6th May 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

International Current Affairs
  • Today (6th May 2017) is International No Diet Day.
    • This day  is an annual celebration of body acceptance, including fat acceptance and body shape diversity.
    • Note : The  symbol of International No Diet Day is a light blue ribbon.
  • A law banning excessively thin models has come into effect in France, and ‘unhealthily skinny’ models will not be allowed to work in the fashion industry unless they provide a doctor’s medical certificate.
    • The health ministry explained the aim is to fight eating disorders and inaccessible ideals of beauty.
National Current Affairs
  • The world’s first “ladies special” suburban train, which runs in Mumbai, has completed 25 years.
    • Prior to its launch, women commuters were forced to travel in cramped regular ladies compartments.
    • Note : At present, the Western Railway operates eight ladies special services daily, divided equally during the morning and evening peak hours.
  • The Supreme Court today asked the state governments to issue a notification to include children affected with HIV in the disadvantaged group for imparting free, compulsory education under the 2009 law.
  • Capital punishment has been carried out in 4 instances in India since 2000.
    • Yakub Memon was hanged till death in 2015 after being convicted in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case.
    • Afzal Guru was executed in 2013 while Pakistani militant
    • Ajmal Kasab was hanged in 2012.
    • Dhananjoy Chatterjee was hanged in 2004 for rape and murder.
    • Note : The four convicts in Nirbhaya gang rape case will be hanged soon as the Supreme Court confirms death sentence.
  • The government has declared the entire Assam as a “disturbed” area under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act for another 3 months.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) today announced that it will soon launch a smartphone app which will allow people to rate the service quality of their call after the call ends.
    • It also announced that it will further bolster the existing ‘Do Not Disturb’ system, which helps people to avoid calls from telemarketers.
Awards & Honors
  • Saqib Majeed, a Kashmir based freelance photographer has bagged prestigious 2016 Wisden-MCC (Melbourne Cricket Council) Cricket ‘Photograph of the Year’ Award.
    • With this he has become the first Kashmiri and second Asian after Atul Kamble to receive the prestigious award.

New Appointments

  • In a bid to improve their efficiency, the Indian government today appointed heads for 7 Public Sector Banks. They are :
    • Sunil Mehta – Punjab National Bank
    • Dinabandhu Mohapatra – Bank of India
    • Usha Ananthasubramanian – Allahabad Bank
    • Melwyn Rego – Syndicate Bank
    • Rajkiran Rai G – Union Bank of India
    • R.A. Sankara Narayanan – Vijaya Bank
    • R. Subramaniakumar – Indian Overseas Bank
Deaths
  • India’s first woman High Court Chief Justice and Delhi High Court’s first woman judge, Justice (retired) Leila Seth (86), passed away.
    • She was the mother of noted author Vikram Seth (A suitable boy, Two lives)
  • Swimming legend Adolph Kiefer (98), USA’s oldest living gold medalist in any sport, died today in Illinois aged 98 after reportedly suffering from pneumonia.
    • He won the 100-meter backstroke at the 1936 Berlin Olympics as a 17-year-old, creating an Olympic record that stood for 20 years.
Science & Technology
  • The recently launched GSAT-9 / South Asia Satellite‘ became the 1st Indian spacecraft to use an electric propulsion system (EPS).
    • It significantly reduced the payload weight as the satellite carried only 80kg of chemical fuel for its 12-year-long mission, 25% of the fuel otherwise needed.
Sports Current Affairs
  • Boxer Shiva Thapa won a Silver medal at the Asian Boxing Championships in Uzbekistan today.
    • With this he became the first Indian to claim three back-to-back medals at the event.
  • India’s men’s hockey team clinched the Bronze medal at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, after defeating New Zealand 4-0 in Malaysia today.

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