Current Affairs, News & Facts of 27 Nov 2015

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  • Delhi govt introduces bill to bring changes in Working Journalists Act

     

    Delhi govt introduces bill to bring changes in Working Journalists Act

    The Delhi government has introduced a Bill proposing amendments to the Working Journalists Act that envisaged imprisonment of up to one year and penalty extending to Rs 10,000 for any violations.

    Background :-

    The working journalists and other newspaper employees raised several issues regarding payment of salaries and also lack of proper provisions so to enforce reasonable wages/salary to working journalists and other newspaper employees the act has been amended.

    Key Features of the amendment :-

    • The Working Journalists and Other Newspaper Employees (Conditions of Service) and Miscellaneous Provisions(Delhi Amendment) Bill, 2015 seeks to address the "shortcomings" in providing adequate compensation and strengthens the penal provision in cases of non-adherence to the Act.
    • The proposed Amendments to section 18 of the Act stipulates imprisonment of up to six months and fine which may extend to Rs 5,000 for non-payment of the due wages to an employee. 
    • Thea act envisage more stringent penal provision under section 18 (1) and 18(1A) which include punishment of imprisonment as well as provisions of enhanced fine which will provide an effective deterrence for the violators of the Act. 
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  • Nuclear capable Prithvi II missile successfully test fired

     

    Nuclear capable Prithvi II missile successfully test fired

    India has successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile, which has a strike range of 350 km, as part of a user trial by the army. The missile test was carried out from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur (Odhisa).

    The surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1,000 kg of warheads and is thrusted by liquid propulsion twine engines. It uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory to hit its target. 

    The missile was randomly chosen from the production stock and the entire launch activities were carried out by the specially formed Strategic Force Command (SFC) and monitored by the scientists of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as part of training exercise .

    Prithvi II, that was inducted into India's armed forces in 2003 is the first missile to be developed by DRDO under India's prestigious IGMDP (Integrated Guided Missile Development Program)  which is now a proven technology. 

    Other varients of  Prithvi missile :-

    1. Prithvi I  - Army Version (150 km (93 mi) range with a payload of 1,000 kg
    2. Prithvi II - Air Force Version (250 km (160 mi) range with a payload of 500 kg
    3. Prithvi III - Naval Version (350 km (220 mi) range with a payload of 1000 kg
    4. Dhanush - Dhanush missile is also a naval version of Prithvi which can be launched from ships

    Importance of regular test and trials :- Such training launches clearly indicate India’s operational readiness to meet any eventuality and also establishes the reliability of this deterrent component of the country’s strategic arsenal.

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  • Physicist Trilochan Pradhan honoured with Kalinga Samman, 2014

     

    Physicist Trilochan Pradhan honoured with Kalinga Samman, 2014

    • Renowned physicist and Padma Bhushan Trilochan Pradhan has been conferred with the prestigous "Kalinga Samman 2014" for popularising science among the common man in Odisha.  Dr. Trilochan Pradhan was the first director of  Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar when the Institute started theoretical research programs in the various branches of physics. 
    • Since 2010, the Kalinga Foundation Trust has been presenting the Kalinga Samman to people who have contributed to the growth and popularisation of science and technology in Odisha. Six outstanding persons have so far been awarded.
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  • Nagaland MP Khekiho Zhimomi no more

     

     Nagaland MP Khekiho Zhimomi no more

    Rajya Sabha MP from Nagaland Khekiho Zhimomi passed away at  All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. He was  69 years old.

    Political career of  Khekiho Zhimomi :-

    Zhimomi started his political career as a student leader and was the founding member of Nagaland Students' Federation (NFA). He was first elected to the Nagaland Legsilative Assembly in 1989 then again in 1993 and again in 2003 he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Nagaland, as the Naga People's Front candidate in the constituency Ghaspani-I (ST) he served as a member of the Rajya Sabha (upper house of the parliament of India) from 2008 onwards till his death in 2015. He was appointed Cabinet Minister in charge of Industries and Commerce in the Nagaland People`s Council Government headed by Chief Minister Vamuzo in 1990.

     

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  • Ola appoints Rajiv Bansal as CFO

     

    Ola appoints Rajiv Bansal as CFO

    India’s leading app-based cab operator Ola has appointed advisor to Infosys’ CEO, Rajiv Bansal, as its Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Bansal, will join Ola  in January next year. At Ola he will be part of Ola’s core leadership team. Mitesh Shah, who is currently the CFO, will lead strategic finance initiatives as part of Rajiv’s team.

    Rajiv who is currently an advisor to the CEO at Infosys was in his prior role CFO at Infosys, where his areas of responsibility included corporate finance, business finance, operations planning and assurance, investor relations and taxation for the whole group.

    About Rajiv Bansal :-

    • Rajiv is a chartered accountant and cost accountant by profession. He holds a bachelor’s qualification in commerce from Calcutta University, India. He is a gold medalist and stood third in the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India (ICWAI).
    • Mr Bansal, has over 21 years of experience in finance with over 16 years at Infosys, before joining Infosys, Rajiv worked in different capacities at Tata Technologies, Cable & Wireless, and ABB.

    About Ola :-

    Founded in Jan 2011 by IIT Bombay alumni Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati, Ola, is India’s most popular mobile app for personal transportation. Ola integrates city transportation for customers and driver partners onto a mobile technology platform ensuring convenient, transparent and quick service fulfilment

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  • Bihar Government bans sale of liquor from 1st April 2016

     

    Bihar Government bans sale of liquor from 1st April 2016

    Bihar will go dry from 1 April, making it the sixth state in India to ban the sale of liquor. The promise to ban alcohol was made to woo women voters who have been at the forefront of protests against rising liquor consumption in rural areas of the state.

    Alcohol is a state-subject and each state governments has the right to decide whether they want to ban it or not.Currently liquor consumption is prohibited in the states of Gujarat (1958), Nagaland (1989), Manipur (1991) and Kerala (2014) and Union Territory of Lakshadweep.

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  • Distinguished Tamil scholar Noboru Karashima passes away

     

    Distinguished Tamil scholar Noboru Karashima passes away

    Japanese Tamil scholar and former president of the International Tamil Research Association, Noboru Karashima passed away in Tokyo. He was 82. His body of research has rewritten the economic and social history of medieval South India.He was a prominent scholar of Asia in the studies of South Indian and South Asian histories.

    Position held :- 

    At the time of his death, Professor Karashima was Professor Emeritus at the University of Tokyo and Taisho University. He was instrumental in setting up the International Association of Tamil Research (IATR) and was its president from 1989 to 2010. He resigned from the post of president in 201o due to political interferences.

    He was the principal organiser of the 8th World Tamil Conference in Thanjavur in 1995. He had been the president of the Japan Association for South Asian Studies from 1996 to 2000, helping to build it into a vibrant and scholarly organisation.

    Literary works :- He has rewritten historical accounts on medieval South India and published a number of writings, some of his opular writings are :-

    1. Kingship in Indian history
    2. Towards a New Formation: South Indian Society under Vijayanagar Rule
    3. A concordance of the names in Cola inscriptions
    4. History and society in South India
    5. Ancient to Medieval: South Indian Society in Transition

    Awards and Honours:- He was conferred the Padma Shri award in 2013, one of India's highest civilian award, for his contribution in the field of Literature and Education. He was also awarded with Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize (1995), Japan Academy Prize (2003), Person of Cultural Merit (2007).

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