Daily GK Updates - 27th June 2015 Important Current Affairs

1. Ujjwal Batria was  appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of French cement maker Lafarge's India operations. Batria succeeded Martin Kriegner, who will now be Area Manager-Central Europe of Lafarge Holcim, an entity to be formed by the proposed merger of the world's top two cement firms.

2. India has become most attractive investment destination in world after it was ranked first among 110 countries in a ranking of destinations for attractiveness to foreign investors. The ranking was based on baseline profitability index (BPI) 2015. In this edition of China was placed at the 65th position and US was placed at the 50th.

Patrick Macnee
Veselin Topalov
3. Patrick Macnee, star of the legendary Avengers TV series, died at his home in Rancho Mirage in California. He was 93. Macnee was known for playing the role of secret agent John Steed in the 1960s television series The Avengers.

4. Veselin Topalov won the Norway Chess tournament 2015 by leaving behind Viswanathan Anand into a quick draw. Topalov secured 6½ points while Anand ended the tournament in second place with 6 points.

5. The Union Ministry of Civil Aviation approved a proposal for setting up a second international airport at Jewar in the National Capital Region. The proposal would soon be sent to the Union Cabinet for approval. Once the project gets the required approvals, the civil aviation ministry will offer the contract for building and running the proposed Jewar airport in Greater Noida to the GMR Group where the government acquired 2378 acres of land for the project.

6. The United States (US) Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage across the nation in a closely divided ruling by a 5 to 4 vote. The 28-page ruling was made by Justice Anthony Kennedy and was agreed by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

7.  China's central bank cut lending rates for the fourth time since November and trimmed the amount of cash that some banks must hold as reserves, stepping up efforts to support an economy that is headed for its poorest performance in a quarter century. The People's Bank of China (PBOC) said on its website on Saturday that it was lowering the one-year benchmark bank lending rate by 25 basis points to 4.85 per cent, and reducing the one-year benchmark deposit rate by 25 basis points to 2 per cent. The bank lowered the reserve requirement ratio (RRR) for banks lending to the farm sector and small and medium-sized enterprises by 50 basis points.

8. The Commonwealth Games silver medallist pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa were the last remaining Indian players at the Canada Open after reaching the semifinals of the US$ 50,000 Grand Prix badminton tournament.

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