Today Current Affairs 10th May 2017

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The Indian Railways has planned to acquire the End of Train Telemetry (EoTT) equipment to run nearly 1,000 trains without guards. The EoTT system is designed in such a way that it will perform the guard’s job. EoTT system comprises two units, namely, ‘cab display unit’ (CDU) which is fitted on the locomotive and ‘sense and brake unit’ (SBU) and both will be connected to radio transmitter send signals at regular intervals to the last coach to ensure that the train is running intact. The EoTT device will cost approximately Rs 10 lakh.

The Finance Ministry has set up an "Investor Facilitation Platform" that will provide information about stocks of public sector units. The platform set up by the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) is an interactive forum for all stakeholders, including investors, investment banks, law firms, public sector units and administrative ministries that are involved in stake sales. It is developed and maintained by PRIME Database. PRIME Database is India's first and still the only database dedicated to the primary capital market covering fund raising by the Indian corporate sector and the Government through equity, debt or securitization, in India or abroad.

A senior official of the Pakistan Foreign Service 'Sohail Mahmood' will be the new Pakistani High Commissioner in India. He will replace Abdul Basit. Currently, He is the Pakistan's Ambassador to Turkey.

The Union Government has approved the underground metro extension from Najafgarh to Dhansa Bus stand in the next three years at a cost of Rs 565 crores. The Central government will provide Rs 107 crore and Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will contribute Rs 323 crore. Najafgarh-Dhansa Bus stand Metro Extension is estimated to the travel needs of an additional 10,000 passengers daily.

Twitter India has appointed Taranjeet Singh as Country Director for India. Prior to this appointment, Singh was responsible for sales and marketing support for Twitter’s advertisers in India. Twitter has over 319 million users globally and counts India among its top five audience markets. Recently, Twitter launched its lighter version called Twitter Lite to cater to the needs of users in India.

India has decided to replace the Maitri research station in Antarctica with a new one in the next three to four years. India is also drafting laws to safeguard its interest in Antarctica. India is poised to expand its research activity in the coldest continent and a new ship, with the special ice-cutting facility, will be procured for the purpose.

The Supreme Court has taken its first step towards becoming a paperless, digital court. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the digital filing system function in New Delhi where the Integrated Case Management Information System(ICMIS) will be connected with the Supreme Court website. ICMIS will help litigants access data and obtain information about the filing, delays etc. It would pave way for the integration of all courts in the country.  The event attended by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and judges of the apex court.

The World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is observed across the world on May 10. The theme for WWBD 2017 is “Their Future is Our Future – A Healthy Planet for Migratory Birds and People”. This day 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.

The central government 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. Prime Minister Narendra Modi personally initiated the project and directed the task force to submit its recommendations at the earliest. 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. India’s labour market constitutes of over 470 million people. According to Credit Rating Information Services of India Limited (CRISIL) around 18 million people enter the workforce every year.

Jhulan Goswami becomes the highest wicket-taker in Women's one-day internationals (ODI). She now has 181 wickets in 153 matches at an average of 21.76. She achieved the feat during the ongoing Women’s Quadrangular Series in South Africa. She has broken the world record held by Australia fast bowler Cathryn Fitzpatrick who has taken 180 wickets.

South Korea's liberal leader Moon Jae-In took the oath as President of South Korea. He is expected to strengthen the alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea and to deepen the enduring friendship and partnership between two countries. Moon, of the Democratic Party, took 41.1 percent of the votes, far ahead of Conservative Hong Joon-Pyo, his closest rival on 24.03 percent. Moon Jae-In replaced Park Geun-Hye.

The 17th Annual NEW YORK INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL took place from April 30-May 7, 2017. Konkona Sensharma got an award for Best director for " A Death in Gunj" and best actress for the film 'Lipstick under My Burkha". The list of  other Indian Award winners for different categories are Best Films - - Mukti Bhawan Best Actor -  Kaladharan Malayalam film Ottayaal n Paatha  Best Documentary - An Insignificant Man Best Screenplay - Kammatipaddam Best Recordist For Final Mixed Track - Ventilator; Best Gujarati Film - Wrong Side Raju; Best Short Film - Aaba; Best Child Actors - Colours of Innocence; Special Mention - Adil Hussain (Hotel Salvation).

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will introduce new batches for settlement of payments through the National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT) from 10 July to ensure better service for customers. The additional 11 settlement batches at half-hourly intervals will be introduced from 10 July, beginning from 8.30 am to 6.30 pm. With this, the total number of half hourly settlement batches during the day will increase to 23. NEFT is a widely used payment system regulated by Reserve Bank of India that allows inter - bank transfer of funds.

N'Golo Kante voted the 2017 Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers Association(FWA) He will receive the prestigious FWA award, which has been awarded since 1948, at a gala dinner in London on 18th May when the association marks its 70th anniversary. Kante is a French footballer who plays as a central midfielder for English club Chelsa and France National Team.

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