Politics Current Events
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Jan Dhan Yojana scheme which aims to remove the financial ‘untouchability’ that the poor people of the country have been suffering since Independence. Modi said that people who open their bank accounts before 26 January 2015 will be given an extra life insurance cover of Rs 30,000 and Rs 1 lakh accident insurance.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan greeted people on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi which starts on Friday. The PM tweeted 'May Lord Ganesh shower his blessings on all of us and enrich our lives with peace and wisdom.' The Speaker in her message said Lord Ganesha takes away all obstacles from our lives and embodies the virtue of peace, harmony, prosperity and wisdom.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to hockey legend Dhyan Chand on his birth anniversary which is also celebrated as the 'National Sports Day' in India. Modi in a tweet said that the dedication of Dhyan Chand towards sports will continue to inspire the nation. He also congratulated the sportspersons who have been enhancing the pride of the nation by their performance in their respective fields.
Business Current Events
AirAsia India launched a promotional offer with fares as low as Rs 600. The offer will be available on the bookings which will be made before 31 August for travel between 26 October 2014 and 24 October 2015. At present, AirAsia operates from Bangalore to Kochi,Goa and Chennai sectors.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered two enquiries against UCO Bank and Bank of Maharashtra. The enquiries were made against the two banks in connection with alleged irregularities in extending the credit facilities. CBI took these steps to widen its probe in the Syndicate Bank case. It had earlier arrested Director of Altius Finserv Pvt Ltd for bribing S.K. Jain, Chairman and Managing Director of Syndicate Bank.
With a view to strengthen the risk market, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has asked the depositories to set up a fund that would act as a safety net in case of default. As per reports, the regulator has also asked the clearing houses to launch separate funds for different market segments such as debt, currency and equity.
Science and Technology Current Events
Science and Technology
Samsung has reduced the price of its handset Galaxy K zoom in India. The device will now be available at Rs 19,999 now than the previous price of Rs 29,999. The exclusive online retailer of the handset, Amazon India has affirmed the price cut. As per reports, the discount of Rs 10,000 will be for few days only but the exact dates have not been revealed.
Science and Technology
The central government has launched the .Bharat domain in Devanagari script which covers eight languages including Hindi, Marathi and Konkani. After the launch, the individuals or the companies who wish to own a website with domain name in Hindi will be able to do so. The domain ‘.Bharat’ will be used as an extension in place of the common domains such as .Net, .Com or .In.
Science and Technology
After the success of its Mi3, Xiaomi has announced to launch another smartphone, Redmi 1S in India soon. It will have a 4.7-inch screen with a 1.6 GHz Sanpdragon 400 quad-core processor. Redmi 1S will be priced at Rs. 5,999. The announcement was made during the launch event at Delhi where the Global VP of Xiaomi, Hugo Barra was also present. As per reports, Xiaomi also plans to set up its service centres at Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai and Gurgaon.
Sports Current Events
Badminton champions P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal made it to the women’s singles quarter-finals of the World Championship which was held in Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen. Saina won the match by 14-21,21-18 and Sindhu won it by 19-21, 22-20, 25-23.
As per media reports, the seventh edition of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon is likely to will be held on 23 November. The organisers are expecting more competitors this year than last year which was reported to have 31,000 entries. The fees for the event is kept as Rs. 1,300 for the professionals for the half marathon and Rs. 600 for amateurs for the great Delhi run.
Indian boxers Mary Kom and Akhil Kumar made a comeback to the boxing squad for the Asian Games to be held next month. Both the players put a strong fight during the two day selection trials. 13 boxers including 10 men and 3 women have been selected to represent India in the Asian Games, post these trials.
Entertainment Current Events
Superstar Shah Rukh Khan has been signed as an ambassador by the Interpol for its ‘Turn Back Crime’ campaign which is meant to promote awareness among people on how they can play an important role in preventing crime. As per reports, Shah Rukh Khan has joined Chinese actor Jackie Chan in the list of ambassador for this campaign.
Actress Rani Mukherjee’s recent release “Mardaani’ earned Rs 15 crore in the opening weekend despite having an A-certificate. As per reports, in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, the movie has been made tax free. However, Rani wants that the children above the age of 12 years should watch the film based on female trafficking. The actress said that she feels sad and disappointed and is campaigning for a new category so that the children below the age of 12 years can watch her film.
The first edition of northeast film festival has started in Delhi. It was inaugurated by Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar on Friday. He said that it is an effort to take new initiatives for the northeast region of the country. These regions are full of potential and cultural diversity. The event was also attended by Chief Minister of Meghalaya Mukul Sangma. He said that the state government has started working on infrastructure projects to hold international events. Many other personalities like Manju Borah, Geetanjali Thapa, Oinam Gautam Singh had also attended the opening ceremony.
Other Current Events
A bus fell in a gorge in Meghalaya, taking the lives of four people and injuring 30 others. As per reports, the bus left the Tura district headquarters and the accident happened at around 11 PM near Dollonggre village. The injured people were taken to Tura Civil Hospital.
An RTI activist who was found dead in his car in Greater Noida area in June has been arrested in Bangalore by the Noida police. The accused Chandra Mohan Sharma has been arrested for faking his death and killing a mentally unstable person whose body was discovered from his vehicle.
A case of murder has been registered against a private school teacher in Dausa district in Rajasthan after he allegedly killed an eight-year-old girl child. The Superintendent of Police of Dausa, Anshuman Bhomia said they have started the investigation and recorded statements of the witnesses.