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Current Affairs: 15th April 2015

Category : All, Current Affairs · by Apr 16th, 2015

1- Canada to Supply Uranium to India for 5 Years

Canada to Supply Uranium to India for 5 YearsCanada has agreed to supply 3,000 metric tonnes of uranium to India under a $254 million five-year deal to power Indian atomic reactors. The agreement for uranium supply was signed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper after comprehensive talks in Ottawa, Canada. The agreement comes in line with the Canada- India Nuclear Cooperation Agreement that took effect in 2013. As per uranium supply agreement, Canada’s Cameco Corporation will supply uranium to India for next five years starting from this year. These supplies will be under the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards. Canada is the second-largest producer of uranium globally and is the third country to supply uranium to India after Russia and Kazakhstan. It should be noted that in the 1970s, Canada had banned exports of uranium and nuclear hardware to India after it was alleged that India had used Canadian technology to develop a nuclear bomb. However, Canada- India Nuclear Cooperation Agreement signed in 2013, Canada moved away from ban and agreed to supply uranium to India.

2- Dr. Mohan Kumar appointed as new Ambassador to France

khichdi, blog,current affairs, general,knowledge, ias, ips, civil, services, CSAT,pre, ies, general studies, GS, mains, competitive, entrance, bank, PO, IBPS, Dr. Mohan Kumar appointed as new Ambassador to France

Dr. Mohan Kumar

Senior diplomat Dr. Mohan Kumar has been appointed the India’s next Ambassador to France. He will succeed Arun Kumar who was recently appointed Ambassador to the United States.

About Mohan Kumar

Mohan Kumar is a 1981-batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer. Prior to this appointment, he was serving as Ambassador of India to Bahrain. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a doctorate (PhD) from the reputed Sciences Po University in Paris. In his over 30 years IFS career, he had served at served at various posts and had handled variety of interesting and challenging assignments. Mohan Kumar had served Deputy High Commissioner at the Indian Diplomatic Mission in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2001. He also has served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Indian Embassy in Paris for 3 years.

3- BHEL, Russian firm INTMA ink MoU to set power plant in Kazakhstan

khichdi, blog,current affairs, general,knowledge, ias, ips, civil, services, CSAT,pre, ies, general studies, GS, mains, competitive, entrance, bank, PO, IBPS, logo,BHEL commissions 600-MW thermal unit in ChhattisgarhBharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a Russian company INTMA to set up a gas-based power project in Kazakhstan. The MoU aims set combined path to execute projects of mutual interest in Russia and Kazakhstan.  In this regard, BHEL’s competence in design and manufacturing of power plants will play important role and INTMA’s strength in handling engineering procurement and construction contractors (EPC) contracts will implement the projects. By signing this MoU, BHEL will be able to expand its footprint in the commonwealth of independent states (CIS) region. At present, BHEL is has a presence in more than 75 countries and is executing 23 major projects in 16 countries. The state owned company is primarily engaged in manufacturing of power plant equipment like steam turbines, gas turbines, hydro turbines and boilers. While, INTMA is Russia and Kazakhstan’s one of the leading general EPC.  It has wide experience in industrial construction, automation, renovation of facilities and other energy related sectors.

4- Sachin Tendulkar inducted into Laureus Sports Academy

Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar on 15 April 2015 was inducted into the prestigious Laureus Sports Academy.

Along with him four other sportspersons were inducted as new

Sachin Tendulkar inducted into Laureus Sports Academy

Sachin Tendulkar

members in the Academy. They are

  1. Yao Ming- Retired Chinese professional basketball player.
  2. Tegla Loroupe- Kenyan long-distance runner.
  3. Li Xiaopeng- Chinese gymnast.
  4. Yang Yang- Former Chinese short track speed skater Yang Yang.

About Sachin Tendulkar

In his 24 year’s cricket career, he had played for India in 200 Tests, 463 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and one Twenty20 International.

  • Test career: In 200 Test matches he had scored 15,921 runs at an average of 53.78. It comprised of 51 centuries and 68 half centuries. Highest test score was 248 runs (not out).
  • ODI career: In 463 ODI matches he had scored 18,426 runs at an average of 44.83. It comprised of 49 centuries and 96 half centuries. Highest ODI score was 200 runs (not out).

5- Nokia announces to buy Alcatel- Lucent

Finish telecom network equipment maker Nokia on 16 April 2015 announced acquisition of French telecom network firm Alcatel- Lucent. This merger will create the world’s largest supplier of telecom equipment’s that powers mobile phone networks by surpassing Ericsson and Huawei. As part of the deal, The merged entity will be called Nokia and current Nokia Chairman Risto Siilasmaa will chair it. Nokia will buy Alcatel- Lucent in an all-stock deal valued at 15.6 billion euros ($16.6 billion). Nokia is going to give Alcatel-Lucent shareholders 0.55 shares in the merged company for each of their old shares. In the combined entity Nokia shareholders will own 66.5 per cent shares of the company and Alcatel- Lucent shareholders will own 33.5 per cent shares. The deal is likely to be completed in the first half of 2016. The combined company will have a total workforce of about 1.14 lakh employees.

6- Justice Meenakshi Madan Rai sworn in as first lady judge of Sikkim High Court

Justice Meenakshi Madan Rai sworn in as first lady judge of Sikkim High Court

Justice Meenakshi Madan Rai

Mrs. Meenakshi Madan Rai was sworn in as the first lady judge of the Sikkim High Court. Governor of Sikkim Srinivas Patil administered the oath of office to her at Raj Bhavan in Gangtok. After taking oath of office, she took charge as judge. With this Sikkim High Court again got its full strength of three judges after a gap of about one year. It should be noted that Mrs. Rai is also the third High Court judge who hails from Sikkim.

About Sikkim High Court

  • Established:1975. 
  • Sikkim High Court was established under Article 371-F which was added in Constitution by Constitutional (Thirty-Sixth Amendment) Act, 1975.
  • Seat of the court: Gangtok.
  • Sanctioned Judge strength: 3.
  • Incumbent Chief Justice: Pius C Kuriakose.

7- Renowned Assamese Film director, actor Bidyut Chakraborty passes away

Renowned Assamese Film director, actor Bidyut Chakraborty passes away

Bidyut Chakraborty

Renowned Assamese film director, actor Bidyut Chakraborty passed away on 15 April 2015 in Guwahati, Assam. He was 55. In his film career he had directed several Assamese movies including Goon Goon Gaane Gaane, Dwaar and Raag-Biraag. His directorial film Rag-Birag is based on a novel written by Jnanpith award-winner Mamoni Raisom Goswami. Chakraborty ‘s  last film was Dwar (2012) which was based on a short story by Swarnakamal winning film critic Apurba Sharma. Apart from being film Director Chakraborty also had acted in several Assamese movies and serials.

Awards– He was awarded Indira Gandhi award for Best First Film of a Director for his film Rag-Birag in 1996.

8- Pankaj More appointed as Technology Head of Walmart India

khichdi, blog,current affairs, general,knowledge, ias, ips, civil, services, CSAT,pre, ies, general studies, GS, mains, competitive, entrance, bank, PO, IBPS, Pankaj More appointed as Technology Head of Walmart IndiaPankaj More on 15 April 2015 was appointed as Technology Head of Wal-Mart India Private Limited. In his new role, he will play a key role in strengthening company’s technology and Information Technology (IT) infrastructure and will report directly to Walmart India President and CEO Krish Iyer. Pankaj has over 19 years of experience and had had joined WalMart in January 2013. He was leading the ISD strategy for the Walmart Asia market including Japan, China & India. He holds B.Tech degree in Computer Engineering from Mangalore University.

About Wal-Mart India Private Limited

It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Walmart Stores Inc, the world’s leading multinational retail corporation. At present it owns and operates 20 Best Price Modern Wholesale stores in 9 States across India. The first store was opened in Amritsar, Punjab in May 2009.

Incumbent CEO: Krish Iyer.

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A big step for BHEL. Good to see India names out there in world and marking their feet.

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