Politics Current Events
BJP's in-charge for Maharashtra’s assembly election, Om Thakur, has dismissed speculations that Nitin Gadkari may become the Maharashtra Chief Minister. Thakur specifically said that candidate for CM’s post will be decided from the existing MLAs only. However, the decision of CM and government formation will be taken after Diwali.
When BJP and Shiv Sena are locking horns with each other in forming the next government, possibility of a new government having three unlikely political parties have sprung up. NCP chief Sharad Pawar has recently revealed that he had approached INC leaders with the proposal of supporting Shiv Sena and thereby forming a government. However, senior INC leader Ajay Maken had rubbished the claim and called it preposterous.
On Tuesday evening senior Shiv Sena leaders Subhash Desai and Anil Desai were sent to the capital for discussing the issues related to post poll alliance between BJP and SS for government formation. However, the two member delegation returned to Maharashtra without meeting the BJP leadership, especially JP Nadda (BJP general secretary) and Rajnath Singh (Home Minister). This is a definite setback for the probable BJP-SS alliance and consequent government formation.
Business Current Events
Narendra Modi is determined to project India as the preferrable destination for global businesses. Average number of days required to register a business in India is 27 days now. With the new slew of measures the average time required to register a business will be just one day. Some of these measures will now include tax system overhaul, reduction in permit numbers, single registration requirement for all labour laws, ease in registration of properties, quicker electricity connection, and others.
The SEBI’s ban on the country's largest property developer, DLF, has fuelled speculations that tougher measures are in the offing for large companies, who are supposedly sheltered by political connections.On the expectation of stricter penalties, some of the hottest stocks started slumping . While DLF lost 17.4 per cent in the last one week, Sun TV Network lost 5 per cent stock price.
RBI has issued new set of guidelines on bad loan reporting, on one hand, and JLF (Joint Lenders' Forum) working on the other. Banks from now on will have to report about JLF formations as well as Special Mention Accounts on every Friday. With new regulations in place, there will be no requirement for crop loan reporting. However, banks have to report about other agricultural loans as they used to do earlier.
Science and Technology Current Events
Science and Technology
Philips has brought their new and affordable Xenium X2566 device at just Rs 3,800 in the market for senior citizens. However, the MRP is labelled as Rs 5,537. Some of the major features of this affordable handset from Phillips are long battery life as well as large font size, for better visibility by senior citizens. Some of the other important features that makes it the perfect companion for aged citizens include 'crystal double colour injection moulding technology', flashlight, and magnifier for enlarging the words on display.
Science and Technology
Google Search app Google Now service has been updated recently. Now, the Android users will be able to check Indian train reservations on their smartphones and tabs. Railway reservation updates (passenger seat number, coach number, train number, reservation code, departure date, destination station, and starting station) can now be checked by an user from IRCTC. The updates are shown through proper tracking of the Gmail account of the particular user.
Science and Technology
Samsung is slowly increasing its hold and ready to invest more in India's 4G market as per media report. At present Aircel and Bharti Airtel are the two major players in 4G where as Reliance Jio is still working to set up its own. It is not only Samsung but LG has also shown interest in this segment. Telecom Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad in his 5-day visit to South Korea will work to attract more investors who can invest money into electronics manufacturing market in India under 'Make in India' campaign. Government is putting efforts to make sure that India becomes self sufficient in electronics by 2020 so that the country does not have to depend upon import of these products.
Sports Current Events
The under-21 Indian hockey team has retained the title of Sultan of Johor Cup. They defeated their counterpart from Great Britain by 2 to 1. The game was played on October 19, 2014. It was Harmanpreet Singh of India who converted two penalty corners to give India the required lead and defend the U-21 SOJC hockey title.
Virat Kohli knocked a ton against West Indies during 4th ODI in Dharmashala. The most consistent Indian cricket player has become the fastest cricketer to score twenty ODI hundreds. While Sachin Tendulkar took 197 innings to score 20 ODI centuries, Virat took 64 innings less to reach the feat. In ICC ODI rankings, he stands at No. 2 position.
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar adopted a village Putramrajuvari Kandriga in Nellore district under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana. Sachin Tendulkar met Prime Minister Narendra Modi a day before and expressed his desire to adopt a village. As per official report the village has 150 families and it is expected that Sachin will visit the village around November 16.
Entertainment Current Events
Notices to yesteryear Bollywood actress Sharmila Tagore, her son and actor Saif Ali Khan and many others have been issued by the Election Commission (EC) for organizing a marriage party in Gurgaon without taking prior permission for the same. They organized a marriage anniversary party of Saif Ali Khan with Kareena Kapoor at their palace in Pataudi. As per media report they violated model code of conduct. The loudspeakers were used without approval at the time of celebration that occurred on the night of Oct 15-16 and continued on night of Oct 16-17 as well. Accused have to reply by Oct 21 till 3 p.m.
Veteran actor Kamal Haasan is one of the nine celebrities chosen by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his 'Clean India Campaign'. The actor has accepted the invitation and thanked PM Modi for recognizing his efforts. The actor picked his Facebook account to express solidarity. Apart from Kamal Haasan, PM Modi has also invited Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, the entire cast of TV show ‘Tarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashma’, Yoga Guru Ramdev Baba, Anil Ambani, Governor of Goa Mridula Sinha and Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor to be a part of the campaign.
Veteran Actor of yesteryear Shashi Kapoor has been discharged from the hospital. Kapoor was hospitalized on Sep 21 at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Medical Research Institute for chest infection. As per media report 76-year-old actor is fine and happy to be back home. Shashi Kapoor has worked in many Hindi films and some of his renowned work is “Deewar”, “Satyam Shivam Sundaram” and “Kabhie Kabhie”.
Other Current Events
After a special court hearing the coal block allocation scam questioned the CBI’s hurry in closing the case against PC Parakh (former coal secretary) and Kumar Mangalam Birla (a top industrialist), the central investigating agency has filed a revised final closure report. The next date of hearing of the case will be November 10, 2014.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has categorically mentioned that ruling out possible terror attacks during Diwali is not practical. While responding to reporters on the sidelines of a function, he went on to say that alerts have been issued henceforth.
Union Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has said that diesel price deregulation has been done by the Union Government for the benefit of people. He made this statement while replying to a reporter who pointed out the problems the common man is going to face due to linkage of domestic diesel price with that of forces of global market. The minister went on to say that his government has back-up plans in cases when there are rise in crude oil price.