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Important Current Affairs 17th May 2017

Important Current Affairs 17th May 2017

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important Current Affairs 17th 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 17th May 2017: NATIONAL NEWS

Cabinet approves setting up of Indian Agricultural Research Institute (lARI) in Assam

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the setting up of Indian Agricultural Research Institute (lARI) in Assam.  
●    The proposal of Department of Agriculture Research and Education (DARE) / Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) under the scheme, the establishment of the "Indian Agricultural Research Institute (lARI)-Assam" seeks to set up the Institute on 587 acre of land provided by the Govt. of Assam.
●    lARI-Assam would be a Post-Graduate Institution of higher learning in Agricultural Education.   
●    It will have the hallmark identity of an IARI including all sectors of agriculture like field crops, horticultural crops, agro-forestry, animal husbandry, fisheries, poultry, piggery, silk rearing, honey production, etc.
●    It will be an off-campus of IARI, New Delhi and integrated multi-disciplinary research would be undertaken in school mode i.e. Schools of Crop Sciences, Natural Resource Management, and Animal Sciences & Fisheries.

Thaawarchand Gehlot Inaugurates ‘15th National Meeting of State Commissioners for Persons with Disabilities’

Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment inaugurated the “15th National Meeting of the State Commissioners for Persons with Disabilities (PwD)” to review Implementation of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of rights and Full Participation) Act-1995 here today. 
●    The two days meeting has been organized by the Office of the Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities under Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
●    Shri Kamlesh Pande, Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities and Shri N.S. Kang, Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, M/o SJ&E were also present. 
●    State Commissioners for PwD from States and Union Territories are attending the meeting and presenting their Reports on the implementation of the Act in their States.
●    Addressing on the occasion, Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot said that during past during past three years, the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has become very active and vibrant. 

Mukesh Ambani sole Indian among Forbes' list of Global Game Changers

Forbes magazine has named Reliance Industries (RIL) Chairman Mukesh Ambani as the topmost among its "Global Game Changers" who are transforming their industries and changing the lives of billions around the world.
●    Ambani features at the top of the Forbes' second annual Global Game Changers' list of 25 "intrepid business leaders unsatisfied with the status quo" who are "transforming their industries and changing the lives of billions of people around the globe."
●    The American magazine referred to the Ambani-led Reliance Jio mobile network's efforts to spread internet penetration in India.
●    "Oil and gas tycoon entered the country's telecom market with a bang, offering fast internet at dirt-cheap prices. 
●    Gained 100 million customers in six months and set off a wave of consolidation in the market," Forbes said.
●    Forbes said those on the latest game changers' list are re-imagining the many facets of everyday life, from health to money transfers through digital means.

Govt approves new coal linkage policy

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a transparent mechanism for coal allocation and signalled a renewed focus on nuclear power generation.
●    At the meeting, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) secured coal supplies to stranded power projects and approved allocation of such linkages through an auction process.
●    Linkages are awarded to projects which do not have captive coal mines and need to source coal commercially from state-owned Coal India Ltd (CIL).
●    A cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi also approved the addition of 7,000 megawatt (MW) of nuclear capacity that can potentially generate up to Rs70,000 crore of orders for domestic industry.
●    Not only do these two key decisions signal the government’s commitment to good governance, the accent on nuclear power emphasizes its commitment to move away from fossil fuels. 
●    This aside, it also opens up new investment opportunities for Indian businesses, which have been struggling to find its mojo.


Union Government launches EPFO’s Citizens’ Charter 2017

●    Union Minister of Labour & Employment Bandaru Dattatreya on 16 May 2017 launched EPFO’s Citizens’ Charter 2017 and E-Court Management System along with it.
●    Citizens’ Charter 2017 of EPFO is an attempt to bring transparency and accountability on the part of EPFO.
●    It will also offer social security coverage to all employees as well as implementation of policies for benefit of all stakeholders with adequate support level of social security. 
●    The charter will 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.
 

Current Affairs 17th May 2017: DAYS AND DATES

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2017 observed

The 2017 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) was observed on 17 May 2017.
●    The theme for WTISD-17 is Big Data for Big Impact. 
●    The theme focuses on the power of Big Data for development and aims to explore how to turn imperfect, complex, often unstructured data into actionable information in a development context.
●    The theme for WTISD-17 is in line with ITU's work highlighting the technological developments that have facilitated the emergence of Big Data, developing standards related to Big Data and identifying sources and uses of Big Data, including use of Big Data technologies for developing and monitoring improvements in information societies.
●    The purpose of WTISD is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies can bring to societies and economies.
 

Current Affairs 17th May 2017: OBITUARY

Veteran actress Reema Lagoo passes away

Veteran actress Reema Lagoo died Veteran actress Reema Lagoo died on 18 May 2017 at Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai. 
●    She reportedly suffered a massive cardiac arrest. She was 59.
●    Lagoo who appeared in several Hindi and Marathi films also acted in numerous television shows like Tu Tu Main Main and Shrimaan Shrimati.
●    Born in 1958, Reema Lagoo has had a presence on Marathi stage for nearly four decades.
●    Married to actor Vivek Lagoo, she began her acting career in the late 1970s.
●    She played the role of a mother in several Bollywood films like Maine Pyar Kiya, Aashiqui, Saajan, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Vaastav, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Aruna Raje's Rihaee, Gumrah, Jai Kishen, Gumrah and Hum Saath-Saath Hain.
●    Her mother Mandakini Bhadbhade was also an actor and a well-known name in the Marathi theatre.
●    Now, Reema Lagoo is survived by daughter Mrunmayee Lagoo.

Current Affairs 17th May 2017: DISCOVERY 

Dinosaur mummy discovered in Canada with all skin intact

Palaeontologists in Canada have unveiled a dinosaur mummy that had been encased in stone for over 110 million years. 
●    The remains of the armour-plated nodosaur, which is a 3000-pound plant-eating horned creature, went on display at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Alberta on 12 May 2017.
●    Speaking on the remarkable discovery, Caleb Brown, a postdoctoral researcher at the museum stated that they don’t just have a skeleton, they have a dinosaur as it would have been.
●    The dinosaur mummy has all the skin and gut contents intact.
●    It is also a never-seen-before species of nodosaur, as well as the oldest dinosaur ever found in Alberta. 
●    Its preserved skin and gut contents could provide invaluable clues on the extinct species. 
●    The fossil was accidentally discovered by miners six years ago. 
●    Since the last five years, researchers have spent more than 7,000 hours chiselling away at the fossil’s surrounding rock to expose the incredible creature.

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