Daily GK Update - 9th May 2015 Current Affairs

1.  British PM David Cameron led Conservative Party wins 2015 general election
i) Prime Minister David Cameron swept to an unexpectedly strong election victory with a majority in Parliament, and immediately vowed to give more powers to Scotland and let voters have a say on whether to stay in the European Union.
ii) The clear win reshapes Britain’s political landscape, giving Mr. Cameron’s Conservatives the right to govern without the influence of a coalition partner and pushing out a generation of big-name politicians from the Labour and Liberal Democrat parties.

2. Book titled Unbelievable – Delhi to Islamabad written by Prof Bhim Singh released
Book titled Unbelievable – Delhi to Islamabad authored by senior Advocate Prof. Bhim Singh was released by Vice President M Hamid Ansari in New Delhi.
ii) The book, a travelogue is an effort initiated by the lawyers of India and Pakistan to work jointly to ensure that Pakistani prisoners languishing in Indian jails are treated in accordance with the spirit of the Constitution of India.
iii) Similarly, the same treatment should be mended for the Indian prisoners on Pakistan and they should be given fair trials.

3. India, Russia signed 11 MoIs for Higher Academic Cooperation
The Institutions of higher learning in India and Russia have signed 11 Memorandum of Intents (MoIs) to establish the Network of Institutions of Higher Education. As per MoIs, leading Russian and Indian Academic Institutes will combine their efforts to train highly qualified staff for innovative economy and expand scientific, technical and technological cooperation.
ii) The establishment of a network of Indian and Russian Universities will facilitate establishment of more institutional linkages, including exchanges of faculty, researchers and students, joint research activities and scientific conferences and symposia.
iii) Among those that signed the memorandum from Indian side were IIT Bombay, Madras and Delhi and also University of Delhi, Indian Statistical Institute and Institution of Engineers. A cooperation agreement was also signed between the Department of Science & Technology in India and Russian Science Foundation, which will offer another platform for supporting joint research projects. By singing these MoIs with Russia, India seeks to accelerate her economic growth and development through a strong emphasis on technology and innovation.

4. US President Obama nominates IIT alumni Sanjita Pradhan to his advisory commission on AAPIs
i) United States (US) President Barack Obama has nominated Sanjita Pradhan, an IIT alumnus to his advisory commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).
ii) Sanjita Pradhan is a Nepali American. She holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Technology.
iii) Presently, she is serving as an Executive Officer of the Office of Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs at the Iowa Department of Human Rights. She was appointed to this position in 2013.
iv) Earlier she had served as Resettlement Director at Catholic Charities of Des Moines, Iowa from 2010 to 2013.
v) Prior to this, she was Employment Coordinator of Lutheran Services of Iowa’s Refugee Cooperative Services from 2009 to 2010.
vi) Pradhan also has served on the Advisory Board for the Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center and was Marketing Coordinator at Principal Financial Group from 2007 to 2008.

5. North Korea says successfully test-fired underwater ballistic missile
i) North Korea had successfully test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) -- a technology that could eventually offer the nuclear-armed state a survivable second-strike capability.
ii) North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, who personally oversaw the test, hailed the newly developed missile as a "world-level strategic weapon", according to a report by the official KCNA news agency.
iii) Development of a submarine-launched missile capability would take the North Korean nuclear threat to a new level, allowing deployment far beyond the Korean peninsula.

6. Ten Indian-origin MPs elected to UK Parliament
A record number of 10 Indian-origin candidates including Keith Vaz, Priti Patel and Infosys cofounder Narayana Murthy's son-in-law were elected to the British parliament.
ii) Prominent Labour candidates like long-serving MPs Keith Vaz (Leicester East) and Virendra Sharma (Ealing Southall) have won their respective seats, as they have a special connect with a largely Indian-origin electorate in their constituencies.
iii) Other Indian-origin winners include Alok Sharma (Reading West), Shailesh Vara (Cambridgeshire Northwest), another junior minister who has been an MP since 2005. First-timer Suella Fernandes (Fareham) for the Conservatives and a Labour novice Lisa Nandy (Wigan).
iv) The overall tally of 10 Indian-origin MPs in the British parliament breaks the previous 2010 general election record of eight.

7. PM to inaugurate 3 Jan Suraksha schemes
i) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in the city today evening to inaugurate three Jan Suraksha schemes that include two insurance and one pension scheme.
ii) Apart from the inauguration of the Jan Suraksha schemes, Modi will also pay a visit to the ailing President Maharaj of Ramakrishna Mission, Swami Athmasthananda.A meeting with the West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerje, and some BJP leaders have also been scheduled.

8. SAI athletes go on leave to recover from trauma
Jolted by the attempted suicide of their four young female colleagues, which led to the death of one, 20 athletes of the Sports Authority of India centre here have taken leave to recover from the trauma.
ii) The students and their parents had requested the SAI Director General Injeti Srinivas, during his visit to the campus yesterday, that they be given the break to recover from the shock of the incident.
iii) In a tragic turn of events early this week, a young athlete Aparna Ramabhadran died and three of her colleagues were battling for life at the Medical College Hospital here after they ate a poison fruit under an apparent suicide pact following alleged harassment by seniors at the SAI centre.


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