Daily GK Update 15th July 2014

1) Operation to refloat wrecked Italian ship Costa Concordia launched
i) Operation to refloat the wrecked Italian ship Costa Concordia was launched on 14 July 2014. The refloating operation launched was one of the biggest maritime operations in the history.
ii) The operation will tow the wreck of Concordia at a top speed of about two knots (about 2.3 miles per hour) to the port of Genoa, Italy for dismantling. The total cost of the operation will be 2 billion US dollars (1.5 billion euro).

2) Per Student Cooking Cost under Mid Day Meal Scheme Enhanced
i) Union Government of India enhanced the per student cooking cost under the Mid Day Meal Scheme (MDMS). The enhancement of the budget came into effect from 1 July 2014. The cooking cost per student has been enhanced by 7.5 percent every year since 2010-11.

3) National Centre for R & D in Bulk Drugs to be set up in NIPER Hyderabad
i) Union Ministry of Chemical and Fertilisers decided on 14 July 2014 to set up National Centre for Research & Development in Bulk Drugs (NCRDBD) at National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Hyderabad.

4) Delhi government to set up 320 Mahila Suraksha Dals for women safety
i) State Government of Delhi on 14 July 2014 decided to set up 320 Mahila Suraksha Dals (MSDs) across the national capital. These MSDs will be established to ensure women safety at public places.

5) PM Narendra Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Fortaleza
i) The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Fortaleza, Brazil on 14 July 2014. He met the Chinese President on the sidelines of Sixth BRIC Summit being held in Fortaleza.
ii) The meeting was the first-summit level interaction of PM Narendra Modi with Chinese President.
iii) During the 80-minute meeting emphasised on the importance of bilateral relationship between India and China and expressed satisfaction at the high momentum of bilateral engagement since Narendra Modi assumed the office of PM in May 2014.

6) Environmentalist Chandi Prasad Bhatt won the Gandhi Peace prize 2013
i) Environmentalist and social activist Chandi Prasad Bhatt on 15 July 2014 was awarded with the prestigious Gandhi Peace prize for 2013. He was awarded by the President of India Pranab Mukherjee at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.

7) Assam decided to implement National Food Security Act from 1 September 2014
i) National Food Security Act (NFSA) will be implemented by the Assam Government from 1 September 2014. The decision to implement the Act in the state was taken on 14 July 2014 at a meeting of senior officials of Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department convened by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi in Guwahati.

8) President appointed Governors of five states
i) President of India, Pranab Mukherjee on 14 July 2014 appointed Governors of five states, namely Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Gujarat and Nagaland.

ii) People, who have been appointed as the Governors by the President are
• Ram Naik as the Governor of Uttar Pradesh
• Balramji Dass Tandon as the Governor of Chhattisgarh
• Keshari Nath Tripathi as the Governor of West Bengal
• Om Prakash Kohli as the Governor of Gujarat
• Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya as the Governor of Nagaland

9) Retail inflation fell to a 30-month low of 7.31 percent in June 2014 from 8.28 pecent in May 2014. The retail inflation went down mainly on account of lower prices of food items that includes vegetables, cereals, and meat.

10) Brazil Football Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari resigned
i) Luiz Felipe Scolari, the football coach of Brazil on 14 July 2014 resigned after Brazil failed to win the 2014 FIFA World Cup. His resignation was confirmed by the Country’s Football Federation Confederação Brasileira de Futebol.
ii) Scolari, a former Brazilian defender, became the coach of Brazil football team for the first time in 2001. He guided the team to win FIFA World Cup 2002. In the 2002 final played in Yokohama, Japan, Brazil defeated Germany 2-0 to win the Cup for the fifth time.

11) ndia on 14 July 2014 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sri Lanka for setting up a Faculty of Agriculture and a Faculty of Engineering for the University of Jaffna at Kilinochchi.

12) Mahela Jayawardene, the former skipper of Sri Lankan cricket team, announced his retirement from Test cricket on 14 July 2014. He will retire from Test Cricket after the home series against Pakistan in August 2014.


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