Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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India beat Korea to win bronze medal in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup
Sports > Hockey > Apr 12
India beat Korea in the tie-breaker penalty shootout and won bronze by coming third in the 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. The win is sure to act as a morale booster for the Indian team, which is witnessing a transition phase after new chief coach Paul van Ass took over from Terry Walsh barely a month ago.

Sania Mirza climbs to World No. 1 position
Sports > Tennis > Apr 13
Sania Mirza became the first Indian women to reach the world No. 1 position in the individual doubles ranking. Sania and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis beat Australian Casey Dellacqua and Croatia's Darja Jurak in the title round before claiming the No. 1 title. Sania displaced the joint-No. 1s Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci to claim sole ownership of the top spot of the individual doubles rankings.

Modi government notifies National Judicial Appointments Commission Act with immediate effect
Politics and Government > National Judicial Appointments Commission Act > Apr 14
With a view to replace the collegium system for appointing judges to superior courts with a more broadbased process in which the executive will have a say, the Modi government notified the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act with immediate effect. NJAC will be a six-member body, comprising the Chief Justice of India and two of his senior most judges, the law minister and two eminent people. Any two of them can veto any candidature. However, this new body has been opposed by many saying the veto power to non-judicial members over judicial members, would damage the independence of the judiciary. A three judge SC bench has referred the matter to a larger bench without restraining the government from going ahead and formalising the rule. The crucial hearing will be held in the Supreme Court on Wednesday.


Sumit Mazumder elected as President of Confederation of Indian Industry for the year 2015-16
Corporate > Confederation of Indian Industry > Apr 07
Sumit Mazumder succeeded Ajay Shriram to become the President of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for the year 2015-16 on 7 April 2015. Mazumder currently works as the Executive Chairman of TIPL (Tractors India Pvt. Ltd.) which is a distributor for Caterpillar, USA, in India, Nepal and Bhutan for earthmoving, construction, mining equipment and power systems. Also, Dr. Naushad Forbes was elected as the President-designate of the CII for the year 2015-16. He is the Director of Forbes Marshall, India's leading Steam Engineering and Control Instrumentation firm.

Nasim Zaidi to be the new Chief Election Commissioner
India > Election Commission > Apr 08
As current Chief Election Commissioner HS Brahma prepares to retire, the spot will now be filled by Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi. The decision comes as a convention of appointing the senior-most EC as the CEC. After Zaidi's appointment, the government will set in motion the process to appoint two election commissioners to fill vacancies in the three-member body.

Deccan Grameena Bank’s name changed to Telangana Grameena Bank
Investment and Banking > Deccan Grameena Bank > Apr 09
Reserve Bank of India in a notification told that the name of Deccan Grameena Bank has been changed to Telangana Grameena Bank. The Union Government had earlier changed the name of the bank through a notification in October 2014. The Union government holds 50 per cent stake in TGB, while 15 per cent share is held by Telangana government and the rest of 35 per cent by the State Bank of Hyderabad. Since March 2006, the bank has existed by the name of Deccan Grameena Bank.

9th IRENA meet in Abu Dhabi to be chaired by India
World > IRENA Meet > Apr 10
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Council will be headed by India this year. This meeting is scheduled to be held in Abu Dhabi in June. IRENA is an intergovernmental organisation that promotes adoption and sustainable use of renewable energy with India being one of its founder members.

24-hour female helpline 'Saheli' launched in Jammu
India > Female Helpline > Apr 12
Jammu lanches a 24-hour helpline named 'Saheli' to help the female victims of domestic violence and other crimes. The helpline initiated by Aditi welfare India Charitable Trust enables women in distress to call the Saheli helpline number and discuss their grievances related to family or social. The helpline also provides them with counselling regarding various other women-oriented schemes of central and state government. Help from legal experts would also be taken to provide support in their court cases.

Migrants can't vote in native place: EC to SC
India > Elections > Apr 13
The Election Committee has told the Supreme Court that people who migrate from their native places cannot cast vote in elections in that constituency. It also said that such a person should get himself/herself enrolled in the electoral roll of the constituency where he/she is residing after migration. In its affidavit, EC said that the qualification for being resident at a given place is not fulfilled merely because a person owns a house at that place. However, numerous NRIs have opposed this and raised the issue of migrant voters within the country.

20 MoUs and Agreements signed between India and France
Politics and government > Indo-French Relations > Apr 13
Giving a boost to the bilateral co-operation between India and France, the two nations signed 20 Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) and Agreements on 10 April 2015. The agreements cover the fields of Defence and Nuclear Energy, Space, Economic relations, Railways, Energy, Tourism, Science and Technology, Skill Development and Ayurveda. Apart from this, India also agreed to buy 36 multi-role Combat Aircraft Rafale fighter jets in a flyway condition.


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