23 May 2017 - Current Affairs

 Jacqueline Fernandez wins UK Humanitarian Award

  • A stunning Bollywood actress ‘Jacqueline Fernandez’ has been awarded the International Humanitarian Award (Editor's Choice category) of Asian Voice Charity Awards for her philanthropic work in India.
  • She has been working with the charity Habitat for Humanity for last five years.
  • The award recognizes the work of charity organizations in the United Kingdom (UK) and abroad.

Note: Jacqueline Fernandez is a Sri Lankan actress, model, and the winner of the 2006 Miss Universe Sri Lanka pageant.

MAMI Film Fest announces new award category for digital content

  • The Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival co- chairperson ‘Nita Ambani’ has announced a new award category for digital contentment for this year’s festival to be held from 12th-18th
  • This Award will encourage young talent to break the boundaries of their creative prowess and take Indian cinema to new and greater heights, especially in the digital space.
  • The top 10 films will be show cased at the festival and the film makers will receive a prize money of Rs 2,50,000 each.
  • The two best films will receive the ‘Jio MAMI Reliance Foundation Gold’ and Silver trophies at the Jio MAMI 2017 closing gala.

India’s Rohan Chakravarty wins WWF International President’s Award

  • Indian wildlife and environment cartoonist ‘Rohan Chakravarty’ has won WWF International President’s Award 2017 for his efforts to inspire change and attitudes towards nature in Manado, Indonesia,
  • Chakravarty, under the banner of Green Humour has published several wildlife and environment magazines and newspapers.

Note: The WWF International President’s Award is the global conservation organization’s top honour to recognize outstanding leadership in young conservationists from around the world.

The Cochin port trust bags two best performance awards

  • The ‘Cochin Port Trust’ has received two best performance awards from Ministry of Shipping for the highest growth in operating surplus and also for achieving third highest growth in cargo traffic among the major ports in the year 2016-17.
  • The awards have been received by P Raveendran (Chairman) and A V Ramana (Deputy Chairman) Cochin Port Trust by the union Road Transport and Highways and Shipping minister ‘Nitin Gadkari’ at a function held at Goa Port Trust.

RBI to reconstitute oversight committee to deal with bad loans

  • The Reserve bank of India (RBI) has decided to reconstitute the oversight committee (OC) with more members after the government armed it with additional powers to resolve bad loans with banks.
  • Now the bad loans have crossed Rs. 8 lakh crore and the RBI has identified about 50 major cases for NPA resolution.
  • The apex bank would also be constituted a Committee comprised majority of its independent Board Members to advise it in the Non-Performing Asset matter.
  • Committee on Scouts & Guides submits final report to Goel
  • Today, a seven-member Committee on Scouts and Guides under the chairmanship of ‘Harsh Malhotra’ has submitted its report to the Sports Minister Vijay Goel.
  • The Committee has suggested mandatory revamp of the Bharat Scout & Guides and Hindustan Scouts & Guides.
  • The Committee has also found number of irregularities and anomalies in the management and financial management.
  • It has further recommended for a permanent monitoring Committee to periodically assess the activities of both the organisations.
  • The committee has also recommended that there should be government nominees on the Boards of both the organisations.

India becomes second largest steel producer in the world

  • According to the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) data (May 2017), India overtook Japan to become the second-largest steel producer in the world in 2016.
  • In 2016, India’s stainless steel production rose to 3.32 million tons.
  • The data showed a growth of about 9% over 3.0 million tons achieved in 2015.
  • In 2016, the top producer of the steel of the world is China.
  • The campaign was first announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his 15 August 2015 address from the Red Fort.

Mathunny Mathews, the Real-life Hero of 'Airlift' passes away

  • Indian businessman, resident in Kuwait ‘Mathunny Mathews’ (81-year) passed away in Kuwait.
  • Mathews was one of the people credited with the safe airlift evacuation of about 170,000 Indians from Kuwait during the 1990 Invasion of Kuwait.
  • Matthews belonged to Kerala (Eraviperoor) in India and was popularly known as ‘Toyota Sunny’, owing to his work in Kuwait with the Toyota agency owned by the Al-Sayer Group.

Start-Up India Summit' begins in Abu Dhabi today

  • The two-day ‘Start up India Summit’ has begun in Abhu Dhabi, UAE.
  • This Summit has been organized by the Consul General of India (CGI) in Dubai and Embassy of India in Abu Dhabi in partnership with iSPIRIT, a nonprofit think tank and supported by TiE, Dubai.
  • The aim of the summit is to provide a shared platform for the Start up eco system in both India and UAE.
  • Seventeen start- up companies from India in the space of Artificial Intelligence, Financial Technology or Fintech, Digi Medicine, Health care Technology, Innovative Technology and Software as Service will take part in the event.

Note: Startup India campaign is based on an action plan aimed at promoting bank financing for start-up ventures to boost entrepreneurship and encourage startups with jobs creation.

NASA names bacterium found on ISS after APJ Abdul Kalam

  • NASA’s (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) scientists has named a new organism ‘bacterium’ on filters installed on the ISS, after A P J Abdul Kalam (former President of India).
  • The name of the bacterium is ‘Solibacillus kalamii’, the species name is after Abdul Kalam and genus name is Solibacillus, which is a spore forming bacteria.
  • Bacterium has been found only on the International Space Station (ISS) and has not been found on Earth.

Note:  Abdul Kalam had his early training at NASA (in 1963) before he set up India’s first rocket-launching facility in the fishing village of Thumba in Kerala.

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