Current Affairs Daily Digest – May 20 2017

  1. Jacqueline, Jeffrey Archer receive UK-based charity awards

Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez received the International Humanitarian Award and writer Jeffrey Archer the Lifetime Achievement Award that recognised the work of charity organisations in the UK and abroad.


The Charity Awards, created by UK-based weekly newspaper ‘Asian Voice’ and ratings agency Charity Clarity, also awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award to bestselling author Jeffrey Archer for his charitable work.

  1. ISRO receives 2014 Indira Gandhi Peace Prize

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has presented the 2014 Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The award, announced by a jury headed by Vice-President Hamid Ansari in 2014, consists of a trophy, a cash prize of Rs 1 crore and a citation.  ISRO chairman Kiran Kumar received the award in New Delhi on behalf of the space body.

The international jury of the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development awarded the prize for 2014 to ISRO in recognition of its path-breaking achievements, culminating in the Mars orbiter mission, its significant contributions in strengthening international cooperation in peaceful use of outer space.

  1. Iran re-elects reformist Hassan Rouhani as President

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani won a resounding re-election victory as voters overwhelmingly backed his efforts to reach out to the world and rebuild the struggling economy. Rouhani, a 68-year-old moderate cleric who spearheaded a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, took 23.5 million votes — 57 per cent — compared to 15.8 million — 38.3 per cent — for hardline challenger Ebrahim Raisi.

  1. Prime Minister Releases Book Series written by MS Swaminathan

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, released a two-part book series on the eminent agricultural scientist Dr. M.S. Swaminathan. The series is titled – M.S. Swaminathan: The Quest for a world without hunger.

Praising the dedication and commitment of Prof. Swaminathan, the Prime Minister described him as a “Kisan Vaigyanik” – Farmers’ Scientist; rather than just a “Krishi Vaigyanik” – Agricultural Scientist. The Prime Minister said that Prof. Swaminathan’s speciality is that his work has been grounded in practical reality. He also appreciated the simplicity of Prof. Swaminathan.

  1. Bilateral Exercise Between Indian & Republic Of Singapore Navy SIMBEX-17 Commences

SIMBEX is an acronym for Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercises. Bilateral cooperation between Singapore and India was first formalised when RSN ships began training with the Indian Navy in 1994. This year’s edition of SIMBEX-17 being held in the South China Sea would be the 24th in the series and is aimed to increase interoperability between the RSN and IN as well as develop common understanding and procedures for maritime security operations.

As part of “SIMBEX-17′, the ongoing Bilateral Naval Exercise between Navies of the Republic of Singapore and India, lndian Naval Ships Shivalik, Sahyadri, Jyoti and Kamorta and one P8-I Maritime Patrol and Anti-Submarine Warfare Aircraft are participating.

  1. Chinese navy ships visit Myanmar for joint exercises

Chinese navy ships are visiting Myanmar and will conduct communications, search and rescue, and other joint exercises with the Myanmar navy. China was willing to strengthen strategic communication and deepen cooperation with Myanmar, while making joint efforts to safeguard regional peace and stability and promote bilateral ties. The ship visit started the day China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations agreed to a framework for a long-mooted code of conduct for the disputed South China Sea.

  1. Indo-African bilateral trade will touch $100 billion by 2018: AfDB

The bilateral trade between India and Africa is expected to touch $100 billion by 2018, according to said Akinwumi A. Adesina, president, African Development Bank (AfDB). This is the first time that the annual meetings of AfDB are being held in India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be participating in the inaugural session. Finance minister Arun Jaitley will chair the meeting of board of governors.

  1. Australia, US new markets for Karnataka mangoes

After West Asia and Europe, Australia and USA have been emerging as the new market for mangoes grown in the state, Karnataka Mango Development and Marketing Corporation managing director Kadire Gowda said.

Interacting with reporters at the venue of the mango-jackfruit festival which began here, Gowda said importers in Australia had sought 200 tonnes of mangoes from the state for the first time this year, while the demand for Karnataka mangoes had risen from 100 tonnes last year to 200 tonnes now.


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