Wednesday, December 9, 2015

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Justice Thakur sworn in as the 43rd Chief Justice of India
India > Chief Justice of India
Justice TS Thakur was sworn in as the 43rd Chief Justice of India. Elevated to the Supreme Court on November 17, 2009, Justice Thakur has the credit of taking steps to clean up the cricket administration when he delivered the verdict in the Indian Premier League spot-fixing and betting scandal in January this year. His bench ordered constitution of the Justice RM Lodha committee that shall suggest measures to make the world’s richest Cricket body — BCCI — transparent and accountable.

RBI cancels license of 56 NBFCs, Bajaj Finserv gives away license
Economy > RBI Cancels License of 56 NBFCs
The Reserve Bank of India has cancelled a bulk of non-banking financial companies as those mostly little-known local lenders may have either violated regulatory norms or surrendered licence of their own.

The central bank has taken away the certificate of registration of the 56 non-banking financial companies (NBFCs), in exercise of the powers conferred on it

German parliament approves military mission in Syria against Islamic State World > Islamic State
German lawmakers approved plans to take on a direct role in the battle against the Islamic State group in Syria, answering France's appeal for help after the deadly Paris attacks. Parliament agreed to the mandate for the deployment of Tornado reconnaissance jets, a frigate and up to 1,200 troops by an overwhelming majority of 445 votes in favour and 146 against.

National Herald case: Gandhis to appear before court on Dec 19
India > National Herald case
A Delhi court directed Congress president Sonia Gandhi, party vice president Rahul Gandhi and five others accused in the National Herald case to appear before it on December 19. The direction came a day after the Delhi High Court dismissed appeals filed by the Gandhis and five others against summons to face trial and said their conduct in the National Herald case “smacks of criminality”.


India’s Thakur Anoop Singh won gold medal in World Bodybuilding and Physique Championships
Sports > World Bodybuilding and Physique Championships
India’s Thakur Anoop Singh on 28 November 2015 won gold medal in the 7th WBPF World Bodybuilding and Physique Championships. He won the medal in the fitness physique category.

Foreign banks top rate-cut charts; public sector lenders lag
Banking and Insurance > Rate-Cut Charts
RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan's repeated nudge to banks to pass on the rate-cut benefits seems to be falling on deaf ears, as the transmission has been less than one-fifth in some cases.

Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu launches 'She Autos' scheme
Politics and Government > 'She Autos' Scheme
Encouraging women to take up driving as profession, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu launched 'She Autos' scheme and distributed 49 CNG-fuelled autos to women drivers at a function here.

'Sugamya Bharat': Arun Jaitley launches Modi government's Accessible India initiative
Politics and Government > Accessible India
The BJP government unveiled its next bigticket campaign, Accessible India, which aims to provide universal accessibility for all, including differently-abled persons. Finance minister Arun Jaitley inaugurated Accessible India initiative with the launch of a mobile-based app and a web portal, Sugamya Bharat (Accessible India), which would enable citizens to take photographs of inaccessible public places and help state governments and the Centre in making them accessible.

Pakistan rejects reports of ISI spy network busted in India
Politics and Government > Accessible India
Pakistan today rejected reports that India had busted a spy network in the country allegedly working for the ISI. Pakistan's Foreign Office (FO) spokesman Qazi Khalilullah said at that he had seen media reports about arrests but "Indian authorities have not approached us in this regard". The role of a Pakistan High Commission employee in New Delhi has come under the scanner in connection with an espionage racket in which an alleged ISI operative and a serving BSF personnel have been arrested by the Delhi Police.

'Heart of Asia' conference begins in Pakistan
Politics and Government > 'Heart of Asia' Conference
A regional conference hosted by Pakistan with focus on Afghanistan has started, where External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will represent India at the ministerial-level meeting. The fifth 'Heart of Asia' conference, an annual gathering of Asian and other countries, is aimed at enhancing cooperation for countering security threats and promoting connectivity in the region.

India to sign deal with Japan to get its first bullet train
India > First Bullet Train
India is set to sign a deal with Japan this week on the country’s first bullet train, with Tokyo financing the bulk of the high-speed-rail project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad through a USD 8 billion loan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe will issue a joint statement on the deal on Saturday during latter’s visit to India.

Indian, Pakistan NSAs discusse terror and Kashmir
India > NSA
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and his Pakistan counterpart Nasir Janjua met in Bangkok. Terrorism and Kashmir were both on the agenda in Bangkok, making sure that hawks in either side of the border could not be the peace-breakers. Foreign secretaries S Jaishanker of India and Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry of Pakistan accompanied their respective NSAs. The meeting ended with a short general statement:

“Discussions covered peace and security, terrorism, Jammu and Kashmir, and other issues, including tranquility along the LoC. It was agreed to carry forward the constructive engagement.”

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump calls for ban on Muslims entering US
World > Donald Trump
Donald Trump has called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” an idea swiftly condemned by his rival GOP candidates for president and other Republicans. The proposed ban would apply to immigrants and visitors alike, a sweeping prohibition affecting all adherents of Islam who want to come to the U.S. The idea faced an immediate challenge to its legality and feasibility from experts who could point to no formal exclusion of immigrants based on religion in America’s history.

Carolina Marin wins BWF Female Player of the Year award
Award > BWF Female Player of the Year award
Reigning World No.1 and 2015 All England and World champion Carolina Marin pipped Indian ace shuttler Saina Nehwal on Tuesday to win the Female Player of the Year award from BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer in Dubai.Marin, who has won five World Superseries titles, held off competition from China’s Zhao Yunlei, Saina and China’s Bao Yixin.

Russia launches new airstrikes in Syria; 1st from submarine
World >Airstrikes in Syria
Russia has unleashed another barrage of airstrikes against targets in Syria, including the first combat launch of a new cruise missile from a Russian submarine in the Mediterranean Sea. The Kalibr cruise missiles launched by the Rostov-on-Don submarine successfully hit the designated targets in Raqqa, defense minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin.

Taliban militants stormed the airport complex in Afghanistan
World >Taliban
At least eight people were killed after Taliban militants stormed the airport complex in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar city, triggering an all-night gun battle. "Eight people, including civilians and soldiers, have been killed," Samim Khpalwak, a spokesman for the Kandahar provincial governor, told AFP.


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