Daily Archives: April 14, 2017

Deciphering plant immunity against parasites

Summary:Nematodes are a huge threat to agriculture since they parasitize important crops such as wheat, soybean, and banana; but plants can defend themselves. Researchers have identified a protein that allows plants to recognize a chemical signal from the worm and initiate immune responses against the invaders. This discovery will help to develop crop… Read More

PM felicitates lucky winners of the Mega Draw

The six lucky winners of the first, second and third prize worth Rs.1 crore, Rs.50 lakh and Rs.25 lakh in the consumer category and Rs. Rs.50 lakh, Rs.25 lakh and Rs,12 lakh in the merchants’ category for embracing digital payments under NITI Aayo’s Lucky Grahak Yojana for consumers and Digidhan Vyapar Yojana for merchants have underlined the need … Read More

Boeing completes Successful First Flight of 737 MAX 9

The Boeing 737 MAX 9 completed its first flight today in the skies above Puget Sound. The 737 MAX program achieved the milestone on schedule, beginning a comprehensive flight-test program leading to certification and delivery.

“The MAX 9’s first flight is another milestone that continues the program’s strong track record of progress,”… Read More

Golden Age of 25 is best for ability to make random choices

Summary:People’s ability to make random choices or mimic a random process, such as coming up with hypothetical results for a series of coin flips, peaks around age 25, according to a study.

People’s ability to make random choices or mimic a random process, such as coming up with hypothetical results for a series of coin flips, peaks around age 25,… Read More

Breaking the Inter-generational Cycle of Malnutrition among Adolescent Girls

Adolescence – the transient phase of life from puberty to adulthood comprises rapid physical growth coupled with fast-paced psychosocial, cognitive and emotional development. India has nearly 253 million adolescents (constituting >1/5th of total population) who are in dire need of appropriate nutrition, education, counselling and… Read More

BHEL signs MoU 2017-18 with Government of India

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Govt. of India for the year 2017-18 in New Delhi. The MoU was signed by Shri Atul Sobti, Chairman and Managing Director, BHEL and Shri Girish Shankar, Secretary, Department of Heavy Industry (DHI), Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises.

Shri Bhaskar … Read More

Cash back & Referral bonus schemes to be unveiled

Commemorating the 126th birth anniversary of Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar, Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi will launch several crucial initiatives to further the digital payments revolution in India on April 14th this year. These include, the launch of BHIM Aadhaar platform for merchants, cash back and referral bonus schemes for BHIM and declaring about 75 … Read More

Solar Power tariff hits all time low of Rs 3.15 per unit at NTPC auction

Solar tariffs in India reduced to yet another record low at the NTPC-conducted auction of 250 MW at the Kadapa Solar Park in Andhra Pradesh. The project has been awarded to the Indian arm of French clean energy firm Solairedirect SA which quoted levelised tariff of Rs 3.15/KWh. The earlier record of Rs. 3.30 per unit levelised tariff for Rewa Ultra Mega Solar… Read More

PMMY crosses the target of 1.8 lakh crore for 2016-17

Loans extended under the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY) during 2016-17 have crossed the target of Rs. 1,80,000 crore for 2016-17. Sanctions currently stand at Rs. 1,80,087 crore with final data still awaited from some of the smaller non-banking lenders. Of this amount, Rs. 1,23,000 crore was lent by banks while non-banking institutions lent about Rs.… Read More

ONGC Everest Team inches closer, reaches Dingboche


The ONGC Everest team is slowly but surely inching closer to the top of the world. On 12 April 2017, the team reached Dingboche, after hiking upto 4850 meters and walking a distance of 16 kms. The team went to village Chhukung which acts as the Base for all expeditions to Island Peak as a Pre-Everest climbing. In harsh conditions, with temperature… Read More