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Daily G.K. Buzz - 12th & 13th July 2015


India stands second on trust in national government: survey

i. India has secured second position amongst 40 countries in a survey of trust in national governments for 2014 conducted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Switzerland has emerged at the top with Norway coming in third.
ii. An impressive 73 per cent of Indians polled in the survey answered ‘yes’ to the question ‘Do you have confidence in the national government?’


India, Kyrgyzstan inked 4 agreements to strengthen bilateral relations

i. The agreements were inked during the two-day visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Kyrgyzstan from 11 July to 12 July 2015.
ii. List of Agreements/MOUs signed
Agreement on Defence Cooperation
Memorandum of Mutual Understanding and Cooperation in the field of Elections
MoU between Ministry of Economy of Kyrgyzstan and Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS)
Agreement on Cooperation in Culture

Capital - Bishkek
President - Almazbek Atambayev
Prime Minister - Temir Sariyev
Currency - Som

India, Turkmenistan inked 8 agreements

i. The agreements were inked during the two-day visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Turkmenistan from 10 July to 11 July 2015.
ii. List of Agreements/ MOUs signed
• MoU on supply of chemical products between the Indian Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) ‘Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers Limited’ and the Turkmen State concern ‘Turkmenhimiya’
• MoU between the Foreign Service Institute of the Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India and the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan
• Agreement between the ministry of youth affairs and sports of India and the state committee for sport of Turkmenistan on cooperation in the field of sports
• Programme of cooperation in science and technology between India and Turkmenistan for the period of 2015-2017
• MoU between India and Turkmenistan on cooperation in Yoga and Traditional Medicine
• MoU on cooperation in the field of tourism
• Agreement on cooperation in the field of Defence

Capital - Ashgabat
President - Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow
Prime Minister - Akja NurberdiĆ½ewa
Currency - Turkmen new manat

Greece reaches deal with creditors, avoids euro exit

i. Greece reached a deal with its European creditors on Monday, pledging stringent austerity to avoid an exit from the euro and the global financial chaos that could have followed.
ii. To get to a deal, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had to overcome the fundamental mistrust of many of his allies among the 18 other countries that use the euro, known as the eurozone. Just a week earlier, at his urging, Greeks had voted in a referendum to reject many of the measures he agreed on Monday, and the deal forced him to renege on many of his election promises.


129th Wimbledon 2015

Men’s singles - Novak Djokovic (Serbia) Bt Roger Federer (Switzerland)
This was Novak's third Wimbledon title and Grand Slam crown.

Women's Singles - Serena Williams (USA) Bt Garbine Muguruza (Spain)
This was Sixth Women's Singles title at Wimbledon for Williams.With 21 Grand Slam titles, Serena has also moved closer to a Calendar Grand Slam, last achieved by German Steffi Graf in 1988.

Mixed doubles - Leander Paes and Martina Hingis (Switzerland) Bt Alexander Peya and Timea Babos
It was Paes’ 16th Grand Slam trophy and eighth mixed doubles title. Overall it was 18th Major title for the Swiss and third in mixed doubles.

Women's doubles - Sania Mirza & Martina Hingis Bt Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina
This is Sania's first-ever women's doubles Grand Slam title, although she has won three mixed doubles titles at the majors. With this title, Sania also became the first Indian women to win a Wimbledon title.

Men's Doubles - Jean-Julien Rojer & Horia Tecau Bt

Wimbledon Boys’ Doubles - Sumit Nagal & Nam Hoang Ly (Vietnam)


"Green Signals: Ecology, Growth, and Democracy in India" written by Jairam Ramesh

i. It unveils the story of environmental policy making in India from the perspective of a pivotal decision maker.
ii. It chronicles India's environmental decision-making since the 1991 movement, telling the story of how, for the first time, the doors of the environment ministry were opened to voices, hitherto unheard, into the policy-making process.


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