Current Affairs April 2015

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Bharatiya Mahila Bank wins Asian Banker Achievement Award 2015

Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) has won The Asian Banker Achievement Award 2015.

The award was presented to the BMB in the Technology Implementation category of Best Outsourcing Project (New Bank).

Usha Ananthasubramanian, Chairman and Managing Director of BMB received the award at a function held in Hongkong as a part of The Asian Banker Summit 2015.

About Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB)

  • BMB is India’s first all-women public sector bank and was formally launched on November 19, 2013.
  • Its objective is to focus on the banking needs of the women and promote economic empowerment.
  • It also seeks to address the gender related issues and will be helpful in financial inclusion.
  • In Budget 2013-14, Union Government had approved Rs 1,000-crore seed capital for the bank.
  • Headquarter of Bharatiya Mahila Bank is located in New Delhi.


Norway’s Magnus Carlsen wins Shamkir chess tournament in Azerbaijan

World champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway on 26 April 2015 won the Shamkir Chess tournament held in Azerbaijan.

In the ninth and final round, he defeated Rauf Mamedov of Azerbaijan in 35 moves and scored seven points.

Former world champion Viswanathan Anand finished second in this tournament after he drew against Fabiano Caruana of Italy.

With this win, Magnus Carlsen took his rating to 2875 points and Viswanathan Anand entered the 2800 rating club to gain number two in world ranking.

About Shamkir Chess tournament

  • Shamkir Chess tournament is played Shamkir in Azerbaijan and also known as the Gashimov Memorial.
  • It was established in 2014 and is played in the honour of Vugar Gashimov (1986-2014).
  • The total prize fund for the tournament is 100,000 euros and held in a double round robin format.


Indian-Origin Scientist Sangeeta Bhatia wins Heinz Award 2015

Sangeeta Bhatia, an Indian-Origin scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has won prestigious Heinz award for year 2015.

She had won this award for her work in tissue engineering and disease detection in the Technology, the Economy, and Employment category of the award.

Ms Bhatia’s team has developed artificial human microlivers for drug testing. These artificial microlivers are being used to test the toxicity of drug candidates by many biopharmaceutical companies.

She is also using these microlivers to model malaria infection and test drugs that can eradicate malaria parasites completely in the laboratory.

This model seeks to eradicate malaria parasites completely as the reservoirs of parasite remains in the liver even after a patient’s symptoms subside.

About Heinz Award

  • Heinz Award is an annual award established in 1993 and given by the Heinz Family Foundation.
  • Every year it hounours and recognize outstanding individuals for their innovative contributions in five areas. They are Environment, Public Policy, Arts and Humanities, Human Condition and the Economy, Technology and Employment.
  • The award carries a cash prize of US 2, 50, 000 dollars and a medallion.