Current Affairs, News & Facts of 21 Jul 2015

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  • Bhanu Pratap Sharma appointed as Chairperson of FSSAI


    • Health and Family Welfare Secretary Bhanu Pratap Sharma has been given additional charge of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Chairperson, for three months. 
    • Bhanu Pratap Sharma, a 1981 batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre, will hold the additional charge for three months beyond July 3 or till the appointment of a regular incumbent
    • It is also to be noted that in another order, IFoS officer S S Negi has been appointed as Director General (Forests) and Special Secretary in Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change
    • S S Negi is a 1980 batch Indian Forest Service (IFoS) officer of Himachal Pradesh cadre and will replace S S Garbyal who retires on July 31, the order said. 

    Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)

    The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has been established under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 and operates under Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India 

    Function of FSSAI 
    It has been created for laying down science based standards for articles of food and to regulate their manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import to ensure availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption.

    Administrative Structure 

    The FSSAI is led by a non-executive Chairperson, appointed by the Central Government from amongst the persons of eminence in the field of food science or from amongst the persons from the administration who have been associated with the subject and is either holding or has held the position of not below the rank of Secretary to the Government of India

    The FSSAI has its headquarters at New Delhi. The agency also has 8 regional offices located in Delhi, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Guwahati, Mumbai, Kolkata, Cochin and Chennai. 4 referral laboratories and 72 local laboratories located throughout India.

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  • France's Amelie Mauresmo inducted in International Tennis Hall of Fame


    Renowned tennis player of France Amelie Mauresmo was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).

    About Amelie Mauresmo 

    •  Amelie Mauresmo is a two-time Grand Slam winner which i.e, Australian Open (2006) and Wimbledon (2006). 
    • Amelie Mauresmo is a former world number one and had spent a total of 39 weeks atop in the rankings in 2004 and 2006.
    • Mauresmo has won 25 singles titles and was a silver medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
    • Mauresmo is one of three French women to win a Grand Slam title in the Open Era, along with Mary Pierce and Marion Bartoli.
    • She was the fifteenth World No. 1 in women's tennis since the computer rankings began
    • She officially retired  from professional tennis on 3 December 2009 , ending a career of fifteen years. Mauresmo has coached Andy Murray since June 2014.

    The International Tennis Hall of Fame is located in Newport, Rhode Island, United States. It honors players and contributors to the sport of tennis and includes a museum, grass tennis courts, an indoor tennis facility, and a court tennis (or real tennis) facility

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  • A new cyprinid fish named Puntius Dolichopterus has been discovered in Kerala’s Kayamkulam city


    The new fish species has been discovered, named and described by Mathews Plamoottil who is the head of  Baby John Memorial Government College, near Kollam city

     About Puntius Dolichopterus 

    • The name of the new fish “dolichopterus” has been coined from two Greek words ‘dolikhos’ meaning elongated and ‘pteron’ meaning wing or fin, as refers to elongated pectoral fin
    • Puntius Dolichopterus has longer pectoral fin, shorter dorsal fin, unusually elongated dorsal spine, longer head, lesser number of lateral line scales and pre-dorsal scales.
    • The spine of dorsal fin in this fish is rigid, strong and long. They have a pair of small barbels. They are between 7.3 and 8.7 cm in length.
    • The fish, found in small and shallow water channels, is edible and can be utilised as ornamental fish. 

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  • Swati Maliwal took charge as the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief


    • Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Swati Maliwal took charge as the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief.
    • Maliwal, who is an RTI Activist, and also the youngest member of India Against Corruption succeeded Barkha Shukla whose tenure ended in July 2015
    • Swati Maliwal, the wife of AAP leader Navin Jaihind, before this assignment, she was Advisor (Public Grievances) to the Chief Minister of Delhi 

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  • Milind Soman just completed the world's toughest triathlon - Ironman!


    • Milind Soman who is Bollywood actor, model and a national level swimmer for India  just made the country proud by successfully completing the Ironman Triathlon held in Zurich, Switzerland on 19 July, 
    • The triathlon is considered one of the world's toughest races and had 2,000 participants which included seven Indians.
    • The triathlon includes a 3.8-km swim, a 180.2-km cycle ride and 42.2-km run raced in that order without a break which the participants are required to complete within 16 hours to win the title of 'Ironman'.
    • Milind Soman, who took part in the race for the first time, took 15 hours and 19 minutes to finish it  very few Indians have achieved this feat. 
    •  Milind has been preparing for this competition from last few months. He has been keeping his fans updated about the same on social media by posting the pictures of his training sessions.

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  • Stephen Hawking launches $100m search project for alien life


    A new $100 million, 10-year search for aliens project has been announced by famed physicist Stephen Hawking and Russian tycoon Yuri Milner 

    This  10-year alien search project which has been named as "Breakthrough Listen" will be the most powerful search ever taken for signs of intelligent life beyond Earth.

    • The project will survey the 1 million stars in the Milky Way closest to Earth, as well as the 100 closest galaxies.
    • Some of the world's largest radio telescopes will be used to scan for distinctive radio signals that could indicate the existence of intelligent life. In addition to checking for radio signals, Breakthrough Listen will hunt for light signals using a telescope at the Lick Observatory in California.
    • Astronomers will listen to signals from the million star systems nearest to Earth and the 100 closest galaxies, although they do not yet plan to send messages back into space.

    Mr. Hawking said some form of simple life on other worlds seemed very likely, but the existence of intelligence was another matter, and humankind needed to think hard about making contact.

    "A civilization reading one of our messages could be billions of years ahead. If so, they will be vastly more powerful and may not see us as any more valuable than we see bacteria" Mr. Hawking said

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