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Major News and Events of 02 March 2016

What Happened on 02 March 2016

Bar Coding System launched for unreserved railway tickets

Indian Railways has launched a bar coding system for unreserved tickets so as to prevent revenue leakage and introduce transparency into the railway ticketing system. Initially launched in three Delhi stations- Old Delhi, New Delhi and Hazrat Nizamuddin, the bar coding system was a commitment mentioned in the rail budget 2016-17. The pilot project has been introduced at nine ticket counters on the three national capital stations.

NDMC eyeing Sanjay Dutt to be its brand ambassador

Considering Sanjay Dutt as a youth icon and the country’s leading personality, the NDMC (New Delhi Municipal Council) has asked the actor to become its brand ambassador for the Smart City initiative and Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan. The Munnabhai MBBS superstar has expressed his consent to take up the role. Sanjay Dutt completed his 42-month prison term and was released from Pune’s Yerwada jail on 25 February 2016.

India set to test bench-strength against UAE tomorrow

After entering into the Asia Cup final, India will test bench strength in its last league match against UAE (United Arab Emirates) tomorrow. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has hinted at the quartet Harbhajan Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, Pawan Negi and Bhuvneshwar Kumar getting a game. Talking about UAE, its bowling unit has been remarkable with skipper Amjad Javed leading the team from front.

License to Maharashtra dance bars, says Supreme Court

Today, Supreme Court ordered the Maharashtra government to grant licenses to dance bars by 15 March 2016. Refusing state government’s demand for a live dance bar feed to nearest police station, the Supreme Court also quoted the CCTV coverage of the performance area as a violation of privacy.  Earlier, Dance Bar Association members had petitioned the apex court after the Maharashtra Police had imposed twenty four new conditions on them prior to offering them the permission to open dance bars.

Wipro eyes quarterly appraisal system

After having rolled out its ambitious pilot exercise of ditching the traditional ‘bell curve’ appraisal system for its whopping 170,000-odd employees, India’s third-largest software exporter Wipro is keen on implementing an innovative evaluation system where feedback will be a lot more frequent and quarterly, in contrast to the typical one-time annual evaluation process. Wipro is indeed the first IT services company to have had a full appraisal cycle without executing the same.

Sensex gains by 460 points

With State Bank of India being the top gainer, Sensex went up by 460 points to close at Rs. 24, 239. Also, Nifty gained by 150 points to close at Rs. 7,372. The overall market breadth remained positive with around 1,896 stocks advancing and 600 stocks declining. Other gainers include Tata Motors, Adabi Ports, ICICI Bank, NTPC, BHEL, Hero MotoCorp and Axis Bank- each one advancing by 3.4-6.7 per cent.

Al Qaeda hacks Indian Railways website page

The terror outfit Al Qaeda has allegedly hacked a microsite of the Railnet page of the Indian Railway. Leaving the page after a few moments, the hacked page of the Bhusawal division of Personnel Department of the Central Railway and a component of the large intranet created for the department’s administrative requirements was replaced by a message of Maulana Aasim Umar, the Al Qaeda chief in south Asia. The message read: “Why is there no storm in your ocean?” A message for Muslims of India from Maulana Aasim Umar (May Allah protect him),”.

PWD demands Rs. 600 crore for CCTV installation

The public works department (PWD) has demanded Rs. 600 crore for the installation of CCTV cameras and Rs. 150 crore for installation of street lights, especially at locations which have been identified as dark spots. Though the Delhi Cabinet is yet to notify the dates for the budget session, it is likely to convene from 22 March with the address of lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung. With the session expected to be five or six day long, it is likely to be tabled on 28 March 2016 and end by 31 March 2016.  

Rahul Dravid to mentor Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2016

The forthcoming edition of the Indian Premier League(IPL) will witness former Indian captain and batting legend Rahul Dravid mentoring the Delhi Daredevils team. Dravid recently coached the India U-19 team, guiding them to reach the final of the Colts World Cup held in Bangladesh. He will be joined by several junior cricketers he has worked with recently and also the ones who had been mentored by him in the now-suspended Rajasthan Royals IPL team. 

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