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28-Jul-2014
Politics
BJP team visits Tripura after attacks

A team of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has visited Tripura after the attacks were made on party cadres allegedly by the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M). Some members of the delegation of the BJP visited the rural areas of Tripura where clashes were reported after the panchayat polls. This is the first time when a delegation from BJP has visited any northeastern state since the Modi government has assumed power in the Centre.

28-Jul-2014
Politics
Deputy CM of Goa apologises for Hindu nation remark

Francis D’Souza, Deputy Chief Minister of Goa has apologised for his comments that India was already a Hindu nation. He said, “My opinion could be wrong for others. I accept it. I don't say it is the most correct opinion. You might say I am wrong. If anyone's sentiment is hurt, I apologise”. D’Souza’s comments sparked an uproar in the political scene when he said, “Hindu is my culture, Christianity is my religion. When I say Hindu, it means culture and not religion. Hindu culture is 5,000 years old and my religion is 2,000 years old".

28-Jul-2014
Politics
Women Army Officers to Command some Battalions

The NDA government is likely to permit the lady officers to command battalions in the branches of Army such as engineers, signal and aviation. According to an Army source, the government might file an affidavit in the Supreme Court saying that the women officers who will be joining the force from 2015-16 onwards would be trained to command battalions. So far the women officers were allowed only in the non-combat arms.   

Business Current Events

28-Jul-2014
Business
Reliance Power to buy hydropower plants of Jaiprakash Associates

Reliance Power Ltd. is likely to buy the entire hydropower business of Jaiprakash Power Ventures Ltd. After the deal, Anil Ambani’s group will become the largest private hydropower provider in the country. Reliance CleanGen Ltd., a subsidiary of Reliance Power, which is a part of the Reliance Group, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Jaiprakash to purchase three power plants. None of the companies have disclosed the amount of the deal, but according to media reports, the portfolio value of the hydropower is estimated at 120 billion rupees ($2 billion).

26-Jul-2014
Business
India's social networking user base is increasing – A study

A study conducted by eMarketer, the US-based independent market research firm, states the increasing inclination of Indians towards social media Facebook and Twitter. A growth of 37 per cent in social networking has been noticed by the firm. The eMarketer provides comprehensive details on the changing trends and details in digital marketing, media and commerce. Though the growth rate of social network users across the world is declining, in India the number is still increasing. It is expected that the number of Facebook users in India will be the largest across the world by 2016. Similar findings have also been found by the Internet and Mobile Association of India.

25-Jul-2014
Business
RBI: Indian Banks will not be Allowed to Trade in Bonds for Infra Lending

Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, R. Gandhi said that the Indian banks will not be allowed to trade bonds issued by other lenders for infrastructure lending. Last week, the Central Bank exempted banks from holding each other’s bonds, while it allowed lenders to issue bonds for infrastructure lending. He also said, “Restriction on cross holding does apply to trading also. The idea is funds to come from outside the banking system”.

Science and Technology Current Events

26-Jul-2014
Science and Technology
DRDO plans to set up research centres in academic institutes

To strengthen India’s research, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley announced that the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is ready with a plan to establish an advanced technology centre. For setting up these technology centres, leading academic institutes have been selected like IITs. IIT-Bombay will have one research centre for research in advanced propulsion technologies and next generation aero engine technologies.  Another research centre will be established at Jadavpur University in Kolkata which will work on "Unmanned Autonomous Soldier-Assist Technologies". In 2012 DRDO established the Research and Innovation Centre at IIT-Chennai.

23-Jul-2014
Science and Technology
Study says there is a gender pay gap of 20% in the IT industry

According to a study, “Monster Salary Index India IT Sector Report 2014”, conducted by online job portal Monster, Paycheck.in and IIM-Ahmedabad, female employees are paid up to 20% less as compared to male employees in the IT industry. As per the study, average hourly wage of a male non-supervisor is Rs. 255.32 while it is Rs. 206.28 for female non-supervisors. Similarly, in the supervisor category, male employee is paid an hourly wage of Rs. 461.89, while a female supervisor is given Rs. 375.29. Sanjay Modi, Managing Director of Monster India said, “It is surprising to see that the most modern sector of India is not only predisposed to a certain gender, but is also paying lesser to women employees than their male counterpart”.

22-Jul-2014
Science and Technology
Seedless mangoes developed by Indian scientists

Indian scientists have developed seedless mangoes which are distinctive in flavour and are finely textured and juicy. V.B. Patel, Chairman of the horticulture department at the Bihar Agriculture University (BAU) in Bhagalpur district said, “We have developed a seedless mango variety from hybrids of mango varieties Ratna and Alphonso”. He also added, “The seedless variety also has good export potential.”Bihar ranks third in mango cultivation and Malda, Jardaloo, Bumbai and Chausa are major varieties grown in the state.

Sports Current Events

26-Jul-2014
Sports
Bindra wins gold medal and declares his signing off from Commonwealth Games

Ace shooter Abhinav Bindra won a gold medal in Commonwealth Games in men's 10m air rifle. Bindra played his fifth and last Commonwealth Games. He made the announcement about his retirement on the eve of the event. Bindra is the only player in India to win Olympic gold medal. Apart from this, Malaika Goel fired a silver and lifter Santoshi Mats won bronze medal. India’s total medal tally reached 10 with three gold, four silver and three bronze. India is at fourth position in the medal count. England is at first position (10-8-7), Australia at second (7-6-9) and Scotland at third (6-3-4), as per media report.

23-Jul-2014
Sports
Indian Basketball Players Face Discrimination in Asia Cup

The Indian basketball players faced humiliation and racial discrimination when the Sikh members of the team were asked to remove their turban before India’s match against Japan. According to media reports, two Sikh players namely - Amritpal Singh and Amyjot Singh - were prevented from wearing turbans. According to match officials, the article 4.4.2 of the rules states, “Players shall not wear equipment (objects) that may cause injury to other players”. Basketball Federation of India president RS Gill said “"This is a very serious issue. I will seek the manager's report immediately and will lodge a strong protest with the governing body, both Fiba Asia and World. I will also follow it up with the ministry of sports and see to it that this never happens again".

23-Jul-2014
Sports
CWG 2014: Sachin Roby hit by Jaundice

Indian men’s 4X400m relay team player Sachin Roby has been diagnosed with jaundice. Sachin is likely to miss the 20th Commonwealth Games event. Raj Singh, Indian chef-da-mission told the media that Roby had to be hospitalised before returning to the Games Village. He added, “We have asked the team doctors to make a call on whether he can stand the travel back home, and based on their report, a final decision will be taken”.

Entertainment Current Events

23-Jul-2014
Entertainment
Moushmi and Dev to get Bengal's top cine award

Veteran actress Moushmi Chatterjee and leading matinee idol from Bengal, Dev, will receive the Mahanayak Uttam Kumar Samman introduced by the government of Bengal. Deepak Adhikari, popularly known as ‘Dev’ is also a member of the Trinamool Congress and was featured in the most expensive movie of the Bengali cinema till date, “Chaander Pahar”. The announcement was made by the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Bannerjee. The ceremony is scheduled to be held on 24 July 2014 at Nazrul Mancha.

21-Jul-2014
Entertainment
Short film on Sudarshan Pattnaik enters Sundance Fest

A short film “Dreaming With Sand” by documentary maker Raj Sampad, based on the inspiring story of sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik has gone to the Sundance Film Festival. The film will compete with many other films and will be premiered at the 2015 edition of the festival, which is scheduled for 22 January 2015, if it wins. This year, the theme of the fest was to make inspirational stories showcasing the life of an individual or a community which has overcome poverty or hunger.

09-Jul-2014
Entertainment
The Yellow Chilli goes for expansion via the franchise mode

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor’s chain of restaurants under the name ‘The Yellow Chilli’ is all set to undergo an expansion with 25 more outlets by the end of next year. Franchise India, with known expertise in the franchise industry, is helping the restaurant in this regard.

The Yellow Chilli will provide support in terms of product enhancement, marketing and timely upgradations to its franchisees. The company opted for the franchise model in 1998 and at present operates a total of 26 outlets out of which 24 are franchise-run. The company is making all-out efforts to become an integral part of the world’s hospitality industry by satisfying the taste buds of food lovers.

Other Current Events

28-Jul-2014
Others
6 dead in Uttarakhand due to heavy rains and landslide

The meteorological department has warned another round of unceasing heavy rains in Uttarakhand. Ten days ago heavy rains pounded the state. At least six people were killed and two others injured in a landslide on Sunday. The alert has been meant for areas including Chamoli, Champawat, Nainital, Uttarkashi and Dehradun. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat has expressed his condolences for the dead people and has ordered an enquiry into the incidence.

 

28-Jul-2014
Others
Situation still tensed in Saharanpur, curfew continues

The situation in violence-hit areas of Saharanpur is still not stable. Three people were killed in the communal violence which took place two days ago in the city. The tensed situations continued to prevail in the city which has forced the authorities to extend curfew in some more areas. The district police chief Rajesh Pandey said that para-military personnel and police have been deployed in the tensed areas. So far, 38 people have been arrested since Sunday in the violence.  

26-Jul-2014
Others
WB CM Mamata Banerjee suspends three health officials

Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal has been criticised for its inability to control the spread of encephalitis in northern West Bengal. Reacting to this, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee suspended three senior health officials for keeping higher authorities in dark about the exact situation of the endemic in the state. This includes the name of Darjeeling Chief Medical Officer (Health) Subir Bhowmik, Jagannath Sarkar and North Bengal Medical College and Hospital superintendent Amarendranath Sarkar. The opposition parties are crying foul against the ruling party and Chief Minister, who also handles the health portfolio, for not knowing the true scenario. As per media reports, Banerjee stated that her government reacted swiftly after receiving the reports of death caused by encephalitis.

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