Current Affairs, News & Facts of 04 Mar 2016

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  • UNSC imposes tough sanctions against North Korea over nuclear test


    UNSC imposes tough sanctions against North Korea over nuclear testThe United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has unanimously adopted a resolution to impose a broad array of sanctions against North Korea in response to its fourth nuclear test and missile launch. 

    The resolution was drafted by the United States and backed by China. The sanction will go further than any U.N. sanctions in two decades, it will be tougher than the Iran sanctions regime.

    About the sanction :

    1. All cargo going to and from North Korea will be inspected on  all airports and sea ports destined for and coming from North Korea. 

    2. The sanction imposes severe restrictions on exports of iron and iron ore, coal, gold, titanium and rare earth minerals from North Korea and also prohibits their supply.

    3. The sancton further tightens arms embargo by banning sales of small arms and strict inspection of bars vessels suspected of carrying illegal goods for North Korea from sea ports. 

    4. The sanction asks U.N. member states to ban North Korea from opening banks, and to close any banks believed to be associated with North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

    5. The sancton directs member states to expel North Korean diplomats and foreign nationals engaged in illicit activities.

    6. The member nations will not stop North Korean nationals from taking training  in fields that could advance the nation's missile and nuclear programs.

    7. The sancton bans member states from allowing North Korea to charter foreign vessels or aircraft, and also bans all nations from operating any vessels that use North Korean flags. The sancton  prohibit the supply of aviation fuel including rocket fuel.


  • Delhi becomes first state to launch HPV vaccine as public health programme in schools 


    Delhi becomes first state to launch HPV vaccine as public health programme in schoolsDelhi has become the first state in the country to launch the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine as a public health programme for school children.The HPV vaccine protects people against the group of 150-odd HPVs, some of which can cause cervical cancer. 

    Phases of vaccination : This vaccination programme will be completed in the current academic year over two phases. In the first year, girls studying in Class VI in government schools will be targeted and in the next year girls between the age of 9 and 13 will be targeted. In the first phase of the vaccination programme, about 1 to 1.5 lakh school girls will be targeted and later this initiative will be expanded to the private schools.

    Vaccine dose :  Children will be given two doses of the vaccine. The first and the second doses will be administered within 30 days of each other while the third booster dose will be given within 240 days of the first vaccine, which will be covered in the next phase.

    Human Papillomavirus (HPV) : Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a DNA virus from the papillomavirus family that is capable of infecting humans. It is mainly a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that causes genital warts and cervical cancer. Routine screening and vaccines are the safest way to prevent the infection.

  • Indian playwright and theatre director, guru Ratan Thiyam selected for 11th META Lifetime Achievement Award


     Indian playwright and theatre director, guru Ratan Thiyam selected for 11th META Lifetime Achievement AwardIndian playwright and theatre director Ratan Thiyam has been selected for prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for 2016 at the 11th edition of the Mahindra Excellence Theatre Awards (META). 

    He has been conferred with this award for creating a new language in theatre and enriching the art form in various roles as writer, director, designer, composer and choreographer.

    In the past, this award has been given to theatre greats such as Zohra Sehgal, Badal Sarkar, Khaled Chowdhury, Ebrahim Alkazi, Girish Karnad and Heisnam Kanhailal.

    Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) 

    Instituted by the Mahindra Group, in the year 2006  is one of the Indian theatre industry’s premier awards. It  recognise and reward all aspects of theatre production and stage craft.

    The award carries : The award carries a trophy and a cheque of 100000 rupees for the best production, 75000 rupees for best original playwright and 45000 rupees for all other award categories.

    The award aims at increasing awareness and appreciation of Indian theatre by acting as a national platform for Theatre Groups from every corner of the nation. 

  • Mumbai wins the U-23 CK Nayudu Trophy


    Mumbai wins the U-23 CK Nayudu TrophyMumbai U-23 cricket team has won the Col CK Nayudu Trophy for the season 2015-16 by defeating Madhya Pradesh under-23 cricket team in the final match played at Holkar Stadium, Indore.

    Mumbai scored 577 runs in the first inning of the final match while Madhya Pradesh scored 422 all out in second innings thus falling short of 155 runs.

    This was Mumbai's second big title of the season after they had won the Ranji Trophy for the 41st time earlier.

    About Col CK Nayudu

    Born as Cottari Kanakaiya Nayudu on 31 October 1895, in Bara Bada Nagpur. He was the first captain of the Indian cricket team in Test matches.

    He played first-class cricket regularly till 1958, and played his last match in 1963 at the age of 68.

    In 1923, the ruler of Holkar invited him to Indore and made him a Captain (land and air) in his army, conferring on him the honour of a Colonel in Holkar's Army.

  • Mrugank Paranjape appointed as MD & CEO of MCX


    Mrugank Paranjape appointed as MD & CEO of MCXMrugank Paranjape has been appointed as MD & CEO of Multi-Commodity Exchange (MCX),  an independent commodity exchange based in India.

    The appointment will be for a period of three years, subject to prior approval from Sebi and such other approvals as may be necessary.

    Prior to this appointment he was working with Deutsche Bank as Asia Pacific Head of Trust & Securities Services/Cash Management for Financial Institutions.

    Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX)

    Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd (MCX) is India's No.1 commodity exchange with 84% market share in 2014-15.

    MCX has several strategic alliances with leading exchanges across the globe with a normal daily  turnover of  Rs. 20,328.26 crore.

    It started functioning  in November 2003 under the regulatory framework of the Forward Contracts Regulation Act (FCRA), 1952. 

    MCX offers futures trading in bullion, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, energy, and a number of agricultural commodities (mentha oil, cardamom, potatoes, palm oil etc). It ranks no. 1 in silver, no. 2 in natural gas, no. 3 in crude oil. The highest traded item is gold.

  • Govt winds up National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council


    Govt winds up National Manufacturing Competitiveness CouncilThe Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved winding up of National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council (NMCC) as it has fulfilled the mandate for which it was constituted. Decision in this regard was taken by Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi

    National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council (NMCC)

    The NMCC was established in 2004 as a part of the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) . It's objective was to provide a continuing forum for policy dialogue to energize and sustain the growth of manufacturing industry.

    It was established as an autonomous organization with its Chairman in the rank of a Cabinet Minister and members from Government and Industry. 

    Since it's inception in 2004, NMCC conducted various studies independently in consultation with several Government Ministries/Departments and also industry association and shared these studies/reports with the Ministries/Departments concerned during the decade of its functioning.

  • South Korea passes first Anti-terror Bill


    South Korea passes first Anti-terror BillSouth Korea's parliament has passed a controversial anti-terror law  that was first proposed 15 years ago in 2001 after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in US. Among total 300 parliament members of South Korea, nearly 160 parliament members voted for the bill.

    Provisions anti-terror legislation

    The legislation  defines terror as an "act that can put national security and citizens' safety at risk which includes the disturbance of the nation, regional government, and foreign government exercising its authority".

    The legislation will allow NIS agents to collect personal information, location and conversation in mobile phones from suspected terrorists and will also enable the agency to track bank accounts and immigration records of the suspects.

    The NIS will be also allowed to halt card issuance, and request financial information and immigration records from related authorities.

    The intelligence agency will report to the Prime Minister before they exercise their new power. A committee headed by the prime minister will decide anti-terror policies to be formed, as well as an anti-terror centre under the committee to manage related policing authorities. 

    Under the Bill those found guilty can face capital punishment of life imprisonment or over 10 years’ incarceration and those who join a foreign terrorist group can face over 5 years imprisonment.

  • 3rd March: World Wildlife Day


    3rd March: World Wildlife DayEvery year 3rd March is observed as World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora. The day was proclaimed by United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 20 December 2013, at its 68th session. 

    On this day in 1973, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was adopted. Since then CITES plays an important role of curbing poaching and trafficking of protected species.

    Theme for the year 2016 : "The future of wildlife is in our hands" is the theme for World Wildlife Day, 2016. African and Asian elephants are a main focus of the 2016. The theme encourages countries around the world to take action on national level to spread awareness for the survival of both wild animals and plants. 


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