Indian Anti-Hunger Activist Wins Queen's Young Leader Award
- Indian anti-hunger activist Ankit Kawatra has been chosen for the Queen's Young Leaders award 01 December 2016 for his exceptional work in transforming the lives of others. Kawatra, who is the founder of Feeding India, a not-for profit organization that aims to solve hunger, malnutrition and food waste in the country, is among the 60 individuals from across the globe to have been selected for the award. "It is an honour to be selected as a the Queen's Young Leader and represent India.
- As a person who works on ground to fight hunger and to ensure that excess food is not wasted but instead is given to people in need, this award gives me encouragement to do more and better. "I believe that hunger can be ended and this award for my work has given me the motivation to work harder towards zero hunger for all of us. The journey has only begun," Kawatra said in a statement.
- He will be felicitated with the award by Queen Elizabeth (II) at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace in June next year, over the course of a week-long residential programme in the United Kingdom. Kawatra, who was also selected as one of the 17 United Nations Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals during the 71st United Nations General Assembly this year, left his corporate job to undertake the challenging mission of making the worl hunger-free. PTI
Inclusion Of 15 New Castes In Central OBC List Approved
- The Government today approved inclusion of 15 new castes and modification in 13 other castes in the Central list of Other Backward Classes (OBCs). The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the proposal. The National Commission of Backward Classes (NCBC) had recommended a total of 28 changes in respect of 8 states --- Assam, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttarakhand. Out of these 28, 15 were new entries, 9 were synonyms or sub-castes of the castes which were already in the list and 4 were corrections.
- "The changes will enable the persons belonging to these castes/communities to avail the benefits of reservation in Government services and posts as well as in Central Educational Institutions as per the existing policy," according to an official statement. They will also become eligible for benefit under the various welfare schemes, scholarships etc.
- being administered by the Central Government, which are at present available to the persons belonging to the Other Backward Classes, it added. On the NCBC recommendation, a total of 2479 Entries for inclusion, including its synonyms, sub-castes, etc. in the Central List of OBCs have been notified in 25 States and 6 Union Territories. The last such notification was issued till September, 2016.
WI's BravoTaking Legal Action Against WICB After Dropping From ODI Team
- West Indies batsman Darren Bravo is taking legal action against the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) after he was dropped from the squad before their recent tri-nations One-Day International (ODI) series in Zimbabwe. Bravo is claiming unlawful dismissal after he was sent home by the on-tour management committee for blasting WICB president Dave Cameron in a row over contracts, reports CMC.
- The Guardian newspaper has reported that Bravo's lawyer has sent a pre-action protocol letter to the WICB last week which has been received by the board. Bravo, the most consistent batsman for the Caribbean side in the longest format, was overlooked for the top tier and offered a Grade C contract.
- The row between the stylish Trinidadian batsman and Cameron erupted after the WICB chief gave an explanation for the omission, stating that Bravo's performance was not consistent enough to merit a higher grade of pay. Bravo lashed out at Cameron on social media platform Twitter, accusing him and the board officials of never offering him a Grade A contract in the first place despite his consistency. In the tweet, Bravo was alleged to have referred to the WICB President as "a big idiot".
Football World Mourns As Plane Crash Kills Brazilian Players
- The football world mourned after a plane carrying a Brazilian team crashed in the mountains in Colombia, killing 76 people but miraculously leaving six survivors, officials said. Football legends Pele and Maradona as well as current superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo led tributes to the players of Chapecoense Real, a humble team whose march to glory was cut abruptly short. Having risen only recently from obscurity, the team was on its way to play in the finals of the Copa Sudamericana, South America's second-biggest club tournament, when disaster struck. "The pain is terrible. Just as we had made it, I will not say to the top, but to have national prominence, a tragedy like this happens," club vice-president Ivan Tozzo told Globo SportTV.
- "It is very difficult, a very great tragedy." Colombia's civil aviation authority initially said 75 people were killed, but it later emerged that four people on the passenger manifest had not in fact boarded the plane -- a club official, a journalist, the mayor of the team's hometown and the city council president. "It"s one of those things in life. Only God knows why I ended up staying behind," the mayor, Luciano Buligon, told Brazil's TV Globo. The six survivors are being treated in hospital, officials said. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos called it a "sad tragedy," and Brazil's President Michel Temer declared three days of mourning. The dead also included 20 Brazilian journalists travelling to cover the match. The charter plane, flown by Bolivian company LAMIA, departed from the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz and declared an emergency at around 10:00 pm Monday (0300 GMT Tuesday).
- It reported "electrical failures" and crashed soon after near the city of Medellin, its destination, officials said. Governor Luis Perez of Antioquia department, where the plane went down, said investigators had found its two black box recorders. He said a crew member had reported that "the lights on the aircraft suddenly went out. "The British Aerospace 146 airliner was first sold as new in 1999 and was used by two other airlines before being acquired by LAMIA, a spokesman for the manufacturer told AFP.Specialist sites revealed that the same plane was used two weeks ago to fly the Argentine national team with Messi on board to San Juan, Argentina for a World Cup qualifying match.
- Britain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch said it was sending investigators along with representatives of the plane's manufacturer BAE Systems to Colombia to help with investigations. Scores of rescuers picked through the wreckage of the white fuselage, plastered over a remote hillside in northwestern Colombia. The plane went down about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Medellin, the country's second city, in a remote mountain area called Cerro Gordo.