prize for peace, disarmament
conferred the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for
2014 in recognition of its contribution in strengthening international
cooperation in peaceful use of outer space.
President Hamid Ansari, made the announcement today.
Disarmament and Development is awarded to the Indian Space Research
Organisation (ISRO) in recognition of its path-breaking achievement,
culminating in the Mars orbiter mission, its significant contribution in
strengthening international cooperation in peaceful use of outer space,” a
role played by it in the application of advanced technologies in promoting
broadbased and sustainable social and economic development and addressing basic
needs of the people particularly in remote and rural areas of the country.
and talents can be harnessed to international level, catching up with more
advanced nations in a highly technical and sophisticated field, it said.
ISRO has demonstrated
that in space technology, India stands shoulder to shoulder with the best in
the world, it said.
quarter, marking a technical recession in the world’s third largest economy.
product fell at annualized 1.6 per cent from July to September, compared to
forecasts of a 2.1 per cent rise. That followed a revised 7.3 per cent in the
second quarter, which was the biggest fall since the March 2011 earthquake and
iii. The economy shrank 0.4 per cent in the third quarter from the
previous one. Economists said the disappointing figures are likely to lead to a
delay to the proposed increase of the country’s sale tax.
November 19, that highlights a serious problem – 2.5 billion people in the
world do not have access to proper sanitation.
World Toilet Day via social media campaigns, online petitions, and by getting
involved in a range of events held in different countries worldwide.
more than 200,000 children in the world, according to the UN.
practiced are the same countries with the highest numbers of under-five child
deaths, high levels of under-nutrition and poverty, and large wealth
disparities. Moreover, over one billion people defecate in the open due to lack
of proper toilet facilities.
Toilet Organization, have promoted World Toilet Day for years.
World Toilet Day in a bid to make sanitation for all a global development
priority. It deemed the practice of open-air defecation as “extremely harmful”
to public health.
$75-million line of credit for Fiji for a co-generation power plant and
upgrading the sugar industry and also a $5-million fund to develop its villages
even as the two countries agreed to expand their defence and security
these announcements after talks with his Fijian counterpart Frank
Bainimarama shortly after his arrival, also announced a visa on arrival for
Fijians and assistance projects that included a parliament library and doubling
the scholarships and training slots in India for people from this country.
between the two countries in the presence of the two leaders.
also addressed the Fijian Parliament, the first by a foreign leader, after
parliamentary elections, during which he said that India was prepared to work
with Fiji to build a “Digital Fiji’’.
co-generation power plant at Rarav sugar mill and $5 million to strengthen and
modernise Fiji’s village, small and medium-scale industries.
Capital of Fiji – Suva, Currency – Dollar
pact to protect investments
protection treaties with a new pact that seeks to plug loopholes and enhance
legal protection of foreign investors in India as well as Indian investments
with a draft of a new agreement called the Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT)
saying there is a need to revisit existing BIPAs as they do not take into
account the socio economic objectives of government policy.
introduces rules on conflict of interest regarding arbitrations and
transparency. The model excludes taxation matters, sources said.
Agreements (BIPA), of which 72 are in force, the Finance Ministry said in its
business activities in the home State would be protected by the treaty. The
proposed BIT would remain in force for a period of 10 years.
held in Nepal
15 November to 18 November 2014 in Lumbini, Nepal. It was held with an
objective of preserving Buddhist culture and heritage.
Theravada Buddhist Academy and Myanmar Sitagu International Buddhist Academy.
attended by some 400 Buddhist experts and intellectuals and issued a 23 point
has launched a smart self-service terminal that enables customers to deposit as
well as withdraw cash from the same machine.
the smart self-service terminal even without using a debit card and will
receive instant credit for the deposited amount.
customer through these terminals, provided his/her PAN details are available
with the bank,” Axis Bank said in a statement.
2.4 lakh crore in state-run banks by March 2019: RBI
($38.78 billion) into state-owned banks by end-March 2019 to meet different
kinds of capital requirements including Basel III, provisioning for asset
quality, and additional risks, said a central bank Deputy Governor SS Mundra
internal capital as the leeway to get additional funds from the government
would be limited due to the ongoing fiscal consolidation process, Mundra said.
from 56.26 per cent to 88.63 per cent, and one of the options to generate
capital is to lower stakes in banks, Mundra said. According to the Banking
Regulation act, government holding in state-run banks cannot fall below 51 per
internal capital as the leeway to get additional funds from the government would
be limited due to the ongoing fiscal consolidation process, Mundra said.
held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar on 13 November 2014. The summit was held on the
sidelines of the 25th ASEAN Summit
forum discussed cooperation in areas of common concern, particularly the
non-traditional security issues such as wildlife trafficking, trafficking in
persons, pandemics, climate change and disaster management.
i. The East Asia Summit is an annual meeting of
national leaders from the East Asian region and adjoining countries. The first
summit was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in December 2005.
ii. 18 member countries participated in the summit.
EAS meetings are held after annual ASEAN leaders’ meetings.
for children, teenagers ‘AB Little Stars’
that ‘AB Little Stars’ scheme has been launched for children in age
group of 10-15 years and their parents stands as guardians while ‘AB Teens’ is
targeted for teenagers between 15-18 years.
transfer will be provided to the young customers, Rao added.
‘Verse’ for enterprises that integrates social media, file sharing and
analytics to help increase productivity.
investment in design innovation and adds layers of analytics, social media and
security to the application as employees can access e-mails, calendars, file
sharing, instant messaging, social updates and video chats through a single
search’, which enables users to pinpoint and retrieve specific information
they are seeking across all the various types of content within their email.
provide an ‘at-a-glance’ view that intelligently surfaces an individual’s most
critical actions for the day.
Window’s popular Outlook email service and Google’s Inbox.
Official Language under Ministry of Home Affairs has selected Rubber Board for the
Indira Gandhi Rajbhasha Award (First Prize) for excellence in the
implementation of the official language policy for the year 2013-14.
received the award from the President of India Pranab Mukherjee in a function
held at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.
instituted for excellence in implementing Hindi as official language among
Boards, Trusts and Societies under Central Government in States where Hindi is
not used as the mother tongue.
International Children’s Peace Prize 2014
2014 was awarded with the prestigious International Children’s Peace Prize
Indian American from Philadelphia was awarded for her work to help orphans in
India and other vulnerable children.
ever American to be awarded with the prize.
prize by Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu the patron of the Dutch children’s
rights organization in The Hague, Netherlands.
was conferred on Malala Yousufzai, who went on to win this year’s Nobel Peace
LIC to sign MoU with Indian Banks’ Association
Corporation (LIC) to immediately operationalise the benefit of life cover under
the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY).
memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian Banks Association (IBA) for
providing this facility, official sources said.
said that National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) would not be required
to enter into MoU with LIC and IBA for providing this life cover benefit.
capital, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced a life cover of Rs 30,000
with the RuPay card.
subscribe to a bank account for the first time during the period August 15 to
January 26 next year, it was announced.
life cover, the Finance Ministry had specified that a four-partite agreement –
LIC, IBA, NPCI and Department of Financial Services—will have to be executed
for running the scheme.
fund for life coverage under PMJDY with an initial corpus of ₹
100 crore from the social security fund of Government of India under Aam Admi
Bima Yojana (AABY) being managed by LIC of India.
recouped through budgetary provision by the Government, the Department of
Financial Services (DFS) has said.
by Government from time-to-time within the stipulated premium amount to meet
the outgo and administrative expenses.
of roads in MP
provide $350-million loan assistance for upgradation of district roads in
Development Bank has approved a $350-million loan to upgrade district roads in
Madhya Pradesh for a project which will tackle an important link in road
improvements,” ADB said in a statement.
will upgrade 1,600 km of major district roads in the State through lane
widening, surface improvements, and strengthening of culverts and bridges.
help cut travel time, improve traffic flow and road safety, and provide better
access to markets and social services for poor and remote communities, the
word of year
the word used for the act of drawing on an electronic cigarette instead
of a burning stick of tobacco as its 2014 word of the year.
the decidedly less controversial self-portrait usually taken with a smart
when New York City banned vaping indoors. The United Kingdom opened its first
vape cafe called The Vape Lab in March.
among UAE based Indians
Mumbai has once again emerged as the most popular and attractive property investment
hotspot among the UAE-based Indian expats.
the city as their favourite property destination in India, in a recently
organise the Indian Property Show to be held in Dubai in December.
with 24.13 per cent
votes going for it as the most favorite city for NRI property investments.
growth in recent years plus potential of giving significant return on
respectively, in the list of investment destinations covered by the ‘Emerging
Trends in Real Estate Asia Pacific 2014’, published jointly by the Urban Land
Institute (ULI) and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
(GCMMF), the maker of Amul dairy products, is setting up a unit in West Bengal
for an investment of around ₹200 crore.
Bengal Industrial Development Corporation, GCMMF is taking up 16 acres of land
at the Sankrail Food Park in Howrah district in the State.
acre phase three of the food park,” Gupta. The State arm WBIDC is developing
and extending the park.
the month October has narrowed to 13 billion dollars as compare to the previous
month of 14.25 billion dollars. Trade deficit in October last year had stood at
10.5 billion dollars.
ii. Export data today released by Commerce Ministry said that the gold
imports jumped to 4.17 billion dollars from 1.09 billion dollars a year ago.
Meanwhile, the exports in October also hit lowest level since March 2014. It
reduced by 5.04 per cent to 26 billion dollars in October as compare to same month
of last year.
Chockalingam passed away
director Rudraiya Chockalingam died on 19 November 2014 in Chennai following a
brief illness. He was 67.
Chockalingam is most famous for his critically acclaimed 1978 film Aval
Appadithaan, a movie surrounding the trials and tribulations of a female
position after his contractual talks with Hockey India and the Sports Authority
of India (SAI) broke down.
proposal is still being worked out for the Australian’s consideration.
had already submitted his resignation last month after his demands for a
greater say in team decisions and hand-picked support staff were turned down by
Hockey India and Sports Authority of India.
board and met Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal this morning but the talks
ended inconclusively. This prompted the 60-year-old to head back to Australia
without withdrawing his resignation.
returning from Liberia has tested positive and has been isolated at a special
facility at Delhi airport.
reached here last Monday, was already treated for the disease in the African
country and had no symptoms. But the ministry said his semen samples tested
positive, prompting authorities to isolate him.
any alarm. All precautions are being taken,” the ministry said.
in body fluids for variable periods.
disease through sex up to 90 days from the time of clinical cure, it said.
body fluids test negative and he is found medically fit to be discharged, it
said. The ministry insisted the man was a treated and cured case.
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