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India and Indonesia signed MoU

India and Indonesia signed two memorendum of understanding. These are:
1.MoU for cooperation in new and renewable energy sector:This cooperation is important as both India and Indonesia have committed themselves to reduce carbon emissions by 35 per cent and 29 per cent respectively by 2030.
2. MoU for for cooperation in cultural field.This engagement is as part of our Act East policy. 
Indonesia's recent participations:
 a. Organizing 60th Asian African Conference Commemoration  in April 2015 
 b. assumed chairmanship of Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) 
Indian Ocean Rim Association: The IORA is an international organisation consisting of coastal states bordering the Indian Ocean. The Association comprises 20 member states, including India and Indonesia and six dialogue partners. 

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Environment Ministry Launches New Website on National Clean Development Mechanism Authority

A new website - has been launched by the National Clean Development Mechanism Authority (NCDMA) in the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change. It will capture the entire life cycle of CDM Projects. With step, the Ministry has taken another step in applying the principles of e-governance. National Clean Development Mechanism Authority (NCDMA) was established in December 2003.

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'VIKALP' Scheme launched by the Ministry of Railways

A scheme Alternate Train Accommodation Scheme (ATAS) called “VIKALP” has been conceptualized. 
Salient Features of the scheme
• The Alternate Train Accommodation Scheme (ATAS) is presently being launched under the name “Vikalp” on pilot basis only for the tickets booked through internet (E-ticket) on two sectors i.e. Delhi-Jammu and Delhi-Lucknow sectors.
• The scheme is presently being implemented only across Mail/Express trains of same category.
• No extra charges shall be taken from passenger or any refund shall be provided for difference of fare.
• The scheme is applicable to all waiting list passengers irrespective of booking quota and concession. In pilot phase the scheme will be available on few pre-designated trains in the above sectors only.
• Under this scheme, waiting list passengers will give choice to opt for ATAS scheme.

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Rugby World Cup: 'The little guys from New Zealand won'

For the third time, the New Zealand All Blacks are the Rugby Union World Champions. Rugby union is a veritable religion in New Zealand, the ins and outs of the All Blacks side featuring in just about every national news bulletin. This was the one of the biggest achievements for New Zealand as it is the victory over Australia.The Rugby World Cup is a men's rugby union tournament contested every four years between the top international teams. The tournament was first held in 1987, when the tournament was co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia.

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Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal to win Swiss Indoors title

 Top seed Roger Federer beat his old rival Rafael Nadal in three sets to  claim his seventh Swiss Indoors title.It was the 17-time Grand Slam  winner's sixth title of the season and the 88th of his career.Roger  Federer holds the record for most singles titles, having won the  tournament seven times, in 2006–2008, 2010–2011 and 2014–2015.
About Swiss Indoor:
1. It  is a professional men's tennis tournament played on indoor hard courts.
2.  It is held annually at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, in October, since 1995.

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BrahMos missile test-fired hits target

BrahMos supersonic cruise missile testfired from INS Kochi, hits the target. Last 2 trials were also successful from INS Kolkata in June 2014 and February 2015.
This missile provides the much-needed teeth to one of the most modern indigenous destroyer. 
Features :
1. Supersonic speed in a through the flight leading to the shorter flight time, consequently ensuring lower dispersion of targets.
2. Non-interception by any known weapon in the world.
3. Compared to existing missiles, Brahmos has : 3 times more velocity 9 times more kinetic energy 4. "Fire and Forget" principle of operation.
5. It can be launched from ships, land and submarines.

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Hero MotoCorp founder Brijmohan Lall Munjal passed away

 Hero MotoCorp founder and doyen of Indian two-wheeler industry,  Brijmohan Lall Munjal, passed away after a brief illness at the age  of 92.
 Some points about Mr.Brijmohan:
 a. Brijmohan Lall Munjal was born in 1923 at Kamalia in present-  day Pakistan. 
b. He worked at the Army Ordnance Factory after completing his formal education before moving to India after partition.
c. He along with his brothers founded Hero Cycles in Ludhiana (Majestic Auto Limited) in 1956.  
d. Now,Hero MotoCorp is the world’s largest two-wheeler company now for the 14th year in a row.
Hero MotoCorp :
a. It is an Indian motorcycle and scooter manufacturer based in New Delhi, India. 
b. The company is the largest two wheeler manufacturer in India.
c. Slogan 'Fill it – Shut it – Forget it' that emphasized the motorcycle's fuel efficiency helped the company grow at a double-digit pace since inception.
d. The Brand Trust Report published by Trust Research Advisory has ranked Hero Honda in the 7th position among the most trusted brands in India.
e. It received the 'Best value for Money Bike Maker' and 'Best Advertising' in Two Wheelers Category at the Auto India Best Brand Awards 2012.

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India world's 7th most valued 'nation brand'

India has secured 7th position this time. Survey showed that India's brand value has witnessed highest increment from the last year. India is the second most valued among BRICS after China, followed by Brazil, Russia and South Africa.  
Reasons for increment : Increasing Business climate due to formulation of various policies and the slogan 'Incredible India' also worked well.
Top 5 countries are :
1. United States
2. China
3. Germany
4. UK
5. Japan
The nation brand valuation is based on five year forecasts of sales of all brands in each nation and follows a complex process. The Gross domestic product (GDP) is used as a proxy for total revenues.

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Singapore,World's healthiest country - Survey

According to a ranking that uses data from the United Nations, the World Bank and the World Health Organization Singapore is the world’s healthiest country.
Ranking was based upon the:
1. Mortality rates in each country,
2. The proportion of young people smoking and 
3. The number of immunizations.
Top 3 countries are :
1. Singapore
2. Italy 
3. Australia
India secured 103rd position.
Survey report: global rise in the level of consumption of healthy food like fruits and vegetables, along side an increasing intake of unhealthy junk food.
3 bottom most or least healthy countries:
1. Swaziland
2. Lesotho
3. Democratic Republic of Congo.

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China ends its 30 years old one-child policy

China has dropped its controversial one-child policy, allowing all couples to have two children for the first time in more than three decades.
Reason for the ease: severe labour shortage ,ageing population.
One child Policy: official program initiated in the late 1970s and early’80s by the central government of China.Its purpose was to reduce the growth rate of China’s enormous population.

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