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Monday, June 5, 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 1ST JUNE 2017

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1. JAITLEY INAUGURATES TELANGANA SOLAR PLANT, KARNA WINDMILL
i. Defence Minister Arun Jaitley has inaugurated a solar power plant of 16 MW capacity at the Ordinance Factory in Telangana’s Medak.
ii. The solar power plant at Medak has been set up at a cost of Rs 105 cr by Bharat Electronics Limited. A9 MW capacity windmill project has installed at Dammur in Karnataka at a cost of Rs 53 cr by BEML.
iii. Jaitley has also presented an excellence awards to various defence PSUs:
a) The excellence award in the institutional category for 2014-15 was given to Bharat Dynamics Limited, Hyderabad. The award for 2015-16 was conferred on Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Bengaluru.
b) The best performance award in exports for 2014-15 was given to Goa Shipyard Limited. The award for 2015-16 was conferred on Bharat Electronics Limited, Bengaluru.

2. DELHI TO HOST 3-DAY INDIAN MOBILE CONGRESS IN SEPTEMBER
i. Union Minister for Communications Manoj Sinha has announced that the Mobile Congress 2017 will be held in New Delhi.
ii. This is the first time India is all set to host its own mobile mega show. It is a 3 day programme and is scheduled from 27th to 29th September.
iii. The Indian telecom market is the 2nd-largest in the world after China. India has a total subscriber base of over 1.18 billion subscribers.

3. MINISTRY OF EARTH SCIENCES TO LAUNCH ‘DEEP OCEAN MISSION’ BY JANUARY 2018
i. Secretary of Ministry of Earth Sciences, M Rajeevan has announced that India is all set to launch ‘Deep Ocean Mission’ by January 2018.
ii. ‘Deep Ocean Mission’ will improve India’s position in ocean research field. Seven premier science agencies including NIO, DRDO and ISRO will participate in this  Ministry of Earth Sciences to launch ‘Deep Ocean Mission’ by January 2018 venture.
iii. India has now designated an area of 75,000 sq km for deep sea exploration. This area has an estimated resource of about 100 mn tons of strategic metals such Copper, Cobalt, Nickel besides Manganese and Iron.

4. 70TH EDITION OF WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY HELD IN GENEVA
i. 70th World Health Assembly was held from 22nd to 31st May in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr Margaret Chan gave her last address as Director-General of the WHO, with her tenure coming to an end.
ii. Member States of WHO, elected Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new Director-General of WHO.
iii. Delegates at the World Health Assembly approved the organization’s proposed programme budget of US$ 4421.5 million for the biennium, which includes a 3% increase in Member State assessed contributions for 2018–2019.
iv. Discussions were held on implementation of the International Health Regulations, and improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sepsis.
v. The World Health Assembly is the supreme decision-making body for WHO. It generally meets in Geneva in May each year, and is attended by delegations from all 194 Member States. Its main function is to determine the policies of the Organization.

5. ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK & PUNJAB NATIONAL BANK SIGN $100 MILLION LOAN TO FINANCE SOLAR ROOFTOP PROJECTS
i. Asian Development Bank and the Punjab National Bank signed a $100 million loan agreement to finance large solar rooftop systems on industrial and commercial buildings throughout India.
ii. This is the 1st tranche loan of the $500 million multi tranche finance facility Solar Rooftop Investment Program approved by ADB in 2016.
iii. This agreement has been guaranteed by the Government of India. PNB will use the ADB funds to make further loans to various developers and end users to install rooftop solar systems.
iv. ADB’s $500 million Solar Rooftop Investment Program includes $330 million from ADB’s ordinary capital resources and $170 million from the multi donor Clean Technology Fund administered by ADB.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 31ST MAY 2017

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1. GADKARI LAYS FOUNDATION OF RS 1,117 CR PROJECTS AT JNPT
i. Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari has laid foundation stone of 8 connectivity projects worth Rs 1,117.03 cr at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, Mumbai.
ii.The main aim to lay the foundation is to boost port infrastructure. These projects will enhance connectivity of the hinterland to the port.
iii. The projects includes integrated common rail yard facility at JNPT, construction of coastal berth, and restructuring of yard behind shallow water berth.
iv. The Port Trust is focused on creating world-class infrastructure to enable hassle-free trade and contribute to the ease of doing business.

2. INDIA AND FIJI SIGN MOU ON DEFENCE COOPERATION
i. India has signed an MoU with FIJI on Defence Cooperation. The MoU will include in defence industry, military training, humanitarian assistance and disaster management.
ii. The Meeting was held between defence minister Mr.Arun Jaitley and his counterpart of FIJI Mr.R.I Kubuabola.
iii.The MoU has been signed in New Delhi the capital of India.

3. INDIA RANKS 120TH AMONG 131 NATIONS IN WOMEN WORKFORCE, SAYS WORLD BANK REPORT
i. As per ‘India Development Report’ released by World Bank, India ranks 120th among 131 countries in terms of women participation in the workforce.
ii. As per the report, participation level of women in Indian workforce has been dropping since year 2005, despite having 42% women who are graduates.
iii. The women participation in workforce is only 27% in  India, which is much lower as compared to China and Brazil where it is in the range of 65-70%.

4. LIONEL MESSI WINS FOURTH GOLDEN SHOE, TIES RECORD WITH CRISTIANO RONALDO
i. Professional football player Lionel Messi has won the European Golden Shoe for a 4th time.  Playing for FC Barcelona, Lionel Messi scored 37 goals this season.
ii. With the 4th Golden shoe to his name, Messi has equalled Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo’s record.
iii. Lionel Messi topped the Golden Shoe table by scoring 37 goals and securing 74 points, and was ahead of Bas Dost of Sporting Lisbon by six points.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 30TH MAY 2017

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1. 43RD G7 SUMMIT HELD IN SICILY, ITALY
i. 43rd G7 summit was held on May 26–27 in Taormina, Sicily, Italy. The summit was attended by leaders of G7 countries viz. US, Germany, UK, France, Italy, Canada and Japan as well as the representatives of European Union.
ii. G7 presidency rotates annually between member countries. Presidency for the year 2017 is held by Italy. The theme of the Italian G7 presidency in 2017 was “Building the foundations of renewed trust.”
iii. G7 communiqué released on May 27 at the conclusion of the summit stated that “all member countries – except the US – had reaffirmed their “strong commitment” to abide by the 2015 Paris climate agreement to rein in greenhouse gas emissions.”

2. INDIA TO GROW AT 7.2% IN 2017-18 – WORLD BANK
i. As per “India Development Report” by World Bank, Indian economy is expected to grow at 7.2% in FY 2017-18 as compared to 6.8% in 2016-17.
ii. The report has outlined that demonetization in November 2016 caused a slight disruption to India’s growth recovery.
iii. It is to be noted that in the latest World Economic Outlook, International Monetary Fund has cut down India’s growth forecast for year 2017 by 0.4% points to 7.2 %.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 29TH MAY 2017

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1. MAURITIUS PM PRAVIND JUGNAUTH’S 3 DAY VISIT TO INDIA
i. Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth arrived in India for a 3-day official visit.
ii. India, Mauritius sign 4 agreements including bilateral maritime security: Setting up of a civil services college in Mauritius, USD 500 million Line of Credit agreement between the SBM Mauritius Infrastructure Development Company and Export-Import Bank of India, Cooperation in ocean research and Maritime Security Agreement.

2. HARYANA ANNOUNCES PENSION SCHEME FOR JOURNALISTS
i. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced following incentives for journalists at the “Swarna Jayanti Journalists’ Meet” in Panchkula:
ii. Rs 10,000 monthly pension scheme, for those who are above 60 years and have completed 20 years in the profession.
iii. A new policy would be framed for giving recognition to representatives of online news portals.
iv. A life insurance covers of Rs 10 lakh and a cashless media claim policy of Rs 5,00,000.
v. Media persons, who have completed five years in the profession, would be given recognition by the state government.

3. DAILONG VILLAGE IN MANIPUR DECLARED BIODIVERSITY HERITAGE SITE
i. The Manipur government has declared Dailong village of Tamenglong district as a Biodiversity Heritage Site of the state.
ii. Dialong village is declared by Kengoo Zuringla, joint secretary of forest and environment. It has an area of 11.35 sq km.

4. GLOBAL FORUM ON DISASTER RISK REDUCTION TAKES PLACE IN MEXICO
i. 5th edition of Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction took place in Cancun, Mexico.
ii. Around 4,000 participants and delegations from over 180 countries attended this 5th edition of the Global Platform which was held outside Geneva, Switzerland for the 1st time and hosted and co-organised with the Mexican government.
iii. This is the first international summit on disaster since the Sendai Framework, which was adopted in 2015 in Japan. 6th edition of Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction will take place in 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.

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