Daily Current Affairs – 13 August 2015
- Today observed as International lefthanders Day across the world to promote awareness of the inconveniences faced by left-handers in a predominantly right-handed world. It celebrates their uniqueness and differences, which are from seven to ten percent of the world’s population. . It was first observed on the 13th of August, in the year 1976. Thousands of left-handed people in today’s society have to adapt to use right handed tools and objects.
- Today also observed as Women’s day in Tunisia.
- Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved Rs.1750 crore for strengthening the drug regulatory system both at the Central and the State parts of India for strengthening and up-gradation of the drug regulatory system over a period of three years. The total amount of Rs 1750 crore will be divided into two parts, an amount of Rs.900 crore will be spent on strengthening central structures whereas Rs.850 crore will be made available to the State Governments.
- Union government meet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the 300 crore rupees package and soft loan scheme to the extent of 6000 crore rupees for the current sugar season and save standing kharif agriculture and horticulture crops from weak monsoon and better equipped with challenges posed by delayed and aberrant monsoon to farmers. State governments will be able to initiate immediate remedial measures to save standing agricultural crops and perennial orchards in rainfall deficient districts. There is the mandated that banks pass on the financial assistance directly to the cane growers after obtaining the list from the mills and provided one-year moratorium on this loan. Other mandates passed by Government for Sugar Industries are as the export incentive on raw sugar has been increased from Rs 3200/MT to Rs. 4000/MT. The Funds support extended on 14 lakh MT of raw sugar exports as against 7.5 LMT achieved last year. Government has abolished the Duty Free Import Authorization Scheme. In order to prevent possible leakages of sugar in the domestic markets government had also increased import duty to 40 percent.
- Union Cabinet has approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Nepal for construction of petroleum products pipeline from Raxaul (Bihar) in India to Amlekhgunj in Nepal and also approved the ex-post-facto between India and Mongolia to establish cooperative institutional relationship and to promote and encourage technical bilateral cooperation on new and renewable energy between both countries to promote bilateral cooperation in the oil and gas sector between both neighboring countries and secure long term supply of petroleum products to Nepal. In the first phase it will be constructed by Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) on behalf of Indian Government at a cost of 200 crore rupees. IOC will be also engaged in re-engineering and construction of the Amlekhgunj Depot and allied facilities. The PACEsetter Fund is a fund that supports the Promoting Energy Access through Clean Energy (PEACE) an initiative between US and India through Partnership to Advance Clean Energy (PACE). Accordingly both the countries has raised corpus of about 8 million US dollars (Rs. 50 crore) on a 50:50 sharing basis.
- Indian Railways signed Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) with Union Ministry of Power and Union Ministry of New & Renewable Energy for Cooperation in areas of electricity transmission, energy conservation and promotion of renewable Energy in a time bound manner. These agreements will help Indian Railways in increasing savings on the power as it the largest power consumer in the country by providing future solutions (switching to renewable energy) in the power sector. It will also help to reduce the cost of power and energy bill of Indian Railways which is presently around 12,500 crore rupees. These four MoUs are as follows:
1) Boost knowledge sharing in the field of energy and electricity conservation to reduce the cost of electricity for the Railways.
2) Promote solar energy usage and provide a framework for providing future energy solutions.
3) Agreement signed between India Railways and Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) to identify technologies to improve energy utilization.
4) Agreement signed between Railway Energy Management Company (REMC) and Energy Efficiency Services (EES) Ltd for implementation of energy efficient systems and conservation of energy projects for the Railways.
- Justice Jayant Patel was appointed as acting Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court. Justice Patel has succeeded Justice VM Sahai who retired as acting chief justice on superannuation. During his three-decade career as advocate, he had appeared for Union government, Railways and Income Tax department.
- Jethabhai Patel elected as Chairman of the prestigious Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) of all 17 district dairy unions under GCMMF, who are also board members of GCMMF that markets the Amul brand of dairy products in India and overseas. He is the veteran cooperative leader and Sabar Dairy chief. He has been chairman of Sabarkantha District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Ltd, Sabar Dairy, since 2010. He had been serving as GCMMF’s interim chairman following a no-confidence motion passed against former Chairman Vipul Chaudhary in 2013.
- Union Cabinet gave its approval to the spectrum sharing guidelines based on the recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to improve spectral efficiency and quality of telecom service across the country. It will be allowed only for the access service providers in the first instance in a Licensed Service Area (LSA). In this case both spectrum license holders should have spectrum in the same band and have paid market price for it. Leasing of spectrum between different service providers has been prohibited.
- Acharya Dev Vrat was sworn-in as the 27th Governor and 18th regular of the Himachal Pradesh on at the Raj Bhawan in Shimla, his oath administered by Chief Justice of state High Court, Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir in Sanskrit language as per provisions of Article 159 of Constitution. He replaced Kalyan Singh, who was given the additional charge of Himachal Pradesh Governor on 28 January 2015 after Urmila Singh completed her term as Governor in the state on 25 January 2015. Before being made the governor, he was the Principal of Gurukul University Kurukshetra, Haryana. He has served as Principal (Pracharya) in Samprati Gurukul, Kurukshetra for 34 years and had been actively involved in social activities including girl’s education, promotion of Yoga, Ayurveda and naturopathy and environment protection.
- Prime Minister of Libya Abdullah al-Thani announced his resignation during a live telecast after fraught peace talks between the country’s rival factions restarted.
- In between January and 9 August 2015, India has lost about 41 tigers as released in a report by Fresh data from National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and TRAFFIC-India due to shooting of tigers by the authorities in case of man-animal conflicts.
- Uninor a subsidiary of Norway’s telecom major Telenor has inked an agreement worth 1,200 crore rupees with Chinese firm Huawei for modernizing and managing its network across six circles across all six operating telecom circles in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, UP (East), UP (West), Bihar (including Jharkhand), which as of now has 24,000 base stations in the country. The advancement of payment will be done in phase manner for three years. As per the partnership Huawei will modernize and manage Uninor’s network by making it future ready for 4G network and internet service. It will be done in environment-friendly green solutions that would lower power consumption by almost 30 per cent and increase spectral efficiency.
- China and Pakistan signed 20 agreements during the CPEC Forum that was held at Karamay city in Xinjiang province of China bordering of worth 1.6 billion US dollars to implement the ambitious China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. It is brainchild of China and was launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to Pakistan in April 2015. Around 51 agreements were signed of which 30 were linked to this strategic corridor. It also issued the Karamay Manifesto on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a major project under China’s Belt and Road Initiative. It connects Xinjiang Province of China with Pakistan’s strategic Gwadar Port and passes through PoK. It was launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to Pakistan in April 2015. The project includes building of railways, highways as well as pipelines in order to shorten China’s energy imports route from the Middle East by about 12,000 kms.
- Sania Mirza recommended for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna by eminent athletes such as Dola Banerjee, MM Somayya and Bhogeshwar Baruah and sports journalists apart from top officials of the Sports Ministry. She is ranked number one in women’s doubles and also became the first tennis player to be named for the top award was Leander Paes. He was bestowed the honor way back in 1996 after his bronze medal in the Atlanta Olympics. Earlier, She has been conferred with other coveted awards like
The Arjuna award in 2004
The Padma Shri in 2006
The awards are to be given away by the President Pranab Mukherjee on 29 August 2015, the National Sports Day.