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Daily Gk Updates March 31 , 2015 - Current Affairs

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1. Supreme Court irked over road accidents, asks lawmakers to re-visit law 

Supreme Court irked over road accident
Terming light sentences being awarded in road accident cases as "mockery of justice", Supreme Court today asked lawmakers to "scrutinise, re-look and re-visit" the penal laws saying the poor's life was as worth living as that of the rich. 
Section 304A of the IPC deals with the offence of causing death by rash and negligent act and provides for imprisonment for maximum of two years.The observations came in a verdict on an appeal filed by the state government against the order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in a road accident case in which two persons were killed on June 14, 2007. 

2. J&K hit by floods, River Jhelum above the danger mark

J&K hit by floods, River Jhelum
The Valley and parts of Jammu are flooded following incessant rains in the last couple of days. Till now seventeen people are believed to have lost their lives.
Due to heavy rains over the past 36 hours, river Jhelum was flowing above the danger mark at several places including Sangam in Anantnag district and Ram Munshi Bagh in Srinagar.

3. Jagan meets Modi, asks him to expedite Polavaram project

Jagan meets Modi Polavaram project
YSR Congress Party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to expedite the Polavaram project to allay fears on its completion besides opposing the Shantakumar Committee Report which will adversely affect farmers in securing maximum selling price.
He said that the people of the state fear that Polavaram would be put in cold storage with Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu taking up Pattiseema, as the two projects run parallel in aims and objectives of diverting Godavari flood waters to Krishna delta and to Rayalaseema.

4. Hit and Run Case : I was at the wheel, claims Salman’s driver

Hit and Run Case : I was at the wheel, claims Salman’s driver
In a twist to the 2002 hit and run trial against actor Salman Khan, the actor's driver Ashok Singh appeared before the court for the first time and owned up the responsibility of the accident. He said he kept silent all these years as he did not know what to do due to lack of knowledge of court procedures.
In the court, during the two-hour proceedings, the driver claimed that he tried to tell the police soon after the accident, but they refused to record his statement.The court will hear the matter on Tuesday when the defence has been given further opportunity to produce any other witnesses. 

Daily Gk Updates March 30 , 2015 - Current Affairs

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1. Aussies Beat Kiwis To Win Their 5th WC Title

Aussies World Cup Winners for 5th Time
Australia defeated New Zealand by 7 wickets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground here in the final of the 2015 World Cup cricket to win their fifth crown.Michael Clarke leads Australia to their fifth World Cup title against New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Australia have won four of the last five World Cups, an astonishing record of dominance unlikely to ever be repeated.
Captain Clarke retires from one-day cricket .

2. Saina and Srikanth create history with India Open titles

Saina and Srikanth create history with India Open titles
Saina knocked the wind out of world No. 8 Ratchanok Intanon 21-16, 21-14 in a 50-minute show of smashes, flicks, fleeting movements and complete control from the word go.
Srikanth , the boy from Guntur pulled counter-punches like the proverbial boxer to carry the day 18-21, 21-13, 21-12.Saina is the First Indian Woman Shuttler to acheive World No.1 ranking

3. Earth Quake strikes off Papua New Guinea, tsunami warning issued

Earth Quake strikes off Papua New Guinea
A major earthquake with a magnitude 7.7 struck off Papua New Guinea on Monday, official monitors said, and a tsunami warning was issued soon after.
The epicentre of the 33 km (22 mile) deep quake was near the town of Rabaul in the northeast of Papua New Guinea, The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said "hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 1,000 km (620 miles) of the earthquake epicentre along the coasts of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands"

4. Flood Declared in Kashmir After Heavy Rain 

Flood Declared in Kashmir After Heavy Rain
A flood alert was issued in Srinagar late last night after the river Jhelum crossed the danger mark because of incessant rain across the Kashmir Valley since Saturday.
The people of Kashmir were asked to move to safety this morning as the state government declared flood after large parts of the Valley were pounded by heavy rain on Sunday.
An avalanche warning has been issued in seven vulnerable districts of the rain-hit Valley.

5. Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu leaves for Singapore

CM N Chandrababu Naidu leaves for Singapore
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu will go to Singapore on March 29 and will return to New Delhi on the same day. Mr Naidu will discuss the construction of the capital city with a high -level committee in Singapore. The Singapore government is preparing the master plan for the construction of the capital city and will submit it in June.

Daily Gk Updates March 29 , 2015 - Current Affairs

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1. Saina Nehwal : First Indian woman to be World No. 1

Saina Nehwal : First Indian woman to be World No. 1
Badminton’s world ranking takes into account a player’s ten-best performances over the past 52 weeks. And before the tournament, Nehwal was ranked world No.2 with 74,381 points behind China’s Li Xuerui (79,214 points).
When the rankings list does become official next week, Nehwal will be the first non-Chinese player since Denmark’s Tine Baun in 2010 to hold the number one spot in the women’s category. In the men’s category, Prakash Padukone had held that position 35 years ago. Nehwal was herself ranked at 2 back in 2010 and has been a top-10 player since 2009.

2. Modi arrives in Singapore to attend Lee’s funeral

Modi arrives in Singapore to attend Lee’s funeral
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday arrived in Singapore to attend the State Funeral Services of Singapore’s founder and first premier Lee Kuan Yew.
Lee, 91, died of severe pneumonia on March 23.The Prime Minister will be attending the funeral of Lee on Sunday, the Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry said.
In his condolence message after Lee’s demise, Mr. Modi had said, “A far-sighted statesman and a lion among leaders, Lee Kuan Yew’s life teaches valuable lessons to everyone. News of his demise is saddening.”

3. Lifetime Achievement Award for Balbir Singh 

 Lifetime Achievement Award for Balbir Singh
The legendary Balbir Singh, member of three Olympic gold medal winning teams, was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural Hockey India Awards here today.
Hockey India Awards
Player of the Year: Birendra Lakra (male),Vandana Kataria (female)
Goalkeeper of the Year: PR Sreejesh
Defender of the Year: Deepika
Midfielder of the Year: Manpreet Singh
Forward of the Year: Akashdeep Singh
Upcoming player of the Year: Harmanpreet Singh (male), Namita Toppo (female)
Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award: Balbir Singh Sr

4. ISRO navigation satellite in orbit

ISRO navigation satellite in orbit
India on Saturday demonstrated its ability to establish an independent regional navigation satellite system, as ISRO’s PSLV C-27 successfully launched Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) 1-D satellite into the intended orbit.
IRNSS-1D, which will provide navigation, tracking and mapping service and have a mission life of 10 years, is the fourth in the constellation of seven satellites
With this launch, the country is poised to operationalise the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System.

5. World Cup 2015 Final : Australia Vs New Zealand

The BLACKCAPS have won the toss and will bat first in the CWC Final!
Australia have lost the toss in six of their last seven completed ODIs against New Zealand on home soil, but have won five of these seven meetings.
Highlights Of WC2015 Final Match :
Starc bowls McCullum in first over
 New Zealand won toss
 Both sides unchanged for Melbourne final
 Australia winners in 1987, 1999, 2003 & 2007
 New Zealand making first final appearance

Daily Gk Updates March 28 , 2015 - Current Affairs

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1. Co-pilot Deliberately Crashed Germanwings Plane

Co-pilot Crashed Germanwings Plane
he co-pilot of the Germanwings passenger jet that crashed in the French Alps this week made a "deliberate attempt to destroy the aircraft," a French prosecutor said.
Marseilles prosecutor Brice Robin said Thursday the co-pilot, 28-year-old Andreas Lubitz, locked the pilot out of the cockpit, leaving himself alone in control of the Airbus A320. 
He added the co-pilot, a German national, crashed the plane "for a reason we cannot fathom right now."

2. Arvind Kejriwal caught abusing Yogendra Yadav

AAP Sting Arvind Kejriwal
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was again at the receiving end of a sting operation in which he is heard purportedly using expletives against dissident leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan and even threatening to form a new party.
TV channels aired the conversation purportedly between Kejriwal and one Umesh Singh, a party worker, in which the AAP chief loses his cool and tells the worker to better go and work with Yadav and Bhushan.

3. Narendra Modi to launch Rs 20,000 crore MUDRA Bank

Narendra Modi to launch Rs 20,000 crore MUDRA Bank
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch on April 8 the Rs 20,000 crore MUDRA Bank, an agency to refinance micro-finance institutions which will also act as regulator for the sector. 
The MUDRA (Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency) Bank, which was announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his Budget speech, is expected to benefit about 5.77 crore small business units. 
"MUDRA Bank will refinance Micro-Finance Institutions through a Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana," Jaitley had announced. 

4. Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee Receives Bharat Ratna

Atal Bihari Vajpayee Receives Bharat Ratna
Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee received the  country's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, at his home.
He became the first non-Congress Prime Minister to serve a full five-year term - from 1998 to 2004 -and earned recognition for his ability to hold together a complex coalition. 
Among his boldest initiatives was the historic bus journey to Lahore in 1999, when he signed the landmark Lahore Declaration with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, with both sides pledging to push for peace and security.

Daily GK Update - Current Affairs March 27 , 2015

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1. Oil prices fire up as Yemen becomes new battleground in Saudi-Iran rivalry

Oil prices fire up as Yemen
The Saudis and their allies spent the past four months orchestrating an oil price decline, but in one belligerent move Riyadh pushed oil prices higher Thursday, by as much as 6% at one stage.
Yemen has 24 million people [and] 12 million guns — second-highest per capita globally — and sharp tribal differences, particularly between the North and South .
Yemen produced a mere 130,000-barrels per day last year, but oil markets have been fired up on fears that the conflict could escalate and hit Gulf oil facilities. 

2. 19 injured in massive explosion in NYC building

At least 19 people were injured after a massive “gas-related” explosion caused two buildings to collapse in New York City’s Manhattan neighbourhood.
The explosion on Thursday occurred in one building at Second Avenue and Seventh Street, levelling the structure and partly destroying another.
The incident comes a year after a huge explosion caused by a gas leak destroyed two buildings in Harlem neighbourhood, killing two people and injuring 18 others.

3. Nasa rover completes 11-year Mars marathon 

Nasa rover completes 11-year Mars marathon
Nasa's Opportunity Mars rover has become the first human-made vehicle to complete a marathon on another planet a feat accomplished in a record time of no less than 11 years.
The solar-powered robot, which landed on Mars' Eagle Crater in January 2004, completed the marathon in the course of a 153-foot (46.5-metre) drive.
Opportunity passed the 26-mile (42km) mark Tuesday after approximately 11 years and two months traveling the Martian terrain, where it surpassed scientists' original expectations for a mission lasting just several months.

4. Vikas Swarup appointed as External Affairs Ministry spokesperson 

Senior diplomat Vikas Swarup, whose debut novel was made into the Oscar-winning movie " Slumdog Millionaire", has been appointed as Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry. 
A 1986 IFS-batch officer, Swarup will succeed Syed Akbaruddin, who has been promoted as Additional Secretary in the External Affairs Ministry and will also be the Chief Coordinator for the India Africa Summit in October. 

Vikas Swarup : Swarup is the author of internationally acclaimed novel "Q & A" which was made into "Slumdog Millionaire", which won eight Academy Awards in 2009, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay.He is currently holding the charge of Joint Secretary (United Nations- Political) in the External Affairs Ministry will take over on April 18

5. Bharat Ratna to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee today

President Pranab Mukherjee will present the Bharat Ratna award to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today at his residence in New Delhi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be among a host of VVIPs who will be present at Vajpayee's residence in Lutyens' Delhi during the ceremony. 
Various political leaders, including Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit have welcomed the awarding of the country's highest civilian award to Vajpayee.

Daily GK Update - Current Affairs March 25 , 2015

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1. Airbus A320 crashes in southern France, 148 feared dead

Airbus A320 GermanwingsThe Airbus A320 operated by Germanwings, a budget subsidiary of Lufthansa, was less than an hour from landing in Duesseldorf on a flight from Barcelona when it unexpectedly went into a rapid descent. The pilots sent out no distress call and had lost radio contact with their control center.
A black box recovered from the scene and pulverised pieces of debris strewn across Alpine mountainsides held clues to what caused a German jetliner to take an unexplained eight-minute dive Tuesday midway through a flight from Spain to Germany, apparently killing all 150 people on board.Germanwings is low-cost carrier owned by Lufthansa, Germany’s biggest airline, and serves mostly European destinations. 

2. 62nd National Film awards : Haider bags five national awards, Kangana Ranaut is best actress

62nd National Film awards
Vishal Bharadwaj's Haider won big at the 62nd National Film awards with five awards
Kangana Ranaut bagged the best actress for her clinching role in Vikas Bahl's Queen. 
Chaitanya Tamhane's Court won best film while Kanada actor Vijay won best actor for Nanu Avanalla Avalu. 
Queen also bagged award for the best Hindi feature film.
Mary Kom won an award for being the best popular film providing wholesome entertainment, 
Srijit Mukherji bagged the best director award for Chotuskone. Chotuskone also won the best cinematography (Sudeep Chatterjee) and best original screenplay (Srijit Mukherji).

3. World Cup 1st Semi Final : NZ Shed History, South Africa Some Tears In Thriller

New Zealand beat South Africa with a six off the penultimate ball to reach the World Cup final for the first time.
With five needed from two balls, Grant Elliott hit Dale Steyn into the stands to finish unbeaten on 84 and seal a four-wicket win in Auckland.
Elliott and Corey Anderson's 58 had lifted the Black Caps from 149-4 in their chase of a rain-adjusted 298.
South Africa had earlier posted 281-5, with Faf du Plessis making 82, in a match reduced to 43 overs per side.

4. 17 mega food parks across the country

17 mega food parks
The Centre today allocated the development of 17 mega food parks across the country to state governments and private firms, including Adani Ports & SEZ, envisaging an investment of over Rs 6,000 crore
Five state governments, Punjab, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha, have been allocated one food park each, while Kerala government has been allocated 2 food parks.
Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone, Jain Agro Trading Company and Ruchi Acroni Industries are among 10 private players who have been allocated food parks by the Centre

Daily GK Update - Current Affairs March 24 , 2015

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1. Dadasaheb Phalke Award for actor Shashi Kapoor

Dadasaheb Phalke Award for actor Shashi KapoorVeteran actor-producer Shashi Kapoor has been named for the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Award.
The actor who turned 77 on the 18th of this month is known for his performances in films like ‘Jab Jab Phool Khile’, ‘Deewar’ and ‘Kabhi Kabhie’. Shashi Kapoor has got the National Award for best actor for the film New Delhi Times in 1986, National Film Award – Special Jury Award / Special Mention (Feature Film) for Muhafiz (1993) and the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi (as Producer) for Junoon in 1979.

2. Today Is World TB Day - March 24 , 2015

Today Is World TB Day
World Tuberculosis Day is marked every year on 24 March, highlighting one of the world's top health challenges. With nine million new cases and 1.5 million deaths each year, tuberculosis is an ongoing epidemic.
The theme this year is "Reach the 3 Million: Reach, Treat, Cure Everyone" – aimed at securing care for the three million who fail to be treated every year.

Some Important Facts about TB :

  • TB is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
  • Over 95% of tuberculosis deaths occur in low-and-middle-income countries
  • Tuberculosis is among the top three causes of death for women aged 15 to 44
  • There were an estimated 500,000 cases and 74,000 deaths among children in 2012.
  • Tuberculosis is one of the diseases that kills most people with HIV and this deadly combination is increasing in Europe.
  • The death rate for tuberculosis dropped by 45% between 1990 and 2013.
  • An estimated 37 million lives were saved through diagnosis and treatment between 2000 and 2013.

3. Mangalyaan completes six months in Mars orbit

Mangalyaan Orbit 6 Months
 India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), lovingly called Mangalyaan on Tuesday completed six months in the red planet's orbit.
India created history in space to become the first Asian country to reach the Red Planet and the first in the world to reach the Martian orbit on maiden attempt.
Launched on November 5, 2013 aboard PSLV rocket C25, Mangalyaan entered the Mars orbit on 24th September 2014.

4. Novak Djokovic Beats Roger Federer to Defend Indian Wells Title

Novak Djokovic Beats Roger Federer to Defend Indian Wells Title
Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-2 to successfully defend his Indian Wells crown and claim his 50th career ATP title on Sunday.
The 27-year-old world number one from Serbia also captured his fourth Indian Wells crown and is now tied with world number two Federer for the most men's titles in the California desert.
Djokovic had lost his last two matches to Federer in straight sets after beating him in last year's Wimbledon final.

5. Narendra Modi greets, MoS VK Singh tweets #disgust, #duty

Barely,2 hours after attending the Pakistan National Day reception as the Indian government’s representative, Minister of State (External Affairs) Gen V K Singh (retd) posted a series of cryptic tweets on Monday defining “duty” and “disgust”.
The series of five tweets, under the tags ‘duty’ and ‘disgust’, came on a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed his greetings to his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, expressing conviction that all outstanding issues could be resolved through “bilateral” dialogue.

6. Supreme Court strikes down Section 66A of IT Act

Supreme Court has struck down Section 66A  of the IT Act. In their order, the court said, Section 66A is violative of Article 19(1)(a), not saved by Article 19(2), hence unconstitutional.
The first PIL on the issue was filed in 2012 by a law student Shreya Singhal, who sought amendment in Section 66A of the Act, after two girls -- Shaheen Dhada and Rinu Shrinivasan -- were arrested in Palghar in Thane district as one of them posted a comment against the shutdown in Mumbai following Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray's death and the other 'liked' it.

Daily Gk Update - Current Affairs March 22 , 2015

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1. Government cancels bids of JSPL, Balco for four coal blocks

JSPL, Balco
The government has cancelled the bids of four coal blocks and has begun deliberations on taking a final decision on these mines. Jindal Steel and Power won the bids for three blocks, while Vedanta group firm Balco won one mine.
“Bids for Gare Palma IV/1, IV/2, IV/3 and Tara coal blocks not accepted,” Coal Secretary Anil Swarup tweeted late last night on twitter.

2. Burdwan blast case: NIA arrests absconding accused Abdul Momin

NIA headquarters in New Delhi
National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday arrested Abdul Mazeed Momin, an absconder, in connection with the Burdwan blast, taking the total number of arrested persons to 17.
Momin, who has been on the run since last year, was apprehended from Sealdah in central Kolkata this evening.
NIA took over the case from West Bengal police a few days after the explosion after international links surfaced.

3. US,Iran inch towards Nuclear Deal

US,Iran inch towards Nuclear Deal
With 9 days to nuclear deal deadline,the talks this week in Geneva between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif appear to have taken a step toward a long-term agreement over Iran’s nuclear programs. 

“We’re pushing some tough issues,” Kerry told reporters when he emerged for a lunch break on a hotel patio. “But we made progress. We’re just working away.”

4. Twitter just turned 9 years old

Twitter just turned 9 years
The first ever tweet was posted nine years ago and the rest, they say, is history.
Co-founder of the social media network Jack Dorsey took to the brand spanking new invention on 21 March 2006 to compose the succinct message: “just setting up my twttr”.
“Twttr” was the first name that was used to refer to the 140-character messaging network
Around 288 million people use the service each month and about 500 million tweets are sent per day

Daily Gk Update - Current Affairs March 21 , 2015

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1. Militants attacked security forces in Jammu and Kashmir

Terrorists have attacked an army installation camp in Samba near Jammu in the wee hours of morning. Hours after Kathua, militants attack Army camp in Samba today. There is still no clarity about number of terrorists who are involved in this attack.Heavily armed terrorists stormed into an army camp at Maheshar in Samba on Saturday morning

2. Australia beat Pakistan by 6 Wickets In WC2015  Quarter Finals

Australia records a fine six-wicket win over Pakistan in the World Cup quarter-final at the Adelaide Oval here on Friday.Australia’s eighth consecutive win over Pakistan on their own soil set up an enticing semi-final clash against defending champions India at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.
Scores : Pakistan : 213/10 , Australia : 216/4

3. 32 Killed ,150 Injured - Dehradun-Varanasi Janta Express Derails

Dehradun-Varanasi Janta Express accident
The Dehradun-Varanasi Janta Express blew past the signal at the Bachhrawan station in Uttar Pradesh around 9 a.m. before hitting the barrier
The scene of the accident that occured at 9.10 am was some 50 km from Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow.
India allocated more than $137 billion to upgrade railroads in its most recent budget, earmarking more than $20 billion for safety measures.

4. Suicide Bombers Strike Sanaa Mosques, Killing 137 People In Yemen

Yemen Suicide bombers attack
Four suicide bombers hit a pair of crowded mosques in Yemen's capital of Sanaa on Friday, killing at least 137 people and injuring more than 300 others.
The attacks come a day after intense clashes in the southern city of Aden and an attempted assault on an oil-rich province by the rebels, known as Houthis.

5. Mines and Minerals Amendment Bill, 2015 Passed In Rajya Sabha

Mines and Minerals Amendment Bill, 2015 Passed In Rajya Sabha
After much controversy and procedural wrangles, the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2015, was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Friday with all parties, barring Congress and the Left, supporting it.
The Bill was passed by 117 members voting in favour and 69 against it, after Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar moved it for passage.The bill further to amend the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957, as passed by Lok Sabha

6. NZ Beat WI By 143 Runs In 4th Quarter Final , WC2015

NZ Beat WI By 143 Runs In 4th Quarter Final , WC2015
Opener Martin Guptill slammed a record unbeaten 237 to help co-hosts New Zealand crush the West Indies by 143 runs , NZ Scored 394 runs in 50 overs with the loss of 6 wickets.
Guptill registered the second highest individual score(237 runs) in ODIs. Rohit Sharma is perched at the top of the charts with his spellbinding innings of 264 against Sri Lanka.
Chasing Score Of 394 runs, WI team got bowled out for 250 runs in 30.3 overs.

Daily Gk Update - Current Affairs March 20 , 2015

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1. 3 Security Personnel Killed as Police, Terrorists Fired at Police Station

Jammu's Kathua District
Three security personnel have reportedly died after terrorists, believed to be a fidayeen group, stormed a police station in Jammu's Kathua district this morning. A terrorist has also been killed in the firefighting.
The terrorists opened fire at the Rajbagh police station a little after 6 am. This police station is located barely 15 kilometres from the International Border.
This is first major incident in Jammu and Kashmir since the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed government took charge earlier this month.

2. Friday's solar eclipse visible across parts of Greenland, Europe, and North Africa

solar eclipse of 2015
This Friday, a rare total solar eclipse will be visible across parts of Greenland, Europe, and North Africa. Not only is this the only total solar eclipse in 2015, but it's the last of its kind for another 19 years.It's the first total solar eclipse of the 21st century that occurs on the same day as the first day of spring.
It's the first total solar eclipse of the 21st century that occurs on the same day as the first day of spring.

3. Axis Bank cuts deposit rates by up to 0.25 per cent 

Axis Bank
Axis Bank has cut fixed deposit rates by up to 0.25 per cent across various maturities.
The deposit rate cuts, which generally precede a lending rate cut, are on retail deposits under Rs 1 crore and effective from March 11 this year. 
The cut by the country's third largest private bank comes after the Reserve Bank of India slashed its key policy rate by 25 basis points to 7.50% on March 4. One basis point is equal to a hundredth of a percentage point. 

4 . 515 students caught cheating during Bihar board exams

Bihar board exams cheating
The exams, conducted by Bihar School Education Board, started from March 17 and on Wednesday the students wrote their mathematics paper.Many students smuggled in textbooks and notes into the examination centres despite tight security - and parents and friends were photographed scaling the walls of test centres to pass on answers to students during the current secondary school examinations.
272 students were rusticated for cheating on the opening day of the exams on March 17 across the state, another 243 met the same fate on March 18. 

Daily Gk Update - Current Affairs March 18, 2015

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1. Benjamin Netanyahu claims victory in Israel’s election

Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed victory in Israel’s election after exit polls showed he had erased his centre-left rivals’ lead with a hard rightward shift in which he abandoned a commitment to negotiate a Palestinian state.
Benjamin Netanyahu was born on October 21, 1949, in Tel Aviv, Israel. He joined the Israeli military in 1967, moving into the special operations force that rescued a hijacked airplane at the Tel Aviv airport in 1972. Netanyahu became leader of the Likud party in 1993 and continued working with Likud since, twice serving as prime minister.

2. Snapdeal buys stake in GoJavas, earmarks $150-200 mn for logistics

SnapdealSnapdeal has picked up a minority stake in logistics firm GoJavas as it eyes ten fold growth in volumes in the next two-three years.As per Sources Snapdeal has invested Rs 150-200 crore in picking up this small stake but this was not confirmed by co-founder Rohit Bansal.

Founded in 2013, GoJavas is an Indian supply chain solution provider that serves around 30,000 consumers per day in 85 cities. It currently has clients such as, Fabfurnish, Healthkart, Yepme and Lenskart.

3. St Patrick's Day: Ireland goes global as famous landmarks get a 'greening

St Patrick's DayFrom the London Eye to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, landmarks across the globe have been going green in honour of St Patrick's Day.

Around 150 structures around the world are being floodlit with green light to mark the patron saint of Ireland's national holiday. 
St Patrick's Day is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.
Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilithe, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.

4. Don Quixote author Miguel de Cervantes' tomb found in Spain

Narendra Modi's Public Chat on Viber
Don Quixote author Miguel de Cervantes has been found under a Madrid convent, Spanish scientists confirmed on Tuesday.
Nearly 400 years after the author's death, Francisco Etxeberria, a forensic scientist, said he was "convinced that among the fragments of bones, we have something of Cervantes".
Born near Madrid in 1547, Cervantes has been dubbed the father of the modern novel for The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, published in two parts in 1605 and 1615.