Current Affairs Update 30 June 2015

Veselin Topalov won Norway Chess Tournament 2015 1 Veselin Topalov won Norway Chess Tournament 2015 

Veselin Topalov managed to steer his final round game against Viswanathan Anand into a quick draw which gave him clear first place in the Norway Chess tournament 2015.



Gutta-Ponappa won women's doubles of Canada Open Badminton Tournament 2015 Gutta-Ponappa won women’s doubles of Canada Open Badminton Tournament 2015 

Indian shuttlers Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa won the Canada Open women’s doubles title after upstaging the top-seeded Dutch pair of Eefje Muskens and Selena Piek in a clash at Calgary in Canada.

This was Jwala and Ashwini’s first title since their reunion after the 2012 London Olympics.


Satnam Singh Bhamara became first Indian basketball player to join NBA Satnam Singh Bhamara became first Indian basketball player to join NBA 

Satnam Singh Bhamara, a 19-year-old from the small village of Punjab, became the first Indian-born player ever selected in the NBA Draft.

National coach S. Baskar said Bhamara’s selection could be a game-changer for basketball in India.


 Hindi author Vishwanath Tripathi chosen for Moortidevi Award for 2014 

imagesThe 28th Moortidevi Award for 2014 has been given to noted Hindi writer Vishwanath Tripathi for his work ‘Vyomkesh Darvesh’.

His other works include “Lokwadi Tulsidas”, “Meera Ka Kavya”, “Desh ke is Daur Main”, “Kuch Kahaniyan Kuch Vichar”, “Ped Ka Hath”, “Jaisa Kaha Saka” and “Nagatlai Ka Gaon.”

The Moortidevi Award constituted by the Bhartiya Jnanpith is presented annually for a “contemplative and perceptive work which expresses, underlines and illumines human values rooted in the broad vision of Indian philosophy and cultural heritage.”

The award comprises a cash award of Rs four lakhs, a statue and a citation plaque. Books written in English and all Indian languages are considered for the award.

 30 June 2015 to be longer by 1 Leap second 

gty_clock_midnight_seconds_rf_jc_150519_16x9_992At 23:59:60 UTC on June 30, 2015, a Leap Second will be added, making this day last for 86401 seconds instead of the usual 86400. This practice started in 1972 and since then a total of 25 leap seconds were added to the UTC time, last one in 2012. Correction of each UTC leap second is usually decided about six months in advance by the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service (IERS).

UTC, or Coordinated Universal Time is a compromise between Greenwich Mean Time, GMT based on the Earth’s rotation and atomic clock time. In order for the time kept by atomic clocks to keep in step with GMT within 0.9 seconds, leap seconds are added or subtracted from UTC.

In contrast, speed of the Earth’s rotation differs from day to day and from year to year, so leap seconds are added (UTC) to make sure this discrepancy does not get too large over time and to synchronize the time we use as much as possible with the Earth’s rotation.

In 2012 when the previous adjustment took place Mozilla, Reddit, Foursquare, Yelp, LinkedIn, and StumbleUpon all reported crashes and there were problems with the Linux operating system and programs written in Java, while Google developed its own unique system of adding leap seconds.

Losing leap seconds would mean losing the link between the Sun and time, astronomers and earth scientists making measurements based on the Earth’s rotation would have to compensate for the loss of leap seconds in their systems, which would also be a manual and difficult process.