Daily GK Update 27 April, 2017


 National News

e-SOT and e-PRAN card launched for Atal Pension Yojana subscribers
With a view to digitally empower the Atal Pension Yojana (APY) subscribers and improve the quality of service, the facility of online viewing of the statement of the transaction (e-SOT) and also the e- Permanent Retirement Account Number (e-PRAN card) have been launched.
More than 45 lacs APY subscribers will be benefitted with this initiative.

India successfully test-fires Agni-III ballistic missile
India successfully carried out a fresh user trial of 3,000-kilometer range Agni-III ballistic missile from Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast.
he Strategic Forces Command with logistics support from Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) carried out the test from launch pad No. 4 of the Integrated Test Range.

Centre Takes 10 New Swachh Iconic Places under Swachh Bharat Mission Phase I

Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation under Swachh Bharat Mission, was held recently at Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine, in Jammu & Kashmir.
On this occasion, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar announced 10 new Iconic places to be taken under the Phase II of Swachh Iconic Places initiative. These ten new iconic places which are to be brought to a higher standard of swachhta and visitors’ amenities are-

  1. Gangotri
  2. Yamunotri
  3. Mahakaleshwar Temple, Ujjain
  4. Char Minar, Hyderabad
  5. Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assissi, Goa
  6. Adi Shankaracharya’s abode Kaladi in Ernakulam
  7. Gomateshwar in Shravanbelgola
  8. Baijnath Dham, Devghar
  9. Gaya Tirth in Bihar and
  10. Somnath temple in Gujarat.


 international news

India to host 18th World Road Meeting
India is set to host the 18th World Road Meeting (WRM 2017) on November 13, 2017 according to the International Road Federation (IRF).
The theme of this year’s edition is ‘Safe Roads and Smart Mobility: The Engines of Economic Growth’. The WRM is held every four years.

K.K. Kapila is the chairman of International Road Federation

Nita Ambani made member of IOC’s Olympic Channel Commission
India’s first woman International Olympic Committee member Nita Ambani has made it to two important commissions of the global sports governing body, including the prestigious Olympic channel.
Besides the Olympic Channel, Ms. Ambani has also been made a member of Olympic education Commission as IOC announced the composition of 26 commissions for 2017.
Ms. Ambani has replaced International Paralympic Committee President Philip Craven. She will serve the position till she turns 70.

NASA launches super balloon from New Zealand
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) successfully launched its football-stadium-sized, heavy-lift Super Pressure Balloon (SPB) from Wanaka, New Zealand.
The mission is designed to run 100 or more days floating at 110,000 feet (33.5 km) about the globe in the southern hemisphere’s mid-latitude band.The balloon is designed by NASA to detect ultra-high energy cosmic particles from beyond the galaxy as they penetrate the earth’s atmosphere.

NASA was established in 1958 and is Headquartered in Washington D.C., USA.


Srishti Kaur crowned Miss Teen Universe 2017
Srishti Kaur was crowned Miss Teen Universe 2017after beating 25 contestants from around the world at the annual beauty pageant. She is from Noida
The event was held in Managua, the capital of Central American country Nicaragua.

YES BANK awarded Golden Peacock Award 2017
YES BANK has won the prestigious ‘Golden Peacock Innovative Product/Service Award 2017’(in Financial sector Banking).
  note :-  It received the prize for its innovative mobile technology product, SIMsePAY at the Dubai Global Convention 2017.

Yes Bank is Headquartered in Mumbai


Veteran actor Vinod Khanna passed away in Mumbai.
He was an active politician, and Member of Parliament from Gurdaspur, Punjab.
He received the Filmfare award in the best supporting actor category for Haath Ki Safaai (1974), and in 1999 he received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.

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