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MOST IMP Free Best Current Affairs Date 23/05/2017

MOST IMP Free Best Current Affairs Date 23/05/2017  by EDUSAFAR

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Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu flags off high-speed Tejas Express between Mumbai-Goa
The luxurious train, Tejas Express set to be running between Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Karmali in North Goa on May 22.
i. Tejas Express has ultra-modern facilities like LED TV, wi-fi, CCTV etc.The Tejas Express would operate between Mumbai and Karmali (Goa) five days a week during non-monsoon period and during monsoon, just three days a week.
ii. It has 20 coaches – one executive AC chair car with 56 seating capacity and 12 AC chair cars with 78 seat capacity of each coach.It is a super-fast train, which will run at a speed of 130 kmph.

Madhya Pradesh govt announces indefinite ban on sand mining in Narmada river
The Madhya Pradesh government has announced a total ban on sand mining in Narmada River.

Key Points:
i. The river flows through 18 districts in Madhya Pradesh and the ban will be effective in all 18 districts.
ii. The state government has also imposed a complete ban on use of all kinds of machines for mining from the remaining rivers in the state.
iii. The committee will decide on the issue on recommendations from IIT Kharagpur with whom we have signed an MOU.

Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu inaugurated WiFi facility at 28 Railway Stations
Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu inaugurated free Wi-Fi facility at 28 Railway Stations on 21st of May.
Key Points:
i. It has inaugurated in Konkan Railway from Kudal Railway Station in Maharashtra.
ii. Indian Railways has tied by with SYSCON/JOISTER for providing 2 Mbps peer-to-peer.
iii. Free Wi-Fi bandwidth is available for 24 hrs at 28 railway stations of Konkan Railway.
iv. The free Wi-Fi facility would help the travelers, commuters and tourists access essential information while waiting for trains on railway stations.
v. The company has now undertaken as a part of their CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) activity of providing free Wi-Fi to rural area on the Konkan Route.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Jordan’s Azraq becomes world first clean energy refugee camp
Azraq has become the world’s first refugee camp powered by renewable energy.
Key Points:
i. To serve 20,000 Syrian refugees in the remote Azraq camp in Jordan’s desert the United Nations refugee agency switched on a newly built solar power plant.
ii. The $9.7 million plant was funded by the Ikea the global home furnishings retailer.
iii. To brighten up the lives for Refugees campaign.
iv. With the solar plant, the refugee agency is going to save $1.5 million a year in electricity costs.

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

Jacqueline Fernandez wins humanitarian award for her philanthropic work in India
Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez has received the International Humanitarian Award at the second annual Asian Voice Charity Awards. These awards have been instituted by Asian Voice, a leading British Asian news weekly.
i. Jacqueline has been given this award for her humanitarian work in India and abroad. Since past five years, she has been closely working with a non-profit organisation called ‘Habitat for Humanity’ which builds affordable houses for poor.
ii. She received the award from C B Patel, Publisher-Editor of ‘Asian Voice’ newspaper and Chairman of the Asian Voice Charity Awards.

Cochin Port Trust bags two awards
Cochin Port Trust has bagged two Best Performance Awards from the Ministry of Shipping.
Key Points:
i. Cochin Port has received the award for the highest growth in operating surplus.
ii. It also achieved the third highest growth in cargo traffic among the major ports in the year 2016-17.
iii. The awards were received from Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari by P Raveendran, Chairman and A V Ramana, Deputy Chairman, Cochin Port Trust at a function held at Goa Port Trust.
About Kerala:
♦ Kerala CM: Pinarayi Vijayan
♦ Kerala Governor: P.Sathasivam

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNS

First Indian-born woman Rehana Ameer elected to City of London Corporation
AUK entrepreneur Rehana Ameer has become the first India-born woman to be elected as a councillor to a ward in the UK.
Key Points:
i. Rehana Ameer was born in Chennai and she contested from Vintry ward in the City of London country as an independent candidate.
ii. She was elected as a councilor to the Court of Common Council.
iii. She said in her speech her key focus areas are road safety, improved air quality, mental health and better representation of all types of businesses as part of the Brexit negotiations
iv. She has become the first India-born woman to be elected to the City of London Corporation.

Mumbai Indians win IPL title for third time
On May 21, 2017, Mumbai Indians (MI) defeated Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in the Grand Finale by a margin of 1 run to win the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 title.
i. This final match of IPL 20217 was played at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
ii. Batting first, the top and middle order of Mumbai Indians struggled to smash big hits. However with Krunal Pandya’s timely knock of 47 runs, Mumbai Indians managed to reach a total of 129 runs.
iii. Mumbai Indians successfully defended this score by restricting Rising Pune Supergiant at 128/6.
iv. Krunal Pandya was named Man of the Match.
v. With this win Mumbai Indians became the only IPL team to have won three titles. Moreover, Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma became the only player to be on the winning side for four times.

IMPORTANT DAYS

World Biodiversity Day – May 22 2017
The World Biodiversity Day also known as International Day for Biological Diversity. It is observed on 22nd May every year.
Key Notes:
i. World Biodiversity Day was created in 1993 by the United Nations as an international day for the promotion of biodiversity issues.
ii. Each year, a theme is selected by the Secretariat of the CBD to highlight a specific focus area relating to biodiversity.
iii. The theme for 2017 for World Biodiversity Day is “Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism”.
iv. On May 22, events will take place throughout the world to highlight the vital linkages between biodiversity and agriculture.
v. It is used to address several problems in conservation of environment including loss of species, destruction of habitats, over exploitation, genetic pollution, invasive species, and effects of climate change on biodiversity.
vi. On the earth, highest biodiversity is found in tropics.
vii. It is estimated that there are 8.7 million species on earth of which 2.1 million live in Oceans while rest are terrestrial.

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