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Daily Update On Current Affairs - April 16, 2017

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70th Himachal Day Celebrated Across Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh celebrated 70th Himachal Day function in Chamba. Himachal Pradesh came into existence by merging 30 odd princely states in 1948. According to a 2005 Transparency International survey, Himachal Pradesh was found to be the second least corrupt state in the country.

Uttar Pradesh Signs "Power For All" Agreement With Union Government

The Uttar Pradesh government has signed "Power for All" pact with the Centre to provide 24×7 power supply to all the households in the State. With this signing of the agreement, Uttar Pradesh which was the only state in the country which did not join the central government scheme has finally joined in it. The previous government in the state did not show interest in joining the "Power for All" initiative of the central government. As a part of energy efficiency measures, 10,000 energy efficiency solar panel pumps will be distributed through Centre’s undertaking, Energy Efficiency Services (EESL). In addition, it has been agreed to distribute energy efficient bulbs, tube lights and fans at cheaper rates. Separately, the state government has also launched ‘1912’ as the toll-free helpline for the consumers in rural areas to communicate their grievances pertaining to power and electricity.

Punjab Government Prohibits VIP Names On Plaques And Foundation Stones

Punjab government has prohibited the inclusion of names of the government functionaries, including ministers and MLAs, on foundation stones and inaugural plaques so as to build a stronger connect with the people by shedding the VIP culture. The state government has clarified that though there is no bar on government functionaries and leaders attending or laying the foundation stone of any project, the practice of inscribing their names on foundation stones or plaques would be discarded with immediate effect. Further, the order has clarified that henceforth all projects and programmes, including those inaugurated by the CM, would be "dedicated to the people of Punjab".

Supreme Court Asks Centre To Conduct NEET In Urdu

The Supreme Court has asked the Central Government to conduct the NEET exams in Urdu as well from 2018-19. The students who aspire to join Medical Courses like MBBS, BDS etc are required to write the NEET exams.

North Korea Warns US Of A Nuclear Attack In Case Of Provocative Action In The Region


North Korea paraded its intercontinental ballistic missiles in a massive military display in central Pyongyang today. The parade, the annual highlight of North Korea's most important holiday, came amid growing international worries that North Korea may be preparing for its sixth nuclear test or a major missile launch, such as its first flight test of an ICBM capable of reaching US shores. The parade celebrates the birthday of the late grandfather Kim Il-Sung, North Korea's founding ruler. North Korea warned US not to take provocative action in the region, saying it is ready to hit back with nuclear attacks.

PM Launches Cashless/Less Cash Township Models Across 12 States

Prime Minister has launched 81 cashless/less cash townships across 12 states in Nagpur. The 81 townships included 56 in Gujarat and 25 in 11 states including Delhi, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar and Chhatisgarh. The model of cashless/less cash township was developed by Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers and Chemicals Ltd (GNFC) across these States under the auspices of National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog. GNFC’s township at Bharuch (Gujarat) had become India’s first 100% cashless township after demonetization. It is expected that these 81 townships will deliver 2.5 lakh cashless transactions per day, translating into 9 crore cashless transactions in a year. 

Cashless townships: The townships for adopting GNFC’s model were selected based on a third-party assessment by Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC). The chosen 81 townships belonged to that of central public sector companies such as ONGC, Indian Oil, NTPC, SAIL, BHEL, NMDC, CRPF, BSF and Police Lines and also to private sector townships like Reliance, Essar, Adani, Birla Aditya, Welspun etc.

GRASIM Gets Nod To Increase Foreign Stake

The major company in the Aditya Birla Group, Grasim Industries has received the approval for raising the stakes of foreign investors from 30% to 49%. Foreign Institutional Investors can raise their Investments from 30% to 49% of the Paid Up Capital of Grasim Industries.  FIIs, NROs and PIOs can invest in the company through the Secondary Market.

Hacked $171 Million Stolen From Union Bank Of India Recovered

Details are just emerging of the biggest hack of $171 million in July 2016 which necessitated a seven country hunt that had to be spearheaded at the top levels of the government to reverse the theft.
Chairman of Union Bank of India Arun Tiwari as well as India’s cyber security chief Dr Gulshan Rai worked in record time with RBI, bank authorities and government agencies and succeeded in blocking of the funds and credited the entire amount stolen in a record time of just six days. Investigations have been carried out by different agencies and whatever was suggested to improve security has been implemented, according to Mr Tiwari.

Saturn’s Moon Enceladus May Be Habitable: NASA

NASA has announced that Saturn’s sixth-largest moon Enceladus and Jupiter’s fourth-largest moon Europa may be habitable as they have the necessary ingredients required to sustain life. The key ingredients of life are liquid water, a source of energy for metabolism, and chemicals such as carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus, and sulphur. Findings were made by NASA with the help of Cassini-Huygens unmanned spacecraft and the Hubble Telescope. Cassini-Huygens unmanned spacecraft was sent in 1997 to study Saturn, its rings, and its moon.

Salient findings: Saturn’s moon Enceladus has a higher possibility of hosting life than Jupiter’s Europa as it has a form of chemical energy on which life forms can feed. Enceladus is a small, icy moon which has an abundance of hydrogen molecules in water plumes. 98% of the gas in the plumes was found to be water and 1% is hydrogen and the remaining is a mixture of molecules of carbon dioxide, methane, and ammonia.

Scientists Find Second Great Spot On Jupiter

Scientists have found second Great Spot in Jupiter which is cold and high up. The Great Spot was found to be 24,000 km across and 12,000 km wide. It is found to be in the upper atmosphere and is much cooler than the hot surroundings. Unlike the Great Red Spot which was identified in 1830, this newly discovered Great Spot is continuously changing its shape and size. The Great Cold Spot is believed to be caused by magnetic forces responsible for Jupiter’s polar auroras. This phenomenon drives energy into the atmosphere and creates a region of cooling in the boundary layer between the underlying atmosphere and the vacuum of space. The Great Spot was discovered by a British-led team using a telescope in the Southern Observatory in northern Chile. It was found to be much more volatile than the slowly changing Great Red Spot and found to be thousands of years old. Scientists have planned to study the Great Cold Spot using ground telescopes and NASA’s Juno spacecraft that is orbiting around Jupiter. The study has been published in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.

ISRO To Share Technology For Manufacturing Of Lithium-Ion Batteries For Production Of Electric Vehicles

The government has directed the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to share battery technology for mass production of Lithium-Ion batteries for electric vehicles. The Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre under ISRO has developed indigenous technology to manufacture high-power batteries for use in two- and three-wheelers and their feasibility tests conducted by the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) was found to be successful. This development is expected to push India’s electric vehicles (EV) industry. It has been reported that many major automobile companies, battery manufacturers and public sector undertakings like Indian Oil, BHEL, Mahindra Renault, Hyundai, Nissan, Tata Motors, High Energy Batteries have approached ISRO for transfer of the battery technology so that it will enable them to produce indigenous Lithium-Ion batteries.

Seabed Resident Event Profiler (SREP) Robot Developed By NIO

Scientists at CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) have developed a robotic platform, Seabed Resident Event Profiler (SREP) that is capable of being stationed at any water depth from 0-200 metres to track the oceanic processes. The robot has been designed to regularly record the water column information at every 10 to 25cm during every profile four times a day. The robot was tested during the recent voyage of RV Sindhu Sadhana, the latest state of the art research vessel of NIO.

K Srikanth To Face Sai Praneeth In All-India Final Of Singapore Superseries Badminton

It will be all-Indian final in the Singapore Super Series badminton tournament. Indian shuttlers B Sai Praneeth and K Srikanth both entered the final of this tournament. Praneeth defeated three-time South Korea Masters Grand Prix Gold winner Lee 21-6, 21-8 in a lop-sided semifinal. In another semi-final match, Srikanth defeated Indonesia's Anthony Ginthing 21-13, 21-14.

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