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Ashok Leyland to roll out first set of EVs by January 2019

Ashok Leyland is planning to roll out first set of Electric Vehicles (EVs) by January 2019. The electric vehicle plant was ready in Chennai and the first batch of vehicles would run in Gujarat. The company has invested heavily in the Light Commercial Vehicle (LCVs) segment to produce the next generation of LCVs, scheduled to hit the roads by 2020. ... Read More »

Karnataka Bank opens first digital branch in Bengaluru

Karnataka Bank has taken its digital banking initiatives to a new level by opening its first ever digital branch at Nettakallappa Circle, Bengaluru. The digital branch also happens to be the 821st branch of the bank. This digi branch is in line with transformation exercise currently pursued by the Bank to reposition the Bank as ‘Relevant and Significant Bank’ by ... Read More »

South Korean First Lady to attend ‘Deepotsav’ in Ayodhya today

She will also attend the Ground Breaking Ceremony of Queen Huh Memorial Park in Ayodhya. According to Korean legend, a princess of Ayodhya went to Korea in 48 AD and married King Kim-Suro. The main streets of Ayodhya wear a scintillating look with illuminated lamps and special decorations.  Many buildings have been lit up for the occasion.  On Monday, the ... Read More »

PM Modi meets First Lady of the Republic of Korea

The First Lady Kim is visiting India at the invitation of Prime Minister Modi. She will be the Chief Guest at the Deepotsav event being organized by the State Government of Uttar Pradesh and the ground-breaking ceremony of the new Memorial of Queen Suriratna (Heo Hwang-ok) in Ayodhya tomorrow. Ayodhya and Korea have a deep historical connection through the legendary ... Read More »

India beat West Indies by 5 wickets in first T20 Intl.

Sent into bat, West Indies were restricted to 109 for eight and India chased down the target of 110 in 17.5 overs at the Eden Gardens. India lead the three-match series 1-0. Brief scores:  West Indies: 109/8 in 20 overs (Fabian Allen 27; Kuldeep Yadav 3/13) India: 110/5 in 17.5 overs (Dinesh Karthik not out 31, Krunal Pandya not out ... Read More »

T20: India win toss and choose to bowl first

All-rounder Krunal Pandya and left-arm seamer Khaleel Ahmed are making their senior India debut in the first of the three-match series, at the Eden Gardens. Yuzvendra Chahal missed out from the 12 named on match eve.  Umesh Yadav has come in for the injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar. West Indies have three debutants in Oshane Thomas, Fabian Allen and Khari Pierre. Teams: ... Read More »

Electioneering picks up for first phase of Assembly elections in Chhattisgarh

Star campaigners of various parties are touring Bastar and Rajnandgaon areas to garner support for their candidates. Chhattisgarh has a total of 90 constituencies. Scrutiny of nominations for the second phase was held on Saturday. The last day for withdrawal of candidature is tomorrow. 72 seats will go to polls in the second phase on the 20th. National President of ... Read More »

In a first, about 1,000 brooding octopuses found off California coast

The cluster of more than 1,000 gray octopuses latching on to clean, dark rock was found last week in the Davidson Seamount, an underwater extinct volcano in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Chad King, a marine biologist at the sanctuary, said Tuesday. A submersible’s camera found the creatures on October 23 nearly 3 kilometres below the surface during the first ... Read More »

First action in Khashoggi ‘killing’ – US to revoke Saudi visas

Trump spoke hours after Turkey’s president, Tayyip Erdogan, dismissed Saudi efforts to blame Khashoggi’s death on rogue operatives. Erdogan urged Riyadh to search “from top to bottom” to uncover those behind Khashoggi’s death in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, an incident that has sparked global outrage and strained relations between Riyadh and Washington. For Saudi Arabia’s allies, the question ... Read More »

Greaves Cotton completes first phase of investment in Ampere Vehicles

Greaves Cotton has completed the first phase of investment i.e. 67% of the equity shareholding in Ampere Vehicles on October 23, 2018, as a result of which Ampere Vehicles has become a subsidiary of the company. Greaves Cotton, a multi-product, multi-locational company is one of the leading engineering companies in India with core competencies in diesel/petrol engines, farm equipment and ... Read More »

Alembic Pharmaceuticals’ JV clears first USFDA inspection at its Gujarat facility

Alembic Pharmaceuticals and Orbicular Pharmaceutical Technologies’ Joint Venture (JV) Company — Aleor Dermaceuticals has successfully cleared its first United States Food and Drugs Administration (USFDA) inspection of its new formulation manufacturing facility located at Karakhadi in the state of Gujarat; without any observations. The scheduled inspection was carried out between October 15, 2018 and October 19, 2018. Alembic Pharmaceuticals, a ... Read More »

BJP announces first list of candidates for 3 states assembly polls

The BJP central election committee meeting was attended among others by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah, Organisational Secretary Ram Lal and central ministers including J P Nadda, Thawar Chand Gehlot, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj. Briefing reporters after the meeting, J P Nadda, secretary of BJP central election committee, said out of 90 seats in Chhattisgarh the ... Read More »

Tata Communications, European Tour complete first test of live 360 degree video

Tata Communications and the European Tour have completed the world’s first test of live 360 degree video in 8K Ultra High Definition the highest resolution in digital television. The groundbreaking technology test at Sky Sports British Masters shows how the most immersive 360 degree video and virtual reality (VR) applications could enable fans at home and at the course to ... Read More »

India vs WI: Pant gets call-up for first two ODIs as Kohli returns

HYDERABAD: Dashing keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant forced his way into the Indian ODI set-up for the first time as the national selection committee got down to put in place a succession plan for the legendary Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Pant, who had scored 114 and 92 in his previous two Test appearances, has been a prolific white ball player who replaced the ... Read More »

SpiceJet operates first direct commercial flight to Pakyong airport

SpiceJet has operated the first direct commercial flight to Pakyong airport from Kolkata. The airline will operate direct flights on the Kolkata-Pakyong-Kolkata route daily under the Centre’s regional connectivity scheme UDAN. The airline has deployed a 78-seater Bombardier Q-400 aircraft on the route. From October 16, the airline will launch a second flight connecting Guwahati with Pakyong. SpiceJet is among ... Read More »

PM Modi first Indian PM to prioritise Universal Health Coverage: UK medical journal

Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of the ‘The Lancet’, said the prime minister has grasped the importance of health not only as a natural right of citizens, but also as a political instrument to meet the growing expectations of the emerging middle class of India, which is engulfed in a “swirling epidemic of non-communicable diseases”. “After years of neglect, the Indian Government ... Read More »

Telangana: Households get electrical connections for the first time

Households are getting electric connections at a cost of just 125 rupees only which earlier used to cost them 1620 rupees. They not only get an electrical bulb, a meter, and required cable but also an electrical connection with fifty units free. For about seven thousand households it is for the first time their houses are being lit. The scheme ... Read More »

PM Modi inaugurates India’s first ever Global Mobility Summit

Summit that is focused on making Indian cities pollution free, saw PM highlighting the fact  that congestion free mobility is critical to check the economic and environmental costs of congestion. Underlinig the fact that Charged mobility is the way forward, PM Modi asserted that focus of India’s entrepreneurs & manufacturers is now to develop and deploy breakthrough battery technology. PM ... Read More »

PM inaugurates first Global Mobility Summit

Saying that charged mobility is the way forward, PM Modi asserted that focus of India’s entrepreneurs & manufacturers is now to develop and deploy break-through battery technology. Prime Minister also stated his vision for future of mobility in India. He highlighted that the vision encompasses the important aspect represented by 7 C’s including common public transport. Asserting that mobility is ... Read More »

PM to inaugurate first Global Mobility Summit today

The raising awareness about various aspects of Mobility and bringing various stakeholders involved in enhancing mobility across different platforms, representative from various Intergovernmental Organizations, Academia, Policy Think tanks from India and abroad, Global leaders from across the mobility sector will deliberate in the 2-day Global Mobility Summit – MOVE beginning Friday in New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate ... Read More »

President Kovind in Cyprus on the first leg of his 3-nation visit

President Tweeted: Happy to begin my visit to Cyprus, one of our closest and most steadfast partners in the international community. My delegation and I bring warm and friendly currents from the Indian Ocean to the waters of the Mediterranean. Looking forward to a productive visit.  President Ram Nath Kovind today embarked on three nation visit to Cyprus, Bulgaria and ... Read More »

President Kovind reaches Cyprus on the first leg of his 3-nation visit

President Tweeted: Happy to begin my visit to Cyprus, one of our closest and most steadfast partners in the international community. My delegation and I bring warm and friendly currents from the Indian Ocean to the waters of the Mediterranean. Looking forward to a productive visit.  President Ram Nath Kovind today embarked on three nation visit to Cyprus, Bulgaria and ... Read More »

GDP growth soars to 8.2% in first quarter of current fiscal

The Finance Ministry has exuded confidence that the economy could exceed estimated 7.5 per cent growth in the current fiscal. Attributing the high quarterly performance to reforms and fiscal prudence, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that India’s GDP for the first quarter of this year growing at 8.2 per cent in otherwise an environment of global turmoil represents the potential of ... Read More »

Banks to remain open in September first week: Government

The Finance Ministry took notice of a rumour on social media about closure of banks for six days in the first week of September and clarified that the banks and banking activity will continue unimpeded in the week. The Ministry said that Monday, September 3, is not a pan India holiday and banks only in some states where a holiday ... Read More »

India’s first manned space mission Gaganyaan to send 3 persons 

India’s first manned space flight – Gaganyaan – is expected to send three persons into the space for seven days and the spacecraft will be placed in a low earth orbit of 300-400 km. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman Dr Sivan has said that India’s Gaganyaan mission aims to send a three-person crew to space for a period of ... Read More »

India’s first bio fuelled flight lands in Delhi

As the Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft of low cost airlines spicejet touched down on the runway of Delhi Airport, it also heralded a new and exciting phase in aviation and energy sector of India.   This is a historic moment for India indeed as very few countries have displayed the technological know how to develop advanced bio fuel that can ... Read More »

India’s first biofuel-powered flight lands in Delhi

The flight was powered with a blend of 75 per cent air turbine fuel (ATF) and 25 per cent biojet fuel. The advantage of using biojet fuel as compared to ATF is that it reduces carbon emissions and enhances fuel efficiency. Made from Jatropha crop, the fuel has been developed by the CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP), Dehradun. Around 20 people, ... Read More »

18th Asian Games 2018: India wins first medal

India opened its account in the 18th Asian Games with Ravi Kumar and Apurvi Chandela winning the bronze medal in the 10 meter mixed air rifle event on Sunday. The duo of Kumar and Chandela finished third on the podium with a score of 429.9. Chinese Taipei claimed gold with 494.1 with a Games record while China bagged silver with ... Read More »

Tamils of Indian origin to get their first allotment of houses under Indian housing project

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will  address  the beneficiaries through a video message while Sri Lankan Prime minister Ranil Wickremsinghe will be the chief guest on the occasion. Indian Tamils, mostly employed in tea and rubber plantations in Sri Lanka, lack proper housing and Indian government is funding construction of 14 thousand houses for them through grant assistance project. Government of ... Read More »

First draft of Sri Lanka’s proposed new constitution submitted to Parliamentary commitee

The committee headed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe  will prepare a draft constitution which needs to be approved by constituent assembly formed by a Parliament resolution in 2015. Parliamentarian and Constitutional expert Dr. Jayampathi Wickramarathna told our AIR Colombo correspondent that the legal draft also called zero draft is based on recommendations of report of six sub committees which submitted their ... Read More »

Emmerson Mnangagwa wins Zimbabwe’s first post-Mugabe election

This was after a poll marred by the deaths of six people in an army crackdown on opposition protests. After two days of claims and counterclaims, the 75-year-old Mnangagwa secured a comfortable victory, polling 2.46 million votes against 2.15 million for 40-year-old opposition leader Nelson Chamisa. An MDC official briefly interrupted the results announcement to say the party rejected the ... Read More »

England beat India in first Test to lead series

Chasing 194, India resumed the day at 110/5 but kept losing wickets, including the one of captain Virat Kohli (51), to fall short by 31 runs. For England, medium-pacer Ben Stokes was lethal, taking the important wickets of Kohli and Hardik Pandya (31) on the day. The right-armer ended up with figures of 4/40 in the second innings for a match haul of six wickets. England’s rookie bowling all-rounder Sam Curran was adjudged ... Read More »

Apple becomes first US-listed trillion-dollar company

The tech company’s stock jumped 2.8 percent to as high as $207.05, bringing its gain to about 9 percent since Tuesday (July 31) when it reported June-quarter results above expectations and said it bought back $20 billion of its own shares. Started in the garage of co-founder Steve Jobs in 1976, Apple has pushed its revenue beyond the economic outputs ... Read More »

Hemingway story from 1956 published for first time

But the story itself has been little known beyond the scholarly community for decades: “A Room on the Garden Side,” written in 1956, is being published for the first time. The brief, World War II-era fiction appears this week in the summer edition of The Strand Magazine, a literary quarterly which has released obscure works by Raymond Chandler, John Steinbeck ... Read More »

India, England first Test match begins today

A crucial challenge will be on the cards for both the sides. India captain Virat Kohli has exuded confidence of good performance ahead of the test. England will want to give a better account of themselves after recent disappointments.India and England have battled each other on 17 occasions across the United Kingdom but the unfortunately for the visitors, victory has been hard to ... Read More »

First ‘Nepal-India Think Tank’ Summit held in Kathmandu

Former Prime Minister of Nepal and Co-Chairman of ruling Nepal Communist Party, Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ inaugurated the summit. In his address Mr. Prachanda said that recent reciprocal visits of prime ministers of both the countries have created a fresh momentum in overall spectrum of bilateral relations.  He also said that initiative of executing all bilateralagreements and understandings has generated a new wave of enthusiasm in ... Read More »

First Nepal-India Think Tank Summit begins in Kathmandu

The summit is being jointly organized by the Asian Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs and Nehru Memorial Museum Library.Former Prime Minister of Nepal and Co-chairman of ruling Communist Party of Nepal, Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda is scheduled to inaugurate the summit. General Secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) , Ram Madhav delivered the keynote address. The main objective of the ... Read More »


Located in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Texas at US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, the juvenile manta ray habitat is the first of its kind to be described in a scientific study. Joshua Stewart, a PhD candidate at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego ... Read More »

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra: MoS VK Singh flags off first batch

VK Singh addressed the first batch of 58 Yatris going via Lipulekh pass. The batch was also briefed about arrangements made for Yatris en route. He termed it as the most difficult pilgrimage of devotees of Lord Shiv, considering the tough terrain. He also informed that special officers have been deputed to facilitate the pilgrimage. Read More »

In a first, ‘full member’ India participates in SCO Summit at Qingdao

Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomed the leaders of the member nations at the annual summit. This is the first summit after India gained full membership of the SCO. At Qingdao, India is likely to pitch for concerted regional and global action against terror networks and favour effective connectivity links. Many other regional issues will be discussed at this edition of the ... Read More »

Mithali becomes first Indian to score 2000 T20I runs

The 35-year-old right-hander from Jodhpur achieved the landmark after scoring a single off Oshadi Ranasinghe en route to her knock of 23 during India’s seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the Women’s Asia Cup T20 in Kuala Lumpur. She now has 2,015 runs in 75 matches. The ICC acknowledged Mitahli’s milestone and congratulated her on Twitter. “Congratulations to @M_Raj03 on reaching ... Read More »