Current Affairs Today - Current Affairs 2015

Andhra Pradesh and Telangana introduce 5 lakh rupees Accident Insurance Scheme for transport drivers

Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states have jointly launched a new five-lakh rupees Accident Insurance Scheme for transport drivers.

The scheme came into on 1 May 2015 coinciding with the May Day (International Labour Day).

It was formally launched by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu at Rajhamundry while Telangana Chief Minister Chandrasekhara Rao made the announcement in Hyderabad.

Under the Accident Insurance Scheme

  • The registered transport drivers will get a Rs 5 lakh insurance cover.
  • The enrolled will get an accident death insurance of Rs 2 lakh under the Pradhan Mantri Bima Suraksha Yojana by opening a Jan Dhan Yojana account.
  • While the insurer will give Rs 3 lakh for which both states government will ink a MoU.
  • This scheme apart from providing monetary insurance will also cover education of two children of the beneficiary.

The Transport drivers have to register their names on a specified portal named to facilitate the initiatives. The Labour Department will issue Smart cards to all those who are registered under the scheme.

Under this programme, about 11 lakh transport drivers and journalists in the two Telugu states will be benefited. About 16 thousand Home Guards in Telangana will also be benefited by the scheme.


Telecom operators slash roaming call rate by up to 40%, SMS by up to 75%

Leading Indian telecom operators including Vodafone, Airtel, Idea and Reliance Communication have slashed their roaming call rates by up to 40 per cent and SMS rates by upto 75 percent.

This rate revision of telecom operators comes in line with Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) decision to cut maximum or ceiling rate for national roaming calls and SMSes.

As per new ceiling rate operators will charge maximum of Rs 1.15 per minute for STD calls on roaming compared to previous charge of Rs 1.50 per minute on roaming. Similarly, an operator can charge a maximum of 80 paise per minute for a local call instead of Re 1.

TRAI also has reduced National SMS ceiling rate from 1.50 rupees to 38 paise. Now a subscriber can be charged a maximum of 25 paise instead of 1 rupee local SMS.

In line with TRAI’s new ceiling rate Bharti Airtel has reduced its call rates by up to 40 per cent and outgoing local SMS rate by up to 75 per cent.

Similarly, Idea Cellular and Reliance Communications reduced roaming call rates by 40 per cent.


DRDO scientist Sathish Reddy conferred with prestigious RIN fellowship

Senior DRDO scientist Satheesh Reddy, has been conferred with the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN).

RIN has recognised Mr. Reddy for his work in the field of inertial and satellite-based navigation and avionics technologies.

With this he also became the first Indian to get the fellowship from Royal Institute of Navigation.

Currently, Dr Sathish Reddy is Director at Research Centre Imarat (RCI) of DRDO. He is also one of the leading navigation and avionics experts in the country with nearly three decades of experience.

He also had led the development of avionics technologies in critical areas of embedded computers, control, navigation, guidance, ground systems, telemetry etc.

He also had played important role in development of the Redundant Navigation System (RNS) for long duration missions and navigating accurately the Agni 5 Indian ICBM class long range missile over a range of more than 5000 km.

About Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN)

  • It was established in 1947.
  • It is one of the world’s leading professional bodies dedicated to advancement of navigation around the world.
  • In the past, the Institute has elected nearly 450 highly distinguished navigation professionals as Fellows from all over the world.