Daily Current Affairs Update of 4 April 2015 | General Knowledge1. The United States, Iran and five other world powers have sealed a breakthrough framework agreement outlining limits on Iran's nuclear programme to keep it from being able to produce atomic weapons. The US and Iran each hailed the efforts of their diplomats over eight days of marathon talks in Swiss city of Lausanne. Under the agreement reached during these negotiations, the world powers and Iran will now aim to draft a comprehensive nuclear accord by 30 June 2015. The talks between the so-called P5+1 – the US, UK, France, China and Russia plus Germany – and Iran continued beyond the original self-imposed deadline of 31 March 2015.
2. According to the latest rankings by the game’s international governing body – the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Indian badminton ace Saina Nehwal was officially crowned as No. 1 woman Badminton player in the world. She replaced Chinese player Li Xuerui from top spot. China’s Li Xuerui slipped to third position while Spain’s Carolina Marin claimed the second position. Saina thus became only the second Indian overall to be world number one after Prakash Padukone had the distinction of being the No.1 men’s badminton player.
3. Union Government launched Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles (FAME) – India Scheme. The scheme was launched as part of the National Mission for Electric Mobility to boost eco-friendly vehicles sales in the country. It's main objective is to support the hybrid or electric vehicles market development and its manufacturing eco-system in the country in order to achieve self-sustenance in stipulated period. The overall scheme is proposed to be implemented over a period next 6 years i.e. till 2020.
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5. Senior bureaucrat Yashpal Singh took over as the new chief secretary of Tripura. He succeeded G. Kameswara Rao. An Indian Administrative Officer (IAS) officer of the 1984 batch, Singh worked in the central government in various capacities before joining the new post.
6. The Indian team, comprising Kolkata's Viraj Madappa and Noida's Simarjeet Singh, finished runner-up at the fifth Nepal Amateur Open Golf Championship held at Gokarna Forest Golf Club, Kathmandu. Thailand's Ekkarat Leksuwan and Sangchai Kaewcharoen won the event.
7. World Cup Cricket 2015 runner-up team, New Zealand's captain Brendon McCullum has been awarded Sir Richard Hadlee medal, the country’s highest cricketing honour, for his inspirational leadership and exemplary batting. McCullum, 33, led the Kiwis to their first World Cup final where they did lose to Australia by seven wickets.
8. The Union Govt. revamped the procedure for appointment of non-official directors (NoDs) on the Boards of public sector banks, insurance companies and financial institutions. According to the new guidelines, the applicant for the post of NoD must be less than 67 years of age and have 20 years of prescribed professional work experience. NoDs could be appointed for maximum six years or two terms.
9. Sunita Tomar, poster girl of India’s anti-tobacco campaign passed away at her hometown in Bhind district of Madhya Pradesh. She was 28 and was diagnosed with oral cancer. She had appeared in government’s 30-second video titled ‘Sunita’ which had highlighted the devastating effects of smokeless tobacco.
10. India has been ranked a low 119 out of 130 countries on an index that measures business resilience of nations based on economic, risk quality and supply chain factors, dropping seven notches from last year. The 2015 FM Global Resilience Index has been topped by Norway for being the country best suited for companies seeking to avoid disruptions in their global supply chain operations. Venezuela is ranked last on the list.