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Friday, February 23, 2018

J Jayalalithaa's 70th Birth Anniversary Today Saturday Feb 24,2018

The ruling AIADMK will hold several events as part of the grand celebration of the 70th birth anniversary of late Chief Minister and party supremo J. Jayalalithaa on Saturday  Feb 24,2018

The AIADMK Govt has come up with the 'Amma' scooter subsidy scheme, expected to be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi

According to party officials, a statue of J Jayalalithaa will be unveiled at the party headquarters here, followed by the launch of Tamil daily 'Nammadhu Amma'.

In the evening, the Tamil Nadu Govt will launch the scooter subsidy scheme wherein the government will provide 50 per cent subsidy subject to a maximum of Rs 25,000 for the purchase of scooters by working women.

2018 Indian Premier League(IPL) Season 11 - Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders find unique way to name captain

The 2018 Indian Premier League has already seen some players turning out for new franchises in the mega-player auction in January. The tournament will also see the return of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals after two-year bans in a spot-fixing and illegal betting scandal.

However, in a novel concept in the history of the tournament, Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders will announce new captains live on TV for the first time. Rajasthan Royals will name their skipper on Saturday Feb 24,2018 while Kolkata Knight Riders will name theirs on March 4.

Speaking on the move, Rajasthan Royals mentor Shane Warne said in a team statement: “A captain is instrumental to create a culture within the team. We indeed have some great choices -- the likes of Ben Stokes, Ajinkya Rahane and Steve Smith who bring leadership values with them. Jos Buttler too has capabilities to lead a team.”

England all-rounder Ben Stokes was the most expensive buy in the IPL player auction at Rs 12.5 crore while Steve Smith – the Australia skipper who led Rising Pune Supergiants last year -- and Ajinkya Rahane have demonstrated their leadership skills on the big stage

Kolkata Knight Riders will also name their captain live on TV. Sourav Ganguly, who was captain in 2008 and 2010, said the franchise, which did not retain skipper Gautam Gambhir, has limited options.

“In the current team, Robin Uthappa and Dinesh Karthik are captaincy material. Whether they will opt for Chris Lynn is a question because not many teams appoint a foreign captain. However, the franchise must give the new captain stability like how they gave to Gautam Gambhir,” Ganguly said.

Gautam Gambhir was appointed KKR skipper in 2011 and he helped the franchise win titles in 2012 and 2014.

The first game of the 2018 Indian Premier League will be played on April 7 with three-time champions Mumbai Indians taking on twice winners Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede stadium.

Oriental Bank of Commerce loan fraud - CBI Files Case Against Delhi Diamond Exporter for Rs 389-crore

After Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, the CBI has registered a case against a Delhi-based diamond jewellery exporter for an alleged bank loan fraud to the tune of Rs 389.85 crore towards Oriental Bank of Commerce.

The CBI has booked Dwarka Das Seth International Pvt Ltd for the alleged fraud.

Six months after the public sector bank filed a complaint with the CBI, the agency booked the company, and Sabhya Seth, Reeta Seth, Krishna Kumar Singh, Ravi Singh -- all directors of the firm -- and another company named Dwarka Das Seth SEZ Incorporation.

The company has availed various credit facilities from OBC between 2007-12, which swelled to Rs 389 crore during the period.

It was found by the bank that the company was using Letters of Credit (LoCs) to pay off other creditors against the purchase of gold and other precious stone and transfer gold and funds outside the country using fictitious transactions, the bank complaint, now part of the CBI FIR, alleged.

The company was also engaging in business transactions with non-existent entities, it said

National Eligibility-cum- Entrance Test (NEET) - NEET mandatory to study MBBS from abroad, current students exempted

Clearing the confusion, the Union Health Ministry has said students who have already taken admission under present regulations to pursue primary medical courses by taking eligibility certificate from Medical Council of India (MCI) were “exempted” from qualifying NEET.

“It is informed that the regulations prescribe that the Indian citizens or Overseas Citizen of India intending to obtain primary medical qualification from any medical institution outside India, on or after May 2018, shall have to mandatorily qualify the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), for admission to MBBS course abroad.”

After making the decision public, the Ministry received grievances of the students requesting that those who have already gone abroad may be exempted from the requirement of qualifying NEET.
“The decision will be implemented prospectively, that is, from May-2018. Thus, students who have already taken admission under current regulations to pursue primary medical course by taking Eligibility Certificate from MCI are exempted from qualifying NEET,” an official statement said.

Earlier this month, the ministry had made NEET mandatory for the Indian candidates who wish to obtain medical qualifications from abroad.

Every year, around 7,000 students go outside India to study medicine. Most of the students go to China and Russia. “As per the data, the percentage of graduates who have studied abroad and have cleared the FMGE has ranged between 13 and 26.9 per cent in the last five years. This is really a matter of concern as they go out, spend lot of money of their parents and are not able to contribute to the healthcare in India once they come back,” an official said

2018 Meghalaya Assembly elections Feb 27,2018 - National People Party(NPP) Releases People's Document For Meghalaya Poll Thursday Feb 22,2018

National People's Party President Conrad K. Sangma on Thursday Feb 22,2018 released the People's Document for Meghalaya at an election rally.

The "People's Document" highlights key aspects of governance in areas of economic planning and development, education, healthcare, infrastructure, public utilities delivery systems, agriculture, employment generation, youth welfare, women empowerment and environmental protection.

Senior NPP leaders Prestone Tynsong and Sniawbhalang Dhar, NPP candidates from Jaintia Hills and other party functionaries were also present at the rally.

"This is not just another election manifesto; rather, it is the foundation on which the contractual obligation between the party and the people of Meghalaya stands upon. It is not only our guiding light, but will also act as a constant reminder of our promise to the people of Meghalaya which we must honour at all costs," Sangma said.

He said that the main thrust of the People's Document is to bring about much-needed change, which the people of Meghalaya are desperately longing for.

"This is a very important moment in the history of Meghalaya because the National People's Party, along with the people will rise to the challenge of re-imagining and re-creating not only the destiny of the state, but most importantly, the present reality of our people," he said

Sangma said that the ruling Congress has been trying to communalize the election, as they were scared of NPP's growing popularity.

On the National Green Tribunal ban on coal mining, the NPP accused Chief Minister Mukul Sangma failed to take up the issue with the Central government.

On This Day on Feb 24,2010 Sachin Tendulkar Scored Double Century Vs South Africa In The Second ODI @ Gwalior

Sachin Tendulkar chose one of the better bowling attacks doing the rounds, to eclipse the record for the highest score, before bringing up the first double-hundred in ODI history.

The spectators at the Captain Roop Singh Stadium became the envy of cricket fans as they witnessed one of the country's favourite sporting heroes play a breathtaking innings which not only set up a 153-run annihilation but also the series victory.
India                401/3 in 50 Overs
South Africa    248/10  in 42.5 Overs
Match Result   India won by 153 Runs
MOM               Sachin Tendulkar(India) for his 200*(147 Balls 4x25 and 6x3)
Series Result    India led the 3-match series 2-0

Also for India
Dinesh Karthik scored 79(85 Balls 4x4 and 6x3)
Yusuf Pathan scored     36(23 Balls 4x4 and 6x2)
M S Dhoni scored        68*(35 Balls 4x7 and 6x4)

At 36, Tendulkar hasn't shown signs of ageing, and his sparkling touch in both forms of the game has ruled out all possibilities of him checking out anytime soon. Fatigue, cramps and paucity of time have stood in the way of batsmen going that extra mile to get to the 200-mark. Tendulkar did cramp up after crossing 150, but he didn't opt for a runner. His experience of 20 years at the international level came into play in this historic innings, staying at the crease from the first ball to the last, never once losing focus. There were no chances offered, no dropped catches, making his innings absolutely flawless

Tendulkar reached his fifty off 37 balls and his century off 90. Ironically, he struck his first six - over long-on - when on 111.
Tendulkar reached his 150 by making room to Parnell and chipping him over midwicket with a simple bat twirl at the point of contact.
A towering six over long-on later, he not only eclipsed Kapil Dev's 175 but also looked set to wipe out his own record. He started clutching his thighs, indicating that cramps had set in, but even that could not stop him today. He equalled his highest score of 186 by pulling a lollipop of a full toss off Kallis and broke his own and India's record with a single to square leg

The record of 200, however, was yet to be attained and the crowd were desperate for Tendulkar to get the strike. Dhoni tore into Steyn for 17 off the 49th over and retained the strike for the 50th. After hammering the first ball of the 50th for six, he shoveled a full toss to deep midwicket where Hashim Amla made a brilliant save. Tendulkar settled for a single and the crowd were on their feet as they watched him make history. - 200 Runs(147 Balls 4x25 and 6x3)

It was all the more fitting for another reason because it was on this very day, back in 1988, that he and Vinod Kambli added a mammoth 664 - then a world record - in a school match. 

2018 Maldives Presidential Election - Maldive Election Commission announces Presidential Election in Sep 2018 Thursday Feb 22,2018

Amid a persisting political crisis, the Election Commission (EC) of the Maldives has said the presidential elections will be held in September 2018

While the first round of the presidential polls is expected to be held in early September, a second round would follow in 21 days if necessary, the EC said on Thursday Feb 22,2018

The development comes at a time when the Indian Ocean archipelago nation is witnessing instability following President Abdulla Yameen’s declaration of a state of emergency on February 5, after defying a major Supreme Court ruling that set dissident leaders free.

Inviting foreign observers to the polls, the Male government requested the international community “to refrain from any actions that could hinder resolving” the current situation.

Earlier this week, President Yameen extended the emergency rule by 30 days, drawing sharp statements from the international community, including India, which expressed “deep dismay”.

Male accused India of ignoring facts and ground realities regarding the current political developments. In a statement issued on Thursday Feb 22,2018, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the nation was experiencing one of the most difficult periods in its history.

“It is therefore important that friends and partners in the international community, including India, refrain from any actions that could hinder resolving the situation facing the country,” it said