Daily GK Potion – 27th and 28th April 2015

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  1. Sarjubala, Pinki strike gold for India at President’s Cup
    • Shamjetsabam Sarjubala (48kg) and Pinki Jangra (51kg) clinched gold medals at the 22nd President’s Cup Open International Boxing Tournament at Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia.
    • Pinki, a Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist, defeated Mongolia’s Nandintsetseg 2-1 to notch up the yellow metal.
  2. Indian-origin scientist Sangeeta Bhatia wins Heinz Award
    • Sangeeta Bhatia at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been named the recipient of the 2015 Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy, and Employment.
    • The award includes an unrestricted prize of $ 2,50,000.
    • The Heinz Awards annually recognise individuals for their extraordinary contributions to arts and humanities; environment; human condition; public policy; and technology, the economy, and employment.
  3. Norway’s Magnus Carlsen wins Shamkir chess tournament in Azerbaijan
    • World champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway has won the Shamkir Chess tournament held in Azerbaijan.
    • He defeated Rauf Mamedov of Azerbaijan in 35 moves and scored seven points.
  4. Bharatiya Mahila Bank wins Asian Banker Achievement Award 2015
    • Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) has won The Asian Banker Achievement Award 2015.
    • The award was presented to the BMB in the Technology Implementation category of Best Outsourcing Project (New Bank).
    • Usha Ananthasubramanian, Chairman and Managing Director of BMB received the award at a function held in Hongkong as a part of The Asian Banker Summit 2015.
  5. Operation Maitri: India launches massive relief and rescue efforts in Nepal
    • Scaling up relief and rescue efforts in quake-hit Nepal that was named ‘Operation Maitri’, India on Sunday deployed two dozen military aircraft and choppers and was also undertaking a “big evacuation” through the road route.
    • A slew of steps were also taken for speedy evacuation of stranded tourists including goodwill visas to foreigners and mobilising buses and ambulances to bring them by road.
  6. Capgemini acquires iGATE for $4 billion
    • Capgemini and iGATE on Monday announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Capgemini will acquire iGATE for a cash consideration of $48 per share.
    • The transaction will amount to $4 billion and is expected to be immediately accretive to Capgemini’s normalized Earnings Per Share (EPS)1.
  7. 9,000 NGOs lose licence
    • The Union government has cancelled licences of nearly 9,000 NGOs for violation of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).
    • In an order, the Home Ministry said that notices were issued to 10,343 NGOs for not filing annual returns for the year 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12.
  8. Yashwant Sinha gets highest French honour of Officier de la Légion d’Honneur
    • French Government has honoured former Union Finance Minister and veteran BJP leader Yashwant Sinha with Officier de la Légion d’Honneur (Officer of the Legion of Honour).
    • It is the highest French civilian distinction bestowed upon him in recognition of his international action taken during his stint as Union Minister of Finance, Minister External Foreign Affairs and for his invaluable contribution to international issues.
    • The honour was given to Sinha by French Ambassador to India François Richier in Delhi. Sinha as External Affairs (from 2002-2004) had chaired Indo-French Parliamentary Friendship Group since its very inception (from 2009-2014).
  9. Haryana government announces Rs 1,092 crore farmer compensation
    • Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today announced compensation of Rs 1,092 crore to farmers affected by inclement weather conditions, to be disbursed by May 15.
    • Of the total amount, Rs 720 crore will be provided by the Centre while rest will be provided by the state government.
    • The Haryana government in its special girdawari report till April 22, has assessed crop damage to over 13 lakh acres in the state because of untimely rains and hailstorm.
    • Out of which, 3.17 lakh acres was hit with crop loss between 76 to 100 per cent, 1.92 lakh acres with crop loss between 51 to 75 per cent and 8.24 lakh acres between 25 and 50 per cent.
  10. Corporation Bank, New India Assurance Company signs MoU on PMSBY
    • Corporation Bank and New India Assurance Company Ltd signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for implementing Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana [PMSBY].
    • PMSBY is a central government’s scheme to provide security against personal accidental risk and permanent or partial disability.
    • Under PMSBY, Bank’s Aadhar-linked SB account holders will be eligible for coverage against personal accidental risk, permanent/partial physical disability up to Rs 2 lakh.
    • One has to pay a nominal premium of Rs 12 plus service tax. New India Assurance Company Ltd will issue a master policy under group insurance scheme, which is voluntary for the customers.

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