Current Affairs – March, 2015

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Fourth National Photography Awards conferred on 13 eminent photojournalists

The fourth National Photography Awards were conferred on 13 eminent photojournalists in New Delhi on 20 March 2015. The award were conferred by Secretary (Information & Broadcasting) Bimal Julka.

The awards were given in 5 categories including Life-Time Achievement Award, Amateur Photographer of the Year, Special Mention Category for both Amateur and Professional segments.

The theme for 4th edition Professional Photographer category was “Hamara Bharat Swachh Bharat” and for the Amateur Category was “Mother and Child”. The jury for this edition of awards was headed by well-known photographer Anil Risal Singh.

Following are the recipients of awards in various categories

  • Life-Time Achievement Award- Surendra R. Patel.
  • Professional Photographer of the Year- Swarup Duta.
  • Amateur Photographer of the Year- Sasikumar.
  • Special Mention Award in Professional Category- Jayesh Navinchandra Shah, Atul Vasant Ghag, Pravin Rawat, Arvind Kumar Jain, Umesh Nikam.
  • Special Mention Award in Amateur Category- Joydeep Mukherjee, Akhil Hardia, Nimai Chandra Ghosh, Mukesh J. Thakkar, Tabeenah Anjum Qureshi.

About National Photography Awards

  • Given by- Union Ministry of Information & Broadcasting to eminent photojournalists in different categories.
  • Conferred to- Persons for their attempt to capture the growth of professionalism and creativity within the growing dimensions of photojournalism.
  • Awards carry- Monetary cash prize along with medals or Plaques and citations.

Union Cabinet approves 33% reservation for women in police forces of UTs, Delhi

Union Cabinet on 20 March 2015 approved 33 percent reservation for women in police forces of all seven Union Territories (UTs) including Delhi Police.

This decision was taken at the Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

The reservation in this regard will be

  • Applicable in each category of SC, ST, OBC and others in direct recruitment in non-gazetted posts from constables to sub-inspector.
  • Available to women against all prior vacancies that existed on the date of issue of this order after Cabinet approval and vacancies arising henceforth.

Union Government has taken this decision to augment the representation of the women in the police forces in order to make police more gender sensitive.

This decision will also instill confidence among women to enable them to approach the police without hesitation for seeking protection and assistance as and when required.

Background

  • At present Chandigarh has 6.18 per cent women police force highest among all 7 UTs. While, Puducherry with 5.89 per cent has lowest representation.
  • Delhi has 7.61 per cent and Lakshwadeep has 10.52 per cent women among its police force.
  • The average women representation in police forces across pan India is only 5.33 per cent i.e. 84,479 police women. The actual needed total strength is of 15.85 lakh women police force in the country.

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