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Kerala Government website hacked
Kerala government’s official website has been hacked by “suspected Pakistan-based hackers”. The official website of the Government of Kerala — www.kerala.gov.in — was hacked on Saturday night by hackers suspected to be from Pakistan.
- The home page of the hacked website sported a pic of the national flag being burned and the messages “Pakistan Zindabad” and “security is just an illusion.”
- The hacked homepage also carries what appears to be identity of the hacker; hacked by “Faisal 1337” reads the hacked homepage, “We are Team Pak Cyber Attacker”. The Home Page also contains the website address www.Faisal1337.com
- Preliminary reports suggest that the hackers were unable to get past the home page and into the server that hosts the website.
Panel to review IAS exam pattern
An expert committee has been formed by the government to examine various issues related to age relaxation, eligibility, syllabus and pattern of civil services examination to select IAS and IPS officers.
- The panel will be headed by former Chhattisgarh-cadre IAS Officer BS Baswan and consist of leading academicians, technocrats and senior bureaucrats.
- Based on the report of the committee, further changes in the civil services exam pattern will be contemplated with the primary objective of providing a level-playing field to aspirants from diverse streams of curriculum like mathematics, engineering, medicine or humanities.
The civil services examination is conducted annually in three stages– preliminary, main and interview.
There are two compulsory papers — Paper I and Paper II — of 200 marks each in civil services preliminary examination.
Banking & Finance
IDFC Bank thinks having no ATMs, free service at other machines
IDFC Bank formally launching services on October 1st, 2015 with motto “hatke bank” is contemplating a move of not having its own ATMs and making transactions at rivals ATMs free for customers. (MD & CEO – Mr. Vikram Limaye) & (Executive Chairman – Dr. Rajiv B. Lall)
- IDFC Bank customers may be allowed to use existing automated teller machines (ATMs) without any charges.
- Money paid to bank for installing and maintaining the ATMs from third parties works out almost the same as the fees paid to other banks for a transaction
- Generally, a bank pays under Rs 20 to another bank for helping its customer carry out a transaction, but it can be negotiated down
- It is formally launching services on October 1 with 23 branches, out of which 15 will be in rural areas
- Component of rural branches, being called “Bharat Bank” at IDFC
No final decision has been taken on the matter as yet.
SEBI to absorb FMC’s seven director-level officials
After its merger with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), seven director-level officers of the Forward Markets Commission (FMC) will be absorbed by the capital market regulator, while 41 other employees will become part of the central government employee’s pool.
- Out of the seven, there are two directors, deputy directors and assistant directors each while one is a joint director.
- 41 FMC employees would hold their respective offices as employees of the central government by the same tenure upon the same terms and conditions of service as they would have held under the Commission
- At present, there are 12 recognised commodity exchanges of which six are non-operational. The operational exchanges include three national and three regional bourses.
Bindra bagged gold in 8th Asian Air Gun Championships
Beijing Olympics champion Abhinav Bindra clinched the gold in the men’s 10m Air Rifle event of the 8th Asian Air Gun Championships held at Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi. This is the first international shooting competition to be held in India after a gap of almost five years, the last being the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010.
- The 32-year-old Bindra, who won gold in 2008 Olympics in 10m Air Rifle event, shot 208.3 to bag the top prize ahead of Kazakhstan’s world number eight Yurkov Yuriy (206.6) and Korea’s Yu Jaechul (185.3) on the first day of competition.
- Gagan Narang, who won a bronze in the 10m Air Rifle event in 2012 London Olympics, finished fourth with a score of 164.5 while another Indian, Chain Singh was two places below at seventh after notching up 122.7.
- India won the gold medal in the 10m air rifle team event too with Bindra, Narang and Chain Singh shooting a total of 1868.6.
Bindra is already qualified for the Rio Olympics 2016 which will hold in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Lewis Hamilton wins the Japanese Grand Prix 2015
F1 Mercedes racing driver from England Lewis Hamilton won his first Japanese Grand Prix to extend his lead in the Drivers World Championship to 48 points over teammate Nico Rosberg in Suzuka city, Japan. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel came in third followed by Kimi Raikkonen
- It is his 8th win the season
- Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:28:06.508
- Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) +00:18.964
- Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 00:20.850
- Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) 00:33.768
- Valtteri Bottas (Williams) 00:36.746
- Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) 00:55.559
- Romain Grosjean (Lotus) 01:12.298
- Pastor Maldonado (Lotus) 01:13.575
- Max Verstappen (Toro Rosso) 01:35.315
- Carlos Sainz Jr. (Toro Rosso).
Pankaj Advani wins 14th IBSF World Billiards Championship 2015
Bengaluru’s ‘Golden Boy’ and India’s most successful billiard player Pankaj Advani bagged his 14th world title when he won the IBSF World Billiards Championship in Adelaide, Australia
- 30 years old Advani exhibited complete mastery over the three-ball game, demolishing Singapore’s Peter Gilchrist by 1168 points.
- The final score was Pankaj Advani 2408 beat Peter Gilchrist 1240.
- In August 2015 Advani won his 13th world title after defeating China’s Yan in the best-of-11 frame final in Karachi.
- Apart from such world titles, Advani also won gold in the 2006 and 2010 Asain Games.
- He was also honoured with Padma Shri in 2009, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India’s highest sporting honour for 2005-06,Rajyotsava Award, Karnataka’s highest civilian award in 2007.
The U21 saw S. Shrikrishna (India) defeat Ishpreet Chadha (India) and the Women event saw Arantxa Sanchis (India) Finsh over the top of R. Umadevi (India).
Shashank Manohar agreed to head BCCI
Nagpur-based lawyer Shashank Manohar is all set to once again become the BCCI president with the ruling Anurag Thakur faction as well as Sharad Pawar group projecting him as the consensus candidate for the post left vacant by Jagmohan Dalmiya’s demise.
- The 57-year-old Vidarbha lawyer was the BCCI chief from 2008 to 2011 when N Srinivasan succeeded him. Known for his clean image and uncompromising attitude on the issue of corruption in sport, Manohar emerged as the only acceptable candidate for both Pawar and Thakur factions.
- Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and National Cricket Club (NCC) both controlled by former India captain Sourav Ganguly is likely to propose Monahor’s candidature as this is the turn of East zone.
Former England fast bowler Frank Tyson dies at 85
Former England cricketer Frank Tyson, who was regarded as one of the fastest bowlers of his generation, has died at the age 85.
Nickname – Typhoon
- Tyson played only 17 tests for England, but took 76 wickets at an average of 18.56.
- He also took 525 wickets in 170 matches for Northamtonshire, at an average of 20.94, but his whiplash bowling action was physically demanding and he was forced to retire at the age of 30.
- Tyson immigrated to Australia in 1960 and became a school headmaster. He also coached cricket and later became a broadcaster and writer.
Manipur Governor Syed Ahmed passes away
Manipur Governor Syed Ahmed passed away following a brief illness on Sunday. He was 70.
- Mr. Ahmed was joined Congress from Maharashtra in 1977.
- Mr. Ahmed served as a Minister in the Maharashtra government from 2001 to 2004.
- He was elected to the Maharashtra assembly five times from the Nagpada constituency between 1980 and 2004.
- he was appointed Governor of Jharkhand on August 26, 2011
- He was sworn in Governor of Manipur on May 16, 2015.
- He has written an autobiography “Pagdandi se Shahar Tak”
Besides politics, Ahmed was an academician and litterateur with master’s degrees in Hindi and English and a PhD in Urdu.
Noted environmentalist Pokkudan passes away at 78
Noted environmentalist Kallen Pokkudan, who played a crucial role in planting mangroves in various parts of Kerala, died at a private hospital following age-related ailments in Kannur, Kerala.
- He had been involved in planting mangroves in different parts of the state since 1989 and had been motivating others in the same direction which accentuated the importance of environment conservation.
- He was awarded with “Vanamithra” and “Haritha Vyakthi” by Kerala Government for his environmental crusade.
- Pokkudan had also acted in a feature film “Papilio Buddha” directed by US-based Malayalee filmmaker Jaya Cherian.
- He had also started “mangrove school” to train the young generation about the importance of its conservation.
27th Sept’ World Tourism Day: Free tickets to 200 monumennts
On the Occasion of World Tourism Day on 27th September 2015 ministry of culture announced free entry for tourists to nearly 200 ticketed monuments and museums across India except Bihar as a part of the World Tourism Day’s celebration. This date was chosen as on that day in 1970.(Minister of Culture – Mahesh Sharma)
Theme for 2015 – “One Billion Tourists, One Billion Opportunities”
The monuments which were free for entry include 116 national monuments like Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Qutub Minar, Red Fort and 35 museum sites.
Current developments and forecasts
- International tourist arrivals grew by 4.3 % in 2014 to 1.133 billion
- In 2014, international tourism generated US$ 1.5 trillion in export earnings
- UNWTO forecasts a growth in international tourist arrivals of between 3% and 4% in 2015
International week of the deaf 2015
World Deaf Day is celebrated every year in last week (last Sunday of the month of September) of the September.
International Deaf Awareness Week 2015 theme – “Connect and Communicate”
- International Week of the Deaf is an initiative of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and it was first launched in 1958 in Rome, Italy.
- It is celebrated annually by the global deaf community.
- It is celebrated to draw the attention of general public, politician and development authorities towards the achievements of the deaf people as well as deaf people community.
- To promote the deaf people human rights about equal access to the education and modern technologies.