Daily Current Affairs Updates–17th November 2016:
The World Philosophy Day is observed globally on the third thurshday of November every year. This year, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) organised the special events. The World Philosophy Day was introduced in 2002 by UNESCO to encourage the world to share their philosophical heritage and open their minds to new ideas.
i. Cricket legend and Rajya Sabha member Sachin Tendulkar has announced that his adopted village Puttam Rajuvari Kandriga in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh is open defecation free. He visited the village in Gudur mandal that he had adopted under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana two years ago. He said, he could remember the conditions in the village which were appalling two years ago and there has been great progress.
ii. He appreciated the support of the officials and implementing agencies. The cricketer said, India needs Swacch and Swastha Bharat and PR Kandriga will be a role model for it. Upon adoption, Sachin had contributed almost 3 crore rupees to PR Kandriga and the district administration mobilized another 3 crores for taking up various works.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti formally launched the World Bank-funded mega development Rs 1,600-crore Jhelum-Tawi flood recovery project here today. The project would give massive push to the reconstruction and rehabilitation of infrastructure post-2014 floods in the state.
The project was conceptualised and pursued by former Chief Minister late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed in the aftermath of devastating floods of 2014 and today after completion of all formalities the project was formally launched.
Chhattisgarh on Wednesday became the first state to pass a motion supporting the demonetisation policy introduced by the BJP-led Central government, reports said. The motion was introduced in the state assembly by Chhattisgarh CM and BJP leader Raman Singh. He also announced that e-payment devices have been exempted from Value Added Tax (VAT) to encourage digital transactions.
Government today launched revamped Aadhaar toll-free helpline number - 1947 to help citizens to get quick access to information about Aadhaar, which will be available 24x7 throughout the year on Interactive voice response system mode (IVRS), while Call-Centre agents will be available from 7 am to 11 pm.
Chief Executive Officer of Unique Identification Authority of India, Dr Ajay Bhushan Pandey said, the number has been revamped to handle more incoming calls and to brings Aadhaar closer to everyone. On an average, the helpline number handles about 1.5 lakh calls per day.
Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has said, the resolutions passed by the State Assembly on the Sutlej-Yamuna Link Canal has directed the government and its officials to neither hand over any land to any agency for construction of the canal nor provide any sort of co-operation.
Addressing a press conference in Chandigarh after the adjournment of the Assembly, he said, the direction is mandatory for any future government as well. The other resolution was for charging fee for water provided to Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi from 1966 onward.
Gurugram to host Great Indian Film and Literature Festival
The three-day Great Indian Film and Literature Festival will begin at DLF CyberHub, Gurugram on December 2. The festival will feature panel discussions on several themes, including filmmaking and advertising, as well as film screenings, book readings, a music concert and a poetry slam. It will be attended by author Ruskin Bond and actor Piyush Mishra, among others.
A scheme to construct one crore houses in next three years has been approved by the government with the objective of 'Housing for All by 2022', Lok Sabha was informed today. "To pursue the objective, the Union Cabinet approved re-structuring of the erstwhile rural housing scheme Indira Awaas Yojana into Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana-Gramin," Rural Development Minister NS Tomar said.
President Vladimir Putin has signed an executive order removing Russia’s signature from the International Criminal Court’s founding treaty on 16th November. Russia in 2000 signed the Rome treaty that established the Hague-based court but never ratified it.
The US initially signed the Rome statute under the Clinton administration but later withdrew, under the leadership of George W Bush. Sudan and Israel have also withdrawn their signatures in the past, while other nations - including China and India - have rejected membership outright.
Earlier this year, South Africa, Burundi and The Gambia all decided to withdraw completely. Several other African nations have also expressed doubt over the court's future, amid allegations that it is too focused on countries within the continent. In the court's 14-year history it has only brought charges against Africans.
i. Axis Bank has cut marginal cost of fund-based lending rate (MCLR) by 0.15-0.20 per cent effective. "Axis Bank reviews and reduces the MCLR by 15 basis points (bps) or 0.15 per cent across all tenures up to 1 year and by 20 bps for 2-year and 3-year tenure," the private sector lender said in a regulatory filing.
For overnight tenure, the new MCLR will be 8.65 per cent. One-month tenure will attract a rate of 8.70 per cent while those for three and six months will be 8.90 and 9 per cent, respectively. For one year, the new MCLR will be 9.05 per cent. The bank will levy an interest rate of 9.10 per cent and 9.15 per cent for two years and three years, respectively.
ii. New loans will be priced at the revised rates with effect from November 18, Axis Bank said. Shares in Axis Bank ended 1.48 per cent lower at Rs. 472.05 apiece on the BSE, whose benchmark Sensex index finished down 0.02 per cent.
Over Rs 3,900 crore was collected as Swachh Bharat Cess (SBC) in the last financial year, the Rajya Sabha was informed today. The government had imposed 0.5 per cent SBC on all taxable services from November 15 last year."The total amount collected from SBC during fiscal 2015-16 was Rs 3,901.76 crore," Minister of State for Urban Development Rao Inderjit Singh said in a written reply.
In Karnataka, the State owned Mysore Paints and Varnish Limited (MPVL) started supplying the Indelible ink to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) from today. Addressing the media persons, MPVL Chairman H A Venkatesh said the first consignment of 30,000 bottles of Indelible ink of 5 ml each has been dispatched to the RBI Note Mudra unit in the Mysuru city.
Even though various banks have already placed orders, as per the direction of the RBI, the company could not supply directly and it should be routed through RBI only. He said that uptil now 2,96,500 bottles of 5 ml of orders have been received by the company. The company has started the production from this morning following the RBI orders issued yesterday.
Telangana government on Wednesday signed an MoU with Microsoft Corporation India for helping the government explore cloud, machine learning and mobile-based solutions to improve citizen services, education, healthcare and agriculture. "Telangana government believes that ICT is the key to building not only a stronger economy but also an efficient and effective governance system," officials said.
Cricket Australia appointed former test spinner Trevor Hohns interim chairman of selectors. Greg Chappell will also join the selection panel on an interim basis with Mark Waugh & Darren Lehmann. The appointments were made at an extraordinary meeting of the Cricket Australia board following Marsh’s decision to stand down. Marsh’s resignation followed Australia’s loss to South Africa.
i. HDFC Bank's Aditya Puri has been ranked 36th in the US magazine Fortune's top 50 business persons list for 2016, and is the only Indian among three persons of Indian origin in the global rankings.
ii. Puri, who has led the second largest private sector lender since its inception in 1994, has been ranked 36th in the list, which evaluates corporate leaders' business performance. While Facebook's Mark Zuckerburg leads the list, Microsoft's chief executive Satya Nadella has been ranked fifth. AO Simith's Ajita Rajendra is at 34, followed by Mastercard's Ajay Banga at 40.
NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, at an age of 56 years, will become the oldest woman in space history after she takes off for the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday. Notably, Whitson, who holds the record for most time spent in space by a woman, is also the first woman to become ISS commander. This will be Whitson's third spaceflight.
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Rustom-II, India's indigenously developed drone, today successfully completed its maiden-flight, which enhanced India's development programme for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). The DRDO successfully carried out the maiden-flight of TAPAS 201 (RUSTOM-II), a Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV. It has an endurance of 24 hours and can conduct surveillance and reconnaissance missions. The test flight took place from Aeronautical Test Range (ATR), Chitradurga, 250 km from Bangalore.
A team of women commandos has been inducted for the first time in Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to counter Naxal insurgency in Jharkhand. A Naxal or Naxalite is a member of any of the Communist guerrilla groups in India, mostly associated with the Communist or Leftist ideology.
The Indian Navy will get four P-8I advanced maritime reconnaissance aircraft with upgrades starting from 2020, Chief Engineer of the Boeing P-8I programme Mark Jordan has said. India already has eight of these aircrafts and has been using its P-8I fleet for missions like spotting passing submarines and ships, and search missions in the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea.
Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav inaugurated the Rs 1500-crore Gomti riverfront development project & Gaus Mohammad Stadium in Lucknow. Under this project, a diaphragm wall has been made on both banks of the Gomti river to channel its waterflow. The land between the waterway and the embankment has been developed for public use.The stadium is named after ace lawn tennis player Gaus Mohammad.
BOOKS & AUTHOR
Oxford Dictionaries has declared "post-truth" to be its international word of the year citing a 2,000% spike in its usage. The Word of the Year of Oxford Dictionary is an expression or word that is chosen to reflect the passing year in language. The adjective is defined as "relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief".
Actor-turned-author Twinkle Khanna launched her second book titled 'The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad'. Twinkle's first book was 'Mrs Funnybones: She's Just Like You and a Lot Like Me', which was published in 2015
The 62nd SGFI National School Football Championship 2016 got underway with a colourful opening ceremony by the school students at Netaji Stadium, Port Blair today evening. Altogether 29 teams from the country are participating in this 10 days tournament. In the opening match played today at Netaji Stadium, the boys of Andaman Nicobar Islands won playing Andhra Pradesh team by 3-0
Seventeen-year-old Tejaswin Shankar, who broke a 12-year-old senior high jump national record last Thursday, was not given a gold medal as the organisers of the Junior National Championship ran out of medals. There was a shortage of 29 gold medals, 27 silver medals and as many bronze medals. Shankar had won a silver in his maiden senior meet in Guwahati.
Actor Mukesh Rawal, who played the role of 'Vibhishan' in Ramanand Sagar's television series 'Ramayana', passed away at the age of 65 on Wednesday. According to a relative, he was travelling for a dubbing session for a Gujarati film when he died in a train accident. His body was reportedly found at a railway track in Kandivali, Mumbai.
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