Daily Current Affairs – 2 July 2015
- Today observed as World UFO day across the world to raise awareness of “the undoubted existence of UFOs and to encourage governments to declassify their files on UFO sightings. It is an awareness day for people to gather together and watch the skies for unidentified flying objects. The day is celebrated by some on June 24, and others on July 2. June 24 is the date that aviator Kenneth Arnold reported what is generally considered to be the first unidentified flying object sighting in the United States, while July 2 commemorates the supposed UFO crash in the 1947 Roswell UFO Incident.
- Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) gave its approval for a new scheme called Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) with an outlay of 50000 crore rupees over a period of five years, that is, from 2015-16 to 2019-20 and the allocation for the financial year 2015-16 has been kept at 5300 crore rupees. The objective of PMKSY is to provide convergence to existing schemes of water management, for efficiency to the use of water. Enhance the adoption of precision-irrigation and other water saving technologies (More crop per drop) with aquifers and introduce sustainable water conservation practices by exploring the feasibility of reusing treated municipal based water for peri-urban agriculture. Attract greater private investment in precision irrigation system. Expand cultivable area under assured irrigation (Har Khet ko pani).
- Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved the setting up of an Online National Agriculture Market that will provide more options to farmers for selling their produce. Currently, farmers are restricted to selling their produce at mandis or market committees that charge various taxes on producers. But, now an online platform would be set up wherein farmers will be able to sell and buy fruits, vegetables and other produce from across the country and set up to oversee online trading and to ensure that transactions take place smoothly. It will also focus on creating go-downs and facilitating transportation of the farm produce after the online trade. In this regard, Union government will also establish an agency to oversee online trading and ensure that transactions take place smoothly. This online agriculture market will also focus on creating godowns and facilitate transportation of the farm produce after the online trade.
- Sanjeev Galande was selected for 24th G D Birla Award for Scientific Research for 2014. His name was announced by the K K Birla Foundation for his high caliber scientific research undertaken by Indian Scientists, below the age of 50 living and working in India. It carries a cash prize of 1.5 lakh rupees and a citation. He is a professor of Biology and Team Leader at the Centre of Excellence in Epigenetics, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune.
- Chandrasekaran Ramakrishnan, appointed as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of India’s biggest auto maker Tata Motors’ Group with immediate effect. With this, he will continue as Chief Financial Officer and Key Managerial Personnel for Tata Motors Limited.
- Rahul Yadav, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and co-founder of Housing.com is sacked with immediate effect for his behavior towards investors and media was not befitting of a CEO and is detrimental to the company. The decision was taken during the regular board meeting held in New Delhi and said he is not be an employee or part of the SoftBank backed portal in any manner. Housing.com is an online portal in real estate, expanded from its original rent and resale proposition to include PGs and hostels, serviced apartments, land, plot projects, and new projects.
- Mhara Gaon – Jagmag Gaon scheme was launched by Haryana Government with an aim to provide 24 hour power supply to rural domestic consumers in a phased manner with their active participation. Haryana is first state in India to launch this type of voluntary scheme. State will have to bear expenses of 15 to 20 lakh rupees per village for its implementation.
- Anisa Rasouli nominated as first ever female Supreme Court judge of Afghanistan. She is the head of the Afghan Women Judges Association and a former juvenile court judge. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani nominated her name as the female judge of the nine-member bench Supreme Court and now, her nomination will require an approval from the Parliament. Under the Afghan Constitution, Supreme Court judges have a fixed tenure of ten-years. The move of Ghani, former academic and World Bank economist, who has appointed female in different capacities in recent past including Rasouli’s nomination as judge in the country’s Supreme Court may shed Afghanistan’s image as a country that denies rights to women.
- 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 for his outstanding K-12 Science and Mathematics teachers from across the country and carries a cash prize of 10000 US dollars from the National Science Foundation.
- World Bank has approved an additional loan of 650 million dollars for India’s Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) Project and approved in third round of World Bank funding and follows earlier two other loans by the bank for this project. This loan will fund to build 401 km Ludhiana-Khurja section that falls in three North Western states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab for develop and enhance the institutional capacity of the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Ltd (DFCCIL) and to build and maintain the DFC infrastructure network.
- Iran and P5+1 nations i.e. six major powers have agreed to extend an interim nuclear agreement until July 7, 2015 in order to allow more time for negotiations on a final deal. This decision was taken during the talks between these nations held in the Vienna, Austria after the deadline expired on 30 June 2015. It should be noted that the so-called P5+1 (Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and United States) and Iran are negotiating to curb Iran’s nuclear programme in exchange for limited sanctions relief.
- United Kingdom Food Standards Agency (UK FSA) tested maggi after it was banned in India by food safety regulator Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) for containing high levels of lead and taste enhancer Monosodium Glutamate (MSG). Food Standards Agency (FSA) of United Kingdom (UK) said that levels of lead in the Maggi are well within European Union permissible levels and would not be a concern to consumers.