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  • Current Affairs 27th and 28th September 2015

    Updated : 28-Sep-2015
    Current Affairs 27th and 28th September 2015

    Current Affairs 27th and 28th September 2015 - Important Points

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    Who has won Ghangzhou Open Women’s Doubles title - Sania Mirza & Martina Hingis

    Among the important Sports Current Affairs, On 28th September 2015, the Guangzhou Open Women’s Doubles title was won by Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis by defeating the Chinese pair of Xu Shilin and You Xiaodi in the final clash held at Guangzhou of China.

    It was the seventh title of the 2015 season for Sania and sixth with Hingis. She had won one trophy with Bethanie-Mattek Sands in Sydney.

    Sania and Hinghis have now won six of 13 events they have played since March 2015 and the titles include Indian Wells, Miami, Charleston, Wimbledon, the US Open and Guangzhou.

    Name the committee formed by the Union Government to revisit civil services examination pattern - B S Baswan committee

    In the fourth week of September 2015, Union Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions revealed that an expert constituted to revisit the civil services examination pattern.

    B S Baswan is the head of the committee. The committee was mandated to submit report within six months from the date of its constitution.

    Terms of reference of the expert committee

    • To suggest timeframe for implementation of the revised pattern of examination
    • To examine the plan of the examination and suggest suitable changes to all the three stages of the examination viz., preliminary, mains and interview.
    • To examine the time frame in which the examination is conducted and suggest suitable changes to reduce the time taken for selection of candidates by utilizing information and communication technologies, etc.
    • To suggest a mechanism for designing and periodically updating the syllabus for each of the papers in the two states
    • To suggest suitable eligibility criteria for candidates appearing at the examination with special reference to minimum and maximum age limits, number of attempts; to review the eligibility criteria for candidates, who have already been selected to different services, and who desire to reappear for selection to some other services;
    • To evaluate the effectiveness of the existing scheme of the civil services examination in selecting suitable candidates keeping in view various factors such as inclusiveness, fair mix of candidates from different disciplines, etc.
    • To review the logistical requirements and constrainsts of conducting the examination in view of the increasing number of candidates at the preliminary level

    Members of the committee are :

    • B S Baswan (Chaiman)
    • B N Nawalawala
    • Dr Hari Pratap Gautam
    • Dr Anil Sahasrabudhe
    • Prof Peter Ronal deSouza
    • B Mahadevan
    • M P Tangirala (Member-Secretary, UPSC)

    Who has won 2015 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix title - Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton

    Among the important Sports Current Affairs, On 27th September 2015, Lewis Hamilton of Britain and Mercedes racing driver won the 2015 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix title in the final race held at the suzuka circuit in Mie Prefecture, Japan.

    Nico Rosberg of Germany stood second and Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) finished third. Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) at 6th and Sergio Perez (Mexico) of Force India stood at the 12th positions.

    For Hamilton, it was the eighth title in the 2015 season as he won the titles.

    In the history of Formula One, Hamilton won more races as compared to any other British driver and is currently 5th on the all-time list, with 41 wins.

    World Tourism Day observed on - 27th September

    Among the important International Current Affairs, On 27th September 2015, World Tourism Day was observed across the world on the theme "One Billion Tourists, One Billion Opportunities".

    The theme wants us to talk Tourism and help to raise awareness of its impact on countries and communities around the world. It talks about its potential as a force for good and creating a better world for all.

    Burkina Faso will host the Official Celebration 2015.

    Current developments and forecasts

    • International tourist arrivals grew by 4.3% in 2014 to 1.133 billion.
    • In 2014, international tourism generated 1.5 trillion US dollars in export earnings.
    • UNWTO forecasts a growth in international tourist arrivals of between 3 percent and 4 percent in 2015.

    Do You Know :

    • World Tourism Day is observed everu year on 27 September with a purpose to encourage awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.
    • In 1980, it was celebrated in the world for the first time after decision made by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly in 1979.
    • The event looks forward to address global challenges defined in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to highlight the contribution that the tourism sector can make in reaching these goals.

    Name the Meghalaya's oldest & longest serving legislator who has passed away - Hoping Stone Lyngdoh

    On 26th September 2015, Hoping Stone Lyngdoh, Meghalaya’s oldest and longest serving legislator, passed away in Shillong at the age of 86.

    At the time of his death, he represented the Nongstoin constituency of West Khasi Hills district in the state legislative Assembly. He was also the president of the Hill State Peoples Democratic Party.

    He had been a legislator since the inception of the state, in 1972, till his death. Prior to the formation of Meghalaya, he was a legislator in the united Assam legislative assembly.

    He was better known among people for his fight against uranium mining. He was also the forerunner in demanding a separate state for the Khasi-Jaintia tribes.

    Manipur Governor Syed Ahmed passed away

    On 27th September 2015, The 16th Governor of Manipur, Syed Ahmed passed away in Mumbai due to cancer at the age of 70.

    On 16th May 2015, a member of the Indian National Congress (INC), Syed Ahmed was sworn in as the 16th governor of Manipur.

    From 4th September 2011 to 15th May 2015, he also served as the 8th Governor of Jharkhand. He had obtained two master’s degrees in English and Hindi and a doctorate in Urdu.

    He joined the INC in 1977. He was elected five times to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly as a representative of the Nagpada constituency in Mumbai.

    He has also written an autobiography, Pagdandi se Shahar Tak.

    Former England Fast Bowler Frank Tyson Died

    On 27th September 2015, One of the fastest bowlers of all time, former England cricketer Frank Tyson died in Australia at the age of 85. He was nicknamed as Typhoon and emigrated to Australia in 1960.

    Between 1954 and 1959, he played only 17 Tests for England, but captured 76 wickets at an average of 18.56.

    The 1954-55 Ashes in Australia, is regarded as his best performance. Afterr this win, he was also declared as a Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World in 1955.

    He played 244 first-class matches between 1952 and 1960, capturing 767 wickets. He retired at the age of 30.

    Name the India’s 1st dedicated satellite for astronomy research - ASTROSAT

    Among the important National Current Affairs, On 28th September 2015, Indian Space Research Orgnaisation (ISRO) launched its India’s first dedicated satellite for astronomy research, named ASTROSAT.

    It was launched from the first launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh by Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C30). PSLV-C30 is the tenth flight of PSLV in its 'XL' Configuration.

    It was launched after the end of its 50-hour long countdown for its launch which began on 26 September 2015 at 8am.

    Scientific objectives of ASTROSAT

    • Study star birth regions and high energy processes in star systems lying beyond our galaxy.
    • Detect new briefly bright X-ray sources in the sky.
    • To understand high energy processes in binary star systems containing neutron stars and black holes.
    • Estimate magnetic fields of neutron stars.
    • Perform a limited deep field survey of the Universe in the Ultraviolet region.

    Characteristic features of ASTROSAT

    • The satellite is of about 1513 kg and was placed in a 650 km orbit inclined at an angle of 6 deg to the equator around the Earth.
    • It carries four X-ray payloads, one UV telescope and a charge particle monitor.
    • ASTROSAT is India’s first dedicated multi wavelength space observatory.
    • The mission is capable of performing observations in Ultraviolet (UV), optical, low and high energy X-ray wavebands at the same time.
    • ASTROSAT’s life span is five years.

    Spacecraft control centre at Mission Operations Complex (MOX) of ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) at Bangalore will manage the satellite during its mission life.

    Qualcomm Announced Investment of 150 Million US Dollars for - Indian Start-Ups

    On 27th September 2015, Silicon Valley based chip-maker Qualcomm announced to invest 150 million US dollars for Indian start-ups through a venture fund.

    The venture fund was in support of Indian Government’s Digital India and Make in India initiatives.

    Qualcomm will provide local innovative start-ups the support required to help country’s Mobile and Internet of Everything (IOE) ecosystem grow and is also set to extend its support to the start-ups in financial, marketing and technology fields.

    About Qualcomm

    It is an American tech giant that designs and markets wireless telecommunications products and services.

    The company was founded by Irwin M. Jacobs, Andrew Viterbi, Harvey White, Adelia Coffman, Andrew Cohen, Klein Gilhousen and Franklin Antonio in 1985 in San Diego, California.

    Who has won 2015 SASTRA Ramanujan Prize - Mathematician Jacob Tsimerman

    Among the important International Current Affairs, On 28th September 2015, Mathematician Jacob Tsimerman of the University of Toronto, Canada was chosen for the prestigious 2015 SASTRA Ramanujan Prize.

    He is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the University of Toronto. He primarily conducts research in Number Theory.

    He will be presented with the prize during the International Conference on Number Theory at SASTRA University in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu where the prize is given annually.

    About SASTRA Ramanujan Prize

    It was founded in 2005 by Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology & Research Academy (SASTRA) University after the name of the genius mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. the prize is awarded every year to a young mathematician.

    CSIR Award for S&T Innovations for Rural Development, 2014 has been won by - Lucknow-based CSIR-CIMAP

    Among the important National Current Affairs, On 26th September 2015, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CSIR-CIMAP), Lucknow won the CSIR Award for S&T Innovations for Rural Development (CAIRD) 2014 for enhancing incomes of farm communities through Vetiver based Technological Interventions.

    The award was announced on the occasion of CSIR Foundation Day by the DG, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Dr. Girish Sahni.

    CSIR Award for S&T Innovations for Rural Development

    In 2006, the award was instituted by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to recognize and honour S&T innovations that have helped transform the lives of rural people.

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