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Major News and Events of 05 September 2015

What Happened on 05 September 2015


Union Government Announces Implementing OROP, Effective from July 1, 2014

Modi government has accepted the demands of the agitating ex-servicemen and announced to implement One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar made the announcement at a press conference today evening and said that his government will implement OROP despite additional fiscal burden (estimated Rs. 8,000-10,000 crore)”, owing to fulfillment of its commitment made before 2014 Lok Sabha election. While the OROP scheme will be effective from July 1, 2014, base year for arrear calculation will be 2013. Pension revision will be done after every 5 years. However, Major General (Retired) Satbir Singh, on behalf of the agitating ex-servicemen, said that they are “not fully satisfied”.

Delhi HC allows Permanent Commissioning of Women in Indian Navy

Delhi high Court in a landmark judgement has observed that progress of women can’t be blocked through biasness in terms of service and sexism. This judgement allowed permanent commissioning of women in Indian service. Indian Navy till now allowed Short Service Commission (14 years of service) for women officers only. While listening to the petition of multiple serving as well as retired naval women officers, Delhi HC bench of Najmi Waziri and Kailash Gambhir also allowed pension for women officers. In fact, it was back in 2010, when HC granted permanent commissioning of women in Indian Army and Air Force.

Joshana Chinappa enters Semi-Final of NSCI Open JSW Indian Squash Circuit

Indian squash team had a mixed day of success at US$ 15,000 NSCI Open JSW Indian Squash Circuit on Friday. While Joshana Chinappa (Women’s national squash champion) advanced to the semis in the women’s segment, Harinderpal Sandhu (Men’s national squash champion) lost the quarter-final match. Number 3 seed Joshana won the women’s quarters by defeating Hong Kong's Lee Ka 11-5 11-7 9-11 11-2. It took Chinappa 36 minutes to beat her rival. However, Harinderpal Sandhu was unsuccessful in defeating his English rival Adrian Waller. Waller’s amazing performance helped him snatch the match from Sandhu in straight sets (11-6 11-9 11-6) in just 40 minutes.  

TRAI proposes Telecom Service Providers must Compensate Users for Call Drops

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has mooted a proposal according to which the telecom companies would need to compensate its mobile customers for poor service quality including call drop. TRAI’s consultation paper, seeking public view, has proposed extending crediting talk-time/money or not charging consumers for dropped calls. TRAI Chairman R S Sharma has said that consumers should be directly compensated for drop calls. The reaction comes days after PM Narendra Modi expressed concern on the issue. Reports say that the proposal includes no charging of money by a telecom company when call drops within 5 seconds.

Finance Ministry shifts Focus of Jan Dhan Yojana from Opening New Accounts to Cash-Out Facilities

A Finance Ministry statement has revealed that the central government has shifted its focus from opening new bank accounts to cash-out facility under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY). The report says that out of the total 18 crore Jan Dhan accounts opened, 1.65 lakh account holders have availed overdraft facility. It is reported that the government has mobilized over Rs. 22,000 crore under the PMJDY scheme along with issuance of 15.74 crore Rupay debit cards. Till September 1, 2015, around 1,64,962 Jan Dhan account holders availed overdraft facility. Government has asked banks to provide overdraft facility up to a maximum of Rs. 5,000 to PMJDY account holders.

PM Modi Greets Nation on Teacher's Day and Krishna Janmashtami

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today greeted the nation, through his Twitter handle, on both Teacher’s Day and Janmashtami. First he paid his tribute to Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, a great scholar, the first Vice President and second President of India. Teacher’s Day is celebrated on September 5 in India to commemorate Dr. Radhakrishnan’s birthday. PM Modi, on this occasion also saluted and greeted the teaching community. He also wished the nation prosperity and happiness on the occasion of Krishna Janmashtami festival. Prime Minister today visited Bodhgaya, the holiest shrine of Buddhism, for attending concluding ceremony of international Buddhist conclave. He also prayed at 1,500 year old Mahabodhi temple there. PM Modi announced his government’s eagerness to develop the place as “spiritual capital of the Buddhist world” and went on to call the country “Buddhist India”.  




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