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May 20, 2017

20th May 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (20th May 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 20th May 2017

International Current Affairs
  • US President Donald J. Trump is travelling to Middle East and Europe.
    • Note : This is his first ever foreign trip after taking over the Presidency in January this year.
  • Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order banning smoking in public across the country
    • The ban, which carries a maximum penalty of four months in jail and a fine of 5,000 pesos (around ₹6,500), covers both indoor and outdoor smoking.
  • Hello, the social network founded by Orkut creator Orkut Buyukkokten, has been launched in India. 
    • The app, which is still in beta phase, claims to let users build "personas" based on their passions and interests. 
    • A personality test on the app also helps users connect with other people that they are likely to get along with.
  • China and the 10 member of the ASEAN grouping have agreed to a framework of a legally binding code of conduct aimed at preventing disputes in the strategic South China Sea.
National Current Affairs
  • The Election Commission today held a demonstration on the working of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) System to prove that the machines are tamper-proof. 
    • Ruling out manipulation of EVMs at manufacturing stage citing tight security, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi added that chip on EVM is one-time programmable and doesn't have a Wi-fi chip.
    • The Commission also threw an open challenge to political parties, who contested the five-state Assembly elections held recently, to hack the EVMs and announced to hold a hackathon for the same June 3 onwards.
  • The Uttar Pradesh government has renamed its "anti-Romeo" squad as Nari Suraksha Bal, which intends to curb harassment of women at public places.
    • Note : CM Yogi Adityanath had announced the formation of these anti-Romeo squads in March, days after he assumed office.
People in News
  • Former Supreme Court judge Dalveer Bhandari was among the 11 judges of the International Court of Justice panel presiding over Kulbhushan Jadhav's case
    • Bhandari was a judge in the Indian judiciary for more than 20 years, before his elevation to the UN court. Bhandari in 2012 became the first Indian to be elected to the ICJ in nearly two decades.
Recent Committees in News
  • The Chitale Committee on Desiltation of Ganga has recommended a slew of measures including study of reach-wise sediment transport processes along with establishing annual sediment budgets to guide desilting activities and entrusting a technical institute to conduct sediment budget, morphological and flood routing studies that would examine and confirm the necessity of the de-silting of the reach under consideration.
    • About this Committee : The Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation had constituted this 4 Member committee to prepare guidelines for desiltation of Ganga River last year. 
      • Head of the Committee Madhav Chitale (Expert Member of National Ganga River Basin Authority).
New Appointments
  • Reformist Hassan Rouhani today won Iran's presidential election, beating principlist opponent Ebrahim Raisi to begin his second four-year term in office.
  • Air Marshal PN Pradhan today took over as Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Operations), a key platform to ensure a high degree of synergy between the armed forces.
Books & Authors
  • The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has released a two-part book series titled – M.S. Swaminathan: The Quest for a world without hunger
    • These books were written by the eminent agricultural scientist Dr. M.S. Swaminathan who is also known as the Father of the Green Revolution in India.
Sports Current Affairs
  • Mumbai Indians defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by six wickets in Indian Premier League Qualifier-2 on Friday to qualify for the final. 
    • Mumbai will now play Rising Pune Supergiant in the tournament final on Sunday. 
    • Note : This is the fourth time Mumbai have reached the IPL final, having won the tournament twice in 2013 and 2015, while finishing runner-up in 2010.
  • India's compound men's archery team comprising Abhishek Verma, Chinna Raju Srither and Amanjeet Singh beat Colombia 226-221 to win the Gold medal at the season's first World Cup in Shanghai today.
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