Daily GK Update 13 May 2017

National News

Rajnath Singh launches mobile app for paramilitary forces to lodge grievances
Union home minister Rajnath Singh launched a mobile phone app ‘MHA Mobile Application’to remain ‘just a click away’ from troopers of all central forces to address their grievances.
Rajnath Singh also launched a dedicated app for BSF personnel named ‘BSFMyApp‘. The app provides the mechanism to address issues related to pay, provident fund, leave or deputation of the personnel. The app will also help troopers with financial literacy

  • K K Sharma is the Director-General of Border Security Force

Election Commission of India Launches National Contact Centre
The Election Commission of India has added feather to its cap with the launch of National Contact Centre with a toll-free No. 1800111950.Now any citizen from any part of the country can call 24*7 on the toll-free
The National Contact Centre is operated on a National Grievance Redressal System Software

  • Dr. Nasim Zaidi is the 20th Chief Election Commissioner of India

Aadhaar not mandatory for PAN, ITR in J&K, Assam & Meghalaya: Govt
The government has exempted the residents of Jammu and Kashmir, Assam, Meghalaya and citizens above 80 years from mandatory quoting of Aadhaar to obtain PAN cards and file tax returns.
As per the official notification of the Finance Ministry, the exemption has been given to an individual who does not possess the Aadhaar number or the enrolment ID. The exemption will also apply on non-residents and non-citizens.

Telangana has introduced a logo for identifying vehicles
Telangana has introduced a logo for identifying vehicles driven by persons with hearing impairment and has become the first statein the country to do so.
ii. The state’s transport department has finalized the logo designed by Hyderabad-based graphic designer Manikanta Annapragada, who incidentally is the first person to obtain a driving license in the ‘hearing impaired’ category.

  • Aadhaar number is a 12-digit random number issued by the UIDAI to the residents of India
  • Shri J. Satyanarayana is part-time Chairman of the UIDAI.
  • The capital of Telangana is Hyderabad

Ahmedabad to host biggest ever International Yoga Day event on June 21
Ahmedabad in Gujarat will host biggest ever International Yoga Day event on the 21st of June announced by Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev.
Chief Minister of Gujarat Mr. Vijay Rupani

 International News

Forbes Middle East lists top 100 Indian business leaders
Retail Mogul Yusuff Ali and Pepsico executive Sanjeev Chadha are among the top 100 Indian business leaders in the Arab World 2017, according to a Forbes ranking for the Middle East.
ii. Ali, managing director of Lulu Group International topped the Indian business owners’ category and Chadha CEO of Asia, Middle East and Africa at PepsiCo International led the Indian executive’s category.

Appointments & Resigns

Vinay Mohan Kwatra named India’s new ambassador to France
Vinay Mohan Kwatra currently a joint secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office has been appointed as the next ambassador to France.

  • Emmanuel Macron has been recently elected as President of France

Amitabh Bachchan appointed WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Hepatitis
Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has been appointed by the World Health Organisationas its Goodwill Ambassador for Hepatitis in South-East Asia Region to spread awareness about the disease.  This is the first formal association between WHO and Amitabh Bachchan, who served as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Polio in India

  • Margaret Chan is the Director-General of WHO
  • WHO is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland


Light Combat aircraft Tejas successfully test-fires air-to-air missile
Light combat aircraf ‘Tejas’ has successfully demonstrated an Air-to-Air Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missile firing capability by releasing Derby Air-to-Air BVR missile in RADAR guided mode.
The objective of the test was to assess the Derby integration with aircraft systems on-board Tejas including the aircraft avionics, fire-control radar, launchers and Missile Weapon Delivery System and to verify its performance. The test was conducted on a Manoeuvrable Aerial Target at the Interim Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha.

India test-fires ‘Spyder’ surface-to-air missile from Odisha test range
India test fired a surface-to-air missile ‘Spyder’from a test range at Chandipur in Odisha as part of missile launch practice of a series of tests of the short-range quick reaction.
Spyder ( Surface-to-air PYthon and DERby) is an acquired missile system from Israel

  • Bipin Rawat is 27th chief of Army Staff.

Bahamas elects Hubert Minnis as new prime minister
The Bahamas has elected Free National Movement’s Hubert Minnis as its new Prime Minister, defeating incumbent Progressive Liberal Party’s leader Perry Christie in a 34-5 parliamentary split.


VVS Laxman awarded honorary life membership by MCC
VVS Laxman awarded with an honorary life membership by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).
The elegant Hyderabad batsman becomes the fifth Indian to receive the honour after fellow stalwarts, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and Zaheer Khan.

  • Marylebone Cricket Club is a cricket club of London and was founded in 1787.

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