DAILY GK UPDATE – 21st May

1.    Anandiben Patel to be new CM of Gujarat
i. Gujarat
Revenue Minister Anandiben Patel was today elected leader of the BJP
Legislature Party Leader, who will succeed PM-designate Narendra Modi as Chief
Minister of the state.
ii. 73-year-old Patel’s
name was proposed and adopted unanimously at a meeting of the Legislature Party
in the presence of Modi, who had moments earlier had resigned as the chief
minister.

iii. She will be the
first woman chief minister of Gujarat.
iv. Patel, considered to be
very close to Modi, is minister of Revenue and Urban Development in the Modi
government. She was also a minister in the government of Modi’s predecessor
Keshubhai Patel.
2.   
Modi resigns as Gujarat Chief Minister 
i. Ending his 12-year stint as Gujarat chief minister
and Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi submitted his resignation to state
Governor Kamla Beniwal. 
ii. Modi will take oath as the prime minister on 26 May. 
iii. BJP
legislature party will meet in Gandhinagar in the evening to elect a new
leader. Reports say that Gujarat Revenue Minister Anandiben Patel’s name has
been cleared by Modi and that it’s just a matter of time before her name is
announced. 

iv. Anandeben
Patel is considered to be a close aide of Modi and has been a long-standing
minister in the Gujarat government. 
If
appointed, she will be the state’s first woman chief minister. 
v. The swearing-in of the new Chief Minister will take place
on Thursday at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhingar. Modi will attend the ceremony. 
3.   
Pawan
Chamling is Sikkim CM for record 5th time
i. Pawan Chamling was today sworn in as
Sikkim Chief Minister for a record fifth consecutive time. Governor Shriniwas
Patil administered the oath of office
t o Chamling and 11 ministers at
Raj Bhawan in Gangtok.
ii. The Chamling-led Sikkim Democratic
Front (SDF) had secured a two-thirds majority in the Assembly elections winning
22 seats out of 32. He was yesterday elected as the SDF Legislature Party
leader following which the Governor invited him to form the government.
4.   
Naveen Patnaik sworn in as
Odisha chief minister
i. Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president Naveen Patnaik was
on Wednesday sworn in as Odisha chief minister for the fourth straight term.
ii. Governor SC Jamir
administered the oath of office and secrecy to the 67-year-old leader at a
ceremony attended by hundreds of party leaders, workers, officials and
journalists at the Raj Bhavan in state capital Bhubaneswar. 

iii. Once considered a political novice and a reluctant
inheritor of Biju Patnaik’s mantle in 1997, Naveen Patnaik has turned master
strategist to become Odisha Chief Minister for the fourth consecutive time. 
5.   
Army
launches coaching programme for J&K youth to crack IIT-JEE
i. The Army has launched a coaching programme for the
students of Chenab Valley belt in Jammu and Kashmir to help them crack the
prestigious Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Exam (IIT-JEE).
ii. A senior Army official said that the
Centre for Social Responsibility & Leadership (CSRL) in association with
Army’s Delta Force has launched Chenab Super-30 programme to provide eleven
months free residential coaching for clearing the IIT-JEE to the talented youth
of Chenab Valley.
iii. The proposal has drawn overwhelming
response from students in the three Chenab Valley districts of Doda, Kishtwar
and Ramban.
iv. The programme got an
overwhelming response from the students, especially girls, the army officer
said.
6.    China, Russia sign 30-year gas deal
i. A spokesman for Russia’s Gazprom said the company has
signed a 30-year contract to supply natural gas to China.
ii. Spokesman Sergey Kupriyanov told The Associated
Press
 the deal was signed on
Wednesday but he declined to give any price details.
iii. China and Russia have been negotiating the deal for more
than a decade but had been hung up over the gas price.
iv. Chinese and Russian officials had said they expected a
deal to be reached in time to be signed during this week’s visit to Shanghai by
Russian President Vladimir Putin.
7.   
Hosni Mubarak sentenced to three years in jail
i. An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced ousted
president Hosni Mubarak to three years in prison after finding the 86-year-old
leader guilty of embezzling public funds, three years after he was toppled
following a popular uprising. 
ii. His two sons, 53-year-old Alaa Mubarak and 50-year-old
Gamal Mubarak – were also convicted and given four-year terms for embezzling
USD 17.9 million of funds earmarked for the renovation of presidential palaces. 

iii. The
trio was also fined USD 17.6 million and ordered to reimburse USD 2.9 million
to the state treasury. Mubarak, who ruled Egypt for three decades, is also
facing trial for abuse of power and conspiring in the killing of protesters
during the 2011 uprising that forced him to quit.

iv. He was found guilty of the charge relating to the
protesters in 2012 along with his former Interior Minister,
v. Habib al-Adly, and
sentenced to life in prison. But in January 2013 a court upheld an appeal by
them against their convictions and ordered a retrial.
8.    Former minister Sitaram Prasad passes away
i. Veteran Congress leader and former minister Sitaram
Prasad passed away at a private hospital here today after protracted illness,
his family sources said.
ii. He was 93. Prasad is survived by two daughters.
iii. A member of the state legislative assembly for four
terms between 1969 and 1985 representing Shikarpur Assembly seat in West
Champaran district, he had served as a minister in the government headed by the
then Chief Minister Kedar Pandey in early 1970s.
9.   
Nation remembers Rajiv Gandhi on his martyrdom day today
i. Nation on Wednesday remembered Former Prime Minister
Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary with leaders paying homage at his
memorial in New Delhi.
ii. President Pranab
Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari, and Congress President Sonia Gandhi
paid tribute at Virbumi in New Delhi on Wednesday. 

iii. Rajiv
Gandhi was the ninth Prime Minister of the country. He was also the youngest
Prime Minister of the country.
iv. He was appointed
at the age of 40. His martyrdom day is also commemorated as Anti terrorism day. 

v. The
proponent of Modern India and the former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi
was born on 20th August, 1944.

vi. He
was the first in the country, giving priority to the use of technology and also
emphasised on the use of computers. 
10. 
Kiran Bedi
ready to be BJP’s Delhi CM candidate
i. A day
after dropping hints of joining politics, former IPS officer and Team Anna
member Kiran Bedi on Wednesday said she was ready to become the BJP’s chief
ministerial nominee in Delhi if such an offer was made to her.
ii. I will consider myself to be ready for
it if such an offer is made,” she said.
iii. The former IPS officer was asked if
she would become the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate in case of fresh
elections in Delhi.
iv. The BJP had projected Harsh Vardhan
as the party’s chief ministerial candidate in the Assembly polls in December
last year.
v. Dr. Vardhan has won the Lok Sabha
elections from Chandni Chowk and there is speculation that Ms. Bedi may be
considered the BJP’s Chief Ministerial candidate in the next assembly polls.