Current Affairs, News & Facts of 26 Apr 2016

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  • Indian rower Dattu Bhokanal qualifies for Rio Olympics

    Indian rower Dattu Bhokanal qualifies for Rio OlympicsIndian rower Dattu Baban Bhokanal has qualified for the Rio Olympics after winning a silver in the finals of men’s single sculls at the 2016 FISA Asian and Oceania Olympic Qualification Regatta at Chung-ju in South Korea. Bhokanal will be the ninth rower to represent India in the Olympics.

    Nashik-born Bhokanal, who trains at the Army Rowing Node (ARN) in Pune clocked 7 minutes, 7.63 seconds in the 2 km course to finish second while Korean Dongyong Kim bagged gold medal by completing  in  (07 mins 05.13 secs).

    Bhokanal has earlier won two gold medals in the 2014 National Rowing Championships, representing the Services and represented India at the 2014 Asian Games in China. He has also won silver in men's single sculls in the 16th Asian Rowing Championships in China last year. 

    Note : India's first ever Asian Games gold medal was won by Bajrang Lal Takhar in 2010 but we have never won an Olympic medal in Rowing.  The Rowing Federation of India administers the sport in the country. 

  • All new mobiles to have panic button from 2017

    All phones sold in the country from the year 2017 will have a  dedicated ‘panic button’ that can be used to send out a signal in case of distress.

    There will also be mandatory provision for installation of a GPS navigation system from January 1, 2018, to track the location of the person in crisis with accuracy.

    Feature phones without the facility of panic button can invoke emergency call by pressing 'Numeric key - 5' or 'Numeric key - 9'.  

    This button, on being pressed for a long time should invoke an emergency call, or through existing power button, when short pressed thrice in quick succession. When panic button will be pressed a signal/call will be made to the nearest security agency.

    The move has been ordered by the government through an official notification which says that no handset shall be sold in India from January 1, 2017, without a panic button and all handsets must also have GPS from January 1, 2018.

  • Mairaj Ahmed Khan wins silver medal at ISSF World Cup of shooting

    Mairaj Ahmed Khan wins silver medal at ISSF World Cup of shootingIndian shooter Mairaj Ahmed Khan has given India its first ever skeet medal by clinching silver in the men’s skeet event at ISSF World Cup held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    In the final, Mairaj lost gold medal to Sweden’s Marcus Svensson and the bronze medal was won by Tamarro Casandro of Italy.

    Earlier in the year, he became India's first ever skeet shooter to win an Olympic quota place after finishing at sixth place in last year's ISSF Shotgun World Cup in Italy.

    In the 2010, Commonwealth Shooting Championship he had won a team gold medal which was his best international performance earlier.

  • India to host 2018 Commonwealth Judo Championships

    India to host 2018 Commonwealth Judo ChampionshipsIndia will be hosting the 2018 Commonwealth Judo Championships in Jaipur. The Commonwealth Judo Championships was allotted to India, by the Commonwealth Judo Congress held on April 23rd at Port Elizabeth, South Africa. This will be the first time that Commonwealth Judo Championships will be held in India. 

    India will also host  10th Asian Cadet Judo Championships & 17th Asian Juniors Judo Championships from September 6th to 12th at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Kadvanthaa, Kerala.

    Commonwealth Judo Championships : The Commonwealth Judo Championships is the official event of the Commonwealth Judo Associations and being organised in every 2 years for Cadets, Junior, Seniors, Masters and visually impaired Judo Players.

  • Heart of Asia conference begins today in New Delhi

    Heart of Asia conference begins today in New DelhiThe Heart of Asia (HoA) conference begins today in New Delhi. The conference will be attended by officials of a number of  asian countries including Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry

    Objective of the conference : The main  objective of the conference is bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan and speeding up its reconstruction and boosting the economy of  Afghanistan by bringing up Energy, infrastructure and investment deals.

    The Heart of Asia - Istanbul Process was established in November 2011 to provide a platform to discuss regional issues, particularly encouraging security, political, and economic cooperation among Afghanistan and its neighbors.

    Heart of Asia conferences
    1st Heart of Asia conference :  Istanbul, Turkey
    2nd Heart of Asia conference : Kabul
    3rd Heart of Asia conference :  Almaty
    4th Heart of Asia conference :  Beijing, China
    5th Heart of Asia conference : Islamabad, Pakistan

    The 14 participating countries in HoA process are : Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and UAE. The supporting countries include Australia, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Iraq, Japan, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, U.K., U.S. and the E.U.

  • Bangladesh  brings law to impeach Supreme Court Judges

    Bangladesh  brings law to impeach Supreme Court JudgesBangladesh’s parliament has approved a much-debated " Supreme Court Judge (Investigation Act) 2016 " which gives authority to it's parliament to impeach Supreme Court judges. The amendment passed unanimously in a voice vote of 327-0.

    Process of impeachment

    The draft law says any citizen with evidence will be able to submit allegations against a Supreme Court judge to the speaker of Parliament. A 10- member parliamentary body will investigate the allegations. 

    The speaker will then form a high-powered committee with a former Supreme Court Judge, a former Attorney-General and noted jurists to review the primary report. The committee's finding will be placed before parliament which will forward recommendations to the president for necessary action.

  • Jeje Lalpekhlua clinches FPAI Indian player of the year award

    Jeje Lalpekhlua clinches FPAI Indian player of the year awardMohun Bagan and India striker Jeje Lalpekhlua were declared winner of the 'Indian Player of the Year' award by the Football Players Association of India (FPAI) at its annual awards function held at the Cooperage Ground Mumbai.

    Jeje, was also the winner of the FPAI's Junior Indian Footballer of the Year award in 2011, AIFF Emerging Player of the Year award in 2013 and the 2015 Indian Super League Emerging Player of the League award while representing franchise outfit Chennayin FC.

    Manipur-born Udanta Singh of I-League champions Bengaluru FC and the triumphant team's coach Ashley Westwood won the 'Young Player of the Year' and 'Coach of the Year' awards, respectively.

  • Indo- Mongolia Joint Military Exercise, Nomadic Elephant- 2016 Commences at Mongolia 

    Indo- Mongolia Joint Military Exercise, Nomadic Elephant- 2016 Commences at Mongolia The eleventh edition of India-Mongolia joint military training Exercise ‘Nomadic Elephant – 2016’  to promote military associations between India and Mongolia has commenced at Mongolia. The exercise will culminate on 08 May 2016. 

    The aim of this exercise is to develop synergy and inter operability between the two armies to fight in Counter Insurgency and Counter Terrorism environment under the United Nation mandate. 

    In this edition, a platoon of the Kumaon Regiment of the Indian Army along with a team of two observers is taking part in the event.

    The Indian contingent will share their practical experiences of Counter Insurgency and Counter Terrorism through a series of classroom lectures and outdoor demonstrations.

  • World Malaria Day : 25 April

    World Malaria Day World Malaria Day (WMD) is observed annually on 25 April across the world to recognise the global efforts to control malaria.

    Globally, 3.3 billion people in 106 countries are at risk of malaria. WMD is one of eight official global public health campaigns currently marked by the World Health Organization (WHO).

    Theme for the year 2016 : “End Malaria For Good”.  The theme reflects  the vision of a malaria-free world set out in the Global technical strategy for malaria 2016-2030 which was adopted by the World Health Assembly in May 2015. 

    World Malaria Day was established in May 2007 by the 60th session of the World Health Assembly, to provide understanding and education of malaria and also spread information on year-long intensified implementation of national malaria-control strategies.

  • Parliament passes Sikh Gurdwaras (Amendment) Bill, 2016

    Parliament passes Sikh Gurdwaras (Amendment) Bill, 2016The Parliament has passed the Sikh Gurdwaras (Amendment) Bill, 2016 to exclude Sehajdharis from voting in the elections to Sikh religious bodies. The amendment bill first was passed in the Rajya Sabha in March 2016 and later in the Lok Sabha in April 2016.

    Background : Sikh Gurdwaras Act, 1925 allows every Sikh who is above 21 years of age and is registered as a voter  to vote in the SGPC elections. However this Act had created an exception for Sehjdhari Sikhs who trim or shave their beard or hair, and allowed them to vote. Since 1949, Sehajdhari Sikhs are continuously exercising their voting rights in the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) elections.

    The Bill proposes to remove the exception given to Sehajdharis in 1944 to vote in elections to select members of the Board and the Committees constituted under the Act.The new amendment bill will come into force retrospectively from 8th October, 2003.

  • Centre sets up panel to lay out plan for doubling farm incomes by 2022

    The central government has set up a panel to prepare a blueprint for doubling farmers’ income by 2022,  as promised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    The panel will be headed by Ashok Dalwai, additional secretary at the agriculture ministry  and is expected to submit the report in two months.

    The panel will have officials from the marketing, crops and horticulture divisions of the ministry as members.

    The panel will prepare  a blueprint to transition farm policies from being production oriented to based on incomes or value addition. Identify potential areas of agriculture where more investment should happen. 

    The committee will suggest ways to diversify risks in farming and allied activities like livestock and fisheries to boost income. It would suggest  measures for reducing costs of cultivation through judicious use of fertilizers and increasing access to irrigation.


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