Current Affairs Update – 12 May, 2017

Hello and welcome to exampundit. Here are the important Current Affairs update of 12 May, 2017. These are important for the upcoming SBI PO Mains, NIACL Assistant Mains, BOB Manipal, NICL AO Mains and other exams in 2017 July and August.



Current Affairs at a Glance - 12 May, 2017
  1. India on 11 May 2017 test fired a surface-to-air missile ‘Spyder’ from a test range in Odisha as part of missile launch practice of a series of tests of the short-range quick reaction.
  2. The Election Commission of India has launched National Contact Centre with a toll free number- 1800111950.
  3. The Tamil Nadu government has formed an expert committee to study the impact of 'Seemai Karuvelam' trees.
  4. The World Health Organisation on 12 May 2017 appointed Amitabh Bachchan as its goodwill ambassador for hepatitis in South-East Asia region to boost awareness and intensify action to arrest the epidemic.
  5. Aruna Sundararajan was on 10 May 2017 appointed as Secretary of Department of Telecommunications. However, she will continue to serve as the Secretary for Union Ministry of Electronics and IT (Meity).
  6. Justice Mukul Mudgal, retired judge of Delhi High Court, on 12 May 2017 was elected as the Chairman of FIFA Governance Committee.
  7. Brazil on 11 May 2017 declared an end to public health emergency for the Zika virus after about 18 months of fight against this mosquito-borne virus.
  8. Former India batsman V V S Laxman on 11 May 2017 was awarded an honorary life membership to the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).







News related to India and states

India test-fires surface-to-air missile ‘Spyder’


  • India on 11 May 2017 test fired a surface-to-air missile ‘Spyder’ from a test range in Odisha as part of missile launch practice of a series of tests of the short-range quick reaction.
  • Spyder was test fired from a mobile launcher at launch complex 3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur and targeted a pilot-less target aircraft.
  • Spyder (Surface-to-air PYthon and DERby) is an acquired missile system from Israel which is a short-range, quick reaction surface-to-air missile.
  • It comprises two missiles- Python and Derby, with an active onboard radar which makes the Spyder system more lethal. Both the missiles are smokeless which makes it harder to detect them visually.

Election Commission of India Launches National Contact Centre


  • The Election Commission of India has launched National Contact Centre with a toll free number- 1800111950.
  • The move would enable any citizen from any part of the country to call on the toll-free number and get their query or complaint addressed at any time of the day in Hindi or English.
  • The callers would be able to enquire on subjects such as elections, voting dates, electoral roll and online registration.
  • They would also be able to register their complaints by simply dialling the toll free number.
  • The executives at the Contact centre would also be making outbound calls to educate the electors and spread voter awareness.

TN Government to form a panel to study harmful 'Seemai Karuvelam' trees


  • The Tamil Nadu government has formed an expert committee to study the impact of 'Seemai Karuvelam' trees.
  • Additional Advocate General (AAG) Ayyadurai made the official submission on the same before the full bench of Madras High Court comprising Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justices M Sundar and M M Sundresh, which ordered an extension of the interim stay on the cutting of 'Seemai Karuvelam' trees until the next date of hearing on 5 July 2017.
  • The AAG submitted that government has formed a 7-member committee under the Chairmanship of the Chief Conservator of Forest (Research).
  • The committee would be studying deep into the various negative and positive aspects of the harmful plant species.
  • After that, it shall submit a detailed report within a period of three months.
  • The AAG has assured the bench that no more trees would be cut till the final submission of the report by the expert committee.

Appointments


Amitabh Bachchan appointed as WHO’s goodwill ambassador for hepatitis


  • The World Health Organisation on 12 May 2017 appointed Amitabh Bachchan as its goodwill ambassador for hepatitis in South-East Asia region to boost awareness and intensify action to arrest the epidemic.
  • The decision was made public by WHO's Regional Director for South-East Asia, Poonam Khetrapal Singh. She termed the association as historic and said that it is expected to strengthen the international body’s efforts in reducing the high numbers of premature deaths and illnesses caused by viral hepatitis. The virus kills over 410000 people annually in the region, which also includes India.
  • According to the data released by WHO in 2017, nearly 90 million people suffer from chronic liver diseases, which are driving rates of liver cancer and cirrhosis in the region.
  • As the new WHO goodwill ambassador, Amitabh Bachchan would be expected to lend his voice and support to the organisation’s public awareness programmes that aim to scale up preventive measures and advocate for early diagnosis and treatment of viral hepatitis.

Aruna Sundararajan appointed as Secretary of Department of Telecommunications


  • Aruna Sundararajan was on 10 May 2017 appointed as Secretary of Department of Telecommunications. However, she will continue to serve as the Secretary for Union Ministry of Electronics and IT (Meity).
  • Aruna succeeds PK Pujari, who was appointed to the post temporarily in March 2017. Sundararajan’s Secretary position will also be temporary.
  • Sundararajan is an IAS officer who played an important role in creating an IT department for the Kerala government in 1998. She has rich experience in overseeing operations of Kerala Government’s Bharat Broadband Scheme which provides subsidized broadband connections.
  • Her previous important posts include IT secretary for Kerala Government and CEO of National Common Service Centre.


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Justice Mukul Mudgal appointed as Chairman of FIFA Governance Committee


  • Justice Mukul Mudgal, retired judge of Delhi High Court, on 12 May 2017 was elected as the Chairman of FIFA Governance Committee.
  • The appointment was made at the world football governing body’s 67th Congress at Manama, Bahrain.
  • Mudgal, who until now served as the Deputy Chairman of the Committee, will take the office for four years effective immediately.
  • Finland’s Olli Rehn, who is the former Vice-President of the European Commission, will be the Deputy Chairman of the FIFA Governance Committee.
  • Justice Mudgal was the first choice for the FIFA Council and his name was proposed for the vacant position after Miguel Maduro was removed for his role.


World News

Brazil declares end to Zika emergency

  • Brazil on 11 May 2017 declared an end to public health emergency for the Zika virus after about 18 months of fight against this mosquito-borne virus.
  • The Zika virus emergency fell upon Brazil when the country was preparing to host the 2016 Olympics, fuelling the concerns that Rio Olympics could spread the virus.
  • In response to the outbreak, Brazil launched a mosquito-eradication campaign which resultantly helped to dramatically reduce cases of Zika. From January till mid-April 2017, Brazil recorded 95 percent fewer cases than during the same period in 2016 when there were 170535 cases.  The number of cases of microcephaly fell as well.
  • In November 2016, the World Health Organisation (WHO) lifted its own international health emergency status for Zika.


Sports News

VVS Laxman awarded honorary life membership of Marylebone Cricket Club

  • Former India batsman V V S Laxman on 11 May 2017 was awarded an honorary life membership to the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).
  • Laxman is the fifth Indian to receive the honour, after Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and Zaheer Khan.
  • Marylebone Cricket Club is a cricket club in London.



Obituaries

Himachal Pradesh cabinet minister Karan Singh passes away

  • Karan Singh, Himachal Pradesh Cabinet Minister passed away on 12 May 2017 at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi. He was 59.
  • Singh was suffering from cancer since some time and took his last breath around 1.45 am. He is survived by his wife and a son. His elder son had passed away in an accident in 2012.
  • The state government is arranging for his funeral at Kullu with full state honours. His body would be flown there from Delhi on 12th itself.







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