Important Current Affairs Today 11 May 2017: Your daily guide for General Knowledge Preparation

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Important Days and Dates
National Technology Day: May 11
Every year May 11 is celebrated as National Technology Day. It is the day to commemorate the first of the five nuclear tests that were carried out on 11 May 1998.On 11 May 1998, Operation Shakti (Pokhran-II) was initiated with the detonation of one fusion and two fission bombs.
Following the Pokhran-II tests, India became the sixth country to join the nuclear club.
Theme of National Technology Day: – “Technology for inclusive and sustainable growth”

National News
1.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has left for Sri Lanka to attend International Vesak Day.
• It is also known as Buddha Purnima and Buddha Day
• It is a holiday observed traditionally by Buddhists.
• It commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha in the Theravada or southern tradition.
• Prime Minister of Sri Lanka- Ranil Wickremesinghe

2.Bengaluru tops list of most affordable tech cities worldwide.
• According to the Savills Tech Cities Index Bengaluru is the most affordable tech cities in the world followed by Cape Town and Santiago.
• Overall rank of Bengaluru was 20th on the list of 22 cities that were evaluated.
• Bengaluru is at the 17th position in terms of talent pool, the list is topped by Boston.
• Chief Minister of Karnataka – Siddaramaiah

3. Dangal becomes highest grossing Indian film in China.
• Dangal has become the highest grossing Indian film in China, after earning Rs. 148.67 crore within a week of its release.
• Danaga lreplaced PK that had made Rs123 crore to be highest grossing Indian film in China.
• Director of Dangal – Nitesh Tiwari

4. Kochi Metro is going to employ 23 members from the Transgender community.
• This is the 1st time a government owned company has formally appointed members of the transgender community.
• Kochi is a major port city on the south-west coast of India and is part of the district of Ernakulam in the state of Kerala.
• Chief Minister of Kerala – Pinarayi Vijayan

International News
1UN court to hold public hearing on Kulbhushan execution.
• The International Court of Justice has announced that it will conduct public hearings on Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence in Pakistan.
• India claims that Pakistan had abducted Jadhav from Iran and falsely accused him of spying for India.
• Headquarters of International Court of Justice – The Hague Netherlands

2. Russia’s 72nd Victory Day Parade.
• Over 10,000 Russian troops on Tuesday marched with ballistic missiles, armoured tanks, and new aircraft systems to mark Victory Day.
• Victory Day commemorates the victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War.
• Victory Day Parade was recently took place in Red Square in Moscow.
• President of Russia – Vladimir Putin

3.Earthquake of 5.5 magnitude hits China.
• Eight people were killed and 20 others were injured when an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 struck China’s northwest Xinjiang region.
• Earthquake occurred in the remote Taxkorgan County area of Kashgar Prefecture at a depth of 8 km (5 miles).

4. Norway to build world’s 1st self-sailing electric cargo ship.
• Norway plans to launch the world’s first autonomous and fully electric cargo ship named YaraBirkeland next year.
• It is expected to be capable of performing fully autonomous operations from 2020 and save 40,000 truck journeys annually.
• Capital of Norway – Oslo.

Business News
1. Paytm signs non exclusive deal to acquire Free Charge.
• Paytm has reportedly signed a non-exclusive term sheet to acquire Snapdeal-owned payments platform Free Charge.
• The term sheet being non-exclusive means that Snapdeal will be able to propose Free Charge to other potential buyers as well.
• Snapdeal acquired Free Charge back in April 2015 for about $500 million.
• CEO of Paytm – Vijay Shekhar Sharma

2. Apple acquires sleep tracking company Beddit.
• Apple has acquired Beddit, a Finnish company that makes sleep-tracking devices.
• Apple will reportedly integrate Beddit’s sleep-tracking technology with the Apple Watch as it explores the health and wellness market.
• CEO of apple – Tim Cook.

Sports News
1. India’s disabled cricketers get boost with central contracts.
• top 20 disabled players have been given contracts by the Physically Challenged Cricket Association of India.
• Grade A players getting Rs. 30,000 annually. Grade B players will be paid Rs. 20,000 while Grade C cricketers will get Rs. 10,000 yearly.
• Disability cricket is yet to get official recognition from the Board of Control for Cricket in India despite the Lodha Committee’s recommendation.

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