General Knowledge Today : Quick Current Affairs

1. Parmod Muthalik is Sri Ram sene Founder
2. Credence Capital is a mutual fund set up by students of IIML for fellow students. It was started with Rs. 300000 in 2007 and today has doubled its corpus.
3. Chhattisgarh Government has decided to set up ATS ( Anti terrorist Squads) to combat naxalites.
4. Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel faces possible CBI probe as Supreme Court has dismissed his plea for a clean chit in UTI Scam. The scam involves a loan of 50 crore to Autorider Finance Pvt Ltd in 1993-95 which was not repaid.
5. The first commercial deal after clean waiver last year from NSG to carry out nuclear commerce, India has signed an MOU with French Company Areva for supply of 6 new generation Evolutionary Power Reactors (EPR) . The Indian company is Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. Initially two reactors will be set up in Jaitapur in Maharashtra with a capacity of 1650 MW.
6. SAIL (steel Authority of India Ltd) has marked the commissioning of First Blast Furnace of Rourkela Plant by India’s First president Dr. Rajendra Prasad. A postage stamp was released in this function on February 3, 2009.
7. Dr. R.P. Singh , CMD , Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd has won Scope Award for Excellence and Outstanding Contribution to the public Sector-Individual Category for the year 2005-06.
8. UC Mishra Director HR of Power Grid is new chairman of Bhakra Beas Management Board.
9. India has around 5 million overseas workers. Out of them 90 % are in Gulf and South east Asia. Workers in the Gulf contribute nearly 40% of the nearly $ 27 billion in overseas remittances and this comprises 3% of India’s. GDP.
10. Employees Provident Fund Office (EPFO) has initiated inquiry into Subhiksha for nonpayment of PF since June last year.
11. Direct Tax Collection has increased by 34 % in January as against negative rise in last two months of 2008.
12. A large number of Ex-Army men including rank officers and ex generals have returned their medals in protesting the non implementation of their demand “One Rank One Pension”.
13. The Central Government has rejected Rajasthan Govt. proposal to construct a series of Hydropower Dams across River Chambal for the reason that it shall prove disastrous for highly endangered dolphins and crocodiles and aquatic bird in half of the Chambal Sanctuary in the region.
14. B. Ramlinga Raju is in Chanchalguda Jail.
15. Gujrat High Court is set to become the first court in the country to implement the model e-court project synergizing technology with the judicial process to reduce the bottleneck of the system.
16. 56 year Old American Woman Jennifer Figge is the first woman on record to swim across Atlantic Ocean.
BAFTA Awards:
17. Music maestro Allah Rakha Rahman bagged the BAFTA award in the best music score category for “Slumdog Millionaire”.
18. Resul Pookutty was the other Indian to win a BAFTA award for best sound editing for “Slumdog Millionaire”
19. Rahman’s composition ‘Jai Ho’ for British director Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire”, earned him the Critics Choice Award for Best Composer in 2008 and the Golden Globe in the category of Best Original Score.
20. Slumdog Millionaire” is based on India’s diplomat-turned author Vikas Swarup’s novel. The film had received 11 nominations at the BAFTA awards.
21. Slumdog Millionaire” bagged the awards for best film, best director (Danny Boyle), best adapted screenplay (Simon Beaufoy), best music (A R Rahman), best cinematography (Anthony Dod Mantle), best editing (Chris Dickens) and best sound (Resul Pookutty, Glen Freemantle, Richard Pryke, Tom Sayers, Ian Tapp).


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