Daily GK Potion – 9th and 10th January 2016


  1. 24th New Delhi World Book Fair opens
    • Human Resource Minister Smriti Irani has inaugurated the 24th edition of the New Delhi World Book Fair which commenced here with China as the guest of honour country and a theme presentation of the cultural heritage of India.
    • The nine-day fair, touted as the largest in Asia, is hosting about 30 countries in which a series of programmes including panel discussions, dramas, classical and folk dances, workshops, discussions, authors’ meets, conferences, seminars and cultural programmes will be held.
    • This year the fair has introduced a special ‘Navlekhan’ programme which seeks to promote and publish young authors under the age of 40 writing in Indian languages.
  2. RBI Deputy Governor Patel gets second term
    • Urjit Patel, Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in-charge of the monetary policy department, has been re-appointed for a term of three years.
    • Mr. Patel, 52, who will complete his three-year term on January 10, could become the longest serving deputy governor in recent times if he serves the full three-year term.
    • A Deputy Governor of RBI can be appointed for a period of five years or till the age of 62, whichever is earlier
    • Mr. Patel who holds a Doctorate (Ph.D) in Economics from Yale University and is a graduate of the University of London and Oxford, had his task cut out. RBI’s monetary policy stance was under severe criticism as inflation continued to haunt policy makers for more than two years.
  3. Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis clinch Brisbane International title
    • Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis carried the dominance of 2015 into the new season, winning their sixth consecutive title by lifting the WTA Brisbane trophy
    • Sania and Martina, the world number one team, have now stitched a 26-match winning streak together, which has brought them six titles in a row at the US Open, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Beijing, WTA Finals.
    • It is the longest winning streak since Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci’s 25 in a row in 2012.
  4. Governor’s rule imposed in Jammu and Kashmir
    • Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday came under governor’s rule as process of new government formation following the death of chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed will take some time.
    • The President cleared the recommendation of the Union home ministry for imposing governor’s rule on the basis of a recommendation from J-K governor N N Vohra.
    • Governor’s rule had to be imposed in view of the reluctance of Mufti’s daughter Mehbooba to take oath during the mourning period though her party has already conveyed to the governor that 28 MLAs of the PDP legislature party backed her for the chief minister’s post.

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