Daily Current Affairs – 15th July, 2016, Friday

1) Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi appointed as Chairman of CBSE

a) Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi, a 1987- batch IAS officer, has been appointed as the Chairman of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for a five-year term.b) Chaturvedi’s name was announced on a day when 19 Additional Secretary-level appointments and 29 Joint Secretary-level appointments were announced.

c) Other appointments are as follows: IAS officer Vandita Sharma as member (Finance) in the Atomic Energy Commission; Guruprasad Mohapatra as Chairman, Airports Authority of India; BB Mallick as Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs; and SP Singh Parihar as chairman, Central Pollution Control Board.

2) K V R Murthy appointed as CMD of Jute Corp of India

a) K V R Murthy has taken over as chairman-cum-managing director of the Jute Corporation of India Limited . His appointment is effective from July 2 to a term of five years or his date of superannuation, whichever is earlier .

b) Previously, Murthy was earlier associated with Eastern Railways in the capacity of Chief Commercial Manager.

3) India’s Olympic Silver Medalist Joe Antic passed away

a) The former Indian hockey player Joe Antic, passed away at the age of 90 in Mumbai following brief illness.

b) Antic represented the country in the Rome Games where Pakistan ended India’s glorious 32-year golden run by winning the final between the arch-foes 1-0.

4) India-born Kinshuk appointed as Dean of University of North Texas College of Information

a) An Indian-American professor Dr Kinshuk has been appointed as the Dean of University of North Texas College of Information in the United States. His appointment will be effective from 15 August 2016.

b) Prior to this, he served as director in the School of Computing and Information Systems. Kinshuk also served as Industrial Research Chair in Adaptivity and Personalisation in Informatics for the National Science and Engineering Council of Canada.

5) Arvind Subramanian panel constituted to tackle pulses shortage

a) Centre has constituted a high level committee to review the minimum support price (MSP) and bonus for pulses.

b) The committee will be headed by Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian and is expected to submit its report within two weeks.

c) It will suggest an appropriate policy to promote cultivation of lentils in India and find the measure to contain the rising prices of pulses in the country.

6) Peru declares Zika emergency in 11 states

a) Peru’s government has declared a health emergency in 11 states of the country due to an expanding outbreak of the Zika virus. Peru has 102 confirmed cases of Zika in the country, 34 of which are pregnant women. At least 63 of the infections are located in the Jaen province of Cajamarca, near Peru’s border with Ecuador.

b) The states under emergency include Amazonas, Cajamarca, Huanuco, La Libertad, Lambayeque, Loreto, Piura, San Martin, Tumbes, Ucayali and metropolitan Lima.

c) The Zika virus is carried by the same mosquito species which spreads dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever. More than 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have registered cases of native Zika since 2014.

7) Supreme Court ordered restoration of Nabam Tuki government in Arunachal Pradesh

a) The five-judge Constitutional bench of Supreme Court has unanimously restored the Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh led by Nabam Tuki.

b) The constitutional bench headed by Justice JS Khehar termed removal of former chief minister Nabam Tuki as unconstitutional. Other members of the bench were Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Madan B. Lokur, Justice P.C. Ghose and Justice N.V. Ramana.

8) Historian William H McNeill passed away

a) William H. McNeill, the prize winning scholar who wove the stories of civilizations worldwide into the landmark “The Rise of the West” and described the power of disease to forge history in “Plagues and People,” passed away at the age of 98.

b) His most popular work is The Rise of the West: A History of the Human Community. The book explored world history in terms of the effect of different old world civilizations on one another. The book won the 1964 U.S. National Book Award in History and Biography.