Current Affairs Today - Current Affairs 2015

Two-year-old toddler Cherukuli Dolly Shivani creates archery record

Two-year-old girl Cherukuli D0lly Shivani from Vijaywada, Andhra Pradesh has created new record in Archery and has entered her name into the India Book of Records.

She became the youngest Indian to score 200 points over five and seven-metre distances. At a show, she shot 36 arrows each from five metres and seven metres to score 388 points in the presence of senior sports personalities from Sports Authority of India (SAI) and India Book of Records officials.

After achieving this stunning feat, Shivani was presented with a trophy, medal and a certificate from the chief editor India Book of Records Biswaroop Roy Choudary.

Shivani is the kid sister of late Indian coach and international archer Cherukuri Lenin who had died in a road accident soon after 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. At a young age she is undergoing training at the Volga Archery Institute run by her father Cherukuri Satyanarayana.

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Spectrum auction fetches Rs.1.10 lakh crore to Union Government

The Union government has fetched about 1.10 lakh crore rupees after the auctioning of a telecom spectrum.

The spectrum auction concluded on 25 March 2015 after 19 days and 115 rounds of rigorous bidding. However the 11 percent airwaves were not sold in this auction.

The process of auction was conducted for 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2100 MHz spectrum covering both mobile telephony and broadband, including 4th Generation  (4G).

A total of 380.75 MHz of spectrum was put on sale in the premium 900 MHz, 1,800 MHz and 800 MHz bands and 5 MHz of spectrum was put for bidding in the 2,100 MHz band which is used for 3G mobile services across 17 out of total 22 telecom circles.

The spectrum auction included airwaves held by 9 licences of Idea Cellular, 6 permits of Bharti Airtel and 7 each of Reliance Telecom and Vodafone that were expiring in 2015-16. These auctioned airwaves mostly included frequencies in 900 MHz band and 1800 MHz band.

The government also auctioned airwaves in 1800 MHz band that remained unsold in 2014, and 800 MHz i.e. CDMA band frequencies that were left after sale in 2013.

The Department of Telecommunication (DoT) later will disclose details of the result and names of successful bidders after the Supreme Court’s permission as a case is pending in the court.

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Bangladesh wins Women in Parliaments Award

Bangladesh has won the prestigious Women in Parliaments (WIP) Award for regional leadership in the South and Southeast Asia category for closing the gender gap in politics.  

The award was presented by WIP Global Forum at annual summit held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. On behalf of Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Minister of State (MoS) for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam received the award.

Bangladesh is only country in the world where the Prime Minister, Parliament speaker, Leader of the Opposition, Deputy Leader of the house, and a major opposition leader are all women.

In the World Economic Forum report it has been placed among the top 10 countries in the world in reducing gender gap

About Women in Parliaments Award

  • WIP Award is based on the rankings of the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report.
  • The report assesses 135 countries that represent more than 93 percent of the world’s population. It also assesses on how well resources and opportunities are divided among male and female populations.
  • Women in Parliaments (WIP) is the global network of female parliamentarians at the national level and has around 9,000 female parliamentarians in its network.

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