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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 28TH MAY 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 28TH MAY 2017
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
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1. 52ND ANNUAL MEETINGS OF AFDB HELD IN GUJARAT
i. India hosted 52nd Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank from 22nd to 26th May in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. This is the 1st time that the Annual Meetings of AfDB were held in India.
ii. Union minister Piyush Goyal launched the 3rd International Solar Alliance programme on ‘scaling up mini-grids and micro-grids’
iii. Nauru, Djibouti, Cote d’Ivoire, Comoros, Somalia and Ghana signed the International Solar Alliance framework agreement on the sidelines of African Development Bank meeting in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

2. NAGPUR BECOMES FIRST CITY WITH ELECTRIC MASS MOBILITY SYSTEM
i. Nagpur earned the distinction of becoming India’s 1st city with electric mass mobility system as Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis along with Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari flagged off taxi aggregator Ola’s electronic vehicle services in the city.
ii. Ola’s 200-strong fleet of EVs comprise taxis, buses and rickshaws. 100 new e2o Plus cars of Mahindra are also a part of this fleet. Rest of the vehicles have been sourced from other Original Equipment Manufacturers, including Tata Motors, Kinetic, BYD and TVS.

3. INDIA-PACIFIC ISLANDS CONFERENCE HELD IN FIJI
i. India’s Ministry of External Affairs hosted the ‘India-Pacific Islands Sustainable Development Conference’ in Suva, Fiji.
ii. The conference was inaugurated by Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, the Acting Prime Minister of Fiji. It was held under the framework of the Forum for India Pacific Islands Co-operation. The Energy and Resources Institute was key knowledge partner.
iii. Minister of State for External Affairs, Gen. (Dr.) V K Singh hosted the conference. He also announced that India will contribute US$ 1 million to Fiji’s Trust Fund for their Presidency of COP-23 to be held in November 2017.
iv. Various Issues discussed at ‘India-Pacific Islands Sustainable Development Conference’ are:
Blue economy, Disaster preparedness Health, Adaptation-mitigation practices for climate change, International Solar Alliance and Finding practical solutions to Nationally Determined Contributions implementation.

4. RBI TO OBSERVE FINANCIAL LITERACY WEEK FROM JUNE 5-9
i. RBI has decided to observe the week June 5-9, 2017 as Financial Literacy Week across the country.
ii. The literacy week will mainly focus on four broad themes that is KYC, Grievance Redressal, Exercising Credit Discipline and Going Digital (UPI and *99#).
iii. Banks are advised to conduct special camps on each of the 5 days in unbanked areas. An online quiz will be hosted for the general public on the four broad themes to generate interest/awareness about financial literacy.


5. GOVT PERMITS DIPP TO GRANT INDUSTRIAL LICENCES TO DEFENCE MANUFACTURERS
i. The government has announced the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion to grant Industrial licences to defence manufacturers.
ii. DIPP will now process the applications for grant of licence for manufacture of defence items.
iii. Before DIPP the Home Ministry was carrying out this exercise. The department, under the commerce and industry ministry, is mainly responsible for formulation of polices with regard to promotion of foreign investment and manufacturing industries.
iv. DIPP has mentioned that all the interested entrepreneurs, companies, industries to apply with details to the Senior Development Officer.

6. JSPL COMMISSIONS ODISHA’S LARGEST INTEGRATED STEEL PLANT
i. Jindal Steel and Power Ltd has inaugrated the largest integrated steel plant of Odisha with the commissioning of the country’s largest blast furnace at Angul.
ii. The Angul steel plant has been expanded from two million tonne per annum to six MTPA.
iii. The plant was set up at an investment of about Rs 33,000 cr. JSPL became India’s 4th largest steelmaker after JSW, SAIL and Tata Steel.

7. PRANAB MUKHARJEE PRESENTED THE DR. AMBEDKAR NATIONAL AWARDS
i. The President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee has presented the Dr. Ambedkar National Awards for the years 2011, 2012 and 2014 on May 26 in New Delhi.
ii. Dr. Ambedkar National Awards has been given for outstanding contribution to the promotion of social understanding and for the upliftment of weaker sections of the society.
iii. The winners of Awards Professorare as follows:
a. S K Thorat, a well-known scholar
b. Amar Sewa Sangam an institution working in the field of empowering differently abled persons.
c. Samta Sainik Dal’ a non-political organization founded by Dr. Ambedkar
d. Shri BabuLal Nirmal, a social activist from Rajasthan.

8. INTERNATIONAL FERTILISER ASSOCIATION HIRES RAKESH KAPUR AS CHAIRMAN
i. Rakesh Kapoor has been appointed a chairman of International Fertilizer Association. He is a Joint Managing Director of Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited. He is the 3rd Indian to hold this prestigious position in IFA’s 90 years’ history.
ii. IFFCO is the World’s largest fertilizer and marketing Cooperative represents 50 Million farmers across the country.
iii. IFA’s Annual Conference held from May 22nd – 24th in Marrakech, Morocco in which 1400 participants were present.

9. VANI SARRAJU RAO APPOINTED AS THE NEXT AMBASSADOR OF INDIA TO FINLAND
i. Ms. Vani Sarraju Rao has appointed the next Ambassador of India to Finland. She is presently Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs.

10. SYED GHAYORUL HASAN RIZVI ASSUMES CHARGE OF CHAIRMAN OF NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR MINORITIES
i. Syed Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi has assumed a charge of the Chairman of the National Commission for Minorities in New Delhi.
ii. Syed Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi served as Chairman, U.P Minority Finance Development Corporation Ltd. He is a graduate in Arts and also holds Diploma in Mechanics.

OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS

Q1. 52ND ANNUAL MEETINGS OF THE AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK WERE HELD FROM 22ND TO 26TH MAY 2017 IN?
a)  Bengaluru, Karnataka
b)  Kochi, Kerala
c)  Kolkata, West Bengal
d)  Gandhinagar, Gujarat
Q2. WHICH AMONG THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES SIGNED THE INTERNATIONAL SOLAR ALLIANCE FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT ON THE SIDELINES OF AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK MEETING IN GANDHINAGAR, GUJARAT?
a)  Liberia
b)  Ghana
c)  Uganda
d)  Nigeria
Q3. ‘INDIA-PACIFIC ISLANDS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE’ WAS HELD ON 25TH AND 26TH MAY 2017 IN?
a)  Funafuti, Tuvalu
b)  Male, Maldives
c)  Suva, Fiji
d)  Port Louis, Mauritius
Q4. WHICH COMPANY MADE OPERATIONAL, THE LARGEST INTEGRATED STEEL PLANT OF ODISHA WITH THE COMMISSIONING OF THE COUNTRY’S LARGEST BLAST FURNACE AT ANGUL?
a)  Jindal Steel and Power
b)  Steel Authority of India
c)  JSW Steel
d)  Tata Steel
Q5. SYED GHAYORUL HASAN RIZVI ASSUMED CHARGE AS THE CHAIRMAN OF?
a)  National Commission for Scheduled Castes
b)  National Commission for Minorities
c)  National Commission for Scheduled Tribes
d)  Union Public Service Commission

ANSWERS: 

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

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