Daily GK Update 31 March 2017
India signs First Loan Agreement with New Development Bank
New Development Bank (NDB) granted US$ 350 Million Loan for Development and Upgradation of Major District Roads Project in Madhya Pradesh was signed between Government of India and the New Development Bank (NDB).
Prez Pranav Mukherji inaugurated ‘Namami Brahmaputra’ festival in Assam
The biggest river (First Male River) festival of India, Namami Brahmaputra, begins in 21 districts of Assam. The main purpose of the 5-day festival (31stMarch to 4th April) is to give a boost to the investment and tourism prospect in the state.
Interest rates on small savings schemes cut by 0.1%
The returns on small savings schemes, including Public Provident Fund (PPF), National Savings Certificate (NSC) and Kisan Vikas Patra, will be lowered by 0.1 percent for the April-June quarter.
El Salvador becomes first country in the world to ban metals mining
El Salvador, Central America’s smallest nation, has become the first country in the world to ban metals mining nationwide. The new law, supported by 70 lawmakers, bans all exploration, extraction, and processing of metals both in open pits and mines.
NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson breaks Sunita Williams’ spacewalking record
American astronaut Peggy Whitson made history when she floated outside the International Space Station (ISS). She broke the record for the most spacewalks by a woman. She made her eighth career spacewalk, surpassing the record of seven previously held by American Sunita Williams.
BANKS IN NEWS
Karnataka Bank, SBI Card launch co-branded credit card
Karnataka Bank and SBI Card have launched co-branded credit cards for the customers of
Karnataka Bank. Two variants of the co-branded credit card named ‘Karnataka Bank Platinum SBI Card’ and ‘Karnataka Bank SimplySAVE SBI Card’ will be launched.
Sunaina Singh appointed as new Vice-Chancellor of Nalanda University
Sunaina Singh has been appointed as the new Vice-Chancellor of Nalanda University. She was Vice Chancellor of Hyderabad-based EFL University. She has replaced George Yeo.
India’s S V Sunil named player of the year for 2016 in Asian Hockey Awards
Indian forward player S V Sunil was named the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) Player of the Year for 2016. Drag-flicker specialist Harmanpreet Singh was chosen as the Promising Player of the Year in the continental body’s annual awards.
Sachin Tendulkar launches own mobile app 100MB
Former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar launched his Android and iOS app called ‘100MB’. The app has been developed by Pune-based technology firm JetSynthesys.