Daily Current Affairs Updates– 21st May 2016:
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· World Day For Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
· National Anti Terrorism Day
· Buddha Purnima
· National Day for Cultural Development
Kayakalp Fortnight initiative launched at AIIMS New Delhi by JP Nadda:
· Union Health Minister launched the ‘Kayakalp Fortnight’ at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi.
· It has to be observed from the date of launch to 3 June 2016 throughout the country in various Central Government hospitals.
· The aim of the Kayakalp Fortnight is to intensify Kayakalp initiative under the Swachch Bharat Abhiyaan.
· Under the initiative, various activities towards cleanliness will be undertaken during the fortnight.
Cyclone Roanu heads towards B’desh; No imminent danger to Odhisha coast:
· The cyclonic storm ‘ROANU’ over northwest and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal moved east-northeastwards and lay centred at about 160km east of Paradip in Odisha and 435 km southwest of Chittagong in Bangladesh over northwest Bay of Bengal.
· Wind speed reaching 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph is very likely to prevail along and off Odisha-West Bengal coast during next 24 hours.
· Strong surface winds speed reaching 45-50 kmph likely along and off coastal Andhra Pradesh.
· A de-warning message was issued by the Cyclone Warning Centre, Visakhapatnam last night by replacing Local Cautionary signals in all major ports in Andhra Pradesh with Distant Warning No.2 as cyclone threat has gone.
Anti-militancy operation underway in Kashmir’s Drugmulla area:
· In Jammu and Kashmir, the joint anti-militancy operation of Army and Police is underway in northern Kashmir’s Drugmulla area of Kupwara district.
· The area is about 80 Kms in north of Srinagar headquarters in Kupwara district.
· A gunfight broke out between security forces and unknown number of militants in the Check Drugmulla area. There was no report of any casualties on either sides.
World Bank announces pandemic insurance plan:
· The World Bank announced a new programme Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF) to mobilise funds quickly against virulent disease outbreaks in the world’s 77 least developed countries.
· The PEF, a combination of insurance and bonds, is a reaction to the sluggish donor response to the recent outbreak of Ebola in Africa, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said.
27th India-Indonesia CORPAT concludes in Belawan:
· The 27th edition of the India-Indonesian CORPAT (Coordinated Patrol) concluded on 19 May 2016 in Belawan, Indonesia.
· The closing ceremony Belawan saw the two navies conducting interactive session on measures to enhance inter-operability.
· The 27th CORPAT was conducted from 29 April to 19 May 2016.
India, Iran plan to revive age old friendship during PM Modi’s visit to Tehran:
· India and Iran plan to revive their age old friendship by jointly organising a number of programmes to promote bilateral cultural relations during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Tehran from tomorrow.
· Director General of Indian Council for Cultural Relations, ICCR, C Rajasekhar said in New Delhi that now that Iran is coming out of the Western sanctions, there is an opportunity to revive the friendship and partnership which is mutually beneficial.
· Prime Minister Modi will attend the inaugural session of the conference on 23rd of this month.
· An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1, unusually powerful for Australia, has struck outside of Alice Springs.
· According to Geoscience Australia, the quake hit at 4:14am today, 125 kilometres west of Uluru, at a depth of about 10 kilometres.
· Two aftershocks measuring 3.8 and 3.4 were recorded in the hour afterwards, and more were expected.
· No injuries or damage has been recorded and the Bureau of Meteorology said there was no risk of it causing a tsunami.
Mexican government approves extradition of drug lord Guzman to US:
· The Mexican government has approved the extradition of drug lord Joaquin El Chapo Guzman to the US to face charges including smuggling and murder.
· His lawyers have 30 days to appeal and even if it proceeds it could be months before he is sent north.
· Guzman faces charges from seven US federal prosecutors. He is also accused of money laundering and arms and drugs possession.
· Mexico’s foreign ministry has said the US has guaranteed Guzman will not face the death penalty if the extradition goes ahead.
· G7 Finance Ministers and central bank governors have held discussions on the world economy, ahead of next week’s G7 summit to be held in Ise-Shima, central Japan.
· The first day of the 2-day meeting ended in the northern Japanese city of Sendai today.
· The participants are said to have exchanged views on what their governments can do to put the global economy back on track and achieve sustainable growth.
· Among world economic issues that they have discussed are the slowing Chinese economy and lower crude oil prices. They also discussed ways of dealing with tax evasion and questionable tax avoidance in reaction to disclosures in the Panama Papers.
US House of Representatives gave nod to bolster defence ties with India on par with NATO:
· The US House of Representatives gave its nod to a bipartisan legislation to improve defence ties with India.
· In this regard, an amendment to the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA) was approved by the House. The amendment is dubbed as ‘Enhancing Defence and Security Co-operation with India’.
· UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has appointed former Irish President Mary Robinson and Kenyan diplomat Macharia Kamau as special envoys for El Nino and climate.
· Ms. Robinson had previously worked as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and as Ban’s special envoy for climate change.
· Mr. Kamau is Kenya’s ambassador to the United Nations and former president of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Board.
· He was co-chair of the UN General Assembly working group on sustainable development goals.
Ratan P Watal appointed as Niti Aayog’s Principal Adviser:
· Former Finance Secretary, Ratan P Watal has been appointed as the Principle Adviser for social sector in Niti Aayog.
· He has been appointed to the post for three years. The new appointment for Watal comes a fortnight after his two-month extended tenure ended in April.
· Watal, a retired IAS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre, had been Finance Secretary between August last year and April this year.
· Market regulator SEBI has made it mandatory for Participatory note (P note) users to follow Indian anti-money laundering law and report any suspicious transactions immediately.
· Acting upon recommendations of the Supreme Court- appointed SIT on black money, Sebi also tightened the due-diligence requirements for issuance and transfer of these instruments and put the onus on the original issuer for compliance to Anti-Money Laundering Regulations.
· P-Notes are typically instruments issued by registered foreign institutional investors to overseas investors, who wish to invest in Indian markets without registering themselves directly in India to save on time. But, they still need to go through a proper due diligence process.
Business and Economy:
Government to auction 2,000 megahertz of spectrum:
· Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that the government will auction 2,000 megahertz of spectrum in the next 2 to 3 months.
· He said the government will go for one of the highest ever auction of 2,000 megahertz so that industry players have ample spectrum available.
· Mr Prasad said, at base price recommended by TRAI, the auction has potential to fetch bids worth 5.36 lakh crore rupees.
· The auction conducted in 2015 fetched bids worth 1.1 lakh crore rupees the highest ever received in any spectrum auction held in India.
· The Nokia name will return to the mobile phone market after a company backed by one of its former executives teamed up with manufacturer Foxconn to buy the rights to the brand for mobile devices.
· It sold its entire handset business to Microsoft Corp in 2014 and now focuses on telecoms network equipment. But it held on to its phone patents with a view to eventually striking a licensing deal, though it had to wait due to a non-compete deal with Microsoft.
· Nokia had signed an exclusive 10-year licensing agreement for newly formed Finnish company HMD global Oy to create Nokia-branded smartphones and tablets.
Science and Technology:
· A team of scientists successfully tested hypersonic superjet technology as part of the Hypersonic International Flight Research Experimentation (HIFiRE) program.
· As part of the test, scramjet attached to a rocket booster was successfully sent to an altitude of 278 km at Mach 7.5 (seven times the speed of sound).
· The test was conducted in the world’s largest land-based testing range in Woomera, South Australia.
Brother of Brussels bomber wins European Taekwondo title:
· Belgian Mourad Laachraoui, the younger brother of one of the Brussels airport bombers, has won gold in the European Taekwondo Championships.
· He will compete in this summer’s Rio Olympics. Mourad Laachraoui, brother of Najim Laachraoui, beat Spaniard Jesus Tortosa 6-3 in the -54kg final in Montreux, Switzerland last night. A silver medallist at the Summer Universiades in 2015, the 21-year-old has qualified for the Rio Games in August.
Fed Cup: Aizawl Football Club to take on Mohun Bagan in final
· Giant killers Aizawl Football Club face heavyweights Mohun Bagan in the summit clash of the Federation Cup in Guwahati.
· Aizawl began as underdogs but went on to become giantkillers as they beat I-League champions Bengaluru FC 5-3 on aggregate in the quarterfinals before getting the better of Sporting Clube de Goa in the semifinals.
· And now they would hope to create history at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium today. The Northeast side have been playing for the first time in the tournament.
· Emmy award-winning English-born actor Alan Young, who rode to enduring TV fame alongside a talking horse on the popular 1960s sitcom “Mister Ed” and co-starred in the classic sci-fi film “The Time Machine,” has died at age 96.
· Young, who also provided the voice of cartoon characters including Disney’s Scrooge McDuck, died from natural causes at the Motion Picture& Television Country House and Hospital, Los Angeles.
Canadian CBS News Reporter Morley Safer passes away:
· Canadian Long-time CBS News correspondent Morley Safer has died at 84 in Manhattan, He was best known for his long tenure on the news magazine 60 Minutes also longest serving reporter on the same.
· Safer was well-known for claiming there is no such thing as the common man and if there were, there would be no need for journalists.
· He penned about his experience in Vietnam in a book named Flashbacks: On Returning to Vietnam also filed more than 900 reports.
· He had been honoured with numerous awards for his work, including 12 Emmys, three Overseas Press Club Awards, and three Peabody Awards.
· Beastie Boys founding member John Berry has died aged 52 due to frontal lobe dementia in in Massachusetts US.
· He is an American rap rock band Beastie Boys founding member as well as Guitarist of the original punk band the hip-hop outfit.
· The Beastie Boys from New York City, formed in 1980 were one of the longest-lived hip hop acts worldwide.
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