Quick Gyan

May 27 – Current Affairs Quick Gyan

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AWARDS AND HONORS

Sunil Mittal receives 2016 Harvard Alumni award

Bharti Enterprises chairman Sunil Mittal has received this year’s Harvard Business School alumni achievement award. Mittal said “Harvard Business School’s renowned management program helped me validate and sharpen my work towards putting together the building blocks to create one of the leading global telecom companies – Bharti Airtel”.

The alumni achievement award, presented annually since 1968, is the highest honour that Harvard Business School bestows on its alumni who have contributed significantly to their companies and communities.

Quick Link – Harvard Alumni award

US engineer Frances Arnold wins Millennium Technology Prize

An American innovator has become the first woman to win a USD 1.2 million technology prize in Finland for her path-breaking work on “directed evolution”, a method of rewriting DNA to create new and better proteins. Frances Arnold, a biochemical engineer, has been awarded the 2016 Millennium Technology Prize by the Technology Academy Finland (TAF) in recognition of her discoveries that launched the field of “directed evolution”, which mimics natural evolution to create new and better proteins in the laboratory.

Quick Link – Millennium Technology Prize

Indian-American students sweep top three spots in 2016 National Geographic Bee Contest

Indian-American students have secured the top three spots in this year’s prestigious National Geographic Bee championship finals. 12-year-old Rishi Nair, a sixth grader from Florida took top spot at the annual National Geographic Bee held at the National Geographic headquarters in Washington. This is the fifth consecutive year that an Indian-American has won the prestigious national tournament. Rishi received a USD 50,000 college scholarship and a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society.

Quick Link – National Geographic Bee

INDIAN AFFAIRS

NGT bans light and heavy diesel vehicles over 10 years in six major cities of Kerala

In a landmark judgement, the National Green Tribunal Circuit Bench banned light and heavy diesel vehicles, which are more than 10 years old, in six major cities, including state capital Thiruvananthapuram and commercial capital Kochi, in Kerala.

In its first sitting, the Bench, comprising NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar and expert member Bikram Singh Sajwan, also directed the state government not to register any diesel vehicle in the capacity of 2000 CC and more, except public transport and local authority vehicles.

All the diesel vehicles whether light or heavy which are more than 10 years shall not be permitted to ply on the roads in the major cities like Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kochi, Thrissur, Kozhikode and Kannur,” the Bench said in its order. It said both State police and pollution control board shall maintain separate account in this regard and directed that the funds shall be utilized for betterment of environment in these cities.

Quick Link – NGT bans

India, World Bank ink US$ 100 million loan agreement

The Loan and Project Agreements for World Bank (IBRD) assistance of US$ 100 million for the Karnataka Urban Water Supply Modernization project were signed between Government of India/Government of Karnataka and the World Bank.

The objective of the project is to provide city-wide access to a continuous piped water supply in the eligible cities in the State of Karnataka and to strengthen the service delivery arrangements at the city level. KUIDFC is the implementing agency for the project. The project would have four broad components: (i) Capital Investment Program; (ii) Institution Building; (iii) Technical Assistance for Sector Development; and (iv) Project Management. The project will be implemented over a period of six years, initially in the twin cities of Hubballi-Dharwad, with provision for other eligible cities to join the project at a later date.

Quick Link – IBRD agreement

Union Government approves third NIMZ of India in Odisha

The Government of India has approved establishment of a National Investment and Manufacturing Zone (NIMZ) in Odisha. This is the third NIMZ of India involving a massive area of 163 square kilometers. The project will come up at Kalinganagar industrial area in Jajpur district of Odisha.

For execution of the project, the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry has approved the 4241 crore rupees. Of this fund, estimated 3816 crore rupees will be invested for the first phase of the project which will be completed by 2020.

The NIMZ will create job opportunities for around 1.5 lakh people. It will help Odisha grow as a manufacturing hub and help Paradip port’s growth

Quick Link – NIMZ

Gadkari launches safety feature-rich Nirbhaya buses

Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari launches 20 Nirbhaya buses of Rajasthan State Transport Corporation with multiple safety measures to better protect women passengers. Nirbhaya bus security measures include Vehicle Tracking System (VTS), CCTV and panic buttons on every seat. Gadkari said directions in this regard will be given to other states in due course of time, adding that buses in the future should be manufactured with such safety features to contain anti-social elements.

Quick Link – Nirbhaya buses

India’s first ever Passenger Satisfaction Survey conducted at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport

The finding of the first of its kind survey conducted at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai were released by the Research Team of L.N.Welingkar Institute of Management (WE School) in May 2016 at Mumbai Customs House. The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) engaged a WE School to conduct a survey of Passenger Satisfaction levels of customs clearance process at the Mumbai International Airport.

The scope of the Survey was to assess Passenger Satisfaction levels with the Customs Clearance Process, focusing on three aspects. Those three aspects were Information, Behaviour and Process.

Quick Link – Passenger Satisfaction Survey

Union HRD Ministry launches Bharatavani Portal

The Union HRD Minister, Smriti Zubin Irani launched the multilingual knowledge portal www.bharatvani.in at Lucknow. This project is in line with the HRD Ministry’s efforts to not only ensure universalization of education but also towards creation of a knowledge society in the digital age. The Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL), Mysuru is implementing this ambitious project of MHRD.

  • Bharatavani Portal is the first knowledge portal of its kind in India which focuses on becoming a single point source for multiple language learning, content and technology.
  • Bharatavani is an attempt to bring the people of India under one portal, its goal being to bridge the Digital and language divide, with the idea to publish as well as involve people in the Open Knowledge movement.

Quick Link – Bharatavani Portal

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Barack Obama becomes first US president to visit Hiroshima bomb site

Barack Obama called for a world without nuclear weapons as he became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the site of the Hiroshima atomic bombing. Some 140,000 people were killed when the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the city on Aug. 6, 1945. A helicopter and motorcade brought Obama to the Hiroshima Peace Park Memorial, where he spent a short time in the site’s museum and then solemnly placed a wreath at the arched monument.

Obama reflected on the day “death fell from the sky and the world was changed,” telling a gathering of survivors and officials that a “wall of fire destroyed a city and demonstrated that mankind possessed the means to destroy itself.”

Quick Link – Obama visit Hiroshima bomb site

OBITUARY

Noted Marathi writer RG Jadhav died

Noted Marathi critic and litterateur RG Jadhav has passed away at his residence due to prolonged illness at the age of 83. Born on August 24, 1932, at Vadodara in Gujarat, Jadhav served as a professor of Marathi literature in various colleges, including one in Amravati, Elphinstone College in Mumbai, and also at Milind College in Aurangabad. Jadhav presided over Marathi Sahitya Sammelan held at Aurangabad in 2004 and worked as chief editor of Marathi Vishwakosha between 2000 and 2002.

Quick Link – RG Jadhav died


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