current affair 3rd july 2015

Mhara Gaon, Jagmag Gaon’ scheme launched by Haryana Government 

  • ‘Mhara Gaon, Jagmag Gaon’ scheme launched by Haryana Government to provide 24 hour uninterrupted power supply for rural domestic consumers in a phased manner with their active participation.
  • With this, Haryana has become the first state in the country to provide such an innovative voluntary scheme.
  • About Mhara Gaon, Jagmag Gaon scheme:It primarily aims o provide 24-hour uninterrupted power supply to rural domestic consumers only if they actively participate.
  • Implementation: The scheme will be implemented in phases.In the first phase of the scheme, 83 feeders have been identified covering 310 villages.
  •  These villages are having minimum line losses (between 25 to 70 per cent) and have made payment of their electricity bills. 
  • Firstly the power supply will be increased to 15 hours in these villages instead of 12 hour power in present time.
  • Later the power supply will be further increased to 21 hours on those feeders where the payment of bills would cross the mark of 90 per cent.
  • Bijli Panchayats will be also organized in all villages falling under phase 1. In these panchayats, electricity department officers will resolve the complaints of consumers on the spot.
  • Special emphasis on solar power will be given to generate renewable energy by installing solar panels on roof tops.

Union Government launches App to know assets of Gram Panchayats:
  • Union Government has launched a mobile App to know Gram Panchayat’s assets.It was launched on the occasion of Digital India Week.
  • The main purpose of the app is to provide people with the information related to assets of the gram panchayats.
  • Citizens can use this mobile app to capture photographs and geographical coordinates of various public assets located in gram panchayats, like schools and hospitals etc.
  • Besides providing information to the general public, the App will also be useful for planning purpose at the Panchayat and State level.
Anisa Rasouli nominated as first female judge of Afghanistan Supreme Court 
  • Anisa Rasouli,  a former juvenile court judge, was nominated as the first ever female Supreme Court judge of Afghanistan.
  • Afghan President Ashraf Ghani nominated her name as the female judge of the nine-member bench Supreme Court.
  • Now,Rasouli’s nomination will require an approval from the Parliament.
  • Under the Afghanistan Constitution, the Supreme Court judges have a fixed tenure of ten-years.
  • The move of Ghani,  who has appointed female in different capacities in recent past may shed Afghanistan’s image as a country that denies rights to women.
  • It is to be noted that Afghan women were banned from leaving their houses without a male chaperone and were denied basic right like education, under the fundamentalist Taliban regime between 1996 and 2001.

current affair 2 july 2015

Indian-American R Paul Singh Named World Agriculture Prize Laureate-

Indian-American professor R Paul Singh has been named as the 2015 Global Confederation for Higher Education Associations for Agriculture and Life Sciences World Agriculture Prize laureate.

The award was announced at the annual GCHERA conference, held last week at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Jounieh, Lebanon. The award will be formally presented on September 20, during a ceremony at Nanjing Agricultural University, Jiangsu Province, China.

  • Singh earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural engineering at India's Punjab Agricultural University, then a master's degree and Ph.D. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University, respectively.
  • He joined the UC Davis faculty one year later in 1975.

Darshan Jain, an Indian-American teacher named for US Presidential Award

  • Darshan Jain, an Indian-American teacher from Illinois, US in July 2015 was named for prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching by President Barack Obama. 
  • Along with Jain, President named 108 Mathematics and Science teachers as recipients of the Award.
  • Jain has taught mathematics at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois for eight years. Right now, he is serving the school as the director of mathematics. He is a BA in mechanical engineering and a MS in secondary mathematics education from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

U P Singh appointed as Interim CMD of Oil India Limited

  • U P Singh was on 1 July 2015 appointed as the Interim Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of state-run Oil India Limited. He succeeded S K Srivastava, who superannuated on 1 July 2015.
  • U P Singh is a Joint Secretary (Exploration) under Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
  • Normally, in cases where the appointment of a regular chairman is delayed, interim charge is handed over to the senior-most director on the company’s board. In case of Oil India Ltd, Borah, who is the wife of former OIL Chairman and Managing Director B C Borah, is the senior-most director

Nicholas Winton ‘Britain’s Schindler’ dies at 106 :

  • Sir Nicholas Winton, who became known as “the British Oskar Schindler” after saving hundreds of Jewish children from Nazi tyranny and slaughter in Czechoslovakia, has died aged 106, his family said.
  • The unassuming hero, who saved the lives of 669 children in 1939 by sending them from Prague to London by train, died peacefully in his sleep at Wexham Park hospital in Slough, his son-in-law, Stephen Watson, said.
  • From a German-Jewish family, he received a knighthood in 2003 and a Hero of the Holocaust medal at Downing Street in 2010. Last year he was awarded the Order of the White Lion by the Czech president, Milos Zeman, at a ceremony in Prague.

  • Sir Fazle Hasan Abed Won World Food Prize 2015
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed of Bangladesh, social enterprise visionary and founder of BRAC was announced on 2 July as the 2015 winner of the World Food Prize, the most prominent global award for individuals whose breakthrough achievements alleviate hunger and promote global food security.

  • Union Cabinet Approved Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana
Union Cabinet on 2 July approved Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) aiming at providing irrigation facilities to every village. It will help in convergence of investments in irrigation, expand area under assured irrigation and improve water-use.

current afair 1 july 2015.

1st July- is International Joke Day 
 Today is National Doctor’s Day.

  • We celebrate this day to commemorate the birth anniversary of Bidhan Chandra Roy, highly respected physician and renowned freedom fighter.
  • He is remembered till date for actively involving himself in starting many institutions, hospitals and was fully dedicated to the upliftment of Indian society. 
Grandmaster and former world junior champion Abhijeet Gupta won the Commonwealth Chess Championship.

Matti Makkonen- known as the Father of SMS after developing the idea of sending messages via mobile networks, has passed away.

  • J. Jayalalithaa won in assembly by-election-

  • Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J. Jayalalithaa won in assembly by-election on 30th June 2015. She won from R.K. Nagar constituency.

current affairs 2 June 2015

 Meena Hemchandra is appointed as Executive Director of RBI,

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has appointed Meena Hemchandra as the executive  director who would be in charge of department of banking supervision
  • She will also be in charge of department of non-banking supervision and department of co-operative banking supervision.
  • RBI's executive director Chandan Sinha, who was incharge of these departments will now be in charge of department of information technology, department of payment and settlement system, foreign exchange departm .. 

First woman President of Mauritius - Ameenah Gurib-Fakim

  • The government of Mauritius today designated Ameenah Gurib-Fakim as the Indian Ocean island nation's new president.
  • The appointment of Gurib-Fakim, an internationally renowned scientist and biologist, is subject to parliament approval, due to take place on Thursday.

Who is appointed as Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), ISRO - K Sivan

  • K Sivan was on 1 June 2015 appointed as the Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), an organisation that works under Indian Space Research Organisation in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
  • He took the charge on the day of his appointment and succeded M Chandradathan, who superannuated in May 2015. Before this appointment, he was the Distinguished Scientist and Director at Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC), Thiruvananthapuram.
  • Sivan joined ISRO in 1982 for Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) Project and has made rich contributions towards end to end mission planning, mission design, mission integration and analysis which have become the foundation for ISRO launch vehicles like Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV), GSLV Mk-III, as well as Reusable Launch Vehicle-Technology Demonstrator(RLV-TD).
  • He is the chief architect of 6D trajectory simulation software SITARA which is the backbone of the real time and non real time trajectory simulations of all ISRO launch vehicles. He developed and implemented an innovative way of launching wind biasing strategy which has made possible rocket launch on any day of the year under any weather and wind conditions.
  • He joined GSLV Project in April 2011 as Project Director. Under his leadership, GSLV with indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage, achieved historical success on 5 January 2014. During his career at ISRO, he held many responsible positions like Project Director, RLV-TD, Deputy Director, VSSC, Project Director, GSLV and Director, LPSC.
  • He has numerous publications to his credit and is a Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering, Aeronautical Society of India and Systems Society of India.
  • For his contributions to the Indian space sector, he has received many awards, which include Dr Biren Roy space science award for the year 2011, ISRO merit award for the year 2007 and Shri Hari Om Ashram Prerit Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Research award for the year 1999.