Current Affairs Today - Current Affairs 2015

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is a nodal statutory agency responsible for protecting and promoting public health in India through the regulation and supervision of food safety.

FSSAI was established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 and operates under aegis of Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

Functions: FSSAI has been established to lay down science based standards for various food products in order ensure availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption.

It also regulates the manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import of food products for human consumption.

Structure: It is led by a non-executive Chairperson. The executive head of FSSAI is the Chief Executive Officer.

Headquarters: New Delhi.

It also has 8 regional offices located in Delhi, Guwahati, Mumbai, Lucknow, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Cochin and Chennai

It has 4 referral laboratories and 72 local laboratories located across India.


RC Tayal appointed as new DG of National Security Guard

Union Home Ministry has appointed Senior IPS Officer RC Tayal as the new Director General (DG) of India’s elite counter-terror force National Security Guard (NSG).

He succeeds JN Choudhury who had retired on 31 May 2015. He will have tenure till August 2016.

Mr. Tayal is a 1980-batch Assam-Meghalaya cadre IPS officer. Presently, he is serving as the Special Director General (DG) in paramilitary CRPF and is heading its formation in Jammu and Kashmir.

He hails from Haryana and earlier had served as an Additional DG in the Sashastra Seema Bal.

About National Security Guard (NSG)

  • Set up in 1984 as a Federal Contingency Deployment Force to tackle all facets of terrorism in the country.
  • It also nodal agency for counter-terror and counter-hijack operations and later was tasked to protect high-risk VVIPs.
  • Operates under the oversight of the Ministry of Home Affairs and is headed by the Director General of the Indian Police Service (IPS).
  • The NSG members are also known as Black Cats because of the black drill cotton coveralls and balaclavas or helmets they wear.
  • NSG’s motto सर्वत्र सर्वोत्तम सुरक्षा (Sarvatra Sarvottam Surakhsha); English: Omnipresent Omnipotent Defence


Winners of 2015 French Open title of Tennis

Men’s Singles Title

  • Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland won his first French Open Men’s single title of Tennis. In the final match he defeated Novak Djokovic of Serbia by 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 score.
  • It his first his first French Open title second grand slam title after Australian Open 2014. This victory also makes him only the second Swiss to win French Open mens single title after Roger Federer.

Women’s Singles Title

  • Serena Williams of United States won French Open women’s single title. In the final match she defeated Lucie Safarova of Czechoslovakia by 6-3 6-7 (2) 6-2 score.
  • This was her third French Open title (earlier she had won in 2002, 2013) and overall 20th Grand Slam title.

Men’s Doubles Title

  • Ivan Dodig (Croatia) and Marcelo Melo (Brazil) pair won Men’s Doubles Title. In the final match they defeated Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan pair from US by 6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–5), 7–5 score.

Women’s Doubles Title

  • Bethanie Mattek-Sands (US) and Lucie Šafářová (Czech Republic) won Women’s Doubles Title. In the match they defeated Casey Dellacqua (Australia) and Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan) pair by 3–6, 6–4, 6–2 score.

 Mixed Doubles Title

Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Mike Bryan pair from United States won Mixed Doubles Title. In the final match they defeated Lucie Hradecká (Czech Republic) and Marcin Matkowski (Poland) pair by 7–6(7–3), 6–1 score.