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Gujarat tops ease of doing business ranking

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state Gujarat has ranked at the top of an assessment of state implementation of business reforms sponsored by the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP).Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh are the remaining states in the top five.While poll-bound Bihar placed 21st, Arunachal Pradesh came last with a rank of 32.The DIPP on 8 June released a framework to assess and rank states in terms of ease of doing business on 98 parameters. Its aim was to assess various factors enabling the ease of doing business in each state, and to compare the states.

The DIPP had mentioned eight areas in which states would be ranked: setting up a business, allotment of land and obtaining construction permit, complying with environmental procedures, complying with labour regulations, obtaining infrastructure-related utilities, registering and complying with tax procedures, carrying out inspections and enforcing contracts.

The move is expected to encourage states to carry out reforms in areas such as land acquisition and labour laws, where the Modi-led central government is finding it difficult to make legislative headway.

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Utkal Alumina gets IDA Award for CSR in education

Utkal Alumina International Ltd has been conferred with 'IDA Award 2015 for Excellence in CSR in Education' by providing access to quality education for the underprivileged sections of society.In all, 28 companies were in contention for the category, of which four corporates reached the final stage and were invited to the awards function on September 10 at Bengaluru International Exhibition Centre, the company said in a statement.

'IDA Awards' are presented by India Didactics Association, the premier trade association for the education and training fraternity, it added.The trophy, along with a certificate of award, was received by M Ramesh Kumar, Senior Vice President (HR, Admin & CSR) and Siba Mahapatra, AGM (CSR) from the Deputy Prime Minister of Jordan, Dr Mohammad Thneibat, the statement said.Utkal Aluminas activities in this sphere include setting up of an ITI at Kashipur and providing artisan training to displaced and project affected persons.

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India ranked at 22nd in the AFC technical rankings

India's recent defeats to Guam, Oman and Iran may have been disheartening, but the Asian Football Confederation's (AFC) newest technical ranking system is bound is to spread cheer. According to the latest input, India are ranked at 22nd amongst 46 Asian countries and the highest amongst all of its South Asian neighbours. 

As per guidelines, the latest ranking methodology by the AFC takes into account the performance of the national team and the clubs in AFC bracket of competitions (AFC Cup and AFC Champions League) over the last four years. 30 per cent of points weightage is handed to the national team whilst clubs' performance in the AFC competitions carries the remaining 70 per cent of allocated marks.It is also to be noted here that the AFC Cup participant teams earn less points than their AFC Champions League participating counterparts. One AFC Cup point carries 1/3 the value of the AFC CL point awarded. 

India meanwhile, being ranked at 22nd in the AFC table and 27th best Asian team according to FIFA's rankings, has accumulated a total of 18.636 points. The national team's performances have earned the team 11.951 points whilst clubs performances in the continental competiton have earned the nation a total of 6.685 points. Indian clubs who finish the preceeding season as champions do get the opportunity to play in the AFC CL through a qualifier but generally don't make it through and they are then automatically slotted into the second tier competition. All second placed teams in the I-League have a direct entry into the AFC Cup. Of all the clubs to have participated at the Asian-level, East Bengal are the most predominant having taken part in three of the last four AFC Cups, in 2012, 2013 and 2015. They are followed by Churchill Brothers, now in I-League division two, and most recently Bengaluru FC. 

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Dr G Satheesh Reddy conferred with Royal Aeronautical Society Silver Medal

DRDO scientist Dr G Satheesh Reddy in the first week of September 2015 was conferred with the Silver Medal of the prestigious Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS). DRDO stands for Defence Research and Development Organisation.Dr Reddy was conferred with this medal in recognition of his contributions as one of the leading navigation and avionics experts of the Indian Defense research establishment.The award will be formally presented to him at the Wilbur and Orville Wright Lecture to be held on 9 December 2015 in the Society's headquarters in London.

About Dr G Sateesh Reddy--• He joined DRDO in 1985 after graduating from JNTU Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh.
• At present, he is the Director, Research Centre Imarat (RCI) and Programme Director, medium-range surface-to-air missile (MRSAM) system since May 2013. Also he is the Scientific Adviser to Raksha Mantri. 
• As Director RCI, he led the development of Avionics technologies in critical areas of Inertial Systems, Embedded Computers, Control, Real Time Software and Simulation for various Defence programmes - Agni A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, Prithvi, Dhanush, Astra, Akash, B-05, K-4, BrahMos, Nirbhay, Helina, Nag, MRSAM, etc.
• Under his leadership India has developed state-of-the-art avionics sensors and systems for key national strategic programmes and other defence applications.

About Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)

• It is a British-founded multidisciplinary professional institution dedicated to the global aerospace community. It is headquartered in London.
• It was established in 1866 and is the oldest aeronautical society in the world.
• It has been honouring outstanding achievers in the global aerospace industry since 1909, when Wilbur and Orville Wright came to London to receive the Society’s first Gold Medal.
• It awards a number of medals and prizes include its Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in the individual and team category.
• The very first gold medal was awarded in 1909 to the Wright Brothers.
• Since 2004, the society started awarding team medals for exceptional or groundbreaking team work in aeronautical research and development.
• Besides the above awards, the society also confers R P Alston Memorial Prize for developments in flight-testing, the Edward Busk prize for applied aerodynamics, the Wakefield Medal for advances in aviation safety and an Orville Wright Prize

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China and Pakistan are building the worldu2019s largest solar farm in the Punjabi desert

Pakistan and China are on their way to building the world’s largest solar farm, with the completion of a 100 Megawatt, 400,000-panel pilot power project, the first solar power plant ever built in Pakistan. Spread out over almost 500 acres of flat land in the Punjabi desert and known as the Quaid-e-Azam Solar Power Park (QUASP), the $130 million project took just three months for Chinese company, Xinjian Sunoasis to build. And it is just the first part of a larger project, the $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. According to Chinadialogue, when the project is complete in 2017, the same site could see a total of 5.2 million photovoltaic cells producing up to 1,000 Megawatts of electricity – or enough to power 

about 320,000 homes.
The 100 MW plant is the pilot stage of a more ambitious plan to build the world’s largest solar farm. Once complete in 2017, the site could have capacity of 5.2 million PV cells producing as much as 1,000 MW of electricity – equivalent to an average sized coal-fired power station – and enough to power about 320,000 households. Construction of the next stage is already underway, led by another Chinese company, Zonergy.Eighteen months ago, the site was nothing more than wilderness. Now a mini city has emerged in the middle of the desert, with over 2,000 workers accompanied by heavy machinery, power transmission lines, blocks of buildings, water pipes and pylons

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Google to provide free WiFi across 400 railway stations in India.

Good news for rail commuters in India! Google and Indian Railways have collaborated together to create ‘Project Nilgiri’ that will deliver Wi-fi access to around 400 railway stations across India.This project makes use of Google’s Fiber technology which currently is providing fast internet services in U.S. The project when started will give users access to high speed internet for the first 30 minutes and thereafter the speed will drop and become slow. The connection of the users will however still be active.With this initiative, Google and Indian Railways are jointly aiming to set up WiFi hotspots across select railway stations through out the nation to offer seamless connectivity to passengers.However, it is expected that the first phase of the project shall be up and running in a span of 4 months.

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Indian-Origin Man Ashok Sridharan Becomes Mayor of Germany's Bonn City

Ashok Sridharan, a mayoral candidate of Chancellor Angela Merkel-led Christian Democratic Union (CDU), has comprehensively won the election in Bonn, becoming the first person of Indian-origin to occupy the mayor's office in a major German city.49-year-old Sridharan secured the absolute majority by polling 50.06 per cent of the votes in yesterday's election in the former German capital, according to provisional results.

His victory marks the end of more than 21 years' rule of the city by the Social Democratic Party (SPD).Mr Sridharan, who is the son of a migrant from India and a German mother, will take over the reigns of the city administration from the outgoing SPD mayor Juergen Nymptsch on October 21.Until now, he served as the treasurer and assistant mayor in the municipal administration of neighbouring town Koenigswinter.His absolute majority in the first round of the election and his strong lead over his two main opponents came as a surprise to many political observers, who predicted a close finish.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Frank D. Gilroy passed away.

Frank D. Gilroy, whose play about a veteran’s fraught return home, “The Subject Was Roses,” won him a Pulitzer Prize, died Saturday in Monroe, New York. He was 89.Gilroy, who served in the Army from 1943 to 1946 in the European Theatre, also won a Tony Award for “The Subject Was Roses.” It premiered on Broadway in May of 1964. He then wrote a screenplay for a 1968 film adaptation starring Jack Albertson and Patricia Neal, which would earn both supporting Oscar nominations and a win for Albertson.

The Bronx native attended Dartmouth and the Yale Drama School after serving in the Army and went on to work as a screenwriter for live television and film for years. Credits include shows “Studio One in Hollywood,” and “Playhouse 90,” and films “The Gallant Hours,” and “The Fastest Gun Alive.” Gilroy also directed movies for television and the big screen, including the 1971 Shirley MacLaine drama “Desperate Characters.”

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Vice President Releases the Book ‘Feminist and Orientalist Perspectives – A Study of Lady Mary Montagu’s Turkish Embassy Letters

The Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari released a book entitled “Feminist and Orientalist Perspectives – A Study of Lady Mary Montagu’s Turkish Embassy Letters” authored by Dr. Farha Hiba Parvez’ at a function . Addressing on the occasion, the Vice President said that this book on Lady Mary Montagu’s Turkish Embassy Letters is a serious work diligently done and will become an open area for many scholars. 

He recalled that in 1968-69, when he was a young diplomat posted in Indian Embassy in Jeddah, there was no school for Indian students in Jeddah. There were a few other schools there but not for India students. And the question emerged as to how to teach our children. Keeping in view this problem his wife suggested him to open a school and persuaded him to allot a room in Embassy. As he was a bit hesitant, she approached the Ambassador who approved the proposal of opening a school within Embassy and the school started with four students. And one of those four students is the Author herself. 

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Russian astronaut record-breaker Padalka returns to Earth

The 57-year-old's latest mission lasted 168 days, bringing his total to 879 days in space over five trips. This is two months longer than the previous record set in 2005 by Russian Sergei Krikalev over six missions. Mr Padalka and two other members from the International Space Station (ISS) landed safely in Kazakhstan on their Soyuz spacecraft just before sunrise. The capsule descended after re-entering the Earth's atmosphere under a parachute. Graduated as a pilot and became a colonel in the Russian Air Force First journey to space was in 1998, to Russia's Mir space station Only person to have commanded the ISS four times He beat the previous record for most time in space on 28 June 2015 Has participated in 10 spacewalks A ground crew rushed to welcome and extract the three astronauts from the charred spacecraft and medics checked their condition. "I am fine," Mr Padalka told them as he sipped tea and ate an apple, the news agency reports. Mr Padalka's companions - Andreas Mogensen from Denmark and Kazakh Aidyn Aimbetov - are both novices in comparison, having only spent 10 days in orbit on what was their first mission . Mr Aimbetov had travelled in place of British soprano Sarah Brightman, who had been due to made the trip as a space tourist but withdrew from training in Mayciting family reasons. Six astronauts now remain on the ISS, including Nasa's Scott Kelly and Russia's Mikhail Kornienko, who began a 12-month tour of duty in March - the longest continuous stay anyone would have been aboard the 400km-high (250 mile) orbiting platform.

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