DAILY GK UPDATE – 22nd July

1.   
Cricket:
India wins Lord’s Test against England by 95 runs
i. India beat England by 95 runs in the second cricket test
at Lord’s to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
ii. Ishant Sharma claimed 7 wickets to
bowl India to their first overseas win since 2011. 

iii. It
was also India’s second victory and the first since 1986 at Lord’s. Ishant
Sharma, who finished with career-best figures of 7 for 74, was declared Man of
the Match.
iv. Prime Minister Narendra Modi
congratulated the Indian cricket team for their victory. 
v. The first test at Nottingham had
ended in a draw. The third test will begin on Sunday at the Rose Bowl in
Southampton.
2.    Google Maps now in Hindi
i. Search giant Google today launched its
Google Maps in Hindi seeking to make its navigation service more useful for
users locally.
ii. Google Maps in Hindi will be available for desktop and
android mobile phone users, who will be able to see Hindi names for cities,
localities, important roads and routes as well as popular points of interest
such as public parks and schools.
iii. Launching the service nationally from Jaipur, Suren
Ruhela, Product and Program Management Director, Google, said, the service may
be made available in regional languages based on the feedback of this
initiative.
iv. By launching Google Maps
in Hindi today, hopefully Indians can explore and navigate the world around
them more easily, whether these are people who already use Maps to find their
way around day-to-day or Hindi-speakers coming online for the first time,” he
said.
3.    YES Bank, Transfast launch instant money transfer
service for NRIs
i. YES Bank and international money
transfer company Transfast, have launched an online money transfer service with
instant deposits to NRI customer accounts with any bank in India.
ii. This service facilitates real-time deposit of funds to
all banks currently connected to the National Payments Corporation of India’s
(NPCI) platform for inward remittances and is available 24 hours a day/7 days a
week/365 days a year, YES Bank said in a statement.
iii. Arun Agarwal, Group
President, International Banking Division, YES Bank, said, “YES Bank is proud
to partner with Transfast in introducing this innovative technology to transfer
money from the USA and Canada to India at lightning speed. This service will
provide great convenience to our customers in North America and provide an
instant credit confirmation to them for deposits into their recipients’
accounts.”
4.    Y Sudharshan Rao appointed as Chairman of ICHR
i. Yellapragada Sudharshan Rao on 25 June
2014 was appointed as Chairman of Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR).
He replaced Basudev Chatterjee.  He would serve the council for a term of
three years.
ii. Y.S. Rao taught at Department of History, Kakatiya
University. He had worked at Kakatiya University for about 40 years. He had
vast experience in teaching and researching.
iii. He guided eight PhD and
15 MPhil students and has about 40 research papers published in various
national and international journals to his credit.
5.    India’s child sex ratio drops: UN report
i. India needs to take
urgent action following a sharp fall in its child sex ratio, a United Nations
report said Tuesday. 


ii. The
study named “Sex Ratios and Gender-Biased Sex Selection: History, Debate
and Future Directions”, says the child sex ratio in India has deteriorated
from 976 girls to 1,000 boys in 1961, to 927 girls in 2001 and to 918 girls in
2011. 

iii. The
report has been constituted by the United Nations Women with support from the
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
iv. UN Women is the
United Nations organisation dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of
women. 


v. It
also says India is among the few countries where the Infant Mortality Rate
(IMR) for girls is worse than boys. 

vi. The
other countries are Nepal and Bangladesh. 
6.    Government launches scheme to minimize wastage of
fruits, vegetables
i. The government has
launched a scheme for technology upgradation, establishment and modernization of
food processing industries across the country to minimize wastage of perishable
fruits and vegetables.
ii. Food Processing Industries
Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said the National Mission of Food Processing will
be implemented during the 12th Plan period to set up primary processing
centres, collection centres besides technology upgradation, establishment and
modernization of such industries.
iii. “These schemes of the
mission are implemented by the state governments and they have full powers to
receive sanction and release funds to the eligible applicants,” she said
in Lok Sabha.
7.    Sania Mirza: Brand Ambassador of Telangana
i. The
Chief Minister of Telangana K. Chandrasekhara Rao bestowed the Brand
Ambassadorship of the new State on India’s tennis star Sania Mirza in Hyderabad
on Tuesday.
ii. He wished her to
notch the number one ranking in international tennis and bring laurels to Telangana.


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