Monday, 17 April 2017

Daily Update On Current Affairs - April 17, 2017

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Depression In Bay Of Bengal Named “Tropical Cyclone Maarutha”

A deep depression in the Bay of Bengal has intensified into a tropical cyclone named Maarutha. This cyclone is expected to hit Myanmar on 17 April 2017 and bring heavy rains in parts of that country. Tropical Cyclone Maarutha is the first named storm of 2017 Northern Hemisphere tropical cyclone season.

Telangana Passes Bill To Increase Quota For Backward Muslim Communities To 12 From 4 Percent; For STs To 10 Percent From 6

Telangana Legislative Assembly and the Council today passed the new Reservations Bill, 2017. The Bill proposed to increase the BC-E quota to 12% from the present 4% whereas it proposed increase quota for STs to 10% from the current 6%. Replying to the debate over the bill in the Assembly, Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao exuded confidence that the Centre will approve the bill. He categorically said, the hike is not proposed based on religion but only on the backwardness of some Muslim communities and also tribal communities based on their population and recommendations of various commissions. He further said the state government is ready to move to Supreme Court if the Centre does not approve. The BJP supported the increasing quota of STs but vehemently opposed hike in BC-E reservations accusing that it is based on religion.

Supreme Court Collegium Recommends To The Centre, 51 Names For Appointment As Judges In 10 High Courts

The Supreme Court collegium has recommended 51 names for appointment as judges in 10 high courts in the country. The collegium headed by Chief Justice of India J S Khehar cleared the names after finalising the memorandum of procedure for the appointment of judges. The 51 names were cleared by the collegium from a list of 90 names received from the various high court collegiums. Of the 51, twenty are judicial officers and 31 are advocates. The collegium has recommended the names for the high courts of Bombay, Punjab and Haryana, Patna, Hyderabad (for the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh), Delhi and Chhattisgarh.

Maharashtra Government To Give Seeds, Fertilisers And Pesticides Free Of Cost To Small And Marginal Farmers

The Maharashtra government is planning to supply seeds, fertilisers and pesticides free of cost to small and marginal farmers to reduce their losses. Talking to reporters in Mumbai yesterday, Maharashtra Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil said, the idea is to keep production cost minimal so that farmers do not feel the heat when market rates are down.

Bhopal To Get India’s First Private Railway Station

For the first time in India, Habibganj station in Bhopal has been handed over to a private firm to run the station. The station is being built like airport terminals, but the trains at the station will continue to be run by the Indian Railways only.

North Korea Carried Out A Missile Test Over The Weekend, But It Was A Failure

South Korea's Defence Ministry said this in a statement adding that it is analysing the test for further details. US Defence Department also confirmed the test and said, the missile blew up almost immediately. The failed launch took place near a submarine base in Sinpo in South Hamgyong Province on the east coast of the country. It came a day after North Korea showcased nearly 60 missiles, including what is suspected to be a new intercontinental ballistic missile, at a military parade to mark the 105th birthday of its founder Kim Il-Sung. The attempt was reportedly not an intercontinental ballistic missile that US President Donald Trump warned would not be allowed to happen. The test occurred as a US naval strike force moves into the region in a show of force.

At Least 100 People Killed After A Deadly Explosion Hits Buses Carrying Civilians Evacuated From Besieged Towns in Syria

In Syria, at least 100 people were killed in a deadly explosion which targeted buses carrying civilians evacuated from two besieged government-held towns. The explosion hit at an evacuation point in the al-Rashideen area near Aleppo where dozens of buses were parked for over 30 hours as the population transfer deal got stalled. The blast targeted residents who were evacuated from the rebel-besieged towns of Fouaa and Kefraya in Idlib province under a deal reached between the Syrian government and rebels. State TV al-Ikhbariya said the attack was the result of a car bomb carrying food aid to be delivered to the evacuees in the rebel-held area. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. The stalled population transfer has been resumed after the explosion.

CBI To Get New Online System To Deal With Black Money Cases

CBI will get a new online system to assist it in probing cases of illegal wealth or black money. It will be helpful in collating data from various agencies including banks, Income Tax department and Financial Intelligence Unit among others. The move comes after a multi-disciplinary committee formed by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) suggested changes in the existing system. CVC exercises superintendence over the CBI in the investigation of corruption cases. CVC felt the need to improve the system for computation of disproportionate assets, including the development of a software to capture all the events related to income and expenditure during the check period. CVC also observed that in the present system, data availability with banks, FIU, taxation departments, etc are not being mandatorily obtained and utilised for computation of disproportionate assets.

B Sai Praneeth Lifts His Maiden Super Series Title In Singapore; Beats Compatriot K Srikanth In Final

In Badminton, in the Men's Singles event, B Sai Praneeth today lifted his first superseries title, as he battled past compatriot Kidambi Srikanth to win the Singapore Open. Praneeth returned in the match after losing first game 17-21 as he won the last two games 21-17, 21-12.

Easter  Celebrated With Religious Fervor By Christians Around The World

Easter was celebrated on 16th April 2017 with religious fervor by Christians across the globe. It signifies the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion and death at Calvary on Good Friday. Easter is also being celebrated in different parts of India. In Tamil Nadu, special mass is being held in churches at Velankanni, Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli, Nagercoil and Thoothukudi on the occasion

Last Known Survivor Of 19th Century Is Dead

Emma Marano of Italy, the oldest living person of the 19th century, died on 16th April 2017 at the age of 117. She was born on 29th March 1899 in Italy. She lived through two World Wars, the Great Depression, 10 pontiffs and 90 separate Italian Governments.


Internet Pioneer Robert Taylor Passes Away

Robert Taylor, a pioneer of Modern Computing and the Internet has passed away at the age of 85. Rob Taylor was instrumental in creating the internet and the modern personal computer. Taylor’s engineering team was also responsible for the development of Ethernet and the word processing program, Microsoft Word. Taylor worked with Pentagon’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) in 1966 and was instrumental in creating a single computer network to link ARPA-sponsored researchers at companies and institutions. That shared network, ARPANET has evolved into the internet. Taylor also worked at Xerox’s famous Palo Alto Research Center, or Parc, where he and his team created the Alto, a pioneering personal computer. This technology was the inspiration for Microsoft’s Windows software and the Apple computers. Taylor was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in 1999. He was also awarded the Draper prize from the National Academy of Engineering for the development of “the first practical networked personal computers” in 2004.

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