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IG Metall union called on workers strike

Germany’s largest industrial union has launched a campaign of 24-hour strikes, AP reports. The move came after talks on demands for wage increases and the option of a shorter working week broke down.

The IG Metall union called on workers to begin industrial action, starting with the night shift on Tuesday at various companies in regions including the industrial heartlands of Baden-Wurttemberg and North Rhine-Westphalia.

Companies targeted include truck-maker MAN, the union said on Wednesday. Before talks broke down over the weekend, IG Metall had staged smaller walkouts lasting just a few hours in a bid to exert pressure on employers.

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ADB and Centre sign 250 mn dollar loan agreement

Asian Development Bank and the Centre have signed a 250 million dollar loan to finance the construction of over 6,200 kilometres all-weather rural roads in Assam, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).

The program is aimed at improving rural connectivity, facilitating safer and more efficient access to livelihood and socio-economic opportunities for rural communities through improvements to about 12 thousand kilometres Rural Roads across the 5 States.

Joint Secretary (Multilateral Institutions) in Department of Economic Affairs Sameer Kumar Khare signed the loan agreement on behalf of Government of India. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Khare said, the ADB-funded investment program will provide continued assistance to the PMGSY and support the Government’s long-term goal for rural development.

He said, the programme is likely to have a transformative impact in terms of rural economy and will also bring in greater efficiency in terms of access and connectivity for the rural people in the five States.

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Indian Navy launches 3rd Scorpene class submarine Karanj

Indian Navy today launched the third Scorpene class submarine Karanj. Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba’s wife Reena Lanba launched the submarine, which has been constructed by shipbuilder Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) in Mumbai.

Speaking on the occasion, Admiral Lanba said the submarine will undergo rigorous tests for the next one year before it is commissioned. a total six submarines are going to be built at the MDL. The submarines are being built in collaboration with French shipbuilding major Naval Group.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has last month commissioned the first of the six Scorpene-class submarine Kalvari into the Indian Navy and said its induction was a big step in the country’s defence preparedness.Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had then said that submarine building is a sophisticated and exacting craft which very few countries possess in their industrial capacity.

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PM Modi to launch first Khelo India School Games

PM Modi to launch first Khelo India School Games in New Delhi; Govt plans to develop sports infrastructure in universities
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the first Khelo India School Games at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi today.

The games will continue until 8th of next month. Khelo India is expected to help scout young talent from the schools in various disciplines and groom them as future sports champions. AIR correspondent reports that the country’s brightest talent in the under-17 age group will compete in the Games.

The games will be held in 16 disciplines at five venues. The disciplines include Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Hockey, Kabaddi, Shooting, Swimming, Weightlifting and Wrestling. The games will highlight India’s young sporting talent and showcase India’s sports potential. 199 gold medals, 199 silver medals and 275 bronze medals are at stake in these Games.

The Khelo India programme has been introduced to revive the sports culture in the country at the grass-roots level by building a strong framework for all sports played in the country.

Talented players identified in priority sports disciplines at various levels by a High-Powered Committee will be provided annual financial assistance of five lakh per annum for eight years.

The Government is planning to develop sports infrastructure in the universities so that they become Centre for excellence in Sports.

Sports Minister Col Rajyavardhan Rathore said Government will also develop sports infrastructure in one school each in 150 districts. He said, sports is state subject and the Centre is setting standards for states to follow.

Col Rathore expressed hope that Khelo India college games will be held next year. He said the Centre will bring a Sports Code which will ensure transparency. Col Rathore said, his Ministry has recommended to the Central Advisory Board of Education to include physical education as a subject in the school curriculum.

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Theresa May visiting China

UK PM  Theresa May visiting  the central Chinese city of Wuhan Wednesday on the UK’s trade probabilities outside of the European Union. PM begins her three-day visit to the country, education programmes with China including deals worth some £550m to the economy. Assured nation to raise human rights and Hong Kong’s political situation with China’s leaders this week.

PM is accompanied by  50 British business leaders, May’s visit  focus on exploring  new global trade links ahead of the UK’s divorce from the European Union, slated for March 2019.

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Dear N.K ,The Africa Rail 2018 conference

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Summary:Election Expenses of MLAs from the Himachal Pradesh Assembly 2017 Elections

Summary and Highlights of Election Expenses of MLAs from the Himachal Pradesh Assembly 2017 Elections                 

  1. Less than 50% of the Limit:  Out of 68 MLAs analysed25(37%)  MLAs have declared election expenses of less than 50% of the expense limit of Rs. 28 lakhs in their constituency.
  2. Average Election Expenses: Based on the election expense declarations of 68 MLAs from Himachal Pradesh Assembly, the average amount of money spent by them in the elections is  Rs 15.26 lakhs, which is  55% of the expense limit.

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Figure: Party-wise Average Election Expenses (Rs. in lakhs)

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Figure: Break Down of Elections Expenses Incurred by MLAs

  

3.   Top 3 MLAs with highest Election Expenses: The details of top 3 MLAs who have declared the highest election expenses are given below:

S.No.

Name

District

Constituency

Party

Expense Limit(Rs.)

Total expenses incurred/ authorized (Rs.)

% of limit reached

1

KISHORI LAL

KULLU

ANNI

BJP

28,00,000
28 Lacs+

25,83,669
25 Lacs+

92%

2

RAJIV SAIZAL

SOLAN

KASAULI

BJP

28,00,000
28 Lacs+

24,58,389
24 Lacs+

88%

3

SH. HIRA LAL

MANDI

KARSOG

BJP

28,00,000
28 Lacs+

22,95,220
22 Lacs+

82%

Table: Top 3 MLAs with highest election expenditure

 

  1. MLAs with lowest Election Expenses:   The details of top 3 MLAs who have declared lowest election expenses are given below:

S.No.

Name

District

Constituency

Party

Expense Limit

Total expenses incurred/ authorized (Rs.)

% of limit reached

1

MOHAN LAL BRAKTA

SHIMLA

ROHRU

INC

28,00,000
28 Lacs+

3,88,657
3 Lacs+

14%

2

ANIRUDH SINGH

SHIMLA

KASUMPTI

INC

28,00,000
28 Lacs+

6,48,950
6 Lacs+

23%

3

NARINDER THAKUR

HAMIRPUR

HAMIRPUR

BJP

28,00,000
28 Lacs+

7,10,735
7 Lacs+

25%

Table: 3 MLAs with lowest election expenditure

5.   Break Down of Sources of Funds Raised by MLAs

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Figure: Percentage Break-down of  Funds Raised by MLAs

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Summary and Highlights of Election Expenses of MLAs from the Gujarat Assembly 2017 Elections

                 

  1. Less than 50% of the Limit:  Out of 182 MLAs analysed54(30%)  MLAs have declared election expenses of less than 50% of the expense limit 
    of Rs. 28 lakhs

     in their constituency.

  2. Average Election Expenses: Based on the election expense declarations of 182 MLAs from Gujarat Assembly, the average amount of money spent by them in the elections is  Rs 16.45 lakhs, which is  59% of the expense limit.

 

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Figure: Party-wise Average Election Expenses (Rs. in lakhs)

 

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Figure: Break Down of Elections Expenses Incurred by MLAs

 

3. MLAs who have exceeded the Election Expenditure Limit:  There are two MLAs who have exceeded  the expense limit. Rajendrasinh Ranjitsinh Chavda (BJP) from Himatnagar has exceeded the expense limit by Rs. 5, 78,309. Dindor Kuberbhai Manusukhbhai(BJP) from Santrampur constituency has exceeded the expense limit by Rs.95,766.The details of these two MLAs are given below: 

 
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S.No.

Name

District

Constituency

Party

Expenditure incurred/authorized by MLA

Expense Limit(Rs.)

Total expenses  incurred/ authorized (Rs.)

Excess Expenditure Incurred (Rs.)

% of limit reached

MLA/his election agent     (Rs.)

By Political Party (Rs.)

Any other association/body of persons/  individual (Rs.)

1

RAJENDRASINH RANJITSINH CHAVDA

SABARKANTHA

HIMATNAGAR

BJP

22,38,900

11,04,709

34,700

2800000                  28 Lacs+

*33,78,309                  33 Lacs+

578309                5 Lacs+

121%

2

DINDOR KUBERBHAI MANSUKHBHAI

MAHISAGAR

SANTRAMPUR (ST)

BJP

23,76,746

5,19,020

0

2800000                  28 Lacs+

2895766                    28 Lacs+

95766                95 Thou+

103%

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* The MLA has provided the total expenditure incurred as Rs.1, 46,755 in his affidavit. However, when we calculate the expenditure incurred by MLA/his agent; by political party and by any other association, body of persons/individual, it totals up to Rs. 33, 78,309

  1. MLAs with lowest Election Expenses:   The details of top 3 MLAs who have declared lowest election expenses are given below:

S.No.

Name

District

Constituency

Party

Expenditure incurred/authorized by MLA

Expense Limit(Rs.)

Total expenses
incurred/ authorized (Rs.)

% of limit reached

MLA/his
electionagent(Rs.)

By Political Party (Rs.)

Any other association/
body of persons/
individual(Rs.)

1

RATANSINH MAGANSINH RATHOD

MAHISAGAR

LUNAWADA

IND

3,00,568

0

0

28,00,000
28 Lacs+

3,00,568
3 Lacs+

11%

2

THAKOR BHARATJI SONAJI

MAHESANA

BECHARAJI

INC

3,81,719

0

0

28,00,000
28 Lacs+

3,81,719
3 Lacs+

14%

3

JIGNESHKUMAR NATVARLAL MEVANI

BANASKANTHA

VADGAM (SC)

IND

5,20,553

0

0

28,00,000
28 Lacs+

5,20,553
5 Lacs+

19%

Table: MLAs with lowest election expenditure

5.   Break Down of Sources of Funds Raised by MLAs

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Figure: Percentage Break-down of  Funds Raised by MLAs

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Quake M6.1 – Hindu Kush region, Afghanistan

2018-01-31 07:07:00 (M6.1) Hindu Kush region, Afghanistan 36.5 70.8 (3fa06).

Quake epicenter was near Afghanistan’s Jarm, which was hit by a devastating 7.5 magnitude quake in October 2015 that triggered landslides and flattened buildings, killing more than 380 people across the region.

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 6.1
Date-Time
  • 31 Jan 2018 07:07:00 UTC
  • 31 Jan 2018 11:07:00 near epicenter
  • 31 Jan 2018 11:07:00 standard time in your timezone
Location 36.543N 70.816E
Depth 191 km
Distances
  • 3.2 km (2.0 mi) NE of Ghurayd Gharamē, Afghanistan
  • 35.7 km (22.1 mi) S of Jurm, Afghanistan
  • 66.1 km (41.0 mi) WSW of Ashkāsham, Afghanistan
  • 67.0 km (41.5 mi) SSE of Fayzabad, Afghanistan
  • 74.1 km (46.0 mi) WSW of Ishqoshim, Tajikistan
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 4.8 km; Vertical 5.5 km
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Dear Mr. Sagar, Budget 2017 big bets: Arun Jaitley must make it:

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Budget 2017 big bets: Arun Jaitley must make it attractive for private sector to invest in infrastructure, housing
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According to a PwC report, India will require investment to the tune of trillion over the next seven years to meet its infrastructure and housing demand, of which approximately 70-80% of the demand will come from housing. (Reuters)

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PGTI Cochin Masters

 

PGTI Cochin Masters –

PGTI Cochin Masters presented by CIAL Golf Club returns for its fifth edition

 

Ø Prize purse of Rs. 40 lakh

 

 

Ø Leading names in the field include Shamim Khan, Mukesh Kumar, Mithun Perera, Udayan Mane, Honey Baisoya, Anura Rohana, Shankar Das, Feroz Ali Mollah

 

 

 

Kochi, January 30, 2018: The Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) will stage the fifth edition of the PGTI Cochin Masters presented by CIAL Golf Club from January 31 – February 3, 2018, at the CIAL Golf Club in Kochi. The second tournament of the season carries a prize purse of Rs. 40 lakh. The Pro-Am event will be played on February 4, 2018.

 

The tournament features leading Indian names such as former champions Mukesh Kumar (defending champion) and Feroz Ali Mollah, Shamim Khan (2017 PGTI Order of Merit champion), Udayan Mane, Honey Baisoya and Shankar Das, to name a few.

 

The field will also feature prominent names from overseas such as Anura Rohana (Sri Lanka), Mithun Perera (Sri Lanka), N Thangaraja (Sri Lanka), K Prabagaran (Sri Lanka), Md Zamal Hossain Mollah (Bangladesh), Kunal Bhasin (Australia), Albie Hanekom (South Africa) and Arthur Horne (Swaziland). The one local name in the field is that of Madesh Krishna.

 

Mr. V. J. Kurian, Managing Director, Cochin International Airport Limited, said, “The PGTI Cochin Masters series has grown as one of the major events in the national golf circuit. CIAL’s golf course has evolved itself to pose exciting challenges to the players. The fairways and greens have matured now. I hope that the fifth edition of the PGTI Cochin Masters series will be a great success.”

 

Mr. A. M. Shabeer, Executive Director, CIAL, said, “This is the first time that CIAL hosts the event in winter. This brings in favourable weather conditions for the players. At the same time, the course is designed to pose more formidable challenges. All the previous seasons could produce unexpected champions. I expect a thrilling event ahead.”

 

Mr. Uttam Singh Mundy, CEO, PGTI, said, “Over the past five years, the PGTI Cochin Masters presented by CIAL Golf Club has grown into one of the premier professional events in southern India. The tournament has been a stepping stone for promising Indian talent such as Shubhankar Sharma who won his maiden title at the inaugural event in 2014. He has since gone on to win on the European Tour. We now look forward to the fifth edition of the tournament which will witness a strong field teeing it up in top-class course conditions.”

 

The CIAL Golf Club (CGC) has been developed on 130 acres of rolling greens. CGC is designed to play to a length of over 7430 yards and is the only 18-hole golf course in Kerala. CGC is an eco-friendly all weather golf course that is comparable to the best. It is the first course in the country to offer an island green on the 18th hole for a very exciting and challenging round of golf.