DAILY GK UPDATE 21ST SEPT

1.    'The Good Road' nominated as India’s entry for Oscars
i. Gyan Correa’s National award-winning Gujarati film ‘The Good Road’, a lost-and-found story of a small boy, was today nominated to represent India in the Best Foreign Film category at next year’s Oscars.
ii. It saw off strong competition from films like ‘The Lunchbox’, ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, ‘English Vinglish’, Malayalam film ‘Celluloid’ and Kamal Haasan’s ‘Vishwaroopam’.
iii. The Good Road’ surprises as it shows the unknown India through the story of a boy who is lost and then found while his family is on a holiday trip to Kutch.
iv. Produced by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), ‘The Good Road’ marks 42-year-old Correa’s debut.
v. The film stars Keval Katrodia as seven-year-old Aditya who loses his way in the desert. It also stars Sonali Kulkarni and actor Ajay Gehi as Aditya’s parents.

2.    World’s largest solar project coming up near Jaipur
i. The Heavy Industries Ministry is planning to set up an ‘Ultra Mega Green Solar Power Project’ in Rajasthan.
ii. It will be developed on 23,000 acres of land belonging to Sambhar Salts Ltd.
iii. This area is close to Sambhar lake and about 75 km from Jaipur.
iv. The total capacity of this project will be 4,000 MW, making it the largest solar-based power project in the world. The first phase of the project, which will be 1,000 MW, is likely to be commissioned in three years – end of 2016.
v. The first phase of the project is expected to be implemented through a joint venture company to be formed with equity from BHEL, Solar Energy Corporation of India, Power Grid Corporation, Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd, Solar Energy Corporation Ltd and Hindustan Salts Ltd.
vi. When 4000-MW project is fully commissioned, it will generate 6000 million units of power a year.
vii. The project will supply power to the distribution companies of various States through the National Grid.

3.    Rajasthan to get refinery projects
i. Luring the voters, the Centre has showered poll-bound Rajasthan with two key projects – the world’s largest solar power project and a refinery-cum-petrochemical plant.
ii. The Cabinet has approved the proposal of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) for setting up 9-million-tonne-per-annum (mmtpa) Greenfield refinery-cum-petrochemical complex in Barmer District in Rajasthan.
iii. This will be a joint venture with the Rajasthan State Government and will be named HPCL-Rajasthan Refinery Ltd (HRRL). HPCL will own 74 per cent stake while the balance will be with the State Government.
iv. The cost of the project is estimated at Rs 37,230 crore. The project cost is proposed to be sourced with a debt of 1.5 against equity value of 1.

4.    PM inaugurates Jaipur Metro phase 1
i. Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh inaugurated Phase 1 of the Jaipur Metro Rail on Saturday after he laid the foundation stone of the first airport in Rajasthan's Ajmer district, while informing that small destinations in the country will have air connectivity with a network of more than 100 airports, planned to meet the expected passenger load capacity of 30 crore, by 2020.
ii. The first such airport will come up in Kishangarh town in Rajasthan's Ajmer district, he said after laying the foundation stone for the development of the airport which is scheduled to get operational by 2016. 
iii. "An ambitious scheme to develop a network of 100 smaller airports in the country is being implemented.
iv. "This will enhance air connectivity in the country. Kishangarh airport will be the first project under this scheme,
v. "Ajmer is a noted tourist destination having famous dargah of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti and Brahma temple in Pushkar town.Besides, the region is known for industries including that of marble and the new project of airport will push economic growth.

Note: Kishangarh town, famous for marble industry, is located on NH-8 near Ajmer city. The civil airport, to be set by AAI, in the town will have 2000 meter long runway and a capacity to handle 150 passengers. 

5.    Assam government launched 'Swavalamban Pension Scheme'
i. As per the scheme named 'Swavalamban Pension Scheme', a person with a minimum contribution of Rs 1,000 per year will get an equal amount of contribution from the govt.
ii. New pension scheme will start from next month and is basically meant to take care of all the people in the unorganized sector," Additional Chief Secretary (Finance) Himangshu Sekhar Das said.
iii. The benefit will be available to a subscriber whose investment will not exceed Rs 12,000 every year. The maximum amount of contribution is fixed at Rs 50,000 annually.
iv. All subscribers after enrollment in the system will get a Permanent Retirement Account Number (PRAN).
v. The aggregator for the scheme in the state will be Assam Gramin Vikash Bank and Alankit Assignment, while the fund managers are SBI Pension Fund, LIC and UTI.

6.    Sourav Ganguly, Leander Paes to be given Lifetime Achievement Awards by Bengal government
i. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly and tennis ace Leander Paes will be conferred Lifetime Achievement Awards, while successful football coach Subhas Bhowmick will be given 'Guru Ratna' by the state government at a function on September 28. 
ii. This is for the first time the West Bengal Ministry of Sports has constituted awards in about 50 categories for the sportspersons as chief minister Mamata Banerjee will confer them at the Netaji Indoor Stadium, sports minister Madan Mitra said. 
iii. The government is also likely to formally announce the upcoming state football academy while about 6,000 clubs will get financial aids.

7.    U.S. award for Aamir for ‘Satyamev Jayate’
i. Actor Aamir Khan has been selected for a U.S. award for his television show ‘Satyamev Jayate’ along with eminent American director Kathryn Bigelow and the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC). 
ii. They will be honoured at the inaugural awards dinner by the America Abroad Media (AAM) in Washington DC on October 28.
iii. “Their work exemplifies the power of media to inform, educate and empower citizens about the critical social and public policy issues of our time,” America Abroad Media said in a statement.
iv. America Abroad Media said Aamir’s TV series explored India’s biggest social challenges and was seen by hundreds of millions of people in his country and across Asia. He was also recently selected as one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people.
v. Bigelow is the director of films like Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker, which have received widespread acclaim for their honest portrayal of war and counter-terrorism.
vi. In 2010, Bigelow became the first and only woman to date to win the Academy Award for Best Director.
vii. Founded by Peter Ackerman, the ICNC produces award-winning documentaries on the role of non-violent resistance in promoting democratic change. The ICNC — nominated for Nobel Peace Prize in 2013 — will release a new documentary on the Arab Spring and uprising in Egypt later this year.

8.    Jawaid Akhtar Elected Chairperson of International Coffee Council
i. Jawaid Akhtar, the Chairman of Coffee Board of India, was elected as the Chairperson of the International Coffee Council at the meetings of the International Coffee Organization which took place on 9 September 2013 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
ii. The 111th session of the Council and the meetings took place from 9 September 2013- 12 September 2013. 
iii. At the same time, Conradin Rasi of Switzerland was elected as the Vice-Chairperson of the International Coffee Council. The Council also appointed Juan Esteban Orduz of Colombia as the Chairperson of the Consultative Forum.

About the International Coffee Organization (ICO)
• The International Coffee Organization was established in 1963 in London. 
• It was initiated with the United Nations (UN) to increase cooperation among the nations which produce, distribute and consume coffee. 
• The International Coffee Organization was formed as a result of the five-year International Coffee Agreement signed in 1962 at the UN in New York.
• Till the year 2011, it comprised of 39 members, which included 33 exporting nations, 5 importing countries and one importing community, i.e., the European Union.