Current Affairs Daily Digest – May 21 2017

  1. 1st Indian-born woman elected to City of London Corporation

A 43-year-old UK entrepreneur has become the first India-born woman to be elected as a councillor to award in the UK. Rehana Ameer, who was born and raised in Chennai, contested from Vintry ward in the City of London County as an independent candidate. She was elected as a councillor to the Court of Common Council, becoming the first India-born woman to be elected to the City of London Corporation

  1. India’s Anshu Jamsenpa becomes the first woman to conquer Mount Everest twice within five days.

India’s Anshu Jamsenpa has become the first woman to conquer Mount Everest twice within five days. Dawa S Lama, Managing Director, Dream Himalaya Adventures told AIR Kathmandu correspondent that Anshu along with a Nepali climber scaled the peak.

Anshu Jamsenpa created history by climbing highest peak of the world twice in 5 days. Anshu along with Nepalease climber Furi Sherpa scaled Mt. Anshu also become the first Indian women to reach Mt Everest for the fifth timeAnshu also climbed Mt Everest in 2013. Earlier, Nepal’s Chhurim Sherpa had scaled Mt Everest twice within a week in 2012. Anshu has proved that if one has dedication and hard work nothing is impossible in the world.

  1. Inauguration of Free Wi-Fi facility at 28 Railway Stations

Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu has inaugurated the WiFi facility from Kudal Railway Station at 28 Railway Stations of Konkan Railway. Indian Railways has tied up with M/s SYSCON/JOISTER for provision of 2 Mbps peer to peer 24 hrs FREE Wi-Fi INTERNET bandwidth at 28 stations of Konkan Railway.

In line with Government’s Digital India Initiative, M/s SYSCON/JOISTER are providing the JOISPOT brand Wi-Fi in Pune & Mumbai educational institutes in Maharashtra state and have now undertaken as  part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity of providing FREE Wi-Fi bandwidth to the rural area on the Konkan route.

  1. India’s First Tejas Express Between Mumbai and Karmali

Indian Railways will introduce the high speed, air-conditioned Tejas Express between Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai and Karmali for the first time. Tejas Express is a state of the art train capable of running at the speed of 200 kmph with ultra modern amenities run between Mumbai and Karmali.

  1. Madhya Pradesh to devise Happiness Index

The Madhya Pradesh government, however, has tasked the Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur with finding a quantifiable answer to that eternal question — what constitutes happiness and how happy are people really. Happiness, its pursuit and examining its essential nature have been considered the domain of philosophy, an ephemeral rather than tangible value.

The State government had, in July last year, set up the Anand Mantralaya or the Ministry of Happiness, with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan as its first “happiness minister.”

  1. President of India inaugurates integrated bio-solar-wind Microgrid centre

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated a Bio-Solar-Wind Microgrid Centre and Centre for Water and Environment Research at Indian Institute of Engineering Science & Technology (IIEST), Shibpur, West Bengal.

IIEST is a historic institution and amongst the first few higher learning centres to be established in the country. Since its existence, this premier institution has been imparting high quality education in the field of civil and mechanical engineering.

  1. Rank of India Improves in International Tourist Arrivals

As per the UNWTO definition, International Tourist Arrivals (ITAs) comprises two components namely Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) and Arrivals of Non-Resident Nationals. The UNWTO in its barometer ranks countries in terms of their ITAs. So far only the figures of FTAs were compiled in India. However, now India has started compiling the data arrivals of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs). India’s improved rank reflecting the true and comparable scenario has now been acknowledged by the UNWTO.

  1. May 21, 2017: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is annually held on May 21 to help people learn about the importance of cultural diversity and harmony. Various events are organized to increase the understanding of issues around cultural diversity and development among governments, non-governmental organizations and the public. Many of these include presentations on the progress of implementing the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity.

  1. Japan to build war museum in Manipur

Japan is going to build a war museum at the hillock at Maiba Lokpa in Bishnupur district, Manipur, where a Japanese camp was located during World War II. The Japanese ambassador to India, Kenji Hiramatsu, said about 70,000 Japanese soldiers had died in battles from March to June 1944 in Imphal and Kohima. Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh welcomed the plan to build a museum and promised all assistances to the Japanese government.

  1. SoftBank-Saudi’s tech fund world’s largest with $93B capital

The world’s largest private equity fund, backed by Japan’s Softbank Group and Saudi Arabia’s main sovereign wealth fund, said it had raised over $93 billion to invest in technology sectors such as artificial intelligence and robotics.The next stage of the Information Revolution is under way, and building the businesses that will make this possible will require unprecedented large-scale, long-term investment.

Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son, chairman of Softbank, a telecommunications and tech investment group, revealed plans for the fund last October and since then it has obtained commitments from some of the world’s most deep-pocketed investors.

  1. NASA honours APJ Abdul Kalam by naming new species after him

Scientists at NASA have named a new organism discovered by them after the much-loved APJ Abdul Kalam. The new organism—a form of a bacteria—has been found only on the International Space Station (ISS) and has not been found on earth. Researchers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the foremost lab of NASA for work on inter-planetary travel, discovered the new bacteria on the filters of the International Space Station (ISS) and named it Solibacillus kalamii to honour the late president, who was a renowned aerospace scientist.


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