Daily Current Affairs Update of 30 March 2015
1. Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has been conferred with India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna by the President of India Pranab Mukherjee at his residence. Vajpayee was the first non-Congress leader to serve India for a full five year term from 1999 to 2004.
2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi have been named among the 50 greatest leaders in the world by Fortune magazine in its annual list of "extraordinary" men and women transforming business, government and philanthropy. Modi is ranked 5th on the 2015 roster of 'World's Greatest Leaders' with Satyarthi coming in at the 28th spot. The list has been topped by Apple CEO Tim Cook.
3. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was selected for the Gandhi Peace Prize for 2014. ISRO was selected for its contribution to the country’s development through space technology and satellite-based services. The Gandhi Peace Prize for social, economic and political transformation through non-violence was instituted in 1995. The prize comprises of Rs. 1 crore and a citation.
4. Delhi became the first state in India to launch E-ration card service. Delhi government has launched First E-ration card service in India. It was launched Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. In this service, E-ration card will be linked with Aadhaar cards in order to curb corruption and increase transparency in the system.
5. NRI industrialists G.P. Hinduja and S.P. Hinduja emerged as the richest Asian-origin entrepreneurs in Britain for the third consecutive year with an estimated personal fortune of 15.5 billion pounds. The India-born brothers topped the 'Asian Rich List 2015' and the annual rankings showed that they had added 2 billion pounds to their personal fortune in a year to be worth an estimated 15.5 billion pounds.
6. Usha International Limited won the Gold award in the Last Mile Distribution Initiative of the year category at the 6th Annual Flame Awards 2015. The awards were hosted by the Rural Marketing Association of India. It was awarded in recognition of its rural marketing initiative to extend their footprint into small towns and villages.
7. Union Ministry of Railways has constituted a Committee to review the existing Public Private Partnership (PPP) Cell in the Railway Board with former IAS officer Ajay Shankar as its head. The Committee will recommend measures needed to make the PPP Cell more customer friendly, effective and result oriented. The Infrastructure Directorate of Railway Board will be the Nodal Directorate for functioning of the Committee. While the Executive Director/Traffic (PPP) Railway Board will be the Secretary to the Committee.
8. The Union Ministry of Finance sanctioned 250 crore rupees to Andhra Pradesh to set up Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for the implementation of the Polavaram Multi Purpose Irrigation Project. This amount is in addition to 100 crore rupees allotted for the project in the 2015-16 Union Budget.
9. Diplomat Vikas Swarup was appointed as an official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). Swarup a 1986 batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer is also author of bestseller debut novel Q&A, on which the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire was based.
10. Former Mizoram Chief Minister Brig Thenphunga Sailo passed away. He was 90 years old.