Daily GK Potion – 20th January 2015

Gromo Referal
  1. ONGC retain Savio Cup title
    • Defending champions Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) once again underlined their supremacy by recording an authoritative 63-53 win against Indian Overseas Bank in the men’s final of the Rs. 5 lakh prize money 10th Savio Cup All-India Basketball Tournament.
  2. Filmmaker Pahlaj Nihalani new censor board chief

    • Filmmaker Pahlaj Nihalani appointed as chairperson of the censor board.
    • The government also reconstituted the board appointing nine others as members including BJP leader Vani Tripathi Tikoo and filmmakers Ashoke Pandit and Chandra Prakash Dwivedi.
    • Other eminent persons who have been named as members are film writer Mihir Bhuta, Syed Abdul Bari, Ramesh Patange, actor George Baker, actor-filmmaker Jeevitha and actor-playwright S Ve Shekhar.
    • Nihalani has produced films like “Aankhen”, “Talaash: The Hunt Begins …” and “Shola Aur Shabnam”.
  3. India, South Africa ink pact for developing youth enterprises
    • The National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) today signed an agreement of cooperation with Black Business Council for developing youth-owned enterprises in South Africa.
  4. Ayonika Paul, Annu Raj Singh win gold in shooting meet
    • Ayonika Paul of Railways and Maharashtra’s Annu Raj Singh won a gold medal each in their respective events at the 4th Gun for Glory Shooting Championship.
    • Ayonika bagged the medal in 10m Rifle Women and Annu Raj Singh won it in 10m Pistol Women at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Balewadi.
  5. India’s growth to reach 6.3% in 2016: UN report
    • India will see a gradual growth acceleration with its GDP expected to reach 5.9 percent this year and 6.3 percent in 2016, the UN report said.
    • “India’s economy expanded by an estimated 5.4 percent in 2014, an improvement from growth of 5 percent recorded in 2013, but still significantly below the 8 percent pace of the pre-crisis period,” said the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects 2015 (WESP) report.
  6. Singapore’s GIC to invest Rs 1,020 crore in Bandhan Financial Services
    • Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC is investing 10.2 billion rupees ($165.5 million) in India’s Bandhan Financial Services, which is setting up one of the country’s two newest banks.
    • The company will get a total equity investment of 16 billion rupees, including 5.8 billion rupees from existing investor IFC.
  7. TCS ends RIL’s 23-year run as most profitable firm

    • After 23 years, India has a new numero uno when it comes to net profit. Information technology major Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) posted a net profit of Rs 5,328 crore for the quarter ended December, overtaking long-standing champion Reliance Industries Ltd.
    • It is the first time that an IT company has topped the profit charts.