Daily GK Updates: 27th August 2014

1.   
Supreme
court: People facing criminal, corruption charges shouldn’t be made ministers
i. Sending a strong message that people
against whom criminal and corruption charges have been framed be not inducted
as ministers, the Supreme Court today said Prime Minister and Chief Ministers
should desist from making such appointments and act in “national interest“.

ii. A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice
RM Lodha, however, stopped short of prescribing disqualification for such
people from becoming ministers, leaving it to the wisdom of the PM and CMs not
to recommend such names to the President and Governor.
iii. Observing that it cannot add
disqualification in Article 75 (1) (appointment of PM and Council of
Ministers), the Bench, however, said that the PM and CMs should not consider
people with criminal antecedents and against whom charges have been framed in
serious offences, including corruption, for appointment as ministers.
iv. It further said that the Constitution reposes immense
trust in the PM and CMs and they are expected to act with constitutional
responsibility and morality.
2.   
Mother
Dairy, SBI launch ‘SmartChange Card’
i. Dairy products major Mother Dairy and
the State Bank of India today announced the launch of the ‘SmartChange Card’
for Mother Dairy booths in the National Capital Region.
ii. The card, introduced to facilitate convenience of
payment has been rolled out 76 booths already and the company plans to expand
coverage to 150 booths over the next three months.
iii. The card, priced at Rs. 25 at the time of issuance,
will have a top up limit of Rs. 1,000 while the limit per
transaction has been set at Rs. 500. Customers can use the card
to shop for various items available at the booths, including milk and other
dairy products, Safal products like fruit and vegetables and Dhara oil.
3.   
C.S.Verma elected as First President of Indian Steel Association
i. C.S.Verma was elected as
First President of Indian Steel Association (ISA). Other members of the ISA
were Sajjan Jindal, Chairman & Managing Director, JSW, Mr. TV Narendran,
MD, Tata Steel, , P Madhusudan, CMD, RINL.
About ISA :
The Indian Steel Association was formally
launched on 26 August 2014 by the Major domestic steel producers of India. 
4.   
Avia
Indra-2014, the Indo-Russia maiden aerial exercise started
i. Indian Air Force (IAF) and Russian
Federation Air Force (RFAF) Indo-Russian Air Force Exercise, Avia Indra-2014 at
Astrakhan region, near the Caspian Sea in Russia.
ii. Avia Indra-2014 is
the first Indo-Russia aerial exercise that involves the air forces of the two
countries. The exercise will go on till 5 September 2014.
iii. The exercise is
being conducted to boost cooperation between the air forces of two countries
and involves aircraft like Su030MKI and Mi-17 helicopters.
iv.  It also involves fighter pilots, helicopter
pilots, missile combat crew, as well as engineers from the IAF along with their
counterparts of the RFAF.
5.   
Reliance
Jio Infocomm signed tower sharing deal with BSNL
i. Reliance Jio Infocomm
(RJIL) on 26 August 2014 signed a deal with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL)
for sharing around 4000 mobile towers. 


ii. Along with tower sharing deal,
Reliance Jio signed Infrastructure sharing deal with Bharti Airtel, Viom
Network, Ascend Telecom Infrastructure, Reliance Communications and American
Tower Company to utilise their infrastructure.
6.   
Mithali
Raj Remains Number One Batswoman in ICC Rankings
i. India captain Mithali Raj has retained the top spot in
the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) women’s rankings for batters.
ii. Mithali maintained her reign on the top with scores of
34 and 30, respectively, to be the second-highest run-scorer for her side in
the series India lost 2-0 in England.
iii. Her teammate Smriti Mandhana is the biggest mover on the
table, jumping 23 places to a career-high 40th, following her knocks of 32 and
74.
iv. England captain Charlotte Edwards has jumped five places
to second position after leading her side to a thumping victory over India in
the opening round of the ICC Women’s Championship.
7.   
First
private wildlife corridor to come up in M.P
i. With an aim to develop country’s first private wildlife
corridor between Kanha and Pench Tiger Reserve, telecom major Vodafone and
Grow-Trees.com will plant 3,00,000 saplings under its Corporate Social
Responsibility (CSR) initiative.
ii. The company and Grow-Trees.com, the exclusive Indian
planting partner for United Nation’s Environment Programme’s Billion Tree
Campaign, today announced the launch of its joint initiative to create India’s
first private wildlife corridor.
iii. “The corridor is being
developed between Kanha-Pench Wildlife Reserve by planting 3,00,000 trees over
a period of three years