Wednesday, November 26, 2014

National Round-Up council - 2014

Labour Reformed Rolled Out:

Prime Minister Narendhra Modi on October 16, 2014 unveiled new measures
for the youth, workers and employers to improve ease of doing business for enterprises
while expanding government sup port for training workers.

Mr. Modi also launched the l Universal Account Number scheme(UAN)
 for all Provident Fund contributors which will al low portability and
 Online track- ting of PF benefits.

Inaugurating the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Shramev Jayate Karyakram, organised 
by the Ministry of Labour and Employment.

Mr. Modi said the aim of the programme was to emphasise the dignity labour,
 especially that per- formed by blue-collar workers, referring to them as "shram yogi."

Tags: Labour reformed rolled out, National Round Up, Round Up council, Narendhra Modi, October 16, 2014

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cyclone hudhud wreaks havoh in A.P and Odisa

Cyclone hudhud wreaks
  • After ducking the devastating effects of the 2004 tsunami and the 1977 cyclone, the 'City of Destiny' sadly had its date with disaster on October 12, 1014. 
  • As very severe cyclonic storm Hud-hud tore through the city with wind speed of up to 195 kmph. 
  • Unleashing widespread destruction and bringing the bustling city of nearly 20 lakh people to a grinding halt.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an aerial survey of the devastated region on October 14, 2014.
  • And announced a relief pack- age of Rs. 1000 crore and Rs. 2 lakh each to the dead.
  • The cyclone, that made land- fall in the Port City around noon. 
  • Sent hoardings and tin roofs flying and shattered windows, leaving the streets littered with glass. 
  • Toppled over statues of leaders and land- marks like the replace of the navy airplane on RK Beach.
Tags: cyclone forming, Cyclone hudhud wreaks, roofs flying and shattered windows,devastated region,Narendra Modi,Navy airplane

Monday, November 24, 2014

The National Round-Up council - 2014

The National Round-Up council:

The Union Health Ministry has issued a notification making it mandatory for cigarette  manufacturing companies to carry statutory warning against smoking on both sides of a 
cigarette pack and covering at least 85 percent of the packaging.

 Beginning April 1, 2015, every cigarette packet will carry the statutory warning on both sides with pictorial depiction of throat cancer and a message in English, Hindi or any Indian language.
A gazette notification amending the cigarettes and other Tobacco Products Packaging and Labelling) Rules, 2008, was also issued on October 15, 2014. 
As per government data, the total economic costs attributable to tobacco use from all diseases in India for people in the 35-69 age group was more than Rs. 1.4 lakhs crore in 2011 and the cost of pre- mature mortality was highest in the 40-44 age group for both men and women.
As per the report The Cigarette Package Health Warnings: International Status Report 2014 released in Moscow on October 14 2014 India has slipped to 136th position in the list of 198 countries that warn smokers about the hazards of smoking through graphic pictures on cigarette packages. 
The report says though India was one of the first countries to sign and ratify the WHO Frame- work Convention on Tobacco Control, it was not complied with the minimum rules. "While many countries mandate images on both sides of tobacco packages India is one of the few countries requiring graphic warning labels to be placed only side of the tobacco on one package," the report says.

Tags: National Round-up council, Union health Ministry, Economic costs Tobacco, WHO, International Status Report 2014,Cigarette Package Health Warnings

The National Round-Up council - 2014

The National Round-Up council:

The president in his address to a joint business gathering an nounced that Norwegian tourists would soon be given the visa- on arrival facility, even as Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said Oslo would open a new consulate in Mumbai.
On the next leg of his journey. 
Dr. Mukherjee was in Finland on October 15-16, 2014. India feels that a "constructive dialogue" is the best way out of the difficult situation in Ukraine and wants all sides to abjure violence and work towards a peaceful, negotiated and stability to the area. This was conveyed by President Pranab Mukherjee on october 15, 2014 to his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto during their official talks even as the two countries signed 19 agreements that ranged from a bio-refinery in Nu- maligarh, Assam to cooperation in the field of bio-technology education and nuclear asfety.

Trade target:
India and Finland also want to double their trade of $1.5 billon in the next three years even as they focus on Knowledge-based education.
Tags: National Round-up council, Niinisto sauli, Thirteen agreements, Define Research &Development Organisation

Sunday, November 23, 2014


Three leading individ-  uals recognised for their services to UK-India relations educationist Asha Khemka actor Madhav Sharma,  UK-India Business Council chairperson Patricia Hewitth were awarded the in augural Dadabhai Naoroji Awards by deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on October 17,  2014. 

Sushma Swaraj,  Minister for External Affairs,  lauded their achievements and asked the Indi an diaspora in Britain to retain their links with India while con tinuing to grow and prosper in their vocations in the United Kingdom


A Norwegian trio has set a new world record for the most countries travelled in a day after passing through 19 nations in 24 hours.  The new record was set by Gunnar Garfors,  39,  Tay-young Pak,  42 and Oyvind Djupvik,  38,  after they made it to 19 countries in just 24 hours,  surpassing the previous record of 17 countries.  The travellers began their record trip at the border between Greece and Bulgaria on September 20,  2014.  The team rushed through Macedonia,  Kosovo,  Sebia,  Croatia,  Bosnia,  Slovenia,  Austria,  Hungary,  Slovakia,  the Czech Republic,  Germany,  the Netherlands,  Belgium,  Luxembourg,  France and Switzerland,  before the journey ended in Liechtenstein.


A 17-  year-old high school student from Colo rado has applied biometric user authentication to firearms to develop a gun that unlocks with the user's fingerprints.  Kai Kloepfer developed the gun that works by creating a user ID and locking in the fingerprint of each user allowed to use the gun.  It will only unlock with the unique fingerprint of those who have already permission to access the gun.  The gun developed by Kloepfer,  who has an interest in information security,  has all user data kept right on the gun and nothing is uploaded anywhere else so it would be pretty hard to hack and this potentially makes it ideal for military use as well Kai Kloepfer won the 50,000 Smart Tech for Firearms Challenge for his smart gun prototype


Researchers claim to have developed the world's thinnest electric generator that is optically transarent,  extremely light,  very bendable and stretchable.  Scientists from Columbia Engineering and the Georgia Institute of Technology made the first experimental observation of piezoelectricity and the piezotronic effect in an atomically thin material,  molybdenum disulphide The finding resulted in a unique electric generator and mechanosensation devices that are optically transparent,  extremely light,  and very bendable and stretchable.  Piezoelectricity is a effect in which stretching or compressing a material causes it to generate an electrical voltage.


The United States announced in September 2014 the creation of the world's largest marine sanctuary in the Pacific,  where commercial fishing and energy exploration are off limits.  The move expands the already existing Pacific Remote Islands Marina National Monument west of Ha wai and northeast of Australia to six times its previous size.  The area will be protected in perpetuity from commercial fishing and other resource extraction activities.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


14 Eminent educationist and former education adviser to the Union Government Kireet Joshi passes away in Puducherry at the age of 83. 

15 India and Vietnam sign seven agreements including one for enhanced cooperation in the oil sector,  during the visit of President Pranab Mukherjee to Hanoi
The Public Sector Enterprises Selection l Board names T Suvarna Raju as the next Chairman of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.  RK Tyagi,  present Chairman,  is due to superannuate at the end of January 2015. 

The Union Cabinet clears the launch of National AYUSH Mission(NAND which will address the gaps in health services through supporting the ef-  forts of State Governments for providing AYUSH health services and education in the country. 

17 Chinese President Xi Jinping,  accompanied by his wife Peng Liyuan,  arrives to a lavish welcome in Ahmedabad,  kicking off a three-day visit to India,  aimed at resetting ties with massive Chinese investments in India,  especially in infrastructure.  Three pacts are signed between India and China with focus on Gujarat.

The Bharatiya Janata Party's national exec utive member,  Lalitha Kumaramangalam is appoint-  ed chairperson of the National Commission for Wom en. 
The Union Ministry of Minority Affairs draws up a Rs.  120 crore relief and rehabilitation package for Jammu and Kashmir to help the State deal with the situation arising out of the floods. 

18 India and China sign 13 agreements in New Delhi as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping call for speeding up the boundary resolution process.  Mr.  Jinping makes a special announcement on opening a new route for pilgrims to Kailsh-Mansarovar in the Tibetan Au-  tonomous Region. 

19 External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj formally inaugurates the academic session of the Nalanda University at Rajgir Convention hall where temporary classes are currently on in two disciplines with 15 students and 10 faculty members.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry declares that President Ki Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have found common ground to resolve the border row as part of a road map that will steer Beijing New Delhi ties in future. 
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan calls on Chinese President Ki Jinping and discusses a va riety of issues such as bilateral economic engagement,  culture,  youth development,  clean energy and yoga. 
Renowned Carnatic classical musician Upalapu Shrinivas-popularly known as Mandolin Shrinivas after the instrument he made famous in India passes away at the age of 45

22 Former Advocate General o Odisha Ashok Mohanty is arrested by the Central Bureau of Inves-  tigation for alleged misuse of his official position and misappropriation of funds of chit fund firm Artha Tata Group. 
Hindi author Govind Mishra receives the 23rd Saraswati Samman 2013 from Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh for his book Dhool Paud-  hon Par,  which was published in 2008

23 Gautam Khaitan,  former Board member of a Chandigarh-based tech firm named in the Rs.  3,700-  crore Agusta Westland WIP chopper deal case,  is the first accused to be arrested by the Enforcement Directorate for his alleged role in routing funds for kickbacks
Leading architect and one of the founders of the profession in Delhi,  Cyrus Jhabvala,  passes away in Los Angeles at the age of 93. 

24 India joins an exclusive global club of deep space explorers when its indigenously made Mangalyaan spacecraft successfully slips into the orbit around Mars after a 10-month journey

The Supreme Court cancels all but four of o the 218 coal block allocations declared arbitrary and illegal by it in an August 25,  2014 judgment. 

25 Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches Make in India'  campaign to turn India into a manufacturing powerhouse,  vowing to remove bureaucratic sloth and make the country more investor friendly

The Mangalyaan spacecraft beams its first photos of Mars'  crater-marked surface.  The Indian Space Research organization(ISRO)  posts one of the photos,  titled First Light,  on its Facebook page showing an orange surface with dark cavities,  taken from a distance of 7,300 km

26 Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at John F Kennedy International in York Airport New on a five-day tour to the United States
The Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan resigns from his day after the Na post,  Nationalist Congress Party(NCP)  withdrew support to his government and reduced it to a minority

27 Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam J Jaalalithaa is sentenced to four years'  simple impris- onment by a Bangalore trial court after convicting her of amassing illegal wealth.  The court also slaps a fine of Rs.  100 crore
Prime Minister Narendra Modi discusses urban and anti-terrorism issues with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and health matters with Nobel laureate Harold Varmos.  Varmos is director of the the National Cancer Institute,  the 1989 who won Nobel Prize for Medicine. 

28 Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds discussions with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,  Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Nepal's Prime Minister Sushil Koirala in New York

Justice Handyala Lakshminarayanaswamy Dattu is sworn in as the 42nd Chief Justice of India at the Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhawan by the Honourable President Pranab Mukherjee.

President's Rule is imposed in Maharashtra,  a day after the Union Cabinet recommended its imposition. 

29 Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers a power pitch on the untapped potential of India growth opportunities to the Chief Executive officers of the 11 pre-eminent United States corporations in New York. 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu in New York and discusses ways of increasing bilateral ties in several areas. 
AIADMK der o Panneerselvam is sworn in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu by the Governor K Rosaiah

30 Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and the United States President Barack Obama,  at the meeting in the Oval office of the White House in Washington DC,  decide to take the India-US rela-  tionship to the next level saying the true potential of the relationship has yet to be realized. 

The Reserve Bank of India(RBI)  Governor Raghuram Rajan maintains the policy rates at the current levels while announcing the fourth bi-monthly monetary policy statement.  The central bank keeps the short-term policy indicative rate(Repo rate)  unchanged at 8 per cent while keeping the Cash Reserve Ratio(CRR)  at 4 per cent.

2014 Books and Authors

 Books and Authors

Baby Makers  - Gita Aravamudan
Delhi Anything Goes – Anith Kumar
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow : My Life  - Sophia Loren
Dark Star : The Loneliness of Being Rajesh Khanna  - Gautham Chinthamani
A Book of Common signs – Ashok Srinivasan
Idris : Keeper of the Light  - Anita Nair
The Competent Authority – Shovon Chowdhury
A Bad Character  - Deepti Kapoor
Eleanor Mark : A life  - Rachel Holmes

New abbreviations from 2014


CCAMLR - Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources.
INAP - India Newborn Action Plan

Important Dates in December month


December 1: World AIDS Day,  National Day of Romania Independence Day of Iceland

December 2: National Pollution Prevention Day Founding Day of the Lao People's Democratic Republic National Day of United Arab Emirates,  International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

December 3: Nagaland Day Anniversary of Bhopal Gas Tragedy,  Birth Anniversary of Dr.  Rajendra Prasad

December 4: Indian Navy Day:  Chemical Disaster Prevention Day,  Hepatitis Awareness

December 5: Constitution Day:  Birthday of HM the King(Thailand)

December 6: Independence Day of Finland:  Civil Defense Day,  Death Anniversary of Dr.  Bhimrao Ambedkar

December 7: Armed Forces Flag Day

First week of December  Indian Navy Week.

December 8: SAARC Day;  National Day for Mentally Challenged

December 9: Independence Day of Tanzania

December 10:  World-Human Rights Day,  International Children's Day of Broadcasting Birth Anniversary of C.  Rajagopala chari;  Intiphada Day Revolution Day of Palestinians)

December 11:  UNICEF Day(World Children's Fund Day);  National Day of Burkina Faso Birth Anniversary of Subramaniam Bharati

December 12:  National Day of Kenya

December 14:  National Energy Conservation Day

December 8-14: The All India Handicraft Week

December 16: Bangladesh Victory Day

December 17: National Day of Bhutan

December 18: Minorities Rights Day(India);  National Metallurgy Day:  National Day of Niger.

December 19:  Goa Liberation

December 20 Arunachal Pradesh Day

December 22:  Birth Anniversary of Srinivas Ramanuj

December 23: Kisan Divas Farmer's Day(Birth Anniversary of Chaudhary Charan Singh)  Birthday of Emperor of Japan.

December 24: Independence Day of Libya;  National Consumer Day

December 25:  Birth Anniversary of Pt.  Madan Mohan Malviya

December 28: Birthday of Nepalese King

December 31:  Republic Day of Congo

Monday, November 17, 2014


India,  along with four other countries,  will start working to build the world's biggest telescope in Hawaii Island.  The 30-metre telescope,  also known as TMT,  will be constructed near the summit of Hawaii the Mauna Kea volcano on Island.  Construction is likely to be completed by 2022.  Besides India,  other nations involved in the project are Japan,  the US,  China and Canada.  Around 100 astronomers and officials from these five countries attended a ceremony in October 2014 in Hawaii to mark the beginning of the construction work.  

India's role 

New Delhi will invest $212 mil-  lion from 2014 to 2023.
The deal for the project was ma terialised during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to the US. 

Larger than Subaru 

The telescope will be larger than Japan's Subaru telescope,  one of the world's biggest,  which was also built on the summit of Mauna Kea and started observation in 1999. 

The Subaru Telescope's single main mirror measures 8.2 metres in diameter,  while the new telescope will be composed of 492 hexagonal mirrors,  each measuring 72 cm across.  In other words,  the telescope's mirror stretching almost 100 feet in diameter is nearly the length of a Boeing 737's wingspan

Tags : India, World'd Largest, telescope 



Astronomers,  led by an Indian origin scientist,  have discovered a monster black hole lurking inside one of the tiniest and densest galaxies ever known located 54 million light years from Earth.  Though the black hole is five times the mass of the black hole at the centre of our Milky way,  It is inside a galaxy that crams 140 million stars within a diameter of about 300 light-years,  only V500th of our galaxy’s diameter.  The dwarf galaxy containing the black hole,  called M60-UCD1,  is the densest galaxy ever seen If you lived inside of it,  the night sky would dazzle with a million stars as opposed to 4,000 stars in our night-time sky


Pankaj Advani

Pankaj Advani,  added yet another jewel to his glowing crown,  outplaying former champion Peter Gilchrist in the 150 up points format World billiards championship final and pocket his 11th world title,  in Leeds on October 24,  2014.  Advani,  29,  conquered the Singaporean Cueist Gilchrist 6-2 in a high quality final of the shorter format of billiards.  Advani had lost 3-2 to Gilchrist in the league stage.  Advani now is the holder of three different world titles in 2014-  the IBF world 6-Red snooker title,  the World Team billiards title and now the World billiards championship

Tags : Sports Up-date,World Championship, Pankaj Advan,Billiards 



Egyptian frogman Ahmed Gamal Gabr has broken the world record for deepest scuba dive with a plunge into the Red Sea,  Guinness Book of World Records said on September 19,  2014.  Gabr a member of the special forces,  reached the depth of 332.35 meters in 12 minutes but took almost 15 hours to return to the surface in order to avoid injury or illness.  The record was achieved at Red Sea diving resort of Dahab,  surpassing the previous mark of 318.25 meters set there in 2005 by South Africa's Nuno Gomez.

Tags : Scuba Diving, Word Record, Titbits.



An ultralight electric car built by students at a US university has set a new land speed record in its class,  besting the previous mark by nearly 80kph.  Electric Blue,  an E1 streamliner designed and modified by more than 130 Brigham Young University students over the past 10 years,  averaged 330kph on two qualifying runs in September 2014.  The new mark obliterates the previous record,  250kph,  which was set by the same BYU car in 2011.  The car notched the record in September 2014 in front of approximately 180 teams and their cars at the Bonneville Salt Flats in northwestern Utah


Google has joined the ranks of companies trying to tackle the problem of email overload,  but its new Inbox mobile app will sit alongside its Gmail service rather than replace it.  Unveiled in October 2014 Inbox is an app for Android and for i-phone,  with a invite-only launch that mirrors the debut of Gmail in 2004.  Its features include the ability to organise similar emails in bundles',  from bank statements and online shopping purchases to travel reservations,  to reduce inbox clutter.  The app will also show highlights of key information from individual messages,  including live flight times and thumb-  nails of photo attachments.  Inbox can also'snooze'  away emails until a later point. 

The new Inbox app will not replace Gmail,  but will work along with it .

Inbox can also snooze away emails until a later point,  a feature that was first introduced by Mailbox.

Other apps trying to de-clutter inboxes include Boxer,  Gusto,  Acompli and Evomail.

The app will show highlights of key information from individual messages including thumbnails of photo attachments



Chinese electronics giant Lenovo,  on October 16 2014,  launched its new range of Yoga tablets in India,  priced between Rs.20,990 and Rs.47,990 Powered by Intel processors,  the range includes three Android and one Windows powered unit with features such as full HD,  Dolby Wolfson HiFi audio,  8MP rear and 1.6MP HD front camera.  Lenovo India Managing Director Amar Babu said the previous models under the Yoga brand were received very well, "The Yoga range has become a franchise of its own.  It accounts for a good percentage of our tablet sales,"  he said
Tags : Lenovo,Tablets,Chinese , electronics 



A new investigation cardiac pacemaker,  which is as small as a multivitamin pill has been un veiled.  It is one-tenth the size of conventional pacemakers.  Principal intentional Robert C Kowal said that this device could be a game changer because of its size and the technology housed in it.



Samsung on September 27,  2014 launched a new Alpha smart phone in India with a price tag of Rs.  39,990.  The phone is powered by an octacore processor with 2GB RAM,  and comes with a 4.7-inch HD Super AMOLED screen.  It has a 12 MP rear camera and 2.1MP front camera with 1860 mAh battery and 32GB internal storage. The company said Galaxy Alpha was the slimmest device ever in the series at 6.7 mm and weighs 115 gram.  It also has 4G LTE capability.  The company has tied up with Bharti Airtel wherein customers wil get 5 GB of 4G data for two months in circles where the operator has launched 4G services

Tags : Samsung, Galaxy Alpha, Android, September 2014, 

Sunday, November 16, 2014



Expanding its Lumia series of devices,  Microsoft Devices,  on October 1,  2014 launched three new handsets Lumia 730,  830 and 930 priced at Rs.  15,299,  Rs.  28,799 and Rs.  38,649,  respectively.  The Lumia 830 comes with a 10-megapixel Pure View camera,  Windows Phone 8.1 operating system with Lumia Denim update and One Drive with 15 GB of free storage.  The Lumia 730 is a dual SM phone that comes with a 5MP front facing camera for Skype video calls.  The Lumia 930 has a 20MP Pure View camera a 2.2 GHz Snapdragon quad-core processor,  and comes integrated Microsoft services like One Drive and Microsoft Office.

Tags : Microsoft ,Lumia 730,  Lumia 830 , Lumia 930,October  2014

Google Launches Android One Devices


Google on September 15,  2014 launched the first Android One devices in India with prices start-  ing from Rs.  6,399 The first three phones have been launched by domestic handset makers Karbonn,  Micromax and Spice.  While the ones from Karbonn and Spice are priced at Rs.  6,399,  the one from Micromax is for Rs.  6,499 Interestingly,  India is the first country where the technology giant has rolled out these devices.  The Android One devices will compete with likes of Moto E,  Xiaomi Redmi IS,  Asus Zenphone 4,  and models even from Micromax such as Unite 2,  all with similar features and priced below Rs.7000.  With Android One,  Google has given a frame of reference to OEMs(original equipment manufacturers),  based on which the device has been designed for optimum performance.

Tags : Google Launches, Google Android One , September 15 2014

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