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October 06, 2015

6th October 2015 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel today addressed Indo-German Business Summit 2015.
    • This summit was organised by NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Services Companies).
    • Theme of this Summit : Digitising Tomorrow' in Bengaluru.
    • Modi invited Germany investors to invest in India to give further impetus to bilateral economic ties.
    • Germany has pledged about one billion Euros ( 7,300 crore rupees) assistance for India’s solar projects as part of the bilateral cooperation in energy sector.
    • The joint statement issued after the meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said both the countries will continue to intensify their cooperation in developing climate-friendly and sustainable solutions for India’s expanding energy needs.
  • Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju today met Sweden's State Secretary to the Minister of Home Affairs Ann Linde.
    • Kiren Rijiju also met Harald Sandberg, Ambassador of Sweden to India

National Affairs
  • Andhra Pradesh's Chief Minister N.Chandrababu Naidu met Prime Minister Narendra Modi today.
    • He invited PM for foundation stone laying ceremony of new capital Amaravati on 22nd October 2015.
    • Important Details about Andhra Pradesh
      • Capital City :
        • Current : Hyderabad
        • In Future : Amaravati
      • Official Language : Telugu
      • Bifurcated to form a new state of Telangana on : 2nd June 2014
      • Governor : E. S. L. Narasimhan
      • Chief Minister : Nara Chandrababu Naidu (TDP)
 People in News
  • West Bengal State Election Commissioner S.R. Upadhyay tenders resignation following violence in recent local bodies elections.

Science & Technology
  • Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced that the social network is planning to launch a satellite that will provide internet access to remote parts of Africa.
    • In partnership with French-based provider Eutelsat, Facebook hope the first satellite will be launched in 2016.
    • The project is part of Facebook's project, which has come under fierce criticism in some countries (including India).
  • Delhi government appointed committee has recommended four fold hike in the salary of MLAs of Delhi Assembly.
    • The three-member committee chaired by former Secretary General of Lok Sabha PDT Achary, in its report submitted to Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel, has favoured a 400 per cent hike in basic salary of MLAs from Rs 12,000 to Rs 50,000 per month.
    • This results the hike from current Rs 88,000 per month to Rs 2.10 lakh if recommendations of an expert panel are accepted by the government.

New Appointments
  • Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter and Square, has been named Micro blogging site Twitter's permanent CEO.
    • Dorsey stepped in as interim CEO of Twitter in place of Dick Costolo in July.

  • India and Germany have signed 18 agreements and Memorandum Of Understanding
    to fast-track business approvals and make arrangement to make it easier for German companies to operate in India.
    • Some important MOUs are
      • Promotion of German as a foreign language in India and the promotion of modern Indian languages in Germany
      • Summary record of the negotiations on development cooperation
      • Indo-German solar energy partnership
      • Skill development and vocational education and training
      • Security cooperation
      • Aviation security
      • Disaster management
      • Cooperation in agricultural studies
      • Supporting participation of young Indian scientists in natural sciences for the Lindau Nobel laureate meetings
      • Extension of tenure of Indo-German Science and Technology Centre (IGSTC)
      • Indo-German partnerships in higher education
      • Plant protection products
      • Development of cooperation in the field of railways
      • Cooperation in the field of manufacturing
      • Setting up a fast-track system for German companies in India

Business & Economy
  • The World Bank has said that for the first time less than 10% of the world's population will be living in extreme poverty by the end of 2015.
    • The bank said it was using a new income figure of $1.90 per day to define extreme poverty, up from $1.25.

  • Bestselling Swedish crime writer Henning Mankel (67) passed away.
    • Mankell was a leading figure in the Nordic Noir genre after creating his most famous character, Swedish police inspector Kurt Wallander, whom he based a series of novels between 1991 and 2009.

Awards & Honors
  • Takaaki Kajita of Japan and Arthur McDonald of Canada have won the Nobel Prize in Physics for the year 2015 the discovery of neutrino oscillations.
    • Quick Facts :
      • Takaaki Kajita
        • From : Japan
        • Currently working at :  University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Japan
        • Prize Share : 1/2
        • He won this award for : His discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass
      •  Arthur B. McDonald
        • From : Canada
        • Currently working at :  Queen's University, Kingston, Canada
        • Prize Share : 1/2
        • He won this award for : His discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass
Note : Current Affairs of 3rd, 4th and 5th October 2015 will be available soon. 

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