Current Affairs, News & Facts of 03 Mar 2016

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  • Poet Dr Bhagwati Lal Vyas selected for 2015 Bihari Puraskar


    Poet Dr Bhagwati Lal Vyas selected for 2015 Bihari PuraskarEminent poet Dr Bhagwati Lal Vyas has been chosen for the 2015 Bihari Puraskar for his anthology of Rajasthani poems 'Katha Sun Aawe Hai Sabad' published in 2010. His poetic work reflects the increasing tendencies of commercialization and degradation of human values.

    About Dr Bhagwati Lal Vyas

    Dr Vyas was born on 10 July 1941 in village Gilund of Raj Samand district of Rajasthan. His works reflect the unpleasant changes in human relations, social disparity and loss of human values although positivity and his faith in human life is also reflected in vast collection of his poetry work.

    The best known works of Dr Vyas includes compendium of poems titled 'Shatabdi Niruttar' (1977), 'Footpath Par Chiriya Nachti Hai' (1984) and a collection of short stories 'Suraj Leelti Ghatiyan' stand out. 

    About Bihari Puraskar

    Bihari Puraskar is a literary award instituted by K. K. Birla Foundation in 1991. It is given annually for an outstanding literary work in Hindi or Rajasthani published during last 10 years by a Rajasthani writer. 

    It is also open to those living in the state for the last seven years or more. The award carries a cash prize of Rs one lakh, a citation and a plaque. The selection for the award was made by a six-member Committee. Its Chairman is appointed by the President of the Foundation, Shobhana Bhartia.

  • New Zealand cricket player and commentator Martin Crowe passes away


    New Zealand cricket player and commentator Martin Crowe passes awayDescribed as New Zealand's greatest batsman Martin Crowe passed away in Auckland, New Zealand following long battle with cancer. He was 53. He lost his battle with lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system.

    Crowe was appointed New Zealand's captain in 1990, and led the team until 1993. He retired in 1996 due to knee injury. Later he went on to become a television commentator and author.

    At a Glance :  Martin Crowe 

    Crowe was born  on 22 September 1962 in Auckland, New Zealand. His mother, Audrey Crowe, was one of New Zealand's leading female cricketers and his father, Dave Crowe,  played first-class cricket for Canterbury and Wellington.

    Crowe made his first-class debut for Auckland at the age of 17, and his Test debut for New Zealand at the age of 19. He was named a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1985, and was credited as one of the "best young batsmen in the world".

    In his entire career, crowe had played 77 Test matches, 143 One Day Internationals (ODIs) and 247 First-class matches. He was right-handed batsman. 

    ODI Career: He had played 143 ODI matches and scored 4704 runs at an average of 38.55 including 4 centuries and 34 fifties. His highest score was 107 runs.

    Test Career : He had played 77 matches and had scored 5444 runs at an average of 5.36 including 17 centuries and 18 fifties. His highest score was of 299 runs. 

    Awards and honours : He was honoured with player of the tournament award in 1992 World Cup Cup after scoring 456 runs in 9 matches. 

  • South African spinner Aaron Phangiso suspended over illegal bowling action

    South African spinner Aaron Phangiso suspended over illegal bowling actionSouth Africa left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso has been suspended  from bowling in Domestic cricket after an International Cricket Council (ICC) movement expert found his arm extended beyond the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under ICC regulations. 

    The tests for his bowling action were conducted after he was reported for suspect action in February 2015 by an ICC accredited laboratory at the University of Pretoria’s High-Performance Centre. So far, Phangiso has played 16 one-day internationals (ODIs) and 9 T20s for South Africa. 

    However will get the chance to win back his place in the squad for the final game of the series South Africa’s World Twenty20 campaign in India, when he passes a re-test to be conducted by ICC’s Panel of Human Movement Specialists on 7 March.

  • CCS gives nod to acquire 2 AWACS from Israel


    CCS gives nod to acquire 2 AWACS from IsraelThe Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS)  has cleared a proposal to acquire two more Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) at the cost of Rs.7,500 crore under a tripartite contract with Israel and Russia.  

    The CCS chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also approved the proposal for induction of the 4th regiment of supersonic cruise missile Brahmos and 2 more of Pinaka rocket launchers in the India Army.

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) already had three such AWACS platforms that comprise of Israeli-made radars mounted on Russian heavy transport planes IL-76.

    Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) : They are basically Israeli early-warning radar suites mounted on Russian IL-76 transport aircraft. With a 400-km range and 360-degree coverage, they give an ability to see deep inside enemy territory and are capable of detecting incoming fighters, cruise missiles and drones much before ground-based radars.

  • Parliament passes Carriage by Air amendment Bill, 2015


    Parliament passes Carriage by Air amendment Bill, 2015Parliament has passed the Carriage by Air (Amendment) Bill, 2015, that would enhance compensation for air travellers in case of death, injury, lost baggage or even inordinate delay in flights.

    The bill was first passed by the Lok Sabha in December 2015 and later it was passed by the Rajya in March 2016. Now the bill would go for Presidential assent as per the provisions laid down in Article 111 of Constitution.

    At a Glance : Air amendment Bill, 2015

    The Carriage by Air (Amendment) Bill, 2015 was introduced in Lok Sabha on August 7, 2015 by the Minister of Civil Aviation, Mr. P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju. 

    The Bill seeks to amend the Carriage by Air Act, 1972 to revise the limits of liability for airlines and empower the central government to revise the limits of liability for airlines and compensation as per the Montreal Convention. Empowers Union Government to make rules to carry out provisions of the Act. 

    Carriage by Air Act, 1972 : The Act regulates carriage by air and gives effect to the Warsaw Convention, 1929, the Warsaw Convention as amended by the Hague Protocol, 1955, and the Montreal Convention, 1999. The Act also provides for application of the international rules to domestic travel, subject to exceptions and adaptations. 

    The Montreal Convention, 1999 : It establishes airline liability in the case of death, injury or delay to passengers or in cases of delay, damage or loss of baggage and cargo.  The Convention also provides for reviewing the limits of liability of the air carriers every five years.  The Bill seeks to amend the Act to adhere to the revised limits of liability.


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