Daily GK Update - 1st February 2015
1. 18th National Conference on e-
Governance held in Gujarat i. 18th National Conference on e-Governance was held in Gandhinagar,
Gujarat from 30 January 2015 to 31 January 2015 ii. The main Theme of the Conferenc e was Digital Governance New Frontiers.
The focus sector was Skill Development & Employability.
iii. The conferenc e was organised jointly
by Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances (DARPG) under Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions and Department
of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) under Ministry of Communications & Information Technology.
iv. Chief Minister of Gujarat Anandiben Patel and the Minister of State in the Prime Minister Office and Personnel
distributed National e-Governance Awards for the year 2014-15 in 12 different categories concerning various aspects of e-Governance.
2. Union Government released Commemorative Postage stamps with Swachh Bharat Mission as theme
i. The Commemorative Postage stamps on the theme of Swachh Bharat Mission were released on 30 January 2015 at
Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi to mark the Martyrdom Day of Mahatma Gandhi. ii. The stamps were released by the Union Ministry for Communications &
Information Technology. iii. The design of the stamps was selected through a competition among
the children on the theme of Swachh Bharat Mission. iv. The Swachh Bharat Mission was launched by the Prime Minister
Narendra Modi on 2 October 2014, on the occasion of Birth Anniversary of
3. Filmfare awards announced
i. Vikas Bahl's coming-of-age drama
Queen triumphed at the 60th Filmfare awards, winning in key categories including best film, best director and best actress for its lead star Kangana Ranaut.
ii. Vishal Bhardwaj's Shakespearean tale 'Haider' bagged five wins which includes a black lady for Shahid Kapoor in the best
actor category and best supporting honours for Tabu and Kay Kay Menon. iii. Alia Bhatt bagged the best actress (Critics) trophy for Highway and Sanjay
Mishra won the best actor (Critics) for his outstanding performance in Ankhon Dekhi, which also earned director-writer Rajat Kapoor the best story gong.
iv. Ankit Tiwari won best male playback singer for Galiyaan from Ek Villain and Kanika Kapoor was named best female
playback singer for Baby Doll from Ragini MMS 2. v. Trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy won best music director for their work in 2 States.
Best lyrics honour went to Rashmi Singh for Muskurane from 'CityLights' 4. NASA launches Earth-observing
i. It is on a mission to track the amount of water locked in soil, which may help residents in low-lying regions brace for
floods or farmers get ready for drought conditions.
ii. A Delta 2 rocket carrying Soil Moisture
Active Passive (SMAP) satellite was launched early Saturday from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Californias
central coast. iii. Besides the satellite, the rocket also carried three research nanosatellites for JPL, Montana State University and
California Polytechnic State University. 5. Djokovic wins Australian Open
i. At Melbourne on Sunday, Djokovic won his fifth Australian Open crown, beating
Andy Murray 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-0 in an old fashioned slugfest where the pair went toe-to-toe like two prize fighters
before the Serb knocked the Scotsman out. ii. The only man to win more Australian titles than Djokovic is Roy Emerson, who
chalked up six in the 1960s. iii. Murray put Djokovic under immediate pressure with three break points in the third game of the opening set, played in
cool and windy conditions on Rod Laver Arena.
6. Hingis, Paes win i. The seventh seeds were in their first major outing as a pairing and drew on all their experience to down the third seeds,
Frances Kristina Mladenovic and Canadian Daniel Nester, 6-4, 6-3. ii. Hingis, the holder of five Grand Slam
singles titles, now has 11 major doubles crowns nine womens and two mixed. iii. Paes, 41, has won eight mens doubles and seven mixed doubles Grand Slams
and said he planned to aim for more, with retirement not on his mind.
Daily GK Updates - 2nd February 2015
1. Reliance teams up with State Bank of India for payments bank i . Looking to foray into banking business,
Reliance Industries has teamed up with state-run behemoth SBI to apply for a payments bank licence. ii . RIL and SBI put in a joint application to
the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to set up a payment bank that can offer services such as remittances and deposits but not
iii . The nation's largest lender SBI, which being a commercial bank could not apply for a payment bank license, will hold 30%
in the joint venture. RIL will be the promoter and hold the balance 70%.
iv. RIL and SBI partnership comes close on the heels of the recently-announced Airtel-Kotak joint venture.
2. India, China launch Visit India Year in China i . External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj
and Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Yang jointly launched the Visit India Year in China at a function in Beijing.
ii . The initiative is aimed at enhancing the flow of tourists from China to India and
strengthen the people to people bond.
iii . It is agreed to designate 2015 as Visit India Year in China and 2016 as Visit
China Year in India. iv. Under this, the two sides will carry out a series of promotional activities to boost two-way tourism inflow and strengthen
people to people bonds. 3. 5-day conference on wildlife poaching
begins in Nepal i . Officials from 13 countries across Asia are beginning a five-day conference in Nepal to discuss wildlife poaching.
ii . Conservationists in the region are battling to save several endangered species including tigers, rhinos, elephants and snow leopards.
iii . The focus of this regional conference is to explore ways of ending poaching altogether.
4. Bharat Rang Mahotsav begins in Delhi i . The 17th edition of Bharat Rang Mahotsav begins in the national capital.
ii . Organised annually by the National School of Drama, NSD, the theatre festival was inaugurated by Culture Minister Dr Mahesh Sharma and National
Award-winning actor and NSD alumnus Om Puri.
iii . Both national and international performances including those from
Poland, Israel, USA, France, Bangladesh will figure in the Festival which will continue upto the 18th of this month.
5. Aditya Birla, Future Group apply for payment bank licences i . Aditya Birla Nuvo Ltd, Future Group and
Vakrangee Ltd sought permission from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to set up payments banks.
ii . A payments bank licence will allow
companies to accept deposits of up to Rs.1 lakh and increase payment options, especially for people who have no bank accounts.
iii . Aditya Birla Nuvo will hold 51% stake in the proposed payments bank and the remaining 49% will be owned by Idea
Cellular iv. The Kishore Biyani-led Future Group, parent of Future Retail Ltd, also has filed an application for a permit.
6. HIV treatment to be linked to Aadhaar i . Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) Treatment for HIV/AIDS infection will
now be linked to Aadhaar. ii . Even those coming for HIV infection testing will have to produce their
Aadhaar cards. This is to avoid duplication of patients going to several ART Centres for testing.
iii . The National Aids Control Organisation (NACO) has created a special software
which will identify a patient who goes for testing at different centres and gets registered at all the centres.
7. SIT likely to reinvestigate 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases i . The government is likely to accept the
recommendation of a committee led b y former Supreme Court judge G.P. Mathur to set up a Special Investigation Team
(SIT) to probe the 1984 anti -Sikh riots. ii . The riots, which followed assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984, claimed over 3,000
lives, of which 2,000 fell prey to violence in Delhi. 8. Kanagasabapathy Sripavan appointed
as Chief Justice of Sri Lanka i . The new president of Sri lanka Maithripala Sirisena has appointed
Kanagasabapathy Sripavan as the country's top lawyer. Sripavan sworn in as Sri Lanka's 44th chief justice.
ii . Justice Sripavan succeeded Shirani
Bandaranayake who resigned on 29 January 2015. iii . Sripavan is the second Tamil to be the Chief Justice of the Sri Lankan Supreme
Court. The first Tamil to hold this highest judicial post in Sri Lanka was Suppiah Sharvananda, who served between 1984
Daily GK Updates - 3rd February 2015
1. RBI releases Rs 42,000 crore to fund FY16 growth
i . Banks will have headroom to lend an additional Rs 42,000 crore because of Reserve Bank of India's move to bring
down by 50 basis points the statutory liquidity ratio the portion of deposits that banks must invest in government bonds.
ii . Rajan left the repo rate the rate at which it lends overnight funds to banks unchanged at 7.75%. RBI also retained the cash reserve ratio the portion of
deposits that banks have to maintain with RBI at 4%. iii . The c entral bank expects that
economy growth will pick up to 6.5% in FY16 which will result in an increased demand for funds in the banking sector. The cut in SLR is expected to help banks
prepare their cash reserves to fund this growth.
2. RBI doubles forex remittance limit to $250,000