Daily GK Update 17 May 2017

National News

IIEST creates India’s first smart grid project
IIEST has successfully created the country’s first smart grid project, which will generate power from renewable sources of energy.  The project will be inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee

  • Dr. Kopillil Radhakrishnan is the Chairman of IIEST.
  • IIEST full form is The Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology

India ranked second in renewable energy attractiveness index 
India has moved up to the second spot from third position in this year’s (2017) ‘Renewable energy country attractiveness index’ released by EY (Earnest and Young). China, which has been ranked first in the index and India have surpassed the US, which fell for the first time since 2015 to third place in the ranking of top 40 countries.

International News

Ovais Sarmad Appointed Deputy Executive Secretary in UNFCCC
Ovais Sarmad, an Indian has been appointed by the U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to the post of Deputy Executive Secretary, which is a key post in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

India’s ‘Ujala’ to light up homes in the United Kingdom
 has taken a new initiative to supply cheap LED bulbs for the citizens of London in the United Kingdom. Taking this process to the final stages India will launch ‘UJALA’ scheme in the United Kingdom

Admiral Sunil Lanba attends international maritime review in Singapore 
Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba attended Singapore’s first International Maritime Review (IMR) held at the country’s prime Changi Naval Base. Mr. Lanba attended the review along with navy  ships INS Sahyadri and INS Kamorta.The INS Sahyadri was part of the land review INS Kamorta was part of the sea review.

  • General Bipin Rawat is the current and 27th Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army

Science & Technology

Indian Navy signs MoU with Space Application Centre
The Indian Navy and Ahmedabad- based Space Application Centre (SAC)  inked a pact on data sharing and scientific cooperation in the field of meteorology and oceanology.

  • Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa is the current and 25th Chief of the Indian Air Staff.

ISRO, NASA to jointly inspect ‘oldest civilization’ site in Haryana
Teams of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the United States and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) would inspect the excavation being carried out at an archaeological site in Haryana’s Fatehabad district to verify claims of it being the oldest civilization in the world.


  • NASA headquarter is in Washington. D.C. USA
  • ISRO Chairman is Alur Seelin Kiran Kumar and its headquarter is in Bengaluru


SpaceX launches Inmarsat communications satellite
The USA based SpaceX has launched a communications satellite for Inmarsat, marking its first launch for the London-based mobile broadband company.  ii. The Inmarsat-5 F4 satellite, built by Boeing, blasted off atop Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Sports News

Deepti Sharma, Poonam Raut create cricket history with record 320-run stand
. India women’s cricket team openers Deepti Sharma and Poonam Raut became the first-ever pair to share a 300-run stand in a One-Day International.  ii. This feat was accomplished in a match against Ireland at Potchefstroom during the quadrangular series in South Africa.

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