GK Eduwrap – 5th May 2015

National:

1. National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Ltd on 3rd May 2015 signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Jharkhand Government for forming a Joint Venture Company for managing Patratu Thermal Power Station (PTPS).

>>Read more about MoA
Performance improvement of existing station from 15 percent PLF to 82 percent to give more power to Jharkhand immediately.

Building of an efficient Super Critical project of 4000 MW in 2 phases.

Provide cheap and affordable 27X7 power supply to every household and adequate power for farmers in Jharkhand.

Enable rapid industrialization which will provide massive employment to youth of Jharkhand in new industry.

Jharkhand government will be a partner in this project without investing any additional capital.

 

2. India is home to 48 of the 250 known species of bumblebees. It was revealed by the book Indian Bumblebees (written by entomologist M.S. Saini along with co-authors Rifat H. Raina and Harpeet Singh Ghator) released in April 2015.

3. Union Government has made Permanent Account Number (PAN) mandatory for private firms seeking central excise registration.

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As per the new process of generating PAN, once duly completed application form is received online, registration would be granted within two working days.

It will be issued online without any examination of the documents and verification of documents or premises before the grant of registration.

Death:

1. Veteran Journalist, writer and renowned Tagore researcher, Amitabha Chowdhury (88) passed away on 2nd May, 2015 in Kolkata due to prolonged illness.

>>Read More about Amitabha Chowdhury
He was awarded with the Padmashree in 1983 and the Bangavibhushan by the state government in 2013. He also received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for his reporting on individual rights and community interests in India.

He was associated with three leading Bengali dailies Anandabazar Patrika, Jugantar and Aajkal for more than three decades.

2. Lu Ping (87), Chinese diplomat who oversaw Hong Kong’s transition from British to Chinese sovereignty in 1997 passed away in Beijing.

3. Michael Blake, the Oscar-winning writer of ‘Dances With Wolves’ novel passed away in Tucson, Arizona, after a long battle with cancer.  He was 69.

>>Read more about Novel

Dances with Wolves was Blake’s best known novel and over 3.5 million copies were sold and was translated into 15 languages.

International:

1. The Australian government on 3rd May 2015 announced tough new punishments for foreigner investors who break rules on buying property in the country.

>>Read More about Punishment
The new punishments include following-

Up to three years in prison and fines of 127500 $ for individuals and 637500 $ for companies.

The third parties, including real estate agents and developers knowingly helping those buyers will also be penalized with fines of up to 42500 $ for individuals and 212500 $ for companies.

Foreign buyers who are forced to sell a property will be prevented from profiting from the sale.

Foreign buyers will also have to pay a 5000 $ fee to buy property in Australia which will be used to fund the policing of the new rules.

2. World’s largest flag was unfurled at an event in Ong Jmel in the southern desert area of Tunisia.

>>Read More about Flag
Tunisian national flag of the size of 19 football pitches was unfurled in a bid to set a Guinness World Record and promote patriotism in the face of Islamist extremism.

The flag of 104,544 square meter was made using 80 kilometers of fabric and weighed around 12.6 tones.

Science & Technology:

1. Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), the state owned power equipment maker, on 4th April 2015 commissioned a 195 MW thermal unit of Kanti Bijlee Utpadan Nigam Limited (KBUNL) in Muzaffarpur, Bihar.

>>Read More about 195 MW unit

This was the first 195 MW unit to be commissioned by BHEL at the 2×195 MW Muzaffarpur Thermal Power Station (TPS) Plant of KBUNL.

2. Dr. Mahesh Sharma, The Union Minister of State for Culture, Tourism (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation on 3rd May 2015 inaugurated the first ever Science Centre and Planetarium in the Union Territory of Puducherry.

>>Read More about Science Centre and Planetarium

The first ever Science Centre and Planetarium which can accommodate 55 people at a time, has interactive exhibition galleries on Marine Biology and Fun Science. It has an eight meter dome digital planetarium and an open-air science park.

Sports:

1. Switzerland tennis player Roger Federer on 3rd May 2015 won the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open Men’s singles title by defeating Pablo Cueves of Uruguay 6-3 7-6.

2. India’s top rifle shooters, Abhinav Bindra, Chain Singh and Gagan Narang have won a rich haul of three gold and two bronze medals at the International Shooting Competition of Hannover in Germany.

>>Read More about News
In this shooting event, Beijing Olympics Games gold medalist Abhinav Bindra won both the individual and team gold in his pet 10 meter air rifle event.

Chain Singh won gold medal in the 50 meter men’s rifle and team gold in the 10 meter air rifle event.

The Gold medal winning 10 meter air rifle team members included.

While, Gagan Narang won the Bronze medal in the men’s 50 meter rifle 3 positions event and Apurvi Chandela won Bronze medal in women’s air rifle event.

 

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