Current Events September 2016 – Political

• Maha, Guj governors given addl. charge
President Pranab Mukherjee has given Maharashtra Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao additional charge of Tamil Nadu. He has also made Gujarat Governor Om Prakash Kohli in-charge of Madhya Pradesh. The tenure of Tamil Nadu Governor K. Rosaiah ended on 30.8.2016 while that of Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav will come to an end on September 7.
• Gabon’s President Bongo Re-elected
Gabon’s incumbent President Ali Bongo has won a closely fought presidential election. Bongo had obtained 49.80 percent of vote, beating rival candidate Jean Pin who received 48.23 percent. He was first elected in 2009 after the death of his father Omar, who ran Gabon for 42 years. Gabon is a sovereign state on the west coast of Central Africa.
• Brazilian Senate Impeaches Rousseff
Brazil’s Senate has removed President, Dilma Rousseff, from the office for breaking budgetary laws. This ends an impeachment process that polarized the country and paralyzed its politics for nine months. Senators voted 61 to 20 to convict Ms Rousseff for illegally using money from state banks to boost public spending. Michel Temer has been sworn in as 37th President of the country.
• Michel Temer, Brazil’s New President
Michel Temer, Brazil’s former vice president, has been sworn in as the country’s new president. He was sworn after the country’s Senate voted to remove Dilma Rousseff from office. He has been serving as interim president since May, when the Senate launched impeachment proceedings against Ms. Rousseff. He is expected to stay in power until the next scheduled election in late 2018.
• Government Constitute AK Sinha Committee
The Centre has constituted an expert committee of four members to study the silt in the river Ganga in Bihar. Member of Ganga Flood Control commission A .K. Sinha has been made Chairman of the committee. During meeting with PM Modi Bihar CM Nitish Kumar had requested him to send an expert team to study silt in Ganga which caused devastating prevailing flood in the state.
• Odisha Pave GST for Presidential Assent
The Odisha Legislative Assembly has unanimously ratified the Constitution Amendment Bill for Goods and Services Tax (GST).With Odisha emerging as the 16th state to have ratified the historic GST bill.The bill has enlisted the support of at least 50 per cent of the states.Now the deck is cleared for the bill to head for the Presidential assent.
• India and Vietnam Sign 12 Agreements
India & Vietnam have signed 12 agreements for further strengthening of bilateral ties.The agreements were signed in presence of PM Modi & his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Hanoi.PM Modi has arrived Hanoi on the first leg of his two-nation visit.This is the first bilateral prime ministerial visit from India to Vietnam in 15 yrs since the visit of then premier A.B. Vajpayee in 2001.
• PM Modi reaches Hangzhou for G20 summit
Prime Minister has reached Chinese city of Hangzhou to participate in the two day G-20 Summit. PM Modi held bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Hangzhou, China.The meeting was held on the sidelines of the G20 Summit.The two leaders had last met at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit in June in Tashkent.
• Prakampana-2016 Held in Visakhapatnam
A permanent facility of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) named ‘Prakampana’-the first Joint Disaster Management Exercise was inaugurated in Visakhapatnam.This program is aimed at synchronising the resources & efforts of all agencies.The armed forces, in association with the National Disaster Management Authority and the NDRF, would be represented in these exercises.
• Bachchan, Fadnavis Pick up Brooms
CM Devendra Fadnavis & Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan picked up brooms during a ‘Maha Cleanathon’ held as part of the Swachh BharatAbhiyan. Bachchan is the campaign ambassador of Swachh Bharat.Fifty cities in Maharashtra will be ‘swachh’ by Oct 2 & 7,000 villages in the state are now open-defecation free. It is a national campaign to clean the streets, roads & infrastructure of the country.
• Nation Celebrates Teacher’s Day
Teacher’s day in India is celebrated every year on 5th of September to honour the contributions of the teachers in our society. The day is celebrated on the birthday of educationist & former President Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. He was a scholar, statesman & a respected teacher who shaped many minds and served the country. President and Prime Minister have greeted the teachers on the day.
• PM Arrives in Laos to Attend ASEAN, EAS
PM Modi has arrived in the Laos capital to attend the ASEAN-India & the East Asia Summits (EAS). Mr. Modi is scheduled to have several bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the Summits. East Asia Summit is the premier forum for discussions on the challenges and opportunities before the Asia Pacific region. This is the third time that the Prime Minister is attending these two Summits.
• Sikkim sparkles in NSSO survey
Sikkim has been adjudged the cleanest State while Jharkhand comes last in the list on the condition of sanitation in rural areas of 26 states. The results of the survey carried out last year by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) was released by Union Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar here. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home State, Gujarat is ranked 14th.
• ABVP sweeps DUSU Election Polls
The BJP-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has won the three top posts of the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU). ABVP’s Amit Tanwar, Priyanka Chabri and Ankit Sangwan were elected DUSU President, vice-president and secretary respectively. Mohit Sangwan of the NSUI won the joint secretary post.
• Rare honour for DSSC
Pranab Mukherjee presented the President’s Colours to the Defence Services Staff College. The President said the honour was a befitting tribute to the eternal spirit of the premier Tri-Services institution which epitomised the military academic excellence. Mr. Mukherjee said the DSSC was founded on the pillars of joint manship and military leadership.
• Sharif to raise Kashmir issue at UN
After the G20 and ASEAN summits, the war of words between India and Pakistan is set to reach the UN General Assembly in New York. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made it known that he would raise at the UN the issue of India’s “excessive use of force” in the Kashmir valley. Mr. Sharif is scheduled to attend the general debate and address global leaders on September 21.
• AIR’s website & app for Baluchi audience
Public Sector Broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) is planning to launch a website & mobile app for its Baluchi service to reach Baluchi speaking people. The Baluchi website and mobile app is likely to be launched later this week. This comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech in which he had brought up the issue of Pakistani atrocities on people of Baluchistan and PoK.
• PM’s birthday is ‘Sewa Diwas
BJP president Amit Shah has called upon his party members to celebrate PM Narendra Modi’s birthday on September 17 as ‘Sewa Diwas’ or service day by participating in social work. Mr. Shah, said he too will participate in Swachch Bharat Abhiyan’s activity. Mr. Modi will distribute 11,000 pieces of equipment to physically challenged people at a programme organised by the Ministry of Social Justice.
• Nepal constitution: historic achievement
Arguing for a peaceful, stable and prosperous Nepal, visiting Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” described the new constitution of his country as “historic”. He said that his government is deeply committed to development needs of Nepal and India. The Nepal PM arrived in Delhi on Thursday for his first official visit abroad since taking over in August.
• Modi’s birthday cake to set world record
Prime Minister Narendra Modi turns 66 today. By using a special tech feature on the NaMo people can wish Modi a happy birthday. A Surat-based bakery called Atul Bakery has prepared a birthday cake for PM that is all set to aim for Guinness World Record for being tallest pyramid cake. The cake honours PM’s efforts for women empowerment with campaigns like ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’.
• Congress loses Arunachal
On 16 september, 43 of the 44 Congress MLAs, including Chief Minister Pema Khandu, joined the People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) in Arunachal Pradesh. PPA is a part of the North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), a BJP-led front. Just two months ago, Mr. Khandu and his group of Congress rebels had deserted the PPA and returned to the Congress to form the government.
• PM Launches Drinking Water Projects
PM Modi dedicated the water supply & irrigation projects worth of ` 4800 crore at Limkheda in tribal district of Dahod in Gujarat. PM has also handed over the forest land titles to the tribal people of Dahod. The programme was organised under the Gujarat Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojna. The water supply projects will provide drinking water to about 2.1 million people in 960 villages.
• Dadri Becomes Haryana’s 22nd District
Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar has announced to accord district status to Dadri, which is the biggest sub-division in Bhiwani district of the State. With this, the number of districts in the State will rise to 22. At present, Charkhi Dadri is part of Bhiwani, the state’s largest district carved out on Dec 22, 1972. The new district will have two Assembly constituencies — Dadri and Badhra.
• Brazil’s Lula to be Tried for Corruption
Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will stand trial on corruption charges He served as president from 2003-11. He will face charges of accepting 3.7 million Brazilian rea is ($1.14 million) in bribes connected to a sweeping kickback probe at state-run oil company Petrobras. The decision may prevent Lula from making a political comeback in the 2018 presidential campaign.
• Race Course Road is Now Lok Kalyan Marg
India’s most famous address will no longer be 7, Race Course Road. The street in Delhi on which PM Modi lives has been renamed ‘Lok Kalyan Marg’. A decision to this effect was taken at a high-level meeting of the New Delhi Municipal Council. Once the notification is issued, the Prime Minister’s famous residential address 7 Race Course Road will be known as 7 Lok Kalyan Marg.
• National Council for Ganga Constitued
The Union Cabinet has approval the River Ganga (Rejuvenation, Protection and Management) Authorities Order, 2016. The approval envisages the setting up of the National Council for River Ganga (Rejuvenation, Protection and Management) (NCRG). The new body will act as an authority replacing the existing National Ganga River Basin Authority. The new body will be directly under the Prime Minister.
• Obama Honours Artists, Actors & Authors
President Obama honoured Mel Brooks & Morgan Freeman, among others for their contribution to the arts. They were part of a group of 12 who received the 2015 National Medal of Arts at White House. Other winners this year include composer Philip Glass, actress & singer Audra McDonald, author Sandra Cisneros & painter Jack Whitten. The award was created in 1984 for the purpose of honouring artists.
• Jordan’s Brotherhood Back in Parliament
Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan has made a return to parliament after winning 16 seats in the 130-member house. The Brotherhood’s Islamic Action Front contested polls after having boycotted two previous parliamentary elections. The voter turnout in this election has been recorded very low. The election came as Jordan is facing the burden of hosting hundreds of thousands of refugees.
• Obama Vetoes 9/11 Victims Bill
US President Obama has vetoed a bill that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue the Saudi government. President Obama said the law would be detrimental to US national interests. Saudi Arabia foreign minister had warned that the bill could cause his govt to withdraw US investments. If the bill became law, it would allow victims’ families to sue any member of the government of Saudi Arabia.
• Vijay Kelkar Elected President of ISI
Former petroleum secretary Vijay Kelkar has been elected president of the prestigious Indian Statistical Institute (ISI). He succeeded former RBI governor C Rangarajan. He was elected at the general body meeting of the institute, which functions under the Ministry of Statistics & Programme. ISI is an academic institute of national importance as recognised by a 1959 act of the Indian parliament.
• President Releases Book by VP Ansari
President Pranab Mukherjee has released the book ‘Citizen and Society’ written by Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari. The book is a collection of lectures delivered by Hamid Ansari ranging from the role of women in a multicultural society to other dynamics of democratic nation. The PM also congratulated the Vice President for presenting his thoughts to the future generations through the book.
• Obama Opens New African American Museum
President Obama has opened the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington. It is an institution dedicated to the many threads of black suffering & triumph. The museum contains 36,000 items,ranging from trade goods used to buy slaves in Africa to a segregated railway car from the 1920s. Black veterans of the US Civil War first proposed an African-American museum in 1915.
• Court Upholds Ali Bongo’s Election Win
Gabon’s constitutional court has upheld President Ali Bongo’s re-election victory.It rejected an appeal by rival Jean Ping who had called for a recount over widespread allegations of fraud. The court said Bongo had taken 50.66 percent of the vote against 47.24 percent for Ping. Bongo’s family has ruled the central African oil producer for nearly a half century.
• India to Ratify Paris Agreement
PM Modi has announced that India would ratify the Paris climate deal on Oct 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The pact will come into force after it is ratified by at least 55 countries that account for 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions. India accounts for around 4.5% of the global greenhouse gas emissions. The Agreement asks countries to take action to curb the rise in temp.
• Ajay Singh Elected BFI President
Uttarakhand’s Ajay Singh was elected president of the Boxing Federation of India. Jay Kowli won the post of secretary-general in the new National federation. Ajay Singh, the Chairman and Managing Director of Spicejet Airlines was polled 49 out of the 64 votes cast & defeated Rohit Jain in the contest for the president’s post. Kowli polled 48 votes, ahead of Lenny D’Gama & Rakesh Thakran.
• Lee Chong Wei Bags Japan Open Title
Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei won his sixth Yonex Open Japan Badminton title defeating third seed Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark. Lee, a silver medallist in the last three Olympics, triumphed 21-18, 15-21, 21-16 against the Dane. Lee also won the Japan Open in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010 and 2007.In women’s singles, He Bingjiao of China won the title after defeating compatriot Sun Yu.
• Caroline Wozniacki Wins Pan Pacific Open
Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki overpowered Naomi Osaka to win the Pan Pacific Open. She defeated Osaka 7-5, 6-3 to capture the title. This was Wozniacki first tournament victory since February 2015. She had secured her second Tokyo title and 24th of her career. The Pan Pacific Open is an outdoor hardcourt tennis tournament held annually in Tokyo, Japan
• Ashwin is Fastest Indian to take 200 Wickets
Indian Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin became the fastest Indian & second overall to take 200 wickets in Tests Match. He reached the milestone in his 37th Test. With this feat, Ashwin left behind the likes of Dennis Lillee and Waqar Younis, who took 38 Tests to get to 200 wickets. Only leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett, the fastest to get to 200 wickets, achieved the feat in 36 Tests.
• MP govt launches smart classrooms
The Madhya Pradesh government has started smart virtual classrooms, for students of classes 6, 7, and 8; in 224 government schools.The initiative is aimed at creating classrooms with interactive audio-video and electronic whiteboards to create opportunities for better learning.The schools were chosen after the state education department conducted a survey.
• Afghanistan & India’s joint air corridor
Afghanistan is working with India to create a joint air corridor to enhance bilateral trade.This came after Pakistan’s intransigence in denying transit rights through its territory amid deteriorating ties with both the countries.Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said he discussed the creation of a joint air trade route with India during his recent visit to the country.
• Social Justice ministry’s MOU
Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment signed MOU with National Safai Karmachari Finance and Development Corporation (NSKFDC). The MOU was signed by Smt. Anita Agnihotri, Secretary Deptt of Social Justice and Empowerment and Sh K Narayan, MD-NSKFDC. NSKFDC is targeting to disburse loans to the tune of approx. ` 175 crores for the persons of Safai Karmachari dept.
• Obama Names First Ambassador to Cuba
U.S. President Obama nominated career diplomat Jeffrey DeLaurentis as the nation’s first ambassador to Cuba in 55 years.DeLaurentis currently serves as the Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Havana.President Obama & Cuba’s President Raul Castro have begun to reignite the diplomatic relations that were broken off in 1961.The U.S. has already relaunched commercial flights to the Cuba.
• Former Israeli PM Shimon Peres Dies
Former Israeli PM & president Shimon Peres has passed away.He was as one of the last of a generation of Israeli politicians present at the new nation’s birth in 1948.He served twice as the country’s prime minister & once as president.He was also the architect of Israel’s secret nuclear programme.He won the Nobel Peace prize in 1994 for his role negotiating peace accords with the Palestinians
• Congress Rejects Obama Veto of 9/11 Bill
The US Congress has voted to override President Obama’s veto of a bill that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabian officials. In the first veto override of his presidency, the Senate voted 97-1 & the House of Representatives 348-77, meaning the bill becomes law. The House & Senate unanimously passed the legislation, known as the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism (JASTA).
• Ujjwala Yojana Launched in J&K
J&K CM, Mehbooba Mufti & Union Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan launched the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) in the State. PMUY was launched by the Prime Minister in May 2016. Under PMUY, 5 crore LPG connections will be provided to BPL families across the country during the next three years. For J&K, a target of 35 lakh connections has been set under PMUY.
• Cabinet Decides to Ratify Paris Agmt
The Union Cabinet has decided to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change. The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting here presided over by PM Narendra Modi. PM Modi had announced during the BJP National Council meeting that India would ratify the 21st Conference of Parties (CoP) protocol. The Paris Agreement is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
• PM Inaugurates Sanitation Conference
PM Shri Modi inaugurated the INDOSAN (India Sanitation Conference) in New Delhi. PM said if people of the nation decide not to pollute their surroundings, our society & eventually our country will be cleaned. He emphasised that it is people who if once decide to maintain cleaniless, can make a difference. The conference is held for taking stock of the progress made under the Swachh Bharat mission.
• Centre Launches Progress Panchayat
Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has launched Progress Panchayat in Mewat district of Haryana. It aims to reach out to the minority communities and publicize the various welfare measures taken by the NDA government for their betterment. The special outreach programme comes days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remark about empowering a minority community.
• Cabinet Approves Dissolution of CIWTC
The Cabinet has approved dissolution of the Central Inland Water Transport Corporation Limited (CIWTC).The decision is part of the govt’s decision to revitalise sick CPSUs wherever possible or to wind up irretrievable cases.CIWTC was incorporated on Feb 22, 1967 under the Companies Act 1956 by the government.Its operations could never become viable as it incurred losses since its inception.
• Govt Launches Leprosy Detection Campaign
The Govt has launched the biggest Leprosy case detection campaign in the country.32 crore people, across 19 states and union territories, will be screened under the campaign. The objective is to detect the disease early so that those affected can be saved from physical deformity. Around three lakh teams will visit every house in their allotted area and screen all the family members for leprosy.
• Guj Gov Takes Additional Charge of M.P.
Gujarat Governor O P Kohli has took over the additional charge as Governor of Madhya Pradesh. Madhya Pradesh High Court Acting Chief Justice Rajendra Menon administered the oath of office to Kohli. He has assumed the charge of office a day after Ram Naresh Yadav demitted the office of MP Governor after completing his full five-year term. With this, Kohli has become the 26th Governor of M.P.
• SC admits Gujarat govt. petition
The Gujarat High Court had on August 4 quashed the Gujarat Unreserved Economically Weaker Sections (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutions in the State and of Appointments and Posts in Services under the State) Ordinance, 2016. The Bench agreed to list the case before a three-judge Bench. The bench would eventually take a decision on further referring it to a five-judge Constitution Bench.
• SC will hear plea for judges appointment
Supreme Court will hear plea for judges appointment. The Supreme Court will hear a petition seeking for formation a public, transparent body for the appointment of judges to the apex court and high courts of the country. It will neither be controlled by the government nor the judiciary. A bench led by Chief Justice of India TS Thakur will hear the matter.
• Javadekar Launches PARAM-ISHAN
Union HRD Minister, Prakash Javadekar has launched PARAM-ISHAN super-computing facility at IIT Guwahati. Param-Ishan has the power of 250 Teraflops & three hundred tera bites capacity. It can be used in the application areas like computational chemistry, computational fluid dynamics & optimization, etc. It can be used for weather forecast, climate modelling and seismic data processing.
• List of 27 New Smart Cities Announced
Amritsar has topped the list of 27 new smart cities announced by the Minister of Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu. PM Modi Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi also made it to the list. The cities announced are from 12 States including 5 from Maharashtra, 4 each from TN & Karnataka, 3 from U.P. & 2 each from Punjab & Rajasthan. Nagaland & Sikkim have made it to the smart city list for the first time.
• ONGC Board Approves Taking Stake in GSPC
The Board of Oil & Natural Gas Corp has approved signing of a preliminary agreement for buying a stake in Gujarat government firm GSPC’s KG basin gas block. The MoU approved also incorporates a dispute resolution wherein any differences over issues would be referred to a three-member committee. It will have economist and former oil secretary Vijay Kelkar and former CVC P Shankar.
• Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov Dies
Uzbek President Islam Karimov has passed away.He was one of Asia’s most authoritarian leaders.He has been Uzbekistan’s sole leader since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1992 & winning numerous elections, none of which have fulfilled international fairness criteria. He often justified his strong-arm tactics by highlighting the danger from Islamist militancy.
• Govt Notifies Apprenticeship Scheme
The Govt has notified National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme. The Scheme has an outlay of ` 10,000 crore with a target of 50 Lakh apprentices to be trained by 2019-20.25% of the prescribed stipend payable to an apprentice would be reimbursed to the employers.The scheme also supports basic training, which is an essential component of apprenticeship training by sharing of basic training cost.
• Government Announces 5th Tranche of SGB
The Government will issue the fifth tranche of sovereign gold bonds on September 23.The bonds will be sold through banks, Stock Holding Corporation of India & designated post offices.The sovereign gold bond (SGB) scheme was launched in November 2015 as an alternative to physical gold.The aim of this scheme is to reduce demand, including through imports, for physical gold.
• Hurricane Hermine Hits Florida Coast
Hurricane Hermine has made landfall in northern Florida, becoming the first hurricane to hit the state since 2005. Hermine is the first hurricane to strike the state since Wilma hit south of Marco Island in southwest Florida in 2005. Hermine hit the Florida Gulf Coast as a category one hurricane, bringing with it a heavy storm surge. Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency.
• Centre Approves Pava Shells
Union Home Minister has approved the use of chilli-based PAVA shells for crowd control measures.The Home Minister cleared the file for use of Pelargonic Acid Vanillyl Amide (PAVA) as an alternative to the pellet guns.PAVA shells are non-lethal & temporarily incapacitates the target and paralyses them for a few minutes.The shells actually contain an organic compound found in chillis.
• Newly Discovered Fish Named after Obama
Scientists have named a small maroon & gold fish species after the U.S. President Barack Obama.It was discovered 300 feet deep in the waters off Kure Atoll in the Pacific ocean. The fish was named in honour of Obama for his commitment to protecting nature. It was discovered in June this year during a research trip. Atolls ring-shaped reef, island, or chain of islands formed of corals.
• Govt Committee Says GM Mustard Safe
An environment ministry sub-committee on genetically modified mustard has said that the technology is safe for consumption.It does not raise any public health concerns for human beings and animals.The sub-committee was formed to re-evaluate the biosafety data of the DMH-11 (Dhara Mustard Hybrid 11).The nod is a critical step towards commercial release of genetically modified mustard.
• Govt. to issue promissory notes
The State government has decided to issue promissory notes to works contractors against their pending bills for discounting. The promissory notes will be issued under Sec 4 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881, binding the government to make prompt payments. The State government has been forced to resort to this mechanism to pay contractors bill.
• Jawans to get climate-controlled outpost
The government’s plan to provide better working conditions to jawans guarding the border. Roofs covered with solar panels, recreation rooms, toilets with running hot water and other modern facilities will be provided. The BoP will keep the temperature inside at 20-22 degree celsius even if it is freezing outside.
• Gionee to Set Up Manufacturing Unit
Handset maker Gionee has signed an agreement with the Haryana government for setting up a manufacturing unit in the state. It will entail an initial investment of ` 500 crore in the state. The manufacturing unit will be set up over around 50 acres in Faridabad. Gionee plans to manufacture around six lakh mobiles per month from this facility.
• NTPC Entered into a Pact with EESL
State-run NTPC has entered into a pact with Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL). The pact aims to implement energy efficient LED lighting solutions for all its projects, stations and offices across the country. The objective of the MoU is to enable EESL to provide end-to-end latest energy efficient LED lighting. EESL is a joint venture company of PSUs of Power Ministry,
• Centre Notifies BS-VI Emission Standards
The Centre has notified the Bharat Stage (BS)-VI emission standards for two-wheelers & four-wheelers from April 2020 throughout the country. The govt has decided to skip the BS-V norms & move to the BS-VI norms from BS-IV being followed now. BS emission standards are emission standards instituted by the govt to regulate the output of air pollutants from internal combustion engine.
• Indiabulls Housing Raises ` 1,330 crore
Indiabulls Housing Finance Ltd has raised ` 1,330 crore by issuing its first masala bonds to overseas investors. The three-year tenure rupee-denominated bonds were listed on the Singapore Exchange. The proceeds from the issue towards housing-finance business, The masala bonds are instruments through which Indian entities can raise funds by accessing overseas capital markets.
• Govt Starts Selection for New SEBI Chief
The government has initiated the process of appointing the next Chairperson of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). Current SEBI Chairman UK Sinha’s term will come to an end in February 2017 after the government had given him a one-year extension. He had been appointed in 2011, had previously been given a two-year extension. The govt has offered a package of ` 4.5 lakh per month.
• Harsh Vardhan Launches ‘Ksheer Tester’
Union Minister Dr.Harsh Vardhan on the occasion of the 64th foundation day of Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute has launched the Ksheer Tester. The Ksheer Tester is a newly developed GPS-enabled version of the recently launched Ksheer Scanner to check adulteration in milk. The device would enable any person to track the location of the tested sample & receive results through SMS.
• Government Extend Stock Limits on Pulses
The government extended stockholding limits on traders of pulses, edible oils & oilseeds by one year till September 30, 2017. The decision aims to check hoarding and control price rise. Stockholding limits on traders of pulses, edible oils and oilseeds expires this month-end. Stockholding limits are imposed under the Essential Commodities Act in order to check hoarding & black marketing.
• Odisha Launches Biju Kanya Ratna Yojana
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik has launched the ‘Biju Kanya Ratna Yojana’ (BKRY). The BKRY will create awareness on gender discrimination against girls. The state govt will spend ` 3.5 crore for the three-year planned scheme.The Yojana aims at providing elementary education to girls, provision of toilets for girls in every school & self defence training for girls.
• Odisha Govt Inks Lease Agreement
Odisha govt has signed a lease agreement with Falcon Marine Exports for operation of Jagatjore Shrimp Culture Project in coastal Kendrapara district.The Jagatjore-Banapada Shrimp Culture Project was executed by the State Fisheries Dept.The Project executed in 2000 had become defunct. Under the project, 405 ponds were allotted to 405 beneficiaries of lower income group.
• Govt to fix prices of essential items
Government will fix and notify the retail sale price of essential commodities such as pulses, sugar, milk and edible oils. The modification says, “If the retail sale price of any essential commodity is fixed and notified under the Essential Commodities Act, the same shall apply.” violation of packaged commodities rules can invite a fine of ` 5,000 and detaining of the entire stock.
• United Russia Win Parliamentary Election
The ruling United Russia party has won the parliamentary election. According to preliminary results, it gained fifty-one percent vote to extend its dominance in the lower house of parliament or Duma. President Putin has said the win shows voters still trust the leadership. In the last election for the Duma in 2011, United Russia won 49 percent of the vote.
• New Import Policy for Marble &Travertine
Union Government has notified the new import policy for marble & travertine blocks and marble & granite slabs. The new policy ends the quantitative restriction on the import. The Minimum Import Price (MIP) for marble blocks has been reduced to 200 US dollar per metric ton. The basic customs duty on import has been increased from 10% to 40% to address the interest of domestic producers.
• Cabinet Panel Approves Project Saksham
The Union Cabinet chaired by the PM Modi approved ‘Project SAKSHAM’. It is a new Indirect Tax Network (Systems Integration) of the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC). Under the project, the CBEC’s existing IT systems will be integrated with the GST Network. The total project cost involved is ` 2256 crore which will be incurred over a period of seven years.
• OPEC Reaches Deal to Cut Oil Output
OPEC has agreed to cut its oil output for the first time since 2008. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) said the group would reduce output to 32.5 million barrels per day from current production of 33.24 million bpd. OPEC is an inter-governmental organization of 14 nations & headquartered in Vienna. OPEC member countries produce 40% of the world’s crude oil.

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