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Current Affairs: 17th April 2015

Category : All, Current Affairs · by Apr 18th, 2015

1- Punjab government approves release of Gharials in Sutlej and Beas rivers to promote eco-tourism

Punjab government approves release of Gharials in Sutlej and Beas rivers to promote eco-tourism

Gharials

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on 17 April 2015 approved release of Gharials in Sutlej and Beas rives in the state to promote eco-tourism. Initially, 10 Gharials (last surviving species of the family Gavialidae) will be released in the Harike Wildlife Sanctuary as a part of ‘Gharial Recovery Action Plan’. Decision in this regard was taken after recommendations of the State Board for Wildlife. Union Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) also had given permission for release of Gharials under Section 12 of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

About Gharial

The gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) is also known as the gavial. It is a fish-eating crocodile and belongs to one of the three crocodilian species found in the Indian Sub-Continent. It is listed in Schedule I of Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. It is also listed as Critically Endangered in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Endangered Species. In historic times it was present in Indus River system, including Beas and Sutlej rivers, indicating healthy river system.

2- Oil India commissions 54 MW capacity wind energy projects in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh

India’s second largest state-owned oil explorer company, Oil India Limited (OIL) has commissioned 54 MW wind energy projects saddled between Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. The spilt capacity of project between both states is 38 MW plant located at Chandgarh in Madhya Pradesh and 16 MW plant located at Patan in Gujarat. The Project is fully funded by OIL and its total cost is Rs 439 crore that includes Rs 126.5 crore for the Gujarat plant and Rs 312.45 crore for the Madhya Pradesh plant. The Project is being run by Chennai based Gamesa Wind Turbines who are the project developers. Delhi based Power and Energy Consultants are the project Management consultants. With commissioning of these plants, OIL’s installed renewable energy capacity i.e. commercial wind energy and solar energy projects capacity has rose to 126.60 MW.

3- Russia, Pakistan to hold first-ever joint military exercises

Russia and Pakistan have agreed to hold first-ever joint military exercises as part of their enhanced defence cooperation. In this regard, an agreement was reached between both nations during a meeting between Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Asif in Moscow. As per the agreement, both nations will strive for Enhancing cooperation in defence industry and military training. Promoting joint participation in military exercises. Increasing military cooperation in training and import of arms and equipment. Resolving conflicts through diplomatic means rather than using of force. Apart from above, both nations also have reached a consensus that a multi-polar world would ensure peace and balance in international relations. In 2014, both nations had signed a military cooperation agreement to deepen their defence ties. They also had vowed to translate their relationship in tangible terms. The military agreement was signed during the first-ever visit of a Russian defence minister in 45 years to Pakistan in November 2014.

4- UN Peace Envoy Jamal Benomar Resigns

UN Peace Envoy Jamal Benomar Resigns

Jamal Benomar

United Nation (UN) peace envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar has resigned, after losing support from Gulf countries for his mission in the conflict-riven nation. His resignation comes after UN Security Council adopted a resolution calling for the swift resumption of peace talks and an end to violence in Yemen on 14 April 2015. The adopted resolution adopted calls on the Huthis to withdraw from Sanaa and all other areas they have seized.

About Jamal Benomar

Since 2012, he was serving as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s special envoy for Yemen. He joined UN in 1994 and had served at various key of posts of different UN agencies. It included United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA).

Background

The security situation in Yemen deteriorated after the Shia Houthis rebels had seized power by dissolving Yemen’s government and parliament in January 2015. Since then they had taken control of key government buildings in capital Sanaa including Presidential Palace.

5- Vijender Gupta appointed Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly

Vijender Gupta appointed Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly

Vijender Gupta

Vijender Gupta was appointed the leader of opposition (LoP) in the Delhi assembly on 16 April 2015 with immediate effect. Delhi Assembly Speaker has recognized him as LOP as per Section 2 of the Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly of the National Capital Territory ( NCT) of Delhi (Salary and Allowances) Act, 2001. Gupta is one of three legislators of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has greatest numerical strength as opposition party in the legislative assembly. Prior to this he was leader of the house of the party in opposition in the house. In February 2015 Assembly election, BJP had won three seats which is less than one-tenth of the total strength of 70 of the Delhi assembly. While, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had won 67 seats. Gupta is a former BJP state president. In 2015 Assembly election he had won from Rohini constituency by defeating AAP candidate C.L. Gupta by around 5,000 votes.

6- Gujarat Government forms task force to devise strategy to eliminate poverty

khichdi, blog,current affairs, general,knowledge, ias, ips, civil, services, CSAT,pre, ies, general studies, GS, mains, competitive, entrance, bank, PO, IBPS, Gujarat Government forms task force to devise strategy to eliminate povertyGujarat government on 16 April 2015 formed a task force to make strategy and provide suggestions on poverty elimination in the state. The task force will work in the direction to device an effective strategy to make sure that benefits of various schemes reach needy citizens.

Members Chairman: Ramanlal Vora Gujarat’s Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment.

Members: Saurabh Patel, State Finance Minister. Mangubhai Patel, Forest and Environment Minister. Principal Secretary, General Administrative departments will be member. Task force also has been given power to add invited members.

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