GK Eduwrap – 24th July 2015

National:

1. Union Government has launched a national campaign Surakshit Khadya Abhiyan in a bid to create awareness and capacity building on Safe and Hygienic food for all.

2. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced that Haryanavi film ‘Pagdi: The Honour’ will be free from tax.

3. The Supreme Court of India allowed state governments to exercise its power of remission to release life convicts with a rider.

The decision was given by five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu.

4. Maharashtra Cabinet approved Shyamaprasad Mukherjee Jan Van Vikas Scheme.

Its objectives are to reduce the man-animal conflict and achieve sustainable development of these villages. The scheme also aims at reducing the dependence of villagers on the forest.

5. The Entertainment Network (India) Ltd (ENIL) received the approval from the Union Information & Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry to purchase 104.8 FM Oye FM radio station of TV Today Network (TVTN) that runs in four cities Amritsar, Jodhpur, Patiala and Shimla.

Sports:

1. 10-year old Shubham Jaglan won the IJGA World Stars of Junior Golf event in Las Vegas. Jaglan is the son of a milkman from rural Haryana, India.

He shot a three round score of 106 winning by a five-stroke margin, ahead of two Americans Justin Dang and Sihan Sandhu and Thailand’s Pongsapak Laopakdee for the Boys 9-10 years category title.

2. First All Women Trans Continental Road Expedition from Delhi to London was flagged off on 23 July 2015.

The three woman participants, namely Nidhi Tiwari, Rashmi Kopparand Soumaya Goel, will reach United Kingdom in 55 days.

Awards & Recognition:

1. Seven Indian companies have found their place in 2015 Fortune 500 Global Companies list compiled by Fortune Magazine.

They are –

Indian Oil: ranked 119th with revenues of 74 billion dollars.

Reliance Industries: ranked 158th with revenues of 62 billion dollars.

Tata Motors: ranked 254th with revenues of 42 billion dollars.

State Bank of India (SBI): ranked 260th with revenues of 42 billion dollars.

Bharat Petroleum: ranked 280th with revenues of 40 billion dollars.

Hindustan Petroleum: ranked 327th with revenues of 35 billion dollars.

Oil and Natural Gas: ranked 449th with revenues of 26 billion dollars.

Top 5: Walmart (1st) of US, Sinopec Group (2nd) of China, Royal Dutch Shell (3rd) of Netherlands, China National Petroleum (4th) and Exxon Mobil (5th) of US.

About Fortune 500 Global Companies list

It is an annual ranking of the world’s wealthiest companies, compiled and published by the American business magazine Fortune and published globally by Time Inc. In this list, companies are ranked by total revenues for their respective fiscal year which has ended on or before March 31, 2015.

2. United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) has named Conakry, the Capital city of the Republic of Guinea as the World Book Capital for year 2017.

With this selection Conakry become the 17th city in the World to be designated as World Book Capital.

3. India has been placed at 12th position among the 31 countries in the world in terms of power (electricity) generation from nuclear source.

4. Puducherry city has emerged as the first nomination to be received by the Urban Development Ministry for a Smart City Mission.

5. Union Government has announced that 14 States and Union Territories (UTs) have achieved or exceeded the literacy rate of 80 percent.

14 States and UTs are:  Kerala, Lakshadweep, Mizoram, Goa, Tripura, Daman and Diu, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, NCR of Delhi, Chandigarh, Puducherry, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Sikkim and Tamil Nadu.

6. Noted Canadian author Naomi Klein has won the 36th edition of American Book Award 2015. She has won this award for her environmental work This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate published in 2014.

7. The Forbes Asia’s Fabulous 50 list of the year 2015 was released on 22nd July 2015. The Fab 50 list is an annual honor roll highlighting some of the brightest stars in the Asia Pacific.

The Indian companies on the list are:
• Aurobindo Pharma
• HCL Technologies
• HDFC Bank
• Lupin
• Motherson Sumi Systems
• Sun Pharmaceutical Industries
• Tata Consultancy Services
• Tata Motors
• Tech Mahindra
• Titan

8. Nobel Prize winner Professor Peter Higgs won the world’s oldest scientific prize, the Royal Society’s Copley Medal.

9. Indian-American boy Amitoj Chhabra won the Junior Title at the US Powerlifting Association National Championships 2015 that was held at the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas.

Economics:

1. India has earned about US 100 million dollars by launching 45 commercial foreign satellites from 19 countries. The revenue was earned by Antrix, the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

2. Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group’s Pipavav Defence and Offshore Engineering (PDOE) inked a multi-crore agreement with Russian firm Zvyozdochka, JSC Ship Repairing Centre.

Mergers & Acquisition:

1. Indian drug company Lupin acquired US generics company GAVIS Pharmaceuticals and Novel Laboratories (GAVIS) for 880 million US dollars to strengthen its presence in the United States.

Science & Technology:

1. The world’s first malaria vaccine called RTS,S or Mosquirix got approval from European Medicines Agency (EMA).

The vaccine was licensed for use on babies aged between 6 weeks and 17 months in Africa, which is at the highest risk of the mosquito-borne disease.

Important Dates:

1. Every year July 23 is observed as National Broadcasting day. On this day in 1927, Indian Broadcasting Company (IBC) began organized radio broadcasting from Bombay station.

Death:

1. Acclaimed United States novelist Edgar Lawrence Doctorow passed away in New York due to lung cancer. He was 84.

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