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CRPF and NSG on Saturday got their new chiefs with A S Gill
Aviation Turbine Fuel rates Slashed
Impeachment of Calcutta high court judge Justice Soumitra Sen
US move against outsourcing may be contested in the World Trade Organisation: Kamal Nath
India is failing its rural poor with 230 million people being undernourished
BPCL emerged champion of the State Super Division league hockey championship
Punjab National Bank has launched a scheme for rickshaw pullers
OBC organised a blood donation camp
National Fertilizers Limited (NFL) adopted villages covering 14 states as CSR move
IndianOil is the largest commercial enterprise in the country
Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) awards RBI Office Bhubneshwar
1. The CRPF and NSG on Saturday got their new chiefs with A S Gill
, a 1972 batch Rajasthan cadre IPS officer, and Punjab DGP N P S Aulakh taking over charge of the paramilitary force and elite commando squad respectively.
2. State-run fuel retailers have slashed Aviation Turbine Fuel rates by a further seven per cent, making it the 11th reduction since September last year. But for the one-off 3.3 per cent increase in rates on January 16, jet fuel prices have been declining in tandem with the fall in international rates.
3. Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari has admitted a petition filed by 58 members of the House for impeachment of Calcutta high court judge Justice Soumitra Sen on grounds of financial misconduct.
4. India’s expectations that the economy will grow a healthy 7.1 per cent in the current fiscal suddenly seem unrealistic with the gross domestic product for the October-December 2008 or the third quarter slowing down to a six-year low of 5.3 per cent. The economy grew 8.9 per cent in the corresponding quarter last fiscal. The Prime Minister’s economic advisory council had estimated third-quarter growth to be around 6.5 per cent and the Central Statistical Organisation had, in its advance estimate, pegged the growth rate for the full fiscal at 7.1 per cent. At present, the overall growth in the first nine months of 2008-09 is falling short of the 7-per cent mark at 6.9 per cent.
5. India is failing its rural poor with 230 million people being undernourished — the highest for any country in the world. Malnutrition accounts for nearly 50% of child deaths in India as every third adult (aged 15-49 years) is reported to be thin (BMI less than 18.5). According to the latest report on the state of food insecurity in rural India, more than 1.5 million children are at risk of becoming malnourished because of rising global food prices.
6. Feb. 26: India has indicated that the US move against outsourcing may be contested in the World Trade Organisation, stating New Delhi Financial crisis will take up the issue with Washington. “We have to ensure what they (US) are doing is WTO compatible when we are talking about trade, movement of goods, movement of people and movement of services,” Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath said.
7. Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) emerged champion of the State Super Division league hockey championship after a 2-2 draw with Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) here on Sunday.
8. Under functional financial inclusion, Punjab National Bank has launched a scheme for rickshaw pullers who are socially and economically deprived class of the society. The main objective is to bring a dignity to their profession and improve their standard of living.Under this programme, the Rickshaw Pullers were provided with specially designed Rickshaws financed by the bank. Generally, the rickshaw pullers do not have their own rickshaws and they rent the rickshaws which results in a large chunk of their income going to the rickshaw contractors. Thus, they cannot lead a comfortable life despite the hard work put in by them and perennially trapped in debt. This project endeavours to provide loans to rickshaw pullers to own their rickshaws and to improve their income as well as standard of life. It is envisaged that under all the this project, 5000 Rickshaws would be financed by end March 2010 out of which 2500 Rickshaws would be financed in Meerut District including Meerut, Mawana, Kithore, Kila Parikshatgarh. The bank already has 4 such Rickshaw projects going on in Varanasi, Patna, Allahabad and Lucknow. Under all our rickshaw projects, the bank plans to finance 1 lac rickshaw pullers under in next 5 years. Addressing the journalists, Dr Chakrabarty stated that the bank has a vision for financially strengthening a majority of population by providing banking facility and financial services at a fair cost to a vast low income population deprived of facilities based on transparency and equality through financial inclusion. This is going to be achieved through technology and with the help of Business Correspondents/business Facilitators. Till now the bank has already launched 16 pilot projects out of 34 planned pilot projects. The bank aims to cover 1,00,000 villages, 12 million households and 60 million people under financial inclusion by 2013. Earlier, Dr. Chakrabarty took part in the plantation programme held at a park adopted by PNB near Commissioner Crossing in Meerut.
8. The Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) organised a blood donation camp on its 67th foundation day.
9. The National Fertilizers Limited (NFL) has adopted villages covering 14 states under the Corporate Social Responsibility. With the coordination of Panchayats, the NFLwould undertake programmes laying emphasis on community and animal health check up camps, vaccination facilities, safe drinking water, installation of solar lights, distribution of agricultural implements to small and marginal farmers, providing sewing machines to needy women and distribution of uniforms and study material to poor students.
10. Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IndianOil), the largest commercial enterprise in the country and the highest ranked Indian corporate in the Fortune ‘Global 500’ listing, has been conferred the prestigious BML Munjal Award for Excellence in Learning & Development for the year 2009.
11. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is showing the way as far as energy conservation in the Capital is concerned. Its office building in the Capital has been tagged with a four-star based on its energy efficiency by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). The RBI office building in Bhubaneswar has snagged the prestigious 5-star.
12. A mutiny by thousands of members of Bangladesh’s paramilitary border security force spread to areas outside the capital Dhaka Thursday, as officials reported nearly 50 army officers were feared killed