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Current Affairs: Daily GK Update 23rd May 2017

                                                    MAY 23RD CURENTAFFAIRS-2017






PM launches various projects of Kandla Port Trust, Gujarat









i. The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has 

launched various projects of Kandla Port Trust 
at Gandhidham in Gujarat. 
ii. He unveiled plaques to mark the laying of 
Foundation Stone for the construction of the 
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Convention Centre 
and the development of the 14th and 16th 
General Cargo Berth.
iii. He handed over Letters of Award for Construction of I
nterchange-cum-ROB
 (Railway Bridge) at Kutch Salt Junction, Deployment 
of two Mobile Harbour Cranes
 and Mechanization for the handling of fertilizers at Kandla Port.


Static Takeaways-

  • Kandla was constructed in the 1950s as the chief seaport serving western India.
  • CM of Gujarat is Mr. Vijay Rupani and its governor is Mr. Om Prakash Kohli.
  • Shri.Ravi M Parmar is the Chairman of Kandla Port Trust.

India becomes second largest steel producer in the world









i. India overtook Japan to become the

 second-largest steel producer in the 
world after China in 2016, according to 
data released by the International Stainless 
Steel Forum (ISSF).

ii. India’s stainless steel production rose to 3.32 
million tons for 2016 showing an impressive growth
 of about 9% over 3.0 million tons achieved in 2015.
iii. The data were released at ISSF annual conference in Tokyo, Japan.

Static Takeaways-

  • The International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) is a
  •  non-profit research and development organization 
  • which was founded in 1996
  • Roeland Baan is the Chairman of ISSF
  • The Indian Stainless Steel Development Association (ISSDA) is the unifying
  •  point for the growth and development of stainless steel usage in 
  • India and it was Founded in 1989.
  • Shri Chaudhary Birender Singh is Union Minister of Steel since July 2016.

Free Wi-Fi Facility to be provided at 28 Railway Stations









i. Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu
 has inaugurated the WiFi facility from 
Kudal Railway Station at 28 Railway Stations 
of Konkan Railway.
ii. Indian Railways has tied up 
with M/s SYSCON/JOISTER for provision
 of 2 Mbps peer to peer 24 hrs FREE Wi-Fi INTERNET 
bandwidth at 28 stations of Konkan Railway.
iii. This facility will help travelling public, commutes & tourists on Indian Railways
 to access essential information and they could use their time productively while
 waiting for trains at railway stations.  This initiative of corporation is a steps 
towards making a smarter India.


Static Takeaways-








  • First Railway Minister of Independent India is John Mathai



  • HDFC Life launches AI-based insurance email bot 'SPOK'














    i. HDFC Life announced the launch of an 

    artificial intelligence-based application 'SPOK' 
    that can automatically read, understand, 
    categorize, prioritize and respond to customer 
    emails sent to the private insurer.

    ii. 'SPOK', an insurance email bot, can read customer 
    queries within milliseconds and respond to them.
    iii. The deployment of SPOK will improve customer
     experience, while providing the support staff with the
     bandwidth to focus on customer satisfaction.







    Static Takeaways-

    • HDFC Bank MD is Aditya Puri
    • Headquarter of HDFC Bank is Mumbai.

    Federal Bank launches new trading platform








    i. Federal Bank, in association with Geojit

    has launched a new trading platform called
     “Selfie” for customers.

    ii. Designed and managed by Geojit, the trading platform will 
    give its users absolute control over their investments with 
    timely research inputs to make sound investment decisions.



    Static Takeaways-
    • Federal Bank Headquarter is in Kochi, Kerala and its CEO is
    •  Shyam Srinivasan.

    Israel aerospace industries signs $630 million deal with India








    i. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has closed 

    another major deal worth 630 million US dollar
     with India to supply advanced long-range air and 
    missile defense systems for four ships of the Indian Navy. 
    ii. According to State-owned IAI, the contract is for supplying
     Long Range Surface to Air Missile (LRSAM) systems.
    iii. The LRSAM is a joint development by IAI and India’s Defence
     Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The system provides the ultimate protection 
    against a variety of aerial, naval and airborne threats. The deal, a major boost to 
    the ‘Make in India’ campaign.


    Static Takeaways-
    • Mr. Joseph Weiss is the President & CEO of IAI
    • Israel Aerospace Industries was established in 1953 as Bedek Aviation Company.
    • Israel is the Country in the Middle East and its Capital is Jerusalem.

    First draft of nuclear ban treaty released by UN









    i. A United Nations-backed panel has 

    publicly released a draft treaty banning
     the possession and use of all nuclear weapons.

    ii. The draft treaty is the culmination of a sustained
     campaign, supported by more than 130 non-nuclear
     states, to prohibit nuclear weapons and persuade 
    nuclear-armed states to disarm.
    iii. Nine countries that are known to possess nuclear
     weapons are- the US, UK, Russia, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel 
    has not supported the draft plan.


    Static Takeaways-

    • The United States dropped nuclear weapons on the 
    • Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 
    • and 9, 1945, respectively.


     World Biodiversity Day.








    i. Every year, May 22 is observed as
     International Day for Biodiversity or World Biodiversity Day
    This date commemorates the date of Adoption of the Agreed Text
     of the Convention on Biological Diversity at UNEP Headquarters,
     Nairobi on 22 May 1992. 
    ii. The theme for 2017 for World Biodiversity Day is “Biodiversity 
    and Sustainable Tourism”

    Static Takeaways-
    • UNEP full form is United Nations Environment Programm
    • UNEP headquarter is in Nairobi, Kenya.


    India's Rohan Chakravarty won WWF International President’s Award 2017











    i. Rohan Chakravarty, a wildlife and 

    environment cartoonist from India, has won
     WWF International President’s Award 2017 
    for his efforts to change attitudes towards nature.

    ii.The award is the top accolade given by WWF 
    (World Wildlife Fund) to recognize leadership in
     young conservationists who are under the age of 30
     from around the world. The award ceremony was held 
    recently in Manado, Indonesia.




    Static Takeaways-

    • Carter Roberts is the President & CEO
    •  of WWF (World Wildlife Fund)
    • Green Humour is the first Indian
    •  comic strip to be distributed internationally

    Indian-born woman elected to City of London Corporation










    i. A 43-year-old UK entrepreneur has 
    become the first India-born woman to 
    be elected as a councillor to a ward in the UK. 
    ii. Rehana Ameer, who was born and raised in
     Chennai, contested from Vintry ward in the City 
    of London county as an independent candidate. 



    Static Takeaways-
    • UK capital is London and its currency is British Pound
    • PM of UK is Theresa May.

    Mathunny Mathews, the Real-life Hero of 'Airlift' passes away












    i. Indian businessman Mathunny Mathews 
    died aged 81 in Kuwait after being part of the
     tiny emirate's fortunes and trials for over six decades.
    ii. He was known as one of the heroes who made possible
     the largest civilian evacuation in known history and the 
    main inspiration behind the 2016 Bollywood historical drama Airlift.





    Static Takeaways-








  • Airlift movie was directed by Raja Krishna Menon.

  • India's Vaishali wins gold in Asian Blitz Chess Championship










    i. India's R Vaishali won the women's title
     with eight points from nine rounds in the
     Asian Continental Blitz Chess Championship in Chengdu, China.
    ii. Vaishali drew her final round game against
     Uurtsaikh Uuriintuya of Mongolia to finish 
    half-a-point ahead of Iran's Sarasdat Khademalsharieh 
    and clinch the gold medal.
     iii. The Chennai player with an ELO rating of 2203 had
     finished third in the Asian Championship event.

    Static Takeaways-








  • Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports is Vijay Goel.

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