Current Affairs Today:02 June 2017
✪According to theAmnesty International (Global death penalty – 2016), China has topped on executions in 2016, despite the number of executions worldwide dropped by 37%.
Note: The agency believes that China executed thousands each year, Iran executed (567 people), Saudi Arabia peoples) in 2016.
✪Thailand King, Maha Vajiralongkorn signed a new constitution in Bangkok. This is Thailandís 20th constitution since 1932. The new constitution is expected to pave way for Democracy while also giving the army a sub- stantial role in politics.
State of emergency:
✪As per the report of World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), India stands at 7th place as a tourism economy in terms of GDP. Travel and tourism sector recorded growth of Rs.14.1 trillion (USD 208.9 billion) in 2016, which is 7th largest in the world in terms of size. The report was presented by President and CEO of WTTC, David Scowsill.
✪InApril, 2017, President of Egypt ‘Abdel Fattahel-Sisi’ has announced a three-month state of emergency following attacks on two Coptic churches. The measure needs to be approved by the parliament before it is implemented.
Note: Egypt (the Arab Republic of Egypt) is a transcontinental country spanning the northeast corner of Africa and southwest corner of Asia by a land bridge formed by the Sinai Peninsula. It is the world’s only contiguous Afrasian nation.
✪Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari has been to India on a five-day visit to India. This was Bhandari’s first foreign trip after assuming the office in October 2015. She also visited Gujarat & Odisha and pay obei- sance at temples of Dwarka, Somnath, and Puri.
✪The first Nepal-China joint army 10-day exercise held at Kathmandu. The ‘Sagarmatha Friendship-2017í drill is aimed to exchange experience, skills and profes- sional knowledge between the armies of Nepal and China. The exercise is focused on counter-terrorism and disaster management.
✪Turkey cabinet has agreed to extend for another three months the state of emer- gency imposed after last July’s failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The emergency was due to end on 19th April 2017. The decision came after a meeting of the National Security Council, chaired by Erdogan. Now the decision will go to parlia- ment for final approval.
Note: The state of emergency has been renewed twice before in October and January after it was first declared on July 20th last year.
Number one institution:
✪ Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore has been ranked number one educational institution in India by Human Resources Development Ministry. IIT Madras has topped the list in engineering category, followed by IIT Bombay and Kharagpur. IIM Ahmedabad bagged the first rank in management catego- ry while Miranda House, Delhi was ranked the top college. Jamia Hamdard, Delhi bagged the first rank among the Pharmacy institutes.
Note: The parameters for rankings were teach- ing, learning and resources, Research and Professional Practice, Graduation Outcomes, Outreach and Inclusivity and Perception. Hindu and St Stephens col- leges of Delhi did not participate in the competition.
✪A national conference on communicating India has been inaugurated by the Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore in New Delhi.
Note: The conference has been organized by ‘the Vivekananda International Foundation’ in collaboration with the India Media Centre, University of Westminster, London, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and the Indian
Institute of Mass Communication with the association of Prasar Bharati.