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INDIAN AFFAIRS

 

Madhya Pradesh government announces indefinite ban on sand mining in Narmada River

Madhya Pradesh government announces indefinite ban on sand mining in Narmada River

  1. On Monday in Bhopal, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that till a government-appointed committee decides how much sand can be safely mined from the river without causing any damage to it then the ban on sand mining will be in place.
  2. Bhopal Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, “We have appointed a committee headed by cabinet minister Rajendra Shukla. The committee will decide on the issue on recommendations from IIT Kharagpur with whom we have signed an MOU. Till the time the committee comes out with its findings there will be a complete ban on sand mining from the Narmada River”.
  3. The state government has also imposed in the remaining rivers in the state a complete ban on use of all kinds of machines for mining from. Chouhan said, “The Rivers have to be conserved for future generations. Machines cause damage to rivers and hence they have been banned. All district collectors have been directed to seize all such machines”.
  4. On the deal on which he wills propose the plan and with the resulting sand scarcity and impact it is likely to have on the infrastructure sector, Chouhan said, “The government has decided to promote the use of manufactured sand. Sand can be manufactured by crushing stone and for the initial three years we will not impose any royalty on the stone that will be used for manufacturing sand.”

KEYS:

  1. Chief Minister Of Madhya Pradesh- Shivraj Singh Chouhan
  2. Capital of Madhya Pradesh- Bhopal

 

 

After Yoga, PM Narendra Modi now wants to make Khadi an international brand

After Yoga, PM Narendra Modi now wants to make Khadi an international brand

  1. An autonomous body under the ministry of MSME the Khadi Village and Industries Commission (KVIC), has sent legal notices to four Indian companies and institutions for using the as a trademark in an energetic push bid or word Khadi in their brands to reclaim the brand for the nation.
  2. It’s now the humble Khadi that Prime Minister Modi wants to take across borders as India peddles its soft power on the international stage after the success of his take-yoga-global campaign. A person of the direct knowledge told to ET, “The government is aiming at making the ‘Khadi’ a global product identity of India, as it did for Yoga. But before, taking the major step, it plans to put its house in order. A global identity of Khadi would also allow many rural artisans to earn better”.
  3. A person of the direct knowledge told, “This is towards increasing India’s soft power, Globally, a recent survey revealed that after Yoga, Khadi has second most recollection by non-Indians towards India. Vinai Kumar Saxena, chairman of KVIC said, “We are open to give Khadi mark certification to all seeking it, subject to fulfilment of certain terms and conditions”.
  4. Jatin Trivedi, senior advocate YJ Trivedi & Co, said, “Even though any company or organisation is able to prove it that they are makers of genuine khadi cloth and is also registered with the KVIC as per the statutory requirement, they still do not have the right to use the word “Khadi” as a brand”.

KEYS:

  1. Full form of KVIC- Khadi Village and Industries Commission
  2. chairman of KVIC- Vinai Kumar Saxena
  3. Full form of MSME- Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

 

 

India-Bangladesh joint border conference held in Comilla

 India-Bangladesh joint border conference held in Comilla

  1. In this conference there the discussions helds about cross-border smuggling, drug, terrorism, management of anti-sabotage activities, water distribution of the river Gomti, residents of border and exchange of sports and cultural festivals get discussed.
  2. In the conference the deputy commissioners (district administrators) of Comilla, Brahmanbaria, Habiganj and Moulvibazar participated and from India District Magistrates of West Tripura, Seepahjal and Khoyai districts attended the conference.
  3. Chief of Bangladesh delegation and Chittagong divisional commissioner Mohammad Ruhul Amin said, “The DC-DM joint border conference between India and Bangladesh is the solution of making positive decisions on different issues between the two countries.”
  4. There were also get discussed about the the cooperation of the two neighboring countries by the aim of establishing border peace.

 

KEYS:

  1. Capital of Bangladesh- Dhaka
  2. Currency of Bangladesh- Bangladeshi taka
  3. President of Bangladesh- Abdul Hamid

 

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

 

Russian Kamov helicopters’ ‘Make in India’ price 2.5 times more that original cost

 Russian Kamov helicopters' 'Make in India' price 2.5 times more that original cost

  1. The price of Kamov light-utility choppers that will be built in India is that is comming out of that will be the 5 times the cost of the 60 such helicopters these choppers will built in Russia and for operations in high altitude areas such as Siachen and Ladakh supplied to the Indian Army and Air Force.
  2. India is buying 200 Kamov 226 T helicopters of which 60 would be built in Russia under a Indo-Russian governmental agreement, and these choppers will supply directly to the forces while the remaining 140 would be manufactured in a joint venture between Kamov and HAL along with a private sector partner.
  3. In Moscow the progress of the deal may come up for discussion during the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin they has planned early next month.
  4. Official Defense said, “We are very clear that we want transfer of technology for these choppers so that they can be built in future by our firms on their own in the future”.

 

KEYS:

  1. Capital of Russia- Moscow
  2. President of Russia- Vladimir Putin
  3. Currency of Russia- Russian ruble

 

 

Jordan’s Azraq becomes world’s first clean energy refugee camp

Jordan’s Azraq becomes world’s first clean energy refugee camp

  1. In the jordan refugee camp by solar power tonight thousands of Syrian families will light up their homes, charge their phones and chill their food Jordan’s Azraq camp becomes the first refugee camp in the world to be powered by renewable energy.
  2. On Wednesday the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, have switched on Azraq’s new two-megawatt solar photovoltaic plant. Since January to some 20,000 Syrian refugees living in shelters that have been linked up to the electricity grid It will provide clean energy free of charge. By early next year the grid is due to be expanded to all 36,000 refugees currently residing in the camp.
  3. This plan of to plant solar power was built at a cost of €8.75 million (US$9.6 million), this cost entirely funded by the IKEA Foundation’s “Brighter Lives for Refugees” campaign. It will result in immediate energy savings of US$1.5 million a year – which UNHCR will be able to reinvest in other much-needed assistance as well as annual CO2 emissions savings of 2,370 tons.
  4. In the harsh environment of the camp electrification will transform the lives of Syrian refugees living, located in Jordan’s barren northern desert. Azraq’s residents were reliant on portable solar lanterns to light their homes for the past two and a half years, and had no reliable means of preserving food or cooling their shelters in the extreme desert heat. Earlier this year improved their daily lives the introduction of electricity.

 

KEYS:

  1. Capital of Jordan- Amman
  2. King of Jordan Abdullah II of Jordan
  3. Official language of Jordan- Arabic

 

 

Meet Leo Varadkar, the Indian-origin minister who may become Ireland’s new prime minister

  1. Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s Minister for Social Protection, he can become the country’s first openly gay head of the Irish government or Taoiseach.
  2. As head of the governing Fine Gael party Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny resigned, by the kicking off a succession contest between Varadkar and Housing Minister Simon Coveney. On June 2 the party will choose its new leader.
  3. By securing 45 of 71 available votes from members of Fine Gael’s parliamentary party Varadkar has opened up a commanding lead in the race. Members of the lower house of parliament will vote to confirm the chosen one as the new prime minister once the party has elected a new leader.
  4. Leo Varadkar is half-Indian. In the 1960 his father, Ashok Varadkar, is an Indian and moved to English as a doctor. Then he met the working as a nurse in Slough his future wife Miriam, England. In 1973 Varadkar’s parents settled in Dublin and five years later he was born. Leo is the youngest child of the couple and has two elder sisters.

 

KEYS:

  1. Farmer Prime minister of Ireland- Enda Kenny

 

 

North Korea all set to mass-produce a new medium-range missile

  1. On Monday after a weekend test-launch confirmed its combat readiness North Korea said it is ready to start mass-producing a new medium-range missile. It called the missile, major US military bases there, an “answer” to US President Donald Trump’s policies and capable of reaching Japan.
  2. On Sunday the solid-fuel Pukguksong-2 missile reached a height of 560 kilometers (350 miles) before plunging into the Pacific Ocean and flew about 500 kilometers (310 miles). North Korea’s media said that they will launch the more missile in the future. Trump, traveling in Saudi Arabia and Israel, have no any public assignment of their comment.
  3. State media reported on Monday North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the launch and watched from an observation post. The Korea Central News Agency said the test of the weapon system and verified technical aspects and examined its “adaptability under various battle conditions” before it is deployed to military units.
  4. Kim said in the report that the launch was success, “approved the deployment of this weapon system for action” and said that it should “be rapidly mass-produced.”

 

 

KEYS:

  1. Capital of North Korea-Pyongyang
  2. Supreme leader of North Korea- Kim Jong-un
  3. Currency of North Korea-North Korean won

 

 

 

  BANKING & FINANCE

 

RBI may impose curbs on branch expansion by UBI

RBI may impose curbs on branch expansion by UBI

  1. On United Bank of India’s BSE -4.78 %’s branch expansion the Reserve Bank of India may put restriction and to cover risks due to its rising stressed loans direct it to make higher provisions, said a senior banking analyst.
  2. Continuous rise of the loans of the steaky market for risk threshold breach under prompt corrective action (PCA) makes the state-run lender a second category offender measures under the new guidelines issued last month, said the analyst who requested not to be identified.
  3. It would be the second time in four years that United Bank of India (UBI) came under regulatory sanctions and be forced to take corrective measures in case the central bank initiates the action.
  4. According to the latest data, the non-performing assets of UBI’s rose to Rs 10,952 crore at the end of March from Rs 9,471 crore a year back. The gross NPA ratio deteriorated to 15.53% from 13.26% during the same period while net NPA ratio rose to 10.02% from 9.04%.

 

KEYS:

  1. RBI Founded on- April 1, 1935, Kolkata, India
  2. Governor of RBI- Urjit Patel
  3. Full form of PCA- Under Prompt Corrective Action

 

 

Paytm launches first payments bank in Delhi’s Noida today: Here’s all you need to know about merged wallets & other services offered

Paytm launches first payments bank in Delhi’s Noida today: Here’s all you need to know about merged wallets & other services offered

  1. Paytm is going to launch the first phase of its payments bank the branch of this is in Delhi’s Noida today. On a strictly invitation-only basis the Customers can open physical accounts. Following similar set ups by Airtel and India Post the bank will be the third of its kind in the country.
  2. Over the next two years to expand the network of its payments bank Paytm will be investing approximately Rs 400 crore. It targets to open 31 branches and 3,000 customer service points in the first year alone. It hopes to attract 500 million customers by 2020.
  3. Approved by the RBI the bank comes under a new format of banks. It defers from other banks. In that it will not be allowed to lend to customers however, with customers being allowed to deposit sums up to Rs 1 lakh, other banking services such as debit cards, online banking and mobile banking will be made available.
  4. By partnering with a financial institution, it can enable the provision of financial services like loans, insurance, mutual funds and pension funds among other things. Paytm has sent already sent out messages to 220 million users who hold its mobile wallet.

 

KEYS:

  1. CEO of Paytm- Vijay Shekhar Sharma
  2. Founder of Paytm -Vijay Shekhar Sharma
  3. Founded on- 2010

 

 

India considering natural gas, bio diesel use as options to expensive oil

 

  1. On Monday the country’s petroleum and natural gas minister said that OPEC production cuts and the prospect of more expensive oil to consider US and Canadian suppliers are pushing India, as well as encouraging it to turn to renewable energy.
  2. This Thursday Dharmendra Pradhan made the comments in Vienna ahead of OPEC’s meeting when members will decide whether to extend production cuts to ease the global oil glut that has grown in tandem with rising North American output.
  3. Pradhan said India, to honor the Paris climate change agreement and is keen to explore biodiesel and other renewable fuels the world’s third biggest consumer, would act in its national interest to secure inexpensive crude, expand its use of natural gas as it seeks.
  4. Pradhan, who assumed his role in 2014 said, “I want to protect my consumers’ interests. India’s leadership is very focused on energy security for all its citizens”.

 

KEYS:

  1. Full form of OPEC- Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries
  2. Establishment of OPEC – 10–14 September 1960

 

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

 

 

Jacqueline Fernandez wins humanitarian award for philanthropic work in India

Jacqueline Fernandez wins humanitarian award for philanthropic work in India

  1. Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez for her works in India and worldwide awarded by the International Humanitarian Award at the second annual Asian Voice Charity Awards. She dedicated her award to Habitat for Humanity, an international charity fighting poverty.
  2. Fernandez said, “I would like to thank Habitat for Humanity and receive this award on behalf of them. Working with them for the last five years has really opened my eyes and has given me the opportunity to help so many people live with dignity, by giving them homes to live in. I work in an industry where my co-stars are called heroes, but to me you guys are the real heroes”.
  3. Author Jeffrey Archer said, “I will treasure this award because of my love of the Asian community”.
  4. Rob Wilson, UK minister for civil society said, “The contribution of the Asian community to the charity sector is absolutely huge. The concept of ‘sewa’ in the Hindu community literally means selfless service and one of the main pillars of Islam is charity”.

 

KEYS:

  1. Humanitarian Award First awarded – 29th Academy Awards, in March 1957
  2. Nationality of Jacqueline Fernandez- Sri Lankan

 

 

Cochin port trust bags two awards

Cochin port trust bags two awards

  1. From Ministry of Shipping for the highest growth in operating surplus and also for achieving third highest growth in cargo traffic among the major ports Cochin Port Trust has received two Best Performance Awards in the year 2016-17.
  2. These awards get recieved from the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari by P Raveendran, Chairman and A V Ramana, Dy Chairman, Cochin Port Trust at a function held at Goa yesterday.
  3. They said Cochin Port Trust during 2016-17 as against Rs 70.89 crore during 2015-16 recording a growth of 80 per cent has registered an operating profit of Rs 127.72 crore.
  4. During 2014-15 operating profit was Rs 19.55 crore. During 2016-17 the Port handled 25.01 MMT cargo with a growth of 13.2 per cent over 22.10 MMT handled in 2015-16. The containers handled during 2016-17 are 4.91 lakh TEUs with a growth of 17.0 per cent over 4.20 lakh TEUs in 2015-16.

 

KEYS:

  1. Chairman in charge Cochin port- Shri A.V Ramana
  2. Opened on- 26 May 1928
  3. Ministers responsible of Ministry of Shipping- Nitin Gadkari

 

Science and Technology

 

NASA astronauts all set for emergency spacewalk outside International Space Station today

NASA astronauts all set for emergency spacewalk outside International Space Station today

  1. On Tuesday, May 23 NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer are all set to for an unscheduled spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS).
  2. A critical computer relay box that failed May 20 that will be replaced by the Expedition 51 Commander Whitson and Flight Engineer Fischer. The relay box, is one of two units that regulate the operation of radiators known as a multiplexer-demultiplexer (MDM), solar arrays and cooling loops. The relay also route commands to other vital station systems.
  3. At 6:30 a.m. EDT on NASA Television and the agency’s website Live coverage of the spacewalk begins.
  4. The cause of the MDM failure is not known, the MDM failure – believed to be internal to the box itself and NASA says the crew on the station is in no danger, has had no impact on station activities. Because each MDM is capable of performing the critical station functions.

 

KEYS:

  1. Full form of NASA- National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  2. Formed on- July 29, 1958
  3. Jurisdiction- United States government
  4. Administrator- Lesa Roe

 

 

Christian Astrophysicist Discovers New Planet Size of Seven Earths Using Kepler Spacecraft Data

  1. A Christian astrophysicist in Texas has discovered a new planet the size of seven Earths orbiting the star KPLR 7826659 using data from the Kepler spacecraft.
  2. On May 4 the director of physical sciences Dr. Jason Lisle at the Dallas-based Institute for Creation Research, made the announcement after analyzing a measurable drop in the host star’s brightness during a period in which the planet crossed in front of the celestial body.
  3. Jason Lisle said, “The way it works is a planet will occasionally cross directly in front of its star as seen from Earth, and that causes a slight drop in the star’s brightness because the planet is essentially casting its shadow on the Earth. Kepler can measure that drop in brightness, and that tells us the size of the planet relative to its star.”
  4. He also said, “That’s what made this one very exciting for me as I’m apparently the first to confirm that there is a real planet orbiting that star”.

 

KEYS:

  1. Founders of Institute for Creation Research- Duane Gish, Henry M. Morris

 

 

 

SPORTS

 

India’s Vaishali wins golds in Asian blitz chess championship

 India’s vaishali wins golds in Asian blitz chess championship

  1. On Sunday in the Asian Continental Blitz Chess Championship in Chengdu, China India’s R Vaishali won the women’s title with eight points from nine rounds.
  2. She won seven games and posted two draws in the nine-round event and was at her best in the Blitz event.
  3. To finish half-a-point ahead of Iran’s Sarasdat Khademalsharieh and clinch the gold medal Vaishali drew her final round game against Uurtsaikh Uuriintuya of Mongolia.
  4. After a last round win over Yuxin Song of China her compatriot Padmini Rout finished third with seven points. The Chennai player with an ELO rating of 2203 had finished third in the Asian Championship event on Friday.

 

 

KEYS:

  1. Chess have originated in India
  2. Years active- 6th-century India to present

 

Bengaluru FC beat Mohun began to lift federation cup

 

  1. As Bengaluru FC beat Mohun Bagan A.C. 2-0 to win the 38th Federation Cup football tournament India international CK Vineeth showed his predatory skills with double strike in the extra time.
  2. By virtue of winning the blue riband tournament Bengaluru FC also booked their berth for next year AFC Cup. It was a case of so-near yet so far finishing second best in both I-League and Federation Cup for Mohun Bagan.
  3. Bagan had defeated a second string Bengaluru FC just only couple of days back, but the southern outfit had the last laugh when it mattered most.
  4. Just days after Kerala’s state Audit department Vineeth produced a magical performance where he was employed decided to terminate his services for low attendance percentage despite knowing that he is professional footballer.

 

KEYS:

  1. Ground of Bengaluru FC- Sree Kanteerava Stadium
  2. Head coach of Bengaluru FC- Albert Roca
  3. Bengaluru FC Founded on -July 20, 2013

 

 

OBITUARY

 

Real life hero Matthunny Mathews who inspired ‘Airlift’ dies in Kuwait

Real life hero Matthunny Mathews who inspired ‘Airlift’ dies in Kuwait

  1. In Kuwait the Prominent Indian businessman, Matthunny Mathews, during the Iraqi invasion in 1990 who was instrumental in the safe evacuation of stranded Indians, passed away in Kuwait.
  2. Hailed from Kumbanad in Pathnamthitta district eighty one-year-old Mathews, who was ailing for some time and passed away on Saturday, media reports here said.
  3. During the 1990, expressing his condolence, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that Gulf war Mathews had helped thousands of Indians to flee the gulf nation and his services would always be remembered.
  4. Mathews had done yeoman service to bring his countrymen besides not taking efforts to save his own life and property, who had lost everything in the war, safely back, Vijayan said.
  5. Vijayan said, “He provided food and drinking water to the stranded Indians and we remember it with gratitude”.

 

KEYS:

  1. Dates Aug 13, 1990 – Oct 20, 1990
  2. Result Airlift- More than 175,000 Indian citizens evacuated.
  3. Location- Kuwait
  4. Airlift Planned by- Ministry of External Affairs
  5. Executed by- Air India, Indian, Indian Air Force

 

 

IMPORTANT DAYS

 

World Turtle Day

World Turtle Day

  1. Organize yearly since 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue the purpose of celebrating the World Turtle Day, May 23, is to bring attention to them, and increase knowledge of and respect for them, turtles and tortoises, and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive.
  2. World Turtle Day is celebrated around the world in many types of ways, like dressing up as turtles and wearing green summer dresses, to saving turtles caught on highways, and also to research activities. Turtle Day lesson plans and craft projects encourage teaching about turtles in classrooms.

 

KEYS:

  1. Founded in 1990
  2. Held by – American Tortoise Rescue

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