Daily GK Potion – 6th June 2015

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  1. India gets first green police station at New Delhi’s Maurice Nagar
    • On World Environment Day, India’s first green police station was inaugurated at Maurice Nagar in north Delhi.
    • The green police station will be kept “naturally cool” by coating its roof with slaked lime.
    • Earthern pots will be placed on the roofs and water sprinkler system will be put in place which will be expected to reduce the overall temperature of the police station.
    • Consumption of electricity will be reduced as all light fittings at the police station have been changed to LED lights. All fans installed at this police station will be of five star ratings.
    • The toilets installed here are almost waterless in nature where septic tanks are capable of converting fecal matter into water and biogas through a technique called anaerobic bacterial decomposition.
  2. Kotak Mahindra, ING Bank ink MoU for cross-border business
    • Kotak Mahindra Bank and ING Bank have joined hands for exploring opportunities arising from cross-border business, investment and trade flows across various regions, including Europe.
    • A memorandum of understanding (MoU), signed between the two, covers an array of co-operation in areas such as trade finance, remittances and services related to non-resident Indians, funding to counterparties’ corporate relationships, fee-based products, direct banking and digital strategy, and cross-border debt capital markets and mergers and acquisitions.
  3. Union Government launches Jal Kranti Abhiyan
    • Union minister for water resources Uma Bharti on Friday launched a Jal Kranti Abhiyan aimed at turning one water stressed village in each district of the country into a water surplus village.
    • Under the campaign a village with acute water scarcity will be selected as ‘Jal Gram’ on a pilot project.
    • “As pilot project, activities will be run in one water stressed village in each 672 districts in the country” said Bharti while launching the program. “
    • Activities proposed for Jal Gram include rain water harvesting, recycling of waste water, micro irrigation for water use efficiency and mass awareness program.
    • A cadre of local water professional ‘Jal Mitra’ too will be created and they will be given training to create mass awareness.
    • The Jal Kranti Abhiyan will be celebrated across the country during 2015-16 to consolidate water conservation and management through a holistic and integrated approach.
  4. UK Author Ali Smith won 2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction
    • UK Author Ali Smith won the 2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction for her novel How to be Both.
    • Other nominees for the award were English author Laline Paull, Canadian author Rachel Cusk, Pakistani author Kamila Shamsie and Welsh author Sarah Waters.
  5. India, Bangladesh make history with land swap
    • On Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden visit to Dhaka, India and Bangladesh on Saturday sealed a historic agreement that will settle a 41-year-old land boundary dispute through exchange of territories, removing a major irritant in bilateral ties.
    • The two sides exchanged documents regarding the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) that was passed unanimously by the Parliament last month in the presence of Mr. Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina besides West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
    • Under the agreement, India will have an advantage of 500 acres and 10,000 acres will go to Bangladesh.
  6. Anil Ambani led Reliance Power to invest $3 billion in setting up Bangladesh power plant
    • Anil Ambani-led Reliance Power has signed an agreement to invest $3 billion in setting up a mega power plant and a floating LNG import terminal in Bangladesh which faces acute power shortages.
    • Reliance Power will set up a 2 million tonnes a year floating LNG import terminal as well as 3,000 megawatt power plant.
    • The project will be developed in phases. The first phase is expected to be completed within 3 years of signing of PPA and securing all approvals and financing.
  7. Dravid to coach India A, U-19 teams
    • Former India captain Rahul Dravid has agreed in principle to become the coach of the India Under-19 and A teams.
    • Since 2014, Dravid has been serving as mentor of Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, grooming several young players such as Sanju Samson, Karun Nair and Deepak Hooda.

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