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Current Affairs for 26 April 2016
April 26, 2016
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GOVT APPROVES 8.7 PER CENT INTEREST ON PROVIDENT FUND DEPOSITS

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In February, the Labour Ministry had issued a notification restricting 100 per cent withdrawal of provident fund by members unemployed for more than two months. The earlier decision was then deferred till April 30 but as protests persisted, the government decided to postpone it yet again.

The Finance Ministry has approved 8.7 per cent interest on Employees Provident Fund deposits for 2015-16, Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya announced today. The interest rate till last year was kept at 8.75 per cent.

In February, the Labour Ministry had issued a notification restricting 100 per cent withdrawal of provident fund by members unemployed for more than two months. The earlier decision was then deferred till April 30 but as protests persisted, the government decided to postpone it yet again.

The EPFO had also restricted withdrawal of PF to the employee’s own contribution and interest earned on that, if the claimant has remained unemployed for more than two months.


 

BERHAMPUR IISER TO START CLASSES FROM AUGUST

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The Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Berhampur, would start classes for its first batch of students from August this year at its temporary campus on the premises of government Industrial Training Institute (ITI) in the city.

A MoU has been signed between the IISER and ITI authorities and the Ganjam district administration. Bhopal IISER director Vinod Kumar Singh, who is also the Berhampur IISER mentor-director, was present along with the Bhopal IISER registrar K.V. Satyamurthy. Speaking to newsmen, Prof. Singh said by July end, admission procedure for Berhampur IISER would be complete and classes would start from August. According to him, 50 to 60 students would be taken in the first batch.

Berhampur ITI principal Rajat Kumar Panigrahy said the second floor of one building on the ITI campus would be used as temporary campus. This floor has 16 rooms with total floor area of around 14,000 square feet.


 

ALL NEW MOBILES TO HAVE PANIC BUTTON FROM 2017

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The notification says that no handset shall be sold in India from January 1, 2017, without a panic button and all handsets must also have GPS from January 1, 2018.

Starting next year, all mobile phones sold in India will come with a dedicated ‘panic button’ that can be used to send out a signal in case of distress.

The Panic button and Global Positioning System facility in all mobile phone handsets Rules, 2016, notified by the Department of Telecommunications on April 22, are aimed at improving the safety of women and ensuring a quick response from security agencies.

The notification says that no handset shall be sold in India from January 1, 2017, without a panic button and all handsets must also have GPS from January 1, 2018.


 

PARLIAMENT PASSES BILL TO BAR SEHAJDHARIS FROM VOTING

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91-year-old law to be amended to exclude them from gurdwara polls

The Parliament on Monday passed a Bill to amend a 91-year-old law to exclude Sehajdharis from voting in the elections to Sikh religious bodies, fulfilling a long-pending demand of the community ahead of Assembly elections in Punjab next year.

The Sikh Gurdwaras (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was passed by the Lok Sabha more than a month after Rajya Sabha approved it.

Replying to a debate on the Bill, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the demand for not giving voting rights to Sehajdhari Sikhs was made by Shiromani Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee members and office bearers.


 

RIYAD MAHREZ: LEICESTER CITY FORWARD NAMED PFA PLAYER OF THE YEAR

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Leicester City forward Riyad Mahrez has won the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award.

Mahrez has scored 17 goals and made 11 assists in 34 league games to take Leicester to the cusp of the title.

The award was voted for by the Algeria international’s fellow professionals.

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli, 20, was named PFA Young Player of the Year, while Manchester City forward Izzy Christiansen won the Women’s Player of the Year award.

Sunderland striker Beth Mead, 20, was named Women’s Young Player of the Year.

Mahrez, 25, held off competition from Tottenham forward Harry Kane, Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, West Ham United midfielder Dimitri Payet and fellow Leicester men Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kante to win the award.


 

MAIRAJ AHMED KHAN’S ITALIAN CONNECTION CLICKS AT SHOOTING WORLD CUP WITH MEDAL IN SKEET 

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Mairaj Ahmed Khan is glad he won silver at the ISSF World Cup in Rio over the weekend, and gladder still he didn’t win gold. It’s not like the 40-year-old pegs down ambitions and is content with whatever he achieves – a rare World Cup medal in Skeet, not India’s best shotgun variant.

Just that the shooter knows what tricks the happy mind can play on itself. “Good I didn’t win gold, it might’ve led to over-confidence!” he accepts.

As the only Indian to medal at the pre-Olympics event held at the Games shooting range in Deodoro Park – most shooters headed to Brazil to test waters and familiarise themselves with the conditions – Mairaj reckons this medal work for his kind of mindset. “While you can shrug off the confidence and self belief that comes with doing well at the actual venue of Olympics as having no bearing on what might happen in August, I knew that if I had shot badly at this venue, a fear might’ve crept into me, and that can hurt at times,” the marksman from Khurja, Uttar Pradesh, says.