Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Daily GA update 18 March 2015

Daily general awareness update 18 March 2015

India to Host First Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

India will host the first Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction of the post-2015 era. The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh announced during the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction being held in Sendai, Japan from March 14-18. He said the Indian government will take lead in hosting the conference in 2016 in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Indian-American Renu Khator elected head of US education body

Indian-American Renu Khator has been elected chair of the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education (ACE), the major coordinating body for US colleges and universities. Uttar Pradesh born Khator, University of Houston President and System Chancellor since 2008 became board chair during ACE’s 97th Annual Meeting in Washington DC. She succeeds James H Mullen, Jr, president of Allegheny College, Pennsylvania, and will serve for one year. Before becoming ACE Board chair, Khator served as vice chair.

France, Germany, Italy sign up for China-led AIIB bank

France, Germany and Italy have followed the UK in joining the China-sponsored Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. With joining of these countries, the total number of the bank’s member states including India has gone up to 30. The three European countries followed suit days after the UK became the first western nation to join the bank disregarding reservations expressed by the US which raised concerns over its transparency. The AIIB has an authorized capital of USD 100 billion and the initial subscribed capital of USD 50 billion. India along with 26 other countries joined the bank as its founding members when it was formally setup in 2014 by Xi Jinping. South Korea, Japan and Australia stayed away reportedly on the advice of US. The AIIB, an international financial institution that will provide support to infrastructure projects in Asia. The bank, expected to operationalize by the end of 2015, will be headquartered in Beijing and headed by a Chinese official.

Increase in induction age in IAS, IPS, IFS for state cadre officers

In good news for state cadre officers, age limit for induction in all-India services like the IAS and IPS has been increased from 54 to 56. The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has notified new rules for three all-India services — Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFS) — in this regard. As per rules, a Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) committee is responsible for making selection to IAS, IPS and IFS from state services. Earlier, the maximum age limit for consideration of officers from states services into IAS, IPS and IFS was 54 years, as on January 1 of the year for which the select list is prepared.

Sohail Aman new Pakistan Air Force chief

Air Marshal Sohail Aman, an completed fighter pilot, was on Wednesday appointed because the chief of Pakistan Air Force. The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) stated in a press release that the brand new air chief will take over on Thursday after his predecessor Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt retires.
About Sohail Aman 
(i). Air Marshal Sohail Aman was commissioned within the GD (T) Branch of Pakistan Air Force in November, 1980.
(ii).He is a graduate of Combat Commanders’ School, Air War College and Royal College of Defence Studies (UK) and his profession encompasses a variety of operational, coaching and command assignments
BJP MLA Kavinder Gupta elected as Speaker of 12th Legislative Assembly of D&O

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Kavinder Gupta on 18 March 2015 was elected because the speaker of 12th Legislative Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir. Gupta is a BJP MLA from Gandhinagar constituency of Jammu area and he replaces the Pro-tem Speaker Muhammad Shafi of the National Conference get together. The movement for election of speaker of the home was moved by State Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Basharat Bukari and seconded by Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Kumar Singh of BJP.
Gupta is the primary time MLA and had defeated senior Congress chief Raman Bhalla within the state polls in December 2014. Earlier he has served as Mayor of Jammu metropolis.
Microsoft India launches cloud programme
Microsoft India has launched Cloud Accelerator Programme that may act as a catalyst to speed up the adoption of cloud expertise.
This will aid organisations to plan native cloud roadmap and to boost compliance with native laws. Announcing this on the two-day Microsoft Azure Conference right here on Wednesday, Microsoft India chairman Bhaskar Pramanik stated the programme is specifically designed to aid Indian clients begin and their cloud roadmap. The firm additionally launched cloud choice framework for governments and state businesses.
Union Government appointed VK Mathur, Girija Shankar as Chairmen ofAllahabad, Chennai bench of DRAT

Union Ministry of Finance on 17 March 2015 appointed Chairmen for the 
Allahabad and Chennai bench of Debts Recovery Appellate Tribunal (DRAT).
VK Mathur was appointed because the Chairman of 
Allahabad bench of DRAT whereas Girija Shankar was appointed as Chairman of Chennai bench of DRAT. The appointment was permitted by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). The appointment was accomplished for a interval of 5 years or until they attain the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.

About Debts Recovery Appellate Tribunal (DRAT)

Government of India in 2000 constituted 33 Debts Recovery Tribunals (DRTs) and 5 Debts Recovery Appellate Tribunals (DARTs) throughout the nation to aid economic associations get better their dangerous accounts swiftly and effectively. The 5 DRATs can be found at Allahabad, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai.
The DRT enforces provisions of the Recovery of Debts as a result of Banks and Financial Institutions (RDDBFI) Act, 1993 and additionally Securitization and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interests (SARFAESI) Act, 2002.
Appeals towards orders handed by Debts Recovery Tribunal (DRT) lie earlier than Debts Recovery Appellate Tribunal (DRAT). Each DRT is presided over by a Presiding Officer. The Presiding Officer is usually such as the rank of District and Sessions Judge.