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IISc ranked best educational institution by HRD Ministry


  • The union Human Resource Development Minister ‘Prakash Javadekar’ has released the India Rankings-2017 of National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) in New Delhi.
  • Top University - Indian Institute of Science (Bengaluru) and Top College- Miranda House (Delhi) have made it to the top of respective categories.
  • The methodology draws from the overall recommendations broad understanding arrived at by a Core Committee set up by Ministry of Human Resources Development, to identify the broad parameters for ranking various universities and institutions.

Note:
  • Last year, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Hyderabad University topped the list of central universities, while IIT-Madras and IIM-Bangalore led among technological and management institutions.
  • The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) has been approved by the MHRD and launched by Honourable Minister of Human Resource Development on 29th September 2015.

Madhya Pradesh CM launches ‘MP e-nagarpalika’ app


  • The Madhya Pradesh chief minister ‘Shivraj Singh Chouhan’ has launched an app named “MP e-NagarPalika” to provide various municipal services online in the state.
  • The primary goal of the project is to provide municipal services to citizens through multiple service delivery channels and ensure accessible, convenient, transparent, and timely delivery of services.
  • The Citizens can file online complaints and subsequently track the status of their complaints online and apply online for Birth, marriage, and Death Registration.


J&K bans polythene manufactured below 50 microns


  • The Jammu & Kashmir state government has imposed ban on the use of polythene bags manufactured below fifty microns in the state.
  • The new guidelines and regulations, would facilitate proper recycling of plastic waste, reducing its impact on the ecology.


Beneficiaries of PM's ‘Ujjwala Yojana’ crosses 2 crores mark


  • The beneficiaries of Prime Minister’s ‘Ujjwala Yojana’ has reached more than 2 crores in less than a year.
  • ‘Ujjwala Yojana’ is serving as a novel means of women empowerment and achieving the goals of providing clean fuel and a better life to the people.
  • This scheme was launched in May, 2016 with a target of providing 5 crore BPL households with free gas cylinders within 3 years by 2019.


Union Textiles Minister launches PowerTex India Scheme


  • The union Textiles minister Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani has launched a comprehensive scheme for power loom sector development ‘PowerTex India’ in Bhiwandi, Thane district, Maharashtra.
  • The scheme will especially benefit small power loom weavers.
  • PowerTex India van was also flagged off for publicity of PowerTex scheme across the country.


Hindustani classical vocalist ‘Kishori Amonkar’ passes away


  • Renowned Hindustani classical vocalist ‘Kishori Amonkar’ (84-years) passed away in Mumbai after a brief illness.
  • Amonka was considered one of the pre-eminent representatives of Hindustani tradition and as an innovative exponent of the ‘Jaipur Gharana’ (musical tradition of Jaipur).
  • She was a performer of the classical genre khyal and the light classical genres ‘thumri’ and ‘bhajan’.

Note: Kishori Amonkar received a plethora of awards, including the Padma Bhushan (1987), Padma Vibhushan (2002), Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1985) and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship for 2009.

British black power activist ‘Darcus Howe’ passes away


  • Britain’s one of the most prominent black activists of his generation ‘Darcus Howe’ (74-year) passed away due to cancer.
  • ‘Howe’ was a leader of the UK’s little-chronicled black power movement.
  • He battled institutional racism and challenged the prevailing view that racism wasn't a problem in modern-day Britain.


Income Tax communication between AO and taxpayer now online


  • Income Tax department-related proceedings between the taxpayer and the tax man from the new fiscal will be conducted online.
  • This is a part of its initiative to minimise human interface between the assesse and the Assessing Officer (AO) thereby reducing complaints of harassment and corruption.
  • A new link or window called 'e-proceeding' will soon be introduced on the e-filing website of the department, which is used by taxpayers to file their Income Tax Returns (ITRs) at present.


SBI cuts lending rates by 0.15%


  • The State Bank of India (SBI) has reduced its benchmark lending rate by 0.15 %.
  • The minimum lending rate (Base rate) of the bank has been reduced from 9.25 percent to 9.1 %.
  • With this reduction, EMIs for the bank's new as well as existing borrowers who have taken housing or car loans at the base rate will come down by at least 0.15 per cent.


Rajiv Kumar Chander appointed as India's Ambassador and permanent representative to the UN


  • Rajiv Kumar Chander (Indian Foreign Services:1983 batch) has been appointed as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations Offices in Geneva.
  • He is currently the consul general of India in Vancouver.
  • Earlier, he was deputy permanent representative with the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, Geneva, between 2006 and 2009.


Haryana education minister Ram Bilas Sharma nominated as ACKFI Chairman


  • The Haryana Education Minister ‘Ram Bilas Sharma has been nominated as Chairman of Amateur Circle Kabaddi Federation of India (ACKFI) for the next four years.
  • The National Unit of the Federation unanimously elected him during the 28th Senior National Circle Kabaddi Championship organised at Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Note:
  • The Amateur Circle Kabaddi Federation of India (ACKFI) was formed in 1978.
  • The Federation is Affiliated with Asian Amateur Circle Kabaddi Federation and World Kabaddi Federation.

Senior IPS Officer Geeta Johari appointed as Gujarat DGP


  • A senior IPS Officer Geeta Johari (1982 batch) has been appointed as new Director General of Police (DGP) of Gujarat.
  • She will replace Mr. P.P. Pandey who had resigned from the post.
  • Johari will become the first woman Director General of Police of Gujarat.
  • Johari- presently working as Head of Gujarat Police Housing Corporation.


FIFA bans former Guatemala FA president Brayan Jimenez for life


  • FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) has banned Guatemala's former football chief ‘Brayan Jimenez’ for life from all football-related activities at national and international level.
  • He was banned for accepting bribes worth several hundred thousand dollars in exchange for media and marketing rights for key matches.
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