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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