Current Affairs Update – 22nd July, 2015

Hello and welcome to ExamPundit. Here are the Important Current Affairs of 22nd July, 2015.

India –

Union Government launched Surakshit Khadya Abhiyan

  • Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan on 21 July 2015 launched the Surakshit Khadya Abhiyan, a countrywide campaign, to create mass awareness and capacity building for safe and hygienic food.
  • The initiative complements the widely popular multi-media campaign Jago Grahak Jago which empowers the consumers of its rights and demands. This campaign, planned by CII and Consumer Organization VOICE, and National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI), is an effort towards building a culture of food safety in the country.
  • Under the campaign, nationwide sensitisation sessions on cleaning, hygiene & sanitation for safe food, Walkathons and Media dissemination programmes for Consumers, Street Food Industries will be organized across the country.
  • The ministry also launched a website and a logo of the campaign and also signed a pledge for adopting safe food practices.

Committee to draft bill for protection of indigenous people of Manipur constituted

  • State Government of Manipur on 21 July 2015 constituted a five-member committee to draft a bill for the protection of indigenous people of the state. The committee will be headed by State Law Minister Thoudam Debendra Singh.
  • Other members of the committee will include three MLAs namely Dr Bijoy Singh, N Biren and RK Anand. Special Secretary (Home) M Yaiskul will be the convener.
  • The committee has been asked to submit the draft bill at the earliest so that state government may introduce the bill in the state legislative assembly within one month.
  • The committee may co-opt representatives of the Joint Committee on Inner-Line Permit System (JCILPS) as its members.

India earns $100 million launching 45 foreign satellites

  • India has earned about USD 100 million launching 45 foreign satellites till date and revenue from its commercial space missions is poised to grow with another 28 foreign satellites planned to be put into orbit between 2015 and 2017.
  • This information was given by Science and Technology Minister Jitendra Singh in a written reply in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday while providing details of revenue earned by Antrix — the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) — from launch of foreign satellites.
  • Mr. Singh said Antrix has signed agreements for launching 28 satellites of six countries — Algeria, Canada, Germany, Indonesia, Singapore and the US during 2015-17.
  • Until now, 45 satellites from 19 countries have been launched by the ISRO and the income generated through this amounts to around 17 million USD and 78.5 million Euros(85 million USD), he said.
  • Singh also informed that the government has sanctioned 15 smaller PSLV launchers worth Rs 3,090 crore which would be built during 2017-2020.

SC rejected Union Government’s review plea seeking OBC status for Jats

  • The Supreme Court of India on 21 July 2015 quashed pleas of Union Government and Jat organizations asking the court to reconsider its verdict that had scrapped the March 2014 notification to include Jats in the central list of the Other Background Classes (OBC) category in nine states.
  • The two petitioners were seeking to declare the Jat community as socially and economically backward class to grant them OBC reservation.
  • A bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justice Rohinton F Nariman dismissed the plea and declared Union Government decision to grant OBC status to JAT community as unconstitutional.
  • Earlier in March 2015, Supreme Court had struck down the Union Government’s decision to grant Jat community reservation in jobs and educational institution, terming it as a reflection of negative and retrograde governance.

Appointments –

Ananth Narayanan appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Myntra

  • Former McKinsey director Ananth Narayanan on 21 July 2015 was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Flipkart-owned fashion store Myntra. He will assume the charge on 1 October 2015.
  • He will succeed Myntra’s co-founder Mukesh Bansal who is presently serving as the head of Flipkart's commerce platform.
  • With the appointment of Narayanan, Bansal will assume the role of Chairman of Board of Myntra and will contribute to Myntra's vision, strategy and overall direction.
  • Prior to this appointment, he was leading McKinsey’s product development in Asia and its Automotive Practice in India. He has worked with McKinsey for 15 years across four offices, namely Chicago, Shanghai, Taipei and Chennai.

T.K. Chand to take over as NALCO Chairman

  • Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited Director (Commercial) T.K. Chand has been appointed Chairman-cum-Managing Director of National Aluminium Company Ltd. (NALCO).
  • In a brief interview with The Hindu, he said that he would lay emphasis on product diversification and take up expansion project of the NALCO. He said he would initiate measures for globalisation of operations of the Navratna company.
  • The NALCO is a Bhubaneswar-headquartered public sector company with integrated and diversified operations in mining, metal and power and with a turnover of Rs.7,024 crore during 2013-14.
  • Mr. Chand will take charge on July 27. The Department of Personnel issued the appointment order on Tuesday evening. Mr. Chand, 55, earlier served as the Director of Central Coalfields Limited. He began his career in the RINL as a management trainee in 1983.

Sports –

BCCI ties up with British Council to train Indian umpires

  • In an effort to enhance communication skills of the umpires, the BCCI, as part of the Umpire Development Programme has decided to host an English language upskilling course.
  • The course will be conducted for the first batch of 20 umpires by a trainer from the British Council from July 23.
  • The duration of the course has been slated for a period of 10 days and will come to an end on 1st August.
  • The course has been designed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) along with the British Council and will be held at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai. Richard John Cox will be the trainer at the workshop.

World –

Hisao Tanaka resigned as CEO and President of Toshiba

  • Hisao Tanaka on 21 July 2015 resigned as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President of Toshiba. He will be succeeded by Masashi Muromachi, who is presently the Chairman of Toshiba.
  • Moreover, Toshiba's other officials Norio Sasaki and Atsutoshi Nishida also resigned as Vice Chairman and Advisor, respectively.


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