PM Modi Sticks to Allotted Time, delivers 100% at UNGA
It was Prime Minister Modi’s second appearance at the UNGA. Of course it was about “Terroristan” next door without naming it as such or by its official name, it was about much more too. PM Modi made sure that all the buzzwords like Peace, Environment, Health and Welfare were heard loud and clear. PM Modi talked about bringing the world together under the phrase “global unity” to fight terror.
Green crackers in Delhi-NCR with logo and QR code on boxes
Diwali, the festival of lights, is approaching and the talk of ‘green’ crackers is in the air once again. This year, a special logo and QR code will be printed on the boxes of green crackers. People can easily recognise low-emission and eco-friendly crackers, which will be available in Delhi-NCR. Hopefully, this will help to keep the pollution in check post-Diwali festivities.
Kejriwal promises Delhiites onions at Rs 24/kg
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has expressed concern over the soaring onion prices. However, he assured the Delhiites to make onions available at Rs 24 per kg, through mobile vans. Onions are currently being sold @ 70/80 per kg across the country in the open market, due to the crop getting impacted by excessive rain.
Ticketless travel in DTC buses to attract steep fine
Beware! Don’t forget to buy the ticket in Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) or cluster scheme buses. If caught without a ticket, then be ready to pay a hefty fine of Rs 1500, which is compoundable to Rs. 500. At this moment, fine for travelling without ticket in DTC buses is Rs 200. This increased fine is prescribed by the newly amended Motor Vehicles Act. This Act is implemented in the capital from September 1, but the Delhi government is yet to notify it.
Maruti expects rise in its car sales in September
Auto major Maruti Suzuki India Ltd is optimistic that sales of its cars in September will increase manifold in comparison to the previous months. This was stated by Maruti Suzuki chairman RC Bhargava. In August, Maruti sales dipped 34.3 percent, which marked the worst slowdown in the automobile sector in recent history.
Gadkari stresses on electric vehicles
Road transport minister Nitin Gadkari assured on Monday that petrol and diesel vehicles will not be banned. However, the trend of electric vehicles has picked up momentum and within two years all buses in India would be electric.
Sindhu’s coach resigns
Ace shuttler PV Sindhu’s Korean coach and mentor Kim Ji Hyun has resigned due to her husband’s illness. The Korean coach was attached with Sindhu for the last four months and played a decisive role in the improvement of Sindhu’s overall game. She has not assured of her comeback again.
Students not eager to go for research
In India, the trend of higher degrees like Ph.D has not picked up momentum. Therefore, only 2.5% of colleges run Ph.D programmes across the country. Science students are far ahead in the enrolment for research, in comparison to humanities. This fact was disclosed in the All India Survey of Higher Education (AISHE) by the HRD Ministry.
Dengue hovers in Telangana
Telangana is in the grip of dengue this year. Overall 6,183 cases of this vector-borne disease have been detected from January to September 20. This number has surpassed all previous records. Some of the urban districts of the state such as Hyderabad, Rangareddy, and Medchal are also badly affected. So much so that hospitals have no beds to accommodate new patients.
Madhav Apte passes away
Yesteryears opening batsman for Team India, Madhav Apte, breathed his last at the Breach Candy Hospital on Monday morning. He played seven Test matches in the 1950s for India and scored 542 runs, including an unbeaten 163 against the West Indies at Queens Park Oval Test in 1953. He was 86 years old.
Ex-BSF constable keen to fight against Khattar
Former BSF constable Tej Bahadur Yadav on Monday expressed his willingness to fight against Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar from Karnal assembly segment in the upcoming assembly polls in Haryana scheduled for October 21. Yadav was terminated from his job in 2017 after he posted a video on social media unveiling the poor quality of food served to security personnel.
Govt to clip central govt employees’ retirement age
The government plans to curtail the Central Government employees period of service. Employees who have completed 33 years of service or reached 60 years of age, whichever is earlier, will be compulsorily retired. At present, the retirement age of Central Government employees is 60 years, while professors and doctors work until 65 years of age. This is being contemplated to open job opportunities for the younger generation.
Doctors to turn towards rural areas: Yogi Adityanath
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath issued a circular on Monday that every MBBS graduate of government medical colleges has to spend and work in villages for two years. Doctors who have completed their MD and MS too have to work in rural areas for one year. The idea is to strengthen public health delivery in rural areas.
Sonakshi on receiving end for not answering Ramayana question
Sunil Bharala, who holds a ministerial rank position in Uttar Pradesh, has criticised Bollywood actor Sonakshi Sinha, for not answering a question on Ramayana in Amitabh Bachchan’s famous quiz show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ last week. As per reports, Bharala dubbed her a ‘Dhan Pashu’ (money animal).
RBI intervenes to save PMC Bank
PMC Bank is in trouble. RBI has an appointed an administrator and instructed the bank to not do any business for 6 months. Additionally, limits have been put in place on how much can be withdrawn from each saving or current account, that limit was set at Rs 1,000/- per account which has been raised to Rs 10,000/- per account after small traders and small depositors started gathering outside bank branches in great number. It looks like the bank has come under pressure after default by HDIL.
Delhi govt on co-education spree
Delhi government is planning to scrap all-girls’ and all-boys’ schools and convert them into co-education schools, and evening shift schools into general shift schools. The examination branch of the Directorate of Education (DoE) on Monday asked the officials to prepare three plans to implement this scheme from July 2020.
Kohli assigned a demerit point by ICC
Team India captain Virat Kohli clashed with Proteas fast bowler Beuran Hendricks during the third T20I encounter on Sunday. The ICC found Kohli guilty for this inappropriate physical contact, and Kohli received an official warning as well as one demerit point for the same.
Two-wheeler companies hope to increase sales in festive season
The slowdown in the automobile sector and the corresponding dip in sales have created havoc for the employees and management of auto companies. So, two-wheeler manufacturers are optimistic that sales will pick up in the forthcoming festive season. Two-wheeler companies are now enticing the customers by offering attractive discounts in the festive season.
Naidu’s house on the demolition list
A demolition spree is in full swing in Andhra Pradesh. A lot of illegal construction has been demolished in the surrounding areas of Amaravati. The former chief minister of state Chandrababu Naidu’s house also reportedly figures in the demolition list. He has been living in this house since 2016.
Trump urges Modi to improve ties with Pak
US President Donald Trump, during his talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, reportedly “encouraged him to improve ties with Pakistan and fulfill his promise to better the lives of the Kashmiri people.” This statement was issued after the meeting of the two leaders on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session.
Amarinder shows concern over arms drop
Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh has shown concern over Pakistani origin drones being used for dropping arms and communication devices in the state. He asked Home minister Amit Shah to look at the matter at the earliest. Meanwhile, Punjab Police on Sunday busted a terror group Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF) which was being supported by a group based in Pakistan and Germany.
Amitabh to receive Dadasaheb Phalke Award this year
Super star Amitabh Bachchan has been conferred the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award this year, announced the Minister Of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday. Bollywood fraternity and Big B’s fans are jubilant with this announcement. Congratulations are pouring in for the veteran actor from all around the globe.
Bumrah ruled out of upcoming series against South Africa
Sultan of swing Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the forthcoming three-Test series against Proteas due to a stress fracture in his lower back. This news has upset Team India’s preparation to some extent. Meanwhile, another speedster Umesh Yadav has been given the chance to replace Bumrah in the team for the time being.
Remember only ‘112’ for emergency assistance
Taking the cue from some other countries, Delhi Police on Wednesday launched one emergency helpline number ‘112’ for availing many emergency services. Now there is no need to dial 100, 101, or 102 for immediate help. This system was upgraded by the Delhi Police control room to replace old technology. If anyone dials 100, 101 or 102 it would be transferred to the new emergency number ‘112’.
Karnataka by-polls deferred
The Election Commission (EC) on Thursday told the Supreme Court, it will defer the by-polls in 15 assembly seats in Karnataka, which were scheduled for October 21. This is because the hearing of the petitions challenging the disqualification of the rebel lawmakers is still pending in the apex court.
India & Iran discuss regional interests
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met on Thursday. The two leaders met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. They took a keen interest in discussing various issues of mutual and regional interest. But, the main focus of their talk was the progress of Iran’s Chabahar Port — which is being developed by India.
CBSE releases 2020 sample question papers
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has released the sample question papers for Class 10 and 12 Board Examinations 2020. The students can download the sample question papers of all subjects along with the marking scheme from the official website cbse.nic.in.
SAD MLA joins BJP
Haryana election scenario is hotting up day by day. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), an old ally of the BJP, on Thursday blamed the BJP for using its political muscle to force SAD’s MLA, Balkaur Singh, to join the BJP.
Venkaiah advocates peaceful relation with ‘troubling neighbour’
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday took a U turn, and without taking the name of Pakistan said that India wants peaceful co-existence with its “troubling neighbour” who is promoting terrorism. He was delivering Yashwantrao Kelkar Memorial Lecture in Mumbai organised by the student wing of RSS, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
Satellite-based parking, a reality in Delhi
Delhi is ready for its first-ever satellite-based parking management system, which is likely to take place in Kamla Nagar area. A senior municipal corporation official said that the system will be connected to a satellite-based monitoring system, and the occupancy of the ‘geo-tagged’ parking slots will be monitored on a real-time basis.
Reddy removes TDP’s 2014 agriculture scheme in AP
Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Jagan Mohan Reddy, on Wednesday removed government’s 2014 scheme on the Agriculture Debt Redemption. which was brought in by the former N Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP government in Andhra Pradesh.
Hyderabad receives maximum rain, breaks 100-yr old record
Hyderabad recorded high amount of rain in September, which has broken all 100 year records. The city in this month has already received 110 mm of rain, as per data revealed by private weather forecasting service Skymet.
Hero Electric mulls to invest Rs 700 crore in south India
Hero Electric has been planning a greenfield plant in south India, and the company is determined to spend around Rs 700 crore to increase its production. A senior company official said, “We have a production unit at Ludhiana, Punjab. Expansion can happen there or in other locations. We may opt for a greenfield second plant somewhere in south India.”
SC asks Kerala government to pay Rs 25 lakh compensation to flat owners
The Supreme Court has ordered the Kerala government to pay a compensation of Rs. 25 lakhs within four weeks to the owners of 343 flats in four illegally constructed buildings in Kochi. These buildings have to be demolished, and as per the apex court order, the demolition process should be completed within 138 days.
Govt scraps class 8 pass requirement to drive commercial vehicles
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued a circular to scrap the minimum educational qualification of Class 8 for obtaining a commercial licence. In light of the scarcity of skilled drivers, this requirement will not be essential for getting a licence to drive a transport vehicle.
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