Daily GK Update 9th July 2015 Important Current Affairs

1. India, Kazakhstan sign five key pacts including deal on uranium supply
i. India and Kazakhstan have signed five agreements in various sectors focusing on strategic, economic and trade cooperation between both nations.
ii. The agreements were signed in Astana after delegation level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart Kazakh President Nur Sultan Nazar.

2. Lord Kamlesh Patel becomes first British-Asian appointee to ECB Director
i. Professor Lord Kamlesh Patel has become the first British Asian to be appointed as Director of England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
ii. He succeeds Lord Morris of Handsworth, who had stepped down after 11 years as an ECB Director.
iii. Lord Patel was born to Indian parents in Nairobi, Kenya. He later had moved to United Kingdom. He hails from Bradford and is a leading voice on health, social care and community cohesion in UK.
iv. Presently, he is Labour Peer in the House of Lords and professor at the University of East London. He is also Chair of the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundations Trust and is a former Chairman of the Mental Health Act Commission.

3. Union Government appoints Sriram Kalyanaraman as MD and CEO of NHB
i. Union government has appointed Sriram Kalyanaraman as the Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Housing Bank (NHB) for a period of five years.
ii. With this he became the first person from private sector to be appointed as head of a public sector financial institution.
iii. Presently, Kalyanaraman is director-business development Equifax Credit Information Services. Prior to joining Equifax, he was Director, Business Clients and Asset Products at Deutsche Bank India.

4. China nominates Jin Liqun for President of AIIB

i. China has nominated its former finance Minister Jin Liqun as the Presidential candidate for $100 billion Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
ii. Presently, Jin is Secretary General of AIIB’s interim secretariat. Prior to this he was chairman of China International Capital Corporation (CICC), one of the mainland’s largest investment banks. He also had held various positions at the World Bank.
iii. He was the first Chinese national to serve as a Vice President of Asian Development Bank (ADB) which is controlled by Japan. Jin headed programmes for South, Central and West Asia and private sector operations during his 5-year-long tenure at ADB.

5. eMudhra launches eSign Services
i. eMudhra Limited, a leading certifying firm in the country for digital signatures launched first of its kind eSign services in the country as part of the Digital India Vision.
ii. eSign is an online electronic signature service legally valid and secure under the Information Technology Act, 2000.
iii. It will facilitate an Aadhaar holder to digitally sign a document within seconds. It seeks to pave the way for a digital transformation into a paperless environment by revolutionising the way of business and governance conducted in the country.
iv. eMudhra Limited also launched eMlocker which facilitates a person to store important documents such as Aadhaar cards, PAN cards, electricity bills or any other documents electronically.

6. UNESCO names 24 new world heritage sites

i. 39th session World Heritage Committee (WHC) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, (UNESCO) has inscribed 24 new sites into the World Heritage List.
ii. Decision in this regard was taken at WHC’s annual meeting held in Bonn, Germany.
iii. In this meeting total 36 sites were examined and 24 sites were granted world heritage status. With this the total number of world heritage sites has increased to 1,031.

7. Operation Smile led to tracing of 44 missing children in Uttarakhand

i. Operation Smile, a unique initiative of Ghaziabad Police to track missing children, was in news in second week of July 2015. It came in news after Uttarakhand police under the operation was able to trace at least 44 missing children from various parts of the state within a week.
ii. In another development, the police and the district administration of Dharmapuri, Tamil Nadu has constituted five special teams to spearhead ‘Operation Smile.’

8. Union Sports Ministry constituted Ashwini Nachappa committee to study status of SAI training centers
The Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports constituted an eight member committee to study status of Sports Authority of India (SAI) training centers across the country.
ii. The committee will be headed by former athlete Ashwini Nachappa and includes Pullela Gopi Chand as a member among others.
iii. The committee was formed against the backdrop of suicide attempt by four girl inmates at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) SAG Water Sports centre at Alappuzha, Kerala in May 2015 that resulted in death of one girl trainee.
iv. The committee was mandated to recommend measures to ensure that such incidents do not occur in future.

9. SN Sahai appointed as Home Secretary of Delhi

i. Senior IAS officer Sanjeev Nandan (SN)Sahai was on 8 July 2015 appointed as the Home Secretary of Delhi. Sahai is a 1986 batch Union Territory cadre officer.
ii. Sahai succeeded senior IAS officer Dharam Pal, who was removed as Home Secretary in June 2015 by the AAP government.
iii. SahaI is the Finance Secretary of Delhi and had played crucial role in preparing budget for Delhi government.

10. Rahul Bhatnagar appointed as MD and CFO of Bharti Enterprises
i. Rahul Bhatnagar was appointed as the Managing Director (MD) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Bharti Enterprises. He will report to Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman of Bharti Enterprises.
ii. Bhatnagar succeeded Manoj Kohli, who has assumed the role of Executive Chairman of SBG Cleantech, a Joint Venture between SoftBank, Bharti and Foxconn for renewable energy.

11. Govt may declare August 7 as National Handloom Day
i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to launch “India Handloom” brand on August 7 – the day Swadeshi Movement was launched in 1905 – in order to promote genuine, global quality products in international markets.
ii. Committee of Secretaries has cleared the proposal and further steps are being taken for formal notification on observing August 7 as National Handloom Day, sources told PTI.
iii. Union Textiles Minister Santosh Gangwar wrote to the prime minister in this regard recently.

12. Sangakkara to end career in Colombo against India
i. Sri Lankan batting great Kumar Sangakkara will end his international career at the P Sara Oval next month in the second match of the three-test series against familiar foes India.
ii. Last month, Sri Lanka's most prolific batman announced his decision to retire after the second test against India, bringing the curtain down on an illustrious 15-year stay at the crease.
iii. The Indian and the Sri Lankan cricket boards announced the tour itinerary on Thursday, confirming Galle as the venue for the first test starting on Aug. 12.
iv. The 37-year-old Sangakkara wanted to quit all formats after the World Cup earlier this year but agreed to stay on to play four home tests - two against Pakistan and as many against India.


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