Weekly Current Affairs: April 30- May 6

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Important Days

Clean Ganga Mission

National Mission on Clean Ganga (NMCG) will be observing Ganga Swachhta Sankalp Divas on May 02,2017 at 12 locations, namely- Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Patna, Bhagalpur, Sahibganj, Kolkata, Raj Ghat (Hardoi), Bithoor, Srinagar ( Uttarakhand), Vidhur Kuti (Bijnor) and Devprayag. 

Labour Day

International Workers' Day, also known as Labour Day in some countries, is a celebration of labourers and the working classes that is promoted by the international labour movement, socialists, communists or anarchists. 

Ganga Cleanliness Pledge Day

 The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) will observe 'Ganga Cleanliness Pledge Day' on 02nd May 2017 at various places in the river's basin states to spread awareness and ensure public participation in the program.

World Press Freedom Day

Every year, 3 May is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession. 
Theme 2017:Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies

UP Diwas

The Yogi Adityanath government decided to celebrate 'UP Diwas' on January 24, the day the erstwhile United Provinceswas rechristened as Uttar Pradesh.

First Tuna Day

The United Nations is marking the first World Tuna Day with calls to conserve one of the globe's most popular fish to be caught and eaten.

National Events

Translated volumes of Vachana unveiled

Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled translated volumes of Vachana, penned by 12th century social reformer Basavanna and other saints in 23 Indian languages, on the social reformer’s birth anniversary. 


Increse in Forex

India's foreign exchange (Forex) reserves rose by $1.25 billion as on April 21, 2017 as per the data released by RBI. 

Village of Books

A hamlet in Sataradistrict of Maharashtra, popular for its strawberries is all set to embrace the tag of India's first 'village of books', a concept inspired by Britain's Hay-on-Wye, a Welsh town known for its book stores and literature festivals.

New HIV Policy

The government launched a new policy for HIV under which anyone who is tested and found positive will get the necessary treatment.

First Digitised Ward

A ward in the Kerala's Aymanam district became India's first digitised panchayat ward. ·Aymanam ward in the Kerala district on became India’s first digitalised panchayat ward. Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment Krishan Pal Gurjar inaugurated the website of the first digitalised panchayat ward number 15 of Aymanam gram panchayat.

First Shatabdi Train of Assam

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.

First Automated Weather Station

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has inaugurated the State’s first automatic weather station at Dongargaon in Vidarbha region.


Tejas Express

Indian Railways is expected to launch a new premier train, called the Tejas Express, between Mumbai and Goa in June.

Real Estate Act

The Real Estate (Regulation & Development) Act, 2016, the landmark realty law to protect home buyers from unscrupulous developers

One IP- Two Dispensaries

Minister of State (I/C) for Labour and Employment, Shri Bandaru Dattatreya launched two schemes “One IP- Two Dispensaries” and “Aadhaar based Online Claim Submission” on the occasion of International Labour Day (1st May).


Vidya Veerta Abhiyan

Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar launched 'Students for soldiers- a nationwide Vidya-Veerta Abhiyan' to encourage Universities to display portraits of Param Veer Chakra-decorated soldiers.

Ambulance For Cows

Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya flagged off an ambulance service that would cater to cows. 


Second Tallest Indian Flag Hoisted

300-foot flag post country’s second-tallest, was inaugurated at Kolhapur in western Maharashtra

MP Shift Fiscal Year To Jan-Dec

Madhya Pradesh on became the first state in India to announce shifting of its financial year format to January-December from the present April-March cycle.

RFID To Track Railway Coaches

The Indian Railways will use radio-frequency identification tags (RFID) for tracking of wagons, coaches and locomotives to ensure effective and transparent functioning.

Sualgiri and Swalgiri included in SC. 

Odisha’s Sualgiri and Swalgiri communities have been notified as Scheduled Castes following President Pranab Mukherjee’s assent to a new law. 

World's Higest Waterbridge on Chenab

In around two years from now, the Chenab river in Jammu and Kashmir will be spanned by the world’s highest railway bridge that is expected to be 35 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower.

UberEATS commenced in Mumbai

Uber's standalone food delivery service - UberEATS - has arrived in Mumbai. At launch, it'll be available in Powai, Bandra East, Bandra Kurla Complex, and the west-lying regions from Lower Parel uptown to Andheri.

Kesla II Sold to Dalmia Cements

Chhattisgarh successfully auctioned its third limestone block, Kesla-II to Dalmia Cement in a bidding that went on for a record 23 hours with the highest bid received 96.15% of IBM prices which is 20times more than the reserve price.

Swachh Survekshan 2017

The 'Swachh Survekshan 2017' survey results were recently announced by Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu. The total 434 cities of India were surveyed. 
Indore in Madhya Pradesh is India’s cleanest city while Gonda in Uttar Pradesh is the dirtiest.

Important Roads of Assam Renamed

The Sarbananda Sonowal government has changed the names of all the major roads of the most important city of Assam.

SAMPADA Scheme Launched

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for re-structuring the schemes of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) under new Central Sector Scheme – SAMPADA (Scheme for Agro-Marine Processing and Development of Agro-Processing Clusters) for the period 2016-20 coterminous with the 14th Finance Commission cycle.

Vijaywada Airport Becomes International

The Union Cabinet approved Vijayawada Airport as International Airport.

The Highway Saga

Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari inaugurated two exhibitions namely The Highway Saga: Past Present and Future and Safe Road and Inter-State Highways Transforming India (SRISHTI)’ at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. 

 Banganapalle Mango Gets GI Tage

The Banganapalle mango has received the geographical indication (GI) tag, making Andhra Pradesh the owner of the variety that originates in its Kurnool district. 

Narmada Declared Living Entity

A month after the Uttarakhand High Court declared Ganga and Yamuna and their tributaries as “living entities having the status of a legal person”, Madhya Pradesh government has decided to give similar recognition to Narmada river by passing a law in the state assembly.

Small Arms Manufacturing Unit

In order to Strengthen defence ties, India has opened its first private small arms manufacturing plant at Malanpur, Madhya Pradesh in a joint venture with Israel.

South Asia Satellite Launched

India has launched the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F09) carrying the GSAT-9 or the “South Asia” satellite. It is intended to serve “economic and developmental priorities” of South Asian nations, using its heavy rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F09)

Technical Committee of IBBI

  • The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) has constituted a Technical Committee in accordance with Regulation 14 of the IBBI (Information Utilities) Regulations, 2017. 
  •  R. B. Barman is the chairperson of this committee.

Cordon & Combing Operation in Kashmir

In view of growing attacks on policemen and incidents of bank robberies, a massive ''cordon and combing'' operation had been launched by the security forces in south Kashmir’s Shopian district.

Facebook Express Wifi

Social media giant Facebook has partnered with country's largest telecom player Airtel to deploy 20,000 internet hotspots through Facebook's Express Wi-Fi service in India.

Quikr Acquires Zimmber

Online classifieds platform Quikr has acquired home services marketplace Zimmber for an undisclosed amount as it looks to grow deeper into the home services space.

International Events 

Dubai Fonts

Dubai has become the first city in the world to get its own Microsoft font.

Yusra Mardini Appointed UN's Goodwill Ambassador

Yusra Mardini, a Syrian woman who helped save a boat carrying fellow refugees, has been appointed by the UN agency for refugees as its new Goodwill Ambassador.

Muktijodha scholarship scheme.

India will give Rs 35 crore to children of freedom fighters in Bangladesh in the next five years under the new 'Muktijodha scholarship' scheme.

Sports 

Valtteri Bottas won Russian Grand Prix

In a thrilling finish to Russian Grand Prix, Valtteri Bottas claimed his maiden Formula One victory when he resisted intense pressure from championship leader Sebastian Vettel to triumph for Mercedes in the last couple of laps. 

Nadal Won 10th Barcelona Open

Rafael Nadal won a record-extending 10th Barcelona Open title by thrashing Dominic Thiem of Austria 6-4, 6-1, collecting his second claycourt title in a row.

 Lv Haotian Won Asian Snooker Championship

India's top cueist Pankaj Advani lost to China's Lv Haotian in the summit clash of Asian Snooker Championship held in Doha, Qatar.

Joshna Chinappa Became 1st Indian To Win  Asian Squash title

Joshna Chinappa scripted history by becoming the first Indian to clinch the Asian Squash title with a thrilling win over compatriot Dipika Pallikal Karthik in the women's final.

Leander Paes won Second Challenger Title

Indian tennis player Leander Paes won his second Challenger-level title.
Leander  Paes and American Scott Lipsky won the doubles title. 

 2017 ITTF Challenge

Soumyajit Ghosh has bagged both the singles and doubles gold at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF Challenge Chile Open in Santiago.

ICC Twenty20 Ranking

India have dropped two places to slip to fourth position in the ICC Twenty20 International team rankings following the annual update on May 1.

 World Championship title

Mark Selby defended his World Championship title with a stunning comeback to beat John Higgins 18-15 and secure his third crown in four years.

 FIFA rankings: India at 100th rank

The Indian national football team scaled further heights to break into the top 100 of FIFA rankings. The Blue tigers are placed at 100 alongside Nicaragua, Lithuania and Estonia.

Awards and Honours

AIMA Award

Pawan Munjal, Chairman, Managing Director and CEO, Hero MotoCorp Ltd. was felicitated by the All India Management Association (AIMA) award for the rapid global expansion of Brand Hero. 

Transformative Chief Minister Award 2017

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has been selected for the ‘Transformative Chief Minister Award 2017’ in recognition for his role in advancing the US-India partnership at the state level.

 Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Medal

Sanjay Pratihar, a scientist at Tezpur University, has been chosen for the prestigious Indian National Science Academy (INSA) medal for the Young Scientist Award for the year 2017.

Avvaiyar Award 2017

Tamil Nadu government honoured social worker Padma Venkataraman with the state’s “Avvaiyar Award” for 2017.

Order of Diplomatic Service Merit Sungnye Medal 

Chairman of Nicco group and past president of CII 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.


Special Jury Remi Award

Hollywood film The Black Prince, featuring singer-poet Satinder Sartaaj and veteran actress Shabana Azmi, was awarded the Special Jury Remi Award at the 50th annual Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival (WHIFF).

Rising Star Award 

  • Child actor Sunny Pawar, best known for his performance in the Oscar-nominated film Lion, has been chosen for the Rising Star Award. 
  • The award will be presented to Sunny at the 7th Annual Asian Awards 

Science and Technology

Solve for India

  • 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. 

 Jamun an Inexpensive Photosensitiser

Researchers used naturally occurring pigment found in jamun as an inexpensive photosensitiser for Dye Sensitised Solar Cells (DSSCs) or Gratzel cells. 

Tarang Sanchar Portal

The Telecom Department launched a portal Tarang Sanchar that will allow people to track radiation emitted from mobile towers within a locality and check their compliance with the stipulated norms.

First Quantum Computing Machine & Fastest Camer

  • China has beaten the world at building the first ever quantum computing machine that is 24,000 times faster than its international counterparts. 
  • World’s fastest film camera can ‘capture’ light 

Biggest X-ray laser

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.


Appointments 

Controller General of Accounts

Mr. Anthony Lianzuala took over as the New Controller General of Accounts (CGA), Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance with effect from May 1, 2017, in New Delhi.

Confederation of Indian Industry

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has recently announced new office-bearers for the year 2017-18. Ms. Shobana Kamineni, Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd.has assumed office as the new President of CII. She is the first woman President of CII. She takes over from D. Naushad Forbes. 

Bharti Enterprises,
Bharti Enterprises, one of India’s leading business groups, has appointed Soumen (Sam) Ghosh as Managing Director of Financial Services.

Public Accounts Committee 

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge is the new chairman of the 21-member Public Accounts Committee of Parliament. Kharge replaces Congress leader K V Thomas whose term ended on April 30. 

Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR).

Braj Bihari Kumar, the editor of quarterly journals Dialogue and Chintan Srijan, has been appointed as the chairman of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR).
 

Tea Board and the Coffee Board

Prabhat Kamal Bezboruah and M S Boje Gowda were appointed as chairmen of the Tea Board and the Coffee Board, respectively. 

Banking and finance

Reliance Corporate IT Park (RCITPL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with enterprise application software major SAP SE to launch 'SARAL GST solution for taxpayers.

Books

Asha Parekh: The Hit Girl

Bollywood actor Aamir Khan launched renowned actress of her age, Asha Parekh’s autobiography “Asha Parekh: The Hit Girl” in New Delhi.

Swachh Jungle ki Kahani – Dadi ki Zubani

Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Minister for Information & Broadcasting released a set of books titled ‘Swachh Jungle ki Kahani – Dadi ki Zubani’ written by Madhu Pant and published by Publications Division.

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