20 May 2017 - Current Affairs

Rajendar Pal Gautam, Kailash Gehlot inducted into Delhi cabinet

  • President ‘Pranab Mukherjee’ has approved the appointment of two ministers ‘Rajendar Pal Gautam’ and ‘Kailash Gehlot’ to the cabinet of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
  • Lieutenant Governor (LG) of Delhi ‘Anil Baijal’ administrated them the oath as minister in a ceremony at Raj Niwas in New Delhi.
  • As per the rules, the Delhi government has to take permission of the Centre before carrying out any expansion in its Cabinet.
  • Rajendar Pal Gautam (MLA of Seemapuri): Tourism, Art and Culture, Water, Social welfare, SC/ST, Gurudwara Elections, Languages.
  • Kailash Gahlot (MLA of Najafgarh): Transport, IT, Administrative Reform, Law, and Justice.

Home Minister to meet CMs of Indo-China border states

  • The Union Home Minister 'Rajnath Singh' has chaired a meeting of the Chief Ministers of five States on the Indo-China Border to review the Indo China Border Security issues, in Gangtok, Sikkim.
  • The objective of the meeting is to strengthen the coordination of Ministry of Home with the five States on Indo-China Border to improve the overall border security as states are also partners in Security of the borders.
  • The five states are Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.
  • This is the first time such a meeting is being held by MHA.

Maharashtra agrees to release 3 TMC of water to Karnataka

  • The Maharashtra govt. has agreed to release 3 TMC of water to Karnataka to mitigate the severe drinking water problem faced in Vijayapura, Bhagalkot and Belgaum districts in the state.
  • Both the states have also decided to implement inter-state Doodh ganga irrigation project for which Karnataka has paid Rs. 36 crore in advance.
  • This will help rain dependent farmers hit by drought in north Karnataka to carry out agriculture.

Andhra Pradesh govt. to launch water grid project

  • The Andhra Pradesh government will launch a water grid project on a fast track with an estimated cost of 8,000 crore to provide safe drinking water in areas vulnerable to kidney disorders like Srikakulam and Prakasam districts on a pilot basis.
  • The project aims to install water plants and supply safe water to the needy.
  • People facing drinking water problem in villages may complain to the call centre by dialling the toll-free number (1800 425 1899).
  • The call centre will solve the drinking water scarcity immediately.

Haryana launches e-textbook portal for school students

  • The Haryana chief minister ‘Manohar Lal’ has launched ‘e-textbook portal’ for school students.
  • Now, Students can download school books instantly from this e-textbook portal of the Haryana School Education Board.
  • 26 textbooks (11 books of class IX, nine books of class X and three books each of classes XI and XII) have been uploaded on the portal and these can be easily converted into audio files.
  • The portal also provides a facility to highlight certain portions of the e-textbooks making it easier for students to study.

Forex reserves down USD 443.6 million to USD 375.27 billion

  • According to the Reserve Bank of India(RBI), India's foreign exchange reserves declined by USD 443.6 million to USD 375.27 billion in the last week due to fall in foreign currency assets.
  • In the previous week, the reserves had touched a life-time high of USD 375.71 billion.
  • A currency assets, a major part of the overall reserves dipped by USD 429.4 million to USD 351.10 billion.
  • Gold reserves remained steady at USD 20.438 billion.

Anti-dumping duty imposed on Chinese chemical, aluminium foil

  • India has imposed anti-dumping duty on a Chinese chemical used in pharma industry (amoxicillin) and aluminium foil to protect domestic industry from cheap imports.
  • It would be effective for a period of five years.
  • On aluminium foil, an anti-dumping duty of up to 1.63 US Dollar per kg was imposed and up to 8.71 US Dollar per kg duty was slapped on imports of amoxicillin.

Italy makes childhood vaccinations compulsory

  • Italy's government has declared a new law making a series of childhood vaccinations a condition of school inscription in a move triggered by a spike in measles cases.
  • According to Prime Minister of Italy Paolo Gentiloni ,the move will make compulsory (until now simply recommended) certain vaccinations.
  • Vaccinations covering 12 common diseases will be required to register children for state childcare and elementary school up to the age of six.

Indian men’s team wins Compound gold in World Cup archery

  • The Indian men’s archery team beat Colombia (226-221) to the gold medal in the World Cup stage 1 championship in Shanghai, China.
  • Earlier, India beat USA in the semis and Iran in the quarters.
  • Indian team were represented by Abhishek Verma, Chinna Raju Srither and Amanjeet Singh against the Colombians.
  • It is the first major competition after Rio Olympics.

Mumbai Indians beat Kolkata Knight Riders to enter final

  • The Mumbai Indians (MI) breezed into the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) -10 with a convincing six-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders in the qualifier 2 at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
  • Mumbai bowled out Kolkata for 107 (18.5 overs), and then chased down the target for the loss of four wickets.
  • Karn Sharma (man of the match) was the star performer with the ball for Mumbai, returning excellent figures of 4 for 16.
  • Now, Mumbai Indians will title clash with Rising Pune Supergiants in Hyderabad.

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