Daily GK Potion – 1st and 2nd April 2015

  1. New Zealand’s Kyle Mills retires from all forms of cricket
    • New Zealand fast bowler Kyle Mills announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, ended a 14-year international career.
    • The 36-year-old right-armer was a member of New Zealand’s 15-man World Cup squad but didn’t play in any of its nine matches.
    • He played 19 tests, taking 44 wickets at an average of 33, but became a specialist in the shorter forms of the game, taking 240 wickets in 170 ODIs at an average of 27.02 with an economy rate of 4.72. Mills also took 43 wickets in 42 Twenty20s.
  2. Punjab Government launches Padho Punjab – Khedo Punjab Mission
    • Punjab Government has launched ‘Padho Punjab- Khedo Punjab Mission’ i.e. Learn Punjab- Play Punjab Mission.
    • It is a special mission launched to provide school students a separate period in the curriculum for playing along with studies.
    • Under this mission a 40 to 50 minute special period has been kept for sports. During this period students of middle schools will be taught various games including the games played locally.
  3. Pakistan 8th ‘most dangerous country’ in the world: Report
    • Pakistan has emerged as the world’s eighth most dangerous country in a latest analysis of the top 10 danger zones based on terrorist and rebel activity.
    • The IntelCenter’s ‘Top 10 Most Dangerous Countries’ list as of March 2015 is topped by the Middle East, with Iraq and Syria ranked No 1 and 2 respectively.
    • IntelCenter’s Country Threat Index (CTI) examines the volume of terrorist and rebel alerts, messaging traffic, videos, photos, incidents and the number killed and injured in a country and runs it through an algorithm to assign the country its CTI.
  4. Aahar scheme launched in Odisha
    • Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched his government’s much-hyped subsidised Aahar scheme on the occasion of the State’s Foundation Day on Wednesday.
    • The scheme was launched in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Sambalpur and Rourkela in the first phase.
    • Four Aahar outlets each have been opened in five towns where meal consisting of rice and Dalma is being provided at a subsidised rate with financial assistance from three State run corporations and Tata Steel.
  5. Gulshan Rai to take charge as Cyber Security chief
    • Gulshan Rai, the Director General of Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (Cert-In), will take over as India’s first Cyber Security chief.
    • Rai, who also heads the eSecurity and Cyber Law division in the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, has been involved in various capacities regarding cyber security for over two decades.
  6. Government launches scheme to boost electric, hybrid vehicle sales
    • To boost eco-friendly vehicles sales, the government today launched FAME India scheme that envisages to provide Rs 795 crore support till 2020 for the manufacturing and sale of electric and hybrid vehicles.
    • The scheme envisages providing demand incentives to electric and hybrid vehicles — from two-wheeler to buses — in range of Rs 1,800 to Rs 66 lakh.
    • FAME-India or Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles in India as part of the National Mission for Electric Mobility is being launched from April 1,T
    • he government had approved an initial outlay of Rs 75 crore from Plan Fund for the FAME-India scheme in the Budget.

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