Daily GK - 4th Sept 2014

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1.  Ritu Rani to lead Indian women's hockey team at Asian Games

i. Defender Deepika will be the vice-captain of the team. Ritu Rani will lead a 16-member Indian women's hockey team in the upcoming Asian Games.
ii. The Indian eves will be seen taking on Thailand in their first match of the tournament on Sept 22. The next clashes on the cards for the Indian women are against China on Sept 24 and Malaysia on Sept 26.

2.  Oxford Award for Chancellor of MS University 

i. Dr Mrunalinidevi Puar is known for her research in availability of zinc in Indian food and was also awarded PhD by a Hyderabad based university.
ii. He will get this award at the summit of leaders and International Socrates Award ceremony to be held in Oxford UK on October 14. Participants from 50 countries will attend it.
iii. Dr Mrunalinidevi Puar, Chancellor of Maharaja Sayajirao University at Vadodara, has been conferred with the "Best Manager" award by the Oxford Summit of Leaders (Science and Education) in UK, according to University Registrar Amit Dholakia..
iv. Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar, father of the Indian constitution and Maharshi Aurbindo Ghosh were known personalities associated with this college.
v. The MS University was eastblished as Baroda College in 1881 and it was converted into a university in 1949 after merger of erstwhile princely state of Baroda

3.  Former CJI P Sathasivam appointed as Governor of Kerala

i. Former Chief Justice of India, Palaniswamy Sathasivam was appointed as the new Governor of Kerala.
ii. Apart from this, Sathasivam who was the 40th chief justice of India holding office from July 2013 to April 2014 is also the first non-political person to be appointed for a gubernatorial post by the new NDA government.
iii. With this appointment, 65-year-old Sathasivam became the first Chief Justice of India to be appointed to the post of a Governor of a State, which is lower in warrant of precedence to the CJI.

4.   Karnataka became first state in India to launch Health Adalat

i. Karnataka became the first State in the country to launch a Health Adalat. The Health Adalat was launched by the State Health and Family Welfare Minister U T Khader in Gulbarga, Karnataka on 2 September 2014.
ii. During Health Adalat the department will interact with public representatives and general citizen and understand their problems and concern, grievance about the health services and efforts would be made to provide solution then and there.
iii. It was launched to address health issues at the grassroots level and ensure that all health facilities extended by the government reached all sections of society.

5.  Govt sets up panel on unclaimed PPF, small savings deposits

i. The government has set-up a Committee to examine the un-claimed amount in PPF, Post Office and Savings Schemes. The committee will examine and recommend how this amount can be used to protect and further financial interest of the senior citizens.
ii. The Committee has been set up in pursuance of the announcement made by the Minister in his Budget speech. The committee will also suggest whether the unclaimed deposit should come to government or be kept in a separate account.
iii. The seven member committee is being headed by the Deputy Governor H R Khan of Reserve Bank of India and will submit its reports by 31st December this year.

6.  Andhra gets new capital, to be located in Vijayawada region

i. The new capital of AP will be located in the Vijayawada region, CM Chandrababu Naidu annouced in the state assembly on Thursday.
ii. Nearly a decade ago, Naidu turned Hyderabad into some sort of Silicon Valley. It became an exceptionally prosperous IT hub. He now says he has ambitious plans to transform AP into a "bustling" state and model it on Singapore.
iii. AP was bifurcated to create a new state of Telangana earlier this year in June. Hyderabad will serve as the shared capital of Telangana and AP for another 10 years until 2024. After that, Hyd will belong to the new state of Telangana.

7.  INS Sumitra commissioned by Navy chief

i. The Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R.K. Dhowan today said that India will concentrate on manufacturing naval ships with indigenous technology for its best suited purposes to monitor the Indian coasts.
ii. The Naval Chief told that the blue print for the future of the Indian Navy was firmly anchored on self-reliance and presently 41 submarines are being built in the Country.
iii. Speaking to news persons after dedicating INS Sumitra, one of the biggest surveillance ship of the Indian Naval Force at Chennai, the Admiral told that it was important for the Navy to maintain vigil at the coasts as ninety per cent of trade activities are being carried through seas.

8.  Australian PM on 2-day visit to India, Nuclear co-operation high on agenda

i. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott arrived in Mumbai this morning on a two-day India visit during which the two countries would look at ways to deepen strategic ties and strengthen two-way trade and commerce.
ii. Mr. Abbott launched the 'New Colombo Plan' at the Mumbai University. Appreciating the University of Mumbai, Mr. Abbott said that there are many few institutions of learning any where in the world which have done as much to spread this light of knowledge as university of Mumbai.
iii. Abbott called on Maharashtra Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao at the Raj Bhavan this morning. At the Hotel Taj Mahal Palace, he paid homage to the victims of the Mumbai 26/11 terror attacks and laid a wreath at the memorial there.
iv. The New Colombo Plan is a concept of collective inter-governmental efforts to strengthen the economic and social development of member countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

9.  Green Building Congress announces three new rating systems

i. The Indian Green Building Council today announced three rating systems to cover metro rail projects, schools and new buildings.
ii. India now has a registered green building base of over 2.2 billion sq.ft , which has been achieved in about 10 years
iii. “All these years, the US Leed certification was followed in rating new buildings. However, we have decided now to part ways and decided to have our own rating system for new buildings.
iv. Announcing the launching of the three systems at the CII Green Building Congress 2014, Prem C Jain, Chairman of IGBC, said the New Building Rating System comes in the backdrop of IGBC and US Green Building Council parting ways on the Leed certification programme.
v. Andrew McAllister, British Deputy High Commissioner, Hyderabad, said that the UK was committed to partnering with India in various initiatives in the energy and low carbon development.

10.    Nishikori gives Japan first U.S. Open semi in 96 years

i. Kei Nishikori became the first man from Japan to reach the U.S. Open semifinals in 96 years, outlasting third-seeded Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7), 6-7 (5), 6-4 on Wednesday.
ii. Nishikori began slowly against the Australian Open champion, but eventually got his bearings and used crisp returns and strong net play to edge ahead.
iv. In Saturday’s semifinals, Nishikori will face No. 1 Novak Djokovic .
iii. The match went 4 hours, 15 minutes, and the 10th-seeded Nishikori managed to shake off any lingering exhaustion from his previous victory, which lasted 4-19 and ended at 2-26 a.m. Tuesday, equaling the latest finish in tournament history.
Note: The last Japanese semifinalist at the U.S. Open was Ichiya Kumagae in 1918. No man from the country had made it to the final four at any major tournament since Jiri Satoh at Wimbledon in 1933.

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