Daily Current Affairs Update of 19 March 2015
1. India and Kyrgyzstan signed MoU to strengthen bilateral cooperation on textile and clothing. The MoU was signed by Minister of State (MoS) for Textiles Santosh Kumar Gangwar and his counterpart Minister of Energy and Industry of Kyrgyzstan Kubanychbek Turdubaev in New Delhi. The MoU seeks to strengthen bilateral cooperation between both nations in the three fields including Textiles and Clothing, Silk and Sericulture and Fashion.
2. Drugmaker Sun Pharma surpassed top lender SBI in terms of market capitalisation, becoming the eight most valued listed company in the country. The market valuation of Dilip Shanghvi-led Sun Pharmaceutical stood at Rs. 2,15,332.69 crore, which was more than Rs. 4,200 crore higher than that of SBI's Rs. 2,11,130.87 crore.
3. A global level Integrated Textile Apparel Zone will be completed at Gwalior by December 2016. It will be constructed on about 200 acres at cost of Rs. 1000 crore and provide jobs to over 30 thousand people. Women will also get employment opportunities. Various companies are participating in construction of this zone.
4. Minoti Apte, a 56-year-old Indian pancreatic cancer researcher in Australia has been named New South Wales Woman of the year 2015 for her contributions to medical research, tertiary education and the Indian community.
5. HDFC Bank has launched Chillr, a mobile app that allows users to instantly transfer money to any contact in their phonebook 24 hours a day and seven days a week. HDFC Bank has partnered with MobME, a Kochi-based technology firm, to launch this app.
6. The national capital's IGI Airport been adjudged the best in the central Asia and India region at the 'World Airport Awards 2015' organised by the world's largest airport customer satisfaction survey - Skytrax. According to the Delhi International Airport (DIAL), which operates IGIA the airport also won another award for the best airport staff in the region.
7. Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani was named Young Global Leader from India by the World Economic Forum (WEF), which said she "rose from sweeping floors in a fast food restaurant to become a top politician in India". Others who have been named Young Global Leader (YGL) in the past include British Prime Minister David Cameron, Alibaba Group chief Jack Ma, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Google chief Larry Page, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
8. The Supreme Court set aside the notification issued by the erstwhile UPA government to include Jats in the Central list of Other Backward Classes (OBC) for according benefits of reservation to them. A bench of Justice Tarun Gogoi and Justice R.F. Nariman found fault with the Centre’s decision to overlook the findings of the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) stating that Jats do not deserve to be included in the Central list of OBC as they don’t form socio-economic backward class.
9. Germany, France and Italy confirmed their respective intentions to join China-proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The three countries' decision came in the wake of Britain's application last week to be a founding member of the 50-billion-U.S.-dollar bank.
10. Telangana Movie Chamber of Commerce has elected popular Telugu producer Dil Raju as its first president, assuring to strive for the upliftment of Telangana film industry in the coming years.