Daily Current Affairs – 27 July 2015
- Former 11th president APJ Abdul Kalam passed away at the age of 84. He was delivering a speech at IIM, Shillong and suddenly collapsed due to cardiac arrest. He was immediately shifted to the hospital and treated in ICU. He breathed his last at around 7.45 in the hospital. He was honored with Padma Vibhushan and Bharat Ratna. He played a crucial role in the development of Agni and Prithvi and the brain behind India’s missile programs. He joined the ISRO in 1969 and was the project director for India’s first indigenous satellite launch vehicle programme and pioneer of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, India’s space workhorse. He was the chief project coordinator of the Pokhran II nuclear tests and Chief Scientific Advisor to the Prime Minister and Secretary of the DRDO between 1992 and 1999.
- Three armed terrorist attacked a moving bus in Punjab and also a police station in Dina Nagar. The terrorists were in army uniforms and they killed an SP and left few other persons injured in Gurdaspur. Police, Army persons and Commandos killed all the three terrorists in the operation. They sprayed bullets on a moving bus and stormed at Dina Nagar police station, killing six persons, including an SP, and injuring eight others in Gurdaspur bordering Pakistan.
- Union Government sanctioned 1000 crore rupees to connect Indian Railways with Bangladesh through the North East. It will be a 15.06 Km long track and this link is expected to be complete by 2017. IRCON will be having responsibility to complete this route. After this completion distance of Agartala to Kolkata will be reduced from 1650 Km to 515 km and it will also help in improving trade and commerce between the North-East region of India and Bangladesh. Railways are planning to operate semi-high speed trains in 9 rail corridors including Delhi-Agra and Delhi-Chandigarh, run at a speed between 160 to 200 kilometres per hour.
- To reduce Diarrhoea deaths in the country, the union health ministry in collaboration with a few international health organizations has launched the Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight-2015 programme from 27th July and 8th August 2015, Asha (Accredited social health activists) workers will carry out several activities in the remote parts of the states including paying home visits for distribution of ORS packets to every household with under-five children along with group counseling.
- R S Sharma is appointed as the new chairman of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. He is the IAS officer from 1978 batch of Jharkhand cadre and is presently working as the IT Secretary. He played a crucial role in Aadhar project implementation and design. He also designed various digital services that include digital locker, digitize India and so on.
- Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) has been chosen as the top Indian company in the electrical and electronic equipment sector in the Dun and Bradstreet ‘India’s Top PSUs awards 2015’.
- Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel bagged Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix in Budapest. He was followed by Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat of Russian and Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia at second and third places respectively. This win is his 41st win in the career. He dedicated his title to Jules Bianchi a French driver who died at 25 years of age.
- IDFC Ltd has announced that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had granted a banking licence to the financial company, making it the second lender to enter the banking sector after more than a decade.
- Helena Ndume of Namibia and Jorge Sampaio of Portugal received the first-ever Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize 2015 by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to recognise the achievements of those who dedicate their lives to the service of humanity by promoting the UN purposes and principles.
- Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic held on to the World No.1 spot with 13,845 points in the latest rankings released today. The top-10 rankings:
1) Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
2) Roger Federer (Switzerland)
3) Andy Murray (Scotland)
4) Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland)
5) Kei Nishikori (Japan)
6) Tomas Berdych (Czech)
7) David Ferrer (Spain)
8) Milos Raonic (Canada)
9) Marin Cilic (Croatia)
10) Rafael Nadal (Spain)
- Team Sky of Britain cyclist Chris Froome clinched the 102nd Tour de France title. It was a three week long furious race around the Champs Elysees, Paris.
- Nuclear disarmament advocate and co founder of Institute for Peace and Conflict studies PR Chari passed away. He was 79. He was a world-class and very wise strategic thinker. He served as an IAS officer and retired in 1992. He then wrote on subject of disarmament.
- Six times Lok Sabha member and former union minister Bijoy Krishna Handique passed away. He was 81.