Daily GK Potion – 4th February 2015

  1. Saloni Dalal becomes the youngest medal winner at 2015 National Games
    • Saloni Dalal, a class 7 student from Karnataka became the youngest medallist at the ongoing National Games in Kerala.
    • She won the bronze in the 200 m breaststroke event.
  2. Bihar to provide free education till PG to SC/ST and girl students
    • The Bihar government today decided to provide free education to Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and girl students till Post Graduation (PG) level in the state.
    • The government would reimburse the financial loss to such universities/colleges.
    • The move will cost the state exchequer Rs 29 crore annually.
    • The landmark decision is expected to impact over four lakh students belonging to the three categories in the state, especially at the PG level.
  3. e-registration of properties launched in Haryana
    • Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday launched e-registration of properties in all the 130 tehsil and sub-tehsils of the State to mark the completion of 100 days of his government.
    • To take e-governance to villages, broadband connectivity is being provided to them and in the first phase 2,000 villages would be targeted and by September 2016 another 4,000 villages would be covered.
  4. Shri Madhusudhan Prasad takes over as new Urban Development Secretary
    • Shri Madhusudhan Prasad has taken over as new Secretary in the Ministry of Urban Development.
    • Shri Madhusudhan Prasad also served as Economic Counsellor in the Indian Embassy in Washington, USA.
  5. Government panel to suggest ways to monitor CSR works
    • The government has set up a high level panel to suggest a framework to assess CSR activities done by corporates under the companies law.
    • The panel, headed by former Home Secretary Anil Baijal, would have members from industry and academia, among others.
    • The report of the panel is expected in six months.
  6. China overtakes US for foreign direct investment
    • China has overtaken the US as the top destination for foreign direct investment (FDI), for the first time since 2003.
    • Last year, foreign firms invested $128bn (£84,8bn) in China, and $86bn in the US.
  7. Cisco Systems picks Visakhapatnam as first ‘smart city’
    • Visakhapatnam will be the first city to be taken up for development as a ‘smart city’ by Cisco Systems, the global IT networking major and the implementing company.
    • The company would focus on setting up a skill development centre and providing training through its global talent tracker. The company is also keen on working with the state government to digitise education and healthcare.

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