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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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Greece election: Alexis Tsipras hails 'victory of the people'

Greece's Alexis Tsipras has said his left-wing Syriza party has a "clear mandate" after winning a second general election in less than nine months.But he said Greeks faced a difficult road and recovery from financial crisis would only come through hard work.Syriza won just over 35%, slightly down on its previous result and still short of an overall majority. But it will renew its coalition with the nationalist Independent Greeks. Opposition New Democracy gained 28%. Far-right Golden Dawn came in third with 7%, slightly up on January's poll.Syriza was first elected in January on an anti-austerity mandate, but was forced to accept tough conditions for Greece's third international bailout.

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Snapdeal appoints Rahul Ganjoo as Vice President in its technology team

Snapdeal  announced the appointment of Rahul Ganjoo as Vice President in its technology team. In his new role, Rahul will augment the company’s efforts to enhance customer experience across various Snapdeal platforms. He will also focus on program management and help build the most innovative tech company in the world.Prior to his appointment at Snapdeal, Rahul has spent 2+ years at Twitter where he worked on solving high visibility problems such as large scale spam and targeted abuse. He was working out of the company’s headquarters in San Francisco, 

USA. Rahul also worked on evangelizing agile practices across engineering teams. His previous stints were with companies like Six Apart, Symantec, Thoughtworks and Wipro Technologies, where he built program management teams, led the execution of large scale programs and instituted processes to make engineering organizations more effective.Rahul holds a Masters in Software Engineering from BITS, Pilani and Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Pune Institute of Computer Technology.

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New Delhi, Mumbai Among World's Cheapest Cities to Live In: UBS

London is the fifth most expensive city in the world to live in but wage levels have failed to keep up compared to other major center, a report by Swiss bank UBS has found.The British capital ranked behind Zurich, Geneva, New York and Oslo when it came to the relative cost of goods, including rent, but was in 13th place on a comparison of gross salaries.The study found that whilst it was cheaper to live in Sydney, Copenhagen and Chicago, residents there earned more relative to Londoners.

Rising levels of rent have helped to push up the cost of living in London in recent years with Britain having failed to build enough homes to meet rising needs.Demand has also risen because of growing levels of net migration and people opting to rent for longer in order to save up for increasingly more expensive properties, the report said.Meanwhile, earnings have risen more slowly than inflation for most years since the 2007/08 financial crisis although they have begun to pick up robustly this year.UBS found that London was also far more expensive than comparable European capital cities Paris and Berlin when the price of an average basket of 39 foodstuffs was compared but Zurich, Seoul and New York were the costliest locations.

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BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya passes away in Kolkata

A workaholic all his life, Jagmohan Dalmiya, 75, died. His working hours had shortened but most of last week he was a regular at his office, rather his den, the Eden Garden administrative block, from where he had planned big and small coups for close to three decades. Till he was hospitalised a couple of days back, complaining of chest pain, Dalmiya, like always, remained in the thick of things of Indian cricket administration. Till he breathed his last, he remained the most influential cricket administrator of the world’s most powerful cricket body.

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China launches 'pollution-free' rocket

China used its latest green rocket design to carry 20 micro-satellites into space.The Long March–6 was successfully launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in north China’s Shanxi Province.While it won’t earn a Greenpeace sticker, the Long March–6 is about as environmentally friendly as rockets get. It is fuelled by a liquid propellant made of liquid oxygen and kerosene.

Boffins at the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation say it is the nation’s first rocket to use fuel that is pollution and toxin-free.The Long March–6 is a small carrier rocket. It will be mainly used to launch micro-satellites and to make China more competitive in the lucrative market for commercial satellite launches.China is largely secretive about its space programme, which is closely tied to the country’s military. It is less reticent about its scientific ambitions and its planned lunar mission.While the Long March–6 was popping out satellites, a larger Long March–5 rocket was making its way from the northern port of Tianjin ready for a rehearsal of the Chang’e–5 lunar mission scheduled for 2017.

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P V Chandran elected INS President

P V Chandran of the Mathrubhumi group was  elected President of the Indian Newspaper Society (INS) for 2015-16 at its annual general meeting held here. Chandran, who succeeds Kiran B Vadodaria of Sambhaav Metro, is the Managing Editor and one of the whole-time Directors of the Mathrubhumi group looking after 'Grihalakshmi', an exclusive magazine for women. Somesh Sharma of Rashtradoot Saptahik is the new Deputy President of INS while Akila Urankar of Business Standard is the Vice President and Mohit Jain (Economic Times) is the Honorary Treasurer. V Shankaran was elected Secretary General of the Society. 

The 41-member new Executive Committee includes K Balaji(The Hindu Weekly), Vijay Kumar Chopra (PunjabKesari, Jalandhar), 

Viveck Goenka (The Indian Express, Mumbai), Mahendra Mohan Gupta (Dainik Jagran), Sanjay Gupta (Dainik Jagran, Varanasi), R Lakshmipathy (Dinamalar), Naresh Mohan (Sunday Statesman), M P Veerendra Kumar (Mathrubhumi), Hormusji N Cama (Bombay Samachar Weekly) and Ravindra Kumar (The Statesman).

About Indian Newspaper Society

The Indian Newspaper Society (INS) (formerly Indian and Eastern Newspaper Society) acts as the central organization of the Press of India, an independent body authenticating circulation figures of newspapers and periodicals in India. It is an organization which plays a major role in protecting and promoting the freedom of press in India. The society was founded in 1939. Its headquarters are at Rafi Marg, New Delhi. INS membership comprises the owners, proprietors and publishers of print media who discusses and suggest various measures to the government regarding the problems related to the newspaper industry. It is a kind of pressure group which works to protect the interest of newspaper industry in particular and print media in general.On February 27, 2014, the Society marked its Platinum Jubilee with a celebration at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. The President of India, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, was Chief Guest and gave away commemorative plaques to extant founding members - Bombay Chronicle, The Hindu, The Hindustan Times, The Pioneer, The Statesman, The Times of India and The Tribune. On this occasion, President Mukherjee was also presented the first copy of a book "Threescore and Fifteen - The Story of the Indian Newspaper Society" written by INS president Ravindra Kumar.

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Sri Rajnath Singh inaugurated the Human Rights Convention

The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh at the inauguration of a Conference of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the State Human Rights Commissions (SHRCs), in New Delhi on September 18, 2015.

The Chairperson, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Justice Cyriac Joseph and other dignitaries are also seen.Speaking after inaugurating a meeting of the NHRC and the SHRC at the National Agricultural Science Complex, the Home Minister stressed the need for strengthening of infrastructure of the Commissions.”There is the problem of lack of infrastructure which needs to be strengthened. It is necessary to solve the problem of infrastructure to make any system effective. The government will implement the recommendations of both the NHRC and the SHRC officers in this regard after reviewing it,” he said.

Referring to some people questioning the death sentence given to the 1993 Mumbai blast convict Yakub Memon, Mr Singh said, ”Few questions are being raised about the rights of the persons who threatened national security. Some people raise questions about the human rights of the 1993 Mumbai blast convict Yakub Memon, who was given death sentence by the judiciary.

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PM launches financial inclusion initiative in Varanasi

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi,  launched a significant financial inclusion initiative in Varanasi. A total of 101 e-rickshaws, 501 pedal rickshaws, and push-carts are being given as part of this initiative. The beneficiaries will also get bank accounts and RuPay cards under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana. The e-rickshaws are equipped with digital gadgets including GPRS and cameras.  The initiative has been synergized through various financial institutions including SIDBI, IDBI Bank, UCO Bank and the American India Foundation. Senior officials of these organizations were present on the occasion.  The Prime Minister declared that this event marked the beginning of an initiative that would bring about a change in the fortunes of the people of Varanasi. He said a lot has been said about removal of poverty, but those efforts have not brought adequate results for several decades. He said that there is a need to increase the pace and the scale of the outcomes of the initiatives to remove poverty. He said the poor are willing to work hard to improve the lives of the future generations. In this connection, the Prime Minister said that the Union Government was putting emphasis on skill development, to help make the poor self-reliant. The Prime Minister had earlier interacted with some of the beneficiaries who received rickshaws and push-carts. He shared their dreams with the gathering, which ranged from a better education for their children, to a boost in income that would result from enhanced sales with the aid of a push-cart.  

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