Daily GK Updates - 7th June 2015 Important Current Affairs

1. Aamir’s PK grosses $17 million in China
i. Bollywood star Aamir Khan’s PK has set a new record, grossing 100 million yuan ($16.70 million) in China, becoming the first Indian film to touch the three figure mark in the largely restrictive Chinese movie market.
ii. PK, which is having a dream run in China since its Chinese version was released on May 22, has hit the 100 million yuan mark today,” said Prasad Shetty, partner in Chinese firm Strategic Alliance, which promotes Indian films in China.
iii. While it is a record for an Indian film, PK’s China revenue has surpassed $10.6 million in earnings in US-Canada, the traditional overseas market for our films, he said.

2. Telangana formation day celebrations
Telangana, carved out of the combined State of Andhra Pradesh on June 2, 2014 to become the 29th State, is celebrating its first Formation Day. The week-long festivities come to a close on Sunday.
ii. The Capital has been decked up with colourful lights and flags all over. The main venues for the celebrations are the Tank Bund and Necklace Road abutting the Hussainsagar that separates Hyderabad and Secunderabad.
iii. The Tank Bund was closed for traffic, letting the revellers to take a stroll.

3. Bahrain bans import, sale of Maggi noodles from India
Bahrain has temporarily banned the import and sale of Nestle’s Maggi noodles from India, amid reports that the level of lead content in the popular instant snack in India was found to be above permissible limit.
ii. The move follows a Health Ministry—ordered seizure of hundreds of packets of Maggi noodles, which reportedly found their way onto shop shelves in Bahrain through local traders.
iii. The decision comes after Maggi noodles, a popular brand of noodle manufactured in India, was banned in different Indian states after a high level of lead along with excessive amounts of taste enhancer such as monosodium glutamate (MSG) were detected in the noodle.

4. Chandrababu Naidu has task cut out as he completes one year in office

N Chandrababu Naidu, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, has had a tough first year in office, with a number of hits and several misses while battling severe financial constraints.
ii. As he completes one year in office of the residual state on June 8, his task is cut out for him. The challenge of keeping up election promises and assurances made after becoming the CM for the third time (the first two terms during 1995-2004) remains.
iii. The UPA Government’s promise of providing Special Status is yet to be accorded. This, is in spite of the Narendra Modi–led NDA Government and TDP being electoral allies and now part of the Government.
iv. One of the key electoral promises made was the waiver of crop loans to farmers and self-help groups (SHG). With empty coffers and the RBI’s rejection to consider loan waiver, the State had to devise a new approach, wherein whereby crop loans would be taken over in a phased manner over four-five years.
v. Naidu performed the Bhoomi Pooja (ceremony to inaugurate a new site) for the capital city Amaravathi. He faces twin challenges of securing 34,000 acres identified for new capital through land pooling, and raising funds. In about six months, he has managed to rope in the Singapore Government for the Capital Region and Capital Master Plan and is now looking at beginning work in Dasara after getting the Seed Plan by July 15.

5. Rabbit virus can kill cancer cells
Researchers have discovered that a rabbit virus can deliver a one-two punch — it can kill some kinds of cancer cells while eliminating a common and dangerous complication of bone marrow transplants.
ii. For patients with blood cancers such as leukaemia and multiple myeloma, a bone marrow transplant replenishes marrow lost to disease or chemotherapy but raises the risk that newly transplanted white blood cells will attack the recipient’s body.
iii. Researchers from the University of Florida have found the myxoma virus in rabbits can quell the side effects of a bone marrow transplant and destroy cancer cells. The virus could be especially helpful to patients who have recurring cancer but cannot find a suitable bone marrow donor, said Christopher R Cogle, the study’s lead investigator.
iv.  It also could improve transplant options among African-Americans and the elderly, who are less likely to find fully matched bone marrow donors.

6. Inspired Wawrinka tames Djokovic to win French Open

Swiss Stan Wawrinka defied the odds to win the French Open with a courageous 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-4 victory over world number one Novak Djokovic in an enthralling final on Sunday.
ii. The eighth seed, booed by the crowd when he played French opponents this year, handed Serbian Djokovic his third defeat in three Roland Garros finals to add a second major to his 2014 Australian Open title.
iii. Wawrinka used his superb one-handed backhand to devastating effect, hitting flat groundstrokes that wore down eight-times grand slam champion Djokovic, who was looking to complete a career grand slam in Paris.
iv. He sealed victory on his second match point with his 60th winner, a flashing backhand down the line that made him the second Swiss player to prevail Porte d'Auteuil after Roger Federer in 2009.

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