GK Update In English 05th May 2018

By: D.K Chaudhary

1. ‘Vibrant North East 2018’ Held in Guwahati

i. The ‘Vibrant North East 2018′, an event in which people would be made aware of central government’s schemes and programmes, was held in Guwahati, Assam.
ii. The event is organised by Delhi-based NGO, Centre for Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD). The main purpose of the event is to disseminate information about the schemes, grants and projects of the Central Government to ensure that they are implemented as envisaged officially.
  • Assam CM- Sarbanand Sonowal, Governor- Jagdish Mukhi.
2. Google Grants $3 Million for e-Learning, Teachers in India
i. Google’s philanthropic arm Google.org has announced $3 million in grants for teacher training and educational content creation in India.
ii. The organisation committed $1 million to TheTeacherApp to help them reach 5,00,000 teachers in two years, besides a $2-million grant and technical assistance from YouTube to the Central Square Foundation.
  • Founded by Vinod Karate in 2016, TheTeacherApp is a non-profit Delhi-based organisation.
  • Google CEO- Sundar Pichai, Parent organization- Alphabet Inc., Headquarters- the USA.
3. PGCIL Inks Pact With Power Ministry for Rs.25,000 crore Capex
i. State-run Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) has inked a pact with the Ministry of Power to incur capital expenditure of Rs.25,000 crore for the current fiscal. The MoU includes various targets to be achieved by Powergrid during 2018-19.
ii. Other targets in the MoU inter-alia include parameters related to human resources, project management, research & development, innovation and other efficiency and operational performance parameters.
  • Raj Kumar Singh is the Minister of State (I/C) of the Ministry of Power.
4. India at 11th Spot in AT Kearney FDI Confidence Index 2018, USA Tops
i. Global consultant AT Kearney released the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index 2018, an annual survey which tracks the impact of political, economic and regulatory changes on the FDI preferences of Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) of the country.
ii. The United States (US) topped the index, followed by Canada at 2nd and Germany at the 3rd place. The index ranked India at the 11th spot, three places down from the previous year. In the year 2017, India was ranked 8th. It is the first time since 2015 that India has been pushed out of the top 10. 
5. Cultural Festival in Egypt to Commemorate 157th Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore
i. India is organising a five-day cultural festival in Egypt to commemorate the 157th birth anniversary of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. An exhibition on the paintings of Tagore titled ‘Rabindranath Tagore: Rhythm in Colours’ will be held in Giza.
ii. The festival is being organised by the Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture, the cultural wing of the Indian Embassy in Cairo.
  • Sanjay Bhattacharyya is India’s Ambassador to Egypt.
  • Cairo is the capital of Egypt.
  • Egyptian pound is the currency of Egypt.

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