GK Edu Wrap – 2nd April 2015

National:

1. Andhra Pradesh Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu approved that Amaravati will be the new capital city of the state. The capital will come up at Tullur in Vijayawada-Guntur region of the state.

2. Odisha Government launched a cheap meal scheme Aahar for providing subsidised food to urban poor. The scheme was launched by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on the occasion of State’s Foundation Day, that is, Utkala Diwas. In the first phase, the scheme was launched in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Sambalpur and Rourkela.

3. Renowned Hindi poet Kailash Vajpeyi died on 1st April 2015 due to cardiac arrest in a private hospital of Saket in New Delhi. He was 79.

4. India launched a massive air and sea operation called Operation Raahat to evacuate over 4000 Indian nationals from Yemen. The operation will involve total of five ships and four aircrafts.

5. Rajasthan Government opened women milk bank Jeevan Dhara in Jaipur. It was inaugurated by Health Minister Rajendra Rathore. The move is aimed at curbing the high infant mortality rate of Rajasthan. The state Government launched the bank in collaboration with Norwegian government and JK Lon Hospital. The bank would store milk from donating lactating mothers that can be used for feeding infants who are deprived of it.

6. Vice President of India Hamid Ansari released a book titled Aatank Ke Saaye Men written by Garima Sanjay. She is a professional author & documentary filmmaker by profession.

7. Union Government launched Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles (FAME) – India Scheme. The scheme was launched as part of the National Mission for Electric Mobility to boost eco-friendly vehicles sales in the country.

8. Punjab Government has launched ‘Padho Punjab- Khedo Punjab Mission’ i.e. Learn Punjab- Play Punjab Mission. It is a special mission launched to provide school students a separate period in the curriculum for playing along with studies. The purpose of the mission is to encourage more youngsters towards sports to produce quality players for the country. This will also inculcate the sportsmanship spirit and competitiveness amongst them.

9. India’s largest trapdoor spider has been found in Dang district of Gujarat. The 3 cm long spider was documented by researchers from MS University’s (MSU) Department of Zoology. The spider which belongs to the genus (class) ‘Idiops’ was also reported for the first time in Gujarat. Trapdoor spider is known to grow to the size of 1.5 cm.

10. Sunita Tomar, the face of India’s anti-tobacco campaign, died on 1 April 2015 at her native village in Bhind district of Madhya Pradesh. She was 28. In 2014, she shot a 30-second video titled Sunita highlighting the devastating effect of smokeless tobacco. In the video she shared her experience, which later was used by the government for its anti-tobacco drive to warn people against consumption of smokeless gutkha and pan masalas.

International:

1. The global community pledged financial support of USD 3.8 billion to crisis hit Syria at the third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria held in Kuwait city. The financial aid will help the United Nations (UN) organisations and partners to meet urgent needs of victims of Syria’s civil war and neighbouring countries. The UN-led conference was attended by representatives of 78 nations and 38 humanitarian organisations.

2. Prime Minister of Peru Ana Jara was sacked after she lost the vote of confidence in Congress. Congress voted 72 to 42 to censure Jara, with two abstentions.

3. Misao Okawa, the World’s oldest person died in Japan at the age of 117 and 27 days. She was awarded the Guinness World Records title of oldest living person as well as the oldest living woman on 27 February 2013, a few days before her 115th birthday.

Appointment:

1. Justice Sunil Kumar Sinha was appointed as the Chief Justice of the Sikkim High Court (HC). He was appointed by the President Pranab Mukherjee in accordance with the Article 217 (1) of the Constitution of India.

2. Gulshan Rai took charge as India’s first cyber security chief under the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) as Special Secretary for cyber security. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March 2015 had created this new post in PMO and had appointed Rai as its head.

Mergers & Acquisition:

1. World’s largest e-commerce firm Alibaba signed digital distribution deal with Germany’s music rights group BMG in a bid to become a digital media empire.

2. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) sanctioned the scheme of amalgamation of ING Vysya Bank Ltd. with Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. The Scheme will come into force with effect from 1 April 2015. With this sanction, all branches of ING Vysya Bank will function as branches of Kotak Mahindra Bank.

Awards & Recognition:

1. Dr. Subadhra Devi Rai, a nurse and a senior lecturer at the School of Health Sciences (Nursing) at Nanyang Polytechnic in Singapore, will receive an international achievement award for her work in the healthcare sector of women and refugees, becoming the first Singaporean to get the prestigious biennial prize.

Science & Technology:

1. Amazon and IBM  announced their plans to enter the IoT (Internet of Things) marketpace. IBM is setting up a separate IoT unit with an investment of USD 3 billion in the next four years. Amazon introduced Dash Button on its devices which help the devices connect with the internet.

IoT - loT refers to a network of devices which are embedded with electronic sensors and data transmitting technologies and connected over the internet. By using the Internet the data collected by sensors in a device can be transmitted to other networked devices and systems. The technology goes beyond machine-to-machine communications (M2M) and covers a variety of protocols, domains, and applications. The technology helps in developing smart devices which work using information provided on a real time basis.

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