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Current Affairs – 28th May 2015

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1- Tripura government decides to withdraw AFSPA from state

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Background

Union Government had enforced AFSPA in Tripura after the relentless violence and bloodshed in tribal areas of state in February 1997 . Since then, it was reviewed and extended in every six months as per the provisions of the Act. The last six-month extension was given in November 2014 and its term ends by the end of May 2015. At the time of imposition of Act in the state, there were only 42 police stations and two-third of the entire police station areas were under this Act. Presently, the number of police station areas are 74 and out of them 26 police stations are fully and four police stations partly under this Act.

2- Everest Glaciers may disappear by 2100 due to global warming: Study

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Key facts

By the end of 2100, most of the glaciers in the Mount Everest region will disappear or drastically shrink due to temperatures increase because of continuous rise in greenhouse-gas emissions. The estimated 5,500 glaciers in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan (HKH) region and many of the world’s tallest peaks may reduce their volume by 70 percent to 99 percent by 2100. The rate of disappearance will depend on how much greenhouse-gas emissions continue to rise and indirectly will affect temperature, snowfall and rainfall in this region. Increased temperatures due to global warming will not only increase the rates of snow and ice melt, but can also result in a change of precipitation from snow to rain at critical elevations, where glaciers are concentrated. It will greatly affect the farming and hydropower generation downstream of the Himalayan peaks. While, avalanches and earthquakes in this region also can breach the dams, causing catastrophic floods. It can also result in the creation and growth of lakes dammed by glacial debris.

3- UN adopts resolution on protection of journalists in conflict zones

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4- New human ancestor species discovered in Afar region of Ethiopia

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5- Singapore appoints Indian-origin diplomat S Chandra Das as envoy to Sri Lanka

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6- Documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark passes away

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Mary Ellen Mark

Influential documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark passed away in Manhattan, New York. She was 75. She was best-known for her humanist work and was one of the premier documentary photographers of her generation. In her career she had photographed people who were mainly away from mainstream society. Her work had appeared in numerous magazine including Life, New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair. Mark‘s work was published into 18 collections most famous among them was Streetwise and Ward 81. Her work was exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide.

She had received numerous accolades for her work including three Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2014 she was awarded Lifetime Achievement in Photography Award from the George Eastman House and the Outstanding Contribution Photography Award from the World Photography Organisation.

7- Shantanu Khosla resigned as Managing Director of Procter and Gamble India

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Shantanu Khosla

Shantanu Khosla on 27 may 2015 resigned as the Managing Director (MD) of Procter and Gamble (P&G), India. He will leave the office on 30 June 2015. Khosla joined the firm in 1983, when P&G, the world’s largest consumer company acquired Richardson Hindustan Ltd that is known for its Vicks brand.

In his place, Procter & Gamble India (P&G) appointed Al Rajwani as the new Managing Director & CEO. Rajwani will assume responsibilities for P&G India from 1 July 2015. Rajwani has more than 34 years experience working for P&G in countries including US, Canada, China, Korea and Arabian Peninsula.

P&G has one wholly-owned company in India named Procter & Gamble Home Products Ltd (PGHP), which sells detergents (Ariel and Tide) and shampoos (Head & Shoulders and Pantene).  P&G also has two listed companies in India including Gillette India Ltd, which sells razors such as Mach 3 and Gillette, and Procter and Gamble Hygiene and Health Care Ltd (PGHH) that sells feminine hygiene products such as Whisper

8- State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015 report released

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Highlights of the report

  • In the developing regions, the prevalence of undernourishment, which measures the proportion of people who are unable to consume enough food for an active and healthy life, has declined to 12.9 percent of the population.
  • 72 out of 129 countries monitored by FAO have achieved the Millennium Development Goal target of halving the prevalence of undernourishment by 2015, with developing regions as a whole missing the target by a small margin.
  • 29 countries have met the more ambitious goal of halving the absolute number of undernourished people by 201, laid out at the World Food Summit in 1996.
  • Over the past 30 years, crises have evolved from catastrophic, short-term, acute and highly visible events to protracted situations, due to a combination of factors, especially natural disasters and conflicts, with climate change, financial and price crises frequently among the exacerbating factors.
  • Hunger rates in countries enduring protracted crises are more than three times higher than elsewhere. In 2012, some 366 million people were living in this kind situation, out of whom 129 million were undernourished.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the highest prevalence of undernourishment in the world with 23.2 percent, or almost one in every four people. However, some African nations also achieved their MDG hunger target, notably in West Africa.
  • The proportion of hungry people in Latin America and the Caribbean has dropped from 14.7 percent to 5.5 percent since 1990.
  • In southern Asia, the prevalence of undernourishment has declined modestly, to 15.7 percent from 23.9 percent, but much greater progress was made in reducing underweight among young children.
  • In West Asia, where hygiene conditions are generally advanced and child underweight rates low, the incidence of hunger has risen due to war, civil strife and consequent large migrant and refugee populations in some countries.

State of Food Insecurity in India

The evolution of hunger trends in India has a significant influence on results for the region. Higher world food prices were observed since the late 2000s which have not been entirely transmitted into domestic prices.  During the period 1984–2013, India was prone to sudden increases in imports (defined as imports exceeding the average of the previous three years by more than 30 percent), registering more than a hundred surges.

In India, 194.6 million people are still undernourished. India still has the second-highest estimated number of undernourished people in the world.

9- RBI notified FIIs to invest up to 49 percent in Gammon Infrastructure Projects Limited

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The purchases can be made through primary market and through stock exchange. However, the purchases will be subjected to Regulation 5(2) of FEMA Notification dated 3 May 2000 and other terms and conditions stipulated by the Reserve Bank. The Reserve Bank notified this change under FEMA Act, 1999.

10- Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair resigned as Special Envoy of the Middle East Quartet

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Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair on 27 May 2015 resigned as the Special Envoy of the Middle East Quartet. He sent his resignation to the United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and is expected to officially step down in June 2015.

Tony Blair was appointed to the position by the Diplomatic Quartet on 27 June 2007, the same day he resigned as the Prime Minister of the UK after serving for ten years.

About The Middle East Quartet

It is a group of four members’ viz., the United Nations (UN), the United States, the European Union (EU), and Russia involved in mediating the peace process in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It was established in Madrid, Spain in 2002.

11- “Ajanmi Beti Ke liye Daud” organised for the cause of saving girl child in Himachal Pradesh

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Himachal is one among the ten worst states wherein sex ratio is worst. It has a child sex ratio of 906 against 1000 females. The districts of Himachal with worst sex ratio are Una (875), Kangra (876), Hamirpur (887), Solan (899) and Bilaspur (900).

Districts with sex ration above 900 are Mandi (916), Shimla (925), Sirmaur (928), Chamba 953, Kullu have 962, Kinnuar have 963. Only Lahaul Spiti has a higher sex ratio of 1033. Through the run, FHRJ tried to make people aware and mobilize them to join hands for a new beginning.

12- Union Ministry of Corporate Affairs notified the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2014

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Sixteen amendments pertaining to winding up of companies, board resolutions, bail provisions and utilisation of unclaimed dividends have been incorporated into the Act by amending the Companies Act, 2013.

Some of the important provisions of the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2014 are

  • It seeks to simplifying bail provisions. For instance, except in various issues of serious frauds, normal Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) provisions would apply.
  • To maintain the confidentiality of the board resolutions, the relevant amendment now prohibits public inspection of board resolutions filed in the registry.
  • The paid-up capital criteria have been scrapped while threshold limits for various transactions for getting shareholders’ nod has now been stipulated.
  • Specific punishment for deposits accepted, a condition that was left out in the Companies Act, 2013 inadvertently.
  • Corporate are exempted from the need to get shareholders’ nod in the case of related party transactions valued lower than 100 crore rupees or 10 percent of net worth. Earlier corporate were required to get shareholders’ permission for party transactions valued more than 10 crore rupees.
  • Transactions between holding companies and wholly owned subsidiaries are exempted from the requirement of approval of non-related shareholders.

13- Union Sports Ministry gave nod for creation of RSFs by recognising federations of indigenous sports

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The recognition will be granted by the competent authority subject to the following conditions:

  • The sports disciplines must be popular in a region or a state and played in one or more states.
  • The sports should have been played in the region for at least last 10 years.
  • The sports federations seeking RSF status should have conducted championships in all the categories namely Senior, Junior and Sub-Junior.
  • In case there is an international body for a sport discipline, the recognition of the said body would be necessary.
  • In case there are several bodies in the international level for the same sports, and if, more than one sports federation applies for recognition, the ministry shall take a decision in the matter and the reasons for that will be recorded in writing.
  • One of the conditions for recognition as National Sports Federations (NSFs) that is the federation should have affiliated units in two thirds of States/Union Territories (UTs) will not be applicable for grant of recognition as RSFs.
  • There shall be only one RSF for each sport.
  • Federations of only indigenous sports will be considered for recognition as RSFs and for remaining sports disciplines, the present guidelines for grant of recognition to NSFs will continue.

14- US state of Nebraska abolished death penalty

khichdi, blog,current affairs, general,knowledge, ias, ips, civil, services, CSAT,pre, ies, general studies, GS, mains, competitive, entrance, bank, PO, IBPS, current, affairs, may, 2015, blog, study, material, CSAT  Current Affairs - 22nd May 2015, 23rd May 2015, 24th may 2015, 25th may 2015,26th may 2015, 27th may 2015, 28th may 2015, US state of Nebraska abolished death penaltyThe US state of Nebraska on 27 May 2015 abolished death penalty after a veto override was passed through the its legislature. This measure was backed by a coalition of conservatives who oppose execution as a form of punishment. In the unicameral legislature the proposal to abolish death penalty was passed 30 to 19, which is the exact number of votes needed to override Governor Pete Ricketts earlier veto.

With this ban of the capital punishment, Nebraska has joined the league of 18 other states and the federal district of Washington, DC. It also became the first traditionally conservative state in four decades to do so.

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