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NEWSLETTER : WEEK – 0ct 6 - Oct 10


- Anoop Jain on 8 October 2014 won 2014 Waislitz Global Citizen Award. He was awarded
for his exemplified values of a Global Citizen through his work in founding Humanure Power
(HP) in Bihar in 2011 that builds community sanitation facilities in rural India.

- The President of India Pranab Mukherjee on 7 October 2014 presented the Lal Bahadur
Shastri National Award 2014 for Excellence in Public Administration, Academics and
Management to Dr Apathukatha Sivathanu Pillai at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.

Dr Apathukatha Sivathanu Pillai as honoured for his outstanding contribution in the field of
aerospace and missile technology.

- Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) on 1 October 2014 for setting up a Joint Venture Company to
undertake the first-ever Offshore Wind Power Project in India along the Gujarat coast.
The MoU was signed between Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE),
National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE), and Consortium of partners consisting of National
Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL), Indian
Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA), Power Finance Corporation (PFC), Power
Trading Corporation (PTC), and Gujarat Power Corporation Ltd (GPCL).


- Skype’s parent company, Microsoft on 7 October 2014 announced that Skype will stop the
calling facility from its application on mobile and landline phones within India. The facility
will be stopped from 10 November 2014.
The calling service of Skype allows user to make video or voice calls using Internet service
for which they are charged for Internet consumed for the service.

- Swedish telecom gear firm Ericsson on 9 October 2014 signed a Long-Term Evolution (LTE)
or 4G network deal with Bharti Airtel. Airtel signed the deal with Ericsson for FDD-LTE

The signing of the deal will add to the existing 4G services offered by Bharti Airtel. The
company is offering 4G services using TDD-LTE technology on 2300 Mhz band in Ludhiana,
Mohali, Bangalore, Kolkata, Pune, Chandigarh and Panchkula.


- The Union Commerce Ministry on 29 September 2014 cancelled approvals of nine special
economic zones (SEZs), including that of Hindalco Industries, Essar and Adani.
The decision was taken after it was found that no satisfactory progress was made to execute
the projects since the grant of approvals to these SEZs.

- The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in first week of October 2014
approved 33 defence proposals. Of these 33 proposals, 19 are related to the foreign direct
investment that aims to boost the manufacturing in defence sector.

These proposals were approved by the Licensing Committee chaired by Secretary,
Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion.


- Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on 4 October 2014 won the Champions League Twenty20
(CLT20) 2014 title of Cricket. CSK lifted the title by defeating Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 8
wickets in the final match played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

- 17th Asian Games Incheon 2014 was held in Incheon, South Korea from 19 September to
4 October 2014, featuring 439 events in 36 sports. It is officially called XVII Asiad. It is
governed by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA). The theme of the 2014 Asian Games is Meet
Asia’s Future, where China stood 1st with 151 Gold medals and India stood 8th with 11
Gold medals.


– Bollywood actor, director and producer Aamir Khan on 9 October 2014 was appointed as
the Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF in South Asia.

Aamir Khan will focus on supporting child nutrition to end stunting across the region. He
became UNICEF Ambassador on the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the
Child (CRC).
- The practice of Bio cremations was in news recently because some nations like Belgium
and the Netherlands of European Union are planning to legalise this method of cremations.
So far, it has been legalised only in the US and Canada.

In 2011, a Florida funeral home became the first in the world to perform a bio cremation
and since then, over 3000 people in the US have chosen the procedure.