Saturday, 29 April 2017

Daily Update On Current Affairs - April 29, 2017

Here's your daily summary of Current Affairs.

Plan For Common Engineering Entrance Exam Put On Hold

The Ministry of Human Resources and Development has put on hold the plan for conducting a single entrance test for admission to engineering courses throughout the country till a consensus is reached with the states. The ministry feels that without reaching consensus, the purpose of having a common engineering entrance exam would not be served. Also, the ministry wants to discuss the possibility of having common counselling provisions with the states. However, it is not fully clear whether the consultation with the states will delay the implementation of the plan in 2018. As per the sources, as soon as the consensus is built among the states, the centre will work out the modalities of implementing the plan.

Kerala Hosts Country’s First Ever Transgender Athletic Meet

Kerala has conducted the country’s first-ever transgender one-day athletic meet in Thiruvananthapuram. The event saw the participation of 132 participants belonging to 12 districts of the state. No participant representing Idukki and Pathanamthitta districts participated in the event. The event was jointly organised by Kerala sports council and Sexual Gender Minority Federation of Kerala. In the competition, six events were conducted, namely, 
i. 100 metres running, 
ii. 200 metres running, 
iii. 400 metres running; 
iv. 100x 4 relay race, 
v. high jump and,
vi. shot put

Tripartite MoU Signed For Broadband Services To Post Offices

A tripartite Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between BBNL, Department of Posts and BSNL to provide broadband connectivity of BharatNet to Post Offices in rural areas. BSNL would provide broadband services. The infrastructure expenses and the operational expenses would be paid by the Department of Posts. BBNL would facilitate and coordinate the entire project.

US Places India Once Again On IPR ‘Priority Watch’ List

The US Trade Representative’s (USTR) office has once again placed India on the ‘priority watch’ list in this year’s Special 301 report despite the country rolling out National IPR Policy last year. India has been placed in ‘priority watch’ list owing to USTR’s view that India has not made adequate changes in its intellectual property (IP) laws and regulations. India has been placed on the ‘Priority Watch List’ for decades now and is likely to remain in the ‘Priority Watch List’ category for having inadequate IPR laws and patent protection.

Kazakhstan Opens Consulate In Chennai

Kazakhstan has opened its honorary consulate in Chennai. The consulate will cover the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala. It will be headed by well-known businessman Suraj Shantakumar. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan has expressed confidence that the establishment of the consulate in Chennai, which is a major industrial centre would promote the potential for economic cooperation in a number of areas like IT industry, engineering, tourism, transport infrastructure, as well as agricultural production.

India And Cyprus Sign Four Agreements

India and Cyprus have signed four agreements following delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades in New Delhi. The two sides discussed various bilateral and regional issues and agreed on the need on the part of all countries to act decisively against those countries that shelter and sustain violence factories in their regions. The two sides also called for the need for early reforms of the United Nations Security Council. Cyprus reiterated its support to India’s bid for inclusion as a permanent member in the UNSC. Cyprus will also award its highest civilian honour, the Grand Collar of the Order of Makarios III, on President Pranab Mukherjee. 
Agreements both the countries signed:
i. An executive programme on culture, education and scientific cooperation for the years 2017 to 2020. 
ii. A work plan under a programme of cooperation in agriculture for the period 2017-2018. 
iii. Agreement on cooperation in the area of merchant shipping. 
iv. Agreement to boost air services between the two countries.

e-Taxi Trial Run To Begin In Nagpur

The country’s first electric taxi trial would be launched in Nagpur from May 24. The project is first of its kind and will be undertaken by Nagpur Municipal Corporation. Mahindra and Mahindra is set to provide 200 taxis for the initiative.

India’s First Smart And Green Highway To Be Ready By August 2017

India's first smart and green highway, Eastern Peripheral Expressway will be ready by August this year. The expressway which is being built at a cost of 11 thousand crore rupees will decongest the national capital of traffic. Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said this after making an aerial survey of the expressway in Palwal, Haryana today. He said, once completed it will reduce traffic congestion and will have the best automatic traffic management system. He said that the expressway will have landscaping besides wayside amenities. Mr Gadkari said, at least 2.5 lakh trees will be on the both sides of the roads with solar panels. He said, 5 thousand 9 hundred crore rupees has been spent on land acquisition for the project. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate it to the nation.

Poland Supports India’s Permanent Membership At UNSC

Poland has assured its support for India’s bid for membership in the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and a permanent seat in the expanded UN Security Council. This was stated during the visit of vice President Hamid Ansari to Poland. Apart from discussing various bilateral and multilateral issues, the two countries also signed an agreement in the agriculture sector.  It was also agreed upon that there exists scope to increase cooperation in railway, defence, mining, agriculture, civil aviation, as well as in areas like food processing, solar energy, clean coal, treatment of solid waste. Poland is a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

Major Conflict With North Korea Is Possible: Donald Trump

President Donald Trump says a major conflict with North Korea is possible in the standoff over its nuclear and missile programmes. Trump, however, said he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute. He said his administration is preparing a variety of new economic sanctions while not taking the military option off the table. Trump spoke just a day after he and his top national security advisers briefed US lawmakers on the North Korean threat and one day before Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will press the UN Security Council on sanctions to further isolate Pyongyang.

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