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Current Affairs for 25 January 2016
January 25, 2016
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PV SINDHU WINS MALAYSIA MASTERS GRAND PRIX TITLE WITH CRUSHING WIN OVER KRISTY GILMOUR

1.Two-time World Championship bronze-medallist, India’s P V Sindhu made a rousing start to the new season as she clinched the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold title after defeating Scotland’s Kristy Gilmour in straight games in the final here today.

2.The Third seeded Indian had lost to Gilmour in 2013 French Open in their only meeting but today she showed why she is considered to be one of India’s most revered women’s singles shuttler as she avenged her loss with a dominating 21-15 21-9 win in a 32-minute clash to clinch her fifth Grand Prix Gold title.

3.This is her second Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold title, having won it in 2013 as well. She also completed a hat-trick at the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold in November last year.


CABINET CLEARS CENTRAL RULE IN ARUNACHAL

1.The Union Cabinet on Sunday recommended imposition of President’s rule on the Congress-ruled Arunachal Pradesh after it felt the State was heading for a “constitutional breakdown.” The Congress said it would challenge the decision in court if it got the President’s assent.

2.An emergency meeting of the Cabinet was convened here in the morning to discuss the situation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in the chair.

3.It was decided to recommend to the President to issue a proclamation under Article 356(1) of the Constitution.

4.President’s rule will be imposed and the Assembly kept in suspended animation.

5.The Centre based its decision on Article 174 of the Constitution, according to which six months shall not intervene between the last sitting of the Assembly in one session and the date appointed for its first sitting in the next session. According to one interpretation, the next session should therefore have taken place at the latest by January 21, 2016.


MODI, HOLLANDE SET THE STAGE FOR COUNTER-TERROR COOPERATION

1.India and France are set for a new partnership in counter-terror cooperation, the visiting French President, Francois Hollande, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi indicated on Sunday. In separate speeches at the CEO forum in Chandigarh, they underscored the need for

2.The two countries to work together on fighting terror and enhancing their strategic partnership.’

Modi-Hollande billateral talks: Key issues

-Upgrade of strategic partnership established in 1998

-Talks on counter-terror cooperation and Homeland security dialogue.

-Completion of Inter Governmental Agreement for purchase of 36 Rafale aircrafts.

-Nuclear issues over current Jaitapur plant, discussions on more nuclear plants.

-Space cooperation, including launch of satellite for climate change research. -Renewable energy MoU and global solar alliance.


INDO-GERMAN TEAM FINDS DINOSAUR BONES IN KUTCH

1.A team of Indo-German geologists and palaeontologists may have found fossils of a 135-million-year old herbivorous dinosaur in Kutch, Gujarat, possibly the oldest such fossil found this century.

2.The pieces of bone — possibly from the limb or hip and about two feet long —suggests that it may have been a 10-15 metre-long animal and, were the researchers’ claims to hold up, only among a handful of Jurassic-era dinosaur fossils from India. That was the time when India and Madagascar were one landmass and the Himalayas yet to form.

3.The so-called Jurassic era spanned 250-145 million years during which herbivorous dinosaurs flourished and laid the ground for beasts, such as the Tyrannosaurus Rex. These flourished during the Cretaceous period —145 to 65 million years ago — after which the double blows of a meteor strike and overflowing volcanoes are said to have destroyed these animals.


AMIT SHAH WILL LEAD BJP TO NEWER HEIGHTS: PM NARENDRA MODI

1.Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated Amit Shah on being re-elected as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president and said that his grassroot-level work and rich organisational experience will benefit the party immensely.

2.52-year-old Shah was on Sunday formally declared as the BJP president for the second consecutive term. The decision in this regard was announced at the party headquarters here.

3.Shah’s current tenure ended on Saturday and the new term would be his first full-term lasting three years. At present, he was completing the remaining tenure of former party president Rajnath Singh, who had demitted the post after joining the Union Cabinet as Home Minister in May 2014.


KERALA TOURISM WINS BEST PAVILION AWARD IN MADRID

1.Kerala Tourism has emerged as one among the four winners in the destination category at the 36th edition of FITUR – the second largest travel and tourism fair in Spain.

2.The eye-catching pavilion, themed on Kerala’s fabled snake-boat race, has fetched the State the award along with Mexico, Japan, and Nepal.

3.A large number of visitors flocked to the Kerala pavilion, adorned by two replicas of snake-boats, making it one of the most-photographed pavilions at FITUR.

4.The pavilion, created with stunning images of boat races, won the Best Stand award for design, communication, and professionalism.


INDIA BEAT PAKISTAN BY 44 RUNS TO LIFT BLIND T20 ASIA CUP TITLE

1.India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan by 44 runs in the final to lift the first Blind T20 Asia Cup title at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Sunday.

2.Batting first, India put 208 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in their quota of 20 overs.

3.In reply, the Indian bowlers skittled Pakistan for 164 runs.

4.India became first champion of blind T20 Asia Cup.

5.Earlier, Pakistan beat India in the group stage match by 19 runs. In that match, Pakistan players had come in wearing black armbands to show support with the victims of Bacha Khan University (Charsadda) victims.


GREEK ISLANDERS TO BE NOMINATED FOR NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

1.Greek islanders who have been on the frontline of the refugee crisis are to be nominated for the Nobel peace prize with the support of their national government.

2.Of the 900,000 refugees who entered Europe last year most were received –scared, soaked and travelling in rickety boats – by those who live on the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea.

3.The islanders, including fishermen who gave up their work to rescue people from the sea, are in line to be honoured with one of the world’s most esteemed awards. Eminent academics from the universities of Oxford, Princeton, Harvard, Cornell and Copenhagen are drafting a submission in favour of awarding the prize to the people of Lesbos, Kos, Chíos, Samos, Rhodes and Leros.