Monday, 6 May 2013

DAILY GK UPDATE 5-6TH May

1.    India, China agree to status quo in Ladakh: MEA
i. India and China have agreed to restore status quo, as it was prior to April 15, along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh and flag meetings have been held to confirm the arrangements, the ministry of external affairs (MEA) said Monday.
ii. "The governments of India and China have agreed to restore status quo ante along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Western Sector of the India-China boundary as it existed prior to April 15, 2013,
iii. Flag meetings have been held to work out the modalities and to confirm the arrangements," 
iv. India, China foreign ministers to discuss bilateral, regional and global issues and proposed visit to India of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang,"
v. India and China Sunday ended the 20-day border stand-off by agreeing to pull back their
troops to their respective positions prior to April 15 - when Chinese troops had intruded 19 km on the Indian side of the LAC in Ladakh's Depsang area.
vi. Chinese troops had entered the Indian side of the LAC - the de-facto border - and pitched tents, causing concern in India. Indian troops also moved troops closer to the area.
vii. After prolonged negotiations, Indian and Chinese soldiers Sunday evening pulled back to positions that existed prior to April 15.

2.    Najib sworn in Malaysia’s PM
i. Najib Razak was on Monday, sworn-in as Malaysia’s prime minister for the second time.
ii. 59-year-old Najib took the oath before King Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam at Istana Negara palace, urging all Malaysians to accept his coalition's victory. 
iii. The Election Commission chairman Tan Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof announced that ruling Barisan Nasional (National Front) coalition led by Najib Razak has taken a simple majority with 133 seats, 21 more than the threshold required to form a government.
iv. The opposition alliance led by Anwar Ibrahim Pakatan Rakyat won 89 seats.
v. Najib won his parliamentary seat from Pekan.
vi. Najib thanked voters for their support of the coalition to continue to lead the country.

3.    RBI fixes reference rate of rupee for dollar, Euro
i. The Reserve Bank of India today fixed the reference rate of rupee for the US dollar at 53.9495 and the Euro at 70.7203 as against 53.9510 and 70.4994 as on last Friday.
ii. RBI, the exchange rates for the Pound and Yen against Rupee were quoted at 84.0317 a pound and 54.36 per 100 yen, based on reference rates for the US dollar and cross-currency quotes at noon.
iii. The reference rate is based on the noon rates of select banks in Mumbai and the SDR-Rupee rate would be based on this rate

4.    SC nod for Kudankulam N-plant
i. The Supreme Court on Monday gave an unconditional go ahead to the controversial nuclear power plant at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu.
ii. A bench of justices K.S. Radhakrishnan and Dipak Misra, which had reserved the verdict following marathon arguments during the last three months, delivered its judgement saying that the plant had gone through safety procedures and would benefit millions of people.
iii. Activists against the power plant termed the judgment `unfortunate.’
iv. A batch of petitions was filed by anti-nuclear activists challenging the project on the ground that safety measures recommended for the plant by an expert body have not been put in place.
v. They also raised various questions pertaining to the disposal of nuclear waste, the plant’s impact on the environment and the safety of people living nearby, besides other issues linked to the controversial plant. 
vi. The Centre, Tamil Nadu government and Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL), which operates the plant, had refuted all the allegations on safety and security aspects.
vii. They had told the court that the plant is completely safe and can withstand any kind of natural disaster and external terrorist attack.

5.    Asian Development Bank (ADB) to provide about 6 billion dollars loan to India
i. Asian Development Bank (ADB) on 5 May 2013 announced that it is going to provide about 6 billion dollars loan to India over the next three years which was decided at the concluding day of the 46th annual meeting of the funding agency. 
ii. Although, the ADB is facing the challenge of raising resources, the basic idea behind providing loan is to maintain its lending level to India.
iii. The bank is working on partnership strategy and is planning to maintain the level of lending to India.
iv. It is important here to note that India is the biggest borrower of ADB and ADB had extended a 2.4 billion dollars loan to India in 2012 across sectors like transport, energy, commerce, industry, trade and finance. 
v. The bank will also continue to lend10 billion dollars a year across the member-nations despite generating lower return from investments. 

6.    Gayatri Pariwar set to clean Nepal river, temple
i. Having worked for three years to clean rivers within the country, the All-World Gayatri Pariwar (AWGP) will launch a programme May 18 for cleaning the Bagmati river and the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu.
ii. Gayatri Pariwar, a religious and cultural organisation based in Shantikunj, Haridwar, with branches across the world, started the Teerth Shudhhi Abhiyan (pilgrim spots purification process) from Rameshwaram Temple in Tamil Nadu three years back.
iii. It has since taken up the cleaning of about 10 Hindu pilgrimage centres and nine rivers across India.
iv. The Gayatri Pariwar has also started the "Nirmal Ganga Abhiyan" (Clean Ganga Campaign) to clean the entire length of River Ganga, of about 2,525 km.
v. The clean-up campaign, has, for the first time, extended beyond India's borders with the "Nirmal Bagmati Abhiyan" and "Pavitra Pashupatinath".
vi. A friendship football match will be played between the media group of Nepal and film and TV artists association to motivate people to join the campaign

7.    Book Understanding Bhagat Singh by Prof. Chamanlal released
i. Understanding Bhagat Singh a book by Prof. Chamanlal was released in the on 3 May 2013.
ii. Professor Randhir Singh, Eminent Thinker released the book at School of Social Sciences (SSS- I) Auditorium, JNU in New Delhi.
iii. The book Understanding Bhagat Singh has tried to explain the soul or spirit of Bhagat Singh like his principle of achieving objectives with dignity, honesty and fearlessness.
iv. Chamanlal is an Indian author and scholar, who is a professor in Hindi translation at centre of Indian languages of Jawaharlal Nehru University.

8.    Annual ICC Cricket Committee meet to be held in London
i. The Annual ICC Cricket Committee meeting will be held in London under its new Chairman Anil Kumble on May 28-29.
ii. The former Indian Skipper and the ace Leg spinner replaces the ex West Indies captain Clive Llyod. 
iii. Former England captain Andrew Strauss and India's L.Sivaramakrishnan will also attend their first ICC Cricket Committee meeting. 
iv. The Cricket Committee will discuss cricket-playing matters and make recommendations to the ICC Chief Executives’ Committee and the ICC Board that will meet at Lord’s during the ICC’s annual conference week, from 25-29 June.

9.    Sivaramakrishnan replaces May in ICC Cricket Committee
i. In an appointment that was backed by the BCCI, former India leg-spinner Laxman Sivaramakrishnan on Monday replaced Tim May as a players' representative on the ICC Cricket Committee.
ii. "... Sivaramakrishnan is one of the two Current Player representatives (replacing Tim May). The other Current Player representative is former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara, who has been on the committee since 2007," the ICC said in a statement in Dubai on Monday.
iii. "Sangakkara and Sivaramakrishnan were recently elected by a vote of the 10 Test captains, and will serve on the Cricket Committee for a three-year term from 2013-15
iv. Tony Irish, who is also on the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations, had said initial voting for the post by the 10 Test captains had chosen May, who has been a long-term senior players' advocate.
v. The committee will be chaired for the first time by former India captain Anil Kumble, who has succeeded ex-West Indies skipper Clive Lloyd.

10.  PV Sindhu won Malaysia Badminton Grand Prix Title
i. India's rising shuttler PV Sindhu on 4 May 2013 won her maiden Grand Prix Gold title winning Malaysia Open women's final.
ii. In a thrilling clash in Kuala Lumpur this afternoon, top seed Sindhu got her act together in time and defeated lower seed, Gu Juan of Singapore, 21-17, 17-21, 21-19, with an exceptional racket display.
iii. She hit as many as 17 smash winners compared to just nine by the Singaporean girl.
NOTE: i. With this, the World Number 13 Sindhu has become the second Indian girl to have won the Grand Prix Gold competition, after India's shuttle queen and London Olympics bronze medalist, Saina Nehwal achieved the feat in 2006. 
ii. PV Sindhu was the only Indian who had made it to the final stage of this tournament. 

11.  Rajasthan Royals beat Pune Warriors by 5 wicketsi.
i. Rajasthan Royals beat Pune Warriors by five wickets in an Pepsi Indian Premier League match which was held in Jaipur on Sunday..
ii. Defending a total of 178, it ran into a refreshingly different Rahul Dravid at the SMS Stadium and lost by five wickets.
iii. Thanks to a collective effort, Rajasthan Royals maintained its unbeaten record at home with six wins in six.
iv. Dravid outpaced Ajinkya Rahane, hit the ball on the rise, across the line and over the ropes. It was a very different Dravid. The crowds loved it. How often would Dravid have hit a six to reach his half century

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