Daily GK Update 7 & 8 February 2015 Current Affairs

1. Two Ghats in Varanasi equipped with WiFi facility
i. Under the Prime Minister's dream of 'Digital India', Dashashwamedha and Sheetala the two main ghats of Ganga in Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) are now equipped with WiFi facility.
ii. Tourist visitors and people can now access free WiFi connectivity in the surrounding area of around seven hundred metres.

iii. Union IT and Telecommunication Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that eight more Ghats of the city will be equipped with WiFi connectivity in the coming months, who launched Wifi facility in the two ghats yesterday.
iv. He also announced that Taj Mahal of Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Khajuraho, Konark, Hampi, Mahabalipuram and other famous tourist places across India will be provided with WiFi facility in the near future.

Note: The first ATM of Postal Department inaugurated at Head Post Office in Varanasi by Union IT and Telecommunication Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
2. Gulfood 2015, world's largest food event kicks off in Dubai
i. The world largest annual food and hospitality event, Gulfood 2015 begins in Dubai's World Trade Centre.
ii. More than 4, 800 international companies from 120 countries including India, eyeing to sell their products in the quickly expanding Middle East Market.
iii. The four-day event will host a number of international heads of state, ministers and government officials.
iv. Indian exporter will feature wide range of products such as basmati rice to flour, meat, poultry and also plan to sell traditional products like pickles, jams, papad which will be major part of attraction in the event.
v. In the event experts will discuss concerns related to food security across the globe.

3. Govt to invest Rs. 6,990 crore in nine public sector banks
i. To boost capital and meeting global risk norms, Govt. will invest Rs. 6,990 crore in nine public sector banks including SBI, Bank of Baroda (BoB) and Punjab National Bank (PNB).
ii. This is the first tranche of capital infusion for which the government had allocated Rs. 11,200 crore in the budget for 2014-15.
iii. Among the beneficiaries, SBI leads the pack with a capitalization of Rs. 2,970 crore, followed by BoB Rs. 1,260, PNB Rs. 870 crore and Canara Bank Rs. 570 crore.

4. Pakistan may grant non-discriminatory market access status to India
i. Pakistan has said that it may grant non-discriminatory market access status to India and the two countries are moving towards sealing a deal to liberalise trade.
ii. Pakistan Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan told media persons in Islamabad that there is an incorrect perception that Most Favoured Nation, MFN, means giving India extraordinary market access. That is why, he said, it has been decided to replace MFN with non-discriminatory market access status.                                                     
5. Goa ranks 6th in World's best night life cities
i. Goa has been positioned sixth in the list of top 10 nightlife cities in the world by 'National Geographic'.
ii. The list mentions Goa's beaches and laid back locales along its golden shores as the right place to be at and experience all the fun which never stops even though there is restriction on all night fests.
iii. DilipParulekar, Goa tourism minister said "Goa is a safe destination for tourists 24x7 whether on or off the beach.
iv. The list is topped by Dublin (Ireland) and followed by Belgrade (Serbia).
v. National Geographic's 'Top 10 Nightlife Cities' are -Dublin in Ireland ranked first, followed by Belgrade in Serbia, La Paz in Bolivia, Sao Paulo in Brazil, San Juan in Puerto Rico, Goa In India, Ibiza in Spain, Houston in Texas, Thessaloniki in Greece and Baku in Azerbaijan.
6. Dr Tony Tan, Singapore President arrived in India
i. Singapore President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam arrived in New Delhi this evening on a four-day visit to India.
ii. During the visit Dr Yam will meet President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
iii. Dr Yam will inaugurate the Peranakan Exhibition at the National Museum on Tuesday.
7. Anirban Lahiri clinches Malaysian Open title
i. Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri defeated Austrian Bernd Wiesberger in the final to won the maiden Malaysian Open title.
ii.  This is the first European tour title of Anirban Lahiri.


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