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IMPORTANT CURRENT AFFAIRS & DAILY NEWS UPDATES : 27 - JULY - 2016
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27- JULY - 2016

 

LOK SABHA PASSES INSTITUTES OF TECHNOLOGY (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2016

The Lok Sabha passed the Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

The Bill seeks to amend the Institutes of Technology Act, 1961, which declares certain Institutes of Technology as institutions of national importance.

Highlights of the Bill

• The Bill seeks to add six new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, Palakkad in Kerala, Goa, Dharwar in Karnataka, Bhilai in Chhattisgarh, and Jammu.

• It also seeks to bring the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad within the ambit of the Act.  All these institutions will be declared as institutions of national importance.

• The Bill provides for the incorporation of IIT (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad.  It states that until the statutes in relation to IIT (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad are made under the Act, the statutes applicable to IIT Roorkee will apply to it.

The Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was introduced in Lok Sabha by the Minister of Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, on 19 July 2016.

BUDDHA RASHMI MANI APPOINTED AS DIRECTOR GENERAL OF NATIONAL MUSEUM

Noted archaeologist Buddha Rashmi Mani was appointed as Director General of National Museum for three years or till attaining the age of 70 years. His appointment was approved by Appointments Committee of Cabinet.

He had retired as Additional Director General of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in 2015.

About Buddha Rashmi Mani

• Earlier, he had supervised the excavation work in the disputed Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya in 2003.

• During his 30-year stint with the ASI, he led excavations in Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.

• Mani is also General Secretary of the Indian Archaeological Society where he edits the journal Puratattva.

• A BHU alumnus, Mani did his PhD on the Kushanas.

Background
Mani and his team courted controversy in 2003 when their excavation report stated that features of a 10th-century temple were found beneath the site where the 16th-century Babri Masjid stood until its demolition in 1992.

The Allahabad High Court later directed the ASI to replace Mani as leader of the excavation team.

SOLAR IMPULSE 2 COMPLETES FIRST ROUND-THE-WORLD JOURNEY

The first round-the-world solar powered flight by Solar Impulse 2 was completed after the aircraft landed successfully in Abu Dhabi.

The plane has travelled 26744 miles since setting off from Abu Dhabi. The aircraft has racked up 558 hours of flight time.

About Solar Impulse 2

Construction of Solar Impulse 2 started in 2011.

The wingspan of Solar Impulse 2 is 71.9 m, slightly less than that of an Airbus A380, the world's largest passenger airliner.

It is made of carbon-fibre.

It weighs only about 2.3 tonnes.

It features a non-pressurized cockpit 3.8 cubic metres in size and advanced avionics, including an autopilot.

It has 17248 solar cells built into the wings that supply the plane with renewable energy, via four motors.

It was first publicly displayed on 9 April 2014.

Its inaugural flight took place on 2 June 2014, piloted by Markus Scherdel.

The aircraft reached its maximum altitude during a flight on 28 October 2014.

By the end of May 2015, the plane had traversed Asia.

It made an unscheduled stop in Japan to await favourable weather over the Pacific.

The aircraft began the flight from Japan to Hawaii on 28 June 2015.

Piloted by Andre Borschberg, the plane reached Hawaii on 3 July 2015, setting new records for the world's longest solar-powered flight both by time (117 hours, 52 minutes) and distance (7212 km).

The plane landed at Moffett Field in California on 23 April 2016.

With Bertrand Piccard in the cockpit, the aircraft crossed the Atlantic Ocean and arrived in Seville, Spain, on 23 June 2016.

The aircraft next landed in Cairo, Egypt, on 13 July 2016.

On 23 July 2016, the plane departed Cairo and landed in Abu Dhabi on 26th July 2016.

INDIA BECOMES FIRST CONTRIBUTOR TO UN TRUST FUND FOR SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIMS

The United Nations Department of Field Support (DFS) announced that India provided 100000 US dollar for the Trust Fund in support of victims of sexual exploitation and abuse.

With this, India has become the first country in the world to make a contribution to the Trust Fund.

The UN Secretariat had requested voluntary contributions to the Trust Fund when it was established.

About UN Trust Fund

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women awards grants to initiatives that demonstrate that violence against women and girls can be systematically addressed, reduced and eliminated.

Since its creation in 1996, the UN Trust Fund has awarded 116 million US dollar to 426 initiatives in 136 countries and territories.

It was established by UN General Assembly resolution 50/166.

It is administered by UN Women on behalf of the UN System.

The agency works to prevent violence against women and girls by empowering groups especially at risk of violence.

It works to improves access to services, such as legal assistance, psychosocial counselling and health care.

It works to strengthen implementation of laws, policies and action planson violence against women and girls.

INDIA'S FIRST GREEN RAIL CORRIDOR LAUNCHED BETWEEN RAMESWARAM AND MANAMADURAI STRETCH

The 114-km long Rameswaram-Manamadurai stretch of Southern Railway in Tamil Nadu became India’s first Green Rail Corridor.

This green corridor was inaugurated by of Southern Railway via videoconferencing from Chennai Central Station.

Features of Green Rail Corridor

• This corridor ensure zero toilet discharge on rail tracks.

• Trains in the section are equipped with bio-toilets to ensure zero discharge of human waste on the rail tracks.

Aim for the Future

While inaugurating this corridor, Prabhu said his ministry was committed to converting all toilets in railways to bio-toilets. Till March 2016, a total of 35104 bio-toilets had been provided and since then till third week of July 7000 more new bio-toilets have been made operational.

During 2016-17, the railway ministry has a target of providing 30000 new bio-toilets and this initiative will also bring down maintenance cost significantly. He also said that till March 2017, the Jammu-Katra section will also be human waste free.

Besides, Railway Minister Prabhu also inaugurated high speed upgraded Wi-Fi facility, set up in association with Google, at Chennai Central Railway Station and a similar facility at Tiruchirappalli through video conferencing.

He also launched a traditional medicine centre under Ayush at Perambur Railway Hospital.

SANJIV PURI APPOINTED AS CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER OF ITC LTD

Sanjiv Puri was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of Kolkata-based ITC Ltd. with immediate effect. He will be responsible for running day-to-day operations of the company as COO, a position created for the first time at ITC.

With this appointment, Puri has emerged the front-runner to succeed ITC Chairman YC Deveshwar, who will step down as Executive Chairman of ITC in February 2017. He will continue as Non-Executive Chairman for at least three years thereafter.

About Sanjiv Puri

• A graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, Puri joined ITC in 1986 and worked his way through several functions.

• His first major break came in 2001 when he was appointed the managing director of Surya Nepal, a subsidiary of ITC, which became one of the largest private companies in Nepal.

• He led ITC Infotech India Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary, as its Managing Director between May 2006 and August 2009.

• Puri became Divisional Chief Executive of the Tobacco Division of ITC in 2009, handling additionally the charge of ITC’s Trade Marketing and Distribution function.

• In 2014, Puri became the president of the company’s fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) business.

TETSUYA TAKANO RESIGNS AS CHAIRMAN OF RICOH INDIA LTD

Tetsuya Takano resigned as the Chairman and Director of Ricoh India Ltd. Takano was succeeded by Ian Peter Winham with immediate effect.

About Ian Peter Winham

• Winham joined the Ricoh Group in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) in 2002 as CFO.

• He was appointed Executive Vice President, CIO and CFO of Ricoh Europe in 2007.

• In 2014, he took on a global role as Head of Global Capital Management.

• In April 2016, he was appointed Corporate Vice President of Ricoh Company Ltd.

Comment
Takano's resignation came following the disclosure of Ricoh India that found its accounts falsified and estimated to incur a loss of 1123 crore rupees for the fiscal year that ended 31 March 2016.

 

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