Daily Current GK Update
13 June, 2019
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Thaawarchand Gehlot replaces Arun Jaitley as Leader of Rajya Sabha
Union Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot has been appointed as the Leader of House in Rajya Sabha, replacing BJP leader Arun Jaitley, who had opted out of the government citing health reasons. He will now occupy the first seat in the House, next to PM Narendra Modi. Gehlot is the minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, holding the portfolio since 2014
India’s 2nd Moon mission Chandrayaan-2 to launch on July 15
ISRO Chairman K Sivan on Wednesday said that India’s second Moon mission will be launched on July 15 at 2:51 AM from Sriharikota. The Chandrayaan-2 satellite, weighing 3.8 tonnes, is expected to land on the Moon on September 6. This is the most complex mission ever to be undertaken by ISRO that costs under 31,000 crore, the ISRO chief said.
Source: – The Quint
Dettol maker names PepsiCo’s Laxman Narasimhan as next CEO
Reckitt Benckiser, the maker of Dettol cleaners and Durex condoms, on Wednesday named PepsiCo’s Global Chief Commercial Officer Laxman Narasimhan as its next CEO, to succeed Rakesh Kapoor. Narasimhan will be the first outside leader of the British consumer goods group since its formation in 1999. Before joining PepsiCo in 2012, he worked for 19 years at consultancy firm McKinsey.
Source: – Reuters
Who are the world’s highest-paid athletes in 2019 as per Forbes
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has been named the world’s highest-paid athlete in 2019 as per Forbes with $127 million (881 crore) in earnings. Messi’s rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who topped the list in 2016 and 2017 and was third in 2018, moved to second with $109 million (756 crore). World’s most expensive footballer Neymar came third with $105 million (728 crore).
Source: – Times Now
Reliance, BP to develop third gas project in Bay of Bengal
Reliance Industries and its exploration and production partner BP on Tuesday said they would start developing a third gas field in the Krishna-Godavari basin in the Bay of Bengal. The Reliance and BP consortium, in which BP has a 30% stake, is already developing two gas blocks there. The three projects would cost 35,000 crore rupees to develop, Reliance said. Source: – Reuters
2 Indian women named in IBM’s list of top 40 women in AI
Two Indian women have been featured on American multinational IT firm IBM’s list honouring 40 women in Artificial Intelligence (AI) from 15 different countries. The list includes Harmeen Mehta, Chief Information Officer for Bharti Airtel. Seema Gaur, Executive VP and Head IT for IFFCO Tokio General Insurance Company was also named on the list.
Power Finance Corp raises $1 billion from global market
Power Finance Corporation (PFC) on Wednesday said it has raised $1 billion (nearly 76,940 crore) through issuance of bonds in the international market. This was the state-run NBFC’s first issuance in the international market after acquiring the government’s shareholding in REC. Out of its fund-raising target of 780,000 crore for FY-20, PFC plans to raise 10% in foreign currency borrowings.
Source: – The Financial Express
Priyanka to receive UNICEF’s Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award
Priyanka Chopra will be honoured with the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award at UNICEF’s annual Snowflake Ball in December. Announcing the news on Instagram, Priyanka wrote, “My work with UNICEF on behalf of all the world’s children means everything to me”. The actress has been associated with initiatives aimed at improving conditions for children worldwide and women-related issues, among others.
PwC quits as Reliance Capital auditor over some transactions
Global auditing firm PwC has resigned as the statutory auditor of Reliance Capital citing certain “observations or transactions” in its assessment. It added that the Anil Ambani-led company threatened legal action against the firm, which further impaired its ability to complete the audit in a fair manner. Reliance Capital said it does not agree with PwC’s reasons for resignation.
Source: – Livemint