DAILY GK UPDATE 27TH FEB.

1.   
PM approves changes in civil services exam pattern

i. Changes in civil services exam patterns have been approved by Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh, paving way for a new format which will give more
weightage to general studies.

ii. The decision came in
on the recommendation of a Committee constituted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), which conducts the
examination annually.
iii. The report of the
Committee, under the chairmanship of Prof.
Arun S. Nigavekar
, former chairman,
UGC
, was examined by the Department of Personnel and Training.
NOTE:
i.
At present, the civil
services (main)
examination has general studies Paper I and II of 300 marks each, including Compulsory and Optional
subjects.
ii. As per the new
changes, both the general studies papers will have more weightage.
iii. The
UPSC conducts the civil service examination to select candidates for three All
India Services – Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service and
Indian Forest Service – besides scores of Group A services.
iv. “The
civil services examination, 2013 was scheduled to be notified on 2nd February, 2013. 
However, due to some unforeseen circumstances, this
examination will not be notified on 2nd February, 2013.
v. “The
revised date of notification will be intimated in due course,” an order
issued by the UPSC stated.


2.   
Government proposes JPC probe into VVIP chopper deal
i. The Congress-led UPA government on Wednesday
proposed a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the Rs3,600-crore VVIP
chopper deal.
ii. VVIP chopper deal
came into limelight with allegations of kickbacks in the 3,600 crore rupee in the deal.
 
iii. It was
alleged that kickbacks to the tune of 362
crore rupees
were paid to help secure the deal in favour of the
Anglo-Italian firm Augusta Westland.

3.   
IRCTC fined Rs 10L for selling soft drinks above MRP  
i. Indian
Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC)
has been slapped with a fine
of Rs 10 lakh by a consumer forum here for selling soft drinks above the
maximum retail price (MRP) to two customers.
ii. The
New Delhi District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum imposed “punitive
compensation” of Rs 5 lakh each
in two separate cases against IRCTC, a subsidiary of Indian Railways, and said
being a government corporation, “it is not expected to be deficient in
such matters and cannot come down to level of private dealers”.
iii. “We have
considered the case in the perspective of unfair and restrictive trade
practices, by a government company who supply food articles to millions of rail
users, who in transit cannot protest or have little choice but to avail
services at whatever cost.”
iv. “The IRCTC being a
government corporation is not expected to be deficient in such matters and
cannot come down to level of private dealers,” a bench presided by C K Chaturvedi said.
v. The forum directed
IRCTC to deposit a fine of Rs 10 lakh with the Delhi State Legal Services
Authority and also awarded compensation of Rs
10,000 each
to the two passengers, Delhi
residents Sachin Dhiman and Sharnya.
NOTE:
i.
The
two complainants had alleged that a retail outlet of IRCTC had sold each of
them a bottle of Maaza having MRP of
Rs 12 for Rs 15.
ii. IRCTC, which handles
the catering, tourism and online ticketing operations of the railways, was
preceded against ex-parte as no one appeared on its behalf.

4.   
Pak’s largest bank set to establish in India
i. The National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) is set to establish
a banking channel between India and Pakistan by opening a NBP branch in Mumbai or Delhi.
ii. NBP President Dr Asif Brohi stated that NBP has
already contacted the Reserve Bank of
India
to seek permission for establishing the NBP branch in India and is
awaiting a formal approval.
iii. The bilateral trade
relations between the two countries would flourish after the establishment of
the banking channel and added that NBP is also catering to the banking needs of
Pakistani businessmen in entire Central Asia after the opening of NBP branch in
Tajikistan
.
5.   
US Senate confirms Hagel as new Defence Secy
i. Former Republican
senator Chuck Hagel has been confirmed as the new US Defence Secretary by the
Senate
ii. 66-year-old Hagel, a
Vietnam war veteran, was confirmed by the Senate after a bruising confirmation
hearing.
iii.
Hagel’s
confirmation comes as a great relief for the Obama Administration as his
nomination was held up for weeks and the Democrats and the White House had to
do a tough convincing act to get him approved by the Senate.
iv.
Hagel
will replace incumbent Panetta at a time when the department is faced with
multiple challenges including defence budget cuts, rapidly changing
developments in the Middle East, increasing threat from North Korea besides the
scheduled withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan in 2014.

6.   
Haryana raises Old Age Pension Scheme
i. State Government of Haryana has raised
the Old Age pension from RS 500 to Rs
550, Rs 550 to Rs 600 per month
given under three slabs benefitting over 9.83 lakh beneficiaries in the State. 
ii. No enhancement is made in the third slab of Rs 700. More than 2.92
lakh are getting Old Age Pension at a rate of Rs 700 per month.
iii. At present a total of over 12.87 lakh
beneficiaries are getting Old Age Allowance.

7.   
West Bengal to give fixed Salary to ASHA
workers
i. The West Bengal Government has decided
to give fixed salary to all Accredited
Social Health Activists (ASHA)
workers from next financial year. 
ii. Announcing this in Kolkata today the
Chief Minister Miss Mamata Banerjee said that the ASHA workers will get 1300 rupees per month as fixed remuneration
besides their daily amount of work done. 
iii. For
this
ASHA worker
will have to open a bank account to which money will be transferred on the
first day of every month.

8.   
Delhi to Ban the Manual Scavenging in
the State
i. Delhi became the first state in India to ban the manual scavenging.
ii. The Chief Minister of Delhi banned
deployment of the cleaning staff for the purpose of manual sewer cleaning.
iii. In the meanwhile, it was also
declared that all the civic bodies of Delhi would be asked to regularise
services of the cleaning staff that was working for several years on
contractual basis.
NOTE: i. In January 2013, the Supreme Court of
India had reproached the Union Government of India for not enacting the law
that would lead to a ban on manual scavenging.
ii. The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and Their Rehabilitation
Bill, 2012
is still pending in the Parliament.

9.   
India launches first Smartphone in Space
i. The Surrey Space Centre (SSC) of the
University of Surrey on 26 February 2013 announced that STRaND-1, a nano-satellite carrying a smartphone was launched successfully
into space from India.
ii. With this launch, India became the
first country to successfully launch the first smartphone of the world.
About STRaND-1 and apps on board
i. STRaND-1 is the training and demonstration
mission which is designed in order to test the commercial shelf technology in
space.
ii. There are certain applications on
board STRaND-1. These applications were designed by the winners of social
networking site, Facebook competition which was organised in 2012.
iii. STRaND-1 mission weighs 4.3 kg and
was launched in 785km Sun-synchronous orbit on the PSLV launcher of ISRO.

10. 
India to finally participate in Azlan Shah Tournament
i. Amid the ongoing drama of Sultan Azlan Shah
Tournament, Indian Hockey team finally got a breather after government reversed
its decision to fund the travel expenses.
ii. “The Indian team
will take part in the event. It will leave on 3
rd March. 
iii. However,
after the news broke out, the Sports Ministry said that it has directed SAI to
allocate the required funds to meet the air ticket expenses of the team
considering the prestige attached to the tournament.
NOTE: i. India, who won the Azlan
Shah Cup 5 times (1985, 1991, 1995, 2009 and 2010) bagged
the bronze medal in the last edition of the tournament.
ii. Apart from India, the other participating nations
in the tournament are arch-rivals 
Pakistan, Australia, South
Korea,New Zealand 
and hosts Malaysia.
11. 
SANTOSH
Trophy:
i. Maharashtra
cruised into the semi-finals of the Santosh Trophy national football tournament
by beating Tamil Nadu, 2-1 in a
group B quarterfinal league match in Kollam yesterday
.
ii. The second quarter-final between Jharkhand and Goa, ended in a 2-2 draw.

12. 
India moves
to 4th spot in Test rankings
i. India
moved up a rung to 4th in the ICC Test
rankings for teams replacing Pakistan, while Sachin Tendulkar jumped three
places to be 17th in the batsmen’s chart announced on Wednesday.
ii. Among the bowlers,
off-spinner R. Ashwin rose to a career-best 11th.
iii. India captain
Mahendra Singh Dhoni charged up 15
places to 21st courtesy
his maiden double hundred at Chennai.
iv. Virat Kohli gained 10 places and is now on a career-best 25th position.
v. Hashim Amla
continued to lead the Test batsmen
chart followed by Australian skipper
Michael Clarke.

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