Current Affairs & News Update 21st September 2015
Current Affairs & News Update 21st September 2015
1. Ajay Jayaram wins silver medal in 2015 Korea Open Badminton tournament
India’s Ajay Jayaram has won silver medal in 2015 Korea Open Badminton tournament in the Men’s singles category. In the final match played at Seoul, he lost to World no. one Cheng Long of China by 14-21, 12-21 score settling to silver medal. With this Ajay Jayaram became first Indian badminton player to win a medal in Korea Open Badminton tournament. It was Cheng Long’s sixth trophy of the season and second Korea Open Badminton tournament after he had won in 2014. Ajay Jayaram is currently ranked 32nd in the world. Earlier in the Korea Open tournament, he had defeated Viktor Axelsen of Denmark and Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei on his way to the Final. Read More
2. Sebastian Vettel wins 2015 Singapore Grand Prix of Formula One
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel from Germany has won 2015 Singapore Grand Prix of Formula One. The race was held on the Marina Bay Street Circuit, which is the first street circuit in Asia. It was overall fourth victory for Vettel in Singapore Grand Prix as he had earlier won in 2011, 2012 and 2013. This was his third victory of the season 2015. Earlier he had won Malaysian Grand Prix and Hungarian Grand Prix.
Rankings after 2015 Singapore Grand Prix
1st position: Sebastian Vettel (Germany) of Ferrari.
2nd position: Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) of Red Bull
3rd position: Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) of Ferrari.
4th position: Nico Rosberg (Germany) of Mercedes.
5th position: Valtteri Bottas (Finland) of Williams. Read More
3. BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya passes away
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Jagmohan Dalmiya passed away in in Kolkata, West Bengal. He was 75. As a cricket administrator, he is hailed as the architect for the rise of Cricket in India and its financial superpower. About Jagmohan Dalmiya Dalmiya was involved with the BCCI for more than three decades and had started his journey as its treasurer in 1983 before becoming its secretary. For the first time, he became BCCI president in 2001 and continued till 2004. For second time, he became President of BCCI in March 2015. Dalmiya also had served as President of the International Cricket Council (ICC) from 1997 to 2000. He was first Indian and first Asian to head the ICC. He was also instrumental in organising cricket World Cups to the Indian sub-continent in 1987 and 1996. Read More
4. Celebration of weeklong Ladakh Festival begins at Leh
Celebration of the week long annual Ladakh Festival has begun at Leh town in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. The festival has been organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism department in collaboration with the concerned stakeholders. The festival is celebrated to extend the short tourism season of Ladakh. During the festival traditional, ethnic, religious, cultural life of the people in Ladakh region is presented before the visiting tourists. Apart from it photo exhibition, handicraft exhibition, polo match and traditional archery match and music concert are organized. The Ladakh festival was started in 1980’s in order to promote tourism in Ladakh region and make it one of the tourist destination of the country. Read More
5. Novelist Jackie Collins passes away
British-American romance novelist Jackie Collins passed away on 19 September 2015 in California, United States. She was 77 and died due to stage 4 breast cancer.
About Jackie Collins
Jacqueline Jill “Jackie” Collins was born on October 4, 1937 in London, England. She was the younger sister of actress Joan Collins.
In her four decades of writing career, she had written more than 32 novels, all of them had appeared on The New York Times bestsellers list.
Her books have sold over 500 million copies in 40 countries and have been translated into 40 languages.
Her debut novel, The World Is Full of Married Men was published in 1968. Eight of her novels were adapted for the screen, either as television mini-series or films. Read More
6. Marine population declined since 1970: Study
As per recently released study, populations of marine mammals, fish, birds and reptiles have declined by 49% since 1970. The study report was prepared by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). In this study more than 1,200 species of marine creatures were analysed in the past 45 years.
Biggest drivers of these declining trends are various human activities such as overfishing, marine habitat destruction and climate change.
The impact of climate change has mainly attributed to excess absorption of carbon dioxide into the oceans which is making them more acidic and damaging a number of species.
There is steep decline marine habitat in the form of mangroves, coral reefs and seagrasses which support marine food webs and provide valuable services to people. Read More
7. Japan’s Parliament passes 2 Security laws to amend its pacifist constitution
Japan’s parliament has passed two security laws to amend its pacifist constitution framed after WWII to allow its troops to fight abroad. The bills already have been approved by Parliament’s lower house and it was voted into law by the Upper Chamber on 19 September 2015.
These laws are considered as major defence policy shift of Japan that could let troops fight overseas for the first time since 1945.
They also in turn loosen the limits of the pacifist constitution on the military and allow Japan to get involved in collective self-defence.
The major defence policy shift of Japan comes in the light of China’s increasing military strength and assertiveness in the Asia-Pacific region. Read More
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