Daily GK Potion – 30th and 31st May 2015

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  1. Indian-Origin Teacher Bags Oxford University Award
    • An Indian-origin teacher has been honoured by Oxford University for helping one of her students get into the world-famous varsity.
    • Gurnimrat ‘Nimmy’ Sidhu, head of science at Oaks Park High School in north-east London, is among 12 teachers to win the ‘University of Oxford Inspirational Teacher Award’ set up to encourage more state-funded schools to connect with the university.
  2. Sepp Blatter re-elected as Fifa president for fifth term
    • Fifa, world football’s governing body, its president, Sepp Blatter, has secured a fifth term in charge.
    • The 79-year-old defeated his rival, the Jordanian Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein, to whoops and cheers from his supporters.
    • Blatter was endorsed by 133 of the 209 voting members.
  3. SBI loan approval now goes online
    • Government-owned lender State Bank of India launched Online Customer Acquisition Solution (OCAS), an online platform to apply for home loans, car loans, education loans and personal loans.
    • The application will help the customers gauge their eligibility and get a quote personalised to their requirement. The customer will instantly get an e-approval on filling the online form. Thereafter, the Bank officials will contact the customer and complete all the loan formalities.
    • Customers can even upload all necessary documents online, reducing the processing time of their loan.
  4. Veena Jain named Doordarshan DG
    • The information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry on Friday appointed Veena Jain as director general (news) in Doordarshan in place of Akshay Rout.
    • Jain, an additional secretary rank official, will also hold charge as officer on special duty overseeing the ministry’s new media wing and social media cell.
  5. Case lodged against Nestle India in UP on its product Maggi
    • A case was lodged in Barabanki court in Uttar Pradesh against Nestle India over inadequate safety standards of its product Maggi.
    • Earlier, Uttar Pradesh Food Safety and Drug Administration (UP FDA) had asked Nestle India to withdraw a batch of Maggi noodles from the market after they had found that it contained high level of lead and Monosodium glutamate (MSG), a taste enhancer.
    • During these routine tests of UP FDA, it was found that packets of instant noodles of 2014 batch contained high lead concentration of 17.2 parts per million (ppm) which is nearly seven times more that the permissible limit of 0.01 ppm to 2.5 ppm.
  6. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Inaugurates Facility For Domestic Currency Paper in Madhya Pradesh
    • Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has inaugurated a new production line to manufacture currency paper.
    • It symbolises the beginning of the ‘Make in India’ initiative and would ensure high-denomination notes are printed on locally-made paper.
    • Currently, currency notes of larger denominations are printed on imported paper though ink used is mostly produced within the country.

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