• Current Affairs , 17th OCTOBER 2019

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    1. Dr Harsh Vardhan presides over draw of lots for selection of National Medical Commission members
    2. Finance Commission to visit Uttar Pradesh
    3. Finance Minister reviews Customer Outreach Initiatives and support to NBFCs
    4. Training of 1st Batch of National Trainers for Census of India 2021 commences
    5. KVIC bags fresh order worth Rs. 5.88 crore from GAIL
    6. Silver Jubilee Celebration and Annual Conference of NMDFC Held
    7. Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas &Steel calls for inclusion of petroleum products under GST regime
    8. Shri Piyush Goyal Flags off 10 Sewa Service Trains
    9. 41st DRDO Directors Conference
    10. Shri Pradeep Kumar takes charge as Member (Signal & Telecom), Railway Board
    11. Several States Sign MoUs to Join FASTag
    12. First Training Squadron at DAR ES SALAAM and ZANZIBAR, Tanzania
    13. Hongkong witnesses first abandoned annual address after chaos inside legislature
    14. Death Anniversary of Lalon observed in Bangladesh
    15. Priyanshu Rajawat claims men’s singles title at Bahrain International Series

     

     

    NATIONAL NEWS

     

     

    1. Dr Harsh Vardhan presides over draw of lots for selection of National Medical Commission members

     

    ·        Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare presided over the proceedings of draw of lots for selection of part-time members of NMC, here today, in the presence of Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of Health and Family Welfare. This was conducted in the presence of  senior officers from the Ministry and mediapersons.

    ·        Terming it historic, Dr Harsh Vardhan stated that it is a huge and visionary reform in the medical education sector by the NDA Government under the leadership of our visionary Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji, and will prove to be a milestone in the years to come. He further stated that as promised, the process of selecting its members is being completed in a time bound manner. “We had 9 months to select the members of the NMC, and within a short span of two months, we have framed the rules, notified them and also carried out the process of selection of the part-time members of the NMC today. To ensure probity and integrity of the highest order, a compact body is being selected through a transparent mechanism and representation of States and State Councils in rotation. This will facilitate for faster decision making also,” Dr Harsh Vardhan added.

    ·        The Union Health Minister further stated that inclusion of members from diverse background for balanced policy prescriptions is also being ensured.

    ·        The National Medical Commission Act, 2019 received assent of the President on 08th August, 2019 and was published in the official Gazette on the same day. The Central Government sought nominations from the States / UTs and State Medical Councils (SMCs) for constitution of the Medical Advisory Council under the National Medical Commission Act, 2019.

    • The following Rules have been published in the Gazette on 13th September, 2019 and 16th September, 2019 under the Act:-
    1. The National Medical Commission (Manner of Appointment and Nomination of Members, their Salary, Allowances and Terms and Conditions of Service, and Declaration of Assets, Professional and Commercial Engagements) Rules, 2019.

     

    1. The National Medical Commission, Autonomous Boards (Manner of Appointment of Fourth Member and the Salary, Allowances and Terms and Conditions of Service, and Declaration of Assets, Professional and Commercial Engagements of President and Members) Rules, 2019.

     

    1. The National Medical Commission (Submission of List of Medical Professionals) Rules, 2019.

     

    1. The National Medical Commission, Medical Advisory Council (Qualification and Experience of Residuary Member) Rules, 2019.

     

    1. The National Medical Commission (Annual Statement of Accounts, Submission of Annual Report and Other Reports and Statements) Rules, 2019.

    ·        After receiving the nominations from the States/UTs and SMCs, the Medical Advisory Council was constituted vide notification dated 10th and 11th October, 2019 which consists of representatives of all the 36 States / UTs and 29 State Medical Council (The State of Meghalaya does not have a SMC and no UT except Delhi have SMC).

    ·        As per section 4(4) of the NMC Act, 2019, 10 members from amongst the nominees of the States/UTs and 9 members from amongst the nominees of the State Medical Councils in the Medical Advisory Council are to be appointed as part-time members in the National Medical Commission on rotation basis for a period of two years.

     

    ·        As per section 17(5) of the NMC Act, 2019, one member in each Autonomous Board is to be appointed from the elected members of the SMC in the Medical Advisory Council.

     

    ·        For constitution of the Search Committee, one expert is to be nominated from amongst the nine part-time Members of the State Medical Councils in the Commission under section 5(1)(c) of the NMC Act, 2019.

     

    ·        The rules with regard to appointment of part-time member in the National Medical Commission, four members in the autonomous boards and one expert in the Search Committee prescribe that the part-time Members of the Commission to be appointed under clauses (b) and (c) of sub-section (4) of section 4, one expert in Search Committee under section 5(1)(c) of the NMC Act, 2019 and fourth member in the Autonomous Boards under section 17(5) shall be selected by draw of lots from the nominees of States/UTs/SMCs in the Medical Advisory Council.

     

    ·        The following 10 members have been selected from amongst the nominees of the States / UTs in the Medical Advisory Council as members of the National Medical Commission under section 4(4)(b) of the NMC Act, 2019 for a period of two years:

     

    ·        The following 9 members have been selected from amongst the nominees of the SMCs in the Medical Advisory Council as members of the National Medical Commission under section 4(4)(c) of the NMC Act, 2019 for a period of two years:

     

    1. Finance Commission to visit Uttar Pradesh

     

     

    • The 15thFinance Commission headed by Chairman, Shri N.K. Singh and including Members of the Commission, Shri Ajay Narayan Jha, Dr. Ashok Lahiri,  Dr. Ramesh Chand, Dr. Anoop Singh and other senior officers will visit the State of Uttar Pradesh from 19th to 22nd  October, 2019.
    • On the first leg of its visit, the Commission  will visit Varanasi.    It will undertake a number of field visits including the implementation of various Government flagship programmes in the city.  The Commission will also visit the Handloom Centre and Urban Rejuvenation Project at Varanasi.
    • On  21stOctober,  the Commission will begin its meetings in Lucknow – the first meeting will be with the  Rural Local Bodies at Yojana Bhawan.  Following this the Commission will hold the meetings with the representatives of the Urban Local Bodies and the representatives of the Political Parties of the State.  The Commission will also hold a meeting with the representatives of Trade and Industry bodies of Uttar Pradesh.
    • On the final day,  the Commission will have a detailed meeting with the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanathalongwith his cabinet colleagues and State Government officials.  There will be a presentation to the Finance Commission on the State’s Finances and also on Developmental/ Flagship Programmes of the State Govt.

     

    1. Finance Minister reviews Customer Outreach Initiatives and support to NBFCs

     

     

    • Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman reviewed the performance of Public Sector Banks (PSBs) here today in a meeting with bank chief executives. Credit and implementation of measures announced to support economic growth were reviewed in-depth.
    • In the review, it was noted that during the first phase of the Customer Outreach Initiative, from 1st to 9thOctober 2019, PSBs disbursed Rs 81,781 crore, including new term loans of Rs 34,342 crore. Banks shared their plans for the second phase of the Customer Outreach Initiative, with camps in about 150 districts between 21st to 25th October 2019, building on the momentum already built.
    • As in the first phase, NBFCs would also participate. Further, receivable bill discounting for MSMEs would also be a focus area.  Details of specific dues outstanding of the companies, including MSME, with the corporates and aggregating approximately Rs 40,000 crores will be shared by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs with banks for reaching out to MSMEs during the Customer Outreach Initiative for bill discounting and enabling MSMEs to access working capital.
    • In addition, home loans, vehicle loans, agriculture loans, education loans, and other MSME and personal loans would be focused upon. It was reiterated that the outreach would be without any dilution in diligence or underwriting standards. It was also noted that with the recent recapitalisation of over Rs 55,000 crore, PSBs are well equipped to support credit needs.
    • It was noted in the review that PSBs have continued to support the NBFC/HFC sector. Since the IL&FS default in September 2018 till 10thOctober 2019, PSBs have sanctioned total support of Rs 3,97,557 crore in the form of credit as well as pool-buyouts of Rs 1,07,792 crore, including Rs 15,455 crore under the newly launched Partial Credit Guarantee Scheme. Disbursement by PSBs to NBFCs has been Rs 39,068 crore since the last review on 19th September 2019 till 10th October 2019.
    • The PSB’s chief executives informed that they will continue expeditious disbursement of pool buy-outs including those sanctioned under the Partial Credit Guarantee Scheme. Government would also issue suitable clarifications to banks with a view to expedite processing of proposals under the scheme.

     

     

    1. Training of 1st Batch of National Trainers for Census of India 2021 commences

     

     

    • The first batch of the trainings of National Trainers for Census of India 2021 commenced today at National Statistical System Training Academy (NSSTA), Greater Noida, with Additional RGI, Shri Sanjay inaugurating the interactive training session. This training would take place from 14thOctober 2019 to 25th October 2019. Registrar general and Census Commissioner of India, Shri Vivek Joshi would address and interact with the participants during the training.
    • Census of India is the primary source of data collection from every section of the society and continuing this decennial activity, the 16thIndian Census is to be taken in 2021. Training is a very important aspect of conducting Census successfully by ensuring seamless execution of Census 2021 in the field.
    • At the apex level there will be 100 National Trainers. The training of National trainers is scheduled from 3rdto 5th week of October, 2019. The venues for the trainings are NSSTA, Gr. Noida and ISTM, Delhi. The National trainers are being trained on both Census and Trainer Development Skills (TDS) to further impart training to the next level, that is, Master Trainers.
    • About 1800 Master Trainers will be deployed for Census 2021 who will impart training to the field trainers. The training of these master trainers will be held in 20 ATIs across India in the month of Nov-Dec, 2019, who will then train the field trainers.
    • About 44,000 Field Trainers would be trained to provide training to the field functionaries, i.e., the Enumerators and the Supervisors. The training of these FTs will be held at the district level in the Months of Jan-Feb, 2020. They will also further train about 30 lakh Enumerators and their Supervisors in March-June, 2020 at the sub-district level. These Enumerators and Supervisors will do house to house enumeration at designated places.

     

    1. KVIC bags fresh order worth Rs. 5.88 crore from GAIL

     

     

    • The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has bagged an order worth Rs. 5.88 crore from the Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL), in the form of Khadi gift coupons for its 23,504 employees.
    • GAIL agreed to gift Khadi coupons of Rs 2,500 to each of its 23,504 employees in all its units across the nation. The employees, however, would be able to purchase Khadi and products of Village Industries worth Rs. 3,250 from the coupon of Rs. 2,500. The coupons could be redeemed throughout the year at all Departmental Sales Outlets of KVIC. To give easy access to the employees of GAIL to redeem their coupons, KVIC will organize 3 special exhibitions also, at Pata, District Etawah, Vijaypur, District Guna and Jhabua, in Madhya Pradesh where the GAIL have their maximum employees. The MOU has been signed between KVIC and GAIL on 10thOctober 2019. KVIC will deliver the coupon this week.
    • KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said that such huge orders from government and PSUs not only increase the income of the artisans but also inspires new entrepreneurs to associate with Khadi with better job avenues. He said that Orders in recent past from GAIL, ONGC, REC, IOC, MRPL, OIL, JK Cement and BEE have been implemental in making a compounding effect on the livelihood of Khadi artisans and have been creating more jobs by adding thousands of new artisans in KVIC’s kitty.
    • It may be noted that KVIC for the first time launched gift coupon scheme in 2017 and till date gift coupons of face value worth Rs. 89.29 Crores have been sold which is a record in itself and also an indication that the people have started adopting Khadi in place of other international brands.
    • Earlier this year, KVIC has bagged order worth over Rs. 7.03 crore from the Oil India Limited (OIL), in the form of Khadi gift coupons for its 14,064 employees and from Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) worth Rs. 80 Lakhs for its 800 employees.

     

     

    1. Silver Jubilee Celebration and Annual Conference of NMDFC Held

     

     

     

     

    • Union Minister for Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said that India has become a “role model” for “Inclusive Growth and Positive Progress” for the entire world under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
    • While inaugurating the Silver Jubilee Function and the annual conference of State Channelising Agencies of National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation (NMDFC) in New Delhi today, Shri Naqvi said that India is heaven for Minorities while Pakistan has proved to be hell for Minorities.
    • Shri Naqvi said that the Government has been working on war-footing to provide quality and affordable education, employment oriented skill development and basic infrastructure to every needy of the society. Priority of the Government is to provide affordable and quality education to all the needy sections of the society including Minorities and their economic empowerment through employment oriented skill development.
    • He further said that easy loans worth Rs 3000 crore have been provided in the last 5 years by NMDFC to more than 8 lakhs 30 thousand beneficiaries for various stand up, start-up and other various economic activities.
    • Shri Naqvi said that from the first day of the Modi Government-2, the Ministry of Minority Affairs has been working effectively for educational and economic empowerment of Minorities. Under the programme to connect Madrasas with mainstream education system, about 150 teachers from Madrasas from various states have been trained by the Ministry of Minority Affairs. More than 10 lakh students from six notified Minority communities- Jain, Parsi, Buddhist, Christian, Sikh and Muslims- have been given pre-matric, post-matric, merit-cum-means and other scholarships.
    • The Minister said that we will provide scholarships to 5 crore students in the next 5 years. During the last 5 years, scholarships had been provided to more than 3 crore 18 lakh students belonging to Minority communities which included about 60 per cent girl students.
    • Shri Naqvi informed that the Ministry of Minority Affairs will organise 100 “Hunar Haat” in the next five years across the country to provide market and employment and employment opportunities to master artisans and culinary experts. First “Hunar Haat” of the Modi Government-2 was organised in Jaipur. The next “Hunar Haat” will be organised from 01stNovember in Prayagra
    • Shri Naqvi said that in the coming days, “Hunar Haat” will be organized in Delhi, Gurugram, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Dehradun, Patna, Indore, Bhopal, Nagpur, Raipur, Hyderabad, Puducherry, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Jammu, Shimla, Goa, Kochi, Guwahati, Ranchi, Bhubneshwar, Ajmer and other places. Our target is to provide employment and employment opportunities to 5 lakh master artisans and craftsmen through “Hunar Haat” in next 5 years.
    • Shri Naqvi expressed happiness that in a major achievement, 100 per cent digitisation of Waqf properties across the country has been completed. There are about 6 lakh registered Waqf properties across the country.  A programme on war footing is going on for 100 per cent Geo tagging and digitalisation of Waqf properties across the country to ensure these properties can be utilised for welfare of the society. GIS/GPS mapping of the waqf properties has been initiated with the help of IIT Roorki and Aligarh Muslim University.
    • Under “Pradhanmantri Jan Vikas Karykram” (PMJVK) of the Ministry of Minority Affairs, 100 Common Service Centres have been approved across the country. These centres will work as a single-window system for the needy people to provide information regarding Central and State Government schemes as well as to assist them in getting benefits of these welfare schemes.
    • Shri Naqvi said that under Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karykram (PMJVK), during the last 5 years; 26 Degree Colleges, 1152 School Buildings, 40,252 Additional Classrooms, 506 Hostels, 71 Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), 52 Polytechnics, 39,602 Anganwadi Centres, 411 Sadbhavna Mandaps, 95 Residential Schools, 530 Market etc. have been constructed by the Government in the Minority concentrated areas across the country. During the event one more State Channelising partner was added for implementation of NMDFC programme in Goa. MOUs were also signed between NMDFC and SCAs of Jammu & Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Tripura, Kerala and other State Channelising Agencies.
    • Shri Naqvi released special edition of magazine of NMDFC “Yadeen” which highlights the journey & growth of NMDFC over the years to serve the target group better. A compilation of real life success stories “Sapno Ko Pankh” was also released during the inaugural function, wherein stories of persons, who with small loans setup larger business ventures and have now become employers. “Sapno ko Pankh” is an inspiring compilation for thousands of such people who aspire to become self-employed and empowered to employ others.
    • On the occasion, Shri Naqvi also handed over the keys of an ambulance to Shaheed Bhagat Singh Sewa Dal, New Delhi, which has been provided under the CSR programme of NMDFC. The organization provides emergency ambulance services to poor and needy people, free of cost in Delhi. The ambulance was later also flagged off by Shri Naqvi.

     

     

    7. Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas &Steel calls for inclusion of petroleum products under GST regime

     

     

     

    • Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas &Steel Shri Dharmendra Pradhan has called for inclusion of petroleum products under GST regime. Speaking at third India Energy Forum by CERAWeek in New Delhi today, he appealed to the union finance ministerto take this up in the GST council and at least make a beginning byincluding natural gas and ATF in theGST. He said “It’sbeentwoyearssincetheintroductionof historic tax reform the GST was implemented by decisive leadership of Prime Minister Modi.Given the complexity of petroleum sector and the revenue dependence ofstate governments in this sector, petroleum products have been kept outside the ambit of GST regime.There has been continuous demand from the petroleum industry forinclusion of petroleum products under GST regime.”
    • Shri Pradhan said thatno single form of energy can meet the growing energy demand in India given India’sdevelopment imperative that aims to ensure energy justice to all. Mixing all commerciallyviable energy sources is the only feasible way forward in our context. India will chart its own course of energy transition in a responsible manner.
    • The Minister highlighted several measures taken by the Government to overhaul the hydrocarbon policy framework to revitalize oil and gas ecosystem and establish a conducive business environment. Growing presence of global oil and gas majors like Saudi Aramco, ADNOC, BP, Shell, Total, Rosneft and ExxonMobil in India is a testimony to the faith and confidence of global investors on promising India’s growth story. He said “I am glad to see investors, MakinginIndia, for India, and also for the globe.”
    • Shri Pradhan said that we have successfully completed three bid rounds under Open Acreage Licensing Policy and two rounds of bidding under the Discovered Small Fields (DSF) policy. Through these successful biddings, India is expected to garner an estimated investment of 58 billion US dollars in E & P sector by 2023. He said that Special thrust is being given to promote gas based economy under the guidance of Hon’ble Prime Minister Modi. “Iamhappytoinformyouthataswespeak, an estimated investment of 60 billion US dollars is lined up in building gaspipelines, terminals, and City Gas infrastructure that are in different stages ofimplementation.”, he added. The City Gas Distribution network development in India which hasbeen authorized for building and commissioning will cover half of India’s geography and would serve 70%of India’s population through availability of low carbon and affordable natural gas.
    • The Minister expressed the Government’s commitment to make India a low carbon economy, though our per capita carbon emission is far less than the world average particularly the OECD countries. Regarding the downstream sector, he said that ithasbeen completely liberalized. Market driven pricing of major petroleum products reflects the changes in line with the international price of crude oil. “Our fuel standards are comparable to the best in world and pan India BS-VI complaint fuel will be available in India from 1 April2020.”, Shri Pradhan said.
    • To promote the energy sustainability, the Minister said that we are giving thrust on biofuels. The new National Biofuel policy envisages an integrated approach to produce biofuels from various types of agriculture residue and municipal solid waste. Biofuel policy will help farmers to become “urjadata from anndata”.An important initiative has been undertaken to produce compressed biogas from biomass waste. We have made a target to setup 5000 compressed biogas plants in different parts of the country. These plants are being setup by private entrepreneurs. Oil marketing companies are offering assured price and offtake guarantee to procure the compressed biogas. Highlighting some difficulties being faced by these private entrepreneurs to access to bank finance for setting up CBG plants, he requested Finance Minister to look into this challenge. The Minister said that We also aim to achieve 10% blending percentage of ethanol in petrol by 2022 to cut dependence on energy import, promote the use of environment-friendly fuel and boost the agriculture sector.We are accelerating conversion of Used Cooking Oil (UCO) to biodiesel across 100 cities in India.
    • Inaugurating the Conference, the finance Minister Smt Nirmala Sitharamansaid that India is becoming an attractive destination for foreign investors. Highlighting the recent announcements to bring down the Corporate Tax rates, she said that atmosphere to invest is friendlier now. She also talked about the amendments in the Companies act and IBC Code, stating that the focus is now on compliance. SmtSitharaman assured that Energy sector is on top of agenda, and we are in the cusp of energy transition. The finance Minister said that the Government will ensure that the commitments made to the investors are honored. Reiterating the Government’s commitment to COP-21 targets, she said that renewable energy sources are being encouraged. She said that India wants to widen its basket of energy sources. Lauding the Government’s initiatives to provide cooking gas fuel and electricity to all the people of the country, she said that the Government had taken up these initiatives on mission mode, benefitting a large population.

     

    1. Shri Piyush Goyal Flags off 10 Sewa Service Trains

     

     

    Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry, Shri Piyush Goyal will Flag off the following 10 Sewa Service Trains from New Delhi Railway Station .

     

    1. Vadnagar – Mahesana DEMU (6 days a week)

     

    79406

    Vadnagar – Mahesana DEMU

    Except Sun

    79408

    Vadnagar – Mahesana DEMU

    Except Sun

    STATION 79405

    Mahesana -Vadnagar DEMU

    Except Sun

    79407

    Mahesana -Vadnagar DEMU

    Except Sat

    07:00 16:00 D Vadnagar A 10:20 19:30
    08:30 17:30 A Mahesana D 08:50 18:00

     

    Days of operation : Ex- Mahesana: 6 days a week

    Ex- Vadnagar: 6 days a week

    Commercial Stoppage : At all stations enroute

     

    1. Asarva (Ahmedabad) – Himmatnagar DEMU (6 days a week)
    79402

    Himmatnagar – Asarva

    DEMU

    Except Sun

    79404

    Himmatnagar Asarva

    DEMU

    Except Sun

    STATION 79401

    Asarva Himmatnagar

    DEMU

    Except Sun

    79403

    Asarva Himmatnagar

    DEMU

    Except Sat

    06:00 16:30 D Himmatnagar A 10:55 21:20
    08:20 18:50 A Asarva D 08:35 19:00

     

    Days of operation : Ex-Asarva: 6 days a week

    Ex-Himmatnagar: 6 days a week

    Commercial Stoppage : At all stations enroute

     

    1. Karur – Salem DEMU (6 days a week)
    76802

    Karur – Salem DEMU

    STATION 76801

    Salem – Karur DEMU

    11:40 D Karur A 15:20
    13:25 A Salem D 13:30

     

    Days of operation : Ex- Karur:       6 days a week (Except Sun)

    Ex- Salem:       6 days a week (Except Sun)

    Commercial Stoppage : Vangal, Mohanur, Namakkal, Kalangani, Puduchatram, Rasipuram and Mallur

     

    1. Murkongselek – Dibrugarh Passenger (Daily)
    55606

    Murkongselek – Dibrugarh

    Passenger

    STATION 55605

    Dibrugarh -Murkongselek Passenger

    08:45 D Murkongselek A 16:45
    12:15 A Dibrugarh D 13:15

     

    Days of operation : Ex- Murkongselek:      Daily

    Ex- Dibrugarh: Daily

    Commercial Stoppage : At all stations enroute

     

     

     

    1. Yesvantpur – Tumkur DEMU (6 days a week)
    76527

    Yesvantpur – Tumkur

    DEMU

    STATION 76528

    Tumkur – Yesvantpur DEMU

    19:50 D Yesvantpur A 23:30
    21:30 A Tumkur D 21:50

     

    Days of operation : Ex- Yesvantpur: 6 days a week (Except Sun)

    Ex- Tumkur:        6 days a week (Except Sun)

    Commercial Stoppage : At all stations enroute

     

    1. Delhi – Shamli Passenger (Daily)
    51917

    Delhi – Shamli Passenger

    STATION 51918

    Shamli – Delhi Passenger

    08:40 D Delhi A 17:10
    11:50 A Shamli D 14:00

     

    Days of operation : Ex- Delhi   :     Daily

    Ex- Shamli :    Daily

    Commercial Stoppage : Delhi Shahdara, Noli, Khekra, Baghpat Road, Baraut, Qasimpur Kheri & Kandhla

     

    1. Bhubaneswar – Nayagarh Town Express (Daily)
    18423

    Bhubaneswar – Nayagarh Town

    Express

    STATION 18424

    Nayagarh Town- Bhubaneswar Express

    18:40 D Bhubaneswar A 09:00
    20:45 A Nayagarh Town D 06:30

     

    Days of operation : Ex- Bhubaneswar:       Daily

    Ex- Nayagarh Town:   Daily

    Commercial Stoppage : Bhubaneswar, Khurda Road Jn, Khurda Town, Begunia, Rajsunakhala, Bolagarh Road & Nayagarh Town

     

    1. Kota – Jhalawar City Passenger (Daily)
    51614

    Kota – Jhalawar City Passenger

    STATION Jhalawar- Kota City Passenger
    18:40 D Kota A 08:15
    19:33

    19:34

    A

    D

    Dara D

    A

    06:46

    06:47

    19:53

    19:54

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    D

    Ramganj Mandi D

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    06:26

    06:27

    21:30 A Jhalawar City D 06:00

     

    Days of operation : Ex- Kota: Daily

    Ex- Jhalawar : Daily

    Commercial Stoppage : Dakaniya Talav, Dadhdevi, Alniya, Ravtha Road, Dara, Kanwalpura, Morak, Ramganj Mandi Jn and Julmi

     

    1. Palani – Coimbatore Passenger (Daily)
    56610

    Palani – Coimbatore Passenger

    STATION 56609

    Coimbatore-

    Palani – Passenger

    10:45 D Palani A 16:40
    14:15 A Coimbatore D 13:45

     

    Days of operation : Ex- Palani: Daily

    Ex- Coimbatore: Daily

    Commercial Stoppage : Pushpattur, Madattukulam, Udumalaipetti, Gomangalam, Pollachi Jn, Kinattukkadavu and Podanur

     

    1. Coimbatore – Pollachi Passenger (6 days a week)
    56183

    Coimbatore – Pollachi

    Passenger

    STATION 56184

    Pollachi – Coimbatore   Passenger

    05:40 D Coimbatore A 08:46
    05:49

    05:50

    A

    D

    Podanur D

    A

    08:32

    08:31

    06:22

    06:23

    A

    D

    Kinattukkadavu D

    A

    08:02

    08:01

    07:05 A Pollachi D 07:30

     

    Days of operation : Ex- Coimbatore: 6 days a week (Except Sun)

    Ex- Pollachi:        6 days a week (Except Sun)

    Commercial Stoppage : Podanur and Kinattukkadavu

     

    1. 41st DRDO Directors Conference 

    • Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh inaugurated the 41st DRDO Directors Conference in New Delhi.
    • He said that DRDO has played a significant role in ensuring the technological advancement of our forces and safeguarding our country.
    • Chiefs of the three forces & DRDO Chairman G Satheesh Reddy were also present on the occasion.
    • Addressing the conference, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval said that armies that were better equipped always called the shots and decided the destiny of mankind.
    • They were always the one which had higher technologies. However,India’s own historical experience on this has not been good.
    • besides use of better technologies, integration of technology is the need of the hour.
    • He added that DRDO can play a significant role in becoming a catalyst in absorption of technology.
    • The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is an agencyof the Government of India, charged with the military‘s research and development, headquartered in New Delhi, India. It was formed in 1958 by the merger of the Technical Development Establishment and the Directorate of Technical Development and Production of the Indian Ordnance Factories with the Defence Science Organisation. It is under the administrative control of the Ministry of DefenceGovernment of India.
    • With a network of 52 laboratories, which are engaged in developing defence technologies covering various fields, like aeronautics, armaments, electronics, land combat engineering, life sciences, materials, missiles, and naval systems, DRDO is India’s largest and most diverse research organisation. The organisation includes around 5,000 scientists belonging to the Defence Research & Development Service(DRDS) and about 25,000 other scientific, technical and supporting personnel

     

     

    10.         Shri Pradeep Kumar takes charge as Member (Signal & Telecom), Railway Board

    • Shri Pradeep Kumar has taken over as Member (Signal & Telecom), Railway Board and ex-officio Secretary to Govt. of India on 11thOctober, 2019. Prior to this, Shri Pradeep Kumar worked as Director General, National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR). Shri Pradeep Kumar is an Officer of Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineer (IRSSE) of 1981 batch.
    • Shri Pradeep Kumar is Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics & Communication) and Master of Engineering (Communication Systems) from University of Roorkee (now IIT Roorkee) & Master of Business Administration (Marketing & Finance) from Southern Cross University, New South Wales, Australia.
    • Shri Kumar joined Northern Railway in 1983.  During the course of his illustrious career, Shri Kumar has held several important executive and managerial positions on Indian Railways. He has served on Northern Railway, South Eastern Railway, South Central Railway, West Central Railway, Railway Electrification, Railway Board and RailTel Corporation of India Limited, New Delhi, besides serving as DG/NAIR, Vadodara.
    • Some of the important assignments during his service include Additional General Manager, West Central Railway, Jabalpur, Chief Safety Officer, South Eastern Railway, Kolkata, Divisional Railway Manager, South Central Railway, Vijayawada, Executive Director (Signal Project) & Director (Telecommunication), Railway Board, New Delhi, General Manager (Business Development) and Executive Director in RailTel Corporation of India Limited (RailTel), New Delhi.
    • He has travelled widely over various countries and undergone training in High-Speed Rail at Japan, Strategic Management at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA etc. His areas of expertise include Telecom network design & planning, train operations & disaster management, signalling projects managements etc.

     

    1. Several States Sign MoUs to Join FASTag

     

     

    • Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Shri Nitin Gadkari inaugurated a conference on ‘One Nation One Tag – FASTag’ in New Delhi today, to roll out the process for having a unified electronic system across the country.  The Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Gen. (Retd.) V.K Singh and ministers and senior officials from several states were also present on the occasion.
    • Under the National Electronic Toll Collection programme of the Ministry, toll collection at national highways toll plazas is done through RFID based FASTags. However, collection at state highways toll plazas is done either manually or through other tags. This leads to inconvenience for the road users.
    • The Ministry is therefore encouraging states to come onboard FASTag, so that seamless movement of transport can be assured across the nation. For this, Scheme Guidelines for Inclusion of Sate/ City Toll Plaza under NETC programme (FASTag) was circulated to all states by Indian Highways Management Corp Ltd (IHMCL).
    • The Scheme offers participating state authorities/agencies shorter turnaround time by allowing them to be a part of the robust FASTag solution architecture which already supports approx. 6 million tags with approximately daily 10 lakh transactions. Under the scheme IHMCL is providing financial assistance for 50% of the CAPEX cost of installation of ETC infrastructure at two lanes on each toll plaza subject to a maximum of Rs 20 lakh and also bear part of the ETC programme management fee.
    • IHMCL exchanged MoUs with several states/ authorities for integrating with FASTag  today. The move assumes special significance due to the fact that from 1stof December this year, toll collections on all National Highways will mandatorily be done through FASTag only.
    • Another MoU was signed today – between IHMCL and GST Network (GSTN) for integrating E-Way Bill system with FASTag. This has been done with a view to overcoming the existing challenge in track and trace mechanism for GST E-Way Bill (EWB) System and enhance the efficiency in its monitoring.
    • This integration would become mandatory on an all India basis from April 2020. This will allow for more efficient track and trace system for the GST E-Way Bill System, and check the leakage of revenue at the toll plazas.
    • With this integration revenue authorities will be able to track the goods vehicles to see whether they are actually travelling to the specified destination. The supplier/ transporter will also be able to track their vehicles through SMS alerts generated at each toll plaza.
    • Shri Gadkari said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been giving a lot of emphasis on large scale transport reforms. He said the  unified and nation-wide inter-operable RFID-based tag for vehicles is a major step in this direction.
    • Under this system the same FASTag affixed on the windscreen of a vehicle can be used to pay toll across all toll plazas in the country. This initiative will remove bottlenecks and ensure seamless movement of traffic and efficient collection of user fee.
    • He said, this is likely to reduce the nation’s GDP loss by bringing down loss of fuel while waiting at toll plazas. This measure is both time saving, as also controls pollution substantially. The Minister announced that very soon, nobody will be required to wait at toll plazas anywhere in the country.
    • The Minister further said that efforts are being carried out to enable usage of FASTag for making various vehicle related payments apart from toll payments, such as fuel payment, parking charges, etc. He said that the FASTag is being positioned as the ‘Aadhaar’ for a vehicle.

     

    • Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Gen. (Retd.) V.K Singh underlined the benefits of ‘One Nation One Tag – FASTag’ scheme. He said, seamless travelling at toll plazas will lead to ease of travelling. He complimented all stake holders for introducing this revolutionary idea, which he said, is going to prove very important in the overall national highways development plan.

     

    • At present, National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) is functioning as the Central Clearing House and 23 Public and Private sector banks are issuing FASTag.

     

    • A cashback of 2.5% is being offered for the FY 2019-20 in order to incentivize road users for usage of FASTag. FASTag is acceptable across over 490 National Highways toll plazas and selected 39+ State highways toll plazas.

     

    • More than 6 Million FASTag were issued till last month, with overall cumulative ETC collection of over Rs 12,850 Crore since inception. The total cumulative number of successful ETC transactions carried out is over 5540.67 lakhs as in September 2019.

     

    • IHMCL and NHAI have developed the My FASTag mobile App to provide a single one-stop solution to FASTag customers.  The App helps linking of bank neutral FASTag to bank account of customer’s choice. An NHAI Prepaid Wallet was also launched today, giving customers the choice of not linking their FASTag to their bank accounts. Other features of the App include UPI recharge of bank specific FASTag – More than 80% of FASTag issued can be recharged with this facility, single portal for customer login page for issuer banks, Search for nearby Point-of-Sale location by various banks and IHMCL, List of Operational Toll Plazas under NETC programme, and Customer Support Toll-Free numbers.

     

     

     

    INTERNATIONAL NEWS

     

    1. First Training Squadron at DAR ES SALAAM and ZANZIBAR, Tanzania

     

     

    • As part of Indian Navy’s Overseas Deployment, four indigenously built ships of Indian Navy’s First Training Squadron, Indian Naval Ships Tir, Sujata and Shardul and Indian Coast Guard Ship Sarathi, are visiting Tanzania from 14 to 17 Oct 19. During the visit the 1TS ships would be undertaking port calls at Dar Es Salaam on 14 Oct 19 and Zanzibar from 15 to 17 Oct 19. The Senior Officer of First Training Squadron is Captain Varun Singh, who is also Commanding Officer of INS Tir.
    • The Indian Navy’s First Training Squadron, under the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command based at Kochi, imparts training to Officer Cadets of the Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard as well as from Friendly Foreign Countries. The training curriculum includes subjects like Seamanship, Navigation, Shiphandling, Boat Work and Engineering, imparted onboard the 1TS Ships, and Sail Training onboard IN Sail Training Ships Tarangini and Sudarshini.
    • During the port call, the Senior Officer of First Training Squadron will call on various dignitaries and government officials of Tanzania and the Tanzanian People’s Defence Forces. Professional interactions are planned with the Tanzanian People’s Defence Forces towards enhancing co-operation. In addition, social engagements, sports events and exchange of best practices will be conducted between the two Navies.
    • Tanzania and India have traditionally enjoyed warm and friendly bilateral relations, sharing common values of democracy and development. There have been regular high level exchanges and interactions in numerous fields between both countries. Bilateral Defence Cooperation is being progressed through regular interactions between the governments of the two countries.
    • Indian Navy ships are regularly deployed overseas as part of Indian Navy’s mission of building ‘bridges of friendship’ and strengthening international cooperation with friendly countries.

     

     

    1. Hongkong witnesses first abandoned annual address after chaos inside legislature

     

    • Hong Kong’s embattled leader abandoned a State of the Union-style speech today after she was heckled by rowdy opposition lawmakers during chaotic scenes inside the city’s legislature.
    • The speech by Chief Executive Carrie Lam was billed as an attempt to win hearts and minds after four months of seething pro-democracy protests. But, it instead laid bare the intense polarisation coursing through the semi-autonomous financial hub after weeks of huge and increasingly violent rallies.
    • Lam, who has historic low approval ratings, tried twice to begin her policy address inside the Legislative Council which had opened for a new session some three months after it was trashed by masked protesters. But, pro-democracy lawmakers, a minority of the pro-Beijing stacked legislature, shouted her down.
    • One used a projector to broadcast protest slogans behind Lam as she stood on the podium, and later donned a face mask of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
    • Lam instead released a pre-recorded video, the first time a Hong Kong leader has been unable to deliver the annual address in person since the tradition began in 1948.

     

     

    1. Death Anniversary of Lalon observed in Bangladesh

     

     

    • The 129th death anniversary of the mystic bard Fakir Lalon Shah is being observed in Bangladesh .
    • A three-day-long programme started today at the shrine of the saint at Chheuriya on the bank of river Kaliganga in Kushtia district of Bangladesh.
    • Devotees of Lalon from across the country and the world have congregated at the shrine to participate in the three-day-long programme which is being organised by the Lalon academy and the culture ministry of Bangladesh.
    • Lalon is believed to be born in 1774 though no written records exist. He died in 1890.
    • It is said that Lalon was born Hindu but he was raised by a Muslim family after he was abandoned by his own family when he got infected with smallpox and thrown into a river.
    • His songs talk about humanism, love and equality going beyond the limitations imposed by religion, caste and creed. His songs also express anguish at the social reality of his times. In one of his songs, he talks about the pirates who have come and looted everything in the village which is clearly a reference to the British. In another song, Lalon sings of a time when the blind will lead the blind and the mute will talk loudly.
    • He created and composed more than 2000 songs which were popularised by Bauls who sang his songs while wandering in the countryside of Bengal and parts of Assam of those days. His contemporary Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore got some of his songs transcribed and published.
    • His songs and philosophy have influenced many people, including Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul and Ellen Ginsberg, among many others in the world.

     

     

    SPORTS NEWS

     

    1. Priyanshu Rajawat claims men’s singles title at Bahrain International Series

     

    • Indian shuttler Priyanshu Rajawat claimed the men’s singles title at the Bahrain International Series Badminton at Isa Town last night. Seventeen year old Rajawat  beat  top-seed Jason Anthony Ho-Shue from Canada in the finals 16-21, 21-7, 21-12 in the summit clash.
    • Top-seeded Indian mixed double pair of Juhi Dewangan and Venkat Gaurav Prasad also finished at the top. They defeated Thailand’s Pannawat Theerapanitnun and Kanyanat Sudchoeichom 21-18, 21-16 in 34 minutes to bag the gold medal.
    • In women’s singles, Ira Sharma finished second best. Second seeded Indian men’s doubles pair of Rohan Kapoor and Saurabh Sharma settled for the runners-up position.

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