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Current Affairs: 7th January 2015

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1- PM releases commemorative coins to honour late industrialist Jamsetji Tata

PM releases commemorative coins to honour late industrialist Jamsetji Tata

Jamsetji Tata

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has released commemorative coins to honour Tata Group founder Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata. PM released coins in the denomination of 100 and five rupee to mark Jamsetji Tata’s 175th birth anniversary. Thus, Jamsetji will be the first industrialist in India to be felicitated by the government in such a manner. He was chosen by the government because he is a legendary figure and the government wants to encourage Indian businesses through this initiative. So far government has minted coins in honour of artists, freedom fighters, scientists, institutions and organisations. Earlier, government had honoured Jamsetji twice by releasing his postal stamps one in 1958 and another in 1965.

Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata

He was pioneer industrialist who had founded Tata Group- India’s biggest conglomerate company. He is regarded as Father of Indian Industry. He was born on 3 March 1839 in Navsari then part of the princely state of Baroda (Now in Gujarat). His successors’ work led to achieve:

Tata Steel: formerly known as Tata Iron and Steel Company Limited (TISCO ) is Asia’s first and India’s largest steel company. It is also world’s fifth largest steel company.

Indian Institute of Science (IISc): Located in Bengaluru, it is pre-eminent Indian institution for research and education in Science and Engineering.

Tata Hydroelectric Power Supply Company: later it was renamed Tata Power Company Limited, currently India’s largest private electricity company. It should be also noted that present Jamshedpur district in Jharkhand is named after him. Earlier it was known as Sakchi.

2- Government launches subsidised 5 kg LPG Cylinder scheme for BPL families

Government launches subsidised 5 kg LPG Cylinder scheme for BPL familiesCentral government has launched the sale of subsidised 5-kg LPG cylinders scheme for Below Poverty Line (BPL) families and others. It was launched by Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan in Bhubaneswar, Odhisa. This scheme was launched as part of the oil companies’ Corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities to cover BPL population in urban areas. Under this pilot scheme, a BPL family would be provided with LPG connection. In this case customers not need to pay security deposit and cost of pressure regulator. Government by launching this scheme is aiming to promote LPG as it a cleaner fuel which will help in creating better and smoke less cooking environment and help in improvement of women’s health. Petroleum Minister also launched the sale of 5-kg cylinders under Free Trade LPG scheme in Bhubaneswar, Odhisa.

Free Trade LPG scheme: It will cater the LPG requirement of all sections of the society including the economically weaker section, student, migrant labourers who do not have proof of address due to their short stay in a particular place. This scheme is aims at increasing the usage of LPG by providing customers with more affordable facilities.

3- PM launches National Programme for LED-based Home and Street Lighting for energy conservation

PM launches National Programme for LED-based Home and Street Lighting for energy conservation

LED

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched National Programme for LED-based Home and Street Lighting in New Delhi for energy conservation by reducing energy consumption. Along with this programme, PM launched scheme for Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulb distribution under the Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP) and a web-based system to enable consumers in Delhi to register requests for procuring LED bulbs under DELP.

National Programme for LED-based Home and Street Lighting

It aims to install LED bulbs for domestic and street-lighting in 100 cities across India by March 2016. Under this programme, LED bulbs will be distributed in a phased manner from March 2015 onwards. The initiative is part of the Government’s efforts to spread the message of energy efficiency in the country. LED bulbs have a very long life, almost 50 times more than ordinary bulbs, and 8-10 times that of CFLs, and therefore provide both energy and cost savings in the medium term. It will help in saving of energy around 24 crore units every year.

4- Tulsi Gabbard and Ami Bera take oath for their second term

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Tulsi Gabbard and Ami Bera

Tulsi Gabbard and Dr. Ami Bera have been sworn in for their second consecutive term in US House of Representatives. Both of them belong to Democratic Party. They were sworn in after the 114th session of the US Congress began. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is the first Hindu lawmaker in US to take her oath on Bhagavad-Gita. She was administered the oath of office by re-elected Speaker of US House of Representatives John Boehner. She is representing Hawaii’s second congressional district since 2013. In 2013, she also had taken her oath on Gita. While Dr. Ami Bera, is only serving Indian-American in the current Congress. He has been elected as co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans which is the largest country- specific caucus in the House of Representatives. He is representing, California’s 7th congressional district since 2013 and is third Indian-American elected to the House of Representatives after Dalip Singh Thind and Bobby Jindal.

Some facts

In 114th session of the US Congress, Republicans have formally taken control of both chambers the House of Representative and Senate for the first time since the 109th Congress (2005-2006).

5- Government gives nod to Neutrino project in Tamil Nadu

Union cabinet meeting has approved setting up of India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) project in Bodi West Hills, Tamil Nadu.  This cabinet meeting was headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Key facts about India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) project

It is an underground project, jointly supported by the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST). It will comprise a complex of caverns – the main cavern, which will house detector which is 130 metres long, 26 metres wide and 30 metre high. Along with main cavern, there will be two smaller caverns that will be used for setting up experiments for neutrino double detector and dark matters. This underground complex will be approached by a 2-kms long tunnel. It will host experiments such as the neutrino-less double beta decay and the search for dark matter. It also involves Inter-Institutional Centre for High Energy Physics (IICHEP) and Iron Calorimeter Detector (ICAL). Along with project, government has also approved the construction of a 50,000 tonne magnetised iron calorimeter detector (ICAL). It will study the properties of the neutrino, in particular the mass hierarchy among different types of neutrino. Neutrino It is an electrically neutral, weakly interacting elementary subatomic particle with half-integer spin. It belongs to the lepton family. There are three types of neutrinos: electron neutrinos, muon neutrinos and tau neutrinos.

6- President signs ordinance amending Citizenship Act, 1955

President signs ordinance amending Citizenship Act, 1955

President of India

President Pranab Mukherjee has signed the ordinance that amend’s Citizenship Act, 1955. Earlier, union government had promulgated this ordinance in order to merge Person of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) schemes. Thus, providing life-long Indian visa facility to PIOs. It was signed on the eve of the opening of the three-days meet of Indian diaspora i.e. Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2015 held in Gujarat.

Key amendments

Citizenship Act amendments will benefit PIO and will give them benefits like life-long visa and exemption from appearing before the local police station on every visit etc. It will also change the clause of parent Act which says that foreigners who marry Indians must continuously stay in the country for a period of one year before they get an Indian citizenship. In this regards they will get relief of 30 days in a year when they can travel outside the country. The amendment also clears the way for relaxed visa norms for minor children of OCI cardholders.

7- Amitabh Bachchan appointed as Brand Ambassador of Andhra Pradesh health sector

Amitabh Bachchan appointed as Brand Ambassador of Andhra Pradesh health sector

Amitabh Bachchan

Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan is appointed as the brand ambassador for health sector in Andhra Pradesh. His name was announced by the Andhra Pradesh state Health Minister Kamineni Srinivas. As a brand ambassador actor Amitabh Bachchan will participate in various health-related campaigns to be taken up by the state government without taking any remuneration for the services.

Implication: It will help bifurcated state to boost and improve its health sector as it worst hit due to bifurcation. At present, state does not have proper health sector facilities due major corporate hospitals and medical and health institutions are located in then capital of undivided state Hyderabad (now capital of Telangana).

Some facts

It should be also noted that, actor Amitabh Bachchan is also brand ambassador  of Gujarat Tourism since 1 February 2010. While in 2002, he was brand ambassador for the Polio Eradication Campaign.

8- Punjab bans sale of loose cigarettes and tobacco

Punjab bans sale of loose cigarettes and tobaccoPunjab has become first state in India, to completely ban the sale of loose cigarettes (even as single sticks) and loose tobacco. State government had banned the sale of loose cigarettes and tobacco under Section 7 of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003 (COTPA Act, 2003). Section 7 of COTPA bans sale of these products if they are traded, supplied or distributed without specified warning including pictorial warning on it. State government notification in this regard clearly mentions that loose cigarettes and tobacco products do not carry a pictorial or a written warning so they are banned. Earlier state government had banned sale of  nicotine in the form of e-cigarette.

About COTPA Act, 2003

It was enacted by Parliament in 2003. It prohibits advertisement and regulates tobacco business in India. This Act has put restriction on tobacco products which includes cigarettes, gutka, panmasala (containing tobacco), cigar, cheroot, Beedi, Snuff, chewing tobacco, hookah, tooth powder containing tobacco.

9- BCCI announces India’s squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

BCCI announces India’s squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Captain Indian Cricket Team

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced Indian squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. It was announced by the BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel, after the meeting of the selection committee of BCCI.

Indian squad for the ICC CWC – 2015

MS Dhoni (Captain & Wicket Keeper), Virat Kohli (Vice Captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Stuart Binny, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ambati Rayudu, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Md. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma.

ICC Cricket world cup 2015

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will be the 11th edition and in total 49 matches will be played across 14 venues. It will start on 14th February 2015 in Christchurch and co-host New Zealand team will play against Sri Lanka. On the same day in Melbourne, Australia will play against England.

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