Thursday, 1 June 2017

Daily GK Update 31st May 2017


National Affairs

1. World No-Tobacco Day observed today

  • World No-Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed every year across the world on 31st May.
  • This day highlights the health risks associated with consumption all forms of tobacco and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.
  • The theme for world No Tobacco Day 2017 is "Tobacco a threat to development".
  • The Union Health Minister 'Jagat Prakash Nadda' is chosen for this year's WHO Director-General Special Recognition Awards for accelerating India's tobacco control initiatives and taking bold measures to protect people against hazards of tobacco use.
  • In 1988, WHO’s World Health Assembly had passed a resolution calling for the celebration of World No Tobacco Day, every year on 31st May.

National Affairs

2. Gadkari lays foundation stone for 8 connectivity projects in Mumbai

  • The Minister of Shipping and Road Transport and Highways 'Nitin Gadkari' laid down the foundation stone for eight connectivity projects in Mumbai.
  • The projects worth 1,117.03 crore rupees aim to enhance connectivity of the hinterland to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.

3. Delhi Police launches Bicycle Patrols for better policing

  • Delhi Police (DP) has launched the Bicycle Patrols for better policing in the capital.
  • In the first phase, a total of 65 high-end bicycles (NE District-30, East District-20 and Shahdara District-15) have been operationalised.
  • It will normally cover distance of 2 to 5 kms per patrol.
  • The patrolling officers will be equipped with standard police communication equipment which will operate in 'hands-free mode' and function like mobile police posts of the local Police Station.

4. Govt. doctors in UP to retire at 62 years

  • The Uttar Pradesh govt. has extended the retirement age of the doctors from 60 to 62 years, who working under provincial medical service.
  • In view of non-availability of medic practitioners across the state govt. has taken the decision.
  • More than 7300 posts of doctors at different levels are vacant against the total sanctioned posts of around 18300.

National Appointment

5. George Kurian appointed as Vice-Chairman of National Commission for Minorities

  • Minister of State Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has appointed George Kurianas the vice-chairman of National Commission for Minorities.
  • The other appointed members are Syed Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi(Chairman), Sulekha Kumbhare (former Maharashtra minister), Sunil Singhi (Jain representative) and Vada Dasturji Khurshed Kaikobad Dastoor.
  • First time a Jain member has been appointed to the panel after the community was notified as minority in Jan 2014.
  • The six notified minority communities in the country are Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Sikh, Parsi, and Jain.

Science & Defence

6. Pentagon successfully tests ICBM defense system for first time

  • According to the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), United States has successfully tested its defence system against an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
  • A ground-based interceptor was launched at a California air base and shot down a mock ballistic missile.
  • It was the first live-fire test against a simulated ICBM for the Ground-Based Missile Defence.

Banking & Finance

7. Fresh tranche of new rupee one notes to hit the market

  • According to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), new one rupee notesmainly with pink-green on obverse and reverse in combination with other colours will be soon put into circulation.
  • Earlier, printing of one rupee notes was discontinued in 1994 but was relaunched in 2015.
  • The numbering on the new notes will be in black at right hand bottom portion, while on the reverse side, the year '2017' will be mentioned.
  • There will be also representation of One Rupee coin with rupee symbol having floral design and the surrounding design consists of the picture of 'Sagar Samrat' the oil exploration platform.
  • The note will bear signature of Shaktikanta Das (Secretary in the Ministry of Finance).
  • Rest other currency notes bear the signature of the RBI Governor.


8. Dasari Narayana Rao passes away

  • Former union minister and renowned film director ‘Dasari Narayana Rao’ (75-year) passed away at a private hospital in Hyderabad.
  • Dasari directed 151 pictures in Telugu & other languages and had several super hit films to his credit.
  • He joined Congress Party in early 2000 and served as minister of State for coal in the cabinet of Manmohan Singh government during UPA -I.
  • He entered into Guinness book of Records for directing highest number of films.
  • Rao has the distinction of directing renowned actors like NT Rama Rao and Akkineni Nageswara Rao.

9. Kannada film producer Parvathamma Rajkumar passes away

  • Noted film producer and wife of the late Kannada superstar Rajkumar, Paravathamma Rajkumar (78-years) passed away after a prolonged illness.
  • She is survived by her three actor sons (Shiva Rajkumar, Raghavendra Rajkumar, Puneeth Rajkumar) and two daughters.
  • Parvathamma was the only woman producer-distributor-exhibitor of Kannada films.
  • Blockbuster movies produced by her include "Trimurthy", "Haalu Jenu", "Kaviratna Kalidasa" and "Jeevana Chaitra" starring Rajkumar.


10. Lionel Messi wins fourth Golden Shoe

  • Argentine Professional football player Lionel Messi (plays for Barcelona) has won the European Golden Shoe for a record equalling fourth time (equalled Cristiano Ronaldo's record.).
  • He scored 37 goals in this season and secure 74 points.
  • Previously Messi won the award in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

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