Current Affairs: Daily GK Update 9 and 10 May, 2017

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(1). India will Grow at 7.7% in 2018-19: IMF
i. The International Monetary Fund in its regional economic outlook has predicted the growth rate of India as 7.2% in the 2017-18 fiscal and 7.7% in 2018-19 fiscal.
ii. The report has stated that the disruptions caused by the demonetisation would be offset by a favorable monsoon and continued progress in resolving supply-side bottlenecks.
iii. According to the report, IMF has recommended the removal of long-standing structural bottlenecks to enhance market efficiency.
iv. International Monetary Fund (IMF) was established on December 27, 1945 with stated objectives to promote international economic cooperation, international trade, employment, and exchange rate stability, including by making resources available to member countries to meet balance of payments needs.
v. Its headquarters are in Washington, D.C.
vi. The IMF works to improve the economies of its member countries.
(2). Home Ministry asks States to Link Prisons with Courts via Video Conferencing
i. The Ministry of Home Affairs has asked all the state govts to link prisons with courts through video conferencing in order to expedite trials and to save costs of escorting undertrials to courts.
ii. The Home Ministry’s advisory to the states has been issued following a national conference of heads of prisons in states and UTs on prison reforms.
iii. In the conference, the state govts were advised to implement the following suggestions aimed at having an effective prison administration system.
iv. The states have been asked to integrate prison e-system with Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) as well as e-courts on a priority basis.
(3). India & Japan to Strengthen Defence Cooperation
i. India and Japan has decided to strengthen their military cooperation and hopes to pursue a strategic partnership for ensuring regional peace and stability.
ii. The visit of Defence minister Arun Jaitley to Tokyo comes at the backdrop of rising tension in the region such as territorial rows over the South China Sea and nuclear and missile threats from North Korea.
iii. The purpose of visit of Arun Jaitley to Tokyo was to attend an annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank.
iv. India and Japan have been increasing their defence cooperation amid China’s increasing assertiveness in the region.
v. India has welcomed the conduct of a planned trilateral naval exercise among the US, India and Japan in July as a means to strengthen cooperation in the Asia-Pacific.
vi. The Malabar trilateral exercise between Japan, the U.S. and India are slated to be held in the Bay of Bengal from July 10.
vii. Japan would send its helicopter carrier Izumo which is its largest warship to take part in the exercise.
viii. The Malabar series of exercise was initiated by the U.S. and India in 1992. Japan joined the exercise in 2007.
(4). Sachin Tendulkar conferred with Fellowship Award in UK
i. India’s cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar plans to support charities and various initiatives to help the under-privileged people in the second innings of his life.
ii. Tendulkar made the remarks here while receiving the Fellowship Award at the 7th annual Asian Awards last night.
iii. The award for outstanding achievement in Cinema was posthumously conferred on Om Puri who died earlier this year at the age of 66.
iv. India’s playback singer Adnan Sami won the award for ‘Outstanding achievement in Music.”
(5). Indian American Nominated for Key Post in FERC
i. US President Donald Trump has nominated Indian-American Neil Chatterjee as a Member of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
ii. FERC is an agency responsible for overseeing America’s power grid and deciding on multibillion-dollar energy projects. His term will expire on June 30, 2021.
iii. US Senate has to confirm Chatterjee before he can be sworn in as member of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
(6). Hollywood Actor Emma Watson bags first ever ‘genderless’ award
i. Hollywood actor Emma Watson has received the first-ever Genderless Acting Award for the Best Actor category at the MTV Movie and TV Awards.
ii. This is the first ever genderless award that doesn’t separate nominees based on their sex.
iii. The 2017 edition of the MTV Movie & TV Awards were held on May 7, 2017, in Los Angeles, California.
iv. It was the 26th edition of the awards.
v. The MTV Movie & TV Awards is a film and television awards presented annually to winners decided online by the general public.
vi. Emma Watson is a British actress, model, and activist. She is famous for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series.
(7). Great Britain stun Australia to win first Sultan Azlan Shah Cup
i. Great Britain won the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup title after a gap of 23 years with a rousing 4 -3 victory in the final against defending champions Australia in Malaysia on Saturday.
ii. Entering the final for the first time since their lone title win in 1994, Great Britain led all the way after securing an early lead in the eighth minute.
iii. India outplayed New Zealand 4-0 to claim the bronze medal, while Malaysia beat Japan 3-1 in the playoff for the fifth spot.
(8). Legendary sitarist Rais Khan passes away
i. India-born legendary sitar player Ustad Rais Khan passed away in Pakistan. He was 77.
ii. He was reportedly diagnosed with an ailment and had been bedridden for quite some time. He breathed his last in Karachi.
iii. He is survived by his wife, renowned singer Bilqees Khanum, and four sons, according to Tribune Pakistan.
(9). May 10: World Migratory Bird Day
i. World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is being observed across the world every year on May 10.
ii. The theme of this year is “Their Future is Our Future – A Healthy Planet for Migratory Birds and People”.
iii. It aims to highlight the interdependence of people and nature, and more specifically people and migratory birds, as they share the same planet and the same limited resources.
iv. The day seeks to raise awareness and highlight the need for the protection of migratory birds and their habitats.
v. On this day people around the world organize public events such as bird festivals, education programmes, exhibitions and bird-watching excursions to celebrate WMBD.
(10). PM Inaugurates Supreme Court’s ICMIS
i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated Supreme Court’s Integrated Case Management Information System (ICMIS).
ii. This digital filing system will mark Supreme Court’s first towards becoming a paperless, digital court.
iii. The inaugural function was held at Vigyan Bhavan when Prime Minister Modi uploaded the Integrated Case Management System with the Supreme Court website.
iv. The event was also attended by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and other judges of the Supreme Court.
v. ICMIS is hailed as the Biggest and highest leap in judicial system. Subsequently, all High Courts, District Courts, Sub-Division Courts will be integrated with the new system. Later on, all the jails in the country will be Integrated by ICMIS software.
vi. ICMIS will help litigants access data and obtain information about the filing, delays etc.
vii. It would pave way for the integration of all courts in the country.
viii. The appellants hereafter is not required to file the records as the records will be picked up electronically from trial courts and high courts.
ix. The digital filing system will also help in ushering transparency as nothing can be manipulated with this paperless system. Also, the litigants will be able to know the progress of the case on real time basis.
(11). Prime Minister to attend UN Vesak Day Celebrations in Sri Lanka
i. Prime Minister Modi will travel to Sri Lanka to attend the Buddhist festival ‘Vesak Day’ (Buddha Jayanti) that commemorates birth, enlighten and death of Buddha.
ii. This will be Prime Minister Modi’s second visit to Sri Lanka since becoming the Prime Minister.
iii. ‘International Day of Vesak’ celebrations will be held in Colombo from May 12 to 14.
iv. As a part of the celebrations, International Buddhist Conference will be held in which over 400 delegates from more than 100 countries will participate.
v. Vesak is the most important day in the Buddhist calendar. This is the first time Sri Lanka will host the festival.
vi.The Buddhist link between India and Sri Lanka dates back to 2nd century BC. During the reign of Emperor Ashoka, Buddhism was made as the official religion of India.
vii. Ashoka’s daughter Sanghamitta is believed to have brought a branch of original Bodh tree to Anuradhapura. Theravada Buddhism is widely practiced in Sri Lanka.
(12). Measurement of Liveability Index of Cities to commence Next Month
i. Ministry of Urban Development will launch measuring of Liveability Index of cities in the next month. The index will be based on indigenously evolved methodology.
ii. The Ministry of Urban Development has already released a detailed document on “Methodology for Collection and Computation of Liveability Standards in Cities”.
iii. The index will measure the Liveability Standards of 140 cities including 53 cities with population of 1 million and above.
iv. The aim of the assessment will be to instill a sense of healthy competition among cities and towns in the country and to help them focus their attention on improving governance and infrastructure availability.
(13). Govt Sets Up Task Force for Reliable Employment Data
i. The govt has set up a task force headed by NITI Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya to come up with a methodology to generate timely and reliable employment data.
ii. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself has initiated the process and has asked the task force to submit its recommendations at the earliest.
iii. The other members of the task force are labour secretary M. Sathiyavathy, secretary of the statistics department T.C.A. Ananth, NITI Aayog’s Pulak Ghosh and Manish Sabharwal, chairman and co-founder of staffing firm Teamlease Services Ltd.
(14). Jhulan Goswami named Highest Wicket-Taker in Women’s One-Day Internationals
i. Jhulan Goswami has become the highest wicket-taker in one-day internationals.Goswami has so far taken 181 wickets in 153 matches.
ii. She has broken the world record held by Australia fast bowler Cathryn Fitzpatrick who has taken 180 wickets during India’s ongoing match against South Africa in the Women’s Quadrangular Series in Potchefstroom.
iii. She achieved this feat with the wicket of No.11 batsman Raisibe Ntozakhe of South Africa.