Daily GK Potion – 1st and 2nd February 2015

Gromo Referal
  1. Agni-V, India’s 1st ICBM, fired successfully from canister
    • India’s first intercontinental ballistic missile Agni V was test fired successfully.
    • The 5,000-km Agni-V was successfully tested for the first time in its canister-launch version, which will give the armed forces the requisite operational flexibility to swiftly transport and fire the ballistic missile from anywhere they want.
  2. 18th National e-governance awards declared
    • Excellence in Government Process Re-engineering:
      Gold: Directorate of Income Tax
      Silver: Finance Department, Government of West Bengal
    • Outstanding Performance in Citizen-Centric Service
      Gold: Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India
      Silver: Department of Women Development and Social Welfare , Govt. of West Bengal
    • Innovative Use of Technology in e-Governance
      Gold: Office of the Commissioner of Police, Surat, Gujarat
      Silver: Office of Chief Electorate Officer, Bihar and National Informatics’ Centre, Bihar
    • Incremental Innovations in existing Projects
      Gold: Department of Agriculture, Govt. of Tamil Nadu
      Silver: Industries Department, Industries Commissionerate, Gujarat
    • Best District Level Initiative in Citizen-Centric Service Delivery through ICT
      Gold: Mandya District Police, Home Department, Karnataka
      Silver: District Reasi, Jammu and Kashmir
    • Innovative use of GIS Technology in e-Governance
      Gold: Chhattisgarh infotech and biotech Promotion Society (CHiPS), Deptt. of Information Technology, Chhattisgarh
      Silver: Central Silk Board,  Ministry of Textiles Government of India, Bangalore, Karnataka
    • Innovative use of Mobile Technology in e-Governance
      Gold: Karnataka Public Works, Ports & Inland Water Transport Department, Project Implementation Unit, State Highway Development Project.
      Silver: Madhya Pradesh Kshetra Vidyut Vitaran Co. Ltd. (Govt. of MP Undertaking) Bhopal
    • Specific Sectoral Award
      Gold: Rural Development Department, Govt. of Bihar & National Informatics’ Centre, Bihar for project SAMVIDA
      Silver: Government of Maharashtra, Mumbai
    • Innovative use of ICT by Central Government PSUs
      Gold: nformation Technology and Services Deptt. Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
    • Innovative Use of ICT by State Government PSUs/Cooperatives /Federations/Societies
      Gold: State Child Protection Committee, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
      Silver: Tamil Nadu Minerals Limited, Tamil Nadu
    • Outstanding e-Governance Initiative by Academic and Research Institutions
      Gold: Department of Economics, St. Teresa’s College, Kerala
    • Use of ICT for Development by Non-Government Institutions
      Gold: Financial Inclusion, Tata Consultancy Services
      Silver: KUHSAL-A CREDAI Pune Metro Initiative
  3. Australia beat England in tri-nation tournament final
    • Glenn Maxwell scored 95 and took 4-46 Sunday to spur Australia to a 112-run win over England in the final of the one-day international tri-series.
    • Maxwell led Australia to 278-8 as it batted first after losing the toss.
    • It bowled out England for 166
  4. India and China jointly launched Visit India Year in China
    • India and China on 2 February 2015 jointly launched the Visit India Year in China in Beijing during the visit of Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to China.
    • The initiative is aimed at enhancing the flow of tourists from China to India and to strengthen the people to people bond.
  5. Reliance Industries Limited teams up with SBI for payments bank licence
    • Looking to foray into banking business, Reliance Industries has teamed up with state-run behemoth SBI to apply for a payments bank licence.
    • RIL and SBI put in a joint application to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to set up a payment bank that can offer services such as remittances and deposits but not loans.
    • SBI will hold 30 per cent in the joint venture. RIL will be the promoter and hold the balance 70 per cent.
  6. Aditya Birla, Future apply for payments bank licenses
    • Aditya Birla Nuvo Ltd (ABRL.NS) and retailer Future Group were among the first big names to apply for licenses to run so-called payments banks.
    • Today was the deadline for the application.
  7. HIV treatment to be linked to Aadhaar
    • Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) Treatment for HIV/AIDS infection will now be linked to Aadhaar.
    • Even those coming for HIV infection testing will have to produce their Aadhaar cards.
    • This is to avoid duplication of patients going to several ART Centres for testing.