1. Federal Bank’s account opening mobile app launched
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has launched FedBook Selfie, India’s first mobile app for account opening from Federal Bank, in the presence of the bank’s MD & CEO Shyam Srinivasan.
Federal Bank has introduced the mobile-based bank account opening as an upgrade
to FedBook, its e-passbook app, which was launched two years ago.
Using the app, anyone having an Aadhaar card and PAN card in a rural or urban centre, can open an SB account on a smartphone and get their live account number instantly. Further, the account can also be funded with an initial remittance not exceeding ₹10,000.
To open an account, one has to simply download FedBook on his or her mobile and follow three easy steps — take a selfie, scan their Aadhaar, and PAN card.
The app verifies the Aadhaar real time and opens the account at the click of a button. Once the account is opened, the app turns itself into a digital passbook.
The app is currently available on Android and iOS phones.
2. Rajasthan first state to submit Annual Action Plan under Atal Mission (AMRUT)
Rajasthan became the first Indian state to submit State Annual Action Plan under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT).
Under the Action Plan, Rajasthan has targeted universal coverage in respect of water supply connections, sewerage connections and urban transport to all urban households in the state.
The State Government has proposed projects under these two categories worth 1087 crore rupees for approval by the Union Urban Development Ministry during the financial year 2015-16.
Under the State Annual Action Plan, AMRUT projects are proposed to be taken up in 13 of the 28 AMRUT cities in Rajasthan.
In 3 cities of Alwar, Beawar, and Nagaur both water supply and sewerage projects will be taken up while in 7 cities namely Baran, Bhiwar, Bhilwara, Chittorgarh, Dhaulpur, Ganganagar City and Sujangarh water supply projects only will be taken up.
In 3 cities of Bhiwadi, Sikar and Udaipur, only sewerage and septage management projects will be taken up.
3. Tenth World Hindi Conference begins in Bhopal
The Tenth World Hindi Conference (विश्व हिंदी सम्मेलन) has begun in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh with the theme of Hindi Jagat-Vistar and Sambhavnaye. The three-day conference was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It has been organised in Madhya Pradesh for the first time and being held in India after 32 years. It is joint event of Union Ministry of External Affairs in partnership with the state Government of Madhya Pradesh. This edition of conference will host scholars from 39 countries who are going to discuss issues like Hindi in administration, foreign policy and law during the event. An exhibition showcasing assimilation of Hindi with modern techniques also has been set up at the conference venue.
4. Virat Kohli became co-owner of IPTL’s franchise UAE Royals
Virat Kohli, the test cricket captain of India, became the co-owner of the UAE Royals. The team will be led by tennis ace Roger Federer.
Federer played for the Indian Aces team in 2014 when the inaugural season of IPTL (International Premier Tennis League) was played but this time he will be featuring for the Royals.
The UAE Royals feature some of tennis' greatest players like Tomas Berdych, Ana Ivanovic, Goran Ivanisevic, Daniel Nestor, and Kristina Mladenovic.
The UAE leg of the league will be held from 14 to 16 December 2015 at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium.
IPTL (International Premier Tennis League)
The International Premier Tennis League is a team tennis league founded in 2013. It was launched in November 2014, with teams in four Asian cities: Dubai, Manila, New Delhi and Singapore.
Mahesh Bhupathi is the founder of the league that is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Company and Qatar Airways.
5. Indian-American Jagdeep Grewal Sworn-in as First Female Postmaster of Sacramento
Indian-American Jagdeep Grewal was sworn-in as the first woman postmaster of Sacramento city in California. With her swearing-in, Sacramento got a female postmaster after a span of 166 years.
As per the US Postal Service, Gerwal (57) will oversee 1004 employees who process and deliver mail on 537 city routes and 94 rural routes.
Grewal started her career with the US Postal Service as a window clerk in 1988. Five years later, she was promoted to the post of the manager. She has also worked as a postmaster in Pacifica-Daly City, California.
She had received her bachelor’s degree in education and her master’s degree in language arts from Punjab University in India.
6. Union Cabinet gives nod to Constitution of 21st Law Commission of India
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval to constitute the 21st Law Commission of India (LCI). The 21st LCI will have a period of 3 years with effect from 1 September 2015 to 31 August 2018.
Chairperson (full-time), Four Members (full-time). It will include a Member-Secretary. 3 Secretaries: Department of Legal Affairs, Legislative Department and Legislative Department as ex offcio Members. Up to 5 part-time Members
The Law Commission shall, on a reference made to it by the Central Government or suo-motu, undertake research in law and review of existing laws in India for making reforms and enacting new legislations.
It shall also undertake studies and research for bringing reforms in the justice delivery systems for elimination of delay in procedures, speedy disposal of cases and reduction in cost of litigation.
The other functions of the Law Commission include identification of laws which are no longer relevant and recommending for the repeal of obsolete and unnecessary enactments.
The Law Commission would also suggest enactment of new legislations as may be necessary to implement the directive principles and to attain the objectives set out in the Preamble of the Constitution.
It would be considering and conveying to the Government its views on any subject relating to law and judicial administration that may be specifically referred to it by the Government through Ministry of Law and Justice (Department of Legal Affairs).
The Law Commisiion would consider the requests for providing research to any foreign countries as may be referred to it by the Government through Ministry of Law and Justice.
It will also prepare and submit to the Central Government, from time to time, reports on all issues, matters, studies and research undertaken by it and recommending in such reports for effective measures to be taken by the Union or any state.
Before concretizing its recommendations, the commission will consult the nodal Ministry/Departments and other stakeholders as the commission may deem necessary for the purpose.