GK Eduwrap – 8th July 2015

National:

1. Book 37 Bridges and Other Stories authored by a noted Pakistani author Aamer Hussein book is a new collection of his stories. The book was released on 15 March 2015.

The author through the book highlights the matter of identity with respect to both the Hindu and Muslim. Further, the book identifies itself with Hussein’s identity who is a British citizen born to a Pakistani father and an Indian mother both of whom later settled in Britain.

2. President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated Nakshatra Vatika at his official Rashtrapati Nilayam Gardens in Bolarum, Secunderabad.

The vatika (garden) has plants representing planets, zodiac signs and stars. The layout of ‘Nakshatra Vatika’ has been developed in various geometrical combinations corresponding to the Sree Chakra of Vedic astrology on a 0.91 acre plot.

3. Tata Value Homes has announced a first-of-its-kind online property exhibition open to an invite-only audience. Covering 11 projects across seven cities, registration for the exhibition, which is from July 13 to July 15, is currently live on the Tata Value Homes website.

Only customers with a valid invite code can browse and buy in this exhibition, but these customers’ invitations will also be extended to their friends and family.

4. The government on Tuesday hiked the minimum wage for workers by Rs 23 to Rs 160 a day. The increased wages will be applicable from July 1.

International:

1. India and Kazakhstan launched the first exploratory drilling at Satpayev oil block owned by India’s ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL) and Kazakhstan company KazMunaiGaz.

Satpayev oil block is an offshore field located in the Northern Caspian Sea. It has potential reserves estimated at 1.8 billion barrels crude oil and natural gas.

2. Japan’s Meiji-era (1868-1912) industrial revolution sites have received World Cultural Heritage status from United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

3. India and Uzbekistan have inked pacts to boost cooperation between their foreign offices and in the field of culture and tourism.

4. India and Kazakhstan signed five agreements during the two-day visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Kazakhstan.

List of Agreements signed

Agreement on Transfer of Sentenced Persons.
Agreement on Defence and Military – Technical Cooperation.
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation on Physical Cultural and Sports.
MoU on Technical Cooperation in the field of Railways.
Long term contract between Department of Atomic Energy, India and KazAtomProm for sale and purchase of natural uranium concentrates.

Sports:

1. World Boxing Organization (WBO) has stripped of the Welterweight World title 2015 won by Floyd Mayweather in May 2015.

Awards & Recognition:

1. World Bank has ranked the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Gurantee Act (MGNREGA) as the world’s largest public works program.

2. Pune’s prestigious Fergusson College, has been accorded the special heritage status by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

With the status, UGC will provide financial assistance for its upkeep. Now the college is among the 19 institutions in the country to get the heritage status.

3. The Film Society of Jodhpur was conferred with the Pritiman Sarkar Award 2014-15 for the consequent fourth time for being the best film society in Northern Region in raising awareness and film appreciation.

Economics:

1. Telangana government and International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) inked MoU to promote IT-based information for farmers. The MoU seeks to provide Information and Communication Technology (ICT)-based knowledge sharing platforms and other agricultural innovation initiatives to farmers in order to improve their productivity.

2. The Reserve Bank of India today fixed the reference rate of rupee at 63.5690 against the US dollar and at 69.9323 for the euro as against 63.3749 and 69.9659, respectively.

3. Country’s second largest IT services firm Infosys has signed a multi-million euro deal with Deutsche Bank.

Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, Infosys will provide services like development, application maintenance, digital and mobility, package implementation and testing services across the Deutsche Bank Group.

Appointments:

1. Eminent Ecologist Kamal Bawa has been elected as Fellow to the London based prestigious Royal Society. He was chosen in recognition of his pioneering contributions in the field of conservation science.

2. Sistema Shyam TeleServices (SSTL) that provides telecom services under the MTS brand today announced two senior leadership appointments with Bijender Yadav being named the chief technology officer (CTO) and Ashok Singh being named the chief operating officer (COO) of Kolkata and West Bengal circles.

3. The government has appointed Sriram Kalyanaraman as the next housing finance sector regulator. He is the first person from private sector to be appointed as head of a public sector financial institution.

4. Bharti Enterprises appointed Rahul Bhatnagar as its new Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer.

Science & Technology:

1. The National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) launched a mobile application named Pashu Poshan that will boost dairy farmers’ income by raising milk yield and cutting feed cost. The app will recommend a balanced diet for cows and buffaloes.

2. Scientists belonging to the University of Leicester and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine on 7 July 2015 published a research article that revealed the central role of Protein kinase (PfPKG) in regulating biochemical pathways in P falciparum parasite.

As per the scientists, the discovery would help in developing future anti-malarial drugs that are precisely designed to kill the parasite but with limited toxicity, hence, making them safe enough to be used by children and pregnant women.

3. HDFC Bank, the country’s second largest private sector bank, launched Watch Banking application for Apple Watch.

With this, HDFC became the first bank in India to offer the service of Watch Banking. In order to avail this service, customer will not be required to download a separate app but they just need to activate it from an upgraded version of HDFC Bank’s mobile banking app itself.

4. Union Minister for Communication and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad on 6 July 2015 launched four world-class broadband products developed by the C-DOT in New Delhi. (C-DOT stands for Centre for Development of Telematics)

They are- Long Distance Wi-Fi, Solar powered Wi-Fi, Suteerva and Next Generation Network (NGN).

Long Distance Wi-Fi and Solar powered Wi-Fi address the connectivity problem of rural areas, hilly terrain, highways, dense vegetation, tunnels etc.

5. The scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) created aQuantum Dot (QD) Spectrometer which is small enough to fit inside a smartphone camera. Spectrometers are the instruments that measure the properties of light.

6. eMudhra Limited, a leading certifying firm in the country for digital signatures, today launched eSign services.

eSign is an online electronic signature service which can facilitate an Aadhaar holder to digitally sign a document within seconds. The signatures generated by eSign are legally valid and secure under the Information Technology Act, 2000.

7. A new mobile ticketing app will now facilitate hassle free travel for 75 lakh daily suburban railway commuters.

The app will be initially available on Android and Windows smartphones but will soon be extended to other platforms such as iOS.

Death:

1. Jerome Charles Weintraub, the legendary producer who produced Ocean’s Eleven, died in a Santa Barbara hospital, California. He was 77.

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