Current Affairs – May 18, 2018

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Indian economy projected to grow 7.6% in 2018-19: UN

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India’s economy is projected to grow 7.6 percent in the fiscal year 2018-19, remaining the fastest growing economy in the world, as robust private consumption and benefits from past reforms help the country’s GDP gain momentum but sustained recovery in private investment remains a crucial challenge, according to a UN report. The UN World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) as of mid-2018, said GDP growth in India is expected to climb to 7.5 and 7.6 percent in fiscal years 2017-18 and 2018-19 respectively. This is a substantial recovery from the 6.7 percent growth India registered in the fiscal year 2017.

Suresh Prabhu launches Intellectual Property mascot – IP Nani

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The Minister of Commerce and Industry Shri Suresh Prabhu launched the Intellectual Property (IP) mascot – IP Nani – at the conference on National Intellectual Property Rights Policy in New Delhi. An anti-piracy video featuring Mr. Amitabh Bachchan was also launched by the Minister at the event. 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.

National Conference of Fisheries Ministers of Coastal states held in Delhi

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During the last decade, India has attained the first position with around 14% average annual growth in the export of fish & fishery products. Fish production in India has also grown by 27% in 2014-18 as compared to 2010-14. This was stated by the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh while addressing the Fisheries Ministers of Coastal states and Union Territories. Shri Singh also stated that the Government has made a budget provision of Rs 7,522.48 crore for the establishment of Fisheries and Aquaculture Infrastructure Development Fund (FAIDF) which has the potential to benefit 40 lakh marine and inland fishermen, especially women, self-help groups, weaker sections by making available modern infrastructure facilities and increased value of the produce. He said like farmers, fishermen will also get the benefit of ‘Kisan Credit Card‘.

Uttam Pacharne appointed as regular Chairman of Lalit Kala Akademi

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The President of India has appointed Shri Uttam Pacharne, as regular Chairman of Lalit Kala Akademi. Shri Pacharne is an eminent artist and sculptor. He is a widely respected person in the field of art and has held various important positions. Currently, he is Member of Advisory Committee, Kala Academy, Goa and Member of Advisory Committee, P.L. Deshpande State Lalit Kala Academy and Director, Janseva Sahakari Bank Borivali. Pacharne will hold office for a term of three years from the date on which he assumes the charge of his office.

Himanta Sarma elected as vice-president of Badminton Asia Confederation

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Himanta Biswa Sarma, the President of Badminton Association of India (BAI), has been elected unanimously as the vice-president of Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC) during the Annual General Meeting of the body at Bangkok, Thailand on 17th May. Sarma, who is also the chairman of Para-Badminton committee, will take over the post of Vice-President with immediate effect.

Ambika Sharma to head USIBC India office

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The U.S India Business Council named Ambika Sharma as its head for India. Ms. Sharma was Director General for International at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). As Director General of FICCI, Sharma is the highest ranked female executive of an Indian industry body, the USIBC said in a statement.

EU-India workshop held on countering online radicalization in Delhi

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The European Union (EU) and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) organized a two-day workshop (May 16-17) in which Indian and European experts discussed various aspects of online radicalization. In addition to the NIA, representatives from several state police forces – Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Punjab, Goa, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Manipur and also central agencies took part in the workshop. The European participants represented Europol (the EU Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation) as well as law enforcement agencies from Belgium, France, and Spain.
Director General of National Investigation Agency: Yogesh Chander Modi

Gina Haspel confirmed as CIA’s first female director

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The US Senate has approved the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) first female director, despite her role in the spy agency’s post-9/11 interrogation programme. Gina Haspel’s confirmation in a 54-45 vote follows a partisan fight among senators about the CIA’s Bush-era use of techniques such as waterboarding. Ms. Haspel, a CIA veteran, once oversaw a so-called black site in Thailand after the 11 September 2001 attacks. The former CIA chief, Mike Pompeo, left to become US Secretary of State.

Rajput named Zimbabwe’s interim head coach

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Still nursing their wounds after failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1979, Zimbabwe on 17th May appointed former India and Mumbai batsman Lalchand Rajput as the interim head coach of their senior men’s national team. Rajput was named as the head coach for the African team after Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) sacked former Zimbabwe pacer Heath Streak after the team failed to qualify for the World Cup, after looking like having made the cut at one stage.

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