English Current Affairs 12-05-2018
-> In a bid to help sugar mills to clear cane dues of farmers, Central Government has issued orders to extend financial assistance @ of Rs. 5.50 per quintal of cane crushed in sugar season 2017-18 to sugar mills to offset the cost of cane.
-> Vice President of India and the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, Venkaiah Naidu has constituted a 2-member committee to review rules of procedure and conduct of business in Rajya Sabha.
-> Modi and his Nepalese counterpart K.P. Sharma Oli jointly inaugurate a direct bus service between Janakpur and Ayodhya.
-> The Supreme Court on Friday asked Chief Justices of High Courts across the country to set up anti-sexual harassment at workplace committees in High Courts and district courts within two months
-> Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP), a Central scheme aimed at arresting and reversing the decline in Child Sex Ratio (CSR), has been extended to 10 more districts in the Tamil Nadu.
-> Indian Navy is engaged in conducting a joint exclusive economic zone (EEZ) surveillance of Maldives. For this purpose, Indian Navy has deployed Indian Naval (IN) ship Sumedha, a Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel (NOPV), from 9th to 17th May 2018.
-> India’s longest road and railway bridge “Bogibeel bridge”, linking Dibrugarh in Assam to Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh is expected to be inaugurated in 2018 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
-> Parliamentary panel headed by BJP leader Murali Manohar Joshi decided to study the recovery of black money and performance of public sector banks etc.
-> Kerala Government approved setting up of the Kerala Fibre Optic Network Limited, the Joint Venture, to implement the Kerala Fibre Optic Network (K-FON) project, as a part of its programme to offer free internet to over 20 lakh poor families.
-> Commonwealth Heads of Government has launched an online platform named Commonwealth Digital Education Leadership Training in Action (C-DELTA) to create an enabling environment and culture of lifelong learning.
-> The department of youth and cultural affairs of the Gujarat government will be co-organisers for the centenary celebrations to mark the independence of Poland in Delhi and other parts of the world
-> Prof Muhammad Yunus was awarded the 11th KISS Humanitarian Award 2018 at an event, in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
-> Leading vaccine maker Bharat Biotech on Friday received the National Technology Award for 2018 from the Central government’s Technology Development Board for its Rotavac vaccine.
Appointment & Resigns
-> Munu Mahawar, an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of 1996 batch has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Sultanate of Oman.
-> Flipkart co-founder and Executive Chairman Sachin Bansal has announced his exit from Flipkart, following Walmart’s deal to acquire Flipkart.
Science and Technology
-> Scientists have discovered world’s second oldest grain of magmatic zircon (a mineral that contains traces of radioactive isotopes) from Champua from Singhbhum rock sample in Odisha’s Kendujhar district.
-> Bangladesh’s first communication satellite Bangabandhu-1 will be launched by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A.
-> World University champion Vinita Bhardwaj and Mukund Agarwal won the gold in mixed air rifle in the International Shooting Competition of Hannover.