Current Affairs India - 12 April 2015

1. India will chair the ninth meeting of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Council which will be held in Abu Dhabi in June this year. India is a founder Member of the IRENA which is an intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future.


IRENA has two main governing structures. IRENA Assembly takes decisions at Macro level and gives policy guidance to IRENA and IRENA Council which is the main governing body of the agency responsible for implementing various decisions of the assembly.


2. The Indian government has temporarily suspended the registration of Greenpeace India under the foreign contributions law for under-reporting foreign funding and conducting transaction of such funds without informing the authorities as required by the law. The ministry of home affairs froze all seven bank accounts of the organization and served it a show-cause notice seeking explanation why its license should not be cancelled.


3. Arun Kumar Jha has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC). His appointment was approved by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) of the Union Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.


As CEO of KVIC, he will oversee the day-to-day functioning of the commission and report about its activities to the Union Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME).


4. Indian tennis player Sania Mirza created history today by becoming the first Indian female tennis player to achieve the world number one rank in women-s doubles ranking after her Women-s doubles title win at the WTA Family Circle Cup with her partner Martina Hingis.


The top-seeded India-Swiss pair defeated Casey Dellacqua and Darija Jurak by 6-0 6-4 in the final match to win the event. With this win, her total points jumped to 7965, crossing Italy's Sara Errani (7640) and Roberta Vinci (7640) to secure No 1 rank.


5. Famous Indian shooter Jitu Rai won a bronze medal in the 10m air pistol event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Changwon, South Korea today. He won the bronze medal after he scored 181.1 points in the final. Jitu Rai was qualified for the 2016 Olympics after winning won silver in the 50m Free Pistol event in 2014 at the World Championships in Granada, Spain.


6. Commonwealth Games gold medal medalist Indian shooter Apurvi Chandela qualified for next year's Olympic Games today after winning the 10m air rifle bronze in the ongoing ISSF World Cup (Rifle/Pistol) in Changwon, Korea. She shot a total of 185.6 in the finals to win the silver medal.


7. India-s Yuki Bhambri won the 15,000 US Dollar ITF Futures tournament title after defeating Dzmitry Zhyrmont by 6-2 6-4 in the final match held at at Karshi, Uzbekistan on 11th April. With this win, he earned 27 ranking points which will take him to a rank between 215 and 220. It is also his 10th ITF Futures singles title.


8. Indian hockey team defeated Korea by 4-1 to finish at third position in the 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament held at Ipoh, Malaysia today. Earlier, both the teams finished at 2-2 at regulation time.