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Thursday, March 23, 2017

DMK’s no-confidence motion against Tamil Nadu assembly Speaker Dhanapal defeated Thursday March 23,2017

A no-confidence motion moved by leader of the opposition M K Stalin against Speaker P Dhanapal in the Tamil Nadu assembly on Thursday March 23,2017 was defeated, with 97 members voting in favour of the motion and 122 voting against it. 

Thus the K Palaniswami government for the second time has proved that it has majority in the House. 

The government received 122 votes in the February 18,2017  trust vote too.

Former chief minister O Panneerselvam and MLAs supporting him were not present in the House.

 Former DGP and Mylapore MLA R Natraj, who voted against the government during the trust vote on February 18, 2017 voted for the government on Thursday March 23,2017

How the US and UK ban on devices in planes will impact Indians

Both the US and the UK recently barred passengers travelling on US and UK-bound flights from some West Asian and North African countries respectively, from carrying devices other than smartphones in carry-on baggage.

 They have citied heightened security as the reason for the restrictions. 

Here is a look at the airports and airlines that will be affected and how the ban will impact Indians heading to the US. 

NDA Govt nod for 18 greenfield airports

The NDA Govt has approved the setting up of 18  New Airports in smaller cities and towns in the country and given site clearance approval for five more airports. 

This is expected to strengthen infrastructure and help the government's multi-modal logistics hubs initiative. 

Here is a look at where the airports will come up.

Zen Mobile unveils Admire Swadesh at Rs 4,990 Thursday March 23,2017

Zen Mobile on Thursday March 23,2017 launched the Admire Swadesh smartphone at Rs 4,990 that supports 22 regional languages.

The device is powered by 1.3GHz Quad Core processor and runs on Android Marshmallow 6.0 operating system, blended with 1GB RAM and 8GB on-board memory which can be expanded up to 32 GB.
The dual-SIM smartphone sports a 5-inch display and 5MP rear camera with flash. With its 2000mAh battery, the device can run up to 30 hours on standby mode.
"The Admire Swadesh is yet another 4G-VoLTE device for the consumers who are looking at upgrading to 4G enabled smartphones," Sanjay Kalirona, CEO Zen Mobile, said in a statement.
Admire Swadesh also supports twin WhatsApp feature and is available in champagne and blue colour varients.

Reliance Jio announces another bumper offer! Get Prime Membership for free – Know how

After making a thunderous entry into the telecom space with its jaw-dropping offer, Reliance Jio has yet again announced something similar for its users.

For joining Jio's Prime Membership, which was announced at Rs 99 can now be availed for free.

The Prime Membership gives you option to avail Jio's free Happy New Offer till March 2018. However if you follow the Jio Money special offer, your Prime Membership joining fee can become free.
Here's how you can do it

1. The offer started from 15th March, 2017 and is a limited period offer
2. Eligible Transaction is a successful Jio Plan recharge for the value of Rs. 99/-or more by using JioMoney wallet or  from MyJio App and/or  by logging into and making payment using JioMoney wallet during the offer period
3. Customer who makes a successful Eligible Transaction will get a Rs. 50/- discount voucher in the JioMoney app
4. The customer can redeem the discount voucher received only on the  Jio Plan recharge for the value of Rs 303/- or more using JioMoney from 25th March, 2017 till 30th June, 2017
5. The customer can avail this offer only for 5 successful Eligible Transaction per user during the offer period
6. The customer can use one discount voucher per Jio Plan recharge of Rs. 303/- or more
7. The voucher will be updated in the offers section of the Jio Money app within two working days after the successful Eligible Transaction
So for availing the offer you have to first buy a Prime Membership at Rs 99 and club it with a recharge of Rs 303. In total you will spend Rs 402. Now after getting two cashbacks of Rs 50 each you have saved Rs 100, making your Prime Membership free

2017 French Presidential Election - First Presidential Debate on Monday March 20,2017

Over three-and-a-half hours of fast-paced debate on Monday March 20,2017 evening, France’s five leading presidential candidates laid down the gauntlet for the first face-to-face showdown of this roller coaster campaign.

With the candidates arrayed in a gladiator-style arena setting, France’s first-ever candidates debate held before the first round of a presidential election was an eminently watchable spectacle with sweeping scope. Candidates clashed heartily over education, security, secularism, campaign financing and France’s place in Europe while broaching a range of social, economic and -- in a segment apparently truncated after the debate ran well past midnight Paris time -- international issues.
But in an election that has been exceptionally unpredictable to date, Monday night’s unprecedented contest may bring something this campaign has lacked: stability.
Frontrunners Emmanuel Macron the independent centrist neophyte, and Marine Le Penn, the far-right political veteran, dominated the proceedings, while the Socialist and conservative candidates punching below their political parties’ traditional electoral weight in the polls are unlikely to have inspired the bounce they desperately needed from their performances.

Germany’s Social Democrats pick Schulz to challenge Angela Merkel Sunday March 19,2017

Martin Schulz, 61-year-old former head of the European Parliament, was elected the new leader of the Social Democrats (SPD) Sunday March 19,2017, becoming Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief rival in Germany's September 24,2017 general election.

The bearded Social Democrat, already credited with giving his ailing party a shot in the arm  was unanimously elected SPD leader and standard bearer at a one-day congress in Berlin.
"We want the SPD to become the country's first political force via the parliamentary elections, to make this country a better and fairer country so that the people of this country can get the respect they deserve. And, dear members, I want to become Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. Thank you very much," Martin schultz told a gathering of SPD rank and file in Berlin Sunday.
The veteran German politician attempted to harness this momentum against Angela Merkel whose conservatives just a few months ago had an apparently invincible lead in the polls.
"Starting now the fight begins to become the top party in the country and take over the chancellory," Schulz told the party congress.
Schulz's decision to leave the European Parliament, which he headed for five years, and become a candidate for German leader has given the Social Democrats a new lease of life since ex-party chief Sigmar Gabriel asked him to take the reins in January.