Daily Current Affairs 28th April, 2017
India and Cyprus sign 4 agreements
- India and Cyprus have signed four agreements after delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.
- The areas in which the MoUs have been exchanged are Air Services, Agriculture, Merchant Shipping and Culture Education.
- Capital and largest city -Nicosia
- Currency -Euro (EUR)
Bhutan out of vehicle pact
- Bhutan government has announced that it is not ready to go ahead with the process at present.
- It asked the other members of the ‘BBIN’ grouping — India, Bangladesh and Nepal — to continue to operationalise it without Bhutan.
- The decision to step out of the BBIN process comes on the back of severe domestic opposition to the motor vehicles agreement, primarily on fears of vehicular pollution and environmental degradation if trucks from neighbouring countries are given access to Bhutan, a country that prides itself on its “carbon neutrality” and preserving the environment.
Kazakhstan opens consulate in Chennai
- Kazakhstan has opened its honorary consulate in Chennai. The consulate will cover the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala.
- It will be headed by well-known businessman Suraj Shantakumar.
- This year marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Kazakhstan.
- Kazakhstan has expressed confidence that the establishment of the consulate in Chennai, which is a major industrial centre would promote the potential for economic cooperation in a number of areas like IT industry, engineering, tourism, transport infrastructure, as well as agricultural production.
Tripartite MoU signed for broadband services to Post Offices
- A tripartite Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between BBNL, Department of Posts and BSNL to provide broadband connectivity of BharatNet to Post Offices in rural areas. BSNL would provide broadband services.
- The infrastructure expenses and the operational expenses would be paid by the Department of Posts. BBNL would facilitate and coordinate the entire project.
PM launches low-cost flights
- The first flight under the UDAN —Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik — scheme for regional connectivity was recently inaugurated by the PM.
- The first UDAN flight was inaugurated on the Shimla-Delhi route.
- The Shimla-Delhi flight is operated by Alliance Air, a subsidiary of Air India.
- The fare for 24 seats on the flight has been fixed at Rs. 2,036.
- Air India will receive a subsidy of Rs. 3,340 per passenger from the government for capping the fare.
- The government will collect 80% of the subsidy by charging a levy of up to Rs. 50 per ticket on flights deployed on the national route. The remaining 20% will come from respective State governments.
- The Centre has decided to raise an all-woman India Reserve Battalion (IRB) in Jammu and Kashmir to tackle women stone throwers.
- The all women contingent will be among the five IRBs sanctioned by the Centre for the State last year.
- The women battalion would also be assigned other law and order duties but its personnel will be primarily deployed for tackling protesters.
- The IRBs are being raised to provide jobs to the local youths with 60% of the vacancies to be filled with candidates from the border districts. The cost of raising each battalion is around Rs. 61 crore, and 75% of the expenditure will be borne by the Centre.
- IRB personnel are normally deployed in their respective States but they can be sent elsewhere if required.
ENVIRONMENT,SCIENCE AND TECH
E-taxi trial run to begin in Nagpur
- The country’s first electric taxi trial in the country would be launched in Nagpur from May 24.
- The first project of its kind will be undertaken by Nagpur Municipal Corporation. Mahindra and Mahindra is set to provide 200 taxis for the initiative.
- Electric car taxi is one of the ambitious projects and forms as a part of its UNDP millennium goals to tackle pollution.
Poet Shankha Ghosh conferred Jnanpith Award
- Eminent Bengali poet and literary critic Sankha Ghosh has been conferred the 52nd Jnanpith Award.
- He is also a Sahitya Akademi awardee. Ghosh was also honoured with Padma Bhushan in 2011.
- The Jnanpith Award is one of the prestigious literary honours in the country. The award was instituted in 1961.
- Eligibility: Any Indian citizen who writes in any of the official languages of India is eligible for the honour.
Bhubaneswar: First Indian city to win Pierre L’enfant Awards-2017
- Bhubaneswar has become the first Indian city to win Pierre L’enfant International Planning excellence award-2017 instituted by the American Planning Association (APA).
- Bhubaneswar has been chosen for its good and advanced town planning and engaging its residents in the planning process.
- The APA Awards jury has selected Five Excellence Award recipients in total who will be honoured at the Awards Luncheon at APA’s National Planning Conference in New York on May 8.
Oscar-Winning Director Jonathan Demme passes away
- American Director Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director behind classics like The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia, died in New York.
- He was 73 years old. The cause was esophageal cancer and complications from heart disease.
T Krishnakumar is Coca-Cola India’s new chief
- Beverage major Coca-Cola Company announced key leadership changes for its India & South West Asia business and Hindustan Coca-Cola Bottling (HCCB) operations.
- T Krishnakumar has been appointed as the president of India and South West Asia Business Unit. He has replaced Venkatesh Kini.
Kerala hosts country’s first ever transgender athletic meet
- Kerala has conducted the country’s first-ever transgender one-day athletic meet in Thiruvananthapuram.
- The event saw the participation of 132 participants belonging to 12 districts of the state. No participant representing Idukki and Pathanamthitta districts participated in the event.
- The event was jointly organised by Kerala sports council and Sexual Gender Minority Federation of Kerala. In the competition, six events were conducted, namely, 100 metres, 200 metres, and 400 metres running; 100x 4 relay race, high jump and shot put.