India Current Affairs 2017

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Tamil film Visaranai selected as India’s official entry to Oscars 2017

The Tamil film “Visaranai” has been selected as the India’s official entry to Oscars 2017 (89th Academy Awards) in the Foreign Language Film category.

The film has been directed by Vetrimaran and is produced by actor Dhanush’s Wunderbar Films. It is based on M.Chandrakumar’s novel Lock Up.

Key Facts

  • The film is based on true events recorded in novel Lock Up about autorickshaw driver, who shares his experience after he and three of his friends are arrested on false charges.
  • It documents four migrant workers who suffer police brutality and corruption after being jailed on false charges.
  • It starrs Dinesh Ravi, Samuthirakani, Kishore, Ajay Ghosh, Anandhi and Aadukalam Murugadoss.
  • Awards and Honours: At 72nd Venice Film Festival it had won the Amnesty International Italia Award.
  • At the 63rd National Film Awards, it had won three honours viz. Best Supporting Actor for Samuthirakani, Best Feature Film in Tamil and Best Editing for Kishore Te.


World’s largest solar power plant commissioned at Kamudhi, Tamil Nadu

The world’s largest solar power plant with an installed capacity of 648MW was commissioned at Kamudhi in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu.

The plant was set up on an area of around 5,000 acres by Adani Group at a total cost of Rs 4,550 crore. It was connected to the grid through a sub-station.

Key Facts

  • The plant was set up the plant in eight months. For this purpose, Adani Group had sourced equipment and machinery from various parts of the world.
  • The plant comprises 25 lakh solar modules, 3.8 lakh foundations, 27,000m of structure, 154 transformers, 576 inverters and 6,000km length of cables.
  • A total of around 8,500 people had worked in a day to set up the plant in the stipulated time.


NITI Aayog chalks up plan to secure 50 medals in 2024 Olympics

Union Government’s think-tank NITI Aayog has devised a short-term and medium-to-long term action plan to help India achieve 50 medals in 2024 summer Olympics.

The action plans were devised after disappointing performance in 2016 Rio Olympics by India which is world’s second-most populous country with world-class talent in various disciplines.

Key Facts

  • Short-term vision (4-8 years): It envisages targeting a group of priority sports, organising sportspersons into three groups for each priority sport.
  • It seeks to harness the potential of regional and indigenous sports, selecting world-class coaches as well as a grading system for coaches.
  • It will also focus on a strengthening and scaling up of existing SAI training centres, sports injury insurance scheme, facilitating creation of sports academies for individual sports.
  • Under it, a digital database for sports will be created. Besides national sports code and sports Bill will be promoted.
  • Medium to long term vision (8-15 years): It will focus on identifying talent at a young age, a dedicated training programme for coaches, having sports curriculum in schools/
  • It will encourage development of sports infrastructure through PPP or private mode and developing a psychological and health support division.
  • It will stress on the consistent funding of contracts, promoting a culture of sports in the country and hosting international events in priority sports.
  • After each Olympics, a fixed 4-year contract will be signed between SAI and Group A sportspersons, keeping in mind their funding requirement for the next Olympics and other international events in between.