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March 30, 2015

30th March 2015 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • India and Japan held their Defence Ministerial Meeting in Tokyo today and agreed on several steps to step up their cooperation and exchanges in this area as part of the efforts to enhance Special Strategic and Global Partnership between the two countries.
    • Indian Defence Minister : Manohar Parrikar
    • Japanese Defence Minister : Gen Nakatani
National Affairs
  • Delhi government's decision to ban sale, purchase and even storage of all forms of chewable tobacco including "guktha, khaini and zarda" came into effect today.
    • Note : No ban will be enforced on cigarettes.
    • Delhi Health Minister : Satyendra Jain
  • The Enforcement Directorate (ED) today provisionally attached assets worth Rs.2 crore belonging to former Union Minister of State for Coal Dasari Narayana Rao in connection with a coal block allocation scam case.
  • Uttar Pradesh Govt directs State Public Service Commission canceled the first paper of PCS Prelims exam held yesterday following question paper leak.
    • The government announced that 10th May 2015 is the new date for this exam.
People in News
  • British physicist Stephen Hawking is getting his name trademarked, joining the ranks of celebrities like J.K. Rowling and David Beckham, who have turned their names into brands.
    • He has also applied to get his name trademarked for charitable purposes, giving him the option of setting up a foundation, such as one to promote physics or for research into motor neurone disease, which has left him paralysed.
    • His trademark would cover computer games, powered wheelchairs, greetings cards and health care.
Awards & Honors
  • Gurgaon girl Aditi Arya was crowned Femina Miss India 2015 at the 52nd edition of the
    beauty pageant.
    • Reigning Miss India Koyal Rana, enthroned her successor Aditi with the crown made by PC Jewellers.
    • 21 contestants from across the country participated in the beauty contest.
    • The first and second runners-up were Aafreen Rachel Vaz and Vartika Singh respectively.
  • The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee presented the Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri awards today at a Civil Investiture Ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
  • Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan was today presented with the Bishwaratna Dr Bhupen Hazarika International Solidarity Award by Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.
    • Gopalakrishnan became the second recipient of this biennial award, the first one being Lubna Marium of Bangladesh in 2013.
    • The award carries a citation, a shawl, a memento and Rs 5 lakh.
New Appointments
  • Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) today announced the appointment of Katsushi Inoue as its new President & CEO.
  • International Cricket Council names World Cup XI
    • This list dominated by New Zealand.
    • Not a single Indian cricketer found a place in it.
    • The ICC team (in batting order)
      • Martin Guptill (NZ)
      • Brendon McCullum (NZ, capt)
      • Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka, wicketkeeper)
      • Steve Smith (Aust)
      • AB de Villiers (South Africa)
      • Glenn Maxwell (Aust)
      • Corey Anderson (NZ)
      • Daniel Vettori (NZ)
      • Mitchell Starc (Aust)
      • Trent Boult (NZ)
      • Morne Morkel (South Africa)
      • Brendan Taylor (Zimbabwe, 12th man).
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