Daily Current Affairs Updates– 14th May 2016:
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· World Fair Trade Day
Railway Minister to inaugurate number of amenities through remote control from Dadar East station:
· Railway minister Suresh Prabhu will today inaugurate a number of amenities through remote control from Dadar East station.
· Railway has recently completed construction of new platform, Foot Over Bridge, Escalator, Booking office and Toilet block at Kanjur Marg station on Central Suburban Railway.
· Piyush Goyal, minister of state for power and coal and cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and other state ministers and dignitaries will grace the occasion.
· Railway Minister will also attend the informal gathering of Station masters Association in Mumbai. He is likely to address the function.
Uttar Pradesh: Amethi gets 1st Open Defecation Free village
· Tikariya village has been declared as the first Open Defecation Free village in Amethi district, Uttar Pradesh.
· The Lok Sabha constituency of Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi organised a 'gaurav yatra' on Friday to celebrate the feat.
· District Magistrate CK Pandey urged the villagers to cooperate with the administration in the effective execution of various plans of the UP government.
NDA framed NITI Aayog to replace 5-year plans with 15 year vision document:
· NDA Government led by Prime Minister decided to liberate of the Nehruvian five year plans and replace the plans with 15 year vision credentials.
· Focus: Country’s social goal & Sustainable development agenda
· The current 12th Five-Year Plan will be concluded in the current financial year, 2016-17
· The first 15-year vision document will start from 2017-18, along with a seven-year National Development Agenda.
Cabinet approves country’s first Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) policy
· Union Cabinet has approved the National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) policy with a view to promoting creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.
· It aims to create awareness about economic, social and cultural benefits of IPRs among iprall sections of society.
· The Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also uttered that by 2017, the window for trademark registration will be brought down to one month
Cabinet approves pact between SEBI and FSRA Abu Dhabi:
· Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved signing of a pact SEBI between markets regulator SEBI and Financial Services Regulatory Authority, Abu Dhabi for mutual co-operation and technical assistance.
· The Market regulator’s move will promote further development of economic links and cooperation between the two signatories and will help create conditions for development of securities markets in the two countries.
· It would also back towards strengthening the information sharing framework between the two regulators.
United Arab Emirates
ü Capital: Abu Dhabi
ü Currency: United Arab Emirates dirham
ü President: Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
India’s first solar train set for trial run in Jodhpur:
· Indian Railways is all set to conduct trials of its first solar panel-powered train which will have its lights &fans run on solar energy in Jodhpur.
· However the train will have Prime Mover as a conventional diesel-run engine, the solar energy will be used for internal electricity gadgets.
· A train using solar power can reduce diesel consumption by up to 90,000 litres per year and also bring down carbon dioxide emissions by over 200 tonnes.
· With CNG is being used in local trains on Rohtak-Rewari section of Delhi division. This is set to be the first of solar kind.
Indo-US Brain Trust formed to deepen scientific collaboration:
· India and the US have formed a Brain Trust aimed at strengthening cooperation between the scientific community of the two countries.
· It is to enable strengthening the collaboration in various areas like science, research, academia, entrepreneurship and innovation.
· Addressing a programme in Washington, Indian Ambassador to the US Arun Singh said, the partnership between the Indian and American researchers is a "win-win" not only for the two countries but also for the entire world.
· Applauding India’s success, former World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz said India has now emerged as a model for other developing countries.
Dial-100 emergency service set to be launched in UP on Oct 2:
· The Uttar Pradesh Government is ready to introduce statewide police emergency facility number “dial 100” on 2nd October of this year.
· It was informed by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday while he reviewed progress made until now in the project. The chief minister said that he would start the service in Lucknow, Agra, Kanpur, Jhansi and Ghaziabad districts.
· Chief Minister said that “Dial 100” should be developed as the fastest, biggest, cheapest and effective service. He also instructed to authorities to ensure that dial 100 services should be like 108 and 102 ambulance services currently being functional in the state.
· Under this project, in case of emergency, a person can communicate with the Dial 100 call centre through phone, texts or any other communication method and in turn will be provided immediate relief and help.
· The Centre allowed central government employees to withdraw advance money under the Leave Travel Concession (LTC) 125 days ahead of the commencement of journey from the earlier 65 days, in case of travel by train.
· The decision was taken since the advance reservation period for booking in trains was previously increased from 60 to 120 days, it added.
Haryana notifies backward classes quota Act:
· The Haryana government has notified the Haryana Backward Classes (Reservation in Services and Admission in Educational Institutions) Act, 2016.
· The backward classes in the state will now receive reservation in services and educational institutions under the Act.
· Meanwhile, various Jat organisations have threatened to launch a country-wide agitation demanding reservation from June 5.
· The Spice Board of India is going to set up the country's first spice museum at Willingdon Island in Kochi to let travellers know about the history and evolution of the Indian spice industry.
· The museum, built on land given by the Cochin Port Trust, will display over 30 raw spices and culinary herbs.
Solar Impulse lands in Oklahoma
· Solar Impulse has landed in Tulsa, Oklahoma, ending stage 11 in its round the world journey.
· Pilot Bertrand Piccard brought the plane in from Phoenix, Arizona, in a flight that lasted just over 18 hours.
· The zero-fuel aircraft has now reached halfway across America, with its immediate goal of getting to New York firmly in sight.
· The Swiss team wants to be on the East Coast at the start of June to begin planning the big Atlantic crossing.
· United States plans to renew the bulk of its sanctions against Myanmar when they expire next week.
· But will make some changes aimed at boosting investment and trade, according to several senior US officials and congressional aides.
· The US Treasury Department has significantly eased sanctions against Myanmar by issuing general licenses that give companies and investors exemptions to sanctions targeting more than 100 individuals and businesses, including some of Myanmar’s biggest business players.
UK banks close 600 branches in one year:
· Top UK banks have reportedly shut over 600 branches across the country over the past one year as more people switched to banking online.
· RBS closed the most number of branches at 166 followed by HSBC (146).
· In total, about 3,000 branches have been shut in the past decade, leaving around 8,000 now, UK-based Campaign for Community Banking Services said
· Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro declared a state of emergency for 60 days in the country, citing internal threats and a United States plot to topple his government.
· Notably, Venezuela's opposition has been trying to recall Maduro from the post of President, citing food and medicine shortage and rising inflation. However, Maduro has vowed to complete his term.
US activates missile defence site near Russia:
· The USA activated its $800-million missile defence system in Romania, triggering protests from Russia.
· "It is part of the military and political containment of Russia," its Foreign Ministry said.
· US officials said it is aimed at protecting Europe from countries like Iran. This reportedly is a part of USA's defensive umbrella that will stretch from Greenland to Portugal.
· Mumbai based Private sector lender Axis Bank has appointed retired bureaucrat Sanjiv Misra as independent director and non-executive chairman for a period of five years.
· The chairman is being appointment by the bank and not nominated by SUUTI for the first time. The SUUTI entity has more than 11 % stake in the Bank.
· In a string of appointments the bank elevated Rajesh Dahiya and Rajiv Anand as executive directors.
· Prior to his new stint Misra was earlier the SUUTI nominee on the board as Non-Executive Chairman for three years till 11th May 2016.
ü CEO: Shikha Sharma
ü Headquarters: Mumbai
ü Tagline: Badhti ka nam zindagi.
Justice Naveen Sinha sworn-in as CJ of Rajasthan HC:
· Justice Naveen Sinha is new Chief Justice of Rajasthan.
· He was sworn in today as the Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court.
· Governor Kalyan Singh administered the oath to Shri Sinha as 31th chief justice of the high court.
· Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, members of the council of ministers, judges of the High Court and others dignitaries were present on the occasion.
· FIFA President Gianni Infantino made the surprise announcement in Mexico City yesterday that he had chosen 54-year old Fatma Samoura, an outsider unknown to the football world, to be his deputy at the male dominated organisation.
· Samoura, who has worked on humanitarian crises with the United Nations for 21 years, is currently based in Nigeria for the UN Development Programme.
· Samoura will take her post by mid-June after undergoing an eligibility check administered by an independent review committee.
Michel Temer takes over as Brazil interim Prez:
· Former Brazilian Vice President Michel Temer took charge as interim President of Brazil after Dilma Rousseff was suspended.
· Temer was Rousseff's running mate when she contested for President.
· In his first speech after taking charge, Temer said that it was essential to get the Brazilian economy to grow again and to attract new investments.
· Amit Singh, the head of Google’s enterprise business 'Google for Work' on Friday announced that he has taken on a new position inside the company’s recently created virtual reality (VR) division.
· Singh had left Oracle to join Google in 2010.
AWARDS AND HONOURS:
Indian artist wins award at UN poster contest on N-disarmament
· A 22-year-old Indian artist has won award at UN poster contest on creating awareness about nuclear disarmament.
· Anjali Chandrashekar, a New York-based designer was appreciated from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for the poster depicts a peace dove slicing through a nuclear weapon.
· Rwanda cricket team captain, Eric Dusingizimana, set a new Guinness World record for the longest individual net session by batting for 51 hours straight.
· Dusingizimana, who took 5-minute breaks every hour, broke the record previously set by India's Virag Mare in December 2015.
· Dusingizimana's feat has raised over £5,000 (approximately $7,179) for the Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation.
Guinness names 30-yr-old cat 'Oldest living cat':
· Thirty-year-old Siamese cat Scooter, who is from Texas, has set the Guinness World Record for being the new 'Oldest living cat'.
· He was reportedly born on March 26, 1986, and has been living with his owner Gail Floyd ever since.
· Scooter has visited 45 of the 50 US states along with Floyd, who says, "He likes to see new places"
BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:
· Entrepreneur platform Construkt Media has launched India’s first startup hostel in Bengaluru as a business-friendly accommodation for the travelling startup and creative community.
· Started with a budget of 22 lakh, the 3,500-square-feet hostel can host 20 people at a time at a cost of 850 per night.
· Its facilities include a self-catering kitchen, WiFi, lounge space, laundry and meeting space.
Alibaba, SoftBank form cloud-computing venture:
· Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba has partnered Japanese telecom giant SoftBank to form a new cloud-computing joint venture, named SB Cloud Corporation or "SB Cloud", in Japan.
· The new venture, which will be 60% owned by SoftBank and the remaining by Alibaba, will open a data center in Japan and deliver Alibaba Cloud services and technology to SoftBank's corporate customers.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY:
· Indian Air Force has launched Electronic Maintenance Management System (e-MMS) Project, an automated military maintenance system which will ease the system by keeping paper works and heavy logbooks away.
· The automated military maintenance systems inaugurated by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha at the Air Force Station in Pune.
· The e-MMS system is one of the largest Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MRO) IT implementation in the world. The project has been designed and developed by the Bengaluru based IT major Wipro.
· This system has a central console that seeks to seamlessly connect squadrons, wings, commands, and Air Headquarters after its implementation.
· With this new system IAF work environment will become more efficient and also help to monitor the operational availability of all fleets and systems in real time at various categorized levels.
IBM creates chemical to fight viral infections:
· IBM Research has created a chemical "macromolecule" that could help fight several viral diseases including Ebola, Zika, dengue and herpes.
· The chemical has the ability to fight off the viruses regardless of any mutations they naturally make over time.
· It was designed to combat viruses in three ways – protecting healthy cells, stopping virus's replication and boosting the immune system.
· Indian boxing star Vijender Singh registered his sixth successive knockout victory by out-punching Andrzej Soldra of Poland in a Super Middleweight contest at Boltan in UK.
· Fighting the first eight-round contest of his fledgling pro career, Vijender completed yet another dominating win barely a minute into the third round at the Macron Stadium.
· The 30-year-old Indian will now contest for the World Boxing Organisation's (WBO) Asia title in front of his home crowd in New Delhi on June 11.
FIFA lifts Indonesia's suspension:
· Football's world governing body FIFA lifted the suspension on Indonesia which was imposed in May 2015 for political interference in the local football association.
· FIFA president Gianni Infantino claimed that the decision was taken after the government of Indonesia, one of Asia’s biggest football markets, agreed to remove the interfering official decree.
· Quadruple amputee Shalini Saraswathi, who has lost both her arms and legs, will participate in the TCS World 10K in Bengaluru this Sunday, according to The Better India.
· She will run the marathon using advanced prosthesis, or carbon-fibre running blades.
· Notably, Saraswathi lost her legs and left arm to gangrene, while her decaying right arm fell off on its own.
Kohli launches Futsal talent hunt competition:
· Premier Futsal league brand ambassador Virat Kohli launched 'Premier Futsal Launchpad', a Futsal talent hunt competition, in Bengaluru.
· The competition, which will last from May 26 to June 21, will find and pick 40 local players from eight different cities to play in the maiden edition of the Premier Futsal League in July.
· The world's oldest person, Susannah Mushatt Jones, aged 116, passed away in New York, said a Gerontology Research Group consultant.
· Jones, who had been ill for ten days, was born in Alabama, US in 1899. Guinness World Records recognised her as the oldest person alive after 117-year-old Misao Okawa died in Tokyo in April 2015.
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