Daily Current Affairs Update of 16 April 2015 | General Knowledge1. India and Canada signed an agreement on uranium supply. Under the agreement Canada agreed to supply 3,000 metric tonnes of uranium to India from this year under a $254 million five-year deal to power Indian atomic reactors, four decades after bilateral cooperation in this sector was frozen over India's nuclear programme. Cameco Corporation will supply the uranium .The agreement for uranium supply was signed after comprehensive talks Prime Minister Narendra Modi had with his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper. Apart from this India and Canada signed key agreements including skill development and railways. PM Narendra Modi announces liberal Visa policy for Canadian nationals visiting India.
2. Bharat Aluminium Company Limited's (BALCO) Information Technology (IT) major Reena Srivastava won 2015's "INFOSEC MAESTROS Top 50 Most Promising CEO Award". Srivastava received this prestigious award by prestigious technical Magazine, Infosecurity's editor B.D. Roy, Central Bank of India's former CISO Dr. Omkar Nath and Henry P of Tiffin Technology (Network Security and the Software Defined Data Center).
3. A 900-year-old piece of sculpture from Khajuraho temple, which had somehow reached Canada, was returned by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to PM Narendra Modi in Ottawa. The sculpture, known as 'Parrot Lady', was handed over by Canadian PM Harper to PM Modi in accordance with the 1970 UNESCO Convention.
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5. Senior diplomat Mohan Kumar, currently India's top envoy to Bahrain, has been appointed the next Ambassador to France to succeed Arun Kumar. He is a 1981-batch IFS officer.
6. India retained its No. 2 position in the ODI rankings. This is due to superb performance by Team India in World Cup 2015. It reached the semi finals of World Cup 2015. India has 116 points and it is six points behind world champion Australia. Australia is at the top with 122 rating points.
7. Pakistan successfully test- fired a new ballistic missile which is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads up to a distance of 1,300 kilometres, bringing many Indian cities under its range. The launch of intermediate-range Ghauri missile conducted by a Strategic Missile Group of the Army Strategic Forces Command (ASFC) was aimed at testing the operational and technical readiness of the command.
8. Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar was inducted as one of the five new members into the prestigious Laureus Sports Academy in a glittering annual award ceremony at the Shanghai Grand theatre.
9. Former Prime Minister of Nepal, Surya Bahadur Thapa passed away in Gurgaon. 87-year old Thapa was suffering from cancer for some time.
10. Telecom equipment major Nokia announced to acquire French telecommunications firm Alcatel-Lucent for around $16.6 billion. The acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent will be an all-share deal with the firm being valued at 15.6 billion euros ($16.6 billion). Finland-based Nokia’s takeover of Alcatel-Lucent is expected to redefine the telecom equipment sector which is currently suffering weak growth prospects and pressure from low-cost Chinese players Huawei and ZTE.