Wednesday, 30 December 2015

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Tamil Nadu government submits plans for 12 smart cities to union urban development ministry
  • The Tamil Nadu government, which had sought time from the centre to has submitted its smart city plans because it was busy managing the floods in Chennai has now submitted plans for 12 smart cities in the state.
  • The union ministry of urban development had set the deadline of December 15, 2015 to submit the smart city plans.
  • The 12 cities and towns included in the smart city mission are Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli, Dindigul, Thanjavur, Tirupur, Salem, Vellore, Coimbatore, Madurai, Erode, Thoothukudi and Chennai.
Government seeks ideas from public for Budget 2016-17
  • The Centre has asked citizens to send in ideas and proposals for the next Union Budget, saying many such suggestions had made it to the budget for 2015-16.
  • The Ministry of Finance has decided to ask for suggestions on the MyGov.in platform by January 20 to foster ‘Jan Bhagidari’ and infuse more transparency into the budgetmaking exercise and involve people as partners in the process. The budget is usually presented in Parliament on the last day of February.
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, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
  • 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 minister said.
  • The Department has 1,55,015 post offices across the country, of which 1,39,144 are in rural areas.
‘Laddu’ Weighing Over 8,000 Kilograms Sets Guinness World Record
  • An over 8,000 kilogram ‘laddu’ prepared by a local shop during the Ganesh festival this year has set a Guinness Record as the largest sweetmeat of its kind for the fifth consecutive year.
  • The Guinness World Records Certificate reads, “The largest individual ‘laddu’ weighs 8,369 kg (18,450 lb 7.78 oz) and was made by Sri Bhakta Anjaneya Sweets (India) owned by S Venkateswara Rao (India) in Tapeswaram, Andhra Pradesh, India, on 15th September 2015.”
Netanyahu, Abbas may visit India in 2016
  • India’s relation with the West Asian region is expected to be in focus during the first few months of 2016 as South Block appears set to host top Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
  • Diplomatic sources also informed that Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moalem is expected to visit New Delhi soon.
Voters name to be deleted automatically after death: EC
  • The Election Commission of India announced that it will launch a Nationwide programme to link the server of Registrar of Birth and Death of each District with its server for “automatic deletion” of the voter’s name from the electoral rolls on issuance of the death certificate.
  • The programme would begin from Punjab to tackle the invalid voters, the Chief Election Commissioner, Nasim Zaidi.
Russia wants HAL as partner
  • The Narendra Modi government’s grand plans to bring in the private sector into the defence sector has received its first reality check with Russia refusing to sign up with a private sector partner for manufacturing helicopters, instead opting to go with the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
Govt. to notify Euro V & VI norms soon
  • Amid concerns over the rising air pollution, the Union government is going to notify norms soon for vehicles to shift to clean fuels under Euro V and VI emission standards.
  • The introduction of clean fuels under Euro V and VI standards will be done in phases. According to the draft notification, old vehicles will need to switch to Euro V and Euro VI norms from April 1, 2019 and April 1, 2021 respectively.
  • The new norms are planned to be introduced in new vehicles from 2020 and 2022.
  • Earlier, the government planned the implementation of BS V and BS VI emission norms nationwide by 2020 and 2024 respectively.
FIPB clears proposals worth Rs. 1,810 cr.
  • The Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) cleared four FDI proposals, including that of HDFC Standard Life Insurance, totalling about Rs.1,810 crore.
  • HDFC Standard Life had approached the FIPB for transfer of its shares currently held by HDFC to Standard Life (Mauritius Holdings) 2006 Ltd, there by increasing foreign shareholding in insurance joint venture from 26 per cent to 35 per cent.
Guinea declared free of Ebola virus that killed over 2,500
  • Guinea was declared free of Ebola after more than 2,500 people died from the virus in the West African nation, leaving Liberia as the only country still awaiting a countdown for the end of the epidemic.
  • People in the capital, Conakry, greeted the declaration by authorities and the U.N. World Health Organisation with mixed emotions given the deaths and the damage the virus did to the economy and the country’s health and education sectors.
Airtel completes acquisition of 74% in Augere
  • Bharti Airtel (Airtel) said that it had completed acquisition of 74 per cent capital of Augere Wireless Broadband India Private Ltd (Augere).
  • This is in line with the country’s largest telecom provider’s earlier announcement to acquire Augere that will allow Airtel take its 4G operations to nine circles.
  • Augere holds 20 MHz of broadband wireless access (BWA) spectrum in the telecom circles of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
China launches HD earth observation satellite
  • China launched its most sophisticated observation satellite, Gaofen-4, as part of the country’s high-definition (HD) earth observation project.
  • Gaofen-4 is China’s first geosynchronous orbit HD optical imaging satellite and the world’s most sophisticated HD geosynchronous orbit remote sensing satellite, according to Xu Dazhe, head of SASTIND and China National Space Administration.
  • The successful launch of Gaofen-4 was the 19th space mission in this year.
  • Gaofen-1, the first satellite of the project, was launched in April 2013.
Panic button on mobiles by March
  • For women in distress, police help will soon be available at the press of a button on their mobile phones as Union Minister Maneka Gandhi has got phone manufacturers on board for providing panic button in handsets by March to send emergency alerts.
  • Mandatory regulations in this regard will be issued by the Department of Telecommunications soon, Gandhi . The plan that has been finalised with the consensus of mobile manufacturers will help address the issue of women security as both new and existing phones will be able to install the enhanced feature. “A woman in trouble can press the button and it will send a message to the police,”.

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