Monday, 8 May 2017

Daily Update On Current Affairs - May 08, 2017

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Country's First Biorefinery Plant Producing Ethanol From Biomass Inaugurated At Rahu In Pune

Country's first biorefinery plant producing ethanol from a variety of biomass has started functioning at Rahu in Pune district. Union Minister of Road Transport and Highway Nitin Gadkari today inaugurated the plant. He said a great revolution will take place in India's agriculture sector with the help of this kind of projects. The plant can produce one million litres of ethanol per annum by processing a variety of agro-wastes like rice and wheat straw, cotton stalk, cane trash and corn cobs with superior product yields.

India To Host Cultural Festival In Egypt

India will organise a cultural festival in Egypt to mark the 156th birth anniversary of the famous Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore. The festival is being organised by the Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture, the cultural wing of the Indian Embassy in Cairo, from tomorrow. It will feature a dance show, film screening, a play and painting competition. The festival will conclude on May 12 with Rituranga - Play of Seasons. Rabindranath Tagore received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. He was the first non-European to win this prestigious award, in recognition for his collection of poems, 'Gitanjali'.

Rail Development Authority For Fixing Fares And Efficiency Parameters To Be Set Up Soon

Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu has said the Indian Railways is working towards  ‘Zero Accident’ Mission.  Mr Prabhu said safety performance of the Railways is being reviewed. He said talks are on with stakeholders to use technology in track fracture detection and track laying.

The Minister said, Rail Development Authority will be set up soon and the Cabinet has approved it. He said it will not only do fare fixation but also set up efficiency parameters for the Rail Ministry. He also emphasised on increasing current speed of trains. Giving details on National Rail Plan 2030, Mr Prabhu said it will be prepared in consultation with state governments, public representatives and other relevant ministries for a harmonious and integrated development of rail network.

Odisha To Introduce Boat Ambulance Service

Odisha will introduce a boat ambulance service in four districts where people face difficulties getting health services. This service will be available in Koraput, Malkangiri, Kendrapara and Kalahandi districts where people face problems in availing ambulance services due to intervening large water bodies. Health and Family Welfare secretary PK Meherda said the state government has sanctioned six boat ambulances for these areas.

May 7th - International Dawn Chorus Day

All India Radio in collaboration with the European Broadcasting Union today organized a special live Intercontinental bird song to celebrate International Dawn Chorus Day. The day is celebrated worldwide on first Sunday of May every year to appreciate the primordial symphony of nature. The Dawn Chorus is the collective sound of birds singing at the start of a new day.  All India Radio joined hands with Ireland's RTE Radio, the European Broadcasting Union, Bird Life International to bring live the vibrant dawn chorus of bird from Soor Sarovar Bird Sanctuary Agra and 13 other European countries to celebrate it.

PIA Suspends Flights Between Karachi And Mumbai

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will suspend its flight between Karachi and Mumbai from 8th May 2017 due to commercial considerations. The Airlines operated two flights in a week between the two cities. A PIA official told news agency PTI that its Lahore-Delhi flight operation will continue as traffic volume on this route is satisfactory.

Hanover: People Asked To Move Out Of Their Homes

In Germany, more than 50,000 people have been ordered to leave their homes in the city of Hanover ahead of a large-scale operation to defuse unexploded bombs dating back to World War II. Officials said, a total of 13 unexploded ordnances from the 1940s, found at a construction site, are expected to be removed from the northwestern city today. The evacuation, the second-biggest since 1945, involves three heavily-populated areas of Hanover, which account for 10 percent of the city's entire population.

BCCI Clears India's Participation In Upcoming ICC Champions Trophy

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today cleared India's participation in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy at its Special General Meeting in New Delhi. Sources said that the 15-member squad for the tournament slated to begin on the 1st of next month in England is likely to be announced tomorrow. There had been speculations over Team India defending its Champions Trophy title that they won in 2013 following the BCCI-ICC spat involving revenues. Earlier, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) had lashed out at BCCI for missing the 25th April deadline to select the squad for the tournament. It had instructed BCCI to immediately announce the Indian squad. The COA had said, delay in team selection is portraying Indian cricket and cricketers in a negative light.

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