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The Jan-Dhan Yojana:- Narendra Modi’s ambitious ‘Pradhanmantri Jan-Dhan Yojana’ that seeks to provide Rs 1 lakh insurance with a bank account will depend on savings from each card transaction to provide risk cover.
- PM pitches for 10-year moratorium on violence: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday declared that he would like to run the country on the basis of consensus and not on majority in Parliament and called for a 10-year moratorium on caste and communal violence in the country.
- Saving A Life: The TOI campaign to boost organ donation, started last year, has led to over 80,000 donor registrations.
- People’s enthusiasm on Independence Day became more apparent when over 12,000 people took the Metro to watch Prime Minister Narendra Modi deliver his speech. According to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation officials, 12,588 coupons for a free ride to watch the IDay celebrations were distributed at Chandni Chowk and Kashmere Gate Metro stations on Thursday.
- 1-yr deadline for girls’ toilet in schools: PM Narendra Modi on Friday stressed on making all towns and villages litterfree and building separate toilets for girls in every school.
- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday cleared the second railway link to Tibet close to Sikkim near the Indian border, increasing the mobility of Chinese troops in a region where India doesn’t have corresponding facilities. The 253-km railway line in the Tibetan Himalayas connects Lhasa with Xigaze, the second largest city in the autonomous region, and cost around $2.16 billion.
- Ebola crisis like wartime, may last 6 more months:- The Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 1,000 people in West Africa could last another six months, Doctors Without Borders said on Friday , and a medical worker acknowledged that the true death toll is unknown.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday made a marked break from the past in his maiden Independence Day speech with many firsts-notably by scrapping the Nehruvian vestige, the Planning Commission, and by ending his 65-minute extempore speech with the slogan of “Vande Mataram“.
- Iraq row ends as Maliki endorses rival as new PM:- The decision by Iraq’s embattled Nouri al-Maliki to step down as PM revived hopes on Friday for the formation of a new government that could take on a growing insurgency by Sunni rebels that has engulfed much of the country .
- Finding massive irregularity during “standard fraud checks“, the White House has removed at least 85,000 signatures from an online petition which asked US President Barack Obama to cancel his planned meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi next month.
- Top athletes set for selection trials for Asian Games: More than a thousand athletes, including most of the country’s top stars, are set to vie for honours and a place in the Indian team for next month’s Asian Games in the Federation Cup National Athletics Championship which begins here in Patiala on Saturday.
- IOC bans athletes from Ebola region: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has banned athletes from west African countries affected by the deadly Ebola virus from competing in some events at the Youth Olympics, starting in China this weekend.
- Two players die at Chess Olympiad: Two contestants in the just-ended Chess Olympiad in northern Norway died on the event’s final day , apparently from natural causes, police said on Friday.
- Tax-Free Mary Kom: Priyanka Chopra Starrer Mary Kom Might Become Tax Free As The Makers Are seeking exemption benefits for the movie.
- Mark’s Icy Charity: Mark Zuckerberg Has Become The Latest Celebrity To Be Doused By A Bucket Of Ice-cold water, and now, he wants Bill Gates to follow suit.
- Jyoti Amge to Star in U.S. TV Show: Jyoti Amge, The World’s Shortest Living Woman From India, Is Set To Join The Fourth season of American Horror Story, showrunner Ryan Murphy announced on Twitter.