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Ranveer Singh Saini wins Gold medal at Special Olympics World Games

India’s Ranveer Singh Saini has won a Gold medal at the Special Olympics World Games held in Los Angeles. The 14 year old golfer suffering from autistic achieved this feat in GF Golf-Level 2 Alternate Shot Team Play.

With this victory he became the first Golfer from India to win a Gold medal at the Special Olympics World Games. Earlier in 2013, Ranveer had become the first golfer from India to win 2 Gold medals at the Asia Pacific World Games.

Ranveer Singh Saini hails from Gurgaon, Haryana. At the age of 2, he was diagnosed with autism. He had taken Golf as a sport at the age of 9.

It should be noted that autism is a neurological disorder characterised by impaired social interaction.

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Sania Mirza recommended for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna 2015

Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has recommended name of Indian Tennis legend Sania Mirza for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award 2015.

In this regard Union Sports Minister Sarbanada Sonowal forwarded Sania’s name for the highest honour given for achievement in sports. However, the final decision will be taken by Awards Committee.

About Sania Mirza

  • Born: 15 November 1986 in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • Presently, she is ranked world No. 1 in women’s tennis doubles.
  • Achievements: Sania has won 2015 women’s Doubles Wimbledon Title along with her partner Martina Hingis (Switzerland).
  • She also has won 3 Grand Slam Mixed Doubles titles including Australian Open (2009), French Open (2012) and US Open (2014).
  • In 2014, she was appointed brand ambassador of Telangana state.
  • Awards: Arjuna Award (2004), Padma Shri (2006).

About Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award

  • Established: It was instituted in the year 1991–92. The words Khel Ratna in Hindi literally mean sports gem.
  • Named after the former Prime Minister of India, (late) Rajiv Gandhi.
  • It is India’s highest honour given for achievement in sports given by Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
  • Award carries: a medal, scroll of honour and monetary award of 7.5 lakh rupees.

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Union Cabinet gives nod to Consumer protection Bill, 2015

Union Cabinet approved Consumer Protection Bill, 2015 in order deal with the growing concern over the safety of consumer products and services.

The new bill seeks to replace Consumer Protection Act, 1986 in order to deal with consumer protection and safety. It aims at simplifying the consumer dispute resolution process along with enhancing the pecuniary jurisdiction of the consumer grievance redressal agencies.

Key features of the Bill

  • Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA): establishment of CCPA as an apex regulatory authority with more powers to protect and enforce the rights of consumers.
  • It will have powers to recall products and initiate action suit against defaulting companies including e-tailers for refunds and return of products.
  • Product liability: If product or services causes personal injury, death or damage to property, CCPA will have powers to take action against defaulting manufacturers or service providers.
  • Speedy disposal of court cases: In this regard, provision related to ‘mediation’ has been proposed which will act as an alternative dispute resolution mechanism. However, mediation will be under the aegis of consumer courts.
  • Stringent penalty: In certain cases, the Bill adds stringent penalty provisions including life imprisonment.
  • Establishment of circuit bench: For speedy disposal of complaints consumers can file complaints electronically circuit bench along with traditional mechanism of filing complaints in consumer courts that have jurisdiction over the place of residence.

Rationality behind introducing new Bill

  • There is a need to modernise the Act to address challenges related to consumer protection effectively.
  • In technologically evolved marketing strategies which uses advance methods of multi-level marketing, tele-marketing, direct selling and e-tailing in some cases are providing misleading advertisements.
  • It has resulted in new challenges to consumer protection with growing concern over the consumer products and services safety, especially after the Maggi controversy.
  • Consumer Protection Act (CPA), 1986 which was amended thrice earlier in 1991, 1993 and 2002 was not capable to deal with the changing scenario of consumer protection effectively.

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