Wednesday, September 9, 2015

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Union Government announced One Rank One Pension scheme for ex-servicemen
Politics and Government > One Rank One Pension
The Union Government on 5 September 2015 announced One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme for ex-servicemen. The scheme was pending for nearly four decades.

33 percent reservation for women in paramilitary forces: Rajnath Singh
India > Reservation
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh announced 33 percent reservations would be provided for women in all paramilitary forces, including Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). He also cited that initiatives had been launched to take the head count of the force from the present 1.36 lakh to an estimated two lakh.

India missed 2015 child mortality target: Lancet report
India > Child Mortality
India has the highest number of child deaths in the world, with an estimated 1.2 million deaths in 2015 — 20 per cent of the 5.9 million global deaths. According to The Lancet report, India does not figure in the list of 62 countries — which includes Bangladesh and Nepal — that have achieved the Millennium Development Goal to reduce the under-five mortality by two-thirds between 1990 and 2015 (25 years).


FMC to be merged with SEBI from September 28
Corporate > FMC- Sebi Merger
The government notified the merger of commodities market regulator Forward Markets Commission (FMC) with Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) with effect from September 28.

Govt cancels Greenpeace India's FCRA licence, NGO says determined to fight order
Politics and Government > Greenpeace Licence
Government cancelled the registration of Greenpeace India under the Foreign Contribution Regulations Act (FCRA) for its activities which allegedly hampered country's economic growth.

Cabinet okays exemption of 13 central laws from land Act
India > Land Act
The Cabinet has approved the Centre's decision to issue an order under the `removal of difficulties' clause to ensure that exemption of 13 central laws from the land acquisition Act remains valid even after the land ordinance lapsed on August 31.

India may be grilled at WHO meet on failure to implement larger pictorial warnings on tobacco packs
India > WHO meet
India may have to face tough questions on tobacco control at the upcoming south-east Asia regional committee meeting of the World Health Organization next week. The meeting, which will take place in Dili in Timor Leste, will be attended by health ministers from 11 countries of the south-east Asia region including Indian health minister J P Nadda.

R Sampanthan became first tamilian to lead opposition in Sri Lankan parliament in 32 years
World > Sri Lanka Parliament
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R Sampanthan on 3 September 2015 became the first tamilian to lead the opposition of in the Sri Lankan parliament after a gap of 32 years. An announcement was made in this regard by the speaker Karu Jayasuriya in the house.

India, UAE move closer to set up Rs 5 lakh crore joint infrastructure fund
Economy > India and UAE
A little over a fortnight since Narendra Modi became the first Indian PM to visit the UAE in 34 years, the two countries on Thursday inched towards creation of proposed $75-billion (about Rs 5 lakh crore) joint infrastructure investment fund.

InSPA, global alliance of 107 sunshine countries to be launched in New Delhi
India > InSPA
The term InSPA was in news in the first week of September 2015 as the Union Government is planning to launch the global alliance on solar energy at a conclave in New Delhi. InSPA stands for International Agency for Solar Policy & Application. Its launch event is expected to be attended by 107 member countries that are located between Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn including China and Australia.

Gagan Narang achieves No.1 spot in Asian ranking, Jitu Rai is No.2
Sports > Shooting
Olympic medallist Gagan Narang of India has achieved the number one spot in men's 50m rifle prone shooting category in Asia. Jitu Rai was placed number two in men's 50m pistol with 1929 points, behind Jongoh Jin of Korea.

Ratan Tata joins technology venture capital firm IDG Ventures in advisory role
Corporate > Ratan Tata
Iconic business leader Ratan Tata is taking the mentor's role at technology venture capital firm IDG Ventures India. He will lend his expertise to IDG Ventures portfolio companies on business growth, global expansion, team building and leadership.

Bihar polls will begin on October 12, end on November 5
Politics and Government > Bihar Polls
Bihar will have five-phase Assembly elections between October 12 and November 5 and counting of votes will take place on November 8. Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi today said polls to the 243-seat Assembly will be held on October 12, 16, 28, November 1 and 5. The term of the current Assembly expires on November 29.

4-day meat ban in Mumbai sparks outrage
India > Meat Ban
India’s financial capital has banned the slaughter and sale of meat for four days this month following a demand from the strictly vegetarian Jain community, sparking outrage among meat-eaters already upset by a permanent beef ban imposed this year. Members of India’s tiny, but financially powerful, Jain community will observe a religious fast for eight days from Friday. Officials said they demanded the ban as their religion prescribes non-violence to all living beings.

Ahmed Javed replaces Rakesh Maria as Mumbai police commissioner
India > Mumbai police commissioner
Ahmed Javed on Tuesday was appointed the new Mumbai police commissioner. Ahmed Javed will take over from Rakesh Maria. Rakesh Maria has been promoted to DG Home Guards. Rakesh Maria was much in the news these days due to Mumbai Police's ongoing investigations in the Sheena Bora murder case.

Cabinet approves telecoms spectrum trading by mobile operators
Corporate > Spectrum trading
The Cabinet has cleared spectrum trading guidelines under which telecom operators will be able to sell radiowaves to other service providers, a move that will help address the problem of spectrum shortage.

Dengue cases at all-time high in Delhi
India > Dengue cases
The number of dengue cases reported in Delhi have touched the mark of 1,259 till September 5, highest since 2010. North Delhi district is the worst affected area with as many as 511 cases reported from here so far. East Delhi has reported the lowest number of dengue cases i.e 110.

Queen Elizabeth becomes UK's longest-reigning monarch
World > UK's longest-reigning monarch
Queen Elizabeth, who ascended the throne aged just 25 as her exhausted country struggled to recover from the ravages of World War Two, made history when she becomes Britain's longest-reigning monarch. British Prime Minister David Cameron led tributes to the queen.


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