Mobile calls, internet charges become 50% costlier
Mobile calls and Internet charges rose by up to 50 per cent in the country from today, as private sector players announced their plans to raise tariffs.
The hike announced last Sunday is the first increase in the last five years in the country's telecom space. Telecom companies' move to raise mobile tariff follows the Supreme Court judgment on the 24th of October this year, upholding the government's method of calculating revenue share that it should get from earnings of service providers.
Government launches independent directors' databank
Indian government has launched a databank of independent directors which will be a "comprehensive repository" of existing as well as those eligible to be independent directors.
The databank portal would be maintained by the Indian Institute for Corporate Affairs (IICA), which comes under the corporate affairs ministry.
"It provides for a wide array of e-learning courses on various topics including the Companies Act, securities laws, basic accountancy, board practices, board ethics and board effectiveness. A number of value added services are expected to be rolled out through the portal for capacity building of independent directors," an official release said.
Third edition of Khelo India Youth Games' logo launched in Guwahati
The third edition of Khelo India Youth Games-2020 Logo was launched in Guwahati today by Shri Sarbanada Sonowal, Chief Minister of Assam in presence of Shri Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports. The Mascot, Jersey and Theme song of the event was also launched at Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor Stadium, Sarusajai.
The Khelo India programme has been introduced to revive the sports culture in India at the grass-root level by building a strong framework for all sports played in our country and establish India as a great sporting nation.
The 3rd edition of Khelo India Youth Games will start from 10th January 2020 and will continue till 22nd January. The event will be held in 20 disciplines with participation of 37 states and Union Territories. Khelo India programme’s inaugural edition was held in New Delhi in 2018, while Pune hosted 2nd edition in 2019.
Prithviraj Singh elected President of Mauritius
Lawmakers in Mauritius picked former arts and culture minister Pritivirajsing Roopun as president of the island nation, a largely ceremonial post. In Mauritius, the prime minister is head of the govt and holds most political power while the president is head of state but has no executive role and is considered the guardian of the constitution. Roopun, 61, is a lawyer who was first elected to the National Assembly in 2000 and has been minister of regional administration, social integration, and arts and culture.
ECI to implement “Political Parties Registration Tracking Management System” from 2020
The Election Commission of India (ECI) has laid new guidelines for the process of registration of political parties. It will be effective from January 1, the next year. Accordingly the “Political Parties Registration Tracking Management System” (PPRTMS) will be implemented through an online portal, to facilitate tracking of status of application by applicants.
The salient feature in the Political Parties Registration Tracking Management System is that the applicant will be able to track the progress of the application and will get status update through SMS and email. The applicant is required to provide contact mobile number and email address of the party / applicant in his application if he/she wishes to track the progress of the application.
The new guidelines have been hosted on the Commission’s website: https://eci.gov.in
13th South Asian Games have formally begun in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal
President of Nepal Bidya Devi Bhandari declared games open in a glittering ceremony at Dasaratha Rangshala in Kathmandu Sunday evening.
Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun, Chairman of National Assembly Ganesh Timilsina, Deputy Prime Minister Ishwor Pokharel, Ministers from South Asian countries and a large number of other dignitaries also graced the opening ceremony.
Over 2700 athletes from seven South Asian Countries participated in the march past.
Nepali Cricketer Paras Khadka took oath representing players while Nepal’s Badminton Referee Deepak Thapa took oath on behalf of referees and judges of the games.
A cultural presentation showcasing rich traditional heritage of Nepal was also made.
A fireworks and spectacular laser show depicting participating countries was one of the main attractions of the opening ceremony.
During 10 days biggest sporting event of the South Asia, 2715 athletes compete for 1119 medals including 319 Gold in 26 game categories. India is represented by 487 athletes. The closing ceremony will be held on 10th December