November, 2017

Chhattisgarh Govt bans Firecrackers

The Chhattisgarh Government has imposed a ban on the bursting of firecrackers in six of its cities, including the state capital Raipur, ahead of the wedding season from December 1st to January 31st. According to the statement issued by the State Environment Conservation Board, the decision has been taken to control the pollution, which increases during winters due to the direction of wind.

120 BPM wins Best Film Award

Robin Campillo’s French film 120 Beats Per Minute, won the prestigious Golden Peacock award for best film at the controversy-ridden 48th International Film Festival of India. This movie is about a passionate fight against indifference towards AIDS. The film’s actor Nahuel Perez Biscayart won the Silver Peacock in the best actor male category.

Bitcoin Crosses $10,000

Bitcoin rose above the symbolic $10,000 threshold for the first time, bringing its rise for the year to date to more than 900 per cent. The price of the cryptocurrency edged above $10,000 on Coinbase, the largest dollar denominated bitcoin exchange, which gave the latest price as $10,052 in Asia. Bitcoin was trading at around $1,000 dollars at the beginning of 2017.

Jaitley launches Paytm Payments Bank

A new Payments Bank ‘Paytm Payments Bank’ was formally launched at the hands of the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Currently, India has four Payments Bank including Paytm Payments Bank. The other three operational ones are Airtel Payments Bank, India Post Payments Bank and Fino Payments Bank. A customer can open a savings bank account in them and have deposits of upto Rs. 1 lakh.

Jet Airways ties up with Air France-KLM

Jet Airways and Air France-KLM announced a partnership to route more traffic through Europe and on to North America, in a potential challenge to Gulf carrier Etihad Airways that is a shareholder in Jet. The agreement also includes Delta Air Lines, with which Air France KLM has an existing partnership. It will effectively connect 44 destinations in India with 106 destinations in Europe.

FSSAI issues guidelines for food recall

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has asked companies to put in place a proper plan to recall food products from markets, if found unsafe. FSSAI also said it may review the license of the concerned food company if the recall is related to serious health issues. The new guidelines come more than two years after the controversial recall of Maggi noodles.

48th Edition of IFFI Concluded

International Film Festival of India concluded with the world premiere of Indo-Argentinian co-production “Thinking of Him”, directed by Pablo Cesar. The closing ceremony was attended by Goa CM, Manohar Parikkar, Union Minister Smriti Irani. The legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan was honoured with the Indian film personality of the year Award at the glittering Closing Ceremony.

Professor Hiroshi Marui gets award

President Kovind conferred the 3rd Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Distinguished Indologist Award on Professor Hiroshi Marui of Japan at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Marui has spent over 40 years working on Indian philosophy and Buddhist Studies. He is President of Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies and has made significant contribution to Indology in Japan.

TRAI wants ‘neutral’ Net

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India upheld the basic principles of Net neutrality, disallowing telecom operators from prioritising, throttling or blocking content on their networks. The regulator said the internet serves as the basic infrastructure for the development of other markets, and restrictions on access could hinder growth and innovation. IoT is however not exempted

SAUBHAGYA Scheme launched in Manipur

The Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (SAUBHAGYA) was launched in Manipur by Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Shri R.K. Singh and Shri N. Biren Singh, CM of Manipur. A total of approximately 1.75 lakh households are proposed to be included under the Scheme. This is such a scheme where the poorest of the poor can afford electricity in their homes.