9 May 2016

Daily Current Affairs Updates– 9th May 2016

Daily Current Affairs Updates– 9th May 2016
Daily Current Affairs Updates– 9th 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.


IMPORTANT DAYS:
·        Central Industrial Security Force(CISF) Raising Day
·        World Thalassaemia Day

NATIONAL:
Kalraj Mishra Inaugurates Khadi Spinning and Weaving Centre in Srinagar:
·        The Minister for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) Kalraj Mishra has inaugurated a spinning and weaving centre and marketing plaza for khadi goods in Srinagar.
·        At the centre — Harmukh Khadi Gram Udyog Sansthan — Mishra also distributed 25 model charkhas among local artisans at a function. The event was organised by Khadi and Village Industries Board, Srinagar.
·        The minister said the Centre is ready to provide all sorts of assistance to the state of Jammu and Kashmir in order to remove regional imbalances and urged the state to come forward and seek maximum help from New Delhi.
GOI starts UBIN drive for budding entrepreneurs:
·        The Government of India has started the process for issuance of Unique Business Identification Number (UBIN) to enable budding entrepreneurs set up their business without any delays.
·        The drive has been launched by the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) under the aegis of Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
·        The UBIN would be automatically linked to Ministry Of Corporate Affairs (MCA) portal after it is issued to the intended beneficiary.
·        It will be subsequently sent to the CBDT (Central Board of Direct Taxes) which would nomenclature it as PAN for UBIN.
India’s single emergency number ‘112’ to be active from January 1:
·        The single emergency number ‘112‘ will be operational throughout India from January 1, 2017 to help people reach immediate services of police, ambulance and fire department.
·        Telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has approved the provision of a single number for various emergency services that would be similar to the ‘911’ all-in-one emergency service in the US.
Manamadurai-Rameswaram rail track to become first green corridor:

·        Train route, Nearly 114 km route between Rameswaram and Manamadurai in Tamil Nadu by the end of this month.
·        It forecast all trains passing on that particular route would have bio¬ toilets which eliminate open discharge of waste on the tracks.
·        There are about 14 stations between Rameshwaram and Manamadurai.
Uma Bharti launches first trash skimmer for River Yamuna for skimming of solid waste material:
·        Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti has launched the first trash skimmer for River Yamuna for skimming of solid waste material and a sum of 850 crore rupees have been approved for the third phase of Yamuna action planyamuna.
·        The money will be utilised to clean up the stretch of Yamuna from Wazirabad to Okhla.
·        Delhi’s Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra was also present at the launch in New Delhi.
·        These floating trash skimmers is to be used for cleaning the river of all kinds of floating materials like plastic bags, bottles, cans, food packets, coconuts among others, dumped into the river by humans.
Mahesh Babu adopts villages in Andhra, Telangana:
·        Actor Mahesh Babu, known for his Telugu films, has adopted his ancestral village Burripalem, under the ‘Smart Village - Smart Ward’ programme of the Andhra Pradesh government.
·        He also adopted a village in Telangana's Mahbubnagar district.
·        The projects are expected to cost about 2.14 crore as an Anganwadi building, additional classrooms and community hall among others will be constructed.
55,669 villages to have mobile connectivity by 2019:
·        Union Government mulling to provide mobile connectivity in 55,669 villages by 2019 in a phased manner.
·        Centre also would commission a project to connect 8,621villages in the north-eastern region by installing 321 mobile tower sites at an estimated cost of Rs 5,336.18 crore has already been approved by 2017.
·        To connect rural India through high-speed broadband it has completed laying of optic fiber in 48,199 gram Panchayats as on 2016.
·        The government has taken up the BharatNet project to connect all 2.50 lakh gram Panchayats, which have over 600million people in rural areas.
Government proposes compulsory health card for women:
·        Union Minister of Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi said her ministry has proposed a "health card" for women making several medical tests compulsory on a regular basis.
·        She put the onus of ensuring the annual check-up of women on their husbands, saying it is often the negligence on their part that aggravates the woman's suffering.
INTERNATIONAL:
United Nations launches Multi-Partner Trust Fund for Zika virus response:
·        United Nations (UN) announced the establishment of the UN Zika Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) to finance critical unfunded priorities in the response to the Zika outbreak.
·        The establishment of the fund was announced by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Chinese economy: exports fall by 2% and imports by 11% in April:
·        China’s exports slumped nearly 2% in April compared with the same month last year, as imports fell almost 11%, officials said, the latest sign of weakness in the world’s second largest economy.
Cultural festival in Egypt inaugurated to observe Tagore’s birth anniversary:
·        A five day cultural festival in Egypt organised by India to observe the 155th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore has been inaugurated in Cairo
·        It is with the objective to build connections between the people of the two countries who share strong cultural bonds.
·        The Tagore festival was inaugurated by India's Ambassador to Egypt Sanjay Bhattacharyya in Cairo with a painting exhibition showcasing works of artists from Egypt, India and other countries.
·        The Embassy of India in Cairo and Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture will host the Tagore Festival till May 12.
Luxembourg to launch asteroid-mining spacecraft:
·        'Prospector-X', an experimental resource-mining spacecraft, designed as a collaboration between the government of Luxembourg and California-based Deep Space Industries, will soon be launched into the Earth's orbit to test the conglomerate's asteroid-mining technologies.
·        If the spacecraft's mission proves successful, its successors will be sent to mine near-Earth asteroids for gold and platinum.
Iran successfully tests missile:
·        Iran successfully tested a medium-range ballistic missile two weeks ago.
·        Tested a missile with a range of 2,000 km (1,240 miles) and eight meters error margin two weeks ago.
APPOINTMENTS:
Intex GM Deepak Kabu joins Ziox Mobiles as CEO:
·        Deepak Kabu has joined Ziox Mobiles as its chief executive officer, becoming the second top-level executive to leave the No 3 Smartphone player in India in past weeks.
·        Deepak Kabu worked as general manager in Intex Technologies.
Apple elevates Sanjay Kaul as new India head:
·        iPhone maker Apple, which recently touched $1 billion in revenue from India, has named company executive Sanjay Kaul as its new country manager, according to at least two people familiar with the development.
ü  Apple CEO: Tim Cook
ü  Apple Headquarters: Cupertino, California, United States
BOOKS AND AUTHORS:
Shashi Kapoor - the Householder, the Star authored by Aseem Chhabra released:
·        Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor’s biography titled Shashi Kapoor – the Householder, the Star was released.
·        The book, which attempts to delve into the nature and nurture of Shashi Kapoor, is authored by film journalist Aseem Chhabra.
·        Shashi Kapoor - the Householder, the Star is the first biography of the veteran actor.
BANKING :
Saraswat Bank donates Rs 1 cr relief for drought in Maharashtra
·        India’s largest urban co-operative bankSaraswat has donated of Rs one crore towards relief work drought conditions in various parts of Maharashtra.
·        The bank’s Vice Chairman Gautam E Thakur handed over a cheque of Rs 50 lakh to Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis Of the 1 crore handed over another cheque of Rs 50 lakh to NAAM Foundation.
·        The NAAM Foundation, an NGO started by actors Nana Patekar and Makarand Anaspure, specifically aimed at alleviating the impact of drought.
Maharashtra:
ü  Chief Minister: Devendra Fadnavis
ü  Governor: Vidyasagar Rao
Sebi plans training police on financial crimes:
·        Markets regulator Sebi is working on a training module for police and other law enforcement and investigative agencies to help them better understand financial crimes, an official said.
·        These measures are aimed at ensuring faster prosecution in cases involving capital market crimes and better dealing with complaints of investors duped by market manipulative activities, the official added.
Inoperative EPF accounts contain 43k crore:
·        Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya said today that inoperative Employees Provident Fund accounts have a total of about 43,000 crore.
·        Dattatreya also said that interest would be credited to such accounts. He further said that over one crore claims were settled by the Employees Provident Fund Organisation in 2015-16, 98% of them within 20 days.
AWARDS AND HONOURS:
BAFTA TV Awards 2016:
·        The BAFTA (The British Academy Television Awards) 2016 took place on May 8th at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
·        Mark Rylance and Suranne Jones received the leading actor and actress awards respectively.
BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:
India ranks ninth among crony capitalist nations:
·        India is ranked at the ninth position in crony-capitalism with crony sector wealth accounting for 3.4 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP).
·        In India, the non-crony sector wealth amounts to 8.3 per cent of the GDP, as per the latest crony-capitalism index. In the 2014 ranking also, India stood at the ninth place.
·        Germany is the cleanest, where just a sliver of the country’s billionaires derives their wealth from crony sectors.
·        Russia fares worst in the index, wealth from the country’s crony sectors amounts to 18 per cent of its GDP.
·        The index ranked Russia as the worst crony-capitalist country, followed by Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Ukraine, Mexico, Indonesia and Turkey above India. Taiwan and China are ranked 10th and 11th after India.
Snapdeal ties up with UrbanClap to offer personal services on its Android app:
·        New Delhi based E-commerce major Snapdeal in collaboration with UrbanClap inventory in its Android mobile application to launch a personal services category to help consumer’s book services ranging from beauty services at home to wedding photographers.
·        The tie-ups will also help Snapdeal increase the number of transactions on the platform since personal service is a high frequency category. These are service-oriented iniative that won’t take up any extra cost to the major.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY:
SpaceX successfully launches Japanese JCSAT-14 Satellite:
·        SpaceX successfully launched the Japanese communications satellite, JCSAT-14 on Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
·        The satellite was place into its intended preliminary geostationary transfer orbit by SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket which was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, US.
·        The odds of a successful soft-landing were slim due to the mission requirements for the particular launch.
Nike develops recovery chair for athletes:
·        Nike in collaboration with Los Angeles-based architect Greg Lynn has developed 'Microclimate Chair' that helps athletes recover and relax during their game breaks.
·        With 70 thermoelectric pads, the chair heats or cools an athlete's body to help them recover from muscle tiring. It also distributes and diffuses air across its surface to take humidity off an athlete.
SPORTS:
Djokovic beats Murray to win Madrid Masters
·        World number one Novak Djokovic beat defending champion Andy Murray 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in the Madrid Open final to win a record 29th Masters crown.
·        This is Djokovic's fifth title in 2016 after he won the Qatar Open, Indian Wells, Miami Open and Australian Open.
·        Djokovic now equals Pete Sampras and Bjorn Borg with 64 career titles.
Italian sprinter wins Wings for Life World Run:
·        Italy's Giorgio Calcaterra touched the 88 km mark to win Red Bull's Wings for Life World Run 2016 racing event.
·        The charity race, which was held in 34 countries simultaneously, uses a catcher car running behind the participants to eliminate runners who are left behind the vehicle.
·        The 2016 edition of the race managed to raise around $7.5 million.
Alvarez knocks Amir out to retain boxing title:
·        Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez retained his World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight title after handing British contender Amir Khan his fourth professional defeat in the sixth round of the title fight in Las Vegas.
·        Playing two weight categories above his usual welterweight division, Khan led in the opening rounds until Alvarez landed a right-handed punch for a knockout victory.
OBITUARY:
Australian TV producer Reg Grundy dies:
·        Pioneering Australian TV producer Reg Grundy, who helped create successful programs such as Neighbours, Prisoner, and Wheel of Fortune, has died at his home in Bermuda, aged 92.
·        Grundy was inducted into the Logies Hall of Fame in 1993, and was given an International Emmy Founders Award in 1996.
·        He was named a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2008 for his outstanding contributions to the television industry and promotion of Australia overseas.
Pakistan human rights activist Khurram Zaki shot dead:
·        Pakistani human rights activist Khurram Zaki was shot dead by gunmen in Karachi, said the police.
·        Two others, including Zaki's friend and a bystander, were injured in the attack.
·        Zaki, the editor of a website which promotes liberal religious views, had earlier led​ a campaign against Lal Masjid cleric, Maulana Abdul Aziz for inciting hatred against Shia Muslims.

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