Daily GK Potion – 17th February 2015

  1. Antidumping duty imposed on imports of graphite electrodes
    • The government has imposed an anti-dumping duty of up to USD 922.03 per tonne on imports of a product used in steel plants, a step to protect the domestic industry from below-cost shipments.
    • The Finance Ministry imposed the import duty on a type of graphite electrodes based on recommendations of the Directorate General of Anti-Dumping Duty (DGAD) for five years.
  2. Infosys buys automation technology startup Panaya, deal valued at Rs 1200 crore
    • Infosys is buying a startup that helps companies manage major changes to their software systems.
    • Panaya, which has raised $59 million from venture capital investors, including a firm founded by Sikka’s mentor and SAP cofounder Hasso Plattner, is being valued at $200 million (Rs 1,200 crore).
  3. Sourav Ganguly made MCC honorary life member
    • Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has been awarded an honorary life membership to the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).
    • Honorary life memberships are awarded by the Lord’s-based the MCC, the guardian of the sport’s laws for more than 200 years, to recognise an individual’s service to cricket and other projects surrounding the game.
  4. Rajinder Puri, ace cartoonist and fierce critic of Emergency, passes away at 80
    • Veteran cartoonist, columnist and political activist Rajinder Puri died on Sunday night after a brief illness.
    • Born in 1934 in modern-day Karachi, Puri was known for his incisive and critical political cartooning.
  5. AAP to launch ‘Jai Kisan Abhiyan’ in Haryana
    • Senior Aam Aadmi Party leader Yogendra Yadav on Tuesday declared that a “Jai Kisan Abhiyan” would be launched across the State from February 21.
    • He held Bharatiya Janata Party governments at the Centre and in Haryana responsible for a four-pronged attack on the farmers and landowners
    • During the campaign, the party leaders and workers will make representations before district officials and present a salt bag to all the Members of Parliament to remind them of their responsibility towards the people.
  6. Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan: Government builds 7.1 lakh toilets in January
    • Construction of toilets under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream project, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, has gained momentum with 7.1 lakh individual household toilets being built in January.
    • According to data, a total of 31.83 lakh toilets have been built between April 2014 and January 2015, which is 25.4% of the target for 2014-15.
    • The programme entails an investment of nearly Rs 2 lakh crore over the next five years to construct 12 crore toilets in India.

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