Daily Current Affairs – 14 March 2015
- Today’s New Year for Sikhs Religion as per Nanakshahi Calendar. It is s a tropical solar calendar that was adopted by the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee to determine the dates for important Sikh events. It was designed by Pal Singh Purewal to replace the Saka calendar and has been in use since 1998. The epoch of this calendar is the birth of the first Sikh Guru, Nanak Dev in 1469. New Year’s Day falls annually on what is March 14 in the Gregorian Western calendar. Features of the new calendar:
A tropical solar calendar
Called Nanakshahi after Guru Nanak (founder of Sikhism)
Year one is the year of Guru Nanak’s birth (1469 CE). As an example, April 2014 CE is Nanakshahi 546.
Uses most of the mechanics of the Western calendar
Year length is same as Western calendar (365 days 5 hours 48 minutes 45 seconds)
Contains 5 months of 31 days followed by 7 months of 30 days
Leap year every 4 years in which the last month (Phagun) has an extra day
Approved by Akal Takht in 2003 but later amended.
- Today’s observed White Day in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and China. It observed by girls and women presenting chocolate gifts (either store-bought or handmade), usually to boys or men, as an expression of love, courtesy, or social obligation. Handmade chocolate is usually preferred by the recipient because of the perception of sincerity, effort, and emotion put into a home-made confection. On White Day, the reverse happens: men who received a honmei-choco, (chocolate of love) or giri-choco (‘courtesy chocolate’) on Valentine’s Day are expected to return the favor by giving gifts.
- Today’s observed Pi Day in United States. Its significance is 3, 1, and 4 are the three most significant figures of π in decimal form and celebrations as Pie eating, discussions about π. Pi Day is an annual American-based celebration commemorating the mathematical constant π (pi). The digits appear in this order in the ISO international standard for representing dates (YYYY-MM-DD): 2015-03-14 and in the standard used in the United States (month/day date format): 3/14. In 2009, the United States House of Representatives supported the designation of Pi Day.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit Jaffna today. He was called for equitable development and respect for all citizens in Sri Lanka, seen as an oblique reference to Tamils who had suffered during the war between the LTTE and forces. Narendra Modi is also the second international leader to visit the region after Premier David Cameron in 2013. He handed over 27,000 new homes to Tamils who became homeless during the civil war; these were built with Indian assistance as part of India’s efforts to help in the reconciliation process. He had also urged the Sri Lankan government to ensure early and full implementation of the 13th Amendment relating to devolution of powers to Tamils and to go beyond that in finding a political solution.\
- Mahatma Gandhi’s 9-foot statue was unveiled at London’s Parliament Square by Finance minister Arun Jaitley. Actor Amitabh Bachchan was present alongside British Prime Minister David Cameron with chants of “Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram”. The prestigious Parliament Square is a space packed with monuments to men who defended the British empire which Gandhi helped destroy. Gandhi’s statue also has Britain’s war-time Prime Minister Winston Churchill for company, an irony given the ex-premier’s dismissive thoughts of someone he described as a “half naked fakir”.
- Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao announced for 100,000 government jobs would be provided to the youth and notification for filling up the posts would be issued soon by state legislative council. KCR, as the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief is popularly known, said the government had already sanctioned filling up of 3,726 posts in the police department. He told the House that a notification would be issued soon for recruitment of 600 people in the engineering department, 1,500 teachers in Urdu medium schools.
- Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday went on a 24-hour fast in Gandhian style here as part of JD(U)’s state-wide agitation against the Centre’s land acquisition Bill. State JD(U) President Basistha Narayan Singh, senior minister Vijay Chaudhary, Shyam Rajak, Rajiv Ranjan Singh Lallan, JD(U) MPs Ali Anwar, Harbansh, Gulam Rasool Balyawi and senior party leader Sanjay Jha joined Kumar in the protest. He described the Land bill introduced in Parliament by Prime Minister Narendra Modi government as “anti-farmer” and “pro-corporate” and said the party would continue to agitate against it till it is withdrawn. Gandhian bhajan was played during the satyagraha.
- Mumbai High Court (HC) on 13 March 2015 directed the Maharashtra government to set up a redressal mechanism for complaints filed by citizens against noise pollution levels and respect to controlling of noise pollution is the latest in the series of judgments given by various courts and the rules enacted by the Union Government. Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000 is as Union Government on 14 February 2000 enacted the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000 in exercise of its power conferred under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 to control the increasing ambient noise level in public places from various sources. It also directed the state government to frame a policy in this regard within two months and submit a compliance report by 6 June 2015. Further it directed the state government to take prompt action before the festivals get over.
- Private carrier Jet Airways launch two new flights to Doha from Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram, which will provide greater connectivity to the Gulf region. It will initially fly three days a week and then from June 1 they would be converted into daily services. Currently Jet Airways operates four daily flights to Doha (two from Mumbai and one each from Delhi and Kochi) and with the launch of these two new flights, it would now connect three cities of Kerala including Kochi with the Gulf country.
- The first of its kind computer program was installed in Faridabad’s district Nimka Jail in which prisoners behind the bars will now get all the information about their cases online. A special kind of software has been developed for the prisoners which enables them to get information about their case, lawyer and the court dates via a click. Many dignitaries including court officials and jail superintendents were present at the moment.
- Joint Initiative between Network18 and St Stephen’s will offer a certificate course in ‘Citizenship & Cultural Richness’ with weekly classes conducted by its regular faculty and distinguished alumni. Network18, promoter of popular news brands CNN-IBN and IBN7, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with St Stephen’s College. The MoU will further the aim of educational inclusivity. As part of this initiative, Stephen’s College will offer a Certificate Course in ‘Citizenship & Cultural Richness’.
- On Aamir Khan’s 50th birthday, 8 films that he wishes are re-released. These were Raakh, Andaz Apna Apna, Jo Jeeta wohi Sikandar, Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Karke, Earth, Dil Chahta hai, Dhobi Ghat and Sarfarosh.
- SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt: British oil company BP finalized a $12 billion deal with Egypt to develop 5 trillion cubic feet of gas resources and 55 million barrels of condensates in the West Nile Delta in an international investment conference in the Sharm El-Sheikh resort. He will help Egypt as it tackles its worst energy crisis in decades.
- Heavy storms hit Lobito, Angolan town late Wednesday, sending torrents of water rushing from surrounding hillsides into the town that sits on the coast of the south Atlantic ocean, some 500 kilometres (300 miles) south of the capital Luanda. The death toll from torrential rains that pounded the Angolan town of Lobito has risen to 69, including 36 children. The storm destroyed at least 119 homes, tore roofs off 46 houses, flooded eight schools and left mud and debris on the streets.
- IKEA, the world’s largest furniture retailer, says it is halting its online magazine in Russia out of fears it violates the country’s law banning promotion of same-sex gay values to minors. In a Russian language statement, IKEA said “we understand that some publications in our magazine can be considered as propaganda,” adding it had decided “to stop the publication of the magazine in Russia.
- An 81-year-old Pakistani national Syed Ahsan Akram was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a Lucknow hotel. He found severely injured by staff of the hotel on Rana Pratap Marg in posh Hazratganj locality of the state capital where he was staying since March 10. He was rushed to trauma Centre of King George’s Medical University (KGMU) where he was declared brought dead.
- India beat Zimbabwe by 6 wickets in World Cup 2015. Raina’s brilliant unbeaten 110 and an equally important 85 by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India overhauled commendable target of 288 in 48.4 overs, recording their highest run chase in a World Cup match. Raina scored his fifth ODI ton had nine fours and four sixes, in his innings. There were the customary muscular heaves over deep mid-wicket region for sixes as were the delicate late cuts.
- Australia beat Scotland by 7 wickets in Hobart, World Cup 2015. There were five ducks in the innings, with fast bowler Pat Cummins, recalled in place of dropped spinner Xavier Doherty, taking three for 42 in seven overs. Left-arm paceman Starc took four for 14 in 4.4 overs as Scotland, in their last Pool A match of this tournament, collapsed to 130 all out in barely half their alloted overs after losing the toss at Bellerive Oval.
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