1. SYRIAN JOURNALIST ZAINA ERHAIM WINS 2015 REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS PRIZE
i. Syrian woman journalist Zaina Erhaim has been honoured with ‘Reporters without Borders Prize’
ii. The award is announced for her determination and courage covering news in civil war and conflict ravaged Syria which is known as the most dangerous country in the world for journalists.
iii. She has trained about 100 citizen reporters, maximum from them are women of Syria.
iv. Reporters Without Borders Prize is given annually by Paris based NGO Reporters Without Borders .
v. It is given to those journalists who have contributed to the defence and promotion of press freedom.
2. UNION GOVERNMENT LAUNCHED THE TECHNOLOGY ACQUISITION AND DEVELOPMENT FUND
i. Union government has launched the Technology Acquisition and Development Fund under the National Manufacturing Policy.
ii. The Scheme facilitates acquisition of clean & green technologies by micro, small and medium units across the sectors.
iii. Under this scheme financial support will be provided in acquiring of technology or Patent from across the Globe based on applications received from MSMEs.
3. PRESIDENT TO INAUGURATE 1ST EVER WORLD INDOLOGY CONFERENCE
i. President Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate the 1st ever World Indology Conference at Rashtrapati Bhavan today.
ii. World Indology Conference is organised in collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.
iii. President Pranab mukherjee will present a Distinguished Indologist Award to Prof. Heinrich Freiherr Von Stietencron from Germany.
iv. The conference is a platform for bringing the best scholars from across the world, to discuss the present state of Indology, its relevance and also the challenges faced by them in India and abroad.
4. 23RD APEC ECONOMIC LEADERS SUMMIT HELD AT MANILA
i. 23rd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders Summit was held at Manila, Philippines.
ii. The summit was chaired by Philippines President Benignos. Aquino III.
iii. The theme of the Summit was’ Building Inclusive Economies, Building a Better World’
iv. Peru will host the next 24th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in 2016.
v. Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation is a forum for 21 countries to promote free trade throughout the Asia-Pacific region. It was established in 1989.
5. RBI APPROVAL MANDATORY FOR BUYING OVER 5% STAKE IN PRIVATE BANK
i. RBI has announced it is mandatory for individuals and companies to take prior approval before acquiring shares or voting rights in a private bank for increasing the holding to 5 percent or more than 5%.
ii. RBI has directed banks to report any suspects who may have used dubious methods to get over the ceiling of 5 percent with a view to acquire controlling interest in the bank.
iii. RBI has also stated that the provisions will apply to the existing and proposed major shareholders of the private sector banks and all private sector banks, including Local Area Banks.
6. UNIVERSITY OF EAST LONDON AWARDED HONORARY DOCTORATE TO ASHOK AMRITRAJ
i. Ashok Amritraj Tennis champion-turned Hollywood filmmaker, was awarded with an honorary doctorate of Arts by the University of East London.
ii. He was honoured with this award for promoting talented moviemakers from across the world, including India.
iii. The University of East London is a located in London, England.