Current Affairs, News & Facts of 09 Dec 2015

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  • A Central Research Institute in Yoga and Naturopathy to be set up in Khordha District of Odisha 


    A Central Research Institute in Yoga and Naturopathy to be set up in Khordha District of Odisha


    Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN), an autonomous organization under the Ministry of AYUSH has obtained 20 acres of land from Odisha Government in Binjhagiri Village in Khordha District to establish a Central Research Institute in Yoga and Naturopathy. 

    Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, New Delhi is an autonomous organization under Central Government which is engaged in activities primarily related to education in Yoga.

    According to University Grants Commission (UGC) 16 states , 108 colleges and educational institutes of 54 universities conducted courses on Yoga at various levels in the country (during 2012-13)

  • INS Sindhudhwaj bags award for innovation 


    INS Sindhudhwaj bags award for innovation


    INS Sindhudhwaj, a submarine of the Eastern Naval Command (ENC), has been awarded 'The Best Innovation Trophy' by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

    The award was given as part of the Navy Day celebrations that concluded last week. The award comes as a great morale booster to the submarine arm which celebrates its 48th anniversary tomorrow.

    The innovation undertaken by the submarine to repair their ventilation system under challenging circumstances at sea during a search and rescue (SAR) operation was adjudged the first among the 137 entries of Navy.

  • Pune, Rajkot become interim IPL franchises to replace CSK, RR


    Pune, Rajkot become interim IPL franchises to replace CSK, RR


    Pune and Rajkot have emerged as the new franchises in the Indian Premier League for the next two years. They will replace Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, suspended for two years due to the spot-fixing scandal.

    The Pune franchise was bought by Sanjeev Goenka’s company New Rising while Intex Mobiles won the bid for the Rajkot franchise. Sanjeev Goenka will pay Rs 16 crore for the franchise, while Intex will pay Rs 10 crore per year. 

    To choose the new interim franchises auctions were conducted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India through a reverse bidding process. Bidders had to quote a lower figure than the reserve price of Rs 40 crore and the lowest bidders were given the franchises. The other three bidders were Chettinad Cements, Axis Clinical and Harsh Goenka-owned RPG Properties.

    The interim franchisees will select the players of CSK and RR through a draft system. The players will be divided into two groups —capped and uncapped — the top names will be sold through the draft system. The draft pick will be held on December 15.

  • MoU signed between Ministry of MSME & Ministry of Textiles


    MoU signed between Ministry of MSME & Ministry of Textiles


    A tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed among  Ministry of Textiles, Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) & National Textile Corporation (NTC) in order to set up a Technology Centre (Tool Room) at Kanpur. Under the MoU, Ministry of MSME will fund the project, while NTC would provide the land in  a closed, unviable mill.

    The Management of  Technology Centre will be through a Governing Council where Development Commissioner, MSME will be Chairman and Ministry of Textiles representative, co-chair.

    The Technology Centre would provide support in manufacturing of quality tools that would improve productivity of MSMEs and enable them to become competitive in national and international markets; it would also provide trained manpower and consultancy in related areas.

    Since National Textile Corporation is moving forward towards modernization, expansion and integration, the setting up of the Technology Centres would be immensely beneficial to NTC as well.

    Training program :-

    Drawing inspiration from the vision of the Prime Minister for ‘Skill India’ Ministry of Textiles, through Integrated Skill Development Scheme (ISDS) targets to train 15 lakh youth in the textile sector by 2017. The Ministry is exploring several alternatives to achieve this target, including evolving synergy with ongoing schemes/institutions and with other Ministries as well.

  • US sanctions North Korea over arms trade  


    US sanctions North Korea over arms trade


    • The United States imposed new sanctions on North Korea over its alleged weapons proliferation activities. The sanctions target the North Korean army's Strategic Rocket Force, as well as two banks and three shipping companies allegedly involved in arms trade. 
    • The sanctions bar American citizens or companies from engaging in transactions with the designated individuals and companies, and freezes any US-based assets they may have. The North already faces sanctions from several other countries and the UN.
    • Among the targets was the Tanchon Commercial Bank, the financial arm of the Korea Mining and Development Trading Corporation, which is responsible for North Korea arms exports.

    Five of the individuals added to the blacklist:

    Five of the bank's representatives - two of whom were based in Syria and two others in Vietnam - were also hit with sanctions. Also blacklisted was the North Korean representative in Russia of the Foreign Trade Bank, North Korea's primary foreign exchange bank. The three blacklisted shipping companies were accused of transporting weapons.


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