Current Affairs 14 Mar 2015

Noise Pollution in India: Rules and Judgments

Under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution, the citizens have a right of a decent environment and they have a right to live peacefully, right to sleep at night and to have a right to leisure which are all necessary ingredients of the right to life guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution.

Global CO2 emissions from energy sector stalled for the first time in 40 years in 2014: IEA

As per the preliminary data released, global emissions of carbon dioxide stood at 32.3 billion tonnes in 2014 which is same as in the year 2013.

Mumbai HC instructed Maharashtra Government to set up a - redressal mechanism against noise pollution

The Mumbai High Court (HC) directed the Maharashtra government to set up a redressal mechanism for complaints filed by citizens against noise pollution levels. The direction given by the Mumbai HC is the latest in the series of rules and judgments pertaining to noise pollution given by various courts and the Union Government respectively.

Modi's Srilanka Visit

Modi Inaugurates the restored North-South Sri Lankan Rail link at Thalaimannar.
He handed 27,000 houses at Jaffna built with Indian assistance to the people of the civil war ravaged Tamil heartland in northern Sri Lanka.
He also visited Sri Lanka's historical city Anuradhapura and offered prayers at the sacred Bodhi tree.
The sacred Bodhi tree was planted in Anuradhapura over two thousand years ago (planted in 288 BC) .
It is a sapling of the original Bodhi tree, under which Lord Gautam Buddha meditated and achieved enlightenment.
The shrine is one of the most sacred places in Buddhism.
Srilankan President Maitripala Sirisena accompanied Mr. Modi during the prayer ceremony.
This is for the first time that an Indian Prime Minister is visiting Anuradhapura. 
It is also the first time that Sri Lankan President is accompanying a foreign dignitary during such prayers.
Modi is the second international leader to visit the region after Premier David Cameron in 2013.

New Appointments

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (the highest decision making body) today re-elected Bhaiyyaji Joshi as the Sarkaryvaha (General Secretary) of the Organisation for a third consecutive term till March 2018.

Dr. Alka Beotra, Scientific Director, National Dope Testing Laboratory, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, has been nominated to the Executive Board of WAADS

WAADS :  World Association of Anti Doping Scientists.

IT major Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) today appointed Aarthi Subramanian, its global head of Delivery Excellence Group, as an Executive Director on the Board.

The appointment is for a three-year period and takes the Board strength to 11, of which six are independent Directors, the city-based company said in a statement.

Current Affairs 13 Mar 2015

Indian-origin Ganasen Reddy awarded with KwaZulu-Natal 2015 National Teachers Awards

KwaZulu-Natal 2015 National Teachers Awards is a Lifetime Achievement Award for teaching in South Africa.

Union Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers launched Pharma Jan Samadhan scheme

The Pharma Jan Samadhan scheme will put in place a speedy and effective complaint redressal system with respect to availability and pricing of medicines.

World Kidney Day 2015 observed with theme Kidney Health for All

The World Kidney Day is annually observed on the second Thursday in March. It is a joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF).

British Irish Visa Scheme came into force in India

The scheme allows Indian nationals to travel to the United Kingdom and Ireland on a single-visit visa from either country, on the same trip.

Karnataka clinched eighth Ranji title of cricket

Defending champions Karnataka defeated Tamil Nadu by an innings and 217 runs in the title clash played at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.