Politics Current Events
A scheme named 'Aapka School Aapke Gaon' for the students residing along the international border in Jammu and Kashmir has been launched by the Jammu and Kashmir government. The scheme is expected to fulfill the academic loss bore by these students during Pakistani firing. The scheme is a part of Border Areas Development Program. All the villages within the range of five kms of the international border and Line of Control will get the benefits of Aapka School Aapke Gaon scheme.
Former Finance Minister and Congress leader P. Chidambaram said that stand of Modi's government on disclosing the names of black money hoarders is same as that of UPA's. The Centre on October 17 had submitted to Supreme Court its inability to reveal the names of Indian black money hoarders and illegal accounts holders in foreign banks. Government cited the provisions of the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement as the major reason for not disclosing the names of these account holders. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley last week had said that names of such persons will be disclosed after proper investigations.
No one is still clear about the probable components of the new Maharashtra government. However, new development shows that there are strong possibilities of formal talks between BJP and Shiv Sena. On October 26 (Sunday), Shiv Sena has confirmed about attending dinner hosted for NDA allies by Indian PM. However, it is not yet clear whether Uddhav Thackeray is going to attend the dinner.
Business Current Events
Adidas AG has appointed Dave Thomas as the new managing director of Adidas India. Thomas succeeds Erick Haskell who was heading the India operations of Adidas for near about two years since November 2012. Thomas has been a part of the Adidas Group for 16 years since February 1998. He played prominent roles in sales and marketing in Australia, at the group’s headquarters in Germany and Hong Kong. In his recent assignment, he has been working as brand director for Adidas emerging markets, based in Dubai.
Due to the occasion of Diwali Balipratipada, trading segments in India remained closed on October 24, 2014. The markets that remained closed for the day were money, equity, commodity, and forex. On Muhurat Day Trading (October 23, 2014), one of the biggest gainers was BSE Mid-cap index, which increased by 93.9 points. The market was cheerful because of the reform measures announced or implemented by the Union Government in last one week, analysts say.
While Sensex increased by 211 points to end Samvat year 2070 on October 22, 2014, Muhurat Trading on October 23, 2014 too kick-started on a cheerful note. Nifty rose by 15.55 points and Sensex by 63.24 points on Thursday. Biggest gainer of Samvat 2070 is Adani Group of Companies, whose market value swelled by 94 per cent. While Reliance Group witnessed a 2.7 per cent fall in market capitalisation, RIL’s stocks increased at a slow but steady pace of 5.2 per cent during Samvat 2070.
Science and Technology Current Events
Science and Technology
Mangalyaan or Mars Orbiter Mission of India was launched on November 5, 2013 from Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota with the help of PSLV C25 of ISRO. It successfully entered intended orbit around Mars on September 24, 2014. MOM completed one month in Mars orbit. Google commemorated the occasion with a doodle.
Science and Technology
Indians have become tech savvy for sure and the number is growing at an accelerated rate. In a recent global survey on gadget use in different countries, India emerged as the country having highest number of owners having smartphones. 95 per cent of the tech-savvy Indians regarded smartphones as ‘critically important’ in their lives. Moreover, India ranks 2nd in the list of Google Glass owners.
Science and Technology
The Chinese technology giant Xiaomi has come under scanner in India as it is believed by the Indian Air Force that the company is using its gadgets in stealing and snooping of user data of Indians. Sources reveal report that IAF has issued alerts to all its Squadrons as well as Commands to refrain from using smartphones of Xiaomi. Earlier, Indian Army was also believed to issue a similar instruction to its soldiers and family members.
Sports Current Events
Ranchi Rhinos of the Hockey Indian League (HIL) is now co-owned by Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Sahara Adventure Sports Limited. Mistrust between its former owners Patel-PS Group and Uniexcel Group and Hockey India (HI) led to the disintegration of the team. Ranchi Rhinos was performing well and even won the first season and secured third position in the second season. Thus decision to disintegrate the club was a huge surprise. Dhoni announced the ownership of Ranchi Rhinos at the conference held in Ranchi. The conference was also attended by Mr. Abhijit Sarkar, Head-Corporate Communications, Sahara India Pariwar & Director - Sahara Adventures Sports Ltd and Dr. Narinder Batra, Chairman, Hockey India League.
Former Brazilian footballer and FC Goa’s Coach in Indian Super League, Zico, has alleged that Antonio Lopez Habas, coach of Atletico de Kolkata, hit Robert Pires when they were going back to the dressing room through the tunnel during half time break. ISL is looking into the allegation. Spokesperson of ISL said that both Atletico de Kolkata and FC Goa have complained regarding this and the regulatory commissioner is currently probing the matter.
Laishram Sarita Devi, the boxer who refused to accept bronze medal due to controversial judgement in 57-60 kg category, has been provisionally suspended by AIBA. Along with Sarita, AIBA has also suspended all her coaches (Sagar Mal Dhayal, Blas Iglesias Fernandez, and Messrs Gurbakhsh Singh Sandhu) along with Adille J. Sumariwalla, the chef-de-mission in Asian Games.
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
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met journalists and editors over tea at 'Deepawali Milan', an event organised at BJP headquarters at 11, Ashoka Road. The party was attended by more than 500 journalists along with Party president Amit Shah, Union Ministers Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and Rajnath Singh. Prime Minister talked about his mission 'Swachh Bharat' to clean India and said that they must work together to achieve the targets. He even admired media for highlighting stories related to cleanliness and added that media can play a huge role in shaping India.
In an effort to reconstruct flood stricken Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to set up a committee of experts. As per media reports, structural and civil engineers, town planners, geologists, hydrologists, flood control experts and economists will be part of this committee.The state is going to have elections later this year and till then this committee will oversee the reconstruction and rehabilitation work in the state. During PM Modi's visit in the state, the ruling NC has also got approval for Rs 33,995-crore for the state, funds for reviving life and constructing community bunkers near LoC.
Airport Authority of India’s Director received an email that warned about a possible terror attack on two Air India flights, the first one from Ahmedabad to Mumbai (during night time of October 24) and another from Mumbai to Kochi (during early morning of October 25). High alert signal has been issued for Kochi, Mumbai, and Ahmedabad airports.