Current Affairs 9 August 2015

 A tribute to missile man by renaming Global satellite as ‘UN Kalam GlobalSat’: 

A tribute to missile man by renaming Global satelliteA global satellite named GlobalSat for DRR is proposed to be dedicated to A.P.J. Abdul Kalam as a tribute to the vision of the celebrated rocket scientist who died July 27 2015. The satellite for earth observation and disaster risk reduction will now be known as ‘UN Kalam GlobalSat’.

This proposal was given by Milind Pimprikar, Chairman of CANEUS (CANada-Europe-US-ASia) headquartered in Montreal, Canada.

This is tribute to his vision ‘World Space Vision 2050’, Mr. Kalam had envisaged space faring nations joining hands to find solutions to mankind’s major problems such as natural disasters, energy and water scarcity, health-care education issues and weather prediction.

About GlobalSat for DRR:

  • The ‘GlobalSat for DRR’ is a UN-driven global initiative on sharing space technology for disaster risk reduction.
  • The proposal for GlobalSat was mooted by CANEUS in cooperation with UN agencies.
  • Launch of this satellite was mooted at the third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held at Sendai in Japan this March.
  • The GlobalSat was proposed in response to the need for a globally interconnected disaster and environmental management system since no single country can afford to develop a complete set of sensors and satellite systems needed for forecasting, monitoring and mitigating disasters such as earthquakes, windstorms, floods, drought, typhoons, wild fires, or tidal events.
  • In 1999, CANEUS was founded to develop a common platform for space technology solutions for natural and man-made disaster management.

 August Edition of FIFA rankings: Argentina maintains No.1 position: 

August Edition of FIFA World Rankings releasedArgentina remained at No.1 position in the FIFA world rankings released on 6 August 2015 at Zurich, Belgium at No 2 followed by Germany, the world cup winner, at No 3 position. Indian football team retained its 156th position in FIFA World rankings. India share the position with another Asian nation Kyrgyzstan.

Chile for the first time entered top ten (ranked 10th) in FIFA world rankings whereas the Netherlands moved out of top ten (ranked 12th, down 7).

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 3 September 2015

 Colonel Harwant Singh (Retd), World War-II hero passes away: 

Colonel Harwant Singh (Retd), World War-II hero passes awayRetired Colonel Harwant Singh, a World War-II veteran and hero died on 4 August 2015 at the age of 95. He was officer in charge of the flag-hoisting ceremony on the first Independence Day in 1947.

During the World War-II he had served in Palestine, North Africa, Iraq, Cyprus and Italy for the British Army. He was awarded with the Military Cross in 1944 for gallantry during an offensive against the German forces on the Gothic Line in Italy.

Later he took over command of 4 Sikh in the Kashmir valley. He was transferred to the Rajputana Rifles in December 1951. He had commanded 6 Rajputana Rifles, 18 Rajputana Rifles and the Rajputana Regimental Centre.

He leaves behind a son and two daughters. His grandson is a fourth-generation army officer.