Daily Current Affairs Updates– 22nd October 2015

    Daily Current Affairs – 22nd October 2015
    Daily Current Affairs – 22nd October 2015:
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    1).1stCar-Free Day was observed in Delhi on22 October 2015 to encourage the people to use public transport instead of using their car
    ·        Aim– to reduce pollution and traffic congestion in Delhi by encouraging residents to use public transport
    ·        It was observed from 7am till 12pm on the stretch connectingRed ForttoIndia Gate through Delhi Gate and ITO
    ·        The following dignitaries took part to observe this day by taking part in a cycle rally
    a)   Delhi Chief Minister –Arvind Kejriwal
    b)   Deputy Chief Minister –Manish Sisodia
    ·        Delhi Transport Corporation also had deployed additional buses with frequency of one or two minutes on this route for better facilitation of commuters
    ·        Delhi government has decided to observeCar-Free Day on different road stretches on the22nd of every month

    2).Union Home MinisterRajnath Singhinaugurated theIndian Police Foundation(IPF) andIndian Police Institute(IPI) in New Delhi
    ·        They have been set up and registered under theSocieties Registration Act, 1860 as anAll India Society
    ·        It has been set up in line with the Prime Minister’s vision of a Smart, people-centric and professionally competent police
    ·        Indian Police Foundation
    a)   It will be a think tank for suggesting reforms in the Indian Police
    b)   It will bring together the police professionals, academia and other stake holders and provide a platform to research, ideate, discuss and seek the answers.
    ·        Indian Police Institute
    a)   It will be a research and training institute for police officers in the Indian Police for the pursuit of professional excellence
    ·        Aimof both the agencies
    a)   To embark a culture of research and evidence-based policing in India
    b)   To avoid personal errors and biases in decision-making

    3).Union Ministry of Defence dividedMaharashtra and Gujarat (MnG) Naval Area into 2 separate headquarters to enhance the operational and administrative organizational structure
    ·        They have been divided as follows
    a)   Flag Officer Maharashtra Area
    b)   Flag Officer Gujarat Naval Area
    ·        Aimof division
    a)   To improve vigilance on the sea border with Pakistan
    b)   To improve communication and coordination with the respective state governments, local authorities and fishermen
    ·        New Flag Officer Maharashtra Area –Rear Admiral Satish Namdeo Ghormade
    ·        New Flag Officer of Gujarat Naval Area –Rear Admiral Murlidhar Pawar

    4).Prime MinisterNarendra Modi laid the foundation stoneAmaravati, a new capital city ofAndhra Pradesh at a grand ceremony held inGunturdistrict
    ·        State government signed a MoU withSingapore government agencies for preparing the master plan for Amaravati which was submitted inJuly 2015
    ·        Amaravati is located betweenVijayawada andGuntur region of state on the banks ofKrishna River
    ·        The name Amaravathi was chosen in view of the historical, spiritual and mythological significance as it was ancient seat ofSatavahana kingdom
    ·        The capital city will house the following in  area covering16.7 sq km
    a)   Legislative Assembly
    b)   Legislative Council
    c)   High Court
    d)   Secretariat
    e)   Raj Bhavan
    ·        Andhra Pradesh Chief MinisterN. Chandrababu Naidu along with other guests participated in the rituals to mark laying the foundation

    5).Senior IAS officerAlok Rawat has been appointed as the4thmember in the 5-member body ofNational Commission for Women (NCW) that reviews the constitutional and legal safeguards for women
    ·        He became the1st male person to be appointed in NCW
    ·        NCW is a statutory body established inJanuary 1992 under theNational Commission for Women Act, 1990
    ·        Aimof NCW
    a)   To review the constitutional and legal safeguards for women
    b)   To recommend remedial legislative measures
    c)   To advise Government on all policy matters affecting women
    d)   To facilitate redressal of grievances related to women
    ·        Alok Rawat is 1977 batchIAS officer ofSikkim cadre
    ·        Prior to this appointment, he had served at the following senior level posts at different Union Ministries
    a)   Director (joint secretary) –Union Ministry of Defence and Union Ministry of Road transport and Highways
    b)   Secretary –UPSC
    c)   Secretary –Coordination and Public Grievances
    d)   Secretary –Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga rejuvenation

    6).Britain signed a nuclear deal withChina to build the United Kingdom’s1st nuclear power plant since the 1980s during the official visit of Chinese PresidentXi Jinping to London
    ·        The nuclear power plant will be built atHinkley Point, Somersetnear London with total planned investment of18 billion pound
    ·        The agreement was signed between the following organizations
    a)   France’sEDF Energy
    b)   China’sGeneral Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN)
    ·        CGN will contribute6 billion pounds i.e. 1/3rdof the total planned investment then the distributions of stakes are as follows
    a)   CGN –2/3rd stakes
    b)   Areva –1/5th stakes
    ·        The plant will be become operational by2025providing affordable power to Britain
    ·        The agreement is considered as the1st major Chinese investment in Western nuclear facility
    ·        Both the countries also signed more deals worth more than30 billion pounds

    7).Autobiography ofSam Pitroda written with the help of an American authorDavid ChanoffnamedDreaming Big: My Journey to Connect India has been released
    ·        It describes the journey ofSatanarayan Gangaram Pitroda known as Sam Pitroda
    ·        Sam Pitroda –Father of Indian telecommunication revolution
    ·        The book embarks a life long journey of Sam Pitroda starting from his birth in 1964 inTitilagarh in Odisha to his revolutionary career inUnited States and India
    ·        It also tells his success in the telecommunication revolution of India and the important role played by formerPrime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in achieving the revolution
    ·        It also highlights important incidents in his life after the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi
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