Government launched Deen Dayal SPARSH Yojana, a scholarship program for school children
- Minister of Communications Shri Manoj Sinha today has announced the plan that is the Pan India scholarship program for school children called Deen Dayal SPARSH Yojana for increse the phenomenon of the stduy. Under this scheme of SPARSH (Scholarship for Promotion of Aptitude & Research in Stamps as a Hobby), it has mainly come in the act for the award annual scholarships to children of Standard VI to IX having good academic record and also pursuing Philately that is the attraction and interest in the areas by giving the compitative examinations in postal circles.
- Briefing the media after the launch of the scheme, Shri Sinha said, “Under the scheme, it is proposed to award 920 scholarships to students pursuing Philately as a hobby. Every Postal Circle will select a maximum of 40 scholarships representing 10 students each from Standard VI, VII, VIII & IX. The amount of Scholarship will be Rs. 6000/- per annum @ Rs. 500/- per month.”
- The Minister said, “T avail this scholarship, a child must be a student of a recognized school within India and the concerned school should have a Philately Club and the candidate should be a member of the Club. In case the school Philately Club hasn’t been established a student having his own Philately Deposit Account will also be considered.
- Every prospective school, which participates in the competition, would be assigned a Philately mentor to be chosen from amongst the renowned Philatelists. The Philately mentor would help in formation of the School level Philately Club, providing guidance to young and aspiring Philatelists on how to pursue the hobby and also helping the aspiring Philatelists on their Philately Projects etc.”
- Shri Sinha said, “Selections under the Deen Dayal SPARSH scheme would be made based on the evaluation of Project work on Philately & performance in Philately Quiz conducted by the Circles. The details of the Scheme will be available on the website at www.postagestamps.gov.in and www.indiapost.gov.in”
- Ministry of Communications was carved out of Ministry of Communications and Information Technology on 19 July 2016. It consists of two departments viz. Department of Telecommunications and Department of Posts
- Formed: 19 July 2016
- Jurisdiction: India
- Headquarters: Sanchar Bhawan, New Delhi, India
- Minister of state independent charge: Manoj Sinha
- Departments: Department of Telecommunications, Department of Posts
- Ministry executives: Aruna Sundar Rajan, IAS, Chairman of Telecom Commission and Telecom Secretary; BV Sudhakar Naidu, IPoS, Posts Secretary
- Predecessors: Ministry of Communications, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
International Conference on “Ramayan Circuit and Mithila-Awadh Relations” begins in Janakpur
- During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Nepal Visit in the year 2014 there has an agreement has signed between the India and Nepal to develop Ayodhya and Janakpur as twin cities.
- Inaugurating the conference Culture Minister of Nepal Jitendra Naryan Dev said, “Cultural and language have stronger bonding than political relations.” He said, “India and Nepal have unique relationship and such programmes will further strengthen it.”
- Giving the focus on the age old ties between both the countries Indian Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh said that it is necessary to carry forward this relationship as per the requirements of modern time.
- He said, “If required, India will provide all possible help in the development of Janakpur city. The basic objective of the conference is to give thrust on all aspects of social, cultural and religious ties between Mithila and Awadh besides developing connectivity between Janakpur and Ayodhya.”
Sonepur cattle fair, Asia’s largest, begins in Bihar
- The month-long Sonepur cattle fair, one of Bihar’s most prominent events, has been started from Thursday by Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi in the states Saran district.
- Speaking on the occasion, Sushil Modi said, “The fair has been taking place since Mughal period with people thronging in large numbers at the famous Hariharnath temple here to offer their prayers.”
- “After quite a long period, there is a government of one party (NDA) both at the centre and in the state which would help in the development of Sonepur area,” he said.
- Revenue and Land Reforms Minister Ram Narayan Mandal, Cooperative Minister Rana Randhir Singh, Maharajganj MP Janardan Singh Sigriwal, Tourism Department Secretary Pankaj Kumar, Saran Divisional Commissioner Narmedshwar Lal, Saran DM Harihar Prasad, Saran Superintendent of Police Harkishore Rai were among a host of people who graced the inaugural function.
- “A host of animals like cows, horses, dogs, goats, birds, camels and other domestic cattle have been brought from across the country for display at the fair. Over 20 departments, including agriculture, health, education and industries, have set up stalls to exhibit and sell items manufactured by them,” official sources said.
4th JWGACTC meeting held in India
- The 4th meeting of the Joint Working Group on Aircraft Carrier Technology Co-operation (JWGACTC), has been taken on the day of the Indo – US Defence Trade and Technology Initiative, that has held in India from 29 Oct to 03 Nov 17.
- A 13 member US delegation, which is headed by Rear Admiral Brian Antonio, Program Executive Officer Aircraft Carriers, visited the Shore Based Test Facility at Goa, Naval Base at Karwar, INS Vikramaditya at sea, Mazagaon Dock Limited and Headquarters Western Naval Command.
- In the session of the Joint Working Group Meeting that was held on 03 Nov 17 at New Delhi and was co-chaired by Vice Admiral DM Deshpande, Controller Warship Production and Acquisition, and Rear Admiral Brian Antonio, Program Executive Officer Aircraft Carriers.
- At the time of the meeting the side of the Joint Working Group so far and discussed plans for future co-operation under various aspects of aircraft carrier technology such as design optimisation, construction philosophy, trials procedure and project management. A joint statement was also signed on 03 Nov 17.
Kazakhstan to change its name by 2025
- Kazakhstan has told that it has going to change its name Cyrillic to the Latin alphabet, its third change in less than 100 years. Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev has told that the government of the former Soviet Republic will appoint a commission to oversee the “gradual transition of the Kazakh alphabet to the Latin-based script until 2025,” Al Jazeera reports.
- “Given that over 100 countries in the world use the Latin script, it is crucial for Kazakhstan’s integration into the global educational and economic environment,” Gulnar Karbozova, a lecturer at Auezov South Kazakhstan State University, told Kazinform, as cited by Al Jazeera.
- “The Kazakh word for carrot is ‘сәбіз’ and would traditionally be spelled ‘sabeez’ in Latin,” the broadcaster says. “In the new Latin alphabet though, it will end up as ‘sa’biz’. This, again, is awfully close to the Latin spelling of an extremely rude Russian swear word.”
- The new alphabet will use apostrophes to modify letters. “The country’s name, for example, would be spelled Qazaqstan Respy’blikasy,” says The Guardian.
Banking and Finance
India’s forex reserves fall to $398.8 billion
- India’s foreign exchange reserves has down at the second straight week to $398.761 billion, Reserve Bank of India data showed.
- The reserves, which work as the cushion against dollar outflows, fell $1.560 billion in the last two weeks amid concerns over tightening of global monetary easing.
- Bank of England has increased the rate of the base by 0.25 percentage points to 0.5% while the US federal Reserve is expected to raise it in December.
- RBI has not presenting the riverse for the reserves, forex traders said the fall indicates that RBI must have sold more dollars than what it had purchased over the last fortnight.
Bajaj Allianz rolls out first-ever cybercrime insurance cover
- The case of the cyber-attacks increase all over the world, corporations as well as individuals that is the more effective more than the other. In what is a first for India, leading insurance firm Bajaj Allianz would provide cover for individual victims of cybercrime.
- “This cover is designed keeping in mind the changing risk profile of the consumer. A couple of decades ago the biggest risk was having your pocket picked. In this day and age covers against pickpockets do not help when the bigger risk is of cybercrime,” Tapan Singhel, MD & CEO of Bajaj Allianz was quoted as saying.
- Their insurance premium will be depend that how much time they are online on the server. Higher the time spent, greater the risk. In the case of the policyholder having to pursue legal action in cases of cyber-stalking and harassment on social media, Bajaj Allianz would cover all the costs.
India’s current account deficit to be 1.5% of GDP this fiscal
- India’s current account deficit (CAD) for the financial year of 2017 has been expected as the USD 40 billion, or 1.5 per cent of GDP, says a Nomura report. India’s current account deficit (CAD) rose sharply to USD 14.3 billion — 2.4 per cent of GDP — at the end of first quarter of 2017-18.
- “For the full year, we expect the current account deficit to remain elevated at USD 40 billion, or 1.5 per cent of GDP, up from 0.7 per cent of GDP in FY17,” Nomura said in a research note.
- “Overall, our analysis shows that the worsening of India’s current account deficit is largely due to transitory factors and thus, external imbalances should correct in the second half of 2017-18 as these effects fade (the worst is behind us),” the report said.
India Posts bank to have nationwide operations by April
- India Posts Payments Bank (IPPB) services may be comes in all over the countries by the month of the April, communications minister Manoj Sinha said Friday.
- “(India Posts) Payments Bank branches will be opened across 650 districts by around April. All these branches will be linked to rural post offices. This will be largest banking network in the country,” Sinha said on the sidelines of the launch of Deen Dayal SPARSH scholarship scheme.
- Payments banks are set up as differentiated banks and will confine to accepting demand deposits, remittance services, internet banking and other specified services. IPPB offers an interest rate of 4.5% on deposits up to Rs 25, 000; 5% on Rs25,000-50,000 and 5.5% on Rs50,000-1,00,000.
Reliance Communications to shut voice calls from Dec 1, subscribers can port till Dec 31
- Loss-making telecom operator Reliance Communications has been going to shut the voice call from the coming December 1 and its customers can move to other networks by the end of the year, as per direction issued by telecom regulator Trai on Friday.
- The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) in direction to all telecom operators said that RCom on October 31, 2017 intimated it that “RCL (Reliance Communications Limited) shall provide only 4G data services to its customers and as a result will discontinue to provide voice services to the subscribers… with effect from 1st December 2017.”
- RCom informed Trai that it is providing 2G and 4G services in eight telecom circles of Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra, UP East and West, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala.
- The Anil Ambani-led firm has informed Trai that the company will be upgrading CDMA network of Sistema Shyam Teleservices, which has been merged with it, to provide 4G services in Delhi, Rajasthan, UP West, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, West Bengal, Gujarat and Kolkata service areas.
- Reliance Communications Ltd. is a telecommunications company headquartered in New Mumbai, India
- It is a subsidiary of Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group
- Headquarters: Navi Mumbai
- CEO: Gurdeep Singh (30 Sep 2016–)
- Subsidiaries: Reliance Digital TV, Global Cloud Xchange, MORE
- Parent organizations: Reliance Group, Sistema
- Founders: Mukesh Ambani, Dhirubhai Ambani
- Did you know: Reliance Communications is the sixth-largest internet service provider in India by total subscribers (24,242,107)
Science and Technology
Indian Air Force, DRDO successfully test-fire guided ‘Glide Bomb’
- The government said on Friday that there is the developd bomb that is the light weight that is called as the ‘Glide’ bomb has been successfully tested in Chandipur in Odisha, marking a major milestone in developing such weapons.
- The bomb – SAAW (Smart Anti Airfield Weapon) – was dropped from an Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur on Thursday.
- “The guided bomb released from the aircraft and guided through precision navigation system, reached the targets at greater than 70 km range, with high accuracies,” the defence ministry said in a statement.
- The guided bomb is developed by the Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), along with other laboratories of the DRDO and the Indian Air Force.
- The Indian Air Force is the air arm of the Indian armed forces
- Its complement of personnel and aircraft assets ranks fourth amongst the airforces of the world
- Helicopter: Dhruv, Chetak, Cheetah, Mi-8, Mi-17, Mi-26, Mi-25/35, HAL Light Combat Helicopter, HAL Rudra
- Motto: नभः स्पृशं दीप्तम् (Sanskrit); IAST: Nabhaḥ Spr̥śaṁ Dīptam; (Touch the Sky with Glory)
- Headquarters: New Delhi
- Founded: 8 October 1932, India
- Fighters: Sukhoi Su-30MKI, Dassault Mirage 2000, Mikoyan MiG-29, HAL Tejas, Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21
- Transports: Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, Ilyushin Il-76, MORE
Virat Kohli Joins Elite List Of Run Getters In Twenty20 Cricket
- India captain Virat Kohli on Saturday has add the one of the more effective sworn on his head by being the eighth batsman to complete 7,000 runs or more in Twenty20 cricket. By this reign and victory, Kohli has joined the likes of West Indies’ Chris Gayle (10,571), New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum (8,245), West Indies’ Kieron Pollard (7,589), Australia’s David Warner (7,572), Australia’s Brad Hodge (7,338), West Indies’ Dwayne Smith (7,270) and Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik (7,226) in the elite list.
- Kohli took 212 innings to complete 7,000 T20 runs, the second fastest next only to swashbuckling left-hander Gayle. The West Indies star achieved the landmark in 192 innings.
- Kohli also became the second highest run-getter in T20Is. With 1943 runs in 54 matches, the 29-year-old is just behind former New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum. The New Zealander scored 2140 runs in 71 matches at an average of 53.97.
Awards and Recognitions
Air New Zealand named airline of the year
- There are the latest airlines rating has been shown that is the Air New Zealand has taken out the honors to be named the world’s best airline for 2018.
- “We are looking for leadership and airlines that innovate to make a real difference to the passenger experience particularly in economy class,” the judging team said.
- “Whether No.1 or No.10 these airlines are the best of the best – the elite in aviation.
- “They are the trendsetters and the benchmark by which all others are judged.”
- “Australia’s Qantas’s domestic in-flight product is a standout and in many cases, matches or exceeds international service,” the judges said.
- Virgin Australia was awarded best business class.
- “Its ‘The Business’ suite … can be argued is more First Class than Business Class,” the panel said.
- “This airline is turning heads wherever it goes and it is now flying well beyond China and delivering a superb product at very affordable prices,” the judges noted.
International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
- The International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict has been celebrated on November 6 every year.
- The International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict has been put the feet on November 5, in the year 2001 by the United Nations General Assembly, during Kofi Atta Annan’s tenure as Secretary-General.
- Of this observance Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has since written, “We must use all of the tools at our disposal, from dialogue and mediation to preventive diplomacy, to keep the unsustainable exploitation of natural resources from fueling and financing armed conflict and destabilizing the fragile foundations of peace.”