Daily GK Potion – 29th, 30th and 31st March 2015

  1. Rajasthan enacts law to ban camel slaughter
    • The Rajasthan Assembly has passed a law that bans the slaughter, trading and unauthorised transportation of camels.
    • Camel had been declared as the State animal last year though there was some opposition from the communities whose livelihoods depend on camel.
    • The Rajasthan Camel (Prohibition of Slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Bill, 2015 also makes causing injury to camel punishable. Camel slaughter is punishable for up to five years and monetary fine.
  2. Australia win by 7 wickets, bag 5th World Cup title
    • Electing to bat first, New Zealand were dismissed for 183 in 45 overs against Australia in the ICC Cricket World Cup finals at MCG on Sunday.
    • Australia overwhelmed New Zealand to win the World Cup for a fifth time at an ecstatic Melbourne Cricket Ground.
    • Clarke, in his final one-day international, was given a standing ovation by the record 93,000 crowd.
    • Previously, Australia had won the Cricket World Cup in 1987, 1999, 2003 and 2007.
  3. Earth Hour 2015 observed globally
    • Earth Hour 2015 was observed globally on 28 March 2015 from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm local time.
    • The tagline for the global campaign was Change Climate Change.
    • This was the ninth edition of the Earth Hour that started in 2007.
    • Earth Hour is a global campaign with a simple message to switch off non-essential lights for one hour.
    • Earth Hour is organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) since 2007 when it was first observed in Sydney, Australia.
  4. Balbir Singh Senior Conferred Lifetime Achievement Award by Hockey India
    • The legendary Balbir Singh Senior, member of three Olympic gold medal winning teams, was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural Hockey India Awards.
    • The 90-year-old receiving the trophy for Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award along with a cheque of Rs 30 lakh.
    • Recipient of other top awards were Birendra Lakra and Vandana Kataria, who were named Player of the Year in their respective categories. Their efforts fetched them Rs 25 lakh each.
  5. Saina Nehwal Wins Women’s Singles Title At The India Open Superseries
    • Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal won her maiden $275,000 India Open Superseries crown.
    • Playing at the Siri Fort Sports Complex, the No.1 seed came out on top to win 21-16, 21-14 in 49 minutes to take a 6-3 lead in career meetings over the third seeded Thai, who won here in 2013.
  6. Adoor Gopalakrishnan honoured with Bhupen Hazarika award
    • Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan has been presented with the Bishwaratna Dr Bhupen Hazarika International Solidarity Award by Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.
    • Gopalakrishnan became the second recipient of this biennial award, the first one being Lubna Marium of Bangladesh in 2013.
    • The award carries a citation, a shawl, a memento and Rs 5 lakh.
  7. Aditi Arya Wins Miss India 2015
    • Delhi girl Aditi Arya was crowned fbb Femina Miss India World 2015 at a glittering ceremony at the Yashraj Studios in Mumbai.
    • Afreen Racheal Vaz was adjudged first runner-up while Vartika Singh second at the grand finale of 52nd fbb Femina Miss India, which took place on March 28.
  8. Bharat Ratna conferred on Madan Mohan Malaviya
    • President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday conferred the country’s highest civilian award posthumously to freedom fighter and BHU founder Madan Mohan Malaviya.
    • The President also bestowed the Padma Vibhusan on BJP stalwart L K Advani, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Sanskrit grammar expert, Jagadguru Swami Rambhadracharya.

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