1st Nov, 2020

Centre Extends Term of Justice Bansi Lal Bhat as officiating Chairperson of NCLAT till December 31, 2020

The Central Government has once again extended the term of Justice (retd) Bansi Lal Bhat as the acting Chairperson of the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT).

Justice Bhat’s term has been extended till December 31, 2020 or until a regular Chairperson is appointed or until further orders, whichever is the earliest.

This is the third extension given to Justice Bhat.

Justice Bansi Lal Bhat was appointed as Acting Chairperson in March 2020, after the first Chairperson of NCLAT, Justice SJ Mukhopadhaya, demitted office upon completion of his term.

Initially, Justice Bhat’s  was appointed for a period of three months, from March 2020 till June 2020. His term was, however, extended further till September 2020 and then for one month till October 2020.


PM Modi launches India’s first seaplane service in Gujarat connecting Kevadia-Sabarmati 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is on a two-day visit to Gujarat from 30 to 31 October, to mark the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas, which is held on 31 October.

On his second day of the visit, PM inaugurated the first of its kind Sea Plane service of the country in Gujarat.

The Kevadia-Sabarmati water aerodromes and the seaplane service will connect the Statue of Unity in Kevadia at Narmada district in Gujarat with the Sabarmati Rover Front in Ahmedabad.

About the seaplane service

The 19-seater seaplane will be managed by private airline SpiceJet.

The service will cover the 200km distance between Sabarmati and Kevadia, in just 45 minutes by flight, which usually takes 4 hours.

The flight will be able to accommodate 12 passengers and tickets will cost Rs 4,800 per person.

There will be four flights a day between Ahmedabad and Kevadia on each side, which means four arrivals and four departures.  

The 2020 Rashtriya Ekta Diwas or National Unity Day marks the 145th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.


DST launches SERB-POWER schemes to support women scientists & researchers in science and engineering

The Union Minister of Science and Technology, Harsh Vardhan has launched the ‘SERB – POWER’ schemes which aim to encourage and support emerging as well as eminent women researchers to undertake R&D activities in frontier areas of science and engineering.

Objective: SERB-POWER scheme is formulated to mitigate gender disparity in science and engineering research funding in various S&T programs in Indian academic institutions and R&D Laboratories, to ensure equal access and weighted opportunities for Indian women scientists engaged in research and development activities.

SERB-POWER stands for Science and Engineering Research Board – Promoting Opportunities For Women in Exploratory Research.

SERB is a statutory body under the Department of Science and Technology, GOI, established by an Act of the Parliament of India in 2009 (SERB ACT,2008).

The scheme has been launched to provide two categories of research support which are:

  • SERB – POWER Fellowship
  • SERB – POWER Research Grants

SERB – POWER Research Grants

This scheme will encourage emerging and eminent women researchers for individual-centric and competitive mode of research funding. Under this, the funding will be under following two categories:

  • Level I: The scale of funding upto 60 Lakhs for three years.
  • Level II: The scale of funding upto 30 Lakhs for three years.

SERB – POWER Fellowship

The Power Fellowship scheme will identify and reward outstanding women researchers and innovators working in Indian academic institutions and R&D laboratories, holding in any branch of science and engineering.

Fellowship of Rs. 15,000/- per month in addition to regular income.

Research grant of Rs.10 Lakh per annum. 


Panna Tiger Reserve of Madhya Pradesh gets UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status

In Madhya Pradesh, the Panna Tiger Reserve has been included in the ‘World Network of Biosphere Reserves’ list of the UNESCO.

Currently, Panna Tiger Reserve is home to 54 tigers.

This is the 12th biosphere reserve from India to be included in the ‘World Network of Biosphere Reserves’, and third from

Madhya Pradesh, after Pachmarhi and Amarkantak.

The UNESCO World Network of Biosphere

Reserves (WNBR) covers internationally designated protected areas (known as biosphere reserves) that demonstrate a balanced relationship between people and nature (like encourage sustainable development).


Microsoft Collaborates with NSDC to empower women in India with digital skills

Microsoft has collaborated with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to impart digital skills to more than one lakh underserved women in India over the next 10 months.

This initiative is an extension of Microsoft’s partnership with NSDC announced in July 2020 to provide digital skills to over 1 lakh youth in the country over the next 12 months.

Under the new collaboration, more than 70 hours of course content will be made available free of cost to underserved young women from rural communities.

These courses would cover topics such as digital literacy, enhancing employability, nano entrepreneurship, and communication skills.

The partnership will help in enhancing women’s workforce participation by equipping them with the skills required to thrive in a digital economy

NSDC is a not-for-profit public limited company set up by Ministry of Finance as Public Private Partnership model on July 31, 2008 under section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956.


India Successfully Test Fires Nuclear Capable BrahMos from Sukhoi 30 MKI off Bay of Bengal

The Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully test-fired an air launched version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi fighter aircraft in the Bay of Bengal on 30 October 2020.

The aircraft took off from an airbase in Punjab & reached the Bay of Bengal after mid-air refuelling. 

The missile successfully hit a sinking ship in the Bay of Bengal, with deadly accuracy.

This test was the longest range BrahMos strike that was undertaken by the Sukhoi 30 MKI platform.

Developed by DRDO, the air-launched version of nuclear capable BrahMos has a strike range of 300 km with the capability to hit targets at sea or land in all weather conditions. 


Former Turkish Prime Minister Mesut Yılmaz passes away at 72

Veteran Politician and former prime minister of Turkey, Mesut Yilmaz has passed away at the age of 72.

Yilmaz was the Chief of the now-defunctional centre-right Motherland Party or ANAP from 1991 to 2002.

He served as prime minister of Turkey three times in the 1990s. 

His first two prime-ministerial terms lasted for just one months, in 1991 and then in 1996, while the third term was from June 1997 to January 1999.


World Vegan Day: 01 November

World Vegan Day is held every year on November 1 to spread benefits of veganism for humans, non-human animals, and the natural environment.

The day was established in 1994 by Louise Wallis, then Chair of The Vegan Society in the United Kingdom, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the organisation and the coining of the terms “vegan” and “veganism”.