Current Affairs – July 2015

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Floyd Mayweather stripped of Welterweight World title 2015

World Boxing Organization (WBO) has stripped of the Welterweight World title 2015 won by Floyd Mayweather in May 2015.

Decision in this regard was taken by WBO after Mayweather failed to pay the 200,000 dollar sanctioning fee to WBO prior to the deadline of 3 July 2015.

As per WBO rules, boxers are required to pay 3 per cent of their purse to fight for a world title which at maximum accounts for 200,000 dollars. The rules also prohibit WBO champions to hold any belts in any other weight divisions.

Mayweather had won the Welterweight World title 2015 on May 2, 2015 by defeating Manny Pacquiao of Philippines in Las Vegas. This fight was the richest of all time as it had earned around record 220 million dollars.

At present, Mayweather is also the WBC and WBA champion at junior middleweight (154 lbs), as well as at welterweight (147 lbs).

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Meiji Period Sites of Japan gets UNESCO World Heritage Site Status

Japan’s Meiji-era (1868-1912) industrial revolution sites have received World Cultural Heritage status from United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Decision in this regard was taken during the 39th session of the World Heritage Committee chaired by Maria Bohmer in Bonn, Germany.

With this inclusion, the total Cultural sites with UNESCO World Heritage Status in Japan have increased to 15 along with 4 natural sites.

Facts about Meiji-era sites

  • Location: Southwest of Japan
  • Includes series of eleven properties that comprises Iron and Steel, coalmines and shipyards industries.
  • Contributed in Japan’s evolution from feudalism to a successful industrialised modern economy.
  • Trace the development phase of Japan’s heavy industries and its integration to Western technology along with fundamental changes in its traditional culture.
  • Represents the first successful transfer of Western industrialization to a non-Western nation in 19th century.

About UNESCO World Heritage Site Status

This status granted to a places of cultural and natural significance by the UNESCO. The list of these heritage sites is part of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World’s Cultural and Natural Heritage which was adopted by the UNESCO’s General Conference in 1972.

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India, Uzbekistan ink pacts to boost cooperation

India and Uzbekistan have inked pacts to boost cooperation between their foreign offices and in the field of culture and tourism.

The agreements were signed after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart Islam Karimov, Uzbekistan President had talks on key bilateral and regional issues.

This visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi  was part of his first leg of strategic tour to 5 Central Asian countries (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan) and Russia.

Both nations discussed on following issues

  • Economic and Strategic ties: Enhance strategic, economic and energy ties along with reviewing key regional issues including the situation in Afghanistan.
  • Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism: To intensify security cooperation and exchanges for combating terrorism, promoting regional integration and advancing stability in the region.
  • Defence and cyber security: Enhance cooperation in the fields of defence and cyber-security.
  • Uranium supply contract: Implement the contract which was signed in 2014 for supply of 2,000 metric tonnes of the Uranium from mineral-rich Uzbekistan to India.
  • Strengthening cooperation: In the areas of information technology, agriculture and energy.
  • International North South Transport Corridor (INSTC): India asked Uzbekistan to be part of INSTC similar to Ashgabat Agreement which is s a transit pact between Uzbekistan, Iran, Turkmenistan and Oman established in 2011.
  • It should be noted that INSTC is a ship, road and rail route for moving freight between India, Iran, Russia, Europe and Central Asia.

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