New Manufacturing Facility For EVM Production

New Manufacturing Facility For EVM Production
Election Commissioner Shri Sunil Arora inaugurated a new Manufacturing Facility For EVM Production At Bharat Electronics Limited, Bangalore. Braille EPICards were also distributed for the first time in Karnataka to visually impaired voters. Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) are being used in Indian General and State Elections to implement electronic voting and are part from 1999 elections.

EC launches Mobile App “cVIGIL”

Election Commission has launched a mobile application named ‘cVigil’ for citizens to share proof of malpractices by political parties, their candidates and activists. The application facilitates sharing of geo-tagged photographic and video evidence without disclosing the sender’s identity. The app will be operational only in election-bound states where dates of polling have been announced.

President Tayyip Erdogan returns to power

President Tayyip Erdogan of Justice and Development Party has declared victory in Turkey’s Presidential election. He was earlier President and Prime Minister of Turkey for 15 years. He has now become first executive President of the country. He has secured a majority of 52.5% against Muharrem Ince, of the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), received 30.8% of the votes.

President Kovind to embark on 3-nation visit

President Ram Nath Kovind will embark on a three-nation tour to Greece, Suriname and Cuba. On the first leg of the visit, the President will leave for Athens. President Kovind will leave for Suriname on the 2nd leg. A number of agreements and MoUs in the areas of health and medicine, elections, IT, Ayurveda are scheduled to be signed.

Election Commission launches RTI portal

The Election Commission of India launched an online RTI portal to help applicants seeking information under the Right To Information Act. The portal can be accessed on the home page of the commission’s website ‘eci.nic.in’. The portal also facilitates online reply to applications and also for making first appeal and reply thereto.

Egypt Prez sworn in for 2nd term in office

In Egypt, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was sworn in for a second four-year term in office. Sisi won 97% of valid votes in the March presidential election. Sisi ousted Egypt’s first freely elected president Mohamed Morsi and won his first term in 2014 with an overwhelming majority of the vote.

EU to observe Zimbabwe polls for first time

The European Union will deploy observers to Zimbabwe’s general election expected in July, the first time in 16 years the bloc will monitor polls in the southern African country. The EU and Zimbabwe’s government signed a memorandum outlining guidelines for election monitors. Zimbabwe formally invited the EU in March to send an election observation mission.

EC plans to discuss about unpublished roll

The Election Commission will soon examine the New Zealand model, which allows eligible people to vote even if their names are not on the printed roll for valid reasons. The concept of a ‘unpublished’ (confidential) roll will also be discussed. ‘Unpublished’ roll is for those who fear making their details available on the printed roll for security reasons.

Nasir Ul Mulk to be the interim Prime Minister

28 : Pakistan has appointed former Chief Justice Nasir Ul Mulk as interim Prime Minister until general elections are held on July 25, 2018. Mulk has also served as the interim chief of the Election Commission of Pakistan. The interim administration usually does not make any major decisions until the new government is elected.

App to help voters to share malpractice proof

Election Commission will launch multi-lingual mobile application called “Model Code of Conduct Violation Reporting App” ahead of the 2019 elections. It aims to share evidence of malpractice by political parties, their candidates & activists directly with the electoral body. It was made available for the 1st time in Bengaluru in the run-up to the recently concluded Karnataka Assembly polls.

Venezuela’s Maduro won presidential vote

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro won a new six-year term in what is being seen as a controversial vote. Country’s main opposition coalition, Democratic Unity Roundtable, had boycotted the election. The two most popular opposition leaders, Henrique Capriles and Leopoldo Lopez, were barred from running in the vote. Several democratic countries have rejected to recognize the vote.

Iraq helolds first election since IS defeat

Iraq has begun voting for its 1st parliamentary election since declaring victory over the Islamic State group. Haider al-Abadi who has been the PM of Iraq since 2014 is angling for a new term, claiming credit for defeating the jihadists. Iraq has been struggling to find a formula for stability since a US-led invasion toppled dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Mahathir Mohamad sworn in as Malaysia’s PM

Mahathir Mohamad has been sworn in as the Prime Minister of Malaysia again after a shock election victory. Mahathir’s coalition defeated the governing Barisan Nasional coalition, led by PM Najib Razak, which has been in power for more than 60 yrs. The victory capped a dramatic comeback for Mahathir, who ruled the country for 22 yrs. 92 year old, Mahathir becomes the oldest PM in the world.

Putin to be sworn in as Russian President

Vladimir Putin is to be sworn in for a 4th term as president of Russia after winning the election in March. He has been in power for 18 yrs, whether as president or prime minister & opponents have likened his tenure to reign of a tsar, or emperor. The country’s best-known opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, was barred from standing against Putin, on grounds of a conviction for embezzlement.

Lebanon holds maiden parliamentary elections

Polling has begun across Lebanon, where voters are going to elect their parliament for first time in 9 yrs. Last elections in the country were held in 2009, for what was supposed to be a 4 yr term. But parliament extended its term twice due to instability in neighbouring Syria. Lebanon has one of the world’s highest debt-to-GDP ratios & IMF has warned its fiscal trajectory is unsustainable.

India won elections to key UN subsidiary

India has won an election to a crucial Non-Governmental Organisation committee in the UN.The UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) held elections to a number of its subsidiary bodies. The ECOSOC focusses on advancing the three dimensions of sustainable development economic, social and environmental. India topped the election to the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations.

New York Times, New Yorker won Pulitzer

The New York Times and The New Yorker won the Pulitzer Prize for public service on April 16.The Washington Post won the Pulitzer in the investigative category for relentless reporting that influenced the outcome of the 2017 Senate race in Alabama.The New York Times and The Washington Post shared the Pulitzer in national reporting for coverage of Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

Hungarian PM Orban won election

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s ruling Fidesz-KDNP coalition won the general elections in Hungary on 8th April.Former radical Jobbik party came second with 20% of the vote, and MSZP-P (Socialist-Dialogue) third with 12.13%. The turnout was close to 69%, the second highest since 2002.

CMFRI scientist gets global recognition

Shyam S Salim, Principal Scientist at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), has been elected as an executive member of the ‘International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade’ (IIFET) based in the USA.Shyam is an expert in fisheries economics at CMFRI. IIFET is the forum for the exchange of research, information, and ideas on the economics of fisheries management.

Carlos Alvarado to be next Costa Rica Prez

Carlos Alvarado, Costa Rica’s centre-left presidential candidate, is set to be the country’s next leader after elections on 1st April.Costa Rica’s electoral council made the announcement based on ballots from 91% of polling stations. Carlos Alvarado, 38, is a former labour minister, ex-journalist, novelist and sometime rock singer.

Sisi won second term as Egypt President

Incumbent Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has been re-elected to the post for the second time. Sisi won the elections with a brute majority, amassing a massive 92 percent vote share. Sisi took over as Egypt‘s president for the first time in 2012, replacing the democratically elected Mohamed Morsi.

Win Myint elected new Myanmar president

Myanmar‘s parliament has elected Win Myint as the country‘s next President. Win Myint has been a speaker in the lower house since 2012. Myanmar‘s President is elected by a joint sitting of the two houses of Parliament from among the country‘s three Vice- Presidents, representing respectively the Lower House, the Upper House and the military.

Pakistan gets first woman opposition leader

Pakistani lawmaker Sherry Rehman made history by becoming the first woman Leader of the Opposition in the Senate. Rehman of Pakistan Peoples Party was declared as the Leader of the Opposition after she secured support of majority 34 opposition senators in the house of She has served as Pakistan‘s ambassador to the US from 2011 to 2013 and was elected to the Senate in 2015.

Myanmar President, Htin Kyaw Resigns

Myanmar‘s President Htin Kyaw resigned due to ill health. Htin Kyaw, 71, was sworn in as Myanmar‘s official president in 2016 after Suu Kyi‘s National League for Democracy party won landmark elections. He acted as a proxy for Suu Kyi, who is constitutionally barred from holding the presidency because her children are foreign nationals.

Slovenian PM Cerar resigns

Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar tendered his resignation after a court annulled the result of a government referendum. The move comes less then three months ahead of general election which was expected in June. The constitutional court found that the government had not acted with due impartiality as it spent public money to back a yes vote for the scheme.

Bhandari gets second term as Nepal President

Nepal‘s incumbent President Bidhya Devi Bhandari has been elected for a second term, extending the tenure of the Himalayan country‘s first female head of state for another five years. With this President Bhandari is the first President of federal Nepal. She is also the first Nepali woman to be elected as the country‘s president twice.

Maldives approved anti-defection bill

The Maldives Parliament has approved the anti-defection bill with retrospective effect amidst the boycott by opposition MPs. According to the bill, MPs elected on political party tickets will lose their seat if they leave their party, get expelled, or switch parties. The bill will give powers to the election commission to unseat MPs in case of defections.

Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi re-elected

Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi has been re-elected as general secretary of RSS for a 4th term. Joshi, who has been holding the post since 2009, will now continue in the position till 2021. He will be the 2nd Sarkaryawah of RSS to serve such a long stint after Seshadri who had held the post from 1987 to 2000. Sangh‘s general secretary is its executive head who looks after day-to-day affairs.

Hindu woman elected to Pakistan?s senate

Krishna Kumari Kohli from Pakistan‘s Sindh province has become the 1st ever Hindu Dalit woman Senator. She is a member of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari-led Pakistan People‘s Party. Her election represents a major milestone for women & minority rights in Pakistan. She has actively participated & worked for the rights of downtrodden people of marginalised communities living in Thar & other areas.

Conrad Sangma to be next CM of Meghalaya

National People‘s Party (NPP) President Conrad Sangma will be the new chief minister of Meghalaya. NPP came out as the second largest party with 19 seats in the recently held elections which threw a hung verdict. Sarma has informed that there will be no deputy chief minister in the new government. He will replace congress leader Mukul Sangma.

Armen Sarkisian elected as Armenian President

Armenian lawmakers elected Armen Sarkisian as the new president of Armenia. He will succeed Serzh Sarkisian. Armen Sarkisian was the ambassador to the United Kingdom. He will assume presidential duties after his predecessor steps down in April 2018.

Afghanistan offers to recognise Taliban as PG

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani offered to recognise Taliban as a legitimate political group in order to end the over 16-year-long war. ?We are making this offer without preconditions, to lead to a peace agreement,? Ghani said. He also proposed a ceasefire and the release of Taliban-linked prisoners along with fresh elections and a constitutional review.

Mascot chosen by children for 2020 Olympics

The mascots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics selected by elementary school kids were unveiled. The Olympics mascot is a blue-checked, doe-eyed character with pointy ears and ?special powers?, while the Paralympics mascot sports pink checks and can ?talk with stones and the wind?. A total of 6.5 million children cast their vote to select the mascots.

Lithium ion batteries charge up rural houses

The shift towards lithium ion batteries from the older lead acid batteries has allowed firms like Kaho India Private Ltd to help the Centre achieve its rural electrification target.Kaho India Private Ltd, started in 2012, seeks to provide last-mile energy access through compact solar modules to areas that are so far not connected to the grid. Subhang Jain is the CEO of the company.

China elected as FATF Vice President

India congratulated China for being elected Vice President of the Financial Action Task Force.China’s election to the FATF assumes significance as Pakistan is set to be put in the watchdog’s grey list. The FATF, also known as ‘Groupe d’action financière’ is an intergovernmental organization founded in 1989 on the initiative of the G7 to develop policies to combat money laundering.

UNSC approves Syria ceasefire resolution

United Nations Security Council has unanimously backed a 30-day ceasefire resolution in Syria to allow for humanitarian aid deliveries & medical evacuations.The vote comes in response to the 7 day airstrikes & bombings in the war-torn country that has claimed over 500 lives so far. Russia, an ally of Syria’s govt, wanted changes, while Western diplomats accused Moscow of stalling for time.

Facebook to verify ads with postcards

Facebook will use postcards sent through US mail in an attempt to prevent foreign meddling in US elections in the future.FB will send postcards to buyers of political ads to confirm they reside in the US, the recipient would then have to enter a code to continue buying the ad. The plan was presented a day after Robert Mueller charged 13 Russians with interfering in 2016 US presidential election

K P Sharma Oli becomes Nepal PM

The Communist Party of Nepal (UML) Chairman KP Sharma Oli has become new Prime Minister of Nepal.This is the second time Mr. Oli has become the prime minister. He had served as prime minister from October 2015 to August 2016. The formation of new government after historic elections is expected to begin a new era of political stability in the Himalayan nation.

Cyril Ramaphosa elected as SA’s new president

Cyril Ramaphosa has been elected as South Africa’s new president by ruling party legislators after the resignation of Jacob Zuma.Ramaphosa was the only candidate nominated for election in the parliament after two opposition parties said they would not participate. Ramaphosa is South Africa’s fifth president since majority rule started after the end of apartheid in 1994.

S Africa’s Prez resigns

Jacob Zuma has resigned from the post of South Africa’s President after defying a 48-hour deadline given by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to leave the office.Zuma, who had to face a no-confidence vote in Parliament said, “I fear no motion of no confidence” He said, No life should be lost. The ANC should never be divided in my name.

Kambar to head Sahitya Akademi

Kannada litterateur Chandrashekar Kambar has been elected as president of the Sahitya Akademi in the election held for the post.Hindi poet Madhav Koushik has been elected as vice-president.Prof. Kambar is the third Kannada writer to head the country’s premier literary institution, after Vinayak Krishna Gokak (1983) and U.R. Ananthamurthy (1993).

Pakistan to get first woman Hindu MP

The Pakistan Peoples Party’s Krishna Kumari is poised to become the country’s first woman Hindu lawmaker next month, after the party nominated her for the upcoming Senate elections.Ms. Kumari said she faced a “slave-like situation” during her childhood in the remote village of Nagarparkar in Sindh Province. She worked on the farm of a feudal landlord who was abusive to his workers.

Letter ended Nagaland poll impasse

A letter written by the Centre’s interlocutor R.N. Ravi to the Naga groups, including the NSCN (Isak-Muivah), on Feb 3 helped to end the impasse over the Nagaland Assembly elections.Civil society groups and the NSCN(I-M) called a boycott of the elections till a political solution was reached. Mr. Ravi assured the groups that the new Assembly would not come in the way of the final agreement.

US Democrat gives record 8-hour-long speech

US Democrat Nancy Pelosi gave an eight-hour-long speech, demanding a vote on an immigration bill to give protection to ‘Dreamers’, the immigrants who were brought illegally to the US as children.The address is the longest speech ever delivered in the US House of Representatives.Pelosi delivered the speech wearing four-inch-heels, forgoing any breaks, and only sipping water.

Nicos again became President of Cyprus

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has won re-election for a second term.The official final result after a second-round run-off put the conservative incumbent on 55.99% of the vote, ahead of Communist-backed Stavros Malas on 44%. Anastasiades has taken credit for steering the economy of Cyprus to recovery after it was plunged into crisis in 2013.

Odisha appoints Naba Kumar Nayak as State EC

Retired bureaucrat Naba Kumar Nayak is appointed as the State Election Commissioner (SEC).A retired IAS officer, Nayak, has long administrative experience including election management.He served the state government in various capacities including district collector, Puri (2012-13) and Mayurbhanj (2012) and deputy relief commissioner.

Shantanu Narayen To Lead USISPF Board

Indian-American Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen has been elected as the Vice Chairman of the US-India Strategic and Partnership Forum.It is a new organisation set up to enhance business relations between India and the US. The new representative body USISPF was set up to promote bilateral trade and work on creating meaningful opportunities that have the power to change the lives of citizens.

Sushma Swaraj to visit Nepal

In a bid to revive ties with Nepal, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will visit Kathmandu from February 1 to 2.The visit comes weeks after Nepal elected a Leftist coalition, which won the first historic poll under the new Constitution of the country. The visit by Ms. Swaraj will be the first big diplomatic engagement with the newly elected Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli.

Miloš Zeman wins another term

Czech President Miloš Zeman has won a second 5 year term as head of state after beating his opponent Jirí Drahoš with a thin margin.Zeman, in 2013, became the first president of the country, which was formed only 2 decades ago, to be elected by the voters & not politicians. Overall, he is the third president of the country, which was formed following the division of Czechoslovakia in 1993.

Conf. on ‘Inclusion of PWD in Election’

Election Commission of India hosted a one-day International Conference on the subject ‘Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in the Election Process’ in New Delhi.Delegates at the Conference included Chairpersons of five EMBs viz. Australia, Bhutan, Guinea, Moldova & Zambia. ECI is committed to the objective that the Persons with Disabilities have the right to full electoral participation.

8th National Voters’ Day- 25th January

The Election Commission of India celebrated the 8th National Voters’ Day across the country on 25th January for enhanced participation of citizens in the electoral process.The National level function was held in New Delhi. President Kovind gave away awards for best electoral practices to District Collectors, Superin-tendents of Police and other functionaries involved in election management.

Om Prakash Rawat Appointed New CEC

Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat was appointed as the next chief election commissioner (CEC) of India. Mr Rawat is the 22nd CEC of India.He succeeded Achal Kumar Joti. The government also appointed former finance secretary Ashok Lawasa as an Election Commissioner. Mr Rawat will take over the office from 23rd January 2018 onwards. Sunil Arora is the other Election Commissioner.

Facebook elects first black board member

Facebook has announced the addition of Kenneth I. Chenault, CEO of American Express, to its board of directors.Chenault will become the first African-American board member at the social media giant. Chenault, who joined American Express in 1981, has been chairman and CEO of the company since 2001. Chenault serves on the boards of IBM, Procter & Gamble, the Harvard Corporation and others.

Romanian PM Mihai Tudose Resigns

Romania’s left-wing Prime Minister Mihai Tudose resigned after losing the backing of his party.He handed in his resignation after senior members of the ruling Social Democrats (PSD) voted to withdraw their support at a leadership meeting. PSD head Dragnea pushed out Tudose’s predecessor Sorin Grindeanu as prime minister in a no-confidence vote in June 2017.

‘Electoral Bonds’ Scheme

The Centre unveiled the ‘Electoral Bonds’ scheme, which seeks to ensure the flow of clean money to political parties, without revealing the donors’ names.The electoral bonds will be a bearer instrument in the nature of a Promissory Note and an interest-free banking instrument.The bonds can be purchased for any value in multiples of ` 1,000; ` 10,000; ` 1 lakh; ` 10 lakh; and Rs1 crore.

Jewar airport construction to start

The construction work on Jewar airport in Greater Noida will commence in December next year. It will start earlier than the Uttar Pradesh government’s scheduled plan and well ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections.The Jewar airport is billed to become the biggest airport in India in terms of area.

Rajinikanth to launch political party

Tamil Nadu Superstar Rajinikanth has announced his political debut. He will launch his own party which will contest for all 234 constituencies in next assembly polls in the state.He said the party will be launched ahead of Assembly elections at an appropriate time.

Maiga appointed as the new PM

Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has appointed Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga, a former defense and foreign minister and intelligence chief as the new Prime Minister. Maiga will form a new government. This is done after his predecessor Abdoulaye Idrissa Maiga and his entire cabinet’s resignation. The new government will be the fifth to serve under President Keita since his election in 2013.

Nepal President signs key ordinance

Nepal’s President Bidhya Devi gave her assent to an ordinance for the constitution of Parliament’s Upper House.The ordinance suggested that the 1st National assembly under the new constitution be formed on the basis of the single transferable vote.STV is a voting system designed to achieve proportional representation through ranked voting in multi-seat organizations or constituencies.

George Weah Elected Liberian President

George Weah has been elected as Liberia’s president.The former football star George Weah won the presidential election, defeating the vice-president, Joseph Boakai, in a runoff with 61.5% of the vote.Liberia is a country in West Africa, bordering Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Côte d’Ivoire. Its capital is Monrovia.

Guatemala to move its embassy

The president of Guatemala says the Central American country will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Guatemala was one of 9 nations that voted earlier this week with the US when the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly adopted a non-binding resolution denouncing President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.Benjamin Netanyahu, is Israeli’s Prime Minister.

Jairam Thakur to be the CM of Himachal

Five-time legislator Jairam Thakur will be the new Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh. The decision was taken after Prem Kumar Dhumal, whom BJP had named as its prospective Chief Minister before the elections pulled out of the race. Thakur is a veteran politician who served as Rural Development and Panchayati Raj minister in Dhumal’s government from 2008 to 2012.

Dhinakaran wins RK Nagar by-polls

AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran has won the RK Nagar by-polls by a margin of 40,707 votes.The RK Nagar constituency went to polls on December 21, necessitated by the death of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa in December last year.The election was earlier scheduled on April 12, but was cancelled following an alleged vote-for-cash scam.

Vijay Rupani Remains Gujarat CM

Vijay Rupani will continue as chief minister of Gujarat and Nitin Patel as his deputy chief minister.The BJP had won 99 seats, only seven more than it needed for a majority to form the government. The decision was taken at a meeting of all the newly-elected BJP MLAs and the announcement was made by union minister Arun Jaitley

National Mathematics Day- 22nd December

Mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan’s birth anniversary on December 22 is celebrated as National Mathematics Day.It was in 2012 that then PM Manmohan Singh declared December 22 as National Mathematics Day.In 1917, Ramanujan was elected to be a member of the London Mathematical Society.In 1918 he also became a Fellow of the Royal Society, becoming the youngest person to achieve the feat.

Parliament passes companies amend. bill

A bill to amend the companies law to strengthen corporate governance standards, initiate strict action against defaulting companies was passed by Parliament.The Rajya Sabha passed the Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2017 by a voice vote. Certain classes of profitable companies are required to shell out at least 2 percent of their 3-year annual average net profit towards CSR.

Rahul takes over as Congress president

19 : Rahul Gandhi becomes Congress president after his mother Sonia Gandhi vacated the position.It establishes Rahul Gandhi as a credible challenger to Modi in 2019 and Congress the rallying point of anti-BJP forces nationally.It is done ahead of the assembly elections scheduled for 2018.

Pinera wins presidential election

A conservative billionaire and former president, Sebastián Piñera, has won Chile’s presidential election run-off.Pinera had won 54.57% in the run-off vote, to 45.43% for senator Guillier, a wider than expected margin in a race that pollsters had predicted would be tight.He has already governed the country from 2010 to 2014, when he ended two decades of uninterrupted centre-left rule.

BBC Overseas Sports Personality of Year

Roger Federer has been voted the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year for a record fourth time after an astonishing season during which he picked up 2 more Grand Slam titles.Federer previously won the award in 2004, 2006 and 2007. Muhammad Ali and Usain Bolt have each won it three times.Federer is only the second person after Ali to retain the BBC prize.

‘Youthquake’ Named Word of the Year

Oxford Dictionaries has crowned “youthquake” as its word of 2017 in a nod to the unexpected level of youth engagement in this summer’s election in the UK.An amalgamation of “youth” & “earthquake”, is defined as “a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.”The word was coined in the 1960s by then-Vogue editor, Diana Vreeland.

Batra elected unopposed as IOA President

International Hockey Federation chief Narinder Batra was elected unopposed as the president of Indian Olympic Association. Batra thus has become one of the few sports administrators who heads an important international federation as well as a National Olympic Committee. Batra’s election to the post was a mere formality after Asian Tennis Federation President Anil Khanna withdrew from the race.

Customs duty on electronic items raised

Finance Ministry has raised customs duty on some electronic items including TV, mobile phones, projectors & water heaters in order to boost domestic manufacturing.The customs duty on television sets has been increased to 15% from the existing 10%.The duty on monitors & projectors has been doubled to 20% while for push-button telephones and mobiles, the duty has been raised to 15% from nil.

Govt initiates survey to count jobs

NDA govt has tasked Labour Bureau to ascertain the number of jobs created under MUDRA scheme through a survey of small entrepreneurs.It is done to get an authentic estimate of the jobs created under the govt’s scheme before the general elections of 2019.The Mudra scheme is aimed to give unsecured loans of up to Rs 10 lakh to small enterprises with the objective to provide self-employment.

New President of SCBA

Former Additional Solicitor General Vikas Singh has been elected as the new President of the Supreme Court Bar Association.Singh defeated his nearest competitor, Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave by 222 votes. Singh secured 639 as against Dushyant Dave’s tally of 417.Vikas Singh replaces RS Suri as the new president who managed to get 307 votes.

Chaudhary Prem Singh passes away

Congress leader & former president of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee Chaudhary Prem Singh died following a cardiac arrest.Singh, who joined Congress in 1952, became the youngest member of MCD & 1st chairman of its Committee on Delhi Rural Area in 1958.His name features in Limca Book of Records for getting elected 10 times consecutively for different positions from same constituency.

New secretary general of Intl Buddhist

Buddhist monk Dhammapiya from Tripura has been elected as the new secretary general of International Buddhist Confederation.More than 150 international participants, met for the election of general secretary & members of governing councils of the organisation.IBC is a global Buddhist forum for preservation & development of heritage sites of the religion in India & other parts of the world.

Nakul elected as BARC India Chairman

12 : Nakul Chopra, President of AAAI & Senior Advisor, Publicis Communications has been elected as the Chairman of BARC India. Nakul succeeds Sudhanshu Vats, who completed his 1 year tenure as Chairman. Vats has been on the board of BARC India since its inception & will continue in his capacity as a board member. Nakul will be the 3rd Chairman of BARC India who joined BARC India Board in Sept 2016.

Venezuela opposition banned

Venezuela’s President, Nicolas Maduro, says the country’s main opposition parties are banned from taking part in next year’s presidential election.He said only parties which took part in mayoral polls would be able to contest the presidency.Leaders from the Justice First, Popular Will and Democratic Action parties boycotted the vote because they said the electoral system was biased.

Singhania replaces Vijay Mallya

Gautam Singhania was elected to the FIA World Motor Sports Council during the world motorsport body’s Annual General Assembly.He replaced Vijay Mallya to be India’s top representative on the powerful panel.Singhania, a well-known industrialist and an equally popular figure on racing circuits, was one of the 14 members who were elected out of 22 nominees.

Britain & EU reach historic deal

Britain & EU reached a historic deal on terms of Brexit divorce after European Commission found sufficient progress made by Britain on separation issues.The agreement paves way for EU leaders to open the 2nd phase of Brexit negotiations, covering trade talks & a transition period.Britain voted in June 2016 to become the 1st state to leave EU, after more than 4 decades of membership.

Saudi Prince Wins Person of the year

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been voted Time magazine readers’ Person of the Year.The famous poll which has been published on an annual basis for 90 years, awards a chosen person who has had the most influence over the news in last 12 months.Crown Prince Mohammed has racked up global headlines this year as he spearheads political and economic reform in Saudi Arabia.

Aus passes Marriage Equality Law

7 : Australia’s parliament has legislated for marriage equality, passing a bill almost unanimously to allow two people, regardless of sex, to marry.Australia, which changed the law in 2004 to say that marriage is only between a man and a woman, now becomes the 25th country to recognise same-sex marriage.Four members of the House of Representatives voted against the bill and some abstained.

Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar disqualified

Rebel JD(U) MPs Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar have been disqualified from the Rajya Sabha.The JD(U) had sought their disqualification on the grounds that they had attended a rally of opposition parties in Patna in violation of its direction.Yadav was elected to the House last year and his term was scheduled to end in 2022 while Anwar’s term was to expire early next year.

India re-elected to IMO

India has been re-elected to the Council of the International Maritime Organisation under a category that represents nations with the largest interests in international seaborne trade.India was re-elected to the body under Category B at an assembly of the organization at its headquarters.India secured the second-highest number of votes(144) from member-countries, just after Germany(146).

Mehbooba Mufti re-elected PDP president

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was re-elected as the president of the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the next three years.She thanked party leaders for “reposting their trust and electing me as their president”.A law graduate, 57-year-old Mehbooba took the plunge into mainstream politics of the state in 1996 by joining the Congress, along with her father.

Victoria legalises Euthanasia

Victoria became the first Australian state to legalize assisted dying or euthanasia. Lawmakers voted to allow terminally ill patients the right to request a lethal drug to end their lives from June 2019. The legislation was passed in Victoria after 100 hours of debate, making it the only place in Australia where the practice will be legal.

E Chandrasekharan Nair passes away

30 : Veteran Communist Party of India leader and former Minister E. Chandrasekharan Nair, died following a chest congestion inThiruvananthapuram, Kerala. He was admitted to Sree Chitra Institute of Medical Sciences. He died on 29th November 2017. He was elected to Assembly six times in 1957, 1967, 1977, 1980, 1987 and 1996. He had served as Minister thrice under the Late E.K.Nayanar.

Nirmala Sitharaman elected IDSA Prez

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has been elected President of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA). IDSA was set up in 1965 by the Ministry of Defence as an autonomous think tank, and it is customary to have the Defence Minister as its President. The Minister chairs the Executive Council which governs the Institute.

Mnangagwa to be the new President

Zimbabwe’s former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa will be soon sworn in as the new the President. Mnangagwa’s dismissal from the Vice President post led the ruling party and the military to intervene and forced an end to Mr Mugabe’s 37-year long rule. Mnangagwa will serve Mugabe’s remaining term until elections next year.

Slovenia’s President Wins Second Term

Slovenia’s President Borut Pahor wins Second Term in Runoff Election. He received nearly 53 percent of votes. His rival, Marjan Sarec, the former actor and mayor of a small town north received a little more than 47 percent of the vote.

UNESCO confirms Azoulay as the new chief

UNESCO’s member States have voted to confirm nomination of former French Culture Minister Audrey Azoulay as the body’s new leader. Her nomination was confirmed in Oct by members of the agency’s board, making her the organization’s 2nd woman director-general. Azoulay is the successor of Irina Bokova, who served as UNESCO’s 1st female director-general & who is expected to finish her term in Nov.

EU Launches Election Observation Mission

The European Union Election Observation Mission was officially launched to monitor the general and provincial polls in Nepal which are scheduled for November 26 and December 7. Around 100 election observers from member countries of the EU have been deployed to oversee the polls in the Himalayan nation. The EU has allocated 3.5 million euro for the entire election observation process.

India again member of UNESCO’s Board

India has been re-elected as the member of the UNESCO’s executive board, its top decision-making body. The election was held at the 39th session of the General Conference of the UNESCO in Paris, France. In the General Conference, each country has one vote, irrespective of its size or the extent of its contribution to the budget.

ERO-Net launched in Rajasthan

Rajasthan’s Chief Electoral Officer Ashwini Bhagat launched the Election Commission’s web-based project, ERO-Net. By using this, voters can register their names on electoral rolls. It could not identify multiple entries of a voter. Voters can see their registration details on the official website of the state chief electoral officer (http://ceorajasthan.nic.in) or through an SMS.

Catalonia gets independence from Spain

Catalonia declared independence from Spain after lawmakers in the autonomous region voted to declare independence. The decision was made during a secret vote in Barcelona on 27th October 2017. After the declaration, the Spanish government dismissed the Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and his cabinet. It allowed Madrid to directly administer the region.

Jacinda became PM of New Zealand

Jacinda Ardern was officially sworn in as the Prime Minister of New Zealand. At the age of 37, Ardern is the youngest New Zealand PM in 150 years. She is also the country’s third woman leader and says she will lead a government that is active, focused, empathetic and strong.This was the first time New Zealand adopted proportional voting since 1996.

Nepal’s ambassador to India resigns

Deep Kumar Upadhyay, Nepal’s ambassador to India has resigned from his position to contest the upcoming parliamentary elections. He handed over his resignation to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Krishna Bahadur Mahara on 6th October 2017. Upadhyay has filed his nomination for the upcoming parliamentary election from Kapilastu district in western Nepal.

Meghalaya ED enters Limca Book of Record

Meghalaya Election Department has entered Limca Book of Records for the formation of the biggest human logo comprising young voters in the state. The logo formation was part of Mission Unite (U and I towards Enrolment) as part of the Special drive to enroll young and left out voters. A total of 2,870 students, 113 schools, three colleges participated. The logo size was 120ft×75ft.

Amal Datta passes away

Former Lok Sabha member Amal Datta, a nephew of legendary Marxist leader Jyoti Basu, died at a private city hospital following a cardiac arrest. Datta (84), who represented the Diamond Harbour constituency in the lower house of parliament for 14 years, left behind his wife and two sons. He entered the Lok Sabha in 1982 as a CPI-M member. He was re-elected in 1984, 1989 and 1991.

Suu Kyi’s name removed from Oxford

Students at the St Hugh’s College voted to remove Aung San Suu Kyi’s name from the title of their Junior Common Room, in North Oxford, England. Her name was dropped owing to her inability to stop severe human rights abuses against Rohingyas in Myanmar. She had graduated from St. Hugh’s College in 1967 and was granted an honorary doctorate from the university in 2012.