Current Affairs - June 2015

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Kerala Government declares June 22 as ‘Snake Bird Day’

Kerala Government has declared June 22 as ‘Snake Bird Day’ in a bid to protect the endangered species which is also known as Indian darter.

The formal announcement was made by State minister for forest Thiruvanchur Radhakrishnan at a function organised by Snake Bird Foundation in Thiruvananthapuram.

About Snake Bird

  • It is water bird which is also known as Indian darter (Anhinga melanogaster).
  • It has slender long-neck which is mostly black in colour with silver wing markings.
  • Conservation Status: As per IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, Snake Bird is classified as Near Threatened species.
  • Threat: Its population is moderately declining owing anthropogenic reasons like pollution, drainage, hunting and the collection of eggs and nestlings.
  • Found in: Tropical South Asia and Southeast Asia. It inhabits in shallow inland wetlands including rivers, lakes, swamps and reservoirs.
  • In case of India there are over 1500 snake birds in which majority are found in Kerala.
  • These species usually nests atop tall trees near wetlands. They are largely found in Kottayam, Alappuzha, Wayanad Idukki and Thiruvananthapuram districts of Kerala.


James Horner, Oscar-winning Titanic composer passes away

James Horner, the two-time Oscar-winning composer died in plane crash in California, United States. He was 61.

In 1997, Horner had won two Oscars (Academy Awards)  for best original score and along with original song win for Celin Dion sung My Heart Will Go On in one of the biggest Hollywood hits movie Titanic directed by James Cameron.

About James Horner

  • James Horner was born on 14 August 1953 in Los Angeles, United States.
  • He was an accomplished concert hall composer and later had moved into writing film scores.
  • His debut film score was for film The Lady in Red (1979). Till date he has 95 soundtrack and 158 composes to his credits which includes music of over 100 films.
  • His first major movie score in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) film and had uncredited acting appearance in same film.
  • He also had composed for the Avatar (£4.2 billion) and Titanic (£3.2 billion) both are highest-grossing films of all time.
  • Awards: 2 Oscars won for Titanic and was nominated for 8 other. He also had won 2 Golden Globe Awards, 3 Satellite Awards, 3 Saturn Awards and was nominated for 3 British Academy Film Awards.


Maharashtra tops in Patent filing in India: CGPDTM Report

Maharashtra has topped in Patent filing in India during year 2013-14. While, the Bengaluru was the top city in IPR filing in the country.

It was revealed in recently published annual report of the office of the Controller-General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (CGPDTM).

Top five states are:

  • Maharashtra (2892 patents).
  • Karnataka (1639 patents). The state has shown 40 per cent rise in IPR fillings in a year.
  • Tamil Nadu (1436 patents).
  • Delhi (1009 patents).
  • Andhra Pradesh (879 patents).

In Bengaluru, various tech companies and institutes had applied for IPR filing making it top city in this domain.

Top companies in Bengaluru are: Samsung R&D Institute (84 patents), Infosys (83 patents), Wipro Ltd (59 patents) and Samsung India Software Operations Pvt. Ltd (66 patents).

Top Institutes in Bengaluru are: Indian Institute of Science (IISc) (32 patents), Siddaganga Institute of Technology (24 patents), Tumakuru and Indian Space Research Organisation (12 patents).

About Controller-General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (CGPDTM)

  • Office of the CGPDTM is a subordinate office under the under the aegis of Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry. It administers the Indian law of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks.
  • It operates in five key administrative sections. They are Patents, Designs, Trademarks, Geographical indications, Patent Information System.