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Indian Affairs

Punjab CM constitutes committee under Randhir Singh for sports varsity in Patiala

Punjab CM constitutes committee under Randhir Singh for sports varsity in Patiala

  1. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday has established the one of the new community that is headed by Olympian Randhir Singh, that has been set at the move of the event of setting up a sports university in Patiala.
  2. “The committee has been set up under the aegis of the Sports and Youth Affairs Department to work out the modalities for setting up the proposed university,” an official spokesperson said here.
  3. “It has been mandated to study the existing national and international models of sports universities and accordingly prepare a draft legislation to be presented to the government,” he said.
  4. “The committee will also identify suitable land and buildings for the university in and around Patiala, including premises for its transit campus and to suggest a staff structure to incubate the university,” he said.
  5. “The university, to be set up in pursuance of the chief minister’s announcement in the Vidhan Sabha, in June this year, will promote sports education and training in the state, which has given several top sportspersons to the country over the years,” he said.
  6. “Besides International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Randhir Singh, the committee includes Olympian Pargat Singh, along with former Vice Chancellor of Lakshmibai National University of Physical Education (LNIPE), Gwalior, J S Narula, and former Vice Chancellor of Rajasthan Sports University Dr L S Ranawat,” he said.

KEYS:

  1. Punjab, a state bordering Pakistan, is the heart of India’s Sikh community
  2. The city of Amritsar, founded in the 1570s by Sikh Guru Ram Das, is the site of Harmandir Sahib, the holiest gurdwara (Sikh place of worship)
  3. Known in English as the Golden Temple, and surrounded by the Pool of Nectar, it’s a major pilgrimage site
  4. Also in Amritsar is Durgiana Temple, a Hindu shrine famed for its engraved silver doors
  5. Capital: Chandigarh
  6. Largest city: Ludhiana
  7. Punjab has the fifth-highest life expectancy at birth (71.6) during 2010-14 among all Indian states.

 

Union Minister Ramdas Athawale launches Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana in Mumbai

Union Minister Ramdas Athawale launches Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana in Mumbai

  1. Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Ramdas Athawale said, “Generic drugs for one and all is the need of the hour and we are glad to launch the same in our state. This will be a revolutionary step in healthcare.” He was giving the speech at the term of the Jan Aushadhi in Mumbai Today.
  2. He further said, “We will also urge doctors to prescribe for generic drugs. This will help people save money and bring relief to the public”. Shri Athawale has shows his gratitute to the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for this public interest scheme.
  3. The Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana has been launched by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi with the main aim of the available the medicines in the effective price for all the person, particularly for the poor and underprivileged, through exclusive outlets. Jan Aushadhi Medical Store is set up with an aim to reduce out of pocket expenses in healthcare.
  4. It is common fact that in India the medicines has been sold at the very higher price. This plan will do the work of open the many of the Jan Aushadhi centers in Mumbai and making people aware about Bhartiya Jan Aushdhi Pariyojana. This will facilitate availability of generic medicines to people at very reasonable rates compared to branded and expensive medicines. The formation and components of these drugs are similar. Shri Biplab Chatterjee ,CEO,Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India,( BPPI) and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

KEYS:

  1. The Union Council of Ministers exercises executive authority in the Republic of India
  2. It consists of senior ministers, called “Cabinet Ministers”, junior ministers, called “Ministers of State” and deputy ministers
  3. It is led by the Prime Minister
  4. Number of houses: 2

 

CBI lets Shivraj Singh Chouhan off Vyapam hook, heat now on Digvijaya

CBI lets Shivraj Singh Chouhan off Vyapam hook, heat now on Digvijaya

  1. In the main term of the state Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the CBI on Tuesday has stated that one of the hard disc has been get from the office of the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board, or Vyapam, had not been tampered to allegedly “delete” references to the word “CM”.
  2. The data that has been found on that, that is on the effect of Congress member Digvijaya Singh levelled allegations of irregularities against Chouhan, but the CBI has, in its chargesheet filed in a special court, dismissed the claim. Singh can get the faced by the fabricated documents in keeping with the CBI’s submissions to the SC earlier this year.
  3. “The computer from which the hard disk was seized was last shut down on July 15, 2013, three days before Indore police searches. Nobody accessed any files on that computer after July 15,” said the CBI.
  4. “Two pen drives, one kept in custody of the Delhi HC on the petition of Pandey, and the other submitted by him to the CBI in a sealed cover were sent to CFSL, Hyderabad, for analysis. The pen drives as per the claims of Pandey contained the tampered and untampered versions of the impugned excel file,” said the CBI.

KEYS:

  1. The Central Bureau of Investigation is the domestic security agency of India
  2. The CBI is overseen by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions of the Federal government
  3. Motto: Industry, Impartiality, Integrity
  4. Founded: 1963
  5. Agency executive: Alok Verma, Director
  6. Annual budget: 6.956 billion INR (2017–2018, US$103.4 million)
  7. Parent agency: Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
  8. Headquarters: New Delhi, India

 

 

Jaipur, Guwahati civic bodies make national anthem mandatory

Jaipur, Guwahati civic bodies make national anthem mandatory

  1. Jaipur mayor Ashok Lahoti’s has given the statement that he has mendidate the national anthem and national song be compulsorily sung at the BJP-ruled municipal body -at the start of the workday and before going home, respectively -was implemented from Tuesday. Mayor Mrigen Sarania of Guwahati Municipal Corporation also given the same order on Tuesday .
  2. “This initiative will spread peace and harmony , along with patriotism, among the employees. It will also help develop the habit of reaching office on time and staying at the workplace till the office closes,” Lahoti said in justification of his order. In Guwahati, mayor Sarania said the move had two advantages. “We intend to make singing of the national anthem at 10 am, before the employees get down to work, compulsory . This would ensure everyone reaches office on time and, more importantly , Ibelieve that after starting work by singing the national anthem, everybody will desist from any wrongdoing at their workplace.”
  3. Responding to reporters’ queries about opposition to the move, Lahoti said, “We are not asking people to raise any religious slogan. If someone wants to oppose the national anthem and the national song of the country where one resides, the person is free to do so. But that person should then go to Pakistan.”
  4. “No one can dictate to us to go to Pakistan. We don’t have to prove our patriotism to anyone.The BJP leaders are adopting such methods simply to divert residents’ attention from development issues,” Congress spokesperson Pratap Singh Khachariyawas said.

 

 

 

International Affairs

India tops list of new TB cases in 2016 – WHO

India tops list of new TB cases in 2016 – WHO

  1. India has topped among the seven countries, accounting for 64 per cent of the 10.4 million new tuberculosis (TB) cases worldwide in 2016, according to a new report by the World Health Organisation today.
  2. “An estimated 1.7 million people died from TB in 2016, including nearly 400,000 people who were co-infected with HIV, recording a drop by 4 per cent as compared to 2015,” the report said.
  3. “Multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) remains a public health crisis and a health security threat. The WHO estimates that there were 600 000 new cases with resistance to rifampicin – the most effective first-line drug, of which 490 000 had MDR- TB. Almost half of these cases were in India, China and the Russian Federation,” the statement said.
  4. “TB is also the main cause of deaths related to antimicrobial resistance and the leading killer of people with HIV,” the report states.
  5. “Only one in five MDR-TB cases were started on treatment. India and China accounted for 39 per cent of the global gap. Treatment success remains low, at 54 per cent globally,” the report stated.
  6. “Shortfalls in TB funding are one of the main reasons why progress is not fast enough to be on track to reach the end TB targets,” said Dr Katherine Floyd, Coordinator of WHO’s Monitoring and Evaluation Unit at the Global TB Programme.
  7. “We have a double challenge. More domestic funding is needed in middle-income countries, and more international donor support is needed to support low-income countries,” Floyd said.

KEYS:

  1. The World Health Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health
  2. It was established on 7 April 1948, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland
  3. Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
  4. Founded: 7 April 1948
  5. Head: Tedros Adhanom
  6. Customer service: 011 6656 4800
  7. Formation: 7 April 1948; 69 years ago
  8. Founders: India, United States of America, Turkey, Venezuela

 

Life term for Govt officials indulging in torture, recommends Law Commission

Life term for Govt officials indulging in torture, recommends Law Commission

  1. For the recommendation of the life in jail for public servants convicted of torture, the Law Commission had ordered that there should be the ratify of them by the government to the UN convention to tide over difficulties in extraditing criminals from foreign countries due to the absence of a law preventing harsh treatment by authorities.
  2. The report submitted to the law ministry said, “The Criminal Procedure Code, 1973, and the Indian Evidence Act, 1872, require amendments to accommodate provisions regarding compensation and burden of proof. It recommended an amendment to section 357B to incorporate payment of compensation, in addition to the payment of fine provided in the Indian Penal Code.”
  3. The report, now in the public domain, said the Indian Evidence Act required the insertion of a new section 114B. “This will ensure that in case a person in police custody sustains injuries, it is presumed that those injuries have been inflicted by the police, and the burden of proof shall lie on the authority concerned to explain such injury,” it said.
  4. Referring to compensation to victims, it said the courts would decide upon a “justiciable compensation” after taking into account various facets of an individual case, such as nature, purpose, extent and manner of injury, including mental agony caused to the victim. “The courts will bear in mind the socio-economic background of the victim”
  5. “Principle of sovereign immunity cannot override the rights assured by the Constitution”. “While dealing with the plea of sovereign immunity, the Courts will have to bear in mind that it is the citizens who are entitled for fundamental rights, and not the agents of the State,” it said.

 

 

India, Tunisia agrees to combat terror, extremism

India, Tunisia agrees to combat terror, extremism

  1. India and Tunisia on Tuesday has signed the bilateral of the combat terrorism and extremism while ramping up cooperation in the field of security. The seems of this bilateral ties was undertaken as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj co-chaired the 12th India – Tunisia Joint Commission Meeting with her Tunisian counterpart Khemaies Jhinaoui.
  2. “To give a new impetus to bilateral relations, a roadmap for India-Tunisia partnership was initiated by Swaraj and Jhinaoui, to energise the relations,” a ministry of external affairs (MEA) statement said.
  3. “The Tunisian side shared Indian concerns on terrorism and agreed to fight against terrorism, extremism, radicalism, drugs and organised crime and in the field of security, including cyber security. The Indian side called for greater market access in the pharma and fertilizer sectors,” the statement said.
  4. “The Indian side noted the successful transition to democracy by Tunisia and extended all possible support in the building of democratic institutions of that country,” it said.

 

 

 

Banking and Finance

Government sets up Arun Jaitley led panel on PSU bank mergers

Government sets up Arun Jaitley led panel on PSU bank mergers

  1. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has been headed by the some of the communalism of the consolidation among state-run ba.
  2. Financial services secretary Rajiv Kumar said, in a tweet, “Govt walks the talk on banking reforms; constitutes Alternative Mechanism for PSBs consolidation; Finance Minister to head.” In the month of August, the cabinet had given its approval for an alternative mechanism, comprising a panel of ministers, for in principle approvals to merger proposals. The finance ministry had then sent a letter to all state-run banks informing them about the process.
  3. “The decision to create this ‘alternate mechanism’ would facilitate consolidation among nationalised banks to create strong and competitive banks,” the government had then noted in its statement.
  4. In the report of the media in the last week, Rajiv Kumar had said that stronger banks are the need of the hour, which can catalyse private investments. “We have to look at all the issues, which include performance, potential of each lender, and other criteria such as their regional character and geographical spread,” he had said.

 

 

India signs $200 mn deal with World Bank for rural transformation in Assam

India signs $200 mn deal with World Bank for rural transformation in Assam

  1. The Government of India and the World Bank today signed a $200 million Loan Agreement for the Assam Agribusiness and Rural Transformation Project.
  2. This agreement has signed by Mr. Sameer Kumar Khare, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, on behalf of the Government of India; Mr. Ravi Kota, Principal Secretary, Finance, Government of Assam, on behalf of the Government of Assam; and Mr. Hisham Abdo, Operations Manager, World Bank India, on behalf of the World Bank.
  3. After the Agreement, Mr Khare, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance said, “Assam is simplifying several regulatory procedures related to doing business, agricultural marketing, and fisheries amongst others”. He said, “The project will help the State increase agricultural productivity by strengthening the farming systems, raise private sector investments to promote agri-enterprises which will create better job opportunities for the youth in the State. “
  4. Manivannan Pathy, Senior Agricultural Specialist and World Bank’s Team Leader for the Project said, “The value addition and market led production systems supported through the project are expected to play a vital role in enhancing the competitiveness of the agriculture sector. He said that this will be done by facilitating policy reforms, fostering private-public dialogue and catalyzing a wider private sector development in the agribusiness ecosystem of Assam.”

KEYS:

  1. The World Bank is an international financial institution that provides loans to countries of the world for capital programs
  2. President: Jim Yong Kim
  3. CEO: Kristalina Georgieva (2 Jan 2017–)
  4. Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States
  5. Subsidiaries: International Finance Corporation, MORE
  6. VPs: Antonella Bassani (Budget, Performance Review, Strategic Planning), MORE
  7. Parent organization: United Nations

 

 

Science and Technology

ERO-Net launched in Rajasthan

ERO-Net launched in Rajasthan

  1. Rajasthan’s Chief Electoral Officer Ashwini Bhagat has launched today the Election Commission’s web- based project, ERO-Net, using which voters can register their names on electoral rolls.
  2. At the time of the Electoral Roll Management System (ERMS) software was being used to make voter lists but it could not identify multiple entries of a voter, Bhagat told reporters here.
  3. “It was being replaced with ERO-Net which was a transparent mechanism to identify whether the voter was listed anywhere in the country,” he said.
  4. Using ERO-Net, people can register their names on electoral rolls, rectify the details of their voter identity card, and transfer their names to another constituency online.
  5. “Those who have completed 18 years of age as on January 1, 2018, and/or do not have their names in voters’ list can get their registration done online by November 30 and also through the conventional system,” Bhagat added.

 

 

 

Sports

West Bengal to lease land for football centre to AIFF for Rs 1

West Bengal to lease land for football centre to AIFF for Rs 1

  1. All India Football Federation (AIFF) has got the boost up of the Monday as the West Bengal government passed an order to lease it 15 acres of land for only a single rupee. These land has been taken by the 90 years, which will be used in setting up a National Center of Excellence, is located at Rajarhat.
  2. “The state has decided to lease out a 15 acre land in New Town to the AIFF to set up the National Centre of Excellence for football. A football stadium and a football academy would also be there,” state Education Minister Partha Chatterjee was quoted as saying by report of media.
  3. “Thank you so much for announcing the CoE here. You will get a prime land in Rajarhat, New Town. We have discussed this matter. You will get free land of 15 acres for this purpose. This is our contribution. We want football to grow in India. Hope India will play (in World Cup) one day. If not today, tomorrow,” Banerjee had told after that meeting.
  4. “As a continuing effort of this U-17 World Cup, a National Center of Excellence will be set up with help from FIFA. It will be set up in two year’s time. The national senior men and women’s team as well as the age group teams will be housed in this center. It will have all kinds of facilities under one roof, mental and physical training, the best of classroom training,” Patel had said.

 

 

 

Awards and Recognition

Michael Jackson named top-earning dead celebrity for 5th time

Michael Jackson named top-earning dead celebrity for 5th time

  1. In the promotional campaign of the premiere of the CBS special “Michael Jackson’s Halloween” got an inadvertent connection Monday when the late singer topped Forbes annual list of top-earning dead celebrities for the fifth straight year.
  2. “Michael’s songs are very important to people,” says Mark Dippé, the program’s director. “We just wanted to sort of tell a story that was based around the world that Michael had created with his music, and his dancing, and his performances.”
  3. “When we decided to start that movement, it was [to] add relevancy to who we are as a family,” says Marley’s son Rohan. “We started that to really hone in on our legacy and protect what our father has given us.”

KEYS:

  1. Michael Jackson $75 million
  2. Arnold Palmer $40 million
  3. Charles Schulz $38 million
  4. Elvis Presley $35 million
  5. Bob Marley $23 million
  6. Tom Petty $20 million
  7. Prince $18 million
  8. Suess $16 million
  9. John Lennon $12 million
  10. Albert Einstein $10 million

 

 

Obituary

South Korean veteran actor Kim Joo-hyuk passed away

South Korean veteran actor Kim Joo-hyuk passed away

  1. South Korean actor Kim Joo-hyuk, a veteran performer who starred in Hong Sang-soo’s “Yourself and Yours” and “The Truth Beneath” (pictured), has been dead in the car accident Monday at the age of 45 years.
  2. The films that has starred by him has not released yet. Directed by Cho Geun-hyun, “Heung-bu” is a period drama based on a Korean folktale about two brothers.
  3. The film is currently in post-production. Lee Hae-young’s crime action drama “Dok-jeon” is still in production, but Kim is reported to have finished shooting his part of the film. Both films are set for 2018 releases.

 

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