GA- 16 May 2018

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GA- 16 May 2018

Atal Pension Yojana’s subscriber base crosses 1 cr mark

  • The subscriber base of Atal Pension Yojana (APY) crossed 1 crore subscribers mark since its launch in May 2015.
  • It has been reported by Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA).
  • The scheme has collected Rs. 3,950 crore of contribution from subscribers.
  • It has generated around 9.10% compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) since inception till Mar 2018.
  • Uttar Pradesh (1,401,631) topped the APY mobilisation followed by Bihar (1,061,660) and Tamil Nadu (814,917).
  • APY was launched in June 2015 with aim to provide affordable universal access to essential social security protection to unorganized work force of country, which constitute more than 85 per cent of the workforce.

WHO launches REPLACE campaign

  • World Health Organization (WHO) launched comprehensive plan “REPLACE” to eliminate industrially-produced artificial trans-fats from global food supply by 2023.
  • REPLACE is abbreviated in six strategic actions as Review, Promote, Legislate, Assess, Create awareness and Enforce. 
  • The campaign provides step-by-step guide in six strategic actions of ‘REPLACE’ package to ensure prompt, complete, and sustained elimination of industrially-produced trans-fats from global food supply.

NTPC signs MoU with Bihar Govt

  • The NTPC Limited signed an MoU with Bihar Govt to improve performance of power sector in the state.
  • The MoU envisages transfer of three power generation facilities in Bihar to NTPC.
  • It has been undertaken as part of NTPC’s strong capability in turning around under-performing state owned power stations. 
  • These three power generation facilities are Barauni Thermal Power Station, Kanti Bijlee Utpadan Nigam Limited (KBUN) and Nabinagar Power Generating Company (Pvt.) Limited (NPGC).
  • All three power generation facilities are envisaged to be transferred to NTPC through Statutory Transfer Scheme.
  • NTPC is the largest power generating company of India with total installed capacity of 53651 MW (including JVs) from coal, gas, hydro, solar and wind power projects.

India emerges third largest solar market in the world

  • According to recently released report by Mercom Communications, India has emerged as the third largest solar market in world in 2017 behind China and United States.
  • Mercom Communications India is an arm of global clean energy consulting firm Mercom Capital Group. 
  • India has set new record with 9.6 GW of solar installations in 2017, which was more than double the 4.3 GW installed in 2016.
  • In 2017, India’s solar market had grown at Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of approximately 170% since 2010.

Integrated Centre for Crisis Management for CBRN emergencies at BARC

  • President Ram Nath Kovind has inaugurated the Integrated Centre for Crisis Management (ICCM) at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • It will help nation to respond more effectively to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) emergencies.
  • It will monitor radiological data from a network of 504 radiation sensors across the country. 
  • President Kovind also remotely inaugurated three other nuclear facilities of Department of Atomic Energy (DEA).
  • They are Metal fuel pin fabrication facility, High-power electron beam melting furnace and Integrated enriched boron tri-fluoride gas generation facility. 
  • BARC is India’s premier nuclear research facility based in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Col Rajyavardhan Rathore has taken charge as the new Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting (I&B)

  • A communique from the office of President Ram Nath Kovind announced the reshuffle of the Union Cabinet.
  • Col Rajyavardhan Rathore has taken charge as the new Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting (I&B).
  • He replaced Smriti Irani.
  • Smriti Irani will now hold the portfolio of Minister of Textiles.
  • Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has been given an additional charge of Ministry of Finance and Minister of Corporate Affairs till Arun Jaitley, who underwent a kidney surgery recently, recovers from treatment. 

Mukul Rohatgi appointed ’eminent jurist’ in Lokpal selection committee

  • Former Attorney General of India Mukul Rohatgi has been appointed as ’eminent jurist’ in the high-profile Lokpal selection committee led by the Prime Minister.
  • The committee will shortlist candidates for appointment as the anti-corruption ombudsman.

William Mark Tully chosen for 2018 RedInk award

  • The veteran British journalist and former BBC India correspondent, Sir William Mark Tully has been chosen for 2018 RedInk award for lifetime achievement in journalism.
  • He worked with the BBC for 30 years before resigning in July 1994.
  • Meanwhile, Faye D’Souze, the executive editor of Mirror Now channel, has been selected as the winner of the RedInk award for ‘journalist of the year’.
  • The RedInk awards for excellence in journalism are instituted by the Mumbai Press Club.
  • The awards will be presented to the winners at a ceremony here on May 18 in Mumbai.

Heena Sidhu clinches gold at the International Shooting Competitions

  • Indian Shooter, Heena Sidhu has clinched the gold medal while compatriot P Shri Nivetha settled for bronze in the women’s 10m air pistol event at the International Shooting Competitions of Hannover, Germany.
  • She was in a rollicking form in the final where she was tied with France’s Mathilde Lamolle on 239.8 points. 

Veteran Tamil novelist Balakumaran passes away

  • The veteran Tamil novelist, Balakumaran passed away in Chennai, Tamil Nadu aged 71.
  • He was famous for his novels like ‘Mercury Pookal’ and ‘Irumbu Kuthiraigal’ which earned him a good fan following.

Govind Lal Vora passes away

  • The veteran journalist from Chhattisgarh, Govind Lal Vora has passed away in New Delhi at the age of 86.
  • He had a long association with journalism of about six decades and was the proprietor-editor of the Hindi daily “Amrit Sandesh” for the last 34 years. 

Tom Wolfe passes away

  • Tom Wolfe, an early practitioner of “new journalism” who captured the mood and culture of America across five decades with books including “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test,” “The Right Stuff” and “The Bonfire of the Vanities,” has died at the age of 88.

E.C.G. Sudarshan passes away

  • E.C.G. Sudarshan, a globally-recognised theoretical physicist, who made path-breaking discoveries in the realm of quantum optics died aged 86 in Texas.

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