Daily Current Affairs Update of 31 March 2015
1. Australia won the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. In the final, Australia defeated New Zealand by seven wickets at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Australia. This was the Fifth Cricket World Cup win for Australian cricket team. Mitchell Starc was chosen as the Player of Tournament.
2. For the first time since it came into existence in 1950, the Basketball Federation of India got a woman as its president when Poonam Mahajan was unanimously elected as the head of this 65 year old federation — the governing and controlling body of basketball in India. President of Maharashtra State Basketball Association (MSBA), who is also the BJP national secretary and MP from the Mumbai North-Central Lok Sabha constituency, Poonam was unanimously elected as the new president of BFI for a four-year (2015-2019) term.
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3. Indian shuttlers, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth won the women’s and men's singles titles of the 275000 dollar India Open Super Series badminton tournament. Saina defeated former world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand with 21-16, 21-14. Later in the title clash of the men’s section, World Number Four and second seed Srikanth defeated sixth seed Viktor Axelsen of Denmark with 18-21, 21-13, 21-12.
4. Australia cricket team captain Michael Clarke announced his retirement from international one-day cricket. Michael Clarke ended his one-day cricket career after he made 74 runs against New Zealand in the final of one-day international World Cup 2015 held in Australia.
5. Delhi’s Aditi Arya was crowned FBB Femina Miss India World 2015 at the 52nd edition of the beauty pageant at Yash Raj Studio. The first and second runners-up were Aafreen Rachel Vaz and Vartika Singh respectively.
6. The Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu inaugurated Lumding-Silchar (Assam) broad gauge section by flagging off a goods train via video conferencing at a function. This is a landmark achievement by Indian Railways and important broad gauge railway connectivity project. Lumding-Silchar section is Phase-1 of the two phase broad gauge line project in this area. This Phase-I line provides seamless BG connectivity to Barak Valley of Assam with the rest of the country.
7. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched the IRNSS-1D navigation satellite through its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle – the PSLV-C27. This was the Fourth satellite under the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) series. IRNSS-1D will provide navigation, tracking and mapping service and will have a mission life of 10 years.
8. Rajasthan became the first state in India to make minimum educational qualification an eligibility for Panchayat elections by passing the Rajasthan Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Bill, 2015. The said bill amended the Rajasthan Panchayat Raj Act, 1994. The newly passed bill stipulates a minimum qualification of Class X pass from a recognized board for contesting election for the post of member of Zila Parishad or Panchayat Samiti while minimum qualification of class VIII pass has been stipulated for the post of Sarpanch (village head).
9. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) won the Malaysian Grand Prix, the second F1 GP race of 2015 season. Ferrari team’s Sebastian Vettel ended Mercedes’ long Formula One winning streak by winning the Malaysian Grand Prix held at the Sepang International Circuit. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) of Mercedes took second place while his German teammate Nico Rosberg was third.
10. India has been ranked 37 out of 102 countries in the Open Government Index, that measures the government openness based on the general public's experiences and perceptions. In the World Justice Project's (WJP) Open Government Index 2015 report, India was ranked at the 37th place, with an overall score of 0.57, followed by its BRIC peer Brazil at the 38th place.