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The 'Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana', an ambitious financial inclusion scheme under which the government intends to provide every household with a bank account and insurance cover, will be launched on 28th August by Modi. The scheme, about which Modi made the announcement in his Independence Day speech, will be launched across the country simultaneously amid his emphasis that it lies at the core of "our development philosophy of 'Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas'". As a first step, under the scheme, every account holder will get a 'RuPay' debit card with a Rs 1 lakh accident cover. "As we go along, they will be covered by insurance and pension products,".
The government on Wednesday launched the .bharat domain name in devanagari script covering eight languages including Hindi, Konkani and Marathi. With the launch, individuals of companies who are interested in owning a website with domain name in Hindi language would be able to book the name in Hindi script. The name would have '.bharat' in Hindi script as its extension instead of commonly top level domains such as .com, .net or .in. "This initiative should not stop at eight languages. I asked the department to make .Bharat domain name available in all the Indian languages very soon," Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
A revamped Doordarshan India will make its international appearance in a couple of months and reach 120 million households abroad. "It (DD India) will make its global appearance within a few months ... Everything is running as per schedule and the channel will be launched hopefully before next year," Prasar Bharati Chief Executive Officer Jawhar Sircar told PTI. Earlier this month, Prasar Bharati had entered into a MoU with Germany's Public International Broadcaster Deutsche Welle for distribution of DD India on a free-to-air basic package mode, DTH platform of Hotbird-13B satellite across Europe, Asia, North Africa and even up to Australia and the Middle East.
Oscar-winning British filmmaker Richard Attenborough, renowned for his critically-acclaimed biopic on Mahatma Gandhi, has died at the age of 90.
The actor's son, Michael Attenborough said that his father died at lunchtime on Sunday.
Lord Attenborough won an Academy Award for best director for 'Gandhi', one of many highlights of a distinguished career that spanned six decades, on both sides of the camera.
One of Britain's leading actors before becoming a highly successful director but his greatest success was 'Gandhi', a film that won 8 Oscars.
India defeated England by 133 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method in the second One—day International match in Cardiff on Wednesday. Invited to bat, India scored 304 for six and then bowled out the hosts for 161 in 38.1 overs at Sophia Gardens. As per the revised target after the rain interruption, England needed 295 runs in 47 overs. Brief Scores: India: 304 for 6 in 50 overs (Suresh Raina 100, MS Dhoni 52; Chris Woakes 4/52) England: 161 in 38.1 overs (Alex Hales 40; Ravindra Jadeja 4/28).
Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan has become the first Indian actor to be roped in as an Ambassador of Interpol’s ‘Turn Back Crime’ campaign, aimed at promoting greater awareness on how to prevent crime. “It’s a very special honour to be a part of INTERPOL’s ‘Turn Back Crime’ campaign as an Ambassador. As Mahatma Gandhi once said, ‘I shall not fear anyone on Earth. I shall fear only God. I shall not bear ill will toward anyone. I shall not submit to injustice from anyone. I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering, if I have to’.