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Current Affairs: 4th April 2015

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1- K.N. Tripathi sworn in as Governor of Mizoram

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K.N. Tripathi

West Bengal and Bihar Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi took additional charge of Mizoram . He was sworn in as 16th Governor of Mizoram on 4 April 2015. Justice Michael Zothankhuma of the Guwahati High Court administered oath of office to him at Raj Bhavan in Aizawal. Tripathi was given additional charge of Mizoram after Union Government had sacked then Governor Aziz Qureshi.

About Keshari Nath Tripathi

Tripathi was member of Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly for six times and had represented BJP. He also had served as the Speaker of the UP Legislative Assembly three consecutive times in 1991, 1997 and 2002. He also had held position of Cabinet Minister from 1977-1979 in UP Government. Tripathi had practised as a lawyer in the Allahabad High Court from 1956. From 1987 to 1989, he was the President of the Allahabad High Court Bar Association.

Article 153 of Constitution

It says that there shall be Governor for each state. 7th Constitutional Amendment Act, 1956 facilitated the appointment of the same person as a governor for two or more states.

2- Pedro Cateriano Bellido appointed as Prime Minister of Peru

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Pedro Cateriano Bellido

Pedro Cateriano Bellido was appointed as Prime Minister of Peru by the President Ollanta Humala. He will replace Ana Jara, who had lost a confidence vote and was sacked by Peruvian Congress amid allegations of corruption.

About Pedro Cateriano Bellido

Prior to this appointment, he was serving as Peru’s Defence Minister and was appointed in July 2012, Cateriano, by profession is a lawyer and is specialized in constitutional law. He was member of the Peruvian parliament from 1990 to 1992. Cateriano also had served as deputy justice minister from 2001 to 2002. He also teaches law at the University of Lima.

3- Union Government launches ‘Give It Up’ movement in Karnataka

Union Government on 4 April 2015 formally launched the ‘Give It Up’ movement in Karnataka. It was launched by Union Minister of State (MoS) for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradan. The movement appeals to the rich people to voluntarily give up their subsidy amount given on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders. The money surrendered under this movement will be utlised for poor to get LPG connection in rural as well as in urban areas who are still using firewood for cooking. Earlier in this regard, Give it Up campaign was launched Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the annual energy-focussed summit Urja Sangam 2015. During this summit, Prime Minister had asked companies and banks to encourage their employees to give up the subsidy on LPG. PM also had mentioned that Give it Up campaign should be taken up on the lines of Union Governments initiatives like Swacch Bharat and Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao.

4- 88th Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan begins in Ghumaan, Punjab

88th Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan (All India Marathi Sahitya Sammelan) on 3 April 2015 began in Ghumaan village in Gurdaspur district of Punjab. It was inaugurated by Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari along with the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. The three-day long sammelan is dedicated to Marathi Saint Bhagat Namdev (Sant Namdeo). In this conference large contingent of Marathi litterateurs is going to take part. The President of 88th Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan is Dr. Sadanand More. Apart from inaugurated the sammelan, foundation stone of Bhagat Namdev Degree College was also laid in the Ghumaan village. Village Ghumaan is the place where Marathi Saint Bhagat Namdev had spent 18 years of his life and gave valuable teachings to the society. It is believed that in Ghuman, Sant Namdeo had composed his shlokas in Awadhi, Marathi and Punjabi. His 61 shabads were included in holy scripture of the Sikhs i.e. in Guru Granth Sahib.

5- Union Government extends National Food Security Act deadline by 6 months

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National Food Security Act

Union Government again has extended rolling out deadline for National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013 by six months. It was announced by Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan in order to give more time to states to roll out NFSA. The extension will help remaining states adopt and implement the law within next six months. It is third time, this deadline has been extended and the second deadline was to end on 4 April 2015. So far only 11 states and Union Territories (UTs) have implemented NSFA which was passed by Parliament in September 2013. Remaining 25 states/UTs have not implemented it yet. 11 states and UTs that have implemented NSFA fully or partially are- Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Delhi and Chandigarh.

Facts about National Food Security Act (NFSA) 2013

NSFA aims at providing legal entitlement to 5 kg of subsidised foodgrains to the identified person per month. Grains like wheat, rice and coarse grain will be distributed at the price of 3 Rs. 3, Rs. 2 and Rs. 1. Pregnant women and lactating mothers and children are entitled to get meals under the prescribed nutrition by MDM and ICDS. The age group would be 6 months to 14 years. NFSA 2013 will provide high nutrition food to the age group of 6 years. Pregnant women and lactating mothers will be entitled to get maternity benefit of not less than Rs. 6,000.

6- Malli Mastan Babu, India’s ace mountaineer passes away

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Malli Mastan Babu

Malli Mastan Babu, one of India’s top mountaineers passed away. His dead body was recovered in the Andes Mountains between Argentina and Chile after  he went missing on 24th March, 2015 during an expedition to Cerro Tres Cruces Sur. Babu was regarded as the fastest “7 summiteer” that is fastest mountaineer to climb summits in all seven continents from India. In 2006, he had famously scaled 7 summits of the world in record 172 days. He was the first Indian mountaineer to summit the tallest peak in Antarctica, Mt Vinson Massif. He was also the first person from Andhra Pradesh to scale the Mt Everest. He was also known for fast climbing and in 2005, he had summitted Mt Kilimanjaro in three and half days. In his 15 years mountaineering career, he had summitted more than 150 mountains. Babu hails from Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh and was a 2000-2002 IIM Kolkata pass out. He also had a degree from IIT Kharagpur.

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