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Daily GK Dose 3rd March 2018

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Daily GK Dose 3rd March


1. Paper £10 notes go out of circulation in UK


Old paper £10 notes, featuring British naturalist Charles Darwin, went out of circulation across the UK on March 1.

  1. They have been replaced by the new polymer version featuring British author Jane Austen introduced last year.
  2. Anyone with the old banknote will need to deposit it at a bank as shops will refuse to accept them as they cease to be legal tender.

2. World's largest solar park launched in Karnataka


The world's largest solar park set up at an investment of Rs.16,500 crore at Pavagada in Karnataka's Tumakuru district was launched by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

  1. The 2,000 MW park, named as 'Shakti  Sthala', spans across 13,000 acres spread over five villages.
  2. The park’s development is anchored by the Karnataka Solar Power Development Corp. Ltd (KSPDCL).
  3. The project has been executed within a record time of two years.

3. Telangana launches integrated app for all government services

The Telangana government has launched an m-Governance mobile application called ‘T App Folio’ to help citizens with one point access to government services.

  1. The Telangana government plans to bring on-board all mobile apps of its various departments to T App Folio over next 12 months.
  2. Telangana has become the second state government in India to set up a mobile service delivery gateway in place for the provision of government to citizen (G2C) services.

4. Odisha Launches Scheme To Provide Free Sanitary Pads


As part of its initiatives to empower women, the Odisha government has launched Khushi scheme to provide free sanitary napkins to school girls across the state.

  1. The scheme will be implemented by the health and family welfare department of the state at a cost of 70 crore per year.
  2. Under the scheme, the state will provide free sanitary napkins to 17 lakh girls studying in Classes 6 to 12 in government and government-aided schools.

5. Centre approves Rs 2900 crore to make cities safer for women


The Centre has approved projects worth over Rs 2,900 crore under the Nirbhaya fund for eight major cities of the country in a bid to make them safer for women.

  1. Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad Ahmedabad and Lucknow have been sanctioned a total of Rs 2,919.55 crore after a meeting of the Empowered Committee, which is headed by the secretary of Women and Child Development (WCD).
  2. The Nirbhaya Fund was set up in the aftermath of the gruesome gangrape and murder of a paramedical student in Delhi in 2012, and aims at improving safety for women.

6. Maharashtra government ties up with Wikipedia to promote Marathi


The Maharashtra government has tied up with Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, to propagate the Marathi language and increase its usage online.

  1. The state government made its announcement via a press release on March 1 — Marathi language day.
  2. It said this will help spread the language across the globe and give Marathi-speaking people a single platform to interact.


7. RBI lifts per-borrower loan cap for MSMEs


In view of the increasing importance of the services sector and to encourage banks to lend more to this sector, the Reserve Bank of India has decided to lift per borrower loan limits to Micro/ Small and Medium Enterprises (Services).

  1. So far, loans to Micro/ Small and Medium Enterprises (Services) up to Rs 5 crore and Rs 10 crore, respectively, were classified as priority sector lending (PSL).
  2. Now all bank loans to MSMEs will qualify under priority sector without any credit cap.

8. Paytm emerges largest UPI transaction platform


Paytm has said it is the largest contributor to the overall volume of UPI transactions in February 2018.

  1. In a statement, Paytm said it had registered 6.8 crore UPI transactions in February.
  2. In December 2017, Paytm contributed 3.3 crore to the overall transaction volume for UPI.

9. R Subrahmanyam appointed higher education secretary


Senior IAS officers R Subrahmanyam and Anil Gopishankar Mukim have been appointed as secretaries of Higher Education, and Mines Department respectively.

  1. Subrahmanyam, who is at present special secretary in Department of Higher Education, succeeds K K Sharma.
  2. Mukim, a 1985 batch IAS officer, is working in his cadre state Gujarat.


10. Russia's Olympic membership restored by International Olympic Committee


Russia's Olympic membership has been restored by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) following its suspension from Pyeongchang 2018.

  1. Russia was banned from February's Games by the IOC over state-sponsored doping.
  2. Despite the ban, 168 Russians competed as neutrals in South Korea, and two of them failed drugs tests.

11. Navjot Kaur Becomes First Indian Woman Wrestler to Win Asian Gold


Navjot Kaur scripted history on 2 March by becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to win a gold in the Senior Asian Championships.

  1. She clinched Gold in the 65kg freestyle category.
  2. Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik won a bronze in the 62kg freestyle category after getting the better of Kazakhstan's Ayaulym Kassymova 10-7 in a tough fight.
  3. The two medals took India's medal tally to six – a gold, a silver, and four bronze medals.



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