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Current Affairs - September 2015

  • 30-Sep-2015
  • Former Indian ambassador to Nepal Jayant Prasad was on 29 September 2015 appointed as the Director General of Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), the prestigious New Delhi-based think tank on strategic affairs.

    IDSA was established in New Delhi on 11 November 1965 as an autonomous body to promote national and international security through generation and dissemination of knowledge on defence and security-related issues.

  • Union Government on 29 September 2015 announced that four brand ambassadors for Digital India programme were appointed.

    The appointments were took place in the first week of July 2015 as part of the Digital India Week campaign.

    List of Brand Ambassadors

    • Satwat Jagwani, All India IIT-JEE —Advanced Topper -2015 (Student) 
    • Krati Tiwari, All India IIT-JEE —Advanced Girl Topper -2015 (Student) 
    • Ankit Fadia, Author & Ethical Hacker
    • Pranav Mistry, Samsung USA (Computer Scientist & Author of 6th Sense)

  • The International Translation Day was observed across the world on 30 September 2015 with the theme The Changing Face of Translation and Interpreting.

    Established by the International Federation of Translators (FIT), the annual celebration of the International Translation Day is an opportunity to pay tribute to the work of translators who endeavour to make the world a slightly smaller place by breaking down language barriers.

  • The book titled Hungry Bengal. War, Famine, Riots and the End of Empire authored by Janam Mukherjee was in news in fourth week of September 2015.The book Hungry Bengal highlights the tumultuous period in the history of Bengal before the independence and after partition of India.  It says that Bengal represented both as a major front in the Indian struggle against colonial rule, as well as a crucial front in the British/American conflict with Japan during World War II.

    It tells that there are three major crises that shaped the social, economic and political context of pre-partition Bengal and they were 
    • The Second World War
    • The Bengal famine of 1943 
    • The Calcutta riots of 1946

  • 29-Sep-2015
  • Indian Navy has commissioned INS Kochi, a Kolkata-class Guided Missile Destroyer in its contingent to showcase India’s indigenous efforts in the field of underwater warfare. The ship was commissioned by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in Mumbai. It is a second ship of the three ships Kolkata-class Guided Missile Destroyer to be inducted. Earlier in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had commissioned INS Kolkata. The third and last ship of Kolkata-class Guided Missile Destroyer INS Chennai is expected to join Indian Navy in 2016.

  • Prince Charles of Britain on 28 September 2015 awarded Indo-British van driver Dee Patel with the Pride of Britain Award. Patel had risked his life to save others.

    The Pride of Britain Awards was founded by Peter Willis in 1999.The award is given to British people who have shown immense bravery in the hours of crisis.

    The awards are organised in association with the Daily Mirror, Lidl, Good Morning Britain and The Prince’s Trust.

  • Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) on 28 September 2015 set up its first 10 MW solar power plant at Neyveli. It is the first renewable energy project of the corporation.

    The plant spread on 54 acres was installed by the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) at a cost of 74.60 crore rupees.

  • The World Heart Day was celebrated on 29 September 2015 across the world with creating heart-healthy environments.

    The purpose of the day is to ensure people participation across the globe in the world’s biggest intervention against cardiovascular disease (CVD).

    World Heart Day was founded in 2000 to inform people around the globe that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading causes of death, claiming 17.3 million lives annually.

    WHF is a Geneva-based non-governmental agency committed to fight heart related health risks across the world.

     

  • The Maharashtra government on 28 September 2015 declared the year 2017 as the Visit Maharashtra Year to promote tourism in the state and thus to attract more tourists. The government also launched international tourism promotion project Maharashtra International Travel Mart 2015 (MITM).

  • M.R. Poovamma and Babita Kumari have been conferred with prestigious Arjuna Award 2015 for their individual achievements in sports. The award was presented to them by Union Minister of State (MoS) for Youth affairs and Sports Sarbananda Sonowal in New Delhi. M.R. Poovamma has been conferred with this award for her contributions in Athletics and Babita Kumari in the field of Wrestling. Arjuna Award was instituted in 1961. Given by Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to sportsperson in recognition of their outstanding achievement in National sports. Award carries: Bronze statuette of Arjuna, a scroll and a monetary award of 5 lakh rupees.

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