Current Affairs Daily Digest – May 30′ 2017

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  1. President of India presents Hindi Sevi Samman Awards

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presented the Hindi Sevi Samman Awards for the year 2015 on May 30, 2017 at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan in the presence of Shri Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of Human Resource Development and other dignitaries.

These Awards were instituted by Central Hindi Institute, Agra in 1989.  The scholars received awards in 12 different categories for their contribution in the field of Hindi language and literature.

  1. PM arrives in Berlin for Fourth India-Germany Intergovernmental Consultations

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, arrived in Berlin for the fourth India-Germany Intergovernmental Consultations. This is Prime Minister Modi’s second bilateral visit to Germany.

The interaction covered various areas of mutual interest including smart cities, skill development, clean energy etc. There was appreciation for India’s economic reform agenda, including GST.

  1. Amul inks MoU with ISRO for fodder acreage estimation

Amul and ISRO, have announced a tie up for the benefit of dairy farmers by signing a memorandum of understanding, envisaging fodder acreage assessment using satellite observation and space technology.

The main objective of this MoU is identification/discrimination between food crops and fodder crops and identifying suitable areas of current fallows and cultivable wastelands at village-level for green fodder cultivation.

  1. MDWS launches a fresh national campaign Darwaza Band for open defecation

The centre has launched an aggressive new campaign titled ‘Darwaza Band’ to promote toilet use and freedom from open defecation across the country’s villages. The campaign produced by the MDWS under Swachh Bharat Mission.

The ‘Darwaza Band’ campaign has been supported by the World Bank and is being rolled out countrywide immediately after the launch. It is designed to encourage behaviour change in men who have toilets but are not using them. A part of the campaign also features actor, Ms Anushka Sharma, who will be seen encouraging women to stand up for this issue in their villages and assume a leadership role.

  1. Ministry of Earth Sciences to launch ‘Deep Ocean Mission’ by January 2018

Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India is all set to launch ‘Deep Ocean Mission’ by January 2018. This will improve India’s position in ocean research field. Shri M Rajeevan, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences announced.

The program on Poly metallic nodules was initiated at CSIR-NIO with the collection of the first nodule sample from Arabian Sea on board the first Research Vessel Gaveshani on 26 January 1981.

India was the first country in the world to have been given the Pioneer Area for exploration of deep-sea mineral viz. Polymetallic nodules in the Central Indian Ocean Basin in 1987.

  1. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis launches portal for job seekers, employers

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has launched a web portal ‘Mahaswayam’ that will cater to job seekers, employers, entrepreneurs, and training institutes who can avail details regarding skill development and employment.

Earlier, the state government ran three different portals- Maharashtra State Skill Development Society (MSSDS) portal for Skill Development, ‘Maharojgar’ for employment and ‘Mahaswayamrojgar’ for entrepreneurship.

  1. RBI to put new rupee 1 notes into circulation soon

New one rupee notes, with predominantly pink-green on the obverse and reverse in combination with other colours, will be soon put into circulation.

The notes bearing the rupee symbol have been printed by the government. At present, one rupee coins are minted. Printing of one rupee notes was discontinued in 1994 but relaunched in 2015.

“The Reserve Bank of India will soon put into circulation currency notes in one rupee denomination,” the central bank said in a statement. The note will bear signature of Shaktikanta Das, secretary, finance ministry.

  1. ISRO plans to launch India’s heaviest rocket on June 5

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning to launch a communication satellite GSAT-19 using its heaviest rocket GSLV Mark-III on June 5. GSLV Mk-III satellite is capable of launching 4-tonne satellites to the geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO). It is a three-stage vehicle with two solid motor strap-ons (S200), a liquid propellant core stage (L110) and a cryogenic stage (C25).

GSLV Mk-III-D1 is the first developmental flight, carrying a 3,136-kg GSAT-19 satellite to a GTO. The vehicle is configured with a 5-metre ogive payload fairing and a slanted strap-on nose cone to provide aerodynamic robustness.

  1. India to launch communication satellite GSAT using its heaviest rocket

India will be launching, on June 5, communication satellite GSAT-19 using its heaviest rocket which has a capacity to lift a four ton satellites to geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO), the Indian space agency. According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle – Mark III (GSLV-Mk III) is scheduled to be launched on June 5. GSAT-19 carries Ka/Ku-band high throughput communication transponders.

  1. Dasari Narayana Rao, filmmaker and former minister, passes away

Former Union Minister for Coal and one of the pillars of Telugu cinema industry, Dasari Narayana Rao, passed away at the age of 75 in Hyderabad. In a career spanning 45 years, Dasari excelled as a director, actor, script writer, and producer. His helpful nature endeared himself to the industry which looked up to him for support. He played a big role in catapulting Telugu film industry to the national level. In Tollywood, he was fondly called ‘Guru’, as he was the first point of call for any issue artistes faced. 

  1. Former Greek Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis dies

Former Greek Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis, one of Greece’s most prominent veteran politicians, died. Mitsotakis whose political career spanned more than half a century, was prime minister of Greece from 1990 to 1993.

Born in October 1918 in Crete, Mitsotakis was first elected to parliament at the age of 28 as a member of a liberal party. With a university degree in law and economics, he held several ministerial posts before becoming leader of the conservative New Democracy party in 1984.

A father of four, Mitsotakis retired from parliament in January 2004, but remained New Democracy’s honorary president.

  1. Former Panama dictator Manuel Noriega dies aged 83

Former Panama dictator Manuel Noriega has died at the age of 83 following brain surgery this year. Noriega, who ruled Panama from 1983 to 1989, spied for the Central Intelligence Agency until the United States invaded and toppled his corrupt government, ending a criminal career that saw him working with drug traffickers like Pablo Escobar.


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