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Current Affairs Today – May 15 2015

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Indian Affairs 

MHRD Gave Nod For Setting Up IIIT in Nagpur, Maharashtra
  • 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.
  • The IIIT will join a batch of national institutes which are set to come up in the city, namely the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Indian Institute of Management (IIM).
  • The setting up of these higher educational institutions in Nagpur is aimed at improving educational infrastructure in the backward Vidarbha region.

India pavilion inaugurated by Rajyavardhan Rathore at Cannes 2015 

  • MoS for Information and Broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Singh, inaugurated the India pavilion at the 68th session of the film festival.
  • It will showcase Indian cinema’s cultural and lingual diversity through trailers,etc. and aims to boost co production opportunities between India and foreign nations.
  • The unveiling of the 46th IFFI,2015 Regulations and launching of India film guide was also done by him.
    Two Indian films- Chauthi Koot by Gurvinder Singh and Masan by Neeraj Ghaywans are the Indian entries in Cannes.

International Affairs

E-visas for Chinese Nationals

  • PM launched this facility at Tshingua University, through which Chinese applicants can apply for visas online, a few days before they plan to travel.
  • This seeks to boost MoU on tourism cooperation as 2015 & 2016 have been chosen as Visit India & Visit China years respectively.
  • Less than 2 lakhs Chinese visited India last year.

Indian origin boy working with Microsoft, developing braille printers

  • 13 years old- California based, Shubham Banerjee, who is credited with the invention of a low cost Braille printer with his Lego toys, is now working with Microsoft.
  • They plan to integrate the printer with Windows so as to make it accessible to the target users. They plan to launch the product commercially in November.
  • By his invention he had reduced the price of braille printers by 82% and further targeted a price of $500 or less.

Appointments 

New MD and CEO of Syndicate Bank

  • Arun Shrivastava assumed charge as the new MD and CEO of Syndicate Bank.
  • Prior to this, he was the Executive Director of Bank Of India and looked after the foreign subsidiaries – BOI of Indonesia and Botswana.
  • He is a certified member of Association of Indian Institution of Banks ( AIMB ).

Obituary 

B B King, the king of Blues, dies at 89

  • B B King, the Blues legend who redefined an era with classics like ‘The Thrill Is Gone,” “Please Love Me,” and “My Lucille,” has died at the age of 89.
  • Riley B King, better known to his fans around the globe as B B King, was born September 16, 1925, on a plantation in Itta Bena, Mississippi.