Current Affairs Daily Digest – May 09 2017


  1. IIT Bombay Asst Professor bags 2017 Young Scientist medal

Professor Vikram Vishal, who serves as an Assistant professor in the department of Earth Sciences in the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay has won the prestigious Indian National Science Academy (INSA) medal for Young Scientist (2017). Till 2015, 737 young scientists have been recognised by INSA. Vishal has been awarded a cash prize of Rs 25,000 and a bronze medal. The award is considered to be the highest recognition of promise, creativity and excellence in young scientists, and awarded annually by INSA for research conducted by scientists in India.

  1. Pooja Kapur appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Bulgaria

Pooja Kapur has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Bulgaria. Pooja Kapur, an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer – 1996 batch, presently serves as the Joint Secretary at the Ministry of External Affairs.

  1. Venu Rajamony appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Netherlands

Venu Rajamony was appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Netherlands. Rajamony, President Pranab Mukherjee’s press secretary, was a student of Kochi’s Maharaja’s College. He then pursued M.A. in International Relations at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Rajamony topped the civil services examinations in 1986, after which he was inducted into the Indian Foreign Services (IFS).

  1. Moon Jae-in wins South Korea presidential election

Mr Moon decisively won South Korea’s presidential election in a victory that ends nearly a decade of conservative rule and may bring a more conciliatory approach toward North Korea. Mr Moon’s victory will end months of political turmoil that led to parliament’s impeachment of conservative former president Park Geun-hye over an extensive corruption scandal.

  1. B’luru startup to help build Hyperloop pod for competition

Hyperloop India has tied up with a city-based Workbench Projects to build the prototype pod that will feature in the global design competition for the super fast transportation system using magnetic levitation technology. Hyperloop India team has partnered with us to build the prototype pod in Bengaluru by the end of July. The building work will start from May 22. This will mark India’s entry into the international Hyperloop race.

  1. Assam govt hospitals to provide free CT scans, blood tests

Dispur will make CT scans, X-rays and blood tests free in all government hospitals in Assam except those in the medical colleges. Health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma informed the Assembly during question hour that chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal will inaugurate the new scheme on May 11. The service will be outsourced to a private organisation but the cost will be borne by the government. The free service – not for medical colleges – will be started with 35 hospitals and expanded to 500 smaller health centres.

  1. IRCTC announces home delivery of train tickets

IRCTC has offered delivery of rail tickets allowing passengers to make payment through any payment mode, including cash.  Broad-basing the customer service, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation has now introduced pay-on-delivery service allowing passengers to book train tickets online and pay at the time of delivery.  IRCTC through its website and mobile app has now introduced pay-on-delivery as one of the payment options for its customers

  1. Sachin welcomes Indian ship INS Tarkash on river Thames

Hundreds of UK-based Indians turned out to cheer as cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar welcomed an Indian naval frigate as it docked on the river Thames in London. INS Tarkash, a state-of-the art stealth ship, is in the UK for naval exercises and to mark UK India Year of Culture 2017. It is a very historic moment as this is the first time an Indian stealth frigate has docked at Canary Wharf in London.

  1. Ola ties-up with Airtel to roll out integrated digital offerings to customers

Mobile network operator Airtel and taxi aggregator app Ola have tied up to offer a range of exciting digital services to customers by leveraging the strengths of their respective portfolios. As per the terms of the agreement, Airtel Payments Banks, India’s first payment bank, will integrate with Ola app to offer convenient digital payments solutions to customers for their rides.

, Ola Money, the country’s largest mobile wallets, will be integrated as a digital payment solution within MyAirtel App and the Airtel website to enable recharge of Airtel prepaid mobile/DTH and payment of Airtel mobile/broadband bills through Ola Money.

  1. Asia’s population growth will fall to zero by 2050: IMF

Asia’s rapidly ageing population means the region is shifting from being the biggest contributor to the global workforce to subtracting hundreds of millions of people from it, according to the International Monetary Fund. The reversal of the so-called “demographic dividend” will drag on global growth and also that in Asia, the world’s fastest growing region, the IMF warned in its annual outlook for the area.

  1. Sakshi Malik to lead Indian challenge at Asian Championships

Rio Olympics bronze-medallist Sakshi Malik will be the star attraction and spearhead the Indian challenge at the Asian Wrestling Championship. In the absence of some of the leading grapplers such as Yogeshwar Dutt, Sushil Kumar and the famous Phogat sisters — Geeta and Babita — the onus will be on the likes of Sakshi, Olympian Sandeep Tomar and Bajrang Punia to help India improve on its last year’s performance at the showpiece event.

India had bagged a total of nine medals including a gold, three silver and five bronze when the tournament was held in Bangkok, Thailand last year. Sandeep (mens’ 57kg freestyle) was the lone Indian to have won a yellow metal there.

  1. Jhulan Goswami becomes world’s highest wicket-taker in ODI cricket

Jhulan Goswami, India’s fast bowler is now the leading wicket-taker in Women’s ODIs, going past Australia’s Cathryn Fitzpatrick record of 180 wickets. Jhulan, former India captain, achieved the feat during the ongoing Women’s Quadrangular Series in South Africa. She now has 181 wickets in 153 matches at an average of 21.76 with two five-wicket and 4 four-wicket hauls. Neetu David – slow left-arm orthodox – is at No. 4 with 141 scalps from 97 games.

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