1. India to Chair G20 in 2018India is going to chair Group of Twenty (G20) nations forum in year 2018 and New Delhi could be the host of the prestigious annual G20 summit. This decision was taken by G20 forum earlier in September 2015 which was chaired by Turkey. Turkey will hand over the Chair for the next year i.e. 2016 to China and in 2017 Germany is going to chair it.
2. UNHRC adopts consensus resolution on Sri Lanka
The United Nations Human Rights Council, which is holding 30th session in Geneva, on Thursday adopted a resolution, through consensus, on alleged human rights violations during the Eelam War in Sri Lanka.
Sponsored by the United States, United Kingdom and a few others, the resolution was backed by Sri Lanka.
The adoption of the resolution marked a high point of the current session of the UNHRC which commenced on September 14 .
The resolution envisages the establishment of a Sri Lankan judicial mechanism to investigate allegations of violations and abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law. The proposed mechanism will include Commonwealth and other foreign judges, defence lawyers and authorised prosecutors and investigators.
There was no voting and there were no last-minute changes in the text of the draft resolution, which was submitted by the sponsors on September 24, according to a spokesperson of the Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
3. S K Acharya takes charge as Neyveli Lignite chief
Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) today said S K Acharya has assumed charge as Chairman and Managing Director of the company with effect from today.
Prior to this, Acharya served in NLC as Director (Human Resource).
“S K Acharya, Director (Human Resource) has assumed charge as Chairman and Managing Director of the Company w.e.f. October 1, 2015,” the company said in a regulatory filing.
B Surender Mohan relinquished as Chairman and Managing Director of the company on September 30, 2015 on superannuation, it added.
Acharya has a rich and varied experience of over 35 years of working in BHEL, NTPC, NTPC—SAIL Power Company, according to NLC website.
4. ItzCash Card inks pact with Flipkart for facilitating online shopping
ItzCash has announced its partnership with Flipkart to reach out to the next billion segments, especially those without having access to either a debit or a credit card.
This partnership is in the form of a co branded online store http://itzcash.store.flipkart.com/, which will be available across all the 75,000+ franchisee stores of ItzCash called ItzCash World (ICW).
With festive season around the corner, this is the right time to launch this service, as both franchisees and ItzCash Prepaid Card users will have valued offers and discounts on the site.
5. 13th World Spice Congress to be held in Ahmedabad in Feb 2016
The 13th World Spice Congress (WSC) will be held here from February 27 to 29, 2016.
The theme of the biennial global event will be 'Target 2020: Clean, Safe and Sustainable Supply Chain', Dr A Jayathilak, Chairman, Spices Board India, said here on Thursday. Around 700 delegates from India and 45 countries had participated in the 12th WSC held at Kochi in February 2014.
He also informed that the sixth spice testing laboratory of India will be inaugurated in December this year at Kandla port to facilitate export of spices from Gujarat as per the global quality norms. The laboratory is being set up with an investment of Rs. 15 crore. The other spices testing laboratories are located at Kochi, Guntur, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai.
The 13th WSC seeks to hammer out a credible and actionable roadmap to further push the growth of spices industry and address its challenges across the globe.
6. Govt. collects Rs. 3,770 crore from 638 declarations
Government on Thursday said it received an amount of Rs. 3,770 crore from 638 declarations under the one-time black money compliance window that closed on Wednesday.
“638 number of declarations have been received under the compliance window declaring undisclosed foreign assets amounting to Rs. 3770 crore.These figures are subject to final reconciliation,” the Finance Ministry said in a statement based on figures provided to it by the CBDT.
It added that tax at the rate of 30 per cent and penalty at the rate of 30 per cent is to be paid by December 31, 2015.
7. World Vegetarian Day observed globally
World Vegetarian Day was observed on 1 October 2015. The day was established as an annual celebration to promote the joy, compassion and life-enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism.
It brings awareness to the ethical, environmental, health and humanitarian benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle.
The day was originated by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977 and endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union in 1978.
8. Ratan Tata honoured by UK city of Coventry
The city of Coventry honoured Ratan Tata, chairman Emeritus of Tata sons, with its highest award in recognition of his contributions to the West Midlands region of central England.
The leading Indian industrialist took oath as an Honorary Freeman of the City of Coventry. Since 1914, only 13 people have been conferred with the honour.
Indian-origin professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, founder of the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), was also honoured with the title alongside Tata, at the University of Warwick in Coventry.
Earlier in 2015, Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover had announced its long term commitment to Coventry and the West Midlands with a confirmation of a further 600 million pound investment to support product creation and superior vehicle manufacturing.
9. International Day of Older Persons observed across the world
The International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) was on 1 October 2015 observed across the world with the theme Sustainability and Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment. The 2015 IDOP celebration demonstrated that an age inclusive agenda is crucial to promote equity, welfare and prosperity for all.
The 2015 celebration of the 25th anniversary of International Day of Older Persons focused on the impact of the new urban environment on older persons and impact of older persons on the new urban environment.
10. China successfully launches 20th Satellite for BeiDou Navigation System
China has successfully launched 20th new generation satellite into space as part of its domestic BeiDou Navigation System (BDS). It was launched using Long March-3B carrier rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the south-western province of Sichuan. The 20th new generation satellite has been incorporated with a Hydrogen Atomic Clock which provides most accurate time and frequency standards known compared to primary standards for international time distribution services.
11. Google invites amateurs to send clips for 'India in a Day'
Google has invited India’s amateur filmmakers to a help create a full-length user-generated movie about daily life in the country.
In the project, called “India in a Day,” anyone can grab a camera or a phone to capture scenes from ordinary life on Oct. 10, and then upload their footage to http://indiainaday.withgoogle.com
Selected clips will be made into a film under the guidance of directors Ridley Scott, Richie Mehta and Anurag Kashyap. Contributors will be listed as “co-directors,” according to a press release from Google Inc.
Scott said it did not matter how small or personal the footage was from riding a bike to calling one’s mother. The film is scheduled for release next year.