There was no post for Week #9 because of the New Year!

January 4 to January 10, 2016. Week #10

The Big National News

The Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee recommended sweeping reforms for the controversy-ridden BCCI.


Well, for starters, the IPL Scam. Also N Srinivasan. That guy is the worst!

Amen. So what were the recommendations? 

  • CEO-run organisation: Committee suggested the restructuring of the BCCI’s administrative set-up. It proposed the position of a CEO accountable to a nine-member council, of which five should be elected, two should be representatives of the players association, and one woman.
  • Under RTI: To ensure transparency in its functioning, the panel has said that it is important to bring the body under the purview of the Right to Information Act.
  • Ethics Officer: The committee recommended the institution of the office of an Ethics Officer, who would be responsible for resolving issues related to the conflict of interest. Ethics officer would be a former High Court judge.

Great! Anything else?

Yes. Among the most sensational recommendation by Lodha panel was the suggestion to legalize betting. (Wait, what!?)

The committee felt that the move would help curb corruption in the game and recommended that except for players and officials, people should be allowed to place bets on registered sites.

Other National News

The tradition of banning things continues.

Punjab government has ordered a ban on manufacturing of food products containing tobacco or nicotine like ‘Gutkha’ and ‘Pan Masala’ in the state with immediate effect.


Starting January 1, the storage, sale or distribution of tobacco items (by whatever name these are called as final products in the market) has been prohibited for one year in Punjab.

INS Kadmatt is commissioned

INS Kadmatt, the second ship of Project 28 (P28), was recently commissioned into the Indian Navy by the Chief of Naval Staff at a ceremony held at the Naval Dockyard in Visakhapatnam.


About INS Kadmatt:

  • It belongs to class ‘Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Corvettes’.
  • INS Kadmatt is named after one of the large islands amongst the Lakshadweep group of Islands off the west coast of India.
  • It is one of the most potent warships to have been constructed in India. It has been constructed using high-grade steel (DMR 249A) produced in India.
  • The vessel is indigenously designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house organisation, Directorate of Naval Design and constructed by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited, Kolkata.
  • Some of the most advanced stealth features have been incorporated in this ship.
  • The unique feature of this ship is the high level of indigenisation incorporated in the production, accentuating our national objective of ‘Make in India’. About 90% of the ship is indigenous, and the ship is equipped to fight in Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) warfare conditions.

With the changing power dynamics in the Indian Ocean Region, INS Kadmatt is expected to augment the mobility, reach and flexibility of Indian Navy.

Raghuram Rajan Conferred Central Banker of the Year Award

RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan has been felicitated with the Central Banker of the Year Award (Global and Asia Pacific) for 2016 by the Financial Times Group’s monthly publication ‘The Banker’.

The Central Banker of the Year 2016 awards celebrate the officials that have best managed to stimulate growth and stabilise their country’s economy.

This guy just keeps getting better and better!

Raghuram Rajan

Visit Insights On India to read further on all these issues.

International News

North Korea (claims) to have tested a Hydrogen Bomb

The operative word here is “claims”. Because the world (read America) is mostly like “Nah, they ain’t got no nukes!”

Does it matter?

Not to you and me, but for North Korea, this is their self-defensive measure to defend their right to live in the face of the nuclear threats and blackmail by the United States and to guarantee the security of the Korean Peninsula.

So why is the world in denial?

N.Korea has faced difficulties in developing a fission weapon since its first test in 2006. It’s possible that this miniaturised fusion bomb is just a “fission booster”.  Or a small-scale fusion that boosts the fission process — but this isn’t a hydrogen bomb.


What is a Hydrogen Bomb? How is it not an Atomic Bomb?

A hydrogen bomb is hundreds of times more powerful than an atomic bomb and its detonation involves two near-simultaneous nuclear explosions — one fission, the other fusion; the former triggering the latter.

The ones dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were atomic bombs. Hydrogen bombs have never been used in a war till now. 

To know more about the difference between the two, read this article by Forum IAS.

This Shit is Wierd

In a bizarre event, hundreds of whales started getting washed up on the shores of a village a few hundred kilometers from Chennai. Scientists are still debating the reason. For now it remains a freak of nature.

Watch the NDTV report here:

That’s it for this week. See you next Sunday. And don’t forget to subscribe!!





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