Latest Current Affairs Today – 15th February 2016


Read about Ashok Chawla taking over as TERI, MP’s 1st mega food park, India’s 1st LCD panel plant and more..

  • Ashok Chawla takes over as the new chairman of The Energy and Research Institute.15071437984444teri1
    Details: On the lines of the suspension of RK Pachauri, Indicted in a Sexual harassment case, the TERI governing council released a statement detailing the appointment of Ashok Chawla as the new chairman.
    Additional info: Mr. Pachauri, who had been at the Head of the Institute since 1982 will be on leave from TERI, TERI Governing Council, and TERI University, till the Governing Council reviews his appointment, given the sub-judice nature of the sexual harassment case.


  • Madhya Pradesh gets its first Mega Food ParkDetails: In order to boost the food Processing sector in Madhya PradeshMega-Food-Parks, the first Mega Food Park in the state promoted by M/s Indus mega Food Part Pvt. Ltd was inaugurated today by Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Minister of Food Processing Industries at Village Panwa, Tehsil Kasarwad, District Khargone.Additional info: The Mega Food Park has been set up
    with the project cost of Rs.127.70 crore in an area of 53.78 acres. The park will have facilities of 3000 MT Cold Storage, 9000 MT Dry Warehouse, Instant Quick Freeze (IQF) 5 MT per hour, modern Quality Control lab and other processing facilities for fruits and vegetables.


  • Anil agarwal to set up India’s 1st LCD panel plant

Details: Vedanta Group’s owner Anil Agarwal is setting up the country’s first LCD panel manufacturing plant in Maharashtra with an investment of $10 billion (Rs 68,000 crore).

Additional Info: The plant will be set up in Pune or Nagpur. Although Twinstar Display is an independent company, it is being monitored by Vedanta’s technology arm, Sterlite Technologies, till the time a full-fledged team takes over in the new company. The final structure of the company will be decided at a later date.


  • National Framework for Malaria elimination 2016-2030 released.
    Details: Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare Released the 15-year plan to eradicate Malaria. The objectives of the NFMEare to: 1) eliminate malaria from all low (Category 1) and moderate (Category 2) endemic states/UTs (26) by 2022; 2) reduce incidence of malaria to less than 1 case per 1000 population in all States/UTs and the districts and malaria elimination in 31 states/UTs by 2024; 3) interrupt indigenous transmission of malaria in all States/ UTs (Category 3) by 2027; 4) prevent re-establishment of local transmission of malaria in areas where it has been eliminated and to maintain malaria-free status of the country by 2030.Additional Info: The milestones and targets are set for 2016, 2020, 2022, 2024, 2027 and 2030 by when the entire country has sustained zero indigenous cases and deaths due to malaria for 3 years and initiated the processes for certification of malaria elimination status to the country.

5) Union Home Minister chairs High Level Committee meeting for Central assistance to states affected by drought:drought-crackedmud_LGh21_65

The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh chaired a meeting of the High Level Committee (HLC) here today for Central Assistance to States affected by drought.

Additional Info: The Committee examined the proposals based on the report of the Central Team, which visited the affected states by severe drought. The HLC approved the assistance from the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF) in respect of Andhra Pradesh to the tune of Rs 280.19 crore, Rs 332.57 crore for Assam, Rs.170.19 crore for Himachal Pradesh and Rs 16.02 crore for Nagaland. The HLC also approved an amount of Rs. 336.94 crore for Jharkhand, Rs. 1177.59 crore for Rajasthan and Rs.1773.78 crore for Tamil Nadu.

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