Arvind Kejriwal Taken Oath as the Youngest Chief Minister of Delhi

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal takes oath as the youngest chief minister of Delhi on Saturday.

Arvind Kejriwal handed over portfolios to his Ministers. Manish Sisodia to handle PWD, Urban Development and Education, Arvind Kejriwal to handle Power and Finance, Saurabh Bhardwaj to handle Transport, Rakhi Birla to handle Women and Child Welfare and Satyendra Jain to handle Health.

Security was tightened at the metro station after Kejriwal decided to take the metro to Ramlila Maidan from here to take oath as the Delhi Chief Minister. Kejriwal along with Manish Sisodia and other AAP supporters will take the train from Kausambi Metro Station around 11 AM.

Bio Data of Delhi's Next Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind KejriwalName: Arvind Kejriwal
Date of Birth: 16 August, 1968
Father's Name: Gobind Ram Kejriwal
Mother's Name: Gita Devi
Present Address: A-119, Ground Floor, Kaushambi, Ghaziabad, UP
Permanent Address: Hisar, Haryana

Educational Qualifications:
  • Schooling: Campus School, Hisar
  • Mechanical engineering at IIT, Kharagpur

Work Experience:
  • Become MLA from New Delhi constituency after defeating incumbent Chef Minister Shiela Dikshit on 8th december, 2013
  • Founded a political outfit naming Aam Aadmi Party on 26th November, 2012
  • Founded a Non profit organization Parivartan in 2000
  • Served as Joint Commissioner of Income Tax Department from 1995-2006
  • Joined Tata Steel, Jamshedpur from 1989-92 after completing Engineering

Awards and Recognition:
  • 2004: Ashok Fellow, CIvic Engagement
  • 2005: SK Dubey Memorial Award, IIT Kanpur for his campaign on governmrnt transparency
  • 2006: Ramon Masaysay Award for Emergent leadership

Delhi Election 2013: BJP-32 and Aam Aadmi Party-28 Seats

After 15 long years in power the Congress was headed for a rout in Delhi, with the BJP on the winning track, but it was debutante Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) that put up a spectacular show in the battle for the 70-member assembly.
Alliance Results Change Total
BJP+ 32 +9 32
AAP 28 +28 28
Cong 8 -35 8
Others 2 -2 2

Sachin Tendulkar Announces Retirement

Tendulkar said that he can't imagine alive without cricket, adding he has lived his dream for the last 24 years.

Sachin Tendulkar has announced his decision to retire from international cricket after he plays his record 200th Test against West Indies in November.

Tendulkar, who had retired from ODIs in December 2012, has been in patchy form over the last two seasons and the issue of his retirement has caused plenty of debates.

Sachin Tendulkar

India is to play a two-Test series against the West Indies next month which would enable Tendulkar, who has already made 198 appearances, to become the first player to reach the 200 landmark. The two Tests against West Indies will be played between November 6-10 and 14-18 at yet to be named venues.

Fodder Scam: Lalu Prasad Yadav Gets 5-Years Jail

Lalu Prasad, Jagannath Mishra and 43 others were convicted in a fodder scam case related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37.70 crore from Chaibasa district treasury.

Reacting to the verdict, Lalu said that he is innocent and that he would appeal in a higher court against the verdict.

Lalu has also been imposed a fine of Rs 25 lakh.

Jagannath Mishra has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Earlier, Lalu'slawyer said in the court that the RJD leader should get minimum punishment as he was a respectable person" and held a "high position in society.

Google Offers Delhi Engineering Student Himanshu Jindal Rs.93 Lakh Annual Pay Package

Ongoing campus placements at the Delhi Technological University (DTU) recorded a new high with one of its students bagging Google Offersan annual pay package of about Rs.93 lakh from Google USA.

DTU officials told that Himanshu Jindal, a fourth year student of Department of Computer Engineering, has been offered a salary of about $115,000 and 125 Google Stock Units (totalling Rs.93 lakh) by the company. "This is the highest-ever salary package offered to any DTU student. The highest annual package last year was Rs.58 lakh," said an official.


BJP Names Narendra Modi as its PM Candidate

 Narendra Modi on Friday was formally announced Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections.

The decision was taken after the commencement of the party's parliamentary board meeting involving its major leaders. It was reported that the senior leader LK Advani skipped the meeting due to his differing views over the decision to anoint Modi.

 Narendra Modi

Hours before the formal announcement, the allies of the Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday had confirmed that Narendra Modi would be the BJP's prime ministerial candidate.

Delhi Gang Rape: Death for All 4 Rapists

Nine months after the horrific gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman in Delhi triggered nationwide outrage, a special court on Friday sentenced to death four convicts in the case.

Additional sessions judge Yogesh Khanna announced the punishment in a packed courtroom at around 2.30 pm.

The sentence has to be confirmed by Delhi high court.

Holding that the crime committed on a moving bus was in the "rarest of rare category", the court noted that the girl and her male friend were brutally assaulted, her abdomen ripped apart with an iron rod and internal organs pulled out.

They were thrown out of the bus moving at a high speed and the accused tried to run the vehicle over them. She was left on the road half-naked, seriously injured, severely bleeding and shivering in the winter chill.

The judge had convicted Mukesh Singh, 26, Vinay  Sharma, 20, Pawan Gupta, 19, and Akshay Thakur, 28, on September 10, holding that there was strong evidence they had committed the brutal gang-rape and a "cold-blooded murder".


Know Your PF Account Balance Instantly

No more waiting for your annual Provident Fund (PF) account slips now.

Getting the latest details just got easier as the retirement fund manager Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has launched a facility for viewing PF accounts Online on real time basis.

The internet facility was launched today by Labour Minister Sis Ram Ola in the presence of Minister of State for Labour and Employment Kodikunnil Suresh and EPFO's Central Provident Fund Commissioner K K Jalan, the Press Trust of India reported.

Speaking at the event, Jalan told PTI, "The facility would enable the EPFO to update accounts on real time basis. Now we would be able to provide annual account statement Online by April or May every year with all due interest credits."

The facility would also help in settling various claims well in time, Ola added.

At present, the five-crore subscribers get their records only once a year since the EPFO is supposed to send annual provident funds account slips by September.

However, the process usually takes longer.

The EPFO is also planning to launch the facility of online transfer of PF accounts in October, for which the organization is already conducting live tests.

Are you one of the 5 crore subscribers of the EPFO? Then check your accounts online on a real-time basis by clicking this link


Zensar Will Hire 400 Engineers

Pune-based IT player Zensar Technologies Limited chief executive officer Ganesh Natarajan on Monday said the ailing Indian economy will force the IT companies to stay focused on the traditional IT markets such as US and Europe and avoid the domestic market for some time.

"A falling Rupee is a deterrent. There has been very poor decision making in the country. No body is going to look at the domestic market till the economy stabilises. IT companies will focus on the traditional markets - US and Europe," Zensar Technologies Limited chief executive officer Ganesh Natarajan said while speaking at the sidelines of the IT and ITeS Industry Association of Andhra Pradesh (ITsAP) HR summit here.

Microsoft Buys Nokia for $7.2 Billion

Microsoft's acquisition of handset major Nokia's phone division has drawn a lot of interest in the tech and business world. Will beleaguered Nokia be better able to succeed at what it could not as a standalone player? Will Microsoft be able to rewrite its smartphone story now & compete better with Apple and Google? These are the questions only time can answer. But the two are definitely expected to derive better synergies with the merger.


7 Companies Hit Hardest by Rupee Fall

A lot of companies in India pay in foreign currency for importing raw material or pay for interest on their borrowing. A fall in the rupee value hurts them the most. It makes imports costlier and forces companies to pay more interest on loans.

Nine companies with a 23% weightage in the Nifty are adversely impacted by the rupee movement, according to IIFL, a Mumbai-based firm. This means their profits could be hurt. Analysts usually assess the impact on the earnings per share or the net profit per share of a company. A company’s share price usually moves in tandem with its earnings per share.

Here are the top 5 listed companies at a severe disadvantage:
  1. SpiceJet and Jet Airways:  Airline companies are the most affected directly by the rupee’s free-fall. For every 10% fall in the rupee, SpiceJet’s earnings per share (EPS) for the current fiscal decreases by a whopping 330%, according to IIFL. Similarly, Jet Airways’ profit too would see a fall of 70%. An airline’s major expense is imported jet fuel. It accounts for half of the operating cost. On the contrary, revenues are mainly in rupees. This makes airline companies exposed to exchange rate fluctuations.
  2. Jain Irrigation:  The multi-national irrigation equipment-maker is expected to see a 47% fall in its fiscal year 2013-14 EPS for every 10% fall in the rupee, according to the report by IIFL. The company reported a widening of losses in the first quarter of FY14 due to higher foreign exchange loss despite a 15% rise in revenues.

Asaram Held for Sexual Assault on Minor

Spiritual guru Asaram Babu was arrested here late Saturday night by Jodhpur police over allegation of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in his ashram, official sources said.

"He has been arrested," a senior police official told IANS.

Asaram was arrested after lengthy questioning in his ashram here, sources said, adding that he would be taken to Jodhpur.

The 72-year-old has been booked under various sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and the Indian Penal Code. Earlier, a look-out circular was also issued against him to prevent any attempt by him to leave the country.

Samsung Announce The Hennessy Flip Phone

Samsung has announced its latest smartphone, however this a little different from all the rest. The Hennessy, as it is called, combines a smartphone that runs on Android with a dual-screen flip phone body.

From the front the Hennessy looks like any other standard Android phone but once the front has been flipped, it reveals a second screen on the other side with a full keypad below.

The phone has a 3.3-inch touch screen with 480-by320-pixel resolution. It has a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 5-megapixel camera, 1500mAH battery and a microSD card slot. The Hennessy runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).

So far there have been no announcements on pricing or availability. It has only been announced in China, so when and where we will see this phone, we will have to wait and see.


CBSE Warns Schools for Not Having Websites

Those schools which have failed to create their websites and upload details of their infrastructure and management are set to face a tough time with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) deciding not to register their students for class XII board examination.

The one-month deadline set by the board to create websites elapsed last month. “The board will initiate necessary action against the schools which have failed to comply with its directive,” official sources in the CBSE told Deccan Herald.

A large number of schools affiliated to the board are yet to develop their websites and upload details of their management and infrastructure despite a circular issued by the board to all of those affiliated to it in October 2010.

A reminder was later issued to all these school heads later in December, 2011, but it fell on deaf ears.

Peeved over lackadaisical attitude of schools towards compliance of its directive, the CBSE issued a circular on June 17 this year, directing them to develop their websites and upload “comprehensive” details of their management and infrastructure within a month.

It also made it clear to all the school heads that it will not register their students if they fail to comply with its directive, saying the responsibility would lie with the school management in such cases.

The board wants all the schools to create their websites and upload details of their management and infrastructure in view of bringing transparency in their functioning.

The details should include information about schools’ teachers and other staff, their salary, number of students enrolled, fee structure, status of their affiliation and list of members of managing committee with their address among others.

“Many schools have not yet developed their websites because their managements are uncomfortable with disclosing some of these details. But the board will not allow them to function like this,” official sources said.

To mount pressure on such schools, the board has also decided to link the “mandatory” creation of website and uploading of “comprehensive” information about their management and infrastructure with the registration of their class IX and class XI students with the board, sources added.

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1993 Mumbai Blasts: Five-Year Jail Term for Sanjay Dutt

The Supreme Court has pronounced its verdict on actor Sanjay Dutt in the 1993 Bombay blasts case. The conviction has been upheld and he has been sentenced to 5 years in jail. Dutt has already served 18 months of his term in prison and he has 4 weeks to surrender. His friends are shocked to hear the verdict and expressed their solidarity on the social media.


National Film Awards Announced

"Paan Singh Tomar", based on the true story of an Indian athlete who turns into a dreaded outlaw, struck gold at the National Film Awards announced on Monday, bagging top honours for best film and best actor in a rare triumph for Bollywood.

In its citation, a jury headed by film-maker Basu Chatterji praised the movie directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, lauding its "sleek and sensitive handling of a not-too-common subject with remarkable aplomb."
Irrfan, who played Paan Singh Tomar, shared acting honours with Vikram Gokhale who won for the Marathi film "Anumati".

"Vicky Donor", a light-hearted take on sperm donation, was the other Bollywood film to win in key categories at the 60th edition of the awards, taking trophies for the male and female supporting roles and sharing the award for best popular film with Malayalam film "Ustad Hotel".

Annu Kapoor won the supporting actor honour for his turn as the fertility clinic doctor in "Vicky Donor", while Dolly Ahluwalia, who played the sperm donor's mother in the film, shared the supporting actress prize with Kalpana for the Malayalam film "Thanichalla Njan".

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Google Celebrates Jagjit Singh's Birthday with a Doodle

Google today paid tribute to ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh on his 72nd birthday through a doodle. The Google search page shows a picture of Jagjit Singh sitting with his harmonium.

Singh, who passed away in 2011, continues to be popular with his fans even after his death. According to Google Search Trends, he topped the list of most searched ghazal singers online.

Jagjit Singh, or Jagmohan Singh, was born in Rajasthan on February 8, 1941. His musical talent was spotted at a very young age and his father encouraged him to shift to Bombay. At that time, music meant love songs by Mohammad Rafi, Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar. Singh refreshed the genre with his voice.

He met and married Chitra Dutta and the duo created the album 'Unforgettables' that even today manages to move millions with its touching rendition. They went on to release many more albums that were extremely popular. Singh's encouragement saw many of his pupils make it big in the industry like Pankaj Udhaas. Singh also encouraged artists from Pakistan to come to India and that led to Ghulam Ali becoming an instant hit with Indians.

Singh sang songs for a number of Hindi movies, most notably Arth, Saath Saath, Bahuroopi, Avishkaar, Griha Pravesh, Ek Baar Kaho.

He died in Mumbai on October 10, 2011 due to a massive cerebral haemorrhage.


Get an Aadhaar Card Now. This is How?

With the government making Aadhaar Card (unique identification card) mandatory in procuring LPG connections, issuing passports, sale or purchase of houses, opening a PF account or withdrawing your provident fund, opening a bank account, etc, the queue of people waiting to lay their hands on the card seems to be getting longer and longer.

Here's a ready reckoner on how to get the card:
  • Aadhaar card enrollment is free and you need to enroll only once as an individual is entitled for only one card.
  • You can go to any authorized Aadhaar enrollment center anywhere in India with your identity and address proof.
  • UIDAI process accepts Proof of Identity and 33 Proof of Address documents. Common proofs of identity and address are election photo ID card, Ration card, passport and driving license.
  • Photo ID cards like PAN card and government ID cards are permissible for identity proof. Address proof documents also include water - electricity - telephone bills from the last three months.
  • In case you do not have above mentioned proofs, certificate of identify having photo issued by Gazetted Officer/Tehsildar on letterhead is also accepted as proof of identity
  • Certificate of address having photo issued by MP or MLA /Gazetted Officer/Tehsildar on letterhead or by Village Panchayat head or its equivalent authority (for rural areas) is accepted as valid proof of address.
  • If someone in your family does not have individual valid documents, the resident can still enrol if his/her name exists in family entitlement document.
  • Where there are no documents available, residents may also take the help of 'Introducers' at the enrolment centre. The Introducers are notified by the registrar.
  • At the enrollment center, your photo, finger-prints and iris scan will also be taken as a part of the enrollment.
  • You need to enrol only once. Enrolling again is a waste of your time as you will get only one Aadhaar number.
  • Based on the information provided, your details will be verified and If the application is successful, an Aadhaar number will be generated and mailed to your address.
  • The waiting time for Aadhaar may vary from 60-90 days after receipt of resident data packets.
  • Click here for the list of documents that can be submitted as proof of identity and address.
  • After enrolment, quality checks are done by the enrolment centre supervisors, followed by correction process (where required) and data packet consolidation.
  • Subsequently, the Enrolment Agency sends the data to UIDAI data centre. The data undergoes various stages of screening and validations in CIDR. This ensures that the source of data is authenticated besides ensuring that no duplicate exists. 
  • Sample quality checks are done on demographic and biometric data collected from residents. 
  • Apart from that the operator/supervisor/introducer/enrolment agency and registrar, information in each packet is also validated. Only after passing the data quality checks and other validations, the packet goes for de-duplication and Aadhaar gets generated.
  • In case of any errors, the packet goes on hold. For example, if the particulars of the operator who enrolled the resident are found to be inconsistent with database or there is a mismatch observed in photo and age/gender (e.g. a child's photo with age mentioned as 50 years), then the packet is held for further enquiry. 
  • Corrective actions are taken on such packets, wherever possible, else a rejection letter guiding resident to re-enroll is dispatched to the resident. 
  • India Post is entrusted with the responsibility of printing and delivery of Aadhaar letters. Depending on backlog for generation, location of delivery etc. 
  • India Post may ordinarily take 3-5 weeks to print and deliver Aadhaar letters to the residents.

Benefits of an Aadhar card
  • The unique identification or Aadhaar project would result in saving of about Rs 110,000 crore by 2020 (around 58 per cent of expenditure of major public welfare schemes), a Planning Commission study released said.
  • By providing a clear proof of identity, Aadhaar will empower the underprivileged residents in accessing services such as the formal banking system and give them the opportunity to easily avail various other services provided by the government and the private sector.
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No Aadhar Card? No PF Transactions

No Aadhar Card? No PF Transactions

If you haven’t got your Aadhar card, hurry up and apply. The government has now made it mandatory to provide your Aadhar card number for PF transaction.

Salaried employees in organised sector will have to provide their Aadhaar numbers for seeking benefits under the EPF scheme being operated by retirement fund body Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), reports the PTI.

The report also states that it will be mandatory for new members to submit their Aadhaar numbers as part of the KYC (Know Your Customer) verification from March 1, 2013 onward.

What about exiting members?
For existing members, the seeding of Aadhaar number has to be done in a time-bound manner,” an official order to the field staff said.

What if you don’t have an Aadhar number?
In case an employee does not have the Aadhaar number, the employer can issue an Enrolment Id (EID) as per the guidelines of the body. This EID would be converted into Aadhaar number later on, the order said.

Where do you apply for an Aadhar card?
Aadhaar enrolment is free. You can go to any authorized Aadhaar enrollment center anywhere in India with your identity and address proof. Click here for more information

How will this help?
This will help EPFO members, particularly the construction workers, who often change their jobs or contractors.

Reception of the directive
Central trade unions have, however, slammed the move by the Employees Provident Fund Organisation to make Aadhaar mandatory for opening new PF accounts and continuing existing ones.

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Samsung Launches Galaxy Grand at Rs 21,500

Samsung Launches Galaxy Grand at Rs 21,500

The latest smartphone in the Galaxy family was launched today in India at Rs 21,500. The Samsung Galaxy Grand runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and sport a 5-inch display. The phone also comes with the unique dual SIM feature.

Samsung Galaxy Grand runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. It sport a 5-inch display which provides users with an expansive viewing experience, presenting messaging, multimedia and Web content in brilliant color and clarity.

Samsung Galaxy Grand's dual SIM feature provides total communication flexibility, allowing users to manage two phone numbers from a single phone. It is possible to receive calls on one SIM number while taking a call from the other.

Even with the large screen, the phone is still slim, ergonomic and comfortable to hold. Users can also enjoy running multiple apps simultaneously and without switching screens using Multi Window feature.

The Galaxy grand comes with 1.2GHz dual core processor that supports multitasking, faster web browsing, fast screen transitions and superior graphics for apps and games.

Passenger Rail Fares to Rise; Diesel Price Hike Proposed

The government moved on Wednesday to mend its strained finances, which have hit capital investment and put its sovereign credit ratings in peril. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government hiked railway passenger fares after a gap of nine years and later in the day sources in his government said it had proposed an increase in heavily subsidised fuel prices to rein in a swollen fiscal deficit.

The move signals Singh's intent to push ahead with politically unpalatable but vital reforms to revive an economy that is on track to post its worst growth rate in a decade.