Daily Current Affairs Updates–28th November 2016:
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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
i. Following the Prime Minister NarendraModi’s call to increase cashless transactions, a unique initiative was undertaken by senior officers of the Prime Minister’s Office today. Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, NripendraMisra and other Officers conducted a workshop for staff of the PMO to train and initiate them in the process of mobile banking.
ii. The officers demonstrated the process of cashless transactions and helped the staff download the relevant mobile apps. The workshop witnessed an enthusiastic turnout, and keenness among the participants to move towards smart banking and transaction solutions. Officials from SBI and MyGov were also present on the occasion.
The closing ceremony of 47th International Film Festival of India, IFFI will be held at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee stadium at Bambolim, in Goa this evening with the screening of Korean film "The Age of Shadows".
Director of super-hit film Baahubali, SS Rajamouli will be the chief guest at the ceremony. Defence Minister ManoharParrikar, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting RajyavardhanRathore, Goa Governor MridulaSinha and Chief Minister LaxmikantParsekar, among others, will grace the occasion.
Dharmendra Pradhan Inaugurates Workshop on Startup
i. A workshop on creating an innovation ecosystem for Start Ups in the oil and gas sector was held in New Delhi today.Inaugurating the workshop, Petroleum Minister DharmendraPradhan said, the Oil and Gas PSUs have allocated 300 Crore rupees for Start Ups and their detailed action plans are in the advanced stages of preparation.
He said, many of the Public Sector Undertaking are looking to tie up with IITs and IIITs for incubation facilities and initial hand holding. MrPradhan emphasized that India’s Oil and Gas sector is on the threshold of becoming the key economic force in the development of the country.
ii. He urged all the participating companies across the hydrocarbons value chain to work towards creation of a robust start up ecosystem in oil and gas sector in India. Start-Up India initiative was launched by Prime Minister NarendraModi in January this year. The initiative aims at fostering entrepreneurship and promoting innovation by creating an ecosystem that is conducive for growth of Start-ups.
Govt removes excise duty on manufacturing of POS machine
i. Government has removed excise duty on goods for manufacturing of Point of Sale machines till 31st of March next year.The POS machines are hand-held devices which are used by merchants to accept payments for goods sold through credit and debit cards.
ii. A notification to this effect was tabled by Finance Minister ArunJaitley in the LokSabha today amid uproar over the demonetisation issue. The notification exempts Central Excise duty on all goods for manufacture of POS devices subject to actual user condition. It said, these exemptions will be valid till 31st of March, 2017.
iii. There has been increase in demand for POS machines on account of cash crunch following demonitisation of high value currency notes by the government with effect from mid-night of November 8.
The government has so far generated a revenue of over 2,779 crore rupees from the auction and allotment of coal blocks. In a written reply to a question in the RajyaSabha, Coal Minister PiyushGoyal said, till now, 83 coal mines have been allocated to private and public sector under the provisions of the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Act 2015. He said, the amount generated through the auction is being transferred to the respective state governments where the coal mines are located.
i. Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Virbhadra Singh announced that State government has desisted itself from the proposed today’s Bharat Bandh although Congress spokesman said that party will hold protest regarding problems after demonetization.
ii. Himachal Pradesh VyaparMandal has announced not to take part in this bandh. According to Somesh Sharma, the State president of organization, the bandh has been called by political parties in their vested interests. Meanwhile Mr. KanwalJit Singh, the Chairman of Congress Vyapar Cell clarified that the cell would also not be the part of this bandh. The traders affiliated with BJP Vyapar cell would open their shops for two hours more than the normal time.
i. Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang has appealed to the Naga leaders in Myanmar to impress upon the NSCN (K) President SS Khaplang to drop gun and start talks for the rights of the Naga people. Interacting with various Naga organizations at Yangon in Myanmar, on Saturday, Mr. Zeliang emphasized on the need to shun the culture of violence.
ii. He said it is time to initiate peaceful negotiations to find a lasting and respectable solution to the protracted Naga political issue. The Nagaland Chief Minister appealed Khaplang to enter into a ceasefire agreement with the Governments of Myanmar and India.
In Rajasthan, PratapGourav Kendra showcasing life of MaharanaPratap was inaugurated in Udaipur today by RSS chief Mohan Bhagawat. He unveiled the 57 feet long statue of MaharanaPratap in the Gourav Kendra. In the Kendra, various aspects of life of MaharanaPratap will be shown to domestic and international tourists through light and sound show. The Kendra will be developed as the National Monument in coming years. Chief Minister VasudharaRaje and Union Minister of State for Tourism Dr. Mahesh Sharma was also present on the occasion.
New Zealand will organise a nationwide 'Secret Santa', inviting residents to participate in the tradition, via Twitter. The initiative, started by Sam Elton-Walters in 2010, requires interested candidates to sign up, get matched with a random Twitter user and give them hints about what gift they might like. Nearly 2,000 people have signed up for the campaign this year.
Digital wallet MobiKwik has launched a new 'MobiKwik Lite' app addressing to the users with slow internet connection. The size of the new app is only 1 MB and it can be downloaded in 30 seconds by giving a missed call on a number. Users can make and receive payments, pay bills, bank transfers and recharges through the app.
In Madhya Pradesh, the three day annual TablighiIjtima concluded in Bhopal this afternoon with IjtimaiDuawhisch is known as mass prayers. It is one of the biggest congregation of Muslims in the World. Devotees from more than 20 countries including United States, Britain, Egypt and Indonesia attended the event. Now religious groups are going in different parts of the country and the world to preach the message of Islam. Elaborate arrangements have been made by Railways for the return of the devotees.
Flipkart-owned fashion platform Myntra has appointed Ajit Narayanan as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO) as its previous CTO Shamik Sharma has moved on to an advisory role. Narayanan was formerly the head of engineering at Myntra. Sharma is reportedly expected to leave Myntra after a four-year stint at the company.
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
i. As many as 184 artisans showcased the traditional arts and crafts of their native lands at the 'HunarHaat' during the 9-day-long trade fair at PragatiMaidan. Organised by the Ministry of Minority Affairs, the initiative is with the objective to uplift various communities in the country.
The Haat comprised of 100 stalls. Crafts life chikan embroidery from Uttar Pradesh to the Madhubani paintings of Bihar, as well as the pottery works from
ii. southern and north-eastern regions of the country, were displayed at the 'HunarHaat'. The Haat also displayed products like marble work from Rajasthan, handicrafts from Gujarat and shell products from odisha
Indian golfer Aditi Ashok has won the inaugural Qatar Ladies Open in Doha. With this, she recorded her second straight victory on the Ladies European Tour.
Ashok shot a final round of three-under 69 to card a total of 15-under. She finished three strokes ahead of Lydia Hall and Caroline Hedwall. NannaKoerstz Madsen ended in fourth place on 11-under-par. Annabel Dimmock ended in fifth and Nicole Garcia in sixth. Georgia Hall and Becky Morgan were joint seventh.
Uttar Pradesh-based IAS officer Suhas LY won the Asian Para-Badminton Championships in Beijing after defeating Indonesia's Harry Susanto 21-4, 21-11 in the final. Suhas, who is currently posted as the Azamgarh district magistrate, was a wildcard entry to the tournament and had won six consecutive matches to reach the final.
Noted Marathi author and SahityaAkademi awardee AnandYadav died in Pune on 27 November. He was 80. His autobiography 'Zombi' had won SahityaAkademi award in 1991. During his illustrious career, Yadav had faced a major controversy over his book 'SantsuryaTukaram', wrote on SantTukaram, a saint-poet from the 17th century.