Current Affairs, News & Facts of 11 May 2016

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  • Bangladesh hangs Jamaat-e-Islami chief Nizami for war crimes

    Bangladesh hangs Jamaat-e-Islami chief Nizami for war crimesBangladesh authorities has executed head of the banned Jamaat-e-Islami party Motiur Rahman Nizami for war crimes committed during the 1971 war of independence to break away from Pakistan. 

    The 73-year old Nizami was hanged at Dhaka Central Jail midnight last night. He did seek a review of his death sentence through the judicial system, but the country’s Supreme Court upheld his punishment.

    Nizami is the fifth senior official from opposition parties to be executed since 2013 for war crimes carried out during the 1971 war.

    Three other senior members of Nizami’s Jamaat-e-Islami party and a top leader of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party led by former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia have also been hanged.

    Motiur Rahman Nizami: Nizami was held responsible for the killings of dozens of intellectuals, including teachers, journalists and doctors, just two days before Bangladesh gained its independence in 1971. He was also convicted of three other major charges including the killings of 480 people. 

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  • Atmaram Nadkarni appointed Additional Solicitor General

    Atmaram Nadkarni appointed Additional Solicitor GeneralThe appointments committee of the central cabinet has been appointed Goa’s Advocate General and senior advocate Atmaram Nadkarni as the Additional Solicitor General in the Supreme Court of India for a period of three years.

    Function of Additional Solicitor General :

    Additional Solicitor General acts as a law officer to advise the central government on various legal matters, and the Solicitor General and Additional Solicitor Generals assist the government’s top legal advisor Attorney General (highest law officer of the country). He is third ranking lawyer of the Union Government.

    The office and duties of Attorney General is created by the Constitution under the Article 76. While, Solicitor General and Additional Solicitor Generals’ office and duties are governed by Law Officers (Conditions of Service) Rules, 1987 and not by the Constitution.

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  • Obama to Be First Sitting President to Visit Hiroshima

    Obama to Be First Sitting President to Visit HiroshimaBarack Obama will become the first sitting American president to visit Hiroshima, the first target of an atomic bomb in 1945, killing an estimated 140,000 people in the final days of the second world war. Jimmy Carter (39th President of the United States) visited Hiroshima in 1984, after after the end of his presidency.

    However White House has said that "Obama visit to Hiroshima should not be viewed as an apology". He he had expressed in 2009  to travel to either of the two Japanese cities on which the U.S. dropped atomic bombs in 1945 which he will fulfil on May 27. Mr Obama will also take part in the G7 summit in Japan's Ise-Shima peninsula and hold bilateral talks with Mr Abe.

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  • Shashank Manohar steps down as BCCI President

    Shashank Manohar steps down as BCCI PresidentShashank Manohar has resigned as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) at a time when BCCI is resisting the sweeping reforms recommended by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice Lodha panel.

    He took over as BCCI president for a second term last October 2015, after the sudden demise of Jagmohan Dalmiya.

    Manohar was designated as the ICC chairman but the new rules mentions that Chairman should be of independent nature and can’t hold a post in his/her home board.

    Mr.Manohar’s resignation leaves the BCCI a headless body for the second time in less than a year. The new president, will have to be nominated by at least one of the six full members from the east zone, will be in charge till the 2017 Annual general meeting (AGM ). An aspiring candidate should have attended at least two AGMs and have held the post of an office-bearer or vice-president in the past.

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  • Rodrigo Duterte wins 2016 Philippines Presidential Election

    Rodrigo Duterte wins 2016 Philippines Presidential ElectionThe Philippine politician Rodrigo Duterte, has won the 2016 presidential election of the Philippines by a landslide victory. He will become the 16th President-elect of Philippines.

    In the Presidential election that was held on 9 May 2016, Duterte secured Duterte secured more than 14.8m votes - about 39%. He was followed by Mar Roxas 23% (9.27 million) votes and his closest rival Grace Poe with 22% (8.6 million) votes.

    Rodrigo Duterte : 'Trump' of Philippines

    Rodrigo Duterte popularly known as " The Punisher"  belives that murdering criminals can only bring permanent peace. He has been mayor of Davao City, a highly urbanized city on Mindanao island, for seven terms, totalling more than 22 years during which  he turned Davao City from the "murder capital of The Philippines" to “the most peaceful city in southeast Asia.” During the Presidential elections, he was nicknamed as Dirty Harry and often was compared to the US presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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  • RBI to issue Rs 1,000 banknotes with inset letter 'R' 

    RBI to issue Rs 1,000 banknotes with inset letter 'R' Reserve Bank of India will shortly issue banknotes of Rs 1,000 denominations with inset letter 'R' in both the number panels.

    The banknotes will also have on the obverse, all the other security features, including ascending size of numerals, bleed lines and enlarged identification mark.

    The design of these banknotes notes to be issued now is similar in all respects to the Rs 1000 banknotes in Mahatma Gandhi Series - 2005 issued earlier.

    The banknotes bearing signature of RBI Governor Raghuram G Rajan, will also have the year of printing '2016' printed on the reverse.All the banknotes in the denomination of 1000 rupees issued by RBI in the past, would continue to be legal tender.

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  • National Technology Day, 2016

    National Technology Day, 2016The National Technology Day is being celebrated every year on May 11 by the Ministry of Science & Technology to commemorate achievements of Innovation and Technology in the country.

    The event is marked with great pride as the country achieved a huge technological progression on this particular day.

    This year’s theme for celebrations of the Technology Day is ‘Technology enablers of Startup India’. 

    It was on May 11, 1998, when India successfully tested 5 nuclear powered bombs in Pokhran, Rajasthan, to demonstrate its defence capability.

    Apart from Pokhran nuclear test, on this day that the first, indigenous aircraft “Hansa-3” was test flown at Bangalore. India also conducted successful test firing of the Trishul missile on the same day.

    Award ceremony : To celebrate this day Technology Development Board (TDB) has has instituted a National Award which is conferred on to various individuals and industries by the President for their successful achievement in commercialization of Indigenous Technology.

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  • Indian Navy launches underwater Harbour Defence Systems 

    Indian Navy launches underwater Harbour Defence Systems The Indian Navy has launched the state-of-the-art harbour defence systems, viz. Integrated Underwater Harbour Defence and surveillance system (IUHDSS)  and mine warfare data centre(MWDC), in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.

    The installations  would enhance the Navy's surveillance capability and response to security threats at the naval dockyard in Visakhapatnam.

    Key facts 

    IUHDSS: The IUHDSS is a multi-sensor system capable of detecting, identifying, tracking and generating warnings for all types of surface and underwater threats to Visakhapatnam harbour.

    MWDC: The MWDC will collate, analyse and classify data collected by the Navy's Mine Hunting Ships from various ports along the East coast. This state-of-the-art facility will be the nodal centre for maintaining an underwater information database of harbours along the East coast.

    Background :

    Post 26/11, the Indian Navy was made responsible for the security of the country's vast coastline of 7516 km in coordination with other agencies like Indian Coast Guard, Marine Police, fisheries, etc.

    The creation of the Sagar Prahari Bal, induction of Fast Interceptor Crafts (FICs) and commissioning of the IUHDSS are some of the Navy's measures to strengthen security.

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  • 4th SAIEVAC Ministerial Meeting begins in New Delhi 

    4th SAIEVAC Ministerial Meeting begins in New Delhi The fourth edition South Asia Initiative to End Violence Against Children (SAIEVAC) Ministerial Meeting has begun in New Delhi.

    The 3 day landmark meeting (from 9 to 11 May 2016) is being hosted by the Union Ministry of Child and Women Development.

    Delegates from the governments and civil society organizations of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have assembled to assess progress and developments through past decade of regional effort.

    During the meeting India showcased some of its major initiatives like Childline-1098, Trackchild and Khoya Paya, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) 2012 among others. 

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