Indian-origin economist Abhijit Banerjee awarded Nobel Prize
Indian-origin economist Abhijit Banerjee has been awarded the Nobel Prize for his efforts to alleviate global poverty. He has received the award along with economists Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer.
"The 2019 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel has been awarded to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty," tweeted the official handle of the Nobel Prize.
The organisation stated, "The research conducted by the 2019 Economic Sciences Laureates has considerably improved our ability to fight global poverty. In just two decades, their new experiment-based approach has transformed development economics, which is now a flourishing field of research." "2019 Economic Sciences Laureates Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, often with Michael Kremer, soon performed similar studies of other issues and in other countries, including India. Their experimental research methods now entirely dominate development economics," it stated.
Born in 1961 in Kolkata to Nirmala Banerjee and Dipak Banerjee, Abhijit Banerjee is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at MIT. He is the co-founder of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, a research affiliate of Innovations for Poverty Action, and a member of the Consortium on Financial Systems and Poverty. The lab was founded along with economists Esther Duflo and Sendhil Mullainathan.
Banerjee was a student of South Point School in Kolkata. He was an Economics graduate from Presidency College, Kolkata. He pursued his MA degree in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University and his PhD from Harvard in 1983 and 1988 respectively.
No More Trees To Be Cut In Mumbai's Aarey Till October 21, Says Top Court
The Supreme Court on Monday restrained authorities from cutting anymore trees in Mumbai's Aarey to set up a Metro car shed.
A special bench comprising justices Arun Mishra and Ashok Bhushan said it will have to examine the entire thing and posted the matter for hearing on October 21 before its forest bench.
"Don't cut anything now," the bench said.
The felling of trees is being opposed by green activists and local residents.
The apex court directed that if anybody is still under arrest for protesting the cutting of trees, they should be released forthwith on furnishing of personal bonds.
During the hearing the Maharashtra Government told the bench that all those arrested for protesting against cutting of trees in Aarey have been released.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Maharashtra Government, submitted that he was not aware of all records and assured the bench that nothing will be cut in Aarey till the case is decided.
The PIL petitioners told the bench that Aarey forest was deemed as an "unclassified forest" by the state government and felling of of trees was illegal.
However, after perusing the notification issued by the Maharashtra government, the bench said, Aarey area is a no development zone and not a eco-sensitive zone as claimed by the petitioner.
The apex court decided on Sunday to register as PIL a letter addressed to Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi by law student Rishav Ranjan seeking a stay on cutting of trees.
A notice was posted on the Supreme Court website about holding the urgent hearing by constituting a special bench.
The Bombay High Court had on October 4 refused to declare Aarey Colony a forest and declined to quash the Mumbai municipal corporation's decision to allow felling of over 2,600 trees in the green zone to set up a metro car shed.
The letter states,"As we write this letter to you Mumbai authorities continue to kill the lungs of Mumbai i.e Aarey forest by clearing of trees near Mithi river bank and according to news reports 1,500 trees have already been cleared by authorities.
"Not only this but our friends are put in jail who were peacefully organising a vigil against acts of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) with Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) at the site."
The student requested the Supreme Court "to exercise its epistolary jurisdiction to protect Aarey without getting into technicalities as there was no time for preparation of a proper appeal petition and cover the scars of these young activists who are responsible citizens standing for serious environmental concerns".
It also said that students have moved the apex court as the Bombay High Court rejected the bail plea of 29 activists who had participated in the "peaceful vigil" against the tree-felling and have been detained by Mumbai Police.
The letter has alleged that the student-activists were abused and manhandled by the Mumbai Police which has booked them for offences of 'assault on a public servant to deter him from discharging his duty' and 'unlawful assembly' under the IPC.
According to the letter, Aarey forest is located adjacent to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park and has five lakh trees.
The trees were proposed to be cut for Mumbai metro-3 project and specifically for construction of a car shed, it said and added the high court refused to recognise Aarey as a forest or declare it as an ecological sensitive issue because of jurisdictional limits.
The police on Saturday imposed Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code in Aarey, restricting movement and gathering of groups, and cordoned off the area.
'The Accidental Prime Minister' Trailer Not appearing on Youtube
Ever since the trailer of The Accidental Prime Minister released, it has been surrounded by a number of controversies. Kher has alleged that his film's trailer seems to be missing from the top trends of YouTube. As per the reports, if one searches for the trailer of The Accidental Prime Minister on the popular video-sharing website, the user ends up getting Kher's interviews regarding the film. However, if one types 'The Accidental Prime Minister official trailer,' the trailer will emerge right at the top.
Kher tweeted, "Dear YouTube, I am getting messages and calls that in parts of our country if you type, trailer of 'The Accidental Prime Minister', it is either not appearing or at 50th
position. We were trending at No. 1.
A case has been filed against Kher and others associated with the film in a Bihar court on Wednesday for "damaging the image of some top people." Lawyer Sudhir Kumar Ojha filed the case in Muzaffarpur's Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) court. The court has admitted the case and fixed January 8 to hear the case in Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate court.esterday. Please help"
Kadir Khan was in a lot of pain during these years, said David Dhawan
The death of one of Hindi mainstream cinema's most prolific and versatile writer Kader Khan has left filmmaker David Dhawan bereft.
"Bhaijaan, that's what I called him, was the backbone of my cinema. After we worked together for the first time in 'Bol Radha Bol', I couldn't think of directing a film without Bhaijaan. I wanted him to write and act in every film that I made, and I made sure it happened. But he was so busy.
Recalling Kader Khan's pervasive contribution, Dhawan said "He was not just a writer or actor. He was the backbone of every film. When Bhaijaan was in my film, I felt safe and secure. He was my go-to friend and ally in my projects. I would run to him if there was ever a problem in shooting.
After his health started failing, I had to work with others. But I always had Bhaijaan in my mind. I would tell my writers 'Yeh scene Kader Khan saab ke jaisa chahiye'. He has left a
vacuum in my career." Dhawan said: "He would rewrite a scene and the dialogue on the spot during shooting. He took every shot to another level. As a writer, he made every hero
sound credible and spectacular. Just look at Bhaijaan's contribution to Amitji(Amitabh Bachchan's) on-screen persona.
"His health started failing and he moved to Canada to be with his three sons and daughters-in-law. Bhaijaan and his entire family took Canadian citizenship, so it was only befitting that he be put to rest there."
"The worst blow to Bhaijaan's health was his loss of speech. The genius scholar who wove magic with words became wordless. I couldn't work with Bhaijaan in that condition. I could
deal with him being on a wheelchair. But I couldn't come to terms with Bhaijaan losing his voice.
"Now in his death, our film industry has lost a prominent voice. The movies will never be the same.
Woman caught for smuggling gold worth Rs 90.44 lakh at Pune airport
Customs officials arrested a woman at the Pune airport for smuggling gold worth Rs 90.44 lakh on Sunday.
The accused has been identified as Danatas Juenca John, who arrived in Pune from Dubai by SpiceJet flight SG 52. During the search of the passenger, four polythene bags containing gold in paste form was recovered. The polythene bags were concealed by means of a support belt around her waist, said customs officials. In another recent incident of smuggling at the Pune airport, the customs department had arrested a man who tried to smuggle gold worth Rs 11 lakh on the Dubai-Pune SpiceJet flight on Thursday.