Current Affairs: Daily GK Update 08th November 2017

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1. Mary Kom Strikes Gold at Asian Women’s Boxing Championships

i. M.C. Mary Kom (48kg) notched up her fifth gold medal at the Asian Women’s Boxing Championships in Vietnam. She has defeated North Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi.
ii. This is Mary Kom’s first international gold medal since the 2014 Asian Games. Mary Kom’s last medal came in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon.

Current/Static Takeaway Points Important for IBPS PO Mains 2017 Exam-
  1. Mary Kom- won Asian Women's Boxing C'ship- defeated  N Korea's Kim Hyang Mi- in Vietnam.
  2. This is Mary Kom’s sixth medal in the Asian Women’s Boxing Championships and fifth gold medal.
  3. She is a Padma Bhushan Awardee and hails from Manipur.

2. Prince of Wales Charles Arrives India on 2-Day Visit

i. Prince of Wales, Charles Philip Arthur George arrived in New Delhi on a 2-day visit to India. This visit is a part of their 10 day tour to Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and India.
ii. This visit will be the 9th visit of the Prince of Wales to India. The visit is aimed at strengthening bilateral relations between the two nations.

Current/Static Takeaway Points Important for IBPS PO Mains 2017 Exam-
  1. Prince of Wales- Charles Philip Arthur George- 2 Day visit to India.
  2. Earlier visit- 2013.
  3. Britain- third largest inward investor in India, with a cumulative equity investment of $24.37 billion for the period April 2000-June 2017.

3. Prannoy Defeats Srikanth to Emerge as New National Champion

i. H.S Prannoy defeated World No 2 Kidambi Srikanth in a thrilling finale to claim the men’s singles title at the 82nd Senior National Championshipin Nagpur, Maharashtra.
ii. Second seed Prannoy, who achieved his career-best ranking of World No. 11 recently, saw off top seed Srikanth 21-15 16- 21 21-7 in a 49-minute clash.

Current/Static Takeaway Points Important for IBPS PO Mains 2017 Exam-
  1. H.S Prannoy- won 82nd Senior National Badminton Championship- Defeated- Kidambi Srikanth.

4. India Unveil Logo, Mascot and Song for AIBA Youth Women’s World Boxing Championship

i. Assam's famed one-horned rhino was unveiled as the official mascot of the 2017 AIBA Youth Women's World Boxing Championship in Guwahati, Assam. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Boxing Federation of India (BFI) president Ajay Singh released the championship's official logo and anthem, to mark the countdown for India's first youth world boxing championship from November 19 to 26.
ii. The official mascot, named Guppy, is a female version of Assam's one-horned rhino. The logo infuses two key elements-- the strength of an Indian woman in the form of a female boxer and the culture of Assam through the 'gamosa', a hand-woven piece of cloth in the state.
iii. The World Championship's official anthem is 'Make Some Noise'. It is composed by Shaan and rendered by renowned singer Sunidhi Chauhan.

Current/Static Takeaway Points Important for IBPS PO Mains 2017 Exam-

1. AIBA Youth Women's World Boxing Championship- 
  • Mascot- one-horned rhino 'Guppy'
  • Official Anthem- 'Make Some Noise'
  • Venue- Guwahati, Assam.

2. Boxing Federation of India (BFI) President- Ajay Singh.
3. AIBA- Amateur International Boxing Association.
4. AIBA President- Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, Headquarters- Switzerland.
5. Ambassador for AIBA Youth Women’s World Boxing Championship 2017- Mary Kom.

5. Twitter Officially Expands its Character Count from 140 to 280

i. Twitter has officially increased the number of characters in tweets from 140 to 280 for the majority of users. The new limit will not apply to tweets written in Japanese, Chinese and Korean which can convey more information in a single character.
ii. It was called microblogging site because of its lesser character limit.

Current/Static Takeaway Points Important for IBPS PO Mains 2017 Exam-
  1. Twitter- Character Counts increased from 140 to 280.
  2. Twitter – Social networking and microblogging service utilizing instant messaging, SMS or a web interface.
  3. Twitter CEO- Jack Dorsey, Headquarters- California, USA.

6. Kerala government inks MOU with Intel, UST Global

i. The Kerala government inked an MoU with Intel and UST Global for exploring the possibility of transforming the state into an electronic hardware manufacturing hub.
ii. The MoU was signed by the state IT department, Intel and UST Global in the presence of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

Current/Static Takeaway Points Important for IBPS PO Mains 2017 Exam-
  1. Kerala CM- Pinarayi Vijayan, Governor- Palaniswamy Sathasivam.

7. Ola Ties up with Microsoft to Build Connected Vehicle Platform

i. Together with Microsoft, Ola is building a new connected vehicle platform for car manufacturers worldwide. As part of the partnership, Ola announced that Microsoft will be its preferred cloud provider.
ii. At the heart of the partnership is Ola Play, that will leverage Microsoft Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT). It will also provide auto manufacturers with custom digital experiences for their customers.

Current/Static Takeaway Points Important for IBPS PO Mains 2017 Exam-
  1. Co-founder and CEO of Ola- Bhavish Aggarwal.
  2. Microsoft  CEO- Satya Nadella.

8. Indian Short Film ‘The School Bag’ Wins Award in Montreal

i. Indian short film ‘The School Bag’ has won the 'Best Short Film Award' at the South Asian Film Festival of Montreal (SAFFM). It tells a story based in Pakistan.
ii. The movie is directed by Dheeraj Jindal. Actress Rasika Dugal plays the mother in the short film.

Current/Static Takeaway Points Important for IBPS PO Mains 2017 Exam-
  1. Montreal- City in Canada.

9. Apollo Munich Health Insurance Wins ‘General Insurance Company of the Year’

i. Apollo Munich Health Insurance Company, a joint venture between integrated healthcare provider, Apollo Hospitals Group, and the Munich Re Group was conferred with the 21st Asia Insurance Industry Awards in the "General Insurance Company of the Year" category.
ii. It is the first standalone health insurer in Asia-Pacific region to win General Insurance Company of the Year at AIIA.

Current/Static Takeaway Points Important for IBPS PO Mains 2017 Exam-
  1. Apollo Munich Health Insurance,  CEO- Antony Jacob.
  2. Headquarters- New Delhi, Founded- 2007.

10. Chennai Included in UNESCO's Creative Cities Network For Contribution in Music

i. 64 cities from 44 countries have been designated as UNESCO Creative Cities by Director-General, Irina Bokova. Chennai is the third Indian city on the list of UNESCO Creative Cities list after Jaipur and Varanasi.
ii. After this, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network now counts a total of 180 cities in 72 countries. Few famous cities included in the list are- Auckland (New Zealand), Cairo (Egypt), Cape Town (South Africa), Istanbul (Turkey), Yamagata City (Japan).

Current/Static Takeaway Points Important for IBPS PO Mains 2017 Exam-
  1. UNESCO- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
  2. Director-General- Irina Bokova, Headquarters- Paris, France.

11. Paytm Introduces BHIM UPI for Seamless Money Transfer

i. Digital payment platform Paytm introduced payments using BHIM UPI on its platform, using which users can create their own Paytm BHIM UPI ID on the app, which will be issued by Paytm Payments Bank.
ii. With Paytm BHIM UPI, users can now make seamless and instant money transfers directly between two bank accounts, with no waiting time to add beneficiary.

Current/Static Takeaway Points Important for IBPS PO Mains 2017 Exam-
  1. Paytm CEO- Vijay Shekhar Sharma.
  2. Founded: 2010, Headquarter- Noida, India.
  3. BHIM- Bharat Interface for Money, UPI- Unified Payment Interface.

12. India Signs Loan Agreement with World Bank for US $119 Million

i. A Financing Agreement for IBRD loan of US$ 119 million (equivalent) for the “Odisha Higher Education Programme for Excellence & Equity (OHEPEE) Project” was signed with the World Bank.
ii. The Objective of the project is to improve the quality of 'students’ equitable access to selected institutions and enhance governance of the higher education system in Odisha. The closing date for the project is 30th November, 2022.

Current/Static Takeaway Points Important for IBPS PO Mains 2017 Exam-
  1. IBRD- International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
  2. President- Jim Yong Kim (12th), Headquarters- Washington, DC USA
  3. Odisha CM- Naveen Patnaik, Governor- S C Jamir.
13. Guinea Becomes New Member Of International Solar Alliance

i. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj held a meeting with Guinea’s Foreign Minister, Mamady Toure, during the course of which the latter handed over his country’s instrument accession to the India-initiated International Solar Alliance (ISA).
ii. According to a statement issued by the External Affairs Ministry, Sushma Swaraj and Toure exchanged views on a broad range of subjects covering bilateral friendship and cooperation. 

Current/Static Takeaway Points Important for IBPS PO Mains 2017 Exam-
  1. Guinea- New member of International Solar Alliance
  2. Guinea Capital- Conakry, Currency- Guinean Franc.
  3. Bilateral trade between India and Guinea- $634.15 million in 2016-17.

14. Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia named Finance Secretary

i. Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia has been designated as the new Finance Secretary. Adhia is a 1981 batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre. The vacancy was caused following the superannuation of Ashok Lavasa in October 2017.
ii. There are five departments under the Finance Ministry- Expenditure, Economic Affairs, Financial Services, Revenue and Department of Investment and Public Asset management (DIPAM). 

Other Secretaries-
  1. Rajiv Kumar- Financial Services Secretary.
  2. Ajay Narayan Jha- Expenditure Secretary,
  3. Neeraj Kumar Gupta- Secretary, DIPAM.
  4. Subhash Chandra Garg- Economic Affairs Secretary.

15. Coal India Launched 'Grahak Sadak Koyla Vitaran App' 

i. Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Railways & Coal has launched ‘Grahak Sadak Koyla Vitaran App’ benefitting customers of Coal India Limited (CIL) lifting coal through road mode.
ii. The customer friendly app, launched recently in Kolkata on CIL’s Foundation Day, helps achieve transparency in despatch operations, as a tool to monitor, whether the despatches are made on the fair principle of ‘First in First Out’.

Current/Static Takeaway Points Important for IBPS PO Mains 2017 Exam-
  1. Piyush Goyal- Minister of Railways and Minister of Coal.

16. Bengaluru Beats San Francisco in Confidence to Go Digital

i. India's Silicon Valley - 'Bengaluru' - is the best host among 45 cities worldwide, according to a report from the Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU). Bengaluru expressed the highest confidence in their digital environment based on people and skills, financial environment, innovation and entrepreneurship and new technology development.
ii. San Francisco came in second followed by two other Indian cities, Mumbai and New Delhi while Tokyo, Yokohama and Berlin brought up the rear.

Current/Static Takeaway Points Important for IBPS PO Mains 2017 Exam-
  1. Bengaluru- Silicon Valley- Capital of Karnataka - Best Digital city acc. to EIU Report.

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