Current Affairs Today - Current Affairs 2015

NDRF ties up with 30 PSUs to jointly tackle emergencies

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has partnered with about 30 Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) to jointly tackle and mitigate man-made or natural disasters or emergencies.

In this regard, a coordination meeting was held between NDRF and prominent PSUs like ONGC, Air India, GAIL and others involved in the mining and shipping and heavy industries sector.

The maiden meeting was attended by over 40 senior officials from these PSUs for enhancing each other others capabilities for disasters or emergencies.

Key facts

  • The first of its kind initiative aimed to ensure efforts for building a good synergy between the government organisations.
  • It will also ensure that two sides can act as one strong unit in case of any king emergency or disasters in case of small or mid-level exigencies.
  • NDRF has proposed to train personnel of these PSUs by extending its skill modules like on tackling nuclear, biological and chemical disasters.

About National Disaster Response Force

  • NDRF is India’s elite disaster mitigation combat force established under The Disaster Management Act, 2005.
  • Established: 2006.
  • Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • Function: To undertake relief and rescue operations in the case of an event of any disaster (natural or man-made), accident or emergency.
  • Functions under the aegis of Union Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • The force is assisted by 11 battalions positioned in various states of the country. Of the 11 battalions, 3 are of BSF and CRPF each, 2 are of CISF, ITBP each and one of Sashastra Seema Bal.
  • Incumbent Director-General of NDRF is Om Prakash Singh.


Abhishek Verma wins Silver medal at Archery World Cup Final

Ace Indian archer Abhishek Verma has won Silver medal in the 2015 Archery World Cup Final in the men’s individual compound section.

In the summit clash played in Mexico City, he was defeated by Turkey’s Demir Elmaagcli by winning gold medal by 145-143 score.

It was India’s first ever ‘Archery World Cup Final’ medal in the compound section in this edition of World Cup.

Earlier in the semifinals, Verma had defeated Mario Cardoso of Mexico by 150-142 score to enter in the Archery World Cup Final.

Abhishek Verma is an Asian Games (2014) individual silver medallist in the men’s individual compound event. He also had won the gold medal in the Asian Games (2014) in the men’s compound archery team event along with Rajat Chauhan and Sandeep Kumar.


Bengali actor Pijush Ganguly passes away

Bengali film, television and stage actor Pijush Ganguly passed away in Kolkata, West Bengal. He was 50.

Ganguly died because of multiple organ failure after he was critically injured in a road accident on 20 October 2015 at Santragachi in Howrah district.

About Pijush Ganguly

  • Ganguly was born on 2 January 1965 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • He had started his career as an employee of NABARD and later shifted to acting career.
  • His acting career began as a stage actor and later worked in television and films. He had started his television career with TV series Abar Jakher Dhan.
  • He had acted in acclaimed films like Goynar Baksha, Byomkesh Phire Elo,Laptop, Iti Srikanta and Mahulbanir Sereng.
  • Awards: Pramathesh Barua Award (1991), Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Award for Best Actor (2005), Government of West Bengal (Information and Cultural Affairs) Tele Academy Award (2014) etc.