Current Affairs, News & Facts of 31 Aug 2015

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  • Centre identifies 305 cities, towns for implementing ‘Housing for All’ scheme


    Centre identifies 305 cities, towns for implementing ‘Housing for All’ scheme


    • Central government has identified 305 cities and towns across nine states for implementation of its ambitious ‘Housing for All’ scheme.
    • 305 cities and towns have been identified in nine states for beginning of construction of houses for the urban poor under the scheme.
    • The government has set the target to provide houses to two crore families belonging to the economically weaker section (EWS) in urban areas by 2022.
    • Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) Ministry would provide assistance of over Rs. 2 lakh crore over the next six years for enabling two crore urban poor own their own houses.

    Identified cities and towns  for implementation of ‘Housing for All’ scheme

    • The selected cities and towns are in Chhattisgarh (36 cities/towns), Gujarat (30), Jammu and Kashmir (19), Jharkhand (15), Kerala (15), Madhya Pradesh (74), Odisha (42), Rajasthan (40) and Telangana (34).
    • Besides these nines states,  six more states have signed Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the Ministry committing themselves to implement six mandatory reforms essential for making the housing mission in urban areas a success.
    • 15 states which have agreed to implement the mandatory reform measures are Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Odisha, Telangana, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand.
  • US extends anti-dumping duty on Indian preserved mushrooms for 5 years


    US extends anti-dumping duty on Indian preserved mushrooms for 5 years


    • The United States has extended the anti-dumping duty on Indian preserved mushrooms for another five years. The US International Trade Commission has extended the restrictive duty on Indian preserved mushrooms and this is likely to impact domestic exporters as the US is a major export destination for India.
    • In 2014-15, India exported mushrooms worth $16.08 million and during April-May this fiscal the exports aggregated at $1.63 million. India's mushroom exports to the US declined to $0.11 million in 2014-15 from $24.76 million in 2011-12. Major export destinations for Indian mushroom are the US, UAE, Russia and Israel. 
    • India produced 40,600 tonnes of mushroom in 2009-10. Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Jammu & Kashmir are the major states which are producing the commodity. Solan in Himachal Pradesh is popular as 'Mushroom City of India'. 

    About "Preserved mushrooms":-

    • 'Preserved mushrooms' refer to mushrooms that have been prepared or preserved by cleaning, blanching, and sometimes slicing and cutting. 
    • Mushrooms are very nutritious, rich in proteins, fibre and have folic acid content that is uncommon in vegetables and amino acids which are usually absent in cereals. 
    • The consumption of  mushroom is very low in India it is a dismal 40-50 gm as compared to 2-3 kg in the US and Europe. 

    What is a Anti-dumping duty ?

    Anti-dumping duties is a counter import measure under the multilateral World Trade Organisation (WTO) regime to protect domestic producers and market from below-cost/cheap imports. It varies from product to product and from country to country. It is imposed to protect local industry from unfair competition.

  • Union Government launched SAHAJ scheme to facilitate Online Connection Scheme


    Union Government launched SAHAJ scheme to facilitate Online Connection Scheme


    • The Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry has launched a scheme named  SAHAJ that will  facilitate online LPG connections to give more convenience to new LPG consumers. Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan launched the scheme. 
    • SAHAJ scheme will be simultaneously launched at Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Patna and Pune.
    • All state-run fuel retailers would be joining the e-tail bandwagon with a web-based system for selling new LPG connections. The new system would be available on the websites of each oil company and the government's LPG portal, Pahal.
    • SAHAJ scheme will allow prospective consumers to fill application online for a new connection. The system will then automatically detect a dealer best suited for the consumer and email or message a customer ID number within 48 hours of applying.
  • Indian Bank launches IndPay mobile app service


    Indian Bank launches IndPay mobile app service


    • Now Indian Bank customers can operate their banking accounts anytime and anywhere using the recently launched IndPay mobile app. The app was formally unveiled by the Indian Bank MD and CEO M K Jain
    • IndPay can be operated through smartphones compatible with Android, Windows and iOS mobile operating systems. Customers can do transactions like enquiries, getting mini statements and transferring funds to any account.
  • Indian women hockey team qualifies for 2016 Rio Olympics  


    Indian women hockey team qualifies for 2016 Rio Olympics


    • Indian women's hockey team will return to the Olympics after a long gap of 36 years as it qualified today for next year's Rio Games.
    • It was announced by International Hockey Federation (FIH) after Great Britain’s semifinal victory over Spain and Netherlands’ win over Germany in the other semifinal in the 2015 European Championships.
    • England's semi-final victory over Spain, coming after the Netherlands' win over Germany in the other semi-final in the European Championships freed one quota place as both the finalists have already qualified for the Olympic Games.
    • India took the quota place on the basis of its fifth-place finish in the women's Hockey World League Semifinals in Antwerp, Belgium last month.International Hockey Federation (FIH) confirmed that Indian women's team has qualified for the Rio Games
    • 10 women’s team that have qualified for 2016 Rio Olympics are China, Great Britain, Germany, Australia, Netherlands New Zealand and US through the Hockey World League Semi-Finals, South Korea as Asian Games champions, Argentina as Pan Am Games champions and India.
  • Wrestler Anil wins gold at World Cadet Championship


    Wrestler Anil wins gold at World Cadet Championship


    • Wrestler Anil won gold medal in Cadet Wrestling World Championships in the 50 kg freestyle competitions. Anil's gold is the second after female grappler Ankus won silver medal in the 38 kg female category on the third day of the Championship
    • In the final match played at Sarajevo, Bosnia he defeated Erfan Aeini of Iran by 10-6 score. Earlier, Anil had defeated Tumentsogt Bold of Mongolia 10-0 in the semi-final and Ertugrul Kahveci of Turkey 12-2
  • Pakistan bans Islamic State militant group


    Pakistan bans Islamic State militant group



    • Pakistan has banned the Islamic State militant group that has captured vast stretches of Iraq and Syria although Pakistan has been repeatedly denying the dreaded outfit’s presence within its territory. 
    • The decision was taken on recommendation of the Foreign Office, which regularly updates the Pakistan government about international militant groups banned by the United Nations 

    Pakistan's concern about IS militant group has a reason:-

    • The brutal organisation has made major inroads into Afghanistan and the tribal areas of Pakistan, overtaking its weaker contenders, the Taliban and al-Qaida 
    • Some top Taliban militants joined IS last year and the group fought pitched battles with Taliban inside Afghanistan. 
    • It is belived that Islamic State militant group  have gained a foothold in the border regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
    • Following the death of Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar, the IS has become particularly powerful in Afghanistan.
  • Renowned Kannada writer Dr. M. M. Kalburgi passes away


    Renowned Kannada writer Dr. M. M. Kalburgi passes away


    • Renowned Kannada scholar, Sahitya Akademi award winner and former vice-chancellor of Karnatak University M M Kalburgi, 77, was shot dead by two unidentified assailants at his residence in Dharwad in north Karnataka following which he died.
    • M M Kalburgi straight-talking, rationalist researcher of ancient Kannada literature, but he had some conflict with radical elements within his own Lingayat community and the Hindutva fringe over his writing and speeches. 

    About Malleshappa Madivalappa Kalburgi :-

    • M. M. Kalburgi was born 1938 in Yaragal (now in Karnataka) in then Bombay Presidency.
    • Literary works :- Kalburgi has written over 20 publications, including Neeru Neeradisittu, Sarangarshi and Kachhittu Kalyan
    • Awards :- He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi award, Nrupatunga Award and Pampa award for his contribution to Kannada literature
  • Mare Dibaba of Ethiopia baged gold medal in the women’s marathon at World Athletics Championships



    • 4 foot 11 inch (1.51m) tall Mare Dibaba of  Ethiopia baged gold medal in the women’s marathon event at the World Athletics Championships 2015 held in Beijing, China.
    • Mare Dibaba  won the women’s marathon by finishing it in (2:27:35). Kenya’s Helah Kiprop (2:27:36) won the silver medal and Eunice Kirwa (2:27:39) of Bahrain won bronze medal in this event. With this victory, Dibaba became first Ethiopian female to win the marathon event at the world championships

    Women's 4x400m relay :-

    • Jamaican team comprising of Novlene Williams-Mills (Anchor leg), Christine Day, Shericka Jackson and Stephenie Ann McPherson clocked 3 minutes, 19.13 seconds to win the gold
    • United States took (3:19.44) to win the silver medal in women's 4x400m relay while Britain took (3:23.62) to win the bronze medal.


  •  29 August: National Sports Day



    • August 29 is celebrated as the ‘National Sports Day’ across the country in memory of legendary hockey player Dhyan Chand. The day marks the birth anniversary of Hockey Wizard, Major Dhyan Chand
    • On this day National Sports awards including Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna Awards and Dronacharya Awards are bestowed upon sports personalities by the President of India.

    About Major Dhyan Chand:-

    • He was born on 29 August 1905 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh in a Rajput family.
    • Dhyan Chand was Known as "The Wizard" for his superb ball control.His goal scoring ability was phenomenal and the opposition defenders were often made to look like sitting ducks in front of this wizard from India. 
    • The legendary hockey player won gold medals for India at the 1928 (Amsterdam Olympics)  1932 (Los Angeles, Summer Olympics) and 1936 (Berlin Olympics)
    • Dhyan Chand played his final international match in 1948. He scored over 400 goals during his international career
  • Mountaineer Jot Singh awarded Tenzing Norgay National Adventure award



    • Indo-Tibetan Border Police official and mountaineer Jot Singh has been honoured with the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award 2014-15 by President Pranab Mukherjee.
    • Jot Singh has been undertaking expeditions with the border guarding force for a long time. he was bestowed with the award during the national games awards presentation ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan yesterday. 
    • ITBP is well known  for it's  mountaineering skills, 11 ITBP personnel have been awarded Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award till date. 
    • Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has scaled more than 200 peaks across the globe successfully. Inspector Jot Singh is one of the best mountaineers of ITBP, who has also scaled the Mount Everest 
    • The mountain-trained force has been deployed primarily to guard high altitude Indo-China border since 1962 

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