Current Affairs Today – October, 5th, 2017 | Latest News and Updates

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Current Affairs Today – October, 5th, 2017 | Latest News and Updates

INDIAN AFFAIRS

 


CWC sign MoU with IIT Roorkee and MNNIT Allahabad to support capacity building in dam

CWC sign MoU with IIT Roorkee and MNNIT Allahabad to support capacity building in dam

  1. Central Water Commission (CWC) has signed MoUs with IIT Roorkee and MNNIT Allahabad for the help of the dam rehabilitation efforts of various implementing agencies and CWC.
  2. Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has taken the action for the selection of the premier academic and research institutes, and that is for the creation of the security at the dam safety through World Bank assisted Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP). In this there are the strengthening the testing laboratories, enhancing analytical capabilities, exposure visits to best global institutions and on ground exposure to dam safety concerns to the faculty of these institutions.
  3. CWC has already signed MoUs with IIT Madras, IISc Bangaluru, NIT Calicut and NIT Raurkela for the help at these of the centers for the help of the procedurals of the specified equipment and software for enhancing their testing and modeling capabilities.
  4. Last month, CWC facilitated the signing of MoUs by Madhya Pradesh Water Resources Department (MPWRD) and UJVN Limited (UJVNL), Uttarakhand with the Earthquake Engineering Department of IIT Roorkee for assisting MPWRD and UJVNL in this type of the event there is the seismic instruments, certification of these installations, generation of post seismic event report having an intensity greater than 4.0 on Richter Scale and sharing of these reports with State and Central Agencies, data collection, processing, monitoring, analysis, interpretation, integration of the State Dam Seismological Network (SDSN) with Indian Dam Seismological Network (IDSN) being maintained by National Agencies to exchange the information and help to strengthen the existing seismological network for a strong national perspective plan, and conducting training programmes for the dam owning personnel.

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Mahatma Gandhi’s statue unveiled in Wales

Mahatma Gandhi’s statue unveiled in Wales

  1. There is the six-foot tall statue of Mahatma Gandhi has been open on Monday in Wales to mark his 148th birth anniversary. The 300-kg statue, which has been constructed by the Indian bronze, is situated at Lloyd George Avenue in Cardiff.
    Vimla Patel, chair of the council, said: “Mahatma Gandhi’s station is an inspiration to current and future generations to live to together in peace and harmony and to treat each other with love and respect irrespective of one’s religion, culture or race.
  2. “It has taken three years of hard work to bring this important project to fruition and my sincere thanks go to all of the members of Hindu Council of Wales for all their hard work and in particular the late Rhodri Morgan for his efforts and support.”
  3. Mr Aggarwal said: “This statute shows the important bonds between the two nations of India and Wales and the great relations for the Indian diaspora who have made Wales their home. We hope this statue will stand as a tribute to those ongoing good relations and help us to move towards even stronger cultural and trade developments for our two great nations.”
  4. “The memorial will be a tribute to a unique man who epitomises peace, non-violence and tolerance. The iconic figurine will act as a focal point of peace and will help ensure that the legacy of Gandhi lives on for future generations in Wales,” the HCW said in a statement.
  5. Raj Aggarwal, the Honorary Consul General for India in Wales, said: “This statue shows the important bonds between the two nations of India and Wales and the great relations for the Indian Diaspora who have made Wales their home”.

 

 

Kenya Supreme Court declares presidential election invalid, calls for new poll

  1. Kenya’s Supreme Court nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election win has been get in the win on Friday and that is the order of the 60 days of the last month’s voting was followed by protests and sporadic violence that killed at least 28 people.
  2. “The declaration (of Kenyatta’s win) is invalid, null and void,” said Judge David Maranga, announcing a verdict backed by four of the six judges. He said the election board “failed, neglected or refused to conduct the presidential election in a manner consistent with the dictates of the constitution.”
  3. “This indeed is a very historic day for the people of Kenya,” Odinga said after the decision. “For the first time in history of African democratisation a ruling has been made by a court nullifying irregular elections for the president.”
  4. A lawyer for Kenyatta, Ahmednasir Abdullahi, said the decision was “very political” and the election board had “done nothing wrong.” However, he said the decision had to be respected. “Let’s go back to the people and the Kenyan people will express themselves again,” he said.
  5. “Over 8 million people supported the election of Uhuru Kenyatta but the Supreme Court has ignored this in the ruling which is very shameful,” said Matheri Wa Hungu.
  6. “Today is a special today and I will celebrate until I am worn out,” said 32-year-old Kevin Ouma.

KEYS:

  1. Kenya, officially the Republic of Kenya, is a country in Africa and a founding member of the East African Community
  2. Its capital and largest city is Nairobi
  3. Capital: Nairobi
  4. Dialing code: +254
  5. Currency: Kenyan shilling

 

France holds migrant summit seeking European unity

France holds migrant summit seeking European unity

  1. Europe’s “big four” continental powers and three African states has been signed the agreement on the tackle of the trafficking of human and support nations struggling to contain the flow of people across the desert and Mediterranean Sea.
  2. “We must all act together – from the source countries to Europe and passing by the transit countries, especially Libya – to be efficient,” he told reporters. “It’s a challenge as much for the EU as for the African Union.”
  3. “At the core of it, it’s all about fighting illegal migration,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a news conference.
  4. German Chancellor Angela Merkel told, “If we want to stop human traffickers, then this can only be achieved through development aid,”
  5. “We are all committed to reducing the damage, the death of Africans in the desert, the death of Africans crossing the Mediterranean,” Chad President Idriss Deby said.
  6. “The fundamental problem will always remain development. We need resources,” he said.

KEYS:

  1. France, in Western Europe, encompasses medieval cities, alpine villages and Mediterranean beaches
  2. Paris, its capital, is famed for its fashion houses, classical art museums including the Louvre and monuments like the Eiffel Tower
  3. The country is also renowned for its wines and sophisticated cuisine
  4. Lascaux’s ancient cave drawings, Lyon’s Roman theater and the vast Palace of Versailles attest to its rich history
  5. Capital: Paris
  6. Dialing code: +33
  7. President: Emmanuel Macron
  8. Currencies: Euro, CFP franc

 

Government imposes Anti-dumping duty on sodium nitrite imports from China for five years

Government imposes Anti-dumping duty on sodium nitrite imports from China for five years

  1. The Finance Ministry has been placed the duty of the five years on the Sodium Nitrite imports from China.
  2. Deepak Nitrite Ltd had has been applied for the support and by this there is the Punjab Chemicals & Crop Protection Ltd, by taking the term of the lowest condition of the investigations on Sodium Nitrite imports from China, sources said. Besides this there are two more company which produce the Sodium Nitrite in the country – National Fertilisers Ltd and Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilisers Limited.
  3. On the strong term of the Designated Authority in the Commerce Ministry in its final findings of its third sunset review investigations, the revenue department has imposed definitive anti-dumping duty of $ 72.95 per tonne on Sodium Nitrite imports from China.
  4. Sodium Nitrite is an oxidising and this is also the reducing agent. Its physical state is white crystalline powder which is mostly use in the pharmaceutical and dye industries, lubricants, lubricants, construction chemicals, rubber blowing agent, meat processing, and textiles.

 

Uber introduces two new features – ‘In-app chat’ and ‘multi destination’

  1. The features have been launched especially for users in India and the two new features aim to provide a seamless ride experience to the commuters. These new features have been introduced shortly after the company launched its new payments solution, Uber for Business and UberEATS services in the country.
  2. “This feature also means that regardless of where they are located across the globe, riders and drivers won’t have to share their phone number with one another should they have to get in touch,” the company said in a media release.
  3. “With this feature, it’s easier than ever to pick up and drop off your friends or family along the way. This takes just a few taps on the app when requesting a ride,” the company said.
  4. The in-app chat feature is the main help for the get in the touch with the customer and the drivers, while the multi-destination feature enables riders add multiple stops along their route

KEYS:

  1. Uber Technologies Inc. is an American technology company headquartered in San Francisco, California, United States, operating in 633 cities worldwide
  2. It develops, markets and operates the Uber car transportation and food delivery mobile apps
  3. Founded: March 2009, San Francisco, California, United States
  4. Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States
  5. Revenue: 6.5 billion USD (2016)
  6. Number of employees: More than 12,000
  7. Founders: Travis Kalanick, Garrett Camp
  8. Subsidiaries: UberEATS, Otto, Geometric Intelligence Inc.

                          

BANKING & FINANCE

Bank of Baroda customers wrongly debited with NEFT and RTGS fees

Bank of Baroda customers wrongly debited with NEFT and RTGS fees

  1. Over 8000 customers of state-run lender Bank of Baroda has been find that there is the many of the savings and the current account holder has been debited the NEFT and RTGS transaction charges after the process of upgrading the bank’s core banking software led to technical glitches in the NEFT, RTGS and outward clearing-related transactions.
  2. “Considering the massive scale and magnitude of the upgradation, there have been some glitches in the NEFT/ RTGS and Outward clearing related transactions, which have been addressed by our team on a war footing basis around the clock and have largely been fixed ever since,” the statement said. “Intermittently, there have been challenges such as the speed of the systems, which we are currently addressing; we expect this process to be completed during the course of this week.”
  3. “Approximately 8300 accounts were also impacted on August 19, 2017 on account of erroneous debit of service charges that were not due from the customers,” the bank said in a statement on its website dated August 22. “These charges have since been reversed and impacted customers have been duly informed via SMS on August 20, 2017.”

KEYS:

  1. Bank of Baroda is an Indian state-owned International banking and financial services company headquartered in Vadodara in Gujarat, India
  2. It is the second largest bank in India, next to State Bank Of India
  3. Customer service: 1800 102 4455
  4. Headquarters: Vadodara
  5. CEO: P. S. Jayakumar (13 Oct 2015–)
  6. Founder: Sayajirao Gaekwad III
  7. Founded: 20 July 1908
  8. Subsidiaries: Nainital Bank, Bobcards,

 

 

Science and Technology

HCL Tech completes acquisition of UFS

HCL Tech completes acquisition of UFS

  1. The country’s fourth largest IT services company HCL Technologies has been announced that the it has been completed the Urban Fulfilment Services, LLC.
  2. HCL had announced this year that it has created the agreement with the Urban Fulfilment Services, a provider of mortgage business process and fulfilment services.
  3. The agreement with that has been completed at the term of August 24, 2017, the company said in a regulatory filing.
  4. UFS was founded in 2002 and has over 350 employees and operates out of three centers in the US.
  5. In the statement that has given on August 24, HCL had said it will be acquiring 100 per cent stake in UFS, and that the total cash consideration for this transaction is up to USD 30 million, “including contingent payments subject to certain financial milestones”.

KEYS:

  1. HCL Technologies Limited is an Indian multinational IT services company, headquartered in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India. It is a subsidiary of HCL Enterprise
  2. CEO: C Vijayakumar (Oct 2016–)
  3. Customer service: 1860 180 0425
  4. Founded: 11 August 1976
  5. Headquarters: Noida
  6. Founders: Shiv Nadar, Arjun Malhotra
  7. Parent organization: HCL Enterprise

 

CSIR-NIIST develop new technique to produce bio ethanol from cotton-stalks

  1. Scientists from CSIR’s National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (CSIR-NIIST), Thiruvananthapuram has been planning for the planning for the change in the waste in the wealth.
  2. The stalks have been coming in the acid, alkali and different enzymes to breakdown the complex organic polymers of the stalk. “The agro-residues are tough in nature and we need chemical pre-treatment to break down the complex structure of the stalk,” explains Meera Christopher, research scholar at NIIST and first author of the paper.
  3. “We isolated the yeast-Saccharomycescerevisiae-RRP-03N, from a rotting wild fruit we found in the Silent Valley National Park in Palakkad, Kerala. In spite of several inhibitors of microbial growth produced during chemical treatment, the yeast performed better than distiller’s yeast strains in fermenting the cotton stalk hydrolysate,” says Dr. Rajeev K Sukumaran, Head of the Biofuels and Biorefineries Section, at NIIST and the corresponding author of the paper.
  4. “Bioethanol has a number of advantages over conventional fuels as it comes from a renewable resource. It is mandatory to blend 10% ethanol with petrol. Bioethanol presently in use is obtained by fermentation of sugar cane molasses which is a byproduct of sugar production, and has food value. Most of this first-generation ethanol finds its way into consumer applications, primarily as liquor. Converting the agro-residues to ethanol reduces the food vs fuel competition,” explains Meera.

 

 

SPORTS

23rd BWF World Championship-2017 At Glasgow (Scotland)

23rd BWF World Championship-2017 At Glasgow (Scotland)

  1. In the 23rd BWF world championship that was held in the Glasgow, in the Scotland from 21 – 27 August 2017 at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow.
  2. The BWF World Championships is a badminton tournament and has organised by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). In this tournament, there is the section of the point in the maximum number, together with Summer Olympic Games. The winners will be crowned as the “World Champions” and awarded gold medals. However, it does not offer any prize money.

KEYS:

  1. Winners of 23rd BWF World Campionship-2017:
  2. Men’s Singles –viktor axelsen of Denmark
  3. Women’s Singles –Nozomi Okuhara of Japan
  4. Men’s Doubles- Liu Cheng and Zhang Nan of China.
  5. Women’s doubles – Winners are Chen And Jia from China
  6. Mixed doubles-Indonesia’s Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir have won world badminton championship in glasgow
  7. Ajay Jayaram, Kidambari Srikanth And Sai Praneeth in men’s singles
  8. V Sindhu And Saina Nehwal in women’s singles
  9. Pranaav Jerry and N.Sikki in mixed doubles
  10. Gold- Nozomi [Japan]
  11. Silver- P.V Sindhu [ India]
  12. Bronze- Saina Nehwal [India]

 

India win SAFF under 15 Championship against Nepal

  1. The Indian U-15 football team has been completed his some of the brilliant of the Nepal to win the SAFF U-15 Championships in Kathmandu on Sunday. They were trailing 0-1 at the interval, but in the second round of this Lalrokima and Vikram clinched the trophy for the Indian side.
  2. All India Football President Mr. Praful Patel said: “Congratulations to the boys and entire staff. The manner the boys have played is a clear indication of how a structured Youth Development Programme can raise the bar.”
  3. Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF said: “The AIFF Academy boys won many hearts with their splendid display. The Academy programme has been yielding results and I am confident this bunch of boys would go on to bring more laurels for the Country. Congratulations!”
  4. India has been shows is performance in the strangeness of the season ball around in the midfield. Ravi came close to scoring in the 14th minute while Harpreet’s header missed the target narrowly soon after. Ravi shot it straight into the keeper’s hands as India launched one attack after another.

 

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

NRDC wins two awards

NRDC wins two awards

  1. NRDC, which is the technology has been the Ministry of Science & Technology, has been won the prestigious award. This technology services have won the two Assocham Services Excellence Award 2017 and its Chairman and Managing Director, H Purushotham, an international recognition.
  2. The International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM) Sweden has honoured Purushotham with the IAAM Medal 2017 for the R&D contributions in the Advanced Materials Science & Technology during its award ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden.
  3. These awards has been of the three-day European Advanced Materials Congress held from August 22-24, where over 800 researchers/ scientists representing 92 countries had congregated. Purushotham delivered the IAAM Medal lecture on ‘Commercialising advanced materials technologies from Indian R&D institutions to industry-challenges and case studies’.
  4. By the statement of the NRDC, several renowned scientists by the contains of the Nile Martensson, Chairman of the Nobel Committee in physics 2017 at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Sweden; Z.L. Wang, High Tower Chair, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA and founding Director of the Chinese Academy of Science were also honored for their contributions.

KEYS:

  1. The Natural Resources Defense Council is a New York City-based, non-profit international environmental advocacy group, with offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Bozeman, Montana, and Beijing, China
  2. Members: 2.4 million
  3. Location: New York City
  4. Founded: 1970
  5. Headquarters: New York City, New York, United States
  6. Motto: “The Earth’s Best Defense”
  7. Founders: James Gustave Speth, John E. Bryson, John H. Adams, Richard Ayres, Edward Strohbehn

 

 

 

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