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Current Affairs: 12th January 2015

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1- Roger Federer records 1000th win after winning Brisbane title

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Roger Federer

Tennis living legend Roger Federer has recorded 1000 titles wins in men’s professional circuit career. He made his 1000 win after winning Brisbane International Tennis title. In his 1,000 career match, he defeated Milos Raonic with score of 6-4, 6-7, 6-4. It should be noted that Roger Federer is third tennis player to win more than 1000 titles. Other two tennis player are Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl.

About Roger Federer

He is a Swiss professional tennis player. Currently, he is ranked world No. 2 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He has won the most prize money of any player in history of tennis. In 2008 Olympic Games, he has won the Olympic gold medal in doubles with his compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka and the Olympic silver medal in singles at the 2012 Olympic Games. He also holds record of winning 17 Grand Slam singles titles and reaching each Grand Slam Final at least five times.

2- January 12 being observed as National Youth Day

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In India, January 12 is being observed as National Youth Day. This day marks birth anniversary of social reformer, philosopher and thinker Swami Vivekananda. On this day, numbers of functions are being organised nationwide to celebrate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.

Background

Union Government in 1984 had declared and decided to observe the birthday of Swami Vivekananda i.e. 12 January as a National Youth Day every year from 1985 onwards.

 

Significance of day: It will help to propagate the philosophy and the ideals of Swami Vivekananda for which he lived and worked.  It will also help and act as a great source of inspiration for the Indian Youth.

About Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda was born on 12 January 1863 and died on 4 July 1902. He was born Narendranath Dutta and was chief disciple of the 19th century saint Ramakrishna Paramhamsa and the founder of the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission. He was one of the most prominent figures of India who introduced Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the “Western” World. His inspiring speech given at World’s Religions Parliament held at Chicago in 1893 is famous.

3- UN chief Ban Ki Moon inaugurates Gujarat’s second canal-top 10-MW solar power project

UN chief Ban Ki Moon inaugurates Gujarat’s second canal-top 10-MW solar power project

UN chief Ban Ki Moon

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon inaugurated Gujarat’s second canal-top 10-MW solar power project. It is located on 5.5 km stretch of Vadodara branch of Sardar Sarovar project canal. It is implemented by Hyderabad-based Megha Engineering and Infrastructure Limited (MEIL)

Key facts of Gujarat’s Canal-top solar power project

It is considered as first-of-its-kind project in the world to generate power. This project is brain child of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Earlier in April 2012, one-MW pilot project was commissioned on the Sanand canal when he was Chief Minister of Gujarat. The project comprises around 33,000 to 36,000 solar panels and financed by the State government. Platform for these panels has been designed in such a manner it can sustain a wind velocity of 150 km/hr. Power generated from it is fed into the State grid and also to operate pumping stations on the canal.

Advantages: It saves land and also prevents evaporation losses from the canal. It generates clean source of energy without any kind of pollution.

4- Union Finance Minister Jaitley adopts 4 Gujarat villages as part of Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana

Union Finance Minister Jaitley adopts 4 Gujarat villages as part of Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana

Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has adopted 4 villages in Vadodara district in Gujarat as part of the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana. He has adopted following 4 villages of Vadodara district: Karnali village Pipaliya village Valida village Baglipura village

About Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY)

SAGY encourages Members of Parliament (MP’s) from both Houses to identify and develop one village from their constituency as a model village Under this scheme, MPs will be responsible for developing the socio-economic and physical infrastructure of three villages each by 2019, and a total of eight villages each by 2024.

Key objectives of the Yojana include:

The development of model villages, called Adarsh Grams, through the implementation of existing schemes, and certain new initiatives to be designed for the local context, which may vary from village to village. Creating models of local development which can be replicated in other villages. Under this SAGY, the first Adarsh Gram must be developed by 2016, and two more by 2019. From 2019 to 2024, five more Adarsh Grams must be developed by each MP, one each year.  This implies that a total of 6,433 Adarsh Grams, of the 2,65,000 gram panchayats, will be created by 2024. Thus, SAGY aims to transform lives of many for whom economic development never happened and also bring about a sense of pride, volunteerism, and self-reliance in villages.

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