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Indian Coast Guard commissioned indigenously built vessels Apoorva & C-421

Indian Coast Guard (ICG) on 21 September 2015 commissioned two indigenously built ships Apoorva and C-421 at the Naval Dock in Mumbai.They were commissioned by Flag Officer Commanding in Chief of the Western Naval Command SPS Cheema.The induction of the vessels is expected to boost maritime security along the Arabian Sea coast.

Features of ICGS Apoorva

• It is a 50 meter long Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV).
• It displaces 317 tonnes and can achieve a maximum speed of 33 knots.
• It is equipped with state-of-the-art weaponry, advanced communication and navigational equipment that make her an ideal platform for undertaking multifarious close-coast Surveillance, interdiction, Search & Rescue and medical evacuation missions. 
• It will be based at Goa under the administrative and operational control of the Commander, Coast Guard District Headquarters No 11.Features of ICGS C-421

• It is a water jet propelled vessel.
• It is the 27th in the series of IBs constructed by L & T Limited and can achieve a maximum speed of 45 Knots.
• It is fitted with medium range armaments, the ship is designed for close coast and shallow water operations. 
• It is based at Androth (L&M Islands), under the administrative and operational control of the Commander, Coast Guard District Headquarters No 12.

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Zayn Khan elected as President of Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India

Zayn Khan was on 22 September 2015 unanimously elected as the President of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI). His appointment was necessitated by the death of R Bharath Raj, who passed away while serving as President on August 15.

Khan is a resident of Hyderabad and represents the Western India Automobile Association. He has years of hands-on experience in the sport and has contributed a lot for the technical side of the sport in India. As head of the stewards development, training and deployment, Khan has extensive knowledge about rallying. He also has experience in officiating at the international level. 

About The Federation of Motor Sports Club of India (FMSCI) 
• FMSCI was formed in the year 1971 as a federation of five clubs to promote motorsporting events in the country.
• It is a Private Limited company registered under Section 25 of the Indian Companies Act 1956.
• It is also recognised as the National Sports Federation (NSF) by the Indian Government for the promotion and governance of motorsports in India.
• Its main functions are formulation of sporting rules for various types of motorsports, issue of competition licenses, permits to clubs to organize motorsporting events, training and deputation of sporting officials and to raise the standard of Indian Motorsports to International levels.

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Former West Indies captain Richardson inducted into Elite Panel of match referees

Former West Indies captain Richie Richardson was inducted into the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, replacing Sri Lanka’s Roshan Mahanama who stepped down last week. “Mr. Richardson will take over the match referee’s role after he has finished his current  assignment as the West Indies  cricket team manager, which will end with the Sydney Test against Australia starting on January 3, 2016,” the ICC said in a statement. 
 Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees:
David Boon, Chris Broad, Jeff  Crowe, Ranjan Madugalle, Andy Pycroft, Richie Richardson and Javagal Srinath.

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Cabinet approves MoU with Cambodia for cooperation in tourism

The Union Cabinet approved an agreement signed between India and Cambodia for bilateral cooperation in the tourism sector that aims at enhancing investment and promoting exchange of experience in marketing, destination development and management in this field. 

"The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister NarendraModi, 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," a statement said. Cambodia is an emerging tourism source market for India. India has extended the Electronic Tourist Visa (eTV) facility to the country's citizens which has elicited good response from the travel trade of both countries. 

The government believes that the MoU signed with Cambodia will further increase tourist arrivals from the Southeast Asian nation. The MoU was signed during Vice President Hamid Ansari's Cambodia visit on September 16. The main objectives of this agreement are expansion of bilateral cooperation in tourism sector, exchange of data and information related to tourism, encouraging cooperation between tourism stakeholders including hotels and tour operators. It also focuses on establishing exchange of programmes for cooperation in human resources development, investment in tourism and hospitality sectors, exchange of visits of tour operators/media/opinion makers for promotion of two way tourism.  The agreement also seeks to promote exchange of experience in areas of promotion, marketing, destination development and management, encourage participation in travel fairs/ exhibitions in each other's country and promoting safe, honourable and sustainable tourism.

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Bank of Maharashtra launches Mudra card

Bank of Maharashtra has launched Mudra card to meet the credit requirements of micro and small entrepreneurs. The card was launched by the Chairman-cum-Managing Director, S Muhnot, on the occasion of the bank’s 81st foundation day celebrations . Issued as a Rupay debit card, the Mudra card is a flexible credit product that meets the working capital needs of micro and small entrepreneurs as cash can be withdrawn from any ATM or merchandise purchased using POS machine. The Mudra scheme was launched by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, with an aim to fulfill the needs of micro/small entrepreneurs engaged in all non-farm sector income-generating activities such as manufacturing, trading and services whose credit needs are up to Rs. 10 lakh. Bank of Maharashtra is offering Mudra loans at base rate and no processing charges are levied for loans up to Rs. 5 lakh.

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John T Chambers new USIBC chairman

John Chambers, Executive Chairman of Cisco, has been elected as the new chairman of the US India Business Council (USIBC), the apex advocacy group for India and American companies in the US. A formal announcement in this regard was made at the USIBC’s 40th Anniversary Leadership Summit that kicked off the US-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue . The transition will come at the end of a four-year term of Ajay Banga, president and CEO of MasterCard.  Banga has been its longest-serving chairman
“As a long-time supporter of USIBC, I have witnessed the Council’s influence rise dramatically as a direct result of the leadership provided by current chairman, Ajay Banga, and former chairs such as Terry McGraw and Indra Nooyi,” said Chambers. 
Banga during his tenure, blazed an equally impressive path by adding top American and Indian companies to the Council’s membership, increasing Council revenue and adding staff capacity at the Council’s regional offices to serve members, said Mukesh Aghi, president of USIBC.

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“Swavlamban Health Insurance Scheme” for the persons with disabilities (PwDs)

The 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), here today. Shri Awanish Kumar Awasthi, Honorary Secretary, Trust Fund for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities and Ms. Neera Saxena, Deputy General Manager, The New India Assurance Company Limited, inked the MoU in the presence of Mr. Luv Verma, Secretary, Department of Empowerment of People with Disabilities.  Health services and its access to persons with disabilities assume a very significant role in order to enable and empower persons with disabilities (PwDs) to live independently and with dignity as possible. In this context, the Health Insurance facility becomes important but presently such products are not easily available for persons with developmental disabilities. In such a situation, a tailor made Group Health Insurance Scheme like “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 enrolment. Under the MoU, the New India Assurance Company Limited will create a network of Hospitals, where the Insured persons can get cashless treatment.

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Ministry of Women and Child Development and Vedanta sign MoU to build 4000 ‘next generation’ Anganwadis

The Ministry of Women and Child Development has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Vedanta to develop and modernise 4000 Anganwadis in the country. 

Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India and Mr. Mayank Ashar, Managing Director and CEO, Cairn India signed the MoU in New Delhi , to develop these ‘next generation’ Anganwadis. Speaking on the signing of the MOU, Secretary, Ministry of Women & Child Development, Shri V. Somasundaran, said “We are planning to modernize the Anganwadis and revamp these as enablers that will not only provide supplementary nutrition and basic healthcare services in villages but also function as a place to mobilize the village women to increase their participation in community development.”

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Ministry of Women and Child Development and Vedanta sign MoU to build 4000 ‘next generation’ Anganwadis

The Ministry of Women and Child Development has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Vedanta to develop and modernise 4000 Anganwadis in the country. 

Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India and Mr. Mayank Ashar, Managing Director and CEO, Cairn India signed the MoU in New Delhi , to develop these ‘next generation’ Anganwadis. Speaking on the signing of the MOU, Secretary, Ministry of Women & Child Development, Shri V. Somasundaran, said “We are planning to modernize the Anganwadis and revamp these as enablers that will not only provide supplementary nutrition and basic healthcare services in villages but also function as a place to mobilize the village women to increase their participation in community development.”

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Building a Just World - Essays in honour of Muchkund Dubey

President Pranab Mukherjee  said millions of people in the world dream of and aspire for a just world and praised former foreign secretary Muchkund Dubey as one of those individuals who deserves salute for working towards creating such a world.Receiving the first copy of "Building a Just World, Essays in honour of Muchkund Dubey" at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan, President Mukherjee said Mr Dubey is among those individuals who helped frame policies and contributed towards highlighting issues that "have to be addressed, and cannot be brushed under the carpet anymore".

Mr Dubey is credited with writing a major part of the UN report on the First Development Decade.The president said the insights provided by Mr Dubey help in understanding many of the complex problems afflicting the world today, especially at a time when the UN is to adopt a post-2015 agenda for sustainable development.Commenting on the climate change negotiations, the president said "users (countries) have to pay to meet the needs of everybody, but not the greed, and we are demanded to pay for the greed of a few for wanton destruction" of the earth's resources, that has affected the Earth's climate.

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