Daily Current Affairs 23rd April, 2017
India wins elections to two UN subsidiary bodies
- India has won elections to two subsidiary bodies of a UN organ focussed on social and economic issues.
- India along with 12 other members was elected to the Committee for Programme and Coordination (CPC), a subsidiary body of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
- The country garnered the most number of votes in the Asian group, with 49 out of 50 members of ECOSOC voting in its favour.
- The 13 members elected for three-year terms, beginning January 2018, include Burkina Faso, Iran, Japan, Pakistan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Moldova, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, the United Kingdom and United States.
- The CPC is the main subsidiary organ of the Economic and Social Council and the General Assembly for planning, programming and coordination.
- India, along with 19 other nations, was also elected by acclamation to the International Narcotics Control Board for a four-year term beginning January next year.
- The 20 members included Burkina Faso, Cd’Ivoire, Togo, Algeria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Croatia, Czech Republic, Russia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Cuba.
Yogi Aditynath directs officials to set up yoga wellness centres
- Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed officials to set up yoga wellness centres in 40 districts of the state in the current financial year.
- The chief minister has also asked officials to take permission from the central government for setting up wellness centres in 35 other districts, an official spokesman said while briefing on the presentation of the AYUSH department here last night.
- The 40 yoga wellness centres will be set up in 23 ayurvedic, 7 Unnani and 12 homeopathic hospitals of the state this financial year, the spokesman said.
- In his directives for the International Day of Yoga falling on June 21, the chief minister has said all necessary arrangements should be ensured well within time for the joint yoga display by 51,000 participants in Lucknow.
ECONOMY, BANKING AND FINANCE
First digital village inaugurated in Arunachal Pradesh
- Nirjuli village-1 in Papum Pare district was today declared as the first digital village of Arunachal Pradesh.
- Digital village aims at cashless transactions even in sabji mandis to make payment through mobile and advocate awareness through schools for which the SBI may be able to provide computers to promote digitalisation, micro ATM, CSP besides other financial support to the villagers to improve their income level.
“Quality Mark” Award Scheme for Dairy Cooperatives initiated by NDDB
- As part of the innovative initiatives under the “White Revolution” umbrella Schemes, the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries has supported the National Dairy Development Board(NDDB) developed initiative of “Quality Mark” Award Scheme for dairy Cooperatives to promote and encourage enhancement of safety, quality and hygiene of milk and milk products manufactured by dairy cooperatives.
- It is aimed at bringing about process improvement in the entire value chain from producer to the consumer to ensure availability of safe and quality of milk and products both for the domestic and foreign market.
- The Quality Mark” Award Scheme for dairy Cooperatives in the country has been initiated to instill confidence in the consumers for the quality of milk being marketed by them by ensuring availability of safe and good quality milk and milk products.
INS Darshak conducting joint hydrographic survey of Sri Lankan bay
- The Indian Navy’s hydrographic survey ship, INS Darshak, jointly with Sri Lankan Navy, is undertaking a hydrographic survey of Weligama Bay.
- The announcement was made by the Indian Navy on 20 April 2017 on a social media platform. INS Darshak, which is on a two-month deployment in the Sri Lankan waters, jointly with the Sri Lankan Navy is surveying the bay, which was last studied in the year 1901.
World Book & Copyright Day being observed today
- World Book and Copyright Day (WBCD) is being observed on 23rd April 2017. The day seeks to raise awareness about the importance of reading and promote publishing and the protection of copyright around the globe.
- The event is organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
- Conakry, the capital of Guinea has been designated World Book Capital 2017.
Himanta Biswa Sarma becomes interim BAI president
- BJP leader and Assam Badminton Association President Himanta Biswa Sarma was on Sunday appointed Badminton Association of India’s interim head during its executive council meeting.
- The post of president was left vacant after the sudden demise of former president Akhilesh Das Gupta
Tushar Arothe appointed coach of Indian women’s team
- The BCCI announced Tushar Arothe the new coach of the Indian women’s team.
- He was appointed after former India women captain, Purnima Rau was sacked as head coach of the national team.
- Tushar Arothe previously had a stint as the India women fielding coach and head coach between 2008 and 2012.