8 May 2017

Daily Current Affairs Updates – 8th May 2017

 
Daily Current Affairs Updates –  8th May 2017:
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NATIONAL:
Country's 1st bio refinery plant inaugurated in Pune

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highway Nitin Gadkari today inaugurated the country's first bio refinery plant which produces ethanol from variety of biomass. The project is situated at Rahu in Pune district. Mr Gadkari said a great revolution will take place in India's agriculture sector with the help of this kind of projects.
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highway: Nitin Gadkari

Maharajas’ Express to begin new circuits 'Southern Sojourn' & 'Southern Jewels'

Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has decided to launch two new circuits (Southern Sojourn & Southern Jewels) of its flagship luxury train Maharajas' Express this year. The ‘Southern Sojourn’ will cover Goa, Hampi, Mysore, Ernakulam, Kumarakom and Trivandrum. The ‘Southern Jewel’ will cover Chettinad, Mahabalipuram, Mysore Hampi and Goa. The 23-coach Maharajas' Express has a capacity of 88 guests.

India organises festival in Egypt to mark Tagore's birth anniversary

To mark the 156th birth anniversary of the famous Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore, India is organising a cultural festival in Egypt. Being hosted by the Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture, the cultural wing of the Indian Embassy in Cairo, the function started on 8 May 2017. The festival will showcase the movie 'Kabuliwala' directed by Hemen Gupta on 8 May 2017 at the Hanager Cinema, Opera House Complex. The film is based on a novel written by Tagore and tells the story of an immigrant from Kabul.

MoUs Worth Rs 2 Lakh Crores Signed in the India Integrated Transport & Logistics Summit

Thirty-four MoUs amounting to about Rs 2 lakh crores were signed in the three-day India Integrated Transport and Logistics Summit that was concluded in New Delhi. The Summit was attended by around 3000 delegates from India and abroad, which included central and state government organizations, international organizations like World Bank and ADB, delegates, global transport and supply chain experts and representatives of private companies.

CRPF Command Shifted from Kolkata to Chhattisgarh

The strategic anti-Naxal operations command headquarters of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has been shifted back from Kolkata to Raipur. In 2010, the central zone command headquarters was shifted from Raipur to Kolkata owing to logistics and connectivity issues. The recent decision comes at the backdrop of ambush in Sukma district that killed 37 jawans of the paramilitary force. The central zone command headquarters was raised on August 7, 2009, to carry out the deployment of troops to the States affected by Left Wing Extremism such as West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.
Central Reserve Police Force
Director General, CRPF: Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar
Headquarters: New Delhi, India

INTERNATIONAL
Emmanuel Macron elected as President of France

Pro European centrist leader Emmanuel Macron has been elected as President of France. Thirty-nine-year old former investment banker, who has never held elected office, becomes the youngest President and occupant of the Élysée Palace. Mr Macron will also becomes the first President from outside the two traditional main parties since the modern republic's foundation in 1958. At a victory party outside the Louvre Museum in Paris yesterday, Mr Macron said the country has sent an incredible message to itself, to Europe and the world. He said he would "guarantee the unity of the nation and defend and protect Europe.
Country : France
Capital : Paris
Currency: Euro, CFP franc
President: François Hollande

Indian Origin Scientists Elected Fellows of UK Royal Society

Three Indian Scientist Krishna Chatterjee (from Cambridge University), Subhash Khot (from New York University), Yadvinder Malhi (from Oxford University) have been elected as the Fellows of The Royal Society, a premier scientific academy of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, for their “outstanding contributions to science“. Eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from or living and working in the UK and the Commonwealth are elected every year as the Fellows of The Royal Society.

China’s C919 Passenger Jet completed its Maiden Flight

China’s home-grown C919 passenger jet has completed its maiden flight. China’s C919 is a symbol of China’s ambitions to take market share from Boeing and Airbus in the lucrative global jet market estimated to be worth $2 trillion over the next two decades. It is a part of China’s broader “Made in China 2025” plan aimed at boosting its domestic high-tech manufacturing.

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY NEWS:
ONGC Videsh Ltd produces record 12.6 million tonnes of crude oil in 2016-17

ONGC Videsh Limited, the overseas arm of state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp, produced a record 12.6 million tonnes of crude oil and equivalent gas from its assets abroad in 2016-17. The company said, the output was up from 8.92 million tonnes of oil and oil equivalent gas in 2015-16.
Organization : Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC)
Headquarters: Dehradun, Uttarakhand
Chairman & MD: Dinesh Kumar Sarraf

AWARDS AND HONOURS :
Emma Watson wins first ever genderless Best Actor award

Emma Watson today won the first ever genderless Best Actor award for her role in Beauty and the Beast at the MTV Movie & TV Awards. She beat actors including Hugh Jackman to win in the award category, which featured nominees from both genders. Further, Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown won the Best Actor in a (TV) show award.

Times Rich List 2017: Three out of Four Wealthiest in Britain are Indians

As per the Times Rich List 2017, three India-born citizens are among top 5 richest people in Britain. The 29th edition of the Sunday Times Rich List’ released the names of UK’s 1000 wealthiest people including 40 Indian-born citizens. Hinduja Brothers Srichand and Gopichand have topped the list to become the top of 134 billionaires in the country. The Hinduja borthers has estimated assets worth 16.2 billion pounds. Their investments in various industries include oil and gas, automotive, IT, energy, media, banking, property and healthcare sectors.

SPORTS NEWS:

Olive Ridley to be mascot of Asian Athletics

The logo and mascot of the Asian Athletics Championships scheduled to be held at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar from July 6 to 9 was released yesterday. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik released the logo and mascot in presence of Olympians PT Usha and Anju Bobby George, who were also felicitated by Mr Patnaik during the programme.  The sea turtle, Olive Ridley was declared the mascot of the Championship, besides the logo depicts an athlete crossing the finishing line with historical tourist attractions of Odisha. Mr Patnaik Minister formally announced commencement of the mega international sports event where more than 700 athletes from nearly 45 countries would participate in 42 sports events during the four-day sports extravaganza.

OBITUARY:
First Woman Chief Judge of State High Court Justice Leila Seth passes away

Justice Leila Seth, the first woman judge of Delhi High Court, passed away after a brief illness in Uttar Pradesh. She was 86. Seth was the first woman to have topped the London Bar exam, first woman Judge of the Delhi High Court and also the first woman Chief Justice of a State High Court of Himachal Pradesh. Despite being an eminent jurist, she was also an author and her autobiography On Balance ' was a bestseller. Seth had also authored Talking of Justice: People's Rights in Modern India.






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