Current Affairs of 21 September 2015

1. Nepal adopted first democratically-framed constitution
Nepal  adopted its first democratically-framed constitution with the promulgation of the charter by the president Ram Baran Yadav.
It is called as a democratically-framed constitution as it was conceptualized, developed and adopted by a representative Constituent Assembly.
The adoption is considered as historic as it puts an end to the 7-year long altercations among political parties about the nature of the Constitution that began with the abolition of the 239-year old monarchy in 2008.
Further, it also believed that the new constitution will bring fresh air in the Nepalese society plagued by devastating earthquake of April 2015 that killed around 9000 people.

2. Sania Mirza & Ajinkya Rahane conferred with Cricket Club of India’s honorary life membership
India's ace tennis player Sania Mirza and cricketer Ajinkya Rahane were in the third week of September 2015 conferred with honorary life membership of Cricket Club of India (CCI).
As the members of the club, the recipients will be allowed to use its facilities along with one’s spouse.
The membership of CCI is a prestigious ownership which is awarded regularly to sportsmen and eminent persons as recognition of their contribution to their respective fields.

3. International Day of Peace observed globally
The International Day of Peace was observed on 21 September 2015 across the world to recognise the efforts of those who have worked hard to end conflict and promote peace. The International Day of Peace is also a day of ceasefire.
The theme of International Day of Peace for the year 2015 is Partnerships for Peace- Dignity for All.

4. Sebastian Vettel won 2015 Singapore Grand Prix of Formula One
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel from Germany  won the 2015 Singapore Grand Prix of Formula One. While, Australian Daniel Ricciardo finished second. The race was held on the Marina Bay Street Circuit, which is the first street circuit in Asia.
The top 5 Teams of the 2015 Singapore Grand Prix of Formula One were Ferrari, Red Bull, Mercedes, Williams and Toro Rosso.

5. NASA’s space shotgun to blast asteroids
NASA has teamed up with a Brooklyn-based company to create the first ever space shotgun that will test the strength of asteroids and other space rocks to determine if they are sturdy enough for sampling.
The gun, being developed by Honeybee Robotics based in Brooklyn Navy Yard, is to be used as part of NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission.
NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission aims to chip off a massive chunk of an asteroid and shift it into the Moon’s orbit. Once there, the objective is to send a manned spacecraft to collect samples that will help with preparation for an eventual mission to Mars.

6. China launches newly-developed smaller version Long March-6 carrier rocket
China has successfully launched a newly-developed smaller version of carrier rocket Long March-6 as part of the country’s space program. It was launched from the base in the Northern Province of Shanxi and was carrying 20 micro satellites into the space.
It should be noted that China’s Long March rocket family has been named after an epic journey by Communist forces led by Mao Zedong escaping the then ruling Kuomintang in the 1930s.

7. Urdu scholar Shamim Hanfi awarded Jnangarima Manad Alankaran award
Eminent Urdu litterateur Shamim Hanfi was conferred with inaugural Jnangarima Manad Alankaran award of Bharatiya Jnanpith. The Urdu scholar is known for his books on criticism like Ghazal Ka Naya Manzarnama, Jadidiyat ki Falsafiyani Asas and Infiradi Shaoor aur Ijtemai Zindagi. Shamim Hanfi hails from Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh and later had moved to Allahabad. Firaq Gorakhpuri, one of the most celebrated contemporary Urdu poets is his mentor Earlier he had served as a faculty member in Aligarh Muslim University for a brief period of time. He also had served as the Dean of Humanities and Languages department at Jamia Millia Islamia till 2012.

8. BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya passes away
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Jagmohan Dalmiya passed away in in Kolkata, West Bengal. He was 75. As a cricket administrator, he is hailed as the architect for the rise of Cricket in India and its financial superpower.


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