GK Eduwrap – 10th July 2015

National:

1. UNESCO names 24 new world heritage sites and these are-

Blue and John Crow Mountains (Jamaica).

Tusi sites (China),

Christiansfeld, a Moravian Church Settlement (Denmark).

Par Force Hunting Landscape in North Zealand (Denmark).

Climats, terroirs of Burgundy (France).

Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars (France).

Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District with Chilehaus (Germany).

Susa (Iran).

Cultural Landscape of Maymand (Iran).

Necropolis of Beth She’arim—a Landmark of Jewish Revival (Israel).

Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalú and Monreale (Italy)

Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel,

Shipbuilding and Coal Mining (Japan).

Baptism Site “Bethany Beyond the Jordan” (Al-Maghtas) (Jordan).

Baekje Historic Areas (South Korea)

Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque Hydraulic System (Mexico)

Great Burkhan Khaldun Mountain and its surrounding sacred landscape (Mongolia)

Rjukan-Notodden Industrial Heritage Site (Norway)

Rock Art in the Hail Region (Saudi Arabia).

Singapore Botanical Gardens (Singapore).

Ephesus (Turkey).

Diyarbakir Fortress and Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape (Turkey).

Fray Bentos Cultural-Industrial Landscape (Uruguay).

The Forth Bridge (United Kingdom).

San Antonio Missions (United States).

2. Union home ministry has declared entire Nagaland state as a ‘disturbed area’ for one year period with an immediate effect.

3. Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed a 10 point initiative named as ‘Dus Kadam: 10 Steps for the Future’ to boost cooperation within the members of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).

He proposed the initiative while addressing the 7th BRICS summit in Ufa, Russia.

4. Operation Smile, a unique initiative of Ghaziabad Police to track missing children, was in news in second week of July 2015. It came in news after Uttarakhand police under the operation was able to trace at least 44 missing children from various parts of the state within a week.

5. The World Bank released the State of Safety Nets 2015 report.  It aggregated spending on social safety net programs and beneficiaries in 157 countries, economies and territories and presented a comparative analysis of those programmes.

As per the report, only 1/3rd of the world’s poor are covered by safety nets program with largest gaps in Sub-saharan Africa and South Asia.

6. Jaipur Literature Festival is heading to Boulder in the US this September for three days of books, ideas, performance art, dialogue and debate on contemporary issues.

Over 100 authors, thinkers, poets and performers have been lined up to participate in the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival at Boulder in Colorado beginning on September 18, organizers said today.

Sports:

1. IBC is India’s first national governing body and was launched with an aim to promote professional boxing and tap the unexplored potential of professional boxing in India.

2. Indian shot-putter Inderjit Singh on 8 July 2015 came up with a best throw of 20.27 meter in the final attempt to win the Gold medal of men’s shot put event at the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea.

With this, he created history to become the first Indian to win a gold medal at the World University Games.

 

Mergers & Acquisition:

1. Healthcare firm Practo has acquired Mumbai based Genii, a technology services start-up focused on product design and development.

With this acquisition, Genii’s founders Varun Vohra and Aditya Anand and their 11 member team will join Bengaluru based Practo.

2. Wipro will acquire global strategic design firm Designit for 85 million euros (about Rs 595 crore), a move aimed at strengthening the digital services business of the country’s third largest software services company.

Appointments:

1. Rahul Bhatnagar was named as new Managing Director (MD) and chief financial officer (CFO) of Bharti Enterprises.

2. China has nominated its former finance Minister Jin Liqun as the Presidential candidate for $100 billion Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

3. Professor Lord Kamlesh Patel has become the first British Asian to be appointed as Director of England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

4. Union government has appointed Sriram Kalyanaraman as the Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Housing Bank (NHB) for a period of five years.

5. Ashok Kumar Lahiri, former Chief Economic Adviser to the Union Government, was appointed as the Chairman of the bank. While, Chandra Shekhar Ghosh, Founder of Bandhan Financial Services Ltd, was appointed as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Bandhan bank.

Economics:

1. Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers (MCF) signed MoUs to address the Industry’s need of Skilled Manpower.

These MoUs will enhance strategic tie between both parties to scale up skill development and entrepreneurship initiatives in the country. It will also collectively address the incremental human resource requirement in the Petrochemicals, Fertilizers and Pharmaceutical industry.

2. India and United States have signed inter-governmental agreement to implement the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). It was signed by Revenue Secretary Shaktikanta Das and US Ambassador to India Richard Verma in New Delhi. The agreement will promote transparency on tax matters and curb offshore tax evasion by exchange of information between the two countries.

3. Vadodara district of Gujarat and China’s Xinjinag province has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the development of twin cities.

It was signed between Vadodara Municipal Corporation and Changji Hui Autonomous Prefecture of Xinjinag Uygur Autonomous Region in Mumbai.

The MoU aims to enhance

Infrastructure growth and development between the two regions.

Mutual cooperation in economic, technological, scientific and cultural strengths between both cities.

People-to-people exchanges fostering greater mutual understanding.

The PPI-MTS will enhance commuter convenience and will also facilitate the migration to electronic payments in line with the country’s vision of moving to a less-cash society.

4. Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) signed framework agreements for equity investments in infrastructure projects in BRICS countries. The agreement was signed at the BRICS summit in Ufa.

5. The central banks of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) on 7 July 2015 signed Mutual Assistance Agreement (MAA) aimed at operationalizing the BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA) of 100 billion US dollars.

MAA is an operating agreement on mutual support specifying the procedures to be followed by the central banks of BRICS countries as part of the CRA and defines their rights and obligations.

Science & Technology:

1. Uttarakhand became first Indian state to install a system to detect earthquakes and disseminate warnings.

The first system has been installed in its capital Dehradun which will issue warnings 1-40 seconds before earthquakes of magnitude 5 or more occur.

The system is designed and manufactured by Italian firm, Space Dynamics which already has installed it in Japan, Italy and US.

Features of earthquake early warning -

The system is incorporated with sensors which are capable to detect P (Primary) and S (Secondary) waves generated during an earthquake.

It is capable to detect the harmless P wave, which travels faster than the S wave for advance warning.

The system has the earliest detection among those currently in use worldwide

2. Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka has set a Guinness World Record for spending longest time in space with a total of 804 days as on July 2015.

With this he broke the previous record of 803 days, nine hours and 41 minutes set by Russian cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev (now retired) across six missions from 1998 to 2005.

3. WowTables, the culinary restaurants reservations platform, has launched its mobile application in India.

With a following of 50,000 members, WowTables is looking to expand and cater to a wider audience with their easy to use mobile application which can be downloaded for Android and iOS phones.

WowTables seeks to ensure a smooth, convenient and a faster mode of interaction with our ever-growing database of members. It is all about ensuring that you’ve had the best food experience – right from making a reservation among the best restaurants, to our carefully put together menus and food properties – all available on the go.

Death:

1. Notable Urdu poet, critic and orator Bashar Navaaz passed away in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. He was 80 years old. He was known as an Indo Pak shayar as his gazals are popular in India as well as Pakistan.

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