Current Affairs, News & Facts of 26 Jun 2015

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  • PM launches three mega schemes for urban development

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched three flagship schemes for urban rejuvenation. The three projects are :-

    1. Smart Cities Mission, 
    2. Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT)
    3. Housing For All
    • Government aims to create 2 crore houses by 2022 by providing a central grant of Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2.3 lakh per house by way of a 6.5 percent interest subvention scheme;
    • Government aims to create 100 smart cities through a Rs 48,000 crore initiative
    • Government aims to push for urban infrastructure upgrade for 500 cities in a Rs 50,000 crore scheme

    AMRUT mission

    The AMRUT mission, worth Rs 50,000 crore, aims at infrastructure development of 500 cities with population of over one lakh. It ensures basic infrastructure like sanitation, drinking water, solid and waste management and transport.AMRUT will ensure basic infrastructure and sanitation is in place in cities. 

    Smart Cities Mission

    For smart cities,  bottom-up approach will be followed where the responsibility will be on local bodies rather than states or the Centre to develop them

    Housing For All mission
    Housing For All mission will enable decent houses to all the needy, particularly the economically weaker sections and low income group.The mission will be taken up in all the 4041 notified towns across the country. Two crore houses will be built for urban poor with central assistance of Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2.3 lakh.

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  • Sahitya Akademi announces 'Bhasha Samman' awards for the year 2013-2014

    Sahitya Akademi has announced the winners of the prestigious Bhasha Samman, which is awarded for contribution to literature in various Indian languages which wil be presented in the coming month the recipients of the award are :-

    1. K Meenakshi Sundaram for contribution to Classical and Medieval Literature (Southern) for 2013 
    2. Munishwar Jha for Classical and Medieval Literature (Eastern) for 2014
    3. Charu Chandra Pande and Mathuradutt Mathpal have been jointly recognised for their work towards the enrichment of Kumauni, a language not recognised by the Akademi.

    The 'Bhasha Samman' carries a cash prize of Rs 1,00,000, an inscribed copper plaque and a citation. In case of joint winners, the prize money is equally shared between the winners

    Dr. Meenakshi Sundaram:- He was born in 1925, he is a founder director of International Institute of Tamil Studies and his contribution to ancient and medieval literature is well renowned.He is an authority on Cilappatikaram, an ancient Tamil epic, and has written scholarly essays on Tirukkural and made rich contribution to medieval literature.

    Acharya Munishwar Jha :- He was born in 1928. He is an eminent scholar, teacher and educationist, and a former vice-chancellor of Kameshwar Singh Darbangha Sanskrit University in Bihar, has made valuable contribution in the area of Sanskrit literature for which he was honoured with the Presidential Award in 2006.He has written over more than a dozen books in Hindi, English, Maithili and Sanskrit. Among which Vidyapati Vanmaya (Maithili), Tapasa Kavi Vidyapati (Maithili), Bhu-Parikramanam (Sanskrit) among others. He also worked on a project on Maithili Bhashaki, Evolution and Reconstruction of the Maithili Language.

    Charu Chandra Pande :- He was born in 1923 in Uttarakhand has worked extensively on Kumauni language and has published Sej Gumani, Eco Farms Hills (in English), Chhodo Gulami Khitab and Angwal.

    Mathuradutt Mathpal :- He was born in 1942 in Uttarakhand.He is  is a poet, teacher and Kumauni scholar. He has published Aang-Aang Chichail Haigo (poetry), Mook Geet (a book based on famous Kumauni poet Pandit Kripal Dutt Joshi) among with translation of many poems in Hindi. 

    About the Samman :-

    Sahitya Akademi has been giving annual awards to books of outstanding merit and annual prizes for outstanding translations in the 24 languages recognised by it but in later phase Akademi felt that in a multilingual country like India that has hundreds of languages and dialects, Akademi's activities should be extended beyond the recognised ones by acknowledging and promoting literary creativity as well as academic research in non-recognised languages. The Akademi, therefore, instituted Bhasha Samman in 1996 to be given to writers, scholars, editors, collectors, performers or translators who have made considerable contribution to the propagation, modernization or enrichment of the languages concerned.

     

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  • State-run Solar Energy Corp. of India (SECI) renamed as Renewable Energy Corporation of India (RECI)

    State-run Solar Energy Corp. of India (SECI), formed in 2011  set up as a not-for-profit company to promote solar energy in India will be converted into a growth-oriented commercial company that will generate and sell solar power and develop other sources of renewable energy.SECI will be renamed as Renewable Energy Corporation of India (RECI)

    The major impact of the decision will be:-

    •  SECI will become a self-sustaining and self-generating organization
    • SECI will engage itself in owning solar power plants generating and selling power and in other segments of solar sector activities, including manufacturing of solar products and materials,
    • SECI will become RECI after change of its name and then will take up development of all segments of renewable energy namely, geo-thermal, off-shore wind, tidal etc. apart from solar energy

    SECI is a ‘Section 25 company’, its objectives include owning and operating solar power plants, including mega and ultra power projects and solar parks, trading in electricity and providing solar consultancy services but for the first time, SECI made a profit of about 12 crore during the last financial year and has becoming a networth positive PSU.It is also expected to make a profit of around 300 crore this year. RECI would not only trade in electricity, but also trade in projects, building and selling them

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  • Former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas assumed the role of the  International Cricket Council (ICC) President 
    • Former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas assumed the role of the  International Cricket Council (ICC) President 
    • Zaheer Abbas succeeded Bangladesh’s Mustafa Kamal in the ceremonial post, which passes between cricket’s national governing bodies on annual rotation.
    • Zaheer, 67, played 78 Tests and 62 ODIs from 1969 to 1985 in which he scored 5,062 and 2,572 runs, respectively. He also played in the 1975, 1979 and 1983 ICC Cricket World Cups and captained Pakistan in 14 Tests and 13 ODIs. With 108 centuries 
    • Zaheer is the only Asian batsman to score a century of first-class centuries as he finished his 22-year career with 34,843 runs.Zaheer was also an ICC match referee in the 1993 series between Sri Lanka and the West Indies in Sri Lanka.
    • The ICC has 105 members. The Full Council includes 37 associate members, five affiliate member representatives and 10 full members. The ICC Chairman and ICC Chief Executive are also part of the Full Council but don’t have voting rights.
    • The ICC Council also approved the admission of the Serbia Cricket Federation (SCF) as the 58th Affiliate Member of the ICC the ICC Council also agreed to suspend the Affiliate Memberships of Morocco and Turkey, while Brunei was removed as an Affiliate Member.
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  • Union Cabinet cleared the proposal to open six new IIMs

    The Union Cabinet on Wednesday cleared the proposal for the setting up of six new Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) in the country, which will start offering courses from the coming academic session.The new IIMs will be located at :-

    1. Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh)
    2. Bodh Gaya (Bihar)
    3. Sirmaur (Himachal Pradesh)
    4. Nagpur (Maharashtra)
    5. Sambalpur (Odisha) 
    6. Amritsar (Punjab)

    Each institute will start with an intake of 140 students for the post-graduate course, students will have to clear Common Aptitude Test (CAT) exam to take admission in the course.

     

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  • Andhra Pradesh inks MoU with Australian firm
    • A memorandum of understanding was signed between AP Mineral Development Corporation and NSL Mining Resources India Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of NSL 
    • It was signed in the presence of Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and Steven Ciobo, parliamentary secretary to Australian Minister for Trade and Investment
    • Mr. Ciobo was accompanied by a high level delegation consisting of businessmen/industrialists operating in financial sector, pharmaceutical industry, food-processing, energy and infrastructure from Australia 
    • The meeting discussed areas of collaboration in infrastructure, mining, agro-processing, fisheries, skill development, financial services and opportunities in the capital region.
    • Government is also focussing on collaboration with international universities for student-exchange programmes and internships
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  • Bal Sahitya Puraskar 2015

    Sahitya Akademi has announced the Bal Sahitya Puraskar for this year, in which five novelists, four writers of short stories, and three authors of poetries, among others, have been awarded for their contribution to children’s literature.The authors who have been awarded are :-

    1. Tiren Boro (Bodo),
    2. Sowmya Rajendran and Nivditha Subramaniam (English),
    3. Ramnath G Gawade (Konkani), Ramdeo Jha (Maithili) 
    4. Mukti Upadhyay ‘Baral’ (Nepali)

    Those who have been awarded for their short stories are :-

    1. Nayeem Kashmiri (Kashmiri), 
    2. Thokchom Thouyangba Meitei (Manipuri),
    3. Krishna Kumar ‘Ashu’ (Rajasthani) 
    4. Janardhan Hegde (Sanskrit).

    Tara Chand Kalandri (Dogri), Srikanta Saren (Santali) and Sella Ganapathi (Tamil) have been awarded for their poetry collections.
     Bano Sartaj (Urdu) has been honoured for her book on a one act playEli Ahmed (Assamese) and Kartik Ghose (Bengali), among others, have been honoured with the Bal Sahitya Puraskar 2015 for their contribution to Children’s Literature.

     
    Bal Sahitya Puraskar Instituted by the Sahitya Akademi comprises Rs 50,000 and a casket containing an inscribed copper plaque and a citation.

     

     

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