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Current Affairs May 19, 2017

1). President of India inaugurated new healthcare Institute in West Bengal:

  • President Pranab Mukerjee inaugurated Institute of Liver and Digestive Sciences at Sonarpur in West Bengal.
  • The Institute is the brainchild of NGO The Liver Foundation, West Bengal
  • President also expressed concerns regarding the commercialization of health services.

2). Tejas Express to start its operations from May 22:

  • India’s luxurious train Tejas Express will be inaugurated on 22nd of this month.
  • Tejas Express will run between Mumbai and Goa at a speed of 130 Km/hr and would cover this distance in about 8 and half hours.
  • The additional facilities in these coaches are:
    • Bio-vaccum toilets
    • Water level indicators
    • Tap sensors
    • Hand dryers etc.

3). Indira Gandhi Peace Prize 2014 was yesterday presented to ISRO:

  • In 2014, ISRO was selected for Indira Gandhi Peace Prize.
  • The jury was headed by Vice President Hamid Ansari.
  • This award was yesterday presented to ISRO Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar by former PM Manmohan Singh.
  • The prize is also called as Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development.
  • The winner is awarded with Indira Portrait over trophy made of Haematite Jasper and cash prize of Rs. 1 Crore.
  • In 2015, it was awarded to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
  • The first recipient of this award is the international organization ‘Parliamentarians for Global Action’ and only two Indians have won this award previously – Rajiv Gandhi and Ela Bhatt (Social Activist).

4). Online live exhibition of Victoria Memorial in Google Arts & Culture Project displayed:

  • It was started from 18th May on the International Museum Day.
  • It displayed three different exhibitions:
    • Magnificent Heritage of India as seen by the Daniells
    • The Art of Abanindranath Tagore
    • Gaganendranath Tagore: Painter and Personality
  • These three contains total 241 paintings.
  • The paintings by Daniells are 18th century western art whereas the paintings by Tagore brothers represents Bengal School of art.
  • The most famous of these paintings is 1905 creation of Bharatmata by Abanindranath Tagore.

 5). Indian online company Zomato database hacked:

  • Indian online restaurant search and discovery company data was hacked yesterday.
  • The company official stated that only the usernames and password containing hashtags (###) of 17 million users were stolen from its database.
  • However the company claimed that the hackers have not stolen payment data of customers because of the high level security in that database.

6). Two US artillery guns arrived India:

  • India signed a contract with US in 2016 to buy 145 artillery guns ‘M777 howitzers’ out of which 2 arrived here yesterday. The 120 will be imported by India whereas remaining 25 will be assembled in India in partnership with Mahindra group.
  • M777 howitzers are manufactured by BAE Systems USA.
  • M777 howitzers are 155 mm artillery gun made up of Aluminium and Titanium are ultra-light weighing only 4000 Kg. This makes them easy for transportation by helicopters.
  • It is a 39-calibre towed gun.
  • The next lot of guns will be arrived after the firing table gets ready. These two are getting under trials at Pokhran range.
  • Indian defence will induct these all artillery guns till 2021.

        Other artillery guns with India:

  • Howitzers will replace the much scandalized Bofors gun which was made by Sweden.
  • Also, apart from Howitzers, India is in the final stage to trials and induction of DHANUSH which is an upgraded and indigenous version of Bofors.
  • ATAGS (Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System) is the new gun under development by DRDO in partnership with private company i.e. PPP model was recently given a nod by army in January this year.

7). Indian Cabinet Minister Anil Madhav Dave died of cardiac arrest:

  • He was currently serving as the Union Minister (independent charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in the current NDA government.
  • He was Rajya Sabha MP representing Madhya Pradesh from the BJP.




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