Daily GK Update 3rd - 4th January 2016 Important Current Affairs

1. NABARD inks MoU with NRSC for monitoring Watershed Projects
i. National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hyderabad-based National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) for web-based monitoring of watershed projects.
ii. Under this MoU Web-based monitoring will be undertaken for India-German Watershed Development (IGWDP) projects in three states viz. Rajasthan, Gujarat and Telangana. NRSC will create a separate page for NABARD on Bhuvan web-portal and also develop customised software tool and mobile application for real time monitoring projects.
iii. It will also seek to add feature in this page for online comparison and visualisation with respect to activities implemented in the projects sanctioned by NABARD. NABARD will use this web-based monitoring technology to address problems of monitoring watershed projects in remote areas, apart from digitisation of the impact of watershed interventions for long term usage.
iv.  It should be noted that NABARD only assists the watershed projects of Union Ministry of Rural Development by providing funds under Watershed Development Fund (WDF).

2. Amputee mountaineer Arunima Sinha scales Mount Aconcagua in Argentina
 i. India’s star amputee mountaineer Arunima Sinha has successfully scaled Mount Aconcagua in Argentina as part of her Mission 7 Summits. It was her 5th successful summit of the Mission 7 Summits that she had climbed on December 25, 2016 after starting on December 12, 2015. 
 ii. With this, she created World record by becoming First Female amputee to climb 5 Mountains of the World. Mt. Aconcagua (6,960.8 metres) is the highest mountain outside Asia and is also known as second Everest. By extension it is the highest point in both Western Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere.

3. India won 2015 SAFF football championships 
i. India has won the 2015 South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) championship for record seventh time. In the final match played at Thiruvanantapuram (Kerala), India defeated defending champion Afghanistan by 2-1 goal score.
ii.  Jeje Lalpekhlua (72nd minute) and Sunil Chhetri (101th) had scored goals for India. For Afghanistan single goal was scored by Zubayr Amiri at 70th minute.

4. Atul Sobti took charge as CMD of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited 
i. Atul Sobti took charge as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of state-owned power equipment maker Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) for a period of five years.
ii. His appointment as CMD of BHEL was approved by the Union Government in September 2015.

5. Veteran CPI leader AB Bardhan passed away
i. Veteran Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Ardhendu Bhushan Bardhan passed away on 2 January 2016 after a long illness. He was 92.
ii. He was the former general secretary of the CPI, which is one of the oldest political parties in India.

6. Oscar-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond died 
i. Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, winner of an Oscar for Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, passed away on 1 January 2016 in California, United States. He was 85.
ii. Zsigmond was also Oscar nominated for Michael Cimino’sThe Deer Hunter, Mark Rydell’sThe River and Brian De Palma’s The Black Dahlia.

7. English cricketer Matthew Hobden passed away
i. Sussex fast bowler Matthew Hobden, regarded as one of the most talented up-and-coming players in the country, died on 3 January 2016. He was 22.

 ii. Hobden’s death was announced by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). However, it did not announce the cause of death.

8. World Braille Day observed on 4 January
i. World Braille Day was observed across the world on 4 January 2016 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Louis Braille.
ii. To mark this occasion, NGOs, as well as other organizations came together to raise awareness about the apathy towards visually impaired people and to help them be equal with the rest of the people.
iii. The day also helps people to feel the importance to produce works in the Braille language to allow blinds to read the works.


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