GK Update 28th March, 2017

By: D.K Choudhary

 World Theatre Day- 27th March
i. World Theatre Day is observed globally on 27th March every year. World Theatre Day was initiated in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI), France.
ii. The first World Theatre Day Message was written by Jean Cocteau in 1962.
Environment Ministry official to chair animal welfare board
i. The government has notified that Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), a statutory advisory body under the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF) will now be permanently chaired by a senior MoEF official.
ii. This step came into effect due to the recently held Jallikattu Protest in Karnataka. Central Government applies its preference now in the management of the organization by making a new Board of 18 members, chaired by Sharad Singh Negi, Special Secretary and Director-General (Forests).
CCEA approved closing of CHBL and ICBL
i. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved closure/winding up of CREDA HPCL Biofuel Ltd (CHBL) and IndianOil – Chhattisgarh Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA) Biofuels Limited (ICBL).
ii. Joint Ventures between CREDA HPCL Biofuel Ltd (CHBL) and IndianOil-CREDA Biofuels Limited (ICBL) were formed for carrying out energy crop (Jatropha) plantation and production of bio-diesel in 2008 and 2009 respectively.
AP tops in Aadhaar seeding of Jan Dhan accounts
i. The list of state with highest seeded Aadhaar numbers was topped by Andhra Pradesh which had linked 87.73 per cent of its Jan-Dhan accounts with Aadhaar numbers followed by Tripura at 87.08 per cent and Telangana 83.56 percent.
ii. Post demonetization of specified bank notes on November 8, 2016, more accounts under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) have been seeded with Aadhaar numbers.
GIC to be first PSU general insurer to launch IPO
i. General Insurance Corporation (GIC Re) is likely to be the first PSU insurer to tap the capital market as the Finance Ministry has started scouting for merchant bankers to manage its Initial Public Offering (IPO), yet not officially released.
ii. The government holds 100 per cent stake in GIC Re, which provides reinsurance support to 54 general and life insurance companies, both public and private, in the Indian market.
 Karnataka Bank’s launched platinum card
i. Karnataka Bank has launched the ‘MoneyPlant RuPay International Platinum Debit Card’ to provide more privileges to its premium and HNI (high net worth individual) customers.
ii. The card can be used for domestic and international cash withdrawals and purchases. The card has a withdrawal limit of Rs5,000 and purchases limit ofRs2 lakh a day at point-of-sales terminals and e-commerce sites.
Repco ties up with NHB 
i. Repco Home Finance Ltd (RHFL) has signed an agreement with National Housing Bank (NHB) for implementation of a credit-linked subsidy scheme for the middle-income group.
ii. The scheme will be implemented for one year with effect from January 1, 2017, in all statutory towns. The scheme divides middle-income group into two categories with annual household income up to Rs12 lakh and Rs 18 lakh.
iii. The subsidy will be available for the two brackets for a loan amount of Rs 9 lakh and Rs 12 lakh at the rate of 4 per cent and 3 per cent per annum, respectively, for a tenure of 20 years. The maximum subsidy amount for an individual beneficiary is Rs 2.35 lakh.
Pawan Hans ties-up with HAL to train helicopter pilots
i. State-run Pawan Hans has joined hands with public sector chopper maker Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) to train helicopter pilots.
ii. Pawan Hans is a joint venture where state-owned ONGC holds 49 per cent.
BHEL commissions 250-MW eco-friendly unit in Gujarat
i. State-owned power equipment maker BHEL has commissioned a 250-MW eco-friendly unit using low-grade coal (lignite) as a primary fuel.
ii. The lignite-based thermal unit, based on circulating fluidised bed combustion (CFBC) technology, is the second such facility to be commissioned at Bhavnagar Energy Company’s (BECL) 2×250-MW thermal power project at Padva in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat.
Conference on ‘Make in India’ held in Houston
i. A first-ever Houston India conference on ‘Make in India’ was held in Houston, the USA, for bringing together various constituencies that have an interest in doing business in India and discussing the latest developments.
ii.  The two-day Houston India Conference was hosted by Asia Society Texas Center which began on 25th March 2017. The theme of the Conference is ‘Make in India -The Inside Story’.
HDFC Bank’s Aditya Puri named in world’s 30 Best CEOs list
i. American financial magazine Barron’s has listed the name of HDFC Bank Managing Director Aditya Puri’s name in its list of world’s 30 best CEOs.
ii. He holds the 23rd position in the list beating social media giant Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg who is listed on the 30th spot.
iii. The top position has been secured by Mary Barra of General Motors.
Anupam Kher receives Kala Ratan Award from Vice President
i. Veteran actor Anupam Kher was honored with the Kala Ratan Award by Vice President Hamid Ansari at Punjab University, Chandigarh.
ii. Anupam Kher was honored him the Padma Shri in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan in 2016 for his contribution in the field of cinema and arts.

BSF gets first woman combat officer after 51 years
i. Tanushree Pareek became the first woman combat officer to be commissioned in the 51-year history of the BSF, the country’s largest border guarding force.
ii. A resident of Rajasthan’s Bikaner, she is the first woman to join the force in the officer rank after she was selected in the all-India exam conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) in 2014.
World’s largest capstone discovered by archaeologists in Telangana
i. The archaeology department of Telangana has discovered the world’s largest capstone after excavating an ancient human burial site in Siddipet district, Telangana. The capstone of the menhir burial reportedly weighs about 40 tonnes.
Australia fast bowler Shaun Tait retires from cricket
i. Australia fast bowler Shaun Tait has announced his retirement from international cricket. Tait who last played for Australia in a Twenty20 international against India in January 2016, cited his chronic elbow trouble as the reason for quitting the game.
14-year-old becomes first girl to swim from Sea Link to Gateway of India
i. Gauri Singh, 14-year-old girl became the first girl to explore the route from Sea Link near Worli Koliwada to the Gateway of India.
ii. The 36 km long distance route, which she started was completed in 6 hours and 30 minutes.
FIFA U-17 World Cup: Kolkata to host final
i. FIFA confirmed that the Salt Lake stadium in Kolkata will be the venue of the final of the FIFA Under 17 World Cup to be held later in 2017.
ii. The World Cup gets underway from October 6, 2017 and the slogan of the tournament will be “Football Takes Over“.
Important Takeaways from above G.K. Update
    • World Theatre Day is celebrated on 27th March
    • WTD is organized by International Theatre Institute (ITI)
    • ITI is headquartered in Paris, France
    • Chairperson of Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) is Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi
    • Full form of CREDA- Chhattisgarh Renewable Energy Development Agency
    • Full form of CHBL- CREDA HPCL Biofuel Ltd and Full form of CHBL- CREDA HPCL Biofuel Ltd
    • Karnataka bank has launched ‘MoneyPlant RuPay International Platinum Debit Card’
    • Karnataka bank headquarter is in Mangalore
    • Karnataka bank was founded in 1924
    • Karnataka bank motto is’Your family bank across India’
    • CEO of Karnataka bank is Polali Jayarama Bhat.
    • The first-ever Houston India conference on ‘Make in India’ was held in Houston, the USA
    • The theme of the Conference is ‘Make in India-The Inside Story’
    • The Make in India initiative was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September 2014
    • NHB CEO is  Shri Sriram Kalyanaraman
    • NHB headquarter is in New Delhi
    • NHB founded in 1988
    • RHFL ties with NHB for implementation of credit-linked subsidy scheme for the middle-income group.
  • Pawan Hans ties-up with HAL to train helicopter pilots
  • HAL- the Company which had its origin as the Hindustan Aircraft Company was incorporated on 23 Dec 1940 at Bangalore by Shri Walchand Hirachand
  • Shri T. Suvarna Raju is the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of HAL
  • BSF full form is Border Security Force
  • BSF was formed in 1965
  • Tanushree Pareek, first woman combat officer commissioned in the 51-year history of the BSF.
  • Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) now be permanently chaired by a senior MoEF
  • AWBI is a statutory advisory body on Animal Welfare Laws and promotes animal welfare in the country
  • AWBI was established in 1962
  • Full form of MoEF is Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change
  • The board will be chaired by Sharad Singh Negi for the tenure of three years 
  • Anupam Kher was honored with the Kala Ratan Award
  • The award was given by Vice President of India Hamid Ansari
  • CEO of HDFC bank is Aditya Puri has been listed as the 23rd in the world’s 30 best CEO list by Barron’s Magazine
  • The list is topped by Mary Barra of General Motors
  • HDFC bank headquarter is in Mumbai
  • HDFC bank was founded in 1994.
  • GIC headquarter is in Mumbai
  • GIC was founded in 1972
  • Chairman-cum-Managing Director of GIC is Mrs. Alice G Vaidyan.
  • FIFA world cup final will be held in Salt Lake stadium, Kolkata
  • FIFA full form is  International Federation of Association Football
  • Gianni Infantino is the President of FIFA.

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