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Jaipur Literature Festival Begins In Houston

The Jaipur Literature Festival began in Houston at the Asia Society of Texas. The festival, touted as the world’s largest free literary gathering, started with a soulful music performance by Indian Sufi singer Zila Khan.

In the inaugural session also saw Congress leader and writer Shashi Tharoor discuss his book “Why i am a Hindu” with writer Namita Gokhale. The annual festival, has now become synonymous with showcasing a range of voices from India and abroad, began in 2006 and is held annually in Jaipur.

Kenya’s Kipchoge Smashes Marathon World Record In Berlin

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge set a new marathon world record in Berlin (Germany), smashing the previous best as he clocked 2 hours 1 minute 39 second. Kenya’s Kipchoge has dominated marathon racing since making his debut in Hamburg in 2013.

The 33-year-old Olympic champion, aided by a string of pacemakers through to 25km of the 42.195 km race, took 1 minute 17 second off the previous best set four years ago by Dennis Kimetto and Ethiopian Ruti Aga finished second and her compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba third.

Moutaz Mousa Abdallah Becomes Sudan’s New PM

Abdallah has become Sudan’s new Prime Minister. The 21-member cabinet was sworn in at the presidential palace in Khartoum. He is also holding the finance portfolio in a bid to revive the country’s ailing economy.

The Sudan has been grappling with an acute foreign exchange shortage and inflation above 65% for several months.

Former Union Minister Satya Prakash Malviya Passes Away

Former Union petroleum minister Satya Prakash Malaviya passed away in Delhi. He was 84. Mr. Malaviya was suffering from prostate cancer.

Satya Prakash Malaviya had served as the petroleum minister in the cabinet headed by former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar. Malviya also served as environment minister in the Uttar Pradesh cabinet.

Rajnath Singh Inaugurates 2 CIBMS Pilot Projects In Jammu

Union Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh inaugurated two Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS) pilot projects along the India-Pakistan border in Jammu region.

The pilot project includes two 5.5 kilometre-stretches in Jammu, the performance of which will be monitored, and based on the feedback improvements will be made for the rest of the system. A 60-kilometre long pilot project along the Bhramaputra river in Assam’s Dhubri district would also be launched in November.

SBI Appoints Prashant Kumar As CFO


State Bank of India announced that Prashant Kumar has taken charge as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Bank. Before Kumar, Anshula Kant, who has been promoted as Managing Director of SBI, was the CFO.

Prior to this appointment, Kumar was designated as Deputy Managing Director (HR) & Corporate Development Officer of India’s largest bank.

Nepal And China Conducts 2nd JME ‘Sagarmatha Friendship-2018’

The second edition of Nepal-China joint military exercise (JME) named Mt Everest Friendship Exercise-2018 (Sagarmatha Friendship-2018) commenced in China’s southwestern Sichuan province.

The 12 day long joint exercise will focus on combating terror and disaster management trainings. The Sagarmatha is the Nepali name for Mt Everest, which stands in between both the countries.

Centre Proposes To Merge Bank Of Baroda, Vijaya Bank And Dena Bank

The government has proposed amalgamation of Bank of Baroda, Vijaya Bank, and Dena Bank to create India’s 3rd largest globally competitive Bank. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced that the amalgamation will increase the banking operations and no employee will face any service condition adverse to present conditions.

The government had announced in the budget that consolidation of banks was also in the agenda of the government. Earlier, the government had merged five subsidiaries of SBI into State Bank of India.

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