Current Affairs of 13 September 2015

1. AUSINDEX15, first Australia and India maritime exercise begins in Visakhapatnam
Inaugural bilateral maritime exercise between India and Australia AUSINDEX15, commenced off coast of Visakhapatnam. The inaugural biennial exercise began with briefings and practical demonstrations ashore between Royal Australian Navy and Indian Navy before moving to sea.
 In this maiden edition of exercise -
Three Royal Australian Navy ships viz HMA Ships Sirius (fleet tanker), Arunta (Anzac class frigate) and Sheehan (Collins class submarine) and a Royal Australian Air Force P3C Orion survelliance aircraft have participated. They will train with Indian Navy Ships Ranvijayi (Guided missile destroyer), Shivalik (Stelton frigate) and Shakti (fleet tanker) along with P-8I Maritime Patrol Aircraft. It will also include tabletop exercises, practical demonstrations and scenarios ashore and sea phase. AUSINDEX15 naval exercise between navies of both countries is held in line with the Framework for Security Co-operation. The framework was announced by the Australian and Indian Prime Ministers in 2014.


2. Union Government extends e-Tourist Visa Scheme to 37 more countries
Union Government has announced to extend e-Tourist Visa Scheme to 37 more countries in order to attract maximum foreign tourists in the country. It was announced by Secretary of Union Tourism Ministry Vinod Zuthsi while addressing a function of Indian Association of Tour Operators in New Delhi. With this extension, the total 150 countries will come under the ambit of e-Tourist Visa Scheme from present 113 countries. By August 2015, more than 22,000 tourists have used this scheme to visit India, compared to 2700 tourists in August, 2014.

3. JK Tyre, S'pore arm to buy Kesoram's Cavendish Ind for Rs. 2,200 cr
JK Tyre & Industries (JK Tyre) and JK Asia Pacific Singapore Pte Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of JK Tyre, on Saturday said they have signed a binding term-sheet with Kesoram Industries Ltd (KIL) to acquire 100 per cent equity in Cavendish Industries Ltd (CIL) at a value of ₹2,200 crore.
CIL houses a tyre business undertaking located at Haridwar (Laksar) which manufactures a range of tyres, tubes and flaps.
The acquisition will provide JK Tyre with further impetus towards ready expansion in the truck and bus radials segment where it is a market leader as well as entry into the fast growing two-three wheeler tyre market.

4. Union Government approved the purchase of 10 Heron TP drones from Israel
The Union Government  approved the purchase of 10 Heron TP drones from Israel. This 400 million US dollars proposal for buying armed missile-armed drones from Israel will enhance India's cross-border military strike capability.
These drones will be operated by the Indian Air Force (IAF), which has a fleet of reconnaissance drones. IAF also has a fleet of Harpy UAVs from Israel, which are self-destructing systems primarily tasked with taking out enemy radar positions.
The armed forces had earlier proposed for buying the same armed drones in 2012. But that proposal did not get political backing during the UPA-2 regime. Later, the project was revived and fast tracked by the Modi government in 2015 beginning. 

5. Pennetta wins U.S. Open title, announces retirement

Flavia Pennetta topped off one of the most surprising U.S. Open women's tournaments ever with a shock announcement - that she was retiring from tennis after completing her greatest victory.
The stunning announcement came just after Pennetta beat fellow Italian and childhood friend Roberta Vinci 7-6(4) 6-2 to win her maiden Grand Slam singles title and become the first Italian winner ever at the U.S. Open.

6. Narsingh wins bronze at World Championship, books Olympic place for India
Narsingh Pancham Yadav on Sunday secured an Olympic quota place for India after bagging a bronze medal in the Men’s 74kg Freestyle category at the World Wrestling Championship in Las Vegas.
With his third-place finish, Narsingh became the lone Indian to win a medal at the prestigious tournament as well as book a berth for the 2016 Rio Games.
Top six in each category qualify for the Olympics.
This is the first time that an Indian wrestler has earned an Olympic berth with a medal at the World Championship.
Double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar’s absence from the mat for over an year now has made Narsingh a regular in the 74kg division.
It will now be interesting to see who between the veteran Sushil or 26-year-old Narsingh ultimately board the flight to Rio next year to represent India in this category.


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