Portugal PM Antonio Costa to be chief guest at 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
Antonio Costa, the Indian-origin prime minister of the Republic of Portugal will be the chief guest at the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Convention to be held in January. Costa will participate in the inaugural session of the PBD Convention on 7 January and will address the delegates on 8 January, the second day of the three-day event. Costa, 54, is a former mayor of Lisbon. He put together a coalition of left parties that is currently in power in Portugal.
Palampur assembly constituency becomes first e-assembly of nation
i. In Himachal Pradesh, the Palampur Assembly Constituency in Kangra district has becomes the first e-assembly constituency of the country. State Assembly Speaker Brij Behari Lal Butail inaugurated this system at a function held in Palampur town yesterday. It is pertinent to mention here that the Himachal Pradesh state assembly is the first assembly in the country which has adopted e-vidhan system, making it paperless.
ii. The resident of constituency now would not only know about the development works going on by one click on computer but they would also send their requirement about funds for different schemes in their respective areas online. This system would be introduced in other 67 constituencies of the state in next six months.
MASSAI, MTDC to organize Advantage Maharashtra Expo-2017
i. In Maharashtra, the Marathwada Association of Small Scale Industries and Agriculture and Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation are organizing Advantage Maharashtra Expo-2017 at Aurangabad from 5th to 8th of January. MASSIA President Vijay Lekurwale said that expo would be held under the aegis of Ministry of Micro Small& Medium Enterprises and National Small Industries Corporation.
ii. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis would preside over the inaugural function of the expo, while Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, MSME Minister Kalraj Mishra, Assembly speaker Haribhau Bagade, Industry Minister Subhash Desai, Tourism Minister Jaikumar Rawal and other dignitaries would remain present for the inaugural programme.
US Consul General Katherine Hadda calls on AP Chief Minister
i. Katherine Hadda, the US Consul General in Hyderabad, after assuming the office recently, paid a courtesy visit on Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N. Chandrababu Naidu yesterday and promised that she would make all possible efforts in bringing US investments as well as visitors to the State.
ii. Her visit aims to upgrade the people to people contact between the US and Andhra Pradesh as a part of broadening the Indo-US ties. In her maiden visit to Andhra Pradesh she appreciated Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu’s efforts in building new capital Amaravati.
Parliamentary panel asks Food dept to complete Aadhaar linkage with ration cards
i. A Parliamentary panel asked the department of Food and Public Distribution to complete the work of Aadhaar Seeding of ration cards in all the States and Union Territories in the country. The panel today tabled its report in Parliament.
ii. The report said the progress of work relating to Aadhaar card Seeding is almost zero in Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Chhatisgarh, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Manipur, Meghalaya, Odisha, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, UP, West Bengal and in Lakshadweep. According to panel in big States like Madhya Pradesh, the progress is at 18 percent whereas in Maharashtra and Rajasthan, it is at one percent.
President recalls Guru Teg Bahadur’s sacrifices
President Pranab Mukherjee recalled the glory of the sacrifice of Guru Teg Bahadur on the eve of his Martyrdom Day. In his message, the President said Guru Teg Bahadur was an embodiment of humility who transcended all barriers of caste, creed, race, religion and gender. He appealed to people to rededicate themselves to the philosophy of selfless service to all, eschewing violence in thoughts and actions.
Central team visits Telangana to assess demonetisation situation
In Telangana, a two-member central team has visited the state today to assess the situation in the context of demonetization of high denomination currency notes. The two-member team comprised of Additional Secretary, Reddy Subrahmaniam and Deputy Secretary Anamika Singh began field visits in Karimnagar and Nizamabad districts to assess the situation especially in rural areas.
Earlier, the team had a meeting with State Chief Secretary Rajeev Sharma at the Secretariat in Hyderabad and discussed the situation with the banks and the procedures and arrangements specially made for people to enable them to exchange old high denomination notes and cash withdrawals from the banks. State Finance Principle Secretary and few other senior officials attended the meeting.
Maha govt amendes 2008 liquor prohibition orders
Maharashtra government has amended the 2008 liquor prohibition orders and empowered the Gram Sabhas to pass a resolution calling for the liquor shops within the villages limits be relocated 100 meters away or outside the village limit.
Maharashtra Excise Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule informed in Mumbai that if 50 per cent of members of Gram Sabha vote in favour of relocation then it would be mandatory upon the shop owner to relocate his shop. The shop owner concerned will be given a year’s time to shift and won’t be charged any fees. However, if he fails to relocate his shop within a year, his license shall be cancelled.
World Robot Olympiad to be held for the first time in India
The 13th World Robot Olympiad will be held in India for the first time ever. It will be organised jointly by NCSM under the aegis of Ministry of Culture and India STEM Foundation (ISF) from 25 November to 27 November 2016 at the India Expo Mart, Greater Noida. More than 2000 students from 54 countries will participate in the event to find innovative ways, using robotic technology, to reduce, manage and recycle waste.
The theme for the 13th World Robot Olympiad is Rap the Scrap. The theme is in line with ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ of the Indian government. The theme suggests students to Rap (talk) about waste – an important social issue. The students are expected to come up with innovative ideas using robotics technology to ‘Rap the Scrap’ i.e. to reduce, manage and recycle waste.
Colombia Govt, FARC rebels to sign new peace deal tomorrow
In Colombia, a new peace agreement between Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia rebels will be signed in Bogota tomorrow. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has said it will be later sent to Congress for approval. He said, country has the unique opportunity to close the painful chapter in its history that has bereaved and afflicted millions of Colombians for half a century.
However, Government opponents led by former President Alvaro Uribe said the agreement is to conclude more than fifty years of civil war, resulting in death of more than 220,000 people. The original agreement was signed two months ago in a ceremony before the world leaders but it was rejected in a referendum on 2 October.
RBI asks banks to ensure adequate cash supply to cooperative, rural Banks
The Reserve Bank of India has asked banks to ensure adequate cash supply to cooperative banks and Regional Rural Banks so that farmers can have enough valid notes needed for purchase of seeds, fertiliser and other inputs during the on-going rabi season.
In a notification issued in Mumbai last evening, RBI has estimated that about Rupees 35,000 crore would be required to support farmers and to ensure unhindered farming operations. The apex bank has stated, that National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) will be utilising its own cash credit limits up to about 23,000 crore rupees to ensure loans for Primary Agricultural Credit Society and farmers.
Over two thousand industrialists owe Rs 3.89 lakh crore to banks
Government has informed, there are over two thousand industrialists whose loan accounts to the tune of 3.89 lakh crore rupees and have turned into, Non Performing Assets. In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha yesterday, Minister of State for Finance Santosh Kumar Gangwar said these industrialists include those who had taken loan of 50 crore rupees or more.
He said, as per RBI instructions, every bank has to have its own recovery policy, including the manner and procedure of write-offs. Mr. Gangwar said the loans are written off after appropriate provisions have been made to take advantage of tax benefits and capital optimisatio
Railways waives off service tax for booking online tickets
In a bid to encourage cashless transactions in the wake of the demonetisation exercise, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation has done away with service tax charges on online bookings done through its website till 31st of December.
A tax of 20 rupees is usually levied on sleeper class tickets and 40 rupees on AC class tickets while transacting via the IRCTC website. The tickets booked through the IRCTC website will become cheaper from today.
India, Switzerland sign Joint declaration on bank account holders
India and Switzerland today signed a Joint Declaration in New Delhi today for implementation of Automatic Exchange of Information between two countries in respect of accounts of Indians held abroad. Ministry of finance in a release said, the Joint Declaration was signed by Chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes Sushil Chandra and Deputy Chief of Mission of Swiss Embassy in India, Gilles Roduit.
The Ministry said, it will make possible for India to receive the financial information of accounts held by Indian residents in Switzerland for 2018 and subsequent years, on an automatic basis from September 2019. It also said that fighting the menace of black money stashed in offshore accounts has been a key priority area for the government.
Indian Journalist Malini Subramaniam honoured with International Press Freedom Award
Indian journalist Malini Subramaniam has been conferred with the International Press Freedom Award for her reporting from the Naxal-infested Bastar area, one of the four journalists felicitated by the annual award for their commitment to the press. She was honoured by the Committee to Protect Journalists along with El Salvador’s Oscar Martinez and Turkey’s Can Dundar. Subramaniam, had reported on abuses by police and security forces, sexual violence against women, the jailing of minors, the close of school and threats against journalists in the Bastar region in Chattisgarh.
President Obama Awards 21 Presdential Medals of Freedom
i. In US, President Barack Obama, has presented the nation’s highest civilian honor, Presidential Medal of Freedom, for the last time as President to 21 individuals. In a function at White House yesterday, Obama presented the Award to personalities including philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates, famous athletes, artists, activists, scientists and others.
ii. Speaking on the occasion, Obama said, they had touched him in a personal as well as in an influencing way. The medal is awarded to those who have contributed to the nation’s interests and security, peace, culture, or other major public or private works.
China successfully launches 4th data satellite
China has successfully launched its fourth data satellite to achieve global network operation that will provide data relay, measurement and control services for its manned spacecraft. Tianlian I-04, was launched on a Long March-3C carrier rocket at 11:24 p.m. Beijing time from the Satellite Launch Centre in southwest Sichuan province last night. N The satellite will join its three predecessors to achieve its intended objective of global network operation.
i. Indian captain Virat Kohli reached a career-high fourth position in the International Cricket Council Player Rankings for Test Batsmen after producing a man of the match performance in the second Test against England which India won by 246 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
ii. Kohli is currently top-ranked in T-20 Internationals and has also held the top position in One-Day Internationals, but has never moved above 10th place in Tests. Middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has gained one place to reach ninth rank after scoring 119 and one, while the England pair of wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow and all-rounder Ben Stokes have also made significant gains.
In the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, India fast bowler Mohammad Shami has gained five places to reach a career-high 21st rank and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja has moved up one position to sixth place. For England, Stuart Broad (up one place) and Moeen Ali (up four places), have achieved fifth and 23rd positions, respectively.
Veteran Carnatic Music exponent Balamurali Krishna passes away
Legendary Carnatic musician M.Balamuralikrishna has passed away in Chennai on Tuesday afternoon. He was 86. He was suffering from age-related geriatric problems for the past many months, and died in sleep at his residence.
Balamuralikrishna is a recipient of Padma Vibhusan award. Hailing from the Sankaraguptham village in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, he began his musical journey at a tender age of 8. Since then, he has performed in over 25 thousand concerts.
He excelled during his long musical career as a prominent Carnatic vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, playback singer, composer and also as an actor. He was honoured by the French award Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres among others.
Former ISRO chief MGK Menon passes away
Professor MGK Menon, an acclaimed physicist, who had played a prominent role in the development of science and technology in the country over the last five decades, breathed his last in New Delhi yesterday. He was 88 years old. He leaves behind his wife, a son and a daughter.
Menon was a member of the Planning Commission, Scientific Adviser to the Prime Minister, Vice President, Council of Scientific& Industrial Research and Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha. He was also a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society of London. A recipient of Padma awards including Padma Vibhushan, Menon had done scientific work in cosmic rays, particle physics and distinguished himself with investigations in the field.
Irish novelist William Trevor dies aged 88
Irish novelist and playwright William Trevor has passed away at the age of 88. Trevor won the Whitbread Prize thrice and was nominated five times for the Booker Prize. The novelist, who also received an honorary knighthood for his services to literature.
Spanish politician Rita Barbera passes away in Madri
Spanish politician Rita Barbera, aged 68, has died of a heart attack in Madrid. Barbera, a senator in Spain’s upper house of Parliament, has been in the news over the last year in connection with an investigation in to alleged irregular party financing in the coastal city of Valencia, where she was mayor.
Renowned Hindi& Bhojpuri writer Dr. Viveki Rai passed away
Dr Viveki Rai, the renowned Hindi and Bhojpuri litterateur, died on 22 November 2016 in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. He was 92. His works mainly depict rural life of India. His first story was published in 1945 in the then-popular newspaper Aaj. He also wrote several articles and columns in magazines and newspapers too.
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