Daily GK Update 8th May 2015 Current Affairs

1.  Lok Sabha passed Repealing and Amending Bill, 2015  
i) Lok Sabha on 7 May 2015 gave its nod for the Repealing and Amending Bill, 2015 which seeks to repeal 36 archaic laws either partially or entirely as they have ceased to be in force or have become obsolete.
ii) With this, the bill has been passed by both the houses of Parliament as Rajya Sabha passed the bill on 5 May 2015.
iii) Out of the 36 acts, four acts will be repealed entirely. These include The Indian Fisheries Act, 1897, The Foreign Jurisdiction Act, 1947 and The Sugar Undertakings (Taking over of Management) Act, 1978.
iv) The remaining 32 Acts that are being repealed are amendments to principal Acts. These include amendments to the Representation of the People Act, 1951, Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, Anand Marriage Act, 1909 the Indian Evidence Act, 1872 among others.

2. Nepal Rastra Bank to provide interest-free loans for rebuilding houses
i) Nepal’s Parliament on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution committing to work together in the reconstruction work in the aftermath of the earthquake that devastated central and eastern hilly parts of Nepal.
ii) Political parties that have hardly agreed on anything approved the motion introduced by the government.
iii) The earthquake on April 25 and another one the following day — of 7.9 and 6.7 magnitude — have claimed 7,765 lives and have left over 16,000 injured. The relief efforts of the government, supported by countries such as India, China, the United Kingdom and the United States, have attracted criticism for being “slow.” Local reports have come out with accounts of many affected villages yet to see any relief and rescue efforts.

3. Singapore PM Lee opened first museum Indian Heritage Centre in Little India
i) Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong officiated the launch of the much-anticipated Indian Heritage Centre (IHC), which opens to the public on May 8, on Thursday evening (May 7).
ii) The four-storey building is located in the heart of Little India on Campbell Lane, and blends traditional Indian and modern architectural elements.
iii) The opening ceremony saw the facade of the building hit up with a shimmering installation to create the impression of a glowing lantern at night and a shining jewel in the day.

4. Achal Kumar Jyoti appointed as Election Commissioner
i) Achal Kumar Jyoti, the former Chief Secretary of Gujarat, on 7 May 2015 was appointed as the Election Commissioner of India.
ii) Jyoti (62) will have tenure of nearly three-years, when he will turn 65, the age at which Election Commissioners demit office under the Constitution of India. His tenure will commence from the day he assumes the charge.
iii) the strength of three-member Election Commission of India has gone up to two. Till this appointment, two posts were vacant in the three-member election commission due to retirement of VS Sampath and HS Brahma.
iv) At present, Nasim Zaidi, the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), is the other member of election commission.

5. Union Government, ADB signed loan agreement worth 31 Million US dollars
i) The Union Government and Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a 31 million US dollars loan agreement to boost water availability in selected river basins in Karnataka and ensure improved water efficiency in irrigation.
ii) The agreement was signed by Raj Kumar, Joint Secretary (Multilateral Institutions), Department of Economic Affairs on behalf of the Union Government and M Teresa Kho, Country Director of ADB in India.
iii) ADB’s loan of 31 million US dollars will cover about 65 percent of the total project cost of 48 million US dollars with the state government of Karnataka providing the balance of 17 million US dollars.

6. Noted Assam historian Dr Amalendu Guha passes away
i) Noted historian, sociologist and scholar, Dr Amalendu Guha passed away at around 3.45 A.M. on Thursday at his residence here. He was 91.
ii) A large number of his followers and admirers rushed to his residence in the morning once the news of Dr Guha’s death spread. Noted litterateur ad intellectual Dr Hiren Gohain termed his death an irreparable loss to the nation.
iii) Governor, Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya, expressed his deep sense of grief at the demise of the renowned Dr Guha. He said at the death of Dr Guha the nation has lost a great soul, a patron of learning and knowledge and an extraordinary philanthropist.

7. Sharapova loses to Kuznetsova in Madrid Open semis
i) Defending champion Maria Sharapova lost in the Madrid Open semifinals on Friday, falling to Svetlana Kuznetsova 6—2, 6—4.
ii) Kuznetsova beat Sharapova for the first time in seven years, breaking her opponent’s serve three times and saving the one break point she faced.
iii) Kuznetsova, who will be playing in her first final in nine months, will meet either Serena Williams or Petra Kvitova for the title.


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