Daily GK Update 14th October 2015 Important Current Affairs

1. India gives $ 5 million grant to Palestine
i. India has given a grant of five million US Dollars to Palestine as Budgetary assistance. It was given Indian President Pranab Mukherjee to his is Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. ii.Indian President visited Palestine as part of his three Western Asian countries Jordan, Palestine and Israel. India has announced 5 projects worth 17.79 million US dollars in Palestine.
iii. These projects are $12 million Technology Park at Ramallah, and $1 million India-Palestine Centre for Excellence in Gaza, $4.5 million Palestine Institute for Diplomacy.
iv.  India and Palestine also called for a negotiated and peaceful settlement of the Israel-Palestine issue based on internationally agreed on negotiations and UN Security Council resolutions. 
v.  India also ensured Palestine that it continues to support resolution on the formation of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 border at the UN.

2. Iran’s Parliament gives Preliminary approval for Nuclear Deal
i. The Parliament of Iran has passed a bill that allows the government to implement a historic nuclear deal reached with world powers i.e. P5+1 countries. 
ii. The accord will protect the Iran’s nuclear program and lifting of international economic sanctions. Under the provisions of bill Iranian government can withdraw from implementation of the nuclear deal if the other side fails to lift economic sanctions against Iran. It also says that International inspectors would have only limited access to military sites. 
iii. The Nuclear deal between Iran and so-called P5+1 US, UK, France, China and Russia plus Germany was struck in July 2015 after 20 months of negotiations. Between 2006 and 2015, United Nations Security Council (UNSC) had passed seven resolutions forcing Iran to stop producing enriched uranium which can be used to build nuclear bombs along with using it for civilian purposes. 
iv. The nuclear deal had called for the lifting of economic sanctions in return for Iran curbing sensitive nuclear programme activities which may had developed nuclear bomb.

3. Green Indian Mission plans approved for 4 states
i. Union Environment Ministry has approved annual plans of National Mission for Green India (GIM) of four states viz. Kerala, Mizoram, Manipur and Jharkhand.
ii.  In this regard, National Executive Council (NEC) has approved the Perspective Plans (PP) and Annual Plan of Operations (APOs) of GIM submitted by 4 states.
iii. The approval has been granted for alternative energy devices such as biogas, LPG, solar devices, biomass-based systems and improved stoves.
iv. These devices in turn will help to reduce pressure on forests and provide carbon emission benefits, along with health and other associated benefits.
v. It will cover around 27,032 households from these 4 states for financial year 2015-16.

4. Tamil Nadu Government bans Ketoprofen drug to save vultures
i. Tamil Nadu state government has banned Ketoprofen, a non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) to save critically endangered vulture population in the state.
ii. This drug has been banned in the three western districts of state viz in Erode, Coimbatore and Nilgiris where the vulture population is in danger. Ketoprofen is extensively used for veterinary purposes and as an alternative to banned veterinary painkiller Diclofenac. 
iii. It is believed that Ketoprofen causes same effect on the vulture population caused by Diclofenac.

5. Shweta Rathore became first Indian female bodybuilder to win silver in Asian body building championship
i. Indian female bodybuilder Shweta Rathore in first week of October 2015 won a silver medal in the 49th Asian Bodybuilding and Physique Championship, held in Uzbekistan. With this, she became the first ever Indian female bodybuilder to win a medal at a continental level tournament. 
ii. Shweta, an engineer by qualification, won silver in the Women's Fitness Physique category and qualified for the World Championship, to be held in Thailand in November 2015.
iii. Mumbai based Rathore has been the flag-bearer for women’s bodybuilding in India and have participated in several tournaments across the world. Earlier, she won a bronze medal at the the World Bodybuilding and Physique fitness Championship.

6. Delhi government launched Bill Banvao, Inaam Pao scheme
i. The Delhi Government on 13 October 2015 launched Bill Banvao, Inaam Pao scheme to encourage people to receive or demand proper bills for purchases.
ii. Citizens will be eligible for the scheme only on a bill or cash memo/retail invoice of not less than 100 rupees for purchases made from a registered dealer in Delhi. The maximum prize to be given under the scheme is 50000 rupees.
iii. To avail the reward, the purchaser can upload the bill/cash memo on the website of the Department of Trade and Taxes within seven days of purchase.  A snapshot of the bill can also be sent to the designated number of the department through Whatsapp. After the bill is sent to the department, a unique ID will be generated for each bill and sent to the customer via SMS.
iv. The bill must include the registration number (TIN) of the dealer, full name of each item purchased, rate of tax charged against each and total sale value (excluding VAT).
v. The winner will be selected through a computerised draw of lots using the unique IDs generated against each bill received by the department.

7. Jamaican writer Marlon James won the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction
i. Jamaican writer Marlon James on 13 October 2015 won the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings. With this, James became the first Jamaican author to win the prize in its 47-years of history.
ii. James was honoured with the prize money of 50000 Euros, a trophy and a designer bound edition of his book. He was also awarded with additional 2500 Euros for being shortlisted for the prize.
iii. James’s name was shortlisted from a list of writers including Sunjeev Sahota, Chigozie Obioma, Hanya Yanagihara, Anne Tyler, Tom McCarthy and Marlon James.

8. Arun Jaitley chosen 'Finance Minister of the Year, Asia' by Emerging Markets
i. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was chosen as 'Finance Minister of the Year, Asia' by London-based publication Emerging Markets in October 2015.
ii. The magazine in an article said that Jaitley too deserves some recognition for India’s relative economic success over the last 18 months. It says that without his decisions and stewardship of India’s financial direction, India would not have achieved what it has.
iii. Apart from this, Atiur Rahman, the Governor of Bangladesh Bank was named as the Central Bank Governor of the Year, Asia 2015. He was awarded for generating considerable strength and resilience in the economy of Bangladesh.

9. PS Jayakumar appointed as MD and CEO of Bank of Baroda
i. PS Jayakumar on 13 October 2015 took over the charge of Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of state-owned Bank of Baroda. He has taken the charge when the bank is under the scanner for an alleged black money transactions worth over 6000 crore rupees.
ii. On the other hand, Ravi Venkatesan, ex-chairman of Microsoft India, was appointed as the non-executive Chairman of the bank.

10. Alexander Lukashenko won Presidential election of Belarus for the 5th time
i. Alexander Lukashenko  won Belarusian presidential elections with over 83.5 percent of the votes. With this, the 61-year-old, who has governed the former Soviet republic almost unchallenged for 21 years, will be in power for the fifth time. 
ii. His closest rival, Tatiana Karatkevich, won 4.4 percent, with turnout at 87 percent.
iii. Some 5.1 million out of the nearly 7 million registered voters cast their ballots in favour of the four terms President. This landslide victory exceeded Lukashenko’s 2010 victory that saw him re-elected with 80% of the vote.


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