17 April 2017 Current Affairs : Heatwave alert, vistadome rail coaches, Cyclone Maarutha, Sai Praneeth

///17 April 2017 Current Affairs : Heatwave alert, vistadome rail coaches, Cyclone Maarutha, Sai Praneeth

This Daily Current Affair Capsule is a brief collection of important news from national dailies and government releases on PIB useful for UPSC IAS, CDS, SSC CGL, NDA, etC) It covers national, international, economic, sports news.


National Important Current Affairs – 17 April 2017

■ The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has asserted after two-day meeting that Muslims have the constitutional right to follow their personal law.

  • The board has decided to issue a code of conduct and those who give “talaq” or divorce without ‘Sharia’ the Islamic law reasons and will face social boycott.
  • The AIMPLB deals with the Muslim personal laws in India, has also issued an eight-point code of conduct to prevent misuse of the triple talaq practice and other Islamic laws. 
  • Note that: The Union government had opposed in the Supreme Court the triple talaq mode of divorce, ‘nikah halala’ and the practice of polygamy among Muslims and favoured a relook on grounds of gender equality and secularism.


■ The India Meteorological Department has issued a heatwave alert over Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana for the next 2 to 3 days. The IMD has said, the heat wave is the result of an anti-cyclone over Pakistan and western Rajasthan, the impact of which is being felt across the northern plains. The department has also issued a thunderstorm warning over Bihar, West Bengal, Assam and Meghalaya.

■ The Supreme Court collegium has cleared over 51 names for the appointment of judges in high courts. The collegium has reportedly recommended 14 names for Bombay High Court, 9 for Punjab and Haryana High Court, 6 each for high courts of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Patna.

■ Mahavir Singh Phogat, father of wrestler Geeta Phogat and Babita Phogat has been awarded FICCI’s gender parity award for his contribution in harnessing his daughters’ talent.

■ The Ministry of Earth Sciences has announced that 31 new seismological observatories will be set up in India by the year-end to boost earthquake information gathering capability. Its goal is to reduce the time taken to give details of an
earthquake from 5 to 3-4 minutes.  Note that : The National Seismological Network currently comprises 84 laboratories across the country.

■ Juvenile Justice Board has ordered the Delhi government to issue a notification to ban the sale of whiteners, thinners and vulcanised solutions to children below the age of 18 years to check drug abuse. The board has also asked the government to assign one de-addiction centre per district, observing that the existing centres in the national capital region are overcrowded and inadequate.

■ Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has flagged off the trial run of the new ‘vistadome’ railway coaches between Visakhapatnam and Araku. These new coaches are equipped with a glass roof which can be used to enjoy outside view.

■ Gurmehar Kaur, a Delhi University student, who was allegedly threatened for protesting against ABVP on social media, has been felicitated with Punjabi Icon award.


International Current Affairs Capsule – 17 April 2017

■ Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has won a referendum to expand the Presidential powers, which can keep him in office until 2029. The “Yes” campaign has won 51.37 percent the and “No” campaign 48.63 percent. The Electoral official tallies would be released within the next 12 days.

  • Under the changes, after the next elections due in 2019, the Prime minister and Cabinet will be abolished, and Ministers will be directly appointed by the President and accountable to him.

■ For spreading awareness about the Sikh identity and culture, a ‘Turban Day’ was organised at New York’s Times Square by the non-profit group The Sikhs of New York.  The New York authorities have declared April 15, 2017 as ‘Turban Day’.

■ A deep depression in Bay of Bengal has intensified into a tropical cyclone named Maarutha. This cyclone is expected to hit Myanmar and bring heavy rains in different parts of the country.  Note that: Tropical Cyclone Maarutha is the first named
storm of 2017 Northern Hemisphere tropical cyclone season.

■  Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari will arrive in New Delhi on a five day visit to India. This will be her first foreign trip after assuming office, following the promulgation of the new Constitution in Nepal. A high-level delegation comprising several ministers and MPs will also be accompanying her.

  • During the visit, President of Nepal will meet with President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


Economics Today’s Current Affair Capsule – 17 April 2017

■ Spanish clothing brand Zara’s Co-founder Amancio Ortega has surpassed Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos to become the world’s second-richest person with a net worth of $77.5 billion. Bezos is now the world’s third-richest person with a net worth of $76 billion.


Sports News Current Affairs – 17 April 2017

■ Indian shuttler Sai Praneeth has defeated his compatriot Kidambi Srikanth to lift his maiden Super Series title at the Singapore Open. Note that: India has become only the fourth nation in badminton to have two of their shuttlers playing in a Super Series final.


“Current Affairs Questions for UPSC IAS Prelims”

Q1. Which state government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Union government for the ‘Power for All’ scheme?

  • A) Madhya Pradesh
  • B) Jammu and Kashmir
  • C) Haryana
  • D) Uttar Pradesh


Q2.  Girish Saxena, who passed away recently, was the former governor of which state?

  • A) Jammu and Kashmir (J&K)
  • B) Himachal Pradesh
  • C) Karnataka
  • D) Maharashtra


Q3. The Koradi Thermal Power Station (KTPS) is located in which state?

  • A) Hayana
  • B) Andhra Pradesh
  • C) Tamil Nadu
  • D) Maharashtra


Answer these questions in the comments below. Discuss your thoughts on the news and issues mentioned in today’s current affairs post. Have a good day!

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