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1. A ward in the Kerala’s Aymanam district became India’s first digitized panchayat ward.
Union minister of state Krishan Pal Gurjar inaugurated the website HYPERLINK “http://www.digitalaymanam.com”www.digitalaymanam.com at the function.
2. 2nd May 2017 will be observed as Ganga Swachhta Sankalp Divas by National Mission on Clean Ganga (NMCG) at 12 locations.
The objective of the event is to spread awareness and promote active involvement of the masses in Swachh Ganga.
3. Assam got its first Shatabdi Express with Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain flagging off the train from Dibrugarh.
The new Shatabdi Express train (No. 12085/12086) will run between Dibrugarh and Guwahati.
4. Indian Railways is set to make use of the Radio-Frequency Identification tags (RFID) for tracking of wagons, coaches and locomotives to ensure the effective and transparent functioning of the system.
For the first phase of implementation of this project, the Railways have sanctioned a sum of Rs 57 crore.
5. The Department of Telecommunications has launched a web portal called the Tarang Sanchar.
It will allow tracking of radiation emitted from mobile towers within their locality and check for their compliance with the Electromagnetic field (EMF) emission norms defined by the government.
6. Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, launched two schemes – ‘One IP- Two Dispensaries’ and ‘Aadhaar-based Online Claim Submission’ on the occasion of International Labour Day.
7. Defence Minister (Additional Charge) Arun Jaitley handed over a number of devices developed by the DRDO to NSG, Delhi Police and NDRF.
E-Nasika is a device which is capable of rapid detection of chemical agents well below their toxic limits.
OTL-300 is a device that can instantly detect partially camouflaged optical elements, such as telescopes, binoculars and night vision devices.
8. India’s second tallest flag pole which is 303 feet high has been inaugurated in in the Police training academy garden, Kolhapur.
The poll is 90 metres tall and 60 metres wide and weighs 24 tonne.
India’s tallest flag pole is at Indo-Pak Attari Border, which is 110 metres high.
9. Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a commemorative stamp on the 1,000th birth anniversary of Saint Ramanujacharya.
The central message of Saint Ramanujacharya’s life was inclusive of society, religion and philosophy.
10. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates Patanjali Research Institute in Haridwar, Uttarkhand.
The institute is established with an aim to globally establish the vedic knowlege of ayurveda of Ancient Indian Saints.
11. Sualgiri and Swalgiri communities of Odisha have been notified as Scheduled Castes after President Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent to the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Act, 2017.
Similarly, the Constitution (Pondicherry) Scheduled Castes Order, 1964 has replaced the term Union Territory of Pondicherry to Puducherry.
12. Madhya Pradesh has become the first state in the country to shift its financial year from the present April-March cycle to January-December.
The state’s budget session for the next financial year would be held in December-January.
13. Manohar Lal Khattar launched the ‘Haryana Vision Zero’ campaign in collaboration with NASSCOMM Foundation with an aim to reduce deaths due to road accidents.
14. M. Venkaiah Naidu has announced the Cleanest Cities in the Country and the fastest moving cities on sanitation ladder under Swachh Sarvekshan-2017.
Indore has been adjudged as the cleanest city in India while Gonda in Uttar Pradesh has been ranked as the dirtiest city among surveyed.
In total, 434 cities and towns with a population of one lakh and above were surveyed.
15. The Union Cabinet has given its approval for National Steel Policy (NSP) 2017 to give impetus to the steel sector.
The NSP 2017 aims to achieve 300 million tonnes of steel-making capacity by 2030.
16. The Cabinet approved important proposals relating to modifications in the 7th CPC (Central Pay Commission) recommendations on pay and pensionary benefits in the course of their implementation that be calculated with the effect from 1st January 2016.
17. The first AC 3-tier Humsafar Express between Ahmedabad and Chennai was flagged off by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu at a function held in Udvada town in Valsad district.
18. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given its approval for re-construction of SAMPADA (Scheme for Agro-Marine Processing and Development of Agro-Processing Clusters) for the period 2016-20.
The objective of SAMPADA is to supplement agriculture, modernize processing and decrease agri-waste.
19. The Union Cabinet has granted international airport status to the Vijayawada Airport.
The approval was given as per provisions of Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act, 2014.
20. Rashtriya Swachhata Kendra will be set up by Swachh Bharat Mission at Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS) and e-guide (Audio-Visual) App will also be developed for the tourists visiting National Museum.
21. Union Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises has inaugurated a CSR Fair from 4th to 6th May, 2017 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi with an objective to provide a leading platform to corporate leaders.
22. Nitin Gadkari inaugurated two exhibitions 3rd to 5th of May 2017 in New Delhi.
The two-exhibition named: The Highway Saga: Past Present and Future’ and ‘Safe Road and Inter-State Highways Transforming India (SRISHTI).
23. Nitin Gadkari inaugurated India Integrated Transport and Logistics Summit (IITLS) organized by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in New Delhi.
The objective of summit is to facilitate constructive dialogue between various stakeholders for the development of multimodal infrastructure in the country.
24. The government declared draft rules for a ‘no-fly list’ for banning unruly passengers. The government has come up with three levels of disruptions for flyers.
Level 1 is disruptive behavior like physical gestures, abusive language which can lead to suspension for 3 months.
Level 2 is physically abusive behavior like pushing, kicking, sexual harassment which can lead to suspension for 6 months.
Level 3 is life-threatening behavior and the suspension is 2 years or more.
25. The Government’s Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN) project becomes global best practice in Immunization.
It is an indigenously developed technology system in India that digitizes vaccine stocks and monitors the temperature of the cold chain through a smartphone application.
26. Assam government has changed the names of all the major roads of the Guwahati city of Assam. Here are the name of the roads.
|Old Names||New Names|
|GS Road Mahapurush||Srimanta Sankerdev Path|
|AT Road Mahapurush||Damodardev Path|
|VIP Road Mahapurush||Madhabdev Path|
|Hengerabari-Chachal Road||Khagen Mahanta Road|
|Beltola-Khanapara Road||Peer Azan Fakir Road|
27. The world level weapon production unit Punj Lyod Defence System has been inaugurated in Malanpur Industrial Area of Bhind district, Madhya Pradesh.
The plant will manufacture four products, namely, X95 carbine and assault rifle, Galil sniper rifle, Tavor assault rifle and Negev Light Machine Gun (LMG).
28. The government has declared the entire Assam as a disturbed area under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act for another 3 months.
In addition, the government has placed three districts of Arunachal Pradesh, namely, Tirap, Changlang and Longding as “disturbed” area.
29. The Haryana government has decided to open canteens offering meals at affordable rates.
Under the Antyodaya Anna Yojana scheme the workers at 23 locations in the state can avail their food.
30. Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan stated that more than 2 crore LPG gas connections are given under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana(PMUY) in the last one year.
4600 new distributors were added in the last 3 years primarily in the rural areas.
31. Facebook in partnership with Bharti Airtel launched its Express Wi-Fi commercially in India to help more people get online.
The service is now available via 700 hotspots across four states of Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Meghalaya.
32. The strategic anti-Naxal operations command headquarters of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has been shifted back from Kolkata to Raipur.
The recent decision comes at the backdrop of ambush in Sukma district that killed 37 jawans of the paramilitary force.
33. 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.
34. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has inaugurated India’s First Integrated Bio‐refinery for Renewable Fuels & Chemicals at Rahu in Pune district of Maharashtra.
It is responsible for producing ethanol from a variety of biomass.
The demonstration plant has been built by Praj industries.
35. Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh carried out a review of the Left-Wing Extremism (LWE) situation in the ten LWE affected States.
He explained about operational strategy ‘SAMADHAN’ to fight Left Wing Extremism.
36.The Ministry of Home Affairs has asked all the state governments to link prisons with courts through video conferencing.
The aim is to expedite trials and to save costs of escorting undertrials to courts.
37. The Supreme Court ordered initiation of criminal conspiracy charges against Rashtriya Janata Dal Chief Lalu Prasad in the Rs 900 crore fodder scam case.
Other accused of the case include Jagannath Mishra and ex-top bureaucrat Sajal Chakraborty.
38. The Supreme Court has banned media from publishing any orders passed by Calcutta High Court Judge ‘C S Karnan and took a strict action against him.
Justice Karnan had levelled allegations against several judges of the Madras High Court and the apex court and stubbornly refused to take the allegations back.
39. The government has set up a task force headed by NITI Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya to come up with a methodology to generate timely and reliable employment data.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself has initiated the process and has asked the task force to submit its recommendations at the earliest.
40. PM Narendra Modi and Chief Justice J S Khehar launched Integrated Court Management Information System scheme for complete digitization of litigation in all courts, which in the first phase promises paperless filing of appeals in the Supreme Court from 3rd July 2017.
Under the scheme, once a petition was filed in a court, there was no need to replicate the paper work before each appellate court.
41. The Home Ministry has instructed 5,845 Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) to open their accounts in banks having core banking facilities.
The move is aimed at checking “errant” NGOs especially those organizations receiving foreign funding.
42. A five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar has begun hearing petitions challenging the practice of triple talaq.
The lead petition has been titled Quest for Equality vs Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind.
43. To promote equal opportunities amongst all genders, Kochi Metro will employ 23 members from the transgender community.
These 23 workers will be a part of the 530 Kudumbasree workers to be employed at 11 stations in the Kochi Metro.
44.The Income Tax department launched a new e-facility to link a person’s Aadhaar with the Permanent Account Number (PAN).
Under the Finance Act 2017, it is mandatory for taxpayers to quote Aadhaar or enrolment ID of the Aadhaar application form for filing income tax returns (ITR).
45. Indian Army has planned to re-introduce cordon and search operations (CASO) as a part of its counter terrorism operations after a gap of 15 years.
The major objective behind the reintroduction of combing operations is to bring the situation in the Kashmir Valley under control.
46. Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, launched e-Krishi Samvad at Krishi Bhawan.
Now people can directly connect to the ICAR website and get the appropriate solutions from the subject matter specialists and institutes through web or SMS.
47.The Science Express is 16 coach AC mobile train science exhibition of Department of Science & Technology (DST).
The objective of the Express is to arouse interest of the young people in the field of science and technology.
48. India’s first electric radio cabs will be launched in Nagpur from on 26th May 2017.
The pilot project will see around 200 e-cabs in Nagpur with the local body to provide for the charging stations across the city.
49. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has decided to share online scores of candidates taking competitive exams to boost hiring by the private sector.
The scores of the candidates taking part in the competitive exams will be linked to the Integrated Information System for Public Recruitment Agencies.
50. Asia’s longest bridge on Brahmaputra will be opened for public on 26th May 2017 coinciding with Modi government’s three years in power.
It is 9.15km long Dhola-Sadiya bridge, capable of withstanding the weight of a 60-tonne battle tank.
It will improve the movement of civilian and military vehicles to strategic locations up to Anini in Arunachal Pradesh.
51.‘Maa’ Committees will now keep an eye on mid-day meals served to students in the primary schools of Uttar Pradesh to ensure that they get nutritious food prepared in hygienic conditions.
From cleanliness in kitchen, to quality of food being served to children, they will keep an eye on minute details.
52. PM Narendra Modi launched river conservation project Narmada Seva Mission in Madhya Pradesh.
The program gives the conclusion of ‘Namami Devi Narmade Sewa yatra’ launched on 11th December 2016.
53. Indian Railways will install 19,000 high definition CCTV cameras at over 983 stations across the country under the Nirbhaya Fund at an approved cost of Rs 500 crore.
Cameras will be installed in order to ensure round-the-clock security to passengers including women.
54. Home Minister Rajnath Singh has inaugurated the second meeting of National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR) in New Delhi.
The theme of the meeting was Disaster Risk Reduction for Sustainable Development: Making India resilient by 2030.
55. West Bengal State government has made Bengali mandatory in all schools, including private English medium schools.
Henceforth, it would be compulsory for all schools to teach Bengali as an optional subject from Class I so that students can study it either as a second or third language.
56. The Minister of State for Labour & Employment(IC), Bandaru Dattatreya launched EPFO’s Citizens’ Charter 2017 and e-court management system in Bangalore.
Citizens’ Charter 2017 is an attempt to bring transparency and accountability on the part of EPFO.
EPFO e-court Management System is a transparent and electronic case management system which will cater to aspirations of all stakeholders.
57. The CCEA has approved a new coal linkage policy to ensure the adequate supply of the fuel to power plants through reverse auction.
The new policy will help in ensuring fuel supplies to the power plants in an organized manner.
58. Income Tax Department (ITD) has initiated Operation Clean Money to investigate tax evaders.
As a part of the operation, the government has launched a website on ‘Operation Clean Money’ operation.
59. The Border Security Force (BSF) has started operation ‘Garam Hawa’ in the western sector in Rajasthan which will continue till 23rd May.
The main aim is to reinforce and strengthen the BSF’s vigil along the border during the summer.
60. Vishakhapatnam and Beas railway stations are the cleanest railway stations out of the 407 stations in the country, according to an audit conducted by Quality Council of India (QCI) on behalf of Indian Railways.
Under the A1 category of railway stations – Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) topped the list.
In A category, Beas (Punjab) bagged the first position.
61. Thaawar Chand Gehlot inaugurated the 15th National Meeting of the State Commissioners for Persons with Disabilities (PwD).
The meeting is to review Implementation of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of rights and Full Participation) Act-1995 in New Delhi.
62. The Union Cabinet has cleared a proposal allowing for the construction of 10 indigenous Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR).
The reactors will have a capacity of 700 MW.
These reactors will add 7000 MW capacity and will ramp up nuclear power generation in the country.
63. The CCEA has approved the setting up of Indian Agricultural Research Institute (lARI) in Assam.
The proposal seeks to set up the Institute on 587 acres of land provided by the government of Assam.
64. The Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST) has successfully created the country’s first smart grid project.
The smart grid will be synchronized to generate power from solar, wind and vegetable waste resources, depending on the weather conditions and availability of waste products.
65. NITI Aayog has conducted the first Samavesh meeting of the National Steering Group and other knowledge partners with an aim to create an atmosphere of evidence based policy research.
The objective of the meeting was to bring together 32 premier educational and policy research institutions to boost the development process, in pursuance with the Prime Minister’s call for a New India 2022.
66. The Jammu and Kashmir government hosted the 14th Goods & Services Tax (GST) Council meeting in the capital Srinagar.
The State General Administration Department has appointed 69 Kashmir Administrative Service officers (KAS) as liaison officers for the meeting.
67. The CCEA has approved a collaborative mission between industry and academia, aimed at accelerating research for early development of bio-pharmaceuticals.
T he mission is called Innovate in India empowering biotech entrepreneurs and accelerating inclusive innovation.
68. The 24th bilateral exercise involving Indian Navy and Republic of Singapore Navy has commenced in South China Sea.
SIMBEX stands for Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercises.
The exercise will be held from 18th May 2017 to 24th May 2017.
69. PM Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) on 23rd May 2017 at the sprawling Mahatma Mandir Convention Centre.
The core theme of the event is Transforming Agriculture for wealth creation in Africa.
70. National Green Tribunal has banned open defecation and waste dumping on the floodplains of the Yamuna.
It has also slapped an environment compensation of Rs 5,000 for people who violated the order.
71. The Annual Joint Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Exercise “KARAVALI KARUNYA” commenced at Naval Station Karwar from 18th to 20th May 2017.
The exercise involves multiple agencies and was conducted by Indian Navy’s Western Naval Command.
72. Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal announced that the rural electrification will provide every citizen affordable adequate electricity by 2022.
Smart Power meters will be installed soon in 100% smart metering.
73. Vedanta Group will be the first to adopt India’s UJALA scheme of replacing all their old lamps with energy-saving LED bulbs in the UK.
UJALA stands for ‘UK Joins Affordable LEDs for All’ (UJALA).
74. The GVK group-run Mumbai airport has become the world’s busiest amongst the single-runway facilities by handling 837 flights a day or one in 65 seconds on an average in fiscal 2017.
It took over London’s Gatwick airport that had 757 flights a day.
75. Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu inaugurated the free Wi-Fi facility at 28 Railway Stations of Konkan Railway from Kudal Railway Station in Maharashtra.
Indian Railways has tied up with SYSCON/JOISTER for providing 2 Mbps peer-to-peer 24 hrs Free Wi-Fi bandwidth at 28 railway stations of Konkan Railway.
76. Tejas Express, country’s first ultra-modern train has begun its first journey from Mumbai to Goa on 22nd May 2017.
The train have one executive AC chair car with seating capacity for 56 persons and 12 AC chair cars with 78 seats in each coach.
77. PM Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for half a dozen projects worth Rs 993 crore related to development of Kandla port.
The projects for which foundation was laid include a convention centre named after Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar.
78. Environment Ministry along with the UN Environment OzonAction Compliance Assistance Programme, organized an “Ozone2Climate” Technology Roadshow in Agra.
This is the first time that the Ozone2Climate Technology Roadshow was organized as a part of the annual network meeting globally.
79. Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal launched the Saral Eindhan Vitaran Application (SEVA), developed in-house by Coal India Limited (CIL) for power sector consumers.
SEVA is a part of ‘Digital India’ initiative, which is aimed at increasing the Consumer Connect as well as the Transparency and Accountability in Coal dispatch.
80. Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel announced “Adopt a Slum” – a new campaign to mark 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.
Mr. Goel has adopted Indira slum of Timarpur area under the campaign.
81. The Union Cabinet has approved the abolition of the 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 concerned ministries.
The FDI proposals above Rs 5,000 crore will continue to come under the purview of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA).
82. Sushma Swaraj, Prakash Javadekar, and Ravi Shankar Prasad jointly inaugurated the integration of E-Sanad with CBSE digital repository ‘Parinam Manjusha’ in New Delhi.
E Sanad is an e-service for online verification and attestation of documents of Indian citizens that has been integrated with Non- Tax Receipt Portal (NTRP) for enabling cashless payment.
83. The Minister of State for Communications Manoj Sinha has launched three new initiatives, which are mentioned below.
BSNL’s satellite phone service: offered to government agencies in phase.
Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Sanchar Kaushal Vikas Pratisthan Scheme: the ministry will impart training to 10,000 people from 10 States/UTs in the first phase.
Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Telecom Skill Excellence Award has been instituted to recognize achievers and talents in Telecom sector.
84. 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 devices installed in the monuments will be connected to this app using Bluetooth. The devices will have a range of around 30 metres.
85. PM Narendra Modi has inaugurated India’s longest river bridge – the Dhola-Sadia Bridge in Assam.
He has also renamed the bridge as Bhupen Hazarika Bridge.
The cost of the project is about Rs 2056 crores.
86. UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath launched a campaign to eradicate the deadly Japanese Encephalitis (JE) disease that claims the lives of hundreds of children every year in the state.
He launched a toll-free number 18001805544 to get or provide any information about encephalitis.
87. The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has amended the definition of a start-up.
As per the new definition, an entity will be considered as a Start-Up if its turnover is less than Rs 25 crore and has not completed seven years from the date of its incorporation/registration.
88. The Union Cabinet Chaired by Prime Minister has given its approval for a National Procurement Policy that gives preference to Make in India in government procurements.
The policy aims to maintain the balance between promoting ‘Make in India’ and ensuring timely, quality and value-for-money products for the procuring government entities.
89. PM Narendra Modi has laid the Foundation Stone of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute at Gogamukh in Assam’s Dhemaji district located on the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border.
This will be the third Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI).
Apart from IARI in Delhi, the work on setting up of second IARI in Ranchi, Jharkhand has commenced.
90. The Ministry of Environment and Forests has come up with new regulations that ban the sale of cattle for slaughter.
The rules have been notified under Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act
As per the new regulations, cattle bought cannot be resold within six months.
91. Election contestants have to declare their own and their spouse’s sources of earning in their contesting polls to bring more transparency.
The new rules also make it necessary for the poll contestants to specify whether they are Indian citizens or not as only the Indian nationals can contest the elections.
92. The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has been given back the power to grant licenses for defence manufacturing.
The power to grant manufacturing license with respect to the category of arms and ammunition and defence items under the Arms Act.
93. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis inaugurated India’s first multi-modal electric vehicle project and Ola electric charging station in Nagpur.
The city will have a fleet of 200 electric vehicles including taxis, buses, e-rickshaw, and autorickshaws, all of which will be fully owned by cab aggregator Ola.
94. Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of a unit of the Delhi-based All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Changsari, Assam.
The institute will be constructed at a cost of Rs 1,123 crores as part of the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana.
95. India has become the second largest stainless-steel producer in the world after China.
The analysis is based on the data released by the ISSF.
India overtook Japan which was the second largest producer last year.
96. Defence Minister Arun Jaitley has inaugurated the newly built Aeronautical Test Range (ATR) of the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) at Chitradurga in Karnataka.
The current length of the runway at the ATR is 2.2 km.
It can be used for testing of bigger aircraft like AEW&CS (Airborne Early Warning &Control Systems) aircraft.
97. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced a slew of incentives for journalists, including a Rs 10,000 monthly pension scheme, for those who are above 60 years and have completed 20 years in the profession.
He also announced a life insurance cover of Rs 10 lakh and a cashless mediclaim policy of Rs 500,000.
98. Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan and actress Anushka Sharma will launch the Narendra Modi government’s `Darwaza Band` campaign aimed at making India open defecation free.
The campaign, which will be launched in Mumbai, calls for toilet usage in the rural areas across the country.
99. The Goa State government has decided to ban buying and selling of plastic bags below 50 microns with effect from July.
Initially, violators of the ban will be asked to pay a fine of Rs. 500 and subsequently the fine amount would be raised to Rs 5000 depending upon the initiative’s success.
100. Human Resources Development Minister Prakash Javadekar has launched an Anti-Ragging Mobile App of the University Grants Commission (UGC).
The App was launched to help students register complaints against the menace of ragging in the country.
Previously, students were required to visit the website to register a complaint against ragging.
101. Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu flagged off the first train of the Delhi Metro’s Heritage Line which will now be open for public.
This 5.17-km-long corridor Heritage Line has four stations- Kashmere Gate, Dilli Gate, Jama Masjid and Lal Quila.
102. 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.
103. Union Minister Manoj Sinha announced the India Mobile Congress 2017 (IMC 2017) which is scheduled as a three-day event from 27th to 29th September 2017 in New Delhi.
The Indian telecom market is the second-largest in the world after China.
India has a total subscriber base of over 1.18 billion subscribers.
104. India will become the first country to have all government-owned 12 ports running on solar and wind energy.
The government plans to install almost 200 megawatt solar and wind power generation capacity at the ports by 2019.
105. The Delhi Police has launched patrolling on bicycle to improve policing in congested localities in trans-Yamuna region of the city.
The move is also being billed as a green initiative.
The bicycle patrols will complement and supplement the existing motorcycle and PCR patrols which focus mainly on crime prevention along the arterial and main roads of Delhi.
106. PM Narendra Modi and Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe will together lay the foundation stone for the bullet train project in the month of September.
Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train will have the speed of 320 km per hour.
The government was committed to complete the project by the end of 2022.
107. India has emerged as the third largest aviation market in the world with a passenger traffic of over 10 crores reported for 2016-17.
Minister Jayant Sinha confirmed that Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS-UDAN) scheme will allow India to have 200 plus airports in the next 10-15 years.
International – Across the Globe
1. Google has announced the new Solve for India initiative, especially for tier-2 cities such as Pune, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Kochi, Indore, Nagpur, Nashik, Madurai, Kanpur, and Chennai.
This program will aim to support entrepreneurs and developers of the country.
2. India will give Rs. 35 crore rupees to children of freedom fighters in Bangladesh under the new Muktijodha scholarship scheme in the next five years.
Under the scheme, students at higher secondary level will get a one-time grant of Tk 20,000 (Rs 15,370).
Students at the undergraduate level will get a grant of Tk 50,000 (Rs 38,430).
The Currency of Bangladesh is Bangladeshi Taka (Tk).
3. Dubai has become the first city in the world to have its own Microsoft-designed font. The font will have typeface both in Latin and Arabic script.
It will be made available in 23 languages namely Afrikaans, Arabic, Basque, Britannic, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Gaelic, German, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Norwegian, Farsi, Portuguese, Sami, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish and Urdu.
4. According to the United Nations report, economic growth for India is projected to be stable at 7.1% in 2017 before edging up to 7.5% in 2018.
Inflation is projected to reach 5.3 – 5.5% in 2017 and 2018.
5. Indian actress Priyanka Chopra will be attending a UNICEF gala event in South Africa on 6th May 2017 to highlight the challenges faced by children affected by violence.
The event would also bring together some of the world’s biggest names in order to leverage their support to enhance the care and protection of children subjected to abuse, violence, neglect and exploitation.
6. World’s highest railway bridge which will be 35 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower is to come up over the Chenab River in Jammu and Kashmir at a cost of around Rs. 1,100 crore.
The bridge will connect Bakkal (Katra) and Kauri (Srinagar). The bridge will be a part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link project.
7. Apple has reported over $256 billion in cash and marketable securities.
In the previous year, Apple’s earnings report for the January-March quarter was $233 billion.
8. Turkey, Iran and Russia signed an agreement to set up of four “de-confliction zones” in Syria.
The major objective is to stop the violence and facilitate conditions for the safe.
9. Pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron resoundingly won France’s landmark presidential election.
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.
10. India organized Tagore Cultural Festival in Egypt to mark the 156th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore from 8th-12th May 2017.
The Festival was organized by the Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture (MACIC), which is the cultural wing of the Indian Embassy in Cairo.
11. India has been unanimously elected as the President of the UN-Habitat after 10 years.
Venkaiah Naidu will chair the four-day meeting of the 58-member Governing Council of UN-Habitat in Nairobi, Kenya.
12. India and Japan has decided to strengthen their military cooperation and hopes to pursue a strategic partnership for ensuring regional peace and stability.
The Malabar trilateral exercise between Japan, the U.S. and India is slated to be held in the Bay of Bengal from 10th July 2017.
13. Jordan and United States make annual military exercises with the extensive troops to strengthen threats against terrorism.
It would include border security, cyber defence, and command and control exercises.
14. India and Australia to hold their 2nd bilateral naval exercise off the coast of Western Australia in June.
Look Back - The first-ever Bilateral Naval Exercise in between India and Australia, called AUSINDEX, was held in September 2015 in the Bay of Bengal.
15. India has decided to replace the Maitri research station in Antarctica with a new one in the next three to four years.
The country is also drafting laws to safeguard its interest in Antarctica and is poised to expand its research activity in the coldest continent.
16. PM Narendra Modi attended the biggest Buddhist festival International Day of Vesak in Colombo, Sri Lanka as its chief guest.
The celebrations were held from 12th-14th May 2017.
It includes an International Buddhist Conference that would witness the participation of over 400 delegates from more than 100 countries.
17. The 29th India–Indonesia CORPAT has commenced at Port Blair under the aegis of Andaman and Nicobar Command.
The bilateral exercise is scheduled to be held from 9th to 25th May.
The bilateral exercise aims to enhance mutual understanding and inter–operability between the two navies.
18.India and Russia agreed to work closely in various sectors, including security, nuclear energy, and disaster management.
The decision was taken during Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dimitry Rogozin’s visit to India to attend India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission (IRIGC-TEC) meeting.
19. PM Narendra Modi has inaugurated a hospital in Dickoya in Central Province of Sri Lanka, built with Indian assistance.
Prime Minister later addressed a large gathering of Indian Origin Tamils at Norwood.
20. 19th Session of India-Italy Joint Commission for Economic Cooperation was held during 11th – 12th May 2017 in Rome.
Both sides reiterated the importance of the JCEC towards the development of bilateral economic.
21. The United States will be selling high-tech Joint Service Lightweight Integrated Suit Technology (JSLIST) protective clothing worth $75 million to India.
The entire package includes 38,034 M50 general purpose masks, 38,034 units of suits, trousers, gloves, boots and NBC bags; 854 aprons; 854 alternative aprons; 9,509 Quick Doff Hoods; and 114,102 M61 filters.
22. India has jumped 73 spots to be ranked 26th in World Bank’s electricity accessibility list.
The country was ranked 99th in 2014.
Out of the 18,452 villages which lacked electricity, over 13,000 has been provided access to electricity.
23. President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas arrived in India on a four-day State visit to India from 14th May 2017.
Memorandum of Understanding MoUs on cooperation in various sectors is also expected to be signed during the visit.
24. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will hold an emergency meeting on North Korea’s latest missile test.
The US, Japan and South Korea requested the emergency discussions after Pyongyang launched a missile.
25. The G20 Labour & Employment Ministers’ Meet was scheduled on 18th-19th May 2017 at Bad Neuenahr, Germany.
The meet praised the policies of Narendra Modi Government’s Labour and Employment ministry.
26. Mt Lhotse has recorded its first summit in 3 years and it is fourth highest mountain in the world.
Indian climber Debasish Biswas and a woman climber from New Zealand were the first to successfully climb Mt Lhotse after a team of Sherpas fixed the route to summit.
27. India has been placed in the second spot in the Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index by EY.
In an annual ranking of the top 40 renewable energy markets, China was ranked at the top, followed by India.
The US slipped to the third spot from the first in the last year’s ranking.
28. According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) latest world health check, Australia is one of the world leaders for life expectancy.
Australia is only ranked behind Japan, Singapore and Switzerland.
29. Dubai will host a two-day Startup India Summit in the United Arab Emirates in partnership with Indian Software Product Industry Round Table (iSPIRIT) on 23rd-24th May 2017.
This is the first “Start-Up Summit” being held in the UAE.
The aim is to provide a shared platform for the Start-up ecosystem in both India and UAE for greater collaboration, exchange ideas, interact with academia, investors and industry.
30. According to the Global Burden of Disease Study published in the Lancet, India continues to be a poor performer in terms of access to healthcare.
India ranked at 154 with a score of 44.8 in the list of 195 countries.
Andorra scored the highest score (94.6) while Central African Republic had the lowest (28.6).
31. The World Meteorological Organization has launched the Year of Polar Prediction spread out from mid-2017 to mid-2019.
It aims to improve predictions of weather, climate and ice conditions in the Arctic and Antarctic.
32. China and ASEAN countries have agreed to a framework for a long-mooted code of conduct for the disputed South China Sea.
All the parties have agreed to continue to constructively advance the negotiations and work towards the early conclusion of the code of conduct.
33. The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) ranks countries in terms of their International Tourist Arrivals (ITA).
As per the latest UNWTO Barometer for March 2017, Rank of India in International Tourist Arrivals in both 2014 and 2015 is 24 as against the previous rank of 41 and 40 in the year 2014 and 2015, respectively.
34. The Jaipur Literature Festival was inaugurated in London to present a sumptuous showcase of South Asia’s literary heritage, oral and performing arts, books and ideas, dialogue and debate.
The British Library played host to the annual festival as a part of the wider UK-India Year of Culture celebrations.
35. Finland has agreed to host the 2017 Arctic Energy Summit as the first major event of their Arctic Council Chairmanship, which runs 2017 to 2019.
The Arctic Energy Summit was last held in Fairbanks in 2015.
The Summit will take place at Finlandia Hall, between 18th-20th September 2017.
36. The List of top 50 Luxury goods topped by Louis Vuitton named three Indian Companies: Gitanjali Gems, Titan and PC Jeweller in the list.
Gitanjali Gems Ltd was placed in the 30th rank, followed by Titan Company(31st) and PC Jeweller (44th) in the fourth annual Global Powers of Luxury Goodsreport.
37. The United Nations released a first draft nuclear ban treaty banning the possession and use of nuclear weapons, the draft being released in Geneva.
The treaty confirms that use of nuclear weapons is a violation of the International Humanitarian Law.
38.According to the reports released by the United Nations Monitoring centre, India ranks third highest globally in Internal Displacement Numbers.
The highest displacements were recorded in China with 7.4 million people getting impacted, followed by the Philippines (5.9 million), India (2.4 million) and Indonesia (1.2 million).
39. The 3rd Intersessional Ministerial Meeting of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) was held in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi.
The meeting was attended by 16 economic and trade ministers from the 10 member states of the ASEAN and its six partners including China, Australia, India, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand.
40. PM Narendra Modi called for the creation of an Asia-Africa growth corridor for the development of Africa at the 52nd Annual Meeting of African Development Bank (AfDB) at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
The core theme of the Annual Meeting is ‘Transforming Agriculture for wealth creation in Africa’.
41. According to World Economic Forum’s UN Habitat Data of the 10 most densely populated cities, Dhaka, with 44500 people per square metre, is placed at 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).
42. Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ resigned from his post.
Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba will become the next Prime Minister of Nepal.
Pushpa Kamal was elected as the 39th Prime Minister of Nepal.
43. 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.
44. Indian nationals were issued the maximum number of skilled work visas to live and work in the UK in 2016.
Indians accounted for 58 per cent of the total skilled work visas granted last year- 53,863 of a total of 93,566.
Americans were the second largest community with 9,255 visas.
45. Egypt has blocked 21 media websites including the main website of Qatar-based Al-Jazeera news channel.
The 21 websites have been blocked inside Egypt for having content that supports terrorism and extremism.
46. The 43rd G7 Summit 2017 was held in Taormina (ME), Sicily, Italy from 26th May – 27th May 2017.
The summit focuses on: counter-terrorism, global economy and reduction of inequalities, foreign policy, security of citizens, and climate change.
47. Indo-Thailand HADR Table Top Exercise 2017 was held in Chiang Mai, Thailand from 22th May to 26th May 2017 between the Indian Air Force and Royal Thailand Air Force (RTAF).
The aim of the bilateral exercise is to evolve SOPs for planning and executing relief missions during unforeseen natural calamities like Tsunami, earthquakes, cyclones, floods etc.
48. The NATO Leaders’ Meeting 2017 held at NATO’s new Headquarters in Belgium, Brussels.
The next summit will be held in Istanbul, Turkey.
49. Apple has opened its first store in Southeast Asia at Singapore upmarket shopping district.
Apple already has almost 500 stores globally with more than a million visitors daily.
50. As per India Development Report released by World Bank, India ranks 120th among 131 countries in terms of women participation in the workforce.
In India, the women participation in the workforce is only 27%, which is much lower as compared to China and Brazil where it is in the range of 65 – 70%.
51. President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi signed into law a contentious new bill that regulates non-governmental organisations (NGO).
Under the new law, foreign non-governmental groups will have to pay up to 16500 dollars to start working in Egypt and renew their permit on a regular basis.
52. The first ever women television channel Zan TV (or Women’s TV) started in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Founder of Zan TV is Hamid Samar.
The main purpose to launch the women TV channel is to highlight the rights of Afghan women and to improve their status and ensure their equity with men in the conservative society.
Sports & Athletics
1. Finland’s Valtteri Bottas celebrated the first Formula One victory of his career at the Russian Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton were at second, third and fourth position respectively.
2. Rafael Nadal has won Barcelona Open title beating Austria’s Dominic Thiem by 6-4, 6-1.
This was Nadal’s 10th Barcelona Open title.
Nadal won in Barcelona between 2005-2009, 2011-13 and now in the last two years.
3. Joshna Chinappa becomes the first Indian to clinch the Asian Squash title by beating Dipika Pallikal Karthik in the women’s final in Chennai.
Max Lee won in the men’s category beating Saurav Ghosal.
4. Aizawl FC has won its maiden I-League title against Shillong Lajong and becomes the first ever club from the northeast to win the I-League title.
This was the 10th edition of the I-League held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong.
Aizawl ended the league with 37 points.
5. Indian golfer Shiv Kapur lifted his first Asian Tour title in 12 years, winning USD 300,000 Yeangder Heritage Championships with eight-under 64 in the final round.
Gavin Green (67) and Yikeun Chang (68) were tied for second at 14-under at the National Golf Country Club.
6. Leander Paes and Scott Lipsky defeated Argentine Leonardo Mayer and Maximo Gonzalez to win the Tallahassee Challenger title of the Men’s Double.
This title win is Paes’ 2nd Challenger level title of the season.
The 2017 Tallahassee Tennis Challenger was played on green clay courts between 24 and 29 April 2017.
7. India lost 1 – 3 against defending champions Australia in a preliminary league match of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Hockey Tournament.
Australia is 9th time winners of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.
8. In the recently updated ICC T20 International team rankings, India has been placed at the 4th position with 118 points behind second placed England and third placed Pakistan.
New-Zealand has topped the table with 125 points.
South Africa (5th), Australia (6th), West Indies (7th), Sri Lanka (8th), Afghanistan (9th) and Bangladesh (10th).
9. The legendary Oinam Bembem Devi, Jeje Lalpekhlua and Gurpreet Sandhu have been nominated for the Arjuna Awards.
They are recommended by the All India Football Federation (AIFF).
10. Jharkhand Governor Droupadi Murmu inaugurated the Oorja CAPFs under-19 football talent hunt tournament 2017 at the Mega Sports Complex.
Its aim is to select talented players and give them opportunity at the national and international level.
Tete is the brand ambassador of the tournament.
11. As per the updated FIFA world football rankings, the Indian national football has managed to secure a 100th spot in FIFA rankings.
This is the first time in 21 years that India has been ranked into top 100.
India has been placed 100th alongside Nicaragua, Lithuania and Estonia with a total of 331 points.
12. Union Minister Vijay Goel, announced a wide spectrum of fields including sports that would fetch the National Youth Award.
Instead of the States nominating the persons or organization for the National Youth Awards, it would be an online process henceforth.
13. The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) recommended the women’s trio of World Championship silver – medalists for 2017 Arjuna Awards.
The trio includes Saweety Boora(81kg), Sonia Lather(57kg) and Sarjubala Devi (51kg)
14. International Cricket Council (ICC) has raised the prize money by $2 million to popularize women’s cricket for the upcoming 2017 World cup in England.
This is ten times the amount that was awarded in the last edition in 2013.
The ICC announced that Decision Review system (DRS) will be put in place for the first time in women’s cricket during the eight-team tournament in June.
15. India’s badminton players PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, received prize money and cash dues for winning international events from Badminton Association of India (BAI).
Saina and Sindhu got Rs.25 lakh and Rs.20 lakh respectively.
A total of Rs 1.07 crore was distributed which included Rs.30 lakh due for winning the Common Wealth Games (CWG) gold and the 2015 India Grand Prix Gold title issued to the players.
16. 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.
The US-based Indian won 6-11 11-4 11-3 9-11 13-11 against his opponent.
17. 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.
18. Olive Ridley turtles have been chosen as the Mascot for the 22nd Asian Athletics Championship.
The event is scheduled to be held at the Kalinga Stadium Odisha from 6th-9th July 2017.
Around 600 athletes including 20 world champions of 45 countries will participate at the international event.
19.Devender Singh becomes second Indian to be qualified for the World Championships in London.
He won the Indian Grand Prix first leg with a throw of 84.57m, meeting the qualifying mark of 83m.
Neeraj Chopra was the first Indian javelin thrower to qualify for the London Worlds.
20. The National Basketball Association (NBA) has opened its first academy in India to help the sport become more popular in the country.
Twenty-one elite male prospects, who were selected following a three-month nationwide talent search, will receive scholarships and training at NBA Academy India.
21. Former India captain Jhulan Goswami has surpassed Australian Cathryn Fitzpatrick to become the leading wicket-taker in Women’s One-Day International (ODI) cricket, taking her haul to 181 wickets from 153 outings.
The 34-year-old pacer took three wickets against hosts South Africa during the ongoing Women’s Quadrangular Series to achieve the landmark.
22. Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly was named skipper of Cricket Australia’s Greatest Champions Trophy XI, which also features ex-Indian captain Rahul Dravid as wicketkeeper.
The two are the only Indians in the team, which does not include Sachin Tendulkar.
The team features three Australians, including former players Damien Martyn, Glenn McGrath and Shane Watson.
23.Harpreet Singh bagged a bronze medal in Greco-Roman 80kg category at Asian Wrestling Championship.
He defeated Junjie Na of China by 3-2.
24. Chelsea have been crowned 2016-17 Premier League champions after beating West Bromwich Albion 1-0 at the Hawthorns.
Substitute Michy Batshuayi’s dramatic 82nd-minute winner gave Chelsea the Premier League.
25. Sakshi Malik, Vinesh Phogat and Divya Kakran have won silver medals at the Asian Wrestling Championship at the KD Jadhav Stadium in New Delhi.
Vinesh and Sakshi has won medals in the 55kg and 60kg categories respectively.
Kakran won a silver medal in the 69kg category.
26. Arjun Maini, driving for Jenzer Motorsports, created history by becoming the first Indian driver to win a GP3 race when he claimed the sprint race.
The 19-year old scored his first win in two years ahead of Frenchman Dorian Boccolacci and teammate Alessio Lorandi of Italy.
27. Gujarat based dairy giant Amul will be the prime sponsor of the New Zealand cricket team in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy that starts on 1st June in England.
The Blackcaps would sport a new jersey with the Amul logo on its chest during the tournament.
28. Rafael Nadal defeated Dominic Thiem 7-6, 6-4 in the Madrid Open final to win his third straight title and continue his good form heading into the French Open.
Nadal earned his 15th straight victory on clay and tie Novak Djokovic’s record of 30 career titles in Masters 1000 events.
T he triumph at his home tournament gave Nadal his 72nd career title, and 52nd on clay.
29. Lewis Hamilton has won the Spanish Grand Prix from pole position in the Formula One championship.
Mercedes’s Hamilton finished 3.4 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
Third position was occupied by Australian Daniel Ricciardo.
30. India claimed a gold and a bronze at the China World Para Athletics Grand Prix being held in Beijing.
Ramudri Someshwara Rao won a gold medal in the 200m race and Hokato Sema bagged a bronze in shot put.
31. Mumbai Indians defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by nine runs in their last group stage match at the Eden Gardens to finish on top of the Indian Premier League table.
In the process, Mumbai Indians created history, becoming the first T20 team in the world to win 100 games in their entire history.
32. India’s Deepti Sharma and Poonam Raut scripted history against Ireland. They became the first pair to put on a 300-run stand in Women’s ODIs.
Deepti and Raut had an opening partnership of 320 before the former fell for 188.
Deepti is the first Indian to score over 150 and now has the second highest individual score in ODIs after Belinda Clarke’s 229. Raut made 109.
33. US-based Indian squash player Ramit Tandon has won his Professional Squash Association (PSA) title in the SYS Open.
Ramit defeated Kush Kumar.
This was Tandon’s third appearance in a Professional Squash Association final.
34. Mohammad Anas smashed the national record in men’s 400m race at the Indian Grand Prix Athletics Meet in New Delhi.
He clocked 45.32 seconds at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and also qualified for the World Championships to be held in London in August.
Rajiv Arokia and Sachin Baby were second and third in 46.32 seconds and 47.18 seconds respectively.
35. Indian cricket team has retained its top position in the latest ICC Test rankings with 123 points. The Top 10 teams with points are mentioned below.
|ICC Test Ranking||Name of the Team||Points|
36. The Indian Men’s compound archery team has managed to win gold after defeating Columbia 226-221 in the Archery World Cup Stage 1 championships held in Shanghai, China.
Indian archery team were represented by Abhishek Verma, Chinna Raju Srither and Amanjeet Singh.
37. R.R. Laxman of Integral Coach Factory won the All India Open Rapid World Chess Federation (FIDE) Rating Chess Tournament at the Kshudiram Anushilan Kendra, Kolkata.
He got 9.5 points defeating Mitrabha Guha who bagged 8.5 points.
Somak Palit scored 7.5 points to secure the fifth place. Prantik Roy placed eighth in the tournament.
38. German Alexander Zverev beat Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in the final of Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Masters 1000 Italian Open Title in Rome.
Zverev became the youngest winner of a Masters 1000 tournament at the age of 19.
39. Real Madrid won the Spanish league for the first time in five years and kept rival Barcelona from its third straight championship.
The team secured its 33rd league title with a 2-0 win at Malaga with goals by Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.
40. The South Asian Junior Table Tennis championship held in Mount Lavinia, near Colombia in Sri Lanka.
In a stunning performance, the paddlers from India have won all the 10 Gold Medals and 14 medals in this tournament.
In this championship, top seeded Manav Thakkar won Junior Boys final; while Archana Girish Kamath won Junior Girls final.
41. Bengaluru FC team won the Federation Cup champions at the Barabati Stadium Cuttack, Odisha.
They defeated Mohun Bagan team.
42. Mumbai Indians has won the Indian Premier League Season-10 trophy by defeating Rising Pune Supergiant in the finals.This was Mumbai Indians’ third IPL trophy in 10 editions. Highlights of the event are:
Orange Cap: David Warner (641 Runs).
Purple Cap: Bhuvneshwar Kumar (26 Wickets).
Emerging player of the season: Basil Thampi.
Fairplay award: Gujarat Lions.
Most Valuable Player of the season: Ben Stokes.
Man of the Final: Krunal Pandya.
43. N’Golo Kante named Player of the Year by the English Premier League.
The premier league player of the season is an annual association football award presented to the players in England.
44. Sweden won the Ice Hockey World Championships with a 2-1 victory over 2016 champions Canada in a dramatic penalty shootout.
It was Sweden’s 10th World title.
45. Indian-origin wrestler Jinder Mahal clinched the WWE Championship after beating Randy Orton at pay-per-view event Backlash.
He has become the second wrestler of Indian descent to win a world heavyweight championship in the promotion.
The Great Khali had won the now-defunct World Heavyweight Championship in 2007.
46. Hindustan Computers Limited hosted the HCL Asian Junior Tennis Championship 2017 on 29 May 2017.
Different players from 11 countries – Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Hong-Kong, Malaysia, China, Sri Lanka, Iran, and India are participating in the Championship.
47. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel won the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix at the Circuit de Monaco, La Condamine and Monte Carlo, Monaco.
The second place in the race was secured by Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, while the third place was secured by Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.
48. South Korea defeated China won badminton’s Sudirman Cup 2017 for the first time in 14 years, held in Gold Coast Australia.
Korea won by 32 points against China.
49. Ananya Kamboj from Mohali, has been selected to represent India as a young journalist at the global Football For Friendship (F4F) social programme in Russia.
Ananya will join young journalists from around the world in St. Petersburg, Russia in July 2017.
50. India’s Chadalavada Anandha Sundhararaman Bhavani Devi has become first Indian to win a Gold Medal in an International fencing tournament.
She participated in the sabre event of the Turnoi Satellite Fencing Championship held at Reykjavik in Iceland.
In the final, she defeated Sarah Jane Hampson of Great Britain.
51. Lionel Messi has won the European Golden Shoe for fourth time, drawing level with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
This award is given for scoring highest number of goals in European season.
Messi previously won the award in 2010, 2012 and 2013.
52. ESPN has revealed the names of top 100 most famous athletes based on the combine endorsements with social media following and internet search popularity.4 Indians have found a place in this elite and prestigious list.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli is placed at No.13 followed by the Former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni at No.15.
The other two Indians to have made to the list are all-rounder Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina. Yuvraj is placed at No.90 while Raina holds No.95.
53. Indian Cricketer Virat Kohli becomes the only cricketer to get featured in the top 10 of the ICC Players Rankings for One Day International (ODI).
The top three batsmen featured in the ICC ODI Rankings are South Africa’s De Villiers (874 rating points), Australia’s David Warner (871 rating points) and Kohli (852 rating points).
Awards & Recognition
1. Former Union Minister Ashwani Kumar has been named for Japan’s prestigious Order of the Rising Sun Award during a ceremony to be held at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on 9th May.
He will be awarded for his contribution to fostering Japan-India ties.
2. Sanjay Pratihar has been selected for the prestigious Indian National Science Academy (INSA) medal for the Young Scientist Award, 2017.
He was awarded for his contribution to multi-metal complexes, theoretical understanding, selective sensing of Hq2+ions and important applications in agriculture.
3. The 44th Daytime Emmy Awards was announced at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, in Pasadena, Los Angeles. Here is the list of winners.
|Outstanding Drama Series||General Hospital|
|Outstanding Game Show||Jeopardy|
|Outstanding Talk Show/Informative||The Dr. Oz Show|
|Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||Gina Tognoni as Phyllis Summers on The Young and the Restless|
|Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series||Scott Clifton as Liam Spencer on The Bold and the Beautiful|
|Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series||Lexi Ainsworth as Kristina Davis on General Hospital|
|Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series||Bryan Craig as Morgan Corinthos on General Hospital|
|Outstanding Game Show Host||Steve Harvey – Family Feud|
|Lifetime Achievement Award||Mary Hart, former long-running host of Entertainment Tonight|
4. The US-India Business Council (USIBC) has selected Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Chandrababu Naidu for the Transformative Chief Minister Award.
He will be awarded for his role in advancing the US-India partnership at the state level.
5. The Hollywood film The Black Prince starring Indian Actress Shabana Azmi and Satinder Sartaaj was awarded special Jury Remi Award at 50th Annual World Fest Houston International film Festival.
The black prince is a historic film of the last king of Punjab – Maharajah Duleep Singh and his relationship with Queen Victoria.
6. Padma Venkataraman, a social worker and daughter for former Indian President, the late R Venkataraman was honoured with the Avvaiyar award 2017.
She was awarded for her efforts in the field of women’s welfare and the rehabilitation of leprosy-affected people since the past 30 years by Tamil Nadu government.
7. Child actor Sunny Pawar, best known for his performance in the Oscar-nominated film Lion, has been chosen for the Rising Star Award in UK.
The award will be presented to Sunny at the 7th Annual Asian Awards.
8. Chairman of Nicco group Rajive Kaul was conferred with the Order of Diplomatic Service Merit Sungnye Medal of the Republic of Korea for his services rendered as honorary consul general of South Korea in Kolkata.
The award was conferred by the acting President and Prime Minister of South Korea Hwang Kyo-ahn at a programme in New Delhi.
9. President Pranab Mukherjee presented away the 64th National Film Awards on 104th anniversary of Indian Cinema, held in New Delhi. Here is the list of Awards winners.
|Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment||Sathamanam Bhavathi|
|Best Actor||Akhay Kumar (Rustom)|
|Best Actress||Surabhi Lakshmi (Minnaminungu)|
|Best Supporting Actress||Zaira Wasim (Dangal)|
|Best Male Playback Singer||Sundara Iyer (Joker)|
|Best Female Playback||Singer – Thume jaake|
|Best Music Direction||Babu Padmanabha (Kannada Lama)|
|Special Mention||Kadvi Hawa Mukthi bhava (Hindi)|
|Special Jury award||Mohanlal for Pulimurugan, Janatha Garage and Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol|
10. Film Director and actor Kasinathuni Viswanath received Dadasaheb Phalke Award at the 64th National Film Awards ceremony.
He became the 48th recipient of the award, the highest recognition in Indian cinema, which includes a golden lotus, a cash prize of Rs 10 lakhs.
11. Kashmir based freelance photographer Saqib Majeed has bagged prestigious 2016 Wisden-MCC (Melbourne Cricket Council) Cricket ‘Photograph of the Year’ Award.
He was awarded for capturing a stunning image of boys playing cricket at the Nishat garden in the outskirts of Srinagar.
With this has become the first Kashmiri and second Asian after Atul Kamble to receive the prestigious award.
12.The 29th edition of the Sunday Times Rich List 2017 released the names of UK’s 1000 wealthiest people including 40 Indian-born citizens.
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.
13. 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|
14. Three Indian Scientist have been elected as the Fellows of The Royal Society for their outstanding contributions to science.
Krishna Chatterjee from Cambridge University has been recognized 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 recognized for his works on understanding the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems.
15. Hollywood actor Emma Watson picked up the first-ever Genderless Acting Award for the Best Actor category at the MTV Movie and TV Awards.
This is the first ever genderless award that doesn’t separate nominees based on their sex.
16. IIT Bombay professor, Vikram Vishal won the prestigious INSA Young Scientist Award 2017.
He was awarded for his research studies geologic sequestration or the capture of carbon dioxide released when coal is burnt, and injecting it back into the rock deep underground.
17. After winning a special mention at the National Film Awards, Mukti Bhawan has now gone on winning the Best Film at the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF).
The film that revolves around the man who accompanies his father on a journey to Varanasi is a film that is winning praises all over.
18. Konkona Sen Sharma grabbed the top honours at the 2017 New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF).
Konkona won the Best Director award for her directorial debut A Death in the Gunj and the Best Actress award for Lipstick Under My Burkha at 2017 NYIFF.
19. ICICI Bank Chief Chanda Kochhar has become the first Indian woman to be conferred with the prestigious Woodrow Wilson Award for Global Corporate Citizenship.
Kochhar received the annual award which was instituted in 1998 by the prestigious Wilson Center.
20. Bengaluru has been named the world’s most affordable tech city in the new Savills Tech Cities Index.
The Indian technology hub is the most affordable out of 22 cities that were graded on different parameters.
The city which ranked first overall was Austin, Texas while New York ranked as the best in “business environment”.
21. Forbes Middle East has declared top 100 Indian business leaders.
Retail Mogul Yusuff Ali and Pepsico Executive Sanjeev Chadha are among the top 100 Indian business leaders in the Arab World 2017.
22. Former Indian Batsman Former Indian Batsman V V S Laxman was awarded an honorary life membership to the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).
Laxman is the fifth Indian to receive the honour, after Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and Zaheer Khan.
23. Govardhan Eco Village, set up by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in adjoining Thane district, won a Smart Village award for being a sustainable project in rural Maharashtra.
The village of Wada taluka is located 108km north of Mumbai at the foothills of the Sahyadri mountains.
24.Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling was conferred with the first Bhairon Singh Shekhawat Lifetime Achievement Honour in Public Service by President Pranab Mukherjee.
Chamling, who was first elected to power in 1994, is all set to break the record of Jyoti Basu as longest serving Chief Minister in India.
25. A team of Indian Institute of Techonology (IIT) Delhi researchers was awarded the startups National Award 2017.
The device -‘Nasofilters’ -is a Nano-respiratory filter, which is ready for commercialization and can protect against the finest particulate pollutants.
26. Aravind Kumar Rengan, Assistant Professor, IIT – Hyderabad has been awarded the prestigious Indian National Science Academy (INSA) medal in the Young Scientist category for 2017.
He is being recognized for having devised a novel way of Nano delivery using liposomes and gold Nano particles, useful for both imaging and therapeutics.
27. The Federation of Noida Residents Welfare Association (FONRWA) was awarded with Navratan Legend award for the year 2017 on at Kribhco auditorium.
The award was conferred by Navratan Foundation, a local NGO working in the field of culture, environment and women empowerment
28. Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani leads a Forbes list of ‘Global Game Changers’.
Ambani comes at the top of the list for his game changing efforts to bring the internet to India’s masses.
29. Dr. Purnima Devi Barman, wildlife biologist and conservationist of Assam, has been nominated for the prestigious Whitley Awards also known as the Green Oscars.
The award recognizes and celebrate effective national and regional conservation leaders across the globe.
Barman has been nominated from among 166 researchers from 66 countries for this award.
30. Indian cricketer Suresh Raina launched Gracia Raina Foundation (GRF) on which is dedicated to wellness of Mother and Child.
It works for wellness by providing the mother with knowledge and information about pregnancy, child care post birth and nutritional needs to keep mother and child physically healthy.
31. Arunachal Pradesh’s Anshu Jamsenpa became the first Indian woman to scale the Mount Everest for the fourth time.
Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal were the first climbers to conquer Mount Everest.
32. Indian scientist and astronomer Shrinivas Kulkarni has won the prestigious Dan David Prize for his work in the field of astronomy.
Kulkarni would share the award with Andrej Udalski of the University of Warsaw and Neil Gehrels of NASA for their discoveries on time-domain astrophysics in the “Future” category of the prize.
33. Indian American student Pranay Varada (14 -year) won the prestigious USD 50,000 in the National Geographic Bee contest.
Veda Bhattaram another Indian-American from New Jersey finished third at the finals and got USD 10,000 worth scholarships.
34. The ISRO was presented with Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2014 at a function in New Delhi.
The prize was received by Shri AS Kiran Kumar, Chairman, ISRO on behalf of ISRO.
The Prize was awarded to ISRO in recognition of its path-breaking achievements culminating in the Mars orbiter mission and its significant contributions in strengthening international cooperation in peaceful use of outer space.
35. Indian- origin Steel tycoon Sanjay Gupta has bagged the prestigious “CEO of the Year Award” in United Kingdom.
He is the executive chairman of the Liberty House Group.
He was awarded for his successful acquisitions and his drive to transform the steel industry in the UK, India and beyond.
36. Scientists at NASA have named a new organism a form of a bacteria discovered by them after former president and scientist APJ Abdul Kalam.
Scientists discovered the new bacteria on the filters of the International Space Station (ISS) and named it Solibacillus Kalamii.
37. Two Indian peacekeepers Rifleman Brijesh Thapa and Private Ravi Kumar will be among 117 military, police and civilian personnel to be honoured with a prestigious United Nations medal awarded posthumously.
They will be awarded for their courage and sacrifice in the line of duty.
38. An Indian boy An Indian boy Prashant Ranganathan 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 along with over 20 high school students from various parts of India, participated in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
39. Anshu Jamsenpa became the first woman to claim, “dual ascent” of Mount Everest twice within a span of five days.
The 37-year-old is also the first Indian woman to climb Mount Everest for the fifth time.
She broke the previous record of Nepal’s Chhurim Sherpa, who had climbed Mt Everest twice in a week in 2012
40. Drake becomes the biggest winner at the 2017 Billboard Music Award with a win of total 13 awards in a year breaking past record of Adele of 12 awards. Here is the list of some winners.
|Top New Artist||Twenty-One Pilots|
|Billboard Chart Achievement Award presented by Xfinity||Drake|
|Top Male Artist||Drake|
|Top Female Artist||Beyonce|
|Top Duo/ Group||Twenty-One Pilots|
|Top Billboard 200 Artist||Drake|
|Top Hot 100 Artist||Drake|
|Top Song Sales Artist||Drake|
41. Rohan Chakravarty an Indian Wildlife and environment cartoonist won the World-Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) International President’s Award.
The award ceremony was held in Manado, Indonesia.
Chakravarty cartoons under the banner of Green Humour mainly emphasis on environmental issues honored with the award.
42. Jio Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image (MAMI) film festival announced a new award category for digital content for this year’s festival to held from 12th-18th October.
This award will encourage young talent to break the boundaries of their creative ideas and take Indian Cinemas to new and greater heights especially in the digital space.
The winners will receive a cash prize of Rs 2.5 lakh.
43. 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.
44. 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.
45.Former AIIMS director 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.
46. Munnar, the popular hill station in Kerala won the award for ‘Best Destination for Romance‘ at the Lonely Planet Magazine Indian Travel Awards 2017.
Bala Kiran, Director of Kerala Tourism received the award.
The hilly Munnar town in Idukki district is famous for its romantic cottages, cloudy mountains, lively tea gardens, green valleys, waterfalls
47. 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.
48. Taj Mahal has made it to the top 10 landmarks in the world by securing fifth position in the list.
It is the only Indian monument to figure in the world’s top 10 Travellers’ Choice awards for Landmarks.
Angkor Wat in Siem Reap (Cambodia) topped the list followed by Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center in Abu Dhabi (UAE), Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba in Cordoba (Spain) and St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City (Italy).
49.The 70th annual Cannes Film Festival took place from 17th to 28th May 2017, in Cannes, France. Here are the list of winners.
|Caméra d’Or (best first feature)||Jeune Femme|
|Best short film||A Gentle Night|
|Best actress||Diane Kruger|
|Best actor||Joaquin Phoenix|
|Best director||Sofia Coppola|
|Grand Prix||120 Beats per Minute|
|70th Anniversary prize||Nicole Kidman|
|Palme d’Or||The Square|
50. The Manipur government has declared Dailong village of Tamenglong district as a Biodiversity Heritage Site of the state.
Dialong village, covering an area of 11.35 sq km, has been declared Heritage Site under Section 37(1) of Biological Diversity Act, 2002.
51. Padmalaya Nanda from Odisha is set to represent India at the Little Miss Universe beauty representation to be held in Georgia, the US from 31st May to 6th June 2017.
She has also been nominated to represent India at the Little Miss World contest in Greece.
52. Three well-known artists from Odisha to get Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards in their respective fields.
Odissi dance Guru Ratikant Mohapatra, playwright and director Prof. Satyabrata Rout and Pala artist Laxmidhar Rout have been selected for the award.
53. Uttarakhand Mountaineer Border Security Force (BSF) Love Raj Singh Dharmshaktu become the first Indian to summit Mount Everest a record six times.
He is a Padma Shri awardee and works as an assistant commandant with the BSF in Dehradun.
54. Priyanka Chopra will receive the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award in a new category that has been introduced by the jury – the ‘International Acclaimed Actress Award‘.
She will be the first recipient of this award.
Priyanka’s mother Madhu Chopra too will be honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award in the Best Film category for her maiden production, ‘Ventilator’.
55. Residents of Vadodara created a new Guinness world record with maximum number of people sweeping the ‘floor’ (single venue).
Around 5,058 people came together to sweep the venue – a bridge connecting Akota with Dandia bazaar which is spread over one kilometre.
56. HolidayIQ has awarded Lake Pichola as the best natural attraction in India at a Tourism Award Ceremony held at Hotel Taj Man Singh in New Delhi.
Lake Pichola was honored with the title “India’s Favorite Natural Attraction HolidayIQ Award”.
57. Dr. Sunil Kothari has been selected for the coveted Akademi Ratna award by the Sangeet Natak Akademi.
He was instrumental in starting the School of Arts and Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University where he was appointed as the first professor.
58. Pranab Mukherjee presented the Hindi Sevi Samman Awards to 26 eminent Hindi scholars for the year 2015 at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.
The awards were conferred to the scholars under 12 different categories for their contribution in the field of Hindi language and literature.
The awards carry a cash prize of five lakh rupees and citation.
59. Union Health Minister J P Nadda has been honoured by the World Health Organisation with the Director General’s Special Recognition Award for his leadership and commitment to advancing tobacco control.
Health ministers of Maldives and Bhutan were also among five individuals and institutions from the WHO South-East Asia Region for this year’s World No-Tobacco Day Award.
60. Indian American author Jhumpa Lahiri has been announced as the recipient of the 2017 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story.
She is the author of four widely acclaimed works of fiction: “Interpreter of Maladies,” “The Namesake,” “Unaccustomed Earth,” and “The Lowland”; and two works of nonfiction: “In Other Words” and “The Clothing of Books.”
61. Ordnance Factory Medak (OFMK) has been awarded Raksha Mantri’s Awards for Excellence as the Best Performing Factory of OFB for years 2014-15, 2015-16.
OFMK manufactures SARATH (BMP-II), the Armoured Infantry Combat Vehicle, mainly used by mechanized forces of Indian Army.
62. Tata Motors was awarded ‘HR Innovation of the Year’, for its significant contribution to skill development in the automotive sector at the Asia-Pacific Excellence Awards held in Hong Kong.
All skill development initiatives by Tata Motors are designed and implemented in line with the Global Skill Qualification framework and Occupational Standards.
Books & Authors
1. Venkaiah Naidu released a set of books titled Swachh Jungle ki kahani – Dadi ki Zubani published by Publications Division.
The books aimed at sensitizing and creating awareness amongst children would provide a fillip to the Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
2. Hero – A biography of Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar has been released recently. It is written by sports journalist Devendra Prabhudesai .
This book encloses the rich history of Indian cricket along with the enthralling story of a champion in the making.
3. President Pranab Mukherjee has received the first copy of book “India’s Indira: A Centennial Tribute” in New Delhi.
Senior leader Anand Sharma has edited the book.
4. President Pranab Mukherjee has received the first copy of a book, titled ‘Metaphysics, Morals and Politics’, from its author Prof Amal Kumar Mukhopadhyay.
The function was held at the Raj Bhavan, where Prof Mukhopadhyay, handed over the copy of his book to the President.
5. PM Narendra Modi has released a two-part book series titled – M.S. Swaminathan: The Quest for a world without hunger on the eminent agricultural scientist Dr. M.S. Swaminathan.
Praising the dedication and commitment of Prof. Swaminathan, the Prime Minister described him as a Kisan Vaigyanik.– Farmers’ Scientist; rather than just a Krishi Vaigyanik – Agricultural Scientist.
6. The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh has released the book ‘India 2017 Yearbook’ authored by the Union Home Secretary, Shri Rajiv Mehrishi.
The book was published by the Mc Graw Hill Education India.
7. Union Minister Kiran Rijiju unveiled a philosophical novel on God titled “Confessions of a dying mind: the blind faith of atheism” in New Delhi.
The book is written by IAS officer Hualianlal Guite.
The book is published by UK Based Bloomsbury Publishing.
8. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s radio broadcast program 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 UIDAI Rajesh Jain.
9. Pranab Mukherjee will receive the first copy of book ‘Marching with a Billion- Analysing Narendra Modi’s Government at Midterm’ from Smt. Sumitra Mahajan, Speaker Lok Sabha.
The book was written by journalist Shri Uday Mahurkar analyses the monumental changes that Shri Narendra Modi has brought on multiple fronts.
10. A new book “Winning like Virat: Think & Succeed like Kohli” unravels the secrets of the Virat Kohli’s consistent form, while attempting to decode his philosophy towards life, authored by Abhirup Bhattacharya.
11. President of India Pranab Mukherjee has recently received the first copies of two books – Color Atlas of Oral implants and Conservative Dentistry – Basics.
The color atlas – authored by Dr. Praful Bali and Dr. Lanka Mahesh focuses on advanced procedures performed by the authors in the field of dental implantology.
The other book titled Conservative dentistry – Basics, authored by Dr. Dildeep Bali and Dr. Deepika Chandhok focuses on the basic fundamentals of the subject.
Mergers & Acquisitions
1. Online classifieds firm Quikr India Pvt. Ltd has acquired Mumbai-based Rejuvenate Solutions Pvt. Ltd, which runs online home services marketplace Zimmber, for an undisclosed amount.
The acquisition will help scale up Quikr’s hyper-local household services business.
2. Maharashtra government has tied up with World Health Organisation (WHO) for eradication of Rubella measles and will start vaccination drive from March 2018.
Children aged between 9 months to 15 years, will be vaccinated for Rubella under this campaign across the state.
3. Techmagnate, India’s leading Digital Marketing Agency acquired BlogX, India’s largest blog conference where bloggers and content managers connect.
The new venture will substantially open doors to new opportunities for Techmagnate and further give a competitive edge to its growth.
4. Telecommunications services provider Bharti Airtel partnered with taxi app Ola Cabs to offer a range of exciting digital services to customers.
Both the companies will collaborate to deliver enhanced convenience for customers by leveraging the strengths of their respective portfolios.
5. The Indian Railways to acquire the End of Train Telemetry (EoTT) Equipment to establish fair communication between the locomotive driver and the last wagon of the train to ensure that the train is running with all coaches/wagons as a complete unit.
Such Equipment will do the Guard’s Job while at the time of parting of coaches or wagons from the rear side of the train.
To acquire more such equipment, Railways will float global tender worth over Rs. 100 crore to run 1,000 trains.
6. To promote a cash-less economy, cashback portal Cashkaro.com has tied up with YES Bank to launch card-linked offers as part of its loyalty programme for both offline and online shoppers.
The offer will be currently available on all YES BANK debit cards, and will be extended to all other payment products of YES Bank in the near future.
7. Paytm has signed a non-exclusive term sheet to acquire Snapdeal-owned digital payments platform FreeCharge.
The deal, estimated at between USD 45 million and USD 90 million, could be finalised in a month.
8. HDFC Life has entered into a bancassurance tie-up with Catholic Syrian Bank.
With this partnership, HDFC Life will offer its leading range of individual life insurance, health and pension products to the Catholic Syrian Bank’s 1.5 million customer base across all its branches over a period of time.
Appointments & Resignations
1. Shobana Kamineni, executive vice-chairperson of Apollo Hospitals Enterprises Ltd (AHEL), was appointed as the President of Confederation of Indian Industry.
She takes over from Dr. Naushad Forbes, co-chairman, Forbes Marshall Limited.
Uday Kotak, executive vice chairman and managing director, Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited is the new Vice President of CII.
2. Nepal’s first female Supreme Court chief justice Sushila Karki was suspended after an impeachment motion was filed in parliament.
She was accused of interfering with executive powers and issuing biased decisions.
3. Anthony Lianzuala was appointed as the Controller General of Accounts (CGA) in New Delhi.
He is the first person from the North-Eastern Region to hold the position.
4. The chairman of the National Statistical Commission, R. B. Barman was appointed as chairperson of the Technical Committee of IBBI.
The committee which consists of 4 members has been constituted in accordance with Regulation 14 of the IBBI (Information Utilities) Regulations, 2017.
5. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge is appointed the new chairman of the 21-member Public Accounts Committee of Parliament.
Kharge replaces congress leader K V Thomas whose term ended on 30th April 2017.
6. Bharti Enterprises has appointed Soumen Ghosh as managing director, financial services.
Before joining Bharti, Ghosh was heading the financial services business at Reliance Capital as Executive Director & Group CEO.
7. Prabhat Kamal Bezboruah and M S Boje Gowda were appointed chairmen of the Tea Board and the Coffee Board, respectively.
Bezboruah is a leading tea association industrialist and Gowda is a renowned coffee grower.
8. The government has appointed new managing directors and chief executive officers of seven public sector banks. The new appointments are:
R Subramaniakumar: MD and CEO of the Indian Overseas Bank (IOB).
Rajkiran Rai G: MD and CEO of the Union Bank of India.
Sunil Mehta: MD and CEO in the Punjab National Bank.
Usha Ananthasubramanian: MD and CEO Allahabad Bank.
Dinabandhu Mohapatra: MD and CEO of the Bank of India.
M O Rego: MD and CEO of Syndicate Bank.
R A Sankara Narayanan: MD and CEO of Vijaya Bank.
9. Ashoka University named Pratap Bhanu Mehta as its Vice Chancellor (VC). after conducting an extensive global search.
Mehta will take charge from 1st July 2017 at the Sonepat, Haryana-based university.
10. The government has approved the appointment of top Pakistan diplomat Sohail Mahmood as Pakistan’s next high commissioner to India.
He will replace Abdul Basit who will retire this month.
Mahmood is currently working as Pakistan’s ambassador to Turkey.
11. US President Donald Trump has nominated Indian-American Neil Chatterjee as a Member of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
His term will expire on 30th June 2021.
12. Senior bureaucrat Sushil Chandra was given one-year extension till May 2018 as chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).
He had taken over as chief of CBDT, the apex policy making body of the Income Tax department, on 1st November 2016.
13. Indian-American Mona Jha was appointed as Chief Diversity Officer at Baruch College, New York.
She will help to effectuate change in the staffing and faculty at the college to reflect the diversity of the student body.
14. Press Secretary to President Pranab Mukherjee and Senior Diplomat Venu Rajamony has been appointed India’s Ambassador to the Netherlands.
Rajamony will also be India’s Permanent Representative to the Organization for Prevention of Chemical Weapons based in The Hague.
15. Microblogging platform Twitter has promoted the Sales and Marketing Support Lead ‘Mr. Taranjeet Singh’ to the position of the Country Director for India.
Singh was earlier leading the charge for sales and marketing support for Twitter’s advertisers in India.
In his new role, Mr.Singh will lead the team by driving an integrated business strategy and spearheading cross-functional collaboration.
16. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved the The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved the appointment of 7 secretaries in different sectors.
Sanjay Mitra appointed as the next defence secretary with a fixed tenure of two years. He was the secretary in the ministry of road transport and highways.
Anant Kumar Singh, appointed as the secretary in the textiles ministry.
Rashmi Verma, appointed as the secretary in the ministry of tourism. She was the secretary in the textiles ministry.
Rajiv Srivastava, appointed as the next secretary in the ministry of woman and child development.
Jagdish Prasad Meena appointed as the secretary in the department of consumer affairs.
Leena Nair, appointed as the secretary in the ministry of tribal affairs.
BR Sharma, appointed as the additional secretary in the home ministry.
17. Newly-elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in appointed South Jeolla Province Governor Lee Nak-yon as prime minister.
Moon also offered Suh Hoon to lead the South Korean intelligence agency and Im Jong-Seok to serve as the Presidential Chief of Staff.
18. Retired judge of Delhi High Court Justice Mukul Mudgal has been elected as the Chairman of FIFA Governance committee at the FIFA’s 67th Congress held in Bahrain’s capital city of Manama.
Justice Mudgal will have a term of office of four years which would come into effect immediately.
Olli Rehn of Finland has been elected as Justice Mudgal’s deputy.
19. Mark Lowcock has been appointed the UN humanitarian aid chief.
He is the head of Britain’s international development department.
He will replace Stephen O’Brien, who held the post for two years.
20. Diplomat Vinay Mohan Kwatra has been appointed as India’s next ambassador to France.
He is currently serving as joint secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
Kwatra will succeed Mohan Kumar who is due to retire soon.
21. The World Health Organisation or WHO appointed Amitabh Bachchan as its goodwill ambassador for hepatitis in South-East Asia region.
He was appointed to boost awareness and intensify action to arrest the Hepatitis epidemic.
22. Scientist and former director general of DRDO, V K Saraswat, was appointed as Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University for five years.
Saraswat succeeds former ISRO chairman K Kasturirangan, who completed his term on 30th March 2017.
23. Ashishkumar Chauhan, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of BSE is appointed as the new chairman of South Asian Federation of Exchanges (SAFE).
SAFE is a forum of 28 member countries created with the objective of development of capital markets and collectively share, exchange and promote technologies.
24. A senior Indian official Ovais Sarmad has been appointed as the deputy executive secretary of the UNFCC.
He was appointed to the post at the assistant secretary-general level by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Sarmad will succeed Richard Kinley of Canada.
25. Newly sworn-in French President Emmanuel Macron has named Edouard Philippe as Prime Minister.
Philippe is a member of the centre-right Les Republicans party and is close to Alaine Juppe.
26. Yes Bank has announced the appointment of Intel’s executive Debjani Ghosh as an additional director on its board.
She has been associated with Intel since 1996 and has held positions including country head and managing director for South Asia.
27. India’s leading digital wallet player Paytm appointed its long-time executive and vice president Renu Satti as the CEO of the payments bank.
Paytm has received the final licence from the Reserve Bank of India for its payments bank entity and it will start its operations from 23rd May 2017.
28. The Andhra Pradesh Legislature passed a Bill to appoint Olympics silver medal PV Sindhu as a Group-1 officer in the government, by amending the State Public Services Act.
29. Former FBI chief Robert Mueller was appointed to probe Donald Trump-Russia ties.
He was appointed as special counsel to investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US election and possible collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Moscow.
30. LIC Mutual Fund appointed Raj Kumar as a whole time director of the fund house.
The position was created after Sarojini Dikhale was transferred to LIC as executive director, marketing and product development.
31. Harsh Vardhan, the Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, has been given additional charge of the Environment Ministry.
He was appointed after Anil Madhav Dave, the incumbent minister of Environment, who passed away on 18th May.
32. Eminent scientist S Christopher was given a one-year extension, till May 2018, as chief of the DRDO.
Christopher is also Secretary, Department of Defence Research and Development (DoDRD).
33. Air Marshal PN Pradhan has been appointed as the Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Operations).
Pradhan has held several key positions including Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Transport and Helicopters) at Air Headquarters and Senior Air Staff Officer at the Southern Air Command.
34. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has been re-elected with an emphatic victory.
Out of more than 40 million votes cast, he received 57%, defeating his main rival, a conservative cleric.
35. Saurabh Agrawal was appointed as the Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Tata Sons.
He is currently the head of the strategy with the Aditya Birla Group.
As group CFO at Tata Sons, he will have to focus on bringing back some of the loss-making businesses on track.
36. The Member States of WHO elected Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new Director-General of WHO.
He was nominated by the Government of Ethiopia, and will begin his five-year term on 1st July 2017.
He will succeed Dr. Margaret Chan.
37. Tata Sons Ltd appointed Shuva Mandal as group general counsel with effect from July 2017.
He will succeed Bharat Vasani, who will continue with the group as Legal Adviser to the Chairman’s office.
38. Paytm Payment Bank appointed three members PV Bhaskar, Ash Lilani, GS Sundarajan as the new board members.
Paytm founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma will act as a non-executive chairman.
Paytm Payments Bank CEO Renu Satti will also serve as a director on the bank’s board.
39. 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.
40. Sanjay Mitra took charge as New Defence Secretary.
He replaces G. Mohan Kumar.
Mitra is a 1982 batch IAS officer of the West Bengal cadre.
41. 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.
42. Google’s vice-president for South East Asia and India, Rajan Anandan appointed as new chairman of Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI).
He replaces Kunal Shah, FreeCharge’s co-founder and chief executive officer.
MakeMyTrip Chairman & Group CEO Deep Kalra will be the vice-chairman.
Facebook’s managing director for India & South Asia, Umang Bedi will be the new treasurer.
Subho Ray will continue to be the president of IAMAI.
43. The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has appointed Anurag Tripathy, as new Secretary of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
He will hold the post for a period of five years.
44. United States senate has confirmed Amul Thapar as a judge to the Cincinnati-based Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
With this appointment, he has become only the second Indian-American judge of an appeals court.
45. Syed Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi assumed charge of the Chairman of the National Commission for Minorities in New Delhi.
He served as Chairman, U.P Minority Finance Development Corporation Ltd.
46. Tapan Ray was appointed as the next Secretary of Department of Economic Affairs, under the Ministry of Finance from 1st June 2017.
He will replace Shaktikanta Das who is retiring.
47. Jaideep Mazumdar has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Philippines.
The 1989 batch IFS officer is presently Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs.
48. Vani Sarraju Rao has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Finland.
She is presently working as a Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs.
49. Manipur Governor and former minority affairs minister Najma Heptulla has been appointed as the chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia for a term of five years.
She will succeed Lt Gen (Retd) MA Zaki who completes his five-year term this month.
She is the first woman chancellor of the university since its establishment in 1920.
50. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has appointed a renowned social and educational activist George Kurian as Vice-Chairman of National Commission for Minorities (NMC).
The other appointed members of the NMC are social activist Syed Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi (Chairman), Sulekha Kumbhare, Jain representative Sunil Singhi and Vada Dasturji Khurshed Kaikobad Dastoor.
51. Former Allahabad Bank chairperson and MD Shubhalaxmi Panse and private equity veteran Pradip Shah have been appointed as a member of Banks Board of Bureau.
Banks Board of Bureau is headed by Vinod Rai.
Economics & Banking GK
1. The Real Estate Act which aims to protect the interests of homebuyers by ensuring transparency has come into effect.
The act has been notified by 13 states and Union Territories including Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Delhi, Daman and Diu.
2. NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant confirmed that the RBI and other commercial banks spend Rs 21,000 crore every year on currency management operations.
The major objective of the NITI Aayog is to increase the adoption and use of digital payments in India so that cash usage drops to 5-6 per cent of GDP.
3. Fitch Ratings has affirmed India’s sovereign rating at BBB-, which is the lowest investment grade rating.
According to the rating agency, India’s general government debt burden was 67.9% of GDP whereas the ‘BBB’ median is 40.9%.
Also, Fitch has estimated a wide fiscal balance of -6.6% of GDP for FY17.
4. Uber Technologies Inc. has started its food delivery service Uber Technologies Inc. has started its food delivery service UberEATS in Mumbai.
The company has appointed Bhavik Rathod, earlier the general manager for south and west for Uber’s ride-hailing business, as the head of the food delivery vertical.
5. The Union Cabinet approved a new framework for dealing with Rs 6 lakh crore worth of non-performing assets (NPAs) in the banking system.
The framework seeks to amend the Banking Regulation Act to give more powers to Reserve Bank of India.
6. Reliance Corporate IT Park (RCITPL) has signed an agreement with SAP SE to launch SARAL GST solution for taxpayers.
The new offering will enable taxpayers to be GST compliant and smoothly access the government’s GST System, once GST is rolled out from 1st July 2017.
7. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has tightened the rules around making the Joint Lenders’ Forum (JLF) more effective.
RBI also directs banks not to break any rules and to meet all deadlines.
The RBI has said that any breach of rules would attract a monetary penalty.
8. The Reserve Bank of India decided to authorize the promulgation of the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017.
The promulgation includes inserting two new Sections (viz. 35AA and 35AB) after Section 35A of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.
9. US-based think tank Global Financial Integrity (GFI) report has estimated that $770 billion worth of black money entered India during 2005-2014.
The report titled Illicit Financial Flows to and from Developing Countries: 2005-2014 also states that in 2014 alone, $101 billion black money entered India while USD 23 billion exited.
10. International Monetary Fund in its regional economic outlook has predicted the growth rate of India as 7.2% in the 2017-18 fiscal and 7.7% in 2018-19 fiscal.
The report has stated that the disruptions are caused by the demonetization.
11. Bank of India has cut its marginal cost of funds-based lending rates by 5-10 basis points for May.
The revised rates are in the 8.25-8.40 per cent range.
12. Reserve Bank of India will soon start identifying cases for resolution of non-performing assets in consultation with IBA for necessary action.
The Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) and the corporate debt restructuring cell already have information about the NPA cases that have not come to fruition.
13. Oil Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC Videsh Limited) produced a record 12.6 million tonnes of crude oil and equivalent gas from its assets abroad in 2016-2017.
The output was up from 8.92 million tonnes of oil and equivalent gas in 2015- 2016.
14. State Bank of India (SBI) cut rates on home loans of up to Rs. 30 lakh by 25 basis points for new borrowers.
The rate was reduced to 8.35% from 8.60%—the second time in 2017.
For loans ranging from Rs30 lakh to Rs75 lakh, the bank has cut rates by 10 basis points.
15. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has initiated ‘prompt corrective action’ on IDBI Bank which will restrict bank from hiring, opening branches and giving big ticket loans.
The directions from the RBI is aimed at ensuring that the bank takes measures to cut down its losses by reducing expenses and recovering problem loans.
16. India’s premier housing financing company LIC HFL has announced launch of its new home loan product ‘Griha Siddhi’.
Loans are offered for a maximum tenure of 30 years or retirement age in case of salaried employees and for other borrowers, the maximum term is up to 25 years.
17. The government has revised the base year of Wholesale Price Index (WPI) and Index of Industrial Production (IIP) to 2011-12 from 2004-05.
The new series of IIP will include 809 manufacturing products and 55 mining products that are re-grouped into 521 item groups.
The number of items covered in the new series of the WPI has increased from 676 to 697.
18. RBI has put the restriction on UCO Bank’s lending and branch expansion plans as the state-run lender made net losses for the two-successive fiscal amid severe stress on asset quality.
UCO Bank has become the second lender to face business restrictions after IDBI Bank.
There would be check on management compensation and directors’ fees as well as the sector regulator has invoked prompt corrective action (PCA) for the bank, aiming to bring it back on the recovery path.
19. Two leading private lenders ICICI Bank and HDFC Ltd slashed interest rate by up to 0.3 percent for loans of up to Rs 30 lakh to promote affordable housing.
New home loans rates for up to 30 lakh for women will be 8.35 percent and for other others, 8.40 percent.
For home loans between Rs 30 lakh and Rs 75 lakh the interest remains unchanged at 8.50 percent for all borrowers.
For home loans above Rs 75 lakh it is now 8.55 percent, from 8.75 percent for all.
20. As per the PFRDA-CRISIL report India will begin ageing gradually and transform from ‘young’ to a ‘greying’ with every 5th Indian to be in 60s in contrast to every 12th person at present.
The report titled Financial security for India’s elderly – The imperatives.
By 2050, persons above the age of 60 would increase from the present 8.9% of the population to 19.4 %.
21. FICCI predicted India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth will be around 7.4% for fiscal 2017-18.
Agriculture sector which is estimated to reach 3.5 per cent growth and improvement.
The industrial and services sector are expected to grow by 6.9% and 8.4% respectively in 2017-18.
22. In the report titled, World Economic Situation and Prospects, the UN has projected a 7.3% growth for India in 2017.
The revised report also has predicted an impressive 7.9% GDP growth for the year 2018 which is an increase from its January estimate of 7.6%.
23. Tata Group has been named as the Most Valuable brand in India at an estimated brand value of $13.1 billion.
Telecom operator Airtel at an estimated valuation of $7.7 billion has been ranked second in the list followed LIC with $6.8 billion.
The report has named ITC as the most powerful brand in the country.
24. India Ratings and Research downgraded IDBI Bank to AA from AA+ and gave a negative outlook due to challenges arising out of stressed assets and weak capital position.
The rating agency also downgraded various debt instruments of the bank.
25. Private sector lender Kotak Mahindra Bank has enabled end to end trade financing for one of its clients by utilizing the blockchain technology
Through this technology, the bank has reduced the time taken for a letter of credit (LC) to few hours from 20 to 30 days.
26. The GST Council has finalised tax rates and has approved all the seven rules for the GST regime that is scheduled to be implemented from 1st July. In total, the council has fixed the rates of 1211 items.
Out of 1211 items, 81% of the items will attract tax of 18% or less. Only the remaining 19% of items will attract a highest rate of 28%.
Household items like Sugar, Tea, Coffee and edible oil will attract 5% levy. Cereals and milk will be exempted from the tax.
Manufactured goods will attract 18% levy.
Luxury cars will attract 28% GST in addition to a cess of 15%. Small petrol cars will attract 28% GST plus a 1% cess, and diesel cars will be taxed at 28% plus 3% cess.
Capital goods, a key asset for the manufacturing sector, will be taxed at 28%.
Aerated drinks will fall under the 28% tax bracket.
27. Japan’s SoftBank invested 1.4 billion (over Rs 9,079 crore) in digital payments platform Paytm.
The company plans to invest Rs 10,000 crore over the next three to five years.
28. The GST Council has finalised a 4-slab service tax structure at the rates of 5, 12, 18 and 28 per cent as against the single rate of 15% levied on all taxable services.
Luxury hotels, gambling, race club betting and cinema services will attract a tax rate of 28%.
Education, healthcare and non-AC rail travel will remain exempted from the GST tax regime.
Telecom and financial services will be taxed at a rate of 18%. Transport services will be taxed at the rate of 5%.
Non-AC restaurants and AC restaurants will attract a GST of 12% and 18% respectively. Advertisements published in newspapers will attract 5% GST.
29. DBS Bank India has expanded its bancassurance partnerships with two new partners in Tata AIA Life and Birla Sun Life, in addition to Aviva India Life.
With this move, DBS Bank has become the first bank in India to adopt a new open architecture model with three life insurers on a single platform.
30. Federal Bank, in association with Geojit, has launched a new trading platform called “Selfie” for customers.
The trading platform will give its users absolute control over their investments with timely research inputs to make sound investment decisions.
31. HDFC Life announced the launch of India’s first life insurance email bot named SPOK.
It can automatically read, understand, categorize, prioritize and respond to customer emails that are sent to HDFC Life, within milliseconds.
32. The Reserve Bank of India is set to reconstitute Oversight Committee to operationalize the banking ordinance.
The existing Oversight Committee was constituted by the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA).
The move is aimed at containing the bad loans which have reached to over Rs 8 lakhs crore.
33. Paytm has rolled out its Payments Bank operations by launching its first physical branch in Noida.
With this launch, there are three payments bank operational in the country, the other two being Airtel Payments Bank Ltd and India Post Payments Bank Ltd.
As a Payments Bank, Paytm will be able to accept deposits upto Rs 1 lakh per customer in wallet and savings/current accounts.
34. Bank of Baroda and Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) rolled out their first set of co-branded debit cards for farmers as part of a novel initiative to push digitalisation and cashless economy.
Two lakh co-branded debit cards will be issued initially to the farmers beginning with the States of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.
35. HDFC Ltd is the only Indian company to be named among the top 10 consumer financial services companies in the world.
American Express topped the list, followed by Capital One Financial and Visa in the second and third place, respectively.
36. 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.
37. India retained its top rank of being the world’s premier greenfield FDI investment destination for the second consecutive year, attracting $62.3 billion in 2016, says a report.
India has remained ahead of China and the US as far as FDI inflows were concerned in the last year.
38. Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) commissioned a 270-megawatt (MW) thermal unit in Maharashtra.
The unit was commissioned at Parli Thermal Power Station (TPS), located in Beed district in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra and commissioned 16,000 MW of power generation capacity.
39. Reserve Bank of India decided to permit all licensed cooperative banks having their own ATM network to issue semi-closed prepaid payment instruments (PPI)s like mobile wallets.
The notification enlists strict norms and conditions to be followed by cooperative banks before permitting them to issue wallets for utility bill payments and other activities up to a limit of Rs 10,000.
40. Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), ranked 106 the highest ranked Indian company in the list of Forbes 15th annual ‘Global 2000’ list for 2017.
RIL is followed by SBI, ranked 244 this year and state-run oil explorer ONGC, ranked No. 246.
41. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will observe financial literacy week from 5th-9th June across the country.
It will focus on four broad themes—know your customer (KYC), Exercising Credit Discipline, Grievance Redressal and Going Digital (UPI and *99#).
The main objective of observing the week is to emphasize the importance of financial literacy.
42. Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya announced Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) will invest Rs 20,000 exchange traded funds in the financial year 2017-2018.
Earlier EPFO had approved a hike in investment limit in exchange traded funds to 15 percent from 10 percent.
43. State Bank of India (SBI), Bank of Maharashtra and Canara Bank have hiked charges for several services or facilities provided to customers.
These include increase in charges for chequebook issuance, signature verification, cash handling charges, withdrawals beyond stipulated numbers and card issuance charges.
For issuance of local chequebook Bank of Maharashtra charges Rs115 from customers.
44. According to the World Bank India’s economy will grow 7.2% in fiscal year 2017-18.
GST would lead to higher tax collection, greater digital financial inclusion and make India’s fundamentals stronger and yet not increase the burden on the poor.
45. Export-Import Bank of India (Exim India) has extended a $500 million line-of-credit (LoC) to SBM (Mauritius) Infrastructure Company Ltd.
This LoC has been extended for the purpose of financing its participation through Redeemable Preference Shares in public sector entities to implement infrastructure of other projects in Mauritius.
This $500 million credit is Exim India’s first LOC to the SBM, Mauritius.
46. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will soon introduce currency notes of one rupee denomination.
The notes, which have already been printed by the Government of India, are legal tender under the Coinage Act, 2011.
The new Re.1 rupee will be pink-green in colour.
The note will also feature an image of the Sagar Samrat oil exploration rig.
47. RBI deputy governor S.S. Mundra pushed banks to allow customers to move seamlessly between banks without having to change their account numbers.
He also said the central bank would soon come out with final guidelines on customer protection to limit their liability in case of fraud in electronic banking transactions.
Bills – New & Amendments
1. Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley introduced NABARD (Amendment) Bill 2017 in Lok Sabha.
The Bill seeks to amend certain clauses in the light of reference of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Act, 2006 and the Companies Act, 2013 in the proposed legislation.
2. The Union Cabinet approved the amendment in Section 2 and Section 3 of the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants) Act, 1971. The Cabinet gave its approval for the following amendments:
Insertion of the definition of ‘residential accommodation occupation’ in a new clause in section 2 of the Act.
Insertion of provisions relating to eviction from residential accommodation occupation in a new sub-section 3B below sub-section 3A of Section 3 of the Act.
3. The Uttar Pradesh legislature passed the UP Goods and Service Tax (GST) Bill 2017.
Four key GST legislations – the Central GST Act, the Integrated GST Act, the GST (Compensation to States) Act and the Union Territory GST Act – were passed by Parliament in its last session.
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
1. India and Turkey have signed three agreements in the fields of ICT, training and culture. Three agreements are:
An agreement for a cultural exchange programme for the years 2017-2020 was signed.
A MoU was signed between the Foreign Services Institute (FSI) of India and the Diplomacy Academy of Turkey.
A MoU was signed for cooperation in the area of information and communication technologies (ICT).
2. The Union Cabinet gave ex-post facto approval to the signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with Japan on Railway Safety.
The MoC would provide a platform for Indian Railways to interact and share the latest development and knowledge in the railway sector.
The Key facts of MoC are: Track safety, latest technology related to railway track safety, rolling stock safety.
3. Thirty-Four MoUs amounting about Rs 2 lakh crores were signed in the India Integrated Transport and Logistics Summit in New Delhi. The sessions focused on six major themes.
Multi Modal Logistics Parks.
New developments in Urban Transportation.
Freight Corridors for Economic Development.
Supply Chain Transformation- Storage Innovations.
GST and Role of Digitization for Decongestion.
Standards and Skills for Logistics.
4. 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).
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 (IPRs) Rights.
5. A 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.
6. Jharkhand government has signed a MoU with US-based technology major Oracle.
The objective is to enhance delivery of services to citizens as well as make the State more attractive for startups.
Oracle’s cloud services will be used to support the State by providing transparent governance.
7. NITI Aayog would partner with Uttar Pradesh for historic development keeping in mind the spirit of co-operative federalism.
The focused areas are doubling the farmers’ income, livelihood opportunities, enterprise, investment and growth in the State.
8. India’s first International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) at Gujarat International Finance-Tec City (GIFT) signed MoU with Gujarat National Law University (GNLU).
MoU was signed to collaborate on efforts for Skill Development in the field of International Financial Services & Regulations.
Under (MoU), GNLU will introduce a new course on IFSC from its June 2017 Semester.
It will also organize for Lawyers covering IFSC, International Arbitration and related fields.
9. Karnataka Bank Ltd has signed an 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.
With this MoU, the bank will be able to provide a vast choice of life insurance products to its customers across all its 769 branches.
10. 6 Members of Gulf Cooperation Council and the USA have signed an MoU in Riyadh to curb financing of terror organizations like Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Haqqani network, the Taliban.
The MoU was signed between US and Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
According to the MoU, the signatory countries intend to identify, track and share information regarding terrorist
11. IIT Kharagpur’s Rekhi Centre of Excellence for the Science of Happiness has signed an MoU with Madhya Pradesh government ‘Rajya Anandam Sansthan’.
The MoU was signed to collaborate on the development of a Happiness Index for measuring the well-being of the residents of the state.
12. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) signed two Unilateral Advance Pricing Agreements (APA) with Indian taxpayers.
Among these two agreements, one also has a Rollback Provision.
The two APAs signed pertain to chip design and development of embedded software and Information technology sectors of the economy.
13. Karnataka Bank entered into a distribution agreement to sell mutual fund products of HDFC Capital Asset Management Limited during exchanged the memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Mangaluru, Karnataka.
Investment in mutual funds will provide an opportunity to those customers who are uncomfortable about investing directly in stock markets.
14. The Rajasthan government signed an MoUs worth over Rs 955 crore at the Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet (GRAM).
The 21 MoUs signed are expected to provide direct employment to 9,488 people and indirect employment to 17,850 people, according to the state government.
15. The Union Cabinet approved the signing of an MoU between India and Spain on cooperation in the field of Organ Transplant Services.
The agreement would enhance bilateral cooperation between two nations in the field of organ and tissue procurement and transplantation.
16. India and Mauritius inked important agreements. The four agreements are listed below.
Agreement on Maritime Security.
MoU for setting up of a civil services college in Mauritius.
MoU was signed between the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
Mauritius Oceanography Institute in marine sciences and technology. Submission of the instrument of ratification of International Solar Alliance (ISA) by Mauritius.
Mauritius once again confirmed its support for the permanent seat for India at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
17. India and Fiji signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Defence Cooperation in New Delhi.
The MoU was signed on cooperation on defence industry, military training, humanitarian assistance & disaster management.
18. Government-run Prasar Bharati got into an agreement with Morocco’s Societe Nationale de Radiodiffusion et de Television (SNRT) to step up cooperation in the broadcasting sector.
The MoU was signed during the fifth India Morocco Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) in Rabat, Morocco’s capital.
19. Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) which markets its product under the brand name ‘Amul’ has signed an MoU with ISRO for fodder acreage assessment using satellite observation and space technology.
As per the MoU, ISRO will help in identification between food crops and fodder crops at village level and also locate suitable areas of current fallows and cultivable wastelands at village level for green fodder cultivation.
20. India and Germany has inked 12 agreements which include 9 joint declarations of intent (JDIs) and 3 MoUs. They are listed below.
3 MoUs are:
Agreement on collaboration between the Ministry of Skill Development and Germany’s BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research).
Agreement between Ministry of Health and BMG (Federal Ministry of Health) on cooperation in the health sector;
Agreement between the AYUSH and BMG (Federal Ministry of Health) over cooperation in alternative medicine;
9 Joint Declarations of Intent are:
JDI between Ministry of Science and Technology and the BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research).
JDI between the Ministry of External Affairs and the German Foreign Office on cooperation on cyber policy.
JDI between the Ministry of Finance and BMZ (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development).
JDI between the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and BMWi (Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy).
JDI between the Department of Heavy Industries and BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research)
JDI between the Ministry of External Affairs and the German Foreign Office.
JDI between the Ministry of Railways and German Ministry of Transport on cooperation in railway safety.
JDI between the Ministry of Urban Development and German Ministry.
JDI between the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and BMWi (Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy).
Science & Technology
1. Space X has successfully landed its Falcon 9 rocket on solid ground, after launching the vehicle from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
It’s the fourth-time Space X has landed one of its rocket on land, and the 11th time the company has successfully recovered a rocket post – launch.
2. Scientists at IIT Roorkee have used Indian summer fruit, Jamun, to create low cost and more efficient solar cells.
To create the solar cells, the researchers made use of naturally occurring pigment present in jamun as an inexpensive photosensitizer for Dye Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSCs) or Gratzel cells.
3. Indian Army has successfully test-fired advanced Block-III version of Brahmos cruise missile in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The test firing demonstrated the weapon’s unmatched lethality of hitting the centre of a designated target with “bull’s eye” precision.
4. India has successfully carried out a fresh user trial of Agni-II ballistic missile from a defence test facility in the Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha.
The objective of the test was to re-establish the operational effectiveness of the weapon system.
5. The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F09) carrying the GSAT-9 or the South Asia satellite has launched by ISRO.
The rocket blasted off from the second launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota.
The satellite, costing around Rs 235 crore, is meant for providing communication and disaster support, connectivity among the countries of South Asia region. Its mission life will span 12 years.
6. Chinese scientists have invented a new test, which could help diagnose multiple kinds of cancer by examining just one drop of human blood.
The test kit of Hsp90a protein has been developed by the researchers at Tsinghua University’s School of Life Sciences for clinical use.
7. NASA Scientists have designed an inflatable greenhouse that could be used one day by astronauts to grow fresh food and produce oxygen on Mars or Moon.
The new approach uses plants to scrub carbon dioxide while providing food and oxygen for those working in deep space.
8. The world’s biggest X-ray laser has generated its first beam of light, that will allow scientists to get a glimpse of new materials, drugs and chemical reactions at the atomic level.
The 3.4-kilometre-long European XFEL is located in underground tunnels in Germany.
9. The US military’s experimental space plane, X-37B landed at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida after completing a two-year-long classified space mission.
The space plane blasted off in May 2015 aboard an Atlas 5 rocket built by United Launch Alliance.
10. To promote digitalization in the country, the Securities Market Regular SEBI has permitted subscriptions to MFs/AMCs (Mutual Funds/Asset Management Companies). Now these companies can accept investment by an investor through e-wallets, prepaid payment instruments (PPIs).
11. To promote digitalization, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated Supreme Court’s Integrated Case Management Information System (ICMIS).
This digital filing system will mark Supreme Court’s first towards becoming a paperless, digital court.
12. The Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) launched an Investor Facilitation Platform that will provide information about stocks of public sector units.
The platform will be an interactive forum for all stakeholders, including investors, investment banks, law firms, public sector units and administrative ministries that are involved in stake sales.
13. Technology giant Oracle has launched its cloud computing service for India, which aims to support the government’s GST rollout in July and plans to open data centres in the country.
In an effort to simplify the tax regime in India and to ensure higher compliance with tax laws, Oracle’s ERP solution aims to provide support for GST Network integration, statutory reporting, payment processing, among others.
In the GST regime, companies will have to upgrade their ERP systems.
14. China has set up a 160-square-meter (1,720-square-foot) laboratory, dubbed as “Yuegong-1”, or “Lunar Palace” for simulating a lunar-like environment.
Four Postgraduate students from the Beijing’s astronautics research university will live in the laboratory for up to 200 days in a bid to prepare for China’s long-term goal of putting humans on the moon.
15. Scientists have detected “a strong water signature” in the atmosphere of a distant Neptune-sized planet called HAT-P-26b.
The study conducted using NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes has showed that HAT-P-26b has a primitive atmosphere composed almost entirely of hydrogen and helium.
16. The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh launched the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Mobile Application “BSFMyApp” for grievance redressal of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) personnel.
This has given a ‘Digital Option’ to jawans to lodge their grievances.
The most significant feature of the Application is its Financial Literacy Module which not only educates BSF Personnel about the investment of their savings but also facilitates investment in a safe and systematic manner.
17. The Border Security Force will make use of a newly developed technology Kavach (KVx).
It is capable of detecting intrusions and relaying information to the nearest post for action to safeguard the 198 km India-Pakistan international border in Jammu and Kashmir.
18. Tejas, the Light Combat Aircraft has successfully test fired Derby Air-to-Air Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missile in RADAR guided mode.
The test was performed on a Maneuverable Aerial Target at the Interim Test Range (ITR), Chandipur.
19. Ransomware cyber- attack infected millions of computers in about 100 countries, including India, Russia, China and the UK.
The malware is called ransomware because it first encrypts a victim’s computer files and then demands a payment to decrypt them.
20. An 18-year-old boy from Tamil Nadu Riftah Sharook has created the world’s smallest satellite ‘KalamSat’.
KalamSat weighs only 64 grams and is named after former President APJ Abdul Kalam.
21. A Planet called Proxima B orbiting the closest neighboring Star, Proxima Centauri, which is about 4.2 light years away is expected to have liquid water and the potential to support alien life.
The planet is of similar size to the Earth and is expected to have an ‘Earth-like’ atmosphere.
22. Indian Army will get its first artillery guns called M777 Howitzers from British Aerospace Systems (BAE).
The two M777 howitzers guns will be used for compilation of firing tables.
The 155 mm/39-caliber howitzers have been bought to increase the army’s capabilities in high altitude.
23. A team of scientists from the United States have discovered a first natural human antibody for Ebola viruses.
They are capable of neutralizing and protecting animals against all three-major disease-causing Ebola viruses.
24. According to study conducted by scientists from UK, plant life on Antarctica is growing rapidly due to climate change.
The scientists have observed a sharp increase in biological activity in Antarctica in the last 50 years.
The study has been published in the journal Current Biology.
25. Researchers have invented a technique that types Braille in real time and helps deaf-blind people “watch” television without intermediaries.
The technique developed under PervasiveSUB Project compiles all the subtitles of television channels and sends them to a central server which forwards them to smartphones or tablets.
26. The ISRO and the NASA have collaborated to make an Earth-imaging satellite called NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR).
It will help scientists to monitor Earth and is scheduled to be launched in 2021.
The estimated cost of the radar is over 1.5 billion dollars and it could possibly be the world’s most expensive Earth imaging satellite.
27. Scientists have developed a way in which chemical droplets can store information in a one-bit chemical memory unit called The Chit.
As the chit allows for chemical computing, all the components it uses are chemical.
According to researchers, this brand-new type of computing could create an entirely new way to store, read, and transfer information.
28. Google’s Alpha Go Artificial Intelligence program defeated a Chinese grand master at the ancient board game Go.
AlphaGo’s success is considered the most significant yet for AI due to the complexity of Go, which has an incomputable number of move options and puts a premium on human-like “intuition”, instinct and the ability to learn.
29. The second prototype of the Light Utility Helicopter (LUH PT2), developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), successfully completed its first flight for 22 minutes in Bengaluru.
LUH is being designed to fly 350 km non-stop at a speed of 220 kilometers per hour.
The aircraft is capable of reaching a maximum height of 6.5 Km and can carry a payload of 400 kg.
30. Airlander 10, the world’s largest aircraft has successfully completed a test flight by flying for a total of 180 minutes in Cardington, United Kingdom.
It is 92-metre-long and 43.5m wide. It can fly at up to 6,100 meters and reach speeds of 148 kilometers per hour.
31. 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.
32. NASA’s Juno spacecraft has discovered Earth-sized cyclones at the poles of the Jupiter.
It showed the presence of the storm systems that travel deep into the heart of the planet.
Both the poles of the Jupiter were found to be covered with Earth-sized swirling storms which are densely clustered and rubbing together.
33. ISRO will be launching the Heaviest Rocket called the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk-III) on 5th June 2017.
It is 43 meters in height, 4 meters round and has a lift-off mass of 640 tonnes.
34. India’s first three cases of the Zika virus were reported between February 2016 and January 2017 in Ahmedabad, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed in its disease outbreak bulletin.
It said the Centre confirmed the three cases, in two pregnant women and in an elderly man.
35. A deep depression in the Bay of Bengal has been declared intensified into a tropical cyclone named Mora.
It may help to pull monsoon faster over mainland.
This is second cyclone in the Bay of Bengal after Maarutha.
36. The construction of the world’s largest optical and infrared telescope, to be located at the Paranal Observatory in the Antofagasta region was inaugurated in Chile.
The telescope will be constructed at a 3,000 meter-high mountain in the middle of the Atacama desert.
The telescope is scheduled to commence its operations in 2024.
37. India’s homegrown Global Positioning System (GPS), the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) will become operational early in 2018.
At present, NavIC is being tested for its accuracy and is most likely to be available in the market for public use early next year.
The testing of the system includes ground verification and calibration of NavIC data so as to calculate its accuracy.
38. According to the source, A malware which is named as ‘Judy’ has been attacked more than 3.65 crores of Android users.
This malware attacked Android users through the simple fashion and cooking game apps on the Google Play Store.
39. NASA scientists have developed a new software that will help drones automatically spot the best places to crash-land in case of an emergency, without hurting anyone on the ground.
Increasing numbers of drones in the sky raises the risk to people and property below being hit when these unmanned aerial vehicles develop mechanical problems.
40. Scientists at IIT Kharagpur has come up with a new technology known as soil-to-soil manufacturing technology for manufacturing cheaper, quicker and pollution-free.
The scientists used corn, sugarcane plants, the waste part of paddy straw, bamboo, banana plant, pineapple and cotton plants to produce biofuel.
1. International Workers’ Day also known as Labour Day celebrates the spirit of labourers. It is observed globally on 1st May every year.
It is the day to pay tribute to the labourers.
In India, the first Labour Day, or May Day, was celebrated in 1923 in Chennai.
2. World Asthma Day was observed on 2nd May 2017 every year.
The day is mostly observed on the first Tuesday in the month of May.
The day is observed to improve Asthma awareness and care around the world.
3. The United Nations has marked the first World Tuna Day on 2nd May with calls to conserve one of the globe’s most popular fish to be caught and eaten.
It is a saltwater fish that belongs to the tribe Thunnini, a sub-grouping of the mackerel family (Scombridae).
4. World Press Freedom Day is observed globally on 3rd May every year.
The day is observed to pay tribute to those journalists who lost their lives while working on stories they’re passionate about.
The 2017 theme is Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies.
5. International Firefighters’ Day (IFFD) is observed on 4th May every year.
It was instituted after proposal emailed out across the world on January 4, 1999 due to the deaths of five firefighters in tragic circumstances in a bushfire in Australia.
6. World Red Cross Red Crescent Day is celebrated on 8th May each year.
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.
7. The World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is observed across the world on 10th May.
The theme for WWBD 2017 is “Their Future is Our Future – A Healthy Planet for Migratory Birds and People”.
8. National Technology Day is being observed across India on 11th May to mark India’s technological advancements.
2017 National Technology Day Theme: Technology for inclusive and sustainable growth.
The day is being commemorated to celebrate the anniversary of first of the five tests of Operation Shakti (Pokhran-II) nuclear test, held on 11th May 1998 in Pokhran, Rajasthan.
9. The International Day of Families is observed on the 15th of May every year.
The Theme of 2017 International Day of Families – “Families, education and well-being”.
It focuses on the role of families and family-oriented policies in promoting education and overall well-being of their members.
10. National Dengue Day has been observed on 16th May by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India.
The aim of this day is to control Dengue through creating awareness, initiating preventive actions and continue till transmission season is over.
11. World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is celebrated annually on 17th May.
The theme for WTISD-2017 is Big Data for Big Impact.
The purpose of WTISD is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet can bring to societies and economies.
12. World AIDS Vaccine Day or HIV Vaccine Awareness Day is observed every year on 18th May.
The first World AIDS Vaccine Day was observed on May 18, 1998, to commemorate the anniversary of Clinton’s speech.
13. World Metrology Day is an annual celebration of the signature of the Metre Convention on 20th May 1875 by representatives of seventeen nations.
The theme for World Metrology Day 2017 is Measurements for transport.
This theme was chosen because transport plays a key role in the modern world.
14. Every year 22nd May is observed as International Day for Biodiversity or World Biodiversity Day.
The International Day for Biological Diversity falls within the scope of the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda’s Sustainable Development Goals.
The theme for 2017 for World Biodiversity Day is Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism.
15. World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is observed on 21st May every year.
It aims to help people learn about the importance of cultural diversity and harmony.
The theme 2017 is Celebrating Cultural Diversity.
16. National Anti-Terrorism Day was observed on 21st May across the country to raise the awareness of the danger of terrorism and violence.
The day is celebrated to commemorate the death anniversary of former Prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.
On this day, in 1991, Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a suicide squad of LTTE, while attending a rally in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu.
17. World Turtle Day is observed on 23rd May every year.
The observance aimed at protecting turtles and tortoises and their rapidly disappearing habitats across the world.
18. The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is observed every year on 29th May,
The day is celebrated to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in United Nations peacekeeping operations.
The theme for the 2017 International Day of UN Peacekeepers is Investing in Peace Around the World.
19. 28th May was declared as International Day of Action for Women’s Health.
The main focus of the day is on protecting the sexual and reproductive health of women.
20. World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed around the world every year on 31st May.
It is intended to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption around the globe.
The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2017 is Tobacco – a threat to development.
Recent Notable Deaths
1. The world’s oldest person” Saparman Sodimejo passed away in Central Java, Indonesia, at the age of 146 years.
Sodimedjo, also known as Mbah Ghoto (Grandpa Ghoto), was born in December 1870, according to his unverified birth certificate and identification papers.
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).
3. Karan Singh, Himachal Pradesh Cabinet Minister passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi.
He was suffering from cancer.
He represented the Banjar assembly constituency in Himachal Pradesh Assembly.
4. Former Puducherry Chief Minister S Ramassamy died at his residence after a brief illness.
He was Home Minister in the DMK-CPI coalition ministry from 1969 to 1973.
5. Union environment minister Anil Madhav Dave passed away.
Dave was sworn minister with independent charge of environment, forest and climate change last year.
6. Veteran actor Reema Lagoo, known for her performance in movies like Hum Aapke Hain Koun and Kal Ho Na Ho, died due to a cardiac arrest.
She appeared in Marathi and Hindi films, besides doing a number of TV shows.
7. Mathunny Mathews popularly known as ‘Toyota’ Sunny, passed away at in Qadisiya in Kuwait.
Mathews had played a key role in the safe evacuation of 1.7 lakh Indian nationals from the Emirate after Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi forces invaded Kuwait in 1990.
8. Actor Sir Roger Moore, best known for playing James Bond, has died due to cancer.
He played the famous spy in seven Bond films including Live and Let Die and A View to a Kill.
9. Kanwar Pal Singh Gill, one of India’s most celebrated cops, passed away in New Delhi.
He was popularly known as the ‘Lion of Punjab’ and ‘Super Cop’, Gill has also been an advisor to Gujarat and Chhattisgarh governments, a hockey administrator, and a prolific commentator on security issues.
10. Controversial godman, Chandraswami, passed away due to multi-organ failure in New Delhi.
His real name was Nemi Chand.
11. Former Greek Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis, one of Greece’s most prominent veteran politicians has died.
Mitsotakis, whose political career spanned more than half a century, was prime minister of Greece from 1990 to 1993.
12. Noted director and former Union Minister, Dasari Narayana Rao has died at a corporate hospital.
He directed 151 movies and produced a few more and has had the distinction of working with stalwarts like N.T. Rama Rao.
He holds Limca World Record for directing the most number of films.
13. Former Panama dictator Manuel Noriega passed away on 29 May 2017 following a prolonged illness.
Noriega ruled Panama from 1983 to 1989.
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