DAILY GK UPDATES: 1st APRIL 2012

1. Ramnavami, the birthday of Lord Ram is being celebrated today with religious fervour and gaiety all over the country.
2. Odisha celebrates its 77th foundation day today. It was established on April 1, 1936, as a province in India, April 1st is therefore celebrated as Utkala Dibasa (formation day of Orissa).
3. RBI directed all the banks not to make payments against cheques, drafts, pay orders or banker's cheques if they are presented after the period of three months from date of issue with effect from 1st April, 2012 to mitigate frauds related with such instruments.
4. Indian tennis veteran Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek clinched the Men’s Double Title in Sony Ericsson Open in Miami today. By this win Leander Paes became only the 24th player in the ATP World Tour history to win 50 doubles titles.
5. DRDO Chief V K Saraswat today announced that Indian Navy will soon operate two nuclear submarines 'Nerpa' and INS Arihant. India is set to induct the Russian 'Nerpa' nuclear submarine next week and the indigenous nuclear under-water vessel - INS Arihant - will also be launched for operations in the near future.
6. State-owned oil companies hiked jet fuel price by about 3 per cent, the third time they have increased rates this month.
7. The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDA) has notified that premium rates for motor third party liability only cover will undergo an upward revision beginning 1 April 2012.
8. The implementation of Right to Education, RTE Act, completed 2 years today.
9. India has given $ 4.17 million to the UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF). This brings up India’s total contribution to 30 million dollars since the Fund was launched by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former US President George Bush in 2005 for promotion of democratic values.
10. India and UAE today signed a bilateral agreement on Mutual Assistance in Customs Matters. The agreement will enhance trade co-operation between the two countries and curb customs violations. The agreement was signed by the Chairman ,Central Board of Excise and Customs, S.K.Goel and the Acting Director General of UAE Federal Customs Authority, Khlaed Ali Al Bustani in Dubai .
11. The “Friends of Syria” meeting held in Istanbul today to explore ways to step up pressure on the Syrian regime and bolster the opposition. Foreign ministers from more than 70 Western and Arab countries met today.
12. Former Union Minister and ex-BCCI President NKP Salve passed away in New Delhi today due to age-related problems. He was 90.
13. Bhopal Municipal Corporation has launched “On-the Spot-fines” project in the Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal today. According to Project, Residents will have to pay on-the-spot-fines ranging from 50 rupees to two thousand rupees for throwing garbage and other insanitary activities in public places.
14. Assam is being developed as a model state for coconut production during 12th Plan period beginning today. 100 coconut processing units are planned to be set up in the state under Coconut Technology Mission during the period.
15. India has done a soft launch of its third research station in Antarctica's Larsemann Hills region, considered as one of the few geological windows into the history of the continent. The formal launch of the research station, Bharti is expected in November when it is summer time in the icy continent.
16. The leader of the 15-member team Mr. Rajesh Asthana said, the research station would address the growing urge in the Indian scientific community for exploring deeper and wider areas of Antarctica for better understanding of the vast continent.
17. Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska won the Women’s Single Title in Sony Ericsson Open at Miami today defeating world No.2 Maria Sharapova in the final. Radwanska's victory was her second of the year following a triumph in Dubai and her ninth WTA title.
18. Pro-democracy leader of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi won the Kawhmu (a city southwest of the commercial capital Yangon) seat in a historic by-election that is testing Myanmar's nascent reform credentials and could convince the West to end sanctions.
19. The US Senate confirmed career diplomat Nancy Powell as ambassador to India, a position that had remained vacant for the past year.

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