Tuesday, 29 December 2015

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No LPG subsidy for those earning over Rs. 10 lakh a year
  • The government has decided that the benefit of the LPG subsidy will not be available for LPG consumers if the consumer or his/her spouse had a taxable income of more than Rs. 10,00,000/- during the previous financial year computed as per the Income Tax Act, 1961.
  • At present, all households are entitled to 12 cylinders of 14.2 kg at the subsidised rate of Rs. 419.26. The market price is Rs. 608 a cylinder.
Shoes, socks for govt. school children by June
  • Children studying in government schools will get a pair of shoes and two pairs of socks by June.
  • A Cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, has decided to provide this to 48 lakh schoolchildren studying from classes 1 to 10. It would cost the State exchequer Rs. 120 crore.
  • According to sources in the government, the cost of each pair of shoes and two pairs of socks for students of classes 1 to 5 costs Rs. 225. It costs Rs. 250 for students of classes 6 to 8, and Rs. 275 for students of classes 9 and 10, respectively.
Indian state run OMCs to set up largest refinery in Maharashtra
  • India plans to set up its biggest oil refinery in Maharashtra and the government has mandated state-run oil marketing companies (OMC) to work on the project together.
  • Maharashtra consumes about 18 million tonnes of petroleum products every year, which is expected to increase significantly in the coming years.
Ministry of Women and Child Development launches e-office, 12,000 files digitised
  • Ministry of Women and Child Development today launched e-office by digitizing more than 12,000 files, a step which will help provide transparent, efficient and time-bound services to the public.
  • In the new system, a file will take only 4-5 days for processing as compared to 30-40 days earlier and it will also be possible to locate the point at which it is held up.
India Post payment bank to be operational by March 2017
  • India Post, which was among the eleven applicants to have received approval from RBI for payment banks in August, will start its service by March 2017.
  • About 40 international financial conglomerates including World Bank, Barclays and ICICI have shown interest to partner with the Postal Department for the payment bank.
  • The Department has 1,55,015 post offices across the country, of which 1,39,144 are in rural areas.
Amitabh Kant made NITI Aayog CEO
  • In a significant secretary-level reshuffle at the Centre, the Prime Minister-led Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has transferred Disinvestment Secretary Aradhana Johri and given Industry Secretary Amitabh Kant the additional responsibility of being Chief Executive Officer of NITI Aayog.
  • Ms. Johri has been appointed as the chairperson of the National Authority for Chemical Weapons, a statutory body under the Cabinet secretariat.
A.P. signs MoU with Microsoft
  • Seeking to improve use of ICT, drive digital inclusion and provide better citizen services, Andhra Pradesh Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Microsoft India during a breakfast meeting hosted by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu for technology giant’s CEO Satya Nadella at the former’s residence.
  • According to the MoU, Microsoft India will provide technical knowledge to A.P. Government and support building three proof-of-concept (PoC) solutions by applying Microsoft Azure Machine Learning and Advanced Visualization method in the fields of education, agriculture and eCitizen services.
South Korea, Japan settle deal on wartime Korean sex slaves
  • The issue of former Korean sex slaves, euphemistically known as “comfort women,” is the biggest source of friction in ties between Seoul and Tokyo.
  • The foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan say they’ve reached a deal meant to resolve a decades-long impasse over Korean women forced into Japanese military-run brothels during World War II.
Alappuzha wins Digital India prize
  • Alappuzha district has won first prize in the Digital India week celebrations held in the State.
  • The prize, instituted by the Union government, is in recognition of various programmes organised in the district as part of the Digital India week celebrations from July 1 to 7. Kasaragod and Kannur districts have secured second and third prizes respectively.
Airtel launches website to allow users to track Project Leap
  • Bharti Airtel, the country’s No 1 carrier, launched a special website which will allow customers to know everything about how Project Leap, the 60,000-crore network transformation program, is progressing in their respective localities.
  • Customers will also be able to get a transparent view of coverage of voice and high speed broadband services.
Iran ships 25,000lb of low-enriched uranium to Russia as part of nuclear deal
  • US secretary of state John Kerry welcomed vital step in deal in which Iran would downsize nuclear programme in exchange for end to some economic sanctions
  • A ship carrying 25,000lb (11,000kg) of low-enriched uranium left Iran for Russia on Monday, marking one of the most vital steps yet in a high-stakes deal to deny Iran a nuclear weapon.
  • The July accord has been trumpeted as one of the banner foreign policy achievements of Barack Obama’s presidency but proved divisive in Washington, with Republicans refusing to support it and several of the party’s presidential candidates vowing to scrap it.
Smith, Khawaja hit half centuries; Australia 179/3
  • Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja scored half-centuries to crush a defiant West Indies fightback, pushing Australia’s lead to an imposing 459 runs at the close of day three of the second test.
  • The pair’s composed 79-run stand tempered the West Indies’ cheer after their bowlers took early wickets in the wake of some doughty tail-end batting at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
  • After Khawaja’s dismissal for 56, Smith and Mitchell Marsh guided Australia to 179 for three at stumps in glorious sunshine. Skipper Smith was unbeaten on 70 with all-rounder Marsh on 18.
Marxist scholar V. Aravindakshan dead
  • Noted Marxist scholar, writer and orator V. Aravindakshan died here following age-related ailments. He was 85.
About Aravindakshan
  • Born on October 17, 1930, Aravindakshan had worked in north India for eight years before returning to Kerala to become active in theatre along side P.J. Antony, Premji and others.
  • He joined New Age , the organ of the Communist Party of India, in New Delhi, and later returned once again to Kerala to work as a journalist with Navajeevan .
Haskell Wexler, influential Oscar-winning cinematographer, dead at 93
  • Haskell Wexler, the influential cinematographer who won Oscars for his work on 1966’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and 1976’s “Bound for Glory,” died Sunday, his son said. He was 93.
  • He died “peacefully in his sleep,” Jeff Wexler, an award-winning audio engineer, wrote on his website, jwsoundgroup.net.

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