Daily GK Update 10th October 2015 Important Current Affairs

Shekhar Basu appointed as Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission
i. Renowned scientist Shekhar Basu has been appointed as the Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and Secretary of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).
ii. He will replace R K Sinha who superannuates on 23 October 2015. He will have tenure till September 19, 2016 i.e. till he attains the age of 64 years. Prior to this appointment Mr. 
iii. Basu was Director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and Chief executive of the Nuclear Recycle Board (NRB). 
iv. Achievements of Shekhar Basu Instrumental in setting up waste management and reprocessing facilities at Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) in Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu. Credited for commissioning land-based Nuclear Submarine Propulsion Plant (NSPP) at Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu. One of the architects of India’s 80 megawatt (MW) compact pressurised water reactor (PWR), which will power country’s nuclear-powered submarine Arihant. I
v. nstrumental in setting up India Neutrino Observatory (INO) and Power Reactor Fuel Reprocessing Plant at Tarapur. 

Awards: Padma Shri.

Union Government launches app to book unreserved rail tickets
i. Indian Railways has launched mobile application to book unreserved rail tickets for the convenience of passengers. 
ii. The launched IT enabled passenger services app was launched by Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu in New Delhi. 
iii. These services include: Ticketing paperless unreserved tickets through mobile phones on suburban stations of Central railway. Paperless platform tickets at selected stations of Western, Northern and Central Railways. 
iv. Passengers can download the mobile app from Google Play Store or Windows Store. Under these service passengers can book single journey ticket and the payment has to be made using R Wallet. They also can book platform ticket also by choosing appropriate option in the app.

Veteran Music Director Ravindra Jain passes away
i. Veteran music director and lyricist Ravindra Jain passed away in Mumbai, Maharashtra. He was 71.
ii. He was a soulful musician and an accomplished lyricist and renowned vocalist and never had let his visual disability hinder his talent.
iii.  About Ravindra Jain He was born in the family of a Sanskrit scholar on 28th February 1944 in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh. He had started his singing career very tender age by reciting bhajans and poetry at temples. He began his musical journey in Bollywood in the 1970s.
iv. Since then he has composed music for almost 150 movies apart from working with Sagar Films for their television series. 
v. His famous songs are ‘Geet Gaata Chal’, ‘Chor Machaye Shor’, ‘Chitchor’, ‘Nadiya ke Paar’, ‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili’, ‘Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se’, ‘Do Jasoos’ and ‘Henna’. Awards: Filmfare Award for Best Music for ‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili’ (1985), Lata Mangeshkar Lifetime Achievement Award of Maharashtra Government and Padmashri (2015).

India’s first Dolphin Community Reserve to come up in West Bengal
i. India’s first Dolphin Community Reserve will be established in West Bengal to protect the endangered mammal, Gangetic river dolphins.
ii.  Decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of the State Wildlife Board chaired by state Chief Wildlife Warden Azam Zaidi. 
iii. The reserve would be set up in the Hooghly River between Malda and Sundarbans as per provisions of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. State Forest department also has announced that it would also conduct a census to estimate the population of dolphins.

Future Group partners Patanjali Ayurveda
i. Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved announced a tie-up with the Future Group on Friday under which its products will be available at the Big Bazaar, KB’s and EasyDay outlets.
ii. The inspiration to go in for the partnership with the swadeshi firm to offer its wide-range of products, said Future Group CEO Kishore Biyani at the launch, came from the tie-up between the U.S. retail giant Walmart and FMCG firm P&G. Within the next 20 months, we expect to jointly do business worth Rs.1,000 crore, Mr. Biyani announced.
iii. A recent report by the global brokerage house, CLSA, put Patanjali ahead of major Indian FMCG companies, Emami and Jyothy Labs. Patanjali, the report said, is perhaps the fastest growing fast moving consumer company in India with revenues in excess of Rs.2,500 crore for 2014-15.

iv. The pipeline of new launches includes Patanjali Noodles to take advantage of the market opened up following the forced withdrawal of Nestle’s Maggi. Also on the cards are pasta, oats, juices, powdered hair dye and muesli.


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