Daily Current Affairs Updates– 12th May 2016:
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· International Nurses Day
Director General Naval Projects(DGNP) Visakhapatnam celebrates Golden Jubilee today:
· Director General Naval Projects (DGNP) Visakhapatnam, which undertakes creation and augmentation of infrastructure for the Eastern Naval Command, is celebrating its Golden Jubilee today.
· The organisation is handling major state-of-the-art projects such as jetties, marine infrastructure up-gradations, ship lifts, bridges and also enhancing the existing support facilities at the various Bases and Industrial establishments.
· As a part of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations, a seminar with the central theme “Modern Trends in Marine Ship Building infrastructure: Challenges and Opportunities” and a Technical Exhibition are being conducted at Samudrika Auditorium.
3-day international Vichaar Mahakumbh to begin in Madhya Pradesh today:
· Vichaar Mahakumbh, the 3-day international conference, during Simhastha fair at Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh will begin today. RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat will inaugurate the conference.
· Around 3,500 guests including heads of religious faiths and saints will attend the conference.
· Prime Minister Narendra Modi and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s addresses during the international convention “Living the Right Way” will give a momentum to the cause of social and religious harmony among the global community.
Uttar Pradesh government approves 200-km 'Bicycle Highway':
· The Uttar Pradesh government gave approval to the development of a 200-km 'Bicycle Highway' from Agra to the lion safari in Etawah.
· The 'Bicycle Highway' will cover historical and tourism centres and will not run along the Agra-Etawah main road.
· This reportedly is a part of the government's attempts to promote eco-tourism around the Taj Mahal.
Centre lifts President's Rule in Uttarakhand:
· The Centre lifted President's Rule from Uttarakhand after the Supreme Court earlier declared that Congress party's Harish Rawat had proved his majority in Tuesday's floor test.
· Rawat said that Centre's assistance is essential for development in the state and rejected the possibility of a mid-term election.
· Earlier, President's Rule had been imposed in Uttarakhand on March 27.
Parliament passes bill on potable alcohol:
· Parliament has passed the Industries (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2015 with Lok Sabha approving some technical amendments.
· The bill seeks to transfer from the Centre to states the control over industries engaged in the production of potable alcohol.
· The bill was introduced by Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Lok Sabha. It was earlier approved by the Rajya Sabha last month and certain changes were adopted by the Lower House.
· The bill envisages central government would continue to be responsible for formulating policy and regulating foreign collaboration for all products of fermentation industries, including industrial and potable alcohol.
Government sets up panel to draft national policy on marine fishery:
· Union government has set up a new panel to prepare a draft national policy on marine fishery after ascertaining the current status of exploitation of the resources.
· Minister of State for Agriculture Sanjeev Kumar Balyan informed in Lok Sabha.
· A committee was constituted on July 28, 2015, under the chairmanship of S Ayyapan, former director general of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).
· The Ayyapan committee was set up after the recommendations of the Meena Kumari Committee on deep-sea fishing was not being implemented by the government as the committee’s report was received on August 5, 2014.
· The government universities in Rajasthan have been asked by Governor Kalyan Singh to construct ponds in the villages adopted by them to preserve rain water.
· He has also asked the Divisional Commissioners and the Collectors for the demarcation and allotment of land for the purpose.
· Kalyan also asked universities to plant trees to increase green cover around the ponds.
Government fixes ceiling price of 54 drug formulations:
· Government body National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority has fixed the ceiling price of 54 drug formulations including those for the treatment of cancer and diabetes.
· Further, the retail price of 11 drugs has also been fixed. Reportedly, the government fixes the prices of essential drugs based on the average of all medicines in a particular segment having sales of over 1%.
· The Income Tax Department’s initiative of linking Permanent Account Number and Aadhaar databases has crossed the 50 lakh-mark.
· Further, the one-time password-based income tax return (ITR) filing system has crossed the 80 lakh e-verification mark.
· The e-filing system allows online verification of a person’s ITR through Aadhaar, internet banking or bank account along with email-ID and mobile number.
Gujarat BJP to celebrate Vikas Parva to mark completion of 2 years of Modi government:
· In Gujarat, the state unit of BJP will celebrate Vikas Parva to mark the completion of two years of Narendra Modi government at the Centre and Anandiben Patel government in the state.
· The decision was taken at a meeting held under the chairmanship of State BJP President Vijay Rupani at party's state headquarter in Gandhinagar.
· State BJP Spokesperson Bharat Pandya said, Vikas Parva will be organised from 22nd to 26th of this month to take the details of government programmes to the common people.
· According to a World Health Organisation report, Delhi is no longer the world's most polluted city and is ranked 11th in the most polluted cities list.
· However, four Indian cities – Gwalior, Allahabad, Patna, and Raipur are among the top 10 most polluted cities. The highest PM2.5 levels were recorded in the Iran's Zabol (217), followed by India's Gwalior (176).
· SAARC nations agreed to set up a uniform toll-free child helpline at a three-day meeting of the South Asia Initiative to End Violence Against Children.
· India offered support to the nations in upgrading their child helplines to monitor violence against children.
· Home Minister Rajnath Singh said indicators of child protection will be monitored universally for the first time.
US India Defence Cooperation Act introduced in Senate:
· US India Defence Cooperation Act introduced a legislation passed by Congress.
· To elevate the status of the Indo US defence relationship on par with that of America’s closest allies like NATO and Israel.
· US government’s focus on the US India security relationship while sending a powerful signal to India that the US is a reliable and dependable defence partner.
· This bill supports strengthening our bilateral relationship partner in promoting security in Asia.
· Azerbaijan has been ranked the worst place in Europe to live as an LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex) citizen by the ILGA-Europe Rainbow Index, after meeting 5% of its criteria for 'legal equality'.
· Armenia and Russia have also ranked at the bottom. Malta has topped the index, and has been followed by Belgium and the UK, all above 80%.
Islamic State releases app for children:
· According to reports, the Islamic State has released an app for children to teach them the Arabic language.
· The app, called Huroof (meaning alphabet in Arabic), reportedly features games and songs for users.
· Words such as "tank", "gun", "cannon", "bullet", and "rocket" are among the vocabulary in the app, reports said. The Afghan Taliban have also previously launched an app.
· The Kenyan government has decided to close World's biggest refugee camp in Dadaab.
· An estimated 328,000 refugees mostly from Somalia are staying in Dadaab camp.
· The decision has been condemned by domestic and international rights groups and organizations dealing with refugees.
· The UN has urged Kenya to reconsider its decision to close Dadaab camp.
· US Secretary of State John Kerry said, he was concerned by the decision to close the camps.
Social fridges scheme of Europe adopted by Argentina as poverty rises:
· Social Fridge Scheme: A scheme started during Europe’s economic crisis to feed the needy ones
· Argentina adopting it to feed the needy ones who are facing the hardship due to increase in job cuts and inflation in the country.
· The genesis of ‘social fridge’ or ‘solidarity fridge’ lies in the recent economic crisis of Europe during which countries like Spain and Germany saw the mushrooming of such fridges.
· It is called so because people leave food in outdoor "social fridges" for those who need it. The fridges typically stand on the sidewalk outside restaurants.
· As of now some 57 “social fridges” are operating in Argentina
· Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff today was suspended for at least six months after the country's Senate voted 55-22 to impeach and put her on trial.
· The Senate's upper house will try Rousseff for allegedly manipulating the government's accounts ahead of the last election.
· The judges will reportedly be Senators, many of whom are accused of more serious crimes.
· Former BCCI President Shashank Manohar, who resigned recently, was elected unopposed as the ICC's first independent Chairman for two years.
· ICC's Full Council also approved changes to its Constitution to accommodate the independent Chairman.
· This comes after ICC abolished its President post and amended its rules so that the ICC Chief cannot be associated with a cricket board.
· After being elected unopposed, Mr Manohar takes charge of cricket’s global body with immediate effect.
Zidane named ambassador for Mumbai-based realtor:
· Mumbai-based real estate company Kanakia Group has appointed Real Madrid manager and former France football team captain Zinedine Zidane as their brand ambassador for their upcoming project, Kanakia Paris.
· The project, which aims to recreate a Parisian lifestyle experience to the public, will be constructed in the Bandra-Kurla Complex in Mumbai.
· Justice Tinlianthang Vaiphei (60-years) of the Guwahati High Court will be the new acting Chief Justice of the Tripura High Court.
· He will replace Chief Justice Deepak Kumar Gupta, who has been transferred as the Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court.
· Justice Navin Sinha, Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court has been moved as the Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court.
AR Rahman named Goodwill Ambassador for Olympics:
· Music composer AR Rahman today accepted the Indian Olympic Association's offer to become the Goodwill Ambassador for Rio Olympics.
· Rahman is India's fourth Goodwill Ambassador after Bollywood actor Salman Khan, Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra and cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar.
· Notably, India is to send its largest ever contingent of about 90 athletes to the Rio Olympics starting August 5.
· Kotak Mahindra Bank Chief Uday Kotak, with a net worth of $7.1 billion, is the only Indian in Forbes' 'Money Masters: The Most Powerful People In The Financial World' list of 40.
· The 57-year-old is ranked 33rd in the list topped by Blackstone Group's CEO Stephen Schwarzman, who has a net worth of $10.2 billion.
BOOKS AND AUTHORS:
· Chaos and Caliphate: Jihadis and the West in the Struggle for the Middle East: Patrick Cockburn
· The book titled Chaos and Caliphate: Jihadis and the West in the Struggle for the Middle East authored by Patrick Cockburn was in news in the first week of May 2016.
· It exposes how millions of people were killed by a series of disastrous Western interventions in West Asia.
AWARDS AND HONOURS:
· Indian American elementary teacher Revathi Balakrishnan was among 56 “State Teachers of the Year” honored by President Barack Obama at the White House.
· In addition to being chosen to the CCSSO honor, Balakrishnan in 2016 was named Patsy Sommer Elementary School Teacher of the Year, Round Rock Independent School District Elementary Teacher of the Year and Region XIII Elementary Teacher of the Year, as well as Texas Teacher of the Year and Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year by the Texas Association of Supervisors and Administrators.
Uttar Pradesh, Jammu &Kashmir among Lonely Planet Travel Award winners:
· Uttar Pradesh has been awarded as India's best destination for culture, while Jordan is the top international choice in the category in the Lonely Planet Magazine India Travel Awards 2016.
· While Jammu and Kashmir was adjudged the winner in the 'Romance' category, Himachal Pradesh won the award in the 'Adventure' category.
· Further, Nagaland was awarded as India's Best Emerging Destination.
BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:
· Bhubaneswar based National Aluminium Company has signed an MoU with Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai, for research and development cooperation in the fields of mutual interest.
· The pact was signed by BK Satpathy, Executive Director of NALCO and Jagtap, Director of BARC.
· It will be NALCO’s first R&D project with BARC for R&D projects like Extraction of Gallium from Bayer liquor, Extraction of rare earth elements from Red Mud and Development of Reference Standards would be taken up.
Gold-plated car worth $1 Million displayed in Dubai:
· A million-dollar worth gold-plated Nissan GT-R car named 'Godzilla' was put on display at the Automechanika motor show in Dubai.
· The gold-plated customisation of the car was completed by Japan-based sports cars customiser Kuhl Racing and engraver Takahiko Izawa.
· It has a 3.8-litre V6 twin turbo 545 hp engine with additional horsepower and torque.
· India’s economy is “slowly gaining momentum” and is projected to grow 7.3% this year and 7.5% in 2017, a UN report has forecast.
· Investment demand is supported by the monetary easing cycle, rising FDI, and government efforts towards infrastructure investments and public-private partnerships,” the report said.
On-demand driver startup DriversKart buys Driven:
· Chennai-based on-demand driver provider DriversKart acquired Mumbai-headquartered app-based driver hiring startup Driven for an undisclosed amount in an equity and cash deal.
· Launched in August 2015, Driven lets users hire temporary drivers for their personal cars.
· DriversKart was started in September 2015 and currently operates in Bengaluru, Mumbai, Pune, Delhi and Chennai.
· Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio Infocomm on Wednesday launched its digital wallet service 'JioMoney Digital Wallet'.
· The wallet app is available on both the Android and iOS platforms. It will let users make bill payments, shop online and send and receive money.
· The Reserve Bank of India in 2015 granted license to the Reliance Industries to set up a payments bank.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY:
· Kepler space telescope helped NASA’s discovery that results with 1284 new planets outside our solar system, more than doubling the number of known exoplanets.
· This Findings makes hope that somewhere out there, around a star much like ours, we can eventually discover another Earth.
· Unmanned Kepler space works by observing a dimming in the light of star, known as a transit observatory was launched back in 2009, has been scanning 150,000 stars for signs of orbiting bodies.
Scientists develop second skin to reduce wrinkles, eye bags:
· Scientists developed an invisible elastic film called second skin that can be applied to the skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and eye bags and even reshape your face.
· The wearable film developed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology America that has shown promise in a series of small trials.
· This can be used to treat eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions by covering dry itchy patches with a film that moistens and soothes.
· The researchers made a large collection siloxanes their basic form is one atom of oxygen linked to two atoms of silicon chemicals which form polymers.
Google Translate enables translations in any app:
· Google rolled out an update for its Google Translate service on Android, with a feature called 'Tap to Translate', that lets users get an instant language translation of the selected text in any application.
· In addition, the company also rolled out offline support on iOS for Google Translate, a feature which was released on Android in 2013.
· Samsung Brasil has developed 'Galaxy Surfboard', a smart surfboard with LED display to display wave conditions and social media notifications to the rider in the sea.
· The surfboard also has a dedicated waterproof slot on one of its sides to place a user's smartphone.
· Samsung has also released a video featuring World Surf League champion Gabriel Medina riding the surfboard.
Instagram debuts new logo, redesigns app:
· Facebook-owned photo-sharing app Instagram debuted its new colourful rainbow-themed logos for its main and other in-house apps including Hyperlapse, Boomerang and Layout.
· The app has also changed its appearance to a white top bar and black icons in place of blue. Notably, this is the first logo redesign since Instagram first emerged five years ago.
· WhatsApp launched a desktop app for Windows 8 and above and Mac OS 10.9 and above operating systems.
· The app mirrors conversations and messages from users' mobile device to their systems with desktop notifications and keyboard shortcuts.
· The app is available for download at WhatsApp's website by scanning a QR code
Opera launches power-saving mode for computers:
· Opera web browser today launched a developer version of its power-saving mode for Windows and OS X computers.
· It claims to extend the battery life of the laptops by up to 50% compared to Google Chrome, depending upon their hardware.
· The mode can be activated by clicking a 'battery icon' on the search and address field of the browser.
· Hockey India has recommended women's team captain Ritu Rani, VR Raghunath and Dharamvir Singh for the Arjuna Award.
· Hockey India has also recommended Sylvanus Dung Dung for the Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award.
· Veteran Coach CR Kumar has been recommended for the Dronacharya Award.
Wrestlers Ravinder Khatri, Babita Kumari bag Rio Olympic berths:
· Wrestlers Ravinder Khatri and Babita Kumari have secured Rio Olympic berths.
· Khatri was awarded the berth in the Greco-Roman 85 kg category after Kenzheev Zhanarbek of Kyrgystan failed the dope test at the Asian Olympic qualifier.
· Babita also booked a ticket to Rio after Sumiya Erdenechimeg failed the test in 53kg freestyle division.
· Charlotte Edwards, England’s women cricket team captain, announced her international retirement.
· In her 20-year cricket career, she captained England for ten years and became one of the most influential women in British Sport.
· Edwards took the decision following England's 2016 World T20 campaign, where they lost in the semi-finals against Australia.
· The 36-year-old, Edwards will continue to play at domestic level including the first edition of the forthcoming Women’s Super League.
· West Indies cricket writer, commentator and journalist, Tony Cozier died aged 75 in his home country Barbados.
· Cozier was admitted to hospital on May 3 for tests related to infections in the neck and legs. In 2011, the London-based Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) awarded Cozier life membership for his services to the game.
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