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Current News Shots October 29 - 31, 2013



UTTAR PRADESH WATER SECTOR RESTRUCTURING PROJECT RECEIVED $360 MILLION FORM WORLD BANK
Government of India inked a pact with the World Bank for credit of $360 million for the development of second phase of Uttar Pradesh Water Sector Restructuring Project. The objectives of the project are:

  • To support the State in capacity building of Water Users Association, rehabilitation and modernization of irrigation, development of Basin River planning strategies and flood management systems.
  • To improve the institutional and policy structure for integrated water resources management for the entire State
  • To enhance agricultural productivity and water productivity by assisting farmers in targeted irrigation areas. 


ANJALI GOPALAN RECEIVED CIVILIAN HONOR FROM FRANCE
France conferred its highest civilian award Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur’ on social worker and founder of NGO Naz Foundation Anjali Gopalan for her work on trans genders and HIV positive patients.
About: Anjali Gopalan (56) is an Indian Human Rights and Animal Rights activist,
Founder: The Naz Foundation (India) Trust, an NGO dedicated to the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic in India mainly focused on women and children.
She started her career as a social worker and worked on issues related to HIV/AIDS and marginalized communities in New York, United States.
The Naz Foundation was founded by her in 1994 which has since then brought positive changes the lives of transgender, homosexuals and those with HIV positive.

 

HIMACHAL IS SECOND STATE TO INTRODUCE NVQF SCHEME
Himachal Pradesh has become the second state after Haryana to introduce Centre’s National Vocational Education Qualitative Framework (NVQF) Scheme.
What is National Vocational Qualitative Framework (NVQF) Scheme?
Introduced By: India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the National Skill Development Council (NSDC).
Aim: The scheme is being implemented for students of Class IX to Class XI and every student would be required to clear four levels to get the certificate. The program has been initiated in 100 schools and each school would be required to adopt two trades out of five — Information Technology, Education, Retail Security, Automobile and Health Care. All the schools implementing this scheme will be provided with books of different trades prepared by experts along with laboratory equipment and tool room for practical work.
The scheme is being funded by both the Centre and the state government in the ratio of 75:25 and it will cover one hundred more schools under it.

 

NOTA OPTION CLARIFIED BY ELECTION COMMISSION
Providing clarification over the recently included NOTA (None Of The Above) option in EVM/ Ballot paper in the upcoming polls as directed by the apex court,
“if the number of electors who had voted for the NOTA option exceeded the votes polled by any of the candidates, the candidate with the highest number of votes would be declared winner”.

Clarification from the EC over NOTA option:

  • As per the provisions of clause (a) of Rule 64 of Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961, read with Section 65 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, the candidate who has polled the largest number of valid votes is to be declared elected by the Returning Officer. Therefore, even if the number of electors opting for NOTA option is more than the number of votes polled by any of the candidates, the candidate who secures the largest number of votes has to be declared elected.
  • In case the number of contesting candidates is equal to the number of seats to be filled, the Returning Officer has to declare all the contesting candidates to be duly elected. In the case of elections to the Lok Sabha and the Legislative Assemblies, where there is only one contesting candidate in the fray, the RO has to, under the relevant provisions, declare the sole contestant as elected

 

P.S. RAGHAVAN AS THE NEXT RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR
Brief:
Raghvan, who is an IFS officer of 1979 batch, is presently serving as the Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
He will take the position of outgoing Ajai Malhotra, who will retire on November 30, 201


MAHATMA GANDHI PRAVASI SURAKSHA YOJANA FOR INDIAN WORKERS IN DUBAI
Introduced by: The Ministry of Overseas Indian
Type: The scheme is a pension and life insurance fund scheme for blue-collar Indian workers in UAE.
Brief: MGPSY is a special social security scheme for overseas Indian workers who are on temporary work permit in 17 Emigration Check Required (ECR) nations.
Aim: To help the overseas workers to save money for their retirement, their return to India and resettlement and provides life insurance cover against natural death during the period of coverage.


RBI HIKED REPO RATE BY 25 BASIS POINTS TO 7.75 %
Second Quarterly Review of Monetary Policy 2013-14
Repo Rate: Increased by 25 basis points from 7.5% percent to 7.75%
Reason: The surge in inflation and other factors
Key points of the Second Quarter Review of Monetary Policy 2013-14:

  • Marginal Standing Facility (MSF) rate slashed by 25 basis points from 9% to 8.75%.
  • Policy repo rate under the Liquidity Adjustment Facility (LAF) hiked by 25 basis points from 7.5% to 7.75%.
  • The liquidity provided through term repos of 7-day and 14-day tenor has been enhanced from 0.25% of Net Demand and Time Liabilities (NDTL) of the banking system to 0.5%.
  • Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) untouched at 4%.
  • The GDP growth projection for 2013-14 has been reduced to 5% from previous 5.7%.
     

SEBASTIAN VETTEL WINS INDIAN GRAND PRIX
For: The Red Bull
Venue: Buddh International Circuit in Noida, India.
Feat: Third successive victory in the Indian Grand Prix he left behind four former world champions Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.
With his 10th victory of the season and 36th of his career, Vettel joined the elite club of Formula One drivers — Michael Schumacher (six world titles), Juan Manuel Fangio (five) and Alain Prost (four) — who have won 4 or more world titles.

 

NEXT CHIEF OF INDIAN AIR FORCE : AIR MARSHAL ARUP RAHA
Present Position: Vice Chief of Air Staff
Present Chief of the Air Staff: NAK Browne  
Date to Take Lead: December 31, 2013.
Brief: Tenure 39 years, has held various command, staff and instructional appointments.  He has served as Air Attache at the Embassy of India, Ukraine. He has done National Defence College, Staff College, Strategic Nuclear Orientation Course and Junior Commanders’ Course.


SUSHMITA SEN CONFERRED WITH MOTHER TERESA MEMORIAL INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE 2013

NGO the Harmony Foundation honored former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen with the Mother Teresa Memorial International Award 2013 for her efforts towards achieving social justice in Mumbai. Along with Sushmita Sen, seven individuals and an association, India Rescue Mission, were also awarded the Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice 2013 for their contributions in the field of human rights and community development.

List of Awardees of Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice 2013 :

  • Sushmita Sen: Social Activist and Bollywood actress
  • Dr Sudarshan Hanumappa: Tribal rights’ activist
  • Diep Saeeda: Lahore-based human rights activist
  • Cedric Prakash: Social Activist
  • Sindhutai Sapkal: Mother of Orphans
  • Arunachalam Muruganantham: Social Activist
  • India Rescue Mission: An association for human rights
  • Maulana Mehmood Madani: Social activist
  • Sam Childers: Rescuer of young boys and girls from Sudan

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