Maha Hikes DA By 6 Pc
- The Maharashtra government decided to hike the Dearness Allowance (DA) of state government employees by six per cent with effect from January 1, 2015.
- The DA is now 113 per cent from the existing 107 per cent. DA is calculated on total of basic pay and grade pay.
- Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said the arrears would be given from October 1, 2015. Separate orders would be issued for payment of arrears from January 1, 2015 to September 30, 2015. He said the decision was government's Diwali gift to the employees.
- The decision will benefit 18 lakh officials and employees as well as 6.5 lakh pensioners.
Hindujas Donate Collection Of Rare Coins To Maharashtra Government
- The Hinduja family has spent `1 crore on cataloguing and research on 'Ancient Coins of India', a rare collection which was donated by the Hinduja Foundation Antiquity Collection to Maharashtra government .
- "We have spent ` 1 crore on cataloguing and research on "Ancient Coins of India" and we are ready to spend more as we are doing this for a cause," Hinduja Group India Chairman Ashok P Hinduja said.
- He was talking on the sidelines of an event held at the World Trade Centre by the Hinduja Foundation."There is no business involved in this and rather we are doing it out of passion and hence we have not made any budget for the programme," he added.
- These coins were sourced by Lance Dane, an officer of the Royal British Army, and a private viewing which began here is being called the "Lance Dane Bequest".
NCP Quits 3rd Front
- The Third Front in Bihar was jolted in the midst of the Assembly polls as Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) today decided to walk out of the grouping citing "pro- BJP statements" by Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
- NCP General Secretary and MP Tariq Anwar announced the party"s decision to quit the six-party Third Front at a press conference here.Anwar said the decision was in reaction to Mulayam"s purported comment that there was a wave in favour of BJP and that the saffron party would form the government in the coming days in Bihar.
- "The statement by Mulayam while campaigning for his party"s candidates in Rohtas and Aurangabad in the second phase of voting is sad and unfortunate," charged the NCP Lok Sabha member from Katihar. The second phase of polling in Biha
PM Announces Memorial For Kalam On 84th Birth Anniversary
- People celebrating former President APJ Abdul Kalam's 84th birth anniversary with a 840 kg cake in Chennai on Oct 15.
- Paying rich tributes to "people"s President" APJ Abdul Kalam on his 84th birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said a memorial to honour him and inspire future generations would be built in his birthplace Rameswaram, which will developed as an AMRUT city.
- The Prime Minister exhorted the scientific community, especially the youngsters, to come up with innovations to ease the common man"s life, drawing inspiration from Kalam who had built great institutions from scratch.
More Writers Return Awards
- Over 90 writers and intellectuals from West Bengal have written to President Pranab Mukherjee seeking his intervention in the Dadri lynching incident and recent attacks on rationalists even as a Rajasthan writer returned his Sahitya Akademi award joining a list of over 30 authors protesting "growing intolerance".
- In a related development, 17-year-old schoolgirl Ria Vithasa from Shimoga, Karnataka today said she is handing over her Bal Sahitya award as she was pained by the killing of noted writer M M Kalburgi from the state.
- In their letter to the President, the writers and intellectuals said, "We are horrified at the callous lack of support and apathy of the state in finding and bringing the culprits to justice.
Pak Raising Kashmir At UN Is 'Clear Interference': India
- India has strongly dismissed Pakistan"s raising of the Jammu and Kashmir issue at multiple fora in the UN, asserting that the references are "totally out of context" and constitute a "clear interference" in its internal affairs.
- India also asserted that Kashmir is, has always been and will remain an integral part of India.
- In one of the Right of Replies exercised by India to respond to comments by Pakistan"s envoy to the UN, First Secretary in the Indian Mission to the UN Abhishek Singh suggested that Pakistan should refrain from using the Right of Reply and instead "use the right of introspection" to think about the direction in which the country is moving.
Pele Terms FIFA Corruption Scandal A 'Shame'
- Football legend Pele described the FIFA corruption scandal as a "shame", but made it clear that the reputation of the game was not tarnished since it was the result of wrongdoings of those involved in the world governing body and not due to any on-field issues.
- "Whatever happening in FIFA, it is a shame. But this is not due to football but due to some people involved in the FIFA. Of course, we are sorry about what happened now in FIFA," Pele, who is in India on the invitation of Subroto Cup organisers, said at a press conference on the second day of his maiden visit to the Capital city.
Double Delight For Samarth Spikers
- Samarth Vyayam Shala men's and women's emerged winners in 46th District Volleyball Championship that was organised by Anand Nagar Sports Association under the auspices of Nagpur District Volleyball Association.
- In the women's final, Samarth defeated Kolbaswami Dhapewada 25-18, 25-23, 25-19. Bhagyashri Dharmik, Sapna Meshram, Bhagyashree Rokde, Vaibhavi Jabalpure and Sweeti Nikose fashioned the victory.
- In the men's final, Samarth Vyayam Shala overcame Youth Sports Club, Katol 25-17, 25-23, 25-22. For Samarth, Yogesh Rao, Kunal Singh, Vedant Thavre, Rohit Sherje, Parth Tiwari, Hemant Nistane and Shivam Kale displayed outstanding performance.