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Current Affairs Today – September 6 2015

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Current Affairs Sep 6 2015

Indian Affairs 

Delhi High Court granted Permanent Commission for Women in Indian Navy

Slamming the gender discrimination practice which can’t be allowed to block the progress of women, the Delhi High Court in a historic judgment allowed women to get permanent commission in Indian Navy.

  • As per the current practice, Navy treats women officers as a group entitled only to short service commission, with the maximum term of just 14 years. Because of this, they were not entitled to enjoy retirement facilities, for which one has to serve for at least 20 years. However men officers are treated as a group entitled to both short service and permanent commission. But by virtue of this judgment, women could now have full term service in the Indian Navy and enjoy retirement benefits as well.
  • This is in line with a similar judgment where women in the Army and Air Forcehad been granted permission for permanent commission by the High Court in 2010.

Indian Railways to tie-up with ISRO for enhanced safety

  • Railways to tie up with ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) to get online satellite images for improving safety and enhancing efficiency via GPS-aided system.
  • Geospatial services will be available from satellite-assisted navigational support through the GPS aided geo-augmented navigation (GAGAN) system of ISRO. It involves GPS (global positioning systems), GIS (geographical information systems), and RS (remote sensing).
  • The tie will facilitate getting images and communications through the satellite system. While the images will help in mapping the area, communications will enable the introduction of Wi-Fi service in trains in a larger way. The satellite images will also be used for geo-fencing of stations for paperless ticketing
  • This will come in handy at the time of accidents when it can be used to ascertain the exact location of trains and the topography.
  • Furthermore, it will help railways in developing solutions for safety at unmanned level crossings with remote sensing facility. Remote sensing system can further be used to warn road users by activating the hooters before the arrival of trains at unmanned level crossings.
  • The technology is also expected to be used for tracking trains for disseminating information about their movement on real time basis.

Haryana Government passes bill to abolish Police Recruitment Board

In an attempt to put an end to nepotism in the police recruitments, the Haryana Legislative Assembly passed Haryana Police (Amendment) Bill, 2015 abolishing the Police Recruitment Board in the state.

  • While the responsibility of the police recruitment for various non-gazetted ranks has now been transferred to the Haryana Services Selection Commission (HSSC), Gazetted posts in the police service would be filled by Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC).
  • According to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, this bill paves the way for abolishing the need of multiple recruitment agencies in the state for recruitment of group C posts and this will certainly bring more transparency in the recruitment process.

Awards and Recognition

15-year-old prodigy holder of 5 world records

  • Fifteen-year-old prodigy K Vilasini is a holder of five world records, including the highest IQ and IELTS (International English Language Testing System).
  • Pursuing her first year B.Tech Degree in Computer Science at Kalasingalingam University in Srivilliputhur, K Vilasini’s precocious talents were evident when she was just 11 years of age.
  • She also recently interacted with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on ideas to serve the country in Teacher’s day celebrations.

Sports

Australia’s Watson announces Test retirement

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  • Australian allrounder Shane Watson has announced his retirement from International Test cricket. Watson sustained a series-ending calf injury in Saturday’s 64-run win in the 2nd ODI over England at Lord’s.
  • His decade long Test career came to an end at the Ashes opener at Cardiff, which England won by 169 runs. In this match Watson had made 30 runs and failed to take a wicket.
  • The 34-year-old cricketer has been playing for the Australian cricket team since 2005, is married to television presenter Lee Furlong. He made his test debut for Australia at the SCG against Pakistan in 2005.

About Shane Watson :-

  • Shane Watson had played 59 Tests beginning in 2005, scoring 3731 runs at 35.19 and taking 75 wickets at 33.68
  • He has represented Australia in One Day International (ODI) and T20 cricket formats. He had played as a right-handed batsman and a right-handed fast medium bowler.
  • In 2010 he was awarded Allan Border Medal and again in 2011. He is only the second player (after Ricky Ponting) to win back-to back Allan Border Medals.
  • He debuted for the Australian cricket team in 2002, playing his first One Day International against South Africa

Indian boxer Vikas Krishan wins silver medal in 75 kg category in Asia Championships

Indian boxer Vikas Krishan wins silver medal

  • Indian boxer Vikas Krishan (75kg) has won the silver medal in the Asian Championships held in Bangkok, Thailand. In the final match of 75kg weight category, he was defeated by Uzbekistan’s Bektemir Melikuziev by 0-2 score.
  • In the Asian Championships only Vikas has won silver medal for India. Shiva Thapa (56kg), Devendro Singh (49kg) and Satish Kumar (+91kg) won bronze medal each in their respective category.
  • It should be noted that six Indians have qualified for World Championships which is to be held in October 2015 and will be the first qualifying event for the 2016 Rio Olympics Games.

Important Days

Nagaland observes Ceasefire Day

Nagaland today observed 52nd Indo-Naga Ceasefire Day, also known as Peace Day, which marks the signing of ceasefire agreement between the then Naga outfit leaders of Federal Government of Nagaland (FGN) and Government of India under the initiative of Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC).