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Daily Update On Current Affairs - April 8, 2017

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64th National Film Awards

The 64th National Film Awards for 2016 were announced on 07 April 2017.  Marathi film Kasaav won the award in the Best Feature Film category and Fireflies in the Abyss won in the Non-Feature Film Category. Telugu drama film Sathamanam Bhavathi directed by Satish Vegesna was selected as the Best Popular film providing wholesome entertainment.

Background: Over 300 films vied for the honours this year. The winners in feature films category were chosen by the jury headed by Filmmaker Priyadarshan and winners in non-feature category were chosen by the jury headed nationally acclaimed cinematographer and writer Raju Misra.

The 64th National Film Awards in the various categories are as follows
Best Feature Film: Kasaav (Marathi)
Non-Feature Film: Fireflies in the Abyss
Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment: Sathamanam Bhavathi (Telugu)
Best Direction: Rajesh (Ventilator)
Best Actor: Akhay Kumar (Rustom)
Best Actress: Surabhi Lakshmi (Minnaminungu)
Best Supporting Actress: Zaira Wasim (Dangal)
Best Child Artist: Adhish Praveen (Kunju Daivam), Saj (Noor Islam), Manohara (Railway Children)
Best stunt choreography: Peter Hein (Pulimurugan)
Best Children’s Film: Dhanak (Hindi)
Best Film on social issue: Pink
Best Male Playback Singer: Sundara Iyer (Joker)
Best Female Playback Singer: Thume jaake
Best Screenplay (original): Syam Pushkaran (Maheshinte Prathikaram)
Best Screenplay (adapted): Sanjay Krishnaji patel (Dashakriya)
Best Editing: Rameshwar Ventilator
Sound designer: Jayadevan (Kaadu Pookunna Neram)
Best production design: 24 (Tamil)
Best Costume Designer: Sachin (Marathi film)
Best Environmental film including agriculture: The Tiger who crossed the line
Best Make-up Artist: MK Ramakrishna
Best Music Direction: Babu Padmanabha (Kannada Lama)
Special Mention: Kadvi Hawa (Hindi), Mukthi Bhavan (Hindi), Majirathi Keki (Assamese), Sonam Kapoor (Neerja)
Special Jury award: Mohanlal( Pulimurugan), Janatha Garage and Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol
Best feature films in regional languages: Madipur (Tulu), Joker (Tamil), Wrongside Raju (Gujarati), Pelli Chupulu (Telugu), Dashakriya (Marathi), Bisarjan’ (Bengali), Maheshinte Prathikaram (Malayalam), Ke Sara Sara (Konkini), Reservation (Kannada) and Neerja (Hindi)

Information And Broadcasting Minister M.Venkaiah Naidu Inaugurates 47th Regional News Unit Of AIR In Vishakhapatnam 

Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting M. Venkaiah Naidu commissioned the 47th Regional News Unit of News Services Division of All India Radio at Visakhapatnam this afternoon. A 10-minute news bulletin will be broadcast in Telugu by this News Unit every day. This is the second Regional News Units in Andhra Pradesh after Vijayawada. Mr. Venkaiah Naidu said that eliminating regional and economic imbalances is the prime goal of the Centre towards which Prime Minister Narendra Modi is working for. He also said radio has its own popularity and even the honourable Prime Minister has chosen the services of radio via 'Man ki Baat' programme to share his views and address the people of the country. The Minister emphasized that it is necessary for the news to be presented as it happens and it should not be made or essayed. The Union Minister complimented the initiatives and zeal displayed by Prasar Bharati towards commissioning of the RNU which was actually sanctioned during the 11th Plan.

India Moves Up In Travel And Tourism Competitiveness

India has jumped 12 places to be ranked 40th globally in travel and tourism competitiveness list released by World Economic Forum.  E-Visa, Road Safety, and Cleanliness have brought about the result. The Minister said, there was no effect of demonetization in tourism sector and rather an increase of 6 per cent in revenue was recorded. The World Economic Forum said, India continues to enrich its cultural resources, protecting more cultural sites and intangible expressions through UNESCO World Heritage lists and via a greater digital presence. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed happiness on India's ranking in Travel and Tourism Competitiveness list. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, it is a great news for the tourism sector. He said, in last four years India has seen a total jump of 25 places in the world travel and tourism index and it reflects the importance government gives to tourism.

India And Israel Sign Defence Deal Worth Over 2 Billion Dollar For Advanced Surface-To-Air Missile Systems

India and Israel have signed a mega defence deal worth over 2 billion dollars for advanced surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems, to further tighten the bilateral strategic partnership ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Israel in July. The SAM systems are designed to destroy hostile aircraft, missiles, and drones at a range of 70 kms. Ministry of Defense sources said the major deal was for the joint project between the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) for the Barak-8 medium-range SAM systems to initially include one regiment of 16 launchers and 560 missiles for the Indian Army.

USA Carries Out Missile Attacks On Syria

Russia says, it has suspended its memorandum of understanding on air safety over Syria with the United States following the deadly US missile attack on the Shairat airfield. Russian Foreign Ministry today said in a statement that the memorandum on the prevention of incidents and ensuring air safety during operations in Syria reached with the US is suspended. The US has carried out a missile attack against targets in Syria in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town in Idlib province. A Pentagon official said that the US warships launched between 50 to 60 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Shayrat Airfield where the warplanes that carried out the chemical attacks were based. Several countries reacted on US missile strike in Syria. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the strike is a proportionate and calibrated response to the use of chemical weapons. UK Government spokesman said, British Government fully supports the US action. Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Israel have also expressed support to the strikes. Iran denounced the strike and said such unilateral strikes and other measures will strengthen terrorists in Syria and will complicate the situation in the region.

Cyber Physical Systems Launched

Department of Science and Technology (DST) has launched Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) programme dealing with self-driven cars, autonomous unmanned vehicles and aircraft navigation systems The programme is still at its nascent stage. Rs.3,000-crore has been conceived for it and it will first take root in some of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). 

What is Cyber Physical Systems? 
CPS is an interdisciplinary field that deals with the deployment of computer-based systems that do things in the physical world. For example, self-driven cars produced by Google and Tesla. It is a mechanism controlled or monitored by computer-based algorithms, tightly integrated with the internet and its users. It involves transdisciplinary approaches, merging theory of cybernetics, design and process science and mechatronics. In it, physical and software components are deeply intertwined, each operating on different spatial and temporal scales. Both exhibit multiple and distinct behavioural modalities, and interact with each other in a myriad of ways that change with context. Autonomous unmanned vehicles (UAVs) and aircraft navigation systems and smart grids where electricity is optimally distributed on the basis of calculations in real time by microprocessors, also qualify as CPS.

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