Daily GK Update 25 March 2015 Current Affairs

1) US agreed to keep 9800 troops in Afghanistan through the end of 2015
i) The United States (US) President Barack Obama on 24 March 2015 agreed to slow the US military pullout from the war-torn Afghanistan through the end of year 2015.
ii) As per the agreement reached between Barack Obama and Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani in Washington.
Important Points
• The US will maintain 9800 troops in Afghanistan through the end of the year 2015.
• Obama also promised to end America's longest war by the end of his term. That is, the US will not depart from its current plan of closing its bases in Afghanistan and consolidate the remaining US forces in Kabul by the end of 2016.

2) M.P. Governor’s son, accused in Vyapam scam, found dead
i) Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav’s son Shailesh, who was named as an accused in the multi-crore Vyapam scam, was found dead under mysterious circumstances at his father’s official residence.
ii) Police said the exact cause of his death could not be ascertained immediately.

3) World Cup: Formidable India to face mighty Australia in semis
i) In top form after blowing away rival teams one after another, India will face their toughest test when the defending champions take on a formidable Australia in what promises to be an explosive semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup here tomorrow.

ii) One of international cricket’s fiercest rivalries will resume after six weeks when Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men will get down to business against Michael Clarke’s team which will be supremely competitive with some high-quality performers in their ranks.

4) Germanwings Crash in French Alps Kills 150; Cockpit Voice Recorder Is Found
i)  German jetliner en route from Barcelona, Spain, to Düsseldorf, Germany, plunged from the sky on Tuesday and slammed into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board.
ii) Helicopters and rescue personnel swarmed into the remote, rugged area in southeastern France after the crash but found no signs of life.
iii) Prime Minister Manuel Valls said none of the 144 passengers and six crew members survived.

5) Manmohan moves Supreme Court against coal scam case summon
i) Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court against the order of a trial court that summoned him as an accused in a coal scam case.
ii) On March 12, 2015 a special CBI court had summoned Dr. Singh, along with five others including industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla and the former coal secretary P.C. Parakh in a case involving the allocation of Odisha's Talabira coal blocks in 2005 to Hindalco, a Birla group company.
iii) A special CBI Judge summoned the six accused on April 8, 2015 for alleged offences punishable under Sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant, or by banker, merchant or agent) of the IPC and under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA).


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