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April 15, 2015

15th April 2015 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • After visiting France and Germany, Modi arrived Canada on the final leg of his three-nation visit.
    • India and Canada inked a total of 13 deals in the area of skill development.
    • Deals signed includes commercial agreement to supply Uranium for India's nuclear plants
    • The $350-million uranium agreement, which was signed by Cameco and the Atomic Energy Commission of India in the presence of Prime Ministers of India and Canada , marked a new chapter in India's ties with Canada, which had imposed sanctions on India after its nuclear tests.
    • Under the deal which runs through 2020, Cameco will supply 7.1 million pounds of uranium concentrate to India.
    • Prime Minister of Canada : Stephen Harper
    • Modi announced liberalised visa policy for Canadian nationals visiting India.
  • Foreign Minister of Belarus, Vladimir Makei is on a three-day visit to India.
    • India and Belarus today agreed to enhance their bilateral ties especially in the field of trade and economy.

National Affairs
  • Six parties from the erstwhile Janata Parivar merged today under the leadership of Mulayam Singh Yadav, a development which comes ahead of Bihar assembly elections slated later this year and the 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly polls.
    • The six parties are, 
      • Samajwadi Party (SP), 
      • Janata Dal-United (JD-U), 
      • Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), 
      • Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), 
      • Janata Dal-Secular JD-S) and 
      • Samajwadi Janata Party-Rashtriya (SJP-R).
    • According to sources, the group will endorse Nitish Kumar as the merged entity's chief ministerial candidate for Bihar.
  • The government has formed an inter-ministerial committee headed by Cabinet Secretary to review the Official Secrets Act in the context of the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose files.
    • Cabinet Secretary : Ajit Seth
  • Karnataka Health Minister U.T. Khader has inaugurated two-wheeler ambulances in Bengaluru.
    • He termed this bike ambulance project as a “platinum ten minutes” trauma care initiative.
    • Aimed at reducing deaths due to road accidents, the platinum trauma care initiative is useful for negotiating heavy traffic in urban areas where it will be difficult for four-wheeler ambulances to reach the accident spot at the earliest.

New Appointments
  • Mrs. Meenakshi Madan Rai was sworn in as the first lady judge of the Sikkim High Court today.

  • Renowned Assamese filmmaker and actor Bidyut Chakraborty passed away.
    • He directed several Assamese movies including Raag-Biraag, Goon Goon Gaane Gaane, Dwaar. Chakraborty even won Indira Gandhi national award for Raag Biraag.

  • India remains at number two spot in the latest ICC ODI rankings.
    • With 122 points, Australia topped the chart.
    • With 116 points, India are placed just six points behind Australia.
    • India are followed by South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, England, Pakistan.

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