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Current Affairs: 1st April 2015

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1- Odisha Government launches Aahar scheme

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Aahar Scheme

Odisha Government on 1 April 2015 launched ‘Aahar’- cheap meal scheme for providing subsidised food to urban poor. It was launched by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar on the occasion  the foundation day of the state i.e. Utkala Dibasa.

Facts about Aahar- cheap meal scheme

 It aims at providing meal at Rs. five to the urban poor. In the first phase scheme was launched simultaneously in five cities of state including Bhubaneswar, Rourkela, Cuttack, Berhampur and Sambalpur. The subsidised meals will be provided at four crowded places each in these five cities to people visiting urban areas for various work

Following companies have sponsored the scheme in particular city

  • Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar.
  • Odisha Power Generation Corporation (OPGC) in Rourkela.
  • Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO) in Sambalpur. Tata Steel in Berhampur.

2- Union Government launches FAME-India scheme to boost electric, hybrid vehicle sales

Union Government on 1 April 2015 launched Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles (FAME) – India Scheme. The scheme was launched as part of the National Mission for Electric Mobility to boost eco-friendly vehicles sales in the country.

Facts about FAME India scheme

Objective- to support the hybrid or electric vehicles market development and its manufacturing eco-system in the country in order to achieve self-sustenance in stipulated period. The overall scheme is proposed to be implemented over a period next 6 years i.e. till 2020. It envisages providing Rs 795 crore support till 2020 for the manufacturing and sale of electric and hybrid vehicles. It also seeks to provide demand incentives to electric and hybrid vehicles from two-wheeler to buses. Implementation- It will be implemented in phases. The Phase-1 will be implemented over a two year period in FY15-16 and FY16-17. Based on the outcome and experience from the Phase-1, it will be reviewed for implementation after 31 March 2017. Then appropriate fund will be allocated for future.

Four focus areas of scheme- Technology development, Pilot Projects, Demand Creation and Charging Infrastructure.

In the first two years Rs 260 crore and Rs 535 crore will be spent on the focus areas. The Department of Heavy Industries under the aegis of Union Ministry of Heavy Industries will be will be nodal department for the scheme.

3-  Gulshan Rai takes charge as India’s first cyber security chief

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Gulshan Rai

Gulshan Rai on 1 April 2015 took charge as India’s first cyber security chief under the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) as Special Secretary for cyber security. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March 2015 had created this new post in PMO and had appointed Rai as its head. Prior to this appointment, he was Director-General Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) at the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY). He also heads the E-Security and Cyber Law division in the Union Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

About Gulshan Rai

Rai has more than two decades of experience in different areas of IT and had served at various capacities in field of cyber security. He also had served in various fields like e-governance, legal framework and the Information Technology Act for e-commerce. Rai holds M.Tech and doctoral degree. He has published several reports and papers on e-commerce, cyber laws, cyber security and networking at several national and international conferences.

4- Misao Okawa, Worlds oldest person dies in Japan at age 117

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Misao Okawa

Misao Okawa, the World’s oldest person on 1 April 2015 died in Japan at the age of 117 and 27 days. She was awarded the Guinness World Records title of oldest living person as well as the oldest living woman on 27 February 2013, a few days before her 115th birthday. She was born in on 5 March 1898 in Osaka city of Japan. She is survived by three children and four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren. Okawa was the 30th verified person who had reached the age of 115, the 10th verified person to reach the age of 116 and the 5th verified person to reach the age of 117. Now the oldest living person is Sakari Momoi from Japan. He had turned 112 in February 2015. According to Guinness World Records, the oldest person who has ever lived was Jeanne Calment of France. She had lived 122 years and 164 days and had died in August 1997.

5- Punjab Government launches Padho Punjab- Khedo Punjab Mission

Punjab Government has launched ‘Padho Punjab- Khedo Punjab Mission’ i.e. Learn Punjab- Play Punjab Mission. It is a special mission launched to provide school students a separate period in the curriculum for playing along with studies. The purpose of the mission is to encourage more youngsters towards sports to produce quality players for the country. This will also inculcate the sportsmanship spirit and competitiveness amongst them. Under this mission a 40 to 50 minute special period has been kept for sports. During this period students of middle schools will be taught various games including the games played locally. Mission’s pilot project was launched by State Education Minister Dr. Daljeet Singh Cheema at a government girl’s school in Rupnagar district of state. As part of it five teachers have been trained for purpose Padho Punjab-Khedo Punjab Mission. They will further give training to other teachers to physically train students in sports.

6- Pakistan 8th most dangerous country in the world: Country Threat Index

Recently released Country Threat Index (CTI) by US-based intelligence think tank- Intel Center has placed Pakistan eighth in the list of the most dangerous countries in the world as of March 2015.

Top 10 Most Dangerous Countries in the world

Rank    Country           CTI Score

1          Iraq                  811

2          Syria                717

3          Nigeria            272

4          Somalia            257

5          Afghanistan     186

6          Libya               157

7          Yemen             132

8          Pakistan           122

9          Ukraine            103

10        Egypt               74

Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only two South Asian countries in the list. The rankings were prepared based upon CTI after examining the volume of terrorist and rebel alerts, messaging traffic, videos, photos, incidents and the number of killed and injured in a country over the past 30 days. Intel Center is a Washington-based company established in 1989. It works globally for intelligence agencies a by providing them counterterrorism intelligence services.

7- New Zealand cricketer Kyle Mills retires from international cricket

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Kyle Mills

New Zealand cricketer Kyle Mills on 1 April 2014 announced retirement from international cricket. He made this announcement after New Zealand lost to Australia in ICC World Cup 2015 final. Kyle Mills cricket career spanned 14 years. In his entire cricket career he had played 19 Tests matches, 170 One Day Internationals (ODIs) and 42 T20s. He had made his international debut in a ODI against Pakistan in 2001 and test debut in 2004 against England. In 170 ODI matches he had taken 240 wickets, second highest wicket taker among New Zealand bowlers after Daniel Vettori. In 19 tests matches, he had taken 44 wickets and 43 wickets in his 42 Twenty20 internationals.

8- Muhammadu Buhari elected as President of Nigeria

 Muhammadu Buhari elected as President of Nigeria

Muhammadu Buhari

Former military ruler Genral Muhammadu Buhari won the Presidential election in Nigeria. He defeated incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan by more than two million votes. With this historic win, Buhari became the first opposition candidate in history of Nigeria to win a presidential election. In this election Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) party has received around 15,424,921 votes and Jonathan’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has recieved 12,853,162 votes.

About Muhammadu Buhari

He is native of Daura in Katsina State of Nigeria and belongs to Fulani ethnic background. Buhari was military ruler of Nigeria from 1984 to 1985 and had taken power by a military coup. He had served in Nigerian Army from 1961 to 1985 and had retired as a Major General. Comment Gen Buhari’s victory in this presidential election is considered as historic moment in Nigeria’s turbulent history. For the first time sitting president was defeated in an election. Since independence from Britain in 1960, Nigeria had faced numerous military coups and most of the elections were rigged in the past. 2015 Presidential election is considered as important in Nigeria because it was conducted fairly indicating roots of democracy, deepening in Nigeria.

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