Daily Current Affairs Updates– 13th May 2016:
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India introduces Military Tourism:
· The Maharashtra Ex-servicemen Corporation (MESCO) – a Government of Maharashtra undertaking – has opened a unique new tourism initiative called "Veer Yatra".
· The initiative, which will give civilians a glimpse of the evolution and daily life of the Indian Military, began today. It was introduced to inculcate a sense of patriotism among the children and youth of the country.
Committee on Estimates recommends PM-headed authority on Ganga Rejuvenation:
· The Estimates Committee of Parliament, in its report on Ganga Rejuvenation tabled ,recommended an overarching and fully empowered authority headed by the Prime Minister.
· The Committee opinioned the authority is required to cut down on the red tape involving various ministries and state governments to be set up for securing the nirmalta (purity) and aviralta (flow) of the Ganga by July 2018.
· The committee is chaired by BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi.
· The committee also expressed concern over Ganga being declared one of the 10 most polluted rivers in the world.
Railways to spend 80k cr on laying new tracks:
· The Indian Railways plans to spend 80,000 crore over the next three years on increasing the pace of laying new tracks from the current 7.8 km per day to 19 km per day in 2018-19.
· The capacity augmentation exercise is also aimed at boosting the economy as it involves procurement of rail, cement, steel, engineering and signalling equipment.
India, 5 others sign pact on sharing tax info:
· India, China, Canada, Iceland, Israel, and New Zealand on Thursday signed the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement for the automatic exchange of information on tax issues amongst countries.
· This brings the total number of signatories of the pact to 39 (including France, Japan, Germany, the UK, and Australia), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) informed.
Research wing now compulsory in dental colleges:
· The Dental Council of India (DCI) has made it mandatory for every dental college in the country, including new ones, to have a research wing, citing a lack of research in the dental field.
· Compared to research in the dental field worldwide, India's representation is negligible, said a recent study which was conducted in 40 dental colleges in India.
Mumbai: Now apply for character certificate online
· Mumbai Police launched an online application process for police character certificates in an attempt to reduce the processing time to 10 days.
· Applicants will have to visit the local police station just once for the verification procedure, police officials said.
· The authenticity of the online certificates can be verified using a serial number, they added.
Bihar government to build over 7 lakh toilets in 4 yrs:
· Bihar government will build 7,52,863 toilets in the next four years, a Bihar government official said.
· This is to achieve the target of constructing a toilet in every household, a component of CM Nitish Kumar's 'seven resolves'.
· The Centre will give 4,000 totaling to 602 crore, while the state would provide 8,000 for every toilet built, he said.
Maharashtra declares drought in 29000 villages:
· Maharashtra government declared drought in over 29000 villages of the state, most of them in parched Marathwada and Vidarbha regions.
· The government through a corrigendum issued from Mumbai clarified that wherever reference is made to a 'drought-like situation' in the state manual, it would be read as drought.
· Earlier, the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and requested 10000 crore rupees as relief for the parched state.
· Of this, 7500 crore rupee was to be spent on completing irrigation projects in Marathwada and Vidarbha over the next three years, while the remaining would be used for projects in Western Maharashtra.
UIDAI launches special enrolment drive in 4 states, UTs:
· The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) launched a special drive to make sure that no one has been left out of Aadhaar enrolment in Haryana, Goa, Chandigarh and Puducherry.
· Over 101.26 crore Aadhaar numbers have been generated across the country as on May 12, 2016.
Cabinet nod for Rs 1,984-cr Delhi-Meerut Expressway stretch:
· The government approved widening of the crucial UP Gate to Dasna stretch of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway, to be built at an estimated cost of Rs 1,983 crore, which will ease traffic congestion in the national capital.
· The cost of the project is including cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities.
· The total length of the road will be approximately 19 kms.
Polls for 57 Rajya Sabha seats including 3 from Odisha on June 11:
· Biennial elections to 57 Rajya Sabha seats, including three from Odisha, will be held on June 11.
· The elections have been necessitated as 55 members from 15 states will retire between June and August besides the two seats vacated by Anand Sharma (Congress) and Vijay Mallya (independent) from Rajasthan and Karnataka respectively.
Parkash Singh panel submits report on Jat quota stir:
· In Haryana, Parkash Singh committee, headed by former DGP of Uttar Pradesh retired IPS Officer Parkash Singh today submitted its report on Jat Quota agitation to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
· The committee was constituted to inquire into the omission and commission on part of all officers and officials of police and civil administration during Jat Quota agitation.
· After receiving the report, Chief Minister said that government would examine the report and would take appropriate action accordingly.
SL President on two-day India visit from today:
· President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena will arrive in New Delhi on May 13 on a two day visit.
· He will address the valedictory session at the Vaicharick Mahakumbh which is being held as part of the Simhastha Mahakumbh in Ujjain on the 14th of this month.
Brazil new interim President Michel Temer calls for trust in values for Brazil's recover:
· Brazil new interim President Michel Temer has addressed the nation after the Senate voted to back the impeachment trial of Dilma Rousseff.
· Mr Temer said that trust in the values of our people and in our ability to recover the economy. He has named a business friendly cabinet that includes respected former central bank chief Henrique Meirelles as Finance Minster.
· Mr Temer, 75, has now taken over as President for up to 180 days, the maximum time allowed for the impeachment trial of Ms Rousseff, 68.
Myanmar plans to keep free speech restrictions:
· Myanmar's government plans to retain the restrictions on free speech imposed by the former military government, according to a draft bill submitted to the country's Parliament.
· The bill reportedly bars "non-citizens", mostly Muslim Rohingya minority, from protesting and lists criminal penalties for "disturbing" people.
· The government claims that the bill will protect peaceful protesters.
Largest cargo plane lands 1st time in India:
· The world's largest cargo plane, the Antonov An-225 Mriya, landed for the first time in India.
· The plane, which has a maximum takeoff weight of 640 tonnes, arrived from Turkmenistan and landed at Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.
· The aircraft is powered by six turbofan engines and was built to take transcontinental route airlifting load between 180-230 tonnes.
WHO proposes faster test for superbug form of TB:
· World Health Organisation proposed a faster and cheaper test for superbug or drug-resistant forms of Tuberculosis.
· The proposed test identifies genetic mutations in TB strains and provides results within 48 hours when compared to 3 months or longer currently required.
· The proposed treatment can be completed within 9-12 months and costs 'significantly less' at under $1,000 per patient.
Pakistan set to get $510 million from IMF:
· The International Monetary Fund reviewed Pakistan’s economic performance before saying that $510 million will be available under a three-year, $6.7 billion financial assistance programme.
British climber’s first foreigners to scale Everest after quake:
· British mountaineers Kenton Cool and Robert Lucas became the first foreigners to summit Mount Everest after a deadly earthquake ended last year’s climbing season.
Singapore terms join Oxford English Dictionary:
· Several Singaporean and Hong Kong English terms, including “wah”, “shiok” and “yum cha”, are now officially recognised as acceptable English.
· The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) added 19 Singaporean terms and 13 Hong Kong terms in its latest update.
ü “Wah” is an expression of delight or surprise,
ü “Shiok” means cool,
ü “Yum cha” is a type of Chinese brunch.
ü “Blur”, which means confused or ignorant,
ü “Sabo”, which means to harm or play a prank on.
China’s embassy in Libya shuts temporarily:
· Chinese authorities have decided to shut down the country’s embassy in Libya (until at least November) amid the worsening conflict in the country.
India, Bangladesh hold border talks in Dhaka:
· India and Bangladesh began a five-day dialogue between border guarding forces over a host of security issues, including drug trafficking and cattle smuggling across the over 4,000km frontier the two neighbours shares.
ü Bangladesh President: Abdul Hamid
ü Bangladesh Prime Minister: Sheikh Hasina
ü Bangladesh Capital: Dhaka
ü Bangladesh Currency: Taka
Indian-American, Manjit Singh, appointed as member of President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based:
· US President Barack Obama appointed an Indian-American engineer, Manjit Singh, as the member of President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
· The announcement came along with several other appointments made by the US President.
Government appoints four Supreme Court judges:
· Law Minister Sadananda Gowda announced on Twitter that the government has appointed four judges to the Supreme Court of India.
· He added that it took the government six days to process and give approval to the recommendations.
· This brings the number of SC judges to 29 from 25, still two short of the approved strength.
ü Justice AM Khanwilkar of the Madhya Pradesh High Court
ü Justice DY Chandrachud of the Allahabad High Court
ü Justice Ashok Bhushan of the Kerala High Court to the Supreme Court
ü L Nageshwar Rao: Fourth appointment
Pranav Pandya resigns from Rajya Sabha:
· Pranav Pandya, a newly nominated member of the Rajya Sabha has resigned.
· Chairman Mohammed Hamid Ansari announced in the House today that he has accepted Mr Pandya’s resignation.
Anil Kumble retained ICC Cricket Committee head, Rahul Dravid made member:
· Former India captain Anil Kumble has been re-appointed ICC Cricket Committee chairman for a second term of three years while his one-time team-mate Rahul Dravid was named member of the top panel.
· Kumble, the all-time highest wicket-taker for India, was appointed as the chairman for his first term in 2012 and will now continue to head the panel until 2018.
· Another former India captain Dravid and ex-Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene have been appointed to the ICC Cricket Committee.
· Richard Kettleborough, three-time ICC Umpire of the Year, has been appointed as umpires' representative in the committee.
SEBI to tighten KYC, transfer norms for P-Notes:
· Securities and Exchange Board of India - Sebi plans to tighten due diligence requirements for issuance and transfer of controversy-ridden P-Notes and put the onus on investors to ensure compliance with anti-money laundering law.
· These include mandating the issuers of P-Notes to file Suspicious Transaction Reports with the Financial Intelligence Unit. On the KYC norms, they would need to be followed by issuer entities for carrying out customer due diligence of the subscribers.
RBI issues norms for branch offices by foreign entities:
· The Reserve Bank said that entities from Pakistan, China, Bangladesh and four other regions will require its prior approval to establish branch office or project office in India.
· Other countries and regions are Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Iran and Hong Kong or Macau, RBI said while releasing guidelines for foreign entities to open a branch office (BO) or a liaison office (LO) or a project office (PO) in India.
· Permission of RBI will also be required for opening a BO/LO/PO in Jammu and Kashmir, North East region and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
· The approval is also required if the applicant is a Non-Government Organisation (NGO), a Non-Profit Organisation, or a Body/ Agency/ Department of a foreign government.
· It will also be needed if the principal business of the applicant falls in the four sectors — defence, telecom, private security and information and broadcasting.
ICICI launches country’s 1st contactless credit card for SMEs:
· ICICI Bank has launched the country’s first contact less business credit card in association with Jet Airways for small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) and their employees.
· ICICI Bank is the first bank globally to offer a dual advantage reward programme on the expenses and repayments of the credit card.
· The reward will be in the form of JPMiles, that is allocated to both the SME and the cardholders as per the Miles Split Ratio Module (MSRM) chosen by the SME.
· The JPMiles can be split between cardholders and the company in the ratios of 75:25, 50:50 & 25:75.
BOOKS AND AUTHORS:
The Drowned Detective by Neil Jordan:
· The Drowned Detective authored by Neil Jordan depicts genre-defying story about a private investigator who arrived in a small Eastern European city because he was told about the opportunities opening up in former Soviet countries.
· The story moves as the detective sets up, along with a colleague from that country, an agency to trace missing people and criminals.
AWARDS AND HONOURS:
Kerala bags LPMI's best family destination award:
· Kerala has been awarded the best family destination in the Lonely Planet Magazine India Travel Awards 2016.
· The decision was taken by an expert panel, based on votes of travellers and readers of the magazine. A list of top destinations in several other categories has also been released.
· Kerala also featured in the nominations for 'culture' and 'relax' categories.
· Pizza Hut set a Guiness World Record of 'Highest altitude pizza delivery on land' by delivering pizza at 19,341 feet atop the Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
· General Manager and employees of Pizza Hut Africa, accompanied by a team of experienced guides, hiked the mountain with a specially-designed pizza box backpack. The pizza took four days to be delivered.
Real Madrid most valuable football team: Forbes
· Spanish football giants Real Madrid were named 2016's most valuable football team for a fourth consecutive year by Forbes.
· The ten-time European champions, valued at $3.6 billion, are also the world's second most valuable sports team behind National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys, which is valued at $4 billion.
· Barcelona ($3.5 billion) and Manchester United ($3.3 billion) complete the top three.
· The National Florence Nightingale Awards were given away by the President Pranab Mukherjee to 35 nursing personnel at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan on the occasion of International Nurses Day.
· The Award carries a cash award of 50 thousand rupees, a certificate, a citation and a medal.
BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:
Airtel launches ‘Platinum 3G’ in Assam:
· Rolling out a new 3G service across 60 towns in Assam, the country’s largest telecom operator Airtel said it is facing peoples’ resistance in setting up new towers to curb call drops.
· Airtel launched its ‘Platinum 3G’ services, powered by dual spectrum band of 900 MHz and 2,100 MHz, to deliver a better customer experience in 60 towns, including Guwahati, Silchar, Dibrugarh, Tezpur, Nalbari, Dhemaji.
· Indian motorcycle and scooter manufacturer Hero MotoCorp has partnered with German off-road racing specialist Speedbrain to enter into the motorcycle rally racing with the team "Hero MotoSports Team Rally".
· The team will make its debut at the Merzouga Rally in Morocco later in the month, riding on the upgraded version of the Speedbrain 450 rally bike, Hero MotoCorp said.
Retail inflation rises to 5.39% in April:
· According to data released by the government, the Consumer Price Index (CPI)-based retail inflation for the month of April accelerated to 5.39%, up from 4.83% in March.
· Further, the food inflation for the month rose to 6.32% as compared to 5.21% in March, while inflation in vegetable prices accelerated to 4.82%, against 0.54% last month.
· India’s e-commerce sector more than tripled from $4.4 billion in 2010 to $13.6 billion in 2014, according to data contained in a reply given to the Lok Sabha in March 2016.
· Further, the country’s online retail sector is expected to be worth $1 trillion by 2020, according to a recent report by the Confederation of Indian Industry and Deloitte.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY:
Scientists identify 12 million-year-old dog species:
· A team of University of Pennsylvania researchers has identified a new species of an ancient, 'bone-crushing' dog, named Cynarctus wangi, that roamed North America approximately 12 million years ago.
· "It is quite rare we find fossils from land animals in this region during this time, but each one provides important information for what life was like then", a researcher said.
· Australian archaeologists announced that they have discovered a piece of the world's oldest axe.
· The axe was discovered in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia.
· The analysis of the fragment was published in the journal Australian Archaeology.
Google launches keyboard app with inbuilt search:
· Google today launched 'Gboard', a free keyboard iOS app in the US with integrated Google Search, GIFs and emojis.
· Users can search for images, videos, nearby stores, restaurants, flight timings, news, weather forecasts and other information directly through the keyboard without switching to the Google app.
· The keyboard also supports swipe-based typing by sliding finger from letter to letter.
· Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for the second straight year.
· Stephen Curry, the 11th person to win back-to-back MVP awards, swept all 131 first-place votes including 130 from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters and one from the Kia MVP fan vote. He secured 1310 points to top in the list.
ICC lifts suspension on Sri Lankan wicket-keeper Kusal Perera:
· The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that it has lifted the provisional suspension imposed on Sri Lanka wicket-keeper batsman Kusal Perera.
· The decision was taken after withdrawal of the disciplinary charges against Perera that were made in December 2015. The pronouncement came after the WADA-accredited laboratory in Qatar withdrew its original Adverse Analytical Finding following further investigations.
· London-based Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has launched the first 'Official Laws of Cricket' mobile application for free on Android and iOS.
· It explains all 42 laws of the game categorised into eight sections.
· There are 15 animations available, all voiced by English writer and actor Stephen Fry. The app also offers a quiz to test the user's acquired knowledge.
Wrestling: Sushil out; Narsingh to compete at Rio
· Taking a final call, Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brijbhushan Singh stated that Narsingh Yadav will head for the Rio games as he earned the nation an Olympic quota in the 74-kg category.
· Indian spiritual guru Hardev Singh, the head of Sant Nirankari Mission, passed away in a road accident in Canada at the age of 64.
· He had been leading the organisation since 1980, after the assassination of his father, who was the previous head of the Sant Nirankari Mission.
Praveen Rashtrapal, Congress member of Rajya Sabha, dies:
· Indian National Congress (INC) member of Rajya Sabha Praveen Rashtrapal died on 11 May 2016 after suffering a massive heart attack. He was 76.
· He was elected to the 13th Lok Sabha (1999-2004) on behalf of Congress (INC) party from Patan Lok Sabha constituency.
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