Current Affairs Today:27/05/2017

Current Affairs Today:27/05/2017

• Construction of India’s first underwater rail tunnel completed on –

Hooghly River

• Country that hosted the 2017 North Atlantic Treaty Organization –

Belgium

• Person appointed as Chairman of IAMAI recently –

Rajan Anandan

• The Union Government introduced minor changes to the startup definition, saying a business not older than these years will now qualify for benefits under the Startup India Action Plan –

Seven

• The winner of the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League is –

Manchester United

• The Bollywood actor who was recently named event ambassador of Indian Open of Surfing is –

Sunil Shetty

• The announced Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) of sugarcane for 2017-18 season beginning October 2017 is –

Rs. 255 per quintal

• The ICC Cricket Committee recently recommended the use of DRS for all T20 Internationals. The Chairman of the Committee is –

Anil Kumble

• The Indian Navy and the Singapore Navy have concluded a week-long bilateral military exercise on 25 May 2017 in –

South China Sea

• According to a new study from European researchers, sea levels are rising three times as quickly as they were 25 years ago, placing hundreds of millions at risk who are living in –

Coastal Areas

• He is the second Indian-American to have been confirmed by the US Senate to serve in the US Circuit Court of Appeals –

Amul Thappar

• This state’s Chief Minister has launched a water harvesting and conservation campaign to resolve the state’s acute water crisis –

Uttarakhand

• This Indian city was ranked second in the world’s most crowded cities list released by World Economic Forum –

Mumbai

• This Indian monument has made it to the world’s top ten landmarks list –

Taj Mahal

• Wikipedia is launching a project aimed at reshaping the news media called WikiTribune.
• Maharashtra may soon get more than 50,000 new mini bank branches in some of its remotest villages inhabited by tribals.
• Google said it had unveiled a new set of products and features for Indian languages to better serve the needs of Indians who were coming online rapidly.
• IT services major Infosys announced it was strengthening its engineering footprint in Eastern Europe by opening its first delivery centre (DC) in Karlovac, Croatia.
• Narendra Singh Tomar announced ten new Iconic places to be taken under the Phase II of Swachh Iconic Places initiative:
o Gangotri, 2.Yamunotri. 3. Mahakaleshwar Temple, Ujjain, 4. CharMinar, Hyderabad, 5. Church and Convent of St. Francis of assissi, Goa, 6. Adi Shankaracharya’s abode Kaladi in Ernakulam, 7. Gomateshwar in Shravanbelgola, 8. Baijnath Dham, Devghar, 9. Gaya Tirth in Bihar and 10. Somnath temple in Gujarat.
• The West Bengal government has decided to drop the tag “Pradhan Mantri” from “Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna” and rename it as “Bangla Fasal Bima Yojna

1. Uttar Pradesh Govt. launches JE vaccination drive in 38 districts

i. In Uttar Pradesh, a massive immunisation drive has been launched in 38 districts to eradicate Japanese Encephalitis (JE). Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has launched the drive from Kushinagar district. The government also launched a toll-free number to get or provide any information about encephalitis. The number is 18001805544. His several cabinet colleagues also participated in the launch programmes in different districts. Drive will be continued by June 11th, 2017.
ii. Initiating the drive from a slum locality in Kushinagar district, Mr Yogi issued an appeal to all the public representatives starting from MPs to village Pradhans to give their full cooperation in the drive.

2. Mumbai is second most crowded city in the world: WEF

i. Two Indian cities — Mumbai and Kota — have been named among the world’s most crowded in a list topped by Dhaka, according to World Economic Forum (WEF) citing UN-Habitat data. With a population density of 44,500 people per square kilometre, Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, is the most crowded city on the planet, followed by India’s financial capital Mumbai, home to 31,700 people per square kilometre at the second place.
ii. Kota in Rajasthan with 12,100 people per square kilometre was ranked seventh. Others in the list include Medellin in Columbia ranked third with 19,700 people per square kilometre, Manila, Philippines (4th, 14,800), Casablanca, Morocco (5th, 14,200), Lagos, Nigeria (6th, 13,300), Singapore (8th, 10,200) and Jakarta, Indonesia (9th, 9,600).


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