Read about the 1st Indian state to clear land title bill, the newly crowned Miss India World, the winner of the Malaysian open 2016 title and more …
1) Rajasthan becomes the first state in India to clear land title Bill:
- In yet another first move in the country, the Rajasthan government has managed to pass the Rajasthan Urban Land (Certification of Titles) Bills 2016 in the state assembly.
- The state government will set up an authority, akin to transport authorities which issue driving license and fitness certificate. The authority will be headed by an Indian Administrative Service Officer. It will seek all the documents from the landowners, and will verify it against records held by the state.
- The authority will first issue a provisional certificate, for which the state will not stand guarantee. If there are no objections or dispute arises, the authority will issue a certificate and a map to the owner other land or property with state guarantee.
- It means the state residents living in urban areas, which are governed by the municipalities or state development authorities, can seek a certificate of ownership of their lands by paying a nominal fee to the state government.
- Currently, it is kept voluntary for the owners to apply for this certificate. The state government has kept the application fee of 0.5% of the land rate determined by a district level committee to encourage more people to join this new scheme.
- Through the Bill the state government has given itself the power to enter into any property or premise for the purpose of survey by giving its owner a prior notice.
2) Guwahati girl Priyadarshini Chatterjee bags Miss India World title:
- Priyadarshini Chatterjee was announced as the winner of FBB Femina Miss India World by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan during a star-studded ceremony on Saturday.
- Chatterjee, from Assam, will represent India at the Miss World 2016 pageant. She saw off competition from Sushruthi Krishna, from Bengaluru, who was the 1st runner up, and Lucknow’s Pankhuri Gidwani.
- The star-studded ceremony was co-hosted by filmmaker Karan Johar and actor Manish Paul, and many eminent personalities from film and sports fraternity attended the event.
- The contest, held on Saturday night, was adjudged by Sanjay Dutt, Sania Mirza, Arjun Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor and others.
3) Maldives President Gayoom to hold talks with PM Modi today.
- Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi today to further strengthen bilateral co-operation.
- He will also call on President Pranab Mukherjee and discuss issues of mutual interest.
- External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will also meet the Maldivian President.
- President Gayoom arrived in the national capital yesterday evening on a two-day visit to India, accompanied by a high level delegation.
- President Gayoom’s first visit after assumption of office was to India in January 2014.
- India and the Maldives share ethnic, linguistic, cultural, religious and commercial links. Bilateral trade between the two countries stands at 700 crore rupees.
- Indian exports to the island nation include agriculture and poultry produce, sugar, fruits, vegetables, rice, wheat, and medicines.
4) Chong Wei subdues Chen Long to win Malaysian Open 2016 title.
- Chong Wei, The world No. 4 won a record 11th Celcom Axiata Malaysian Open in emphatic style – handing China’s world No. 1 Chen Long a 21-13, 21-8 drubbing at the Malawati Stadium.
- The 33-year-old Chong Wei, thus, ends the tournament without dropping a single game – proving that he’s still the undisputed king on home ground.
- With defending champion Chen Long struggling to adapt to the draught, Chong Wei built up a massive 18-8 lead before taking the game 21-13.
- It got even easier in the second game as reigning world champion Chen Long made a string of errors and appeared to have given up on the match.
- Chen Long, who has not won a title since the Denmak Open last October, was not too concerned with the loss.
- In men’s doubles, South Korea’s Kim Gi-jung-Kim Sa-rang downed China’s Chai Biao-Hong Wei 21-19, 21-15 for the title.
- It ended South Korea’s seven-year drought at the Malaysian Open. Jung Jae-sung-Lee Yong-dae were the last Korean pair to win the title here in 2009.
5) INS Vajrakosh : Manohar Parrikar commissions Indian Navy’s latest establishment at Karwar Naval Base.
- Giving yet another boost to India’s defence preparedness, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday commissioned INS ‘Vajrakosh’, the latest establishment of the Indian Navy at Karwar, Karnataka.
- Parrikar emphasized the importance of a strong and modern navy for a maritime nation like India. He said Navy helps in maintaining peaceful, stable and orderly environment for socio economic growth and national development.
- Parrikar was also given a demonstration of the modern ship-lift facility for refits and repairs of warships.
- The commissioning of INS Vajrakosh, the third naval establishment commissioned in Karwar, will allow the Indian Navy to further bolster the offensive and defensive capabilities of its platforms.
- According to the Ministry of Defence, “Karwar is poised to emerge as the Indian Navy’s premier base on the Western seaboard in the not too distant future. Some of the vital naval assets are planned to be based there. Naval units operating out of Karwar are required to be equipped with specialised armaments and missiles. These sophisticated missiles and ammunition require special storage facility and specialised servicing facilities. INS Vajrakosh will have all required infrastructure and is manned by specialists to meet these requirements.”
- Parrikar expressed confidence that maritime security of India is in capable hands and each ship, aircraft and naval personnel stands tall and ready to protect the country.