Daily GK Update 19, 20 February 2017
Srinagar Airport bags Its First Foreign Airline Service
AirAsia became the first foreign airline to begin its operations from Srinagar international airport in Jammu and Kashmir. Srinagar has The Sheikh-ul-Alam International Airport since last five years, but no Air Asiaforeign airlines had yet operated services from there.
Indian Navy inducts first all-women global circumnavigation vessel ‘Tarini’
The Indian Navy’s second sailboat ‘Tarini’ was inducted into service at a ceremony in Goa. The Indian Navy is operating four sailing vessels capable of open ocean deployments – Tarangini, Sudarshini, Mhadei and Tarini, all four of which have been built in shipyards at Goa.
India sanctions soft loan USD 340 million to Nepal
India has sanctioned a soft loan of 340 million US dollar to Nepal for various infrastructuredevelopment programmes. Indian Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae handed over the approval papers to Physical Infrastructure and Transport Minister of Nepal Ramesh Lekhak in the presence of Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu.Under this programme Mahalaki bridge and 15 roads will be constructed in various parts of Nepal.
Jharkhand signs MoU with Microsoft in ‘Momentum Jharkhand’
Jharkhand government and Microsoft India has inked an MoU for the state government to explore cloud, machine learning and mobile based solutions to improve citizen services and provide better facilities in the fields of education and agriculture. The MoU was signed at the ‘Momentum Jharkhand: Global Investors’ Summit & Trade Exhibition’.
31st state hood day of Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram : 20 February
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted people of Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram on their 31st statehood day (20 February 2017) Conveying his best wishes to people of Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh.
T.R. Zeliang steps down as Nagaland chief minister
Ending more than two weeks of standoff with Nagaland Tribes Action Committee (NTAC), Nagaland chief minister TR Zeliang resigned from his post. T. R. Zeliang is an Indian politician who has been Chief Minister of Nagaland, a state in northeast India, since 2014.
BANKS IN NEWS
Oriental Bank launches mobile wallet ‘Batuaa’
On the occasion of the 75th Foundation Day, Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) has come up with several digital offerings including launch of mobile wallet ‘Oriental Batuaa’. Besides it has also launched two MSME schemes The two MSME schemes that have been launched are ‘Oriental Sanjeevani’ and ‘Oriental Budget Hotels and Restaurants’.
Karnataka Bank inks pact with Daimler India
Karnataka Bank Ltd has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Daimler India Commercial Vehicles Pvt Ltd (DICV) for extending finance to customers for the purchase of commercial vehicles manufactured by the company.
Microsoft, Flipkart announce strategic cloud partnership
Information technology giant Microsoft announced a strategic partnership with Flipkart, wherein as a first step, the online retailer will adopt Microsoft Azure as its exclusive public cloud platform. Microsoft chief executive officer (CEO) Satya Nadella and Flipkart Group CEO Binny Bansal announced the partnership at an event in Bengaluru.
Apple acquires Israeli start-up RealFace
In a bid to boost its prospects in the world of artificial intelligence (AI), Apple has acquired Israel-based start-up RealFace that develops deep learning-based face authentication technology.
Ranganathan, Mehta appointed Non-Official Director in IOB, PNB
T C A Ranganathan and Sunil Mehta were appointed as Non-Official Directors in Indian Overseas Bank and Punjab National Bank by the Appointments Committee of Cabinet. Both appointed for a period of three years.
AWARDS/ BOOKS/ OBITUARY
Indian Movie Newton Wins top Honour at Berlin Film Festival
Indian Cinema movie Newton directed by Amit Masurkar was honored with the Art Cinema Award in the Forum Segment at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival held from February 9-18, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.
Hema Malini: Beyond the Dream Girl penned by Ram Kamal Mukherjee
An actor turned politician Hema Malini’s journey from an actor and filmmaker to a politician being chronicled as an authorised biography titled ‘Hema Malini: Beyond the Dream Girl‘ . The biography is written by author-columnist Ram Kamal Mukherjee.
Former Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir Passes Away
Former Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir passed away at a city hospital, recently. He was 68. He was suffering from a kidney ailment and related complications. He was appointed as the Chief Justice of India on September 29, 2012. He retired on July 19, 2013.
India win silver at Asian Women’s Rugby Sevens Trophy
The Indian Women’s team won a silver after getting defeated by South Korea, at the Asian Rugby Sevens Trophy tournament at Vientiane, Laos.
Virat Kohli first Indian sportsperson to ink Rs 100-cr deal with Puma
Virat Kohli became the first Indian sports personality to strike a Rs 100-crore endorsement deal with PUMA. Kohli signed an eight-year deal with sports apparel brand Puma worth Rs 110 crore. The Indian cricket captain is now set to join the likes of Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell and Thierry Henry, among others, as a global ambassador for the brand.
India to Host Next Davis Cup tie in Bangalore in April, 2017
Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Zone group-1 tie against Uzbekistan from April 7 to 9, 2017 will be hosted by Bangalore. As per the announcement made by the All India Tennis Association (AITA) the tie clash will be held on the hard courts of Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association (KSLTA) in Bangalore.
Akhil and Jitender Kumar Signs Deal to Turn Professional Boxers
Following the path of Indian boxing sensation Vijender Singh, Olympic quarterfinalists boxers Akhil Kumar and Jitender Kumar are also stepping up to enter professional boxing. The former Melbourne Commonwealth Games gold medalist boxer Akhil Kumar and Asian medallist Jitender Kumar signed a multi-year deal with IOS Boxing Promotions confirming turning professional boxers.
Haryana’s Sandeep Kumar breaks his own national record in 50km race walk
Sandeep Kumar of Haryana won the gruelling men’s 50-kilometre event of the National Race Walking Championships held in New Delhi. Sandeep smashed his own national record in a brilliant performance to win the race and qualify for the London World Championships in August 2017.
Shahid Afridi retires from international cricket
Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has announced his retirement from international cricket, but stated that he wants to play in his country’s domestic league for two more years.