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CABINET CLEARS PROPOSALS TO SET UP THREE AIIMS-LIKE INSTITUTIONS
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday cleared proposals to set up three new All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AllMS) at Nagpur in Maharashtra, Manglagiri in Andhra Pradesh and Kalyani in West Bengal under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojna (PMSSY) at a cost of Rs 4,949 crore.
RS 500-CR NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL TO COME UP IN DELHI
Acceding to a long-pending demand of the armed forces, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a Rs 500-crore project for building a national war memorial and a war museum near India Gate in memory of over 22,500 soldiers, who had sacrificed their lives for the country after Independence.
NOBEL PRIZE IN CHEMISTRY AWARDED TO TOMAS LINDAHL, PAUL MODRICH AND AZIZ SANCAR FOR DNA STUDIES
Tomas Lindahl, Paul L. Modrich and Aziz Sancar were awarded the prize for having discovered how cells repair their DNA and protect it from waves of punishment that the body and the environment dish out more or less continuously.
AFTER NAYANTARA SAHGAL, POET ASHOK VAJPEYI RETURNS SAHITYA AKADEMI AWARD
A day after writer Nayantara Sahgal returned her Sahitya Akademi award against what she described “unmaking of India, poet Ashok Vajpeyi also handed back the prestigious literary honour to the government, criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not speaking up against the recent spree of violence.
SUPREME COURT REFERS AADHAR CARD MATTER TO CONSTITUTION BENCH
The Supreme Court today referred to a Constitution Bench a batch of petitions challenging the Centre’s ambitious scheme to provide Aadhar card to all citizens and decide whether right to privacy is a fundamental right.
AFTER POK, INDIA TURNS FOCUS ON BALOCHISTAN
After highlighting the alleged human rights violations in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), India is preparing to take an aggressive position on Balochistan, in a marked departure from South Block’s Pakistan policy of the past.
INDIA TO OPPOSE UNIFORM MIGRATION POLICY AT BRICS MEET IN SOCHI
India might be home to a considerable number of refugees, but it has decided not to be a signatory to a uniform migration policy that is coming up for discussion at the first BRICS Migration Conference in Sochi, Russia, on Friday. India will also push for a liberalised visa regime for “skilled workers” among BRICS nations to promote business and economic interests.
KOREA’S HOESUNG LEE NAMED HEAD OF UN CLIMATE PANEL
Hoesung Lee of South Korea has been named the new head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN body tasked with assessing climate science.Prof Lee, an expert on climate economics and sustainable development, was elected to chair the panel at its ongoing meeting in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
MYANMAR GETS FIRST-EVER POLL APP
Team Pop Stack, a group of young coders, recently launched Myanmar’s first ever election app — MVoter2015. The country of 51 million people has more than 18 million SIM cards for mobile phones. Team Pop Stack says the app, although meant for everyone, is aimed at Myanmar’s youth.
COFFEE DAY SETS PRICE BAND FOR RS 1,150 CR IPO
The company behind Cafe Coffee Day, India’s biggest coffee chain, will launch an initial public offering next week, aiming to raise up to Rs 1,150 crore in the country’s biggest IPO in nearly three years.
PRODUCTIVITY-LINKED BONUS FOR NON-GAZETTED RAILWAY EMPLOYEES
In a move that is likely to benefit about 12.58 lakh non-gazetted railway employees, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the payments of productivity-linked bonus (PLB) equivalent to 78 days’ wages for the financial year 2014-15 to them. The total payments is estimated at Rs.1,030.02 crore, according to an official release.
ADITYA BIRLA GROUP ENTERS INTO PARTNERSHIP WITH ABRAAJ GROUP
Aditya Birla Group through Aditya Birla Nuvo (ABNL) has entered into a partnership with Abraaj Group, a leading investor operating in global growth markets, to build a large scale renewable energy platform by focusing on developing utility-scale solar power plants in India.
APOLLO SUGAR CLINICS TO ENTER MIDDLE EAST
Apollo Sugar Clinics, a diabetes care-focused chain from the Apollo Hospitals Group, today said it will be entering the Middle East soon and also expanding domestic operations by adding 12 more clinics by the end of the month.
BCCI SHIFTS TREASURER’S OFFICE TO MUMBAI
The BCCI, under the stewardship of president Shashank Manohar, has shifted the office of treasurer from Chennai to Mumbai, the headquarters of the national cricket body. The Chennai-based P.B. Vijayaraghavan & Co. has been the tax consultant for the last 10 years, and the internal audit company for the last six years. t has been replaced by M/S Gokhale & Sathe for the 2015-16 fiscal while the Mumbai-based company has been given the responsibility because the BCCI’s tax matters are dealt with the Income Tax office here.
FOOTBALL: GOALKEEPER DROPSY DEAD AT 63
Former France international goalkeeper Dominique Dropsy has died from leukaemia at the age of 63.