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22-28 October 2016

  • The Union Cabinet has approved the establishment and operationalisation of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) at Jammu in a transit/temporary campus at Old Government College of Engineering & Technology from the Academic Year 2016-17. The project will involve a cost of Rs. 61.90 crore in temporary campus for the initial four years from 2016 to 2020. The student strength intake for this year in the Post Graduate Diploma Programme (PGDP) in Management is 54 which will progressively go up to cumulative student strength of 120 in the 4th year.

  • Centre has given its approval for signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on General Cooperation with New Development Bank (NDB) through the BRICS Interbank Cooperation Mechanism by Government at the level of Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs/Export Import Bank of India. The proposal will enhance trade and economic relations among the BRICS countries. There is no financial implication involved with signing of the MoU. The participating institutions from the BRICS nations will be benefitted by this MoU.

  • The Union Cabinet has been apprised of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on April 7, 1999 and the First Executive Programme for MoU signed with Qatar on bilateral cooperation in the field of Youth and Sports signed on 5.6.2016. The MoU will help in expanding knowledge and expertise in the areas of sports science, sports medicine and coaching techniques, which would result in improvement in performance of our sportspersons in international tournaments and strengthening of bilateral relations between India and Qatar. It would be equally applicable to all sportspersons irrespective of their caste, creed, region, religion and gender.
  • Approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Hungary on cooperation in the field of water management has also been given by the Union Cabinet. The MoU will be signed between Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India and the Ministry of Interior, Government of Hungary. It will enhance bilateral cooperation in the field of water management, on the basis of equality and mutual benefits. This will encourage the development of bilateral relations between public and private organizations concerning water resources of both the countries. The Cabinet has also given its approval for signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Russian Federation on Expansion of Bilateral Trade and Economic Cooperation. The MoU would expand more Bilateral Trade and Economic Cooperation between India and Russian Federation.

  • The Union Government has decided to invest Rs. 15,000 crore to increase the capacity of Panipat refinery in Haryana to 25 Million Tonnes from existing 15 Million Tonnes. It was announced by Union Minister of State (MoS) for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan at a function in Panipat. The expansion of Panipat refinery will help raise specifications of fuel quality from BS-IV to BS-VI to meet future demand.

  • The Supreme Court in its landmark judgment has widened the scope of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 by making it gender-neutral. The SC ordered deletion of the worlds 'adult male' before the word 'person' in Section 2 (g) of the Act making it gender-neutral. The remaining part of the legislation would remain operative and was kept untouched. The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 protects women from physical, sexual, verbal, emotional and economic abuse at home.

  • The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) appointed committee has submitted its recommendations. It was headed by power system expert Mata Prasad. The committee has suggested an overhaul in transmission planning to facilities transfer of power on economic principles. Transmission planning – it must be aligned to meet customer aspirations as opposed to existing system where transmission is associated with long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs).
  • Telangana Government in its biggest administrative reform has created 21 new districts. With this reorganization, the total number of districts in the State went up to 31 from 10. The 21 new districts are – Siddipet, Jayashankar, Jangaon, Jagtial, Yadadri, Warangal (Rural), Peddapally, Sangareddy, Kamareddy, Macheriyal, Kothagudem, Vikarabad, Rajanna, Asifabad, Suryapet, Wanaparthy, Nirmal, Mahabubabad, Nagarkurnool, Jogulamba and Malkajgiri.

  • For the first time, Indian researcher has successfully produced a stable, high-efficiency, all-inorganic perovskite solar cells. It was produced by Abhishek Swarnkar, a research scholar from the Department of Chemistry at Pune's Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER).

  • Portugal's former Prime Minister Antonio Guterres was today appointed as the next Secretary General of the United Nations by the General Assembly. The 193 member states of the powerful General Assembly adopted the resolution by acclamation, appointing 6-year-old Guterres as the 9th UN Secretary General to take over from Ban Ki-moon, whose tenure will end on December 31.

  • Two economists Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmstrom have won the 2016 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. Both of them will share 8 million kronor, or about $930,000. Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has selected them for their contributions to contract theory which tells how contracts help people deal with conflicting interests.

  • Mr. Bob Dylan, the poet laureate of the rock era, has been rewarded with the Nobel Prize in Literature, an honor that elevates him into the company of T.S. Elliot, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Toni Morrison and Samuel Beckett. Mr. Dylan, 75, is the first musician to win the award, and his selection on Thursday is perhaps the most radical choice in a history stretching back to 1901. In choosing a popular musician for the literary world's highest honour, the Swedish Academy, which awards the prize, dramatically redefined the boundaries of literature, setting off a debate about whether song lyrics have the same artistic value as poetry or novels.
  • Abdelilah Benkirane was re-appointed as the Prime Minister of Morocco for second term. Benkirane has been serving as Prime Minister since November 2011. It was officially announced by Mohammed VI, the king of Morocco after Benkirane's Islamic Justice and Development Party (PJD) emerged victorious in recent general election. Now PM Bekirane will now reach out to other parties to form a coalition government, as he does not have absolute majority in lower house.

  • Ace Indian shooter Jitu Rai has won the 2016 Champion of Champions pistol Award of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) for pistol shooting. He won the award consisting cash prize of 5000 in the World Cup Final held in Bologna, Italy. In the 10 m air Pistol Champions Trophy final, Jitu Rai defeated Damir Mikec of Serbia by 29.6 to 28.3 points. Olympic champion Anna Korakaki finished third in this event.

  • A high altitude glaciological research station in Himalaya called Himansh (meaning a slice of ice) began functioning above 13,500 feet (4000 m) in a remote region in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh. Researchers will use this station as a base for undertaking surveys that would digitize the glacier motion and snow cover variations with exceptional precision.

  • The NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has developed a new high-tech electro active bandage that uses electricity to significantly promote healing of injured wounds. The high-tech bandage creates an electric charge to promote the healing process of wounds in space especially in conditions of non-Earth gravity. In conditions of non-Earth gravity, human blood displays quite different behaviour from that on Earth. In case of injury in space, wounds heal more slowly.

15-21 October 2016
  • India has ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change on the 147th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. India's Permanent Representative to UN, Syed Akbaruddin handed over the Instrument of Ratification signed by President Pranab Mukherjee to the United Nations in New York. With this, India became 62nd country to ratify the agreement. These 62 countries including India are responsible for almost 52 percent of Green House Gases (GHG) emissions.

  • India and Singapore have signed three agreements (MoUs) in the fields of skill development and IPR to boost bilateral relations between them. These agreements were signed in New Delhi during Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's official state visit to India. MoU in the field of Industrial Property Cooperation: It was signed between Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) and Intellectual Property Office (IPO). Singapore MoU on collaboration in the field of Technical and Vocational Education and Training: It was National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and ITEES Singapore.

  • The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has launched the Indian Bridge Management System (IBMS). It was launched by Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi as a major step towards ensuring safety of bridges in the country. IBMS is being developed to create an inventory of all bridges in country and rate structural condition of the bridges.

  • The Union Government has made Aadhaar card mandatory for availing cooking gas (LPG) subsidies after November 2016. In this regard, the Union Petroleum Ministry has asked Oil marketing companies (OMCs) facilitate enrolments of Aadhaar of the consumers to avail the subsidy. Currently, the government gives 12 LPG cylinders at subsidized rates per household in a year.

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in its fourth bi-monthly monetary policy review for year 2016-17 has cut the repo rate by 25 basis points to 6.25 percent. This monetary policy decision was taken by the newly constituted Monetary Policy committee (MPC). This was also Urjit Patel's maiden monetary policy announcements as RBI Governor. All the six members of MPC unanimously decided to cut key policy rate with the aim of achieving a midterm inflation target of 4 percent within a band of plus or minus 2 percent.

  • British trio of physicists David Thouless, F. Duncan M. Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz have won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics. They will share the 8 million Swedish kronor prize. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has selected them for their individual researches on theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter.

  • Trio of Jean-Pierre Sauvage, J. Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L. Feringa have won the prestigious 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has chosen them for this award for their individual efforts in developing molecular machines. These three laureates will share the 8 million Swedish kronor prize equally.

  • India's latest communication satellite GSAT-18 was successfully launched from the spaceport of Kourou in French Guiana. The satellite was launched on board of heavy-duty Ariane-5 VA-231 rocket of Arianespace. It was successfully injected into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO). GSAT-18 was the 20th satellite from ISRO to be launched by the European Space Agency and overall 280th mission of the Arianspace rocket launcher family.
  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has given approval for ONGC Videsh Limited (OLV) proposal to buy 11 percent stake in JSC Vankorneft. OVL will buy this stake in JSC Vankorneft from Rosneft Oil Company (Rosneft), National Oil Company of Russia which operates Vankor oil fields. OVL will pay US 930 million dollars for acquiring 11% stake in Vankorneft. This acquisition is also in line with ONGC's stated objective of adding high quality international assets to India's Exploration and Production (E&P) portfolio for augmenting India's energy security.

  • History writer Nayanjot Lahiri has won the prestigious 2016 John F. Richards Prize for her book Ashoka in Ancient India. The prestigious prize will be bestowed upon her at the American Historical Association (AHA's) 131st Annual Meeting to be held in Denver, Colorado in January 2017. Her book Ashoka in Ancient India has been critically acclaimed for its riveting account of an emperor Ashoka.

  • The Union Cabinet has given its approval for the signing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and European Union in the field of water resources. The MoU envisages strengthening technological, scientific and management capabilities of India and EU in field of water management on basis of reciprocity, equality and mutual benefit.

  • The Center gives its approval to sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and African Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) for capacity building programmes in the field of water resources. The MoU is being signed under which capacity building programmes for AARDO member countries for the triennium 2015-2017.

  • Former ISRO Chairman and space scientist Prof. Udupi Ramachandra Rao became the first Indian to be inducted in the Hall of Fame of International Astronautical Federation (IAF). He was inducted during the closing ceremony of the 67th IAF Congress 2016 held at Guadalajara, Mexico for his outstanding contribution to the progress of astronautics.
  • The Union Finance Ministry also constituted four-member Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) with Financial markets expert M.S. Sahoo as its Chairman. M.S. Sahoo was administered the oath of the office by Union Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi. He will have tenure of five years, i.e. till 2021. Prior to this appointment, he was serving as a member of anti-trust regulator Competition Commission of India (CCI). Earlier he also had served as member at capital markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). He also had served as Chairman of the government-appointed committees on depository receipts, domestic and overseas capital markets, and external commercial borrowing (ECBs).

  • India's largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) has announced the opening up its foreign branch in Yangon, the capital city of Myanmar. With this, SBI became the first domestic bank of India to open a branch in Myanmar. The Yangon branch is the 54th foreign branch of the SBI. This branch further extends the global presence of India's largest lender in 37 countries through 198 offices.

  • Yoshinori Ohsumi (71) of Japan has won the 2016 Nobel Prize for physiology or Medicine for his pioneering work on autophagy. With this, he becomes the 23rd Japanese national to win a Nobel Prize and overall the sixth Japanese medicine Nobel laureate. Mr. Ohsumi had received a Ph. D from the University of Tokyo in 1974. Currently, he is a professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (TIT).

1-7 October 2016
  • The Union Cabinet has approved the proposals of Ministry of Finance to merge Railway budget with the General budget. This will be effective from the Budget 2017-18. It will end 92-year-old tradition as the presentation of separate Railway budget started in year 1924. Since then, it has continued after independence as a convention rather than under Constitutional provisions. The merger has been approved with the following administrative and financial arrangements of Railways. It will continue as a departmentally run commercial undertaking to maintain its distinct entity as at present. Railway will retain its functional autonomy and delegation of financial powers etc. as per the existing guidelines. Its existing financial arrangements will continue wherein it will meet the revenue expenditure from revenue receipts. The Capital at charge estimated at Rs. 2.27 lakh crore on which Railways pays annual dividend will be wiped off. Consequently, Railways will not have dividend liability from 2017-18 and the Union Ministry of Railways will get Gross Budgetary support. It will save Railways from the liability of payment of approximately Rs. 9,700 crore as an annual dividend to the Central Government. The Union Cabinet has also given nod for advancement of the date of Budget presentation from the last day of February to a suitable date. It has approved merger of Plan and Non Plan classification in Budget and Accounts.

  • The Union Ministry of Urban Development has shortlisted 27 cities from 12 States in the list of third batch of Smart Cities Mission. These cities were shortlisted based on scores obtained in the latest round of the Smart City Challenge competition in which total 63 cities had participated. This competition list was topped by Amritsar in Punjab. With five cities, Maharashtra has the highest number of cities in the list. The list also includes four cities each from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, three cities from Uttar Pradesh and two each from Rajasthan and Punjab. Nagaland and Sikkim with one city each for the first time have made it to the list.

  • The center has given its approval to raise Rs. 31,300 crore in FY 2016-17 to augment infrastructure spending. Besides, it has also given approval to service principal and interest against the Extra Budgetary Resources (EBR) of Rs. 16,300 crore by Union Government for infrastructure spending. The EBR is proposed to finance funds to be raised by Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA), Power Finance Corporation (PFC), Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), and National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).

  • The Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing and ratification of Agreement between India and Samoa for the exchange of information with respect to Taxes. It will help to stimulate the flow of exchange of information between India and Samoa for tax purposes which will help curb tax avoidance and tax evasion. It will enable competent authorities of both countries to provide assistance through exchange of information with respect to Taxes.
  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved capital grant of Rs. 5,176 crore for development of Gas Infrastructure in Eastern part of the country. The grant in the form of viability gap funding (partial capital grant) at 40 percent will be used for the 2539 km long Jagdishpur-Haldia and Bokaro-Dhamra Gas Pipeline (JHB-DPL) project. JHBDPL project will connect Eastern part of the country, i.e. States of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal with National Gas Grid. It will ensure the availability of clean and eco-friendly fuel, i.e. Natural Gas to the industrial, commercial, domestic and transport sectors.

  • The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has appointed three economists – Pami Dua, Chetan Ghate and Ravindra Dholakia as the external appointees on the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC). These economists will have a fixed four-year term and it is non-renewable. Pami Dua is the Director of the Delhi School of Economics (DSE). She is an expert on econometrics and forecasting, has a Ph. D. from the London School of Economics. Chetan Ghate is a macroeconomist and a professor at the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI). Ravindra Dholakia is a faculty member of Economics at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad.

  • India and Israel jointly have developed most advanced long-range surface-to-air missile (LR-SAM) Barak-8. It was successfully test fired from a mobile launcher at the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur in Balasore district in Odisha. Barak-8 (Lightning 8 in Hebrew) is a long-range nuclear capable ballistic missile, developed jointly by Israel and India.

  • The National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) has given its approval to Rs. 10000 crore Ken-Betwa river interlinking project. It is India's first inter-State river interlinking project. Decision in this regard was taken at the NBWL meeting chaired by Minister of State (MoS) for Environment and forests Anil Madhav Dave. The Ken-Betwa river interlinking project is divided into two phases and these clearances are only valid for the first phase.
  • India, United States and Afghanistan have reaffirmed their shared interests in combating terrorism and advancing peace and security in the region. In this regard, a trilateral statement was issued after meeting of their delegates in New York on the sidelines of the 71st session of UN General Assembly. Three countries reaffirm their shared interests in advancing peace and security in the region, as well as countering terrorism.

  • Government has appointed Navtej Sarna (59) as Ambassador to the United States. He will take over from Arun Kumar Singh, who has retired from the service. He is an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1980 batch. Prior to this appointment, he was serving as India's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.

  • Two Indian forest officials have been selected for the 2016 Clark R. Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards. They are Assistant Conservator Ritesh Sarothiya of Madhya Pradesh State Forest Service and Range Officer Sanjay Dutta of Belakoba forest Range Jalpaiguri in West Bengal. Both of them have been honoured with this award for their exemplary law enforcement actions to protect wildlife.

  • Syrian aid group White Helmets has won the prestigious Right Livelihood Award which is also known as 'alternative Nobel' prize. The White Helmets also known as the Syria Civil Defence is a Syrian civil organization of emergency responders in rebel-held areas. It has been honoured for their outstanding bravery, compassion and humanitarian engagement in rescuing civilians from the destruction of the Syrian civil war. The White Helmets will share the prize with Russian activist Svetlana Gannushkina, Egypt's feminist leader Mozn Hassan and leading independent Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet.

  • Researchers from Pune (Maharashtra) have produced high-quality carbon from sugarcane waste within minutes by using a lower power microwave system. They had used a simple, cost-effective and quick process to convert sugarcane bagasse into anode-grade porous, conducting, activated carbon material for use in Lithium-ion batteries.

24-30 September 2016
  • Mariyappan and Varun Singh won the medals in the men's high jump event at Rio 2016 Paralympics. Devendra Jhajharia, clinched the gold medal in the javelin throw F46 event of the Rio 2016 Paralympics. Jhajharia broke the previous world record set by himself in the event. This is the second Paralympic gold that Jhajharia has won. Previously, he had won gold at the 2005 Athens Paralympics with a throw of 62.15 metres with which he set a world record. Deepa Malik won a silver medal in the Shot Put event in the Paralympics. Before Deepa, India's first medals came in the form of gold and a bronze won in the T-42 high Jump event. Thangavelu Mariyappan won the gold medal with a jump of 1.89 meters while Vrun Bhati came third on the podium with a best mark of 1.86 metres.

  • The Union Cabinet has approved setting up of GST Council and setting up its Secretariat. The important steps are (a) Creation of the GST council as per Article 279A of the amended Constitution; (b) Creation of the GST Council Secretariat, with its office at New Delhi; (c) Appointment of the Secretary (Revenue) as the Ex-officio Secretary to the GST Council; (d) Inclusion of the Chairperson, Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), as a permanent invitee (non-voting) to all proceedings of the GST Council; and (e) Create one post of Additional Secretary to the GST Council in the GST Council Secretariat (at the level of Additional Secretary to the Government of India) , and four posts of Commissioner in the GST Council Secretariat (at the level of Joint Secretary to the Government of India).

  • The Union Cabinet has approved establishment of Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA) to give a major push for creation of high quality infrastructure in premier educational institutions. The HEFA will be jointly promoted by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and identified Promoter. It will have an authorized capital of 2,000 crore rupees and the government equity would be 1,000 crore rupees and will be formed as a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) within a PSU Bank or the Government-owned-NBFC (Promoter). It would leverage the equity to raise up to Rs. 20,000 crore for funding infrastructure and development projects of world class Labs in IIMs/IITs/NITs and such other institutions.
  • India has complained to the world Trade Organization (WTO) about support given to the renewable energy industry in the United States. The complaint alleges these eight states in US have prop up their renewable sector with illegal subsidies and domestic content requirements, an obligation to buy local goods rather than imports. These eight US states are Washington, Montana, California, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, Michigan and Minnesota. By filing the complaint, India has triggered a 60-day window for US to settle the dispute, after which India could ask the WTO to adjudicate.

  • The Union Government has launched a toll free number '1924' to register postal complaints. The service has been launched by Department of Posts (DoP). It was launched after Government had introduced Twitter Sewa for redressal of telecom and postal grievances. Initially, the service will be operational for 12 hours on working days between 0800 hrs to 2000 hrs. The service will address complaints within 24 hours unless they are related to policy matters,

  • The Sports Authority of India (SAI) and All India Football Federation (AIFF) have jointly launched an online portal for its Global Scouting Programme (GSP). Under the Global Scouting Programme, boys of Indians living abroad will be able to play in India's team in FIFA under-17 world cup scheduled in 2017 in different cities of the country. The online portal of GSP will allow applicant have to upload a two minute playing video on the site. It will provide Indian players who hold valid Indian passport a chance to present his playing talent to the scouts of India's U-17 team.

  • The Union Government has issued model guidelines for states to regulate direct selling and multi-level marketing businesses to protect consumers from Ponzi frauds. These model guidelines titled the Direct Selling Guidelines 2016 framework was released by Union Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan in New Delhi.

  • The Union Cabinet has approved the signing and ratification of the Extradition Treaty between India and Afghanistan. The treaty would provide a legal framework for seeking extradition of terrorists, economic offenders and other criminals from and to the Afghanistan.
  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the proposal for initiation of the Third Phase of Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP). The project will be implemented as a Central Sector Scheme with total project outlay of Rs. 3600 crore. The Focus States in third Phase of TEQIP are three Hill States: Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttarakhand; six Low Income States: Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh; eight North-Eastern States – It includes seven sisters plus Sikkim. Besides, Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands is also focused UT under the 3rd Phase of the Programme.

  • The Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing of the Technical Arrangement between India and Switzerland on the identification and return of Swiss and Indian Nationals and its implementation. Conclusion of the Bilateral Technical Arrangement (BTA) has been linked to the Visa free Agreement for holders of diplomatic passports as a package deal.

  • The Union Cabinet under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval for the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Kenya on cooperation in the field of National Housing Policy Development and Management (NHPDM). Under the MoU, both the sides will collaborate on all matters relating to housing and human settlements through various strategies including training of personnel, exchange visits, expos/exhibitions, conferences and workshops.

  • The Union Cabinet has been apprised of the MoU signed on July 7, 2016 between India and Mozambique on cooperation in the field of Youth Affairs and Sports during the visit of Prime Minister of India to Mozambique. This MoU will help in promotion of sports in the two countries and will promote exchange of ideas, values and culture amongst Youth and in developing friendly relations.

  • The Union Cabinet has been apprised of the MoU signed on July 8, 2016 between India and South Africa for promoting bilateral cooperation in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). The MoU will help to establish inter-institutional cooperation and relations between the two parties in order to promote cooperation in the field of ICT.
  • Gautam Ganbhir-led India Blue has won the inaugural day/night 2016-17 Duleep Trophy Cricket tournaments played with a pink ball. The 2016-17 was 55th season of Duleep Trophy. In the final match held in Greater Noida, India Blue defeated India Red, captained by Yuvraj Singh, by a massive 355 runs. Ravinder Jadeja, who bagged 5 wickets in the second innings, finished the game with a 10-wicket haul. Cheteshwar Pujara was named player of the match. The Duleep Trophy is a domestic first-class cricket tournament played between teams representing geographical zones of India. The Tournament was instituted in 1961-62 by BCCI.

  • India and Nepal has agreed to push for speedy and successful implementation of ongoing hydropower projects and development and operationalization of transmission lines. In a press statement after holding delegation level talks with the visiting Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, he and Mr. Prachanda have emerged to focus on close monitoring and time bound completion of all development projects.

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