Major News and Events of 30 November 2013
What Happened on 30 November 2013
Paper based voter cards to be replaced by the new plastic voter cards
Diego's initiatives to empower women in Asia Pacific region
Commonwealth Youth, Junior & Senior Championships ended
World Cup Kabaddi started in Bathinda
Smartphones by BSNL
630 critical polling booths in Delhi will be under web vigilance through web casting to keep a check on any kind of trouble on the polling day. In addition to this, CCTV cameras will also be installed. Critical polling stations will also have central paramilitary force personnel. Chief Electoral Officer Vijay Dev said that it is for the first time that critical and hyper critical polling booths will have web casting to keep a check on live proceedings. Control rooms will have the live updates on the proceedings. So instead of getting updates afterward through CCTV cameras the check will be live. There will a micro observer, a central government official to monitor the events. He will directly report to the Election Commission. In order to conduct fair polling in Delhi on December 4, about 107 companies of central paramilitary force along with 64,000 Delhi police personnel have been arranged. All such arrangements will make sure that polls remain fair. All the security arrangements will be reviewed thoroughly. Also review has been taken from the DC's, DCPs and along with the observers. Proper care is being taken especially in the essential last 72 hours. Also border in North East and South west districts are under security check.
Voters will soon have new plastic Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC). The present paper card will be replaced by the EPIC by the Election Commission to avoid duplication, meddling and forging. Chief Electoral Officer Ashutosh Jindal said that Tripura is the first state in India to have the plastic Electors Photo Identity Card. The sate received its first new PVC-EPIC card this Saturday. The Common Service Centre of the central government's Information Technology department has issued the new card. All the information of the elector will be inserted in the PVC-EPIC. Siladitya Sarkar, regional manager of the Information Technology department said that information and government logo on the card is visible under ultraviolet light. Next week Mizoram will get its new card and then Uttar Pradesh. Tripura is also the first state to get online process of all sorts of applications of new and existing voters.
Time for women empowerment through Plan W by Diageo, the world's largest spirits maker. Objective of the plan is to empower two million women in Asia Pacific region out of which 27,000 will be from India. This socio economic programme will last for five years. Women from all socio economic profiles will be selected and will be trained. The plan was initiated last year and till date it has supported 17,000 women from Asia-Pacific region. The second initiative taken by the company would be the "Women's empowerment (WE) journalism awards" with an aim to honour the one who are reporting on women related issues across Asia Pacific. Hilton Hotel is acting as a partner in this programme. Gilbert Ghostine, president for the Asia Pacific said that the company has initiated 32 initiatives, in 12 markets and working with 17 partners. Diego is also working on another programme in India - the British Council Young Women Social Entrepreneurship Development programme. The programme has been initiated in Delhi to train 20 master trainers who will then provide further trainings. Another programme by Diego is Udygoni. This is the pilot project in which NGO will be developed to provide support to women to build up micro-enterprises. For this purpose 7 NGOs will be developed to full capacity in Delhi. Samarthanam Trust is the third programme by Diego with an aim to up-scale women call centers in Bangalore. The first batch comprised of 316 women has been successfully completed and enrollment in the second batch is going on.
In Commonwealth Youth, Junior & Senior Championships, Indian weightlifters grabbed six medals today. The event was taking place in Penang, Malaysia. At the end of the event India managed to get 117 medals including 57 gold medals, 39 silver and 21 bonze. Youth boys from India bagged the total of 24 medals including 16 gold and eight silver medals. Whereas 21 medals were bagged by youth girls that included 12 gold medal. 21 medals are won by junior men and women. Senior men managed to win 12 medals and senior women won 18 medals. With such a commendable performance, youth boys and girls, junior men and women, and senior men also won the Winners Team Trophy whereas senior won received runners-up team title.
Bathinda has become the hotspot for the fourth edition of World Cup Kabaddi. In the two weeks’ time, 12 teams in men’s category and 8 in women’s category will play for the top position. Last year, India was the winner in both these categories. Total price money for the entire tournament is Rs 7 crore. Out of the total, Rs 2 crore will be given to the winner in men’s section and Rs 1 crore to the winners in women’s section. Runner up in men’s section will get Rs 1 crore and runner up in women’s section will get Rs 51 lakh, whereas third in both the sections will receive Rs 51 lakh and Rs 25 lakh respectively. Participation price for each participating team in men’s section is Rs 15 lakh and for each woman’s team it is Rs 10 lakh. The event is inaugurated by Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal. Closing ceremony will take place in Ludhiana on 14th December. Chief guest of the event will be Pakistan Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif. The circle-style format of kabaddi in league-cum-knockout basis will also be part of the event. Matches are scheduled at 13 different venues - Patiala, Sangrur, Mansa, Bathinda, Doda (Muktsar), Jalalabad (Fazilka), Chohla Sahib (Tarn Taran), Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Ropar.
Teams: Men: India, Argentina, USA, England, Canada, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Iran, Denmark, Kenya, Scotland, Spain Women: India, USA, England, Denmark, Iran, Mexico, Kenya, Pakistan
Science and Technology
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) with Pantel Technologies has launched two smartphones and an internet-ready phone. The price of the later is Rs 1,799. Along with phone, buyer will also get BSNL special tariff vouchers. BSNL chairman and managing director R.K. Upadhyay said that these new phones are for a common man in India. The partnership named PentaBharat has launched the cheapest phones. The phone is provided with three inch display screen and a dual SIM at the cost of Rs 1700 that also includes 1,200 minutes of BSNL free bundled talk-time. Price of Penta Smart PS650 is Rs 7,999. Size of the display screen is 6.5 inch and it also consists of a dual core processor. Along with this also get three GB of BSNL 3G data and 300 minutes of talk-time. Price of PentaSmart P501 is Rs 6,999 and has five inch display screen. Three GB of BSNL 3G data and 300 minutes of talk-time will also come along with the phone. Phone as well as free talktime vouchers are made by keeping common man in mind.