Daily GK Potion – 16th April 2015

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  1. Justice Meenakshi Madan Rai sworn in as first lady judge of Sikkim High Court
    • Meenakshi Madan Rai has sworn in as the first lady judge of the Sikkim High Court.
    • Rai is also the third High Court judge who hails from the small border state.
  2. Nokia to buy Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion
    • Finnish communications and IT giant Nokia has confirmed that it has finalised a deal to buy Alcatel-Lucent in a share deal worth 15.6 billion Euros ($16.6 billion).
    • This merger will create the world’s largest supplier of telecom equipment’s that powers mobilephone networks by surpassing Ericsson and Huawei.
  3. Sachin Tendulkar inducted into Laureus Sports Academy
    • Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar was inducted as one of the five new members into the prestigious Laureus Sports Academy in a glittering annual award ceremony at the Shanghai Grand theatre.
    • Besides Tendulkar, retired Chinese professional basketball player Yao Ming, Kenyan long-distance runner Tegla Loroupe, Chinese gymnast Li Xiaopeng and former Chinese short track speed skater Yang Yang were the other athletes to be inducted into the Laureus academy.
  4. Mohan Kumar appointed as new Indian Ambassador to France
    • Senior diplomat Mohan Kumar, currently India’s top envoy to Bahrain, has been appointed the next Ambassador to France to succeed Arun Kumar.
    • Arun Kumar has been appointed the country’s Ambassador to the US, replacing S Jaishankar.
  5. Canada to Supply Uranium to India for 5 Years Under Landmark Deal
    • Canada on Wednesday agreed to supply 3,000 metric tonnes of uranium to energy-hungry India from this year under a $254 million five-year deal to power Indian atomic reactors.
    • Cameco Corporation will supply 3,000 metric tonnes of uranium over five years to India at an estimated cost of $254 million and the supply will start from this year.
    • Canada is the third country to supply uranium to India after Russia and Kazakhstan. The supplies will be under the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards.
  6. TCS to give its employees one-time bonus of Rs 2,628 crore
    • Tata Consultancy Services, India’s largest IT services company, said it would give its employees a one-time bonus of Rs 2,628 crore to mark ten years of the company’s listing on the stock exchanges.
    • The company has about 319,000 employees globally. All employees who have completed at least a year of service with the company will be eligible for the bonus.
    • Each employee will be given a bonus equal to one week’s salary for each year they have been with the company.
    • TCS went public in August 2004 and is now the most valuable company by market capitalization on the Indian stock exchanges.
  7. Nuclear-Capable Agni-III Ballistic Missile Test-Fired
    • India today successfully test fired its nuclear-capable Agni-III ballistic missile with a strike range of more than 3,000 km from Wheeler Island off Odisha coast.
    • The indigenously developed surface-to-surface missile was test fired from a mobile launcher at launch complex-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR).
    • The Agni-III missile is powered by a two-stage solid propellant system. With a length of 17 metres, the missile’s diameter is 2 metres and launch weight is around 50 tonnes.
    • It can carry a warhead of 1.5 tonne which is protected by carbon all composite heat shield.
  8. Susanta Lahiri, a co-creator of element 117, awarded Hevesy Medal
    • Professor Susanta Lahiri, Chemical Sciences Division, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata, received the Hevesy Medal Award 2015.
    • He is awarded for his outstanding contributions to heavy ion induced radioisotope production, tracer packet technique, converter targets, and green chemistry.
    • The other person to also win the award this year is Professor Kattesh V. Katti of the Cedntre for Radiological Research, University of Missouri, Columia.

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