G.K update 14th September 2016 (English)
By: D.K Choudhary
Union Cabinet Approvals
i. Cabinet approves Extradition Treaty between India and Afghanistan
ii. Cabinet approves Bilateral Technical Arrangement between India and Switzerland
iii. Cabinet approves extension of contract between India and the International Seabed Authority.
iv. Cabinet approves MoU between India and Kenya on cooperation in the field of National Housing Policy
v. India, South Africa in ICT cooperation pact
Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa removed as Arunachal Pradesh governor
i. Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa was removed from the post of Arunachal Pradesh Governor.
ii. The V. Shanmuganathan, Governor of Meghalaya has been given the charge of Arunachal Pradesh by President Pranab Mukherjee .
Subramanian Swamy was awarded ‘Tamil Ratna’ in US
i. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has been honoured with ‘Tamil Ratna’ award by a body of Tamil diaspora in New York for fighting corruption and working for more transparency in the functioning of the government.
‘Bhattacharya, Kochhar among most powerful women outside US’
i. India’s top women bankers, SBI chief Arundhati Bhattacharya, ICICI head Chanda Kochhar and Axis Bank CEO Shikha Sharma, are among the 50 most powerful women based outside the US, according to a list by Fortune, which is topped by Banco Santander’s boss Ana Bot.
ii. Bhattacharya, 60 is ranked second on the list, while Kochhar comes in at the fifth spot and Sharma in the 19th position in Fortune’s ‘50 Most Powerful Women International’ list, which has ranked the women based outside the US.
CCEA approves proposal for initiation of 3rd phase of TEQIP
i. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the proposal for initiation of the Third Phase of Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP).
ii. The project will be implemented as a Central Sector Scheme with total project outlay of 3600 crore rupees.
CM inaugurates week-long Onam celebrations in state
i. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has inaugurated the Onam celebrations in Thiruvananthapuram.
ii. The inaugural ceremony also witnessed the state government honouring noted playback singer P Jayachandran, who has completed 50 years in the field of music.
Cabinet approves establishment of Higher Education Financing Agency
i. The Cabinet has approved the creation of the Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA), taking a step closer to developing high quality infrastructure in premier educational institutions.
ii. The HEFA would be formed as a SPV within a PSU Bank or Government-owned-NBFC (Promoter).
Wadhwa Group ties-up with Snapdeal
i. Realty player Wadhwa Group has tied-up with e-commerce platform Sanpdeal to make its properties accessible to customers online.
ii. With this tie-up, the Wadhwa Group has stepped into the e-commerce space, and is now showcasing their project.
Chinappa rises to 10th in PSA rankings
i. In Women’s Ranking Indian squash player Joshna Chinappa rose to 10th while Deepika Pallikal remained at 19th in the latest Professional Squash Association (PSA) rankings.
ii. In the men’s rankings, Saurav Ghosal dropped to 21st from his previous perch of 17th. Mahesh Mangaonkar gained a position to be on 60th, while Vikram Malhotra remained 73rd.
Deepa Malik becomes first Indian woman to win medal at Paralympics
i. India’s Deepa Malik created history by becoming the first ever woman from the country to win a medal at the Paralympics.
ii. With the win, she confirmed India’s third medal from the Rio Paralympics. She will receive a cash award of Rs 4 crore under Haryana Sports Scheme for winning the silver medal.
World’s longest bullet train network established in China
i. World’s longest bullet train network length of 2000kms established by China Railway. Construction of the line started in December 2012
ii. The line has 9 stations and trains run at a speed of up to 300 kph.
iii. China is conducting feasibility study to build the bullet train track between Chennai and New Delhi.