Current Affairs March 2015

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Kidambi Srikanth wins Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold 2015

India’s ace shuttler Kidambi Srikanth on 15 March 2015 won  badminton’s prestigious $120,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold title in Men’s singles category.

In the final match he defeated Denmark’s defending champion Viktor Axelsen by score of 21-15, 12-21 and 21-14. With this victory, Kidambi Srikanth became first Indian to win this prestigious title in Men’s singles category.

Other winners in Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold 2015

  • Women’s singles title- China’s Sun Yu defeated Thailand’s Busanan Ongbumrungpan by score of 21–16, 21–12.
  • Men’s doubles title- China’s Cai Yun and Lu Kai pair defeated Malaysia’s Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong pair by score of 21–19, 14–21 and 21–17.
  • Women’s doubles title- China’s Bao Yixin and Tang Yuanting pair defeated Japan’s Ayane Kurihara and Naru Shinoya by score of 21–6, 17–21, 21–17.
  • Mixed doubles title- China’s Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong pair defeated China’s Liu Cheng and Bao Yixin pair by score of 17–21, 22–20, 21–13.


Noted Gandhian Narayan Desai passes away

Noted Gandhian Narayan Desai on 15 March 2015 passed away in Surat, Gujarat. He was 90.

He is son of Mahatma Gandhi’s personal secretary and biographer Mahadev Desai.

About Narayan Desai

  • He was born on 24 December 1924 at Valsad in Gujarat and was brought up at Gandhiji’s Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad.
  • Desai was also associated with Vinoba Bhave’s Bhoodan (or land gift) Movement and Jayprakash Narayan’s Total revolution or JP’s Movement.
  • He was famous for reciting Gandhi-Katha i.e. narratives on Mahatma Gandhi’s life across the world which was started by him in 2004.
  • Desai was Chancellor of Gujarat Vidyapith from 2007 to 2014.

Awards- Narayan Desai was accorded with many awards. It includes

  • Sahitya Akademi Award (1993) for his book on biography of his father Mahadev Desai in Gujarati.
  • UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize (1998).
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award (1999).
  • Ranjitram Suwarna Chandrak (2001), highest award for Gujarati literature.
  • Moortidevi Award (2004).


Pioneer of Israeli cinema Lia van Leer passes away

Lia van Leer, pioneer of Israeli cinema passed away on 13 March 2015 in Jerusalem, Israel. She was 90.

She was the founder of Israel Film Archive, Jerusalem Cinematheque, Haifa Cinematheque and the Jerusalem Film Festival.

About Lia van Leer

  • She was born on August 8, 1924 in Romania. Later she moved to Israel and studied at Hebrew University.
  • Along with her husband Lia van Leer had founded Israel’s first cinema club in the 1950s.
  • In 1973, she had created the Jerusalem Cinematheque and in 1983 she started the Jerusalem Film Festival.
  • In 1995, she was the head of the jury at the 45th Berlin International Film Festival.
  • Lia van Leer was also considered as an advocate of peace after she had invited Iranian film-makers to Jerusalem and supported Palestinian cinema.
  • Awards- In 2004, Van Leer was awarded the Israel Prize for her special contribution & lifetime achievement to society and the State of Israel. She also has been awarded with President’s Medal (also called Medal of Distinction of Israel) in 2014.