17 May 2017 - Current Affairs

Arun Jaitly launches Operation Clean Money portal

  • The union minister ‘Mr. Arun Jaitley’ has launched ‘Operation Clean Money Portal’ to keep a tab on dishonest citizens hiding their income from the authorities and government.
  • The Portal will provide comprehensive information at one place consisting of step by step guides, frequently asked questions (FAQ), quick reference guides and training toolkits related to verification process.

Note: The portal has been designed by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) to identify those who have made large deposits or purchases and which are not in line with declared income as a follow-up to Operation Clean Money.

Amnesty International launches new global campaign 'Brave'

  • Amnesty International (AI) has launched a new global campaign ‘Brave’ to fight against what it said was a growing wave of attacks against those defending human rights.
  • The new Brave campaign calls on states to recognise the legitimate work of those working to stand up for the inherent dignity and equal rights of all people, and to ensure their freedom and safety under the United Nations declaration adopted in 1998.

Note: Amnesty International is a non-governmental organization focused on human rights that claims to have over 7 million members and supporters around the world.

Headquarters of IPHRC of OIC inaugurated in Saudi Arabia

  • Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Adel Al-Jubeir and Secretary General of OIC Dr Yousef Al-Othaimeen jointly inaugurated the headquarters of Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
  • The headquarters will help promote human rights and fundamental freedoms in the Muslim world through provision of objective and neutral views on many human rights issues.

Note: The Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) is an expert body with advisory capacity established by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) as one of the principal organs working independently in the area of human rights.

India & Palestine sign five agreements for cooperation in different sectors

  • India and Palestine have signed five agreements for cooperation in different areas including agriculture cooperation, health sector, Information Technology & Electronics.
  • The Agreements are exchanged after delegation-level talks between PM Narendra Modi and Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. 

IIT-Hyderabad professor bags INSA Young Scientist award

  • Professor Aravind Kumar Rengan (at Indian Institute of Technology-Hyderabad) has been awarded the prestigious Indian National Science Academy (INSA) medal in the Young Scientist category for 2017.
  • He has been awarded for devising a novel way of nano delivery using liposomes and gold nanoparticles which is useful for both imaging and therapeutics.
  • He will receive the award in Dec 2017.

Note: The INSA Young Scientist Medal award carries a bronze medal and Rs25,000 cash prize.

Venkaiah Naidu announces separate channel of Doordarshan 'DD Jharkhand'

  • The Union Information & Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu has announced a separate 24 *7 channel of Doordarshan ‘DD Jharkhand ‘for Jharkhand state.
  • Till the full- fledged launch of the channel, DD Ranchi program will be telecast on already running ‘DD Bihar’.
  • 18 crore rupees will be given to ‘DD Ranchi’ for setting up post production facilities and other infrastructure while 12 crore rupees every year will be required for program production.

Shipping Ministry signs MoU on ‘Sagarmala project’ in collaboration with DDU- GKY

  • The Ministries of Shipping and Rural Development has signed an MoU on ‘Sagarmala project’ in collaboration with Deen Dayal Upadhyay- Gramin Kaushalya Yojna (DDU- GKY) in New Delhi.
  • DDU-GKY is under implementation in 28 states and has over 654 training centres in 522 projects in partnership with training partners.
  • So far, 54 lakh persons have been given skill training and of them 2.31 lakh got employed.

  • DDU- GKY is bringing in its skilling expertise to enable sustainable supply of skilled man power for the growth maritime industry and inclusive growth in the coastal areas.
  • Sagar Mala project is a strategic and customer-oriented initiative of the Government of India to modernize India's Ports so that port-led development can be augmented and coastlines can be developed to contribute in India's growth.

Himachal Pradesh implements DDUGJY in two phases

  • The Deen Dayal Upadhaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) is being implementing in two phases in Himachal Pradesh and the total 12 projects have been sanctioned with the cost of 159 Crore 12 Lakh Rupees.
  • Now, there is no un-electrified village as of now in the state.
  • Under the Yojana, old wires and transformers are being replaced to ensure regular power supply and to meet out low voltage problem in some areas of the hill state.

  • Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana is a Government of India scheme designed to provide continuous power supply to rural India.
  • The initiative is named in honor of Indian political philosopher ‘Deen Dayal Upadhyaya’.

Japanese tennis player Mitsuhashi gets life ban for match-fixing

  • According to The Tennis Integrity Unit, Japanese Junn Mitsuhashi (27-year) has been banned for life following an investigation into match-fixing.
  • He has also been fined USD 50,000 after being found to have made corrupt approaches to other players and to have placed bets on matches.
  • Mitsuhashi asked Joshua Chetty to make a corrupt approach to a fellow player during an ITF Futures tournament in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
  • Chetty received a lifetime ban last September.

Rising Pune Supergiant enters final beating Mumbai Indians

  • ‘Rising Pune Supergiant’ has entered the final in IPL Cricket, beating Mumbai Indians by 20 runs in the first qualifier played at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
  • Pune Supergiant posted 162 for 4 in stipulated 20 overs and Mumbai was restricted to 142 for 9 in 20 overs.
  • For Pune, Ajinkya Rahane (56 runs off 43) and Manoj Tiwary (58 runs off 48) and ‘Dhoni’ hammered 40 runs off 26 balls.
  • Now, Mumbai Indians (MI) will play in the 2nd Qualifier against winner of eliminator which is between Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR)and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

ICC hikes prize money for Champions Trophy 2017

  • The International Cricket Council (ICC) has hiked the prize money of upcoming Champions Trophy 2017 (8th edition) carries a total prize money of USD 4.5 million.
  • The winner of the tournament will get a cheque of USD 2.2 million.
  • The runner-up of the tournament will get a cheque of USD 1.1 million, while the other two semi-finalists will get USD 450000 each.
  • Teams finishing third in each group will take home USD 90000 each, while the teams finishing last in each group will get USD 60000 each.

  • The top eight teams in the ICC ODI Championship rankings has been qualified for the tournament.
  • The upcoming ICC Champions Trophy 2017 will be held in England and Wales between 1st-18th June 2017.

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