Current Affairs of 3 October 2015

1. Sheila Watt-Cloutier wins 2015 Right Livelihood Award
Inuit and Arctic activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier of Canada has won the 2015 Right Livelihood Award. She was honoured for her lifelong work dedicated to protect the Inuit of the Arctic and defend their right to maintain their livelihoods and culture which threatened by climate change. Sheila Watt will share the prize with
Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera: Ugandan activist Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, `who fights for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersexual (LGBTI) communities.
Italian doctor Gino Strada: Founder of the medical charity Emergency which helps to rehabilitate war victims.

2. India pips China to emerge as world’s largest cotton producer
India has emerged world’s largest cotton producer in the season ending in September 30, 2015 by surpassing China. As per data released by the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) India has produced 6.51 million tonnes (mt) of the cotton against 6.48 mt registered by China in the cotton year 2014-15. US Department of Agriculture has predicted that India will retain its top position till next cotton season by producing around 29 million bales or around 27 per cent of the global cotton crop.

3. Union Government plans to produce power, compost from solid waste under Swachh Bharat Mission
Union Urban Development Ministry has announced crucial policy changes to allow generation of electricity and compost from municipal solid waste. It was announced by the Ministry on the occasion of first anniversary of Swachh Bharat Mission which was launched on 2 October 2014. The Ministry is also finalising the pricing model for the compost produced out of city trash which would be sold to farmers on subsidised rates.

4. Dr Anup K Pujari assumed additional charge as CMD of Steel Authority of India Limited
Dr Anup K Pujari on 1 October 2015 assumed additional charge as the Chairman and Managing Director of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL).
At present, he is the Secretary, Government of India, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME).
Besides as the CMD of SAIL, he was also given additional charge of the post of Secretary in Ministry of Steel.

5. Venus Williams wins Wuhan Open, Muguruza retires in 2nd set
Venus Williams won the Wuhan Open on Saturday, when her Spanish opponent and fifth-seeded Garbine Muguruza retired with a left ankle injury, while trailing 6-3, 3-0.

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