Daily Current Affairs Update of 22 March 2015 | General Knowledge
1. Moving ahead to fulfill his budget promises, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu constituted ‘KayaKalp’ Council and appointed noted industrialist Ratan Tata as its head. The purpose of the Council is to recommend innovative methods and processes for the improvement, betterment and transformation of railways.
2. France has been awarded the hosting rights for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 and the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2018 ahead of Korea Republic, who was also in the running.
3. The Chinese government has appointed a new ambassador to North Korea, an important and sensitive diplomatic post at the center of efforts to get the reclusive country to end its nuclear weapons ambitions. Li Jinjun is replacing Liu Hongcai in the position. Li is a former deputy head of the Communist Party's International Department, which is deeply involved in contacts with North Korea's ruling party.
|Daily Current Affairs Update of 22 March 2015 | General Knowledge
4. Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap dropped a place to be positioned No.13 in the men's singles rankings released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). Meanwhile, his compatriots Kidambi Srikanth and H.S. Prannoy kept their places at No.4 and No.17.
5. Indian Olympic Association President N. Ramachandran has been appointed as a vice-chair of the Association of National Olympic Committees' (ANOC) International Relations Commission.
6. An Indian-American professor is at the helm of a unique initiative launched by the prestigious New York University (NYU) to bring college education to criminals imprisoned at a correctional facility. Nikhil Pal Singh is the faculty director of NYU's Prison Education Programme (PEP), which is backed by a USD 500,000 grant from the Ford Foundation and offers credit-bearing, university courses that will enable students to earn an Associate of Arts (AA) degree from the university.
7. Justice Uma Nath Singh was sworn in as Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court at the Raj Bhavan in Shillong. Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi administered the oath of office and secrecy to Justice Singh.
8. Nobel laureate Sir Venkatraman Ramakrishnan was named as the President of Britain's prestigious Royal Society, a communion of the many of the world's most distinguished scientists. Ramakrishnan, who will take up the post on the 1 December 2015, will succeed geneticist Sir Paul Nurse, also a Nobel Laureate. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan (nicknamed as Venky), born in Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, is the first scientist of the Indian origin to be elected for this post.
9. Mahendra Singh Dhoni added another feather to his burgeoning cap after India demolished Bangladesh by 109 runs to book a semifinal berth in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Dhoni became the third Captain in the world to lead his country to 100 one-day international wins, joining Australians Ricky Ponting and Allan Border in an elite league.
10. The former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser has died at the age of 84, after a brief illness.