- Russia agrees with India to construct 12 nuclear reactors
ii) Russian President Vladimir Putin had been pushing for Rosatom to increase the number of reactors it could supply to as many as 25.iii) Indian officials say that a total of six reactors will be built at Kudankulam, with a further six to follow at a site that has not yet been determined.
- Randhir Singh appointed as honorary member of IOC
i) Randhir Singh was appointed as an honorary member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). He was appointed as the honorary member during the IOC session in Monaco held from 8 December 2014 to 9 December 2014.
ii) Randhir Singh is the second Indian to become an honorary member of the IOC after Ashwini Kumar. Ashwini Kumar was also given the membership after serving as full IOC member from India.
iii) Randhir Singh is a former Secretary General of Indian Olympic Association (IOA) who served the association from 1987 to 2012. He is also a former shooter who took part in five Olympics.
- MTDC ties-up with Google for driving tourist traffic
i) The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has tied up Google’s Great Online Shopping Festival to attract domestic and international tourists to its 75 properties.
ii) MTDC Manager Sanjay Dhekane said that it is the only tourism corporation to participate in the festival. From the festival website, the tourist will get redirected to the MTDC website, where they will get a flat 30 per cent discount on room tariffs, if they carry out their booking before Friday, he said.
- Samsung appointed HyunChil Hong as President of Southwest Asia
i) Samsung Electronics Ltd on 10 December 2014 announced the appointment of HyunChil Hong as President of Southwest Asia Headquarters.
ii) He will take the charge with immediate effect. He succeeded President B D Park. B D Park will now head Sales & Marketing for Digital Appliances Business at the headquarters in South Korea.
iii) Hong will lead all of Samsung Electronics’ business in South West Asia that includes India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.
- Pioneer of home video game console Ralph Henry Baer died
i) The pioneer of home video game console Ralph Henry Baer died on 6 December 2014 in Manchester following a brief illness. He was 92.
ii) Baer is credited for creating the first light gun for video game console. He is the co-creator of the light-up memory games Simon and Super Simon.
iii) Baer received the National Medal of Technology from President George W Bush in 2006 and in 2008, he received the Game Developers Choice Pioneer Award.
- Manthan Awards South Asia 2014 was given on 5 December 2014 to 26 social entrepreneurs from South Asia and Asia-Pacific in recognition of their efforts to improve the lives of people using digital technologies.
- Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries (RIL) on 9 December 2014 announced to sell 49 percent stake in the textiles business to Chinese textile firm Shandong Ruyi Science and Technology Group for an undisclosed sum.
- WWF-India launched project Mobile Apps for Climate Change
i) World Wide Fund for Nature – India (WWF-India) on 10 December 2014 launched the project Mobile Apps for Climate Change: A Citizen Science Programme for Schools in Metros in Hyderabad. It launched the project in collaboration with the Hyderabad-based L V Prasad Eye Institute.
ii) The project was launched to make students aware about biodiversity and make them interested in environment.
- Indians most addicted to smartphones: survey
i) Nearly 57 per cent of Indians admitted they cannot live without their smartphones, making them the most addicted group of respondents in a survey of users from top five smartphone regions globally.
ii) The survey polled more than 2,500 smartphone and tablet users from the top five smartphone regions globally, including the US, Germany, Brazil, India and China.
iii) It polled a sample set of smartphone users from 16 to 65 years old who personally owned their devices. There were 518 respondents from the US, 535 from Germany, 507 from India, 515 from China and 503 from Brazil.
- New Andhra Bank e-banking centre
i) Andhra Bank has opened its first “anytime e-banking centre” at the Satyam Junction here . Inaugurating the centre, ASPS Raviprakash, Vice-Chairman of Girijan Corporation complimented the bank for introducing the latest technology to extend better services .
ii) C Doraiswamy, General Manager, said the bank was converting 200 branches in the country to Navasakti model and introducing technology initiatives. Lalitha Prasad, Zonal Manager, said it was the first “anytime e-banking centre” to be opened in the zone.
- Dell India launches rugged notebooks
i) Computer firm Dell India today launched rugged notebooks, made to withstand heavy rains, moisture and over 60 kg weight on to them, with prices starting at Rs. 2.29 lakh.
ii) Dell is mainly looking at big organisations in oil and mines, Defence and the infrastructure segment as its potential customers for these products.
- Captain Kohli scores ton to keep India in game
ii) Standing in for injured regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kohli's 115 helped push the tourists within 148 runs of Australia's first innings total of 517-7, with the hosts declaring before the start of play at Adelaide Oval.
iii) Paceman Mitchell Johnson struck Kohli on the helmet first ball and ended up dismissing him late in the day when the batsman miscued a pull shot to deep fine leg where Ryan Harris charged in to take a fine, low catch.
iv) Wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (one not out) rode out a tense few overs to stumps, with middle order batsman Rohit Sharma on 33.
Daily GK Update 11 December 2014 - Current Affairs