Daily Current Affairs Updates– 23rd May 2016:
Daily Current affairs News Updates about the National and International events were listed here. Candidates those who are preparing for IBPS/SBI/PO/Clerk exam and all other competitive exams can use this.
DAYS TO REMEMBER:
World Turtle Day is observed.
World Durian Festival is celebrated every year on 23rd May.
Mizoram's fresh initiative to take back tribal refugees from Tripura
· The Mizoram government has taken a fresh initiative to take back the tribal refugees sheltered in seven north Tripura camps for the last 19 years, officials said here on Monday.
· The state government has sought Rs.68 crore from the central government to rehabilitate the tribals, Lalbiakzama said.
· About 31,300 Reangtribals, who call themselves "Bru", have been living in seven makeshift camps in northern Tripura's Kanchanpur areas adjoining Mizoram since October 1997.
Gujarat Government launches Smart Village program
· Gujarat Government has launched Smart Village program to improve public facilities in the villages.
· It was launched by Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on the occasion of completion of two years of her Government.
· Key facts
o Under this programme, 300 villages will be selected for Smart Village program.
o Villages will be shortlisted by the state-level committee consisting of experts on the basis of Gram Panchayat’s performance through a transparent process.
o It seeks to make villages ‘smart’ on the lines of Smart Cities that will help them become self-reliant, clean and hygienic.
o Toilets, cleanliness, drop-out rate in primary schools, malnutrition ratio, Anganwadi facilities, vaccination of children, ATVT services are some parameters on which village will be adjudged as ‘Smart Village’.
o These villages will get 80 lakh to 2 crore rupees cash assistance from the state government to improve public facilities in the villages.
Only 1% water remains in Marathwada dams
· The administration and people in drought-hit Marathwadaare pinning their hopes on monsoon as only one per cent water is left in the dams of the parched region.
· "There is only one per cent water left in dams in Marathwada region," Aurangabad Divisional Commissioner UmakantDangat told PTI.
· "We are also using the groundwater stock. The IMD's forecast is good and we hope that we will be able to carry on till the monsoon arrives. We have acquired wells and bore wells for water supply," the senior IAS official said.
Global warming to impact milk production: National Dairy Development Board
· Dairy business provides livelihood to 60 million rural households in India and the country continues to be the largest producer of milk in the world, but global warming could result in adversely impacting the overall output in the coming years.
· Indian dairy scientists estimate that climate change will lead to decline in milk production by over 3 million tonnes (MT) per year by 2020.
· The projections, shared by the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) with the agriculture ministry, should be cause for worry considering the growing demand for milk in the country, estimated at 200 MT by 2021-22.
Earthquake of 4.3 magnitude hits J&K
· An earthquake of magnitude 4.3 hit the Bhaderwah town of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday.
· The earthquake, whose epicentre was 9 kilometres south-east of Bhaderwah, struck the belt at 7:16 am in the morning, officials from the India Meteorological Department said.
· "As of now, there is no immediate report of any casualty," Bhaderwah’s Sub-Divisional Magistrate said.
French firm to help Railways for safety measures
· Indian Railways has partnered with French transportation services firm Thales Group to implement Train Protection Warning System (TPWS), a technology meant to prevent train accidents due to drivers' failure.
· Thales is currently implementing the technology on a pilot basis in Chennai. This is part of the Railways' 'zero accident mission' that was launched earlier this year.
Govt electrifies 108 villages across the country
· With an aim to electrify the villages of India, 108 villages have been electrified across the country during last week (from 4th to 10th April 2016) under DeenDayalUpadhyaya Gram JyotiYojna (DDUGJY).
· Out of these electrified villages, 6 villages belong to Arunachal Pradesh, 26 in Assam, 31 in Jharkhand, 2 in Rajasthan, 8 in Madhya Pradesh, 3 in Uttar Pradesh, 2 in Bihar, 3 in Chhattisgarh, 26 in Odisha, and 1 in Himachal Pradesh.
· In view of the Prime Minister, NarendraModi's address to nation, on Independence Day, Government of India has decided to electrify remaining 18,452 unelectrified villages within 1000 days i.e. by 01st May, 2018.
Amid Amma chants, Jayalalithaa sworn-in as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister for the sixth time
· Jayalalithaa, who became the state's chief minister for the sixth time today, was first sworn-in as chief minister on June 24, 1991 at the same venue.
· AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa was today sworn-in as Tamil Nadu chief minister for second consecutive term at the Madras University Centenary Auditorium
· Jayalalithaa, who became the state's chief minister for the sixth time today, was first sworn-in as chief minister on June 24, 1991 at the same venue.
· The auditorium is all decked up to host the event which will be attended by several VIPs, including union ministers, MPs and leaders of various political parties.
More than two crore LPG consumers join PAHAL scheme: Assam
· Scheme for in Assam, more than two crore LPG consumers have joined the ambitious PAHAL scheme which was introduced in the state from January 1 last year.
· The unique PAHAL Yojna or Direct Benefit Transfer LPG subsidy launched by the Centre, covers around 80 per cent LPG consumers in the Assam.
· Under the scheme, consumers sold LPG cylinders on market rate and get subsidy in their bank accounts.
· Around two crore 90 thousand consumers of Assam have enrolled in the PAHAL scheme till date.
IndiGo plane flew close to road; DGCA suspends license of two pilots
· Putting the lives of passengers in danger, an IndiGo aircraft flew close to the road running parallel to the Jaipur Airport runway in February and aviation regulator DGCA has now suspended the flying licenses of the two pilots concerned.
· IndiGo Flight 6E-237 from Ahmedabad was involved in the incident that happened on February 27.
· Sources said the A-320 aircraft was few minutes away from touch down at Jaipur airport when a warning from Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS) was noticed.
· Himachal Pradesh fisheries department in the third week of May 2016 launched an artificial propagation programme for rehabilitation and conservation of Golden Mahseer fish.
· A hatchery with an outlay of 6 crore rupees has been set up at Machhial near Joginder Nagar town in Mandi district to rear the mahseer. The hatchery-reared juveniles would be released into the rivers and reservoirs.
· The brooder fish reared in the hatchery was collected from the local rivers and streams.
New poll shows Trump beating Clinton in general election
· Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has been given a boost by a new poll showing the presumptive Republican nominee winning November’s general election against likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
· An ABC News/ Washington Post poll published on Sunday shows Trump with a two percent advantage over Clinton with registered voters in a hypothetical general election matchup.
· South Korea called for North Korea to show its stance on denuclearisation, in response to Pyongyang's dialogue overtures on military matters over the weekend.
· Seoul's defence ministry spokesman Moon Sang-Gyun said the ministry sent a reply through a western military hotline to the notice sent on Saturday by North Korea's Ministry of the People's Armed Forces.
· The Seoul ministry said via the reply that the escalated tensions on the Korean peninsula were caused by North Korea's provocative acts, expressing regrets over Pyongyang's military dialogue proposal without any mentioning of its nuclear programme, Xinhua news agency quoted the spokesman as saying.
India, Thailand, Myanmar to be linked by highway
· India, Thailand and Myanmar are currently working on a 1,400-kilometres long highway that will link India with Southeast Asia by land for the first time in decades.
· The planned highway will start from Moreh in Manipur to Myanmar's Tamu. After the renovation of 73 bridges in Myanmar in 18 months, the highway could be opened to traffic, said an official.
· The United States has fully lifted its ban on weapons sales to Vietnam, President Barack Obama announced on Monday during a visit to Hanoi, unpicking a decades-old embargo on the one-time enemy.
· Both countries are warily eyeing China's military build-up in the disputed South China Sea.
· But Obama was keen to separate the decision to allow arms sales to the communist nation from shared concerns over Beijing's claims to contested waters.
India Post Payments Bank To Be Functional By March
· India Post's payments bank will start functioning from March 2017 and serve as a wider platform to implement financial inclusion programmes, IT & Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
· He said the proposed India Post payments bank will have immense potential to sell third party product and services.
· About 50 companies, including some from abroad, are keen to partner with postal department for the payments bank, like World Bank, Citi from America, Barclay's from England, he said.
· Axis Bank closed 0.93% lower at Rs. 486.30 on BSE after it was reported that India’s third largest private bank, will raise at least $500 million through green bonds from the international market, according to the reports.
· The lender would be the 5th issuer of green bonds. Earlier, Yes Bank was the first to issue such bond in February 2015.
· Yes Bank had raised Rs.1,000crore through rupee-denominated green bonds. Other lenders that have raised green bonds include IDBI Bank and Exim Bank.
AXA plans to stop investment in tobacco sector
· French insurer AXA has said it plans to stop investing in the tobacco industry, citing the impact of smoking on public health, adding, it will divest its assets worth €1.8 billion (around $2 billion) in the sector. "This decision has a cost for us, but... the human cost of tobacco is tragic; its economic cost is huge", it added.
· The CEO of Onshape, a 3D cloudbased computer-aided design (CAD) company was in Pune to formally launch their India operations.
· Set up in 2012 by Jon Hirschtick, the founder of Solid works, globally along with McEleney, (former CEO, Solidworks), the firm has raised close to $170 million in venture funding from firms like Andreessen Horowitz. Solidwo ..
P2P lending website Faircent launches eSign facility with eMudhra
· Peer to peer lending website Faircent.com has announced the launch of e-Sign facility, in partnership with eMudhra.
· e-Sign is part of the India stack conceptualized by the current government under the Digital India initiative. This initiative is supposed to simplify the lending process for customers, which is the key for success for P2P lenders.
· Sikkim Chief Minister PawanChamling was conferred with the YugKaviSiddhicharan Award, one of the Nepal’s prestigious literary award.
· The award was bestowed upon him by Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli for his commendable contributions in promoting Nepali literature in India.
· The award ceremony was organised by SiddhicharanShrestha Academy on the occasion of 105th birth anniversary of the late poet Shrestha. YugKaviSiddhicharan Award carries a certificate of appreciation and a sum of 100,000 Nepali Rupees.
Romanian CristianMungiu& France's Olivier Assayas share best director prize at Cannes
· Romanian director CristianMungiu and French helmer Olivier Assayas shared the best director award at the Cannes film festival Sunday.
· Mungiu, who won the Palme d'Or in 2007, was rewarded for his critically-acclaimed "Graduation" about a father's dilemma of what to tell his daughter about a corrupt world. Assayas's film, "Personal Shopper" starring Hollywood star Kristen Stewart , got mixed reviews.
· Taylor Swift, Drake and Adele were competing for multiple awards. Performers included Britney Spears, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Celine Dion, Pink, Blake Shelton and Madonna, who paid tribute to Prince.
· Here is the complete list of the winners of The 2016 Billboard Music Awards.
o Top Artist: Adele
o Top New Artist: FettyWap
o Top Male Artist: Justin Bieber
o Top Female Artist: Adele
I, Daniel Blake wins Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival
· British director Ken Loach's film I, Daniel Blake has won the Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival.
· It was the 79-year old's second award for best picture at the festival after 2006's The Wind That Shakes the Barley.
· Loach attacked the dangerous project of austerity as he accepted the award for his film about a middle-aged widower and the UK welfare system.
· Kent-born director Andrea Arnold won the competition's Jury Prize for her road movie American Honey.
· Prime Minister NarendraModi, who arrived in Tehran on Sunday on a two-day visit to Iran, is expected to hold the round of talks with Iran President Hassan Rouhani and supreme leader and Ali Khameni Today.
· According to reports, during the meet the trilateral Chabahar agreement, a deal which opens up a route to land-locked Afghanistan with which New Delhi has developed close security and economic ties, is expected to be signed.
· List of MoU’s signed
o Bilateral contract on Chabahar Port for port development and operations
o MoU between EXIM Bank and Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO): It is intended for the purpose of credit of USD 150 million for Chabahar port.
o Confirmation Statement between EXIM Bank and Central Bank of Iran (CBI): It confirms availability of credit up to 3000 crore rupees for the import of steel rails and implementation of Chabahar port.
o MoU between IRCON and CDTIC
o MoU on India-Iran Cultural Exchange Programme (CEP)
o MoU on Policy Dialogue between Governments and Interaction between Think Tanks
o MoU between Foreign Service Institute, MEA and School of International Relations, Iran’s MoFA
o Implementation Protocol on Cooperation in the Fields of Science and Technology
US House of Representatives passes bill for greater defence ties with India
· The US House of Representatives has passed amendments to the National DefenceAuthorisation Act (NDAA)-2017 to enhance the country’s defence cooperation with India.
· The bill seeks to bring India at par with US’s NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) allies for technology and equipment sale.
· Defence trade between the US and India is one of the strongest areas of the bilateral economic relationship. Over the past 10 years it has risen from $300 million to over $14 billion.
· India and Oman on 22 May 2016 signed 4 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs)/agreements in Muscat. They were signed during the visit of Indian Defence Minister ManoharParrikar to Oman.
· Details related to MoUs/Agreements
o MOU on Defence Cooperation between the Ministry of Defense of Sultanate of Oman and Ministry of Defence of India
o MOU between the Royal Oman Police (Coast Guard) and the Indian Coast Guard in the field of Marine Crime Prevention at Sea
o MOU between the Government of the Sultanate of Oman and India on Maritime Issues
o Protocol between the Government of the Sultanate of Oman represented by Royal Air Force of Oman and the Government of India represented by the Indian Air Force on Flight Safety information Exchange
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY:
· A lipid nano-carrier that can get past the blood-brain barrier could be targeted to deliver a chemotherapeutic drug more efficiently to tumour cells in the brain, a study has found.
· The study, published in the journal Nanomedicine-Future Medicine, showed specific uptake and increased killing in glial cells, so much so that Broome initially questioned the results. She had her team keep repeating the experiments, using different cell lines, dosage amounts and treatment times.
New findings to boost space weather forecast
· A team of US researchers has discovered new evidence about how the Earth's magnetic field interacts with solar wind -- a finding that can improve forecasts about space weather.
· Although invisible to the naked eye, space weather can have serious, detrimental effects on modern technological infrastructure, including telecommunications, navigation and electrical power systems.
· India on Monday successfully launched the first technology demonstrator of indigenously made Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV), capable of launching satellites into orbit around earth and then re-enter the atmosphere, from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
· A booster rocket with the RLV-TD lifted up at 7 a.m. from the SatishDhawan Space Centre, and the launch vehicle separated from it at an altitude of 50 km.
· The RLV-TD or winged space plane then climed to another 20 km and began its descent. It re-entered to earth's atmosphere at an hypersonic speed of more than 5 Mach and touched down the Bay of Bengal between Chennai and the Andaman archipelago.
SushilaChanuPukhrambam to lead Indian women's hockey team in 4-nation event in Darwin
· Defender SushilaChanuPukhrambam will lead a 17-member Indian women's hockey team in a four-nation tournament in Darwin, Australia starting May 30.
· The tournament, seen as preparation for the Rio Olympics, will also feature hosts and world No. 3 Australia, fourth-ranked New Zealand and world No. 10 Japan.
· While Sushila has been appointed as captain in place of regular skipper Ritu Rani, who has been rested, Deepika has been retained as the vice-captain.
· Royal Challengers Bangalore's six-wicket dismantling of Delhi Daredevils here on Sunday took them up to second place on the points table, a qualifier at home and a second shot at a place in the IPL final.
· Raipur provided the toughest batting conditions yet for Royal Challengers this season. The pitch had extra bounce, and the boundaries were long enough that top edges and mis-hits didn't simply skip away. Their bowlers made use of both and strangled Daredevils to 138 for 8. That Quinton de Kock contributed 60 of those runs exemplifies the lack of application from the rest of the Daredevils batsmen.
Boxer Pooja fails to qualify for Olympics
· India's disastrous campaign at the Women's World Boxing Championships continued as Pooja Rani failed to qualify for the Rio Olympics after losing in the second round.
· A day after veterans M.C. Mary Kom and L. Sarita Devi exited the competition, Savannah Marshall of Great Britain ended India's Olympic berth hopes in the middle weight (75 kg) category with a 3-0 triumph over Pooja.
· Indias ace cueist PankajAdvani created history in Abu Dhabi by clinching the Asian 6-Red Snooker title.
· The double IBSF World Six-Red Snooker Champion stamped his authority again in the short format of the game, defeating top seeded Malaysian Keen Hoh Moh 7-5 last night.
· With a confidence boosting 6-1 semi-final victory against compatriot Aditya Mehta to book his spot in the finals and coming closer to winning his first continental title, Advani clearly walked to the table with the utmost poise winning the first frame 39-4.
· K Anirudhan (91), senior CPM leader, former MP and MLA and father of Dr A Sampath passed away at Grace Cottage in Vazhuthacaud. He was undergoing treatment for old age ailments for quite some time.
· He was elected to the assembly from Attingal in 1965 and to the LokSabha in 1967 from Chiryankeezhu.
· He defeated R Sankar of the congress both the times. The media later described him as the giant killer. He was active in the activities of trade unions and was a clean person.
· The world's oldest Olympic champion, SandorTarics, died on 21 May 2016 in San Francisco. He was 102. His death was confirmed by Hungarian Olympic Committee MOB.