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Current Affairs Today: April 30 2015

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Brief News

 

Indian Affairs

India ranks 13th in generating power from nuclear source

  • India stands at the 13th place world-wide in generating electricity from nuclear source and expects to increase the installed nuclear power capacity from 5,780 MW to 10,080 MW by 2019
  • According to the data published in 2014 by Power Reactor Information System of International Atomic Energy Agency, “India ranked 13th position in terms of generation.
  • However, it stood at 7th position in terms of number of reactors in operation country-wise

Mamata declares Nadia first ‘open defecation-free’ district in India

  • West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee declared Nadia as the first Open Defecation Free (ODF) district in the country.
  • Thanking UNICEF and the World Bank for helping the district achieve this feat, Ms. Banerjee declared April 30 as the “Nirmal Bangla Diwas” to be observed in the years to come.
  • UNICEF India representative David Mcloughlin congratulated the people of the district for achieving the goal.

Appointments

Kapil Dev Tripathi appointed Petroleum Secretary

  • Senior IAS officer Kapil Dev Tripathi has been appointed the new Petroleum Secretary, as part of six top level bureaucratic appointments effected by the government.
  • Tripathi, a 1980-batch IAS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre, is presently Secretary in the Department of Public Enterprises.

International Affairs 

Microsoft Edge to replace Internet Explorer

  • Microsoft late on Wednesday unveiled ‘Edge’, a browser that will replace Internet Explorer, at its annual developers’ conference, Build.
  • Codenamed ‘Project Spartan’ until being revealed to the world, Edge will be available for Windows 10, to be released this summer.

Seychelles becomes 161st member of World Trade Organisation

  • Seychelles, an archipelago of 90000 inhabitants became the 161st member of the World Trade Organization (WTO). It is one of the smallest nations among the WTO members.
  • This approval by WTO ended Seychelles 20-year long wait to become a member of WTO since it had applied for WTO membership in May 1995.