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RBI TO ISSUE RS. 500, RS. 1000 BANK NOTES WITH ENHANCED FEATURES
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will issue Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 bank notes with additional features to aid the visually impaired in identification. Further, Rs. 500 denomination bank notes will have five angular bleed lines in three sets of 2-1-2 lines on the obverse in both, the upper left and the right hand edge of the bank note. While, Rs. 1,000 bank notes will have six angular bleed lines in four sets of 1-2-2-1 lines on the obverse in both, the upper left and right hand edge of the bank notes. Further, both kind of bank notes will have enlarged identification mark with a circular shape for Rs. 500 and a diamond shape for Rs. 1,000 near the left edge of the currency.
AFTER 24 YEARS, KERALA TO BEGIN WORK ON VIZHINJAM PORT
Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy will lay the foundation stone for the proposed Rs 7,525-crore Vizhinjam port on Saturday. This will be the second international trans-shipment terminal in the country. The first one in Kochi was inaugurated in 2010 but is running at low capacity.
GOVERNMENT HANDS OVER 33 NETAJI FILES TO NATIONAL ARCHIVES
Setting the stage for their declassification beginning January 23, 2016, as earlier announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the government on Friday officially handed over the first set of 33 files related to Netaji to the National Archives of India. The declassification of the files begins on 23rd January, the 118th birth anniversary of the leader whose disappearance 70 years ago still remains a mystery.
FROM JANUARY 1, EVEN AND ODD NUMBERED VEHICLES TO BE ALLOWED ON ALTERNATE DAYS IN DELHI
The Arvind Kejriwal government on Friday decided to allow private vehicles with even and odd registration numbers on alternate days from January 1 next year.This effectively means vehicles ending with an even number will be allowed on a certain day, while those with odd number plates can be driven the next day. The rule will not apply to public vehicles.
RELIANCE COMMUNICATION SIGNS RS 30,000-CRORE DEAL FOR SALE OF MOBILE TOWERS BUSINESS TO TILLMAN, TPG
Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications Ltd (RCom) has signed a non-binding pact to sell its cellular towers to private equity firm Tillman Global Holdings LLC (Tillman) and TPG Asia Inc (TPG) in an estimated Rs 30,000 crore deal to pare debt.
RCom, which has 43,379 towers across India, intends to use the proceeds to cut net debt by 75% — from Rs 39,894 crore to under Rs 10,000 crore.
NOW, RECHARGEABLE PAPER THAT CAN STORE ENERGY
Researchers in Sweden have developed power paper — a new material consisting of nano-cellulose and a conductive polymer with an outstanding ability to store energy. Each sheet is 15 cm in diameter and a few tenths of a mm thick and can store energy similar to the super-capacitors currently on the market.The material can be recharged hundreds of times and each charge only takes a few seconds.
CHINA CONSOLIDATES IN AFRICA FOLLOWING $60 BILLION PLEDGE
China is set to expand investments in Africa that would help absorb its excess manufacturing capacity as part of an effort to re-engage with the continent and integrate it within its Belt and Road connectivity framework.In tune with the meeting in Johannesburg, of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), which President Xi Jinping and his South African counterpart, Jacob Zuma are co-chairing, China, has elaborated on its collective approach towards Africa. The two-day summit starts on December 4.
WORLD’S FIRST WASHABLE SMARTPHONE TO DEBUT IN JAPAN
Waterproof smartphones have been on the market for a while. But telecom company KDDI says its new “Digno rafre” phone – to be launched in Japan next week – is the only one that can withstand a soapy bath.A Japanese firm says it has the solution with what it describes the world’s first smartphone that can be washed with soap and water.
AADIL BEDI WINS EASTERN INDIA GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
Aadil Bedi capped off a good season with a fine victory in Kolkata to celebrate his elevation to being the top ranked junior golfer in the country. The prolific teenager from Chandigarh proved a class above the rest of the field, edging them out in an intense sudden death playoff to clinch the Eastern India Golf Championship.
The class IX student was in imperious form, shooting 70, 68, 74 and 68 to put himself firmly in contention. The victory places Aadil firmly in contention to close out the year at the top of the IGU boys rankings, expected to be released later this month.
IGNOU EXPANDS TO NINE COUNTRIES
The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is expanding its study centres to nine countries. The university will open Overseas Study Centres (OSCs) in Sri Lanka, Kuwait, Oman, Mauritius, Nepal, Ethiopia, Kenya and Ivory Coast.