Current Affairs – March, 2015

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Nobel laureate Sir Venkatraman Ramakrishnan to head Royal Society

Nobel Laureate Sir Venkatraman Ramakrishnan has been confirmed as President Elect of the Royal Society.

His appointment was confirmed by the society’s council met on 19 March 2015 and will assume the charge on 1 December 2015.

He will succeed eminent geneticist Sir Paul Nurse who had taken on the role in 2010 and will step down after the customary 5-year term.

About Sir Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

  • Famously known as Venki. He was born in Chidambaram in Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu.
  • He holds B.Sc. degree in physics from Baroda University and Ph.D. from Ohio University, United States.
  • In 2003, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.
  • Ramakrishnan was knighted for services to Molecular Biology in 2012.
  • Awards- In 2009, Ramakrishnan was awarded Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering the precise structure of ribosomes i.e. the molecular machines that manufacture proteins inside all living cells. He shared this Prize with Tom Steitz and Ada Yonath.
  • Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine (2007) and Padma Vibhushan (2010).

About Royal Society

  • It is a self-governing fellowship society of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, medicine and engineering.
  • Established: 1660.
  • Purpose: To support excellence in science, and to encourage its use for the benefit of humanity.

The position President of the Royal Society is most important in British science and existed since 1660. The President of society is a key advocate for science in the UK and the world.

Month:  Categories: Persons in News


Union Ministry of Railways constitutes Kaya Kulp council

Union Ministry of Railways has constituted ‘Kaya kulp’ Council, an innovation council for Indian Railways. The council was constituted by Union Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu in order to fulfill the promise made in the Railway Budget Speech.

The council also seeks to re-engineer business and introduce a spirit of innovation in Indian Railways

Eminent industrialist and former chairman of Tata Sons, Ratan Tata will head the KayaKalp council.

Key facts

  • Purpose of the Council- To recommend innovative methods and processes for the improvement, betterment and transformation of the Indian Railways.
  • The council will act as a standing body and will interact with all stakeholders and other interested parties.
  • Members- The Council initially will have following members
  • Shiv Gopal Mishra, General Secretary of All Indian Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF).
  • M. Raghavaiah, General Secretary of  National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR).
  • While the other members of the Council will be announced in due course.

Month:  Categories: Government Schemes & Projects


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