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News in Short - 28-November-2020

India bribery rate highest in Asia

Date: 28 November 2020 Tags: Reports & Indices
  • India has the highest rate of bribery and use of personal links to access public services such as healthcare and education in Asia, according to Transparency International.
  • India has the highest overall bribery rate (39%) and the highest rate of citizens using personal connections (46%), following India, Indonesia, and China have the second and third highest rates of people using personal connections with 36% and 32% respectively.
  • Use of personal connections was also largely made in dealings with the police (39%), procurement of identity documents (42%), and in relation to courts (38%).
  • As plaguing factors, slow and complicated bureaucratic process, unnecessary red- tape and imprecise regulatory frameworks force people to seek alternate solutions to access basic services through personal links and petty corruption.

Foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla in Nepal

Date: 28 November 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla arrived for a two-day official visit to Nepal during which he will hold talks with his Nepalese counterpart and other top leaders and discuss wide-ranging areas of bilateral cooperation.
  • The Foreign Secretary is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with his Nepalese counterpart today, in which wide-ranging areas of cooperation between Nepal and India will be discussed.
  • Mr Shringla is also scheduled to call on Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and President Bidya Devi Bhandari. He will give a lecture in Kathmandu and will inspect three schools built under Indian assistance at Gorkha, the epicentre of the 2015 earthquake.

Former World Bank president James Wolfensohn passes away

Date: 28 November 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • James Wolfensohn, a former investment banker who pushed through debt relief for the poorest nations during a decade at the helm of the World Bank, has died. He was 86
  • Together with the International Monetary Fund, Wolfensohn in 1996 launched the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative, a program that eventually provided more than $53 billion in debt relief to 27 of the world's poorest countries.
  • Wolfensohn worked on Wall Street for many years before taking over as the head of the World Bank, a loan-offering global development organisation, in 1995. He was nominated by then-President Bill Clinton.

Indian IT pioneer F C Kohli passes away

Date: 28 November 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • The Father of the Indian software revolution, founder and first CEO of Tata Consultancy Services, Faqir Chand Kohli passed away at the age of 96.
  • Kohli was a legend who not only laid the very foundations on which India’s prowess as a global software powerhouse has been built, but also led innovations in far-ranging areas including adult literacy, water purification, software engineering, software automation, complex-systems, and cybernetics.
  • Born and raised in Peshawar, Kohli graduated in Physics from the Punjab University. He was keen on joining the Indian Navy but in 1946, he got a scholarship to Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario where he pursued a bachelor’s in electrical engineering. In 1951 he acquired a Master’s in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in US.

Indian origin New Zealand MP takes oath in Sanskrit

Date: 28 November 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Dr. Gaurav Sharma, who was elected as a member of Parliament in New Zealand, took oath in New Zealand's indigenous Maori language and Sanskrit.
  • A doctor-turned-politician Dr. Sharma, hails from Hamirpur district in Himachal Pradesh. He had won the election from Hamilton West as the ruling Labour Party candidate.
  • Dr. Sharma was the first member of Indian origin to take oath in Sanskrit in New Zealand Parliament, and second political leader in the world to take an oath in Sanskrit overseas.