Current Affairs, News & Facts of 28 Apr 2016

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  • Lobsang Sangey re-elected as PM of Tibetan Government-in-exile

    Lobsang Sangey re-elected as PM of Tibetan Government-in-exileLobsang Sangay (48) has been re-elected  as the prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile for a second consecutive term. 

    Tibetan election officials announced the result in the northern Indian town of Dharmsala, the headquarters of the government-in-exile.

    Sangay,  defeated his only rival, Penpa Tsering, Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament,  receiving about 58 percent of the 58,740 votes cast.

    Background : The 2016 general election was the second election since the Dalai Lama stepped down as head of the government-in-exile in 2011 to focus on his role as the Tibetans’ spiritual leader.  Tibetans living in exile cast their votes in 40 countries.

    Lobsang Sangey : He was born  in a refugee community in 1968 in Darjeeling. He graduated from the Tibetan school in Darjeeling and later received his B.A. (Hons) and LL.B. degrees from the University of Delhi.  In 1995, he won a Fulbright Scholarship to Harvard Law School.

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  • Naval detachment set up at Lakshadweep’s Androth Island

    Naval detachment set up at Lakshadweep’s Androth IslandA naval detachment aimed at enhancing the Navy's reach and surveillance of Arabian Sea waters was inagurated by Southern Command of the Indian Navy at Androth Island of the Lakshadweep archipelago.

    Significance of the naval detachment

    It will extend Indian naval presence at Androth Island, provide communication network connectivity with mainland, enable Sea Lanes of Communication (SLOC) monitoring and function as an Observance and reporting organisation, besides radar surveillance.

    Lakshadweep and Mnicoy Islands occupy a strategic location in the Arabian Sea. A number of shipping lanes pass close to these islands.

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  • Only 7 per cent B-school graduates are employable

    Only 7 per cent B-school graduates are employableIndia has at least 5,500 B-schools operational at present but unfortunately most of the business schools in the country are producing sub-par graduates who are largely unemployable, and therefore earning less than Rs 10,000 a month.

    The study says that only 7 per cent of MBA graduates from Indian business schools, excluding those from the top 20 schools, get a job straight after completing their course.

    The lack of quality control and infrastructure, low-paying jobs through campus placement, and poor faculty are the major reasons behind the disaster. 

    Around 220 B-schools have shut down in the last two years in Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Hyderabad, and Dehradun, and 120 more are expected to wind up in 2016.

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  • Deepika Kumari equals world record at Archery World Cup

    Deepika Kumari equals world record at Archery World CupOn Wednesday – exactly 100 days before the Rio Olympics - Ace Indian archer Deepika Kumari has equalled a world record at the Archery World Cup in Shanghai in the qualifying stage of the women's recurve event.

    Padma Shri recipient Deepika recorded a score of 686 out of 720 to finish 1st in qualifiers and equal the world record set by South Korea's Ki Boe Bae at the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea in 2015.

    In the previous editions of the World Cup, Deepika had won silver medals 2011, 2012 and 2013 in the individual events.

    She has already qualified for the Rio Olympics with her performance at the Copenhagen World Championships in 2015.

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  • Govt. to set up sex offenders registry

    Govt. to set up sex offenders registryIn view of rising sexual crimes in the country, the Union government is planning to set up a sex offenders registry in the country, on the lines of those maintained in western countries including the U.S. and the U.K.

    Details of sexual offenders even below 18 years of age would be included in the database, which will be put up on the website of National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).

    The government will publicise their photographs, addresses, PAN card details, Aadhaar card number, fingerprints and DNA samples through this registry. The United States has a similar website called the National Sex Offender Public Website.

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  • Indian Naval Ships Veer, Nipat to be decommissioned today  

    Indian Naval Ships Veer, Nipat to be decommissioned todayIndian Naval Ships Veer and Nipat, serving under the 22nd Killer Missile Vessel Squadron will be decommissioned in Mumbai today. These ships are the first of Veer Class of ships to be decommissioned from the Indian Navy.

    Both the ships, are 1241 RE class missile vessels, and have completed 29 and 28 years of commissioned service respectively. During their service, the ships have participated in numerous operations and successfully completed many deployments.

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  • Gurdwara reopens in Peshawar after 73 years

    Gurdwara reopens in Peshawar after 73 yearsA 300-year-old gurdwara in Peshawar’s crowded Old City opened its doors to worshippers for the first time in 73 years.

    The reopening was celebrated by Pakistan's tiny Sikh minority but security is a constant concern.

    Background: On 22nd April Sardar Suran Singh a Sikh leader and provincial lawmaker was shot and killed outside his home in a remote area in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province, some 140 kilometers from Peshawar. 

    The murder of Sardar Sooran Singh devastated the Sikh community and heightened their fears of militant attacks.

    The event has also added to human rights activists over rising violence against religious minorities in Pakistan.

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  • Renowned Kerala cartoonist V T Thomas passes away

    Renowned Kerala cartoonist V T Thomas passes awayV T Thomas - Renowned cartoonist from Kerala passed away following a brief illness at in Kottayam, Kerala. He was 86.

    He also known as Toms and was the creator of the legendary cartoon characters  cartoon characters Boban and Molly (Bobanum Moliyum).

    About V T Thomas

    Born on June 6, 1929 in Kuttanad in Alappuzha district, he joined the British Army during the second World War, and served for a brief period.  Later he turned to the world of cartoons, following footsteps of his elder brother Peter Thomas. 

    He had immense interest in drawing and  found his characters Boban and Molly at the age of 30 from his neighbourhood. The whole story of Boban and Molly characters described the issues faced by the middle class and the day to day socio-political developments through his cartoon column.

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  • Union Cabinet approves MoU between India and Papua New Guinea in health area and medical science

    Union Cabinet approves MoU between India and Papua New Guinea in health area and medical scienceThe Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Papua New Guinea on cooperation in the field of Healthcare and Medical Science. 

    The bilateral MoU will encourage cooperation between the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare of India and the Ministry of Health and HIV/AIDS of the Papua New Guinea through joint initiatives in the health sector. It will strengthen bilateral ties between India and Papua New Guinea.

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  • Union Cabinet gives nod to MoU between IRDAI and Insurance Authority of UAE

    Union Cabinet gives nod to MoU between IRDAI and Insurance Authority of UAEThe Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval for the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) and the Insurance Authority of United Arab Emirates. The MoU was signed in February, 2016.

    The MoU provides for enhanced cooperation between the two authorities in the field of insurance supervision by providing a framework for co-operation such as channels of communication.

    The MoU will also result in increasing mutual understanding through the exchange of regulatory and relevant supervisory information including confidential information to enforce or ensure compliance with their respective laws and regulations.  

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