Current Affairs Today - Current Affairs 2015

Sudan President Omar al-Bashir re-elected with 94 percent of vote

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has won Presidential re-election by securing 94 per cent of the vote.

With this win he will have additional term of five years in office which will extend his current 25-year rule. He is in power since 1989.

In this election Omar’s National Congress Party (NCP) also won 323 of 426 parliamentary seats.

Omar is facing war crimes charges and is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) of ordering genocide in the Darfur conflict in 2003 in which the UN estimates 300,000 people had died and more than two million displaced.

Election summary

The voting was for four-day and had started on 13th April 2015. Sudanese opposition had boycotted this election. Official voter turnout in this election was low at 46%.

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Indian Army conducts Akraman–II defense exercise in Rajasthan

Indian Army on 26 April 2015 conducted a major exercise ‘Akraman-II’ in Rajasthan.

The exercise was conducted by the Chetak Corps, a part of South Western Command based in Bhatinda, Punjab.

The exercise aimed to test a new generation of weaponry and platforms which are employed in the desert region to provide ‘real time battle and situational awareness’ to its commanders.

In this exercise more than 300 Combat Vehicles including Main Battle Tanks, Long Range Artillery Guns participated along with 10,000 troops.

The Akraman-II exercise also tested the capabilities of Indian Air Force in launching deep insertion of helicopter-borne and airborne army units.

The exercise envisaged at orchestration of an integrated battle field scenario in network-centric environment.

This orchestrated environment was an integration of reconnaissance, electronic warfare & surveillance and communication assets in order to provide real time battle and situational awareness to commanders.

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NTPC flags off Mobile Science labs to revolutionize rural education

India’s largest power producer, National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) flagged off a Mobile Science Lab (MSL) as part of its efforts to promote scientific learning.

MSL seeks to revolutionize rural education in India and make hands-on learning accessible to underprivileged children.

Union Minister for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal flagged off three Mobile Service Labs.

MSL is a vehicle fitted with LCD TV and is carrying working science models that give emphasis to curiosity-based learning for children in rural India.

These three labs will be deployed at NTPC’s ongoing projects at Darlipalli, Pakri Barwadih and Kahalgaon through Agastya International Foundation.

Each of the MSL will cover a set of about 20 schools around NTPC project and generate exposure to about 16000 students per year. While in next three years more than 1,40,000 student exposure will be generated in order to enhance the level of curiosity and creativity among children. These mobile science labs will have the instructors from neighborhood community of deployment.

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