Current Affairs on 15-16th March 2015

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India win’s Women’s FIH Hockey World League Round Two
1. India on 15 March 2015 has won FIH Women’s Hockey World League Round Two competition title.
2. In the final match played at Major Dhyan Chan stadium in New Delhi, Indian women team defeated Poland team by score of 3-1 goals.
3. In this match, from Indian side Vandana Kataria (15th minute), Ritu Rani scored two goals (44th and 59th minute) which led to victory. Polish team’s Oriana Walasek scored goal for her team at 17th minute.
4. It should be noted that Women’s Hockey World League Round Two, Indian team was victorious with clean sweep i.e. winning all the six matches played over in this tournament.
Rankings of teams
India - 1st.
Poland - 2nd.
Malaysia - 3rd.
Thailand - 4th.
Russia - 5th.

Wipro appoints Ali Neemuchwala as the Group President & COO

1. Wipro, India’s third-largest software services firm has appointed Abid Ali Neemuchwala as the Group President and Chief Operating Officer (COO). 
2. This appointment will be effective from 1 April 2015.
3. Neemuchwala in his new role will head Wipro’s service lines of global infrastructure services, business application services, business process services and advanced technology solutions.
4. He will also head company’s advisor relationships, strategic engagements as well as the marketing function and business operations in various geographies including continental Europe, Latin America and Africa.
5. Prior to this appointment, Ali Neemuchwala was heading BPO arm of India’s largest software services firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).

Services clinched 69th Santosh Trophy football title 2015
1. Services on 15 March 2015 have won 69th Santosh Trophy football title 2014-15. 
2. In the final match Services defeated host Punjab by score of 5-4 at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana, Punjab.
3. With this win services have won this title for fourth time besides finishing runners up on five occasions. Previously services had won the Santosh Trophy in year 1961, 2012, 2013.
About Santosh Trophy
1. Founded in 1941.
2. It is an annual Indian football tournament.
3. Trophy is named after the late Maharaja Sir Manmatha Nath Roy Chowdhary of Santosh (that is now in Bangladesh).

Noted Gandhian Narayan Desai passes away
1. Noted Gandhian Narayan Desai on 15 March 2015 passed away in Surat, Gujarat. 
2. He was 90.
3. He is son of Mahatma Gandhi’s personal secretary and biographer Mahadev Desai.
About Narayan Desai
1. He was born on 24 December 1924 at Valsad in Gujarat and was brought up at Gandhiji’s Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad.
2. Desai was also associated with Vinoba Bhave’s Bhoodan (or land gift) Movement and Jayprakash Narayan’s Total revolution or JP’s Movement.
3. He was famous for reciting Gandhi-Katha i.e. narratives on Mahatma Gandhi’s life across the world which was started by him in 2004.
4. Desai was Chancellor of Gujarat Vidyapith from 2007 to 2014.
5. Narayan Desai was awarded with Sahitya Akademi Award (1993) for his book on biography of his father Mahadev Desai in Gujarati.
6. He was also awarded with these following :-
a) UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize (1998).
b) Jamnalal Bajaj Award (1999).
c) Ranjitram Suwarna Chandrak (2001), highest award for Gujarati literature.
d) Moortidevi Award (2004).

Government has merged Green India Mission merged with MGNREGA to reclaim forest cover
1. Union Government has merged Green India Mission (GIM) with the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) Scheme.
2. By merging GIM with MGNREGA Scheme government seeks to increase 10 million hectares of forest cover.
Key facts
1. National Mission for a Green India aims for afforestation at 10 million hectares of land over the next decade in order to increase and improve the country’s forest cover. 
2. It also aims at improving ecosystems services, forest based livelihood income of about three million households and to enhance annual CO2 sequestration.
3.At present under MGNREGA Scheme green works such as water harvesting, afforestation and farm forestry are undertaken which are implemented by Union Ministry of Rural Development.
4. Government will also use modern technology like remote sensing to monitor the progress of this initiative regularly.
5. Union Government also has set out convergence guidelines in this regard after consulting both Ministry of Environment & Forest (MoEF) and Rural Development Ministries.
Convergence guidelines includes
1. All lands including community lands, village common lands, revenue wastelands, wetlands, shifting cultivation areas, and private agricultural lands will be eligible for afforestation.
2. Under MGNREGA for afforestation, forest works such as pre-plantation,  planting, watering and pit digging will be undertaken. Fencing, plant support and protection activities, mulching, weeding and manuring the plants will be also undertaken.
3. Technical advice related to the plant species suitable for area and to raise nurseries will be provided by State Forest Development Agencies (SFDA).
4. SFDA will also deliver information related to plant material to each gram panchayat before July each year meeting the cost from MGNREGA funds.
 

Historic statue of Mahatma Gandhi unveiled at Parliament Square in London
1. A historic bronze statue of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi was unveiled at the Parliament Square in London. 
2. It was unveiled jointly by British Prime Minister David Cameron and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
3. M K Gandhi is the first Indian and the only person who had never held a public office to be honoured with a statue at the Parliament Square.
4. The statue is placed adjacent to the statues of iconic leaders like Britain’s former Prime Minister Winston Churchill and anti-apartheid icon and former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela.
Why it is so important ?
1. It is 9 foot long statue made up of bronze.
2. Crafted by British sculptor Philip Jackson.
3. It is based on a number of photographs of Mahatma Gandhi and particularly on photograph of him standing outside the London offices of the British prime minister in 1931.

Kidambi Srikanth wins Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold 2015
1. India’s ace shuttler Kidambi Srikanth on 15 March 2015 won badminton’s prestigious $120,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold title in Men’s singles category.
2. In the final match he defeated Denmark’s defending champion Viktor Axelsen by score of 21-15, 12-21 and 21-14. 
3. With this victory, Kidambi Srikanth became first Indian to win this prestigious title in Men’s singles category.
Other winners in Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold 2015
1. Women’s singles title- China’s Sun Yu defeated Thailand’s Busanan Ongbumrungpan by score of 21–16, 21–12.
2. Men’s doubles title- China’s Cai Yun and Lu Kai pair defeated Malaysia’s Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong pair by score of 21–19, 14–21 and 21–17.
3. Women’s doubles title- China’s Bao Yixin and Tang Yuanting pair defeated Japan’s Ayane Kurihara and Naru Shinoya by score of 21–6, 17–21, 21–17.
4. Mixed doubles title- China’s Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong pair defeated China’s Liu Cheng and Bao Yixin pair by score of 17–21, 22–20, 21–13.