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Important Current Affairs 16th May 2017

Important Current Affairs 16th May 2017

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important Current Affairs 16th May 2017 in English and Hindi, which will update you with latest headlines, news from various domains i.e: National News, Sports, Business, Awards & recognition. It is useful for the preparation of competitive exams like: SSC, SBI, IBPS PO, Clerk, Railways & Various other Entrance examinations.

Current Affairs 16th May 2017: NATIONAL NEWS

Minister of Railways Inaugurates various Passenger Amenities in various Mumbai Suburban Railway Stations

Minister of Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu inaugurated various Passenger Amenities in various Mumbai Suburban Railway Stations. 
●    Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain was specially present to grace the occasion. 
●    Chairman Railway Board, Shri AK Mital, other Railway Board Members, and senior officials from Railway Board were also present on the occasion.
●    Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhu said that the inauguration of passenger amenities at various station of Mumbai is an important event. 
●    Mumbai is the commercial capital of India. 
●    Around 80 lakhs passenger travel in the Mumbai Suburban Railways, Railways is trying its best to provide better passenger amenities. 
●    Lift, escalators, Foot  over bridges are to be provided at small stations too. Railways need cooperation of the travellers in maintaining its property. 
●    Railways is working with State Government to form Joint Venture so that other Rail Development projects are initiated soon.

Minister of Railways Inaugurates Round Table Conference on Data Analytics for Indian Railways

Minister of Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu inaugurated Round Table Conference on “Data Analytics for Indian Railways”. 
●    Chairman Railway Board, Shri AK Mital, other Railway Board Members, representatives and dignitaries from industry and senior officials from Railway Board were also present on the occasion.
●    Speaking on the occasion Shri Suresh Prabhu said that a series of Round Table Conferences are being conducted to ideate on various issues concerning Indian Railways. 
●    This Round Table Conference is to ideate on Data Analytics on Indian Railways. He also said that Data creation is phenomenal in Indian Railways to carry out commercial and operational opportunity. 
●    Data Analytics must be studied, analysed and monitored to improve Indian Railways’ program. Technology is ever evolving, need of the hour is to progress with Data Analytics. 
●    Indian Railways shall be the growth engine. 
●    Data Analytics can help to create a system that may benefit Railways immensely.  

Pragati Maidan Complex to be Redeveloped into a World Class State-of-The-Art Exhibition-Cum-Convention Centre

The existing Pragati Maidan Complex that so far used to organise National and International Exhibitions and facilitate holding of various other events, is set to get all new face with its upcoming redevelopment into a World class state-of-the-art Integrated Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre (IECC). 
●    At a joint Press Conference by Shri L. C. Goyal, CMD, India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) and Dr. Anoop Kumar Mittal, CMD, NBCC (India) Limited, held in New Delhi today, announced the launch of this sophisticated Project to be implemented by the latter at a cost of approx. Rs 2,500 Crore. 
●    Shri Goyal and Dr. Mittal on the occasion, released the layout and the design of IECC and an outline of comprehensive solutions to decongest traffic in and around Pragati Maidan. 
●    Once redeveloped, IECC will be a landmark spot in Delhi and a symbol of Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of ‘New India’, they informed. 
●    Conceived by NBCC in association with M/s ARCOP Associates Pvt. Ltd. and Aedas Pte. Ltd. of Singapore, the IECC shall be developed with latest architectural design along with basement parking facility of 4800 vehicles and comprehensive traffic congestion interventions. 
●    The Convention Centre will be 32.4 mtr. tall landmark building on par with the best in the world. 
●    This structure will be on an elevated podium with unique sloping facade incorporating rich architectural heritage of Delhi. 

Bandaru Dattatreya launches EPFO’s Citizens’ Charter 2017 & e-court management system 

The Minister of State for Labour & Employment(IC), Shri Bandaru Dattatreya launched EPFO’s Citizens’ Charter 2017 and e-court management system in Bangalore, today. 
●    Citizens’ Charter 2017 is an attempt to bring transparency and accountability on the part of EPFO and make service delivery system and grievance redressal mechanism more efficient so that it delivers goods and services to its all stakeholders in a time bound manner with a reduced timeline from earlier timeline of 30 days. 
●    The timeline in case of claim settlements is 10 days and 15 days in case of grievance redressal management. 
●    The citizens’ charter has been launched with the vision of social security coverage to all employees as well as implementation of policies for benefit of all stakeholders with adequate support level of social security. 
●    EPFO e-court Management System has been launched which is in tune with the vision of the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi of digital India. 
●    The objective of the project is a transparent and electronic case management system which will cater to aspirations of all stakeholders – the employers, the employees, litigants and CBT. 

Venkaiah Naidu announces separate 24x7 DD Channel for Jharkhand 

Minister for Information & Broadcasting Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu has announced a separate 24x7 DD channel for the state of Jharkhand. 
●    The Government was putting up a vision document for a 24x7 DD Jharkhand channel for the people of the state and the proposal was included in the 3 years Action Plan of DD. 
●    However till the launch of 24x7 channel, DD Ranchi programmes would be telecast on DD Bihar. 
●    Jharkhand related programmes would be provided a special window in already available 24x7 satellite channel- DD Bihar. 
●    The Minister stated this at the review meeting of the programs & initiatives of Ministry of I&B held at Ranchi, Jharkhand today. 
●    Chief Minister of Jharkhand Shri Raghubar Das was also present during the review meeting.
●    While giving an overview of issues discussed during the review meeting, Shri Naidu said that Government of Jharkhand has been requested to provide a dedicated power supply through separate feeders to All India Radio & Doordarshan Stations in the state.

J.P. Nadda inaugurates National Training for Universal Screening and Control of Common NCDs

“In the last three years our efforts have been towards building a ‘Swasth Bharath’ and as such prevention of diseases and timely intervention will always remain in the forefront, whether for Communicable or Noncommunicable Diseases,” stated Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare. 
●    He was speaking at the inauguration of National Training for Universal Screening and Control of five Common Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as hypertension, diabetes and three common cancers: cervix, breast and oral cavity, here today. Also present was Smt Anupriya Patel, Minister of State (Health & Family Welfare). 
●    Speaking at the occasion, Shri J P Nadda stated that under the universal screening of common NCDs program, everyone above the age of 30 years will be screened in the 100 districts of the country in the first phase.
●    Gradually, it will cover the entire country and around 50 crore people will be covered so that timely intervention can reduce the disease burden in the country, Shri Nadda said. 
●    “NCDs are acquired lifestyle ailments, which places a very high burden through the healthcare cost,” Shri Nadda added. 
●    The Health Ministry is working through a two-pronged strategy, he stated. 
●    This included healthy children through the total immunization program whereby in the past three years, the basket of vaccines has been increased from providing cover to 11 vaccine preventable diseases, from the earlier six. 

India’s longest bridge to be inaugurated near China border

India’s longest river bridge, capable of withstanding the weight of a 60-tonne battle tank, will be inaugurated in Assam close to the border with China on May 26 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
●    With the inauguration of the 9.15-km-long Dhola-Sadiya bridge over the Brahmaputra river, the prime minister will kick off the celebrations of the NDA government’s three years in office from this easternmost part of Assam.
●    The construction of the bridge is seen as an attempt by India to shore up its defence infrastructure along the Sino-Indian border. 
●    It is also part of the Centre’s endeavour to improve connectivity in the region.
●    It is 3.55 km longer than the Bandra-Worli sea link in Mumbai, making it the longest bridge in India.
●    “The prime minister will dedicate the strategically important bridge to the nation on May 26. 
●    It will bolster road connectivity in the Northeast as the bridge will be used by people of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh besides defence forces extensively.
 

Current Affairs 16th May 2017: INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Indian warships visit Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

As part of the Indian Navy’s overseas deployment to the West Coast of Africa  and the Mediterranean Sea, three Indian warships, INS Mumbai, INS Trishul and INS Aditya, arrived at Jeddah today (16 May 17) for a three-day visit. 
●    The warships will engage extensively with the Saudi Arabian Navy during their stay in the country. 
●    Apart from professional interactions, sports and social engagements are also planned, which would go a long way in enhancing co-operation and understanding between these important navies of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
●    The visiting ships, headed by Rear Admiral RB Pandit, the Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet (FOCWF), who is flying his flag on the guided missile destroyer INS Mumbai, are part of the Indian Navy’s Western Naval Command and are based at Mumbai.
●    India and Saudi Arabia enjoy cordial and friendly relations, reflecting centuries old economic and socio-cultural ties. 

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