General Knowledge & Current Affairs- 24 Sep 2016@Daily Gk


The new Chairman of  Indian Oil Corporation- Mr Sanjiv Singh

  • Sanjiv Singh is now the new Chairman of nation’s biggest company (in revenue) Indian Oil Corporation (IOC).
  • He will replace B Ashok on his superannuation at end of May 2017.
  • Singh is currently Director of Refineries at IOC since 1st July 2014.
2.  International airport to come at Purandar, Pune

  • Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis has announced that proposed Pune International Airport will now come to Purandar , which is about 42 km from Pune.
  • A team of Airports Authority of India (AAI) had conducted the survey of feasibility of the land for the project at Purandar and approved it .

Delhi government raises Doctors retirement age to 65

  • Delhi government has increased the retirement age of city government services doctors to 65 years.
  • Earlier, the retirement age of doctors was 62 years.
  • The Lieutenant Governor (LG) Najeeb Jung  has given his approval to government’s proposal to increase the retirement age of doctors.
  • In May 2016, PM Narendra Modi had announced raising the age of retirement of government doctors to 65 years.
4. Sanjay Dutta, Ritesh Sarothiya selected for wildlife awards

  • Indian forest officials Sanjay Dutta and Ritesh Sarothiya have been selected for the 2016 Clark R. Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards.
  • Sanjay Dutta is the range officer of Belakoba Forest Range Jalpaiguri in West Bengal.
  • Ritesh Sarothiya is the assistant conservator of Madhya Pradesh State Forest.
  • The ceremony will be held on October 3 at the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • The honour is named in memory of Bavin, the late Chief of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s Division of Law Enforcement. Bavin pioneered the highly effective use of covert investigations and ‘sting’ operations to uncover illegal wildlife trade. — IANS


Delhi Government to have state-level bravery awards

  • The Delhi government has decided to give state-level bravery awards.
  • These awards will be given out on Independence Day and Republic Day every year.
  • 10 awards will be given with cash award of 2 lakh rupees each.
  • The winners will be selected as per the nominations by the public.

 Govt. to launch Mission Parivar Vikas for improved family planning services

  • Union Government is to launch Mission Parivar Vikas in seven states (145-districts) for improved family planning services.
  • These 145-districts accounts the highest total fertility rates are in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Assam.
  • Its main objective of the mission is to accelerate access to high-quality family planning choices based on information, reliable service and supplies within a rights-based framework.

India and Russia joint military exercise Indra 2016 begins

  • Eighth edition of  India-Russia  11-days joint military exercise ‘INDRA-2016’  has begun in the Ussiriysk District in Vladivostok, Russia
  • The main focus is on Counter-Terrorism Operations in semi-mountainous and jungle terrain under United Nations Mandate.
  • The ‘INDRA’ is series of annual bilateral exercises and one of the major bilateral defence cooperation initiatives between India and Russia since 2003.

IAF successfully test fires long range air-to-air MICA missile

  • Indian Air Force  has successfully test fired long-range air-to-air MICA missile from Mirage-2000 Upgrade combat aircraft on a maneuvering target.
  • The missile achieved a direct hit capability on a target which was much smaller than an actual aircraft and flying at a low altitude.
  • IAF has become one of the few air forces in the world that have the capability of launching such beyond visual range (BVR) air-to-air missile.

Velavan Senthilkumar wins squash U-19 Asian title in Kuala Lumpur

  •  Velavan Senthilkumar ( Chennai) won the Under-19 Asian Junior Individual squash championship title in KualaLumpur, Malaysia.
  • He beaten Jordan’s Mohammad Al-Sarraj (12-14, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7) to win.
10. Sania Mirza & Barbora Strycova lift Toray Pan Pacific Open tennis trophy

  •  Sania Mirza and her Czech counterpart Barbora Strycova have lifted the Trophy Pan Pacific Open trophy in Tokyo.
  • They win over unseeded Chinese pair of Chen Liang and Zhaoxuan Yang  straight-set (6-1, 6-1) in the final of the women’s doubles event.
  • This is Sania and Strycova’s 2nd title in three tournaments since they have paired together.


September 2016

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