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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 12TH MAY 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 12TH MAY 2017
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
SHARED BY: WWW.DAILYGK.IN

1. BISHU PARV OR SENDRA OBSERVED IN DALMA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
i. The 2017 hunting festival “BishuParv” was observed in Jharkhand. The Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary is located 10 km from the city of Jamshedpur in Jharkhand.
ii. The Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for holding many elephants and other animals, which come downhill during the monsoons and winter and enter nearby villages and towns of Jharkhand and West Bengal.

2. YOGI ADITYANATH GOVT. TO MERGE LOCAL BODIES OF MATHURA-VRINDAVAN, AYODHYA-FAIZABAD
i. The Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government decided to merge the local bodies of two temple towns of  Ayodhya-Faizabad and Mathura-Vrindavan.
ii. Its main aim is to generate more revenue by providing better facilities to the tourists.
iii. To strengthen the infrastructure and to purify the Yamuna and to facilitate local residents and pilgrims, it has been decided to make Mathura and Vrindavan together to form a municipal corporation.

3. I-T DEPT LAUNCHES E-FACILITY TO LINK PERSON’S AADHAAR WITH PAN
i. The Income Tax department has launched a new e-facility to link a person’s Aadhaar with the Permanent Account Number. It is a mandatory procedure for filing I-T returns.
ii. The department’s e-filing website – https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in – has created a new link on its homepage making it “easy” to link the two unique identities of an individual.
iii. There is no need to login or be registered on e-filing website. This facility can be used by anyone to link their Aadhaar with PAN.
iv. The government under the Finance has made it mandatory for taxpayers to quote Aadhaar or enrolment ID of Aadhaar application form for filing of income tax returns (ITR).

4. ICICI BANK CHIEF CHANDA KOCHHAR RECEIVES ‘WOODROW WILSON AWARD’ FOR GLOBAL CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP
i. Chanda Kochhar, the MD and Chief Executive of ICICI Bank became the 1st Indian woman to be conferred with the prestigious Woodrow Wilson Award for Global Corporate Citizenship.
ii. The award was conferred by Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington DC, US. Ms. Kochhar received this award for demonstrating a commitment to the common good beyond the bottom line.
iii. 2017 Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service has been conferred on United States Senator, Mitch McConnell.

5. SANJAY MITRA APPOINTED AS NEW DEFENSE SECRETARY
i. Sanjay Mitra will be the next defense secretary of the country. He is the 1982 batch IAS officer from West Bengal cadre.
ii. Mitra will assume charge on May 24 when incumbent G Mohan Kumar retires. He was holding the charge of secretary in the ministry of road transport and highways.
iii. Rajiv Srivastava, a 1981 batch IAS officer of Rajasthan cadre, to be the next secretary in the ministry of woman and child development.
iv. Anant Kumar Singh, a 1984 batch IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh has been appointed as the secretary in the textiles ministry.
v. Jagdish Prasad Meena is selected for the post of secretary in the department of consumer affairs.

6. INDIA’S INS TARKASH MARKS ‘UK INDIA YEAR OF CULTURE’
i. INS Tarkash had arrived at its final docking point in Britain on the river Thames at West India Docks in Londons Canary Wharf to mark UK India Year of Culture.
ii. It helps in promoting cooperation and shared exchanges on naval operations, including disaster management, anti-terrorism and anti-piracy.
iii. Tarkash arrived on UK shores at Plymouth harbour on 2nd May to participate in the annual bilateral maritime exercise Konkan-17.
iv. The bilateral Konkan exercise provides a platform for the two Navies to periodically exercise at sea and in harbour so as to build inter-operability and share best practices.
v. INS Tarkash participated in support of an anti-hijacking operation onboard MV OS-35 off Yemen in Gulf of Aden on April 9.
vi. Its aims to underscore India’s consensus with friendly and like-minded countries towards ensuring good order in the maritime domain.It also aims to strengthen the existing bonds of friendship between India and the UK.

7. UNION AGRICULTURE AND FARMERS WELFARE MINISTER LAUNCH E-KRISHI SAMVAD, AN ONLINE INTERFACE
i. Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, has launched e-Krishi Samvad  at Krishi Bhawan in New Delhi for welfare and development of agricultural stakeholders in India.
ii. e-Krishi Samvad is internet-based interface that will provide actionable and effective solutions to the problems faced by farmers and stakeholders in the agriculture sector.
iii. This platform is also accessible through mobile phones having internet facility.

8. NATIONAL TECHNOLOGY DAY: – MAY 11, 2017
i. The National Technology Day 2017 was observed on 11th May, 2017 in India.
ii. The National Technology Day 2017 theme was Technology for inclusive and sustainable growth.
iii. The day is commemorated to mark the anniversary of Pokhran nuclear tests of 1998. It also marks India’s scientific prowess and technological advancements.
vi. On this occasion, a post on PM Narendra Modi’s website shows how Technology has always acted as a means to empowerment for people.

OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS

Q1. ANNUAL HUNTING FESTIVAL ‘BISHU PARV’, IS OBSERVED BY TRIBAL COMMUNITY LIVING IN WHICH WILDLIFE SANCTARY?
a)  Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh
b)  Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary, Jharkhand
c)  Kamlang Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam
d)  Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary, Chhattisgarh
Q2. AADHAAR HAS BEEN MADE MANDATORY FOR APPLYING FOR PERMANENT ACCOUNT NUMBER WITH EFFECT FROM:
a)  August 1, 2017
b)  June 1, 2017
c)  September 1, 2017
d)  July 1, 2017
Q3. WHO AMONG THE FOLLOWING HAS RECEIVED ‘WOODROW WILSON AWARD’ FOR GLOBAL CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP?
a)  Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
b)  Shikha Sharma
c)  Chanda Kochhar
d)  Arundhati Bhattacharya
Q4. GOVERNMENT APPROVED THE APPOINTMENT OF ______ AS THE NEXT DEFENCE SECRETARY OF INDIA?
a)  Sanjay Mitra
b)  Kailash Menon
c)  Manish Surana
d)  Mukul Bajwa
Q5. WHICH INTERNET-BASED INTERFACE HAS BEEN LAUNCHED BY UNION AGRICULTURE AND FARMERS WELFARE MINISTRY FOR WELFARE AND DEVELOPMENT OF AGRICULTURAL STAKEHOLDERS IN INDIA?
a)  e-Krishi Nivaran
b)  e-Krishi Mitr
c)  e-Krishi Samvad
d)  e-Krishi Samadhan

ANSWERS:

  1 - B  2 - D    3 - C    4 - A    5 - C

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