Daily GK Update-23rd April
1. POLLUTION MANAGEMENT AND ENVIORNMENT HEALTH PROGRAM ESTABLISHED BY WORLD BANK:
. World Bank has established pollution Management and Environment Health (PHEM) promgram which will focus onair quality management.
. PHEM program will initially run from 2015 to 2020 with anestimated amount of 45 million US dollar.
. The program will focus on air quality management in five major urban areas India, China, Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa.
2. NEW YORK TIMES WON PULITZER PRIZES:
. The New York Times has won two Pulitzer prizes for coverage of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
. The New York Times staff won the Pulitzer Prize forInternational reporting.
. Danial Berechulak, a freelancer won Pulitzer prize for thefeature photography.
3. INTERNATIONAL MOTHER EARTH DAY OBSERVED ON 22ND APRIL:
. International Mother Earth Day was observed on 22nd Aprilaround the world.
. International Mother Earth Day 2015 was observed with the theme “It’s our turn to lead”.
4. JAPANESE TRAIN SET THE WORLD SPEED RECORD OF 603 KMPH:
. Japanese Bullet train Maglev set a new world speed record of603 kmph.
. Maglev train broke its previous world record of 580 kmph up in the year 2003.
5. MAKE MY TRIP ACQUIRED MYGOLA:
. Online travel Service provider Make My Trip has acquired startup travel guide Mygola.
. Mygola was founded in 2009 by Anshuman Bapna and prateek Sharma.
. CEO of Make My Trip – Deep Kalra
6. XI JINPING HONOURED WITH NISHAN-E-PAKISTAN:
. Chinese President Xi Jinping is honoured with Nishan-e-Pakistan Award.
. Nishan-e-Pakistan award is the highest civilian award of Pakistan.
. The award was presented by the president of PakistanMamnoon Hussain.
7. 8.7 % INTEREST RATE FOR GPF IN 2015-16:
A. Union Finance Ministry has retained the rate of interest at 8.7 % for GPF for the year 2015-16.
. The interest rate will apply on provident funds of central government employees, railways and defense forces.
GPF- General Provident Fund
(i) Interest rate for senior citizens saving scheme hiked from 9.2% to 9.3%
(ii) Interest rate for Sukanya Samridhi account hike from 9.2% to 9.3%