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Daily GK Dose 2nd July 2017

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Daily GK Dose 2nd July

 

1. INDIA’S LARGEST FRESH WATER AQUARIUM HAS OPENED BY RAGHUBAR DAS, CM OF JHARKHAND
i. Raghubar Das, the CM of Jharkhand, has recently inaugurated the India’s largest fresh water aquarium “Ranchi Machchli Ghar” at Bhagwan Birsa Munda Biodiversity Park in Ranchi .
ii. It has been launched to encourage tourism in the state. The aquarium is spread over in 36,000 sq feet area and it has 58 fish tank, where 120 species of 1500 fishes have been displayed.
iii. Besides Indian breeds, rare and popular species have been brought in from Bangkok, Malaysia and Singapore. Ranchi Machchli Ghar is the country’s biggest fresh water aquarium.
iv. Das also laid foundation stone for an eco-park which will include rose garden, children zone, bhul-bhullaya, waterfall and fountain.
2. MIZORAM CELEBRATES 31ST ANNIVERSARY OF MIZO PEACE ACCORD
i. Mizoram celebrates 31st anniversary of the Mizo Peace accord. Mizo peace accord is signed between the Union government and the Mizo National Front.
ii. All government offices and educational institutions remained close as the day was declared as a public holiday. The MNF organised meetings in different parts of the state.
 

 

3. INDIA’S ECONOMIC GROWTH RATE AT 7.3% IN 2017-18 – RBI REPORT
i. As per Reserve Bank of India’s Financial Stability Report 2017, reform initiatives like goods and services and continuing political stability will push the economic growth scale to 7.3% in terms of gross value added in 2017-18.
ii. Lower fiscal deficit at 3.2% for this year down from 3.5% in 2016-17, increasing public capex and support to poorer households, small businesses and the rural sector have been cited as reasons for a better economic outlook.
iii. CPI inflation is expected to be in the range of 2-3.5% in the 1st half of the year and 3.5-4.5% in the second half. Retail inflation, excluding food and fuel that remained sticky during H2 of FY17 at around 4.9%, dipped to 4.3% in April and 4.2% in May 2017.
 
4. INDIA LAUNCHES $250 MN NATIONAL BIOPHARMACEUTICAL MISSION
i. Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan launched National Biopharmaceutical Mission. This programme has been named Innovate in India.
ii. National Biopharmaceutical Mission is the first ever Industry-Academia mission to accelerate biopharmaceutical development in India.
iii. It is a $250 million dollar initiative that includes a $125 million loan from the World Bank.
 
5. FORMER INDIA DEFENDER SUBRATA BHATTACHARYA SET TO BE AWARDED WITH MOHUN BAGAN RATNA
i. Former India defender Subrata Bhattacharya will get the ‘Mohun Bagan Ratna’ for this year.
ii. Balwant Singh will also bag the best footballer of the year. The awardees will be honoured on the club’s foundation day on 29th July. Bhattacharya has also coached East Bengal and Prayag United.
iii. Mohun Bagan, was hired as city-based outfit Bhowanipore FC coach almost a month ago. Bhattacharya will be the 17th recipient of the award, which was instituted in 2001, with late Sailen Manna being the first recipient.
iv. Debabrata Das will get the best cricketer prize. Indian women’s cricket team fast bowler Jhulan Goswami, middle distance runner Lili Das and Mount Everest conqueror Shaikh Sahabuddin will be given special awards.
 
6. KK VENUGOPAL REPLACES MUKUL ROHATGI AS NEW ATTORNEY GENERAL OF INDIA
i. Senior lawyer in the Supreme Court of India and constitutional expert K.K. Venugopal has been appointed as a new 15th Attorney General.
ii. Venugopa has replaced Mukul Rohatgi. President Pranab Mukherjee has approved Venugopal’s appointment.
iii. He was appointed by the Royal Government of Bhutan to serve as the Constitutional adviser for drafting of the Constitution of Bhutan.
 
7. RAJIV KUMAR APPOINTED AS NEW CHIEF SECRETARY OF UTTAR PRADESH
i. The Uttar Pradesh government named Rajiv Kumar as the new Chief Secretary of the state.
ii. He replaced Rahul Prasad Bhatnagar, who was appointed by the previous Samajwadi Party Government .
iii. Bhatnagar, the outgoing chief secretary, has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Greater Noida Authority and also the Investment Commissioner of Uttar Pradesh.
iv. Prabhat Kumar, the Divisional Commissioner of Meerut, who was holding the additional charge as the Chairman of Greater Noida Authority, has become the Chairman of the Yamuna Expressway Authority.
v. Debashish Panda, who served as the Principal Secretary (Home) during the Samajwadi Party  currently posted as the Investment Commissioner and Resident Commissioner in New Delhi.
 
8. RELIANCE JIO LAUNCHES 25000KM-LONG SUBMARINE CABLE SYSTEM
i. Reliance Jio Infocomm has launched the Asia-Africa-Europe submarine cable system.
ii. It is the longest 100Gbps technology based submarine system, will stretch over 25,000 km from Marseille, France to Hong Kong, with 21 cable landings across Asia and Europe.
iii. Due to its advanced design and route, AAE-1 provides one of the lowest latency routes between Hong Kong, India, Middle East and Europe with the fewest hops.
iv. The AAE-1 NOC, managed by Jio, leverages the state of the art facility in Navi Mumbai along-with its advanced tools and automation.

v. AAE-1 will provide the requisite flexibility and diversity for carriers and their customers.

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