Current Affairs 27th August 2015

  • 4 months extension for 7th Pay Commission was cleared by - Union Cabinet
4 months extension (up to 31 December 2015) to the 7th Central Pay Commission was given by Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur is the Chairman of the Commission.
The extension of 4 months was approved due to volume of work and intensive stake-holders’ consultations. 7th Pay Commission is scheduled to come into effect from 1st January 2016.

  • Kolkata Port  is referred as the best 'Major Port of 2014-15' 

Image result for Kolkata Port Kolkata Port was adjudged as the ‘Major Port of the Year’ amongst 12 major ports in the country in recollection of its impressive growth rate in customer satisfaction, growth in output per berth, volumes and optimizing capacity utilization.
During April to June 2015, Haldia Dock System and Kolkata Dock System under Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) together handled 16.834 million tonnes (MT) of traffic, which stands against 13.698 MT handled during the corresponding period 2014.
Traffic growth of 23% was attained by the KPT, while a growth of 5.8% was recorded with all other major ports of the country.

  • Amendments in the Central List of Other Backward Classes was approved by - Union Cabinet

The amendments in the Central List of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) was approved by the Union Cabinet for making suitable amendments in the Central List of OBCs in respect of two States Gujarat and Uttarakhand.
The castes/communities have been included in the Central List of OBCs in the two States of Gujarat and Uttarakhand are as follows :
Gujarat :
  • Sipai
  • Patni Jamat or Turk Jamat (all Muslims)
Uttarakhand :
  • Kahar
  • Tanwar Singhariya

  • GSLV-D6 launched successfully from - Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR

Image result for GSLV-D6 launched successfully from - Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHARGeosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV)-D6 was successfully launched from the Second Launch Pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR (SDSC SHAR), Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
GSLV-D6 consists of 2117 kg GSAT-6, an advanced communication satellite into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO). The satellite is deliberate to provide S-band communication services in the country.
Key Features of GSLV-D6
  • It is the fifth developmental flight of GSLV and the ninth flight of GSLV.
  • The indigenously developed Cryogenic Upper Stage (CUS) is being carried on-board during a GSLV flight for the third time.
  • It is designed with all its three stages including the CUS similar to the ones successfully flown during the previous GSLV-D5 mission in January 2014. GSLV-D5 successfully placed GSAT-14 satellite carried on-board in the intended GTO very accurately.

Tennis Player Novak Djokovic is appointed as Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF 

 Novak Djokovic, the world’s top ranked tennis player, was appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF.
Image result for Tennis Player Novak Djokovic is appointed as Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEFA Memorandum of Understanding was also inked between the World Bank and the Novak Djokovic Foundation to promote early childhood development. In 2011, since Novak Djokovic teamed up with UNICEF, he has been lending his support to children's welfare.
With this, Djokovic has joined other UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors including David Beckham, Harry Belafonte, Orlando Bloom, Danny Kaye, Shakira, Maxim Vengerov, Serena Williams, Audrey Hepburn, Katy Perry, Sir Roger Moore and others.

  • The list of Top 20 Wealthiest People Under 35 was relesed by - Wealth-X released

 The report on Top 20 Wealthiest People Under 35 was released by the Global wealth intelligence and prospecting company Wealth-X.
As per the report, with a personal fortune of 41.6 billion US dollars, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is the wealthiest individual under the age of 35.
The second place on the list with an estimated net worth of 9.3 billion US dollars was claimed by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz followed by Huiyan Yang with an estimated net worth of 5.9 billion US dollars on the third spot.
Highlights of the Report
  • Snapchat chief executive Evan Spiegel, who at the age of 25 has already amassed a personal fortune of 1.9 billion US dollars and is the youngest individual on the list.
  • The richest woman on the list is Huiyan Yang, the 34-year-old vice chairman of Chinese real estate developer Country Garden Holdings.
List of Top 10 Wealthiest People Under 35
  • Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook Inc with 41.6 billion US dollars)
  • Dustin Moskovitz (Asana with 9.3 billion US dollars)
  • Huiyan Yang (Country Garden Holdings with 5.9 billion US dollars)
  • Eduardo Saverin (99 with 5.3 billion US dollars)
  • Scott Daniel Duncan (Enterprise Products Partners with 5.0 billion US dollars)
  • Elizabeth A Holmes (Theranos with 4.5 billion US dollars)
  • Nathan Blecharczyk (AIRBNB with 3 billion US dollars)
  • Brian Chesky (AIRBNB with 3 billion US dollars)
  • Joe Gebbia (AIRBNB with 3 billion US dollars)
  • Thomas Persson (Hennes & Mauritz with 2.7 billion US dollars)

  • Scientist Dr Modadugu Vijay Gupta to receive inaugural Sunhak Peace Prize
Image result for Scientist Dr Modadugu Vijay Gupta to receive inaugural Sunhak Peace PrizeRenowned Indian agricultural scientist Dr Modadugu Vijay Gupta has been chosen for the inaugural Sunhak Peace Prize along with him The president of the Central Pacific island nation of Kiribati Anote Tong has also been selected for the prize.
Indian biologist Modadugu Vijay Gupta was recognized for his development and dissemination of low-cost techniques for freshwater fish farming while Kiribati President Anote Tong was selected for his role in the fight against climate change.

About Dr Modadugu Vijay Gupta :-
Dr. Modadugu Vijay Gupta, a biologist from India was the recipient of the World Food Prize in 2005 for development and dissemination of low-cost techniques for freshwater fish farming (using tilapia species) by the rural poor.
Dr Modadugu Vijay Gupta was born on August 17, 1939, and hails from Bapatla in the State of Andhra Pradesh, India.

About Sunhak Peace Prize :-
The prize was founded in 2013 by Han Hak-ja, the widow of the late Moon, "to recognize individuals, who have willingly sacrificed themselves for peace, and praise them for their works". The winners will be given US$1 million in prize money.

Current Affairs 26th August 2015..

  • Name the initiative launched by Union Government to provide healthcare facilities in rural areas - Sehat

 a telemedicine initiative 'Sehat' in collaboration with Apollo Hospitals to provide healthcare facilities in rural areas was launched by the Union government.
Under this scheme people will be able to order generic drugs and consult doctors through video link. The tele-consultation services will be delivered with support from Apollo and Medanta Hospitals in some areas via Common Service Centres (CSCs).
The sale of generic drugs through association with Health Ministry by setting up Jan Aushadhi Stores will be promoted by the CSC's and they will also provide diagnostic services

  • Girish Sahni is assumed charge as Director General of CSIR 

 Girish Sahni assumed charge as the Director General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). He will also serve as Secretary, Department of Scientific & Industrial Research, Union Ministry of Science & Technology.
Image result for Girish Sahni is assumed charge as Director General of CSIREarlier, Sahni had been the Director of CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology (CSIR-IMTECH), Chandigarh.
About Girish Sahni
  • Sahni has contributed significantly in the area of protein cardiovascular drugs especially clot busters and their mode of action in the human body.
  • His team was responsible for producing technology for India’s first indigenous clot bluster drug, natural streptokinase (under brand name STPase marketed by Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Ahmedabad).
  • A novel life-saver thrombolytic drug (Clot-specific streptokinase), India’s first bio-therapeutic molecule which is not a Biosimilar was developed by his team.
  • Recently his team has developed fourth-generation Anti-thrombotic clot busters, the first of its kind in the world.

Ananth Padmanabhan is appointed as CEO of HarperCollins India 

 Ananth Padmanabhan was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of HarperCollins India. He has replaced P M Sukumar.
He will have the overall responsibility for all divisions of the business and will report to Charlie Redmayne, CEO of HarperCollins UK. While Krishna Naroor will have the responsibility for running the day to day Collins India education business.
Currently, Padmanabhan is working as a Senior Vice President of Sales at Penguin Random House having a experience of 20 years in the publishing sector.