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Daily G.K. - Top Stories

13 Apr 2024


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Sushil Sharma New CMD of SJVN Limited

  • The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) panel recommended Sushil Sharma for the position of Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) of SJVN Limited. This decision was made during the panel's meeting.
  • Having joined SJVN in 1994 as an Assistant Engineer, Sharma has steadily risen through the ranks, showcasing his expertise in hydroelectric projects. With a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from VNIT, Nagpur, and over 30 years of experience, including significant contributions to projects like the 1500 MW Nathpa Jhakri Project and the 412 MW Rampur HPS, Sharma is poised to lead SJVN into its next phase of growth.
  • SJVN Limited is a joint venture between the Government of India and the Government of Himachal Pradesh, established in 1988 to develop, operate, and maintain power projects in the country. The company has a diverse portfolio of hydroelectric, thermal, and renewable energy projects, making it a significant player in the Indian power sector.
  • Sushil Sharma's appointment as the Chairman & Managing Director of SJVN Limited will leverage his deep understanding of the company's operations and his proven expertise in hydroelectric project development to drive the organization's future growth and expansion plans.

Citroen Makes Historic Move: First MNC to Export EVs from India

  • French automaker Citroën became the first multinational car manufacturer to export electric vehicles (EVs) produced in India to the international market. The company announced the commencement of exports of its locally manufactured ë-C3, sending an initial shipment of 500 units to Indonesia from the Kamarajar Port.
  • Aligning with its global ambitions of democratizing electric mobility and promoting sustainable transportation, Citroën's export of the Made-in-India ë-C3 showcases the country's manufacturing and engineering capabilities on a global scale. This move not only highlights Citroën's commitment to India but also contributes significantly to the nation's goal of establishing a sustainable and competitive EV manufacturing ecosystem.

India's Economic Update: Retail Inflation Dips to 10-Month Low, IIP Surges

  • India's retail inflation dropped to a 10-month low of 4.85% in March, aligning with the RBI's tolerance band of 2-6%. Meanwhile, industrial production (IIP) saw a significant rise, hitting a four-month high at 5.7% in February. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das addressed inflation as the primary challenge, noting its gradual decline but persistent pressure from service prices.
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Gopi Thotakura, Indian Pilot Set to Fly to Space as a Tourist

  • Pilot Gopichand Thotakura is set to become the first Indian to travel into space as a tourist. He will travel to space as part of the crew for Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' space company Blue Origin's New Shephard-25 (NS-25) mission. The flight date has not yet been announced.
  • Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma, a former Indian Air Force pilot, was the first Indian to travel into space in 1984.
  • Gopi is a pilot and aviator who learned how to fly before he could drive. Gopi pilots bush, aerobatic, and seaplanes, as well as gliders and hot air balloons, and has served as an international medical jet pilot.
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Mary Kom Steps Down as India's Chef de Mission for Paris Olympics

  • Citing 'problems' that have 'partly crippled' her, Mary Kom resigned as the Chef de Mission of India's contingent. Her decision came weeks after the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) chose the boxing legend for the post.
  • Mary's decision leaves the IOA in a precarious position. While a majority of countries named their contingent leaders well in advance, India – in the absence of a formal appointment – has been represented in the Chef de Mission meetings by individuals with no prior Olympic experience.
  • Now, with a little more than 100 days left for the Opening Ceremony, the IOA will have to restart the whole process.

Indian Men's Hockey Team Loses 1-3 to Australia

  • India continued their dismal show in the crucial tour Down Under, losing 1-3 against Australia to suffer their fourth consecutive defeat in the five-match men's hockey Test series, here on Friday. Contrary to the final result, it was a much-improved performance from the Indians but the Kookaburras were simply too strong.
  • India's 1-3 defeat against Australia on Friday certainly had some positive takeaways. But ultimately, it's a fourth straight defeat and an upward trending performance graph shouldn't take the focus away from the inability to win – or even manage a draw – against the Kookaburras.
  • One of those positives is that for the third time in four matches, India had a lead to protect. Captain Harmanpreet Singh powered home a thundering drag flick in the 12th minute, the ball thudded on the board to send out a ringing noise around the venue.
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Election Commission Eases Voting Process for Kashmiri Migrant Voters

  • The Election Commission of India has eliminated the requirement for Kashmiri migrant voters in Jammu and Udhampur districts of J&K to fill out 'Form M' to vote in the Lok Sabha polls.
  • This decision comes after years of demand from displaced voters in the region. However, migrants residing outside of these districts will still need to submit 'Form M', but can now self-attest the certificate required, instead of needing it attested by a gazetted officer. These changes were made in response to difficulties faced by Kashmiri migrant groups in filling out Form M for every election.
  • The J&K chief electoral officer has supported these changes, which aim to streamline the voting process for displaced voters.
  • Under the new system, Kashmiri migrant electors will be mapped with special polling stations in the zones they are registered or residing in, eliminating the need for Form M. The EC noted that the previous procedure created unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles for Kashmiri migrant voters.
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Indian Army's Trishakti Corps Conducts Anti-Tank Guided Missile Firing Exercise in Sikkim

  • Trishakti Corps, Indian Army, conducted a training exercise on Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) firing at a super high altitude area of 17,000 feet in Sikkim.
  • Missile Firing Detachments from mechanized and infantry units of the entire Eastern Command participated in the training exercise.
  • The training exercise encompassed comprehensive continuity training and live firing from different platforms on moving as well as static targets, depicting battlefield conditions.
  • The ATGM system's performance in high-altitude environments reaffirmed the aim of "Ek Missile Ek Tank" and showcased the accuracy and effectiveness of the ATGM system in super high altitude terrain.

Anurag Kumar (IPS) Appointed as Joint Director in CBI

  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Anurag Kumar (IPS) for the post of Joint Director in CBI.
  • Kumar is a 1994-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the Assam Meghalaya cadre. Presently, he is posted as IG, BPR&D.
  • CBI/Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Agency executive: Praveen Sood, IPS, Director

China Helping Russia in Large Scale Military Manufacturing amid Ukraine War

  • Amid the ongoing war in Ukraine, China is helping Russia ramp up its defence industrial base at such a large scale that Moscow is now undertaking its most ambitious expansion in military manufacturing since the Soviet era, CNN reported, citing senior Biden administration officials.
  • One of the official claimed that the Chinese and Russian entitles have also been working jointly to produce drones inside of Russia. The support from China is having a significant impact on Russia's ability to continue its assault on Ukraine, while Ukraine's military has been plagued with equipment and weapon shortages.
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Former NFL Star O.J. Simpson Dies

  • O. J. Simpson, who ran to fame on the football field, made fortunes as a Black all-American in movies, advertising and television and was acquitted of killing his former wife and her friend in a 1995 trial in Los Angeles that mesmerised the nation, died. He was 76.
  • In 2007, he was arrested after he and other men invaded a Las Vegas hotel room of some sports memorabilia dealers and took a trove of collectibles. He claimed that the items had been stolen from him, but a jury in 2008 found him guilty of 12 charges, including armed robbery and kidnapping, after a trial that drew only a smattering of reporters and spectators. He was sentenced to 9 to 33 years in a Nevada state prison. He served the minimum term and was released in 2017.
  • Over the years, the story of O. J. Simpson generated a tide of tell-all books, movies, studies and debate over questions of justice, race relations and celebrity in a nation that adores its heroes, especially those cast in rags-to-riches stereotypes, but has never been comfortable with its deeper contradictions.

Roberto Cavalli: Italian Fashion Designer Dies

  • Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, known for his animal-print designs loved by show business stars, died at the age of 83.
  • Cavalli founded his label in the early 1970s.
  • Cavalli used bright colours and patchwork effects in his often revealing creations, and was an extroverted art lover.
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DU Signs MoU with Russia's HSE University

  • Delhi University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with HSE University, Russia for knowledge and resource sharing.
  • The MoU was signed by Vikas Gupta, registrar, University of Delhi and Nikita Anisimov, rector, HSE University, Russia. The MoU will facilitate exchange programmes for student, researchers and faculty members, along with the sharing of knowledge and experience within areas of mutual interest, a statement said.
  • Meanwhile, Delhi University Vice-Chancellor Yogesh Singh on Friday also inaugurated a Centre of Excellence and Mirror Lab at the Faculty of Technology.
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