1- Haryana government launches e-registration of properties
Haryana government has launched e-registration of properties in all tehsils and sub-tehsils of the state. It was launched by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar to mark the completion of 100 days of his government.
Previously in January 2015, pilot project of this system was implemented successfully in eight tehsils.
About Haryana’s e-registration of properties system
- Under the new system, documents for land registration will be submitted at e-Disha centres.
- At e-Disha centres, a helpdesk will provide information regarding stamp duty and collector rates.
- Then help desk will fix the appointment date of applicants with tehsildars for registration of sale deed.
- Thus, e-registration project seeks to bring transparency and curb corruption in tehsils of state.
2- Hindol Sengupta’s book shortlisted for prestigious Hayek Prize
Indian Journalist-writer Hindol Sengupta’s book Recasting India: How Entrepreneurship is Revolutionizing the World’s Largest Democracy, has been shortlisted for the U.S.’ prestigious Hayek Prize, 2015. His book on entrepreneurial ventures in India is among the six books in race for this prestigious award.
Other shortlisted books include The Forgotten Depression: 1921: The Crash that Cured Itself by James Grant; The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Broken Government by Philip K. Howard; The Market and Other Orders (The Collected Works of F A Hayek) by F.A. Hayek, edited by Bruce Caldwell; Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia by Karen Dawisha; and The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor by William Easterly.
About Hayek Prize
It is awarded each year to writers whose work best celebrates the principles of Austro-Hungarian Nobel laureate in economics, Friedrich von Hayek.
This prize is awarded by Manhattan Institute and carries monetary prize of $50,000.
3- MP’s in UK vote to legalise three-person babies using Mitochondrial Donation Technique
Members of Parliament (MPs) in United Kingdom (UK) have voted to legalise law for creation of three-parent IVF designer babies using Mitochondrial Donation Technique. In this regard, MPs in House of Commons during free vote, voted in favour of amendment bill to amend Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act, 1990 by 382 to 128 votes.
With this historic move, UK is now set to become the first country to introduce law to allow the creation of babies from three people. Now this amendment bill needs to be passed in House of Lords.
What is Mitochondrial Donation Technique?
- It uses a modified version of In vitro fertilisation (IVF) to combine the DNA of the two parents with the healthy mitochondria of a donor woman. This technique was first pioneered by scientists at Newcastle University, UK.
- This technique involves addition of healthy mitochondria from donor women to an egg from other women with defective mitochondria. Then it is fertilized with man’s sperm.
- In this process, healthy mitochondria is passed to a child from the mother.
- Advantage:It does not allow passage of defective mitochondria from mother to babies. Thus, preventing new born babies from brain damage, muscle wasting, heart failure and blindness due to defective mitochondria.
Mitochondria: It is a tiny compartment inside cell within the body that converts food in usable energy. It is also called as the powerhouse of the cell.
4- Bihar Government to provide free education till PG to SC/ST and girl students
Free Education to Girls
Bihar government has decided to provide free education to Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and girl students till Post Graduation (PG) level in the state. This decision was taken at the state cabinet meeting headed by Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi.
Now no fee will be taken from the SC/ST and girl students at the time of admission in government universities and colleges in state. State government will reimburse the financial loss to such universities/colleges after admitting students as per this decision. The move will cost the State exchequer Rs. 29 crore annually and benefit over four lakh students belonging to the three categories in the State.
5- Maharashtra government planning to revamp Jeevan Amrut Yojana
Jeevan Amrut Yojana
Maharashtra Government is planning to revamp the Jeevan Amrut Yojana (blood-on-call)scheme to make it more beneficial to people. State government is seeking to strengthen the network of blood storage units in rural areas instead of current mechanism of transporting blood through motorcycles.
About Jeevan Amrut Yojana
- It is first of its kind scheme in the country, launched in 2014.
- It aimed at facilitating blood supply to patients scheduled to undergo surgeries and medical procedures in remote areas.
- The patients, who need the blood, have to pay 450 rupees towards the cost of blood and 50 rupees to 100 rupees as transportation cost depending on the distance after the request (for blood) is placed by the hospital concerned.
- Upon receiving the call, the required blood and blood components are transported on motorcycle to hospitals and nursing homes, in specially fitted cold storage boxes.
6- Dr. Zakir A. Naik wins 2015 King Faisal International Prize
Dr. Zakir A. Naik
India’s Dr. Zakir A. Naik has won the prestigious 2015 King Faisal International Prize (KFIP) in category of Service to Islam. It was announced by Makkah Governor Prince Khaled Al-Faisal and KFIP Secretary-General Abdullah Al-Othaimeen.
About Dr. Zakir A. Naik
- Zakir A. Naik is public speaker on the subject of Islam and comparative religion. Sometimes he is referred as a televangelist because of his work at Peace TV. He has published booklet versions of lectures on Islam and comparative religion
- Before becoming a public speaker, he was trained as a medical doctor.
- He is founder and President of the Islamic Research Foundation of India. He is also the founder of the Islamic International School in Mumbai and United Islamic Aid, which provides scholarship to poor and destitute Muslim youth.
- Awards:He has been conferred with many awards including Islamic Personality of 2013, Malaysia’s Distinguished International Personality Award (2013), Sharjah Award for Voluntary Work (2013).
About King Faisal International Prize (KFIP)
- KFIP is an annual award presented to dedicated men and women whose contributions make a positive difference and sponsored by King Faisal Foundation.
- It is awarded in five categories: Service to Islam; Islamic studies; Arabic Language and Literature; Science; Medicine.
- Each prize consists of a handwritten Arabic certificate summarizing the laureate’s work, a commemorative 24-carat, 200-gram gold medal and a cash award of 750,000 Saudi riyal (US$ 200,000).
- First prize was awarded to Sayyid Abul A’ala Maududi in the year 1979 for his service to Islam.
2015 KFIP other awardees:
- Chemistry-Professor Omar Mwannes Yaghi (US) and Professor Michael Gratzel (Switzerland),
- Islamic studies-Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman Kaki.
- Medicine-Jeffrey Ivan Gordon (US).
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