November, 2013

Terms set for banks’ entry into insurance broking

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has released draft guidelines for entry of banks into insurance broking business. “Since insurance broking is a knowledge-intensive activity requiring professional expertise, this will be permitted subject to the certain conditions” the RBI said. Banks desirous of offering insurance broking services however, have to get specific prior approval of RBI. Validity period for the approval granted for insurance broking will be three years subject to review thereafter”, the RBI said.

PIL challenges Bharat Ratna for Tendulkar

A Chennai advocate has filed a public interest litigation petition in the Madras High Court, seeking to declare the govt’s decision to confer Bharat Ratna on cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and scientist C.N.R. Rao non est in law.

Chennai Corporation suspends issuing of birth, death certificates

The Chennai Corporation has suspended issuance of fresh birth and death certificates. This follows the unearthing of irregularities in issuing of certificates earlier this week. The civic body is planning to evolve a new system to fix responsibility for uploading to evolve a new system to fix responsibility for uploading and validating the certificates. Certificates of birth and death recorded in some major hospitals that already have provisions for uploading data directly have not been validated today.

Keyhole lung transplant performed on 60 year old

Surgeons at Global Health City have performed a minimally – invasive lung transplant on a 60 year old patient, who has been suffering from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis for the last 11 years. The lung transplant was done through a seven-inch long incision, which is nearly one-third the length used in the conventional procedure, doctors said.

Answer all calls – Corporation to officials

The Chennai Corporation has instructed all its officials to answer residents calls on their official mobile phones. Chief Minister has directed the corporation to ensure quick response to civic issues reported by residents. The civic body has already shared ‘mobile phone numbers of its officials, including chief engineers and superindending engineers, online. Ward and zonal offices too have displayed mobile numbers of various officials.

Ramanathapuram tops in passport applications

The drought-prone economically backward Ramanathapuram has emerged as the top district in south zone in seeking passports. More than 10,000 persons have applied for the third successive year. Most of them prefered to visit Malaysia, Singapore and Gulf countries for better prospects in the absence of industries and employment opportunities in the districts. A total of 10,140 people applied for passports. In 2012 the  number rose to 11,957. In the first 10 months this year 10,630 applied. Besides, people have applied for renewal of passports “just like getting ration cards, people get passports.

Excellence in Governance award

Mr. Ashwani Lohani, Northern Railway engineer, is presented the “Excellence in Governance” award. He has written a comprehensive report on ‘Rail Heritage and Tourism’ and ‘Steam Heritage Tourism’.

44th International Film Festival of India

In the 44th International Film Festival of India, East Timor’s first feature film, ‘Beatriz’s War’, wins the Golden Peacock award for the 2013 best film.

World’s most aggressive HIV strain

Swedish researchers report the discovery of the world’s most aggressive HIV strain.

Comet of the century

Comet ISON, touted as “comet of the century”, which went around the Sun a day ago fizzles out during its swing around the Sun, leaving a trail of dust.