Current Affairs Update – 24 May, 2017

Hello and welcome to exampundit. Here are the important Current Affairs update of 24 May, 2017. These are important for the upcoming SBI PO Mains, Dena Bank PGDBF, NICL AO Mains and other exams in 2017 July and August.

Current Affairs at a Glance – 24 May, 2017

  1. State Bank of India (SBI) on Wednesday said it has launched
    a national hackathon for developers, start-ups and students to come up with
    innovative ideas and solutions for the banking sector. The hackathon, named ‘Code For Bank’, will focus on the business
    value driven by technologies like predictive analytics, fin-tech/blockchain,
    digital payments, IOT, artificial intelligence, machine learning, BOTS and
    robotic process automation, the bank said.
  2. Union Minister of Culture Mahesh
    Sharma on 23 May 2017 launched the Swachh
    Bharat App
    with an aim to involve people actively to become part of Swachh
    Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Movement) in National Museum, Delhi.
  3. Union Ministry of Environment,
    Forest and Climate Change on 23 May 2017 organised Ozone2Climate Technology Roadshow in Agra. The roadshow was
    organised along with the UN Environment OzonAction’s Compliance Assistance
    Programme.
  4. The Minister of State
    (Independent Charge) for Culture and Tourism, Mahesh Sharma inaugurated an
    exhibition titled ‘Return of the Three
    Stone Sculptures from Australia to India’
    in the National Museum at
    Janpath, New Delhi on 23 May 2017.
  5. The World Health Assembly on 23
    May 2017 elected Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
    as the new Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO
    ).
  6. Nauru, world’s smallest republic and the tiny island nation, on 23
    May 2017 ratified the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Framework pact. With
    this, Nauru became the sixth country to ratify ISA pact.
  7. The world’s largest aircraft, Airlander 10, on in the third week of May 2017 successfully completed a test
    flight. This brings the helium-filled behemoth one step closer to commercial
    use.
  8. SpaceX, an American aerospace
    manufacturer and space transport services company, will organise Hyperloop Pod
    Competition II in August 2017 at its headquarters in Hawthorne, California. The
    competition will see the participation of 24 teams from across the world
    including a team from India’s BITS Pilani.
  9. The Dubai police on 22 May 2017
    officially inducted the world’s first
    operational robot police officer ‘Robocop’
    into the force at the 4th Gulf
    Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC).
  10. Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was conferred the much-desired International Cricketer of
    the Year award at the CEAT Cricket Rating (CCR) International awards 2017 on 24
    May 2017.
  11. Kiren Rijiju, the Union Minister
    of State for Home Affairs, on 23 May 2017 unveiled a philosophical novel on God
    titled “Confessions of a dying mind: The
    blind faith of atheism
    ,” in New Delhi. The book, touted as world’s first
    philosophical novel on God, is penned by IAS officer Haulianlal Guite.
  12. The World Turtle Day 2017 was observed across the world on 23 May 2017
    with an aim to protect the turtles and tortoises and their rapidly disappearing
    habitats across the world. 

Banking & Financial News
SBI launches national hackathon ‘Code For Banks’

  • State Bank of India (SBI) on
    Wednesday said it has launched a national hackathon for developers, start-ups
    and students to come up with innovative ideas and solutions for the banking
    sector.
  • The hackathon, named ‘Code For
    Bank’, will focus on the business value driven by technologies like predictive
    analytics, fin-tech/blockchain, digital payments, IOT, artificial intelligence,
    machine learning, BOTS and robotic process automation, the bank said.
  • In the phase 1, participants can
    register their ideas during May 20-29 followed by hackathon which will start
    from June 6, 2017 and ends on June 20, 2017. NIIT Tech ties up with AI firm
    Arago
  • IT solutions firm NIIT
    Technologies today said it will be integrating Arago’s artificial intelligence
    technology on its offering.
News related to India and states
Centre has appointed five members to the National Commission for
Minorities

  • The Union government on 24 May
    2017 appointed five members to fill the vacant seats in the National Commission
    for Minorities (NCM).
  • The NCM, which is responsible for
    protecting the interests of the minority communities, was left with no members
    after all its seven members appointed by the previous UPA-II government retired
    between September 2015 and March 2017.
  • The centre was facing a lot of
    criticism for not making any appointment to the commission up until now.
  • Social activist Gayarul Hasan
    from Uttar Pradesh will reportedly be made the new chairperson of the
    commission.
  • The other newly appointed members
    include Vada Dasturji Khurshed, chief priest of Udvada Athornan Anjuman, BJP
    leader from Kerala George Kurian, Jain representative from Gujarat Sunil Singhi
    and former Maharashtra minister Sulekha Kumbhare.
  • The panel is expected to be
    functional within a few days.
  • The process to appoint the
    remaining two members of the panel is still on.
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Union Government launches Swachh Bharat App

  • Union Minister of Culture Mahesh
    Sharma on 23 May 2017 launched the Swachh Bharat App with an aim to involve
    people actively to become part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Movement)
    in National Museum, Delhi.
  • In this App, the concept of
    Physical web is implemented.
  • When one is in the monument or
    Museum, the app will deliver the message about Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and will
    ask the user to report the garbage around him.
  • All one need to do is to enable
    the Bluetooth of his or her mobile device.
  • Even if the App is not installed
    in the device, still there will be a message delivered by Google about the
    Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and Google will also give the link to install the App.
Environment Ministry and OzonAction organised “Ozone2Climate”
Technology Roadshow in Agra

  • Union Ministry of Environment,
    Forest and Climate Change on 23 May 2017 organised Ozone2Climate Technology
    Roadshow in Agra. The roadshow was organised along with the UN Environment
    OzonAction’s Compliance Assistance Programme.
  • The Roadshow was inaugurated by
    the Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Ajay Narayan
    Jha on the sidelines of the South Asia National Ozone Officers Annual Network
    Meeting – 2017. The Technology Roadshow was organised for the first time as
    part of the annual network meeting for Ozone Officers of South Asia.
  • The roadshow took place post the
    Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.
Tourism Minister inaugurated Exhibition displaying Stone Sculptures
returned by Australia

  • The Minister of State
    (Independent Charge) for Culture and Tourism, Mahesh Sharma inaugurated an
    exhibition titled ‘Return of the Three Stone Sculptures from Australia to
    India’ in the National Museum at Janpath, New Delhi on 23 May 2017.
  • The exhibit marks the safe return
    of three Indian stone sculptures including the ‘Seated Buddha’, ‘Worshippers of
    Buddha’ and ‘Goddess Pratyangira’ from Australia to India.
  • The sculptures were purchased by
    the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) from the Nancy Wiener Gallery in New
    York in 2007 and the Art of the Past antique store in New York in 2005.
  • The artefacts were stolen from
    temples or archaeological sites and smuggled out of India and sold with false
    ownership histories by the dealers.
  • The NGA had acquired them
    unintentionally and was the first to report discrepancy in the artefacts’
    ownership history.
  • They were formally handed over to
    Mahesh Sharma while he was attending a special event at the NGA in Canberra by
    Australian Senator Mitch Fifield.
Appointments
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus becomes first African to be elected as WHO
Director-General

  • The World Health Assembly on 23
    May 2017 elected Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new Director-General of
    the World Health Organisation (WHO).
  • Ethiopia’s Ghebreyesus will begin
    his five-year term on 1 July 2017.
  • Ghebreyesus will succeed Dr
    Margaret Chan, who has been serving as WHO’s Director-General since 1 January
    2007.
World News
World’s smallest nation Nauru ratifies International Solar Alliance
Pact

  • Nauru, world’s smallest republic
    and the tiny island nation, on 23 May 2017 ratified the International Solar
    Alliance (ISA) Framework pact. With this, Nauru became the sixth country to
    ratify ISA pact.
  • Five more African nations
    including Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire, Somalia, Ghana and Djibouti have committed to
    sign the Solar Alliance pact during the ongoing meeting of the African
    Development bank in Gujarat, India.
  • This is the first time that India
    is hosting the annual meeting of the African Development Bank (AfDB). India had
    joined the African Development Bank in 1983.
World’s largest aircraft Airlander 10 completes successful test flight

  • The world’s largest aircraft,
    Airlander 10, on in the third week of May 2017 successfully completed a test
    flight. This brings the helium-filled behemoth one step closer to commercial
    use.
  • The hybrid aircraft dubbed the
    Airlander 10 merges technology from airplanes, helicopters and airships. The
    aircraft is designed to stay aloft at altitudes of up to 20000 feet for up to
    five days when manned. At a massive 302 feet long, it is the largest aircraft
    currently flying.
  • On 10 May 2017, the behemoth flew
    for a total of 180 minutes to test its handling, improved landing technology,
    among other things. It was only the third flight of the Airlander 10.
Hyperloop India to participate in SpaceX’s Hyperloop Pod Competition II

  • SpaceX, an American aerospace
    manufacturer and space transport services company, will organise Hyperloop Pod
    Competition II in August 2017 at its headquarters in Hawthorne, California. The
    competition will see the participation of 24 teams from across the world
    including a team from India’s BITS Pilani.
  • BITS Pilani’s team will be
    participating in the competition with name Hyperloop India.
  • Sibesh Kar is the team lead and
    founder of Hyperloop India. He is pursuing MSc in Physics as well as B.E.
    Mechanical Engineering degree at BITS Pilani. Anupama Gowda is the co-founder
    of Workbench Projects.
  • Budget of the Indian Prototype,
    OrcaPod: Rs 75 lakhs
Dubai police recruits world’s first Robocop

  • The Dubai police on 22 May 2017
    officially inducted the world’s first operational robot police officer
    ‘Robocop’ into the force at the 4th Gulf Information Security Expo and
    Conference (GISEC).
  • The launch of the world’s first operational
    Robocop is a significant milestone for the United Arab Emirates’ vision to be a
    global leader in smart cities technology adoption.
  • The Robocop is over 5 feet tall
    and weighs 100 kg. It has a facial recognition software with which it can
    identify offenders.
  • The robot is capable of speaking
    six languages and people can use its built-in tablet device to access various
    police services.
  • Through its tablet, it can also
    communicate with people, respond to public queries, shake hands and can do a
    military salute.
Sports News
Ashwin wins International Cricketer of the Year award

  • Indian off-spinner Ravichandran
    Ashwin was conferred the much-desired International Cricketer of the Year award
    at the CEAT Cricket Rating (CCR) International awards 2017 on 24 May 2017.
  • The award was presented by former
    Indian Cricket Captain Sunil Gavaskar and Chairman of RPG Enterprises Harsh
    Goenka at a function held at the Cricket Club of India in Mumbai.
  • The award is the player’s second
    one, as he had won the ICC Cricketer of the Year award in 2016 as well. With
    this, he has joined the ranks of Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar, the only
    two other Indian cricketers to have received the honour.
  • While receiving the award, Ashwin
    recalled of how he had taken his first autograph from Gavaskar himself at the
    Chepauk stadium in Chennai.
Books & Authors
Kiren Rijiju unveils world’s first philosophical novel on God

  • Kiren Rijiju, the Union Minister
    of State for Home Affairs, on 23 May 2017 unveiled a philosophical novel on God
    titled “Confessions of a dying mind: The blind faith of atheism,” in New Delhi.
  • The book, touted as world’s first
    philosophical novel on God, is penned by IAS officer Haulianlal Guite.
  • The book is published by a UK
    based Bloomsbury Publishing.
  • Haulianlal Guite, from Manipur,
    is hailed as the first civil servant to write on Philosophy after John Stuart
    Mill’s work titled “On Liberty” published in 1858.
Days
World Turtle Day 2017 observed globally

  • The World Turtle Day 2017 was
    observed across the world on 23 May 2017 with an aim to protect the turtles and
    tortoises and their rapidly disappearing habitats across the world. The day was
    sponsored by American Tortoise Rescue (ATR).
  • The World Turtle Day was
    proclaimed by American Tortoise Rescue (ATR) in the year 2000. Since then, it
    is celebrated every year to create awareness about turtles and tortoises, the
    world’s oldest living reptiles in the world.
  • Founded in 1990, American
    Tortoise Rescue is a nonprofit organization that works to provide protection to
    all species of tortoise and turtle. Till now, ATR has placed about 4000
    tortoises and turtles in caring homes.
Obituaries
James Bond actor Roger Moore passed away at 89

  • Former James Bond star Roger
    Moore passed away in Switzerland on 23 May 2017 after a brief battle with
    cancer. He was 89.
  • The actor’s family confirmed the
    news by releasing a statement on his official twitter page, which read “It is
    with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving father, Sir Roger Moore,
    has passed away today in Switzerland after a short but brave battle with
    cancer. The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it
    cannot be quantified in words alone.”

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