DAILY GK UPDATES: 3rd JUNE 2012

1. Tamilnadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalitha today announced Rs.2 crore cash prize to World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand for winning his World Chess Championship Title for the 5th time at Moscow. 
2. Leander Paes and Elena Vesnina made it to the mixed doubles quarter-finals of the French Open after defeating Mathilde Johansson and Marc Gicquel, in Paris.
3. Arab League has convened an extraordinary Ministerial level meeting on the Syrian crisis in Doha today. 
NOTE:- Qatar Prime Minster Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassem Bin Jaber Al Thani will chair the meeting.
4. NASA announced to send unmanned aircrafts dubbed “Severe Storm Sentinels” above stormy skies to help researchers and forecasters uncover information about hurricane formation and intensity changes.
5. PM Dr. Manmohan Singh today laid the foundation stone of the Unified Campus of the Acharya Jagdish Chandra Bose Institute in Kolkata. 
6. ICC Cricket Committee has recommended discontinuance of the rule of taking power plays between 16th and 40th overs in ODIs, saying that it has made little impact in making the shorter format attacking.
7. Planning Commission may lower the annual average growth target for the 12th Five-Year Plan (2012-17) to 8 percent, down from 9 percent envisaged earlier in consideration of  the slowdown.
8. International Hockey Federation’s consideration (FIH) President Leandro Negre announced that a ‘five-a-side’ format to promote hockey among young players is under process.
9. Union Government of India announced to constitute an implementation panel to look into the ways of implementing the Dharmadhikari committee report.
10. Bihar Government prohibited the sale and manufacturing of all the tobacco products for next one year.
11. India’s third largest private sector lender Axis Bank signed an agreement with Ahli United Bank B.S.C. of Bahrain for remitting money from Bahrain to any person in India.
12. Tripura Industrial Development Corporation (TIDC) announced to set up North-East India’s fifth Software Technology Park in Tripura.
13. Cyrus Mistry and Mallika Srinivasan were appointed as an additional director on the board of Tata Steel.