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Daily GK Dose August 16th 2018

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Daily GK Dose August 16th

1. First genetic bank for rare species inaugurated in Hyderabad

National Wildlife Genetic Resource Bank (NWGRB) was inaugurated at Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology’s (CCMB) Laboratory of Conservation of Endangered Species (LaCONES) facility in Hyderabad, Telangana.

  1. The genetic bank will cryopreserve living cell lines, gametes and embryos of endangered wild animal species in India.

2. CJI launches mobile apps for e-filing of cases

Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra inaugurated three apps along with Union Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Justices Madan B. Lokur and A.M. Khanwilkar

  1. Chief Justice Misra said the services provided by the apps include e-filing along with user manual, e-payment options, National Service and Tracking of Electronic Processes (NTSEP).

3. REC inks pact with German bank for 200 mn euro loan

State run Rural Electrification Corporation said it has inked a loan agreement with German bank KfW for EUR 200 million facility that would be used to finance clean energy projects in India.

  1. This is REC's fourth line of credit under Indo-German development cooperation which REC will utilise to finance renewable energy projects in India.

4. Ramesh Powar Appointed Head Coach Of Indian Women's Team

Former India off-spinner Ramesh Powar was officially appointed head coach of the India women's team, until ICC World Twenty20.

  1. The 40-year-old Powar was initially appointed interim coach last month.
  2. Powar carries the experience of figuring in 2 Tests and 31 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) for India.

5. Ashish Kumar Bhutani appointed CEO of PM crop insurance scheme

Senior bureaucrat Ashish Kumar Bhutani has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY).

  1. Bhutani, a 1992 batch IAS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre, has been appointed to the post till May 9, 2020.
  2. Launched in 2016, the PMFBY is in line with one nation – one scheme theme.

6. D Bala Venkatesh Varma appointed Ambassador to Russia

Senior diplomat D Bala Venkatesh Varma was appointed as India's next ambassador to Russia.

  1. Varma, a 1988 batch Indian Foreign Service officer, is currently serving as Indian envoy in Spain.
  2. He will succeed Pankaj Saran who has been appointed deputy National Security Advisor.

7. Former India Test captain Ajit Wadekar passes away

Former India Test captain Ajit Wadekar, who led the country to its first win in England in 1971, passed away at 77 after a prolonged illness.

  1. Wadekar made his debut in 1966 against the West Indies and went on to represent India in 37 Tests and two one-day internationals.
  2. He was one of the few cricketers to represent the country as a Test player, captain, coach and also went on to become the chairman of selectors.
  3. Wadekar was honoured with the Padma Shri in 1972.

8. Asian Games gold medallist Hakam Singh passes away


Asian Games gold medallist athlete Hakam Singh passed away at a private hospital in Sangrur, Punjab. He was 64.

  1. Singh won gold in 20 km race walk event during the 1978 Asiad at Bangkok.
  2. The Dhyan Chand awardee had also served as Havaldar in the 6 Sikh regiment.

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