29 July 2015 Current Affairs

International Tiger Day 2015 Observed Across The World

The World on 29 July 2015 observed the International Tiger Day. The day is celebrated as an awareness day. The goal of the Tiger Day is to promote protection and expansion of the wild tiger habitats and also to gain support awareness for tiger conservation. In last 100 years, world has lost 97 percent of all wild tigers. The tiger count has fallen from 100000 in 1913 to 3274 in 2013 to 3200 in 2014. Tigers lost 93% of their natural habitat due to the expansion of cities and agriculture by humans. Besides, human-wildlife conflict and climate change also has been responsible for decline in tiger population and loss of habitat. Among the 13 tiger-range countries, India with 2226 has the highest number of tiger population. India is followed by Malaysia with 500 tigers. Bangladesh, which was at third with 440 tigers in 2004, saw the tiger population decline to 106 in Tiger Census 2015. The day was founded at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit in 2010 in Russia so as to protect the tiger from becoming extinct. The summit also declared to double global tiger population by 2022.

Sanjiv Chaturvedi, Anshu Gupta Won Ramon Magsaysay Award 2015

Sanjeev Chaturvedi and Anshu Gupta from India were among the 5 winners of the Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2015 as announced by the Board of Trustees of the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation (RMAF) on 29 July. Chaturvedi is a whistleblower bureaucrat who is currently embattled in a protracted battle with the Centre over alleged harassment for his tough stance on graft. He is a 2002-batch Indian Forest Service officer and is posted at the AIIMS in New Delhi as its Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO). Anshu Gupta is the founder of NGO named “Goonj”, and has shown his creative vision in transforming the culture of giving in India. The other awardees are Kommaly Chanthavong (Laos), Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa (the Philippines) and Kyaw Thu (Myanmar). This year’s Magsaysay Award winners will each receive a certificate, a medallion bearing the likeness of the late President, and a cash prize to be conferred upon them during a formal Presentation Ceremony to be held on 31 August 2015. The Award established in 1957 is Asia’s highest honour and is widely regarded as the region’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize. The Award honours those individuals whose lives are characterized by selfless service which impacts the lives of the greater many – the same ideals and achievement for which the Philippines third President Ramon Magsaysay is remembered.Till date 307 persons have received the award which was first given in 1958.

Microsoft Launched Windows 10

US Software giant Microsoft has launched globally its first new operating system in almost three years which is designed to work across laptops, desktop and smartphones. Windows 10 is basically a amalgamation of the goodness of Windows 7 and Windows 8 because it retains the desktop of Windows 7 and fuses the live tiles of Windows 10 onto the Start Screen.


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