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Scientist Dr Modadugu Vijay Gupta to receive inaugural Sunhak Peace Prize.

The first Sunhak Peace Prize 2015 was awarded to award to Kiribati President Anote Tong and fisheries scientist Dr. M. Vijay Gupta on August 28, 2015. This award is given to eminent individuals from around the world for their contribution to peace and development of the world.Indian agriculture scientist Dr Modadugu Vijay Gupta, has done pioneering work in aquaculture in India, Bangladesh and several Southeast Asian countries.
He has been selected for this award for his pioneering work in the blue revolution. He has invested his entire life to developing sustainable aquaculture as an alternative solution to the future food crisis.Tong, 63, the head of the Pacific Ocean island nation which is facing dire prospects of being engulfed by rising sea waters by 2050, was chosen for the award for his dogged fight to end the carbon emissions which are spelling doom for small island nations.The winners, who were announced at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on June 8, 2015, will share the $1 million international peace prize.

About Modadugu Vijay Gupta

Dr. Modadugu Vijay Gupta born on 17 August 1939 is an Indian biologist and fisheries scientist.He is considered a pioneer in the blue revolution of Southeast Asia.He was awarded the World Food Prize in 2005, for development and dissemination of low-cost techniques for freshwater fish farming by the rural poor.Gupta hails from Bapatla in the State of Andhra Pradesh, India.Till his recent retirement, Dr. Gupta served as the Assistant Director General at World Fish, an international fisheries research institute under the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) based at Penang in Malaysia.

About Sunhak Peace prize --The Sunhak Peace Prize was established at the proposal of Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon who wished to honor and inherit the peace ideology and will of her late husband, the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, who dedicated his life to a movement that transcends race, religion, and nation for the realization of his One Global Family peace ideology.The Sunhak Peace Prize pursues the three key banners of ‘respect for human rights’, ‘conflict reconciliation’, and ‘ecological conservation’.The laureate is awarded with a certificate, a medal, and US 1 million dollars.

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Senior Kannada writer Dr.M. M. Kalburgi was died

A renowned Kannada scholar, Sahitya Akademi award winner and former vice-chancellor of Karnatak University M M Kalburgi, 77, was shot dead by two unidentified assailants at his residence in Dharwad in north Karnataka.

About M M Kalburgi

He was an Indian scholar of Vachana sahitya (Vachana literature) and academic who served as the Vice-Chancellor of Kannada 

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GSLV Successfully Launches Indiau2019s Latest Communication Satellite GSAT-6

In its ninth flight (GSLV-D6), India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, equipped with the indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage (CUS), successfully launched GSAT-6, the country's latest communication satellite, into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO). The achieved orbit is very close to the intended one. The launch took place from the Second Launch Pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR (SDSC SHAR), Sriharikota, the spaceport of India. This was the fifth developmental flight of GSLV and the third to carry the indigenous CUS. GSLV-D6 was intended to further test and qualify the CUS developed by ISRO. In its oval shaped GTO, the GSAT-6 satellite is now orbiting the Earth with a perigee (nearest point to Earth) of 168 km and an apogee (farthest point to Earth) of 35,939 km with an orbital inclination of 20.01 deg with respect to the equator. 

After a smooth 29 hour countdown, the 416 tonne, 49 m tall GSLV-D6 carrying the 2117 kg GSAT-6, lifted off at 16:52 Hrs IST. About seventeen minutes after lift-off, GSAT-6 was successfully placed in GTO. At 4.8 seconds before the countdown reached zero, the four liquid propellant strap-on stages of GSLV-D6, each carrying 42 tonne of liquid propellants, were ignited. At count zero and after confirming the normal performance of all the four strap-on motors, the mammoth 139 tonne solid propellant first stage core motor was ignited and GSLV lifted off. The major phases of the flight included the core motor burn-out, strap on burn-out, ignition of the second stage, separation of the core motor together with strap-ons, payload fairing separation, second stage separation, CUS ignition and its timely shut down after satisfactory performance. Following this, GSAT-6 separated from CUS about 17 minutes after launch. 

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Lionel Messi won second UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Lionel Messi  picked yet another award in his already glittering career by winning the 2014-15 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. The Argentine play-maker beat his Barcelona team-mate Luis Suarez and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.The fifth edition of the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award ceremony was held in Monaco, with the who's who of world football attending the gala. He became the youngest Argentine to play and score in the FIFA World Cup.

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NTPC sets a record in single-day power generation

State-owned NTPC  Ltd, India's largest power generator, has achieved a record highest single-day electricity generation of 733.12 million units. The record generation of 733.12 million units from NTPC's 18 coal-based power plants, 7 gas-based units and 8 solar and hydro power stations.

About NTPC--NTPC Limited (also known as National Thermal Power Corporation Limited) is an Indian Central Public Sector Undertaking (CPSU) under the Ministry of Power, Government of India, engaged in the business of generation of electricity and allied activities. It is a company incorporated under the Companies Act 1956 and a "Government Company" within the meaning of the act. The headquarters of the company is situated at New Delhi. NTPC's core business is generation and sale of electricity to state-owned power distribution companies and State Electricity Boards in India. The company also undertakes consultancy and turnkey project contracts that involve engineering, project management, construction management and operation and management of power plants. The company has also ventured into oil and gas exploration and coal mining activities. It is the largest power company in India with an electric power generating capacity of 43,803 MW . Although the company has approx. 18% of the total national capacity it contributes to over 27% of total power generation due to its focus on operating its power plants at higher efficiency levels (approx. 83% against the national PLF rate of 78%).It was founded by Government of India in 1975, which now holds 70% of its equity shares on 13 May 2015 (after divestment of its stake in 2004, 2010, 2013, and 2015).
In May 2010, NTPC was conferred Maharatna status by the Union Government of India. It is ranked 424th in in the Forbes Global 2000 for 2014.

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'Three-Body Problem' First Chinese Novel to Win Hugo Award

International bestselling science-fiction novel "The Three-Body Problem" by Chinese author Liu Cixin was announced as the winner of the Best Novel award during the 2015 Hugo Awards in Spokane, Washington
The announcement was made by astronaut Dr. Kjell Lindgren, while the award was received on behalf of Liu by novelist Ken Liu, who served as the translator for the English version of "The Three-Body Problem." This marks the first time a Chinese novel won a Hugo Award.
The story depicts a speculative account of China's Cultural Revolution, wherein the military sends signals to space. The signals are then received by aliens who decide to invade the Earth.
The book is named after a physics concept that is applied to the planet of the alien race in the story, which revolves around three suns.

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Indian Origin Businessman Is The New CEO Of The Dubai Gold Exchange

An Indian-origin businessman has been appointed as the new chief executive officer of the Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange in the UAE. Gaurang Desai, one of the founding members of the team that setup DGCX in 2005, is ideal to take the Exchange to its next stage of development, the company said in a statement. Desai will be tasked with heading the exchange's operations in the Middle East and beyond. He will be based out of Dubai where he will be leading the development and execution of the group's long-term strategy.
"We are delighted to appoint a key member of the DGCX team to this vital position, providing the company with the confidence that comes with continuity and ensuring DGCX continues the excellent delivery of pioneering products, platforms and services it has become known for," said Gautam Sashittal, CEO of Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) and DGCX director.

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Raipur to host 2015 FIH Hockey World League Final

Chhattisgarh capital Raipur will host the 2015 FIH Hockey World League (HWL) Final that is scheduled to be held between 27 November and 6 December 2015. It is the second edition of the World League Final.
The announcement in this regard was made by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) president Leandro Negre in the third week of August 2015.
The competitions will be held at the 3000 capacity Raipur International Hockey Stadium that was opened as a dedicated hockey facility in August 2014.The tournament will feature eight teams, who qualified through the HWL semi-finals in Buenos Aires (Brazil) and Antwerp (Belgium). They include world number one ranking Australia, Netherlands (2), Germany (3), Belgium (4), Great Britain (5), Argentina (6), India (8) and Canada (13).Incidentally, India was the host for the inaugural event that was held in January 2014 in New Delhi.  It was won by Netherlands.Further, India is also poised to host the third edition of the biannual event in 2017.

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Muslims record decadal growth of 24.6 %, Hindus 16.8 %: Census

The distribution is total population by six major communities namely Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain besides “other religions and persuasions” and “religion not stated” . Muslims recorded a decadal growth rate of 24.6 per cent between 2001 and 2011 touching 17.22 crore while the Hindus grew at 16.8 per cent to clock a population of 96.63 crore during the same period.
The growth rate of population in the decade 2001-2011 was 17.7 per cent. The growth rate of population of the different religious communities in the same period was as Hindus: 16.8 per cent; Muslim: 24.6 per cent; Christian: 15.5 per cent; Sikh: 8.4 per cent; Buddhist: 6.1 per cent and Jain: 5.4 per cent, according to the census data on population by religious communities released .While the census figure on religion was released more than four years after compilation of the data, the caste data is yet to be made public. Under the data released by the Registrar General and Census Commissioner Tuesday, the total population in the country in 2011 was 121.09 crore.

The distribution is total population by six major communities namely Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain besides “other religions and persuasions” and “religion not stated”. The data released are by sex and residents upto sub districts and towns.
Out of the total 121.09 crore, Hindus account for 96.63 crore (79.8 per cent); Muslims 17.22 crore (14.2 per cent); Christians 2.78 crore (2.3 per cent); Sikhs 2.08 crore (1.7 per cent); Buddhists 0.84 crore (0.7 per cent); Jains 0.45 crore (0.4 per cent), ‘other religions and persuasions’ (ORP) 0.79 crores (0.7 per cent) and ‘religion not stated’ 0.29 crores (0.2 per cent).The proportion of Muslim population to total population has increased by 0.8 percentage point (PP) in 2011, the census data said.

The proportion of Hindu population to total population in 2011 has declined by 0.7 PP; the proportion of Sikh population has declined by 0.2 PP and the Buddhist population has declined by 0.1 PP during the decade 2001-2011.There has been no significant change in the proportion of Christians and Jains.As per 2001 census, India’s total population was 102 crores of which Hindu population comprised 82.75 crore (80.45 per cent) and Muslims were 13.8 crore (13.4 per cent).

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Suraksha Bandhan Yojana started from Raksha Bandhan

As part of the celebrations of Raksha Bandhan, banks have vowed to push the social security schemes launched by the Prime Minister, including Suraksha Bandhan Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana. The progress of the implementation  of various schemes was discussed at  the review meeting convened by the district-level Bankers Consultative Committee, which was attended by L M Deshmukh, general manager of the Bank of Maharashtra, M R Prakash, committee convenor, and MP Anil Shirole. Shirole said the basic aim was to reach out to as many people as possible and apprise them of the schemes. “Starting August 29, we will team up with banks to convince people to opt for the recently launched Suraksha Bandhan Yojana (SBY). We will also urge people to gift this to their maids, drivers and helpers on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.” For the Suraksha Bandhan Yojana, one has to invest Rs 201 and Rs 5,001 which will be kept as a fixed deposit in banks and the yearly interest generated will be used to pay the premium

Highlights of the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana

Eligibility: Available to people in age group 18 to 70 years with bank account.
Premium:  Rs.12 per annum.
Payment Mode: The premium will be directly auto-debited by the bank from the subscribers account. This is the only mode available.

Risk Coverage:  For accidental death and full disability - Rs.2 Lakh and for partial disability Rs.1 Lakh.
Eligibility: Any person having a bank account and Aadhaar number linked to the bank account can give a simple form to the bank every year before 1st of June in order to join the scheme.  Name of nominee to be given in the form.
Terms of Risk Coverage: A person has to opt for the scheme every year. He can also prefer to give a long-term option of continuing in which case his account will be auto-debited every year by the bank.
Who will implement this Scheme?: The scheme will be offered by all Public Sector General Insurance Companies and all other insurers who are willing to join the scheme and tie-up with banks for this purpose.
Government Contribution:
(i)Various Ministries can co-contribute premium for various categories of their beneficiaries from their budget or from Public Welfare Fund created in this budget from unclaimed money. This will be decided separately during the year.
(ii)Common Publicity Expenditure will be borne by the Government.

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