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Daily GK Dose 3rd July 2017

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Daily GK Dose 3rd July

 

 

1. MUMBAI’S VIKRIKAR BHAVAN RENAMED AS GST BHAVAN
i. Mumbai’s ‘Vikrikar Bhavan’ was renamed as ‘GST Bhavan’ after the Goods and Services Tax regime was rolled out. ‘Vikrikar Bhavan’ is the headquarters of Maharashtra government’s erstwhile Sales Tax department.
ii. Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar and Minister of State for Finance Deepak Kesarkar has attended the ceremony at the Bhavan.
iii. The department has planned a helpline to assist traders and business community who have queries about the new tax regime’s implementation and modalities.
iv. In two years, the ‘GST Bhavan’ will be shifted to Wadala from Mazgaon. Mr Mungantiwar said GST also means ‘Garibon ki Seva karnewala Tax’.
 
2. TELANGANA TO HAVE SEPARATE AGRICULTURE BUDGET FROM NEXT YEAR
i. Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao, has decided to present a separate agriculture budget for the state from next year. CM Rao has also decided to substantially enhance funds for the agriculture sector.
ii. He has asked the officials to form farmers’ associations at various levels — from villages to the state — to organise the cultivators.
iii. Farmers in Telangana would be provided training of modern and scientific methods of farming so as to increase the farm output.
 

 

3. PNB TO BLOCK ALL MAESTRO DEBIT CARDS FROM JULY 31
i. Punjab National Bank will block all the Maestro debit cards from 31st of July if the card holders will fail to replace it with a more secure EMV chip based card by the end of this month.
ii. The bank will not charge anything for the replacement and it will be provided free of cost. The replacement is as per RBI advisory issued in 2015, asking all the banks to convert to a secured EMV chip based cards.
iii. According to the bank data it has identified that there are about one lakh customers with old Maestro debit cards and has started sending them SMSs as well.
 
4. KARNATAKA BANK LAUNCHED KBL-IMAGE DEBIT CARD
i. Karnataka Bank has launched the ‘KBL-Image Debit Card’ on July 2. Karnataka Bank has enabled its cardholders to personalize the card with the image of his/her choice.
ii. The customers will have the option of selecting an image either from the bank’s gallery of images or any image of his/her choice to be printed on the debit card.
iii. Customers can apply through the bank’s website for this card.
 
5. WRITER PREETI SHENOY BAGS INDIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
i. Writer Preeti Shenoy was awarded Indian of the Year Award by Brands Academy in New Delhi. Brands Academy is one of the most reputed branding companies in India to recognise the achievements of personalities who have contributed towards building up the reputation of the country.
ii. Preeti Shenoy is one of India’s top 5 highest selling women authors. Shenoy’s books include “It’s All In The Planets”, “It Happens For A Reason”, “The One You Cannot Have” “Why We Love The Way We Do” and “34 Bubblegums And Candies” among others.
 
6. ACHAL KUMAR JYOTI IS INDIA’S NEW CHIEF ELECTION COMMISSIONER
i. Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Jyoti will take charge as the Chief Election Commissioner of India after current CEC Nasim Zaidi.
ii. An Election Commissioner or a Chief Election Commissioner has tenure of 6 years in office or till he or she attains the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.
 
7. MS DHONI BECOMES 1ST INDIAN BATSMAN TO HIT 200 SIXES IN ODIS
i. M S Dhoni became the 1st Indian batsman to hit more than 200 sixes in One Day International cricket.
ii. M S Dhoni accomplished this feat while playing a crucial unbeaten knock of 78 runs against West Indies in the 3rd ODI on June 30, 2017.
iii. He has now hit 322 sixes in his international career and is 5th on the list. Dhoni has so far scored 9442 runs and has become the 4th highest run-getter for India in ODIs.

iv. Dhoni has also surpassed legendary Adam Gilchrist to become 2nd highest run-getter as a wicketkeeper-batsman.

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