Daily GK Potion – 9th January 2015

  1. PM inaugurates ‘Dandi Kutir’ museum
    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the state-of-the-art Dandi Kutir, a museum on the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi in Gujarat’s capital of Gandhinagar, on the occasion of the 13th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD).
  2. India pledges Rs 69 mln assistance for goiter control in Nepal
    • India has pledged to provide Rs 69 million as assistance to Nepal to launch an iodine deficiency programme across the country.
    • The iodine deficiency disorder control programme (IDDCP) earlier known as Goitre Control Programme, was signed under the financial assistance of government of India, on August 3, 2014 during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Nepal.
    • India had supported the goiter control programme of Nepal government since 1973.
  3. Kailash Satyarthi dedicates Nobel Peace Prize to nation
    • Kailash Satyarthi dedicated the Nobel Peace Prize to the nation by presenting his medal to President Pranab Mukherjee.
    • The medal, in 18 carats gold and weighing 196 grams, will be kept at Rashtrapati Bhavan museum.
    • Satyarthi and Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai were on December 10, last year awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 for their pioneering work on promoting child rights.
  4. Modibo Keita named new prime minister of Mali
    • Modibo Keita, the Malian government’s representative leading peace talks with rebel groups, was appointed as the country’s new prime minister.
    • Keita replaced Moussa Mara, who resigned as prime minister of the country.
  5. Coins, stamps released to mark 100 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s return
    Mahatma Gandhi

    • Coins and stamps showing in the same frame pictures of a young Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and another of his transformation into Mahatma Gandhi were here released to commemorate the centenary year of his return to India from South Africa in 1915.
    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today released the coins and stamps at the 13th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) function.
    • The coins are of denomination of Rs 100 and Rs 10, while the stamps are of value of Rs 25 and Rs 5.
    • Gandhi returned to India in 1915 after his 21 years of stay in South Africa.
  6. First public bicycle sharing scheme for Delhi Metro users launched
    • With an aim to provide pollution- free last-mile connectivity to its commuters, the DMRC today launched the city’s “first” public bicycle sharing scheme, which would allow people to seamlessly reach their destination via the metro rail.
    • The eco-friendly project, inaugurated from the Saket Metro Station in south Delhi, seeks to provide connectivity to and from the metro stations in areas in its vicinity.
    • The DMRC has already been running a ‘hire-a-cycle’ scheme from its Vishvavidyalaya Station in last six years in partnership with city-based private firm Greenolution.
  7. K.K. Paul sworn in as Uttarakhand Governor
    • Krishan Kant Paul, who replaced Aziz Qureshi as the Governor of Uttarakhand, was sworn in as the sixth Governor of Uttarakhand.
    • Dr. Paul is a former IPS officer and has served as the Governor of Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram.
  8. Governor’s rule imposed in Jammu and Kashmir
    • President’s rule was imposed on Jammu and Kashmir.
    • President Pranab Mukherjee approved the recommendation of J & K Governor N. N. Vohra as deadlock continued in the State over formation of the new government after voters handed a fractured verdict in assembly elections.
  9. Mahinda Rajapaksa concedes defeat to opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena
    • President Mahinda Rajapaksa today conceded defeat in Sri Lanka’s tightest-ever presidential race and left his official residence, with cumulative results showing opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena ahead.