06-07 May 2018 - Daily Current Affairs

06-07 May 2018 - Daily Current Affairs

06-07 May 2018 - Daily Current Affairs

Vladimir Putin sworn in for another six years as Russian President

  • Vladimir Putin (65-year) sworn in for another six years as Russian president in a ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia.
  • Putin’s inauguration for a fourth term as Russian president came two months after more than 70% of voters backed him in an election in which he had no serious challengers.
  • Putin was born in Leningrad in the Soviet Union, studied law at Saint Petersburg State University, graduating (in 1975).
  • Putin was a KGB foreign intelligence officer for 16 years, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before retiring in 1991 to enter politics in Saint Petersburg.
  • The President of the Russian Federation is the elected head of state, Supreme Commander-in-Chief, and holder of the highest office in the Russian Federation.
  • Russia is the largest country in the world by area (17,125,200 square kilometers), covering more than one-eighth of the Earth's inhabited land area and the ninth most populous, with over 144 million people at the end of December 2017.

Banking and Finance

India 7% projected growth rate amazingly fast: ADB

  • According to the Asian Development Bank (ADB), India's projected GDP growth of over 7% for the current fiscal.
  • ADB has projected India to remain the fastest growing Asian nation with 7.3% growth in 2018-19, and 7.6% in 2019-20.
  • currently, the size of India's economy is about 2.5 trillion US dollars (sixth largest in the world).
  • ADB Chief Economist Yasuyuki Sawada said inequality and poverty reduction would play a very important role in achieving higher growth because consumption can stimulate more production and that can create more employment. 

Honors & Awards

Jnanpith laureate M T Vasudevan Nair bags ONV Literary Prize

  • Jnanpith laureate ‘M T Vasudevan Nair’ has won this year's annual ‘ONV Literary Prize’ for his overall contributions to Malayalam literature.
  • The award, comprising a cash prize of Rs. three lakhs, citation, and a plaque.
  • The award was instituted by the ONV Cultural Academy in memory of iconic poet late O N V Kurup.

Important Days

6th May: International No Diet Day (INDD)

  • The International No Diet Day (INDD) is being observed annually on 6th May for body acceptance, including fat acceptance and body shape diversity.
  • This day is also dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle with a focus on health at any size and in raising awareness of the potential dangers of dieting and the unlikelihood of success.
  • The first International No Diet Day was celebrated in the UK in 1992.
  • Feminist groups in other countries around the globe have started to celebrate International No Diet Day, especially in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, Israel, Denmark, Sweden, and Brazil.


Renowned Marathi singer Arun Date passes away

  •  Veteran Marathi singer Arun Date (84-year) passed away in Mumbai.
  • Mr. Date was very famous for non-film 'bhavgeet' (lyrical poetry) songs & "Shukratara" duet with Sudha Malhotra that released in 1962.
  • He was the first recipient of the state government's 'Gajananrav Vatave Puraskar'.
  • It later grew into a successful concert series spanning 2,500 shows.

National Affairs

Delhi to host six-day festival of Bharat

  • National capital Delhi will host a six-day-long Festival of Bharat between 9 to 14th May at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • This one-of-a-kind event celebrates the best of Bharat with live music, celebrity debates, fashion show, yoga retreat, a flea market, exhibition and a food festival.
  • It will include live evening music fest, a daytime lit fest with talks and debates, nutritious Ayurvedic cuisines at the organic food festival, serene morning yoga sessions, meditation & a flea market and exhibition.
  • Scholars, Grammy award-winning artists, rising new stars and prominent public figures will also present.

Social Justice Ministry Organised ‘Cochlear Implant Awareness Programme’

  • The Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Krishan Pal Gurjar has inaugurated ‘Cochlear Implant Awareness Programme’ at Huda Convention Centre in Faridabad, Haryana.
  • Under the scheme, there is a provision for Cochlear Implant surgeries of hearing impaired children up to the age of 5 years at the cost of Rs 6.00 Lakhs per unit.
  • The cochlear implant (CI) is a surgically implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly or severely deaf in both ears.

Skill India organizes an Ajeevika and Kaushal Vikas Mela

  • The ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) joined hands to amplify the “Gram Swaraj Abhiyaan” to promote social harmony and awareness.
  • In this regards, MSDE organized a Kaushal and Rojgar Mela at New Women’s College in Khordha, Bhubaneswar (Odisha).
  • The union minister also launched state of art multi-skill ‘Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras’.
  • The Kaushal Mela organized on the sidelines of the event, saw an exhibition being put multiple stakeholders including Sector Skill Councils, Bankers, Training Partners, Industries, ITIs etc.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu reaches Guatemala

  • Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu reached Guatemala on the first leg of his three-nation tour to Latin America.
  • Mr. Naidu will meet with Mr. Jafeth Cabrera (Vice President of Guatemala) wherein several bilateral MoUs expected to be signed.
  • Mr. Naidu will also visit Panama and Peru during his tour.

Science & Defence

ISRO develops desi atomic clock to be used in navigation satellites

  • The space agency, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has developed an indigenous atomic clock that will be used in navigation satellites to measure precise location data.
  • Once it successfully clears all tests, it will be used in an experimental navigation satellite to test its accuracy and durability in space.
  • Currently, ISRO imports atomic clocks from European aerospace manufacturer Astrium for its navigation satellites.
  • All seven navigation satellites launched earlier as part of Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) or NaVIC has three imported Rubdium atomic clocks each.


India finishes on top in South Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Colombo

  •  India has finished on top with a tally of 20 Gold, 22 Silver and 8 Bronze in the South Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Colombo.
  • Athletes from seven nations took part in the event, hosts Sri Lanka finished second while Pakistan third.
  • The Indian juniors will next represent the nation at the 18th Asian Junior Athletics Championships to be held in Gifu, Japan (from 7th of June).

Gagan Narang-Pooja Ghatkar win the silver medal in Czech shooting meet

  • Olympian Gagan Narang and Pooja Ghatkar clinched a Silver medal in the 10-meter Air Rifle Mixed Team event in the Grand Prix of Liberation International competition at Pilsen in the Czech Republic.
  • They close to overtaking Jurate Cesynaite and Karolis Girulis for the gold, before missing the target by 1.3 points.
  • P. Shri Nivetha and Amanpreet Singh claimed the mixed air pistol silver after having topped qualification with a score of 775.
  • Nivetha had bagged a Gold medal in the Women's Air Pistol.
  • while Mihika Poore won the top honors in the Women's Air Rifle event.

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