Current Affairs Update – 25th April, 2015

Hello and welcome to ExamPundit. Here are the Important Current Affairs of 25th April, 2015.

World
Earthquake of
magnitude 7.9 on the Richter scale struck Nepal

  • A high-intensity earthquake of magnitude 7.9 on the Richter
    scale struck Nepal on 25 April 2015. The epicenter of the quake was 80km east
    of Pokhra near Kathmandu, Nepal at a shallow depth of 11 kilometers (7 miles).
  • The powerful quake that rocked Nepal killed at least 449
    people and several were injured. It also led to collapse of houses and
    centuries-old temples.
  • The quake also led to avalanche on Mount Everest.
  • The tremors of the quake, which is the worst in the
    Himalayan nation in over 80 years, were felt in northern India, Pakistan and
    Bangladesh. In India, the tremors were felt in Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh,
    Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Haryana, Assam, and Punjab.
  • Nepal suffered its worst earthquake of magnitude 8.0 in
    1934. The quake destroyed the cities of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan.
  • We are not sharing Disaster Images.

UNESCO World Heritage
Site Dharahara Tower Collapses in Kathmandu After 7.9 Earthquake

  • A historic tower built in the 19th century collapsed in the
    Nepali capital Kathmandu when an earthquake struck shortly before noon local
    time. A policeman said that up to 200 people had been trapped there.
  • The Dharahara Tower, built in 1832, was a landmark that had
    been open to visitors for the last 10 years and had a viewing balcony.
  • A stump just 10 metres (33 feet) high was all that was left
    of the 14-storey structure. Several bodies were brought away from the ruins.
  • At the main hospital in Kathmandu, people with broken limbs
    and arms were being rushed in for treatment. Crowds and volunteers formed human
    chains to clear the way for ambulances to bring in the injured.

Banking
Reserve Bank of India
asks banks to add ‘third gender’ column in all forms

  • In a move aimed at helping transgender persons open bank
    accounts and avail related services, the Reserve Bank today directed banks to
    include a separate column ‘third gender’ in all their forms and applications.
  • It has been brought to our notice that transgender persons
    face difficulties in opening accounts as there is no provision for them in the
    account opening and other forms, the RBI said.
  • As per a judgment on April 14, 2014, the Supreme Court had
    upheld transgender persons’ right to decide their self- identified gender and
    directed the centre and state governments to grant legal recognition of their
    gender identity such as male, female or as third gender.

Awards
& Honors –
Anil Kapoor Receives
Deenanath Mangeshkar Award

  • Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor has been felicitated with the
    prestigious Deenanath Mangeshkar Award.
  • The 58-year-old actor also met Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra
    Fadnavis at the event.
  • This was the 73rd edition of the awards. Besides Anil,
    Marathi actor Dilip Prabhalkar was also conferred with the honour.
  • Deenanath Mangeshkar was a well-known Marathi theatre actor,
    a renowned Natya Sangeet musician and a Hindustani classical vocalist.
  • He is also the father of well-known singers Lata Mangeshkar,
    Asha Bhosle, and Usha Mangeshkar as well as composers Hridayanath Mangeshkar
    and Meena Khadikar.
  • The prestigious Deenanath Mangeshkar Award is given to
    various eminent personalities for their outstanding contribution in the field
    of cinema, music, theatre, literature and social work.
  • The Deenanath Mangeshkar Award, carries a memento, citation
    and cash prize of Rs 1 Lac each.

               
Indian-Origin
Diplomat Gopinath Pillai Awarded For His Services in Singapore
  • Indian-origin diplomat Gopinath Pillai has been bestowed
    with ‘Outstanding Service Award’ for his services to the city-state by the
    National University of Singapore (NUS) here.
  • 78-year-old Gopinath Pillai, who is currently the
    Ambassador-at-Large of Singapore and special envoy to Andhra Pradesh recieved
    the award yesterday.
  • He recalled his earlier days and the challenges that he had
    to face of shaping Singapore when the island state was still in the last stage
    of shedding colonial rule.
  • A former journalist, he has worked in a number of fields
    including banking and now is chairman of Information Technology company Savant
    Infocomm and a director of Gateway Distriparks Ltd in India.
  • Pillai has contributed significantly to Singapore through
    his distinguished service as a diplomat for more than 25 years. Additionally,
    his past and current involvement in a number of agencies, ranging from NTUC
    FairPrice Co-operative Limited and Ang Mo Kio-Thye Hua Kwan Hospital to Hindu
    Advisory Board, has had substantial impact on the social fabric of Singapore.

Days
World Malaria Day
observed with theme Invest in the Future. Defeat Malaria
  • World Malaria Day (WMD) was observed on 25 April 2015. The
    theme for the 2013-2015 campaign is Invest in the Future. Defeat Malaria.
  • The day is observed to recognise the global efforts to
    control malaria. It is an occasion to highlight the need for continued
    investment and sustained political commitment for malaria control and
    elimination
  • World Malaria Day was instituted by World Health
    Organization (WHO) Member States during the 2007 World Health Assembly.
  • On the occasion of the 2015 World Malaria Day (WMD), WHO
    called on the global health community to urgently address significant gaps in
    the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of malaria.

Sports
Japan to host FIFA
Club World Cup in 2015 and 2016

  • Preparations for the upcoming edition of the annual FIFA
    Club World Cup are underway as the prestigious competition gets set to return
    to Japan.
  • After last staging the event in 2012, Japan will play host
    again in 2015 and 2016, with this year’s FIFA Club World Cup confirmed for
    10-20 December.
  • FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke says the experience of
    the Japan Football Association (JFA) in organising a number of major football
    tournaments will go a long way to ensuring further success for the event.

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