DAILY GK CAPSULE TOP NEWS HEADLINES of 06 JANUARY 2015 | General Knowledge
1. Popular Economist Arvind Panagariya has been appointed as first Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog along with six members and three special invitees. Economist Bibek Debroy and former DRDO chief V.K. Saraswat were appointed as full-time members by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who will be the Chairman of the body that replaces the 65-year-old Socialist-era Planning Commission.
2. New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully announced that the country has become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council (UNSC) for the next two years. It’s been 21 years since New Zealand last served on the Security Council.
3. With a view to improve the ease of doing business, the government has aligned the foreign direct investment policy with the upgraded National Industrial Classification (NIC) Code. The code will classify business activities and help the industry in seeking policy approvals for specific activities.
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4. Eminent Indian scientist and former CSIR director general Raghunath Anant Mashelkar revealed that India is slipping in'Global Innovation Index' rankings. The country has fallen 10 ranks down from being No. 66 in 2013 to No. 76 now.
5. Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (BBAU) is set to become the first university in the country to go paperless by switching over to online work. According to central university's Vice Chancellor R.C. Sobti university is switching over to online work for most of the administrative and academic purposes. He said the work in this direction has been initiated and it would be completed within two years.
6. 44 Indians and people of Indian-origin, including technology wizards, inventors and policymakers, have been named by Forbes in its annual list of "young game changers, movers and makers" under the age of 30 from around the globe. The fourth annual compilation by Forbes includes 600 millennials in 20 fields, including consumer technology, retail, entertainment, science, finance, media, social entrepreneurs, law and policy and enterprise technology. The list includes big names like Harry Potter actress and UN Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, actor Zac Efron, basketball player James Harden and NBA star Chris Paul.
7. Google's Larry Page has emerged as the 'business person of the year' for 2014, edging past the likes of Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, according to Fortune magazine. Page, who is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and co-founder of Google, came on top in the 20 global corporate leaders' list compiled on the basis of various factors including company's performance, leadership style and total shareholder returns, the magazine said while bringing out its list.
8. S. Shrikrishna won his maiden National Sub-Junior Billiards title at the BRC Gloster National Billiards & Snooker Championship 2015. He defeated Ishpreet Singh Chadha of Maharashtra by 326-283 in an hour-long final play.
9. Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved to set up the India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) in Tamil Nadu. The INO laboratory will host experiments such as the neutrino-less double beta decay and the search for dark matter.
10. Former Minister of State for Public Works Department (PWD) Ram Prasad Kamal passed away after a brief illness in Allahabad. He was 84.