Current Affairs of 5 August 2015

1. Mathematician Amalendu Krishna won 2015 Ramanujan Prize
Mathematician Doctor Amalendu Krishna  won the Ramanujan Prize for year 2015. 
He was bestowed with this award for his outstanding contributions in the area of algebraic cycles, algebraic K-theory and the theory of motives.
Presently, Krishna is a mathematician professor at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai. 
He hails from Bihar and had completed his early college and schooling from there itself. From 2001 til 2004, he taught mathematics as the Hedrick Assistant Professor at the University of California at Los Angeles. 
Krishna is the second Indian to win this award, first was Sujatha Ramadorai who had won the award in 2006.

2. Uttar Pradesh government decided to rename UPTU as APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University
The Uttar Pradesh (UP) Cabinet  approved UP Technical University (Amendment) Bill, 2015. The amendment was approved during a state cabinet meet chaired by chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.
The Bill amends the UP Technical University Act, 2000 to rename the Uttar Pradesh Technical University (UPTU) as Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University (APJAKTU), Uttar Pradesh in the honour of 11th President of India.
Former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, 83, passed away in Shillong on 27 July 2015 after suffering a massive cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture to students at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM).
The cabinet also decided to create a memorial and central library in memory of Kalam and other famous scientists at the new campus of the University. 

3. Maharashtra government increased the retirement age of medical officers from 58 to 60
Maharashtra government  increased the retirement age for group 'A' category medical officers from 58 to 60 years. The decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the state cabinet in Mumbai and will be implemented with retrospective effect from 31 May 2015.
This means that the relaxation will be provided for all those who retired on 31 May 2015.
The state government also decided to award special increments to officers holding post graduate diplomas and degrees to ensure availability of sufficient human resources to provide health services.
Besides, the Cabinet approved a proposal to amend the lacunae in the Transplantation of Human Organs Act 1994, and increase quantum of punishment for crimes pertaining to human organ transplants.

4. Kamayani Express & Mumbai-Jabalpur Janata Express derailed over Machak River of MP
Machak River, Madhya Pradesh: Two trains, Kamayani Express and Mumbai-Jabalpur Janata Express derailed 
Two trains, Kamayani Express and Mumbai-Jabalpur Janata Express, derailed while crossing a swollen Machak river in Harda District of Madhya Pradesh (MP) on 4 August 2015. The twin-train derailment claimed lives of at least 20 people and injured over 60.
According to West Central Railway PRO Piyush Mathur, seven coaches of Kamayani Express and three coaches and Engine of Janata Express derailed after base material on the tracks got washed away in heavy rain. The mishap took place at 11.30 PM. 

5. Delhi Government decided to have tram network in Old Delhi
Delhi government  decided to run trams in several walled city areas including Lal Quila, Jama Masjid and Old Delhi Railway Station. The decision was taken to augment transport infrastructure of the city. 
The tram network in Old Delhi will comprise Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Sheeshganj Gurudwara, Old Delhi Railway Station and Fatehpuri Masjid. It will also link New Delhi Railway Station and several other localities.
Besides, the government also decided to make Shahjahanad Redevelopment Corporation, set up to carry out infrastructure projects in Old Delhi, on the lines of New Delhi Municipal Council.
As of 2014, the Kolkata tram in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) is the only public tram system in the country.

6. Alibaba to invest INR 4000 crore in Paytm
To tame the world’s e-commerce giant Amazon, Alibaba is to invested 4000 crore rupees in m-commerce giant Paytm. Alibaba has picked up 25 per cent stake in Paytm’s parent company One97 through its subsidiary Ant Financial. Earlier it has done investments in Snapdeal, FreeCharge and now Paytm which is the largest mobile payments space in India. Paytm has around 80 million digital wallets and Alibaba is interested in this major mobile commerce player in this mobile-first market to topple the largest global rival Amazon. Through the partnership with Alibaba Indian e-commerce players now also has access to Chinese market. It should be noted that the Indian merchants are second biggest sellers on Alibaba portal after the Chinese.

7. Asia’s biggest telescope MAST inaugurated at Udaipur Solar Observatory in Rajasthan
Multi-Application Solar Telescope (MAST), Asia’s biggest telescope was inaugurated at the Udaipur Solar Observatory in Rajasthan. It was inaugurated by Professor U.R Rao, Chairman of Physical Research Laboratory, inaugurated.

8. Ministry of Rural Development launches ‘SAMANVAY’ portal for Gram Panchayats
Union Ministry of Rural Development has launched ‘SAMANVAY’ web portal to monitor progress and implementation of the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) for development of Gram Panchayats. It was launched by Union Rural Development Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh. SAMANVAY web portal consist a compilation of all Government schemes of both Centra and State governments for Gram Panchayats. The purpose of this portal is to help Member of Parliament’s (MPs) to utilise relevant schemes in the planning and implementation of SAGY. It will act as a database for compiled and mapped information on various gram panchayat related activities through various schemes undertaken by the Centre and State Governments. In SAMANVAY, around 1800 state schemes from across all states have been documented. Apart from this, minister also launched a magazine Panchayat Darpan to monitor the progress of the SAGY. The magazine will act as a mirror of all the development activities by identifying 35 indicators undertaken in the village panchayats under SAGY. It should be noted that Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) was launched in October 2014. Under this flagship scheme of Union Government, MPs have adopted a village (Gram Panchyat) to create Model Village. Under this scheme MP from either house of Parliament will develop three Adarsh Gram Panchayats by 2019.

9. Haryana Government launches Thari Pension, Thare Pass project
Haryana Government launched Thari Pension, Thare Pass project to directly transfer pension into the bank accounts of beneficiaries. The project was launched by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in Chandigarh. This project has been launched in the view of bringing more transparency in disbursement of social security pensions for Old age, Handicapped and Widows. The programme provides facility to pensioner of tracing their account online to know the balance in his or her account. It is being implemented by state government’s Social Justice and Empowerment Department and has been undertaken by Team Kalyankarini of the department. Under the Thari Pension, Thare Pass campaign about 10 lakh beneficiaries from the state will get payment of social security pensions of July 2015 month directly into their accounts through banks or post offices.

10. Ex-Jalore EO Rajan Vishal chosen for Election Commission’s award
Former Jalore Electoral Officer (EO) Rajan Vishal has been chosen for Election Commission’s Zonal award under the Best Electoral Practices Award-2014. Election Commission will present him this award on August 10, 2015 in New Delhi. He was bestowed with this award for his efforts of creating awareness related to voting awareness in Jalore constituency of Rajasthan during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. His efforts had helped to reach out to remote areas of Jalore constituency and convinced people especially women to play their role in democracy. As an EO he had taken various initiatives to increase voters’ participation through awareness campaign and education which had resulted in about 22 per cent increase in voters. Presently Vishal is District Collector of Nagaur. He is IAS officer of 2008-batch of Rajasthan.

11. NDDB wins special achievement in GIS Award
The Esri Special Achievement in GIS Award 2015 for exemplary work in Dairy Geographical Information System (GIS) has been awarded to the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) at the annual Esri International User Conference held in San Diego. The NDDB was awarded for successful implementation of GIS applications in its dairy operations. NDDB has internet-based Dairy Geographical Information System (i-DGIS) application that uses to integrate data of dairy operations at the village level. NDDB is the first to start using of GIS in India where the GIS application is used to integrate data of livestock, land use or land cover and human census at the village level.

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