Current Affairs India - 28 April 2016

1. India has successfully put into orbit its seventh and final navigation satellite called IRNSS-1G today as the PSLV C33 rocket carried the seventh satellite. With this landmark achievement, India now joins the small group of nations which have their own regional satellite navigation system or GPS.


2. The central government has increased the minimum wage for contract workers to Rs. 10,000 per month, as announced by Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya. The wage hike has been done based on a Supreme Court verdict and the decision has been taken to make changes to rule 25 of the Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Central Rules.


3. The Union Government has constituted 8-member committee to prepare a blueprint for doubling farmers- income by 2022. The committee will be headed by Additional secretary at the Union Agriculture Ministry Ashok Dalwai and is expected to submit the report in two months. 


4. The committee headed by renowned film-maker Shayam Benegal has submitted its report with suggestions for the revamp of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). The panel also includes actor-filmmaker Kamal Hassan, filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, ad guru Piyush Pandey and film journalist Bhawana Somayaa, among others.


Some of the recommendations of the panel are, Two more categories of U/A be added; one plus 12 years of age and one plus 15 years of age and two categories of adult-normal adult and adult with caution. Also the CBFC can refuse certification if a film contains content that breaches the provisions of Section 5B (1) of the Cinematograph Act, 1952 or content in a film crosses the ceiling laid down in the highest category of certification.


5. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has identified Mumbai as the noisiest city in the country followed by Delhi, Chennai, and Bengaluru, as its report published this week. The CPCB has analyzed the noise levels in nine metro cities using data from 35 monitoring stations which helped them to prepare the final report.


6. The Department of Telecommunications has notified that all mobile phones sold in India should have a dedicated 'panic button' and the Global Positioning System facility in it from next year onwards. These facility can be used to send out a signal in case of distress which aims to improve the safety of women and ensuring a quick response from security agencies or to send out distress signal to a family member or the police authorities so that they can be rescued. 


7. A research scholar from IIT-Kharagpur Ashok Kumar won the famous International Plant Nutrition Scholar Award which is given by the US-based International Plant Nutrition Institute. The award carries a certificate and cash prize of USD 2000. He has been pursuing his PhD on nutrition management of rice-chickpea production system in laterite soil which will help use of organic fertiliser in the right quantity and timing to rice crop so that yield of rice-chickpea cropping system rises by 10%.


8. Famous Indian badminton player Nandu Natekar became the first non-Cricketer to be inducted into the Legends Club founded by the late Cricket Club of India (CCI) president Raj Singh Dungarpur this month. He was inducted into the club along with 1983 World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev, who became the sixth cricketer to be inducted in the club.


9. Indian striker Jeje Lalpekhlua won the 'Indian Player of the Year' award by the Football Players Association of India (FPAI) at its annual awards function held this week. He played a crucial role in India winning the SAFF Championships in January 2016 and won the Indian Super League (ISL) title with Chennaiyin FC where he scored six goals. He defeated other players including India captain Sunil Chhetri, Bikash Jairu, David Lalrinmuana and Dhanachandra Singh, to win the prestigious award.


10. Indian archer Deepika Kumari has equalled the world record in Women's Recurve event at the qualifying stage of Archery World Cup held in Shanghai.She recorded a score of 686 out of 720 to finish 1st in qualifiers and equal the world record set by South Korea's Ki Boe Bae at the World University Games in Gwangju last year.She has already qualified for the Rio Olympics with her performance at the Copenhagen World Championships last year.


12. V T Thomas a.k.a Cartoonist Toms, famous for his renowned characters Boban and Molly, passed away this week. He was 86. He drew cartoons for Malayala Manorama for nearly four decades.