Daily Current Affairs Updates– 8th May 2016:
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· World Red Cross Day
· Mother's Day
· Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives During the Second World War
Railways launch Bharat Darshan Tourist train for pilgrims:
· Railways has launched the Bharat Darshan Tourist train for pilgrims to visit Shirdi, Tirupati, Jagannath Puri, Gangasagar, Baidyanath Dham and Jyotirlingams among others.
· Comprising 10 coaches, the train begins the “East Darshan” today from Chandigarh to cover Jagannath Puri, Gangasagar, Baidyanath Dham, Gaya, Banaras and Ayodhya.
· The package includes train journey, road transportation, accommodation, sightseeing at tourist locations and onboard and off-board meals.
· Bharat Darshan will also cover 7 Jyotirlinga package beginning on May 23 from Chandigarh.
· The train also offers “Dakshin Darshan with Shirdi” tour package which starts on June 27 from Chandigarh through Delhi Cantt covering Shirdi, Tirupati, Kanchipuram, Rameshwaram, Madurai, Kanyakumari, Mysore and Bangalore.
Gangavati to get Asia’s first Rice Technology Park:
· Karnataka government has decided establish the Asia’s first Rice Technology Park at Gangavati in Koppal district and a Maize Technology Park at Ranebennur in Haveri district.
· These parks to come with public-private participation model as a one-stop solution to all problems of rice and maize growers.
· Gangavati to get Asia's first Rice Technology Park Also it would help farmers to end their dependence on mills in neighbouring States for processing paddy.
ü Capital: Bangalore
ü Governor: Vajubhai Vala
ü Chief Minister: Siddaramaiah
Negative marking system reintroduced in Odisha Joint Entrance Examination(OJEE):
· The Odisha government has reintroduced the negative marking system in the Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) from this year.
· As per the new marking system, each correct answer would fetch four marks while one mark would be deducted for wrong answer.
· Around 46,200 students would appear for the test to be held at 81 centres in 21 towns and cities across the State today.
Banks in Telangana to provide Rs 6000 cr loans to poor under Mudra Yojana:
· Union Labour Minister Bandaru dattatreya has informed that the banks in Telangana state will provide 6000 crore rupees loans to the poor under Mudra Yojana this year.
· Stating that the NDA government at the Centre is pro-poor, he said 71 lakhs people in Telangana state have been benefitted under various social security schemes of the Centre.
· He also informed that Agriculture loans to a tune of 40 thousand crore rupees will be disbursed during the current year.
Gujarat government accords minority status to Jain community:
· Gujarat Government has accorded minority status to the Jain community. Transport Minister and BJP state unit chief Vijay Rupani said in Ahmedabad that a Government Resolution to this effect was issued.
· Mr Rupani who himself is a Jain, said that Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on Saturday decided to accord the minority status to the Jain community.
· Jain institutions will get special status like the one given to Christian and Muslim institutions, the Minister said.
Sulabh group to set up ‘hybrid toilet complexes’ in 9 Odisha cities:
· The Odisha government signed a memorandum of understanding with Sulabh International Social Service Organisation for construction and maintenance of ‘hybrid toilet complexes’ in its nine cities.
· The hybrid toilet complexes having 5,957 seats will come up in urban centres under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) Yojana.
· The hybrid complexes comprising five, seven and 10 toilet seats with urinal will be maintained by Sulabh International for 10 years with a renewal provision for another 10 year.
· The State government has targeted to end open defecation in all municipal areas in the State by October 2nd, 2019.
EC to send postcards to 3 lakh Puducherry voters:
· Joint Chief Electoral Officer of Puducherry RT Rudra Goud on Saturday launched an initiative to send 'Meghdoot' postcards to all three lakh voters in the district requesting them to cast their vote.
· He gave the postcards to 30 postmen to deliver the EC's message to the voters.
· The cards also carry details of the assistance provided to the differently abled.
IRCTC to sell Kashmiri cuisine, handicrafts:
· Indian Railways is planning to facilitate the sale of Kashmiri products including its cuisine and handicrafts through its online portal IRCTC to popularise Jammu and Kashmir on the rail tourism map, Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu said.
· Reportedly, Railways has partnered with an e-commerce firm for the same whose website link will be provided on the IRCTC website to redirect customers.
Telangana to set up monkey rescue, rehab centre:
· The Telangana government on Saturday issued orders to set up a 'Monkey Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre' in Adilabad district, at a cost of ₹2.21 crore.
· The move came after the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests said that there was a man-animal conflict due to an increased pressure on forest habitats, coupled with an increase in the population of monkeys.
· State of Victoria’s Swinburne University in Australian declared two agreements with India in the area of medical technology to figure out major health challenges in India.
· Under this announcement Neuroscience leaders from Swinburne signed one agreement with one of India’s largest Medanta hospitals to improve the diagnosis of epilepsy across the country.
· In the pair of agreements by the other one with the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences to develop an advanced smart helmet to reduce the incidence of head injuries for motorcyclists.
ü Capital: Canberra
ü Currency: Australian dollar
ü Prime minister: Malcolm Turnbull
Saudi Arabia Oil Minister replaced after 21 yrs:
· Saudi Arabia issued a royal decree replacing the country's 80-year-old Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi with national oil company Saudi Aramco's Chairman Khalid al-Falih, as part of a broader cabinet reshuffle.
· In power since 1995, al-Naimi had reportedly led the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries' (OPEC) decision in 2014 to not restrain oil production amid global oversupply.
Indian-origin man Murali Pillai elected to Singapore Parliament:
· An Indian-origin man from the Singapore's ruling People's Action Party (PAP) was today elected as Member of the Parliament following his victory in the by-election held at suburban Bukit Batok constituency.
· Murali Pillai garnered 61.21 per cent of the votes, while Singapore Democratic Party's Chee Soon Juan got 38.79 per cent of votes. Chee, a vociferous opposition leader, had challenged the ruling party in the one-on-one contest.
· PAP, led by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, has absolute majority in the house.
IDBI Bank first state-run bank to open branch at IFSC:
· Mumbai based IDBI Bank has decided to open an international banking unit (IBU)at the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) in Gandhinagar.
· This is the first state-run bank to open for IBU centre.
· Yes Bank, Federal Bank and ICICI Bank have been operating branches in GIFT city.
· Recently Private player Kotak Mahindra Bank opened its branch at the IFSC as these would provide full range of corporate banking services and would meet foreign currency funding needs of it sclientele.
RBI working on new system to make public the list of wilful defaulters, says Raghuram Rajan:
· Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan has said that RBI is working on a new system to make public the list of wilful defaulters.
· Complimenting the government for passing Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code Bill, he said, till recently Indian banks did not have enough powers to persuade promoters of companies to pay loans. He said, India is proceeding with the financial reforms in a steady manner.
· RBI Governor also warned against excessive banking regulation saying it may lead to activities shifting to shadow financial system.
· He said slowdown in branch expansion by foreign banks in India could be due to regulation among other reasons.
AWARDS AND HONOURS:
Nagaland police bags Smart Policing Award:
· Nagaland police has been awarded the National Award for Smart Policing instituted by FICCI for its SMS-based Vehicle Monitoring System.
· It bagged the award for the Best Practice in the category of Road Safety and Traffic Management.
· It is a platform for policemen and citizens to report vehicle theft and alert various field formations of police by sending one SMS.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY:
MIT team creates paper-based test for Zika virus:
· MIT engineers have created a paper-based technique which they claim can diagnose Zika virus in around two hours.
· The technique uses paper embedded with synthetic bio-molecular sensors made of genes and proteins that can change its colour in the presence of Zika virus.
· It can also tell the difference between Zika and other mosquito-spread diseases like dengue.
UK conducts 1st successful HIV organs transplant:
· Organs from deceased HIV-positive patients were used in life-saving transplant operations in the UK for the first time.
· The transplants happened within the last five years but were recently made public.
· Notably, the first HIV-positive kidney transplant was carried out in South Africa in 2008, while the US reported its first HIV-positive liver and kidney transplants earlier in the year.
Robot to compete with Chinese students in exam:
· A Chinese robot is set to compete with grade 12 students during the China’s national college entrance examination next year and get a qualifying score to enter universities.
· Designed to solve problems with artificial intelligence, the electronic examination paper will be loaded into the robot's program. The robot will finish the exams during designated periods like the other examinees.
NASA detects atomic oxygen in martian atmosphere:
· NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy has detected atomic oxygen in the atmosphere of Mars for the first time since the last observation 40 years ago.
· However, the amount of oxygen detected was only about half of what was expected. Atomic oxygen has a significant impact on the planet’s atmosphere as it affects how other gases escape Mars.
India women wrestlers Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik grab Rio 2016 berths:
· Two Indian women wrestlers Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik have qualified for Rio Olympics.
· In the Olympic world qualifying tournament at Istanbul in Turkey, Vinesh sealed her place for the Olympic berth when she defeated Avin Demirhan of Turkey 12-2 in the 48 kg category in the semi final.
· Vinesh will now fight for gold medal against Ivona Neena Matkovaska.
· Sakshi Malik also entered the final in the 58 kg category and qualified for Rio Olympics.
· In the Semi-final today, Sakshi beat Len Jhang in a tough encounter. She will play against Russian Valeria Koblova Jholobova in the final.
Bayern Munich wins 4th straight Bundesliga title:
· Bayern Munich secured a record fourth consecutive Bundesliga title after a 2-1 victory at Ingolstadt.
· A brace from Robert Lewandowski gave the Bavarians all three points to help them clinch their 26th German league title.
· Bayern Munich's manager Pep Guardiola, who is set to leave the club this summer, have registered 81 wins in 101 league matches.
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