Thursday, October 8, 2015

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Clinton opposes Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal

Oct 8,
US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has opposed the multi-nation Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. In a major political setback to the US President Barack Obama, his party’s front runner presidential candidate rejected the notion that, if the deal is rejected US would not be able to meet the challenge of China in Asia. She said, the best way US could exercise influence in Asia is to remain the world’s strongest economy at home.
The TPP, is an ambitious idea pushed hard by the Obama administration wherein, 12 pacific-rim countries reached agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership following grueling Atlanta negotiations. The TPP aims at addressing the “21st century trade issues” such as intellectual property protections, digital trade rights and protections for investors.
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95 lakh toilets built in 1st yr of Swachh Bharat: Govt

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Oct 8,  8:55 AM
Within one year of Swachh Bharat Mission’s launch, about 95 lakh toilets have been constructed across the country as against the target of 60 lakh toilets. This was disclosed by Union Minister for Rural Development and Drinking Water and Sanitation Chaudhary Birender Singh in New Delhi yesterday while launching the Coffee table book on Swachh Bharat organized by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
Mr Singh said, the pace of construction of toilets in rural India has gathered momentum. He said, states like West Bengal, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Maharashtra have taken the lead in construction of individual household and community toilets and these states may achieve the target of Open-Defecation Free status in 2017 or 2018, well ahead of the target of 2nd October, 2019.
The Minister said, the government is committed to driving a pan-India mass movement towards improved sanitation and this is only possible through the collaborative efforts of the people of India.
He said, his Ministry has encouraged devolution of the responsibility of sanitation promotion, upgradation and management to Gram Panchayats by giving flexibility to the States. Swachh Bharat Mission was launched on 2nd of October last year, as one of the largest national campaigns to make the country open defecation free in five years.
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2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Three scientists shared 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced Wednesday.
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2015 was awarded to Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar “for mechanistic studies of DNA repair,” ie. for having mapped, at a molecular level, how cells repair damaged DNA and safeguard the genetic information.”Their work has provided fundamental knowledge of how a living cell functions and is, for instance, used for the development of new cancer treatments,” the statement said.
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CABINET APPROVES RS 500 CR FOR NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL

Caninet clears 3 new AIIMS
Oct 8
The Union cabinet has cleared construction of a National War Memorial and Museum near the famed India Gate in the national capital. Briefing reporters in New Delhi Union Minister Nitin Gadkari gave this information.The Cabinet also cleared 3 new All India Institutes of Medical Sciences. It will be established in Nagpur Maharashtra, Manglagiri Andhra Pradesh and Kalyani West Bengal under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana. The cost will be nearly 5 thousand crore rupees.
The other important decisions taken by the Cabinet include amendment to double taxation avoidance agreements for prevention of tax evasion which India entered also with Israel and Vietnam. Union Minister Piyush Goyal said, the amended agreements are part of the government’s efforts to curb black money.
Mr Gadkari said, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved National Watershed Management Project-Neeranchal with an outlay of over two thousand crore rupees.The Neeranchal project of the National Watershed Management has an outlay of 2142 crore rupees. Out of this the Central Government’s share is 889 crore rupees while 182 crore rupees will be borne by state governments and 1071 crore rupees loan has been given by the World Bank. These are for nine states.
The Cabinet also approved 78-day wages as productivity-linked bonus for Non Gazetted Railways employees for the last fiscal. About 12 lakh railway employees will be benefited by the decision. In the last three years also, railway employees had got 78-day wages as bonus. Productivity-linked bonus is paid to railway employees each year before the Dussehra festival.

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