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 – 5 and 6 May 2017
■ The Swachh Bharat survey 2017 has declared Madhya Pradesh’s Indore as the cleanest city in India. The survey was conducted in 434 cities, and it declared Gonda in Uttar Pradesh as the filthiest Indian city. The list of top 10 Cleanest cities in India are :
- New Delhi Municipal Council
- Navi Mumbai
■ The Centre has launched Tarang Sanchar Web Portal that gives information to the public regarding the Electro Magnetic Fields (EMF) signals. It will empower consumers by allowing them to know about the towers in a particular area and whether they are compliant with the EMF emission norms.
■ The Supreme Court has upheld the conviction and death penalty to four convicts – Mukesh, Akshay, Pawan and Vinay, who were awarded the death penalty by the High Court in the 16th December, 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case. The scourt has classified this case in the rarest of rare category.
■ The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched GSAT-9 also known as the “South Asia” satellite from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
This satellite costs Rs 235 crore, and will provide communication, disaster management support, and connectivity to South Asian countries during a 12-year mission. Note that : Seven of the eight SAARC countries excluding Pakistan are part of the project.
■ Facebook has launched its “Express Wi-Fi” commercially in India. This service is now available via 700 hotspots only across four states – Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Meghalaya.
■The Indian Army has successfully test-fired an advanced version of the BrahMos land-attack cruise missile in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Note that : The BrahMos is the world’s fastest anti-ship cruise missile in operation.
■ The Election Commission has announced that it will hold an open hackathon in the last week of May, allowing people to try and hack the EVMs. This announcement comes amid various political parties and leaders alleging tampering of EVMs in the elections.
■ The Assam government is introducing a ‘traditional’ dress code – dhoti-kurta for men and mekhela-chador for women – for its employees on first and third Saturdays of every month, on voluntary basis.
International Current Affairs Capsule – 5 and 6 May 2017
■ Prince Philip, the 95-year-old husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II will retire from his public duties this autumn, the Buckingham Palace has announced. However, the 91-year-old Queen shall continue to carry out her full programme of engagements.
■ The US House of Representatives approved a revised bill to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a Republican healthcare plan, handing President Donald Trump his first major legislative victory. Now this bill needs to pass the Senate to become a law.
■ US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order on religious liberties designed to ease a ban on political activity by churches and other tax-exempt institutions. This order gives regulatory relief to religious employers who object to an Obamacare mandate for contraception in healthcare.
■ The first Chinese-built passenger jet, C-919, has completed its maiden flight. The twin-engine 158-174 seat passenger jet, is manufactured by state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corporation, features several imported elements like German landing gear and an Austrian interior. China is expected to overtake the United States as the largest aviation market by 2024.
■ Russia and Iran which are allies of the Syrian regime as well as the rebel supporter Turkey have signed a Russia-backed plan for creating safe zones in Syria. This pact was signed in the Kazakh capital Astana was meant to halt fighting in the war-torn Syria.
■ China will launch its own online encyclopaedia next year which will be rivalling Wikipedia and Britain’s Encyclopaedia Britannica. This project will be executed under the state-owned China Publishing Group.
■ Australia is set to sell the Kesar variety of Indian mangoes for the first time in Sydney.
Economics Today’s Current Affair Capsule – 5 and 6 May 2017
■ The Union Cabinet has approved the National Steel Policy (NSP) 2017 to give impetus to the steel sector. This policy aims to enhance domestic steel consumption and transform Indian steel industry into a technologically advanced and globally competitive steel industry. Recall that : India is the 3rd largest global producer of steel.
■ Prabhat Kamal Bezboruah has been appointed as the Chairman of the Tea Board, making him the first non-IAS to head the Board.
- M S Boje Gowda has also been appointed as the Chairman of the Coffee Board.
■ The Union Cabinet has passed an ordinance to empower the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to reduce bad debts of public sector banks.
- President Pranab Mukherjee has also signed this ordinance which is an amendment to the Banking Regulation Act.
- It will also allow RBI to set up oversight panels that will shield bankers from later action by probe agencies looking into loan recasts.
- The amendment will give RBI the power to issue directions to banks to recover dues from loan defaulters, among others.
■ Considering the growth in passenger traffic and demands from airlines, the Centre has approved the conversion of Vijayawada airport into an international airport.
- This makes Vijayawada the 4th international airport in Andhra Pradesh, with Hyderabad, Tirupati and Visakhapatnam already having such airports.
■ The Income Tax department has activated the e-filing facility for all categories of Income Tax Returns (ITRs) for the assessment year 2017-18. These new ITRs have been made available for filing on the e-portal of the department. The government had launched all ITRs on March 31 including the one-page simplified ITR-1 (Sahaj) for salaried class.
Sports News Current Affairs – 5 and 6 May 2017
■ India’s National Football Team has entered in the top 100 of the FIFA national team rankings for the first time in 21 years after getting placed at the 100th spot in the latest FIFA rankings released. Note that: India’s football team had last entered FIFA’s top 100 in February 1996, when they were ranked at the all-time high ranking of 94.
“Current Affairs Questions for UPSC IAS Prelims”
Q1. Where is the headquarters of the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy (IGNFA)?
- A) Indore
- B) Visakhapatnam
- C) Pune
- D) Dehradun
Q2. Vikas Krishan Yadav is associated with which sports?
- A) Wrestling
- B) Boxing
- C) Table Tennis
- D) Wushu
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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