President Ram Nath Kovind to lay foundation stone for Link-4 of SAUNI Scheme in Rajkot:

          President Ramnath Kovind will lay foundation stone for link – 4 of Saurashtra Narmada Avataran Irrigation Scheme -SAUNI- Yojana in Rajkot district.

About SAUNI Project:

SAUNI project had been launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his tenure as Chief Minister of Gujarat aims to fill up 115 major dams by diverting overflow of water from the Sardar Sarovar Dam on Narmada River.

The President addressed Guru Ashish Mahaparva at Mehsana in Noth Gujarat on the occasion of 83rd birth day of eminent Jain saint Acharya Padma Sagar Suriji Maharaj.

Chhattisgarh: ‘Ye India ka time hai’ event organized at NIT Raipur

Ye India ka time hai’ event was organized at National Institute of Technology,Raipur.The event was held as per the directives of HRD ministry to mark India’s 70 years of independence and 75 years of the Quit India movement.

The students and teachers also took the ‘Sankalp Se Siddhi’ pledge, vowing to make India free from menaces like corruption, Casteism and communalism. Similar events are being organized in various IITs and central universities in the country.


  • Capital: Raipur
  • Chief Minister: Raman Singh
  • Governor: Balram Das Tandon


Seychelles ratifies international solar alliance framework pact:

The International Solar Alliance (ISA) took another step closer to becoming a recognised inter-governmental body under the United Nations charter, after Seychelles became the ninth member to ratify the ISA Framework Agreement.

With this, the ISA will need the ratification of just six more countries to become a recognised inter-governmental body. Till now India, France, Nauru, Niger, Fiji, Mauritius, Tuvalu and Bangladesh have ratified the ISA Framework Agreement.

Once recognised, the ISA can embark on its task to channelise $300 billion in 10 years to promote renewable energy projects under a global mega fund for clean energy.Costa Rica became the 39th signatory to the list that already has Australia, Brazil, Cambodia and Peru.


  • Currency: Seychellois rupee
  • Capital: Victoria

Canadian investment guru Prem Watsa to launch first Invest India Conference:

          Indo-Canadian investment guru Prem Watsa, considered the Canadian equivalent of legendary American investor Warren Buffett, is launching a new initiative this week to bring a sense of urgency to economic ties between India and Canada.


  • Currency: Canadian dollar
  • Capital: Ottawa


Newly assigned ministers to assume charge:

Several newly assigned ministers in cabinet expansion of Union Council of Ministers will assumed charge in New Delhi. Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore who was given portfolio of Youth Affairs and Sports Ministry will assume of as MoS (Independent charge).

Shri Piyush Goyal Union Railway Minister
Smt.Nirmala Sitharaman Union Defence Minister
Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways; Shipping; and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
Shri Suresh Prabhu Union Minister of Commerce and Industry.
Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda Union Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation.
Smt. Uma Bharati Union Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
Shri Dharmendra Pradhan Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas; and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
Shri Alphons Kannanthanam Union Minister of tourism; and Electronics and Information Technology.


Sudharshan Bhagat as Minister of State for Tribal Affairs. Minister of State for Skill DevelopmentAnant Kumar Hegde will assume their charge. Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi will also assume charge. Mr Naqvi has been elevated to the Cabinet rank.


Indian-origin man J Y Pillay appointed Singapore’s acting president:

          J Y Pillay, an Indian-origin veteran civil servant, was appointed as Singapore’s acting president until a new head of state is sworn in later this month.

Pillay, 83, took over from Tony Tan Keng Yam who completed a six-year term.


  • Capital: Singapore
  • Currency:Dollar

Infosys seeks shareholder nod for Pravin Rao’s appointment as MD:

India’s second-largest software services firm Infosys has sought shareholder approval to the appointment of U B Pravin Rao as its Managing Director.He will continue to hold the position of interim-CEO and MD for a maximum of five years, or until a new CEO and MD is appointed, Infosys said in its postal ballot.


L&T gets green nod for Rs 1,102-cr Powai project expansion:

Larsen & Toubro, the country’s largest engineering firm, has received green nod for expansion of its Powai residential and IT tower projects in Mumbai that will entail an investment of Rs. 1,102 crore.


Karnataka Bank bags IDRBT award:

Karnataka Bank has bagged the ‘best bank’ award among small banks for the use of technology for financial inclusion at the 13th IDRBT Banking Technology Excellence Awards 2016-17. Mahabaleshwara MS, MD & CEO of the bank, received the award from Sudarshan Sen, Executive Director of RBI, in Hyderabad recently.


India becomes 1st visiting country to inflict 5-0 whitewash on Sri Lanka:

India has whitewashed host Sri Lanka 5-nil in One Day International cricket series.In the fifth and final match at Colombo the men in blue beat the host by six-wickets. By winning all games, India became the first visiting country to inflict a 5-0 defeat on Sri Lanka.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni becomes first wicketkeeper to effect 100 stumpings in ODI Cricket:

Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the first wicketkeeper in world cricket to effect 100 stumpings in One Day Internationals. Dhoni achieved the feat in his 301st ODI in Colombo.


Bharadwaj finishes runners-up at India Junior GP:

In Badminton, Rahul Bharadwaj lost to top seed Kunlavut Vitidsarn in the men’s singles final to finish as runners-up at the Junior International Grand Prix in Pune.


Walter Becker, co-founder of band Steely Dan, dies at 67:

A rock and roll fan with a penchant for harmony and obtuse references, Walter Becker, the guitarist, bassist and co-founder of the 1970s rock group Steely Dan, which sold more than 40 million albums and produced such hit singles as “Reelin’died on aged 67.

Celebrated US poet John Ashbery dies at 90:

John Ashbery, an enigmatic giant of modern poetry whose energy, daring and boundless command of language raised American verse to brilliant and baffling heights, died at the age of 90.

His 1975 collection, “Self—Portrait in a Convex Mirror,” was the rare winner of the book world’s unofficial triple crown- the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle prize.