Daily GK Updates - 17th May 2015 Current Affairs

1. Official website of 10th World Hindi Conference launched
External Affairs Minister Sushma launched the official website of 10th World Hindi Conference at Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan in New Delhi.
ii) It can be visited at www.vishwahindisammelan.gov.in.
The logo for the Conference was also chosen by the Logo Selection Committee after a logo design competition was organized by the Ministry of External Affairs. Khyati Gupta from Banglore was awarded the prize money of 50000 rupees by the External Affairs Minister.
iv) The 10th World Hindi Conference (WHC) will be held from 10 September to 12 September 2015 at Lal Parade Ground in Bhopal. The conference will be hosted by the Ministry of External Affairs in partnership with state government of Madhya Pradesh. The main theme of the Conference is Hindi Jagat: Vistar avm sambhavnai.

2. India grants $1 bn credit to Mongolia; deepens defence ties
i. India today announced a US$ one billion credit line to Mongolia for infrastructure development as they upgraded their ties to “Strategic Partnership” and agreed to deepen defense cooperation besides exploring potential for tie ups in areas like the civil nuclear sector.
ii. The two Prime Ministers signed a joint statement committing to further consolidate bilateral ties and upgrade the comprehensive partnership to “strategic partnership” and agreed to renew their Treaty of Friendly Relations and Cooperation.
iii. The two sides inked 13 other pacts that includes one on enhancing cooperation in border guarding, policing and surveillance, air services, cyber security and new and renewable energy.

3. Airtel clinches $2.5 billion Chinese financing deals
i. The funds will help the company further diversify its global financing pool and invest in growth of data networks.
ii. Bharti Airtel has received financing commitments of up to USD 2.5 billion from China Development Bank and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, with an average maturity of about nine years.
iii. The company signed the term sheets for the financing options in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is currently on an official visit to China.

4. Brad Haddin, the Australia wicketkeeper retired from ODI cricket
i. Brad Haddin, the Australian wicketkeeper batsman on 17 May 2015 retired from One Day International (ODI) cricket.
ii. His final ODI appearance was the seven-wicket victory over New Zealand in World Cup final in Melbourne on 29 March 2015.
iii. Haddin, a right-handed batsman and wicket-keeper, played his debut ODI match on 30 January 2001 against Zimbabwe at Hobart.
iv. He played 126 matches and scored 3122 runs at an average of 31.53 of which 110 (against New Zealand in Hamilton in 2010) was his highest score.
v. As a wicketkeeper, he claimed 170 catches and did 11 stumping over 14 years in the 50-over format, which was the third-most dismissal for Australia after Adam Gilchrist and Ian Healy.

5. Former Army Brigadier David Granger sworn-in as eighth President of Guyana
i. Former Army Brigadier David Granger on 16 May 2015 was sworn in as the eighth President of Guyana.
ii. He was sworn-in as the President after his A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) party-led coalition won the national elections.
iii. In the national elections held on 11 May 2015, his coalition APNU – Alliance for Change (AFC) defeated the ruling People’s Progressive Party (PPP). With this, it ended the 23 year old grip on power of Indo-Guyanese PPP.

6.  Djokovic Wins Fourth Rome Crown; Fourth Masters 1000 Title Of 2015
i. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic got the better of Roger Federer 6-4, 6-3 to capture his fourth title in the Italian capital.

  • Women's Singles - Maria Sharapova
  • Men's Singles - N. Djokovic
  • Women's Doubles - Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic
  • Men's Doubles - P. Cuevas  and D. Marrero


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