Current Affairs Today – May 3 2017 | Latest News and Updates

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Current Affairs Today – May 3 2017 | Latest News and Updates

INDIA

Average 23km national highways being constructed every day: Gadkari

Average 23km national highways being constructed every day: Gadkari

  1. On Monday the Union highways minister Nitin Gadkari claimed that the NDA government was constructing 23km of national highways every day against an average of barely 2km during the UPA regime.
  2. After laying the foundation stone of the national highway connecting Pinjore in Haryana with Baddi in Himachal Pradesh, Gadkari gave details of the projects worth Rs 50,000 crore going on in Haryana.
  3. While addressing the gathering at Sukhomajri Village of Panchkula district, he said that “The government is making efforts to further increase the pace of road construction to 40km per day from the current 23km by March 2018.”
  4. The Gadkari also announced that the Khangesra-Kala Amb stretch as a national highway and said that Yamunanagar to Ponta Sahib Road will be broadened to four lanes.

KEYS:

  • Born – 27 May 1957 (age 59)
  • Political Party – Bharatiya Janta Party
  • Gadkari is an Indian Politician and current Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping.

 

 

Rs 450 Cr gift to South Asian neighbours: Modi tries to ease hostilities on ground with friendly space

  1. On Space diplomacy, the India is embarking like never before. And for the first time, New Delhi is flexing its space technology prowess, by embarking on an unrivalled and unchartered “stratospheric diplomacy”, through a special Rs 450 crore gift for south Asians.
  2. Out of its neighbour, the India is opening a heart, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Bagley explained, adding that “neighbourhood first is now being extended beyond the stratosphere”.
  3. The South Asia Satellite has 12 Ku-band transponders which India’s neighbours can utilise to raise communications. Each country will get ingress to at least one transponder through which they could beam their own programming.
  4. There is no doubt that through the South Asia Satellite, India is actively trying to counter China’s increasing impact on its neighbours. But in the 21st-century Asian space race, China already has the first mover advantage. Hopefully, the friendly skies can result in decreased hostilities on Global.

KEYS:

  • The Indian Current Prime Minister Narendra Modi Born 17 September 1950 (age 66)
  • Residence – 7, Lok Kalyan Marg, New

Justice CS Karnan: Won’t take any test, it’s an insult

Justice CS Karnan: Won't take any test, it's an insult

  1. Earlier after a seven-member Supreme Court bench ordered a medical examination of Calcutta high court judge, Justice CS Karnan, in connection with a contempt case, he reacted sharply saying that he would not submit to any test and that the order was erroneous, ridiculous and bad in law.
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  3. Justice Karnan said before securing the seven judges, their respective families should be informed.
  4. Apart from the medical examination in a government hospital in Kolkata by a board of doctors on May 4, the SC bench also directed theWest Bengal.

KEYS:

  • Karnan was born on 12 June 1955 at Karnatham Village, Virudhachalan Taluk, Cuddalore District.
  • Studied up to High School level at Mangalampet High School, thereafter completed the Pre-University Course, at Virudhachalam Arts College.

 

 

 

WORLD

Donald Trump to speak with Vladimir Putin on Tuesday

Donald Trump to speak with Vladimir Putin on Tuesday

  1. Donald Trump, the Current US president is going to speak with a Russian Counterpart Vladimir Putin On Tuesday by a telephone said the White house.
  2. On January the Trump has already spoken by telephone at twice to Putin.
  3. According to the US, the strike was in response to an alleged chemical attack by Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, a Putin ally, of his own people that left more than 80 civilians dead.
  4. The FBI is examining any links between Trump campaign associates and the Russian government.

KEYS:

  • Vladamir Putin Born – 7 October 1952 (age 64)
  • Putin is a current president of Russian Federation, holding the office since 7 May 2012.

 

No shutdown: $1.1 trillion agreement shows Democrats’ clout

  1. Erasing the threat of a disruptive government shutdown, the White House and top lawmakers endorsed a $1.1 trillion spending bill Monday to carry the nation through September, an agreement underscoring that Democrats retain considerable clout in Donald Trump’s turbulent presidency.
  2. “We thought we had the upper hand because a government shutdown would be on their shoulders, and we made that clear,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. said in an interview. “We knew that if we didn’t push things too far we could get a good deal that could make us happy and that’s what happened.”
  3. The White House and some top GOP allies announced victory anyway, citing billions of dollars more for the military. Trump won a $15 billion down payment on his request to extend the military, though that also fell short of what he requested.
  4. Trump, however, obtained $1.5 billion for border security measures such as 5,000 additional detention beds, an upgrade in border infrastructure and technologies such as surveillance.
  5. GOP leaders decided against trying to use the must-do spending bill to “defund” Planned Parenthood and dropped a House provision to “zero out” Title X family planning funds.

 

 

Canada’s Indian-origin defence minister urged to resign for inflating military record

Canada's Indian-origin defence minister urged to resign for inflating military record

  1. On Monday Canada’s opposition called for Indian-origin defence minister Harjit Sajjan to resign or be sacked for overstating his military record in Afghanistan during a speech in India.
  2. The 2006 offensive delivered a blow to theTaliban, loosening its grip on Kandahar province, but at a cost, a dozen Canadian and 14 British soldiers died.
  3. Sajjan apologised frequently in the House of Commons for the “stolen valor” incident falsely claiming war experiences or military honours not earned, while Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau stood by his minister.
  4. Sajjan on Monday said that “I in no way would like to diminish the great work that my former superiors and our soldiers have done for operations, and I’m truly sorry for it.”

KEYS:

  • Harjat Sajjan Born – September 6, 1970
  • Political Party – Liberal
  • He is the first Sikh to become a Minister of Defence.

 

 

BANKING AND FINANCE

SBI cuts term deposit rates by up to 50 basis points

SBI cuts term deposit rates by up to 50 basis points

  1. The Large state-private bank and some of the state-owned bank are anticipated to take a cue from country’s largest lender State bank of India (SBI) in the lowering deposit rates.
  2. According to the new formation, for two to less than three years deposits, SBI will provide a rate of 6.25% as compared to 6.75% earlier, said the Bank.
  3. The retail term deposit with tenancy of 5-10 years has also observed a 25 basis point reduction in interest rates. But however, the interest rates for senior citizen and SBI pensioners of age 60 years and above will be 0.50% above the rate payable for all tenors.
  4. The bank is offering highest rates of 6.90% for one year to 455 days term deposits. However, the public sector lender did not make any changes to the marginal cost of funds based lending rates, which now stands at about 8%.

KEYS:

  • SBI founded – 1 July 1955
  • Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Key people – Arundhati Bhattacharya

 

Rupee advances 11 paise to 64.13 against dollar

  1. On Tuesday the rupee was trading 11 paise up at 64.13 against a dollar in early trade, On account of selling of American Currency by banks and exporters.
  2. In a meanwhile, the domestic equity markets opened in green following firm Asian cues.
  3. The BSE Sensex opened 103.09 points, or 0.34 per cent, up at 30,021.49, while the NSE Nifty index opened 35.80 points, or 0.38 per cent, up at 9,339.85.
  4. On the further movement of currency, Angel Broking in a research note said, “USD-INR spot is likely to appreciate tracking gains in Asian market equities.”

KEYS:

  • BSE founded – 9 July 1875
  • Key People – Ashishkumar Chauhan
  • Volume – US$ 93 billion

 

AWARD & RECOGNITION

Tezpur University Faculty Selected for InSA Young scientist Medal

Tezpur University Faculty Selected for InSA Young scientist Medal

  1. After receiving The Visitor’s award 2017 in ‘research’ category and esteemed BIRAC-SRISTI Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Award 2017, one of the faculty members of Tezpur University in Assam recently awarded the prestigious INSA Medal for Young Scientist Award 2017.
  2. Sanjay Pratihar of Department of Chemical Sciences, Tezpur University, has been awarded the prestigious Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Medal for Young Scientist Award for the year 2017, for his excellent contribution to multi-metal complexes, theoretical understanding, selective sensing of Hq2+ions and important applications in agriculture.
  3. Pratihar earlier has received ‘DST-INSPIRE Faculty’ award in July 2012 and had done his PhD in Organometallic Chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

KEYS:

  • INSA (Indian National Science Academy) Founded – 7 January 1935
  • Founder – Lewis Leigh Fermor
  • President – Ajay K. Sood

 

 

SCIENCE

Now, mystery behind red tinge in Antarctica’s Blood Falls is solved

Now, mystery behind red tinge in Antarctica's Blood Falls is solved

  1. Until now the distinctive appearance of Antartica ‘Blood Falls’ have remained a mystery has solved. Recently the Scientist in the Journal of Glaciology has revealed how the water got its colour.
  2. As per the studies conducted by National Geographic, the red tinge, which scientists originally assumed came from a particular species of algae, actually comes from brine containing vast amounts of iron.
  3. The researcher from Alaska University Fairbanks and Colorado College solved the century-long mystery by using radar to scan the layers of ice producing the “bloody” free-flowing water, along with echolocation to determine where, exactly, the water flowed.
  4. University of Alaska Fairbanks glaciologist Erin Pettit told Phys.org the discovery means the Blood Falls “is now the coldest known glacier to have persistently flowing water” on the planet.

KEYS:

  • Antarctica is Earth’s southernmost continent.
  • It has contained the geographic South pole and is situated in the Antarctic region of the southern Hemisphere, almost entirely south of the Antarctic Circle, and is surrounded by the Southern Ocean.

 

 

Scientists discover earth’s ‘iceball twin’ and it is 13000 light years away

Scientists discover earth's 'iceball twin' and it is 13000 light years away

  1. The National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) continues its venture into the unknown and has discovered yet another planet similar to ours.
  2. As per the New York Post, the space agency recently revealed the existence of a “ball of ice” exoplanet dubbed as the OGLE-2016-BLG-1195Lb.
  3. The Exoplanet is situated almost 13,000 light-years away, is as huge as earth and orbits its star at about the same distance Earth circles the sun.
  4. According to the report, the planet’s temperature hovers around negative 400 degrees Fahrenheit. However, the discovery adds to scientists’ understanding of the types of planetary systems that exist beyond our own.
  5. NASA has also confirmed that they found this exoplanet through Microlensing Technique. This ‘Iceball’ planet is the lowest-mass planet ever found through microlensing.

KEYS:

  • NASA Formed – July 29, 1958; 58 years ago
  • Headquarters – Washington, D.C.
  • Annual Budget – US$ 19.5 billion

 

 

SPORTS

IPL 2017: Ben Stokes silences his price-tag critics with match-winning ton for RPS against GL

IPL 2017: Ben Stokes silences his price-tag critics with match-winning ton for RPS against GL

  1. When the team has decided that they have absolutely wanted a certain player in the IPL auction, they set themselves on a dangerous path.
  2. The RPS has buy a Benstokes of 14 crores, the highest amount player in this IPL.
  3. Stokes has been the object of much ridicule in the last year or so. It began after the WT20 final against the West Indies, where he conceded four consecutive sixes against Carlos Brathwaite. Memes and GIFs of his distraught face made the rounds, most evoking pathos, but some cruel laughter.
  4. The RPS Match again the GL the Benstokes score Century and made the RPS to victory. One thing is certain. After this game, there will be no jokes, no memes, and no sly comments about Rs 14 crore. Nobody will be talking about Kolkata 2016 or the auction of 2017. Stokes has earned his peace, and his bread.

KEYS:

  • Current RPS (Rising Pune Super Giants) Captain – Steve Smith
  • Owner – RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group
  • Founded – 2016
  • Coach – Stephen Fleming

 

Yuvraj Singh plays ‘peacemaker’ after Robin Uthappa-Siddarth Kaul clash in IPL

Yuvraj Singh plays 'peacemaker' after Robin Uthappa-Siddarth Kaul clash in IPL

  1. The Match between the Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2017 Indian Premier League saw Yuvraj Singh play the role of a peacemaker after Robin Uthappa had a minor altercation with Siddarth Kaul after the batsman hit a boundary.
  2. Sunrisers Hyderabadrode on the brilliance of captain David Warner’s record ton as they defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 48 runs at the Uppal Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday.
  3. Yuvraj Singh, who was present at the time of the incident, could be seen vividly shaking his head in disbelief to the unsporting gesture while trudging back to his fielding position
  4. However, when rain halted play, he could also be seen walking up to Uthappa, having an arm around him and trying to play the peacemaker’s role while trying to remind the batsman how a senior like him should be treating a youngster like Kaul.

KEYS:

  • Yuvraj Born – 12 December 1981 (age 35)
  • Nickname – Yuvi
  • Batting Style – Left-handed
  • Yuvraj has been a member of the Indian cricket team in ODIs since October 2000 and played his first Test match in October 2003.

 

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