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DAILY GK UPDATE 22 JULY 2014

1.    Cricket: India wins Lord's Test against England by 95 runs
i. India beat England by 95 runs in the second cricket test at Lord's to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
ii. Ishant Sharma claimed 7 wickets to bowl India to their first overseas win since 2011. 
iii. It was also India's second victory and the first since 1986 at Lord's. Ishant Sharma, who finished with career-best figures of 7 for 74, was declared Man of the Match.
iv. Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the Indian cricket team for their victory. 
v. The first test at Nottingham had ended in a draw. The third test will begin on Sunday at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.
2.    Google Maps now in Hindi
i. Search giant Google today launched its Google Maps in Hindi seeking to make its navigation service more useful for users locally.
ii. Google Maps in Hindi will be available for desktop and android mobile phone users, who will be able to see Hindi names for cities, localities, important roads and routes as well as popular points of interest such as public parks and schools.
iii. Launching the service nationally from Jaipur, Suren Ruhela, Product and Program Management Director, Google, said, the service may be made available in regional languages based on the feedback of this initiative.
iv. By launching Google Maps in Hindi today, hopefully Indians can explore and navigate the world around them more easily, whether these are people who already use Maps to find their way around day-to-day or Hindi-speakers coming online for the first time,” he said.
3.    YES Bank, Transfast launch instant money transfer service for NRIs
i. YES Bank and international money transfer company Transfast, have launched an online money transfer service with instant deposits to NRI customer accounts with any bank in India.
ii. This service facilitates real-time deposit of funds to all banks currently connected to the National Payments Corporation of India’s (NPCI) platform for inward remittances and is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week/365 days a year, YES Bank said in a statement.
iii. Arun Agarwal, Group President, International Banking Division, YES Bank, said, “YES Bank is proud to partner with Transfast in introducing this innovative technology to transfer money from the USA and Canada to India at lightning speed. This service will provide great convenience to our customers in North America and provide an instant credit confirmation to them for deposits into their recipients’ accounts.”
4.    Y Sudharshan Rao appointed as Chairman of ICHR
i. Yellapragada Sudharshan Rao on 25 June 2014 was appointed as Chairman of Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR). He replaced Basudev Chatterjee.  He would serve the council for a term of three years.
ii. Y.S. Rao taught at Department of History, Kakatiya University. He had worked at Kakatiya University for about 40 years. He had vast experience in teaching and researching.
iii. He guided eight PhD and 15 MPhil students and has about 40 research papers published in various national and international journals to his credit.
5.    India's child sex ratio drops: UN report
i. India needs to take urgent action following a sharp fall in its child sex ratio, a United Nations report said Tuesday. 
ii. The study named "Sex Ratios and Gender-Biased Sex Selection: History, Debate and Future Directions", says the child sex ratio in India has deteriorated from 976 girls to 1,000 boys in 1961, to 927 girls in 2001 and to 918 girls in 2011. 

iii. The report has been constituted by the United Nations Women with support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
iv. UN Women is the United Nations organisation dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. 
v. It also says India is among the few countries where the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) for girls is worse than boys. 

vi. The other countries are Nepal and Bangladesh. 
6.    Government launches scheme to minimize wastage of fruits, vegetables
i. The government has launched a scheme for technology upgradation, establishment and modernization of food processing industries across the country to minimize wastage of perishable fruits and vegetables.
ii. Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said the National Mission of Food Processing will be implemented during the 12th Plan period to set up primary processing centres, collection centres besides technology upgradation, establishment and modernization of such industries.
iii. "These schemes of the mission are implemented by the state governments and they have full powers to receive sanction and release funds to the eligible applicants," she said in Lok Sabha.
7.    Sania Mirza: Brand Ambassador of Telangana
i. The Chief Minister of Telangana K. Chandrasekhara Rao bestowed the Brand Ambassadorship of the new State on India's tennis star Sania Mirza in Hyderabad on Tuesday.
ii. He wished her to notch the number one ranking in international tennis and bring laurels to Telangana.
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