2013 - September - 1 to 4 - Current Affairs


International Issues

India will be hosting the 33rd Asian and Pacific Conference of Correctional Administrators (APCCA), 2013 in New Delhi from 22 to 27 September, 2013. The conference will be inaugurated by Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde. 

This is a prominent event for the correctional officers to share ideas and learn from others’ experiences and give direction to innovative ideas in correctional administration and welfare. 

Apart from delegates from 23 member countries, the delegates from States/UTs dealing with correctional administrations will also attend the conference. 

The theme of the conference for the year 2013 is Correction-Transformation-Re-integration. 

The conference is aimed to assist the reintegration of the released inmates back to the society. This entails strategically planned custodial interventions which will enable inmates to gainfully employ themselves in the society and also to sensitise the societal acceptance so that they are mainstreamed without any stigma. 

About APCC: Asian & Pacific Conference of Correctional Administrators (APCCA) is an organisation of 23 countries viz., Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Korea, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga and Vietnam. India is a founder member of this organization. Since 2008 India is an elected member of the Governing Board of the organization. 

Every year the annual conference is organised by the member countries on rotational basis where Correctional Administrators of member countries exchange ideas in relation to the prison reforms in the Asia Pacific region. The conference gives correctional officers a chance to express their knowledge and exchange best practices being adopted in various countries. In 2012 the conference was organised by Brunei. 

Correctional officers: Correctional officers are responsible for overseeing individuals who have been arrested and are awaiting trial or who have been sentenced to serve time in a jail, reformatory, or prison. 


National Issues

Prime Minister of India Dr. Mamohan Singh on 2 September 2013 launched the Gandhi Heritage Portal in New Delhi. The Gandhi heritage Portal is set up to preserve, protect and disseminate original writings of Gandhiji. The Gandhi Heritage Portal is an initiative of Union Ministry of Culture. 

About The Gandhi Heritage Portal: 

• The Gandhi Heritage Portal is a technology-driven initiative aimed at making Gandhiji accessible all over the world on an electronic platform. It would be one of the most authentic open source archives on the life and work and thought of Mahatma Gandhi. 

• The portal has 5 lakh pages of authentic and verified information and is expected to have over 15 lakh pages of information in multiple languages. 

• The fundamental works of Mahatma Gandhi would be available on the portal includes Hind Swaraj, The Story of My Experiments with Truth (autobiography), From Yervada Mandir, Ashram Observances in Action, Constructive Programmes: Their Meanings and Plan, Key to Health and Gandhiji’s translation of the Gita. It will also provide an opportunity to enthusiasts, Gandhians and research scholars to read original journals like Hind Swaraj, Harijan. Harijan Bandhu, Indian Opinion and Young India. 

The Gandhi Heritage Portal has been developed at the Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat with the help of Union Ministry of Culture. The project was initially recommended by the Government of India-appointed panel headed by Gopal Krishna Gandhi. The Ministry of Culture had sanctioned 8 crore rupees as a corpus fund to the Sabarmati Ashram Preservation and Memorial Trust (SAPMT), Ahmedabad to create the portal. The Sabarmati Ashram is the largest repository of Gandhiji’s original writings. 




The Union Minister for Culture Chandresh Kumari Katoch on 2 September 2013 inaugurated an exclusive exhibition on Indian embroideries- named Resurgence. 

The exhibition showcases revival of India’s weaves and embroideries. It is worth noticing that India has huge untapped potential of craftsmen and artisans and such platforms pave way for the restoration of the indigenous handicraft and enhance inter-state cultural discourse. Indian handicrafts usually get a lot of recognition from all over the world. During the inaugural function, the Union Minister for Culture also felicitated artisans for their exquisite work in embroidery. 

On the occasion, a symposium on Textile and Embroidery Traditions across India was also organised. The exhibition known as Resurgence has been opened from 2 September 2013 to 15 September 2013 at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. 



The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) on 3 September 2013 launched the third All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE)-2012-13. 

The Survey was initiated in the year 2011 to prepare a robust data-base on higher education. 

Data for the year 2010-11 was collected during the first year of the survey. Keeping in view the usefulness of data collected during the very first year, Ministry has decided to make this survey an annual exercise of data collection in higher education sector. 

The survey covers all the Higher Education (HE) Institutions of the country including Universities, Colleges, and Stand-Alone Institutions. The entire survey has been voluntary, based on motivation of respondents; and without any statutory mandate in place for collecting information of this nature. It needs a Survey like this to bring out the correct and complete picture of the system so that relevant statistics are available to the Central Government as well as State Governments, in order to devise future policies. 

The survey is also unique in the sense that it is a participatory effort between State Governments, Regulatory Statutory Authorities, and the Ministries of the Government of India. The Survey compiles and manages statistics directly online from respondent institutions. 

The main items of data collection under survey are Basic details, Programme details, Teaching & Non-Teaching Staff, Student Enrolment, Examination Results and Scholarships. The survey for the year 2011-12 is under progress. With the launch of 2012-13 survey, two year data could be collected simultaneously and the time-lag will be reduced to bare minimum. 



The Union Cabinet of India on 3 September 2013 approved the proposal for setting up of an autonomous National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE). The NISE will act as an apex national center for research and development and related activities in the area of solar energy technologies in India. It will also assist the Government to look forward towards the development aspects of the sector. 

The National Institute of Solar Energy will be established by converting Solar Energy Centre (SEC), Gurgaon with a long term vision to develop it as a world class institute. The Government would set-up a national team in the form of a Review-cum-Strategy Formulation Committee representation from industry, the scientific community, financial institutions to prepare a blue print. The committee will be responsible for various models available in the country and outside and prepare a roadmap for the Institute. 

Background: Setting up of an Apex National Centre For Solar Energy is a part of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), which was considered by the Prime Minister`s Council on Climate Change in August 2009. The Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission and other related proposals were approved by the Government of India in November 2009. While approving the JNNSM, the Government also approved specific targets and budget for the first phase of the Mission till March, 2013. This includes R&D in solar energy, setting up of a Centre of Excellence as an apex centre on different aspects of solar energy technologies. 



A National Symposium on Development and Nurturing of Emerging Interface between Medical Science and Biotechnology was held in Gauhati University on 2 September 2013. The seminar was inaugurated by Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare. 

Major points discussed: 

• It was discussed that the development of hybrid animals and plants for producing better varieties for milk or meat production are the examples of utilization of genetic re-combinations for commercial purposes. 

• During recent years translational research has emerged as an important area for healthcare in general and the biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industries in particular. 

• Over the years, biotechnology has become much more refined since India is now able to operate at the gene level. In case of healthcare applications, science has now moved from genetics in which selected genes were targeted and studied to genomics in which the structure and function of the genes of a particular species can be studied simultaneously by using DNA chips. 

• Molecular methods are proving to be very useful in diagnosis and tracking. 

• The Union Government of India has supported it, thereby leading to rapid strides in biotechnology and medical products in India. 

• The Government of India created a Department of Biotechnology two decades ago. 

• Financial aid is being extended not only through Department of Biotechnology, but many other central agencies such as Department of Science and Technology (DST), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO), Ministry of Environment & Forests and Indian Council of Medical Research under the Department of Health Research of Health Ministry. 

• Ghulam Nabi Azad explained that the North-Eastern region faces peculiar problems because of its geography and long international borders with several countries which make human population vulnerable to transmission of many communicable diseases like influenza and vector borne diseases. 

• Recent data from the ICMR’s National Cancer Registry Programme has been an eye opener showing a very high prevalence of mouth (hypopharynx) and upper gastrointestinal tract (oesophagus) cancer, which is several times higher when compared with other parts of India. 

• The problem of clustering cancers is primarily seen in East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya, Mizoram, and Kamrup District of Assam. 



The two day 8th Annual Convention of Central Information Commission concluded at New Delhi on 3 September 2013. The convention was inaugurated on 2 September 2013 by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee. 

The theme of the convention was Eight years of RTI: A Retrospective. 

A noted historian and columnist, Ramachandra Guha delivered the keynote address on Democracy in India: Mid-life Crisis. The 2-day convention had three technical sessions on RTI and inclusive growth, RTI-an anti-corruption tool and Media and RTI with eminent panelists taking part in the sessions. 

Sessions of the Convention: 

• The convention had two sessions on RTI- an anti-corruption tool and Media & RTI. The panel discussion on RTI as an anti corruption tool had the legendry former Chief Election Commissioner J. M. Lyngdoh, Pratyush Sinha, the former CVC, well known RTI activist Subhash Agrawal and Anjali Bhardwaj and Shailesh Gandhi, the former information Commissioner and himself no mean RTI activist. 

• M. L. Sharma, Information Commissioner and former Special Director, CBI moderated the session and brought his considerable experience in fighting corruption to bear on the discussion. 

Discussions: 

• The discussions were held on the need of electoral reforms and the role the RTI can play in that. 

• Apart from this, the discussion was held on how the RTI can prevent and contain corruption in public life not only by promoting transparency in the decision making process but also by continuous public interrogation of those in authority. 

• The last panel discussion included relationship between the media and RTI with eminent media persons participating in the discussion. 

• The discussion was also held about the relationship between RTI and the media and the mutually complementary and supportive role they play.



The Union Government of India on 3 September 2013 approved the proposal for setting up of the Bharat Rural Livelihood Foundation (BRLF) as an independent charitable society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. 

Bharat Rural Livelihood Foundation (BRLF): 

• The role of BRLF is to facilitate and upscale civil society action in partnership with Government for transforming livelihoods and lives of rural households, with an emphasis on women, particularly in the Central Indian Tribal Region. 

• BRLF will provide financial grants to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in order to meet their human resource and institutional costs for up-scaling of proven interventions 

• It will also facilitate to invest in institutional strengthening of smaller CSOs and capacity building of professional resources working at the grassroots. 

• Projects supported by BRLF would be able to reach 10 lakh poor families by the end of the fifth year. 

• BRLF will also additionally support the capacity building of 1000 CSO professionals and institutional strengthening of a significant number of smaller CSOs within the above time frame. 

• BRLF will have the country-wide mandate, but for the start-up the the initial focus of the organisation will be on the Central Indian Tribal Region, centered on blocks having significant tribal population across 170 districts in the States of Odisha, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Gujarat. 

Formation of Bharat Rural Livelihood Foundation (BRLF): 

• The Union Government of India will release 500 crore Rupees for creation of the corpus fund of the new Society, in two tranches. 

• BRLF will be constituted as a partnership between Government on the one hand and private sector philanthropies, private and public sector undertakings (under Corporate Social Responsibility) on the other hand. 

• The proposal was, at first considered by the Union Cabinet on 18 April 2013. It was then referred to the Group of Ministers under chairmanship of the Finance Minister. The GoM eventually held its meeting on 21 August 2013 and recommended the proposal. 



The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the proposal for restructuring of the centrally sponsored Scheme of Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana (SJSRY) in the 12th Plan. The Scheme will now be called National Urban Livelihoods Mission (NULM) with an allocation of approximately 6405 crore Rupees. 

About National Urban Livelihoods Mission (NULM): 

• The mission of National Urban Livelihoods Mission (NULM) is reduction of poverty and vulnerability of the urban poor households by enabling them to access gainful self-employment and skilled wage employment opportunities. 

• The mission will also aim at providing shelter equipped with essential services to the urban homeless in a phased manner. 

• Apart from this, the mission will also address livelihood concerns of the urban street vendors also by facilitating access to suitable spaces, institutional credit, social security and skills to the urban street vendors for accessing emerging market opportunities. The primary focus of NULM will be community mobilisation and women empowerment. 

• NULM envisages universal mobilisation of urban poor households into thrift and credit-based Self-Help Groups (SHGs) and their federations/collectives. The SHGs will also serve as the support system for the poor, to meet their financial and social need. 

• National Urban Livelihoods Mission (NULM) will facilitate establishment of City Livelihood Centres (CLCs) in the Mission cities in order provide the platform whereby the urban poor can market their services and access information on self-employment, skill training and other benefits. Target of the National Urban Livelihoods Mission (NULM) 

• The main target of the NULM is urban poor who are occupationally vulnerable for Employment through Skills Training & Placement (EST&P). 

• The mission will focus on providing assistance for development as well as upgrading of the skills of the urban poor so as to enhance their capacity for self-employment and salaried employment. 

• NULM intends to provide training to the urban poor as per the skill demand from the market, so that they can set up self-employment ventures or secure salaried employment. 

• Through its Self-Employment Programme (SEP), NULM will provide financial assistance to individuals and groups of urban poor to set up gainful self-employment as well as micro-enterprise ventures. 

• The Support to Urban Street Vendors (USV) component will cover a socio-economic survey of street vendors, development of pro-vending urban planning and vendors’ markets, credit enablement of vendors, skill development and micro-enterprise development and convergence under various schemes of the Government. 

• The aim of NULM is also to provide shelter for the urban homeless equipped with essential services. The shelters should be permanent all-weather 24 x 7 shelters for the urban homeless. Under the scheme, there will be provisions of establishing permanent community shelters for a minimum of one hundred persons, for every one lakh urban population. 

Implementation of NULM: 

• The NULM will be implemented in two phases: Phase I (2013-2017) and Phase II (2017-2022). 

• In Phase I, NULM will target all cities with a population of one lakh or more and district headquarter towns with a population of less than one lakh as per Census of India 2011. Funding of this project will be shared between the Centre and the States in the ratio of 75:25. 

• For the North Eastern and Special Category States (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand), this ratio will be 90:10. 



The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved the scheme for strengthening the tertiary care cancer facilities under the National Program for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, CVDs and Stroke (NPCDCS). The total cost of this is 4697 crore Rupees with the Central Government and State share of 3535 crore Rupees and 1162 crore Rupees respectively. 

What does the proposal seek? 

• The aim of the proposal is to enhance the tertiary care cancer facilities available in the country, address spatial imbalances, reduce waiting period for diagnosis and treatment, provide access to free/affordable facilities for the poor and increase availability of human resources trained for cancer. 

• The proposal is to assist the State or Union Territory Governments in setting up State Cancer Institutes (SCI) and for setting up or strengthening of Tertiary Care Cancer Centres (TCCC). 

• The scheme will enhance the physical (equipment) capacity. 

• Apart from this, the teaching and research facilities for cancer will also be strengthened in all the States. 

• The implementation of the proposal will help in increasing radio therapy as well as medical oncology and other cancer related facilities in underserved areas. 

• The implementation of the proposal will additionally help in increasing the bed capacities for in-patient treatment. 

• 20 State Cancer Institutes (SCI) will be established in 20 States and 50 Tertiary Care Cancer Centres (TCCC) in different parts of the country. 

• Financial assistance of up to 120 crore Rupees as well as 45 crore Rupees would be facilitated for SCI and TCCC respectively, inclusive of Government of India’s share of 75 percent and State share of 25 percent. 

• In addition to diagnosis and treatment, the assisted institutions will impart training to doctors, nurses, technicians etc. 

• Apart from this, there will be the activities pertaining to prevention, early detection, treatment and rehabilitation being undertaken in various districts under the National Rural Health Mission (now the National Health Mission) component of the programme. 

• Cancer cases detected during screening at the district levels will be treated at the SCI/TCCC. 

• Recurring costs will be borne by the State Governments and the institution concerned. The recurring cost for the central monitoring cell at Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MOHFW) and for the Cancer Registries component will however be borne by the Union Government of India. It is important to note that cancer has become the major public health challenge in India. It is also one of the major causes of deaths in India. It is also estimated that in India, there are 28 lakh cases of cancer at any point of time. New cases every year and annual mortality are estimated to be 11 lakh and 5 lakh respectively. 



The government has approved 17 proposals of Foreign Direct Investment, FDI amounting to over 992 crore rupees. The approval was based on the recommendations made by Foreign Investment Promotion Board in its meeting held on 29th July. 

The Smith & Nephew Private Limited, Singapore, Calyx Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd and Fresenius Kabi (Singapore) Private Limited are some of the important companies figured in the FDI proposal list. 



The Lok Sabha has passed the Pension Fund Regulatory and Develpment Authority Bill, 2011. One hundred seventy four members voted in favour and 33 against the bill. Earlier replying to the debate, Finance Minister, P. Chidambaram said that the new Pension Scheme is mandatory for all Central Government employees who joined service on or after 1st January, 2004. He said 26 states have already joined the scheme. 

At present the scheme has over 52 lakh subscribers with cumulative fund of over 34 thousand crore rupees. He said the Bill seeks to give statutory authority to Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority which was set up 2003. Mr. Chidambaram said nobody has made any complaint against this scheme. He assured the House that the new pension scheme will be the most secure and attractive for the subscribers. 

Mr. Chidambaram said that the Government has accepted all the recommendations of the Standing Committee on Finance except one which relates to facility of repayable advances from the pension accounts of the subscribers. The Bill seeks to give statutory powers to the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority, set up in 2003. It also changes the name of the New Pension Scheme to National Pension Scheme. 

Under the scheme, every subscriber will have an individual pension account,which will be portable across job changes. The subscribers will choose Fund Managers and schemes to manage their pension wealth. The subscribers will also have the option of switching schemes and Fund Managers. 


Bilateral Issues

The 3rd India-Republic of Korea (ROK) Foreign Policy and Security Dialogue (FPSD) was held in Seoul on 2 September 2013. Both nations discussed ways to further expand and deepen their Strategic Partnership. 

They undertook a comprehensive review of bilateral ties, including in the fields of economic collaboration, defense and security cooperation, cultural exchanges and people-to-people contacts. 

In this context they discussed the potential for space and nuclear cooperation, upgrading of the bilateral Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement and collaboration in defense production. They agreed to step up cooperation in the spheres of maritime and cyber security. 

The two nations discussed the possible outcomes from the forthcoming visit to India of the President of ROK, H.E. Madame Park Geun-hye. 

Discussing regional and international subjects of mutual interest, India and Korea agreed to step up coordination on East Asian regional issues. 

The ROK side provided a briefing on the situation in the Korean Peninsula. 

Views were also exchanged on the recent developments in Afghanistan. It was agreed that the 4th India-ROK Foreign Policy and Security Dialogue will be held at New Delhi at a mutually convenient time in 2014. 




The delegation led by H.E. Jangbahadoorsing Seetaram, Minister of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives, Mauritius met with K. H. Muniyappa, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in New Delhi on 2 September 2013. It is worth noticing that India is Mauritius’ largest trading partner and has been the largest exporter of goods and services to Mauritius since 2007. 

During the meeting, India and Mauritius discussed about the finalising of MoU on cooperation in the MSME sector. Discussion on signing of MoU between National Small Industries Corporation and Small & Medium Enterprises Development Authority of Mauritius was also done. 

• The MoU between National Small Industries Corporation and Small & Medium Enterprises Development Authority of Mauritius is meant for the promotion of a favourable business environment as well as for empowerment of SMEs to emerge and grow and provides a service delivery network which in turn will increase the contribution of SMEs in the national economy. 

• The MoU also facilitates an assistance and provide the necessary support to SMEs to gain market access and business opportunities and to compete successfully in the national and international markets for Mauritius. 

• The MoU stated that, NSIC may provide consultancy to Mauritius’s SMEDA on mutually agreed terms, in implementation of its strategy for the development of Incubation Centres and strengthening of the SMEDA SME Resource and Technology Centre (SRTC) with emphasis on Research and Development (R & D) and Innovation. 

• The MoU provides cooperation at all levels including technology transfer, Marketing and Financial in the MSME sector. 



The Union cabinet of India on 3 September 2013 approved the India-Abu Dhabi bilateral air services agreement. Under this agreement the airlines of India and Abu-Dhabi can fly 50000 seats each week, an increase from the present level of 13700. This increase of 36670 seats will take place in a phased manner spanning over a three-year period. An additional 11000 seats per week would be added to the current 13700 in 2013, another 12800 seats per week would be added in 2014 and 12870 more in 2015. 

The bilateral air services agreement between India and Abu Dhabi allows their designated airlines to operate as well as increase or decrease the number of flights operating between them, the number of seats per week and even the type of the aircraft. 



The Indo-Japan Monorail and Light Rail Transit (LRT) seminar was held at New Delhi on 3 September 2013. The Minister of Urban Development and Parliamentary Affairs, Kamal Nath addressed the seminar. It is important to note that the Japanese Government and the Japanese Companies extended their cooperation in the development of Metro system in India, which will also be extended for to the development of Monorail and LRT system in various cities of India. 

The Monorail system can be very useful for congested areas of the Indian cities as well as can also prove to be environment friendly. Monorail can be essential to supplement the Metro system.

Development of the Monorail project: 

The working group on Urban Transport for the 12th Five Year Plan gave its recommendations for the LRT system in India. 

According to the recommendations, LRT should be provided in all cities with a population of million plus. According to the 2011 census, there are 53 such cities in India. The State Government of Maharashtra is already constructing two corridors of Monorail in the city of Mumbai. 

Apart from this, the State Governments of Delhi, Tamil Nadu and Kerala have also prepared DPRs for Monorail Project. In Delhi, a Monorail Project is being implemented over a distance of 11 Kms between Shastri Park to Trilok Puri. This project would be completed by the year 2017. 

 The report of the High powered expert committee which was released in March 2011 revealed that the estimated total expenditure of 39 lakh crore would be incurred on Indian urban infrastructure and services by the year 2031. 

This report was commissioned by Ministry of Urban Development Government of India. The expenditure on urban transport and roads together will be more than half the total expenditure at 23 lakh crore Rupees. 



India and Japan have agreed to intensify negotiations on the civil nuclear pact. Resuming their talks in Tokyo after a gap of nearly three years, senior officials of the two countries held their fourth round during which they discussed all aspects of the pact to pave the way for export of nuclear reactors and technology to India. 

Launched in 2010, the nuclear-energy negotiations have been on hold since the Fukushima nuclear accident in March 2011. The fourth round comes nearly three months after the meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Tokyo in May where they decided to direct their officials to accelerate the negotiations for an agreement on cooperation in the peaceful uses of neuclear energy. 


Business Issues
Leading software and hardware company Oracle on 2 September 2013 offered to introduce its courses in Uttar Pradesh schools, vocational, technical and higher education institutions under its Train the Trainer initiative. Oracle would be offering courses at three levels. 

First level involves Introduction to Computer Science which is mainly targeted at school and ITIs in the state and would be available free of cost to the faculties and students while second level comprises of Advance Computer Science is aimed at technical and degree students and under the third level of programme, Business Applications of Computer Science would be taught. 

As part of investment in community, Oracle intends to contribute meaningfully under its non-commercial educational reform programme in Uttar Pradesh. 


Awards

Haraprasad Das was conferred the Moortidevi Award for 2012 for Vamsha. Vamsa is a poetic recreation of the Mahabharata in contemporary idiom, which has been recognised as a post-modern masterpiece. Das has done eleven works of poetry, four of prose, three translations and one piece of fiction. He was given the award at Shastri Bhavan by the Moortidevi Award Selection Board, chaired by oil minister Veerappa Moily. 

Moortidevi Award: Moortidevi award is presented by the Bhartiya Jnanpith organization is presented by the Bhartiya Jnanpith Organisation. It carries cash prize, a plaque, a statue of goddess of learning Saraswati and a shawl. This is the second Moortidevi award given for Odia literature. In 1991, Dr Pratibha Ray received the award for her novel Yagnaseni. 


Sports

South Korea defeated India 4-3 in the final of the Asia Cup Hockey at Ipoh, Malaysia on 1 September 2013. With this, South Korea confirmed its place in the World Cup at The Hague. In the meanwhile, the Asian Hockey Federation gave the details of the participants for the next AHF Champions Trophy to be held in Kakamigahara (Japan) from 1 November 2013 to 10 November 2013.

In the men’s section, the participants will be China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Oman and Pakistan. In the women’s section, the participants include China, India, Japan and Malaysia. 

The women’s development conference will be held in Kuala Lumpur in context with the next Asia Cup for women from 21 September 2013 to 27 September 2013. 

Results of the Asia Cup Hockey Final:
  • Player of the Tournament: V.R. Raghunath (India);
  • Man of the final: Kang Moon Kweon (Korea); 
  • Top scorer: Jang Jong (8 goals) Korea;
  • Best goal-keeper: Sreejesh (India); Fair play: Japan. 
Final Rankings: 

1. Korea, 2. India, 3. Pakistan, 4. Malaysia, 5. Japan, 6. Oman, 7.Bangladesh, 8. Chinese Taipei. 



Henrik Stenson, the golfer from Sweden on 2 September 2013 won the Deutsche Bank title after shooting a five under 66. This is his first win at any PGA tour in three years, where he finished at 22-under 262 to tie the tournament at the Tournament Players Club (TPC), Boston. To win the title, he surpassed American Steve Stricker with two shots, who finished second in the tournament. 

Sergio Garcia of Spain and Graham DeLaet of Canada finished at the third position in the tour. Earlier he had been the runner-up of the two PGA tour in 2013 against Phil Mickelson at a Major and Tiger Woods at a World Golf Championship. 

About Henrik Stenson : 

• Stenson was born in Gothenburg and turned up to be a professional golfer in 1999. 

• In 2001, he joined the major European Tour and till date has own seven major European tour events 

• In European Order of Merit, he finished under the list of top ten, from 2005 to 2008 

• From 2005 to 2008 he finished each year in the top 10 of the European Order of Merit 

About Deutsche Bank Championship: 

Deutsche Bank Championship is a golf PGA tour that is held every year over the Labor Day weekend at the Tournament Players Club of Boston in Norton, Massachusetts. The tournament for the first time was held in 2003. 


Persons

Raj Kundra, the millionaire businessman has written a book titled, How Not to Make Money. This is the first book written by Raj Kundra and it narrates a story of three childhood friends – Jai, Mike and Aziz – who made a decision to get rich quick. 

The Book is based on a research of the Missing Trader Fraud, who cheated billions of Euros in the early 2000s, depriving the UK Government and Europe. The book is being published by Random House India and would be released in October 2013. 

About Raj Kundra: 
• He is a British-Indian businessman and a part-owner of the IPL team of Rajasthan Royals 
• He is the husband of bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty 



Tommy Morrison, the former heavy weight champion, who was diagnosed positive for HIV died at the age of 44, on 1 September 2013 at a hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. 

As a boxer, he was nicknamed as The Duke and in his entire boxing career; he played 52 professional fights and lost only 3 of them. Morrison came in limelight in the year 1993 after he defeated George Foreman to win the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Heavyweight Title. He also gained popularity. He also became famous after being casted as a co-star against Sylvester Stallone in the 1990 boxing movie Rocky V. 

About Tommy Morrison: 

• In the year 1996, he was tested positive with HIV before a fight against Arthur Weathers, which effectively ended his career as a professional boxer. 

• He was born in Gravette, Arkansas and was an Irish-American raised in Delaware country of Oklahoma 

• He started his professional boxing career in November 1988, in which he was knocked out by William Mohammad in New York city 

• He fought against some of the legends of the boxing world namely Ray Mercer, Carl Williams, Tim Tomashek, Ross Puritty and others.


Defence

Union Defence Minister AK Antony on 2 September 2013 formally inducted IAF's biggest 70-tonneheavy-lift transport aircraft C-17 Globemaster III into service at the Hindon Air Base near Delhi. 

The C-17, with a capability to carry around 80 tonnes of load and around 150 fully geared troops, will replace the Russian IL-76 as the biggest aircraft in the IAF inventory till now. The IL-76 had the capability to carry loads upto around 40 tonnes. 

The aircraft is expected to enhance the operational potential of the IAF with its payload carriage and performance capability and would augment the strategic reach during disaster relief or any similar missions. This will also help in bolstering the IAF's capability to swiftly transport combat troops and equipment such as tanks to the front. The aircraft will be inducted into the newly-formed 81 Skylord Squadron. 

The C-17 Globemaster III aircraft has been procured from the US under a deal expected to be over 20000 crore rupees. The C-17 plane will be operated from the advanced landing grounds in the north-eastern states as well as from high altitude bases in north and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. 

The IAF has placed orders with the US for ten C-17 aircraft under the deal signed in 2011 and three of them have already been delivered. The US Air Force is scheduled to complete the delivery of all the 10 planes by the end of 2014.

This aircraft will enhance the operational potential of the IAF with its payload carriage and performance and would augment the strategic reach of the nation during Operations, Disaster Relief or any similar mission. The induction of the C-17 is a major milestone in the modernization drive of the IAF. 

Presently three aircrafts have been delivered and are operational. The newly inducted C-17 Squadron (81 Squadron) will be based in Hindan. 


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