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Lionel Messi won second UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Lionel Messi  picked yet another award in his already glittering career by winning the 2014-15 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. The Argentine play-maker beat his Barcelona team-mate Luis Suarez and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.The fifth edition of the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award ceremony was held in Monaco, with the who's who of world football attending the gala. He became the youngest Argentine to play and score in the FIFA World Cup.

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NTPC sets a record in single-day power generation

State-owned NTPC  Ltd, India's largest power generator, has achieved a record highest single-day electricity generation of 733.12 million units. The record generation of 733.12 million units from NTPC's 18 coal-based power plants, 7 gas-based units and 8 solar and hydro power stations.
 

About NTPC--NTPC Limited (also known as National Thermal Power Corporation Limited) is an Indian Central Public Sector Undertaking (CPSU) under the Ministry of Power, Government of India, engaged in the business of generation of electricity and allied activities. It is a company incorporated under the Companies Act 1956 and a "Government Company" within the meaning of the act. The headquarters of the company is situated at New Delhi. NTPC's core business is generation and sale of electricity to state-owned power distribution companies and State Electricity Boards in India. The company also undertakes consultancy and turnkey project contracts that involve engineering, project management, construction management and operation and management of power plants. The company has also ventured into oil and gas exploration and coal mining activities. It is the largest power company in India with an electric power generating capacity of 43,803 MW . Although the company has approx. 18% of the total national capacity it contributes to over 27% of total power generation due to its focus on operating its power plants at higher efficiency levels (approx. 83% against the national PLF rate of 78%).It was founded by Government of India in 1975, which now holds 70% of its equity shares on 13 May 2015 (after divestment of its stake in 2004, 2010, 2013, and 2015).
In May 2010, NTPC was conferred Maharatna status by the Union Government of India. It is ranked 424th in in the Forbes Global 2000 for 2014.

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'Three-Body Problem' First Chinese Novel to Win Hugo Award

International bestselling science-fiction novel "The Three-Body Problem" by Chinese author Liu Cixin was announced as the winner of the Best Novel award during the 2015 Hugo Awards in Spokane, Washington
The announcement was made by astronaut Dr. Kjell Lindgren, while the award was received on behalf of Liu by novelist Ken Liu, who served as the translator for the English version of "The Three-Body Problem." This marks the first time a Chinese novel won a Hugo Award.
The story depicts a speculative account of China's Cultural Revolution, wherein the military sends signals to space. The signals are then received by aliens who decide to invade the Earth.
The book is named after a physics concept that is applied to the planet of the alien race in the story, which revolves around three suns.

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Indian Origin Businessman Is The New CEO Of The Dubai Gold Exchange

An Indian-origin businessman has been appointed as the new chief executive officer of the Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange in the UAE. Gaurang Desai, one of the founding members of the team that setup DGCX in 2005, is ideal to take the Exchange to its next stage of development, the company said in a statement. Desai will be tasked with heading the exchange's operations in the Middle East and beyond. He will be based out of Dubai where he will be leading the development and execution of the group's long-term strategy.
"We are delighted to appoint a key member of the DGCX team to this vital position, providing the company with the confidence that comes with continuity and ensuring DGCX continues the excellent delivery of pioneering products, platforms and services it has become known for," said Gautam Sashittal, CEO of Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) and DGCX director.
 

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Raipur to host 2015 FIH Hockey World League Final

Chhattisgarh capital Raipur will host the 2015 FIH Hockey World League (HWL) Final that is scheduled to be held between 27 November and 6 December 2015. It is the second edition of the World League Final.
The announcement in this regard was made by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) president Leandro Negre in the third week of August 2015.
The competitions will be held at the 3000 capacity Raipur International Hockey Stadium that was opened as a dedicated hockey facility in August 2014.The tournament will feature eight teams, who qualified through the HWL semi-finals in Buenos Aires (Brazil) and Antwerp (Belgium). They include world number one ranking Australia, Netherlands (2), Germany (3), Belgium (4), Great Britain (5), Argentina (6), India (8) and Canada (13).Incidentally, India was the host for the inaugural event that was held in January 2014 in New Delhi.  It was won by Netherlands.Further, India is also poised to host the third edition of the biannual event in 2017.

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Muslims record decadal growth of 24.6 %, Hindus 16.8 %: Census

The distribution is total population by six major communities namely Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain besides “other religions and persuasions” and “religion not stated” . Muslims recorded a decadal growth rate of 24.6 per cent between 2001 and 2011 touching 17.22 crore while the Hindus grew at 16.8 per cent to clock a population of 96.63 crore during the same period.
The growth rate of population in the decade 2001-2011 was 17.7 per cent. The growth rate of population of the different religious communities in the same period was as Hindus: 16.8 per cent; Muslim: 24.6 per cent; Christian: 15.5 per cent; Sikh: 8.4 per cent; Buddhist: 6.1 per cent and Jain: 5.4 per cent, according to the census data on population by religious communities released .While the census figure on religion was released more than four years after compilation of the data, the caste data is yet to be made public. Under the data released by the Registrar General and Census Commissioner Tuesday, the total population in the country in 2011 was 121.09 crore.

The distribution is total population by six major communities namely Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain besides “other religions and persuasions” and “religion not stated”. The data released are by sex and residents upto sub districts and towns.
Out of the total 121.09 crore, Hindus account for 96.63 crore (79.8 per cent); Muslims 17.22 crore (14.2 per cent); Christians 2.78 crore (2.3 per cent); Sikhs 2.08 crore (1.7 per cent); Buddhists 0.84 crore (0.7 per cent); Jains 0.45 crore (0.4 per cent), ‘other religions and persuasions’ (ORP) 0.79 crores (0.7 per cent) and ‘religion not stated’ 0.29 crores (0.2 per cent).The proportion of Muslim population to total population has increased by 0.8 percentage point (PP) in 2011, the census data said.

The proportion of Hindu population to total population in 2011 has declined by 0.7 PP; the proportion of Sikh population has declined by 0.2 PP and the Buddhist population has declined by 0.1 PP during the decade 2001-2011.There has been no significant change in the proportion of Christians and Jains.As per 2001 census, India’s total population was 102 crores of which Hindu population comprised 82.75 crore (80.45 per cent) and Muslims were 13.8 crore (13.4 per cent).

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Suraksha Bandhan Yojana started from Raksha Bandhan

As part of the celebrations of Raksha Bandhan, banks have vowed to push the social security schemes launched by the Prime Minister, including Suraksha Bandhan Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana. The progress of the implementation  of various schemes was discussed at  the review meeting convened by the district-level Bankers Consultative Committee, which was attended by L M Deshmukh, general manager of the Bank of Maharashtra, M R Prakash, committee convenor, and MP Anil Shirole. Shirole said the basic aim was to reach out to as many people as possible and apprise them of the schemes. “Starting August 29, we will team up with banks to convince people to opt for the recently launched Suraksha Bandhan Yojana (SBY). We will also urge people to gift this to their maids, drivers and helpers on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.” For the Suraksha Bandhan Yojana, one has to invest Rs 201 and Rs 5,001 which will be kept as a fixed deposit in banks and the yearly interest generated will be used to pay the premium

Highlights of the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana

Eligibility: Available to people in age group 18 to 70 years with bank account.
Premium:  Rs.12 per annum.
Payment Mode: The premium will be directly auto-debited by the bank from the subscribers account. This is the only mode available.

Risk Coverage:  For accidental death and full disability - Rs.2 Lakh and for partial disability Rs.1 Lakh.
Eligibility: Any person having a bank account and Aadhaar number linked to the bank account can give a simple form to the bank every year before 1st of June in order to join the scheme.  Name of nominee to be given in the form.
Terms of Risk Coverage: A person has to opt for the scheme every year. He can also prefer to give a long-term option of continuing in which case his account will be auto-debited every year by the bank.
Who will implement this Scheme?: The scheme will be offered by all Public Sector General Insurance Companies and all other insurers who are willing to join the scheme and tie-up with banks for this purpose.
Government Contribution:
(i)Various Ministries can co-contribute premium for various categories of their beneficiaries from their budget or from Public Welfare Fund created in this budget from unclaimed money. This will be decided separately during the year.
(ii)Common Publicity Expenditure will be borne by the Government.

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India to Host International Weightlifting Event for First Time

For the first time in the history of weightlifting, an individual international tournament will be organised in India when it hosts the Commonwealth Youth, Junior and Senior Weightlifting Championships in Pune from October 11-15.
India will field 40 weightlifters -- 11 youth (boys & girls), 16 junior (men & women) and 13 senior (men & women) -- in the Commonwealth Championships.
Meanwhile, five weightlifters will take part in the 26th Women & 45th Men Senior Asian Weightlifting Championships to be held in Phuket, Thailand from September 3 to 12.
Another two weightlifters will represent India in the 5th Commonwealth Youth Games to be held at Apia, Samoa from September 3-12.
The Squads:
For 26th Women & 45th Men Senior Asian Championship: S Mohana Sundaram (56kg), Vikas Thakur (85kg), Md. Jameer Hussain (94kg), Praful Kumar Dubey (105kg), Bangaru Usha (48kg).
Coaches: Kunjarani Devi, Sandip Kumar and Dathan AP.
For 5th Commonwealth Youth Games: Jamjang Deru (56kg), Deepak Lather (62kg). Coach: Vijay Sharma.

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India, Seychelles ink five pacts in taxation, agriculture, maritime security

India and Seychelles inked five agreements in different sectors including taxation, agricultural research and maritime security. In his statement after holding talks with visiting President of Seychelles James Alix Michel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed Seychelles as a key strategic partner. 

Mr Modi said, the two countries have excellent security cooperation, especially for maritime security in Indian Ocean Region. The Prime Minister said, India will provide second Dornier maritime patrol plane to Seychelles. He said, today's Air Services Agreement will enable more and easier connections between the two countries. 

Mr Modi appreciated Seychelles’ support for India’s candidature for permanent membership of expanded United Nations Security Council. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, bilateral agreement for cooperation on blue economy is a huge step forward in the relationship and in promoting sustainable ocean economy in the region. 

He said, India is looking forward to cooperate in Space, including in the areas of managing land and marine resources, fisheries advisory, weather forecasting and disaster management. Mr Modi expressed confidence that this milestone year for the relationship between the two countries will be the spring board for taking strategic partnership to a new level. 

President James Alix Michel said, his visit to India will further strengthen the strategic and bilateral relations. 
Earlier, the visiting dignitary was accorded ceremonial reception this morning at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan. President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were present at the reception. Mr Michel inspected the Guard of Honour, at the ceremonial reception. The visiting dignitary also laid wreath at the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi. The President of the Republic of Seychelles is on a three day visit to India.

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Bangladeshu2019s Grameen bank ranked 12 in Fortuneu2019s Change the World List

Bangladesh’s Grameen bank on August 25, 2015 was ranked 12 in Fortune’s ‘Change the World List. The bank was ranked for creating economic opportunities for the poor and bringing unbanked people under financial services. The bank was ranked 12th among 51 companies that have made significant contributions in addressing major social problems as part of their core business strategy.  The list was topped by UK based telecom Vadafone and Kenya-based Safaricom. Google (Alphabet) and Toyota ranked second and third in the list. Yahoo, Walmart and Jain Irrigation systems secured the top ten ranks. Fortune’s Change the World List ranked companies not on the dollars they make, but on goods deeds they do

About Grameen Bank
The micro-finance institute was founded in 1976 by Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus. Since its inception, Grameen Bank has provided small collateral-free loans amounting to over 17.4 billion US dollar to over 8.7 million people, mostly impoverished women, which has lifted them above the poverty line. Its model has been copied around the world including US and India.
In October 1983, the Grameen Bank was authorized by national legislation as an independent bank. In 2006, the bank and its founder, Muhammad Yunus, were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1998 the Bank’s Low-cost Housing Program won a World Habitat Award.

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