Current Affairs, News & Facts of 08 Apr 2015

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  • Dr M Annadurai Takes Over as Director of ISRO Satellite Centre, Bangalore
    • Dr M Annadurai, Outstanding Scientist and Programme Director, Indian Remote Sensing Satellites (IRS) and Small Satellite Systems (SSS) of ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC), Bangalore, took over the office of Director, ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC )on April 01, 2015

    Some Facts about Dr M Annadurai :-

    • Born on July 2, 1958, Dr Annadurai graduated in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Government College of Technology, Coimbatore, obtained his Post Graduate degree in Applied Electronics from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore and Doctoral degree from Anna University, Coimbatore.
    • He joined ISRO in 1982, and began his career at ISAC as the team leader to design and develop Software Satellite Simulator.
    • During the period 1992 -2005, Dr Annadurai was the lead member of ISRO’s satellite mission team and managed eight INSAT Missions as the Mission Director and brought about the efficient ground automation for satellite operations.
    • As Project Director, Dr Annadurai made the most crucial contribution to the realisation of India’s first Lunar Mission, Chandrayaan-1, which won many appreciations and awards including the prestigious Space Pioneer Award, 2009.
    • In 2011, Dr Annadurai became the Programme Director of Indian Remote Sensing Satellites (IRS) and Small Satellite Systems (SSS) and realised five satellite projects.
    • He is also the Chairman of Indian Remote Sensing Society (ISRS), Bangalore Chapter. Dr Annadurai has 75 papers to his credit and is the supervisory guide for four PhD works. He has authored three books.
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  • Dena Bank signs MoU with LIC to provide insurance cover to its savings account holders
    • Dena Bank signs Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with LIC under Prime Minister's Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJBY) scheme to provide insurance cover to all Adhar-linked Saving account holders of the bank in the age group of 18 to 50 years.
    • Under the scheme, a risk of Rs 2 lakh will be covered in case of death of the insured person and a premium sum of Rs 330/- per annum will be auto-debited from the account holder’s account.
    • People who join the scheme before completing 50 years can continue to have the risk of life cover up to the age of 55 years subject to payment of premium. The scheme will come in effect from June 1, 2015
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  • Nasim Zaidi set to become next Chief Election Commissioner
    • Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi will become the next Chief Election Commissioner later this month as current Chief Election Commissioner H.S. Brahma retires on April 19 of this Month
    • A 1976-batch IAS officer, Mr. Zaidi has worked in the Civil Aviation Ministry for a long time.
    • Mr. Zaidi will have a tenure up to July 2017, when he attains the age of 65.
    • After Mr. Zaidi’s appointment, the government will set in motion the process to appoint two Election Commissioners
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  • World Health Day celebrated on 7,April

    April 7 was observes as World Health Day all over the world and the theme for the World Health Day 2015 was "From farm to plate, make food safe."

    According to the WHO :-

    • Over 200 diseases are caused by unsafe food containing harmful bacteria, parasites, viruses, chemical substances.
    • It is estimated that two million deaths occur every year from contaminated food or drinking water.

    Five keys to safer food:-

    •  Keep clean
    • Separate raw and cooked food
    •  Cook food thoroughly
    • Keep food at safe temperatures
    • Use safe water and raw materials
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  • Indian-origin schoolboy Pratap Singh honoured with "Institute of Physics Prize"
    • An Indian-origin 15 year-old schoolboy Pratap Singh is the new jewel in the crown as he bagged the Institute of Phyiscs Prize (IOP) which includes 500 Pounds
    • He was awarded because his experiments verifed the model predicted by Einstein's 1905 theory of special relativity.
    • The award was conferred at the Bing Bang Fair organised at the National Exhibition Centre in West Midlands's Birmingham city from 11 to 14 March
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  • India to host 5th Meeting of SAARC Health Ministers

    India is hosting the 5th meeting of the SAARC Health Ministers at New Delhi on 8 April, 2015. Shri J. P. Nadda, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, will chair the meeting of the SAARC Health Ministers.

    Agenda of the meeting:-

    • Since SAARC countries comprising Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, account for nearly a quarter of the world population and face similar health challenges and issues, this meeting will provide an oppertunity to share strategies,focus collective effort and implement best identified practices
    • prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases immunization for vaccine preventable diseases, HIV/AIDS, mental health, improving access to medicines and anti-microbial resistance etc.
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  • PM Modi launches MUDRA Bank , to fund small businesses
    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched MUDRA Bank or Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency Bank under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana which will provide credit of up to Rs 10 lakh to small entrepreneurs and act as a regulator for 'Micro-Finance Institutions' (MFIs).
    • Big industrial houses provide jobs to only 1.25 crore people, while small entrepreneurs employ 12 crore people but these small entrepreneurs remain unfunded
    • MUDRA Bank will fund these small entrepreneurs and help them to grow MUDRA Bank will benifit some 58 million small businesses in the country
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