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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 15TH – 16TH MAY 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 15TH – 16TH MAY 2017
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
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1. GOA GOVT TO SIGN MOU UNDER PMBJP FOR SUBSIDISED MEDICINES
i. Goa government has decided to sign memorandum of understanding with the Centre under Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana to provide subsidised medicines in the state.
ii. The MoU will be signed in June 2017 in presence of CM of Goa, Mahohar Parrikar. Under this MoU, all pharmacy stores run by Goa State Govt. would be converted into ‘Jan Aushadi Kendra’ in a phased manner.
iii. ‘Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana’ has been launched by Department of Pharmaceuticals, under Union Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers to provide quality medicines at affordable prices to the masses through special points referred to as Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Kendra.

2. FIRST VIDESH SAMPARK HELD IN TELANGANA
i. 1st outreach programme of the Ministry of External Affairs, ‘Videsh Sampark’ was hosted in Telangana. The conference was held in Hyderabad. It was inaugurated by Gen. V.K. Singh – Minister of State for External Affairs.
ii. The objective of ‘Videsh Sampark’ conference is to involve State Governments in creating awareness on the schemes and initiatives launched by Ministry of External Affairs pertaining to consular and passport services, engagement with overseas Indians, and welfare and protection of overseas Indians.

3. ISKCON’S GOVARDHAN ECO VILLAGE WINS SMART VILLAGE AWARD
i. Maharashtra’s Govardhan Eco Village has won the “Smart Village” award for being a sustainable project in rural Maharashtra.
ii. The India Trade Promotion Organisation’s award was recieved by Nimai Lila Das to Chief Sustainability Officer of Govardhan Eco Village, in New Delhi.
iii. Eco Village was set up by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in adjoining Thane district. It is a farm community and retreat centre spread over a scenic landscape of 100 acres at Galtare in Wada taluka.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 14TH MAY 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 14TH MAY 2017
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
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1. RAJNATH SINGH CHAIRS NORTHERN ZONAL COUNCIL MEETING IN CHANDIGARH
i. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will chair the 28th meeting of the Northern Zonal Council on 11th of May in Chandigarh. The 27th meeting of the Northern Zonal Council was held at New Delhi.
ii. North Zonal Council comprises the Chandigarh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi and Rajasthan.
iii. 5 Zonal Councils – Central, Northern, Western, Southern and Eastern—have been established under the State Reorganisation Act, 1956.
iv. A zonal council will be the matter of common interest in economic and social planning border disputes, linguistic minorities or inter-state transport.

2. NAGPUR WILL BE THE 1ST INDIAN CITY TO GET ELECTRIC RADIO CABS
i. Nagpur will be the 1st Indian city to get electric radio cabs. It will be started from 24th of May. It will be launched by Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari.
ii. The Project will be undertaken by Nagpur Municipal Corporation.and is the 1st project of its kind in the country. It is a method to tackle increasing pollution in the country.
iii. The pilot project will see around 200 e-cabs in Nagpur with the local body to provide for the charging stations across the city. It will promote the usage of electric and hybrid vehicles in India as the country is moving towards its goal of going all electric by 2030.

3. PM NARENDRA MODI’S TWO DAY VISIT TO SRI LANKA
i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on a 2-day visit to Sri Lanka. During this visit, he participated in the International Vesak Day celebrations, the biggest festival of Buddhists and attended several other programmes.
ii. The theme of this year’s celebration was “Buddhist Teachings for Social Justice and Sustainable World Peace”.
iii. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a multi-specialty hospital at Dickoya in Nuwara Eliya district of Sri Lanka.

4. 19TH SESSION OF INDIA-ITALY JOINT COMMISSION FOR ECONOMIC COOPERATION HELD IN ROME
i. 19th Session of India-Italy Joint Commission for Economic Cooperation held in Rome.
ii. The Joint Commission was co-chaired by the Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman by the Italian Minister of Economic Development Carlo Calenda.
iii. India’s bilateral trade with Italy during 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 was US $9.32 billion, US $8.28 billion and US $8.80 billion respectively.

5. DISHA MICROFIN GETS FINAL NOD FROM RBI FOR SMALL FINANCE BANK
i. Disha Microfin has received the final license from Reserve Bank to operate as a small finance bank. The Bank will start operations from July this year. The bank will be called Fincare Small Finance Bank.
ii. Its main focus will be on the priority sector and retail segments, and will additionally offer products such as gold loans and affordable housing loans.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 13TH MAY 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 13TH MAY 2017
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
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1. ELECTION COMMISSION OF INDIA LAUNCHES NATIONAL CONTACT CENTRE
i. The Election Commission of India has launched National Contact Centre.The National Contact Centre is operated on a National Grievance Redressal System Software.
ii. This software is a single window platform to manage complaints and feedback received through calls, SMS, emails and website access in an integrated and time-bound manner.
iii. Each state and UT will also soon setup and operationalize dedicated State Contact Centre and District Contact Centre.
iv. It will ensure seamless flow of information across the contact centers for handling issues/ query from citizens.

2. AHMEDABAD TO HOST BIGGEST EVER INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY EVENT ON JUNE 21
i. Ahmedabad is going to host biggest International Yoga Day event on 21st June. The event will include the participation of 5 Lakh people.
ii. The event would be inaugurated by the state’s CM Vijay Rupani and BJP president Amit Shah.
iii. It would be jointly hosted by the city’s GMDC and AES grounds.

3. UNION ROAD TRANSPORT MINISTER NITIN GADKARI LAUNCHES NHAI’S FIRST MASALA BOND IN UK
i. The National Highways Authority of India has raised Rs. 3000 cr through Masala Bonds at London Stock Exchange. Funds raised through these Masala Bonds will be used for constructing roads and transport infrastructure in India.
ii. The NHAI Masala Bonds issue was launched by Nitin Gadkari, Union Road Transport Minister in London.
iii. Initially, issue size of NHAI Masala Bonds was Rs. 1500 cr. Owing to positive response from investors, the issue size was raised to Rs. 3000 cr. These bonds will give 3% annual returns to investors.

4. VVS LAXMAN NAMED AN HONORARY LIFE MEMBER OF MCC
i. Former India batsman V V S Laxman was awarded an honorary life membership to the Marylebone Cricket Club.
ii. Laxman is the 5th Indian to receive the honour, after Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan.

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