1. Google India, Tata Trust and Intel have started a unique initiative to educate rural women about internet and create awareness towards it. These companies joined hands to launch a programme 'Internet Saathi'. Under the programme 1,000 specially- designed bicycles equipped with internet devices will be sent into remote villages. The aim of the initiative is to create awareness towards internet among 5 lakh Indian rural women in the next 18 months.
2. Dr. Fazle Hasan Abed, the founder of Brac, the largest non-governmental organisation on the planet, has been awarded the World Food Prize 2015 for his “unparalleled” work on reducing poverty in Bangladesh and 10 other countries. Abed established Brac – formerly known as the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee – in 1972.
3. Infosys announced that it will invest USD 10 million (about Rs. 63 crore) in Ireland-based start-ups and is expanding presence there by setting up a unit in Dublin. The Bangalore-based IT services firm has been selected as a strategic partner by Allied Irish Banks (AIB), a financial services group operating predominantly in Ireland and the UK, to set up a 200-seater unit in Dublin.
4. Commodore C.D. Balaji (Retd) took charge as the Director of the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and Programme Director of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA). He succeeded P.S. Subramanyam, a distinguished Scientist, who superannuated on 30 June 2015. Prior to this appointment, Balaji, an outstanding scientist, was Project Director of the LCA’s naval version.
5. Former Chief Justice of India Y.K. Sabharwal passed away at the age of 73. Justice Sabharwal was appointed as chief justice in 2005 and retired after a 14-month term. During his tenure, he gave several important decisions.
6. The country’s largest public sector lender State Bank of India (SBI) launched ‘Project Tatkal’, an initiative to provide doorstep services and expedite Home Loan Application (HLA) process. The project will help home loan applicants to get the loan within 10 days after receipt of application form and relevant supporting documents.
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7. Four Indian-Americans, including top US attorney Preet Bharara, are among 38 distinguished personalities who have been honoured with this year's prestigious "Great Immigrants: The Pride of America" award. Among other Indians honoured with the top annual award by the prestigious New York-based Carnegie Corporation are Rakesh Khurana, Dean of Harvard College and Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership and Development; Madhulika Sikka, Executive Editor, Mic and Abraham Verghese, eminent physician, professor and author.
8. The Maharashtra government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with global technology major Cisco for making Nagpur a smart and safe city. This MoU is for making Nagpur a smart and safe city with the help of modern technology and use of Internet to improve quality of life. It envisages for effective and fast delivery of services like CCTV, intelligent transport system, integrated command and control, environmental monitoring, improved health services in coordination with Nagpur Municipal corporation.
9. State-run operator BSNL launched a pre-paid card linked mobile wallet service which would allow its customers to transfer money, pay for services as well as withdraw cash of up to Rs. 1 lakh. The wallet service, Speed Pay, allows a customer to load money even if he does not have a bank account. The money loaded in the mobile wallet can be transferred to a bank account and even withdrawn at bank branches or at BSNL outlets.