Current Affairs – April, 2015

Three super-Earths orbiting nearby star discovered

Scientists have discovered three planets orbiting a nearby star named HD 7924 that is only 54 light-years away. These planets were discovered by Automated Planet Finder (APF) Telescope located at Lick Observatory in California and W M Keck Observatory, Hawaii. They were traced out using the Doppler technique and the APT made crucial measurements of Read More…

Veteran Marathi film and stage actress Bimba Modak passes away

Eminent Marathi film and stage actress, Shanta alias Bimba Modak of yesteryear passed away on 28 April 2015 in Pune. She was 97. Modak, had entered into the film industry during the time when it was considered as taboo for women to work in cinema. Her debut film was Chul aani Mul in 1946, which Read More…

Dr. Pramod Patil and Dr. Ananda Kumar won 2015 Whitley Awards for wildlife conservation

Two Indians, Dr. Pramod Patil and Dr Ananda Kumar have been awarded with the prestigious 2015 Whitley Awards for their contribution to wildlife conservation in developing countries. Both of them received a Whitley prize worth 35000 pound along with seven other environmentalists at a ceremony in Royal Geographical Society, London. Dr. Pramod Patil was awarded Read More…

Union Cabinet gives nod to amendments in the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave its nod to amendments to the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA), 1988 by pursuing the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013. The proposed amendments in the bill to amend parent Act mainly aim at laying down more stringent measures to tackle corruption. It also seeks Read More…

Seychelles becomes 161st member of World Trade Organisation

Seychelles, an archipelago of 90000 inhabitants became the 161st member of the World Trade Organization (WTO). It is one of the smallest nations among the WTO members. This approval by WTO ended Seychelles 20-year long wait to become a member of WTO since it had applied for WTO membership in May 1995. Seychelles also became Read More…