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Current Affairs Daily Digest – May 19 2017


  1. Indian-origin steel tycoon bags prestigious ‘CEO of the Year’ award in UK

Britain’s Indian-origin steel tycoon Sanjeev Gupta has bagged a top global award for his successful acquisitions and his drive to transform the steel industry in the UK, India and beyond. Gupta, the executive chairman of the Liberty House Group who has been behind a series of acquisitions in the British steel industry of former Tata Steel and Caparo assets, received the title “CEO of the Year” at the prestigious Platts Global Metals Awards in London.

  1. Harsh Vardhan gets additional charge of Environment Ministry

Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan was given additional charge of the Environment Ministry following the death of Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave.

The President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, has directed that Dr Harsh Vardhan, Cabinet Minister shall be assigned the charge of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, in addition to his existing portfolios. Harsh Vardhan is also minister for Earth Sciences.

  1. PM Narendra Modi to inaugurate India’s longest river bridge in Assam on May 26

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate India’s longest river bridge in Assam on May 26. The Dhola -Sadiya Bridge bridge which is capable of withstanding 60-tonne battle tank will be very close to China border. The prime minister will dedicate the strategically important bridge to the nation on May 26. It will bolster the road connectivity in the Northeast as the bridge will be used by people of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh besides defence forces extensively.

  1. Mehbooba inaugurates semi-mechanised car park in Srinagar

A semi-mechanised car park, the first of its kind in Jammu and Kashmir, was inaugurated by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti who hoped the facility would ease traffic congestion in and around Lal Chowk. The multi-level car park, located near the old KMD bus stand on Maulana Azad Road, has been set up at a cost of Rs 27.15 crore and has a capacity to hold 288 vehicles.

  1. Start up India Summit to be held in Dubai

GI (Consulate General of India) Dubai and Embassy of India in Abu Dhabi in partnership with iSPIRIT, a nonprofit think tank will host a two-day “Start-up India Summit” in UAE on 23rd and 24th of May 2017.

This is the first such “Start-Up Summit” being held in the UAE. The aim is to provide a shared platform for the Start-up ecosystem in both India and UAE for greater collaboration, exchange ideas, interact with academia, investors and industry.

  1. Scientists at IIT Delhi Develops Cheapest Respiratory Filter

Researchers at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) have developed a respiratory filter which not only restricts entry of up to 95 per cent dust and air pollutants but is also the cheapest naso filter available.

The device ‘Nasofilters’, a nano-respiratory filter involving a cost of Rs 10, is ready for commercialisation and gives protection against the finest particulate pollutants in the air for at least eight hours and hence reduces risk of respiratory diseases.

  1. Orkut Founder’s new social network Hello launches in India

Orkut’s creator Büyükkökten has launched a new social network called Hello, which is available on mobile only. The Hello.com app is available on Android and iOS in the following countries: US, Canada, Britain, France, Australia, Brazil, Ireland. Germany, Mexico and India are next on the list and the app should be available this month.

  1. Japan cabinet approves Emperor Akihito abdication bill

The Japanese government has approved a one-off bill allowing ageing Emperor Akihito to step down from the Chrysanthemum Throne, in the first such abdication in two centuries. The bill is likely to receive swift final approval in parliament, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet signed off on the legislation.

  1. Philippines President Duterte imposes public smoking ban

Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order banning smoking in public across the second-most populous country in south-east Asia, creating one of the region’s strictest anti-tobacco laws. The ban, which carries a maximum penalty of four months in jail and a fine of 5,000 pesos ($100), covers both indoor and outdoor smoking.

  1. Fox News co-founder Roger Ailes dies at 77

Roger Ailes, who fueled a revival of conservative American politics at the helm of the powerful Fox News, has died at age 77. A longtime confidant of media titan Rupert Murdoch who became a central figure in the conservative US political movement, Ailes stood down at Fox in July last year under the cloud of a sexual harassment lawsuit from former news host Gretchen Carlson – one of a string of such allegations against him.


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