Daily Current Affairs Update of 28 March 2015
1. Abel Prize for 2015 has been conferred to two US mathematicians John F. Nash Jr. and Canada-born American national Louis Nirenberg for their contributions to mathematical sciences. Abel Prize for 2015, considered as the maths Nobel, has been granted to them "for striking and seminal contributions to the theory of nonlinear partial differential equations and its applications to geometric analysis".
2. India has contributed USD 260,000 for a permanent memorial unveiled at the UN headquarters to honour the victims of slavery and transatlantic slave trade. The 'Ark of Return' was unveiled by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and President of the General Assembly Sam Kutesa.
3. President Barack Obama has nominated an Indian-American, a former official at its Embassy in New Delhi, as the next US ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives. Obama announced the nomination of Atul Keshap, a career foreign service official, as the next US ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives along with Alaina Teplitz as the next ambassador to Nepal.
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4. India's First Secretary in Kathmandu, Abhay K, a poet-diplomat, has been appointed as the Director of the Nehru Centre in London. Abhay, a 2003 IFS-batch officer, will succeed current director Sangeeta Bahadur and expected to join office in June.
5. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will extend a loan of USD 300 million to India for improving road connectivity and increasing the domestic and regional trade along the North Bengal-North Eastern Region (NER). An agreement in this regard was signed with the ADB.
6. Kerala Tourism was conferred the national Web Ratna Award for 2014 for exemplary e-governance initiative through the internet. The Kerala Tourism website (www.keralatourism.org) won the Golden Icon award in the 'Outstanding Content' category of the Web Ratna Awards, instituted by the Union government under the ambit of the National Portal of India.
7. The Prime Minister-led Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved the establishment of National Supercomputing Mission to enable India to leapfrog to the league of world class computing power nations. National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) would be implemented and steered jointly by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) at an estimated cost of Rs.4500 crore over a period of seven years.
8. NTPC Ltd. became the first-ever public sector undertaking (PSU) to issue bonus debentures amounting to Rs. 7725.76 crore to Government of India by virtue of its 74.96% shar eholding in NTPC. In addition to the bonus debentures, the Government of India has also received Rs. 2060.75 crore as dividend distribution tax on the debentures. This thus became the first-ever instance of a PSU issuing bonus debenture issues.
9. K.M. Mani (Finance Minister of Kerala) was appointed as the Chairman of the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers on the Goods and Services Tax (GST). The post of the Chairman of the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers on the GST fell vacant when Abdul Rahim Rather quit following defeat of National Conference in the Jammu and Kashmir elections.
10. 11 influential Indian-American investors feature in Forbes 2015 Midas List. The Forbes 2015 Midas List represents the world's 100 smartest technology investors with valuations greater than $1 billion and a total of 766 deals. Jim Goetz of Sequoia Capital maintained the number 1 spot for the second year in a row. Leading the Indian-Americans on the list is 49-year old Aneel Bhusri (17th rank), CEO and Co-founder of Workday, a cloud-based financials and human resources software firm.