Daily Current Affairs - 18th May 2018

Arab League calls for probe into alleged crimes by Israeli forces against Palestinians

  • Arab League called for an international probe into alleged crimes by Israeli forces against Palestinians following mass protests on the Gaza border that saw dozens of demonstrators killed. The league said that they will call for a credible international investigation into the crimes committed by the occupation.
  • The largest demonstrations coincided with the move of the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem which saw Israeli forces kill some 60 Palestinians.
  • Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit
  • Headquarters: Cairo, Egypt

Atletico Madrid crowned champions of Europa League after defeating Marseille 3-0

  • Striker Antoine Griezmann scored two goals as Atletico Madrid won the Europa League for the third time with a resounding 3-0 victory in the final scoring two goals in each half. The victory marked Atletico's third UEFA Europa League trophy.
  • Atletico won the trophies in 2010 and 2012.

Banks under PCA will get over legacy issues soon, says Goyal

  • Finance Minister Piyush Goyal expressed confidence that the 11 banks placed in the Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) plan would overcome their ‘legacy’ issues and emerge stronger shortly.
  • The Centre would provide every possible support to strengthen the resolve of these banks to come out of the PCA framework as quickly as possible.
  • The 11 public sector banks that are currently under the Reserve Bank of India’s PCA framework.
  • The banks under PCA are Dena Bank, Allahabad Bank, United Bank of India, Corporation Bank, IDBI Bank, UCO Bank, Bank of India, Central Bank of India, Indian Overseas Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce and Bank of Maharashtra.
  • PCA: RBI has put in place some trigger points to assess, monitor, control and take corrective actions on banks which are weak and troubled. The process or mechanism under which such actions are taken is known as Prompt Corrective Action, or PCA.

Cabinet approves setting up of a Central University in Andhra Pradesh

  • The Union Cabinet cleared in-principle a proposal for setting up a central university in Andhra Pradesh and approved a provisioning of Rs 450 crore for its first phase. It is to be set up in Janthaluru village of Anantapur district. The university would be mentored by an existing central university till its governing structure was in place.
  • The university would be mentored by an existing central university till its governing structure was in place.

Centre creates DG for trade remedies

  • The Ministry of Commerce has issued a notification for a unified Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) that would subsume the Directorate General of Anti-dumping and Allied duties, Directorate General of Safeguards and some functions of the Directorate General of Foreign Trade.
  • DGTR will be the apex national authority for all trade remedial measures including anti-dumping, countervailing duties and safeguard measures.
  • It will also provide trade defence support to domestic industry and to exporters in trade remedy investigations instituted by other countries.

Cyclone Sagar: IMD issues advisory to 5 states, 1 union territory

  • Indian Meteorological Department has issued an advisory to Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra and the Lakshadweep Islands over cyclonic storm 'Sagar'. The cyclonic storm lay centered over the Gulf of Aden, about 390 km east-northeast of Yemen's Aden city and 560 km west-northwest of Socotra Islands. It cautioned fishermen not to venture into Gulf of Aden and adjoining areas.
  • Director General of Indian Meteorological Department, Dr. K. J. Ramesh

Environment Ministry Forms 19 Teams to Undertake Cleaning of Beaches, River Fronts and Lakes in Nine Coastal States

  • The Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, has formed 19 teams to take up cleaning of beaches, river fronts and lakes in the country. Cleaning up of around 24 beaches in nine (9) coastal states and cleaning of river fronts in 24 identified polluted stretches in 19 states (list attached) will be undertaken.
  • The 19 teams will include senior officers of MoEF&CC, state nodal agencies in-charge of eco-clubs of schools, State Pollution Control Boards, district administration, college of fisheries located along the coastal stretches and other educational/research institutions. The teams will involve school children, college students and local communities in the cleaning exercise.
  • An amount of Rs. 10 lakh has been earmarked for each stretch of beach, river front and lake.
  • The clean-up activities have started from May 15 and will conclude on June 5-the World Environment Day. This year India is the host of United Nations's World Environment Day celebrations.

Gujarat govt to launch free treatment scheme for road accident victims

  • Gujarat government will launch free treatment scheme for the road accident victims. Under this scheme, Gujarat government will bear medical expenses of up to 50,000 rupees for each victim of road accident in the state for the first 48 hours. Free treatment includes dressing of wounds, X-ray, blood transfusion, treatment in ICU and MRI, and all other treatment available in a hospital.
  • Even people hailing from other states or citizens of other countries will get free treatment regardless of their income if they meet with a road accident and admitted to a government or a private hospital in Gujarat.

Himanta Biswa Sarma elected as Vice-President of Badminton Asia Confederation

  • The President of Badminton Association of India (BAI), Himanta Biswa Sarma has been elected as the Vice-President of Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC). ). The election took place during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the continental body in Bangkok, Thailand. His appointment will be a huge boost for Indian badminton.

India beat Malaysia to reach women's Asian Champions Trophy final

  • Defending champions India entered into the summit clash of the women's Asian Champions Trophy after edging past Malaysia 3-2 at Donghae City (Korea). It was their third consecutive victory after having defeated Japan 4-1 and China 3-1 in previous encounters. Gurjit Kaur, Vandana Katariya and Lalremsiami scored goals for India.
  • India now tops the table with nine points and will next take on hosts Korea in their final pool match on Saturday.

IP Nani: Union government's Intellectual Property Mascot

  • Minister of Commerce and Industry Shri Suresh Prabhu has launched the government's Intellectual Property (IP) mascot,IP Nani at the conference on National Intellectual Property Rights Policy in New Delhi.
  • Mascot IP Nani is a tech-savvy grandmother who helps the government and enforcement agencies in combating IP crimes with the help of her grandson “Chhotu” aka Aditya. The IP mascot will spread awareness about the importance of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) among people, especially children, in an interesting manner.
  • This mascot is also in line with the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) campaign for the World IP Day 2018. It also depicts that a strong IP system can support innovative women and everyone in their quest to bring their amazing ideas to the market.

Newest frog for India from Karnataka

  • The latest addition to India’s frog fauna is the Mangaluru narrow-mouthed frog christened Microhyla kodial, which has been found it two years ago in a small industrial region in coastal Karnataka. The frog is more closely related to southeast Asian frogs than Indian frogs.
  • The narrow-mouthed frog is the 42nd species belonging to the genus Microhyla recorded from south Asia. More than 650 microhylids – or frogs belonging to the family Microhylidae – are found across the world’s tropics

SC likely to pronounce its order on finalisation of Cauvery management scheme

  • The Supreme Court bench is likely to pronounce its order on finalization of the Cauvery management scheme.The bench will consider the suggestions given by all stakeholders while finalising the Cauvery scheme.
  • The Centre, told the court that the government has modified the provision of the scheme that had empowered it to pass directions from time to time with regard to water distribution.
  • The apex court, in its verdict delivered on February 16 had asked the Centre to frame the Cauvery management scheme, which also included creating the Cauvery Managament Board, within six weeks for release of water from Karnataka to Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry

Union Cabinet approves setting up of new AIIMS in Deoghar, Jharkhand

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved setting up of a new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Deoghar, Jharkhand. A provision of funds worth Rs. 1103 crore has been approved for the project and the said AIIMS will be set up under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY).
  • The AIIMS at Deoghar will consist of 750 beds, trauma center facilities
  • Under the PMSSY, AIIMS have been established in Bhubaneswar, Bhopal, Raipur, Jodhpur, Rishikesh and Patna. Work of AIIMS Rae Bareli (U.P.), Nagpur (Maharashtra), Kalyani (West Bengal) and Mangalagiri in Guntur (A.P.) is in progress.

World Telecommunication Day 2018 observed on May 17

  • World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is observed every year on May 17. This day is celebrated to mark the anniversary of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). On this day the first International Telegraph Convention was signed in the year 1865.
  • In November 2005, the World Summit called upon the UN General Assembly to declare 17 May as World Telecommunication and Information Society Day to focus on the important issues of Information and Telecommunication raised by WSIS.
  • The General Assembly adopted the resolution in March 2006 stipulating that the World Information Society Day shall be celebrated every year on 17 May.

Yeddyurappa takes oath as CM of Karnataka

  • Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader BS Yeddyurappa took oath as the 23rd chief minister of Karnataka at the Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru amid massive protests from the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) hours after the Supreme Court rejected their joint petition seeking a stay on the ceremony. He has to take floor test to prove his party's majority in the assembly. This is the third time that BSY, as he is popularly known, has taken over as the chief minister.
  • The BJP emerged as the single-largest party in the state with 104 seats but fell short of reaching the halfway mark of 112 in the assembly.