24 March 2015 Current Affairs

India Railways Launched RuPay Pre-paid Debit Card Service

Indian Railways has launched RuPay pre-paid debit card service for the railway passengers. The card will enable passengers to book their Rail tickets and do shopping using RuPay pre-paid debit cards. Card can be availed from either the Union Bank or the IRCTC. The service was launched by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) in collaboration with the Union Bank of India (UBI) and the National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI).

Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries Announces Setting Up of 17 Mega Food Parks

Union Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on 24 March announced allocation of 17 mega food parks, entailing a total investment of Rs 2,100 crore, to various states and private ventures. The 17 MFPs will be spread across 11 States. While Kerala, Telangana, Haryana, Punjab, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu were sanctioned two MFPs each whereas Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar were sanctioned one MFP each. These parks are aimed at creating state-of-the-art infrastructure facilities to reduce food wastage and create value addition.

62nd National Film Awards 2014 

The 62nd National Film Awards 2014 were announced on 24 March by the Chairpersons of the three juries on Feature Films, Non Feature Films and Best Writing on Cinema. Kangana Ranaut won the best actress award for her powerful performance in “Queen” where Bollywood movies “Haider” and “Mary Kom” bagged key honours while Chaitanya Tamhane’s “Court” was named the best feature film.
Here’s the complete list of winners:-
* Best Feature Film – Court (Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati & English)
* Best Popular Film for Providing Wholesome Entertainment – Mary Kom
* Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director – Asha for Jaoar Majhe
* Special Jury Award – Khwada (Marathi)
* Best Direction – Srijit Mukherji for Chotushkone (Bengali)
* Best Actress – Kangana Ranaut for Queen
* Best Actor – Vijay for Nanu Avanalla Avalu (Kannada)
* Best Supporting Actor – Bobby Simhaa for Jigarthanda (Tamil)
* Best Supporting Actress – Baljinder Kaur for Pagdi The Honour (Haryanavi)
* Best Child Actor – Kaakkaa Muttai(Tamil)
* Best Female Playback Singer – Uttara Unnikrishanan for Azhagu, Saivam (Tamil)
* Best Costume Designer – Haider (Hindi) Dolly Ahluwalia
* Best Make-up Artist – Nangaraju & Raju for Nanu Avanalla Avalu (Kannada)
* Best Cinematography – Chotushkone (Bengali)
* Best Editing – Vivek Harshan for Jigarthanda (Tamil)
* Best Production Design – Aparna Raina for Nachom – IA Kumpasar (Konkani)
* Best Screenplay Writer (Original) – Srijit Mukherji for Chotushkone (Bengali)
* Best Screenplay Writer (Adapted) – Joshy Mangalath for Ottal (Malayalam)
* Best Dialogues – Vishal Bhardwaj for Haider
* Best Lyrics – NA. Muthukumar for Azhagu, Saivam (Tamil)
* Best Music Direction Songs – Haider
* Best Music Direction Background Score – Nineteen Eighty Three (Malayalam)
* Best Audiography – Location Sound Recordist – Mahaveer Sabbanwal for Khwada (Marathi)
* Best Audiography – Sound Designer – Anish John for Asha Jaoar Majhe (Bengali)
* Best Audiography – Re-recordist of the final mixed track – Anirban Sengupta & Dipankar Chaki for Nirbashito (Bengali)
* Best Choreography – Sudesh Bismil, Haider
* Best Assamese Film – Othello
* Best Bengali Film – Nirbashito
* Best Hindi Film -Queen
* Best Rabha Film – Orong
* Best Haryanvi Film – Pagdi The Honour
* Best Punjabi Film – Punjab 1984
* Best Tamil Film – Kuttram Kadithal
* Best Telugu Film – Chandamama Kathalu
* Best Malayalam Film – Ain
* Best Marathi Film – Killa
* Best Odiya Film – Aadim Vichar
* Best Kannada Film – Harivu
* Best Konkani Film – Nachom – IA Kumpasar
* Special Mention – Killa (Marathi), Bhootnath Returns (Hindi), Ain (Malayalam), Nachom – IA Kumpasar (Konkani)
* Best Film on Environment Consevation/Preservation – Ottaal (Malayalam)
* Best Educational Film – Komal & Behind the Glass Wall
* Best Exploration/ Adventure Film – Life Force – India’s Western Ghats
* Best Investigative Film – Phum Shang
* Best Animation Film – Sound of Joy
* Best Short Fiction Film – Mitraa
* Best Film on Social Issues – Chotoder Chobi
* Best Children’s Film – Kaakkaa Muttai (Tamil) & Elizabeth Ekadashi (Marathi)
* Best Film Critic – Tanul Thakur
* Best Book on Cinema – Silent Cinema: (1895-1930)

World Tuberculosis Day was Observed On 24 March

World Tuberculosis Day was observed across the world on 24 March 2015. The theme for the year 2015 is continuation of the 2014 theme Reach the 3 Million. The main sub-theme and message for the year 2015 is Reach, Treat, Cure Everyone. The World Tuberculosis Day is annually celebrated on 24 March to commemorate the day on which Dr. Robert Koch discovered the cause of tuberculosis, the TB bacillus in 1882. The day aims to build public awareness about the global epidemic of tuberculosis (TB) and efforts to eliminate the disease.

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