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MICROSOFT FOUNDER BILL GATES PLEDGES TO $7 BILLION GREEN ENERGY RESEARCH FUND
Bill Gates has said that he and a group of other investors are pledging the £4.6 billion ($7bn) to research into clean energy sources.The Microsoft co-founder announced the investment as part of a larger initiative with world governments that are promising to double spending on renewable energy research.
“EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT” WINS GOLDEN PEACOCK AWARD AT 46TH IFFI
South American filmmaker Ciro Guerra’s film Embrace of the Serpent won the prestigious Golden Peacock award at the 46th International Film Festival of India (IFFI).Indian filmmaker Kaushik Ganguly won the newly-instituted UNESCO Fellini medal for his film Cinemawala.British filmmaker Peter Greenaway won the best director award for his film Eisenstein in Guanajuato, while Julia Vargas’ film Sealed Cargo won the Special Jury award.
GDP GROWTH ACCELERATES TO 7.4 % IN JULY-SEPT. MANUFACTURING REBOUNDS SIGNIFICANTLY
India’s GDP grew at 7.4 per cent in the July-September 2015 quarter as compared to 7 per cent in the previous quarter, driven by a resurgence in manufacturing growth. At 9.3 per cent, the manufacturing sector grew the fastest in three years.
E-DISTRICT PROJECT LAUNCHED IN DELHI
The project aims to provide online various government-issued certificates to Delhiites.The initiative makes Delhi the first State in the county to allow online applications, online status verification and digitizing the entire legacy data related to such services.Launched at a function presided over by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at the Delhi Secretariat, the portal will allow citizens to apply for certificates of birth, marriage and death to official documentation required for OBC, SC, ST, Income, Solvency and lal dora, among others.The initiative, accessible via http ://edistrict.delhigovt.nic.in , enables citizens to apply online or through any mobile device for certificates issued by the Revenue Department. The application status can also be tracked online.
BHARTI AIRTEL TO INVEST RS 60,000 CRORE IN 3 YEARS ON NETWORK EXPANSION
Bharti Airtel will invest Rs 60,000 crore in three years to upgrade its network as India’s biggest telwcom prepares to take on the challenge for data customers from newcomer Reliance Jio Infocomm apart from existing rivals Vodafone and Idea Cellular. The investment plan, Project Leap, is set to be the biggest by an incumbent telco. It mainly entails overhauling and installing new equipment, expanding the mobile broadband network to rural areas and laying optical fibre both locally and internationally.
LALU’S SON TEJASWI IS RJD LEGISLATURE PARTY LEADER
Lalu Prasad’s son and Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav was today named the leader of RJD legislature party in the new Bihar Assembly. Mr. Prasad, who was authorised by the RJD legislature party earlier to take the decision, nominated Tejaswi Yadav, a first time MLA from Raghopur seat in Vaishali, as RJD Legislature Party leader in the Assembly.
CHINA HOSTS 1ST BRICS MEDIA SUMMIT
China has taken the initiative for creating an alternative media platform for the emerging economies by hosting the first media summit of countries belonging to the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) grouping.A total of 25 media organisations are participating in Tuesday’s summit, which hopes to create a new institutional framework that would be tailored to benefit the media of five emerging economies, which have deep linkages with the Global South.