, Irama Kathaiyum Iramayakalyum. “Irama Kathaiyum Iramayakalyum” A comparative study of epic Ramayana in 48 different languages. The characters, plot and individual insertions of the book deals with the alterations that occurred

India and Burundi ink major pacts

During the visit President of the Republic of Burundi, India and Burundi signed 3 major agreements, which are as follows: (i) Exchange Programme for Cooperation in the field of Education (ii) MoU on Cooperation in the field of Rural Development (iii) MoU on Cooperation in the field of Health and Medicine.  In addition to this

‘Endeavour’ retires

NASA’s Space shuttle Endeavour retired from the service and was sent to a museum.  About Endeavour: Endeavour was introduced as a replacement to Challenger, which exploded during launch in 1986. It made its first flight on May 7, 1992 on STS-49 mission. Its last mission was STS-134 in May 2011. Its last mission was on

Persons in News: Deepika Kumari

Deepika Kumari won silver in recurve event at World Archery Indian archer Deepika Kumari clinched silver medal in recurve event at World Archery in Tokyo. The gold was won by World No.1 Ki Bo-Bae of Korea.

What is Youth Unite for Voter Awareness (YUVA) ?

The Election Commission of India unveiled an initiative to identify the missing and non-voters to encourage them for voting. The Commission has designed a YUVA strategy which abbreviates “Youth Unite for Voter Awareness” (YUVA) to encourage increased participation of young women and men in the electoral process. The Commission is making efforts to include homeless