Daily GK Potion – 18th and 19th January 2015

  1. AB de Villiers hits fastest ODI century in 31 balls

    • AB de Villiers struck the fastest century in one-day international history as South Africa crushed the West Indies by 148 runs in the second ODI.
    • De Villiers reached three figures in just 31 balls on his way to 149 from 44 deliveries.
  2. Pankaj Advani Wins National Billiards Title
    • Indian ace Pankaj Advani won his seventh Senior National Billiards Championship at the Bengal Rowing Club.
    • He is the holder of 12 world titles in various categories.
  3. Royal Enfield appoints Rudratej Singh as President
    • Eicher Motors has appointed Rudratej Singh as President of Royal Enfield.
    • Rudy joins Royal Enfield after spearheading global brands and businesses for almost two decades across emerging and developed markets.
  4. Hyderabad to host World Congress on Information Technology in 2018
    • World Congress on Information Technology, a biennial event, will be held in Hyderabad in 2018, the domestic industry body Nasscom said today.
    • Nasscom President R Chandrasekhar said the event will bring together business delegations from amongst the 80 countries.
  5. HDFC Bank among world’s 50 most valued banks in 2014
    • HDFC Bank is the lone Indian entity among the world’s 50 most valued lenders in 2014 with a market capitalisation of close to $41 billion.
    • Ranked at the 45th position, the private sector bank is ahead of global majors Credit Suisse, DBS Group, and Standard Chartered with a market capitalisation of $40.58 billion.
  6. President Pranab Mukherjee launches Pulse Polio Immunization Programme
    • President Pranab Mukherjee launched the Pulse Polio Immunization Programme by administering polio drops to children aged below five years at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here today.
    • Around 174 million children of less than five years age across the country will be given polio drops as part of the drive of government to sustain polio eradication from the country.
  7. Manjul Bhargava to lead Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s teach in India programme
    • Fields medallist Manjul Bhargava will be the face and facilitator of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet education project to rope in eminent scholars and scientists abroad to teach students at IITs and central universities.
    • He agreed to ‘recruit’ scientists in the US and across the world to participate in the Global Initiative of Academic network (GIAN), a shortterm teaching programme under which scholars abroad will be invited to teach in India.
  8. Indian American presented with Martin Luther King Award
    • An eminent Indian-American entrepreneur and philanthropist, Frank Islam has been presented with the prestigious Martin Luther King Jr Award in recognition of his contribution to the legacy of the great leader through his efforts in international service and civil engagement.