Uttar Pradesh tops in mobilizing Jan Dhan Account

One-fifth of the more than five crore new PMJDY accounts, from November 9, 2016, to November 8, 2017, was opened in Uttar Pradesh. With this, the total accounts under PMJDY have crossed 4 crores in Uttar Pradesh.

PMJDY is a scheme for comprehensive financial inclusion launched by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi on August 28, 2014.

Maharashtra government, Patanjali to partner in Rs 25,000 crore cow project

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari announced that Maharashtra government would raise a Rs 25,000 crore project on 800 acres at Heti (Kundi) village in Vidarbha, Maharashtra.

This project is to be carried forward with the help of Ramdev’s Patanjali group. According to Nitin Gadkari, Patanjali will purchase 10,000 cows to develop a breeding center and to carry out dairy and allied activities at the site.

Former MP Abdul Mannan Hossain passed away

Former Murshidabad MP and senior Trinamool Congress leader Abdul Mannan Hossain died at Belle Vue clinic due to age-related problems, in Kolkata.

Abdul Mannan Hossain was suffering from old age problems and was admitted to Belle Vue clinic where he passed away on 14 November 2017, in Kolkata.

Earlier he was an MLA of Congress from 1987. He joined All India Trinamool Congress in 2014 after he had differences with the Congress’ state leadership.

Andhra Pradesh hosting its first ever hot-air balloon festival

On 14 – 16th November 2017, Araku Valley of Andhra Pradesh is hosting the first edition of its Hot Air Balloon Festival.

The Hot Air Balloon Festival is organized by SkyWaltz and supported by Andhra Pradesh tourism. The festival will feature unique balloons from 13 countries. Some of the participating countries are India, Australia, USA, Brazil and South Korea.

Bihar government to set up ‘State Ayush Society’ to boost alternative medicine

Bihar State Government gave approval for setting up a ‘State Ayush Society’ with an aim to promote the use of alternative medicine in the state.

During this meeting of Bihar state cabinet, approval was also given for extending the contracts of those providing technical services in the health department till March 31, 2019, and to set up an industrial training institute in Banka district as part of the Skill Development scheme in districts affected by Left Wing Extremism.


Aditi Ashok becomes first Indian golfer to qualify for LPGA Tour Championships

Aditi Ashok has qualified for the CME Group Tour Championship on the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association), becoming the first from India to play in the prestigious meet.

Aditi Ashok is one of the eight rookies to make it to the LPGA Tour Championships, one of the strongest fields in women’s golf. Also, Aditi has succeeded in keeping her LPGA card for 2018 after a sterling rookie season.

Iran weightlifter to auction Olympic Gold for quake victims.

Iran’s Olympic weightlifting champion Kianoush Rostami will auction his gold medal, which he won at the 2016 Rio Games, to raise money for victims of the earthquake.

The earthquake which struck Iran on Sunday has claimed lives of 500 people and was the deadliest to strike Iran since 2012.


Power minister R K Singh launches National Power Portal (NPP)

Power Minister R K Singh launched a National Power Portal (NPP), a centralized platform for collation and dissemination of Indian power sector information.

The NPP would be a single point interface for all power sector apps launched previously by the power ministry. The portal may be accessed at http://npp.gov.in.

The NPP is a centralized system for the power sector which facilitates online data capture/input (daily, monthly, annually) from generation, transmission and distribution utilities.

The US approves “Abilify MyCite”, first pill with digital tracking device

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved “Abilify MyCite” the first drug in the United States with a digital ingestion tracking system, to ensure that patients with mental illness take the medicine prescribed for them.

The drug Abilify MyCite was developed by Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. It was first approved by the FDA in 2002 to treat schizophrenia. The ingestible sensor, made by Proteus Digital health, was approved for marketing in 2012.

The medication works by sending a message from the pill’s sensor to a wearable patch. Being able to track ingestion of medications prescribed for illness may be useful for some patients.

The statement by FDA said that Abilify MyCite should not be used to track drug ingestion in ‘real-time’ or during an emergency because detection may be delayed or may not occur.

Astronomers spot pair of rare hyper-luminous galaxies “ADFS-27

For the first time, astronomers have spotted close encounter between two hyper-luminous galaxies, collectively known as ADFS-27, bright and massive galaxies in the early universe.

Astronomers captured these two interacting galaxies, collectively known as ADFS-27, as they began the gradual process of merging into a single, massive elliptical galaxy.

The study published in the Astrophysical Journal said that the ADFS-27 system has approximately 50 times the amount of star-forming gas as the Milky Way.

The ADFS-27 galaxy pair is located approximately 12.7 billion light-years from Earth in the direction of the Dorado constellation. At this distance, astronomers viewed this system as it appeared when the universe was only about one billion years old.



Syria signs up Paris Agreement on climate change

United Nations announced that Syria has officially signed the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Syria has become the 169th of 196 countries that are members of the UN climate convention to take the legal step of ratification.

The Paris agreement on climate change commits countries to limiting average global warming to under 2 deg C over Industrial Revolution levels, and 1.5 deg C if possible, to prevent unwanted climate change-induced storms, drought, and sea-level rise.

31st ASEAN Summit held in Manila, the Philippines

‘Partnering for Change, Engaging the World’, has been the theme of Philippines’ Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2017.

At the Closing Ceremony of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits, Philippines President Duterte handed over the Chairmanship of ASEAN to Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong as Singapore will hold the chairmanship of ASEAN for 2018.

Japan to relax visa regime for Indians from January 2018

The Japanese embassy said that Japan will simplify its visa rules for Indians from January 2018 and issue a multiple-entry visa for short-term stays.

Multiple entry visas with a validity of maximum five years and stay of maximum 90 days will be issued to applicants who have travel records to Japan twice or more in the last one year.

In this case, the eligible applicants may submit only their passports and visa application form. Their employment certificate and explanation letter will be exempted.

Under this relaxation, Indian students, graduate students and alumni of universities in India may submit a certificate of student status or graduation instead of the document to prove financial capability in the application for a single entry visa for a short-term stay.

International solar alliance announces setting up 1000 GW of solar energy by 2030

The 1000 GW solar energy capacity target by 2030 has been set by the ISA. It will be met through projects that ISA will support under its various work programmes.

This target does not take into account renewable energy targets or projects that countries are pursuing on their own as part of their national efforts.

BSE arm, Thomson Reuters launch ‘BEST’ new trading solution

On 15th November 2017, Marketplace Tech Infra Services, an arm of the premier exchange BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange), launched BEST (BSE Electronic Smart Trader).

BEST (BSE Electronic Smart Trader) is an advanced hosted trading solution built on Thomson Reuters Omnesys NEST platform.

In October 2017, Marketplace had signed a pact with Thomson Reuters to build the trading solution for BSEs members and customers.

The new platform will facilitate smooth trading for BSE customers across multiple exchanges, including the BSE, NSE, MCX, and NCDEX for a wide range of investment categories like equity, equity derivatives, bonds, currency and commodities on a single terminal.