Current Affairs, News & Facts of 02 Mar 2016

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  • 'Airport' actor George Kennedy, passes away

     

    'Airport' actor George Kennedy, passes awayAcademy Award winning US actor George Kennedy who appeared in more than two hundred film and television productions, passed away recently in the city of Boise, Idaho. He was 91. Kennedy had won Oscar in 1968 for Best Supporting Actor in Cool Hand Luke.

    At a Glance : George Kennedy

    Kennedy was born on 18 February 1925 in New York City where his father worked as a musician and his mother was a dancer.

    He  made his stage debut at age 2 in a touring company of Bringing Up Father and at the age of 7, he became New York City radio DJ.

    He joined U.S. military during World War II, winning several decorations, and in the 1950s he worked for Armed Forces Radio and Television before moving to Hollywood.

    His first notable screen role was a military advisor on the TV sitcom The Phil Silvers Show. His memorable appearances are in  Naked Gun series, Earthquake and Airport 1975.

    His first notable screen role was as a military advisor on the TV sitcom The Phil Silvers Show. Since then he had appeared in more than two hundred film and television productions. 

    Memorable appearances : His memorable appearances are in Naked Gun series, Earthquake, Airport, The Dirty Dozen and The Eiger Sanction. 

    Books authored : He has authored many books including the murder mystery 'Murder on Location' and his 2011 autobiography 'Trust Me.'

    Awards and Honours : Academy Award, Laurel Award, Golden Globe Award

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  • Rozle Prezelj elected as new Chairman of IAAF Athletes’ Commission

     

    Rozle Prezelj elected as new Chairman of IAAF Athletes’ CommissionSlovenian high jumper, Rozle Prezelj, 36, who represented Slovenia at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics  has been elected the new chairman of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Athletes’ Commission. 

    He will replace former track and field athlete from Namibia, Namibian Frank Fredericks who reached the end of his term. Britain's marathon world record-holder Paula Radcliffe was nominated vice-chairwoman of the commission.

    At a Glance : Rozle Prezelj

    Rozle Prezelj was born on  26 September 1979, in Slovenia. His father Dusan was a famous decathlete with a high jump personal best of 2.15 m and  his mother Stanka was a two time Yugoslavian champion with a personal best of 1.86 m (1981)

    He had represented Slovenia in high jump at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics. He was European Under-23 champion in 2001. He had set a national record of 2.32 metres in 2012 before retiring in 2014.

    International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)

    The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)  is the international governing body for the sport of athletics.  It was founded on 17 July 1912 as the International Amateur Athletics Federation by representatives from 17 national athletics federations at the organization’s first congress in Stockholm, Sweden.

    Headquarters: Monaco

    Members: 214 member federations

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  • IGI Airport best airport for second time in row, wins three international awards

     

    IGI Airport best airport for second time in row, wins three international New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) has received 3 international awards, including for best airport by size in the Asia Pacific region.

    These awards have been given by the Airports Council International (ACI) for 2015. IGAI has scored 4.96 on a scale of 1 to 5, in the ACI’s Airport Service Quality (ASQ) survey.

    Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) is managed by Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL), a joint venture between the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and GMR Group-led consortium which include Fraport and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad.

    The awards are:

    • IGI Airport has retained the world's number 1 position for the second consecutive year in 25-40 Million Passengers Per Annum (MPPA) category.
    • Best airport by size & region Asia Pacific (25-40 MPPA) 
    • Second best airport by region (Asia Pacific). 
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  • Rahul Sachdev wins India Open snooker title

     

    Rahul Sachdev wins India Open snooker titleFormer National 6Reds runner-up Rahul Sachdev has won the first All India Open Invitational Snooker Championship 2016 held at Aurangabad in Maharashtra. In the final match, Rahul defeated current national 6Reds no.4  Pushpender Singh of Railways by 5-3 score. All India Open Invitational Snooker Championship 2016 was organized by Billiards and Snooker Association of Aurangabad.

    Before reaching the final, Rahul had defeated Laxman Rawat of Indian Railways by 5-1 score while Pushpender Singh knocked out Kamal Chawla of Railways 5-1 score in the semifinals

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  • Mahesh Kumar Singla committee set up to consider ST status to 6 communities of Assam

     

    Mahesh Kumar Singla committee set up to consider ST status to 6 communities of AssamThe Government has set up a Committee headed by Special Secretary (Internal Security) Ministry of Home Affairs, Mahesh Kumar Singla to consider Scheduled Tribe status to six Communities of Assam. These six Communities are Koch Rajbongshi, Moran, Matak, Tai Ahom, Chutia and Adivasi (Tea Tribes). 

    About Mahesh Kumar Singla committee :

    The committee constituted by Union Home Ministry in consultation with the Government of Assam will suggest the modalities for the required reservations and shift the the existing reservation for these communities from OBC to ST.

    It will also ensure protecting the interests of existing tribes by excuting mechanism for ensuring fairness of reservations within these six communities and related security considerations. 

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  • Swaminathan Research Chair for Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences 

     

    Swaminathan Research Chair for Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences MS Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) has signed a MOU with Bhubaneswar-based Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) regarding the establishment of a Research Chair.

    The MoU was signed between Prof M S Swaminathan, Founder of MSSRF and Achyuta Samanta, founder of KIIT & KISS. This is the first initiative of MSSRF towards the establishment of a Research Chair in any private institute in the country.

    The Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences is the largest residential institute for the tribals in the world as it provides accommodation, study, career development, and healthcare to 25,000 tribal students each year in which 12,200 are girls.

    As per the MoU :

    • The two institutes will work jointly for promotion of knowledge and skill empowerment for less privileged children in India.
    • They will develop a resource centre for imparting knowledge on biodiversity and climate change to the children. 
    • MSSRF and KISS will engage in food and nutrition security-based on community-based intervention and research.
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  • Peru declares emergency after oil spill in two Rivers

     

    Peru declares emergency after oil spill in two RiversThe Peruvian government has declared an emergency for three weeks after a major oil pipeline in the country’s northeast region bursted affecting two rivers, namely Chiriaco and Morona, which are the main source of water and food for several indigenous communities. The government has told these communities not to eat fish from the polluted waters. 

    The pipeline has spilled 3,000 barrels of crude oil in to the rivers. The pipeline is owned by Petro Peru, a state-owned oil company and was built more than 30 years ago. It used to transport between 5,000 and 6,000 oil barrels per day.

    The oil company has been accused of very slow reaction towards the incident of oil spill. It started providing food, water and medical attention weeks after the crisis, which has affected the health of more than 200 people.

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  • Tamil Comedy Actor Kumarimuthu passes away

     

    Tamil Comedy Actor Kumarimuthu passes awayTamil comedian Kumarimuthu (77), who was known for his comic roles, passed away recently in Chennai, Tamil Nadu following age-related ailments.

    He was best known for his signature laugh and has starred in nearly 50 films in his career spanning over three-decades. He was associated with Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) in his brief stint in politics.

    Some of his best films : Idhu Namma Aalu, Sahadevan Mahadevan, Oru Oorla Oru Rajakumari and Marumagan.

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  • Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain appointed as Chief of Staff of Eastern Naval Command 

     

    Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain appointed as Chief of Staff of Eastern Naval Command Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain, AVSM, VSM took over as the Chief of Staff, of the Visakhapatnam headquartered Eastern Naval Command (ENC)  from Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, who took over as the Commander-in-Chief, Andaman & Nicobar Command at Port Blair. 

    At a Glance : Atul Kumar Jain 

    Vice Admiral Jain is an alumnus of the Sainik School (Rewa), National Defence Academy (Pune), the Defence Services Staff College (Wellington, Ooty), the College of Naval Warfare (Mumbai) and the National Defence College (Pretoria, South Africa).

    He was commissioned in the Indian Navy on 01 July 1982 and post specialisation in Gunnery and Missile Warfare and had worked on missile destroyers IN Ships Ranvijay and Ranvir. 

    His important appointments include command of missile corvettes Nirghat, Khukri, missile destroyer INS Rajput and indigenously built stealth destroyer INS Mysore.

    He has also served as the director Naval Intelligence (Protocol), Director Foreign Liaison and Principal Director Staff Requirement at Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Navy). 

    Awards and Honours : For his distinguished service, he was awarded Vishisht Seva Medal in 2009 and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 2015. 

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  • Hashim Thaci elected as President of Kosovo

     

    Hashim Thaci elected as President of KosovoHashim Thaci has been elected as  the President of Kosovo after 71 of the country’s 120 MPs voted in favour of his nomination, proving required simple majority.

    He will succeed Atifete Jahjaga. Prior to this he was serving as Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister in the new cabinet led by Isa Mustafa which assumed office on 12 December 2014.

    At a Glance: Hashim Thaci 

    Hashim Thaci was born on  24 April 1968  in the Drenica region of central Kosovo. He studied philosophy and history at the University of Pristina. Since his student days, he was involved in passive resistance to the Belgrade authorities. 

    He rose to prominence as the political leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), a paramilitary organisation that was active during the Kosovo War. He was the first Prime Minister of Kosovo.

    About Kosovo :

    Kosovo is a disputed territory and partially recognised state in the Southeastern Europe that declared its independence from Serbia in February 2008 as the Republic of Kosovo. It has been recognised by the US and many EU countries.

    It is under the administration of UN since 1999,  after the NATO intervention had ousted Serbian forces. Kosovo is landlocked in the central Balkan Peninsula and is facing long-term severe ethnic tensions between Kosovo’s Albanian and Serb communities.

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  • Indo-Seychelles Joint Training 'Ex Lamitye' concludes

     

    Indo-Seychelles Joint Training 'Ex Lamitye' concludesExercise ‘Lamitye – 2016’, the 7th joint military training exercise between the Indian Army and the Seychelles People’s Defence Forces (SPDF) concluded in Victoria, Mahe Island, Seychelles. 

    The 14 day joint exercise was conducted from 15 to 28 February 2016 at Victoria, Mahe Island, Seychelles with an aim to improve interoperability between both Armies in jointly fighting Counter Insurgency / Counter Terrorism.

    Indian contingent was represented by an infantry platoon and representatives from the Special Forces while Seychelles People’s Defence Forces (SPDF) was represented by the Tazar (Special Forces Unit) and Seychelles Infantry.

    ‘Exercise Lamitye’ meaning ‘Friendship in Creole’ has been a bridge between the Armed Forces of India and SPDF since 2001. The exercise is conducted biennially with the aim of enhancing military cooperation and interoperability between the Armed Forces of two countries.

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  • IFC launches Uridashi Masala Bonds

     

     

    IFC launches Uridashi Masala BondsThe International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group launched its first Uridashi Masala Bonds (Japanese bonds) to mobilise Rs 30 crore from Japanese retail investors and promote private sector development in India. JP Morgan is the sole arranger of the bonds and Daisen Hinomaru Securities is its distributor.

    What are masala bonds? 

    Masala bonds are rupee-denominated instruments sold only to offshore investors,  by Indian corporates for raising money from overseas investors. Since masala bonds do not face face currency fluctuation risks, so corporates use it for for raising money from overseas investors. It is mainly used for the sake for  external commercial borrowings (ECBs) that are raised and repaid in dollar or other currency terms.

    Background : International Finance Corporation (IFC), last November, issued Rs.1,000 crore bond to fund infrastructure projects in India.These bonds were listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). IFC then named them Masala bonds to give a local flavour by calling to mind Indian culture and cuisine. It has been done in the past as Chinese bonds, named Dim-sum bonds after a popular dish in Hong Kong. So have Japanese bonds named Samurai after the country’s warrior class.

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