Current Affairs of 22 October 2015

1. PM Narendra Modi lays foundation stone for Andhra Pradesh’s new capital city
Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone Amaravati, a new capital city of Andhra Pradesh on the occasion of Dussehra and Vijaya Dashmi. The foundation stone of new futuristic capital city of the state was laid at a grand ceremony held in Guntur district. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu along with other guests participated in the rituals to mark laying the foundation.

2. Britain signs landmark nuclear deal with China
Britain has signed a landmark nuclear deal with China to build the United Kingdom’s first nuclear power plant since the 1980s. The landmark deal was signed in London during the official visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping. The agreement is considered as the first major Chinese investment in Western nuclear facility.

3. Facebook launches website to draw minorities to coding
Facebook has launched a new portal geared towards women, students and their parents which have traditionally had less exposure to careers in coding as part of the company’s push to increase minorities in technology.
TechPrep is also targeted at parents and guardians, and seeks to analogise coding skills with language skills to make the subject of computer science less forbidding and opaque.
The website resources in English and Spanish to help young people and their parents explore how to get started in computer science, the jobs available to programmers and the skills required to become a programmer.
It’s aiming to open up opportunities in the booming tech industry by tapping into a wellspring of interest among Blacks and Hispanics in careers in computer science.
Half of Blacks and 42 per cent of Hispanics say they would be good at working with computers, compared with 35 per cent of whites and 35 per cent of Asians.
But 77 per cent of parents say they do not know how to help their kids pursue programming. That percentage is even higher for lower—income parents and parents who have not graduated from college.
Educating parents is a critical step in getting more young people into tech. Parents play a key role in encouraging women, Blacks and Hispanics to pursue computer science, the Facebook research found.
TechPrep provides games, books, community events to help guide students and parents. Resources are available for all age and skill levels, said Maxine Williams, Facebook’s global director of diversity.

4. Japan offers India soft loan for $15 bn bullet train in edge over China
Japan has offered to finance India's first bullet train, estimated to cost $15 billion, at an interest rate of less than 1 per cent, officials said, stealing a march on China, which is bidding for other projects on the world's fourth-largest network.
Tokyo was picked to assess the feasibility of building the 505-kilometre corridor linking Mumbai with Ahmedabad, the commercial capital of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state, and concluded it would be technically and financially viable.
The project to build and supply the route will be put out to tender, but offering finance makes Japan the clear frontrunner.
Last month, China won the contract to assess the feasibility of a high-speed train between Delhi and Mumbai, a 1,200-km route estimated to cost twice as much. No loan has yet been offered.
Japan's decision to give virtually free finance for Modi's pet programme is part of its broader push back against China's involvement in infrastructure development in South Asia over the past several years.
The two projects are part of a 'Diamond Qaudrilateral' of high speed trains over 10,000 km of track that India wants to set up connecting Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.
Japan has offered to meet 80 per cent of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad project cost, on condition that India buys 30 per cent of equipment including the coaches and locomotives from Japanese firms

5. Government inaugurate Indian Police Foundation and Indian Police Institute in New Delhi
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the Indian Police Foundation (IPF) and Indian Police Institute (IPI) in New Delhi. Both agencies aim at embarking a culture of research and evidence-based policing in India. It also seeks to subjectivity avoid personal errors and biases in decision-making. They have been set up and registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 as an All India Society.
 Indian Police Foundation: It will be a think tank for suggesting reforms in the Indian Police. It will bring together the police professionals, academia and other stake holders and provide a platform to research, ideate, discuss and seek the answers. Indian Police Institute: It will be a research and training institute for police officers in the Indian Police for the pursuit of professional excellence. It has been set up in line with the Prime Minister’s vision of a SMART, people-centric and professionally competent police.

6. Sam Pitroda’s autobiography Dreaming Big- My Journey to Connect India released
Autobiography of Sam Pitroda named Dreaming Big: My Journey to Connect India has been released. It is written with the help of an American author David Chanoff. The autobiography describes the journey of Satanarayan Gangaram Pitroda (famously known as Sam Pitroda), known as father of Indian telecommunication revolution. The book embarks a life long journey of Sam Pitroda starting from his birth in 1964 in Titilagarh in Odisha to his revolutionary career in United States and India. Further, the book also tells his success in the telecommunication revolution of India and important role played by former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in achieving the revolution. It also highlights important incidents in his life after the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi.

7. Samardeep Subandh appointed as Chief Marketing Officer of Flipkart
Samardeep Subandh has been appointed as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of homegrown e-commerce giant Flipkart. In his role as CMO, Subandh will be the primary custodian of Flipkart brand. He will focus on gaining deeper customer insights, driving high level of creativity, raising the level of customer centricity and quality in all communication. He will directly report to Mukesh Bansal, Head of the e-commerce platform of the company and also will be leading the social media communication charter for the company. Samar has rich experience of over 17 years in the consumer goods industry and has spent 15 years with Hindustan Unilever across various sales, marketing and business assignments.

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