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National – Across the India:
1. Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel announced “Adopt a Slum” – a new campaign to mark the completion of three years of the Government.
The idea is to initiate developmental work in these slums and help the slum-dwellers in resolving various issues.
A slum Yuva Daud/Marathon will mark the beginning of this campaign on 26th May.
Mr. Goel has adopted Indira slum of Timarpur area under the campaign.
2. The Union Cabinet has approved the abolition of 25-year-old Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB). As per the New Mechanism, the followings changes will take place.
Those 11 sectors that require approval would be dealt directly by the concerned ministry.
In proposals related to security, the proposals will also need to require the approval of Home Ministry.
Those proposals which are presently pending before the FIPB will be sent back to the ministries concerned.
The FDI proposals above Rs 5,000 crore will continue to come under the purview of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA).
3. Sushma Swaraj, Prakash Javadekar and Ravi Shankar Prasad jointly inaugurated the integration of E-Sanad with Central Board Secondary Education’s (CBSE) digital repository ‘Parinam Manjusha’ in New Delhi.
E Sanad is an e-service for online verification and attestation of documents of Indian citizens.
The e-service has been integrated with Non- Tax Receipt Portal (NTRP) for enabling cashless payment.
4. The Union Cabinet has given its approval for allocating 2.5% of the Central Road Fund (CRF) for the development of the National Waterways.
The allocation will provide around Rs 2000 crore annually for the development and maintenance of the National Waterways
According to the Inland Waterways Authority of India, the development of National Waterways would require Rs 25,000 crore till 2022-2023.
5. Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma has launched Swachh Bharat app at the National Museum in New Delhi.
The app will enable visitors to report garbage on the premises of the ASI monuments across the country.
The services of the app will be soon rolled out in 116 monuments under the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) across the country.
The devices installed in the monuments will connect to this app using Bluetooth. The devices will have a range of around 30 metres.
6. The Minister of State for Communications Manoj Sinha has launched three new initiatives. These three Schemes are mentioned below.
BSNL’s satellite phone service that will be offered to government agencies in phase one and later opened for others in phased manner.
Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Sanchar Kaushal Vikas Pratisthan Scheme, under this scheme, the ministry will impart training to 10,000 people from 10 States/UTs in the first phase.
A new award called Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Telecom Skill Excellence Award has been instituted to recognize achievers and talents in Telecom sector.
International – Across the Globe:
1. According to World Economic Forum’s UN Habitat Data of 10 most densely populated cities, Dhaka, with 44500 people per square metre, is placed at the first position.
Mumbai, with 31700 people/sq.meter secured the second place while Kota is at number seven.
The 10 most densely populated cities are: Dhaka (1), Mumbai (2), Medellin (3), Manila (4), Casablanca (5), Lagos (6), Kota (7), Abuja (8), Singapore (9), Jakarta (10).
2. Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ resigned his post.
Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba to become the next Prime Minister of Nepal.
He was elected as the 39th Prime Minister of Nepal.
3. Lenin Moreno elected as President of Ecuador in Ecuador Presidential Elections 2017.
Engineer Jorge Glas will continue as Vice President.
Earlier, Moreno served as United Nations(UN)Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility.
Awards & Recognition:
1. India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin won the coveted International Cricketer of the Year award at the CEAT Cricket Rating (CCR) International awards 2017.
Ashwin has taken 99 wickets in the past 12 months.
Batsman Shubhman Gill has been awarded with the Young Player of the Year award for his stellar performance during the India-England U-19 ODI series.
2. The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) has bagged the Gold Award for their Mobile App “ASCIonline” at the Global EASA Best Practice Awards 2016 held in Athens.
ASCI was awarded to receive consumer complaints against false advertisement.
3. Former AIIMS director Dr. M C Misra has been awarded the honorary fellowship of the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, a first for an Indian doctor in the last five years.
He is credited with the creation of the new departments of Rheumatology and Burns and Plastic Surgery.
He also played a significant role in the Digital AIIMS project.
4. Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), Gujarat and Indian Tobacco Company (ITC) Limited won the Porter Prize 2017.
ITC won the prize for Excellence in Corporate Governance and Integration and for its contribution in the category Creating Shared Value.
EDII cleared a three-stage comprehensive evaluation process and emerged as a winner in the category of education and training.
Books & Authors:
1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s radio broadcast programme Mann ki Baat will be available in the form of a book now.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has written the preface for Mann Ki Baat – A Social Revolution on Radio, which will be presented to the President.
The book is authored by NetCore founder and part time member of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) Rajesh Jain.
Appointments & Resignations:
1. Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu became one of the members of the Badminton World Federation (BWF).
Before Sindhu, Saina Nehwal was formal to a post to the commission.
2. The Union government appointed five members to fill the vacant seats in the National Commission for Minorities (NCM).
Social activist Gayarul Hasan from Uttar Pradesh will reportedly be made the new chairperson of the commission.
The other members include Vada Dasturji Khurshed, chief priest of Udvada Athornan Anjuman, BJP leader from Kerala George Kurian, Jain representative from Gujarat Sunil Singhi and former Maharashtra minister Sulekha Kumbhare.
3. Sanjay Mitra took charge as New Defence Secretary.
He replaces G. Mohan Kumar.
Mitra, a 1982 batch IAS officer of the West Bengal cadre.
Economics & Banking GK:
1. State Bank of India(SBI) has launched a national hackathon Code For India for developers, start-ups and students to come up with innovative ideas and solutions for the banking sector.
It will focus on the business value driven by technologies like predictive analytics, fin-tech/blockchain, digital payments, IOT, artificial intelligence, machine learning, BOTS and robotic process automation.
Bills – New & Amendments:
1. The Union Cabinet has decided to amend the Banking Regulation Act to expedite the resolution of the Rs9.64 trillion stressed assets choking the Indian banking system.
Two new sections (viz. 35AA and 35AB) are inserted in the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017.
Science & Technology:
1. SpaceX will organize Hyperloop Pod Competition II in August 2017 at its headquarters in Hawthorne, California.
The competition will see the participation of 24 teams from across the world including a team from India’s BITS Pilani.
BITS Pilani’s team will be participating in the competition with name Hyperloop India.
Recent Notable Deaths:
1. Controversial godman, Chandraswami, passed away due to multi-organ failure in New Delhi.
Chandraswami, whose real name was Nemi Chand.
He left home when still young to become a student of Upadhyar Amar Muni and the tantrik pandit Gopinath Kaviraj.
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