Daily GK Potion – 17th April 2015

Gromo Referal
  1. Former Nepal PM Surya Bahadur Thapa dies
    • Former Nepal Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Thapa passed away.
    • He was suffering from cancer and was admitted to Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon on March 29.
    • Eighty-seven-year-old Mr. Thapa served as Prime Minister of Nepal for five terms, under three different Kings, in a politcal career spanning more than 50 years.
  2. Obama to honour Satya Nadella with “Champions of Change”
    • U.S. President Barack Obama plans to honour Microsoft’s Indian-origin CEO Satya Nadella with the “Champions of Change” Award for bringing about a change within his company to support working families.
    • “Microsoft recently announced that over the next year, it will make changes to ensure that a wide variety of suppliers that do business with Microsoft in the U.S. provide at least 15 days of paid leave each year to their employees who handle Microsoft work,”.
    • The award is given to those who support working families and have helped to bring about a change within their companies, communities or organisations by advocating for paid sick and paid leave policies and equal pay.
  3. UN peace envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar resigns
    • The UN peace envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, has resigned, a UN official has said, after losing support from Gulf countries for his mission in the conflict-riven nation.
    • The Moroccan diplomat had been UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s special envoy for Yemen since 2012.
  4. Oil India commissions 54 MW wind energy project in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh
    • Oil India, the nation’s second largest state-owned oil explorer, today said it has commissioned a 54 MW wind energy project in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.
    • The project is split between a 16 MW capacity plant at Patan in Gujarat and a 38 MW at Chandgarh in Madhya Pradesh.
    • The project cost Rs 439 crore — Rs 126.5 crore for the Gujarat side and Rs 312.45 crore for the Madhya Pradesh location.
  5. Indian economy to grow at 7.5% in 2015: Moody’s
    • Indian economy is expected to grow marginally higher at 7.5 per cent during the year compared with 7.2 per cent in 2014
    • World Bank too has similar GDP growth forecast for India for the current fiscal year.
  6. Pakistan, Russia to hold first-ever joint military exercise
    • Pakistan and Russia have agreed to hold first-ever joint military exercises as part of their enhanced defence cooperation, in a sign of increasing bonhomie between the Cold War-era adversaries.
    • The agreement was reached during a meeting in Moscow between Pakistan defence minister Khawaja Asif and his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu.

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