Current Affairs India - 27 July 2016

1. Finance Ministry notified the revised pay grades for all Central government employees based on the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission. With these, all of them are expected to get higher salary from August 2016 onwards. The revised pay grades, which will be applicable from January 1, 2016 will be reflected in the salaries of August and the arrears will be paid by end of this financial year.

2. Two Indians, human rights activist Bezwada Wilson and south Indian classical musician TM Krishna , have been conferred with the Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2016.
Bezwada Wilson , who was born to a dalit family in Karnataka, has been lauded for his efforts towards "asserting the inalienable right to a life of human dignity ." The Chennai-born Carnatic musician TM Krishna has been awarded for " ensuring social inclusiveness in culture."

The four other awardees for 2016 are Conchita Carpio-Morales from the Philippines, Indonesin Dompet Dhuafa, Vientiane Rescue from Laos and the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers.

3. First death anniversary of former President Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam is being observed across the nation today. Union Ministers Venkaiah Naidu, Manohar Parikkar, Pon Radhakrishnan laid down the foundation stone of Dr Kalam National memorial at Rameswaram today.

4. The Lok Sabha has passed the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill which prohibits employment of children below 14 years in all occupations except in family business, with the provision for the imprisonment of up to two years for any violation. The Bill also provides enhanced punishment for violators. The penalty for employing a child has been increased to imprisonment between 6 months and two years or a fine of Rs 20,000 to Rs 50,000 or both.

5. Former diplomat Arundhati Ghose has passed away. She was 76. She was also the first Indian Permanent Representative in the United Nations offices in Geneva and was also a member of the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters from 1998 to 2001.