Current Affairs Daily Updates: 20th May 2017

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Current Affairs Daily Updates: 20th May 2017
Air Marshal PN Pradhan appointed as Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff
  • Air Marshal PN Pradhan appointed as the Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (IDS) (Operations).
  • He was closely associated with the induction and operationalisation of Embraer-135 and C-130 fleets in the Indian Air Force (IAF).
  • He was awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 2014.
DRDO chief S Christopher gets one-year extension
  • Eminent scientist S Christopher was given a one-year extension, till May next year, as chief of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • Christopher is also Secretary, Department of Defence Research and Development (DoDRD). He will continue to hold both the charges for one more year.
  • Christopher was in May 2015 appointed Director General of the DRDO for a two-year term.
ISRO receives 2014 Indira Gandhi Peace Prize for path-breaking achievements
  • Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh awarded the 2014Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman A. S. Kiran Kumar.
  • The award, announced by a jury headed by Vice-President Hamid Ansari in 2014, consists of a trophy, a cash prize of Rs 1 crore and a citation.
  • The Prize was awarded to ISRO in recognition of its path-breaking achievements culminating in the Mars orbiter mission and its significant contributions in strengthening international cooperation in peaceful use of outer space.
Indian-origin steel tycoon bags global award in UK
  • Britain's Indian-origin steel tycoon Sanjeev Gupta has bagged a top global award for his successful acquisitions and drive to transform the steel industry in the UK, India and beyond.
  • Gupta, the executive chairman of the Liberty House Group received the title of 'CEO of the Year' at the prestigious Platts Global Metals Awards in London.
Purnima Barman & Sanjay Gubbi Win The Prestigious ‘Green Oscars’ Award
  • Sanjay Gubbi of Karnataka and Purnima Barman of Assam have won the prestigious Whitley Award, popularly known as Green Oscars, for their efforts in wildlife conservation.
  • The awards are instituted by the U.K.-registered charity Whitley Fund for Nature Conservation. While Mr. Gubbi has been awarded for his work to protect tiger corridors in Karnataka.
  • Ms. Barman has won the award for her work in conservation of Assam’s Greater Adjutant Stork and its habitat.
Prime Minister releases Book Series written by MS Swaminathan
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a two-part book series written by the eminent agricultural scientist Dr M.S. Swaminathan.
  • The book series is titled as M.S. Swaminathan: The Quest for a world without hunger.
  • Dr. M S Swaminathan is known as the Father of the Green Revolution in India.
May 20th: World Metrology Day
  • World Metrology Day is celebrated on May 20 globally every year.
  • The theme for World Metrology Day 2017 is Measurements for transport.
  • World Metrology Day is an annual celebration of the signature of the Metre Convention on 20 May 1875 by representatives of seventeen nations.
Japan cabinet approves bill allowing Emperor’s abdication
  • Japan's cabinet approved a bill that would allow Emperor Akihito to resign paving the way for the first resignation by a Japanese emperor in nearly two centuries.
  • Resignation must take place within three years of the bill becoming law.
  • In August 2016, due to health issues, he handed over his crown to his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito.
  • But current Japanese law has no provision for resignation, thus requiring politicians to craft legislation to make it possible.
Hassan Rouhani won Iran’s Presidential Election
  • Hassan Rouhani re-elected as the President of Iran.
  • He was elected as President for his first term in 2013.
  • He won his second term by presenting himself as the candidate of change and social freedoms that ended many sanctions and a 13-year standoff over Iran’s nuclear programme.
  • He had spent 16 years as secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, which is Iran’s top security post.
Union Government to provide affordable electricity by 2022
  • Union Power minister Piyush Goyal announced that the rural electrification will provide every citizen affordable adequate electricity by 2022.
  • Smart Power meters will be installed soon in 100% smart metering.
  • The Minister of Power started functioning independently with the effect from 2 July 1992.
  • Earlier 'Power Minister' was known as the Minister of Energy sources.
Visakhapatnam railway station cleanest, Darbhanga dirtiest says survey
  • The Visakhapatnam railway station is the cleanest, followed by Secunderabad, among the 75 busiest stations in the country. According to a survey, the report of which was released by railway minister Suresh Prabhu, the Jammu railway station occupied the third spot, while the New Delhi station was ranked at 39 among the busiest stations.
  • The survey was carried out by the Quality Council of India. The Darbhanga railway station in Bihar was the dirtiest among the busiest stations.
  • The railway station in Varanasi, the Lok Sabha constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was ranked at 14th position.
Chitale Committee recommends measures for de -siltation of river Ganga
  • The Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation had constituted a committee to prepare guidelines for de-siltation of Ganga River last year.
  • The four-member committee is headed by Madhav Chitale includes Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, and Central Water and Power Research Station, Pune, Director Mukesh Sinha.
  • The committee recommended a series of measures that includes the creation of a sand registry for de-silting of the Ganga and establishment of a technical institute to conduct the sediment budget.
  • The committee suggested good agricultural practices, river bank anti-erosion works and reclamation of adjoining lakes along the river. The committee also favours de-silting of adjoining lakes to increase their storage capacities.
India betters ranking in international tourist arrivals
  • India has jumped 16 places in the revised United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) rankings to settle at 24th for 2014 and 2015. Earlier, India was ranked 41st and 40th in 2014 and 2015 as per the global ranking, respectively.
  • UNWTO is the United Nation’s agency managing promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism and its barometer ranks countries in terms of their ITAs- comprising both foreign tourist arrivals as well as non-resident arrivals.
Hyderabad’s Turbo Megha Airways first private airline to get UDAN licence
  • Turbo Megha Airways has become the first private airline to get a licence to fly under UDAN, the government scheme for subsidized regional flights.
  • The Hyderabad-based airline which flies as TruJet stated that it will launch flights on Hyderabad-Cuddapah, Hyderabad-Nanded and Nanded-Mumbai routes.
  • The five airlines awarded the rights to fly UDAN flights so far are Air India, SpiceJet, Turbo Megha, Air Odisha and G.R. Gopinath led Deccan Air.
Ferry service opens between North Korea and Russia
  • North Korea and Russia have started first ever 'passenger ferry service' to develop links and boost economic co-operation without being affected by United Nations sanctions.
  • A ferry is a merchant vessel used to carry passengers (sometimes vehicles and cargo) across a body of water.
  • Ferry service is launched by a north Korean passenger Ferry Docking in Russia's port city of Vladivostok.
  • The vessel, called the Man Gyong Bong, will sail once a week to the port city and will also carry cargo.
Indian Men’s Team Wins Compound Gold in World Cup Archery
  • The Indian Men’s compound archery team Abhishek Verma, Chinna Raju Srither and Amanjeet Singh won compound goldat World Cup stage 1 championships held in Shanghai, China.
  • They defeated Colombia team to achieve the gold.
  • India beat the United States of America (USA) in the semifinal and Iran in the quarterfinals.