DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: MAY 6&7, 2018
DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: MAY 6&7, 2018
‘Go To Village’ Mission Launched In Manipur
Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh launched ‘Go to Village’ mission. It was launched throughout the state from Konuma ground, Imphal in 60 villages of all the 60 assembly constituencies
The mission is aimed at identifying the eligible and deserving beneficiaries in every corner of the state and delivering government services at their doorstep. It also aims to deliver good governance and bring inclusive development in the state.
A review meeting will also be held with the officials to assess the requirements and data collected from the camps.
Chief minister: N. Biren Singh
Governor: Chura Chand Singh
The 15th Asia Media Summit (AMS-2018) will be held in New Delhi
The 15th Asia Media Summit (AMS-2018) will be held in New Delhi with theme “Telling our Stories- Asia and More”.
The summit will provide a unique opportunity for broadcasters in Asia to share their thoughts on broadcasting and information.
It is being organised by Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) in collaboration with its partners and international organisations.
Earlier, Asia Media Summit – 2017 conference was held in Qingdao, China.
Government Announces Project To Strengthen Namami Gange Programme
National Mission for Clean Ganga has brought on board Survey of India to facilitate the Ganga rejuvenation task by using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology.
The project which has been approved at an estimated cost of Rs. 86.84 crore.
The project includes use of Digital Elevation Model (DEM) technology which ensures accurate data collection, an important aspect for river basin management planning.
National Mission for Clean Ganga has approved a project to strengthen State Pollution Control Boards (SPCBs) of five main stem Ganga basin states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.
International Children’s Theatre Festival will be held in Kolkata
Children of various theatre groups from eight countries besides host India will take part in an International Children’s Theatre Festival in Kolkata next month.
The eight participating countries are France, Slovenia, Swaziland, Mexico, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh.
The festival, organised by the ‘Kolkata Eso Natak Shikhi’, is based on the theme “Safe Drive Save Life, Save Kids’ Life,”. It will be held from June 17 to 21.
Google grants fund for teacher training and educational content creation in India
Google.org offers $3 mn in grants to 2 Indian non-profit organisations has made an additional grant of USD 3 million to two Indian non-profit organisations, taking its total commitment to USD 11.4 million in the country.
These grants are part of Google’s global commitment of USD 50 million.
Of the USD 3 million, USD 2 million will go to Central Square Foundation (CSF) and USD 1 million to The Teacher App.
With a grant of a USD 1 million, The Teacher App aims to empower teachers with the right training and resources on concepts of math, science, language, and pedagogy, for a more holistic learning experience.
Google.org Education Lead: Nick Cain
157th Birth Anniversary Of Rabindranath Tagor: Cultural Festival In Egypt
India is organising a five-day cultural festival in Egypt to commemorate the 157th birth anniversary of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore.
An exhibition on the paintings of Tagore titled ‘Rabindranath Tagore: Rhythm in Colours’ and was inaugurated by India’s Ambassador to Egypt Sanjay Bhattacharyya at Ahmed Shawki museum in Giza – originally the house of famous poet Ahmed Shawki.
The festival is being organised by the Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture (MACIC), the cultural wing of the Indian Embassy in Cairo.
19th edition of TOONZ Animation Masters Summit 2018 held Kerala
The 19th edition of TOONZ Animation Masters Summit 2018 was held in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
The summit was inaugurated by Ashish Kulkarni, Chairman of FICCI for Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comics Forum.
V G Samant, a venerated pioneer of Indian animation, was honoured with the ‘Legend of Animation’ award for his contributions to the animation industry.
Social Justice Ministry to organise ‘Cochlear Implant Awareness Programme’
A ‘Cochlear Implant Awareness Programme’ is being organized by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in association with Indian Red Cross Society and Sarvodaya Hospital & Research Centre.
It was held at Huda Convention Centre, Sector-12, Faridabad (Haryana). Cochlear Implant is a modern technology to help young children who have severe to profound deafness in both ears.
The event named Swar Swagtam is of great importance for creating awareness among the public about the Cochlear Implant Programme under ADIP Scheme of the Department.
California’s economy is world’s 5th biggest
California’s economy has surpassed that of the United Kingdom to become the world’s fifth largest, according to new federal data.
California’s gross domestic product rose by $127 billion from 2016 to 2017, surpassing $2.7 trillion.
California’s economic output is now surpassed only by the total GDP of the United States, China, Japan and Germany. The state has 12 percent of the U.S. population but contributed 16 percent of the country’s job growth between 2012 and 2017.
All economic sectors except agriculture contributed to California’s higher GDP.
Chief Economist at the California Department of Finance: Irena Asmundson
No Nobel Prize In Literature This Year
The Nobel prize in literature 2018 has cancelled after sexual assault scandal in Sweden.
The Academy has pushed off awarding the 2018 prize in literature until next year, when two prizes will be awarded.
The Academy, the 18-member body that chooses a laureate and awards the Nobel Prize in Literature annually, has seen seven of its members depart, including its first-ever female leader.
In a release, the Academy noted that this would be the eighth time in its history it had chosen to declare what it called a “reserved prize,” and the fifth time the delayed prize would be awarded at the same time as the following years time.
The award is administered by the Nobel Foundation and awarded by a committee that consists of five members elected by the Swedish Academy. The first Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded in 1901 to Sully Prudhomme of France.
BANKING AND ECONOMY
India’s 7% Projected Growth Rate For The Current Fiscal: ADB
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has said, India’s projected GDP growth of over 7 percent for the current fiscal is amazingly fast and if this momentum is maintained, the size of the economy can double within a decade.
He said growth is driven more by domestic consumption than exports. The inequality and poverty reduction would play a very important role in achieving higher growth.
ADB has projected India to remain the fastest growing Asian nation with 7.3 percent growth in 2018-19, and 7.6 percent in 2019-20.
LuLu Financial Group begins operations in Hong Kong
LuLu Financial Group, the financial services and payments solution brand, has started operations in Hong Kong with the inauguration of its head office at Kowloon.
The group acquired 100 per cent ownership of a local financial services company in Hong Kong, adding five more branches to its global network. Branded as LuLu Money, this is LuLu Financial Group’s 10th country of operation, and second in the APAC region, after Philippines.
LuLu Money retail outlets will offer money transfer, retail currency exchange and import and export of currencies.
Putin Wins Russia Election for Fourth Time
Vladimir Putin will be inaugurated for a historic fourth term extending his almost two-decade rule by another six years.
He promised to pursue an economic agenda that would boost living standards across the country.
Putin has effectively been the leader of Russia for all of the 21st century. He stepped down from the presidency in 2008 because of term limits(previously holding the position from 2000 until 2008.), but was named prime minister and then from 2012 he returned as president.
Bandhan Bank CEO takes CII (ER) office
Chandra Sekhar Ghosh, Managing Director and CEO of Bandhan Bank, has taken over as the Deputy Chairman of CII Eastern Region (ER).
This was announced at the CII Eastern Regional Council Meeting here on May 1.
Ghosh has already chaired the CII Economic Affairs, Finance and Taxation Committee, apart from being in several other committees.
The Confederation of Indian Industry is a business association in India.
President: Shobana Kamineni
Headquarters: New Delhi, India
3rd South Asian Junior Athletics Championships: India Tops With 50 Medals
Indian junior athletes clinched overall title in the 3rd South Asian Junior Athletics Championships (SAJAC) which concluded at Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo.
At the end of two-day meet, they bagged 20 gold, 22 silver and eight bronze medals to put India on top of the medals table.
Arshdeep Singh provided India the first gold medal on the first day in the junior boy’s javelin throw event
Hosts Sri Lanka and Pakistan took second and third positions.
Freedom fighter Keyur Bhushan passed away
Well-known Gandhian, freedom fighter and writer Keyur Bhushan has passed away.
He penned novels, collections of short stories and poems. He also edited ‘Sapthahik Chhattisgarh’ and ‘Antyoday’.
Bhushan represented Raipur constituency in the Lok Sabha in the 1990s.
Veteran Marathi singer Arun Date passed away
Eminent Marathi singer Atul Date has passed away.
Date, famous for non-film ‘bhavgeet’ (lyrical poetry) songs and ‘Shukratara’ and ‘Ya Janmavar’, which became very popular among people.
International Day of Mid Wife – May 5
May 5 is the internationally recognised day for highlighting the work of midwives.
Each year ICM comes up with a campaign theme to provide motivating call to action for all of us to get involved and champion our work. It aims to focus on the role of midwives and midwifery.
World Cartoonist’s Day – May 5
The World Cartoonists Day was observed on May 5 every Year.
American comic strip writer and artist, Richard Outcault is considered the inventor of the modern comic strip. More than three decades ago on May 5, the first colour cartoon ‘The Yellow Kid’ was published.