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Daily G.K. Buzz - 1st and 2nd March 2015

1. Jaishankar arrives in Bhutan on first leg of 'SAARC yatra' to BBIN

i. His Bhutan trip will be followed by Bangladesh on March 2, Pakistan on March 3 and Afghanistan on March 4.
ii. During the visit to the SAARC capitals, Jaishankar will review various initiatives for the region, including SAARC  satellites and regional university, as were proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Nepal for SAARC Summit last year.
iii. SAARC Members-Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. 

2. IRCTC joins hands with for online shopping

i. Customers who access the IRCTC portal can now buy products ranging from consumer electronics, books, shoes, apparel, bags  to toys, exotic food products, personal hygiene products, pet supplies, musical instruments
and many more, at the click of a button and benefit from's wide distribution network.
ii. With this tie-up, IRCTC, a railway PSU, can now offer to its customers seamless online shopping opportunities in addition to booking travel tickets and hotel accommodations.

3. Govt gets 107 applications for allotment of 43 mines to PSUs

i. The Coal Ministry today received 107 applications from PSUs like NTPC, SAIL, DVC and NLC for allocation of 43 coal blocks to be given to state-run firms. 42 are for power sector and one is for steel sector.
ii. Maximum number of applications has been received for Gare Palma sector II coal mine (Chhattisgarh).

4. Jagmohan Dalmiya set to become BCCI president again

i. Jagmohan Dalmiya is set to return as Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) president at its Annual General Meeting (AGM).

About Jagmohan Dalmia
The 74-year-old Dalmiya is currently the president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB). Dalmiya has previously served as BCCI head from 2001 to 2004. He was ICC president from 1997 for a three-year term. 

5. Facing sexual harrassment charges, RK Pachauri quits PM's Climate Council

i. Former TERI chief RK Pachauri, who is facing sexual harassment charges, has resigned from the prestigious Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change, which has been accepted.
ii. Pachauri, Director General of TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute), was a member of the Council since its inception in 2007 during the tenure of Manmohan Singh.

6. China kicks off $79.8bn Silk Road infrastructure project

i. China has launched a massive $79.8 billion infrastructure project in the northwest province of Gansu which will 
   facilitate trade and people exchanges between China and central Asia as part of its ambitious Silk Road plan. 
ii. India which has been invited to take part in the Bangladesh, China, India, Myanmar (BCIM) and the Maritime Sill Road (MSR).
iii. The six-year development project will add more than 60,000 kilometres of road, including 4,070 km expressways, and improve the connectivity of the existing transportation network.

7. DAC gives nod to MCMV project
i. Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) on 28 February 2015 gave approval for afresh Mine Counter Measure Vessel (MCMV) project worth over Rs 32,000 crore. This decision was taken by DAC meeting chaired by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. 
ii. MCMV project will built specialized vessels for the Indian Navy as per Make in India policy at Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) in collaboration with a foreign manufacturer.
iii. DAC is the apex body for clearing defence procurement proposals forward by the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force.

8. Martin David Crowe inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame
i. Former New Zealand cricket captain Martin David Crowe on 28 February 2015 was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. 

ii. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame during the innings break of the New Zealand-Australia match in the 2015 World Cup at Eden Park, New Zealand.
iii. He received his commemorative cap from Wally Edwards, ICC Director and Chairman of Cricket Australia.
iv. The Player of the ICC Cricket World Cup 1992 Crowe became the third New Zealander after Sir Richard Hadlee and Debbie Hockley to be included in the Hall of Fame. Overall, he is the 79th cricketer to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. 

9. Mufti Mohammad Sayeed sworn in as Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir
i. Mufti Mohammad Sayeed sworn-in as Chief Minister of Peoples Democratic Party-Bhartiya Janta Party (PDP-BJP) coalition government of Jammu & Kashmir. 
ii. As a person he became 9th Chief Minister of J&K and 12th Chief Minister as tenure wise. 
iii. Along with Mufti Sayeed, following ministers took oaths:
* Deputy Chief Minister- Nirmal Singh (BJP). 
* Cabinet Minister- Abdul Rehman Bhat (Veery), Chander Parkash Ganga, Javed Mustafa Mir, Lal Singh, Abdul Haq Khan, Bali Bhagat, Syed Basharat Ahmed Bukhari, Sukhnandan Choudhary, Choudhary Zulfikar Ali, Sajjad Gani Lone, Haseeb Drabu, Ghulam Nabi Lone, She’d Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, Imran Hussain Ansari, Nayeem Akhtar. 
* Minister of State- Tsering Dorjey, Abdul Majeed Paddar, Sunil Kumar Sharma, Mohammad Ashraf Mir, Abdul Ghani Kohli, Priya Sethi, Pawan Gupta, Ashiya Naqqash.
iv. All of them were administered oath of office and secrecy by Governor Narinder Nath Vohra at oath taking ceremony held at Zorawar Singh Auditorium in Jammu University.

10. Winners of Dubai ATP Tennis Championship 2015
i. Men's Singles: Roger Federer of Switzerland won the ATP Tennis Championship Men’s single title. In the final match, he defeated Novak Djokovic of Serbia.

ii. Women’s singles: Romanian professional tennis player Simona Halep won the ATP Tennis Championship women’s single title. In the final match, she defeated Karolína Plíšková of Czech Republic
iii. Men’s doubles: Rohan Bopanna (India) and Daniel Nestor (Canada) won the Dubai ATP Tennis Championship men’s doubles title. In the final match they defeated Aihsan-Ul-Haq Qureshi (Pakistan) and Nined Zimonjic (Serbia).
iv. Women’s doubles: Tímea Babos (Hungary) and Kristina Mladenovic (France) won the Dubai ATP Tennis Championship women’s doubles title. In the final match they defeated Garbiñe Muguruza (Spain) and Carla Suárez Navarro (Spain)

11. Mukul Roy removed from the post of Chairman of TMC in the Parliament

i. Trinamool Congress (TMC) on 27 February 2015 removed Mukul Roy from the post of Chairman of TMC in the Parliament. He is the member of Rajya Sabha.
ii. In his place, TMC appointed eminent quizmaster Derek O'Brien as the new Chairman.
iii. Roy was given additional charge of Union Railway Minister, when Mamata Banerjee was to become the Chief Minister of West Bengal. He served as a Minister of State in the Railway Ministry under Manmohan Singh government.

12. Arun Singh Named New Indian Ambassador to United States
i.  India has named Arun Singh, currently its Ambassador to France, as its next top envoy to the US and has informed the American government  in this regard.
ii. A 1979-batch IFS officer, Mr Singh will be replacing S Jaishankar, who was appointed as Foreign Secretary on January 28 this year. 

13. Rafael Nadal wins first title of year in Argentina
i. Rafael Nadal won his first title of the year with a 6-4 6-1 victory over Juan Monaco in a rain-interrupted Argentine Open final on Sunday. 
ii. Nadal notched his 65th career title and equalled Guillermo Vilas's 46 on clay .

14. Tamil Nadu Meet Karnataka in Ranji Trophy Finals
i. Tamil Nadu edged out last edition’s runners-up Maharashtra by virtue of their first innings lead in a drawn encounter on Sunday, to set up a summit clash with southern rivals and reigning champions Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy.

15. SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasts off with world's first all-electric satellites
i. A Space Exploration Technologies rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Sunday to put the world's first all-electric communications satellites into orbit
ii. The Falcon 9 will attempt to launch a pair of commercial communications satellites for Eutelsat and Asia Broadcast Satellite, placing them in orbits more than 22,000 miles above the equator.


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