Current Affairs, News & Facts of 27 Dec 2015

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  • National Good Governance Day observed on 25th Dec

     

    National Good Governance Day observed on 25th Dec

    Good Governance Day is observed on 25 December 2015 across the country.The day was observed to mark the birth anniversary of former-Prime Minister 
    Atal Bihari Vajpayee.It should be noted that this day is also being observed as Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) Divas.

    Good Governance Day was established in 2014 to honor Prime Minister Vajpayee by fostering awareness among the Indian people of accountability in government.In keeping with this principle, the Government of India has decreed Good Governance Day to be a working day for the government

    In order to mark the occasion of this day on the 91st birth anniversary of Atal Bihari Vajpayee several programmes were organized nationwide and new initiatives were announced. 

    The initiatives include three applications namely Kilkari, Mobile Academy and M-Cessation and a dedicated toll free number 1800-11–6666 to provide round the clock support for counselling and treatment support services for TB patients.

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  • Syed Kirmani nominated for CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award

     

    Syed Kirmani nominated for CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award

    Former wicket-keeper batsman Syed Kirmani has been nominated for prestigious BCCI-instituted Col. C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award 2015.Kirmani who was a member of the Indian team that won the World Cup in 1983 for the first time has been conferred with the award for his contribution to Indian cricket.

    Syed Kirmani was selected for this prestigious award by the Awards Committee of BCCI consisting of BCCI President Shashank Manohar, Secretary Anurag Thakur and N Ram, former Editor-in-chief of The Hindu Group.

    About Syed Kirmani:

    • Syed Kirmani Kirmani was one of India’s finest wicket keepers and had played 88 Tests and 49 ODIs for India.He holds distinction of 198 dismissals as a wicket keeper in 88 Tests and had scored 2759 runs including two centuries, at an average of 27.04
    • Kirmani won the award for the best wicket keeper in the 1983 Cricket World Cup,for his catch of Faoud Bacchus that he took in the final against the West Indies.
    • Kirmani had played 49 ODIs for India and scored 373 runs. The main highlight being the 126-run rearguard partnership that he shared with Kapil Dev in the World Cup game against Zimbabwe in Turnbridge Wells.
    • Kirmani had served as chairman of the national selection committee in 2000 and also vice-president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) after his playing career.
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  • North India's first cable-stayed bridge inaugurated in Jammu and Kashmir

     

    North India's first cable-stayed bridge named Atal Setu was inaugurated on Dunera-Basohli-Bhadharwah road in Basohali town in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir. 

    The bridge was inagurated by was inaugurated by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who was accompanied by Union Minister Jitendra Singh and Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag.

    Facts about"Atal Setu":

    • Atal Setu is strategically-important as it will provide close connectivity among the three states: Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. Thus reducing the distance of travel to Punjab and HP and also help improve connectivity and tourism between the three states.
    • The bridge, has the second longest span in India, is the fourth of its kind in the country: the only other cable-stayed bridges in the country are Hooghly Bridge at Kolkata, Naini Bridge in Allahabad and Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link in Mumbai.
    • The bridge, has been built by Border Roads Organisation (BRO) with consultation from the agencies from Canada, Japan, Spain and Switzerland. It was built at the cost of Rs 145 crore.
    • The bridge was built on the demand of people of Basohli where over 22 villages were submerged in water and evacuated to other places after the construction of Ranjit Sagar dam. 
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  • Steve Smith named ICC Test cricketer of Year for 2015

     

    Steve Smith named ICC Test cricketer of Year for 2015

    Australia captain Steve Smith has been named as the ICC Cricketer of the Year for 2015 at the International Cricket Council (ICC) Awards ceremony in Dubai. Smith won the prestigious Garfield Sobers Trophy in Australia for the third straight year after pace bowler Mitchell Johnson and his predecessor as skipper, Michael Clarke, won in 2014 and 2013,

    Other winners of the ICC awards:

    1. ICC Emerging player of the year: Josh Hazlewood (Australia). 
    2. Best T20 performance of the year: Faf du Plessis (South Africa)
    3. Spirit of Cricket award: Brendon McCullum (New Zealand). 
    4. ICC Associate player of the year: Khurram Khan (UAE). 
    5. Umpire of the year: Richard Kettleborough (England). 
    6. Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year: Meg Lanning (Australia). 
    7. T20I Women’s Cricketer of the Year: Stefanie Taylor (West Indies).

    During the voting period,which ran from September 2014 to September 2015, Steve Smith has finished as the leading run-scorer in Tests with 1,734 runs in 25 innings of 13 matches at an average of 82.5, which includes seven centuries and six half-centuries.

    In One-Day Internationals format for same voting period, Smith had scored 1,249 runs at an average of just under 60 with four centuries and eight half centuries in 26 matches.South Africa batsman AB de Villiers was rated the best player in the ODIs, winning the award for the second successive year. 

    ICC Awards :

    The ICC Awards is a set of sports awards for cricket. The awards recognise and honour the best international cricket players of the previous 12 months. The Awards has been institutionalised by International Cricket Council since 2004.

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  • Seychelles government allows India to build Naval Base on its Assumption Island

     

    Seychelles government allows India to build Naval Base on its Assumption Island

    The government of Seychelles has allocated land for India to build its first naval base in the Assumption Island of Indian Ocean.This is a joint project between India and Seychelles involving the two Defence Forces in enhancing the mutual security along the western seaboard.

    Apart from the naval base, India is set to acquire a fully operational coastal radar system (CRS) based in Seychelles from March 2016. The CRS will provide India with the ability to gather intelligence and assist in surveillance operations of the vital energy lanes near Seychelles.

    Strategic importance:

    The project has acquired significance following China acquiring its first African naval base in Djibouti in November. Once ready, the naval base to be built by the defence forces of India, and Seychelles will help India exercise greater control over the Indian Ocean’s western region all the way to the piracy-prone eastern African coastline.This naval base will be staging posts for a large maritime security network that India is setting up with the help of the various IOR partner countries.

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