Current Affairs of 24 September 2015

1. Mukesh Ambani tops Forbes’s India rich list for 9th year
Industrialist Mukesh Ambani has retained the tag as India’s richest for the ninth year in a row with a net worth of $18.9 billion even as declining macroeconomic barometers flattened the fortunes of the country’s uber-rich.
As per Forbes magazine’s latest India rich list, Ambani was followed by Sun Pharma’s Dilip Shanghvi as second-richest with a net worth of $18 billion while Wipro’s Azim Premji retained his third place with $15.9 billion.
As many as 10 of them saw their net worth dip by over $1 billion each in one year, including Lakshmi Mittal, whose net worth dropped to $4.6 billion (ranked 8th with $11.2 billion). His rank too slipped three places.
In the top 10, Hinduja brothers were ranked 4th with $15.9 billion, followed by Pallonji Mistry at $14.7 billion, Shiv Nadar ($12.9 billion), Godrej family ($11.4 billion), Lakshmi Mittal ($11.2 billion), Cyrus Poonawala ($7.9 billion) and Kumar Mangalam Birla ($7.8 billion).

2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Ireland
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Ireland . He is the first Prime Minister of India to visit Ireland in 59 years. Last Prime Minister to visit Ireland was Jawahar Lal Nehru in 1956.
During his visit, Modi held discussions with Prime Minister Enda Kenny of Ireland, who also hosted a Working Lunch in honour of the visiting dignitary.
At present, Modi is on a two-Nation tour namely Ireland (23 September 2015) and the United States of America (23 September to 28 September 2015).
During his visit to Ireland, Modi presented reproductions of a selection of manuscripts and papers available in the National Archives of India pertaining to two Irish officials, Thomas Oldham (1816-1878) and Sir George Abraham Grierson (1851-1941), in recognition of their contributions in India to the Prime Minister of Ireland Enda Kenny.
Important events that happened during Modi’s visit to Ireland includes
• The two nations agreed to develop closer partnership and cooperation.
• The two nations agreed to chart out a roadmap for collaboration in the digital world and for this they agreed to held talks between Joint Working Group on Information Technology soon. 
• To help the professionals from the two countries they displayed interest in concluding social security agreement.
• The two nations agreed to have direct air services by airlines of both countries. The stance would help in promoting business links along with tourism ties, which is growing at 14 percent per year. 
• India sought Ireland’s support for the reforms of the UN Security Council within a fixed time frame, particularly for successful conclusion of inter-governmental negotiations in the 70th year of the United Nations. India sought Ireland’s support for India’s permanent membership of the reformed Security Council.
• India also sought Ireland’s support for India’s membership of the NSG and other international export control regimes. 

3. Stuti Narain Kacker appointed Chairperson of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights
A 1978 batch IAS officer, Stuti Narain Kacker, on was appointed as the head of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR). She was appointed by the Union Women and Child Development Ministry.
Kacker is a former Secretary at the Department of Disability Affairs in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. She looked after the management committee of the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA).
Before the appointment of Kacker, the panel had remained headless for almost a year. The position was vacant from October 2014 when former UPA appointee Kushal Singh’s tenure ended. Recently, the Supreme Court even commented over a long delay in appointing a chairperson for the panel.

4. Abdul Bari Siddiqui elected Bihar Cricket Association President
Abdul Bari Siddiqui, a senior leader of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) was  elected as President of Bihar Cricket Association (BCA). He was chosen as the President after an election, which was held in accordance to direction of the Supreme Court of India. 
BCA elections were held in August 2015 under the direction of the apex Court which had appointed former Patna High Court judge Justice Dharampal Sinha as electoral officer-cum-observer for the polls.

5. Filmmaker Rahul Rawail resigned from Oscar Selection Jury
Filmmaker Rahul Rawail  resigned from the Oscar Selection Jury. He resigned from his post citing differences with chairperson of the Jury Amol Palekar.
He resigned following the selection of National award-winning Marathi film Court as India’s official entry for Oscars 2016 (88th Academy Awards) by the jury.
Court was selected to officially represent India at the 88th Oscars in the Best Foreign Film category. Court directed by debutant Chaitanya Tamhane is a commentary on India's judicial system.

6. Uninor re-branded as Telenor India
Telenor Group  announced that it had changed its brand identity along with legal company name from Uninor, its subsidiary in India, as Telenor India Communications Pvt. Ltd. 
Telenor in its release said that the renaming will not change its commitment to bring the best value to its 40 million customers.

7. CCS cleared 8000 crore rupees Integrated Air Command & Control System
The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS)  approved the proposal for Indian Air Force’s Integrated Air Command and Control System (IACCS) worth around 8000 crore rupees. The system aims at integrating all air and ground sensors.
The proposal was sanctioned by the Defence Acquisition Council in November 2014.
Once set-up, the system will offer a composite air situation picture to the air headquarters as it will be integrating Air Force, Army and civilian radars.

8. MoEF Committee gave environmental clearance for Ramagundam Urea plant
A committee under the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF)  gave environmental clearance for the proposed 5465 crore fertiliser plant in Ramagundam, Telangana.
Earlier in January 2015, National Fertilizers Limited (NFL), Engineers India Limited (EIL) and Fertilizer Corporation of India (FCIL) together formed a joint venture company (JVC) for setting up two new Ammonia and Urea plants at the existing site of Ramagundam Fertilizer plant. 
The JVC is named as Ramagundam Fertilizers and Chemicals Limited. The gas-based plant will have the capacity to produce 1.1 million tonnes of urea per annum. It is expected to be commissioned in 2018-19. 

9. Marathi film ‘Court’ selected as India’s official entry to Oscars
Critically acclaimed Marathi film ‘Court’ has been selected as India’s official entry to the Best Foreign Language category of the 88th Academy Awards 2016 (popularly known as Oscars). The film was shortlisted from 30 other films by a Film Federation of India (FFI) jury headed by film-maker and director Amol Palekar. It should be noted that Court is third Marathi film to be shortlisted for India’s official entry to Oscars. Other two films are Shwaas (2004) and Harishchandrachi Factory (2008).

10. 24th Vyaas Samman conferred on eminent Hindi writer Dr Kamal Kishore Goenka
Eminent Hindi writer Dr Kamal Kishore Goenka has been conferred with prestigious 
24th Vyaas Samman for year 2014. He was bestowed with this award in recognition of his work ‘Premchand ki Kahaniyon ka Kaal Kramanusaar Adhyayan’. It is a critical analysis of the work Hindi literature’s doyen Munshi Premchand.

11. India to host ‘very substantive, significant’ G-4 summit
 India will host a “very substantive and significant” summit meeting of the G-4 nations aimed at pushing for early UN Security Council reforms in the wake of the UN General Assembly adopting a decision to commence text-based negotiations on the long-pending reforms.
The G-4 summit on September 26 will be the first since 2004 and will bring together German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Asoke Mukerji said the summit has “come together as an event” only after the September 14 consensus adoption by the UN General Assembly of a negotiating document and the decision to commence text-based negotiations in the current session.

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