Daily GK Potion – 17th to 19th March 2015

  1. Abid Ali Neemuchwala named Wipro COO
    • Wipro Ltd has named a Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS) veteran as its new chief operating officer (COO).
    • Wipro anointed Abid Ali Neemuchwala, former head of the TCS business process outsourcing (BPO) unit, as the new COO and group president, overseeing the six service lines at the company.
  2. Facebook acquires the TheFind.com
    • TheFind.com is a search engine that provides discovery services to its online visitors who are looking for products on sale.
    • Facebook has not disclosed the sum for the acquisition of this shopping app.
  3. Crisil appoints Ashu Suyash as new MD & CEO
    • Standard & Poor’s has hired Ashu Suyash, a mutual fund industry veteran, to head its Indian unit, Crisil.
    • Suyash had launched Fidelity International India which was later sold to L&T.
    • Suyash will succeed Roopa Kudva, who quit last September without an immediate successor after a seven-year stint as its managing director and chief executive officer.
  4. Indian researcher wins woman of the year 2015 in New South Wales
    • A 56-year-old Indian pancreatic cancer researcher in Australia has been named New South Wales Woman of the year 2015 for her contributions to medical research, tertiary education and the Indian community.
    • Minoti Apate, researcher at University of New South Wales (UNSW) received the award from NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Women Pru Goward.
  5. Haryana clears bill banning cow slaughter
    • The state government on Monday introduced in the Assembly the Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Bill, 2015 that bans cow slaughter.
    • Cow slaughter in Haryana will now attract  a rigorous imprisonment ranging from three years to 10 years and a fine of up to Rs 1 lakh.
    • The new bill states that “any person who attempts to export cows for slaughter would be imprisoned for not less than three years and up to seven years. Fine imposed would not be less than Rs 30,000 and may extend up to Rs 70,000”.
    • The government has also banned sale of beef or beef products except for medicinal purposes.
  6. SC removes Jats from OBC list
    • Holding that politically organised communities like the Jats cannot be included in the Central list of Other Backward Classes (OBCs), the Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the government to recognise emerging socially and educationally backward groups like transgenders, who are among the most distressed.
    • The apex court struck down the quota notification issued by the UPA government.
  7. Cabinet approves Bill to unearth black money
    • Cabinet approves Bill to unearth black money The Union Cabinet on Tuesday cleared a stringent law proposed in the budget to curb black money.
    • The Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets (Imposition of Tax) bill will give more powers to the tax department in tracking illicit wealth stashed abroad.
    • It provides for stiff 300% monetary penalties and up to ten years prison for foreign wealth not disclosed.
  8. HDFC Bank launches app for instant money transfer over phone
    • HDFC Bank has recently launched a mobile application – Chillr that enables its users to instantly transfer money to any contact in their phonebook round the clock.
    • For launching this application, the bank has tied up with MobME, a Kochi-based technology giant.
    • With Chillr, HDFC Bank customers can transfer money to any person in India after they have downloaded the app and registered in it.
  9. Haryana cows to get UIDAI-like numbers
    • The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) format will soon be extended to cows as the Haryana government has decided to introduce ‘Special Identification Tags’ with unique identification numbers for ‘Haryana’ cows, an indigenous breed found in the state.
    • Each cow will have a 12-digit unique identification number and an ID card will be fixed as tags around its neck.
  10. Rs. 5,000 fine on those littering on Railway property
    • Anyone found littering on a railway track or platform or disposing waste on its property would now be shelling out Rs. 5,000 under the Polluter Pays Principle.
    • The National Green Tribunal on Wednesday passed a string of directions to clear the Railways of the filth which gives it the tag of “biggest open toilet.”

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