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Current Affairs Weekly PDF May Second Week (8-14)

INDIAN AFFAIRS

In a bid to cut down consumption of unhealthy food products and reducing the rising burden of chronic
diseases like cancer and diabetes, Indian food regulator, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India
(FSSAI) has proposed a set of measures, including tax, strict labelling norms and ban on advertisements of
such products.
PM Modi launches integrated case management system of Supreme Court in presence of CJI
The National Book Trust (NBT) has launched Panchayat PustakMela. Its aim is to organize regular book fairs
in rural areas across the country. The NBT will start to host book fairs bodies in the Maoist-hit areas
of Chhattisgarh.
IRCTC has offered delivery of rail tickets allowing passengers to make payment through any payment mode,
including cash.
Maharashtra Govt. has imposed a ban on the sale of junk food in school canteens.
The Centre has asked all states to link prisons with courts through video conferencing.
The Supreme Court sentenced Calcutta high court judge C.S. Karnan to six-month imprisonment for contempt
of court.
Haryana government has decided to gather a detailed data of every resident and issue a smart IDs for every
house in Haryana.
Industrial promotion body DIPP and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) have signed an
agreement to establish Technology and Innovation Support Centres in the country.
Border Security Force (BSF) has set Invisible' laser walls to bolster security along border Pakistan in J-K. The
198 km India-Pakistan international border will use a newly developed Invisible laser technology.
Health Minister J P Nadda launches new Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine for pneumoniain Mandi District
of Himachal Pradesh.
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has decided to disclose information like marks obtained and
educational qualifications of candidates who appeared in the final stage of examination (interview) but were
not recommended.
The Election Commission of India has launched National Contact Centre. The National Contact Centre is
operated on a National Grievance Redressal System Software.
The Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary is located 10 km from the city of Jamshedpur in Jharkhand. The 2017 hunting
festival BishuParv was observed in Jharkhand.
The Income Tax department has launched a new e-facility to link a person's Aadhaar with the Permanent
Account Number (PAN). It is a mandatory procedure for filing I-T returns.
IIT Kharagpur collaborates with British Geological Survey to turn Varanasi into smart city

PLACES IN NEWS

Venkaiah Naidu, Tamil Nadu CM inaugurated 7.4 km long stretch of Chennai Metro Train service
Nagpur will be the first Indian city to get electric radio cabs. It will be started from 26th of May. It will be
launched by Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari.
Yogi Adityanathgovt to merge local bodies of Mathura-Vrindavan, Ayodhya-Faizabad

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Telangana first state to have logo for vehicles driven by persons with hearing impairment
On May 7, 2017, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highway, Nitin Gadkari inaugurated Indias first bio
refinery plant for renewable fuels and chemicals at Rahu in Pune district of Maharashtra.
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has shifted its strategic anti-Maoist command headquarters
from Kolkata to Chhattisgarh. Its aim is to bring focus on combing operations in Chhattisgarh.

FOREIGN VISITS

Finance Minister ArunJaitelys 3-day visit to Japan


Mr. Jaitley attended the annual Meeting of Board of Governors' of Asian Development Bank in Yokohama,
Japan.
Theme of 50th annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Board of Governors was Building
Together the Prosperity of Asia
India and Japan affirm plans to strengthen their defence cooperation amid rising tension in Asian region

PM Narendra Modis two day visit to Sri Lanka


During this visit, he participated in the International Vesak Day celebrations,on 11th and 12th May 2017 the
biggest festival of Buddhists and attended several other programmes.
The theme of this years celebration was Buddhist Teachings for Social Justice and Sustainable World
Peace.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a multi-specialty hospital at Dickoya in NuwaraEliya district of
Sri Lanka.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

India unanimously elected to head UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme. In the
past, India held the presidency of UN-Habitat in 1988 and 2007.
India has planning to replace its Maitri research station in Antarctica with a new one in the next three to four
years.
During the two-day India-US Maritime Security Dialogue in Rhode Island, US, top Indian and American
officials exchanged views on maritime developments in the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
World Health Organization (WHO) has declared an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The United States (US) Govt. has approved the sale of $ 75 million worth high-tech chemical protective
clothing for the Indian armed forces that will protect Indian soldiers against biological and chemical warfare.
19th Session of India-Italy Joint Commission for Economic Cooperation held in Rome
Indians 6th biggest private spenders on health among low-middle income nations. Indian Government
ranked 147 among 184 countries on this parameter.

SUMMITS CONFERENCES

First Videsh Sampark held in Telangana.


Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will chair the 28th meeting of the Northern Zonal Council on 12th of
May in Chandigarh.
Ahmedabad is going to host biggest International Yoga Day event on 21st June.
26th Meeting of the Governing Council of UN-Habitat with the Theme of Opportunities for effective
implementation of the New Urban Agenda which began in Nairobi, Kenya on May 8, 2017.

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RANKINGS & REPORTS

Kerala has secured first rank and Bihar has ranked last on this years Public Affairs Index (PAI), compiled on
basis of a survey by Bengaluru-based think-tank Public Affairs Centre (PAC). The survey was based on 10
themes, 26 focus subjects and 82 indicators.
India has ranked 26th in World Bank's electricity accessibility ranking for the current year. This marks a
remarkable jump of 73 places from 99th rank in 2014..
As per Savills Tech Cities 2017 rankings, Bengaluru has been adjudged as the most affordable city having the
lowest cost of living out of 22 tech cities across the world.
As per 2016 Indian Exclusion Report (IXR) released by the Centre for Equity Studies (CES) in New Delhi on
May 10, 2017 Dalits, Adivasis and Muslims continue to be the worst-hit communities in terms of exclusion
from access to public goods.
Yusuff Ali, Sanjeev Chadha Among Top 100 Indian Business Leaders

BANKING & FINANCE

Edelweiss Tokio Life Insurance has launched Indias first insurance product that can be bought at a point of
sale (PoS). The product has been named PoSSaralNivesh.
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) extended the deadline for companies undertaking billing business under
the Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS) by seven months to December 31, 2017. The extension has been
granted on account of difficulties expressed by various entities in meeting the deadline.
Securities markets regulator Sebi has permitted subscription to mutual fund (MF) schemes through e-wallets.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has raised Rs. 3000 crore through Masala
Bonds at London Stock Exchange. Funds raised through these Masala Bonds will be used for constructing
roads and transport infrastructure in India.
In a bid to keep a check on "errant" NGOs, especially those receiving foreign funding, Union Home Ministry
has asked as many as 5,845 organisations to open their accounts in banks having core banking facilities. This
will enable security agencies to have real-time access to all relevant details.
The Finance Ministry has set up an "Investor Facilitation Platform". It will provide information about stocks
of public sector units. The platform that launched by the DIPAM is developed and maintained
by PRIME Database.
LIC Housing Finance launches new home loan product Griha Siddhi. It will offer interest rate of 40 per cent
up to Rs 25 lakh and for loans up to Rs 1 crore the interest rate will be 8.50 per cent per annum for the
borrowers.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has initiated an action on IDBI Bank that will restrict bank from hiring,
opening branches and giving big ticket loans.
India's first International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) and International Finance-Tec City (GIFT) signed
an agreement with Gujarat National Law University (GNLU).
DishaMicrofin has received the final license from Reserve Bank on 12th of May to operate as a small finance
bank.
State Bank of India the country's largest public sector lender has announced that it will start levying charges of
Rs 25 for every withdrawal done at its automated teller machine or ATM kiosks.
The International Monetary Fund has predicted India to grow at 7.7% in 2018-2019.Indias growth is expected
to 7.2 per cent in the 2017-18 fiscal year.
Private sector bank Yes Bank announced its tie-up with Cashkaro to launch Indias first Card Linked
Offers (CLO) cash-back proposition.
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Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has initiated "prompt corrective action" (PCA) on Kolkata-based public sector
lender UCO Bank on account of high bad loans and negative return on assets. UCO bank is the second Bank
after IDBI Bank against which PCA has been invoked by RBI.

BUSINESS

India has imposed an anti-dumping duty on 47 steel products for 5 years.


New-look Index of Industrial Production (IIP) and the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) were unveiled on May
12, 2017. The base year for the Indexes in the new series is 2011-12. In the previous series, the base year
was 2004-05. The revision of the base year has been done after a period of 8 years.
Andhra Pradesh inks deal with HCL Tech to set up Rs 500 crore research facilities in Vijayawada.
Bharti Airtel has announced a strategic partnership with taxi aggregator Ola.It aims to offer a range of
exciting digital services to customers.
11 Person of Indian Origin (PIOs) have featured in Forbes Magazines 'Midas 2017' which ranks worlds 100
best venture capitalists in the technology space. Midas 2017 has been compiled by evaluating venture
capitalists portfolio during past five years.

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

Actress, Emma Watson became the first person to win the MTV Movie and TV Awards new gender-neutral
Best Actor in a Movie award for her performance as Belle in Beauty and the Beast.
London Child actor Sunny Pawar has been chosen for the Rising Star Award. The award will be presented to
Sunny at the 7th Annual Asian Awards.
KonkonaSensharma has bagged the best director for her debut film A Death in the Gunj awards at New
York Indian Film Festival.
Former India batsman V V S Laxman was awarded an honorary life membership to the Marylebone Cricket
Club (MCC) on 11 May 2017.
ICICI Bank Chief ChandaKochhar receives 'Woodrow Wilson Award' for global corporate citizenship
The President of India, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee presented the Presidential Awards for Classical Tamil for the
years 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 at RashtrapatiBhawan, New Delhi.
Tholakpiyyar AwardWoinner: Dr.R.Kalaikkovan
N'GoloKante named Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year. N'GoloKante is a French
professional footballer.
Maharashtra's Govardhan Eco Village has won the "Smart Village" award for being a sustainable project in
rural Maharashtra.
Baahubali 2 is the first Indian movie to cross Rs 1000 croremarkwith its worldwide collections.

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNS

Name Designations
Hubert Minnis Prime minister- Bahamas
Vinay Mohan Kwatra Ambassador to France
Justice Mudgal Chairman of FIFA Governance Committee
Mark Lowcock United Nations new humanitarian aid chief
Sanjay Mitra Defense Secretary
Kochi Metro Rail Ltd has announced to employ 23 members from the transgender community.
Sohail Mahmood, Pakistan's -new High Commissioner to India
R K Mahajan, Mahender Singh CBEC members

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Amitabh Bachchan WHO goodwill ambassador for Hepatitis


V K Saraswat JNU Chancellor
VenuRajamony India's ambassador to Netherlands
Moon Jae-in South Korea President
Taranjeet Singh Country Director for India- Twitter
Emmanuel Macron(39) Frances youngest President

ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS

Techmagnate, Indias leading Digital Marketing Agency acquired BlogX. It is the Indias largest blog
conference where bloggers and content managers connect.
The Indian Railway will acquire EOTT systems to run trains without guards. Its total cost is Rs 100 crore for
acquiring sophisticated equipment to run 1000 trains without guards. The End of Train Telemetry (EoTT)
equipment is used to establish communication between the locomotive driver and the last wagon of the train.
Apple becomes first company to hit $800 bn valuation mark & Apple acquires sleep-tracking app 'Beddit' a
finish company.
Paytm has signed a non-exclusive term sheet to acquire Snapdeal-owned payments platform FreeCharge.
Paytm-FreeCharge deal could be finalised at $45 million to $90 million.

MoUs

Goa government has decided to sign memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Centre under Pradhan
Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) to provide subsidised medicines in the state.
The Government of Jharkhand and Oracle has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cloud-
based citizen services.

SCHEMES

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh announced SAMADHAN, a new strategy to wipe out left wing terror.
(SAMADHAN Smart Leadership Aggressive Strategy Motivation and Training Actionable Intelligence
Dashboard KPIs and KRAs Harnessing Technology Action Plan for each Theatre No access to financing.

COMMITTEE

The government has set up a high-level task force to compute timely data on employment situation in the
country. According to a task force has been created under the chairmanship of Aayog's vice chairman Arvind
Panagariya with labour secretary Sathiyavathy, secretary statistics T.C.A. Ananth, Pulak Ghosh of NITI
Aayog and Manish Sabharwal as members.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

The first Chinese-built passenger jet C919 has made it maiden flight. The C919 is a twin-engine airliner
designed to compete with the Airbus 320 and Boeing 737.
India test fired Spyder surface-to-air-missile at a test range in Odisha.It has been acquired from Israel.It can
strike enemy targets within a range of 15 km and at heights between 20-and-9,000 metres

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Home Minister Rajnath Singh has launched a Mobile-based grievance redressal application for central
paramilitary personnel, development. Rajnath Singh has also launched an exclusive BSFMyApp for the
personnel of the Border Security Force.
India's INS Tarkash marks 'UK India Year of Culture'. Tarkash had arrived at its final docking point in Britain
on the river Thames at West India Docks in Londons Canary Wharf to mark UK India Year of Culture.
Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Radha Mohan Singh, launched e-KrishiSamvad at
KrishiBhawan in New Delhi for welfare and development of agricultural stakeholders in India.
On May 11, 2017, indigenously-built Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, successfully test fired Beyond
Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missile. The success of this test asserts that LCA Tejas can now be loaded with
missiles having BVR capabilities.
China tests 'Lunar Palace' as it eyes moon mission. Four postgraduate students entered a 160-square meter
simulated space cabin, called the "Yuegong-1" or "Lunar Palace," on 10th of May, 2017.
On May 12, 2017, a massive ransomware cyber attack dubbed 'WannaCry' hit hospitals, major companies and
government offices in 99 countries.

DEFENCE

Indian Navy Decommissions Minesweepers - INS Karwar and INS Kakinada at the Naval Dockyard
in Mumbai in presence of Indian Navy Chief Sunil Lanba.
The Army has decided to re-introduce Cordon and Search Operations (CASO) as a "permanent feature" of its
campaign against militants. CASO will be carried out in a major way in militancy-hit areas of Kulgam,
Pulwama, Tral, Budgam and Shopian in south Kashmir.
The 29th series of IndiaIndonesia CORPAT is scheduled from 9th to 25thMay 17. The opening ceremony
being conducted from 09 -12 May 17 at Port Blair.It will be conducted under the aegis of Andaman and
Nicobar Command.
"Jordan, US launch major military exercises Eager Lion
Philippine and U.S. troops begin smaller scale joint military exercise. It major focus will be on disaster
response, humanitarian assistance and counter terrorism.Balikatan" or "Shoulder-to-Shoulder" 12 day
military exercises were led by Defense Secretary DelfinLorenzana and U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim.

ENVIRONMENT

Archaeological workers have unearthed an ancient human burial site with at least 17 intact mummies near
the Nile Valley city of Minya in Egypt.
Scientists using NASA telescopes have detected "a strong water signature" in the atmosphere of Neptune-
sized planet. HAT-P-26bs atmosphere is relatively clear of clouds and has a strong water signature.
New Butterfly Species found in Israel for 1st time in 109 Yrs. It is named Acentrias fritillary.

SPORTS

The National Basketball Association (NBA) -the governing body of Basketball in US inaugurated its first ever
academy in India in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
Indian fast bowler, JhulanGoswami now holds the record as highest wicket-taker in womens one-day
international. In her career total to 181 wickets in 153 matches. She thereby broke Australias
CathrynFitzpatrickthes world record of 180 wickets.

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The South African government had lifted a ban on the country's rugby union after it made progress improving
racial diversity in the sport. It gets approval to bid for 2023 Rugby World Cup.
India claimed a gold medal and a bronze medal at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix being held in Beijing,
China.
Grand Prix of Liberation: Heena Sindhu wins bronze, India come back with 7 medals. In the womens 10m
Air Pistol Heena Sindhu won a bronze medal. India ended the Grand Prix of Liberation Plezn 2017 shooting
championships with seven medals.
Hockey Him (Himachal) defeated Hockey Mizoram in the 7th Junior National Hockey Championship 2017
(Women).The match was held at the AisbaghStadium Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
Indian javelin thrower Devender Singh qualified for the World Championships in London.
Harpreet Singh has bagged bronze medal in Greco-Roman weight divisions in the Asian Wrestling
Championship. It was held at the K.D. Jadhav arena in the Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex in New Delhi.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik unveils logo, Mascot for 22nd Asian Athletics Championship. Olly Turtle is the
mascot of 22nd Asian Athletics Championship Bhubaneswar 2017.

OBITUARY

Stanley Weston, co-founder of interactive TV programming company ACTV died on 1st May at 84 years old.
Former Maharashtra Minister Arjun TulshiramPawar passed away
P.R. RamasubrahmaneyaRajha, Chairman of Ramco Group, an industrialist has passed away in Rajapalayam
on May 12, 2017
Finland's first leftist president, MaunoKoivisto who oversaw Finlands entry into European Union, passed
away on May 12, 2017, at the age of 93.
Himachal Pradesh Cabinet Minister Karan Singh has passed away on 12 May 2017. He was 59.

IMPORTANT DAYS

World Migratory Bird Day 2017 is observed on 10th of May every year. The World Migratory Bird Day 2017
theme is Their Future is our Future- a Healthy Planet for Migratory Birds and People.
World Red Cross day is celebrated on the 8th of May. Theme of the World Red Cross day is Less Known red
Cross Stories.Henry Dunant was the founder of the Red Cross as well as the founder of International
Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
International Nurses Day is celebrated on 12th of May every year.The theme of 2017 International Nurses
Day (IND) is Nursing: A voice to lead Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
The National Technology Day 2017 was observed on 11th of May, 2017 in India with the theme Technology
for inclusive and sustainable growth. The day is commemorated to mark the anniversary of Pokhran nuclear
tests of 1998.
The Uttar Pradesh government is planning to declare "no school bag day" on Saturdays in all the state-run
schools.
Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation observed for victims of World War II. Time of remembrance and
reconciliation was observed globally on 8-9 May 2017.
World Fair Trade Day takes place on the second Saturday of May each year to bring together the fair trade
movement in a global day of activation for real change. 2017 theme: 'Human Chains for Fair Trade and the
Planet'
Every year , second Sunday of May is celebrated on May 14 as Mother's Day across the world to honour the
mother to honour mothers and motherhood. 2017 theme: Every Mother knows
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