Current Affairs of 12 September 2015

1. Leander Paes, Martina Hingis win third mixed major with US Open
Martina Hingis and Leander Paes once again proved to be a potent partnership as the Swiss-Indo duo captured their third mixed doubles title of the year with victory at the US Open.

The Australian Open and Wimbledon champions came back from 4-1 down in  the championship tiebreak to storm to victory with a 6-4 3-6 10-7 win over Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sam Querrey.
Hingis and Paes became the first duo to capture three major mixed titles in the same year since Margaret Court and Marty Riessen achieved the feat in 1969.
The triumph earned Paes a ninth mixed doubles trophy and 17th grand slam title while Hingis took her overall grand slam tally to 18. Hingis could add to her haul on Saturday when she teams up with another Indian, Sania Mirza, in the women's doubles final. 

2. Defence scientist Satheesh Reddy gets prestigious award
G Satheesh Reddy, Scientific Adviser to Raksha Mantri has been conferred with Silver Medal of Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), London.
He is the first defence scientist working in India to be honoured with the award by the Society. Reddy is also Director of the Research Centre Imarat, Hyderabad and a distinguished scientist with the Defence Research and Development Organisation.
The RAeS is the world's only professional body dedicated to the entire aerospace community. Established in 1866 to further the art, science and engineering of aeronautics, the Society has been at the forefront of aerospace.
It has been honouring outstanding achievers in the global aerospace industry since 1909, when Wilbur and Orville Wright came to London to receive the Society’s first Gold Medal.

3. 3rd international Hindi conference to be held in New Jersey next year
The US-based Hindi Sangam Foundation will be organising the third International Hindi Conference at Rutgers University, New Jersey from March 4-6, 2016 to promote Hindi in America.
Rutgers has agreed to host the 2016 conference as it foresaw great potential in establishing a strong bond with the Indian-American community as well as the government of India which supported the conference in the past through its mission in New York.

4. Indra Nooyi, 2nd powerful women in 2015 Fortune’s business list
Indra Nooyi, CEO of food and beverage giant PepsiCo is the sole Indian-origin executive in 2015 edition of Fortune’s list of 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. India-born Nooyi was placed at second position in this year’s list and has moved up by single position from her previous third position in year 2015. This edition of the list was topped by General Motors CEO Mary Barra. She heads United States largest auto-maker and it is her second year as head.

5. 2015 Singapore General Elections: PAP returns to power
In recently concluded 2015 Singapore General Elections, People’s Action Party (PAP) led by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has emerged victorious. PAP returned to power after scoring a landslide victory by winning an absolute majority of 83 seats in the 89 member Parliament. The opposition Workers’ Party won 6 seats. In this general election, PAP has secured 70 per cent of all valid votes up from 60.14 per cent in the 2011 general elections, when it had won 81 of the 87 constituency. With this victory, governing PAP has secured their 14th consecutive term in office since independence of city-state in 1965. 2015 Singapore General Elections was country’s first election after the death of its founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.
As per Constitution of Singapore, the Parliament has maximum term of five years after that it must be dissolved by the President and elections must be held within three months. Voting is mandatory in Singapore and is based on the first-past-the-post system. The elections are conducted by the Elections Department, which is under the jurisdiction of the Prime Minister’s Office.

6. Renowned Water policy expert Ramaswamy Iyer passes away
Renowned water policy expert Ramaswamy R. Iyer passed away in New Delhi following a severe bout of viral fever. He was 86. He was instrumental in drafting India’s first National Water Policy in 1987. Ramaswamy R. Iyer was born in October 1929 in Thakkalai district of Tamil Nadu. He was best known for producing a rich body of commentary on water policy and environmental issues. He was an officer of the Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IAAS) and also had served as Secretary of Water Resources in the Union Government. His last held position was that of an honorary research professor at the New Delhi based Centre for Policy Research.

7. Hollywood Actor John P Connell died
Hollywood actor John P Connell passed away on  following brief illness in Los Angeles. He was 91. He is survived by his wife, a son, a daughter, a son-in-law and a granddaughter.
He was best known as the star of the daytime TV drama Young Dr Malone. Connell was also an amazing television writer, playwright and prolific commercial voiceover artist.

8. CarDekho acquired Auto portal Zigwheels
Jaipur-based CarDekho on 11 September 2015 acquired Zigwheels, an auto portal owned by Times Internet. The combined entity of CarDekho, and Zigwheels will compete with the likes of and
After completion of the acquisition, Zigwheels will work as an independent entity within the group.

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