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Four Indian-Americans honoured with Great immigrants.

Four Indian-Americans, including top US attorney Preet Bharara, are among 38 distinguished personalities who have been honoured with this year’s prestigious “ Great Immigrants: The pride of America” award. Among other Indians honoured with the top annual award by the prestigious New York-based Carnegie Corporation are Rakesh Khuaran a, Dean of Harvard College and Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership ad Development; Madhulika Sikka, Executive Editor, Mic and Abraham Verghese, Eminent Physician, Professor and Author.

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SBI launched “Project Tatkal”.

The country’s largest public sector lender State Bank of India (S.B.I), launched “Project Tatkal”, an initiative to provide doorstep services and expedite. Home Loan Application (H.L.A) process. The project will help home loan applicants to get the loan within 10 days after the receipt of application form and relevant supporting documents.

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C.D. Balaji, new director of the Aeronautical Development Agency.

Commodore C.D. Balaji (Retd.) took charge as the Director of the Aeronautical Development Agency (A.D.A.) and programme Director of the Light  Combat Aircraft (L.C.A.). He succeeded P.S. Subramanyam, a distinguished scientist who superannuated on 30th June 2015. Prior to this appointment, Balaji, an outstanding scientist, was Project Director of the L.C.A’s naval version.

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Dr. Fazle Hasan Abed has been awarded the World Food Prize 2015.

Dr. Fazle Hasan Abed, the founder of B.R.A.C, the largest non-governmental organisation on the planet, has been awarded the World Food Prize 2015 for his “unparalleled” work on reducing poverty in Bangladesh and 10 other countries. Abed established B.R.A.C- formerly known as the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee in 1972.

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New step for rural women education and awareness.

Google India, Tata Trust and Intel have started a unique initiative to educate rural Women about internet and create awareness towards it. Theses companies joined hands to launch a programme ‘Internet Saathi’. Under the programme 1,000 specially-designed bicycles equipped with internet devices will be sent into remote villages. The aim of the initiative is to create awareness towards internet among 5 lakh Indian rural women in the next 18 months.

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ARPAN 3.0, New software for Indian Army.

Defence  Minister Manohar Parrikar launched a new automation software, ARPAN 3.0 for over 12 lakh soldiers of the Indian Army which would provide them easy access to their service records including pay and leave details and transfer and postings among others. The roll out of ARPAN 3.0 (Army Record Process Automation 3.0) is aimed at digitization of Indian Army’s 45 Record Offices pan India in one year time.

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Sapna won Gold medal in World Police Games-2015.

A woman assistant sub-inspector (A.S.I) of Rajasthan Police Athletics Team Sapna, who represented Indian police team won a gold medal in the 5 km race walk event in the World Police Games 2015, held in Virginia, USA. Sapna completed the event in 26.14 minutes, which is a new police games record.

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National Skill Development Mission 2015.

The Union Cabinet approved the institutional framework for the National Skill Development Mission 2015. The Mission will provide a strong institutional framework at the center and states for implementation of skilling actitvities in the country. The Union Cabinet also gave its approval for a new scheme called the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (P.M.K.S.Y). The Yojana was approved it an outlay of 50,000 crore rupees over a period of five years (2015-16 to 2019-20). Its aim is to provide convergence to existing schemes of water management, thus bringing efficiency to the use of water.

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World Bank loan for Indian Railways.

The World Bank announced to provide $650 million loan for a major project of the Indian Railways, the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor project. Construction of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor will help speed up the carrying of goods between Ludhiana in the west of India and Kolkata in the east. This huge project will span 1,840 kms (1,140 miles) across the North India. The loan is the third from the World Bank to help fund the freight corridor.

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