Daily Current Affairs Short Updates for April 8, 2017 with important tid-bits on current affairs and newspaper summary.
National Current Affairs
PM Narendra Modi lays foundation stone of multimodal terminal in Jharkhand
Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of a multi-modal terminal and a four-lane bridge on the Ganga river in Jharkhand’s Sahibganj district. The multi-modal terminal is an important component of the development of the National Waterway-1 (NW-1) from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh to Haldia in West Bengal, a distance of 1,390 km. The four-lane bridge on the Ganga river will be connecting Sahibganj to Manihari in Bihar’s Katihar district.
Ban on cash transactions of over Rs 2 lakh not applicable for bank, post office withdrawals
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has clarified that the ban on cash transaction in excess of Rs. 2 lakh will not be applicable to withdrawals from banks and post office savings accounts. Central Government has banned cash transactions of over 2 lakh through the Finance Act 2017. Under it, cash transactions of over 2 lakhs will a penalty of an equal amount would be levied on the receiver.
International Current Affairs
US, China agree to pursue 100-day plan for reducing trade deficit
United States and China have agreed to pursue a ‘100-day plan’ aimed at reducing the US trade deficit with China. Decision in this regard was taken by US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in their first summit held in Florida, US. They also agreed to adopt the US-China Comprehensive Dialogue. It will replace the Strategic and Economic Dialogue. It is designed to cover 4 fields that include law enforcement, cyber security and economy.
States Current Affairs
Sex ratio in Haryana touches 950 mark for first time
The sex ratio in Haryana for the first time in the history has touched the 950 mark in March, 2017. It was announced by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. The state has improved its skewed sex ratio after the launch of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ programme by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Haryana. It also had launched a massive campaign in the state by strictly implementing Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act and Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act. The State is also running sensitisation-cum-awareness campaigns promoting girl child.
Madhya Pradesh Government launches 1 year diploma course on Hindu priesthood
Madhya Pradesh government-run Maharshi Patanjali Sanskrit Sansthan will launch one-year diploma course on Hindu priesthood ‘Purohityam’ from July 2017. This course will be open for all irrespective of religion, caste, or gender. The basic qualification needed for enrolling this course is class X. The enrolled candidates will be taught basics of priesthood, rituals, mantras in accordance with the Hindu tradition.
Science and Technology Current Affairs
Scientists discovers protein that increases effectiveness of vaccines against cancer
Scientists from Boston University School of Medicine, US have discovered a protein that could help make vaccinations more effective and provide protection from diseases such as cancer. They had purified a protein found on the exterior of bacteria – neisseria meningitis and used it as an accessory to provide a better vaccination response. Typically, vaccines can either increase the amount of antibody production or they can stimulate cells called cytotoxic T cells to directly kill the offending agent. In this case, the protein called PorB is unique as it can do both.
Persons in News
Malala Yousafzai to become youngest United Nations Messenger of Peace
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has selected Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai (19) as Messenger of Peace. With this, she becomes UN’s youngest-ever Messenger of Peace, the highest honour bestowed by the UN on a global citizen. Pakistani education activist Malala became a global symbol of the fight for girls education after being shot in the head in October 2012 for opposing Taliban restrictions on female education. She had survived the deadly attack and became an advocate for millions of girls denied formal education around the world.
Donald Trump nominates Indian-American Neomi Rao as his regulatory czar
US President Donald Trump has nominated prominent Indian-American law expert Neomi Rao as Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) (regulatory czar). She will oversee the US President’s plan to eliminate 75% of federal regulations. OIRA is a statutory part of the Office of Management and Budget within the Executive Office of the President. It reviews regulations from federal agencies and has the power to reject rules that do not fall in line with the President’s goals. Currently, Rao is a professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University. Earlier, she had served as Associate Counsel to President George W Bush; counsel for nominations and constitutional law to the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary.
Donald Trump nominates Indian-American Vishal Amin as his IP czar
US President Donald Trump has nominated Indian-American Vishal Amin as Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator in the Executive Office of the President (IP czar). He will coordinate US law-enforcement strategy around copyright, patents and trademarks. His appointment needs confirmation of US Senate and will succeed Daniel Marti. Currently, Amin is a Senior Counsel on House Judiciary Committee. He also had served in the administration of President George W Bush as Associate Director for Domestic Policy and at the US Department of Commerce, as Special Assistant and Associate Director for Policy in the Office of the Secretary.
Sports Current Affairs
NBA Launches India’s first Basketball School in Mumbai
US based National Basketball Association (NBA) has launched its first basketball school in India in Mumbai, capital of Maharashtra. The school was opened as part of a multi-year agreement with India On Track (IOT). The school’s syllabus has been framed by the NBA’s Elite Basketball Development team with current and former NBA coaches, player development experts and former NBA players. The school was opened as part of a network of tuition-based basketball development programmes to train the male and female basketball players ages 6-18. NBA is planning to open more schools in India and around the world this year.
Boxer Shyam Kumar wins gold medal at Thailand International
Indian boxer K Shyam Kumar has won gold medal at the Thailand International Tournament in the 49- kilogram category held in Bangkok. In the final match, he was declared winner after Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan pulled out of the bout owing to an injury. It was Kumar’s second gold medal at the event after he had first gold medal in the 2015 edition.
IOA grants affiliation to Boxing Federation of India
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has granted affiliation to the Boxing Federation of India (BFI). With this, the BFI now becomes the fully recognised body for Indian boxing. It already has been granted affiliation by AIBA and the Union Sports Ministry. The affiliation also ends a logjam that goes back to September 2016 when BFI took charge of the sport after fair elections were conducted in the presence of AIBA and Sports Ministry observers. Prior to it, IOA had refused to grant recognition to BFI stating that it still considered the now-defunct Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) as the official national body for the sport.
Days and Events
April 6: International Day of Sports for Development and Peace
The International Day of Sports for Development and Peace (IDSDP) is observed every year on April 6 to recognize the power of sport in promoting peace and its ability to inspire. To celebrate this day, United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) has launched digital campaign #WePlayTogether. The campaign seeks to encourage organizations and individuals who support or carry out sport for development and peace activities to partake in the commemoration of the IDSDP.