GK Eduwrap – 27th July 2015

National:

1. Delhi High Court allowed Digital Radio Broadcasting Ltd, which runs Red FM to participate in the Stage-III of the FM radio waves auctions.

2. Gujarat High court constituted a four-member panel to ensure basic amenities like housing and hospital for laborers at Alang ship-breaking yard in Bhavnagar district following a public interest Litigation.

The panel will comprise of Secretary of State Health department as chairman, District Collector of Bhavnagar, Deputy General Manager of Gujarat Maritime Board and a representative of Ship Recycling Industries Association of India.

3. Infrastructure Development Financing Company (IDFC). Ltd became second lender to enter the banking sector since 2004, as the Reserve Bank of India granted Banking license.

International:

1. World’s largest flower Amorphophallus Titanum bloomed for the first time in 5 years in the fourth week of July 2015 at the Jindai botanical gardens in Tokyo, Japan.

2. The European Union (EU) banned the marketing of around 700 generic medicines manufactured by India’s pharmaceutical research company GVK Biosciences. These medicines will be banned in 28 member countries of European Union.

Sports:

1. The Union Government constituted All India Council of Sports as an advisory body for the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

2. Patiala House Courts in New Delhi has acquitted all 36 accused persons in the Indian Premier League (IPL) season 6 spot fixing case including former cricketer S Sreesanth.

Awards & Recognition:

1. Chris Froome, a cyclist from Team Sky of Britain won 102nd Tour de France in a three-week slog of furious race around the Champs Elysees, Paris.

With this, Froome became the first Briton to win the Tour de France for the second time.

2. Helena Ndume of Namibia and Jorge Sampaio of Portugal were awarded with the first-ever Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize by the United Nations (UN) at the UN Headquarters in New York.

3. Historian Ramachandra Guha was chosen for the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize 2015 in the Academic Category.

4. The Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) became the front runner in the Dun & Bradstreet’s ‘India’s Top PSUs Awards 2015 in the category of electrical and electronic equipment sector.

Appointments:

1. Nestle India’s MD Etienne Benet has step down from his post, he will be replaced by Nestle Philippines Chairman and CEO Suresh Narayanan.

2. Anand Krishnamurthy is now the new MD and CEO of Catholic Syrian Bank (CSB) replacing Rakesh Bhatia who had quit due to personal reason.

Mergers & Acquisition:

1. Realty firm Unitech has joined hands with e-commerce major Snapdeal to sell plots in its 240-acre township at Chennai.

2. Computer Science Corporation (CSC) and Hindustan Computer Limited (HCL) to big IT companies have signed an agreement to form a new company to provide technology services and solutions to the banking industry.

In the joint statement their main focus will be on platform modernization, product functionality enhancement and to capitalize their capabilities in addressing global core banking software market.

3. The Hyderabad based Cyient Ltd has acquired Singapore based Global Services Engineering Asia from Pratt & Whitney Services Pte Ltd.

Science & Technology:

1. China launched two new navigational satellites into space as part of its domestic navigation system BeiDou (meaning Compass). The 18th and 19th satellites (of total constellation of 35 satellites) were successfully launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwestern Sichuan province.

Important Dates:

1. The 16th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas observed across the nation. On this day in 1999 Indian Army defeated Pakistan Army in the Kargil War.

Death:

1. PR Chari, the ardent nuclear disarmament advocate, died on 24 July 2015 in New Delhi. He was 79.

2. Six times Lok Sabha member Bijoy Krishna Handique passed away at the Jorhat Medical College Hospital in Assam following brief illness. He was 82.

3. Veteran leader of the Republican Party of India Ramkrishna Suryabhan Gavai passed away on 25 July 2015 after suffering brain haemorrhage. He was 86.

4. The Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi launched Deendayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) along with various other development projects in Patna.

5. Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, died on Sunday, nearly six months after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub of her home, her family said. She was 22.

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