Daily GK Potion – 14th October 2014

  1. Facebook co-founder donating $ 25 million to help US effort to fight Ebola.
  2. WHO estimated that there will be 10,000 new cases of Ebola per week
    • Currently there is 70% death rate in Ebola outbreak.
    • In the last 4 weeks, there have been about 1000 cases per week.
  3. UPSC declares the result of prelim exam of Civil Services.
  4. India pledged $4 million for Gaza Reconstruction
    • India has pledged $4 million for the reconstruction of Gaza Strip devastated by the recent Israel-Hamas war.
  5. Indian female police personnel wins UN’s International Female Police Peacekeeper award
    • Inspector Shakti Devi of the Jammu and Kashmir Police has been named recipient of the International Female Police Peacekeeper Award 2014 by the UN’s Police Division for her “exceptional achievements” with the UN mission in Afghanistan. She is currently deployed in the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).
    • India is the largest contributor to UN peacekeeping operations
  6. A magnitude 7.3 earthquake strikes off coast of El Salvador
  7. PM Modi announced Rs. 1000 crore for Andhra Pradesh
    • He also announced Rs 2 lakh for the family of those killed and Rs 50,000 for those injured in the tragedy caused by cyclone Hudhud.
  8. Petrol Price cut by Rs 1/litre
  9. WPI inflation in September sinks to five-year low of 2.38%
  10. President Pranab Mukherjee signed 13 agreements on his visit to Norway
    • Both sides signed agreement in defence sector. They also signed an agreement on exemption of visa requirement for holders of diplomatic and official passports.
    • The two nations will collaborate in many areas such as diplomatic visa waivers, research and development, joint knowledge sharing programmes, exchange of faculty, scientists and research scholars and exchange of research materials and information.
    • A pact on Statement of Intent (SoI) between DRDO and Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) to explore opportunities for cooperation in research and development in the field of defence research and development through organisation of seminars, conferences, workshops and exchange of relevant information.
    • Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Culture Ministry and Munch Museum, Norway, to inspire mutual desire of institutions to strengthen friendly cultural relations between the two countries, deepen mutual understanding and promote cultural co-operation and exchanges
  11. Khaled Bahah named new Prime Minister of Yemen

    • Bahah was born in 1965. He is from the southern Hadramout province. He holds a masters degree in administration, business and finance; and previously served as oil minister before being appointed Yemen’s envoy to the United Nations.
  12. India ranked 55th on global hunger index
    • As per global hunger Index 2014 report, India ranked 55th which is better than neighbor Pakistan (ranked 57th) but trails behind Nepal (44) and Srilanka(39). Mauritius and Thailand ranked 1st.
    • Last year India stood at 63rd position thus an improvement of 8 positions this year.
    • The 2014 Global Hunger Index (GHI) was released on 13 October 2014 by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Welthungerhilfe and Concern Worldwide.
    • It said that two billion people in the developing world are still under-nourished and suffer from ‘hidden hunger’, with the situation “alarming” in 14 countries.
  13. Lyricist Sameer honoured with National Kishore Kumar Award for year 2012-13.
    • National Kishore Kumar Award is given by the Madhya Pradesh government and carries a cash prize of 2 lakh rupees, shawl, citation and shreefal.