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Thursday, 7 March 2013

7th March 2013 Daily GK Study Material

1.    Maximum No. of Aadhar Card enrolments in Andhra Pradesh
i. Maximum number of over five crore 36 lakh Aadhaar cards have been enrolled in Andhra Pradesh while the most populous State Uttar Pradesh lagged behind with just over one crore cards.
ii. Over 28 crore 78 lakh Aadhaar cards have been issued so far.
iii. Replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Planning Rajeev Shukla give this information.          
NOTE: A sum of around 2370 crore rupees has been spent by the Unique Identification Authority of India, UIDAI in generating and issue of Aadhaar cards since the scheme was implemented four years ago.

2.    Prez. to be Chief Guest at 45th Mauritius Independence Day
i. President Pranab Mukherjee will be Chief Guest at the 45th Mauritius Independence Day celebrations on the 12th of this month. You are reading current affairs on
NOTE:  Both India and Mauritius will also sign several agreements in areas of health and medicine, tourism and welfare of senior citizens and the disabled, during Mr. Mukherjee's visit to the South African Island nation from the 11th to 13 th this month.

3.    Arun Jaitley, Karan Singh and Sharad Yadav Selected For Parliamentarian Award
i. The Parliamentary Award Committee selected BJP leader Arun Jaitley, Congress MP Karan Singh and JD(U) MP Sharad Yadav for Outstanding Parliamentarian Award for 2010, 2011 and 2012 respectively. 
ii. Arun Jaitley and Karan Singh are the members of Rajya Sabha from Gujarat and Delhi respectively. Sharad Yadav, on the other hand is a member of Lok Sabha from Madhepura, Bihar.
iii. The Award Committee which was headed by the Speaker of Lok Sabha, Meira Kumar, recommended these names, which were accepted by executive committee of the Indian Parliamentary Group on 6 March 2013.
Outstanding Parliamentarian Award
i. Outstanding Parliamentarian Award was instituted by the Indian Parliamentary Group in 1994. 
ii. This award is conferred every year on the outstanding parliamentarian, who is recommended by award committee as well as approved by executive committee of the Indian Parliamentary Group.

4.    Kapil Sibal launched Electronics Project Proposal System e-PPS
i. Union Minister Kapil Sibal on 6 March 2013 launched the Electronics Project Proposal System (e-PPS), developed by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology.
ii. The e-PPS system will initially start as a pilot project.
 Electronic Project Proposal System (e-PPS)
i. It is a web based system in form of solution to fund the R&D projects, which will start from online submission of the project proposal for funds and will monitor as well as manage the funded projects. 
Processes Supported by the e-PPS System
i.  Online submission of project proposals  ii. Evaluation of proposals by experts iii. Project recommendations iv. Project Monitoring
Impact of the e-PPS System
i. The system would create a One-Go-Dash-Board to monitor the projects from its initiation to completion
ii. Will ease the processing time of the proposal and dissemination of the project information
iii. It will replace existing manual system of project funding in which the project investigators submit hard copies of R&D proposals, which are presented to a Working Group and based on the recommendations of the Working Group the proposals are further processed.

5.    Cabinet approves Bill for time-bound services to citizens
i. The govt on Thursday gave its nod to a Bill aimed at providing time-bound delivery of services like passports, pensions and birth and death certificates, among others, to the citizens.
ii. The Right of Citizens for Time-Bound Delivery of Goods and Services and Redressal of their Grievances Bill, 2011, was approved by Union Cabinet at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on Thursday.
iii. The Bill envisages penalty of upto Rs 50,000 against a government official failing to provide his or her duties.
iv. It lays down an obligation upon every public authority to publish citizen's charter, stating therein the time within which specified goods shall be supplied and services be rendered and provides for a grievance redressal mechanism for non-compliance of its provisions.
NOTE: All services provided by both the Centre and the state governments will be extended to citizens in a time-bound manner under the bill.

6.    UN to vote on new North Korea sanctions today
i. The UN Security Council, ignoring threats from North Korea, is set to impose a fourth round of even tougher sanctions against Pyongyang in a fresh attempt to rein in its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
ii. The success of a new round of sanctions could depend on enforcement by China, where most of the companies and banks that North Korea is believed to work with are based.
iii. The council's agreement to put the resolution to a vote just 48 hours later signaled that it would almost certainly have the support of all 15 council members.
iv. In anticipation of the resolution's adoption, North Korea has threatened to cancel the 1953 cease-fire that ended the Korean War.
v. US UN Ambassador Susan Rice said the proposed resolution, to be voted on at 1500 GMT, would impose some of the strongest sanctions ever ordered by the United Nations.

7.    5 day Indo-Pak International Trade Expo Starts in Jalandhar:
i. The five-day Indo-Pak International Trade Expo, IPEX-13 has started in Jalandhar, today.
ii. Organised by PHD Chamber, Punjab in coordination with The Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce & Industry, about 150 exhibitors from Pakistan besides from India have displayed their items including handicrafts, wooden furniture, home appliances, kabuli dry fruits ect. T
iii. The expo would help in promoting bilateral trade among the two neighbouring countries.

8.    India Ranked Third on the List of Spam Spewing Nation in the World
i. India ranked third on list of countries which distribute spam all over the world, after US and China, as per the new report of SophosLabs. SophosLabs is the Sophos’s global network of threat analysis centres. 
ii. In the study, US was single highest ranking country, but Asia ranked at number 1 position in the list of the continents with 36.6 percent of overall spam of the world. US sent 18.3 percent of the junk emails overall in the world.
iii. China and India took second and third positions respectively with 8.2 percent and 4.2 percent of the spam of the world. 
NOTE: In order to prevent spamming, the PC users can keep the anti-virus software updated and regularly run the malware checks. Apart from this, updating passwords regularly can also help.

9.    Airtel launches free roaming scheme in 5 states
i. Bharti Airtel on Tuesday launched a new roaming scheme for its prepaid customers in Delhi which will enable them to receive free incoming calls in five states
ii. Airtel prepaid mobile customers can now get up to 30 days of free incoming calls while travelling to Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand and West Bengal (except Kolkata) on a recharge of Rs 21". You are reading current affairs - GK Study Material on
iii. Airtel's Delhi customer at present are charged Re 1 for incoming calls, Re 1 for local outgoing calls and Rs 1.5 paise for STD calls on roaming.

10.  Myanmar defeated India in the final Football qualifier clash in Yangon,
i. India’s hopes of making the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup suffered a huge set-back, as they were beaten 1-0 by Myanmar in the final Football qualifier clash in Yangon, Myanmar today.
ii. The loss means India will now have to wait for the results in other groups, to see if they make the 2014 main edition as one of the two best group runner-ups, as Myanmar took the automatic slot in Group A.

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