Union Government plans to release Commemorative Coins to mark MG Ramachandran’s birth centenary

The Union Finance Ministry on 13 September 2017 decided to release a commemorative Coins of Rs 100 and Rs 10 denomination to celebrate the birth centenary of the popular politician and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Dr MG Ramachandran.

The commemorative coins of denominations of Rs 100 and Rs 5 are being released at the request of Government of Tamil Nadu. The aforesaid Commemorative Coins will be minted by Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Limited (SPMCIL).

Details about the Coin

About Rs 100 coin

The notification said, “face of the coin shall bear the Lion Capital of Ashoka Pillar in the centre with the legend Satyamev Jayate [in Devnagari] inscribed below, flanked on the left periphery with the word ‘Bharat’ in Devanagari script and on the right periphery with the word ‘INDIA’ in English. It shall also bear the rupee symbol and the denominational value ‘100’ in International Numerals below the Lion Capital.

The other side of the coin will bear the portrait of Ramachandran, along with his name (in Devanagari), and an inscription naming his birth centenary (in English) on the lower periphery of the coin. The numerals 1917-2017 will appear below the portrait of Ramachandran.”

Composition of the Coin

Rs 100 Coin Rs 5 Coin
Diameter 44 millimeter Diameter 23 millimeter
Metal Composition Silver (50 per cent)

Copper (40 per cent)

Nickel (5 per cent)

Zinc (5 per cent)

Metal Composition Copper (75 per cent)

Zinc (20 per cent)

Nickel (5 per cent)

The design of the Rs 5 coin will be similar to that of the Rs 100 coin. The standard weight of Rs 100 coin will be 35 grams while that of Rs 5 coin will be 6 grams.

About Marudhur Gopalan Ramachandran (M.G. Ramachandran)

• Born on 17 January 1917 in Kandy, British Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), Ramachandran was an Indian actor, director, producer, and politician.

• He primarily worked in Tamil films and also served as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu successively for three terms.

• He made his film debut in the 1936 film Sathi Leelavathi in a supporting role.

• In the late 1940s, he graduated to leading roles and for the next three decades dominated the Tamil film industry.

• He became a member of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and rose rapidly through its rank.

• In 1972, he left the DMK and formed his own party the Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (ADMK).

• In 1977 he became the chief minister of Tamil Nadu.

• He passed away on 24 December 1987.

• In 1988, he was awarded Bharat Ratna posthumously.

Following the announcement, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi was thanked by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy. Earlier, the state government and the party made a demand to issue the special coins in view of his birth centenary year that is being celebrated now.

Acceding to the demand, the Centre issued a gazette notification saying the coins of 100 rupees and five rupees face value would be issued.

Indian Railways permits m-Aadhaar as ID proof for travellers

Indian Railways on 13 September 2017 permitted passengers to show m-Aadhaar, digital version of the Aadhaar card, as proof of identity in any reserved class.

For the purpose of showing Identity proof, a passenger has to open the app and enter his/her password to show the card.

Passengers will be allowed to undertake the train journey in any reserved class only when they will show m-Aadhaar on their mobile after entering the password.

The m-Aadhaar is a mobile app launched by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on which a person can download his/her Aadhaar card. However, it can only be downloaded on the mobile number to which Aadhaar has been linked.

Aadhaar Card is issued to Indian citizens by the Union Government. It is issued and managed by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), a statutory authority established under the provisions of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 on 12 July 2016 under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY). It is a document for identification.

Goa to host 36th National Games

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on 13 September 2017 formally awarded the rights to host the 36th National Games to Goa.

The announcement was made by the state sports minister Manohar Ajgaonkar.

Ajgaonkar said that IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta, in a letter to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, had formally conferred the rights to the state to host the sporting event in November 2017.

About National Games

• The National Games of India comprises various disciplines in which sportsmen from the different states of India participate against each other.

• The National Games were formerly known as the Indian Olympic Games.

• In the early 1920s, the Indian chapter of the Olympic movement was born, and India participated in the 1920 Antwerp Olympics.

• A provisional Indian Olympic Association (IOA) came about by 1924, and the Indian Olympic Games were held in February 1924 in Delhi to select Indian competitors for the 1924 Antwerp Olympics.

• The games were then held every two years, and were renamed as National Games during the 9th Games in Bombay in 1940.

• The Indian Olympic Association, the sports organising body of the nation, mooted the concept of the National Games to promote the development of sports and of the Olympic movement in India, and was responsible for host city selection.

• The first Modern National Games on the lines of the Olympics were held in 1985 in New Delhi.