GK Update: 21th september, 2016 (English)
By; D.K Choudhary
India successfully test-fires surface-to-air missile
i. India has successfully test-fired its new, long-range surface-to-air missile jointly developed with Israel from a defence base off Odisha coast.
ii. The missile was launched from a mobile launcher at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur.
Punjabi version of PM Narendra Modi’s website launched
i. People can now visit the PM Modi’s website in the Punjabi language at the URL www.pmindia.gov.in/pa.
ii. The website which was initially started in English and Hindi, is now accessible in nine regional languages – Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Tamil, Telugu and Punjabi.
Param-Ishan supercomputer unveiled at IIT Guwahati
i. HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar has unveiled the ‘Param-Ishan’ supercomputer at IIT Guwahati.
ii. The high-performance “Param-Ishan” has computing speed of 250 teraFLOPS and capacity of 300 tera bites (TB).
Railways to launch Yatri Mitra for differently-abled
i. The Ministry of Railways has announced the launch of ‘Yatri Mitra Seva’, through Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) to provide wheelchair-cum-porter services for the differently-abled, elderly and ailing passengers at major railway stations.
Vladimir Putin’s Big Win
i. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party won a huge victory in the country’s parliamentary election.
ii. Putin’s party had won 54% of the vote in elections for the Duma, the lower house of parliament.
China, Russia conducted joint naval exercises Joint Sea-2016
i. Chinese and Russian naval forces began joint naval exercises in the South China Sea.
ii. The 8-day exercises would highlight marine corps units in “live-fire drills, sea crossing and island landing operations and island defense.
First Indian music-dance festival starts in Australia
i. The 10-week long festival “Confluence: Festival of India” was inaugurated by Union Tourism and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma in Sydney, Australia.
India’s GDP to grow by 8% over next few yrs: S&P
i. Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings has forecasted a “relatively high quality and steroid-free” GDP growth of 8% for India over the next few years.
ii. This would be backed by a broadening consumption base.
Vijaya Bank rolls out 3 new apps
i. Vijaya Bank has launched 3 innovative information technology products.
ii. The new IT products, according to Kishore Sansi, Managing Director and CEO of Vijaya Bank, are: VPAYQWIK, Vijaya *99# and V-eConnect+.
ADB approves $631 million loan for Vizag-Chennai industrial corridor
i. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $ 631 million loan to develop the proposed Vishakhapatnam- Chennai industrial corridor, the first such along a coastline in India.
ii. Part of the larger East Coast Economic Corridor (ECEC) that will extend 2,500 km from Kolkata in West Bengal and Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu, the government expects the project to bring manufacturing and export industries to India’s east coast.
New ED for Syndicate Bank
i. SS Mallikarjuna Rao has taken charge as executive director of Syndicate Bank. Prior to joining the bank, Rao was General Manager and CFO of Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC), looking after alternate delivery channels, marketing and publicity.
Facebook appoints Anand Chandrasekaran for its Messenger app
i. Facebook has roped in former chief product officer at Snapdeal, Anand Chandrasekaran, for a strategic role for its Messenger app.
ii. Chandrasekaran, who served as the senior director of mobile and search products at Yahoo between 2011 and 2014.
Jubilant FoodWorks CEO Ajay Kaul resigns
i. Ajay Kaul has resigned as the Chief Executive Officer of Jubilant FoodWorks Limited.
ii. However, Kaul will continue in his current role till March 2017.
BSE ties up with Twitter to provide live stock updates
i. Investors can now track BSE updates real-time on Twitter by following the official Bombay Stock Exchange account.
ii. The investors can now get live updates of BSE Sensex levels, stock prices and opening and closing figures of Sensex companies.
Deaf shooter Priyesha Deshmukh wins bronze in World Championship
i. Deaf Indian shooter Priyesha Deshmukh won the bronze medal in her first-ever international competition at the first World Deaf Shooting Championships held in Kazan, Russia.
ii. She won bronze in the 10m air rifle category and it was her maiden international participation.