DAILY GK UPDATE – 23rd May

1.    T R Zeliang appointed new CM of
Nagaland

i. T R Zeliang has been
appointed as the new Chief Minister of Nagaland.

ii. He will succeed Neiphiu
Rio,
who resigned along with his Council of Ministers earlier today after
his election to the Lok Sabha..

2.    Kathleen Stephens Named Interim US Ambassador to India
i.
In
the wake of Nancy Powell`s retirement, Kathleen Stephens has been named the new
interim US Ambassador to India as President Barack Obama is yet to nominate a
diplomat for this important post.
ii. Stephens will serve as the charge until a new permanent
ambassador is nominated and confirmed by the US Senate
iii. Powell, 67, who assumed charge as US Ambassador here in
April, 2012, had announced ending of her tenure in India in March this year.
3.    South Africa to
grant Indians business visas in four days 
i. South Africa will grant visas to Indian businessmen
wishing to explore prospects in the country within four days of submitting an
application.
ii. South Africa
Flag“India’s relations with South Africa have flourished over the years. The
bilateral trade between India and South Africa has grown substantially from
$7.5 billion in 2008-09 to $11.15 billion in 2013-14,” Morule said, according
to a statement from the industry forum.
iii. India ranks amongst the top 10 trading partners of South
Africa and is now the country’s fifth largest export destination and sixth
largest source of imports, he added.

iv. India’s
investments in South Africa are estimated at around $6 billion, and are
expected to rise to $7 billion in the coming years.
v. India and South Africa are also engaged in various
multilateral fora such as IBSA (India, Brazil, South Africa), G-20, and BRICS
(Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) and have a common approach on many
global issues.
4.    2 Indian firms win Ashden award
i. Two
Indian firms won the Ashden award (the green energy award) in 2014. About 14
Ashden awards were presented at the Royal Geographical Society in London on
Thursday.
ii. Infosys received the International Ashden Award for Sustainable Buildings.
iii. Another
Indian firm Greenway Grameen won the
Ashden Clean Energy for Women and Girls award.
iv. Infosys has cut
more than $80 million of its electricity bills and reduced electricity
consumption per staff member by 44 per cent since 2008. Its success lies in
seizing every opportunity to reduce energy consumption in its existing
buildings – from reducing the size of chiller plants for air-conditioning, to
painting roofs white so they reflect the heat.
v. Greenway Grameen is a clean cookstoves business co-founded
by entrepreneurs Neha Juneja and Ankit Matthur just two years after they
completed their MBA in 2008.
5.    UN declares
Boko Haram as Qaeda-linked terrorist group
i. The UN Security Council has
officially designated Boko Haram as
a terrorist group linked to al-Qaeda and slapped sanctions on the militant
group that has carried out bombings and the recent abduction of over 200 school
girls in Nigeria.
ii. The Security Council’s al-Qaeda
Sanctions Committee approved the addition of Boko Haram to its list of
individuals and entities subject to the targeted financial sanctions and
arms embargo on Thursday.
iii. The blacklisting by UNSC means that
any individual or entity that provides financial or material support to
Boko Haram, including the provision of arms or recruits, will be eligible
to be added to the al-Qaeda sanctions list and subject to the sanctions
measures.
iv. The militant group has been condemned
globally for its abduction of more than 200 girls from their school in Chibok
on April 14. The group’s leader Abubakar Shekau had claimed responsibility for
the abduction in a video released by Boko Haram and has threatened to sell the
girls into slavery.
6.    India creates history; reach Uber Cup
semis for 1st time
i. The Indian women’s badminton team created history on Thursday by ensuring
a bronze medal finish at the World Women’s Team Championship for the Uber Cup
being played at the Siri Fort Sports Complex in New Delhi.
ii. Led by World No.8
Saina Nehwal, India drubbed badminton powerhouse Indonesia 3-0 in the
quarter-finals to set up a semi-final clash against Japan Friday. 

iii. Saina
gave India the start they needed by beating World No.23 Lindaweni Fanetri
21-17, 21-10 in the first singles to gain a 2-1 advantage in career meetings. 

iv. World
Championship bronze medallist P.V. Sindhu followed it with her 21-16, 10-21,
25-23 thrilling victory over Bellaetrix Manuputty to give India a 2-0 lead. 

v. Jwala
Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa made sure the tie did not extend to the next matches
by clinching their doubles encounter 21-18, 21-18 against World No.9 pair
Greysia Polii and Nitya Krishinda Maheswari to secure the last four position. 

vi. Japan,
on the other hand, beat Denmark 3-0 to proceed to the semis. 
7.    Madhav Mantri, a cricketing doyen, passes away

i. India’s wicket-keeper-batsman in the 1950s, Madhav
Mantri passed away on Friday morning at the Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai. He was
92.

ii. “He suffered his first attack on May 1
(Maharashtra Day). He recovered and was recuperating at the Lilavati. He
suffered a massive heart attack today morning and died.
iii. Mantri played 95
first class matches, scored 4403 runs and as a wicket-keeper, had 192 victims,
136 caught and 56 stumped. After retirement from first class cricket, he became
coach, selector, manager and was also president of the Mumbai Cricket
Association.
     
8.    Snooker Champion Chitra nominated for Arjuna Awards
2014
i. Snooker champion Chitra Magimairaj
was nominated for Arjuna awards 2014 announced by the Billiards and Snooker
Association of India (BSFI. Contemporary player Vidhya Pillai and upcoming
player Brijesh Damani were also nominated for the Arjuna awards 2014.
ii. The BSFI nominated the players and
coach based on the last four years performance of the players and coach.