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India Ranked No. 55 in World Economic Forum Annual Report

India Ranked No. 55 in World Economic Forum Annual Report. India moved up 16 spots in the report released by the World Economic Forum on Tuesday.  India was the sixth-highest ranked country in the "emerging and developing Asia" region. The Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016 assesses the competitiveness of 140 world economies. Using a mixture of quantitative and survey data, it ranks countries overall by combining 113 indicators grouped under 12 pillars of competitiveness: institutions; infrastructure; macroeconomic environment; health and primary education; higher education and training; goods market efficiency; labour market efficiency; financial market development; technological readiness; market size; business sophistication; and innovation. Switzerland tops the Global Competitiveness Index for the seventh year in a row. It leads the world in its capacity to innovate and scores highly for its education system and labour market efficiency. Switzerland’s infrastructure is strong, its public institutions are effective and transparent, and its macroeconomic environment is more stable than most. Still, the cost of doing business in Switzerland is high – and its strong currency, negative real interest rates and uncertainty about future immigration policy are all cautions against complacency.
India Performance Overview: 
  • After five years of decline, India jumps 16 ranks to 55th place. This dramatic reversal is largely attributable to the momentum initiated by the election of Narendra Modi, whose pro-business, pro-growth, and anti-corruption stance has improved the business community’s sentiment toward the government. 
  • Last year India tumbles 11 places on competitiveness index in report  released in September 2014.
  • The quality of India’s institutions is judged more favorably (60th, up 10), although business leaders still consider corruption to be the biggest obstacle to doing business in the country.
  • India’s performance in the macroeconomic stability pillar has improved, although the situation remains worrisome (91st, up 10). Thanks to lower commodity prices, inflation eased to 6 percent in 2014, down from near double-digit levels the previous year. 
  • The government budget deficit has gradually dropped since its 2008 peak, although it still amounted to 7 percent of GDP in 2014, one of the world’s highest (131st). Infrastructure has improved (81st, up six) but remains a major growth bottleneck—electricity in particular. 
  • The fact that the most notable improvements are in the basic drivers of competitiveness bodes well for the future, especially the development of the manufacturing sector. But other areas also deserve attention, including technological readiness: 
  • India remains one of the least digitally connected countries in the world (120th, up one). Fewer than one in five Indians access the Internet on a regular basis, and fewer than two in five are estimated to own even a basic cell phone.
About Global Competitiveness Report
  • Global Competitiveness Report (GCR) is a yearly report published by the World Economic Forum. Since 2004, the Global Competitiveness Report ranks countries based on the Global Competitiveness Index,developed by Xavier Sala-i-Martin and Elsa V. Artadi.
  • The Global Competitiveness Index integrates the macroeconomic and the micro/business aspects of competitiveness into a single index.
  • The report "assesses the ability of countries to provide high levels of prosperity to their citizens. This in turn depends on how productively a country uses available resources. Therefore, the Global Competitiveness Index measures the set of institutions, policies, and factors that set the sustainable current and medium-term levels of economic prosperity."

Death sentence to 5 convicts in 2006 Mumbai Train Blasts

The MCOCA court in Mumbai today awarded capital punishment to five of the 12 convicts involved in the 2006 Mumbai train blasts. These five were convicted for planting the bombs. The remaining seven convicts were awarded life imprisonment. A look at the timeline of 7/11 mumbai train blasts case in this report. On 11 July, 2006, seven RDX bombs rip first class compartments of Mumbai local trains between Churchgate & Bhayander station in a span of 11 minutes. Over 185 people died while over 800 were injured.

Manohar Parrikar Commissions INS Kochi

Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar today Commissions INS Kochi, the second ship of the indigenously designed and constructed Project 15A (Kolkata-class) guided missile Destroyers, Shri Parrikar gave two examples to illustrate his point- that of transporting drinking water to Maldives when the latter’s water treatment plant was damaged last year, and the rescue and evacuation of nationals of over 20 countries from war-torn Yemen by the Indian Navy, without any damage to our platforms and personnel. Shri Parrikar said while we have achieved significant indigenisation in ‘Float’ component of warships, we are lacking in the indigenization of the high-end Fight components. To that end, the Government is in the process of putting a policy in place to achieve high amount of self- reliance in the defence industry under the guidance of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
About INS Kochi:
  • INS Kochi has been built by the Mazagon Dock Ltd., Mumbai.
  • INS Kochi incorporates new design concepts for stealth and has many firsts to her credit, including a very large component of indigenous combat-suite.
  •  The ship is packed with the most sophisticated state-of-the-art weapons and sensors including the vertically launched Long Range Surface to Air Missiles (LRSAM) and MF-STAR multi-function active phased array radar, which is fitted only on the Kolkata class of ships. 
  • INS Kochi is equipped with the advanced supersonic and long range BrahMos Surface to Surface Missile – a joint Indo-Russian venture. The 76 mm Super Rapid Gun Mount (SRGM) and AK 630 CIWS, both manufactured indigenously, can take on air and surface targets. 
  • A state-of-the-art Combat Management System (CMS- 15A) has been integrated with the onboard weapons and sensors. The ship is equipped to operate two Seaking or Chetak Helicopters.
  • The Ship can be truly classified as a 'Network of Networks' as it is equipped with sophisticated digital networks, such as Asynchronous Transfer Mode based Integrated Ship Data Network (AISDN), Combat Management System (CMS), Automatic Power Management System (APMS) and Auxiliary Control System (ACS).
  • The unique feature of the ship is the high level of indigenisation achieved with most of the systems onboard sourced from within the country. Some of the other major indigenised systems onboard INS Kochi include the Electronic Warfare Suite, Foldable Hanger Doors, Helo Traversing System and Ship’s Stabilisers. 
  • INS Kochi derives her name from the vibrant port city of Kochi. This is a tribute to the city’s distinct maritime character and culture, and symbolises the special bond between the Indian Navy and the city of Kochi. 
  • The crew of the ship abides by the Sanskrit motto “Jahi Shatrun Mahabaho” which means “Oh mighty armed one… conquer the enemy”.

Alibaba, Ant Financial Pick buy stake in Paytm

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding, along with its payments arm, Ant Financial Services Group, had made a strategic investment in mcommerce platform, Paytm, run by One97 Communications. The deal value have been remained undisclosed, however as per the sources Alibaba was investing about $680 million into the payments processor and marketplace. This led Alibaba group's total investment in Paytm to around $900 million, including previous round of funding by Ant Financial. In Feb this year, Ant Financial had acquired a 25 per cent stake in One97 for an undisclosed amount. As per the new agreement Alibaba and Ant Financial would each hold 20% stake in Paytm and collectively the Alibaba group would have a 40% stake in the company, as per the sources. The stake of Vijay Shekhar Sharma (founder, Paytm) have come down from 26% to 21%, while Saif Partner's stake is down to 30% from earlier 37% stake.
The latest round of funding will allow Paytm to achieve scale and develop its vibrant mobile commerce and payment ecosystem in India and invest in marketing, technology and talent, One97 Communications said in a statement. Investing in Paytm will enhance the ability of Alibaba and Ant Financial to tap opportunities in India's fast-growing mobile e-commerce marketplace and digital finance industry, it added. "India is an important emerging market with strong e-commerce potential, and we look forward to partner with Paytm to deliver innovative products and services to consumers," Alibaba Group CEO Daniel Zhang said. 

Green Highways Policy 2015

Union Government has launched Green Highways (Plantation, Transplantation, Beautification & Maintenance) Policy-2015 to promote greening of National Highway corridors across the country. The policy was unveiled by Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi.
Key features of Green Highways Policy 2015
  •  Promote greening and development eco-friendly National Highway corridors across the country with participation of farmers, private sector and government institutions including Forest Department.
  • It will address the issues that lie in the road of development and pave the way towards sustainable development.
Objective: To reduce the impact of air pollution and dust by planting trees and shrubs along the National Highways. They will act as natural sink for air pollutants and arrest soil erosion at the embankment slopes.

Digital India Brand Ambassador

Digital India Brand Ambassador Name, List: As part of the Digital India week (July 1-7, 2015), four Brand Ambassadors were nominated for a period of one year to propagate the product and applications being launched by the department under Digital India Programme:
1. Shri Satwat Jagwani, All India IIT-JEE —Advanced Topper -2015 (Student)
2. Ms. Krati Tiwari, All India IIT-JEE —Advanced Girl Topper -2015 (Student)
3. Mr Ankit Fadia, Author & Ethical Hacker
4. Shri Pranav Mistry, Samsung USA (Computer Scientist/ Author of 6th Sense)

RBI Monetary Policy Highlights on 29th September 2015

RBI Monetary Policy Highlights on 29th September 2015: Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan on Tuesday cut the benchmark repo rate by 50 basis points to a four-year low of 6.75 per cent in a surprise move. Most analysts polled by Reuters expected the central bank to slash rates by 25 basis points. "The Reserve Bank has front-loaded policy action by a reduction in the policy rate by 50 basis points," Dr Rajan said in a statement.
RBI Monetary Policy Highlights on 29th September 2015:
  • RBI reduce the policy repo rate under the liquidity adjustment facility (LAF) by 50 basis points from 7.25 per cent to 6.75 per cent with immediate effect;
  • RBI keep the cash reserve ratio (CRR) of scheduled banks unchanged at 4.0 per cent of net demand and time liability (NDTL);
  • RBI continue to provide liquidity under overnight repos at 0.25 per cent of bank-wise NDTL at the LAF repo rate and liquidity under 14-day term repos as well as longer term repos of up to 0.75 per cent of NDTL of the banking system through auctions; 
  • RBI continue with daily variable rate repos and reverse repos to smooth liquidity.
  • Consequently, the reverse repo rate under the LAF stands adjusted to 5.75 per cent, and the marginal standing facility (MSF) rate and the Bank Rate to 7.75 per cent.
  • GDP growth forecast for 2015-16 lowered to 7.4 %.

29, 30 September 2015 Current Affairs MCQs, Quiz, Questions

29, 30 September 2015 Current Affairs MCQs, Quiz, Questions: Current Affairs Daily Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) for India GK, World GK and current affairs with Collection of daily objective type Question by www.Indiagk.net based on General Knowledge (GK) and General Science (GS) Questions for UPSC, State PSC, SSC, Police exam, Railway exam, SBI, Bank PO, IBPC, SSC, LDC, UDC, Army, Airforce, Navy, Coast Guard, Bank Clerk, TET and all entrance examination with current affairs News, Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) available on Website www.IndiaGK.net and Android Apps with daily updates:. For Update on India GK Quiz Follow us on   
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Current Affairs 1-30 September 2015 Daily Quiz, Objective Questions

Current Affairs Questions on 29, 30 September 2015:
What is RBI Repo rate after 29th September 2015 Monetary Policy release by RBI Governor?
A. 7%
B. 6.75%
C. 4%
D. 7.25%
Answer: B

What is RBI cash reserve ratio (CRR) after 29th September 2015
Monetary Policy release by RBI Governor?
A. 7%
B. 6.75%
C. 4%
D. 7.25%
Answer: C

RBI Governor on 29th September 2015 gives ---------- percentage GDP growth forecast for 2015-16 ?
A. 8%
B. 8.2%
C. 7.5%
D. 7.4%
Answer: D

Which Chinese e-commerce Company Buys stake in mcommerce platform, Paytm ?
A. Alibaba
C. Huwai
D. Flipkart
Answer: A

INS Kochi commissioned on 30th September was built by ................. ?
B. Reliance
C. Mazagon Dock Ltd
D. Kochin Shipyard Ltd
Answer: C

Who is Digital India Brand Ambassador  ?
A. Satwat Jagwani
B. Ankit Fadia
C. Pranav Mistry
D. All of above
Answer: D

Indian Railway Knowledge Portal

Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu today launched Indian Railway Knowledge Portal namely www.kportal.indianrailways.gov.in which has aggregated most of the available knowledge about Indian Railways at one location and has also tried to encompass as much knowledge as possible, by linking websites, documents etc. for dissemination of knowledge on Indian Railways.  This portal is an initiative of the National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR), Vadodara. This portal is an aggregation of information, with links to resources of the Indian Railways, for the purpose of dissemination of knowledge, innovations and best practices.  
Indian Railway Knowledge Portal:
  • This Knowledge Portal features  all subjects of Indian Railways, Railway Research and Development, use of ICT in Indian Railways, listing of major  International Railway Journals, linking of existing Indian Railway Libraries and also World Railways in one web page.  
  • It has e-access to existing libraries of Railways, and all the libraries are being clustered to have a single interface through e-Granthalaya by NIC.
  • The Knowledge Portal Home Page also gives a brief of all the social media activities of the Indian Railway sites.  It has web pages on fan clubs, heritage, and rail museums across the world.  
  • In short, it is a ‘one stop’ arrangement for people who are interested in Indian Railways both from a strictly technical point of view as well as enthusiasts.  It is envisaged that it  shall be a virtual learning point where people will be able to login to the website and go for off-line or online learning. 
  • It is mobile and tablet friendly and is easily navigable.It has been an in house effort of IT Faculty of the Academy with bare minimum cost for website development, about Rs 70,000.
  • The National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR) is the alma mater for the Officers of the Indian Railways. It is situated in Vadodara. It provides training to all levels of Indian Railway officers, from probationers to General Managers.

ISRO successfully Launches India’s Multi Wavelength Space Observatory ASTROSAT

In its thirty first flight (PSLV-C30) conducted today (September 28, 2015), India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle successfully launched ASTROSAT, the country's Multi Wavelength Space Observatory along with six foreign customer satellites into a   644.6 X 651.5 km orbit inclined at an angle of 6 deg to the equator.  The achieved orbit is very close to the intended one.   This was the thirtieth consecutive success for PSLV. PSLV was launched today in its heaviest ‘XL’ version with six strap-on motors of the first stage. The launch took place from the First Launch Pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR (SDSC SHAR), Sriharikota, the spaceport of India. The 320 tonne, 45 m tall PSLV-C30 carrying  seven satellites including the 1513 kg ASTROSAT, lifted off at 10:00 Hrs IST. About twenty two minutes after lift-off, ASTROSAT was successfully placed in orbit and separated from the fourth stage of PSLV-C30.  The separation of all the six co-passenger satellites was completed in the subsequent three minutes. The seven satellites carried by PSLV-C30 together weighed about 1631 kg at lift-off.
ISRO Multi Wavelength Space Observatory ASTROSAT:
  • This was the thirtieth consecutive success for PSLV. Through 30 successful flights during 1994-2015 period, PSLV has launched a total of 84 satellites including the seven satellites successfully launched today.
  • Today’s launch of six co-passenger satellites by PSLV-C30 was facilitated by Antrix Corporation Limited, the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), a government of India Company under the Department of Space (DOS). 
  • ASTROSAT is India’s first dedicated multi wavelength space observatory. This scientific satellite mission endeavours for a more detailed understanding of our universe.  
  • ASTROSAT is designed to observe the universe in the Visible, Ultraviolet, low and high energy X-ray regions of the electromagnetic spectrum simultaneously with the help of its five payloads. 
  • ASTROSAT was realised by ISRO with the participation of all major astronomy institutions including Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) of Pune, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) at Mumbai, Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIAP) and Raman Research Institute (RRI) of Bangalore as well as some of the Universities in India and two institutions from Canada and the UK.
  • In the coming days, ASTROSAT will be brought to the final operational configuration and all its five scientific payloads will be thoroughly tested before the commencement of regular operations.

Delhi to Katra-Vaishano Devi expressway via Amritsar

Katra in Jammu and Kashmir will soon be connected to Delhi via Amritsar through an Expressway which will not only make the road journey much more comfortable but also considerably reduce the travel time between these important towns. He made this announcement while addressing a huge public congregation in Katra in Jammu and Kashmir, today. Dr. Jitendra Singh said that work on the Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway will begin very soon and this will be the India’s longest Expressway passing through Haryana, Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir covering a distance of 600 kms and costing more than Rs.15,000 crores. One of the major benefits from it would be that travel time from Katra to Delhi which presently takes around 11 to 12 hours will come down by at least 5 to 6 hours, he said. Once this Expressway becomes functional, he said, it will give Katra the distinction of being among those few destinations in India which will get connected through the highest class of roadways in the country. He thanked Union Road Transport & Highways Minister, Shri Nitin Gadkari for his support to this project.

Sania Mirza - Martina Hingis wins Guangzhou Open title

The world number one team of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis continued its dominating run by winning their sixth title of the year at the Guangzhou Open in China on Saturday. The top seeds hammered Xu Shilin and You Xiaodi 6-3 6-1 in the final to win their second WTA title in a row. Such has been their domination that they have not dropped a set en route to the title. It was Sania's seventh title of the 2015 season and sixth with Hingis. She won one trophy with Bethanie-Mattek Sands in Sydney.

27, 28 September 2015 Current Affairs MCQs, Quiz, Questions

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Current Affairs Questions on 27, 28 September 2015:
Sania Mirza - Martina Hingis wins Guangzhou Open title 2015, held in which country ?
A. South Korea
B. China
C. France
D. Singapore
Answer: B

ASTROSAT satellite scheduled to launch on 28th September 2015 is first dedicated Indian ............. mission ?
A. Astronomy
B. TV Satellite
C. Pluto
D. Saturn
Answer: A

Which city will host 3-day long Northeast festival ?
A. Delhi
B. Imphal
C. Guwahati
D. Bangalore
Answer: D

NASA recently detects liquid water on .............. ?
A. Moon
B. Mars
C. Saturn
D. Pluto
Answer: B

Countdown for ASTROSAT launch begins

The countdown for the 28th September launch of PSLV-C30 carrying ASTROSAT satellite for the first dedicated Indian astronomy mission aimed at studying celestial objects has begun, ISRO said. The countdown activity of PSLV-C30/ASTROSAT Mission started at 08:00 hours Saturday, Indian Space Research Organisation said.
PSLV-C30 carrying ASTROSAT along with six other co- passengers, one satellite each from Indonesia and Canada, and four nano satellites from the US is scheduled for launch on 28th September at 10 am from the space port of Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. ASTROSAT is India's first dedicated multi-wavelength space observatory. This scientific satellite mission endeavours for a more detailed understanding of our universe.

Bengalore to host 3-day Northeast festival

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that after having successfully showcased Northeast in the union capital of New Delhi and other important towns in North India, the next step would be to carry forward the Northeast showcasing campaign to South India, beginning with the hosting of a 3-day Northeast Festival at Bengaluru from 6th of November this year. He disclosed this here today after a meeting with representatives of “Northeast India Welfare Society” who presented him a detailed Programme book describing the highlights and diverse facets of the three-day event.
Dr. Jitendra Singh said that during the last nine months since he took over the Ministry, he has tried to follow a two-pronged strategy. One is that of bringing rest of India closer to Northeast for which initiatives like “DoNER at Doorstep” were started to hold monthly Camp Secretariat of DoNER Ministry in each of the eight States of the region by rotation. The second part of the strategy envisages carrying Northeast to different parts of this vast country and the Bengaluru event will be a step in this direction. On the one hand, while the rest of India needs to be familiarized and acquainted better with rich attributes of Northeast and its people, on the other hand the people of Northeast also need to be exposed to the diversities that enrich India from North to South and from East to West, he added.

PM visits Silicon Valley, Tesla Motors

PM Narendra Modi on Sunday arrived at San Jose in Silicon Valley with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship as he became the first Indian premier to visit the world's leading tech hub. PM Modi was greeted by enthusiastic crowds at the airport waving the tricolour and with chants of Modi Modi. A huge crowd of Indian community had gathered at the airport and the prime minister did not disappoint them. He went to the crowd, spoke with them and shook hands with them.
From airport, Prime Minister reached the hotel where another large crowd of Indian community was waiting to greet him. The Prime Minister met various groups of Indian community at the hotel. PM Modi also interacted with members of Sikh and Gujarati communities. Later, PM visited the Tesla Motors office in Palo Alto, California. He was welcomed by Elon Musk, CEO Tesla. PM Modi also met Apple CEO Tim Cook. PM also met CEOs of Microsoft, Google, CISCO, Qualcomm and Adobe. The SAP centre will host Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he addresses nearly 18,000 Indians in a throwback to New York's Madison Square Garden.

Uninor is Now Telenor

Uninor, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Norway-based Telewings, will rebrand itself as Telenor, the name by which the parent company operates in 12 countries. Telenor entered the Indian market in 2009 and initially operated in a joint venture with real estate investment firm Unitech. However, the latter exited the partnership in 2012. Telenor operates in Uttar Pradesh (east), Uttar Pradesh (west), Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat.

www.vidyalakshmi.co.in Vidya Lakshmi Portal

www.vidyalakshmi.co.in Vidya Lakshmi Portal is a first of its kind portal for students seeking Education Loan. This portal has been developed under the guidance of Department of Financial Services, (Ministry of Finance) , Department of Higher Education (Ministry of Human Resource Development) and Indian Banks’ Association (IBA).The portal has been developed and being maintained by NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited (hyperlink to the information of NSDL e-Gov). Students can view, apply and track the education loan applications to banks anytime, anywhere by accessing the portal. The portal also provides linkages to National Scholarship Portal. 
For More details visit: https://www.vidyalakshmi.co.in
About NSDL e-Gov: NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited (NSDL e-Gov) was originally setup as a Depository in 1995 and has over the years used its inherent strengths, project management capabilities & technology expertise to deliver state of the art e-Governance solutions which has helped Governments to identify and clear bottlenecks, promote transparency, reduce service delivery costs and deliver public services efficiently. The solutions have efficiently made use of information and communication technologies as a tool for delivering public services and benefits to society at large. 
GK MCQs: Question Asked in IBPS RRBs CWE-IV Paper held in September 2015.
www.vidyalakshmi.co.in web portal is is associated with ?
A. Business Loan
B. Educational Loans
C. Free Medicines for girls
D. Home Loan for womans
Answer: B

Matthias Mueller appointed New CEO of Volkswagen after emissions scandal

Volkswagen German auto maker Volkswagen AG has appointed Matthias Mueller as its new chief executive officer (CEO). Prior to this appointment, he was serving as CEO of Volkswagen’s subsidiary Porsche AG. He will succeed Martin Winterkorn who had resigned from office following an emissions cheating scandal (dubbed as Diesel Dope) described as a moral and political disaster. Matthias Mueller first priority as CEO would be to win back trust of investors following a plunge in Volkswagen AG stock by 30 per cent over the Diesel Dope scandal. The scandal had damaged the reputation of world’s largest car manufacturer’s in terms of sales and had threatened its business. Earlier, Volkswagen AG had admitted that it had cheated on diesel car emission test in United States by manipulating it by making changes in software on more than 4 lakh cars. Currently, US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is investigating into Volkswagen over the Diesel Dope scandal. Transport authorities in several countries including the United Kingdom, South Korea and Germany etc also have announced their own investigations.

PM’s Statement at United Nations Summit 2015

PM’s Statement at the United Nations Summit for the adoption of Post-2015 Development Agenda (New York, 25 September 2015).

Mahatma Gandhi had once said, “One must care about the world one will not see”. Indeed, humanity has progressed when it has collectively risen to its obligation to the world and responsibility to the future.

Seventy years after the end of a tragic war and birth of a new hope for our age, we are meeting to chart a course for our humanity and our planet. I consider this a very important summit and thank UN Secretary General for organizing it.

Just as our vision behind the Agenda 2030 is lofty, our goals are comprehensive. It gives priority to the problems that have endured through the past decades. And, it reflects our evolving understanding of the social, economic and environmental linkages that define our lives.

We live in an age of unprecedented prosperity, but also unspeakable deprivation around the world.

I am pleased that elimination of poverty in all forms everywhere is at the top of our goals. Addressing the needs of 1.3 billion poor people in the world is not merely a question of their survival and dignity or our moral responsibility. It is a vital necessity for ensuring peaceful, sustainable and just world.

A great Indian thinker, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay, placed the welfare of the poorest at the centre of his thoughts. This is what we also see in the 2030 Agenda. It is a happy coincidence that we are beginning the celebration of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay’s 100th anniversary today.

The goals recognize that economic growth, industrialization, infrastructure, and access to energy provide the foundations of development.

We welcome the prominence given to environmental goals, especially climate change and sustainable consumption. The distinct goal on ocean ecosystem reflects the unique character of its challenges and opportunities. Equally important, it focuses our attention on the future of the island states.

I speak about Blue Revolution, which includes the prosperity, sustainable use of marine wealth and blue skies.

Today, much of India’s development agenda is mirrored in the Sustainable Development Goals.

Since Independence, we have pursued the dream of eliminating poverty from India. We have chosen the path of removing poverty by empowering the poor. We have placed priority on education and skill development.

Our attack on poverty today includes expanded conventional schemes of development, but we have also launched a new era of inclusion and empowerment, turning distant dreams into immediate possibilities: new bank accounts for 180 million; direct transfer of benefits; funds to the unbanked; insurance within the reach of all; and, pension for everyone's sunset years.

The world speaks of private sector and public sector. In India, we have defined a new personal sector of individual enterprise, micro enterprises and micro finance, drawing also on the strength of digital and mobile applications.

We are focusing on the basics: housing, power, water and sanitation for all – important not just for welfare, but also human dignity. These are goals with a definite date, not just a mirage of hope. Our development is intrinsically linked to empowerment of women and it begins with a massive programme on educating the girl child that has become every family’s mission.

We are making our farms more productive and better connected to markets; and, farmers less vulnerable to the whims of nature.

We are reviving our manufacturing, improving our services sector, investing on an unprecedented scale in infrastructure; and, making our cities smart, sustainable and engines of progress.

We are committed to a sustainable path to prosperity. It comes from the natural instinct of our tradition and culture. But, it is also rooted firmly in our commitment to the future.

We represent a culture that calls our planet Mother Earth.

As our ancient text say: "Keep pure! For the Earth is our mother! And we are her children!"

Our national plans are ambitious and purposeful: new capacity of 175 GW of renewable energy over the next seven years; energy efficiency; a tax on coal; a huge afforestation programme; reforming our transportation; and, cleaning up our cities and rivers. The energy intensity of our growth will continue to decline.

Sustainable development of one-sixth of humanity will be of great consequence to the world and our beautiful planet. It will be a world of fewer challenges and greater hope; and, more confident of its success.

Our success will give us more resources to share with our friends. As India’s ancient saying goes, the wise look at the world as one family.

Today, India is fulfilling its responsibilities as development partners in Asia and Africa and with small island states from the Pacific to the Atlantic.

Nations have a national responsibility for sustainable development. They also need policy space.

However, we are here today in the United Nations because we all believe that international partnership must be at the centre of our efforts, whether it is development or combating climate change.

And, the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities is the bedrock of our collective enterprise.

When we speak only of climate change, there is a perception of our desire to secure the comforts of our lifestyle. When we speak of climate justice, we demonstrate our sensitivity and resolve to secure the future of the poor from the perils of natural disasters.

In addressing climate change, it is important to focus on solutions that can help us reach our goals. We should forge a global public partnership to harness technology, innovation and finance to put affordable clean and renewable energy within the reach of all.

Equally, we must look for changes in our lifestyles that would make us less dependent on energy and more sustainable in our consumption.

It is equally critical to launch a global education programme that prepares our next generation to protect and conserve Nature.

I hope that the Developed World will fulfil its financing commitments for development and climate change, without in any way putting both under the same head!

I also hope that the Technology Facilitation Mechanism will turn technology and innovation into an effective instrument for global public good, not just private returns.

As we see now, distance is no insulation from challenges. And, they can rise from the shadows of conflict and privations from distant lands.

So, we must transform international partnerships on the strength of solidarity with fellow human beings and also our enlightened self-interest.

And, we must also reform the United Nations, including its Security Council, so that it carries greater credibility and legitimacy and will be more representative and effective in achieving our goals.

There is no cause greater than shaping a world, in which every life that enters it can look to a future of security, opportunity and dignity; and, where we leave our environment in better shape for the next generation. And, no cause that is more challenging.

At 70, we are called to rise to that challenge, with our wisdom, experience, generosity, compassion, skills and technology.

I am confident that we can.

In the end, let me express my hope for everyone’s well with a few lines from our ancient texts:

May all be happy, may all be healthy, may all see welfare, may no one have any sorrow.

Thank you.

PM to attend G-4 summit in New York City

Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, will attend the G-4 summit in New York City on September 26, 2015. The G-4 grouping comprises Brazil, Germany and Japan, besides India. The summit will focus on reform of the UN Security Council.
The Prime Minister will then travel to San Jose, California. He will visit Tesla Motors and will meet top officials of IT companies, including Tim Cook (Apple Inc.), Satya Nadella (Microsoft), Sundar Pichai (Google) and Shantanu Narayen (Adobe). The Prime Minister will deliver an address at the Digital India and Digital Technology Dinner.

NCC gets its name in Limca Book of Records

National Cadet Corps (NCC) on Thursday was presented with the certificate of Limca Book of Records for the 'Largest Yoga performance’ simultaneously by a single uniformed youth organisation at multiple venues on International Day of Yoga.
The certificate of Limca Book of Records was presented by Vijaya Ghose, Editor Limca Book of Records to Lt Gen A Chakravarty in the presence of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Government to provide ‘Special Assistance’ of Rs. 1000 crore to Andhra Pradesh

Central Government has decided to continue to support the programmes for the development of backward districts of Andhra Pradesh and provide assistance for creation of New Capital of Andhra Pradesh including the Raj Bhawan, High Court, Government Secretariat, Legislative Assembly, Legislative Council, and such other essential infrastructure. Accordingly, the Central Government has announced a further ‘Special Assistance’ of Rs. 1000 crore during the current Financial Year 2015-16. The Central Government will provide special assistance of Rs.350 crore (@Rs. 50 crore per district) for the development of 7 backward districts covering Rayalaseema & North Coastal region, Rs. 350 crore for new capital of the state and Rs. 300 crore for Polavaram Irrigation Project. A tax incentive has also been provided in Finance Act, 2015.
The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 bifurcated the State and the State of Telengana came into being with effective from 2nd June, 2014. Having regard to the resource availability, the Central Government is required to make appropriate grants and also provide adequate benefits and incentives in the form of special assistance to the backward areas of States.
Accordingly, an amount of Rs. 4403 crore was released to the successor State of Andhra Pradesh during 2014-2015 which included Rs. 350 crore @ Rs. 50 crore per district for the development of 7 backward districts covering Rayalaseema & North Coastal region, Rs. 2303 core for bridging resource gap, Rs. 1500 crore for construction of Raj Bhavan & for creating infrastructure facilities in the new capital of the State and Rs. 250 crore for Polavaram irrigation project.

Odisha School Girl wins Google Science Fair in 13-15 Age Category of Community Impact Award

Lalita Prasida Sripada Srisai, a 13-year-old student of class 9th in DPS Damanjodi in Koraput district of Odisha, has made India proud by winning the ‘Community Impact Award’ at the prestigious Google Science Fair in California on Tuesday. Winning the award in the 13-15 years age group, she received 10, 000 USD as the prize money. She is also set to be supported by Google for a year to build her project. Lalita developed a low cost bio-absorbent based water purifier. It functions mainly on waste corn cobs. The Corn cob is the least utilized part of the maize plant. It is a very important agricultural waste. Having high mechanical strength, rigidity and porosity, corn cob is a suitable absorbent. This enables contaminants like oxides of salts, detergent, suspended particles, coloured dyes, oil and grease to be absorbed in the surface of the corn cobs. Some of the heavy metals are also absorbed.
About Low Cost Bio-Adsorbent: Aquatic ecosystems support various life forms. Discharge of contaminants into water bodies is a matter of concern all over the World. Thus, the waste water released from different sources should be purified at source. This project aims to clean waste water by flowing through different layers of corn cobs like long pieces of corn cobs, small pieces of corn cobs, powdered corn cobs, activated charcoal made from corn cobs and fine sand. This is a cost-effective and simple technique. This is useful for immobilizing the contaminants in domestic and industrial effluents, and in ponds, reservoirs and water tanks."
Check complete list of winners at : https://www.googlesciencefair.com/en/

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Current Affairs Questions on 25, 26   September 2015:
Hajj stampede killed more than 700 people in which county ?
A. Pakistan
B. Iran
C. Saudi Arabia
D. Iraq
Answer: C

SKOCH Award for Smart Governance for its initiatives is given to ?
D. Indian Railways
Answer: A

Telecom Operator "Uninor", who faced 2G Scam heat rebrand itself as ........ ?
B. Telenor
C. Etihad Telecom
D. Jio
Answer: B

Tribal Carnival in Delhi from 22 to 17th February 2016

Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India shall be organizing a “Tribal Carnival” from February 12 to 17, 2016 in New Delhi.  The Tribal Carnival will be an event to depict traditional facets of tribal art/culture. The events proposes to be a mix of live musical and dance performances, exhibitions, displays of crafts etc., fashion show, film shows, panel discussions etc. A pride parade by tribal troupes in traditional attire shall be spectacular to watch. A gala event spread over five days will have cultural evenings each day. The Carnival promises to be a treat for lovers of art, music, traditional food and one of its kind of non-stop venue for lively entertainment of India’s traditional tribal way of life full of experience and knowledge. The participation will be from tribal population throughout the length and breadth of the country.

EPFO Gets Skoch Awards for Smart Governance Initiatives

Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) gets SKOCH Award for Smart Governance for its initiatives on UAN Programme and Transformation of Social Security Agenda in India. Congratulating EPFO for the 5th Award in the last two years , Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (Independent Charge) Labour and Employment expressed hope that this will motivate EPFO to launch further e-governance initiatives for the welfare of various stakeholders.
SKOCH Award was given to EPFO on 23.9.2015 at a function here yesterday after a due process of selection. EPFO was also awarded two SKOCH Order-of-Merit on 22.9.2015, one for launching UAN for EPFO members and another for transformation of Social Security Agenda in India. Shri Dattatreya stated that EPFO has not only moved to e-governance but beyond, launching various mobile apps for the use of the stakeholders i.e. for employers, pensioners as well as the EPFO subscribers.
Some of the major initiatives taken by EPFO receiving appreciation are: Distribution of pension to the pensioners on the first day of the month, Online Registration of Establishments, Online submission of returns and remittances by the employers through Net-Banking and Online facility for filing of statutory returns by PF exempted establishments. EPFO is also in the midst of popularising UAN portal. More than 1.88 crore employees have already activated their UAN. EPFO has also launched a mobile app recently at a function in Hyderabad, an SMS based service for activation of UAN and a missed call service for EPF members for getting to know their balances in their PF accounts. EPFO also took a historic decision for participating in equity.

Census 2011 data on Educational level in Households

Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India today released the Census 2011 data on Households with at least one member aged 15 years and above with or without Educational level matriculation and above by Household Size. 
  • Out of about 248.3 million total households with at least one member of 15 years and above in the country during 2011, around 122.9 million households (49.5%) have at least one matriculate and above. 
  • One decade ago, the corresponding percentage of households with at least one matriculate and above was 39.4%. 
  • Similarly, the number of households with at least one graduate and above is 41.4 million (16.7%) in India during 2011 as against 23.6 million (12.2%) such households in 2001.
  • During 2011, the number of households with at least one male matriculate and above is 104.7 million (42.2%) while 75.3 million (30.3%) households have at least one female matriculate and above in the country. 
  • The last Census of 2011 has also recorded about 33.2 million (13.4%) households with at least one male graduate and above and 21.9 million (8.8%) households with at least one female graduate.
  • The data is available on ORGI website http://censusindia.gov.in

Justice Vishnu Sahay submit report on Muzaffarnagar riots 2013

Retired Justice Vishnu Sahay on Wednesday submitted the 2013 Muzaffarnagar communal riots investigation report to Governor Ram Naik. The one-man commission had been set up under the 'Commission of Enquiry Act 1952' on September 9, 2013, in the aftermath of the deadly riots in Muzaffarnagar in western Uttar Pradesh that had singed other districts as well. While initially the tenure of the commission was six months, it was given extensions twice, something which the opposition parties had vehemently opposed and vocally questioned.
The Justice (retd) Vishnu Sahai commission inquiring the Muzaffarnagar riots of 2013, in which more than 60 people were killed and around 50,000 rendered homeless, has indicted local members of the ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh and the BJP for their role in the carnage, and also blamed senior police and administrative officials posted in the district for lapses that led to the deadly spiral of violence. The commission recorded the statements of more than 476 persons, including 100 officials in connection with the riots that broke out after an incident on August 27, 2013.

PM condoles the demise of Swami Dayananda Saraswati

Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has condoled the demise of Swami Dayananda Saraswati. "Swami Dayananda Saraswati ji's demise is a personal loss. I pray that his soul attains eternal peace. My thoughts are with the countless people inspired by Dayananda Saraswati ji. He was a powerhouse of knowledge, spirituality and service," the Prime Minister said.

President greetings on eve of Idu’l Zuha

President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has greeted fellow citizens on the eve of Idu’l Zuha.
In his message the President has said, “On the occasion of Idu’l Zuha, I extend greetings and good wishes to all my Muslim brothers and sisters in India and abroad. Let this festival be an occasion to share our happiness and resources with those lesser privileged, suffering and in need. May Idu’l Zuha bring all the communities and regions of India together in a celebration of our composite civilization”.

Marathi film 'Court' is India's entry for Oscars 2016

Marathi film 'Court'  is India's official entry for the Oscars 2016. Filmed on a shoestring budget of Rs 3.5 crore, debutant director Chaitanya Tamhane's film will now represent the country in the Best Foreign Film category at the Academy Awards. The winner will be announced in February 2016. Court, which stars a mostly unknown cast other than Marathi stage veteran Geetanjali Kulkarni and Vivek Gomber, was tipped to be the favourite in the Oscar race, with fellow Marathi film Killa and Cannes hit Masaan. Rumour has it that there was strong lobbying from Bollywood producers for Vishal Bhardwaj's Haider, Rajkumar Hirani's PK, Anurag Kashyap's Ugly and the sports biopic Mary Kom. The jury also reportedly watched Tamil-Telugu blockbuster Baahubali.
An elated Chaitanya Tamhane, who debuted as a director with ‘Court’, expressed both joy and surprise at the development. “At every juncture of the film’s journey, we have felt that it has given us more than we could ever imagine. Once again, this has come as a genuine surprise to both Vivek (producer) and me. Ever since we started making the film, we kept our expectations low. Especially in this case, since these results tend to be so unpredictable, it just felt like a wise thing to not expect too much. Now that it has actually happened, we would like to thank the jury for their decision and everyone who has supported the film so far,” said Chaitanya.

SEBI impose Biggest Penalty of Rs 7,269 Crore on PACL for duping investors

In its biggest ever fine, regulator Sebi today imposed a penalty of Rs 7,269.5 crore on PACL Ltd and its four directors for illegal and fraudulent mobilisation of funds from the public, saying the company deserves "maximum penalty" for such large-scale duping of the common man. The penalty follows another order by Sebi last year wherein PACL was asked to refund Rs 49,100 crore it had collected through illicit schemes over a 15-year period. Sebi asked the company and its directors to deposit the fine, which is three times the profit accrued to them, within 45 days of receiving the order.
The company was running a land purchase scheme, where it was raising money from public to buy land. In the guise of selling agricultural land, it collected Rs 49,100 crore from 5.85 crore customers over a period of 15 years by promising them that the investments in the schemes of the company are highly profitable.

Rajasthan assembly passes bills for 68% Reservations

BJP in Rajasthan assembly on Tuesday passed separate bills providing five percent reservation to Gujjars and other communities under Special Backward Classes and for 14 percent quota to Economically Backward Classes of unreserved categories taking total reservation to 68% in state.
The House also passed resolutions requesting the state government to make efforts to get both the bills included in the Ninth Schedule of the Constitution. Both the bills will exceed the permissible legal limit of reservation in the state as the reservation under SC, ST and OBC categories will remain unchanged.

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Current Affairs Questions on 23, 24  September 2015:
Indian PM Narendra Modi will be on tour to which countries from 23rd September 2015 ?
A. Ireland
C. Japan
D. Both A &B
Answer: D

Which Political party in Rajasthan passes bill to increase reservation to 68% from 50% in state ?
A. Samajwadi Party
B. BJPC. Congress
D. Bahujan Samaj Party
Answer: B 

SEBI on 23rd September 2015 charge biggest penalty of Rs 7,269 cr on which company for duping investors ?
A. Reliance
B. Adani
D. Bharti Airtel
Answer: C 

Which Movie is Official entry from India for Oscars Award 2016 ?
B. Haider
C. Bahubali
D. Court
Answer: D

India and Cambodia sign MoU on Tourism Cooperation

Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, today has given its ex-post facto approval for signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Cambodia for cooperation in the field of tourism with an aim to promoting bilateral tourism between the two countries. The MoU was signed during the visit of the Vice President of India to Cambodia on 16th September, 2015.
The main objectives of this Agreement are:
i. Expansion of bilateral cooperation in the tourism sector.
ii. Exchange of information and data related to tourism.
iii. Encouraging Cooperation between tourism stakeholders including hotels and tour operators.
iv. Establishing exchange of programmes for cooperation in Human Resources Development.
v. Investment in the tourism and hospitality sectors.
vi. Exchange of visits of tour operators/media/opinion makers for promotion of two way tourism.
vii. Exchange of experience in areas of promotion, marketing, destination development and management.
viii. Participation in travel fairs/exhibitions in each other’s country.
ix. Promoting safe, honourable and sustainable tourism.

Govt withdraws draft encryption policy

Government today decided to withdraw the draft encryption policy. Briefing the media after Cabinet meeting, Union Telecom Minister Ravishankar Prasad said that the draft is not the final view of the government.
Reiterating that the Government respects freedom of social media, Union Minister said the government has asked Department of Electronics and IT to withdraw and rework the draft. The draft policy will again be put in the public domain.

Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC)

Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the setting up of Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC) as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. The ISLRTC will be under the aegis of the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment. It shall be located initially at the Institute for Physically Handicapped, New Delhi.
This decision will help the five million deaf community of the country. It shall provide for increased accessibility for the hearing impaired in education, in the workplace and in all activities of public life. The Centre will be a Society consisting of a President and 12 Members in the General Council. There will be an Executive Council consisting of a Chairperson and nine Members, some Ex-officio and others, as experts from National Level Organizations of the Deaf/Universities/Academic Institutions and independent experts in Indian Sign Language (ISL).

International Children’s Film Festival 2015 in Hyderabad

International Children’s Film Festival (ICFF) 2015 will be conducted between November 14th -20th, 2015 in Hyderabad, the permanent venue for the event. Speaking on Friday at a review meeting held in connection with ICFF, Sunil Arora, Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, said that the next film festival should be more entertaining, interactive, informative and fun for the children. Mr. Sunil Arora asked the organizing committee to make success of the forthcoming 19th International Children’s Film Festival (ICFF), with the co-ordinate efforts by different departments of Central and the Telangana State.
Shravan Kumar,CEO Children Film Society of India (CFSI), informed that making it as a truly global event, a total of 1204 entries were received through online from 80-countries for the screening in this edition, including some of the award winning and reputed films. It was around 900 films during the last edition, he said.

MS Dhoni to lead India in T20 & ODI against South Africa

India's limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is back in the thick of things after a three month break. The Indian selectors picked the team for the upcoming T20 International and ODI series against South Africa starting from October 2. The two new faces that have made the cut are Gurkeerat Singh Mann of Punjab and S Arvind of Karnataka with both doing well for India A. Punjab all-rounder Gurkeerat Singh Mann has been selected in T20 squad while Arvind has made the cut in the one day team.

Swavlamban Health Insurance Scheme for PwD

Swavlamban Health Insurance Scheme to provide affordable Health Insurance to the persons with disabilities (PwDs). Trust Fund for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, under the Department of Empowerment of People with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the The New India Assurance Company Limited on providing a comprehensive and affordable Health Insurance Scheme - “Swavlamban Health Insurance Scheme” - for the Persons with Disabilities (PwDs).
Swavlamban Health Insurance Scheme for PwD:
  • Swavlamban Health Insurance Scheme has been conceived with the objective of providing affordable Health Insurance to persons with blindness, low vision, leprosy-cured, hearing impairment, loco-motor Disability, mental Retardation and mental Illness. 
  • It also aims to improve the general Health condition & quality of life of persons with disabilities.
    The scheme has been designed to deliver comprehensive cover to the beneficiary as well as his family (PwD, Spouse & up to two children), has a single premium across age band and can be availed by PwDs aged between 18 years and 65 years with family annual income of less than Rs. 3,00,000 per annum.
  • The scheme also ensures coverage of any pre-existing condition and a health Insurance cover up to Rs. 2,00,000 per annum as family floater. 
  • The scheme will be implemented through active participation of the National Institutes and Composite Regional Centres for Persons with Disabilities (CRC’s) under the DEPwD, MOSJ&E. 
  • The registered organizations shall liaise with the Insurance Company, MOSJ&E, Health service providers, National Institutes, CRCs and all the stakeholders concerned for awareness generation and enrollment.

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Current Affairs Questions on 21, 22  September 2015:

Who is winner of Singapore Grand Prix of Formula One 2015 ?
A. Sebastian Vettel
B. Daniel Ricciardo
C. Kimi Raikkonen
D. Nico Rosberg
Answer: A 

Who recently join UN's High Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport ?
A. Nitin Gadkari
B. E. Sreedharan
C. Sanwarlal Jat
D. Aruna Roy
Answer: B

Jammu and Kashmir government banned sale of which Cement Company in State ?
B. Shree Cement
C. Ambuja cement
D. Jaypee Cement
Answer: C

Radhika Thilak passed away recently in Kochi was a ... ?
A. Writter
B. Singer
C. Classical Dancer
D. Politician
Answer: B

National Film Heritage Mission (NFHM)

National Film Heritage Mission (NFHM): National Film Archive of India, NFAI, has launched the competition to crowdsource logo and tagline for the prestigious National Film Heritage Mission (NFHM). The Mission aims at Restoration, Preservation, Digitization and Conservation of the rich film heritage of the country. NFHM is a Mission Mode project launched by the Government of India with a total outlay of Rs. 597.41 Crore. This Mission is to be implemented during 12th and 13th Five Year Plan. The Mission aims at digitization, restoration and preservation of the rich film heritage of the country.
Objectives of NFHM
  • To undertake film condition assessment of the film collection and to ascertain the left over life of the film.
  • Preventive conservation of film reels.
  • 2k/4k picture and sound restoration of select landmark feature films and shorts of Indian cinema and recording of new picture and sound inter-negatives of each film.
  • Digitization of select feature films and shorts.
  • Construction of state of the art archival and preservation facilities for preservation of material restored under NFHM.
  • Training and Capacity building programmes
  • IT solution for effective implementation of NFHM

Electronics Development Fund (EDF)

Government of India has decided to appoint M/s CANBANK Venture Capital Fund Ltd. (CVCFL) as the implementation agency which will house the Electronics Development Fund. The Electronic Development Fund (EDF) is set up as a “Fund of Funds” to participate in “Daughter Funds” which in turn will provide risk capital to companies developing new technologies in the area of electronics, nano-electronics and Information Technology (IT). The EDF would take minority participation in Seed Funds, Angel Funds and Venture Funds dedicated in this area.
The EDF shall invite requests from professionally managed private/public funds for its participation. EDF participation in a fund may vary depending on the nature of the fund and risk involved. EDF will support both Indian and foreign funds which are registered in India and comply with SEBI and other regulations in this regard.
With appointment of CVCFL as the agency to implement EDF, the EDF is now operational and start receiving requests for participation from Seed Funds, Angel Funds and Daughter Funds.
For more details, refer website at http://deity.gov.in/esdm/edf

Jagmohan Dalmiya passes away

BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya passed away in Kolkata on Sunday following a massive cardiac arrest. Dalmiya was admitted to a Kolkata hospital a few days back after he complained of chest pain. He was 75-years old. Dalmiya had not been keeping well of late and had not been taking part actively in the day-to-day functioning of the BCCI.
Dalmiya took over the reins of the cricket board for a second time in March, after a gap of 10 years when he got a walkover in the elections. But he has been ailing since then. President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have condoled his death.

Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative

Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative (SSI) aims at providing practical options to the farmers in improving the productivity of land, water and labour, all at the same time.  SSI is also expected to reduce the overall pressure on water resources and contribute to recovery of ecosystems. Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative is an innovative method of sugarcane production using less seeds, less water and optimum utilization of fertilizers and land to achieve more yields.
The major principles that govern SSI
  • Raising nursery in portrays using single budded chips
  • Transplanting young seedlings (25-35 days old)
  • Maintaining wider spacing (5x2 feet) in the main field
  • Providing sufficient moisture through efficient water management technologies viz.,drip fertigation (sub or sub surface)Encouraging organic method of nutrient and plant protection measures
  • Practicing intercropping with effective utilization of land
Overall benefits
  • Improved water use efficiency
  • Optimum use of fertilizers favour balanced availability of nutrients
  • Better aeration and more penetration of sunlight favours higher sugar content
  • Reduced cost of cultivation and increased returns  through intercropping

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Current Affairs Questions on 19, 20 September 2015:
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) granted how many entities in-principle licences to open small finance bank ?
A. 10
B. 20
C. 15
D. 18
Answer: A

Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana (PMKKKY) is for the welfare of areas and people affected by........ ?
A. War Operation
B. Tribal Area Infrastructure
C. Mining related operations
D. All of above
Answer: C

"Jackie Collins" who died on 19 September 2015 was a ........ ?
A. Politician
B. Cricketer
C. Actress
D. Writter
Answer: D

Which country recently adopted new Constitution marking the country’s transition to a secular and democratic republic ?
A. Seria
B. Nepal
C. Srilanka
D. Baluchistan
Answer: B

Jagmohan Dalmiya who died on 20th September was President of ?
C. Indian Hockey
D. Sports Authority of India
Answer: A