GK Eduwrap – 15th May 2015

National:

1. The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) approved the Gujarat State Climate Change Action Plan 2015-2020. The plan was submitted in August 2014. In the action plan, the state government proposed to invest more than 21000 crore rupees to create environment-friendly water resource management, public health projects, forest and environment improvement projects and agriculture improvement projects by 2020.

2. Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) gave an in-principle approval for setting up an IIIT (Indian Institute of Information Technology) in Nagpur, Maharashtra. It will be the first IIIT to be set up in the state.

3. Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the flagship Namami Gange Program. The program integrates the efforts to clean and protect the River Ganga in a comprehensive manner by involving differed States and grassroots level institutions.

4. Supreme Court (SC) issued a slew of guidelines on regulation of public advertisements.

This guidelines seeks to prevent ruling politicians at all levels from misusing tax payers’ money to enhance their image or of their parties as it is against democratic principles.

Guidelines set by Supreme Court:

  • Ban on the use of photographs of ministers and party leaders in the government advertisements released by government institutions and autonomous bodies.
  • Only photographs of the President, Prime Minister (PM) and Chief Justice of India (CJI) can feature in the government advertisements with their prior approval.
  • Besides, the photos of late national leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru can be used in these advertisements.
  • Henceforth, official advertisements should not carry the name of any political party, political symbol, logo or flag.
  • In order to regulate the issue of public advertisement and to keep check  on framed guidelines to  prevent its violation, Union government must constitute a three-member committee.

Appointment:

1. Syndicate Bank today announced elevation of its executive director Arun Shrivastava to the post of Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.

2. Indian-origin councilor Harbhajan Kaur Dheer of Labour Party became the first Asian woman to be elected as mayor in United Kingdom.

3. Samsung Group heir apparent Jay Y. Lee, aged 46, will take over from his father Lee Kun-hee as head of two key foundations. He will succeed his 73-year-old father, who has been hospitalised since suffering a heart attack more than a year ago, as chairman of Samsung Life Public Welfare Foundation and Samsung Foundation of Culture.

Sports:

1. Tejaswini Sagar of India won under-15 category of World School Chess Championships in her maiden attempt. In the ninth and final round played at Pattaya, Thailand she defeated Kavinya Miyuni Rajapaksa of Sri Lank to win gold medal. In this championship, Tejaswini scored seven points out of nine by winning six, drawing two and losing one game.

Science & Technology:

1. Bangalore-based Strides Arcolab today said US health regulator has approved its drug used for treating HIV infection in adult and children for sale in US market.

Awards & Recognition:

1. President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the Presidential Awards for Classical Tamil for the years 2011-12 and 2012-13. It was bestowed on scholars who have made outstanding contribution to the development of Classical Tamil language and literature.

Tolkappiyar Award for lifetime achievement in Classical Tamil was given to SV Shanmugam for year 2011-12 and R Krishnamurthi for year 2012-13.

Kural Pitam Award was given to Eva Maria Wilden of Germany for 2011-12.

Young Scholar Awards was presented to E. Ezhilvasanthan, K. Jawahar and K. Iyyappan for 2011-12 while for the year 2012-13 was given to R. Venkatesan, A. Sathish, M.R. Devak, U. Alibava and B. Jaiganesh.

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