Current Affairs, News & Facts of 13 Feb 2016

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  • Uttar Pradesh govt amends "UP land reform act"


    Uttar Pradesh govt amends "UP land reform act"

    Uttar Pradesh has amended Uttar Pradesh Zamindari Abolition and Land Reform Act allowing the Scheduled castes to sell their farm land to non-dalits without asking for permission from District magistrate. Uttar Pradesh (UP) Land Revenue Act, 2015 has been notified in this regard.The new revenue act also replaced the pre and post British era British era Land Revenue Act of 1901 and Zamindari Abolition and Land Reform Act 1950.

    Earlier there were some clauses in the Act which said that dalit cannot sell his land to non-dalit unless he takes permission from the DM.  The law also said that DM cannot give permission if on the given day the area of the proposed land is less than 1.26 hectares or after selling a portion of the land the original land becomes less than 1.26 hectare. This clause was creating problem in selling land.

    In many cases, when dalits were in urgent need of money and they wanted to sell off their property they could not do so because they cannot sell it off to non-dalits. Then they were either forced to sell the land to a dalit at a throw away price or take loan from the private money lender but now this decision of the government will allow the dalits to use land as a medium to earn money at times of need.

  • BCCI banned Pakistan umpire Asad Rauf for 5 years


    BCCI banned Pakistan umpire Asad Rauf for 5 yearsThe Disciplinary Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has banned controversial Pakistan umpire Asad Rauf for five years from any form of cricket that falls under purview of the Indian Board. The committee, headed by BCCI president Shashank Manohar and comprising Jyotiraditya Scindia and Niranjan Shah has passed order in this regard.

    59-year-old, Asad Rauf, who was part of the ICC's elite panel and officiated in Test matches, was accused of accepting expensive gifts from bookies besides placing bets on IPL matches in the 2013 edition. 

    Legal ground for ban : He has been found guilty of  misconduct and corruption within the meaning of Article 2.2.2, 2.3.2, 2.3.3 and 2.4.1 of the BCCI Anti Corruption Code. The articles under which he has been found guilty deal with "soliciting, inducing, enticing, instructing, persuading, encouraging, facilitating or authorising any other party to enter into a bet for the direct or indirect benefit of the Participant in relation to the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of any match or event

  • Vilas Tonapi appointed as Director of Indian Institute of Millets Research


    Vilas Tonapi appointed as Director of Indian Institute of Millets ResearchDr. Vilas A. Tonapi has been appointed Director of Indian Institute of Millets Research (IIMR), Hyderabad. He is currently serving as the Principal Scientist at Seed Science and Technology of the IIMR.

    Dr. Vilas A. Tonapi

    Earlier, Dr. Tonapi has served as Head, Division of Seed Science and Technology, IARI, New Delhi. He holds a Ph.D from Tamil Nadu Agriculture University and did his post Doctoral from University of Queensland, Australia.

    His field of specialisation includes Planning, development and management of crop improvement programmes and strategies. He has 50 research papers to his credit in peer reviewed journals, 30 authored and edited books.

  • ’Nidar’ India’s Lightest Revolver weighing 250gm


    ’Nidar’ India’s Lightest Revolver weighing 250gmBoosting the 'Make in India' initiative, the Rifle Factory Ishapore, has indigenously developed country's lightest revolver 'Nidar' which weighs merely 250 grams and costing  35,000 rupees. Two years ago India had also launched Nirbheek, the country's "first gun for women" weighing 500 grams and costing 1,22,000.

    Unlike costly titanium alloy used in Nirbheek, Nidar is made with an aluminium alloy called  'DTD5124' which makes it very light, but has supreme metal strength. It has a 40-mm barrel and is just 140mm in length which makes it "small enough to fit into small purse, handbag, pockets of trousers and jackets.

    The revolver is capable of firing eight rounds loaded in a revolving chamber against Nirbheek which has only six rounds capacity. Nidar has been developed mainly for office going/ professional men and women, so that they can defend themselves from goons roaming on the urban streets.

    Both guns Nirbheek and Nidar have been named after Nirbhaya - the nickname given by the Indian press to Jyoti Singh, the 23-year-old victim of December 2012 fatal gang rape. All three words mean fearless in Hindi.

  • Gujarat to have India’s first disabled-friendly beach


    Gujarat to have India’s first disabled-friendly beachA person relises his disablity when he has no choice but to depend on someone for basic accessibility to places like hospitals, movie theatres, train stations, beaches and parks because in India most of these places lack the necessary facilities for the disabled although various attempts to make public areas inclusive for the disabled under "Accessible India campaign" have been successful, but we are still a long way to go.

    The Tithal Beach  in Valsad district of Gujarat is one of the most popular tourist spot in Gujarat with an average of thousand visitors on a weekly basis but it is not that easy for a disabled person to feel the pleasure of cool sand beneath their foot and the fresh breazes flowing nearby because their wheelchair can not negotiate on sand so the Union Govt has planned to make it India’s first disable friendly beach by providing proper infrastructure. Government will provide Rs.5 crore in the first phase.

    Key Highlights about the Project :

    • In the first phase of the project 1 km beach stretch will have disabled-friendly food courts, washrooms and entertainment area.
    • Ramps and railings will lead up from the parking area to the beach.
    • Everything from washrooms to food court will be accessible for those who use wheelchairs.
    • The food counters will be at a lower height for the disabled.
    • The total budget for the first phase is set to Rs 5 crore.
    • The plans have been chalked out in close consultation with the disabled.
  • Four Indian-Americans selected to U.S. National Academy of Engineering


    Four Indian-Americans selected to U.S. National Academy of EngineeringFour Indian-Americans have been selected for the prestigious U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE)  to be part of its new list of 80 members for their valuable contributions to the society.

    Selected Indian-Americans are :-

    Anil K. Jain :  An IIT-Kanpur alumnus, he was elected for his contributions to the practice of biometrics and field of engineering. He is currently working as a distinguished professor at the Michigan State University in East Lansing in the department of computer science and engineering.

    Arati Prabhakar :  Prabhakar was chosen for national leadership to advance semiconductor and information technologies. He is currently director of the US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Virginia. 

    Ganesh Thakur : He has been selected for his leadership in the implementation of integrated reservoir management techniques. He is currently the president of Thakur Services Inc. in Houston, Texas.

    K.R. Sridhar : Sridhar was selected for his contributions to the thermal packaging of electrochemical systems and transport phenomena and also for the generation of clean, affordable and reliable power. Currently he is chief executive officer and principal co-founder of Bloom Energy Corporation in California. Earlier, he had worked with the NASA Mars programme.

    About US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) 

    The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is a private non-profit governmental organization (NGO) in the United States. It was established in 1964 and is part of the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.The NAE operates engineering programs aimed at meeting national needs, encourages research and education. It also recognizes the superior achievements of engineers.New members NAE are elected annually by current members based on their distinguished achievements in original research.

  • 13 February : World Radio Day


    13 February : World Radio DayWorld Radio Day is observed annually on 13 February. It is a day to remember the unique power of radio to touch lives and bring people together across every corner of the globe. World Radio Day is about celebrating radio, why we love it and why we need it today more than ever.

    Today we have various advanced technologies for communication but Radio still remains the medium that reaches the widest audience worldwide, in the quickest possible time. World Radio Day was proclaimed on 3 November 2011 by UNESCO's 36th General Conference after originally proposed by the Kingdom of Spain.  

    Theme for the year 2016 : This year, the UNESCO theme for World Radio Day is “Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster”

    All India Radio (AIR) :

    All India Radio (AIR) which is officially known as Akashvani is the national public radio broadcaster of India and a division of Prasar Bharati. It is the sister service of Prasar Bharati's Doordarshan, the national public television broadcaster.

    • Established : 1930
    • Headquarters :  Akashvani Bhavan in New Delhi

    All India Radio is one of the largest radio networks in the world and has  covered more than 99% of the Indian Population as per the latest information given by Minister of Information and Broadcast. AIR has many services in a number of languages, each serving different regions across India.


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