Thursday, October 22, 2015

Sehwag retires

Sehwag's retirement also brought curtain down on a glorious chapter in Indian cricket.The 'Fab 5' had almost everything that a true cricket fan could ask for.Tendulkar, Dravid, Ganguly, Laxman and Sehwag had different styles of expressing themselves with the willow.


Justin Trudeau, the young leader of Canada's Liberals and the son of a popular former prime minister, has surged to a stunning election victory, bringing a dramatic end to Stephen Harper's nine-year government.

Policy rates and reserve ratios

Policy Rates

Policy Repo Rate : 6.75%
Reverse Repo Rate : 5.75%
Marginal Standing Facility Rate : 7.75%
Bank Rate : 7.75%

Reserve Ratios

CRR : 4%
SLR   : 21.5%

Nobel prize in literature 2015

Svetlana Alexievich, the Belarusian writer whose oral histories have recorded thousands of individual voices to map the implosion of the Soviet Union, has won the Nobel prize for literature.

Nobel prize in economics 2015

A British-born Princeton professor, Angus Deaton, has won the Nobel prize in economics for his work charting global developments in health, wellbeing and inequality.The economist’s work had a major influence, particularly in public policy where it has helped governments determine how different social groups react to specific tax changes.

Nobel prize in chemistry 2015

Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich, Aziz Sancar Win Chemistry Nobel Prize 2015 For Mapping How Cells Repair DNA Damage.Tomas Lindahl, 77, is an emeritus group leader at the Francis Crick Institute and Emeritus director of Cancer Research UK at Clare Hall Laboratory in Britain. Both from North Carolina, Paul  Modrich, 69, is an investigator at Howard Hughes Medical Institute and professor at Duke University School of Medicine whie Aziz Sancar, 69, is a professor at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill.

Nobel Peace Prize in 2015

The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet for helping the country's transition to democracy.The Nobel committee said the group of civil society organisations had made a "decisive contribution" to democracy after the 2011 revolution.The surprise winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize has played a key role in mediating between the different parties in the country's post-Arab Spring government.Tunisia's revolution - also known as the Jasmine Revolution - began in late 2010 and led to the ousting of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011, followed by the country's first free democratic elections last year.

Nobel Prize in Physics 2015

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2015 was awarded jointly to Takaaki Kajita and Arthur McDonald “for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass.” Prior to this discovery, scientists knew that neutrinos (really tiny subatomic particles with spin, but no charge) came in three different flavors, but they didn’t know that an individual neutrino could change from one flavor to another.

Physiology or Medicine Nobel Prize In 2015

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2015 was divided, one half jointly toWilliam C.  Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura “for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites” and the other half to Youyou Tu “for her discoveries concerning a novel therapy against Malaria.” Campbell and Ōmura developed a new drug called Avermectin, the derivatives of which have radically lowered the incidence of River Blindness and Lymphatic Filariasis — as well as a number of other parasitic diseases. Tu discovered Artemisinin, a drug that has significantly reduced the mortality rates for people suffering from Malaria.

Rameswaram, birthplace of Dr. Abdul Kalam, included as 498th town under AMRUT

Union Minister of Urban Development 
M Venkaiah Naidu on 15 October 2015 declared that former President Dr. Abdul Kalam’s birth place Rameswaram has been included in Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) for providing basic urban infrastructure.
 The announcement was made on the occasion of 84th birth anniversary of Dr. Kalam at a programme organised at DRDO. Rameswaram is the 498th to be included in the Mission. With the addition of Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu would have 32 cities and towns under Atal Mission.Besides, a committee comprising of Union Ministers M Venkaiah Naidu, Manohar Parrikar, Pon Radhakrishnan and former Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswamy will work out the details of a Memorial for Dr. Kalam at Rameswaram. This Committee will consult all concerned before giving a final shape to the Memorial.Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) was approved by the Union Cabinet on 29 April 2015. The mission aims at providing basic infrastructure facilities in 500 cities with an outlay of 50000 crore rupees over the next five years (2015-16 to 2019-20).

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