Current Affairs India - 26 August 2015

1. The Registrar-General and Census Commissioner of India released the data on Population by Religious Communities of Census 2011 this week which reveals information of the total population by six major religions, namely, Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and Jain etc.

As per the data, the rate of growth of population from 2001 - 2011 was 17.7%. Total Population in 2011 stood at 121.09 crores with Hindu 96.63 crores (79.8%), Muslim 17.22 crores (14.2%), Christian 2.78 crores (2.3%), Sikh 2.08 crores (1.7%), Buddhist 0.84 crores (0.7%), Jain 0.45 crores (0.4%) and Other Religions & Persuasions (ORP) 0.79 crores (0.7%) and Religion Not Stated 0.29 crores (0.2%).

2. India will host the 10th edition of World Hindi Conference in Bhopal after 32 years which will be organized by the Ministry of External Affairs in September this year.

The conference will feature a dozen sessions with the main theme as 'Hindi Jagat: Vistar avm sambhavnai- which indicates a variation from the past editions that centered on literature.

3. Rajasthan State Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has approved the launch of Arogya Rajasthan campaign which will be held from December 2015 to March 2016. The three-month campaign will help in collection and compilation of health data of the rural population in the state. During the campaign, the rural residents will be issued health cards based on spot diagnoses which can be used for further treatment and follow-up of patients.

4. The Sporting Authority of India launched the School Sports Promotion Foundation in order to attract new sporting talent at the school level. The objective of the foundation is to organize sports tournaments in different schools across the country to identify talent and nurture them. Initially this will be rolled out in Football and Cricket sports in first year and later other sports will be introduced.

5. Girish Sahni has assumed charge as the next Director-General of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Secretary, Department of Scientific & Industrial Research, Ministry of Science & Technology, with effect from 24th Augu?s?t. Earlier he had been the Director, CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology (CSIR-IMTECH), Chandigarh. He succeeds Samir Brahmachari who retired in December last year and the post had been lying vacant since then.

6. India-s largest telecom company Bharti Airtel acquired Augere Wireless Broadband India (Augere) in order to expand its 4G operations in nine more circles across the country. Augere holds 20 MHz of broadband wireless access (BWA) spectrum in the telecom circles of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. The acquisition is subject to necessary statutory and regulatory approvals. The company has launched its 4G services commercially in 296 towns across India earlier this month just before the much awaited 4G services launch by Reliance Jio.