Zubin Mehta Gets Special Jury Award at Times Now NRI awards

  1. Renowned music director and concert conductor Zubin Mehta won the special jury award of Times Now NRI Awards 2014. The award ceremony was held in Mumbai.
  2. Nancy Powell, the US Ambassador to India announced her resignation in the US Mission Town Hall meeting. The resignation was submitted to Barack Obama, the President of US.
  3. President Pranab Mukherjee conferred Padma awards on 66 eminent personalities at a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Noted scientist Dr. Raghunath A. Mashelkar received Padma Vibhushan while classical singer Begum Parveen Sultana, actor Kamal Hasan, sportsperson Pullela Gopichand were among those who were honoured with Padma Bhushan. Padma Shri Awardees included sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik and actress Vidya Balan.
  4. Japan announced Official Development Assistance (ODA) loan for more than 15000 crore rupees for 5 Indian Projects. This is the largest amount in the history of the ODA loans ever signed in the single occasion.
  5. Best Fund House Award achieved by ICICI Prudential. This was given by Morning star India. Company had achieved this award in the category of debt, equity and multi assets. For the first time in the history of Morning star India that a fund house had bagged all the top awards.
  6. India’s foreign exchange reserves continued their rally for the fourth straight week, increased by $1.35 billion to 298.64 billion dollar on a surge in currency assets even though the reserve position with the IMF slid heavily.
  7. The Supreme Court uphold the age of juvenile to 18 years. SC cited that the legislature has fixed the age which is constitutionally permissible. Two petitions were filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy challenging the constitutional validity of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2000.
  8. President Pranab Mukherjee cleared the re-promulgation of the SEBI Ordinance Securities Laws (Amendment) Bill 2013. The ordinance aims to give powers to Securities and Exchanges Board of India (SEBI) to act against Ponzi scheme.
  9. Supreme Court of India issued a notice to the Union Government and has sought its response on selection process of Chairperson and member of the Lokpal. It has asked the center to justify within four weeks the Search Committee Rules, 2014 that is framed under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2014.
  10. Lewis Hamilton won the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang (Malaysia). His teammate Nico Rosberg clinched second position. Lewis Hamilton won the race by 17.3 seconds by taking advantage of his pole position.

Chief Electoral Officer Launched SMS Based Service “Polling At Your Fingertips” in Shillong

  1. The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), P Naik launched SMS based service named “Polling at your Fingertips” in Shillong, Meghalaya. This is one of the most innovative steps started for the voters under which they will have to enter their EPIC (Elector’s Photo Identity Card) number and send it to 9856066666. The EPIC SMS from the voter will provide him all the details of their electoral number, polling stations, timing and date in their mobile phones.
  2. Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) signed a contract of 125 crore rupees from Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited. The contract is for setting up a 120 MW Hydro Electric Project in Uttarakhand. The hydro power project, Vyasi Project is a run-of-the-river scheme on the Yamuna.
  3. The University of Chicago opened an academic centre in Connaught Place, Delhi. US Amabassador to India Nancy Powell inaugurated the centre. The centre in Delhi is a wholly-owned foreign enterprise operating under the name of UChicago Center in India Private Limited.
  4. The private lender bank, Kotak Mahindra launched a new current account product that will enable the account holders to undertake 21 services viz. cheque book requisitioning, checking last few transactions, etc, and using their Twitter accounts.
  5. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) imposed a fine of 1 crore rupees on Google under Section 43 for its non cooperation. It also directed Google to give its full cooperation during the pending investigation. Google had refused to supply information and documents demanded by the Director General.
  6. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreed to provide loan to Ukraine worth 18 billion dollars for next two years. Under the IMF deal Ukraine will have to cut the budget deficit, raise taxes, shift to a flexible exchange rate and increase retail energy tariffs toward their full cost.
  7. The software giant, Microsoft released the source codes of MS-DOS and Word for Windows in collaboration with the Computer History Museum (CHM) in Silicon Valley. The source code from MS DOS 1.1 and 2.0, as well as Microsoft Word for Windows 1.1a, is made public under a non-commercial license that forbids re-publication elsewhere on the Web.
  8. Scientists of an International team have created the first artificial chromosome for complex cell organisms. Earlier, chromosomes have been created for simpler Prokaryotic cells. This artificial chromosome was functioning like a normal cell when it was inserted inside a Yeast cell. The new chromosome is known as SynIII.
  9. Novak Djokovic, the six-time Grand Slam winner won his fourth Miami Masters crown by defeating Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-3. This title was a combination of ATP and WTA Tour hardcourt tournament.
  10. Indonesian Simon Santoso won the Malaysia Grand Prix gold against Sourabh Varma in Men’s Single at Pasir gudang, Malaysia.

India Successfully Test-Fired Indigenously Developed Nuclear-Capable Prithvi II Missile

  1. India successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Prithvi II missile, with a range of 350 km, from a test range near Balasore as part of a user trial by the Army. Prithvi-II is the first missile to be developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under the country’s prestigious Integrated Guided Missile Development Program and is now a proven technology.
  2. Ambar Srivastava of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi developed the TrueHb Hemometer to test haemoglobin. The device of the size of a mobile phone is the first case of an innovation from biomedical engineering department of IIT-Delhi actually getting productized. Srivastava has established a company named Wrig Nanosystems Pvt Ltd to produce and commercialise TrueHb Hemometers.
  3. The private lender bank, Axis Bank launched an electronic Kisan Card on the RuPay platform, through which a farmer can withdraw up to Rs. 1 lakh per day from Automated Teller Machines ( ATMs). It’s purpose to facilitate easy agriculture lending to farmers through ATMs.
  4. The newly-acquired US-made C-130J Super Hercules Special Operations transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed near Gwalior. All the five members of the crew died in the incident. Recently, India has inducted six C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, which were bought from the US at the cost of around Rs 6000 crore (USD 1.1 billion) three years ago.
  5. The Internet transition from the current Internet Protocol IPv4 to the next-generation Internet protocol IPv6 is set to speed up in 2014 as web addresses under the system IPv4 come to an end. IPv6 addresses are longer and more complex than the familiar 192.168.0.1-style IPv4 addresses.
  6. As per the World’s Riskiest Cities 2014 report, Kolkata emerged as the world’s 7th most risky city, the only entry from India, when it comes to being under threat from all types of natural disasters.
  7. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) extended the timeline for full implementation of the Basel III capital regulations by a year. Now the banks are required to comply with the Basel III norms by 31 March 2019 instead of 31 March 2018.
  8. The Arab Summit refused to recognize Israel as a Jewish state and condemned the Israeli illegal settlements established on the Palestinian territories.
  9. President Barack Obama announced National Security Agency (NSA) reform plan. The plans were aimed to end bulk collection of telephone records. Under the proposed legislation, the phone companies were allowed to store records of phone calls and allow government agents to search the database with a court order.
  10. Heena Sidhu, the World number two air pistol shooter won a silver medal of 10m Air Pistol Women at the ISSF World Cup in Fort Benning, United States. This medal win of the 24-year old shooter, Heena Sidhu from Ludhiana has also made her, the maximum medal winner in a World Cup by any Indian pistol shooter.