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Current Affairs: 4th May 2015

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1- Crime writer Ruth Rendell passes away

Crime writer Ruth Rendell passes away

Ruth Rendell

Renowned crime writer Ruth Rendell passed away on 2 May 2015 in London, United Kingdom. She was 85.

She was best-known for creation of fictional character Inspector Wexford, which was turned into a highly successful TV series in Britain.

About Ruth Rendell

  • Ruth Rendell was born on 17 February 1930 in Essex, United Kingdom.
  • Her career as an author spanned nearly 50 years and she had written more than 60 novels in a
  • She was also one of Britain’s best-selling contemporary authors, also authored novels under the pen-name Barbara Vine.
  • Her first Wexford book was From Doon with Deathpublished in 1964.
  • Most of her works were translated into more than 20 languages and was adapted into cinema and TV series which had attracted worldwide sales of 60 million.
  • She has authored more than 20 standalone novels that were often based on the margins of society.
  • Ruth Rendell was awarded the Crime Writers’ Association Cartier Diamond Daggerfor excellence in crime writing.

2- Indian Railway girls clinch 5th National Hockey Championship title

Indian Railway girls clinch 5th National Hockey Championship title

5th National Hockey Championship

Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) have won the 5th National women hockey championship title. In the final match played at the Master Chandgi Ram sports stadium at Saifai, Uttar Pradesh the the RSPB girls team defeated Hockey Jharkhand by 12-2 goals.

For the RSPB, Saundarya Yendala scored three goals in the final match while Sunita Lakra and Lilima Minz scored two goals each. Anuradha Devi, Manmeet Kaur, Anupa Barla, Poonam Barla, and Deepgrace Ekka scored one goal each for the winning team.

For the Hockey Jharkhand team, Birsi Munda and Sabnam Lakra scored one goal each.

In the 5th National Hockey Championship title, the third spot was secured by Hockey Punjab. They had defeated Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy (MPHA) by 2-0 goals. Reena Rani and Hardeep Kaur by scoring one goal each had helped Punjab team finish at third position.

3- Nepal earthquake damages world’s oldest Buddhist shrine Swayambhunath Stupa

Nepal earthquake damages world’s oldest Buddhist shrine Swayambhunath Stupa

Swayambhunath Stupa

Nepal’s devastating 7.9-magnitude earthquake on April 25 has partially damaged Swayambhunath Stupa located in Kathmandu which is believed to be the world’s oldest Buddhist shrine.

During this earthquake several other monuments situated in the vicinity of the 2,000 year-old Lichchhavi-era Buddhist shrine have been damaged but the main stupa has remained intact during the earthquake.

Swayambhunath Stupa is one of the main Buddhist shrine and most visited tourist sites in Nepal. The stupa is believed to have originated at a time when Kathmandu was inhabited by a deity called Manjushri. It was drained out a big lake by cutting the Chobar hill situated in southern Kathmandu thousands of years ago.

Three other Buddhist monasteries were also damaged including Jyoti Kirti Bihar, Karmapa Bihar, Maha Bihar, Pratapur, Shantipur, Anantapur and Manjushree temple.

The earthquake also has threatened the existence of one of the 7 UNESCO-listed world heritage sites of Kathmandu.

Famous Hindu shrine Pashupati and House of Living Goddess Kumari in Kathmandu has remained unharmed in the earthquake.

However, 300 year-old Kashtha Mandap temple situated in the heart of Kathmandu city and 200 year-old Dharahara tower are among the important heritage sites which were damaged by the earthquake.

4- Syrian journalist Mazen Darwish honoured with UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2015

Syrian journalist Mazen Darwish honoured with UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2015

Mazen Darwish

Syrian journalist and rights activist Mazen Darwish was honoured with UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2015.

He was bestowed with this award by the UN’s Cultural body for recognition of his work carried out in Syria for more than 10 years at great personal sacrifice, harassment, enduring a travel ban, as well as repeated detention and torture.

Presently he has been jailed by the Bashar al-Assad’s regime. He was arrested in February 2012 along with his colleagues Hani Zaitani and Hussein Ghreir at the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression. All of them are accused of promoting terrorist acts.

About Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize

  • Established:1997
  • Named in honour of a Colombian journalist Guillermo Cano Isaza, who was assassinated in front of the offices of his newspaper, El Espectador, in Bogota in 1986.
  • It is an annual award given by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on the occasion of World Press Freedom day.
  • Funded by the Cano Foundation (Colombia) and the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation (Finland).
  • The award honours a person, an institution or organisation that has made a significant contribution to the promotion of press freedom or defence anywhere in the world.
  • It carries monetary award of US $25,000.

5- Former Union minister Baleshwar Ram passes away

Veteran Congress leader and Former Union minister Baleshwar Ram passed away on 3 May 2014 due to kidney-related ailments in Patna, Bihar. He was 87.

Since 1952 he had served as MLA for five-term from various assembly constituencies in Bihar.

Mr Ram also had served in different ministerial capacity in various Congress governments in Bihar between 1960s and 1970s. In 1980, he was elected to Lok Sabha from Rosera constituency and had served as the Union minister in the Indira Gandhi government.

6- Maniram Patel wins Gold medal in men’s 20 kilometre walk in 19th Federation Cup senior athletics championship

Maniram Patel from Gujarat has won Gold medal in the men’s 20 kilometre walk in the 19th Federation Cup senior athletics championship held at Mangaluru, Karnataka.

In the finals Patel clocked a time of 1 hour, 29 minutes, 51 seconds to secure first position and win the gold medal. While, Kuldeep of Tata Motors came at second position to win the Silver medal and Ankit Kumar of Indian Navy stood at the third position to win Bronze medal.

Apart from this event, World University Games Silver medallist and defending champion in shot put Inderjeet Singh of Haryana became the first athlete in the athletics meet to qualify for the Rio Olympics. He qualified with a stupendous toss of 20.65 metres in shot put in this athletics meet.

7- BHEL commissions Bijlee Utpadan’s 195-MW thermal unit in Bihar

khichdi, blog,current affairs, general,knowledge, ias, ips, civil, services, CSAT,pre, ies, general studies, GS, mains, competitive, entrance, bank, PO, IBPS, logo,BHEL commissions 600-MW thermal unit in ChhattisgarhState-owned electrical equipment maker Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) has commissioned a 195-MW thermal unit in Muzzafarpur district in Bihar.

The commissioned thermal unit is the first of the two 195-MW units to be commissioned by BHEL at the thermal power plant of Kanti Bijlee Utpadan Nigam (KBUNL).

KBUNL is a joint venture (JV) of NTPC and Bihar State Power Generation Company (BSPGCL).

In this plant, BHEL was leading supplier of main plant equipment to NTPC and its JVs and has 72 per cent share in their installed capacity.

For this project, BHEL had contributed in engineering, manufacture, design, supply, erection and commissioning of steam turbines. It also had important role in installing generators and boilers, along with associated auxiliaries and electricals, controls & instrumentation (C&I) and electrostatic precipitators (ESPs).

The second 195-MW unit of KBUNL is expected to be commissioned in the fiscal year 2015-16.

8- Australia announced new punishments for foreigner investors breaking rules on buying property

Australia announced new punishments for foreigner investors breaking rules on buying propertyThe Australian government on 3 May 2015 announced tough new punishments for foreigner investors who break rules on buying property in the country. This was jointly announced by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey. Now, the Australian Taxation Office will handle all residential real estate data which will enable it to alert the government of possible breaches more effectively.

The new punishments include

  • Up to three years in prison and fines of 127500 dollars for individuals and 637500 dollars for companies
  • The third parties, including real estate agents and developers knowingly helping those buyers will also be penalised with fines of up to 42500 dollars for individuals and 212500 dollars for companies
  • Foreign buyers who are forced to sell a property will be prevented from profiting from the sale.
  • Foreign buyers will also have to pay a 5000 dollar fee to buy property in Australia which will be used to fund the policing of the new rules

Besides, the government has also asked the foreign investors who have illegally bought Australian properties to declare themselves by December 2015 or risk facing tough new penalties including three years’ jail and fines of up to 637500 dollar

9- Dr Mahesh Sharma inaugurated Puducherry Science Centre and Planetarium

Dr Mahesh Sharma inaugurated Puducherry Science Centre and PlanetariumThe Union Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma on 3 May 2015 inaugurated the first ever Science Centre and Planetarium in the Union Territory of Puducherry.  The Science Centre and Planetarium has been set up by the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) of Ministry of Culture at an expense of 5.5 crore rupees. It is the 47th Science Museum in the country.

About Puducherry Science Centre and Planetarium

  • It has interactive exhibition galleries on Marine Biology and Fun Science
  • It has an eight meter dome digital planetarium and an open-air science park
  • The planetarium can accommodate 55 people at a time

Besides, the Chief Minister of Puducherry N. Rangasamy and the Science and Technology Minister T. Thiagarajan appealed to Dr. Mahesh to approve another science centre for Karaikal. The 48th Science Centre will be opened soon in Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

10- NTPC signed MoA with Jharkhand Government for maintaining Patratu Thermal Power Station

NTPC signed MoA with Jharkhand Government for maintaining Patratu Thermal Power StationNational Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Ltd on 3 May 2015 signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Jharkhand Government for forming a Joint Venture Company for managing Patratu Thermal Power Station (PTPS). This Joint Venture (JV) Company will be promoted by NTPC and Jharkhand Bidyut Vitaran Nigam Ltd. (JBVNL) with 74:26 equity participation. The JV Company will give employment to all the employees working in the station and will increase earning opportunities for many service providers.

Highlights of the MoA

  • Performance improvement of existing station from 15 percent PLF to 82 percent to give more power to Jharkhand immediately.
  • Building of an efficient Super Critical project of 4000 MW in 2 phases.
  • Provide cheap and affordable 27X7 power supply to every household and adequate power for farmers in Jharkhand.
  • Enable rapid industrialization which will provide massive employment to youth of Jharkhand in new industry.
  • Jharkhand government will be a partner in this project without investing any additional capital.

11- Cow-urine refinery inaugurated at Pathmeda village for research on cow products

Cow-urine refinery inaugurated at Pathmeda village for research on cow products

Cow-urine refinery

A cow-urine refinery was on 3 May 2015 inaugurated at Pathmeda village in Jalore district, Rajasthan for research on the cow products. The refinery was inaugurated by Rajasthan Health Minister Rajendra Rathore. For the research on cow products, a scientific approach will be adopted for Indian traditional system of medicine. The refinery will prepare cow-urine extract for use in the formulation of various products.

To this effect, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Jodhpur’s Dr S Radhakrishnan Ayurveda University and the Rajasthan University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences.  The by-product derived from cow-urine extract will be used for cleaning at the SMS Hospital in Jaipur. Currently, the fibre obtained from cow dung is used at two places, in Agra and Jalore for running industries.

12- Roger Federer won the inaugural Istanbul Open Tennis Men’s Singles Title

Roger Federer won the inaugural Istanbul Open Tennis Men’s Singles Title

Roger Federer

Switzerland tennis player Roger Federer on 3 May 2015 won the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open Men’s singles title by defeating Pablo Cueves of Uruguay 6-3 7-6.

With this win, the world No 2 ranking player took his 85th ATP World Tour title and ended a long drought on clay since his previous title of 2012 Madrid Masters. This is the first ever World Tour event in Turkey and was held from 27 April to 3 May 2015 in Istanbul, the Capital City of Turkey.

In the 439405 Euro prize money tournament, Radu Albot and Dusan Lajovic won the Doubles Men’s title by defeating  Robert Lindstedt and Jurgen Melzer.

13- Sandeep Jajodia removed as the president of Boxing India (BI)

Sandeep Jajodia removed as the president of Boxing India (BI)

Sandeep Jajodia

A Special Genral Meeting (SGM) of the Boxing India (BI) on 3 May 2015 removed Sandeep Jajodia as its president. The SGM, which was attended by 64 members of the BI, passed a No Confidence Motion in this regard.

He is the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Monnet Group (an infrastructure firm) and was elected to the post unopposed in the contest held on 11 September 2014. Incidentally, BI Secretary General Jay Kowli resigned on 2 May 2015 after fallout with Jajodia for forging his signatures in a letter to the Asian Boxing Confederation.

Earlier, the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports on 2 January 2015, recognised  BI as the governing body for representing boxing in India after lifting the 2-year ban.  BI is the federation of 32 boxing associations representing various states or regions across the country.

14- India home to 48 of the 250 known species of bumblebees: Indian Bumblebees

India home to 48 of the 250 known species of bumblebees: Indian Bumblebees

Indian Bumblebees

India is home to 48 of the 250 known species of bumblebees. It was revealed by the book Indian Bumblebees released in April 2015. The book was written by entomologist M.S. Saini along with co-authors Rifat H. Raina and Harpeet Singh Ghator.

About Bumblebees

  • Like the honeybees, bumblebees are social insects and live in colonies. The size of colonies varies from species-to-species.
  • Mostly characterised by black, yellow and reddish body hair, and often striped, bumblebees are generally found on altitudes of 2000-15000 feet along the entire Himalayas, from Jammu and Kashmir to Nagaland.
  • The founder of the colony is the queen that hibernates throughout winter. In spring, she finds a site for a nest and then lays her eggs which will result in worker bees.
  • They are crucial for the very sustenance of vegetation in high-altitude regions because they are the only pollinators which can live in that adverse climate.
  • They pollinate vegetables, fruit trees, cash crops and even ornamental and medicinal plants high in the Himalayas.

15- Chelsea won Barclays Premier League 2014-15 title with 1-0 win over Crystal Palace

Chelsea won Barclays Premier League 2014-15 title with 1-0 win over Crystal Palace

Chelsea won Barclays Premier League 2014-15

Chelsea won the Barclays Premier League 2014-15 football title by defeating Crystal Palace 1-0 in the final match held on 3 May 2015 at Stamford Bridge in London.

This is their first premier league title in five years since winning the 2009-10 season title by defeating Manchester United. With the present win, Chelsea qualified for Champions League Group Stage which will be held from September to December 2015.

About Premier League

The Premier League is the top league competition for English football. The competition started in 1992 when some clubs in the Football League First Division decided to break away from The Football League, founded in 1888 and has since become the world’s most watched sporting league.

Till date, a total of 46 clubs have competed in the Premier League, but only five have won the title viz.,  Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City.

16- Third India-Tunisia Foreign Office Consultations held in Tunis

Third India-Tunisia Foreign Office Consultations held in TunisThird India-Tunisia Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) was held in Tunis from 29 April to 2 May 2015. The third round of FOC was held after a gap of 12 years.  The Indian delegation was led by Secretary (East) Anil Wadhwa who held comprehensive discussions with Mohamed Ezzine Shelaifa, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tunisia.

During the visit of Indian delegation to Tunisia, several bilateral and multilateral issues related to regional and international issues of mutual interest were discussed. Besides, the two sides also signed an Agreement on Exemption of Visas for Diplomatic and Official Passports.

Other discussions included

  • Issues pertaining to TIFERT (Tunisia-India Fertiliser) plant, the bilateral joint venture in phosphates
  • Further avenues of economic cooperation were explored and some specific items with potential for two-way trade were identified
  • Ways of streamlining the procedure of registration of new pharmaceutical products was discussed

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