Current Affairs Update – 20th July, 2015

Hello and welcome to ExamPundit. Here are the Important Current Affairs of 20th July, 2015. These are very Important for the RBI Assistant 2015 Exam.

India –

Modi inaugurates 46th Indian Labour Conference

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated the 46th Indian Labour Conference, asserting it was essential to respect the dignity of labour.
  • With labour reforms facing stiff resistance from trade unions, Modi today said changes in the laws will be carried out through consensus and in consultation with them. He said “changes in the labour laws will be made with the concurrence of the unions and the consultation process will continue“.
  • The government has set up a high-level inter-ministerial committee under Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to hold discussions with the unions on issues concerning labour. The committee held its first meeting yesterday during which a host of labour-related issues were discussed.
  • Talking about different interest groups, Modi said that there was a thin line dividing the interest of industry and industrialists, government and nation, and labour and labour organisations.
  • The Prime Minister also regretted that the number of apprentices in the country was very low and asked the industry to provide more opportunities to them with a view to increase their numbers from three lakh to at least 20 lakh.
  • The number of apprentices in China is two crore, Japan one crore and Germany 30 lakh as against only three lakh in India, he said.

Awards & Honors –

Kerala tourism's Muziris heritage project bagged PATA award

  • Kerala Tourism's Muziris Heritage Project (MHP) on 18 July 2015 bagged the 2015 Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) award in the ‘Heritage & Culture’ category.
  • The award was conferred on the Muziris heritage project for its conservational aspect, uniqueness, and impact on local community. It recognises the projects objective that is, restoring the historical and cultural significance of the ancient town that stretches across North Paravur in Ernakulam to Kodungalloor in Thrissur.
  • Muziris heritage project, the flagship project of the State is one of the biggest heritage conservation projects of modern India.

Appointments –

Hero Motors Group elevates Pankaj Munjal as CMD

  • Hero Motors Group, which includes flagship company Hero Cycles, on Monday, said it has elevated Pankaj Munjal as its Chairman and Managing Director (CMD).
  • Pankaj Munjal has taken over from O P Munjal, who led the Ludhiana-based company for more than 60 years, Hero Motors Group said in a statement.
  • O P Munjal has now been elevated to the position of Chairman Emeritus, it added.
  • The group comprises cycle major Hero Cycles, auto parts manufacturing companies —— Hero Motors Ltd, ZF Hero Chassis Systems and Munjal Kiriu Industries —— hospitality arm Munjal Hospitality and luxury home decor products company Oma Livings.
  • Pankaj Munjal had joined the group as a trainee in 1988 and was appointed as its Co—Chairman and Managing Director in December 2011.
  • Incorporated in 1956, Hero Cycles is the largest cycle manufacturer in the world. The company has a manufacturing capacity of 7.5 million bicycles per year, with its unit in Ludhiana (Punjab), Bihta (Bihar) and Ghaziabad (UP).

Sports –

Ganguly in BCCI working group to study Lodha verdict

  • Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly was today named in the BCCI’s four-member working group formed to study the Justice R M Lodha committee’s order and give recommendations within six weeks.
  • The committee will be chaired by IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla and will have BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur and Treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary as the other members. BCCI’s legal adviser U N Banerjee will assist the panel.
  • Announcing the names of the panel members, Shukla said the panel will study the implications of the Justice Lodha Committee report and draw up a roadmap for IPL 9, which will have a minimum of eight teams.
  • The committee will have six weeks’ time to study the Lodha committee report and will give its recommendations after talking to all the stakeholders.

Amelie Mauresmo inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame

  • Amelie Mauresmo, the two-time Grand Slam winner and former number one tennis player of France, was on 18 July 2015 inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
  • Mauresmo was unable to travel to the ceremony on Bill Talbert Center Court at the Hall of Fame because she's in her third trimester of pregnancy.

Days –

Nelson Mandela International Day observed on 18 July

  • Nelson Mandela International Day was observed across the world on 18 July 2015 to honour the former South African President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nelson Mandela (1918-2013).
  • The overarching objective of the Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good.
  • For the first time the day was celebrated on 18 July 2010 as per a UN General Assembly resolution of November 2009.

Obituaries –

The Godfather Actor Alex Rocco Dies

  • Alex Rocco, the gravelly-voiced actor whose gallery of memorable characters included Moe Greene, the cocky, bespectacled Las Vegas casino owner in The Godfather, has died. He was 79.
  • Rocco died on Saturday at his home in the Studio City neighbourhood of Los Angeles. The cause was cancer, his manager, Susan Zachary, said, reported New York Times.
  • Rocco had fairly limited screen time in The Godfather (1972), but he emerged from that film with a collection of signature lines, including "You don't buy me out. I buy you out" and "Do you know who I am?" (both spoken to the Godfather-in-waiting, played by Al Pacino), and a Hollywood reputation for stealing scenes with little more than a Boston attitude and his eyebrows.
  • In 1990 he won an Emmy Award for his role as a larger-than-life old-school talent agent in the well-reviewed but short-lived Jon Cryer sitcom The Famous Teddy Z.
  • Rocco's other noteworthy films included The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973), with Robert Mitchum; Freebie and the Bean (1974), one of several projects he did with Alan Arkin; Tom Hanks's That Thing You Do! (1996), as a fast-talking music executive; "The Wedding Planner" (2001), as Jennifer Lopez's old-fashioned father; and A Bug's Life (1998), as the voice of the grumpy grain-counting ant Thorny.


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