DAILY GK UPDATE – 11 – 12th May

1.    Voters come out in large numbers during last phase
i. Brisk voting was recorded till noon on Monday in most of
the 41 constituencies in three states during last phase of Lok Sabha polls in
which the spotlight is on the high-profile contest in Varanasi where a
controversy broke out over the Congress candidate sporting the party symbol.

ii. Over nine crore voters are expected to vote to seal the
fate of 606 candidates, including BJP’s prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi
and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal (both Varanasi) and SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav
(Azamgarh) in the ninth phase of polling in the states of Uttar Pradesh, West
Bengal and Bihar.
iii. Voting was by and large
peaceful except in West Bengal where 13 people were injured in a clash between
CPI(M) and Trinamool Congress supporters in North 24 Parganas district.
Government gets
poll panel nod to appoint next army chief
i. The Election Commission on Monday gave
a go-ahead to the defence ministry to initiate the process of appointing the
next army chief, an issue that was caught in a controversy because of the BJP’s
ii. The ministry recommended Lt Gen
Dalbir Singh Suhag to be the next army chief. A recommendation was sent to the
appointments committee of cabinet, sources said.
iii. In a communication sent to the defence
ministry on Monday morning, the EC cited its March 27 order which makes it
clear that appointments, promotions, tenders and procurements of defence forces
are not covered under the model code of conduct in the ongoing elections as
well as any other election in the future, sources said.
iv. The incumbent army chief Gen Bikram
Singh will retire on July 31 and as per the tradition, the successor is to be
appointed two months ahead of that.
India cheapest major economy: Survey
i. Indian
cities are the cheapest places for a movie and burger date, whereas London has
been termed the most expensive city for a date. While Kuala Lumpur and Mumbai
have been termed the cheapest places for a weekend holiday, Sydney is
reportedly the most expensive, according to a new study.
ii. In its third edition
of its annual survey of global prices, the agency has noted that as in previous
years, Australia is overall the most expensive major economy, while the United
States is generally the cheapest developed country. Brazil remains very
expensive for a developing country.
iii. There are many
cities in the world that are now more expensive than Tokyo. China remains very
cheap in some categories like car rentals, but in many categories it is
steadily converging on US prices. For a number of branded goods like Levi’s
jeans, Adidas shoes and iPhones, the agency has found China to be more
expensive than the United States.
confers National Florence Nightingale Awards on 35 nursing personnel
i. President Pranab Mukherjee today conferred National
Florence Nightingale Awards for 2014 on 35 nursing personnel for their
meritorious services. The award is given every year on this day which is
International Nurses’ Day.
ii. The award instituted in 1973, carries
a medal, a certificate and citation and cash prize of 50 thousand rupees. It is
given to the outstanding nursing personnel employed in Central, State, Union
Territories, Non-Government and Voluntary Organisations.
iii. India’s healthcare industry today is
worth more than 45 billion dollars which is less than one per cent of the
global healthcare industry even though it serves about 17 per cent of the world
Indian Railways launched a book
entitled India Junction – A Window to the Nation
i. Arunendra Kumar, the
Chairman of Railway Board on 9 May 2014 released a book entitled India Junction
– A Window to the Nation. The book has been brought out by Public Relations
Directorate Railway Board.

About the Book

The book features
in-depth analytical essays of the rich history of Railways in India. It
contains delectable travel pieces along with some truly amazing and rare photo
features. It has examined that how railways has transformed the lives over
O’Sullivan named as Snooker’s Player
of the Year
i. Ronnie O’Sullivan on 8 may 2014 was crowned World Snooker’s Player
of the Year at the sport’s annual awards ceremony in London.
ii. Apart from this,
O’Sullivan was also handed the Fans Player of the Year award after being voted
by snooker supporters.
Nadal wins in Madrid title
i. Rafael
Nadal won his fourth title at the Madrid Mutual Open on Sunday as he defeated
Japan’s Kei Nishikori 2-6, 6-4, 3-0 in a match his opponent was forced to
abandon due to an injury in the final set.
ii. It was tough on the
number 10 seed, who took the game to the home favourite and despite a partisan
crowd cheering in Nadal’s favor and blitzed his way to the first set with some
wonderful aggressive tennis.
to host 1st leg of newly launched International Premier Tennis League
i. Manila will host the first leg of the newly launched
International Premier Tennis League (IPTL).
ii. The organisers of the event said
today that it has been shifted from Bangkok to Manila because of the political
unrest in Thailand.
iii. The Tennis League has attracted many
top players of the ATP and WTA Tour to compete in the team competition. 
iv. The league format features a total of
24 matches to be played in the four host cities Manila, Singapore, Mumbai and
Dubai from November to December. The teams compete against
each other in
one-set men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, mixed doubles and
legends singles matches and the team that wins the most games (not sets) wins
the match tie. 
Sammy retires from tests but remains T20
i. Asserting
that he had no choice but to retire from Test cricket, hard-hitting West Indies
all-rounder Darren Sammy on Sunday said his role was not needed as captain and
player in that format and IPL had nothing to do with his decision.
ii. Sammy, who remains
as the T20 skipper, decided to retire from Test captaincy on Friday when the
selectors announced Denesh Ramdin as his replacement. The 6 feet 5 inches tall
player said it’s best to read the writing on the wall.
iii. “West Indies cricket
has a new dispensation. It has a new force and direction and I am no longer
required to play a role in Tests. I had no choice but to retire from Test
cricket,” said Sammy.