Daily GK Potion – 1st and 2nd May 2015

 
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  1. Dr. Pramod Patil and Dr. Ananda Kumar won 2015 Whitley Awards for wildlife conservation
    • Two Indians have been awarded with the prestigious Whitley Awards for their contribution to wildlife conservation.
    • Dr Ananda Kumar, a conservationist from India, was awarded the prize, in honour of his work using innovative communication systems to enable human-elephant coexistence in southern India.
    • Dr Pramod Patil has been awarded for his work to protect the iconic great Indian bustard in the Thar Desert.
  2. Flipkart acquires mobile marketing firm Appiterate
    • Flipkart has announced the acquisition of Appiterate, a mobile engagement and marketing automation company based out of Delhi.
    • Appiterate helps ecommerce companies target consumers better and increase sales by using push notifications and inapp messages.
  3. DRDO scientist conferred prestigious RIN fellowship
    • Senior DRDO scientist G Satheesh Reddy, who played a critical role in the Agni 5 programme, has been conferred the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal Institute of Navigation, a first for an Indian.
    • Senior DRDO scientist G Satheesh Reddy, who played a critical role in the Agni 5 programme, has been conferred the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal Institute of Navigation, a first for an Indian.
    • Established in 1947, Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN) is one of the world’s leading professional bodies dedicated to advancement of navigation around the world.
  4. India ranks 13th in generating power from nuclear source
    • India stands at the 13th place world-wide in generating electricity from nuclear source.
    • It expects to increase the installed nuclear power capacity from 5,780 MW to 10,080 MW by 2019.
    • This rank is based on the data published in 2014 by Power Reactor Information System of International Atomic Energy Agency.
  5. Surender Singh takes over as new CISF chief
    • Senior IPS officer Surender Singh took over as the new director general of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).
    • He succeeds Arvind Ranjan, a 1977-batch IPS officer of Kerala cadre who retired on Thursday.
    • He is the 25th director general of CISF, will remain in office till August 2016.
  6. Canara Bank ties up with insurers
    • Canara Bank has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Life Insurance Corporation of India for offering the Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojanainsurance cover to all its eligible customers.
    • According to the MoU, LIC will offer a life cover of ₹2 lakh in case of death of the insured person at a nominal premium of ₹330 per annum.
    • The bank has also partnered with the United India Insurance Company for offering the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana insurance cover.
    • All savings bank account holders in age group of 18 to 50 years can avail themselves of product.
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  7. Seychelles to become 161st WTO member
    • A 19-year-long process for Seychelles to become a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) came to an end yesterday when the island nation’s Minister for Finance Trade and Investment Pierre Laporte signed the accession protocol.
    • Seychelles also became the 33rd government to accede to the rules-based multilateral trading system through Article XII negotiations since the WTO was established in 1995.
  8. CRPF to adopt village in earthquake-hit Nepal
    • Extending a helping hand to the victims of the devastating earthquake in Nepal, paramilitary force CRPF has decided to adopt a village in the Himalayan country
    • The CRPF has decided to adopt Karikat village near Birganj in Nepal to provide people immediate relief and help in its reconstruction.
    • The personnel would reach out to every family in the village with relief and help in its reconstruction.

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