Daily GK Update 29 & 30 June 2017

National news

Govt. unveils new hydrocarbon policy

Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan introduced a new oil and gas block licensing policy that is expected to open up 2.8 million square kilometers of sedimentary basins to exploration and production activities.
The Minister was at the inauguration of the government’s Open Acreage Licensing Policy (OALP) and the National Data Repository.

PM Modi inaugurates filling of Aji Dam at Rajkot by Narmada water

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated various irrigation and water-related initiatives at Aji Dam in Rajkot, Gujarat including the filling of Aji dam with Narmada waters under Sauni Yojana.

  • The Capital of Gujarat is Gandhinagar.
  • Mr. O.P. Kohli is the governor of Gujarat.

India’s communication satellite GSAT-17 successfully launched
India’s latest communication satellite GSAT-17has been successfully launched from Kourou in French Guiana. GSAT-17 with a lift-off mass of about 3,477 kg carries payloads in Normal C-band, Extended C-band and S-band to provide various communication services.

This was third satellite launch by ISRO this month, the other two being first developmental flight of GSLV MkIII and PSLV C-38 missions launched from Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh.

  • Dr. K Sivan is the Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre.
  • French Guiana is an overseas region of France on the northeast coast of South America.
  • Its Capital is Cayenne

Dr. Jitendra Singh launches new training programme ‘COMMIT’ for State Government officials

The Minister of State for Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh launched a new training program ‘Comprehensive Online Modified Modules on Induction Training’ (COMMIT) for State Government officialsCOMMIT will be launched in 6 States of Assam, Haryana, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and West Bengal initially on the pilot basis during the current financial year 2017-18 and within next year it is expected to cover all India level.

  • Comprehensive Online Modified Modules on Induction Training is the full form of  COMMIT.

India Signs Loan Agreement with the World Bank for USD 35 Million

An agreement for IBRD Credit of USD 35 Million from World Bank for “Assam State Public Financial Institutional Reforms Project” was signed in New Delhi.

  • The President of the World Bank is Mr. Jim Yong Kim. 
  • It was founded in 1944. 
  • It Headquarters in Washington DC, USA. 
  • International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) is the full form of IBRD.

Vidya Balan named ambassador of Indian Film Festival of Melbourne

It will be held in August 10-22, 2017, which showcase over 60 films. In 2017, IFFM has diversity as its central theme

International News

Sharjah named ‘World Book Capital 2019’ by UNESCO

Sharjah, a city in the United Arab Emirates was named ‘World Book Capital for the year’ 2019 by the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova

The program runs with a slogan ‘Read – you are in Sharjah’. It focuses on six themes: inclusivity, reading, heritage, outreach, publishing, and children

  • As the nineteenth cities to bear the title since 2001, Sharjah follows Athens (2018) and Conakry (2017).
  • The Full form of UNESCO is United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.
  • UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France

India becomes 1st country to give to UN Tax Fund with $100000 contribution

India has contributed $100,000 to a UN fund to help developing countries actively participate in the discussion of tax issues, becoming the first country to make the contribution. The UN Tax Trust Fund aims to support the work of the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters.

  • UN Headquarters in New York City, USA.
  • The Secretary General of UN is Mr. Antonio Guterres.

British PM Theresa May wins confidence vote in parliament

British Prime Minister Theresa May narrowly won the confidence vote in the parliament, winning her first major test as the Prime Minister of a minority government in the United Kingdom (UK).

  • Robert Walpole (1721–42) was the first PM of Britain.

UNSC approves resolution reducing joint UN-AU peacekeeping force in Sudan’s Darfur

The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution sharply reducing the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region.
ii. The British-drafted resolution will reduce the number of peacekeepers by 44 per cent and international police by about 27 per cent in the Darfur mission.

  • Darfur is a region in western Sudan.
  • The Security Council held its first session on 17 January 1946 in London.

 Awards

Global Leadership Awards of the US-India Business Council
Godrej Group Chairman Adi Godrej and Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveries have been awarded

Uttarakhand gets award of excellence at international meet

Uttarakhand was conferred with the award of excellence at the 2nd Global Skill Development Summit held in Paris recently for innovations and extensive use of IT for skilling the state’s youth.

  • Krishna Kant Paul is the present Governor of Uttarakhand.
  • Trivendra Singh Rawat is the newly elected CM of Uttarakhand.

6th Joint Trade Committee Meeting between India and Myanmar held in New Delhi

The 6th India – Myanmar Joint Trade Committee (JTC) Meeting co-chaired by Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of Commerce & Industry from India and Dr. Than Myint, Union Commerce Minister from Myanmar was held in New Delhi

  • Naypyidaw is the Capital of Myanmar.
  • The Name of Burma was changed to Myanmar in 1989

India’s first blood bank for Cattle to come up in Odisha

After approval from the National Agriculture Development Programme (NADP), the OUAT is now awaiting approval from the state government. The project will have a 60:40 sharing between the Centre and the state government.

  • Naveen Patnaik is the CM of Odisha
  • Senayangba Chubatoshi Jamir is the governor of Odisha.

Election Commission joins hands with Facebook to Launch First Time Nationwide “Voter Registration Reminder”

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has joined hands with Facebook to launch nationwide voter registration reminder aimed at reminding eligible Indian voters to register themselves on the electoral rolls.

 Appointments & Resign

Union Government appoints Rajesh Shah as NIFT Chairperson

NIFT was Set up in 1986 and it comes under the Union Ministry of Textiles

Kaushik Basu takes over as president of International Economic Association

Mr. Basu has also served as senior vice-president and chief economist at the World Bank from 2012 to 2016. He is currently the C. Marks Professor of International Studies at Cornell.

  • The IEA is a leading organization for professional economists and it seeks to shape global economic policy and research.
  • The IEA was founded in 1950.
  • IEA headquarters in Barcelona, Spain.

Rajiv Kumar appointed as Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh

Mr. Kumar has replaced Rahul Prasad Bhatnagar.

Vijay Keshav Gokhale appointed economic relations secretary in MEA

Senior diplomat Vijay Keshav Gokhale was appointed as the economic relations secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved his appointment.

BCCI forms Committee to oversee Lodha Panel Reforms

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the formation of a special seven-member committee to identify the ‘few critical points’ The seven-member committee has Rajeev ShuklaSourav Ganguly, Naba Bhattacharjee, TC Mathew, Jay Shah, Amitabh Choudhary and Anirudh Chaudhary.

Important days & Books

National Statistics Day: 29th June

The National Statistics Day, celebrated every year on June 29 to mark the birth anniversary of renowned statistician Prof. P.C. Mahalanobis

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