Current Affairs – March, 2015

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Rajendra Singh wins prestigious 2015 Stockholm Water Prize

Renowned water conservationist and environment activist Rajendra Singh has been conferred with 2015 Stockholm Water Prize.

He was awarded this prize for his innovative water restoration efforts and consistent attempts to improve the water security in villages in India.

About Rajendra Singh

  • He is popularly known as Water Man of India. He started his career in 1980 as a National Service Volunteer and later joined NGO Tarun Bharat Sangh (TBS).
  • Rajendra Singh along with volunteered young people and TBS members had started movement purifying traditional rainwater tanks (johads).
  • He also had played important role in rejuvenating Arvari River after johads and check dams were constructed on it. It has helped Arvari River to become perennial river and was awarded ‘International River Prize’.
  • Since then he has pioneered in building around 8,600 johads and other structures to collect water in state of Rajasthan. This initiative has brought water back to around 1,000 villages across the state.
  • He was also member of National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) from 2009-12.
  • Awards- He was awarded with Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership in 2001.

About Stockholm Water Prize

  • Established- 1991.
  • The prize is founded and financed by Stockholm Water Foundation and administered by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)
  • It recognizes persons for their outstanding achievements in conservation and protection of the world’s water resources and presented annually.
  • The award carries US 150,000 dollars and a specially designed sculpture.

Rajendra Singh is fourth Indian to win the prestigious global award. Others are

  • 1993- Madhav Chitale.
  • 2005- Sunita Narain.
  • 2009- Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak.

Martin Guptill hits highest score of 237 in Cricket World Cup

New Zealand’s Martin Guptill created a Cricket World Cup record by scoring highest score of 237 runs not out.

He achieved this feat in match against West Indies in the 2015 ICC World Cup quarter-final played at WestpacTrust Stadium, Wellington. He scored 237 runs from 163 balls that included 11 sixes and 24 fours.

Martin Guptill also became the first New Zealand cricketer to score double century in One Day Internationals (ODIs).

His double ton also broke the previous record of West Indies Chris Gayle who had scored first double century in Cricket World Cup 2015. Chris Gayle had scored 215 runs from 147-balls in a match against Zimbabwe on 24 February 2015.

It should be noted that Guptill is 5th cricketer to score double century in ODI’s. Others are Indian cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Rohit Sharma (scored two double centuries) and West Indies Chris Gayle.

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