Current Affairs, News & Facts of 25 Feb 2016

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  • Tamil film Kanavu Variyam Wins Remi Award at 49th WorldFest

     

    Tamil film Kanavu Variyam Wins Remi Award at 49th WorldFest

    Tamil film Kanavu Variyam directed by a Chennai-based techie Arun Chidambaram,  has won the prestigious 2016 Remi Award at the 49th WorldFest Houston International, held in US

    The film is about the most familiar problem faced by people in Tamil Nadu: incessant power cuts and shortage of electricity faced by the folks of rural India. The film stars Jiya as the lead character and the music is by Shyam Benjamin.

    The award will be handed over to Chidambaram during the 49th WorldFest Houston International Film Festival that will be held from 8 to 17 April, 2016. Chidambaram, was earlier working with a multi-national company in the  but abandoned his lucrative job to follow his passion – movies.

    The song Kalla Manna of the film has been accepted for screening at the “Bare Bones International and Music Festival in Oklahoma. It has a compilation of 51 traditional games of rural India.

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  • Khajuraho Dance Festival begins in Madhya Pradesh

     

    Khajuraho Dance Festival begins in Madhya PradeshThe 42nd Khajuraho Dance Festival has began in the temple town of Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh. It is a one-week-long festival of classical dances, organised by the Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad against the spectacular backdrop of the magnificently lit Khajuraho temples. The Khajuraho Dance Festival is conducted every year from Feb 20th to Feb 26th.

    The festival will showcase various Indian classical dance styles, including Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Odissi and Kuchipudi, depicting the ancient tales like - 'Mahishasur Mardini' and 'Krishna Rasa,'.

    Modern Indian dance has also been added recently.The dances are performed in an open-air auditorium, usually in front of the Chitragupta Temple dedicated to Surya (the Sun God) and the Vishwanatha Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

    Khajuraho Temple : It is a group of Hindu and Jain Temples in Madhya Pradesh build between 950 and 1050 AD by the Chandela dynasty. They are one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. The temples are famous for their nagara-style architectural symbolism and their erotic sculptures.

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  • Rare Falcated Duck sighted in Goa

     

    Rare Falcated Duck sighted in GoaThe birders of Goa for first time have sighted Falcated Duck, a very rare vagrant migrant bird species to the south of India. The bird, Falcated Duck, was sighted by three local birders-Justino Rebello, Manjo Sankav and Mangrish Dharwardkar when they had gone to Ambulor Lake in Verna in south Goa. It was sighted for the first time in Tamil Nadu in 2012 and second time in Akola (Maharashtra) in January 2015.

    About Falcated Duck

    Falcated ducks is a migratory bird, they are regular winter migrant to the northern states of India. India."They breed in Russia and north China in summers and migrates towards north of India in winter.

    As per the recent estimates there are just about 89,000 individuals of this species. They have been classified as near threatened by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

    The greatest threat faced by this species globally is the loss of habitat and hunting. Loss of habitat in their winter migratory region is also a cause for concern.

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  • India to host 3rd Asia Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation

     

    India to host 3rd Asia Ministerial Conference on Tiger ConservationIndia is all set to host the third edition of the Asia Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation from 12 April 2016 to save tigers. The first edition of Asia Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation was held in Hua Hin, Thailand in 2010 and second edition was held in Thimphu, Bhutan in 2013.

    The conference will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It will see the participation of all 13 tiger range countries (TRCs) which are Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Russia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

    3rd Asia Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation

    The meeting aims at promoting awareness about tiger conservation across Asia and the world. The participating countries will share their knowledge of tiger conservation and help each other through exchange of success stories in conserving tigers. 

    The conference will make way for bringing desired momentum and cooperative efforts for tiger conservation at the global level. It will bind the participating countries in a long term collaboration, in order to save and conserve tigers better.

    Tiger population in India 

    India is home to around 70 percent of the global tiger population. India's tiger count has risen up to 2,226 from 1,912 in the last few years. State-wise, Karnataka has the highest number of tigers (406) followed by Uttarakhand (340), Madhya Pradesh (308), Tamil Nadu (229), Maharashtra (190), Assam (167), Kerala (136) and Uttar Pradesh (117). 

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  • India’s first nuclear submarine INS Arihant ready for operations

     

    India’s first nuclear submarine INS Arihant ready for operationsIndia's first  indigenously-built nuclear armed submarine "INS Arihant nuclear missile submarine" is now ready for full fledged operations,  having passed several deep sea diving drills as well as weapons launch tests.  

    These successful tests undertaken off Vishakhapatnam coast where the submarine was build. A Russian diving support ship  "the RFS Epron" has been accompanying the Arihant on its deep sea dives and launch tests.

    About INS Arihant

    INS Arihant which means  "Slayer of Enemies" was launched on 26 July 2009, the anniversary of Vijay Diwas (Kargil War Victory Day) by the then Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh.

    Design : INS Arihant’s design is based on the Russian Akula-1 class submarine. It is a 6,000-tonne nuclear powered submarine and is 112 metre long. It is powered by 83 MW pressurised light water reactor built with Russia’s help. This reactor generates tremendous heat, driving a steam turbine. 

    Armament : It is capable of launching twelve short range nuclear-capable ballistic missile BO-5 (K 15) which has a range of 700 kms and four K 4 ballistic missile with a range of 3,500 km.

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  • Former CJI HL Dattu selected as new Chairman of NHRC

     

    Former CJI HL Dattu selected as new Chairman of NHRCFormer Chief Justice of India Justice H L Dattu has been selected as the next Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). He will have a tenure of five years. 

    Approval in this regard was given by committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the post was lying vacant for the last eight months after the retirement of K G Balakrishnan. 

    Legal provision :  As per the provisions of Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993, the Chairman  and members of the NHRC are appointed by the President on the recommendation of the high-powered committee headed by the Prime Minister.

    About H. L. Dattu :

    Born as Handyala Lakshminarayanaswamy Dattu on 3 December 1950  in Chikmagalur in then Mysore State.  Dattu was enrolled as an advocate in 1975 in Bangalore where  dealt with all types of matters like criminal, civil, tax and Constitutional cases. 

    From 1983 onwards he appeared in various capacities before the Karnataka High Court including as government pleader for sales tax department, standing counsel for Income Tax department and later as government advocate.

    He was designated as a senior standing counsel for I-T department in 1995 and later elevated as a judge of the Karnataka High Court. He was elevated as the Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court in February 2007 and later was shifted in the same capacity to the Kerala High Court. He was 42nd Chief Justice of India and served for nearly 14 months, from 28 September 2014 to 2 December 2015.

    National Human Rights Commission of India

    The National Human Rights Commission  apex statutory watchdog of human rights in the country, i.e. the rights related to life, liberty, equality and dignity of the individual guaranteed by the Constitution or embodied in the international convents.

    • Headquarters- New Delhi
    • Formed- 12th October 1993
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  • Prasar Bharati signs historical MoU with  Empressa de Brazil Communicacao

     

    Prasar Bharati signs historical MoU with  Empressa de Brazil Communicacao

    India's largest public broadcasting agency Prasar Bharati has signed a MoU with Empressa de Brazil Communicacao (EBC) regarding several broadcasting activities including exchange of news, programmes and co-production.

    The MoU was signed between PrasarBharati Chief Executive Officer JawharSircar and EBC Vice President Mr Mario in Brasilia, Brazil. The MoU is gains significance as it is the first agreement that Prasar Bharati has signed with any South American country. 

    MoU includes : The MoU includes long list of Indian programmes to be broadcast on EBC network including documentaries, science programs, serials and Portuguese programs from Goa.

    Prasar Bharati

    It is India's largest public broadcasting agency.  It is an autonomous body set up by an Act of Parliament and comprises Doordarshan Television Network and All India Radio which were earlier media units of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

    • Current chairperson of Prasar Bharati - Dr A Surya Prakash
    • Current  CEO of Prasar Bharati - Jawhar Sircar
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  • Kalikho Pul sworn in as new chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh

     

    Congress leader Kalikho Pul  has been sworn-in as the 9th Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh after Governor JP Rajkhowa used his discretionary powers to appoint him. was administered the oath by governor KP Rajkhowa at a ceremony at the Raj Bhawan in Itanagar. Kalikho Pul has the support of 32 MLAs including the Congress rebels, BJP legislators and 2 independent legislators.

    Earlier Kalikho Pul was in Congress Party and had served as State Finance Minister in the ministry of Chief Minister Gegong Apang from 2003 until 2007. He belongs to the Kaman Mishmi community, which has about 2,500 members in Anjaw district, which shares the international boundary with China

    Background

    In December 2015, 21 out of 47 ruling Congress legislators in the 60-member house had rebelled along with 11 BJP and 2 independent legislators and extended support to Kalikho Pul to form new government.

    On January 25, President’s Rule was imposed following a report from governor Rajkhowa that the law and order situation in the state had deteriorated and that there was no government in existence there was lot of contoroversy regarding it's constitutional validity and congress approached the Supreme Court and the President’s Rule in the state was lifted after the Supreme Court vacated its interim order to maintain status quo in the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly.

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