Current Affairs, News & Facts of 07 Sep 2015

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  • China, Pakistan launch joint Air Drill ‘Shaheen (Eagle) – 4’ 

     

    China, Pakistan launch joint Air Drill ‘Shaheen (Eagle) – 4’

    • Chinese and Pakistani forces on Sunday launched a joint air drill, named  'Shaheen (Eagle)-4'. It is fourth edition of air exercise between the air forces of both countries which was launched as part of a series of military exchange programmes between two countries.
    • In this edition of exercise, Chinese contingent was represented by fighter jets, fighter bombers and early warning planes. Pakistani counterpart included fighter jets and early warning planes.
    • The first such drill was held in Pakistan in March 2011, the second in China’s western Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in September 2013, and the third was held in Punjab, Pakistan, in May last year.

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  • PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Badarpur-Faridabad Metro

     

    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the much-awaited Badarpur-Faridabad Metro that will connect Badarpur to Escorts Mujesar and allow hassle free travel for around two lakh daily commuters between the national capital and the industrial hub in Haryana.
    • The total cost of the project from Badarpur to Escorts Mujesar is nearly Rs. 2,500 crore. Out of this, Rs. 1,557 crore was borne by the Haryana Government, the Centre contributed Rs. 537 crore, while the Delhi Metro provided Rs. 400 crore.
    • The 14-km-long extension has nine stations from Sarai to Escorts Mujesar which includes  Sarai, NHPC Chowk, Mewala Maharajpur, Sector 28, Badkal Mor, Old Faridabad, Neelam Chowk Ajronda, Bata Chowk and Escorts Mujesar. 

    Environment-friendly :-The corridor is equipped with solar power generation facilities in all stations and depots to generate nearly 2 megawatt power.

    Fare :- Fare from Escorts Mujesar to ITO has been fixed at Rs 28. It will be Rs 27 from Escorts Mujesar to Central Secretariat and Rajiv Chowk stations. 

    Future extension plan :- Once fully operational, Line 6 will span from Kashmere Gate to Escorts Mujesar having a length of 43.4 kms, with a total of 32 stations including five inter-change stations, namely Kashmere Gate, Mandi House, Central Secretariat, Lajpat Nagar and Kalkaji Mandir

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  • Government gives nod to One Rank One Pension scheme

     

    Government gives nod to One Rank One Pension scheme

    Union Government has given its nod to implement One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme for ex-servicemen. It was announced by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar in New Delhi.

    Key points related to One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme :-

    1. Government announced that OROP will be implemented from July 1, 2014 and the base year would be 2013.
    2. The pension would be revised every five years and defence personnel who take voluntary retirement will not be covered.
    3. Government will pay arrears, estimated to cost between Rs 10,000 crore to Rs 12,000 crore, in four half-yearly installments. All widows, including war widows, will be paid arrears in one installment.
    4. According to government, cost to implement OROP would be Rs 8,000 crore to 10,000 crore and it will increase further.
    5. Close to 26 lakh retired servicemen and over six lakh war widows stand to be immediate beneficiaries of the scheme
    6. The benefits of ‘One Rank One Pension’ will be applicable in case of ex-servicemen whose premature retirement was valid and legal.

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  • Union Government to develop Bodhgaya as Spiritual Capital

     

    Union Government to develop Bodhgaya as Spiritual Capital

    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Bodh Gaya described Bodh Gaya as the “land of enlightenment”, and said that his government would develop the site as the spiritual capital for it to serve as a civilisational bond between India and the Buddhist world.
    • The government of India will provide all possible support that its Buddhist cousin nations need for the satisfaction of their spiritual needs from this holiest of holy places for them.

    Importance of  Bodh Gaya :-

    • Bodhgaya is a religious site and place of pilgrimage associated with the Mahabodhi Temple Complex in Gaya district of Bihar.
    • Bodh Gaya is the place where Gautama Buddha is said to have obtained Enlightenment (Bodhimandala) under what became known as the Bodhi Tree    
    • In 2002, Mahabodhi Temple, located in Bodh Gaya, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site
    • For Buddhists, Bodh Gaya is one of the most important place and other pilgrimage sites related to the life of Gautama Buddha are Kushinagar, Lumbini, and Sarnath.

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  • Lewis Hamilton wins 2015 Italian Grand Prix of Formula One

     

    Lewis Hamilton wins 2015 Italian Grand Prix of Formula One

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain won 2015 Italian Grand Prix of Formula One. It was his seventh victory of the season. In season 2015  Lewis Hamilton has won Australian Grand Prix and later won Chinese Grand Prix, Bahrain Grand Prix, Canadian Grand Prix, British Grand Prix and Belgian Grand Prix

    Latest ranking after British Grand Prix 2015:-

    • 1st position: Lewis Hamilton (Britain) of Mercedes
    • 2nd position: Sebastian Vettel (Germany) of Ferrari 
    • 3rd position: Felipe Massa (Brazil) of Williams 
    • 4th position: Valtteri Bottas (Finland) of Williams 
    • 5th position: Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) of Williams
    • 6th position: Sergio Perez (Mexico) of Force India
    • 7th position: Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) of Force India
       

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  • Military Communication Satellite GSAT-6 successfully positioned in orbital slot of 83 Degree East

     

    Military Communication Satellite GSAT-6 successfully positioned in orbital slot of 83 Degree East

    • According to Indian Space Research Organization GSAT-6, the country's latest Military Communication Satellite has been successfully positioned in its orbital slot.
    • GSAT 6 has been successfully positioned in its orbital slot of 83 degrees East and co-located with INSAT 4A, GSAT 12, GAAT 10 and IRNSS1C after carrying out four drift arresting manoeuvres.
    • The satellite was launched by India's heavy rocket geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle-Mark II (GSLV) and put into geo transfer orbit (GTO) on August 27
    • One of the advanced features of GSAT-6 satellite is its antenna - the largest satellite antenna realised by ISRO and utilised for five spot beams over the Indian mainland, which exploit the frequency reuse scheme to increase frequency spectrum utilisation efficiency.
    • The satellite provides communication through five spot beams in S-band and a national beam in C-band for strategic users. The satellite's life expectancy is nine years.
    • ISRO is planning to launch 2,200 kg INSAT-3DR meteorological satellite next July with its GSLV rocket. The 2016 July launch would be followed by the GSAT-9 satellite launch in May 2017.

    Application: GSAT 6 will provide S-band multimedia communication and broadcasting services across the country. C-Band is for strategic purpose and it will provide national security and law enforcement agencies a secured satellite telephony services.

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  • Shane Watson retires from Test cricket

     

    Shane Watson retires from Test cricket

    • Australian allrounder Shane Watson has announced his retirement from International Test cricket. Watson sustained a series-ending calf injury in Saturday's 64-run win in the 2nd ODI over England at Lord's.
    • His decade long Test career came to an end at the Ashes opener at Cardiff, which England won by 169 runs. In this match Watson had made 30 runs and failed to take a wicket.
    • The 34-year-old cricketer has been playing for the Australian cricket team since 2005, is married to television presenter Lee Furlong. He made his test debut for Australia at the SCG against Pakistan in 2005.

    About Shane Watson :-

    • Shane Watson had played 59 Tests beginning in 2005, scoring 3731 runs at 35.19 and taking 75 wickets at 33.68
    • He has represented Australia in One Day International (ODI) and T20 cricket formats. He had played as a right-handed batsman and a right-handed fast medium bowler.
    • In 2010 he was awarded Allan Border Medal and again in 2011. He is only the second player (after Ricky Ponting) to win back-to back Allan Border Medals.
    • He debuted for the Australian cricket team in 2002, playing his first One Day International against South Africa. 

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  • G-20 launches W-20 grouping for gender inclusive economic growth

     

    G-20 launches W-20 grouping for gender inclusive economic growth

    • The Group of Twenty (also known as the G-20 or G20)  which is an  international forum for the governments and central bank governors from 20 major economies have launched W20, an engagement grouping of women leaders, to push for gender inclusive global economic growth.
    • The W20 group will have 20 women leaders from G20 nations. It would host its first summit next month in Istanbul after all member countries appoint their nominees.
    • W20 group was launched in the on-going G-20 Summit of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in Ankara under the Turkish Presidency. . Gulden Turktan from Turkey has been appointed as the first President W20 forum.

    About G-20  :-
    G-20 is an international forum for the governments and central bank governors from 20 major economies. 

    Founded :- The G-20 was founded in 1999 with the aim of studying, reviewing, and promoting high-level discussion of policy issues pertaining to the promotion of international financial stability

    Members:- Brazil, China, Russia, India, South Africa, Australia, Argentina, Canada, France, Indonesia, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, South Korea, United Kingdom (UK), United States (US) and European Union (EU).

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  • Delhi HC Allows Permanent Commission for Women in Indian Navy 

     

    Delhi HC Allows Permanent Commission for Women in Indian Navy

    • The Delhi High Court has announced that women can now have full term service in the Indian Navy and enjoy retirement benefits thus allowing women to get permanent commission in the navy
    • The navy may have to review its rules banning women on ships. Women officers serve in the administrative, medical and education branches. They are also taken on aircraft as "observers", to monitor censors 
    • The judgement came after the court heard six pleas filed by 19 retired and serving women officers from the education, logistics and ATC branches of the Navy. 
    • These women had filed their petitions seeking permanent commission in the force. In a similar judgement, women in the Army and Air Force had been granted permission for permanent commission by the High Court in 2010.

    Note :-  Prior to this, women were only eligible for short-term commissions in the Navy, with the maximum term of just 14 year. Because of this, they were not entitled to enjoy retirement facilities, for which one has to serve for at least 20 years. Thus the court has also allowed the officers’ plea requesting retirement benefits like pension. 

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  • Music composer Aadesh Shrivastava dies of cancer at 51

     

    Music composer Aadesh Shrivastava dies of cancer at 51

    • Bollywood singer-composer Aadesh Shrivastava (51) who was battling a cancer relapse, passed away at Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai, Maharashtra
    • Aadesh Shrivastava had been diagnosed with cancer five years ago after which he changed his lifestyle and started practicing yoga. Though he did not smoke, he also quit drinking. 
    • He was so much Burdened with financial troubles due to heavy medical bills that Aadesh apparently had to sell his hummer in order to get things back on track
    • Adesh over the course of his career, he had scored music for over 100 Hindi films as composer, playback singer and music director. He had composed songs of movies like Chalte Chalte, Baghban, Baabul, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Rajneeti and others.

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  • Vikas Krishan wins silver at the Asian Boxing Championships  

     

    • Indian boxer Vikas Krishan (75kg) has won the silver medal in the Asian Championships held in Bangkok, Thailand. In the final match of 75kg weight category, he was defeated by Uzbekistan’s Bektemir Melikuziev by 0-2 score.
    • In the Asian Championships only Vikas has won silver medal for India. Shiva Thapa (56kg), Devendro Singh (49kg) and Satish Kumar (+91kg) won bronze medal each in their respective category.
    • It should be noted that six Indians have qualified for World Championships which is to be held in October 2015 and will be the first qualifying event for the 2016 Rio Olympics Games.

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