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Current Affairs: 29th March 2015

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1- Saina Nehwal wins India Open Super Series Badminton Women’s Singles 2015 Title

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World No 1- Saina Nehwal

World Number one ace shuttler Saina Nehwal on 29 March 2015 won India Open Super Series Badminton Women’s Singles 2015 Title. She defeated Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon in the final match played at Siri Fort Indoor Complex in New Delhi in straight sets 21-16, 21-14.

Men’s Single’s Title

India’s Srikanth Kidambi has won India Open Super Series Badminton Men’s Singles 2015 Title. In the final match he defeated Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen in three games 18-21, 21-13 and 21-12. Men’s Doubles Title China’s Chai Biao and Hong Wei pair has won India Open Super Series Badminton

Men’s Doubles 2015 Title.

In the final match Chinese pair defeated Denmark’s Conrad-Petersen Mads and Pieler Kolding Mads pair by 21-18, 21-14 score.

Women’s Doubles Title

Number one ranked Japanese pair of Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi has won India Open Super Series Badminton Women’s Doubles 2015 Title. In the final match, Japanese pair has defeated Chinese pair Japanese pair by 21-19, 21-19 score.

Mixed Doubles Title

Second-ranked Chinese pair of Yixin Bao and Cheng Liu has won India Open Super Series Badminton Mixed Doubles 2015 Title. In the final match, Chinese pair defeated Number one ranked Danish pair of Christinna Pedersen and Joachim Fischer Nielsen by score 21-19 21-19.

2- Australia wins ICC Cricket World Cup for 5th time

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ICC-WORLD-CUP 2015

Australia on 29 March 2015 won the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 for the record fifth time. In the final match Australia defeated co-hosts of the tournament, New Zealand by 7 wickets played at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Australia. In the final match, New Zealand had won the toss and had chosen to bat first. They had set the target of 183 runs to Australia after losing all wickets in the 45th over. Australian team they easily overhauled the target in the 34th over with 7 wickets in hand. Captain of Australian Team- Michael Clarke. Captain of New Zealand Team- Brendon McCullum. In the final match, Australian bowlers James Faulkner and Mitchell Johnson had bagged 3 wickets each, while Mitchell Starc had claimed two wickets. Captain Michael Clarke had scored 74 runs and Steve Smith 56 runs. Previously, Australia had won the Cricket World Cup in 1987, 1999, 2003 and 2007. It was first time of New Zealand to enter final of Cricket World Cup. In the previous world cup’s they were defeated for six times in the semi-finals.

3- Union Government gives nod to AWACS project

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Union Government on 27 Mach 2015 gave its approval to build crore strategic project of next-generation Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS). Decision in this regard was taken by Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) headed by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. DAC gave its nod for two AWACS, which includes buying two Airbus A330s, worth 5,113 crore rupees. Airbus was the lone bidder for the programme.

About Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) Project

AWACS or eyes in the sky can detect incoming aerial threats like hostile fighters, drones and cruise missiles from 400-km away. It has capability to penetrate longer distances within enemy territory by way of radars and electronic warfare systems without venturing into the region physically. The project will involve mounting indigenous 360-degree coverage active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars on Airbus A-330 wide-body jets. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will develop the AWACSs. Apart from this, DAC also cleared the purchase of mine ploughs for T-90 tanks at Rs 710 crore and 30 weapon locating radars at Rs 1,605 crore besides others.

4- Earth Hour 2015 observed across the World

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Earth Hour 2015

Ninth edition of Earth Hour was observed on 28 March 2015 across the World. Earth Hour 2015 encouraged people to explore and adopt a cleaner and more sustainable lifestyle by embracing renewable energy solutions. In this edition of Earth Hour, millions of people around the world took part in the event for the global climate change awareness campaign. Over 170 countries participated in the event and more than 1,200 landmarks along with 40 UNESCO world heritage sites observed the Earth Hour. Paris’s iconic Eiffel Tower, Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate and Hong Kong’s famed skyline also participated in the Earth Hour by switching off their lights. The Eiffel Tower turned off lights for only five minutes due to security reasons.

About Earth Hour

It is an annual global event organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The initiative began in 2007 in Sydney, Australia and later became global event. Earth Hour’s goal is to raise awareness for sustainable energy use and create a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle. This day encourages citizens, communities, businesses and organisations to switch the lights off from 8:30 pm local time for an hour to highlight the plight of the planet.

5- Great Indian one-horned Rhinoceros’ population rises in Kaziranga: 2015 Census

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Great Indian one-horned Rhinoceros

As per the latest census, the Great Indian one-horned Rhinoceros population in Assam’s Kaziranga National Park (KNP) – world heritage site has increased to over 2041. The census was conducted by Assam’s forest department in association with several wildlife NGOs as a regular exercise in the park for four days from 24 to 28 March 2015. Entire Park was divided into 81 blocks for the purpose of census and the whole exercise involved about 200 people.

Key highlights of census

The census has counted 2,401 rhinos in the park in indicating that their population has increased by 71 rhinos the past two years. About 1,651 adult rhinos were counted in the census followed by 294 sub adult rhinos. 251 juvenile rhinos in the park were estimated followed by 205 calves. Previous census It should be noted that Rhino census is conducted every three years. The last census was carried out in 2012. It had confirmed 2,290 rhinos in the park. However, a special census of the rhinos was conducted in 2013 by Assam Government. The special census had confirmed 2,329 rhinos in the park. It was conducted after the poaching incidents had increased in the park and large numbers of rhinos were poached.

6- Rajasthan passes bill to ban camel slaughter

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Rajasthan State Animal- Camel

Rajasthan Government on 27 March 2015 passed the Rajasthan Camel (Prohibition of Slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Bill, 2015. It was passed in state legislative assembly by a voice vote. The bill bans the slaughter, trading and unauthorised transportation of camels in the state. It also prescribes rigorous punishment for its violation including five years of rigorous imprisonment along with monetary fine. Causing injury to camel is also punishable as per the bill.

Background

The bill was enacted after several cases of intentional killings of camel and its progeny had come to light in state. Large numbers of camels for the purpose of slaughter were transported to other states. The menace illegal camel slaughter and trade had increased in recent times due to the recurrent famine and scarcity conditions in the state. It had resulted in the decline of the camel population. In July 2014, state government had declared camel as the state animal of Rajasthan in order to curb its illegal trade.

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