G.K Update 21,July 2016 (English)
BY: D.K Choudhary
1. Rohit Khandelwal becomes first Indian to win Mr. World title
i. Rohit Khandelwal has become the first Indian to win the title of Mr. World at a grand ceremony at Southport in England. He received a whopping cash prize of 50,000 US dollars. However, the first runner-up crown went to Mr. Puerto Rico.
ii. Rohit defeated 47 other contestants from across the globe to bag the title. Born in Hyderabad in 1989, Mr. Khandewal, is a model, actor and television personality. He is also the winner of Mr. India 2015 contest.
iii. Mr. World is a 2-3 week competition designed to test the candidates in a variety of ways through a series of challenge events, interviews, and a final stage show. These challenges test every aspect deemed necessary to be “The World’s Most Desirable Man.”
2. NITI Aayog & Intel India Sign SOI to Kick-off Atal Tinkering Lab Initiative for Young Innovators
i. NITI Aayog and Intel India sign Statement of Intent (SOI) to start Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATL) Initiative for Young Innovators as a part of its flagship programme the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM).
ii. The aim of setting up Atal Tinkering Laboratories is to build relevant skill sets among youngsters and to provide access to technology that will enable solutions. The Atal Tinkering Labs that will be established in schools all across the country with the technical support of Intel Technology India Pvt. Ltd.
iii. These laboratories intend to impact 250,000 youth with innovation skills & skills for the future across 500 communities & schools. Intel will support NITI Aayog in building capacities of mentors and developing linkages with Maker ecosystem for quality improvement of projects made by youth, facilitating ideation, design thinking, and prototyping workshops through industry experts and co-lead an innovation festival which reaches out to 500,000 young innovators.
3. ECI Launches SVEEP portal in Hindi
i. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has launched the SVEEP Portal in the Hindi language along with two other releases in the sidelines of the Conference of Chief Electoral Officers of States by the Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi.
ii. The Series of Launches are : Launch of SVEEP Portal in Hindi, Launch of Matdaata Mahotsav Document and Film, and Release of NERP Handbook.
iii. However, SVEEP Portal is a web-based application, accessible to the Chief Electoral Officers and all other stakeholders and serves as a window for easy accessibility of various initiatives of the Commission. While, a document and a film on Matdaata Mahotsav which was held in Central Park from 14th – 17th January 2016 and Handbook on NERP (National Electoral Rolls Purification) to further improve upon the Electoral Roll and ensure it stays error free in a standardized form.
4. SC accepts structural reforms in BCCI
i. The Supreme Court (SC) has accepted the major recommendations of the Lodha Committee on reforms to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), including a bar on ministers and civil servants and those above 70 from becoming its members.
ii. It, however, left it to Parliament to decide whether it should come under the RTI and betting on the game should be legalised.
iii. The court has also accepted the recommendations of the committee headed by retired Chief Justice of India (CJI) Justice R M Lodha to have a CAG nominee in the BCCI.
5. SBI launches Rs 7,000 crore stressed assets fund with Brookfield
i. Country’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) SBI and Brookfield Asset Management have set up a joint venture (JV) with an initial commitment of over $1 billion to make investments in businesses with stressed assets.
ii. Brookfield will commit around Rs 7,000 crore and SBI up to 5 percent of the total investments into stressed assets, the state-owned bank said in a statement.
iii. The JV will evaluate and invest in various stressed assets, relying upon Brookfield’s operational expertise to manage recapitalised businesses. At a later stage, the JV may seek participation from other lenders in the identified assets.
6. Paytm ties up with grocery retailer Heritage Fresh
i. Mobile payment and commerce platform Paytm has entered into a strategic alliance with Hyderabad-based grocery retailer Heritage Fresh as Paytm aims to provide more and more users the convenience and safety of cashless transactions.
ii. So with the effect of this tie up, payments made through Paytm will now be accepted at all the 114 supermarket stores of Heritage Fresh in Hyderabad, Bengaluru, and Chennai.
iii. Heritage Foods Limited is one of the largest private sector dairy enterprises in Southern India and the brand “Heritage Fresh” is a leading food and grocery brand of it.
7. Russian PM suspends its sports minister
i. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has suspended Deputy Sports Minister Yury Nagornykh, who was named in a report on the doping of Russian athletes at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
ii. The investigation was led by Canadian sports lawyer Richard McLaren, who sat on the independent commission that last year exposed doping and corruption in Russian track and field, leading to its exclusion from the international competition.
iii. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) did not spell out whether it would heed growing calls for Olympic bans already imposed on Russia’s track and field athletes and weightlifters to be extended to all its competitors in Games in Rio de Janeiro in August.
8. Nigerian journalist wins BBC World News Komla Dumor Award
i. A Nigerian journalist Didi Akinyelure has won the second BBC World News Komla Dumor Award for 2016.
ii. Didi Akinyelure is a prime-time news anchor in Nigeria and presents business news for CNBC, which broadcasts across the continent. She has been working with the CNBC Africa team since 2013. Prior to that, she worked in the asset management finance sector in Nigeria and in the UK.
iii. The award was established to honour Ghanaian BBC World News presenter Komla Dumor, who died suddenly aged 41 in 2014. The Komla Dumor award aims to celebrate African journalism and reward exceptional talent. The first Komla Dumor Award was won by Ugandan news anchor Nancy Kacungira.
9. Steve Elworthy appointed as the Managing Director of 2019 World Cup
i. The International Cricket Council (ICC) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) jointly announced that Steve Elworthy had been appointed as Managing Director of the ICC Cricket World Cup, which will be held in England and Wales in 2019.
ii. Mr. Elworthy will also have an oversight of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 and the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, which will both be staged in England and Wales.
iii. Mr. Elworthy is a former South Africa fast bowler who played four Tests and 39 ODIs and also featured in the Commonwealth Games 1998 and the ICC Cricket World Cup 1999. In his new role as Managing Director of the ICC Cricket World 2019, Elworthy will oversee a dedicated Lord’s based team responsible for all aspects of the tournament including marketing, logistics, cricket operations, volunteering, and security.
10. Indian boy’ project to safeguard fishermen bags Google Community Impact award in Asia region
i. An Indian boy from Tamil Nadu has won the community impact awards from Google for his project of mobile GPS that keeps fishermen safe from invisible maritime boundaries. 14-year old Advay Ramesh won the mentioned prize for Asia-Pacific region in the Google Science Fair of 2016.
ii. Under this fair, Google has awarded 25 innovative Community Impact student projects across the globe that solve community and health resource challenges using science.
iii. Google selected top 100 ideas out of thousands of projects submitted. This includes 14 projects from Indian students. The top 16 global finalists will join Google in Mountain View on September 27 for their sixth annual Awards Celebration. To help develop their project, each winner will also be awarded $1,000 in an educational scholarship and a year-long mentorship from a Google Science Fair partner organization.
11. The Western Union appoints Sohini Rajola as new Vice-President
i. International remittance company the Western Union appointed Sohini Rajola as Regional Vice President, India and South Asia.
ii. Rajola will be responsible for managing and developing the Western Union business across India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Maldives, and Bhutan.
iii. Prior to the Western Union, Rajola was the Senior Vice President and Head – Digital Banking of Axis Bank.
12. Sarvita Sethi appointed Coca-Cola VP-Finance for India and South West Asia
i. Beverages major Coca-Cola has appointed Sarvita Sethi as the new Vice-President-Finance for India and South West Asia.
ii. Sethi takes over from Sanjeev Kumar, who moves to Lagos as Director Finance, Coca-Cola West Africa and will be heading finance operations for 31 countries and will report to Peter Njonjo, President, Coca-Cola West Africa Business Unit.
iii. While Sarvita will report to Venkatesh Kini, President, Coca-Cola India, and South West Asia. She has been a part of Coca-Cola for eight years and earlier she was Commercial Finance Director – Great Britain and Ireland, based in London.
13. Oldest litigant of Ayodhya dispute Mohammad Hashim Ansari passes away
i. The oldest litigant of Babri Mosque Ram Janmbhumi dispute of Ayodhya, Mohammad Hashim Ansari has passed away. The 96-year-old Ansari, who was ailing for some time due to heart-related ailments, breathed his last at his house in Ayodhya.
ii. Ansari had been associated with the Babri mosque dispute case since December 1949 but had filed the case in December 1961 along with six others about the disputed matter.
iii. Allahabad High Court in 2010 in its majority verdict allotted one-third of the disputed site in Ayodhya to Nirmohi Akahara. The other two-thirds portion has been given equally to be shared by the Waqf Board and the side representing Ram Lalla. Soon after the verdict, Ansari had called for burying the dispute and making “a fresh start”.
14. Hockey legend Mohammed Shahid passes away
i. Noted Indian hockey player Mohammed Shahid has passed away in Gurgaon due to multiple organ failures. He was 56 years old.
ii. He was a member of the V Baskaran-led Indian team that won a Gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
iii. Mohammed Shahid was born on 14 April 1960 in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. He was known for his dribbling skills and was considered one of India’s greatest hockey players. He was a part of the national team that won a silver medal at the Delhi Asian Games in 1982 and bronze in the Seoul Asiad in 1986. He has also received the Arjuna Award in 1981 and was honoured with Padma Shri in 1986.