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Current Affairs: 10th April 2015

Category : All, Current Affairs · by Apr 11th, 2015

1- Arun Kumar Jha appointed CEO of Khadi and Village Industries Commission

Arun Kumar Jha appointed CEO of Khadi and Village Industries CommissionArun Kumar Jha on 10 April 2015 was appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), Mumbai. Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has appointed him to the post of CEO (Joint Secretary level post) in order to balance period of his overall 5 year tenure up to September 2016. Jha is a 1985-batch officer of Indian Economics Service (IES). Presently, he is working as Director General of National Institute of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD).

About Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC)

KVIC is a statutory body formed under the Khadi and Village Industries Commission Act, 1956. It is an apex organization under the aegis of Union Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. KVIC seeks to establish and develop khadi and village industries in the rural areas by assisting, planning and promoting them.

2- Veteran Australian Cricket legend and former Captain Richie Benaud passes away

Veteran Australian Cricket legend and former Captain Richie Benaud passes away

Richie Benaud

Former Australia captain and legendary cricket commentator Richie Benaud passed away on 10 April 2015. He was 84.

About Richie Benaud

Richie Benaud was an Australian Test cricket all-rounder and a pioneering leg-spin bowler.

  • Test career- In his Test cricket career, he had played 63 matches. His debut match was against West Indies in 1952. He had made 2201 runs and had taken 248 wickets. In 1958, he was appointed captain of Australian Test Team. He had led the team in 28 Test matches.
  • First class cricket career- He had played 259 first-class matches and had taken 945 wickets and made 11,719 first-class runs at an average of 36.50. He had scored 23 centuries in first class cricket.
  • Commentary Career- After retiring from cricket he pursued his career in journalism and broadcasting. In 1960, he made first radio cricket commentary for BBC in Britain. His last commentary was in 2005 Ashes series. But till 2013, he continued to work for Channel Nine in Australia.
  • Autobiography- Published in 1998.
  • Awards- Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to cricket (1961), inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame (1985), Australian Cricket Hall of Fame (2007) and ICC Cricket Hall of Fame (2009).

3- Retired Air Chief Marshal Hrushikesh Moolgaonkar passes away

Retired Air Chief Marshal Hrushikesh Moolgaonkar passes away

Hrushikesh Moolgaonkar

Retired Air Chief Marshal Hrushikesh Moolgaonkar passed away on 9 April 2015 in Pune, Maharashtra. He was 95.

About Hrushikesh Moolgaonkar

Hrushikesh Moolgaonkar had joined Indian Air Force (then Royal Indian Air Force) in November 1940 as the rank of an acting Pilot Officer. He was appointed Chief of Air Staff in February 1976. He had succeeded then Air Chief Marshal Om Prakash Mehra. During this tenure, one of his major achievements was bring flight safety in the Indian Air Force (IAF). Moolgaonkar had personally implemented the new safety measures and brought down the accident rates at that time. He had led the fly-past of IAF on Independence Day in August 15, 1947 and also on the Republic Day in January 26, 1951 when he was a Squadron Leader. He had served in 38 years in the IAF and had retired in August 1978. He was born on 14 August 1920 in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Awards- He was recipient of the prestigious Param Vishisht Seva medal and Mahaveer Chakra.

4- Union Government suspends Greenpeace India’s registration for 6 months

Union Government suspends Greenpeace India’s registration for 6 monthsUnion government has suspended the registration of Greenpeace India, a non-profit environmental organization for six months with immediate effect. Decision in this regard was taken by Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) after Greenpeace India had prejudicially acted against the public interests and economic interests of the country. As per MHA, Greenpeace India has used its funds received from foreign sources for unauthorised purposes and has violated the rules mentioned Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA), 2010. If Greenpeace India fails to make a satisfactory presentation to the Union government in this regard, its licence may be cancelled permanently.

Background

Government’s action against the Greenpeace came in the wake of the Intelligence Bureau’s (IB’s) report on foreign funding of NGOs. In the IB report, it had charged the Greenpeace and other lobby groups for preventing economic growth of country by campaigning against mining, power projects and genetically modified food. Security agencies also have alleged that nearly 200 foreign donors were indulged in money laundering under the garb of donating money to some of these organisations.

5- India elected to four key bodies of UN ECOSOC

India was elected to four key bodies of the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC). India was elected to these bodies during ECOSOC’s coordination and management meeting held at UN headquarters in New York, United States (US) by acclamation i.e. form of election that does not use a ballot.

Four key subsidiary bodies are

  • Executive Board of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) ­­- India is elected for a 3 year term beginning January 2016. It was elected, along with 13 other nations.
  • Executive Board of World Food Programme (WFP) – India is re-elected to the for a 2 year period starting from January 2016, along with 5 other nations.
  • Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) – India is elected for a 3 year period starting from January 2016. India was elected along with 19 other nations. Some of them are Iran, Pakistan, Austria, France, Saudi Arabia, Sweden and US.
  • Governing Council of United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) – India is elected for a 3 year period starting from January 2016 along with 13 other nations.

With this, India has created significant 100 percent record of winning the UNECOSOC elections.

6- Newly discovered Spider named after Telangana state

Newly discovered Spider named after Telangana stateNewly discovered spiders of Thomisidae family have been named as Telangana crab spider (Thomisus telanganensis) i.e. after Indian state of Telangana. These spiders were discovered by G.B. Pravalikha and Chelmala Srinivasulu, wildlife and taxonomy researchers from the Zoology Department of Osmania University at an expedition at Nagnur in Karimnagar district of Telangana.

Key facts Telangana crab spiders 

Morphologically they resemble crabs and are hence also called crab spiders. Have tendency to walk sideways like crabs. They lie on flowering plants and wait for prey so they are also known as flower spiders. Do not weave webs like traditional spiders. They attack immobilise their prey with venom and prey all of a sudden. Size is between 3 mm and 23 mm. Colour varies from dull to bright and colourful. Generally are bio-controlling agents and help to keep the insect population under control. Thus are important to the ecosystem.

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