Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Daily Update On Current Affairs - May 17, 2017

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Ovais Sarmad Appointed To Key Post In UNFCCC

Ovais Sarmad who is an Indian national has been appointed by the U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to the post of Deputy Executive Secretary, which is a key post in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). As per the U.N. Information Centre in Delhi, the appointment has been made after making wide consultations with the Conference of Parties. The appointment assumes significance as UNFCCC aims to slow down climate change. Ovais Sarmad who was born in 1960 is a seasoned bureaucrat having nearly 27 years of experience working with International Organization for Migration (IOM) in various capacities. He has worked in several policy and management areas to strengthen the organisation's operational effectiveness in close consultation with IOM member States. He is currently the Chief of Staff to the Director-General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Ovais Sarmad was instrumental in bringing IOM into the United Nations system as well as in the establishment of IOM’s Ethics and Conduct Office. He holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Osmania University in Hyderabad.

India And Palestine Ink 5 Agreements

India and Palestine have signed five agreements during the 4-day visit of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to India. This is Abbas’s fifth visit to India and the third state visit after his earlier visits in 2008 and 2012. These 5 MoUs signed were on visa exemption for diplomatic passport holders, agriculture cooperation, cooperation in the field of IT & Electronics, health sector, and cooperation in the field of youth affairs and sports.

MoU Signed Between Indian Navy And Space Application Centre

Indian Navy and the Space Application Centre has signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Data Sharing and Scientific cooperation in the field of Meteorology and Oceanology. As per the MoU, the scientific advancements and expertise achieved by SAC would be synergised into the Indian Naval efforts in order to keep the Indian Navy abreast with rapid developments that have taken place in the field of Environment Sciences and Satellite Data acquisition technology. The MoU has further enhanced the already established collaboration between the two organisations.

Trump To Address Muslim Leaders On 'Peaceful Vision Of Islam'

The US President Donald Trump will urge unity between the world's major faiths on an ambitious first foreign trip to Saudi Arabia, the Vatican, and Jerusalem. According to White House, Trump will address a gathering of Muslim leaders on his hopes for a peaceful vision of Islam. This was confirmed by the National Advisor HR McMaster who detailed the itinerary of the President's historic trip which starts later this week. Trump's speech is intended to unite the broader Muslim world against common enemies of all civilization and to demonstrate America's commitment to Muslim partners. McMaster added that Trump will help open a center to de-radicalize extremists. After Saudi Arabia, Trump will visit Jerusalem, where he will meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and visit the Vad Yashem memorial to the Holocaust. 

US Imposes Sanctions On Syrians, Entities Linked To Government

The US Treasury imposed sanctions yesterday against five entities and five people accused of providing support to Syria's government or linked to those previously sanctioned over the Syrian government's violence against its citizens. Among those put on the Treasury sanctions blacklist are Muhammad Abbas, a cousin of Rami Makhlouf, a dominant business figure in Syria and himself a cousin of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The Treasury sanctioned Makhlouf in 2008, accusing him of benefiting from and aiding the corruption of Syrian government officials. US also sanctioned the Al-Bustan Charity and its director, saying the charity was owned or controlled by Makhlouf. The moves seek to freeze any US assets the entities and people may control and prohibit Americans and US entities from transactions with them.

US President Donald Trump Faces Allegations

US President Donald Trump is facing allegations that he divulged top secret intelligence to Russian diplomats. Quoting officials, the Washington Post and the New York Times reported that Mr. Trump revealed highly classified information on the Islamic State terror group during a meeting last week with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the Russian Ambassador to Washington Sergey Kislyak at the Oval Office. The Washington Post said that the US President described details about an Islamic State terror threat related to the use of laptop computers on airplanes, revealing the city where the information was gathered. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who also attended the meeting, denied the allegations. He said that a broad range of subjects was discussed, among which were common efforts and threats regarding counter-terrorism.

New Round Of Syria Peace Talks To Resolve The Six Year Conflict Begins In Geneva

A new round of Syria peace talks aiming to resolve a six-year conflict opens in Geneva today. UN's Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said that the negotiations are focused on four separate baskets: governance, a new constitution, elections and combating terrorism in the war-ravaged country. The Syrian regime delegation is being headed by UN ambassador Bashar al-Jaafari and the main opposition High Negotiations Committee will be led by Nasr al-Hariri and Mohammad Sabra. Five previous rounds of UN-backed negotiations have failed to yield a concrete result.

Uttar Pradesh Assembly Passes GST Bill

In Uttar Pradesh, Goods and Service Tax - GST Bill 2017 has been unanimously passed by both houses. This bill was tabled in Assembly house yesterday by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Opposition Samajwadi party opposing the bill demanded some amendments which were turned down by the government and later the bill was cleared by house unanimously. After the passage from the lower house it was taken to Upper house, Legislative council, where opposition too expressed some apprehension in the name of loss to small traders and businessmen due to new bill regime. 

Women’s Cricket: India’s Deepti Sharma And Poonam Raut Set New Record

The partnership of Deepti Sharma and Poonam Raut scored 320 in 45.3 overs to become the world’s first pair, either male or female, to forge a 300-run opening-wicket partnership in One Day Internationals (ODIs). The earlier best partnership for the first wicket in men’s cricket was 286 scored by Sri Lanka’s Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya against England in 2006, and the best partnership for the first wicket for women’s cricket was 268 scored by Sarah Taylor and Caroline Atkins against South Africa in 2008. Also, Deepti Sharma’s 188 runs is now the second highest score in women’s one-day international only behind Australia’s Belinda Clark’s unbeaten 229 against Denmark in 1997. She has also bettered the 138 runs scored by Jaya Sharma against Pakistan in 2005. The stellar performance of Deepti and Poonam resulted in India’s massive 249-run win over Ireland in the quadrangular series in Potchefstroom, South Africa.

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