Daily General Knowledge Updates : 31st August 2015


Rajiv Mehrishi appointed new union Home Secretary 
Rajiv Mehrishi is a Rajasthan cadre IAS officer of the 1978 batch. He succeeds LC Goyal.

India’s economic growth slows to 7% in April-June quarter 
India’s economic growth slowed to 7% in the fiscal first quarter ended 30 June from 7.5% in the preceding three months

HDFC Bank slashes base rate by 0.35 per cent to 9.35 per cent 
The surprise rate cut is likely to force other major lenders into reducing rates. HDFC Bank competes with ICICI Bank and State Bank of India, both of which give loans at 9.7 per cent currently.

India eliminates Maternal and neonatal tetanus
Fifteen years ago, the World Health Organization estimated that almost 800,000 newborns died of tetanus each year; now fewer than 50,000 do.

Sania Mirza conferred with India’s Khel Ratna award
Tennis star Sania Mirza received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the country’s highest sporting honour  while 12 others, including ace shooter Jitu Rai and hockey goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh were conferred with the Arjuna award.