Current Affairs Daily Digest – May 22 2017

  1. Indian wins top intel science award in US

An Indian boy has won the world’s largest pre-college science competition in the US in the environmental engineering category for his project on biodegradation of pesticides. Prashant Ranganathan, a 12th grader from Jamshedpur, alongwith over 20 high school students from various parts of India, participated in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

  1. Deveshwar, Soumitra Chatterjee conferred Bengal’s highest civilian award

Thespian Soumitra Chatterjee and India’s longest serving boss Y.C. Deveshwar were conferred the Banga Samman, West Bengal’s highest civilian award, by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Two categories of awards are presented as part of Banga Samman – Banga Bhushan and Banga Bibhushan.

Industrialist Deveshwar, pulmonologist Dhiman Ganguly, former Mizoram Governor Arun Prasad Mukherjee, veteran actor Chatterjee, and acclaimed poet Nirendranath Chakraborty were conferred the highest category of awards, the Banga Bibhushan.

  1. Radha Mohan Singh Assigned Additional Charge of Food Ministry

Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Radha Mohan Singh was given the additional charge of Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. President Pranab Mukherjee, as advised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has directed that Singh shall be assigned the additional charge of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution during the period of indisposition of Ram Vilas Paswan, who is presently undergoing treatment abroad.

  1. Haryana launches e-textbook portal for school students

Students can now download school books instantly from the e-textbook portal of the Haryana School Education Board which was launched.

Inaugurating the website, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said as of now, 26 textbooks of classes IX to XII have been uploaded on the portal and these can be easily converted into audio files.

These included 11 books of class IX, nine books of class X and three books each of classes XI and XII, he said, adding the Board has also been at the forefront in implementing e-locker facility.

  1. Modi launches new projects in Kutch, Gujarat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said Gujarat’s Kandla Port in will soon be connected with Chabahar port in Iran, which is being developed with India’s participation, to boost India’s international trade. Mr Modi also suggested that Kandla Port, largest cargo handling ports in the country, be renamed as Deendayal Port Trust to as part of Pt Deendayal Upadhyay’s centenary celebrations.

  1. May 22: International Day for Biodiversity

On May 22, 1992, the text of the Convention on Biological Diversity was adopted by the of the United Nations at a conference in Nairobi, Kenya. Since 2001, the International Day for Biological Diversity is celebrated each year on the anniversary of this date.

Theme: Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism

  1. Government initiates debate to regulate Bitcoin

The Union finance ministry has invited suggestions on whether digital currencies like Bitcoin should be banned or allowed but regulated, and if so, if self-regulation is desirable. It wants feedback by the end of the month. Earlier, a committee of bureaucrats had been asked to study the issue. In recent times, Bitcoin has been recognised by Japan; it has also been used to ask for ransom money.

  1. Karnataka Bank inks pact with LIC

Karnataka Bank Ltd has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India for selling life insurance products of LIC. The bank signed the corporate agency agreement with LIC in Mangaluru. LIC and Karnataka Bank are two great household names and both are time tested entities. Let us work together in delivering the quality products to our customers, and maximize value addition to all our customers.

  1. NASA, ISRO to jointly make most expensive imaging satellite

NASA, ISRO to jointly make most expensive imaging satellite are jointly making a satellite called NISAR that will monitor the Earth like never before. NISAR or the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite could possibly be the world’s most expensive Earth imaging satellite and will cost the two countries over 1.5 billion dollars. NISAR is the first big collaboration between NASA and ISRO, certainly on RADAR but just in general as well

  1. World’s smallest nation ratifies Solar Alliance Pact

The world’s smallest republic, the tiny island nation of Nauru — has become the sixth country to ratify the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Framework pact initiated by the Indian and French governments at the climate change summit held at Paris in 2015. Five more African nations — Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire, Somalia, Ghana and Djibouti — have committed to sign the Solar Alliance pact during the ongoing meeting of the African Development bank in India.

  1. Russia launches wide-ranging trade dispute against Ukraine at WTO

Russia has launched a wide-ranging trade complaint against Ukraine, saying it is facing a “universe of restrictions, prohibitions, requirements and procedures”, a World Trade Organization statement. The alleged breaches of the trade rules affect trade in goods and services from Russia, as well as transit, the statement added. Under WTO rules, Ukraine will have 60 days to settle the dispute, after which Russia could ask the WTO to adjudicate.

  1. Alexander Zverev wins Italian Open title

Germany’s Alexander Zverev stunned World No. 2 Novak Djokovic in straight sets to win the Italian Open’s Men’s Singles title, thus confirming his status as a French Open dangerman. Zverev defeated four-time Rome champion Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3 in the summit clash.

  1. Bengaluru FC wins Federation Cup

India international CK Vineeth showed his predatory skills with double strike in the extra-time as Bengaluru FC beat Mohun Bagan 2-0 to win the 38th Federation Cup football tournament. Bengaluru FC also booked their berth for next year AFC Cup by virtue of winning the blue riband tournament.

  1. Mumbai Indians win IPL title for third time

In Cricket, Mumbai Indians lifted the 10th Indian Premier League trophy for the third time, as they recorded a scintillating 1-run win against Rising Pune Supergiant in the title clash at Hyderabad during final.  Mumbai successfully defended a total of 129 and restricted Pune to 128/6 to lift their third IPL trophy. Krunal Pandya from Mumbai Indians was named the man of the match.

Orange Cup in IPL 2017 refers to the most runs taken by a batsman which is David Warner from Sunrise Hyderabad team has taken 641 runs in 2017 tournament.


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