GK Eduwrap – 28th April 2015

National:

1. Union Minister for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal flagged off three NTPC Mobile Science Labs (MSL) for revolutionizing education in rural India. MSL is a vehicle fitted with LCD TV carrying working Science Models which emphasizes curiosity based learning for children in rural India. It is an initiative to make hands-on learning accessible amongst underprivileged children.

2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi conferred the 50th Jnanpith Award on eminent Marathi literateur Bhalchandra Nemade in Parliament House Complex, New Delhi. Nemade received the country’s highest literary award for his outstanding contribution towards Indian literature.

3. Union Government cancelled the licences of around 9000 NGOs for violation of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), 2010. These foreign funded NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) failed to file annual returns for the years 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12.

4. The Andhra Pradesh Government appointed Chadalavada Krishnamurthy as the Chairman of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) Board of Trustees, a body which administers Tirupati’s Lord Venkateswara temple.

5. Indian Army conducted a major exercise ‘Akraman-II’ in Rajasthan. The exercise was conducted by the Chetak Corps, a part of South Western Command based in Bhatinda, Punjab.

International:

1. Senior Pakistani politician and Baloch nationalist leader Nawabzada Talal Akbar Bugti passed away on 27th April 2015 in Quetta, Balochistan after suffering from cardiac arrest. He was 63. Bugti was a senior leader of the Jamhoori Watan Party. He received his education from Aitchison College, Lahore and was considered to be a significant political personality in Balochistan.

2. Incumbent President of Sudan Omar Hassan al-Bashir won the Presidential election of the country. He won another term in office with 94% of votes.

3. Loretta Lynch was sworn-in as the United States’ 83rd Attorney General, the first African-American woman to serve as the nation’s top law enforcement official.

4. A moderate earthquake of magnitude 5.5 on the Richter scale struck Pakistan on 28th April 2015. The epicenter of the quake that jolted parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was in the Hindukush mountain ranges on the border area of Tajikistan-Pakistan at a depth of 144 kilometres.

Awards & Recognition:

1. Former Union Finance Minister and veteran BJP leader Yashwant Sinha conferred with the Officier de la Légion d’Honneur (Officer of the Legion of Honour) in recognition of his valuable contribution to thought on international issues.

2. Sangeeta Bhatia, an Indian-Origin scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has won prestigious Heinz award for year 2015. She had won this award for her work in tissue engineering and disease detection in the Technology, the Economy, and Employment category of the award.

Sports:

1. Lin Dan of China won the men`s title at Badminton Asia Championships 2015 held in the central city of Wuhan, China. He won the title by defeating compatriot Tian Houwei 21-19, 21-8.

Appointment:

1. United Nations (UN) has nominated Peter Jan Graaff of the Netherlands as the new chief of UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER).

2. Chennai-born Raja Rajeswari has been sworn-in as a criminal court judge in New York by Mayor Bill de Blasio, becoming the first India-born woman to be appointed a judge in New York City.

3. Idi Srinivas Murthy named senior vice president of Marketing, at Snapdeal.

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