Daily GK Updates:1 August 2014

S. S. Mundra takes
charge as RBI deputy governor
i. Reserve Bank of India’s new deputy
governor S S Mundra has been given charge of banking supervision, currency
management, financial stability and rural credit. The government on Thursday
notified his appointment for a period of three years.

ii. Prior to taking charge Mundra was
chairman of Bank of Baroda, the country’s second large bank. He had begun his
career as a probationary officer in Bank of Baroda in March 1977.
iii. During a banking career he held
various positions including heading the bank’s European operations (UK) before
being elevated as Executive Director of Union Bank of India in September 2010
and further as Chairman of Bank of Baroda in January 2013.
iv. The position of deputy governor had
fallen vacant in March after former deputy governor KC Chakrabarty put in his
papers three months before his term ended.
2.    CWG 2014: Vikas Gowda wins India’s first athletics
medal in Glasgow
i. Vikas Gowda gave India its
first athletics gold medal of the 20th Commonwealth Games by winning the men’s discuss
throw event on Friday.
ii. The 31-year-old US-based
Indian pocketed the gold with an effort of 63.64m, way below his personal best
effort of 66.28m, under incessant rain at the Hampden Park.
iii. The silver went to
Apostolos Parellis of Cyprus who threw the discuss to 63.32m, while the bronze
was bagged by Jason Morgan of Jamaica with an effort of 62.34m.
iv. Gowda, who won a silver in
the 2010 Delhi Games, registered his best effort in his third attempt, which
proved to be enough for him to ran away with the yellow meta
3.    One Life is Not Enough written by Natwar Singh
i. One
Life is Not Enough: An Autobiography written by Kunwar Natwar Singh was
published on 1 August 2014. The book is an autobiography of the former External
Affairs Minister and senior Congress Party leader Natwar Singh.  

ii. This
autobiography has been in news and debate since past few days because it
reveals much information about Sonia Gandhi, the President of the Congress
Party. The book has been published by Rupa. 
iii. In the autobiography, Natwar Singh has shared his experiences
on several events in the political corridors of Delhi.  He has also
described his early years as a diplomat, his proximity to former Prime
Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, but more pertinently, say sources, to
events post-Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination in 1991. 

Pinki Rani bags first medal in Boxing
i. Pinki Rani in the 48 to 51 kg category bagged a bronze.
She lost in the semi final to Michaela Walsh from Northern Ireland making her
eligible for a bronze medal. 

ii. This is the first medal from
boxing. 4 other Indian pugilists will also be seen in semi final action
tonight. The pugilists are Vijender Singh in 75 kg, Devendro Laishram in 49 kg,
Manpreet Jangra in 69 kg, Laishram Devi in the 57 to 60 kg.
iii. In Badminton, 5 Indian
shuttlers PV Sindhu, P. Kashyap, Srikanth K., RMV Gurusaidutt and PC Thulasi
will play for semi-final berths today. The duo of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini
Ponnappa will also play in the quarterfinals of Women’s Doubles.
5.    Sardar Singh suspended after second offence
i. In a huge jolt to Indian men hockey team’s chances in
the Commonwealth Games, captain Sardar Singh has been suspended for the
semi-final match against New Zealand on Saturday following his second dangerous
offence of the tournament.
ii. Sardar, who has already been reprimanded for dangerous
play against an Australian player, received a yellow card in Thursday’s pool A
match against South Africa — which India won 5-2 — and the jury originally
slapped him a two-match suspension as it was his second offence of the
iii. After an appeal by the Indian team
management, the appeal jury reduced the suspension to one match.
Indo-Russia pact planned for new
BrahMos missile version
i. Supersonic
cruise missile manufacturer BrahMos Aerospace on Friday said it is hopeful that
a pact to develop a sleeker and faster ‘mini’ version of the missile will be
signed during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India in December
this year. 
ii. The new BrahMos CEO said he was expecting that the missile
would be inducted into the services by 2017 and “there would be a huge
market for the new missile in India, Russia and friendly foreign
iii. The Su-30MKI is undergoing modification so as to carry the
strike weapon in its belly in partnership with the HA
L. The Indo-Russian
joint venture firm was set up in 1998. 
Lucknow-New Delhi double-decker train
i. A double-decker train will run
between the state capital and New Delhi from September this year after trial
runs are held in August, an official said Friday.
ii. The railways safety commissioner has
given his green signal for the running of the train. The Research Design and
Standards Organization (RDSO) has also already given a safety and speed
certificate for the train, an official said.
CWG 2014: Indian wrestler Babita
Kumari wins gold in 55kg freestyle
i. Indian wrestler Babita Kumari put on a stunning show to win the gold medal beating Canada’s Brittanee Laverdure in
the final of the women’s 55kg freestyle category in the 2014 Commonwealth Games
at the SECC Hall on Thursday.
ii. The 24-year-old Babita, who had
bagged silver in 2010 Commonwealth Games, won 9-2 against the 32-year-old
Brittanee, who ended up injuring her finger during the bout.
iii. It was the fourth gold medal for
India in wrestling.