Current Affairs - June 2015

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Taliban capture Dasht-e-Archi district of Kunduz province in northern Afghanistan

Taliban militants have captured Dasht-e-Archi district of Kunduz province in northern Afghanistan after heavy fighting with local security forces.

It is the second district captured by Taliban in the northern Kunduz province which borders Tajikistan. Earlier on 20th June 2015 the militants had captured Chardara district of this province.

It should be noted the internal conditions in Afghanistan have worsened in the past few months as Afghan forces have struggled to fend off Taliban advances since US and NATO combat mission officially concluded their missions in December 2014.


India sets two Guinness world records on International Yoga Day

India has set two Guinness world records (GWR) in Rajpath yoga event held on the eve of first International Yoga Day led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Two records are

  • Largest number of participants- 35,985 people had participated in largest yoga demonstration at a single venue i.e. Rajpath yoga event.
  • Most number of nationalities at a single event– People of 84 nationalities performed yoga at one place.

The awards were received by Union AYUSH Minister Shripad Yesso Naik from representatives of Guinness World Records.

In this event all participants of all ages had performed various yoga exercises on the entire two-km stretch from Rafi Marg crossing near Vijay Chowk to India Gate.

This mass yoga event has broken previous world record on mass yoga exercise which was set by 29,973 students from 362 schools on November 19, 2005 led by Vivekananda Kendra at Jiwaji University Gwalior. They had performed a sequence of yogic kriyas for surya namaskar simultaneously for 18 minutes.

It should be noted that this record won’t appear on the GWR book till September 2016 as the deadline for this year’s book has passed.


Vocalist Sanjay Subrahmanyam selected for ‘Sangita Kalanidhi’ award 2015

One of the foremost south Indian classical vocalists, Sanjay Subrahmanyam has been selected for the ‘Sangita Kalanidhi’ award 2015.

It will be bestowed upon him when he will preside over the 89th annual conference of the Academy which will be held between December 15, 2015 and January 1, 2016.

With this, he is seventh artistes to be conferred with the award before completing 50 years of age. Others are Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer, Musiri Subramania Iyer, G.N. Balasubramaniam, Semmangudi R. Srinivasa Iyer, M.L. Vasanthakumari and M. Balamuralikrishna

About Sanjay Subrahmanyam

  • He had started performing Carnatic music from 1987.
  • By profession he is Charted Accountant but in 2000 became full-time musician.
  • Awards: Gaana Padhmam (2013), Vani Kala Sudhakara (2010) and the title Kalaimamani by Tamil Nadu Government (2006) etc.

About Sangita Kalanidhi award/title

  • It is a prestigious award bestowed annually upon an expert of Carnatic Music by the Madras Music Academy.
  • The award’s name has been derived from Sanskrit which means treasure of Music and art in English.
  • This honour is considered one of the highest awards in Carnatic music.