Daily Current Affairs Update of 26 March 2015
1. Virender Sehwag’s 85 runs powered Delhi to a 26-run win over Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in a North Zone leg match of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Twenty20 cricket tournament. Sehwag made 85 runs off 50 balls. Sehwag sent the J&K bowlers for a leather-hunt to score his runs off just 50 balls with the help of seven boundaries and five sixes.
2. An Indian American novelist Akhil Sharma beat authors from around the world to win a prestigious British literary prize.The Delhi-born author's semi-autobiographical story 'Family Life', described as a classic American story of a poor boy becoming rich, was up against seven other novels for the 2015 Folio Prize.
3. Artist Bharti Kher has been conferred with the prestigious 'Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres' (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters), France's highest cultural award for her contribution in contemporary art landscape. French ambassador to India Francois Richier bestowed the honour on the 46-year-old artist in a ceremony.
4. Jordan and Russia have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to cooperate on the development of nuclear energy in the kingdom, and build the Arab country's first nuclear power plant. Under the $10-billion deal, Russia will build two nuclear power units in Jordan, with a capacity of 1,000 megawatts each. The first unit is to come on stream in 2024, while the second one will enter into service in 2026.
5. The Supreme Court struck down Section 66 A of the Information and Technology Act, which allows police to arrest people for posting 'offensive content' on the internet. This section gave the police powers to arrest those who post objectionable content online and also provided for a three-year jail term. The bench said the public's right to know is directly affected by Section 66 A and the Section clearly affects the right to freedom of speech and expression enshrined under the Constitution of India.
6. Indian ecologist Madhav Gadgil and US Scientist Dr. Jane Lubchenco were named for the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement 2015. They were named for the award for their leadership and engagement in the development of conservation and sustainability policies in the United States, India and internationally.
7. A two-year-old girl archery prodigy Dolly Shivani Cherukuri from Vijaywada achieved a stunning feat by setting a new record and entering her name into the India Book of Records. She became the youngest Indian to score 200 points over five and seven-metre distances according to Biswaroop Roy Chowdhury of the India Book of Records.
8. Union Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu inaugurated the first-ever Perishable Cargo Centre (PCC) of Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) in Adarsh Nagar station near Azadpur Sabzi Mandi, Delhi. It will help the farmers to get a good price and good market for their product. It would store 21,600 tons of fruits. Every year with its help, 2,000 tonnes of fruits in the country will be saved from decaying.
9. Railway passengers can now book their tickets, do shopping and pay service bills using RuPay pre-paid cards, as the IRCTC launched the debit card service. The service was launched by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) in collaboration with the Union Bank of India and the National Payment Corporation of India. The name of the card is IRCTC-UBI RuPay pre-paid card.
10. Canadian film and television actress Alberta Watson has died. She was 60.