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Mizoram clinched 68th Santosh Trophy 2013-14

Mizoram clinched the 68th Santosh Trophy for Football by defeating Railways by 3-0 at Siliguri ,West Bengal and won Rs.5 lakh prize money, while the runners up Railways received Rs.3 lakh. This is the maiden Santosh Trophy for Mizoram and this was also the first appearance for them in the final match.

  • Railways won its’ last Santosh Trophy in 1966. 

About Santosh Trophy

  • Founded: 1941.
  • Annual Indian football tournament.

Trophy named after the late Maharaja Sir Manmatha Nath Roy Chowdhary of Santosh (that is now in Bangladesh).

‘M-Pesa’ launched in Odisha

Telecom major, Vodafone India and ICICI Bank announced the launch of mobile commerce initiative called ‘M-Pesa’ service in Odisha.

About M-Pesa service

  • A mobile money transfer and payment service that allows customers to transfer money to any mobile phone, remit money to any bank account, make utility payments, recharge of mobile, DTH payment and earn interest on deposits.
  • Empowers the un-banked and under-banked sections of the population gain access to financial services through the mobile phone.
  • This service will now be available across 202 Tehsils, 24 Districts through 1350 specially trained authorized agents including 73 Vodafone exclusive stores in Odisha.

Apart from Odisha, ‘M-Pesa’ has been rolled out in Delhi, Mumbai, West Bengal, Punjab, UP East, UP West, Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Assam & North East and Haryana. It will be made available across the country in a phased manner.

India and ADB signed loan agreement to improve rural roads in 5 States

Screenshot_15The Government of India (GOI) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a $275 million loan agreement to continue improving rural roads in the states of Assam, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, and West Bengal. The loan represents the second tranche of $800 million financing facility under the Rural Connectivity Investment Program (RCIP).

  • Joint secretary of Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Mr. Nilaya Mitash and Country Director of ADB, Ms. M. Teresa Kho signed the pact.
  • Executing agency of the project: Ministry of Rural Development (MORD) at the central level, while the state governments of Assam, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, and West Bengal are charged with overall implementation at the state level for a period of 43 months.
  • The loan will construct 3,693 km of all-weather rural roads in the states which will benefit nearly 1,800 rural habitations.
  • Second phase of project is expected to be completed in June, 2017.
  • The central government will provide counterpart funds of $81.56 million for a total second tranche project investment cost of $356.56 million. 

Rural Connectivity Investment Programme (RCIP): A multi-tranche financing facility (MTFF) started by Asian Development Bank (ADB). RCIP will construct or upgrade the 9000 km of rural roads to an all-weather standard connecting around 4800 habitations in the States of Assam, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal. 

Note: The second tranche from the ordinary capital resources of ADB has a 25-year term including a grace period of 5 years, commitment charge of 0.15% per year, and interest rate to be determined in accordance with ADB’s LIBOR-based lending facility.

Legendary Bengali actress Suchitra Sen passed away

Screenshot_4Legendary Bengali actress Suchitra Sen (82) passed way in Kolkata due to massive heart attack. She was the first Bengali actress to be honored at an international film festival (She received the Best Actress award for ‘Saat Paake Bandha’ at the 1963 Moscow film festival).

About Legendary Bengali actress Suchitra Sen
  • Known for power-packed performances in highly acclaimed Bengali films viz. Deep Jwele Jaai, Uttar Falguni, etc and in  Hindi movies viz. Devdas, Bombai Ka Babu, Mamta,  Aandhi, Saat Paake Bandha, etc. She has been nicknamed as the Greta Garbo of Bengali cinema.
  • Received the Best Actress Award for the film Devdas (1955), which was her first Hindi movie.
  • Her role in Hindi film Aandhi opposite Sanjeev Kumar is memorable as well as controversial. She portrayed the character of Indira Gandhi in the film.
  • Ms. Sen was the only celebrity to refuse the Dadasaheb Phalke Award just to avoid travelling to New Delhi.

She devoted her retirement years working for the Ramakrishna Mission.