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Justice Tahaliyani sworn in as Maharashtra Lokayukta

Justice Madanlal Laxmandas Tahaliyani, a retired judge of Bombay High Court, was today sworn in as the newMaharashtra Lokayukta. Governor C Vidyasagar Rao administered the oath of office to Justice Tahaliyani at a brief ceremony held at the Darbar Hall of Raj Bhavan here. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Minister for Higher, Technical and Medical Education, Vinod Tawde, judges of Bombay High Court, public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, family members of Justice Tahaliyani and others were present on the occasion. Justice Tahaliyani succeeds Justice (retd) PB Gaikwad, whose term as Lokayukta ended on July 1, 2014. 

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Usain Bolt won world 100m title at World Athletics Championships

Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt has won world 100 metre title in the World Athletics Championships held in Beijing, China. With this victory he retained his 100 metre title which was won earlier in 2009. In the blue riband event, Bolt ran a season’s best of 9.79 seconds winning gold medal. While Justin Gatlin of United States finished at the second spot in 9.80 sec, taking silver medal.

Usain Bolt’s Records

Usain Bolt is regarded as the fastest person in the world. 
He is the first athlete to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records.
 He is Olympic gold medallist and has won medal in 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympic games in 100 metres. He is also the first to achieve a “double double” by winning 100 m and 200 m titles at consecutive Olympics (2008 and 2012).

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Syrian woman Journalist Zaina Erhaim wins 2015 Peter Mackler Award

A Syria-based woman journalist Zaina Erhaim has won the prestigious 2015 Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism. She was bestowed with this award for her efforts to train citizen reporters in her war-ravaged country. She has trained about 100 citizen reporters (third of them are women) from inside Syria over the last two years. She also has helped in establishing new, independent newspapers and magazines in the war-torn country. Presently, Erhaim lives and works in Aleppo, Syria and will be presented with this award at a ceremony to be held at the National Press Club in Washington in late October 2015. It should be noted that since 2011, the media rights group has listed Syria as the deadliest country for journalists.

About Peter Mackler Award--The Peter Mackler Award honors reporters and editors who have demonstrated a commitment to fairness, accuracy and speaking truth to power, and a matching commitment to asserting the right to publish or air that story in countries where independent media is under threat.Jayaprakash Sittampalam Tissainayagam  is a Sri Lankan journalist. He was detained by the Terrorism Investigation Division of the Sri Lanka Police on 7 March 2008. He was held without charge for almost 6 months. He was indicted on politically motivated charges under the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act for intending to incite communal hatred through writing, and furthering terrorist acts through the collection of money for his publication.  Tissainayagam has been named the first winner of the Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism.

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Roger Federer wins seventh Cincinnati Masters title of Tennis

World number two, Roger Federer from Switzerland has won the Cincinnati Masters title for record seventh time in men’s singles title category. In the final match played at Ohio near Cincinnati, US he defeated world number one, Novak Djokovic by 7–6, 7-1 and 6–3 score. Earlier, Roger Federer had won this title in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2014. Also he  knocked out Britain's Andy Murray in the semi-final, 

Abut Cincinnati Masters-The Cincinnati Masters (currently sponsored by the Western & Southern Financial Group and called the Western & Southern Open) is an annual outdoor hardcourt tennis event held in Mason, Ohio near Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. The event started on September 18, 1899 and is the oldest tennis tournament in the United States played in its original city . The tournament is the second largest summer tennis event in the U.S. after the U.S. Open, as its men's portion is one of nine elite Masters 1000 tournaments on the ATP World Tour and its women's event is one of five Premier 5 events on the WTA Tour . The tournament was started in 1899 as the Cincinnati Open and was renamed in 1901 to Tri-State Tennis Tournament, a name it would keep until 1969 (it would later be known by several other names, including ATP Championships).

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Gujarat to become 1st state to launch ‘Agro-Solar Policy’


Gujarat is set to become the first state in India to launch ‘Agro-Solar Policy’ to encourage the farmers to tap the solar energy. The new policy seeks to encourage the farmers in the state to tap free solar energy from sun, which will in turn help them to earn additional income from power generation companies.

Important points

1. Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI) will be nodal implementing agency for projects under this policy.

2. Farmers can use the free solar energy for their own consumption purpose and sell the surplus energy to the state run power generation companies. Thus, power generation companies and farmers will be in a win-win situation with generation of solar energy in agricultural fields.
3.Power generation companies will set up solar photo voltaic (SPV) plants in different agricultural fields for the purpose of power generation without disturbing agricultural production.
4. It should be noted that these SPV plants have been already tested in different agricultural universities in the State. On the experimental basis power generation companies like Gujarat Industries Power Company Limited (GIPCL), 
5. Gujarat Power Corporation Limited (GPCL) and Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited (GSECL) have already set up SPV plants in farm fields The SPV plant will be set up on poles in the fields so that farmers can also grow their crops. After buying surplus power, 

6.power generation companies will give 30 to 40 per cent share from the profit to the farmers.
 Some other successful solar projects in Gujarat 

State has Asia’s largest solar power plant in Charanka village in Patan district which is built on a 2,000-hectare land.In January 2015, the first canal-top solar power plant (10 MW solar capacity) was inaugurated by UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon on Narmada canal in Vadodara.

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Punjabi University won Maulana Abul Kalam Azad trophy 2014


Punjabi University of Patiala has clinched the prestigious sports award Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) trophy for year 2014. The Trophy will be awarded to Univeristy on 29 August 2015 on the occasion of National Sports Day. The university has won this trophy for the total eighth time and fourth time in a consecutive row. Earlier, Punjabi university had won this trophy in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013. The award was announced by the Association of Indian Universities by releasing the names and points of top nine universities in sports in India. In the list Punjabi University has topped with 71,840 points. Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar was placed at second spot with 65,170 points while Delhi University is placed third with 31,770 points.

About Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy

The Trophy is given annually to the university/institutions for their all-round performance in Inter-University Tournaments. Established: in 1956-57 as a Running Trophy by Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in the memory of scholar and a senior political leader Maulana Azad. Award carries: Replica of the Trophy and a monetary award of ten lakh rupees which shall be utilized for development of games and sports.

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Delhi's Chiraag Kapil named Promising Young Entrepreneur

A 22-year-old IIT Delhi student has been named as the most Promising Young Entrepreneur at a business competition here.Chiraag Kapil, led a team of five from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, in the 8th Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition and won the award prize of USD 5,000 last night."I feel brilliant. It is one of the most exciting things that happened in my life. (I am) very privileged to be called Most Promising Young Entrepreneur," Chiraag told PTI after receiving the award.Chiraag's team Leaf from IIT Delhi also won the second prize of USD 12,000 for its revolutionary smart pendant called SAFER, which together with an app, serve to enhance the safety of women.When a woman feels threatened, she just needs to press SAFER twice.An alert and her location will be sent to the people she had pre-designated as Guardians, as well as nearby SAFER users who will be able to track her location real-time by navigating on maps.The SAFER app is installed on mobile/cell phones for transmitting messages. SAFER is developed by five co-founders of Leaf Innovation Pte Ltd, a start-up from IIT Delhi which is seeking USD 500,000 

funding to expand its jewelry-embedded app product globally.

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Eritrea's Ghebreslassie is World marathon champion

Ghirmay Ghebreslassie from Eritrea beat the scorching morning sun and a late chase by Ethiopia's Yemane Tsegay to win the men's marathon at the World Athletics Championships here on Saturday.The 19-year-old clocked two hours, 12 minutes and 27 seconds for his first world championship title, beating Tsegay into second place.
Tsegay, who had once overtaken Ghebreslassie in the last kilometers, timed 2:13.07 hours for silver with Munyo Solomon Mutai from Uganda taking bronze in 2:13:29 hours.
The world record holder, Kenyan Dennis Kimetto, dropped out late in the race.

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Babasaheb Purandare conferred with 'Maharashtra Bhushan

History writer Balwant Purandare  conferred with the 'Maharashtra Bhushan' award, the state's highest honour, at a glittering function in Mumbai. The award ceremony was held at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai amidst tight security after the BJP-led state government's decision to honour Purandare received criticism from some sections of the Maratha community, which had protested against the move.While addressing the audience after receiving the award, Purandare said that he would donate the prize money of Rs 10 lakh to the Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Hospital located at Pune. In addition, Purandare also plans to donate Rs 15 lakh to the hospital as his own contribution. Purandare said that he would like to help farmers reeling under severe financial distress in the drought-hit Marathwada region.
Using the opportunity to take a dig at the opposition, Fadnavis said that those who have been protesting against the government's decision have not understood Chhatrapati Shivaji.
"I have to clarify that this programme was not held at the Raj Bhavan because we got scared of anybody. According to tradition, the country's biggest awards are given by the President at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

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The Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari has said that the ideal way to remember any person is to organize Memorial Lectures in his memory and it gave him immense pleasure to release the book- Modern Thought Leaders- Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Lectures (1997-2014). Addressing after releasing a book ‘Modern Thought Leaders- Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Lectures (1997-2014)’ edited by Shri Anil Shastri, Former Union Minister and son of Late Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri at a function here today, he said that Late Shastri Ji was a life dedicated to public service. A person of great integrity and competence, humble, tolerant, with great inner strength and resoluteness, Shastri Ji was a leader of the people who understood their language. He was also a man of vision who led the country towards progress. He opined that this book of the Collection of Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial lectures present a unique perspective to the reader. The lectures not only illuminate the various facets of the life, work and personality of Shastriji, but also, in context of Shastri ji’s vision, present the opinions.The Vice President congratulated the Lal Bahdur Shastri Institute of Management for this initiative and the McGraw Hill for publishing the collected lectures.

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