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April 22, 2015

22nd April 2015 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • International Mother Earth Day‬ is being observed today (22nd April).
    • This day is observed to create awareness and to support environmental protection.
    • The Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.
    • The idea came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California.
  • Ministry of External Affairs, India Sushma Swaraj is on 5-day visit to Jakarta.
    • In this visit, she will attend the  60th anniversary of  Bandung Conference.
    • She will also attend the 10th anniversary celebrations of the New Asian-African Strategic Partnership. 
    • Bandung Conference : 
      • The Bandung Conference was the first global meeting of African and Asian states to promote cooperation along economic and cultural lines, and opposition to colonial and neocolonial politics. 
      • The conference was hosted in Bandung, Indonesia by President Sukarno, in April 1955, and included delegates from 25 countries representing more than one-half of the world’s population.
      • Bandung spawned the Non-Aligned Movement, a vibrant coalition of countries that created a non-western set of alliances and politics, in opposition to the cold war politics of the U.S. and Soviet Union.  
National Affairs
  • Cabinet clears amendment in Juvenile Justice Act.
    • This amendment lowers the age of Juveniles from 18 to 16 years for heinous crimes.
    • The proposal will empower Juvenile Justice Board to decide on whether a juvenile above 16 years involved in heinous crimes such as rape is to be sent to a observation home or tried in a regular court.
    • However, according to the bill, in no case the juvenile involved in a heinous crime will be sentenced to death or life imprisonment either when tried under the provisions of JJ Act or under the provisions of IPC.
    • The proposed amendments also included facilitating faster adoption of children and setting up foster care homes.
  • International news channel Al Jazeera was today forced to go off air in India for five days as the government penalized it for repeatedly showing wrong maps of India.
  • The Indian Railways launched "utsonmobile", a mobile application for paperless unreserved tickets.
    • Developed by Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS), ‘utsonmobile’ — the paperless unreserved ticketing feature in mobile application aims to eliminate the need for printing of unreserved tickets.
People in News
  • Two Indians, Rahul Pandita and Zeena Johar are among 16 scholars selected for the 2015 Yale World Fellows in the US for their exemplary mid-career work.
    • Rahul is an Indian conflict reporter and Zeena is an health care founder. 
    • Note : The global Yale World Fellows network now includes 17 Indian Fellows, more than any other country since the programme was established in 2002.

Awards & Honors
  • Pakistan today conferred its top civilian award ‘Nishan-e-Pakistan’ on Chinese President Xi Jinping for his outstanding contribution in promotion of relationship between the two countries.
    • Pakistan President : Mamnoon Hussain

Business & Economy
  • Make My Trip has made another move to expand its travel services, with the acquisition of a travel startup named Mygola today.

  • The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed that Zimbabwe will be the first Test team to tour Pakistan since 2009.

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