Current Affairs May 2015

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Abhinav Bindra wins Gold in Asian Air Gun Championships

Ace Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra has clinched gold medal in the men’s 10 metre Air Rifle event of the Asian Air Gun Championships held in New Delhi.

Bindra shot 208.3 points to settle at first position ahead of Kazakhstan’s Yurkov Yuriy (206.6) who is current world number eight and Yu Jaechul (185.3) of South Korea.

In this event, India’s Gagan Narang was placed at fourth position with a score of 164.5 points. While another Indian, Chain Singh placed at seventh position of after notching up 122.7 points.

It should be noted that, Abhinav Bindra had won gold in 2008 Beijing Olympics in 10 metre Air Rifle event becoming first Indian to win individual gold in the prestigious games. Gagan Narang had won a bronze in the same event in 2012 London Olympics.


Syrian journalist Mazen Darwish honoured with UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2015

Syrian journalist and rights activist Mazen Darwish was honoured with UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2015.

He was bestowed with this award by the UN’s Cultural body for recognition of his work carried out in Syria for more than 10 years at great personal sacrifice, harassment, enduring a travel ban, as well as repeated detention and torture.

Presently he has been jailed by the Bashar al-Assad’s regime. He was arrested in February 2012 along with his colleagues Hani Zaitani and Hussein Ghreir at the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression. All of them are accused of promoting terrorist acts.

About Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize

  • Established: 1997
  • Named in honour of a Colombian journalist Guillermo Cano Isaza, who was assassinated in front of the offices of his newspaper, El Espectador, in Bogota in 1986.
  • It is an annual award given by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on the occasion of World Press Freedom day.
  • Funded by the Cano Foundation (Colombia) and the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation (Finland).
  • The award honours a person, an institution or organisation that has made a significant contribution to the promotion of press freedom or defence anywhere in the world.
  • It carries monetary award of US $25,000.


Former Union minister Baleshwar Ram passes away

Veteran Congress leader and Former Union minister Baleshwar Ram passed away on 3 May 2014 due to kidney-related ailments in Patna, Bihar. He was 87.

Since 1952 he had served as MLA for five-term from various assembly constituencies in Bihar.

Mr Ram also had served in different ministerial capacity in various Congress governments in Bihar between 1960s and 1970s.

In 1980, he was elected to Lok Sabha from Rosera constituency and had served as the Union minister in the Indira Gandhi government.