Current Affairs April 2015

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UN Peace Envoy Jamal Benomar Resigns

United Nation (UN) peace envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar has resigned, after losing support from Gulf countries for his mission in the conflict-riven nation.

His resignation comes after UN Security Council adopted a resolution calling for the swift resumption of peace talks and an end to violence in Yemen on 14 April 2015.

The adopted resolution adopted calls on the Huthis to withdraw from Sanaa and all other areas they have seized.

About Jamal Benomar

  • Since 2012, he was serving as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s special envoy for Yemen.
  • He joined UN in 1994 and had served at various key of posts of different UN agencies.
  • It included United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA).

Background

The security situation in Yemen deteriorated after the Shia Houthis rebels had seized power by dissolving Yemen’s government and parliament in January 2015. Since then they had taken control of key government buildings in capital Sanaa including Presidential Palace.

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Vijender Gupta appointed Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly

Vijender Gupta was appointed the leader of opposition (LoP) in the Delhi assembly on 16 April 2015 with immediate effect.

Delhi Assembly Speaker has recognized him as LOP as per Section 2 of the Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly of the National Capital Territory ( NCT) of Delhi (Salary and Allowances) Act, 2001.

Gupta is one of three legislators of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has greatest numerical strength as opposition party in the legislative assembly. Prior to this he was leader of the house of the party in opposition in the house.

In February 2015 Assembly election, BJP had won three seats which is less than one-tenth of the total strength of 70 of the Delhi assembly. While, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had won 67 seats.

Gupta is a former BJP state president. In 2015 Assembly election he had won from Rohini constituency by defeating AAP candidate C.L. Gupta by around 5,000 votes.

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Gujarat Government forms task force to devise strategy to eliminate poverty

Gujarat government on 16 April 2015 formed a task force to make strategy and provide suggestions on poverty elimination in the state.

The task force will work in the direction to device an effective strategy to make sure that benefits of various schemes reach needy citizens.

Members

  • Chairman: Ramanlal Vora Gujarat’s Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment.
  • Members: Saurabh Patel, State Finance Minister.
  • Mangubhai Patel, Forest and Environment Minister.
  • Principal Secretary, General Administrative departments will be member.
  • Task force also has been given power to add invited members.

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