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DAILY NEWS UPDATES

06- DECEMBER - 2016

 

:: NATIONAL ::

PROPOSAL TO AMEND LAW FOR CASHLESS WAGE PAYMENTS

  • The Centre has proposed amending a law to empower States and allow industries to pay wages by cheque or by direct credit into bank accounts.
  • The Union Labour ministry has proposed changes to the Section 6 of the Payment of Wages Act of 1936.
  • The present law states that all payment of wages should be made in cash, with a provision enabling employers to obtain written permission of the worker to pay either by cheque, or by crediting the wages to his or her bank account.

APPOINTMENTS

  1. B.S. Bhullar, a 1986-batch IAS officer, has been appointed chief of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in the latest appointments made in the rank of Additional Secretary in various Union Ministries.
  2. Vaduvendra Mathur, Chairman and Managing Director of Exim Bank, has been shifted to NITI Ayog as Additional Secretary, while Malini Shankar, a 1984-batch IAS officer from the Maharashtra cadre, has been appointed Director-General, Shipping, in the Shipping Ministry.
  3. P.V. Ramesh Babu, a 1985-batch officer from Andhra Pradesh, has been appointed Chairman and Managing Director of Rural Electrification Corporation, while another official from the same batch, Rabindra Panwar, has been shifted from the Defence Ministry and appointed Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser in the Home Ministry.
  4. R.K. Vats from West Bengal has been brought on Central deputation for appointment as Additional Secretary in the Health and Family Welfare Ministry in place of K.B. Agarwal, a 1985-batch officer from the Jammu and Kashmir cadre, who has been returned to his parent cadre.
  5. A 1986-batch officer, Anshu Prakash, has been moved from the Department of Heavy Industries to the Ministry of Rural Development as Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser.
  6. The appointments include an Indian Revenue Service officer, Madhu Mahajan, as Member Secretary of the National Commission for Women, and an Indian Economic Service officer, Nagesh Singh, as Additional Secretary in the Union Ministry of Rural Development.

  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, cleared the appointments of as many as 11 senior-rank officials.

:: INTERNATIONAL :

UZBEKISTAN  INTERIM LEADER

  • Uzbekistan’s interim leader Shavkat Mirziyoyev has won a crushing presidential election victory to succeed the late strongman Islam Karimov,official results showed.
  • The Central Election Commission said Mr. Mirziyoyev scooped 88.6 per cent of the vote, according to a preliminary count, while Western monitors reported signs of fraud.
  • Mr. Mirziyoyev's massive margin over rivals for the five-year term echoed the past successes of predecessor Karimov, who died in September after 27 years at the helm.

:: IMPORTANT DETAILED NEWS ::

INDIA BEATS PAKISTAN TO WIN 2016 WOMEN'S ASIA CUP

India women’s cricket team defeated Pakistan to win the 2016 Asia Cup T20 at Bangkok, Thailand.

India defeated Pakistan in the final of the regional tournament by 17 runs. The win is India’s sixth Asia Cup crown.

In the final, India, who remained undefeated during the tournament, batted first and scored 121/5.

• Player of the Series: Mithali Raj (India)

• Most runs in the Series: 220 by Mithali Raj (India)

• Most wickets in the Series: 12 by Sana Mir (Pakistan)

About Women's Asia Cup

The Women's Asia Cup is an international One Day International and Twenty20 International cricket tournament.

It is contested by women's cricket teams from Asia.

It has been played six times to date.

In 2012, Indian had defeated Pakistan by 19 runs in the final of T20 in Guangzhou, China.

INDIA, QATAR SIGNED FOUR AGREEMENTS INCLUDING VISA AND CYBERSPACE

India and Qatar signed four agreements to boost the bilateral relations between the two nations.

The agreements were inked in New Delhi after delegation level talks held between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Qatar Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani. Emir Al Thani was on a two-day visit to India.

List of agreements exchanged include

  • Agreement on the exemption from visa requirement for holders of diplomatic, special and official passports: The agreement allows holders of diplomatic, special and official passport of the two countries to visa-free travel between the two countries.
  • Protocol on Technical Cooperation in cyber space and combating cyber crime: This Protocol adds an important dimension of bilateral Technical Cooperation in Cyber Space and Combating Cyber Crime to the existing framework agreement in the field of security signed on 10 November 2008.
  • Letter of Intent regarding negotiations on an Agreement on the grant of e-Visa for businessmen and tourists of the two countries: This allows negotiations on an agreement on the grant of e-visa to businessmen and tourists of the two countries.
  • MoU between Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy of Qatar and Confederation of Indian Industry: This MoU will provide the framework for project experts for Indian companies in Qatar, including through participation in infrastructure projects in Qatar undertaken for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Besides, a MoU to collaborate and exchange in the field of national ports management was inked between Qatar Ports Management Company "Mwani Qatar” and Indian Ports Global Private Limited (IPGPL).

USAIN BOLT AND ALMAZ AYANA WIN IAAF WORLD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARD

Nine-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt won the IAAF male Athlete of the Year award. He won the award for the record sixth time.

Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana won the IAAF women Athlete of the Year award. Ayana broke the 10000m world record by over 14 seconds in winning Olympic gold in Rio in 2016.

Other Awards:

• Male Rising Star: Canada’s Andre De Grasse

• Female Rising Star: Belgium’s Nafissatou Thiam

• Women in Athletics: Greece’s Polyxeni Argeitaki

• Coaching Achievement: USA’s Harry Marra

• President’s Award: Tegla Loroupe

About Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt is a Jamaican sprinter.

He is regarded as the fastest human ever timed.

• He is the first man to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records since fully automatic time became mandatory. He is also the world record holder as a part of the 4 × 100 metres relay. He is the reigning World and Olympic champion in these three events.

He is an eleven-time World Champion.

• He is also known as "Lightning Bolt."

His awards include the IAAF World Athlete of the Year, Track & Field Athlete of the Year and Laureus World Sportsman of the Year.

About Almaz Ayana

Almaz Ayana is an Ethiopian female long-distance runner.

She competes in the 3000 metres, 5000 metres and 10000 metres events.

At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro,  she set a new 10000 metres world record and won the gold in the event.

About IAAF World Athlete of the Year

The IAAF Athlete of the Year award is a prize that can be won by athletes participating in events within the sport of athletics organised by the International Athletic Foundation of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

In 2015, United States’ Ashton Eaton won the IAAF male Athlete of the Year award. Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba won the IAAF women Athlete of the Year award.

HAILAKANDI BECOMES FIRST DISTRICT IN ASSAM TO MAKE CASHLESS PAYMENT

Assam’s Hailakandi district becomes the first in the state to pay wages to tea garden workers through bank accounts.

The move follows Assam government’s directive of making cashless transactions to the plantation workers. It has, however, come much before the set deadline of 15 December 2016.

Key Highlights

• Five correspondents from the Assam Gramin Vikash Bank assisted the payment process.

• It covered at least 504 plantation workers who are employed at the Burnie Braes tea estate. They all received their wages through their individual bank accounts.

• The move was made possible through the efforts put in by the District Deputy Commissioner Moloy Bora, who held back-to-back meetings with bank officials along with the tea garden management and mobile service providers.

This move supports Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cashless India drive, following the shocking demonetization of old 500 and 1000 currency notes on 9 November 2016.

However, Assam is not the first Indian state to join the cashless drive, as Goa has already announced its intention of going fully cashless.  Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar revealed the same at a rally on 25 November 2016.

Dhasai, a small village in Maharashtra’s Thane District also became virtually cashless starting 2 December 2016. With a population of 5,000, it is the first village in the country to do so. The feat was made possible through the installation of 150 Point of Sale (PoS) machines.

 

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