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INDIAN AFFAIRS

Inauguration of MITS Mega Food Park at Rayagada, Odisha

Inauguration of MITS Mega Food Park at Rayagada, Odisha

  1. On the June 1st, 2017 by the Honble Minister of Food Processing Industries Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal have announced the the first Mega Food Park in the state of Odisha M/s MITS Mega Food Park Pvt. Ltd. at Rayagada. In the last 3 years by the present government this is the 7th Mega Food Park operationalized.
  2. Badal said that this mega food park has been set up at a cost of Rs 80.17 crore and on a 50.05 acre plot. The Centre government has already provided a financial assistance of Rs 50 crore to the park. This food park has facilities like fully operational industrial sheds for SMEs, developed industrial plots for lease to food processing units, rice processing complex of 12 tonnes per hour, dry warehouse of 10,000 tonne, cold store of 2,500 tonnes, multi fruit processing facility and other food processing facilities.
  3. Union food processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, “Mega Food Park will benefit not only the people of Rayagada but also those in the adjoining districts of Nabarangpura, Ganjam and Khurda. Common facilities and enabling infrastructure is created at Central Processing Centre and facilities for primary processing and storage is created near the farm in the form of Primary Processing Centers (PPCs) and Collection Centres (CCs). he Mega Food Park will leverage an additional investment of about Rs 250 crore in 25-30 food processing units in the park.”
  4. On this occasion Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, MoS (Food Processing Industries), Government of India, were also present.

KEYS:

  1. Minister of Food Processing Industries – Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal

 

Railway introduces buy now, pay later service

Railway introduces buy now, pay later service

  1. In there is the good news for the traveller of the railway, Indian Railways is going to set to launch a new feature for booking tickets.
  2. It will be the soon that pasanger can use to by ticket from the IRCTC website and pay later, this system will decrease the difficulties involved in the payment process at the time. In the partenership about this plan, ePayLater says that it targets to capture at least 5 percent of the 6 lakhs transactions per day in next six months.
  3. In the history of the Indian Railway this will be the first time that the customer should have to provide the basic detail like email ID, mobile phone number and also link it to PAN or Aadhaar card to checkout. They will be provided with one-time passwords to enable them to use the service once customers get approval to use the feature.
  4. Akshat Saxena, the cofounder of ePayLater said, “The eligibility of a customer will be checked through past transaction history, social media and other parameters. The process will work similar as to giving a personal loan. If the individual fails to pay, legal action will be taken. By providing customers this deferred payment option, we not only simplify the checkout experience, but also help them manage their short-term income-expense mismatches better”.

KEYS:

  1. Divisions of Indian Railway- 17 Railways Zones
  2. Headquarters: New Delhi, India
  3. Founded: April 16, 1853
  4. Subsidiaries: Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation

 

 

Telangana government to launch its own ‘T-Wallet’

Telangana government to launch its own 'T-Wallet'

  1. The Telangana Government has launched the digital wallet for the digital transaction, and named that digital wallet, T-Wallet, which doesn’t charge transaction fee from its consumers. The government of the telangana is planning to use the wallet, available in Google Play, for remittances under job guarantee scheme MNREGA and scholarships for students.
  2. The T-Wallet would work on the today’s era of smart-phones, feature phones, computer, call centre and “No Phone” as well, said the minister of Telangana. The ‘T-Wallet’ would be available in the Telugu language as well, Rama Rao said its logo would be launched by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao next week.
  3. Telangana IT Minister K T Rama Rao, said in an official statement, “After demonetisation, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao guided us in bringing about a seamless digital transaction system for the citizens, who led to the birth of T-Wallet. We have over 4,000 MeeSeva (e-governance centres) in the State and those without phones can also have wallets using these centres. We will have a two-factor authentication to ensure security of the wallet”.
  4. Telangana IT Minister K T Rama Rao held a meeting with IT department officials and service providers of the proposed wallet, in that meeting of the department the wallet would be user-friendly with emphasis on convenience, security and privacy.

KEYS:

  1. CM of Telangana- K. Chandrashekar Rao
  2. Telangana Founded on- June 2, 2014
  3. Capital: Hyderabad
  4. Formation: 2 June 2014

 

Pratibha Patil bats for Sharad Pawar as next President

Pratibha Patil bats for Sharad Pawar as next President

  1. On Thursday the Former President Pratibha Patil said about the former Union Minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar that he should not decline the Opposition parties’ offer and run for presidency.
  2. Former President Pratibha Patil said , “There are reports of Pawar being offered, by all the Opposition parties, the candidature for President post. He has been declining it. He has not sought my suggestion, so I can only give my opinion. I think he should not decline the offer. There are reasons, but I will not talk about them in the open. I am sure the best wishes of women will be with Pawar, as he was the one who gave recognition to them in politics by introducing reservation in the local civic body”.
  3. “If there is conviction then only it transforms into action. It was his conviction that made him take decision in the interest of women, by giving them reservation in local civic bodies and at various other levels. The policy decisions are mostly taken to gain political benefit, but Pawar had a vision on the situation in future,” she said.
  4. The event of the presidency also marked up to 25 years since women were given reservation in local civic bodies, a decision taken during Pawar’s tenure as the chief minister of Maharashtra.

KEYS:

  1. Pratibha Devisingh Patil is an Indian politician who served as the 12th President of India from 2007 to 2012.
  2. A member of the Indian National Congress, Patil is the only woman to hold the office.
  3. Born: December 19, 1934 (age 82), Nadgaon, India
  4. Party: Indian National Congress
  5. Awards: Glamour Award The Chosen Ones
  6. Education: Mooljee Jetha College, Jalgaon, Government Law College, Mumbai

 

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

India ranked 137th in the Global Peace Index 2017

India ranked 137th in the Global Peace Index 2017

1.       In the report of the Global Peace Index India was on ranked 141 the result of which declaired on Wednesday on a making it less peaceful than countries like Burundi, Serbia and Burkina Faso with violence taking a 680-billion dollar toll on its economy in 2015.

2.       Global Peace Index have showed its reports of ranking the 163 countries, compiled by the global think tank Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), followed by South Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia Syria has been named as the least peaceful. On the other hand, Iceland was ranked as the world’s most peaceful country, followed by Denmark and Austria.

3.       In the report it is said, “India’s scores for ongoing domestic and international conflict and militarisation have deteriorated slightly. The country remains vulnerable to acts of terror and security threats at its shared border with Pakistan. As such, the number of deaths caused by externally organised terror strikes has risen over the year”.

4.  “In 2015, violence containment expenditure in India totalled USD 679.8 billion PPP, an increase of 7 % from 2008. At 9 % of GDP this was ranked 65th in the world,” Killelea said.

KEYS:

1.    Iceland – 1st Rank

2.    Denmark- 2nd Rank

3.    Austria- 3rd Rank

4.    New Zealand- 4th Rank       

 

 

US visa vetting will now require email IDs, social media handles, job history

US visa vetting will now require email IDs, social media handles, job history

1.       The Trump administration on the US has enforced a new extreme visa screening process for foreign nationals of the country including those from India under which applicants might be asked to share information regarding their social media accounts, emails and telephone numbers.

2.       State Department official said on Wednesday, “Such information is required to confirm identity or conduct more rigorous national security vetting. Who have been determined to warrant additional scrutiny in connection with terrorism or other national security-related visa ineligibilities”.

3.       Babak Yousefzadeh, a San Francisco-based attorney and president of the Iranian American Bar Association, “The United States has one of the most stringent visa application processes in the world. The need for tightening the application process further is really unknown and unclear”.

4.       When adjudicating visa applications then asserting that national security is a top administration priority, Cocks said every prospective traveler to the US undergoes extensive security screening.

KEYS:

1.    Visa Inc. is an American multinational financial services corporation

2.    CEO: Alfred F Kelly Jr (Dec 1, 2016–)

3.    Headquarters: Foster City, California, United States

4.    Revenue: 13.88 billion USD (2015)

5.    Subsidiaries: CyberSource, Authorize.Net, PlaySpan, TrialPay

 

 

India, Russia ink key pact for 2 nuke power units in Kudankulum

India, Russia ink key pact for 2 nuke power units in Kudankulum

1.       As per the document, “Cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy has emerged as one of the hallmarks of the strategic partnership between the two countries, contributing to India’s energy security and energising broader scientific and technological cooperation”.

2.       “Programme of Action for Localisation in India” signed on December 24, 2015, and to encourage their nuclear industries to engage closely and foster concrete collaborations, it said.

3.       “We will strive to build an ‘energy bridge’ between our states and expand bilateral relations in all areas of energy cooperation, including nuclear, hydrocarbon, hydel and renewable energy sources and in improving energy efficiency,” it said.

4.       “Economies of India and Russia complement each other in energy sector. We will strive to build an “Energy Bridge” between our states. We welcome conclusion of General Framework Agreement and Credit Protocol for Units 5 and 6 of Kudankulam Nuclear Plant,” PM Modi said.

KEYS:

1.    Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant is the single largest nuclear power station in India

2.    Situated in Koodankulam in the Tirunelveli district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu

3.    Opened: 1998

4.    Owner: Nuclear Power Corporation of India

 

 

Modi-Putin summit: Officials working overtime to iron out details of nuclear power project in Tamil Nadu

Modi-Putin summit: Officials working overtime to iron out details of nuclear power project in Tamil Nadu

1.       Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at St Petersburg in Russia at the night of Wednesday for an annual summit with President Vladimir Putin during which the two sides will sign a host of agreements, with all eyes on a deal to build with Russia’s help the last two units of India’s largest nuclear power plant.

2.       Pankaj Saran, India’s ambassador to Russia said to PTI, “There is a lot of mutual trust and personal chemistry between the two leaders that has developed over the last three years. The leaders will take stock of the current relationship and discuss a blueprint for a vision of the future”.

3.       “Our relations with Russia are on a different pedestal and we have a full agenda between us that is important to both of us. We have clear understanding of our core concerns and vital security interests,” he said, hours before Modi was to arrive from Spain.

4.       With hours to go before the summit, Indian officials told PTI that last-minute talks are taking place to iron out details and language of the agreement on a line of credit for building Unit 5 and 6 of the Kundankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu. “The agreement remains work in progress,” the source said.

KEYS:

1.    CM of Tamil Nadu- Edappadi K Palaniswami

2.    Tamil Nadu Governor- C Vidyasagar Rao

3.    Districts: 32

4.    Population: 67.86 million (2012)

5.    Capital: Chennai

6.    Formation: 26 January 1950†

7.    Colleges and Universities: Anna University, Annamalai University

 

 

BANKING & FINANCE

India signs loan agreement with the World Bank for USD 36 million for “Himanchal Pradesh Public Financial Management Capacity Building Program”

India signs loan agreement with the World Bank for USD 36 million for "Himanchal Pradesh Public Financial Management Capacity Building Program"

1.       For Himachal Pradesh Public Financial Management Capacity Building Program was signed today in New Delhi an agreement for IBRD Credit of USD 36 Million from World Bank  by Shri Raj Kumar, Joint Secretary (MI), Department of Economic Affairs on behalf of the Government of India and Mr. Junaid Kamal Ahmad, Country Director, World Bank (India) on behalf of the World Bank.

2.       The Implementing Entity Agreement was signed by the Additional Director, Treasuries, Accounts and Lotteries, on behalf of Government of Himachal Pradesh (GoHP), and the Country Director (India) on behalf of the World Bank.

3.       The program focuses on the priority areas identified by the Government of Himachal Pradesh, which were articulated in various stakeholder workshops during the planning of the programm. USD 36 million will be financed by the bank from the programme size is USD 45 million, and the remaining amount will be funded out of State Budget. The programme duration is total of 5 years.

4.       Improve the efficiency of Public Expenditure Management and Tax Administration in Himachal Pradesh is the objective of the project. The Program is expected to boost the efficiency of key departments, improving budget credibility, strengthening systems and procedures to improve fiscal discipline, improving revenue administration to increase fiscal space, and targeted organisational reforms including human resource reforms.

KEYS:

1.    Himachal Pradesh is a northern Indian state in the Himalayas

2.    It’s home to scenic mountain towns and resorts such as Dalhousie.

3.    Host to the Dalai Lama, Himachal Pradesh has a strong Tibetan presence.

4.    This is reflected in its Buddhist temples and monasteries, as well as its vibrant Tibetan New Year celebrations.

5.    Capital: Shimla

6.    Population: 6.856 million (2012)

7.    Chief Minister: Virbhadra Singh

8.    Colleges and Universities: Himachal Pradesh University,

 

 

India is world’s third largest Aviation Market

India is world's third largest Aviation Market

1.       On Tuesday the central government announced that India has emerged as the third largest aviation market in the world with a passenger traffic of over 10 crore in the report of the year 2016-17.

2.       On the completion of three years of the NDA government this statement was delivered by Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha at a media event on the achievements of the Ministry of Civil Aviation. Sinha said that government’s key aviation sector scheme the regional connectivity scheme will allow India to have 200 plus airports in the next 10-15 years.

3.       “India will become the third largest market 2-3 years ahead of what was projected. This is because the growth has been much higher,” Kapil Kaul, head of CAPA India, said.

4.       “While we will reach the third spot for both domestic and international air travel ahead of the projected period, we will remain at that position for a very long time because it will not be easy to surpass China and the US,” Kaul said.

KEYS:

1.    Minister of State for Civil Aviation- Jayant Sinha

2.    Head of CAPA India – Kapil Kaul

 

Science and Technology

 

Japan launches new satellite to improve GPS

Japan launches new satellite to improve GPS

1.       On Thursday Japan launched a new satellite to improve the global positioning system’s (GPS) accuracy and establish an efficient communication system in the event of natural disasters.

2.       The latest version of the H-IIA rocket with the Michibiki 2 communications satellite on board from the Tanegashima Island space centre in Kagoshima launched by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries prefecture at 9.17 a.m.

3.       Combining with the U.S. GPS and the Japanese system will enhance the increase the precision of position information and stability of receiving radio waves. The U.S. GPS has a margin of error of about 10 meters but together with the Japanese system positioning error will be reduced to only several centimeters.

4.       “After we establish the four-satellite network, its use can expand into self-driving cars, agriculture, construction and other fields,” Yosuke Tsuruho, a state minister in charge of space policy, told reporters, according to Jiji Press.

KEYS:

1.    Japan is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean with dense cities, imperial palaces, mountainous national parks and thousands of shrines and temples.

2.    Capital: Tokyo

3.    Currency: Japanese yen

4.    Emperor: Akihito

5.    Prime minister: Shinzō Abe

 

 

Solar Probe Mission renamed to Honor Pioneering Physicist Eugene Parker

 

1.       NASA’s new upcoming sun-studying mission, who will come much closer to Earth’s star than any spacecraft in history, has been renamed the Parker Solar Probe, agency officials announced today.

2.       “I’m certainly greatly honored to be associated with such a heroic scientific space mission,” Parker said during a press conference at the University of Chicago today.

3.       “One recent study by the National Academy of Sciences estimated that, without advance warning, a huge solar event could cause $2 trillion in damage in the U.S. alone, and the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S. could be without power for a year,” researchers at APL, which manages the mission for NASA, wrote in an online description.

4.       “In order to unlock the mysteries of the corona, but also to protect a society that is increasingly dependent on technology from the threats of space weather, we will send [the Parker Solar Probe] to touch the sun,” they added.

KEYS:

1.    Full form of NASA- National Aeronautics and Space Administration

2.    Formed      July 29, 1958; 58 years ago

3.    Robert M. Lightfoot- Jr.  Administrator

4.    Lesa Roe- Deputy Administrator

SPORTS

Ramachandra Guha quits board panel after he opposed Virat Kohli’s say on coach

Ramachandra Guha quits board panel after he opposed Virat Kohli’s say on coach

1.       “He didn’t mince words. He put it on mail that the captain and coaches are already deciding commentators, and if they are allowed to pick the coach of their own choice, they will soon be deciding the selectors, even the CEO,” the official said.

2.       Shirke, who was part of the coach selection process last year,  told The Indian Express, “There had been some murmurs about this (Kumble-Kohli rift) even at the time of Mr Kumble’s appointment. At that time, our president (Anurag Thakur) had taken the initiative and had a detailed discussion with both parties, and it was decided that since the cricket committee (CAC) had recommended Mr Kumble as the best option, we should go ahead with that. Therefore, I think the real reason for a one-year contract was that we would work and evolve, and see how this went, so as to keep the options open at a future date.”

3.       “Let us say he (Kohli) had his own views about it. And like I said, our president, Mr Thakur, took the initiative and told him that this was the unanimous choice of the cricket committee and we would have to abide by their recommendation and Kohli should accept it,” Shirke said.

KEYS:

1.    Full form of BCCI- Board of Control for Cricket in India

2.    Chairman: Vinod Rai (interim)

3.    Secretary: Amitabh Choudhary

4.    Vice president: Rajeev Shukla

5.    Headquarters: Mumbai, India

6.    Chief Exec: Rahul Johri

7.    Men’s coach: Anil Kumble

 

 

Federation Cup Athletics: One-time jumper, Sarita Singh sets national record in hammer throw

1.       “I knew little about the technique when I came here (national camp). Here I learnt a lot about getting optimal results from my throws. I changed my diet and took more care of my fitness. I have learnt by observing other,” Sarita Singh says.

2.       “She never goes home. I have never seen someone so dedicated. Her husband takes leave to come and visit her. All she needs is little bit of exposure and that she will get only by going abroad,” Shubdeep says.

3.       I had a slight knee injury last season. This is my first competition of the season. I was just looking to makes sure I qualified for the Asian Championships but I am satisfied with my time. I think I will be able to improve for the Asian Championships. My goal for the tournament will be to clock less than 57 seconds and finish with a medal,” said Anu.

KEYS:

1.    Athletics Federation of India formed in- 1946 at the initiative of Prof. G.D. Sondhi and Maharaja Yadvindra Singh

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Kapil Sharma, Priyanka Chopra honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award

Kapil Sharma, Priyanka Chopra honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award

1.       Dadasaheb Phalke’s grandson, Chandrashekhar Pusalkar (son of his daughter, Mansi Phalke) also supports these awards. He told DNA, “First of all, we feel sorry about the manner in which Dadasaheb Phalke’s name is being misused everywhere. Even when it concerns the Central Government awards, which are supposed to be the most credible awards, we haven’t been invited for a single award function in the past 46 years. They did not even bother to locate us. In that respect, the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy though it is a private academy, took the trouble of tracing us.”

2.       Chandrashekhar Pusalkar told DNA: “There is a Foundation award besides a Dadasaheb Excellence awards and another award. Initially, we welcomed them, but later learnt that all kinds of things were happening backstage like people purchasing awards. It is disappointing that Dadasaheb Phalke’s name has become like a marketing commodity, being used by people with an intention of commercial gains.”

3.       “We have been told that these people float big names in the market and generate sponsors for the awards. They are definitely not for a social cause. The stars and the people who were accepting these awards are unaware about the fact that they were not the real awards,” Mr Jain said.

 

KEYS:

1.    The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India’s highest award in cinema

2.    First awardees: Devika Rani

3.    Recent awardee(s): Kasinathuni Viswanath

4.    Instituted: 1969

5.    Total awarded: 48

6.    Cash award: 1 million INR (US$15,000)

7.    People also search for: Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan

OBITUARY

Coronation Street actor Roy Barraclough dies aged 81

Coronation Street actor Roy Barraclough dies aged 81

1.       Goodyear, 75, said: “My dearest friend, Roy Barraclough, has passed away at 6am this morning. I have no words to describe how devastated I feel. We kept in close touch and spoke to each other at least two or three times every week. I will treasure all the happy times we had working and laughing together. We were just like a married couple – crazy, I know, but true. Rest in peace, Roy. I will always love you.

2.       Executive producer Kieran Roberts said: “Roy was a delightful person as well as a wonderful actor and will be greatly missed by all of us connected with the programme.”

3.       “The fact that the character of Alec Gilroy was at the heart of the show for so many years and was held in such affection by so many fans is a tribute to Roy’s genius, for drama as well as comedy.”

 

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