Current Affairs of 19 October 2015

1. Swadhar Greh scheme approved by Haryana Government for women in distress
The Haryana Government  approved Swadhar Greh scheme, which will assure economic and social security to women in distress. The scheme aims at creating a supportive institutional framework catering to their primary needs in difficult situations.
The scheme will work upon providing basic amenities, such as shelter, food, clothing and health along with economic and social security to women in distress.  Also, the scheme will make sure that the special needs of these women are taken care of.  
Highlights of the scheme
• Under the scheme, Swadhar Greh will be set up in every district with capacity to accommodate 30 women.
• The Greh will cater to the needs of shelter, food, clothing, medical treatment and care of the women in distress.
• It will enable them to regain their emotional strength.
• It will provide the women with legal aid and guidance to enable them to take steps for their readjustment in family or society.
• More than one Greh will be established in big cities and districts with over 40 lakh population or those districts where there is a need for additional support to women.
• Women above 18 years of age can take benefit of the component.
• Children accompanying the women can also avail the benefit of the component.
The scheme promises to provide the benefits to women who are deserted and are without social and economic support, prisoners released from jail and are without family, survivors of natural disasters left homeless and are without social and economic support.
Swadhar Greh will also cover female victims of domestic violence, family tension or discord, who are made to leave their homes without any means of subsistence and have no special protection from exploitation and/or facing litigation on account of marital disputes.

2. Indian short film An Old Dog’s Diary wins award at 2015 London Film Festival
An Indian short film, An Old Dog’s Diary has won prestigious Best Short Film Award at the 2015 London Film Festival (LFF). The award was bestowed by the British Film Institute (BIF) at 59th edition of LFF. The 11-minute film has been directed by Shai Heredia and Shumona Goel. It story of film reveals the cultural conditions of Indian avant-garde painter Francis Newton Souza’s work and its institutionalisation by assembling the puzzle-piece evocations of his portrait. Earlier the film was showcased in the Wavelengths category at 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.

3. Typhoon Koppu hits northern Philippines
Powerful Typhoon Koppu (also known as Lando) has hit the northern Philippines battering the coast with powerful winds with speed of 240 kph. The eye of tropical cyclone (typhoon) Koppu has struck the remote northern coastal town of Casiguran which is 215 kms northeast of Philippines capital city Manila. US military’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center has categorised this typhoon equivalent of a Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

4. China’s Xuerui Li wins 2015 Denmark Open Title of Badminton
China’s Xuerui Li has won the prestigious 2015 Denmark Open Badminton Title in the women’s single category. In the final match played at Odense, Denmark, she defeated P V Sindhu of India by 19-21, 12-21 score. It was Li’s second title of Denmark Open and earlier she had won it in 2014. In the men’s single category, China’s Chen Long has won the 2015 title. He has won the title for record 3rd time after he had earlier won it in 2013 and 2014 .

5. Great Britain wins 2015 Sultan of Johor Cup of Hockey
Great Britain won the 2015 Sultan of Johor Cup under-21 field hockey tournament by defeating defending champions India. In the final, India lost to Great Britain in penalty shoot by 3-4 goals score. Both teams had equaled by 2-2 goals score in regular full time match played at Johor Bahru, Malaysia. In this edition of Cup, Sumit Kumar and Harmanpreet Singh of India with three goals each have been the top scorers in the tournament for the country.

6. Parents of St. Therese alias 'the Little Flower' canonised; Became first couple in modern times
Pope Francis  canonised the parents of St. Therese Lisieux- Louis and Zelie Martin-at a special ceremony held at the St. Peter's Square in Vatican. With this, they became the first couple to be canonized in modern times.
The Martins were beatified in 2008 and became eligible for sainthood on the recommendation of the Congregation for practicing Christian service in the family and nurturing the vocations of their daughters.
The Martins bore nine children, however, only five of whom survived. All five became nuns, including the youngest, Therese, at age 15.

7. Apple ordered to pay $234 million to University of Wisconsin for infringing patent
The federal court in Madison, Wisconsin of the USA  ordered Apple Inc to pay more than 234 million US dollars in damages to the University of Wisconsin-Madison's patent licensing arm-WARF.
The damages were in lieu of incorporating its microchip technology into some of the company's iPhones and iPads without permission.
However, the amount was less than the 400 million US dollars as demanded by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) as the jury observed that the Apple had not willfully infringed WARF's patent.

8. Infosys announced to acquire Noah Consulting for 70 Million US dollars
India’s second largest software services exporter Infosys Ltd on 19 October 2015 announced a definitive agreement to acquire Noah Consulting, LLC. The acquisition, an all cash deal, is worth 70 million US dollars.
This acquisition is part of Infosys’ strategy to bring next generation data analytics solutions to the oil and gas industry
This acquisition combines Noah’s deep industry knowledge, information strategy planning, data governance and architecture capabilities with Infosys’ ability to provide technology and outsourcing services on a global scale to oil and gas clients.
Noah Consulting is a leading provider of advanced information management consulting services for the oil and gas industry and John Ruddy is the President of the firm.

9. Saketh Myneni of India won 2015 Vietnam Open Tennis Trophy
India's tennis player Saketh Myneni on 18 October 2015 won the Vietnam Open tennis trophy in the men’s singles category. In the title clash, he defeated Australia's Jordan Thompson 7-5 6-3.
In the men’s doubles category, he, along with other Indian Sanam Singh, ended runner-up after losing the final 6-1 3-6 8-10 to Tristan Lamasine and Nils Langer of France and Germany respectively.

10. Smita Patil: A Brief Incandescence by Maithili Rao launched
The book titled Smita Patil: A Brief Incandescence authored by Maithili Rao was launched .The book, which was launched on Smita Patil’s 60th birth anniversary, acquaints the readers with a remarkable journey of the short-lived actress. It traces the journey of the actress from her childhood to stardom. The book shows glimpses of Patil’s controversial marriage and untimely tragic death.
The book also throws light on Patil’s several unfortunate forays into mainstream commercial cinema.

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