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DAILY G.K. DOSE - 24-25 February, 2017

1. INDIA BAGS SILVER MEDAL AT THE ASIAN WOMEN’S RUGBY SEVENS TROPHY
  • India won the silver medal at the Women’s Asian Rugby Sevens Trophy held at Vientiane, Laos.
  • South Korea won gold medal by beating India 29-0 in the finals.
  • Total 7 countries from across Asia including South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Laos participated in the Asian Rugby Sevens Trophy.
 
2. ORIENTAL BANK OF COMMERCE LAUNCHES MOBILE WALLET ‘BATUAA’
  • The Oriental Bank of Commerce launched a series of digital offerings for its customers which also marks the 75th Foundation Day of the bank.
  • The OBC bank introduced a new version of mobile banking in the form of mobile app ‘Oriental Batuaa’ to provide banking services through app.
  • OBC also launched 2 new RuPay cards, Oriental Premium card and Oriental Prepaid Card. Oriental Premium card is a RuPay based Platinum international debit card with airport lounge access.
 
3. INDIA TO HOST NEXT DAVIS CUP TIE IN BANGALORE IN APRIL
  • Bangalore will host the next Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Zone group-1 tie against Uzbekistan.
  • As per the All India Tennis Association the tie clash will be held on the hard courts of Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association in Bangalore.
  • The winner of the tie will make way to the World Group Play-offs to be held in September, 2017.
     
4. SBI REBRANDS CORPORATE WEBSITE AS BANK.SBI
  • The country’s largest lender State Bank of India rebranded its corporate website as “bank.sbi” from the earlier “sbi.co.in”.
  • Now bank.sbi is the highest domain protocol commonly known as generic top level domain.
  • With this, SBI has become the 1st banking organization in India to adopt gTLD for its internet presence. The adoption of gTLD will enable SBI to use its corporate name .sbi as their website’s top-level identifier instead of using “.com” or “.co.in” as domains.
 
5. HEMA MALINI: BEYOND THE DREAM GIRL PENNED BY RAM KAMAL MUKHERJEEs
  • Hema Malini’s journey from an actor and filmmaker to a politician penned by Ram Kamal Mukherjee is being chronicled as an authorised biography titled ‘Hema Malini: Beyond the Dream Girl‘.
  • The biography is written by author-columnist Ram Kamal Mukherjee.
  • The book will be published on her birthday by the publisher HarperCollins India.
 
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DAILY G.K. DOSE - 23 February, 2017

1). SOUTH ASIAN SPEAKERS’ SUMMIT BEGINS IN INDORE
  • Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan inaugrated 2-day South Asian Speakers’ Summit in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
  • Speakers of 6 countries include Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Nepal attended the meeting to deliberate on ways to achieve sustainable development goals.
  • The summit will have a session on ‘Identifying Resources for SDGs Implementation in South Asia: Opportunities for Parliamentary Cooperation’
 
2). RBI PERMITS MULTILATERAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TO INVEST IN MASALA  BONDS
  • The Reserve Bank of India has permitted Multilateral Financial Institutions to invest in rupee denominated bonds commonly known as ‘Masala Bonds’ issued by Indian entities.
  • As per the RBI notification the move will enable the Indian entities issuing rupee denominated bonds abroad to have wider choice of investors.
  • The Multilateral and Regional Financial Institutions where India is a member country can only invest in the rupee denominated bonds for example BRICS led New Development Bank, Asian Development Bank etc.
 
3). LATA MANGESHKAR HONORED WITH 2017 LEGENDARY AWARD BY BRAND LAUREATE
  • Melody Queen and Nightingale of India Lata Mangeshkar has been conferred with the 2017 Legendary Award by the Brand Laureate for giving a unlimited memorable hits and soulful melodies in Hindi film music.
  • Some other prominent receivers of the award include Indian businessman Ratan Tata, former South African president Nelson Mandela, late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, Nobel Laureate Mohammad Yunus, F1 ace Michael Schumacher and Facebook CEO Marck Zuckerburg.
 
4). VETERAN HINDI SCHOLAR AND NOVELIST SURENDRA VERMA SELECTED FOR 2016 VYAS SAMMAN
  • Renowned Hindi literature and playwright Surendra Verma has been selected for 2016 Vyas Samman for his novel “Kaatna Shami Ka Vriksha Padma Pankhuri Ki Dhar Se”.
  • Surendra Verma will be the 26th recipient of the honor and would be presented a cash prize of Rs. 3.50 lakh a citation and a logo for the prestigious award instituted by K K Birla Foundation.
     
5). FAST PATROL VESSEL OF INDIAN COAST GUARD SHIP ICGS AYUSH COMMISSIONED AT KOCHI
  • Fast Patrol Vessel ICGS AYUSH built by Cochin Shipyard Limited was commissioned at the Naval Base in Kochi by the AVSM Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Southern Naval Command, Vice-Admiral A R Karve.
  • The ICGS AYUSH is intended to help in anti-smuggling and search and rescue operations to secure the Indian waters by patrolling within the Exclusive Economic Zone and also help in fisheries protection.
  • ICGS AYUSH is the 20th and the last in the series of the Fast Patrol Vessel.
 
6). ISRO SUCCESSFULLY TESTS C25 ENGINE FOR GSLV MARK III ROCKET
  • ISRO successfully conducted the final ground testing of its indigenously developed Cryogenic Upper Stage engine for GSLV Mark III rocket at ISRO’s Liquid Propulsion Complex at Mahendragiri in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu.
  • The ISRO Chairman AS Kiran Kumar informed that the test was last in the series before going for an actual rocket launch.
  • The C25 stage is the most powerful upper stage developed by ISRO and uses Liquid Hydrogen and Liquid Oxygen propellant combination.
  • It will better serve the next generation GSLV rocket to launch 4-tonne class satellite in the Geostationary Transfer Orbit.
  • The completed rocket will take on board the GSAT-19 satellite, which is an experimental communication satellite.
 
7). TWO DAY ‘MOMENTUM JHARKHAND’ GLOBAL INVESTOR SUMMIT 2017 CONCLUDED IN RANCHI
  • The 2 day Global Investors’ Summit 2017 was held at Khelgaon in Ranchi, Jharkhand from Feb 16-17, 2017 with the brand name ‘Momentum Jharkhand’.
  • Its main aim is to promote industrial activity in Jharkhand and establish the state as one of the prime investment destination of Eastern India.
  • Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley inaugurated the Summit while PM Narendra Modi addressed the summit through video-conferencing.
  • A Flying Red Elephant was the mascot for the Jharkhand’s Global Investors Summit 2017.
  • On the concluding day of the 2017 Global Investors Summit 209 MoUs were signed between nine departments of the Jharkhand government worth Rs 3,03,987 cr with different companies.
 
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DAILY G.K. DOSE - 22 February, 2017

1)  India and Rwanda signed aviation agreement:
  • A bilateral air services agreement has signed between India and Rwanda which enables the direct flight between two countries.
  • Rwandan Airways will begin direct flight between Kigali and Mumbai
About Rwanda:
  • Rwanda is an African country.
  • Capital: Kigali.
  • Prime Minister: Anastase Murekezi.
 
2) Jammu and Kashmir CM declared this year as ‘Year of Apple’:
  • J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti has declared 2017 as ‘Year of Apple’ to promote Kashmiri apples.
  • She launched High Density Apple Plantation Scheme in Srinagar.
  • Under this scheme the J&K government will provide high density apple plants to the farmers which will yield apples 5 times the normal plantation.
  • J&K produces 71% of Indian apples (largest apple producing state).
  • J&K has its own state constitution under Article 370
 
3) State Bank of India rebranded its domain name:
  • SBI has changed its domain name from sbi.co.in to bank.sbi
  • This highest domain protocol is known as ‘generic top level domain’(gTLD).
  • This gTLD will provide exclusive experience of security and assurance to its clients bringing in enhanced security against phishing and lookalike websites.
  • SBI becomes the first banking organisation of India to use gTLD.
 
4) Strategic cloud partnership announced between Flipkart and Microsoft Corp:
  • Now Flipkart will adopt Microsoft Azure as its exclusive public cloud computing platform.
  • Microsoft Azure will add a layer of advanced cloud technologies and analytics to Flipkart’s existing data centres.
  • It will allow Flipkart to leverage artificial intelligence, machine learning and analytics capabilities such as the Cortana Intelligence Suite and Power BI to optimize its data for innovative merchandising, advertising, marketing and customer service.
  • Microsoft Azure is the second largest cloud computing company after Amazon.
  • Earlier Microsoft Azure was known as Windows Azure.
  • Microsoft Azure works on both Linux and Microsoft Windows.
 
5) Virat Kohli becomes the first Indian sportsperson to sign 100 crore deal with a single brand:
  • A 110 crore deal has been signed between Virat Kohli and Puma brand.
  • This makes him the first Indian sportsperson to sign such an amount with a single brand leaving behind former Indian Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Bharat Ratna award winner Sachin Tendulkar.
  • Now Virat Kohli joins Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell and Thierry Henry among others.
 
 
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DAILY G.K. DOSE - 21 February, 2017

1). New Chief Minister appointed in Nagaland:
  • Shurhozelie Liezeitsu sworn in as new CM of Nagaland
  • He belongs to Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) – a ruling coalition in the state.
  • All the 60 MLAs belong to DAN alliance.
  • Yesterday the former C.M. T.R. Zeliang stepped down due to violent protests broke out against him when his government wanted to hold 33% of women reservations in the upcoming Urban Local Body elections.
  • Article 243 (T) of the Constitution guarantees the provisions of Nagaland Municipal Act.
 
2). Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) appointed new CEO and CFO:
  • New CEO and MD: Rajesh Gopinathan.
  • New CFO: V. Ramakrishnan.
  • TCS Board also announced share buy-back of Rs. 16k crore, which is the biggest in the Indian capital market.
  • Share buy-back means when the company purchases its outstanding shares from the open market. This reduces the supply of shares in the market and thus increases the value of share. It is also known as ‘Repurchase’.

     
 
3). Tata Sons appointed new Chairman:
  • N. Chandrasekaran appointed as new Chairman of Tata Sons.
  • He will be the first non-Parsi Chairman of the Tata group since its beginning.
  • Tata sons was started in 1868 by its founder Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata.
  • Earlier, Cyrus Mistry was ousted from its position as Chairman of Tata Sons.
 
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DAILY G.K. DOSE - 19-20 February, 2017

1). Nagaland CM resigned due to state wide protest against him:
  • Mr. T.R. Zeliang resigned from his C.M. position.
  • The protests emerged in the state after he reserved 33% seats to women in the urban local bodies election.
  • He belongs to the party named ‘Naga People’s front’.
  • Governor of Nagaland Mr. P.B. Acharya accepted his resignation.
  • Total Rajya Sabha Seats in Nagaland is 1.
  • Total Lok Sabha seats in Nagaland is also 1.
  • Total assembly seats are 60.
2). Foreign funds for the registered NGOs increased from the last two years:
  • NGOs which are registered under FCRA Act have seen a surge in foreign donations in the last two years.
  • The government made new rules under FCRA Act in 2015 which describes the funding norms required to be maintained by NGOs.
  • Recently GOI put an NGO named ‘Compassion International’ under ‘watch-list’ as it failed to comply under new rules. Compassion International is a Christian NGO which provides food to children. It is US based NGO
  • The registration of another NGO named Greenpeace International was also cancelled on the basis of economic security. Greenpeace International is an environmental NGO based on Netherlands.
  • Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) is a not-for-profit organisation which is independent of the government organisations. Each NGO has its own specific objective e.g. it may be environmental, charitable, religious etc.
  • In India, NGOs need to be registered under FCRA Act and need to follow the rules accordingly.
  • Ministry of Home Affairs is responsible to Foreign Contribution Regulation (FCRA) Act, 2010.
3). 31st Statehood Day of Arunachal Pradesh:
  • Today on 20-02-17 is celebrated as the 31st statehood day of Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Arunachal Pradesh attained statehood on 20-02-1987 to become 24th state of India.
  • Before Independence, Arunachal Pradesh was known as North East Frontier Tract (NEFT).
  • After Independence in 1954, it was renamed as North East Frontier Agency (NEFA).
  • In 1971,  NEFA renamed as Arunachal Pradesh an in 1972, becomes Union Territory of India.
  • Current CM : Prema Khandu.
 
4). Yuki Bhambhri won ITF men’s Futures Tennis tournament:
  • Yuki Bhambhri – an Indian tennis player won ITF men;’s Futures Tennis Tournament beating Sriram Balaji. The tournament was held in Chandigarh.
  • Yuki won his 12th Futures singles title.
 
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