Daily Current Affairs Update –8th May 2017

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National – Across the India:



1. The strategic anti-Naxal operations command headquarters of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has been shifted back from Kolkata to Raipur.


Central Reserve Police Force


 The recent decision comes at the backdrop of ambush in Sukma district that killed 37 jawans of the paramilitary force.




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2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Srilanka on 11th May 2017 to attend the biggest Buddhist festival Vesak Day.


 Vesak, most important day in the Buddhist calendar, marks commemoration of Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightment and passing away.




3. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has inaugurated India’s First Integrated Bio‐refinery for Renewable Fuels & Chemicals at Rahu in Pune district of Maharashtra.


 India’s First Integrated Bio‐refinery


 It is responsible for producing ethanol from a variety of biomass.


 The demonstration plant has been built by Praj industries.




4. Under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna Venkayya Naidu has adopted Titarvasa village in Jhalrapatan, Rajasthan.


 Only 20 of the Lok Sabha and 4 MPs from the state government has adopted the village in Phase II of Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna.




International – Across the Globe:



1. Pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron resoundingly won France’s landmark presidential election.


Emmanuel Macron


 He has won between 65.5 per cent and 66.1 per cent of ballots ahead of Le Pen on between 33.9 per cent and 34.5 per cent.




2. India will organize Tagore Cultural Festival in Egypt to mark the 156th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore from 8th-12th May 2017.


 The Festival will be organized by the Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture (MACIC), which is the cultural wing of the Indian Embassy in Cairo.


 The festival will feature a dance show, film screening, a play and painting competition.




Sports & Athletics:



1. India’s Squash player Vikram Malhotra won his fifth PSA title after beating Egypt’s Youssef Ibrahim in the final of the Abu Dhabi Open.


Vikram Malhotra


 The US-based Indian won 6-11 11-4 11-3 9-11 13-11 against his opponent.




2. Great Britain has won gold medal the Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey tournament by beating Australia by 4-3 in the finals.


 India has won bronze model beating New Zealand by 4-0.




Awards & Recognition:



1. The 29th edition of the Sunday Times Rich List 2017 released the names of UK’s 1000 wealthiest people including 40 Indian-born citizens.


Times Rich List 2017


 Hinduja Brothers Srichand and Gopichand have topped the list to become the top of 134 billionaires in the country.

 The second place in the list was allotted to the Ukrainian businessman Len Blavatnik.

 The Mumbai-born David and Simon Reuben has been placed at the third position in this year’s list with a net estimate of approximately 14 billion pounds.

 The famous steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal has placed at the fourth position.




2. Former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has been awarded The Asian Fellowship Award. Other winners included:




Outstanding achievement in sport Chinese snooker player Ding Junhui
Outstanding achievement in television Journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy
Philanthropist of the year British doctor Jack Preger
Outstanding contribution to the community Sir Harpal Kumar
Business leader of the year Ajay Banga
Entrepreneur of the year award Masayoshi Son
Social entrepreneur of the year award Nicha Dutt
Outstanding achievement in science & technology Demis Hassabis
Outstanding achievement in music Adnan Sami
Rising star of the year Sunny Pawar




3. Three Indian Scientist have been elected as the Fellows of The Royal Society for their outstanding contributions to science.


Fellows of The Royal Society


Krishna Chatterjee from Cambridge University has been recognised for his discoveries of genetic disorders of thyroid gland formation, regulation of hormone synthesis and hormone action.

Subhash Khot from New York University is a theoretical computer scientist who is known for his definition of the “Unique Games” problem.

Yadvinder Malhi from Oxford University is an ecosystem ecologist who is recognised for his works on understanding the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems.




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Mergers & Acquisitions:



1. Maharashtra government has tied up with World Health Organisation (WHO) for eradication of Rubella measles and will start vaccination drive from March 2018.


Maharashtra Government ties up with WHO


 Children aged between 9 months to 15 years, will be vaccinated for Rubella under this campaign across the state.




Appointments & Resignations:



1. The government has approved the appointment of top Pakistan diplomat Sohail Mahmood as Pakistan’s next high commissioner to India.


Sohail Mahmood


 He will replace Abdul Basit who will retire this month.


 Mahmood is currently working as Pakistan’s ambassador to Turkey.




Memorandum of Understanding (MoU):



1. The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)have signed an agreement to establish Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISC).


DIPP & WIPO signed agreement


 The program provides innovators in developing countries with access to locally based, high quality technology information and related services.


 It also helps them to exploit their innovative potential and to create, protect, and manage their intellectual property (IP) rights.




2. An MoU was signed between the Odisha government and the Ziquitza Health Care as part of the major initiative to boost health care services.


 The state government will allocate six boat ambulances in four districts where people are facing problems in availing 108 ambulance service.


 The boat ambulance service will be made available in Koraput, Kendrapara, Kalahandi and Malkangiri districts through state funds.




Important Dates:



1. World Red Cross Red Crescent Day is celebrated on 8th May each year.


 World Red Cross Day


The day marks the birth anniversary of the Henry Dunant (born 8 May 1828), the founder of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the recipient of the first Nobel Peace Prize.


 The theme for 2017 is Less Known Red Cross Stories.




Recent Notable Deaths:



1. Renowned Pakistani sitarist Ustad Raees Khan has passed away.


Ustad Raees Khan


 He collaborated with legendary shehnai player Ustad Bismillah Khan on stage.


 He also played sitar for film music composers.




2. Justice Leila Seth, the first woman judge of Delhi High Court, passed away after a brief illness at her home in Uttar Pradesh’s Noida.


 She was the first woman to have topped the London Bar exam and also the first woman chief justice of a state high court (Himachal Pradesh).


 The eminent jurist, the mother of “A Suitable Boy” writer Vikram Seth, was herself an author and her autobiography ‘On Balance’ was a bestseller.




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