Current Affairs, News & Facts of 25 Nov 2015

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  • Foodpanda to tie-up with IRCTC

     

    Foodpanda to tie-up with IRCTC

    Online food ordering platform Foodpanda has announced that it has partnered with Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) to allow passengers order food from restaurants during their train journeys.

    Now Passengers can order meals of their choice through Foodpanda’s aggregator model, which allow them to order from a wide variety of cuisine options. To ensure that food reaches consumers in the best condition, Foodpanda will deploy its own delivery fleet to fulfil all deliveries.

    The service will be initially launched at the New Delhi Railway station post which it will be rolled out to Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune and Chennai. The customers will have the choice to order meals at-least 2 hours in advance of the travel. Foodpanda offers menus from over 12,000 restaurants across more than 200 cities. 

    The delivery will be aligned to the train arrival time at the station and consumers can pay for the order in advance online or make on the spot cash payment as per their convenience.

    Other food partners of IRCTC :-

    Prior to this, IRCTC had partnered with food delivery startups such as Travelkhana.com and hellocurry.com. Besides start-ups, reputed food chains like McDonald’sKFC, Switz Foods, Only Alibaba, Dominos, Haldiram, Bikanerwala, Nirualas, Sagar Ratna, Pizza Hut which have a wide variety in menu have entered into a tie-up with IRCTC to serve the passengers passing through these stations

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  • US scientists breed GM mosquitoes that resist malaria infection

     

    US scientists breed GM mosquitoes that resist malaria infection

    US scientists in California  have bred a genetically modified, GM, mosquito that can resist malaria infection.  If the lab technique works in the field, it could offer a new way of stopping the biting insects from spreading malaria to humans.

    The scientists put a new "resistance" gene into the mosquito's own DNA, using a gene editing method called Crispr and when the GM mosquitoes mated - their offspring inherited the same resistance.

    In theory, if these mosquitoes bite people, they should not be able to pass on the parasite that causes malaria. About 3.2bn people - almost half of the world's population - are at risk of malaria.

    Bed nets, insecticides and repellents can help stop the insects biting and drugs can be given to anyone who catches the infection, but the disease still kills around 580,000 people a year.

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  • Baliyatra Fair begins in Odisha

     

    Baliyatra Fair begins in Odisha


    The historic world famous Baliyatra Fair of Odhisa has began near Mahanadi river bank in Cuttack. This is the largest trade fair in Odisha that opens for the public for a week from the start of full moon day, Kartika Purnima. The State government has made elaborate arrangements to organise cultural programmes every evening at the venue.

    Bali Jatra /  Baliyatra Fair :-

    Bali Jatra which literally means A Voyage to Bali is a festival held in Odisha, in the city of Cuttack at Gadagadia Ghata of the Mahanadi river, to mark the day when ancient Sadhabas (Oriya mariners) would set sail to distant lands of Bali, as well as Java, Sumatra, Borneo (all in Indonesia), and Sri Lanka for trade and cultural expansion. They sailed in large vessels called Boitas.

    This is the specific time that was considered auspicious by the Sadhabas to begin their voyage in vessels called Boitas. The voyage is begun on Kartika Purnima to take advantage of the favorable wind blowing during this time. Ajhala or big fabric sails were used to harness the wind power to move the Boitas.

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  • Maharashtra government to launch Gopinath Munde Farmers Accident Insurance Scheme

     

    Maharashtra government to launch Gopinath Munde Farmers Accident Insurance Scheme

    The Maharashtra government has decided to launch an accident insurance scheme, named after BJP leader late Gopinath Munde, for farmers in the state.The insurance scheme is aimed at ensuring social and economic security to farmers and their families. 

    Each farmer will get Rs two lakh annual insurance cover. The scheme will benefit 1.37 crore farmers in the 10-75 year age group. The government will pay the premium of Rs 27.25 crore for the scheme.

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  • Gods, religious texts can’t be trademarked : Supreme Court

     

     Gods, religious texts can’t be trademarked : Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court has ruled that names of gods or holy books cannot be trademarked to sell goods and services. A bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice N V Ramana also said that allowing such a thing could offend people’s sensibilities.

    The recent judgment delivered by a Bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R.K. Agrawal came on a dispute regarding Patna-based trader, Lal Babu Priyadarshi, who applied for a trade mark by name 'Ramayan' for his incense sticks and perfumeries.

    The word 'Ramayan' represents the title of a book written by Maharishi Valmiki and is considered to be a religious book of the Hindus in our country. Thus, using exclusive name of the book 'Ramayan' for getting it registered as a trademark for any commodity could not be permissible.

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  • Turkey shoots down russia plane for violating airspace

     

    Turkey shoots down russia plane for violating airspace

    Turkish fighter jets have  shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border after repeated warnings over air space violations, but Moscow said it could prove the jet had not left Syrian air space.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced what he called a "stab in the back" and warned of "significant consequences." It was the first time a NATO member's armed forces have downed a Russian or Soviet military aircraft since the 1950s and Russian and Turkish assets fell on fears of an escalation between the former Cold War enemies.

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  • 2019 new deadline for completion of PMGSY schemes 

     

    2019 new deadline for completion of PMGSY schemes

    Union Government has reduced the deadline for completion of rural connectivity through all- weather roads under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana by three years from 2022 to 2019.The government has also decided to increase the annual allocation of the Central release for PMGSY works during year 2015-16 by Rs 5,000 crore and with this the total Central allocation to states would now be Rs 15,100 crore. Annual allocation  was Rs 9960 crore during 2014-15, Rs 5196 crore in 2013-14 and Rs 4313 crore in 2012-13. Government is also considering to give financial incentives the states who achieve the targets allocated to them, within the prescribed time frame. 

    Recommendation :-The sub group has recommended that fund sharing pattern of PMGSY between the Centre and States for all states will be in the ratio of 60:40  for all states except for 8 North Eastern and 3 Himalayan states, where the formulae of 90:10 will be applied.

    Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY)

    PMGSY was launched in year 2000 as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme with the objective to provide single all-weather road connectivity to all eligible unconnected rural habitations.

    Under PMGSY-I, 1,78,184 unconnected habitations were identified. In 15 years of implementation so far, 1,12,550 habitations, which is 63 per cent of the target have been connected with PMGSY roads.The States are yet to complete the roads to provide connectivity to about 37 per cent of habitations as per the mandate of the scheme.

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  • SEBI inks pact with Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC)

     

    SEBI inks pact with Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC)

    Market regulator Sebi has inked a pact with  Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) to enhance investor protection and creating effective securities markets in both the countries. The pact was signed by Sebi's chairman U K Sinha and chairman of Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission M Khairul Hossain.

    In the past, Sebi has signed 20 bilateral pacts with a number of countries. India is a signatory to multilateral MoU of International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO). In order to encourage the exchange of information and assistance, Sebi has been signing pacts with the jurisdictions who are yet to become a signatory to the multilateral MoU of IOSCO.

    The pact will help in promoting further development of economic links and cooperation between the two signatories and aims at enhancing investor protection and creating conditions for an effective development of securities markets in the two countries.

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