Daily Current Affairs Updates–31st May 2016:
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DAYS TO REMEMBER:
· The ‘World No Tobacco Day’ was observed first on this day in 1987.
· An initiative of the World Health Organisation (WHO), it encourages a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption throughout the world.
· This year the WHO has appealed for the use of plain packaging for tobacco products to reduce the “attractiveness” of such products.
· Hyderabad Police cracked down on cricket betting rackets in the city following a tip-off, recovering Rs.20 lakh, and 100 cell phones and SIM cards.
· This is the 17th such instance of a crackdown by the Hyderabad Commissioner’s Task Force during this Indian Premier League season.
· Bets were placed on the final between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
All gram panchayats to have WiFi by 2018: Govt
· All gram panchayats in the country will have WiFi connectivity by October 2018 under the Bharat Net programme, a senior government official said.
· Under this programme, connectivity will be provided to the panchayats using optical fibres and radio satellites. Bharat Net will deliver WiFi to every citizen at an approximate price of Rs.100 per month, the official added.
· The new administration of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), headed by GajendraChauhan, is considering a proposal to convert the institute into a Digital Media University.
· The proposal submitted by the Governing Council Vice-Chairman BP Singh suggests the setting up of nine different schools under the aegis of FTII to offer 22 courses, up from 11 at present.
With 4 new vaccines, govt to revamp immunisation drive
· The health ministry will soon revamp its flagship immunisationprogramme ‘Mission Indradhanush’ to include four new vaccines.
· The mission, currently providing coverage against seven life-threatening diseases, will soon also include vaccines for rotavirus, measles rubella, inactivated polio vaccine biavalent and Japanese Encephalitis for adults, health minister JagatPrakashNadda said.
· Mission Indradhanush — depicting the seven colours of the rainbow — will also be rechristened accordingly, an official said. It currently provides immunisation coverage against diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, tuberculosis, measles and hepatitis B.
· As many as 15 Defence Security Corps (DSC) jawans and two officers were killed in a fire that broke out at the Central Ammunition Depot Pulgaon, Wardhain Maharashtra.
· Two officers and 17 DSC jawans were also injured in the fire. A Special Investigation Team (SIT) is being set up to probe the cause of the fire.
Maharashtra central jails get community radio stations
· Central prisons in Maharashtra launched community radio stations for inmates.
· This will help serve the jail inmates with information including counselling and entertainment programs after selecting a radio jockey from the prisoners, said Additional Director General of Police and Inspector General of Prisons, Maharashtra.
· The Central Prison at Yerwada in Pune also has a community radio.
· Ahead of the World No Tobacco Day, the Assam government banned all forms of smoking in public transport vehicles.
· It would be effective immediately to ensure clean environment and better air quality for public health, and penal action will be initiated against defaulters, officials said.
· Notably, the UN has declared May 31 as the World No Tobacco Day.
Maneka Gandhi to release Draft Trafficking of Persons Bill on 31stMay
· Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi will release the Draft Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill 2016 in New Delhi.
· The new bill aims to check human trafficking by unifying several existing laws, meting out tougher punishment for repeat offenders and ensuring the protection and rehabilitation of victims.
· Besides creating a comprehensive law against trafficking, the draft bill calls for the creation of a special court and investigation agency to tackle such cases and joint working groups with neighboring countries to undertake preventive measures.
· With more than 1.5 lakh post offices spread across the country, India has the largest postal network in the world.
· The number, which stood at about 23,000 during the time of independence, has grown by almost 7 times.
· Remarkably, 90% of the total post offices in the country are situated in rural areas.
Taiwan’s Problem Is the Economy, Not China
· When Tsai Ing-wen took office on May 20 as Taiwan’s first female president, most observers listened for what she would say about Taiwan’s relations with China.
· Instead, Ms. Tsai focused her inauguration speech on domestic matters, underscoring the new administration’s belief that in order to survive and prosper, Taiwan needs above all to focus on the problems it faces at home.
· Ms. Tsai drew attention to several areas, including the restructuring of Taiwan’s economy, strengthening its social safety net and the promotion of social fairness.
· She called for a consensus on two reform priorities in particular: pensions and the judiciary.
· Pakistan-born Bollywood singer and actress Salma Agha will get an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card that will offer her multiple entry, multi-purpose life long visa to visit India and exemption from reporting to police.
· As the Home Ministry took the decision to grant her OCI card, Agha met Home Minister Rajnath Singh, apparently to express her gratitude for the gesture.
· Agha had applied for the OCI card a few days ago and her application was approved after taking into consideration various aspects, officials said.
UK is world’s most corrupt country: Mafia expert
· The financial services industry in London has made the United Kingdom the most corrupt nation in the world, said a journalist who has spent over ten years reporting on the Italian Mafia.
· Roberto Saviano said that 90% of London’s banking institutions had offshore headquarters, through which they laundered drug money.
· Notably, Saviano has been under police protection since 2006.
BANKING AND FINANCIAL NEWS:
· The government raised the threshold limit of PF withdrawal for Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) from existing Rs.30,000 to Rs.50,000, with effect from June 1.
· Currently, TDS is deducted at the rate of 10% provided PAN is submitted. The government had introduced the proposal to deduct TDS on PF withdrawals to discourage premature withdrawal and promote long-term savings.
· Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows into India increased by 29 per cent to a record $40 billion during in the financial year ended March.
· If re-invested earnings ($10 billion), other capital ($4.4 billion) and equity capital of unincorporated bodies ($1 billion) are taken into account along with $40 billion worth equity inflows, the total FDI flows in FY’16 is the highest-ever at $55.4 billion.
· The FDI equity inflows in March 2016 went up by 16.5 per cent to $2.46 billion, according to data released by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).
Sandeep Goyal raises Rs.100 cr for tech startups
· Sandeep Goyal, Chairman of Mogae Media has raised around Rs.100 crore to fund the acquisition of digital startups.
· These startups would be the ones that have built brands, but are now struggling to raise funds for re-engineering or re-launch.
· Goyal said that the startups focused on analytics, mobile advertising and mobile-based programmatic buying will interest the funds immediately.
· Flipkart has launched ‘No Cost EMI’ or zero-interest on equal monthly instalments on purchase of electronics including premium smartphones, televisions, home appliances worth Rs.5,000 or more.
· Flipkart tied up with lender Bajaj Finserv and electronic brands to launch the consumer finance product earlier this month. No fees, interest or downpayment is required to purchase the items under the scheme.
DLF to sell 32 screens to PVR for Rs.433 cr
· Realty major DLF on Tuesday said it has entered into an amended agreement to sell 32 screens of DT Cinemas to multiplex operator PVR at a revised price of Rs.433 crore.
· Earlier, in June 2015, PVR had announced the acquisition of 39 screens of DT Cinemas for Rs.500 crore after terminating a similar deal in February 2010.
· The Bombay Stock Exchange would sell up to a 30% stake through an offer-for-sale within the ongoing fiscal, BSE has informed its shareholders.
· The exchange is estimated to raise Rs.1,300 crore from the sale.
· BSE would hold an annual general meeting on June 24 to seek shareholder approval for the listing, which will make it India’s first listed stock exchange.
Snapdeal opens data sciences centre in the US
· Online retailer Snapdeal on Monday announced the opening of its data sciences centre in California, United States.
· The centre will be headed by Nitin Sharma, Senior Vice President of Data Sciences at Snapdeal.
· The online retailer said that the centre will focus on big data and advanced analytics to support its consumer initiatives.
SurajitKarPurkayastha appointed new DGP in West Bengal
· Former Kolkata Police Commissioner SurajitKarPurkayastha was appointed as the new Director General of Police in West Bengal following retirement of G M P Reddy.
· A 1985 IPS officer, Purkayastha who is at present DG (CID), will take charge of the state police tomorrow, officials said.
· He was Kolkata’s police commissioner till February before being promoted ahead of the state Assembly elections.
· IPS officer Raj Kanojia, DGP (intelligence), will be the new Commandant General and DG of Home Guards in place of D P Tarenia.
Ashok Lavasa named the new Finance Secretary
· The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved the appointment of Ashok Lavasa as the Finance Secretary.
· Lavasa, an IAS officer of 1980 batch from the Haryana cadre, was recently shifted to the Ministry of Finance and was currently serving as the Expenditure Secretary.
· He replaced RajanWatal, who was appointed as the Principal Advisor to NITI Aayog.
Sunil Lanba takes over as Chief of Naval Staff
· Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba today took charge as the new Chief of the Naval Staff replacing Admiral RK Dhowan, who superannuated from service.
· Before taking over as the Navy Chief, Lanba (58) was the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) of Western Naval Command.
· He is also a recipient of the ParamVishishtSeva Medal and the AtiVishishtSeva Medal.
AWARDS AND HONORS:
· Star India batsman Virat Kohli was named Ceat T20 Player of the Year while former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar was conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award at a glittering function attended by several past and present players here.
· The award winners:
o Lifetime Achievement Award: DilipVengsarkar.
o International Cricketer of the Year:Joe Root
o International Batsman of the Year:Joe Root
o International Bowler of the Year:R Ashwin
o Test Cricketer of the Year:Kane Williamson
o ODI Cricketer of the Year: Martin Guptill
o T20 Player of the Year: ViratKohli
o Indian Cricketer of the Year: Rohit Sharma
o Domestic Cricketer of the Year:ShreyasIyer
o Young Player of the Year:Rishabh Pant
o Special Award: AjinkyaRahane.
AR Rahman conferred Japan’s Fukuoka Grand Prize
· Oscar-winning Indian musician AR Rahman was on Monday conferred the Grand Prize for 2016 under Japan’s Fukuoka prize.
· Rahman was honoured as “a global film music composer” and for breaking new ground in music.
· Meanwhile, Filipino historian AmbethOcampo won the Fukuoka Academic Prize and architect YasmeenLari from Pakistan was awarded the prize in the Arts and Culture category.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY:
· The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, slated in 2014 for a 2015 installation, is now finally successfully installed, inflated and fully pressurised on the International Space Station.
· It was NASA’s second attempt to deploy the inflatable module. The first, on 26 May, saw the BEAM failing to inflate fully.
· Over the next week, astronauts will perform safety checks on the expanded module to make sure that it’s not leaking and its structural integrity is intact.
Manohar Parrikar inaugurates submarine assembly workshop in Mazgaon
· Defence minister Manohar Parrikar, who was at the Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) to inaugurate a submarine assembly workshop, said the level of indigenisation in submarine construction should be much higher than the present.
· The newly built Submarine Marine Assembly Workshop is a pre-engineered building structure to handle construction of multiple submarines simultaneously. Built at a cost of Rs153 crore, it will make it possible to assemble five submarines in the workshop at the same time.
· US space agency NASA successfully deployed the first experimental inflatable room attached to the International Space Station.
· NASA Astronaut Jeff Williams began introducing air into the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, but he only filled air into the spacecraft for a very short time, ranging from one to 30 seconds, each time, Xinhua news agency reported.
· In total, Williams opened the air valve 25 times for a total time of 2 minutes and 27 seconds to add air to the module in short bursts as flight controllers carefully monitored the its internal pressure.
MoU’s / AGREEMENTS SIGNED:
· ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL), the overseas arm of state-run explorer Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with SOCAR Trading SA, the trading arm of Azerbaijan’s government-owned energy firm SOCAR, for foraying into oil trading business.
· The objective of the MoU, signed in Geneva on 27 May, is to explore possibilities of joint marketing of OVL’s crude oil portfolio by leveraging SOCAR Trading’s experience in oil trading, OVL said in a statement.
Railways to set up Kalpana Chawla Chair with PEC university
· The Indian Railways signed an MoU with PEC University of Technology to set up ‘Kalpana Chawla Chair’ on geospatial technology at the Chandigarh-based institution for her contribution to aerospace engineering.
· The Indian Railways have decided to set up the academic chair in geospatial technology at KalpanaChawla’s alma mater, a Railways statement said here.
· Chawla was a student at the PEC University, earlier known as Punjab Engineering College, during 1978-82.
· The railways will provide a corpus of Rs.10 crore to the university for the chair.
· India and the US are likely to ink two key agreements in July that would exempt prominent citizens from immigration checks and enable sharing of terror-related information, a senior Home Ministry source said.
· Agreements on the Global Entry programme and the Homeland Security Presidential Directive-6 (HSPD-6) are expected to be signed during the US-India Homeland Security Dialogue in July.
JICA extends Rs.1,548 cr loan for healthcare in TN
· The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has signed an agreement with India to provide 25,537 million Yen (around Rs.1,548 crore) towards improving the quality of urban healthcare services in Tamil Nadu.
· The project will be implemented in 17 cities including Chennai and Coimbatore. Upgradation of tertiary hospitals and hospital management among others will be covered under the project.
· Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu etched his name into Indian football’s history book after becoming the first player in the history of the nation to play in a game in the top division of a European league.
· The former East Bengal star achieved the feet as he was named in Norwegian side Stabaek’s starting line-up for their Tippeligaen game against Start.
· Gurpreet, who has established himself as India’s number one choice between the sticks in the recent past, had moved to the Norwegian side in 2014.
Rajyavardhan’s son wins Gold at shotgun event
· Manavaditya Singh Rathore, son of the 2004 Athens Olympics silver medalistRajyavardhan Singh Rathore, clinched the gold medal in the Men’s Junior Trap event of the International Junior Shotgun Cup in Finland.
· Across all five events in the competition featuring a total of 90 junior shotgun shooters from 10 countries, India won three gold, two silver, and four bronze medals.
· Playing against Sri Lanka in the second Test, England skipper Alastair Cook became the youngest cricketer and the first Englishman to score 10,000 Test runs.
· Cook, aged 31 years, 157 days, broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record of breaching the mark at the age of 31 years, 326 days.
· Cook was also the youngest to score 7,000, 8,000 and 9,000 Test runs.
Weir sets world record in 1-mile wheelchair race
· Six-time Paralympic gold medal-winning British wheelchair racer, David Weir on Sunday became the first wheelchair racer to complete a mile-long race (approximately 1.6 kilometers) in under three minutes.
· Weir recorded a time of two minutes and 57 seconds to beat his own previous world record timing by a six-second margin.
· Prominent Kannada writer, poet, D JavareGowda, popularly known as ‘De Ja Go’, passed away at a hospital in Mysuru on Monday evening.
· De JaGow, 101, who also served as the Vice-Chancellor of Mysore University, was admitted to the hospital after facing a cardiac problem.
· Gowda, who significantly contributed to Kannada literature, worked towards promoting the Kannada language as the medium of instruction in schools.
BJP Leader and Former MP RudraMadhab Ray Dead
· Senior BJP leader and former MP RudraMadhab Ray passed away at a hospital here today following prolonged illness.He was 79.
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