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INDIAN AFFAIRS

SAMADHAN – Rajnath Singh coins an acronym to wipe out left-wing terror
A meeting of the Chief Ministers of states affected by Left-Wing Extremism (LWE), presided over by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was held in New Delhi on May 8, 2017.
i. In this meeting, Mr. Rajnath Singh announced SAMADHAN, a new strategy to wipe out left – wing terror.
ii. Other Govt. functionaries who attended the meeting included Ajit Doval – National Security Adviser, Rajiv Mehrishi – Union Home Secretary, Director of Intelligence Bureau, State Heads of Police Department and Heads of the Central Forces.

29th India- Indonesia Co-Ordinated Patrol (Corpat) Commences
The 29th series of India–Indonesia CORPAT is scheduled from 9th to 25thMay 17.
Key Notes:
i. 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.
ii. The Coordinated Patrol serves to enhance mutual understanding and inter–operability between the two navies.
iii. The Indonesian Naval Ship KRI Sutedi Senoputra has arrived at Haddo Wharf, Port Blair to mark the commencement of the 29th series of IND–INDO CORPAT.
iv. The closing ceremony of the CORPAT is scheduled at Belawan, Indonesia from 22 – 25 May 17.29th India- Indonesia Co-Ordinated Patrol (Corpat) Commences
v. The visiting crew shall be engaged in interactions at various strata, including sports fixtures, ship visits, professional interactions and visits to places of historical and tourist interests.
Indonesia :
♦  Capital: Jakarta
♦  Currency: Indonesian rupiah

Maharashtra bans junk food in school canteens
Maharashtra Govt. has imposed a ban on the sale of junk food in school canteens.
Key Points:
i. Junk food leads to obesity, dental diseases, and diabetes and heart ailments.
ii. High in fat, salt and sugar food at school canteens will be stopped.
iii. The government creating awareness among children about consuming nutritional food.
iv. The Maharashtra state government has imposed a ban on the sale of ‘High in Fat, Salt and Sugar’.
v. The government includes a list of 20 items that are allowed to be sold in school canteens, replacing the likes of pizzas, noodles and pastries.
vi. The food items that are allowed to be sold are rotis made of wheat, parathas, multi-grain rotis, rice, vegetable pulavs and many more.

Centre tells States to link Prisons with Courts via video
The Centre has asked all states to link prisons with courts through video conferencing.
Key Points:
i. The prison e-system should be integrated with Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) as well as e-courts on priority basis.
ii. Combined training of prison, police, health department and judiciary on undertrial management should be conducted periodically.
iii. To save cost the prisons should be linked with courts through video conferencing for expeditious trial.
iv. It is aimed to having an effective prison administration system.Separate training course on deradicalisation of prisoners should also be conducted.

Supreme Court sentences Justice Karnan to 6 months imprisonment
The Supreme Court sentenced Calcutta high court judge C.S. Karnan to six-month imprisonment.
Key Points:
i. It had been declared by a seven-judge bench headed by chief justice of India S. Khehar.
ii. On 1 March, the apex court had ordered a Calcutta government hospital to constitute a medical board, examine his condition and submit a report to the court by 8 May.
Supreme Court sentences Justice Karnan to 6 months imprisonmentiii. The medical board was to be assisted by the West Bengal director general of police (DGP) and a team of police personnel in carrying out the directions passed by the court.
iv. Karnan had refused to undergo the medical examination.
v. He issued an order of sentencing eight judges of the Supreme Court to five years of “rigorous imprisonment” and imposed a fine of Rs 1, 00,000
vi. The apex court had in February issued a contempt notice to the judge, who had accused several judges of corruption, nepotism and casteism.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

India unanimously elected to head UN-Habitat, the United Nations’ Human Settlements Programme
India has been unanimously elected as the President of UN-Habitat for next two years. UN-Habitat is an organ of United Nations, which promotes environmentally and socially sustainable global human settlements. In the past, India held the presidency of UN-Habitat in 1988 and 2007.
i. Consequential to India being elected as President of UN-Habitat, Venkaiah Naidu – Union Minister of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation chaired the 26th Meeting of the Governing Council of UN-Habitat which began in Nairobi, Kenya on May 8, 2017.
ii. Theme of 26th Meeting of the Governing Council of UN-Habitat was “Opportunities for effective implementation of the New Urban Agenda”.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitely’s 3-day visit to Japan
On May 6, 2017, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, embarked on a 3-day visit to Japan. Mr. Jaitley attended the annual Meeting of Board of Governors’ of Asian Development Bank in Yokohama, Japan.ADB Meeting
i. 50th annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Board of Governors held  from 4th – 7th May 2017 in Yokohama, Japan with the theme “Building Together the Prosperity of Asia”
ii. Both the countries have affirmed plans to strengthen their military cooperation amid rising tension in the Asian region.

Philippines, US begin smaller-scale joint military exercises
Philippine and U.S. troops begin smaller scale joint military exercise. It major focus will be on disaster response, humanitarian assistance and counter terrorism.
Key Highlights:
i. “Balikatan” or “Shoulder-to-Shoulder” 12 day military exercises were led by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim.
ii. This year’s exercises will be based on a scenario of troops responding to a super typhoon hitting the Philippines.
iii. The 5,400 personnel 2,600 Americans and 2,800 Filipinos will take part.It will be held at the Philippine military’s headquarters in metropolitan Manila.
iv. The two countries are conducting the yearly training for the 33rd time.To ensure coordination and interoperability of their forces.
v. Small contingents from Japan and Australia are also participating this year.
About Philippines
♦ Philippines Capital -Manila
♦ Philippines Currency- Peso
♦Philippines President- Rodrigo Duterte

BANKING & FINANCE

India to grow at 7.7 per cent in 2018-19 – IMF
The International Monetary Fund has predicted India to grow at 7.7% in 2018-2019.
India’s growth is expected to 7.2 per cent in the 2017-18 fiscal year.
i. The main challenge before the Indian economy will be to improve agricultural productivity.
ii. According to the report, Asia will see a rise in growth from 5.3% in 2016 to 5.5% in 2017.
India is one of the countries that have excellently performing reforms.

Cashkaro.com ties up with YES Bank to launch card-linked offers
Private sector bank Yes Bank announced its tie-up with Cashkaro to launch India’s first Card Linked Offers (CLO) cash-back proposition.
Key Notes:
i. The new launch is an innovative customer loyalty platform that provides online and offline shoppers on which shoppers can avail cash-back offers with personalized merchant deals.
ii. It is a fully automated program removing the need for additional coupon codes and merchant integrations.
iii. Yes Bank along with CashKaro will launch the Card Linked Offers pan India.
iv. Yes Bank cardholders will receive personalized offers on the basis of their shopping patterns Yes Bankwhich will be communicated via SMS.
v. Customers will receive a message stating their eligibility for cash-back and will subsequently receive upto 25 percent cash-back basis.
Yes Bank:
♦  Headquarters: Mumbai
♦  CEO: Rana Kapoor

BUSINESS

Ola ties-up with Airtel to roll out integrated digital offerings to customers
Bharti Airtel has announced a strategic partnership with taxi aggregator Ola.
Key Notes:
i. It aims to offer a range of exciting digital services to customers.
ii. Airtel Payments Banks, India’s first payment bank, will join hands with Ola app to offer convenient digital payments solutions to customers for their rides.
iii. Ola Money is one of the India’s largest mobile wallets. It will be integrated as a digital payment solution within MyAirtel App.
iv. To enable recharge of Airtel prepaid mobile/DTH and payment of Airtel mobile/broadband bills through Ola Money.
v. It will mainly address India’s growing communication and mobility needs.

Oracle signs MoU with Jharkhand for cloud-based citizen services
The Government of Jharkhand and Oracle has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cloud-based citizen services.
Key Points:
i. Its main aim is to improve citizen services and to make Jharkhand an attractive destination for start-ups.Oracle
ii. Oracle will support by its vast portfolio of technology solutions including Oracle Cloud.
iii. It will also help in building start up centers and aimed at increasing employment and alleviate poverty.
iv. It will bring smarter, transparent and efficient governance within the state of Jharkhand.
v. Its major work is to identify the areas in which Oracle’s latest cloud-based technologies can be used.
vi. It will deliver improved citizen services and to address the state’s citizen and business requirements.

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

Presidential awards for classical Tamil presented
On May 9, 2017, 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 Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi.
i. The Presidential Awards for Classical Tamil were instituted by Central Institute of Classical Tamil functioning under the aegis of Ministry of Human Resource Development.
ii. These awards are presented to distinguished scholars who have made outstanding contribution to Classical Tamil language and literature.

N’GoloKante named Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year
N’GoloKante named 2017 Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association.
Key Notes:
i. Kante topped the poll of the 340-strong membership ahead of his Blues team-mate Eden Hazard, with Tottenham’s Dele Alli in third place.
Footballerii. N’GoloKante is a French professional footballer.
iii. The 26-year-old Kante will receive the prestigious FWA accolade at London on 18 May 2017.
iv. He plays as a central midfielder for English club Chelsea and the France national team.
v. He was born on 29 March 1991.He made his senior international debut for France in 2016.

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNS

Venu Rajamony appointed India’s ambassador to Netherlands
Venu Rajamony a Press Secretary to President Pranab Mukherjee and senior diplomat has been appointed India’s Ambassador to the Netherlands.
Key Points:
i. Rajamony will also be India’s Permanent Representative to the Organisation for Prevention of Chemical Weapons.
ii. Headquarter of Organisation for Prevention of Chemical Weapons is in The Hague Netherland.
iii. He has served in the Indian Mission in Hong Kong and done two terms in the Indian Embassy in Beijing.
iv. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1986.
v. In 1996, he was also selected for the UN Commission on Human Rights representing India.
Netherlands :
♦ Capital: Amsterdam
♦ Currency: Euro

SPORTS

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik unveils logo, Mascot for 22nd Asian Athletics Championship
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik discloses the Logo, Mascot for 22nd Asian Athletics Championship. It will be held at Kalinga Stadium Bhubaneswar
Key Notes:
i. Olly Turtle is the mascot of 22nd Asian Athletics Championship Bhubaneswar 2017.
ii. The championship will be held from 1st July to 4th July of this year.
iii. Nearly 800 athletes from 45 countries will take part in this event.Asian atheleric champ
iv. An AFI (Athletic Federation of India) team was in the state capital to inspect the venue.
v. The winners will directly qualify for the World Championship in London, to be held from August 4 to 13.
vi. India’s sprint queen PT Usha, Anju Bobby George attended the program.

IMPORTANT DAYS

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.
Key Notes:
i. UN Day pays tribute to victims of Second World War.
ii. The day was designated by the UN General Assembly by resolution 59/26 of 22 November 2004.
iii. It was established on 24 October 1945.

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