04-May-2015 Daily Current Affairs Update for Bank and SSC Exam | General Knowledge1. Eminent scientist C.N.R. Rao was conferred with Japan's highest civilian award for his outstanding contributions to science and Indo-Japanese science cooperation. The Emperor of Japan conferred the country's highest award, the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, on the Bharat Ratna (2014) awardee.
2. Award-winning journalist and litterateur Amitabha Chowdhury died after a prolonged illness. He was 87. Amitabha Chowdhury received the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1961 for his outstanding contribution in journalism and literature and for his reportage on individual rights and community interests in India.
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4. Lithuania assumed the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council for May. Raimonda Murmokaite, the permanent representative of Lithuania to the UN, took over the rotating council presidency from Dina Kawar, the permanent representative of Jordan to the UN, who held the council presidency for April.
5. Kapil Dev Tripathi, an IAS officer of 1980 batch of Assam-Meghalaya cadre, has been appointed as the new Petroleum Secretary. Tripathi, who was serving as the Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises, will take the place of Saurabh Chandra, who retired on 30th April. The term of Tripathi's appointment will be for one year.
6. The Reserve Bank has allocated Rs 10,000 crore to SIDBI for setting up a venture capital (VC) fund to attract private capital for start-ups. The capital will be invested in start-ups by way of providing equity, quasi equity, soft loans and other risk capital.
7. Star Indian football team striker Sunil Chhetri was named among the top 500 players in the world by a United Kingdom-based magazine 'World Soccer', placing him along with the likes of superstars Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar. The 30-year-old Chhetri was described as "India's record goal scorer" while also mentioning that he did not take part in the recent Indian Super League.
8. Two Indians have been awarded with the prestigious Whitley Awards for their contribution to wildlife conservation. Dr. Ananda Kumar, a conservationist from India, was awarded the prize, in honour of his work using innovative communication systems to enable human-elephant coexistence in southern India. Another winner of the Whitley Award, dubbed 'Green Oscar' is Dr. Pramod Patil. He has been awarded for his work to protect the iconic great Indian bustard in the Thar Desert.
9. Seychelles, an archipelago of 90000 inhabitants became the 161st member of the World Trade Organization (WTO). It is one of the smallest nations among the WTO members. This approval by WTO ended Seychelles 20-year long wait to become a member of WTO since it had applied for WTO membership in May 1995. Seychelles also became the 33rd government to accede to the rules-based multilateral trading system through Article XII negotiations since the WTO was established in 1995.
10. In an important step the Union Govt. made it easier to incorporate a new business. Under this initiative, entrepreneurs keen on setting up new enterprises will be able to incorporate their entities by filing just one form as against eight as was the practice till now. The new form is Integrated Company Incorporation (INC-29) form.
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