GK Eduwrap – 13th Oct 2015

National:

1. The Gujarat Government proposed a 15375 crore rupees comprehensive action plan to ensure basic infrastructure in 31 cities under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) in the next five years.

2. Annual meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund were held between 9th October and 11th October 2015 in the Peruvian capital Lima.

Key issues of discussions during the Fund-Bank meeting were

The Role of World Bank and the IMF to support the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Shareholding review of the World Bank and changes in the financing structure of International Development Agency (IDA).

The stalemate in the implementation of the 2010 IMF quota and governance reforms.

3. The Kerala government launched the Operation Valsalya project to trace, rescue and reunite the missing children with their family.

4. This ambitious program is envisaged to be implemented on the lines of the much acclaimed Operation Smile project in Ghaziabad.

5. European Union launched second phase of Operation Sophia to fight traffickers in Mediterranean Sea.

6. The famous Mysore Dusshehra Mela has begun on 13th Oct 2015. This is the 405th year of Mysore Dusshehra.

International:

1. Fifth joint military exercise between India and China, named Hand-in-Hand 2015, started at Kunming Military Academy, Yunnan Province, China on 12th October 2015.

Sports:

1. Ajay Jayaram of India defended the 2015 Dutch Open Men’s Singles badminton title.

2. Lewis Hamilton of Britain and Mercedes racing driver won the 2015 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix title.

3. The 2015 China Open (Tennis) was played on outdoor hard courts in Beijing and was part of ATP World Tour 500 series on the 2015 ATP World Tour.

Men’s Singles title

Novak Djokovic of Serbia won the 2015 Men’s Singles title of China Open.

Women’s Singles title

Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain won the 2015 Women’s Singles title of China Open.

Men’s Doubles title

Vasek Pospisil (Canada) and Jack Sock (US) pair won the 2015 Men’s Doubles title of China Open.

Women’s Doubles title

Sania Mirza (India) and Martina Hingis (Switzerland) pair won 2015 Women’s Doubles title of China Open.

Awards & Recognition:

1. Renowned Malayalam filmmaker, I.V. Sasi was awarded with the prestigious J.C. Daniel Award for the year 2014 for his contributions towards the Malayalam entertainment industry.

2. Micro-economist Edinburgh Angus Deaton won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Economics.

He was awarded for his analysis of consumption, poverty, and welfare.

3. Punjab National Bank won Beighton Cup of Hockey tournament at the Sports Authority of India.

4. Adidas has listed in one of the top sports goods maker in India

 

Mergers & Acquisition:

1. India signed contract for microlight aircrafts with Slovenian firm Pipistrel.

2. Retail major Future Group tied-up with Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved.

Appointments:

1. Infosys appointed Ranganath Dwarakanath Mavinakere as its Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

2. Telenor India, earlier known as Uninor, appointed Sharad Mehrotra as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

3. P S Jayakumar was appointed as MD & CEO of Bank of Baroda.

4. Former JPMorgan banker Staley is to be appointed as Barclay’s new CEO.

5. Fiji’s Parliament elected the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Jioji Konrote, as the country’s next President.

6. KP Sharma Oli elected as the Prime Minister of Nepal.

7. Corporate Affairs Secretary Tapan Ray was appointed to the Board of capital market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).

Economics:

1. African Development Bank to triple Annual Climate Financing to nearly $5 billion by 2020.

2. India granted a cheque of 5 million US dollars to the Palestinian government as a budgetary support.

Science & Technology:

1. NASA’s Journey to Mars: Pioneering Next Steps in Space Exploration is a report released by NASA.

The report contains a plan for establishing permanent settlements and creating deep-space habitation facilities on the red planet Mars by 2030s.

The plan under which, Humans will be living and working on Mars in colonies entirely independent of Earth by the 2030s, will act as stepping stones to Mars.

2. Technology giant IBM launched public data centre in Chennai to tap into growing demand from financial services and government sectors.

Important Dates:

1. The Fourth International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC) was observed across the world with the theme The Power of Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030.

Death:

1. Geoffrey Howe, Britain’s former treasury chief, died due to a suspected cardiac arrest in Idlicote, England. He was 88.

2. Legendary Tamil actress Gopishantha, popularly known by her stage name Manorama, died due to multiple organ failure in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. She was 78.

3. Renowned Carnatic flautist Natesan Ramani died of cancer in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He was 82.

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