Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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Cristiano Ronaldo wins third European Golden Boot
Sports > European Golden Boot > Nov 07, 2014
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo received the European Golden Boot trophy for being the joint top scorer last season in Europe, along with Luis Suarez, having hit 31 goals. The World Player of the Year, who also won the Golden Boot in the 2007-08 and 2010-11 seasons, has had a glittering career with both Manchester United and Real and he helped the latter to win their tenth European Cup last season.
Ronaldo previously won the award in 2007-2008 while playing for Manchester United and in 2010-2011 with Real Madrid.

Narendra Modi expands cabinet, inducts 21 new ministers
Politics and Government > Cabinet of Ministers > Nov 09, 2014
In a major cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appointed 21 ministers, including four cabinet ministers, three minister of state (independent charge) and 14 ministers of state. While former Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar was made defence minister, Suresh Prabhu has been given the railway ministry, which is keenly watched by Modi because of his interest in building rail infrastructure in the country and also to promote his pet project of starting a bullet train in the country. Finance minister Arun Jaitley has been given the charge of information and broadcasting ministry, which was previously held by Prakash Javadekar. Former Karnataka chief minister D.V. Sadanand Gowda is the new law and justice minister. Gowda was earlier handling the railway ministry, and the law and justice ministry was with Ravi Shankar Prasad, who is now handling communications and information technology.
Finance, Corporate Affairs, Information and Broadcasting
Arun Jaitley
Manohar Parrikar
Suresh Prabhu
Law and justice
D.V. Sadananda Gowda
Health and family welfare
Jagat Prakash Nadda
Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking water and sanitation
Chaudhary Birender Singh
Science and Technology, Earth Sciences
Harsh Vardhan
Labour and employment (independent charge)
Bandaru Dattatreya
Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (independent charge), Parliamentary Affairs
Rajiv Pratap Rudy
Culture (independent charge), tourism (independent charge), civil aviation
Mahesh Sharma
Water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation
Sanwar Lal Jat
Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya
Micro, small and medium enterprises
Giriraj Singh
Chemicals and fertilizers
Hansraj Gangaram Ahir
Human resource development
Ram Shankar Katheria
Science and technology, Earth Sciences (minister of state)
Y.S. Chowdary
Jayant Sinha
Information and broadcasting
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
Urban development, Housing and Urban poverty alleviation
Babul Supriyo Baral
Food processing industries
Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti
Social justice and empowerment
Vijay Sampla

Gujarat becomes first state to make voting mandatory in local body elections
Politics and government > Mandatory voting > Nov 10, 2014
The Gujarat Local Authorities Laws (Amendment) Bill-2009 which makes voting in local body elections compulsory has been approved by the state's governor OP Kohli. The same Bill also provides for 50% reservation for women in all local body elections. The controversial Bill empowers the state government to take punitive action against those who do not vote in local body elections. However, it does not specify the type of action that would be taken against a defaulter. With this Gujarat has become the first state in the country where voting in local body polls has been made mandatory. Previous governor Kamla had refused twice to give her approval to the Bill. It received approval only after Kamla was removed by the Modi government at the Centre and OP Kohli was made governor in her place.

Jeevan Pramaan – Digital Life Certificate for pensioners launched
India > Digital Life Certificate > Nov 10, 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched 'Jeevan Pramaan - Digital Life Certificate for Pensioners' with a view to reduce hardships of senior citizens. Jeevan Pramaan, which is an Aadhar-based Digital Life Certificate, will be a digital certification, which will do away with the requirement of a pensioner having to be physically present or submit a physical Life Certificate in November each year, in order to ensure continuity of pension being credited into his account. Department of Electronics and IT has developed a software application which will enable the recording of the pensioner's Aadhar number and biometric details from his mobile device or computer, which will be uploaded to a central database on real-time basis, ultimately enabling the Pension Disbursing Agency to access a Digital Life Certificate.

Jnanpith award conferred on Hindi poet Kedarnath Singh
Awards > Jnanpith Award > Nov 10, 2014
The 49th Jnanpith award was conferred on eminent Hindi poet Kedarnath Singh for his contribution towards Indian literature. President Mukherjee congratulated Dr. Singh for winning this coveted award and said he was sure Dr. Singh would continue to enrich Hindi literature in the years to come. He also said that he was sure that the Bharatiya Jnanpith will adequately work out ways of exposing our youth to the brilliance of our literature.


Sachin Tendulkar’s autobiography ‘Playing It My Way’ launched
India > Playing It My Way > Nov 05, 2014
Indian cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar launched his autobiography ‘Playing It My Way’ on 5th November in Mumbai in the presence of some of his former teammates, celebrities and family members. Earlier, Sachin gave the first copy of the book to his mother Rajni, while at the launch he presented a copy to his mentor and childhood coach Ramakant Achreka.

PM Modi ranked 15th on Forbes list of 72 most powerful people in the world
World > Forbes list > Nov 05, 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been ranked 15th on the Forbes List of 72 most powerful people in the world. This is the first time that Modi’s name has appeared in the list. Russian President Vladimir Putin topped the list for the second year in a row leaving behind his US counterpart Barack Obama who was ranked second. The list also included the names of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani at 36th, ArcelorMittal chairman and CEO Lakshmi Mittal at 57th and Microsoft's Indian-born CEO Satya Nadella at 64th. Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who was the highest ranked Indian last year at 21, is missing from the list. The top five remained the same as 2013. Chinese President Xi Jinping ranked third, Pope Francis ranked fourth and the world's most powerful woman German Chancellor Angela Merkel ranked fifth.

National Open Athletics Championships: Jaisha strikes second gold, Luka named best woman athlete
Sports > Athletics > Nov 05, 2014
Asian Games bronze medallist O P Jaisha won the women's 1500m race to grab her second gold on the final day of the 54th National Open Athletics Championships. 31-year-old Jaisha had also won the 5000m gold on the opening day of the tournament.
Asian Games silver medallist Tintu Luka, representing Railways, also grabbed her second gold after she anchored the Railways 4x400m quartet to top spot in 3:47.77, ahead of ONGC (3:49.93) and Kerala (3:56.40). Luka, who also won gold in women's 800m, was adjudged the best woman athlete of the Championships while Ankit Sharma, who set a new meet record in men's long jump (7.87m), was named best man athlete.
Railways won the overall team championships for yet another time to continue their stranglehold on the National Open Championships.

Bharti Airtel calls off Rs 700-crore deal to acquire Loop Mobile
Corporate>Bharti Airtel > Nov 06, 2014
Telecom carrier Bharti Airtel has scrapped its Rs 700 crore deal to buy the subscribers and assets of Loop Mobile over delay in government approval. It would have been India's first M&A in the sector since 2008.
Airtel's proposed deal with Mumbai-based Loop had been awaiting clearance for over eight months. The scrapping of the pact will affect some 120,000 subscribers of Loop as the operator's licence is set to expire this month.

Jan Dhan balance tops Rs 5,000 crore mark, nearly 7 crore accounts opened
India> Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana > Nov 06, 2014
The Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana has so far managed to bring over Rs 5,000 crore into the formal banking system, as close to seven crore account holders have started depositing cash into their bank accounts. A large part of this money was hitherto kept at home, with little or no productive use. Latest data collated by the finance ministry showed that on November 3, 6.98 crore bank accounts had been opened across the country, with Rs 5,300 crore parked in them. Just a tad under 4 crore RuPay cards had been issued to these account holders, with the remaining expected to get the ATM card over the next few weeks.

Government to infuse Rs. 2375.42 crore to revive 23 district co-op banks
Bank specific > District cooperative banks > Nov 06, 2014
The government has decided to revive 23 District Central Cooperative Banks (DCCBs) in four states which were on the verge of closure by infusing Rs 2,375.42 crore. Of the total amount, the Centre would contribute Rs 1,464.59 crore, state governments Rs 673.29 crore and NABARD Rs 237.54 crore. Of the 23 un-licensed district level banks, 16 are in Uttar Pradesh, 3 each in Jammu and Kashmir and Maharashtra and 1 in West Bengal. The government said that it wanted to revive these institutions as people from lower strata of society and small businessmen have deposits in these institutions.

Suzlon unveils world’s tallest hybrid wind generator turbine
India > World’s tallest hybrid wind generator turbine Nov 06, 2014
Suzlon Energy, on Thursday, put into operation the world’s tallest hybrid wind generator turbine in Surat, Gujarat. Designed and developed by local engineers, the 120-metre hybrid turbine is taller than conventional wind turbine towers and will generate 12 to 15 percent more energy. With this new turbine, the installed wind energy capacity at the Kutch region of Gujarat has gone up to 1,100 MW and this makes it Asia’s biggest wind energy park at one location.

Ankur Mittal clinches gold at the 4th Asian Shotgun Championship
Sports > Shooting Nov 06, 2014
22 year-old Ankur Mittal clinched the gold medal in men's double trap event at the 4th Asian Shotgun Championship held in Abu Dhabi. His teammate Mohd Asab won the bronze after reaching the finals. In the Continental championship that began on November 1, Seema Tomar had won the woman's trap event and team gold alongside Shagun Chaudhary and Shreyasi Singh. Manavaditya Rathore, son of Olympic silver medallist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, also won the junior trap event.

Axis Bank inks MoU with South Korean NongHyup Bank
Corporate > Axis Bank Nov 06, 2014
Axis Bank has signed a pact with NongHyup Bank (NH Bank) to enhance cooperation in treasury, trade and other business between India and South Korea. The MoU aims to reinforce trade and economic relationship between South Korea and India, and will promote mutual development through business cooperation.
NH Bank is one of the largest banks in South Korea with an asset base of $185 billion.

RBI makes SMS alerts for cheques mandatory
India > RBI guidelines Nov 07, 2014
Expressing concern over the rise in cheque-related fraud cases, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has made SMS alerts mandatory to both payer and drawer in cheque transactions as soon as the instruments are received for clearing. RBI has also asked banks to alert a customer with a phone call and obtain confirmation when dealing with suspicious or high-value cheques. Until now, SMS alerts were mandatory only for card transactions.
Besides sending alerts, banks have been asked to ensure that all cheques of over Rs 2 lakh are scanned under an ultraviolet lamp that will highlight any tampering. In case of cheques of over Rs 5 lakh, banks have been asked to scrutinize them at multiple levels.

National Cancer Awareness Day observed across the nation
India > National Cancer Awareness Day Nov 07, 2014
National Cancer Awareness Day was observed on 7th November 2014 across the nation. Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan in September 2014 had announced that 7th November will be observed as National Cancer Awareness Day every year.
There were 2.9 million cases of cancer in the country with 1.1 million new cases being reported annually. The Health Minister expressed confidence that if there is mass health insurance, the premium burden on the common man would be substantially reduced. Cancer, if detected early, could be treated at a fraction of the cost that is incurred when diagnosed at an advanced stage.

India Bhutan sign MOU to collaborate on the establishment of Nalanda University
India > Nalanda University Nov 07, 2014
India and Bhutan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on the establishment of the Nalanda University in Bihar to develop the institution as an international centre of excellence. The two countries signed the MOU following a meeting between President Pranab Mukherjee and the Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. The Nalanda University will be located in Rajgir, Bihar and will have the power to confer degrees, diplomas and certificates.

Virat Kohli Becomes Fastest Cricketer to Reach 6000 Runs in ODIs
Sports > Cricket Nov 09, 2014
Indian batsman Virat Kohli became the fastest cricketer in history to score 6000 One-Day International runs, breaking the record of legendary West Indian Vivian Richards' , during his 53-run knock in India's third ODI against Sri Lanka in Hyderabad on Sunday. Playing in his 144th match and 136th innings, Kohli began the match 50 short of 6000 and reached the milestone before getting out at 53. Richards had needed 156 matches and 141 innings to reach the milestone in 1989. Virat is the eighth Indian to have scored 6000 or more runs and 47th overall.

SBI, HDFC, Axis Bank cap free ATM transactions at own and third-party ATMs
Bank specific > ATM > Nov 09, 2014
Nation’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) and private sector lenders such as HDFC Bank and Axis Bank have limited the number of free ATM transactions per month in six metros viz. Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Customers will now have to pay a maximum of twenty rupees for transactions exceeding the limit specified by the respective bank. The capping and additional charge on excess usage come following the RBI’s circular to limit free ATM transactions to three at own-bank ATMs and two at other bank ATMs in the six metros. SBI has capped ATM transactions at three and imposed fees of Rs 20 per subsequent transaction. HDFC Bank and Axis Bank will also be charging Rs 20 per transaction above five a month. At the third-party ATMs, SBI will charge for more than two transactions while HDFC and Axis will charge for more than three transactions.

SBI's Arundhati Bhattacharya most powerful Indian woman in business: Fortune
World > Most powerful Indian woman > Nov 09, 2014
Arundhati Bhattacharya, the Chairperson of SBI, has been named as the most-powerful woman in business in India by Fortune Magazine. ICICI Bank's Chanda Kochhar and Shikha Sharma of Axis Bank follow Bhattacharya at the second and the third place respectively. The other women who figure in the top 10 are Zia Mody Co-founder AZB Partners; Mallika Srinivasan CEO of TAFE and Aruna Jayanthi CEO of Capgemini India; Preetha Reddy, MD, Apollo Hospital Enterprise; Kiran Mazumdar Shaw chairperson and MD at Biocon and Shobhana Bhartia, chairperson, HT Media.
Ppoilitics and Governmen
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expanded his team on Sunday by appointing 21 new ministers, four of them in the Cabinet and three others as ministers of state with independent charge.

World Chess Championship: Carlsen defeates Anand
Sports > Chess > Nov 10, 2014
World chess champion Magnus Carlsen took an early lead in the ongoing world chess championship after he beat challenger Viswanathan Anand in the second game demolishing the Indian grandmaster’s defence in a little over three-and-a-half hours. For the second time in two days, Anand made unforced errors in the third hour of play, allowing Carlsen to pile pressure on him. In the first game, Anand survived a difficult position and held Carlsen to a draw.

Aadhaar to be made mandatory for issuance of passport, government might do away with prior police verification
India > Passport issuance > Nov 11, 2014
Prior police verification for issue of fresh passports may no longer be required with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) proposing to rely on Aadhaar card for identification of the applicant and on the National Crime Records Bureau's (NCRB) database for validation of his/her criminal antecedents. Based on an applicant’s self-declaration on aspects like citizenship, criminal antecedents, criminal proceedings, summons/warrants etc., the government may soon start issuing passports on a post-verification basis. The new and simpler system has been proposed to do away with issues related to police verification and consequent delay in issuance of passports. The government will thus make Aadhaar card a mandatory requirement for issue of passports.


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