Uber Technologies Inc. has elevated Pradeep Parameswaran as its new India and South Asia head.
Parameswaran takes over from Amit Jain, who has been tasked with heading Uber’s entire Asia Pacific business, including areas such as Australia, New Zealand and North Asia.
Jain’s elevation was part of a broader strategy that indicated Uber’s intention to focus on markets such as Australia and take on Ola, which also recently launched its service in that country.
Parameswaran, a former McKinsey executive, joined Uber India in January last year and was head of operations.
Telangana has launched 'COP CONNECT', a mobile app to support the professional communication and collaboration needs of the entire police department of the state.
It was developed based on the Telangana State Police internal Communication strategy, which would help the entire work force to proactively engage and consult each other so that they are able to play an active role in the delivery of uniform Police Services across the state.
COP CONNECTs end-to-end encryption with the server being with Police Department ensures absolute security and confidentiality of internal Police communication.
The app has all features of regular mobile messaging apps and is enabled for chatting, group chats, file sharing (image, audio, video and documents) and location sharing.
Different types of groups can be created at the state level, District/Commissionerate levels, zonal level, sub-divisional level, circle level and police station level.
The World Sustainable Gastronomy Day is observed every year on June 18.
It emphasizes the need to focus the world’s attention on the role that sustainable gastronomy can play. It also reaffirms that all cultures and civilizations are contributors and crucial enablers of sustainable development.
Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has commissioned the last of the five Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) ICGS Rani Rashmoni, in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
The FPVs are equipped with advanced sensors and state-of-the-art equipment and are designed to perform multifarious tasks such as surveillance, interdiction, search and rescue, anti-smuggling and anti-poaching, operations.
The 51-meter ship is propelled by three MTU 4000 series diesel engines of 2720 capacity each, coupled with Rolls Royce Kamewa jets.
The patrol vessel is fitted with an advanced Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), to carry out search and rescue operations.
ICGS ‘Rani Rashmoni’ will comprise four officers and 34 men and is commanded by Navdeep Safaya.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has classified gaming addiction as mental health disorder.
It has been added International Classification of Diseases (ICD) 11. The WHO's describes addiction to digital and video gaming as "a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour" that becomes so extensive that it "takes precedence over other life interests".
The International Classification of Diseases (ICD), which has been updated over the past 10 years, now covers 55,000 injuries, diseases and causes of death. It forms a basis for the WHO and other experts to see and respond to trends in health.
This latest version - known as ICD-11 - is completely electronic for the first time, in an effort to make it more accessible to doctors and other health workers around the world.
The government has set up a Chief Ministers Subgroup to Coordinate Policy Approaches for Agriculture and Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).
The move comes in the backdrop of the vision of the Prime Minister towards Doubling Farmers’ Income by 2022 which requires a multi-dimensional and inclusive approach.
It comes close on the heels of the unanimous decision taken at the 4th meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog on 17th June.
The Prime Minister nominated the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh to convene a Sub-Group of seven Chief Ministers for coordinated policy approach on the Agriculture Sector and the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).
Subsequently, the Chief Ministers Sub-Group has been constituted with the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh as its Convener.
The Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Sikkim, and Shri Ramesh Chand, Member, NITI Aayog, have been named has Members of the Sub-Group. The Sub-Group will be serviced by the NITI Aayog.
Terms of Reference of the Sub-Group has tentatively been assigned as follows:
(i) To suggest a wider choice of State specific interventions both for pre-sowing and post-harvest to further improve the thrust on incomes, water conservation and waste to wealth.
(ii) To align works under MGNREGS fully to the requirements of achieving the goal of Doubling Farmers’ Income by 2022. This will improve thrust on Water Conservation, individual Beneficiary Schemes, Construction of Rural Haats, Vermi-Composting etc.
(iii) To make recommendations on interventions of MGNREGS that can facilitate reduction of agrarian distress including work availability, wage rates, seasonality etc.
(iv) To explore the possibilities of MGNREGS as a livelihood resource for development and diversification of livelihoods of small and marginal farmers specially belonging to SC/ST households.
(v) To suggest ways of aligning MGNREGS and its livelihood thrust with women Self Help Groups (SHGs), producer Groups, and Producer Companies to enable a better use of resources for livelihood.
(vi) To explore successful convergence of program resources across Departments to ensure optimal fund utilization, efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability.
The Sub-Group will submit its report within three months from its date of constitution. The first meeting of the Sub-Group is expected to be held within the next month, as per the convenience of the Chief Minister, Madhya Pradesh.
Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation and Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari is scheduled to visit Republic of Tajikistan to represent India in the high-level Conference on “International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development, 2018-2028” on 20-21 June 2018.
United Nations and Government of the Republic of Tajikistan are jointly organizing the Conference to discuss key water-related issues of sustainable development goals adopted by UN member countries.
Nitin Gadkari will also share the initiatives, solutions and best practices that Government of India is taking in the field of Drinking Water & Sanitation, Water Resource Assessment, Resource Distribution, Management, Conservation and Harvesting. He will outline key policy initiatives and flagship programs of the Government of India including rejuvenation of river Ganga.
Union Minister of Women and Child Development (WCD), Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi launched the “Handbook on legal processes for Police in respect of Crime against Children” at a function in New Delhi.
The WCD Ministry will work closely with identified stakeholders to ensure that this Handbook is available in every Police Station, preferably in local languages.
The Handbook is a composite tool which will aid Police personnel to chart a step-by-step procedure to be adopted in cases of crime against children.
Regulator Irdai has set up a 10-member panel to review norms related to insurance marketing firm (IMF) with an aim to increase insurance penetration in the country.
The committee is headed by Suresh Mathur, Executive Director (insurance marketing firms).
The new distribution channel of IMF was introduced in 2015 by Irdai, with the objective of increasing insurance penetration through an areawise registration approach.
The People Democratic Party's (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti submitted her resignation as Jammu and Kashmir chief minister to state governor N N Vohra.
Mehbooba's move came shortly after the BJP announced it was pulling out of its alliance with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir.
The ICICI Bank board appointed ICICI Prudential Life Insurance CEO Sandeep Bakhshi as whole-time director and chief operating officer (COO).
He was appointed by creating a new top position at India’s second largest private bank, to steer all its businesses.
Bakhshi has been appointed for a period of five years. Mr. Bakhshi will be responsible for handling all the businesses and corporate centre functions at the Bank. Bakhshi will continue as non-executive director of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance.
Chanda Kochhar, ICICI Bank’s managing director and CEO, who is facing conflict-of-interest allegations, will remain on leave until a committee investigating allegations of impropriety completes its work.
Noted mimicry artiste Nerella Venumadhav died after a brief illness at his home in Mattewada in Warangal city in Telangana. He was 85
Venumadhav served as an MLC in 1971 in the undivided Andhra Pradesh. He rose to international fame after his enthralling performance at the United Nations. He was conferred scores of awards, including the Padma Shri in 2001.
Venumadhav was recently felicitated by the Telangana government on State formation day on June 2.
The Reserve Bank has eased investment norms for foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) in debt, especially into individual large corporates, a move that can help attract more overseas flows and thereby help arrest the recent fall in the rupee on one hand and also lift the recent fall in demand for corporate bonds.
The RBI increased the FPIs cap on investment in government security to 30% of the outstanding stock of that security, from 20% earlier.
FPIs were allowed to invest in government bonds with a minimum residual maturity of three years.
FPIs are allowed to invest in various debt market instruments such as government bonds, treasury bills, state development loans and corporate bonds, but with certain limits and restrictions.