Knowledge Diary – 2nd July 2013, Tuesday

  • US surveillance: External affairs minister Salman Khurshid defended vast US surveillance of phone logs and internet data and this information regarding survelliance was revealed by intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.
  • Government formation in Jharkhand: Congress and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) have reached a consensus on formation of Government which is likely to be led by JMM including 18 MLA’s with support of Congress, Rashtriya JantaDal (RJD) and independent legislations.
  • With the successful launch of IRNSS-IA, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stated that India’s Space Programme is playing a pivotal role in socio-economic development of country.
IRNSS-IA PSLVlaunch
IRNSS-IA PSLVlaunch

  • Sujata Singh will be India’s next foreign secretary– 59 year old, a 1976 batch IFS officer, was a close contender along with India’s ambassador to China S Jaishankar, who is a batch junior to her will be India’s next foreign secretary.
  • With 26 public and private sector companies which are taking part to apply for bank licenses, finance minister P Chidambaram has said that there was no ceiling on the number of entities which can be permitted to operate a bank.
  • NDA regime constructed only half of the total length national highways laid during last 32 years said by the UPA government in front of the Supreme Court.
  • Flight travel search by Google:  Google, whose services include Gmail and YouTube, is extremely near to introducing Flight Search in India, according to people with direct knowledge of the plan.
  • Yahoo decided to shut the Alta Vista: Internet Company Yahoo is reportedly going to shut down the services of trailblazer search site AltaVista on 8 July.
  • Indian currency Rupee up by 29 paise against dollar in early trade in Interbank Foreign Exchange market.
  • Apple plans to work with renewable energy: Apple plans to build a new solar farm with NV Energy for power supply to its new data centre in Reno, Nevada, to focus on its goal of having its data centres run on renewable energy.

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