Home Minister Rajnath Singh asks 5 eastern states to check influx of Rohingyas
- Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday has said for the five eastern states sharing boundaries with Bangladesh has to be get the extra noticing for the Rohingyas and illegal immigrants through the porous Indo-Bangla border.
- “The state governments have to be extra vigilant against the Rohingyas and other illegal immigrants,” he said, flagging the central government’s priority to check the illegal immigrants from Myanmar through Bangladesh.
- “Radical elements and terrorists can be checked only with joint action and active cooperation of central and state governments,” he said.
- “The grid will comprise various elements namely physical barriers, non-physical barriers, surveillance, system, Intelligence agencies, state police, BSF and other state and central agencies,” he said in his opening remarks.
- “India has friendly relations with Bangladesh and all these measures will be taken to facilitate genuine trade and legitimate cross-border movement of people while curbing radicalisation, illegal immigration, smuggling of cattle, fake Indian currency notes and drugs,” he told the chief ministers and top officials of the five states.
- The Ministry of Home Affairs or Home Ministry is a ministry of the Government of India, serving as the Indian State Department
- As an interior ministry, it is mainly responsible for the maintenance of internal security and domestic policy
- Formed: 15 August 1947
- Jurisdiction: India
- Headquarters: North Block, Cabinet Secretariat, Raisina Hill, New Delhi – 110 001
- Cabinet minister: Rajnath Singh
- Minister of state: Kiren Rijiju, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir
- Departments: Department of Internal Security
Maharashtra BJP MP Nana Patole resigns from Lok Sabha, party
- Nana Patole, BJP MP from Bhandara-Gondiya in Maharashtra has given the resign to the Lok Sabha on Friday this has been announced by the campaigning for the Congress in Gujarat. Mr Patole will going to lead the rally that has started by party vice-president Rahul Gandhi on December 11.
- “Farmers suicides have gone up several levels in the last three years and despite having sought time from both Prime Minister [Narendra] Modi and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, I wasn’t given a hearing,” he said.
- “All of you are questioning my timing. Let me tell you, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, yesterday reacting to the “neech” comment said he is being insulted for belonging to the OBC community. I want to tell everyone how he insults every OBC MP and party functionary,” Mr Patole said.
- “Today I have submitted my resignation to the Lok Sabha speaker. I have also resigned from primary membership of the BJP. Ever since this government came to power, it has been misleading people. Be it farmers’ issues, demonetisation or GST. People elected this government with lot of hopes but they have betrayed those hopes,” he told reporters.
- “I tried raising these issues in the party but they used pressure tactics to curb my voice. There is a campaign underway to curb dissent and opposing voices. These are not my personal issues. They are public issues and I represent people. So instead of staying with these people who have no sympathy for people and time to address their concerns, I have decided to quit. I will work among the people. I have not so far decided to join any other party,” he added.
- “I am not joining any political party for the moment,” Mr Patole said. “My identity is not limited to being a parliamentarian. I am a known voice in Maharashtra, who speaks for the farmers. So if need be I can float my own party.”
Government extends date for linking Aadhaar with PAN till March 31, 2018
- The Aadhaar cardholder that has not linked his aadhar yet with the bank account or PAN card with Aadhaar, not they do not have to worry about it. The Center has informed that it has postpined the last date of the mandatory Aadhaar card linking deadline till March 31, 2018 for various services and welfare schemes.
- “It has come to notice that some of the taxpayers have not yet completed the linking of PAN with Aadhaar. Therefore, to facilitate the process of linking, it has been decided to further extend the time for linking of Aadhaar with PAN till 31st March, 2018,” the ministry has said in a statement.
- The Supreme Court has put it on the five-judge Constitution bench to hear the plea of petitioners who have challenged this move of government of linking Aadhaar with various services on the grounds of right to privacy. The hearing will take place next week. While the deadline for bank account and PAN card have been extended, the last date for linking your mobile phone with Aadhaar remains February 6, 2018.
Britain & EU reach historic deal on terms of Brexit divorce
- Britain and the EU has get stepped at the Friday on the terms of the Brexit divorce after Prime Minister Theresa May rushed to Brussels for early morning talks.
- The European Commission said it “recommends sufficient progress” had been made by Britain on separation issues including the Irish border, Britain’s divorce bill, and citizens rights.
- “The Commission is satisfied that sufficient progress has been achieved in each of the three priority areas,” the European Commission said in a statement.
- “We’re pleased to see those changes because for me it means there’s no red line down the Irish Sea and we have the very clear confirmation that the entirety of the United Kingdom is leaving the European union, leaving the single market, leaving the customs union,” she said.
- First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said “the real lesson” of the past week was that Scotland “will always be at the mercy of reckless decisions taken by Tory governments at Westminster” unless it becomes independent. “The sooner we are in control over our own future here in Scotland the better, and this week has proved it,” she added.
- “I don’t believe that the City will fall apart and that everyone will flee. I don’t think that’s how it’s going to work,” he told a European Parliament committee.
World’s 1st robot citizen calls for Saudi women’s rights
- The humanoid robot Sophia that has got the Saudi Arabian citizenship in October and expressed hopes of starting a family a few weeks back, is now calling for women’s rights in her home nation.
- In an interview with CNBC, David Hanson, the CEO of Hanson Robotics, the company, which has developed the AI bot, said Sophia is a strong backer of women’s rights in Saudi Arabia.
- “Sophia is a big advocate for women’s rights, for rights of all human beings,” Hanson said. “She has been reaching out about women’s rights in Saudi Arabia and about rights for all human beings and all living beings on this planet.”
- During the interview, Hanson also stressed the importance of rights for robots like Sophia. “I think that we should see the future with respect for all sentient beings and that will include machines.”
BANKING AND FINANCE
Apollo Munich Health Insurance launches first-of-its-kind Health Wallet Plan
- Apollo Munich Health Insurance, a standalone health insurer, on Thursday has launched a novel health insurance plan ‘Health Wallet’ that caters not only to the customers’ hospitalisation and to OPD expenses, but also ensures affordability of continuing their policy in their golden years.
- Speaking on this announcement, Mr. Antony Jacob, Chief Executive Officer, Apollo Munich Health Insurance said, “With changing lifestyles, healthcare needs of Indians are changing at a rapid pace and with this, we believe it is imperative for the health insurance sector to redefine itself to cater to the evolving needs of customers.
- “With respect to healthcare financing there are three major insights at hand and perhaps also the reason for low health insurance penetration. One – India ranks 183 out of 189 countries because of out of pocket expenses, which means almost 70% of healthcare expenses incurred is out of pocket. Two – Indian customers are probably most judicious as they always look for great value for money and it has been imbibed in their minds to save money and plan for their future.”
- “Three – Post retirement people are worried about funding health insurance premiums. These pertinent concern areas of customers lead us to re-invent the industry. Today we are proud to be the pioneers in leading this change for our sector and introducing a new category WINSURE, along with a revolutionary product – “Health Wallet” which addresses all of the above concerns”.
- Apollo Munich Health Insurance Company Ltd. is a private sector health insurance company in India
- Founded on 8 August 2007, it is a joint venture between the Apollo Hospitals group and Munich Health
- CEO: Antony Jacob
- Founded: 2007
- Number of employees: 2,200 (as of September 2016)
- Chief product officer: Dr Sriharsha A Achar
- Parent organization: Apollo Hospitals
- Executive director: Mr. Krishnan Ramachandran (Deputy Ceo), Dr Sriharsha A Achar
IMF approves $44.5 million credit for Madagascar
- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said it has given the approval for the further $44.5 million credit for Madagascar, for the drive to support the country’s economic recovery.
- The IMF and other international donors broke ties or cut aid payments to the Indian Ocean island after a coup in 2009, but resumed them after a peaceful presidential vote in late 2013.
- “The gradual economic recovery has continued, with solid growth and continued macroeconomic stability despite the drought and cyclone that affected Madagascar in early 2017,” the IMF said in a statement late on Wednesday.
- In late November, Madagascar’s finance ministry said economic growth will rise to 5.1 percent in 2018, from an estimated 4.5 percent this year.
- The International Monetary Fund is an international organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., of “189 countries working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability
- Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States
- CEO: Christine Lagarde (5 Jul 2011–)
- Founded: 27 December 1945, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, United States
- Subsidiaries: IMF Development Committee.
- Founders: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White
- Parent organization: United Nations
Science and Technology
Union Government launches MSME Sambandh Portal
- A Public Procurement Portal ‘MSME Sambandh’ that has launched by Shri Giriraj Singh, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for MSME, here today. The main aim the portal is to monitor the implementation of the Public Procurement from MSEs by Central Public Sector Enterprises.
- Speaking on the occasion, Shri Giriraj Singh said that MSME has been not given the importance. He also stated that in the words of the Prime Minister MSME sector generates more employment next only to Agriculture sector. Shri Singh also said that 80% of jobs in industry is given by MSME with just 20% of investment. He appealed to the stakeholders to take advantage of the portal thereby fulfilling the mandate given to them. He highlighted the fact that such portal would gel with the ease of doing business and ‘Make in India’ initiatives of the Government of India. He also said that his government is ready to help the MSEs in all possible ways.
- A.K. Panda, Secretary, MSME informed that the Micro and Small Enterprises would be able to access the information about the products being procured by CPSEs. Thus, it would help the MSEs in participating in the procurement process.
5 medals for India on day 1 of Asian Airgun Championships
- India has started itself at the 10th Asian Airgun Shooting Championships, collecting five medals on the event’s opening day but Olympic bronze-medallist Gagan Narang missed out on an individual podium finish in Wako City, Japan.
- Ravi Kumar has grabbed the one of his bronze in the men’s 10m air rifle while Arjun Babuta won individual an silver in the corresponding junior men’s event. India has also get the three team silver medals in each of the three air rifle events.
- Deepak Kumar has led the Indian charge into the finals of the Men’s 10m air rifle, shooting 627.5 after the regulation 60 shots, to qualify fourth out of eight finalists.
- Ravi Kumar, with 624.6 finished sixth, while former Olympic-Bronze medalist Gagan Narang, making a return into the event after a break, shot 624.5 to qualify in seventh place.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Irfan Khan receives Honorary Award at Dubai International Film Festival
- “I’m not good at remembering names, I sometimes forget my own name, and I don’t care about awards, unless they are genuine,” says Irrfan Khan, at the time of getting his Honorary Award at the opening night gala of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), on 6 December.
- In India, we all know the similar awards chukker and the politics behind many of them, but without explaining the context, he startled everyone here, including his adoring fans. Buzz is that he has four bodyguards in Dubai; not an avatar we are familiar with, but that’s what stardom brings, we guess.
- Cate Blanchett (Carol, Elizabeth: The Golden Age), Sir Patrick Stewart (Star Trek and X-Men franchises) and Egyptian writer Wahid Hamed (the Yacoubian Building) were the other film talent honored with awards at the ceremony. A little earlier, Sonam Kapoor had sashayed on the red carpet in an elegant white jacket casually thrown over an all-white gown.
Tommy Horton: Former Ryder Cup golfer dies at the age of 76
- Horton, who belongs from the New Jersey, and had played for Great Britain and Ireland in the 1975 and 1977 Ryder Cups – both of which were won by the United States has died.
- He also won 4 European Tour events and 23 events on the European Seniors Tour – topping its money list in 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999.
- “Despite his success at the game’s highest level Tommy was first and foremost a PGA professional, ” PGA chief executive Robert Maxfield said.
- “He flew the flag for the association at every opportunity, especially during his year as captain.
- “The days when club professionals like Tommy could excel on the Tour are long gone but he never lived in the past and was always mindful of the game’s future.”