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TNPSC Current Affairs 5th January 2017 (English)

International Conference on Yoga for Diabetes, New Delhi 

The three day International Conference on “Yoga for Diabetes” was inaugurated by Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge), Shri Shripad Yesso Naik in New Delhi on 05.01.2017. UNESCO, the world’s apex body for culture has recently included yoga in its list of intangible cultural heritage. This conference aims to generate discussions on the role of Yoga in the prevention and management of Diabetes and to draw up a roadmap to be adopted for the control of Diabetes through Yoga. It will provide a common platform for the Allopathy and AYUSH practitioners, Researchers, Academicians, Policy makers and students to come together in the fight against diabetes.

Background: Ministry of AYUSH has initiated several programmes for creating awareness about the role of Yoga in the prevention and management of Diabetes mellitus. Ministry of AYUSH constituted an Expert Committee to prepare a Common Yoga Protocol for control of Diabetes mellitus under the chairmanship of Dr. H. R. Nagendra. The Committee finalized the same. The said booklet was released by the Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi on 2nd October, 2016 on the occasion of Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas in New Delhi.On this occasion the minister released the book on Yoga in which selected research papers from 2001 to 2016 are compiled. Shri Naik also released 2017 calendar on Yoga and Diabetes.


350th Prakash Parva (birth anniversary of 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Govind Singh) 


Though Prakash Parva is being celebrated across the country, the main function is being held at Takht Harmandar Sahib in Patna where Guru Govind Singh Ji was born. Lakhs of devotees from India and abroad are participating in the celebrations. The Prime Minister will take part in various programmes at Gandhi Maidan in Patna where makeshift Gurudwara has been set up. Holy Gurugranth Sahib has been installed in view of Prakash Parv celebrations. Mr Modi will release special commemorative stamps on Prakash Parv. The Prime Minister is likely to address devotees on this occasion.


MoU between India and Portugal in the field of agriculture and allied sectors


The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval (4.1.2017) for signing of an Agreement for cooperation in the field of Agriculture and allied sectors between India and Portugal.The Agreement covers various activities in these fields which include exchange of scientific and technical information, trade in plants and plant products, exchange of information in phytosanitary issues, training programmes, seminars and visits of experts and consultants.


MoU between India and Kenya on bilateral cooperation in the field of agriculture and allied sectors


The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved (4.1.2017) signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Kenya on bilateral cooperation in the field of agriculture and allied sectors. The MoU covers various activities in these fields which include agricultural research, animal husbandry and dairy, livestock and fisheries horticulture, natural resource management, post-harvest management and marketing, soil and conservation, water management, irrigation farming systems development and integrated watershed development integrated pest management, agricultural plant, machinery and implements, sanitary and phytosanitary issues.

Union Cabinet approves Agreement between India and Uruguay regarding Cooperation and Mutual Assistance in Customs Matters

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved (4.1.2017) signing and ratifying an Agreement between India and Uruguay regarding Cooperation and Mutual Assistance in Customs Matters. The Agreement will help in the availability of relevant information for the prevention and investigation of Customs offences. The Agreement is also expected to facilitate trade and ensure efficient clearance of goods traded between the countries.

Background: Uruguay is an important trading partner of India among members of the MERCOSUR, a trading block in Latin America. India signed a Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) with the MERCOSUR which came into effect from 1st June, 2009. Trade between India and the Uruguay has been expanding gradually. The Agreement would provide a legal framework for sharing of information and intelligence between the Customs authorities of the two countries and help in the proper application of Customs laws, prevention and investigation of Customs offences and the facilitation of legitimate trade. The draft text of the proposed Agreement has been finalized with the concurrence of the two Customs Administrations.

Scientists discovered a new human organ "Mesentery" in digestive system

Scientists have discovered what they are calling a new human organ that exists in the digestive system. Named the mesentery, the organ was previously thought to consist of fragmented and disparate structures. 

Mesentery: A mighty membrane that twists and turns through the gut is starting the new year with a new classification: the structure, called the mesentery, has been upgraded to an organ. Scientists have known about the structure, which connects a person's small and large intestines to the abdominal wall and anchors them in place. By recognizing the anatomy and the structure of the mesentery, scientists can now focus on learning more about how the organ functions. In addition, they can also learn about diseases associated with the mesentery. In addition to studying disease, researchers may also look to the mesentery for new approaches to surgery, fewer complications, faster patient recovery and lower overall costs.

Justice JS Khehar sworn in as 44th Chief Justice of India

Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar was on Wednesday sworn in as the 44th Chief Justice of India (CJI). Khehar was administered the oath of office by President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. He succeeded Justice Tirath Singh Thakur. Khehar is the 44th CJI and also the first Sikh to hold the apex office. He would have a tenure of little over seven months.

Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar: Born on 28 August 1952. He was awarded the LL.B degree by the Panjab University, Chandigarh in 1977. Later he acquired the LL. M. qualification from the same University in 1979. Justice Khehar was the author of the judgment by a five-judge constitution bench that held “unconstitutional” the Constitution’s 99th amendment paving way for the National Judicial Appointment Commission and the National Judicial Appointment Commission Act, 2014.

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Mahindra Singh Dhoni steps down as captain of T-20 & ODI format of cricket

Mahindra Singh Dhoni has announced his decision to step down as captain of Team India's limited over cricket matches. He will, however, be available for selection for the ODI and T20 England series starting 15th of this month. Dhoni relinquishes captaincy in all formats of the game. He stunned the cricket fraternity by relinquishing the captaincy barely 11 days before the ODI series against England. Dhoni had earlier stepped down as Captain of India's Test team. Under Dhoni, India had won a T-20 and ODI World Cup and a Champions Trophy title. Sporting fraternity congratulated Dhoni on his glorious captaincy career. Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has said it's a day to celebrate his successful career and respect the decision.

India win SAFF women's Championship for 4th consecutive time

India defeated Bangladesh 3-1 to win their fourth consecutive South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Women's Football Championship title in Siliguri today. In the process, the Indian eves are now unbeaten in 19 matches having won 18 and drawn one. This was Bangladesh's maiden final appearance in the championship. For India, the goals were scored by Dangmei Grace, Sasmita Malik and Indumathi. Bangladesh's lone goal came through Sirat Jahan.

Union Govt. launches Swachh Bharat Survekshan 2017 in 500 cities

Government launches Swachh Bharat Survekshan 2017 in 500 cities The Union Ministry of Urban Development launched Swachh Survekshan 2017 to rank 500 cities/towns across the country on cleanliness with a population of 1 lakh and above The survey will be conducted by Quality Council of India (QCI) under the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan in a bid to encourage competition to improve sanitation.

Five Indian Americans took oath as members of Congress

Five Indian Americans took oath as members of Congress Five Indian Americans took oath as the members of the Congress, creating history for a minority ethnic community that comprises just one per cent of the US population. Kamala Harris was sworn-in as the Senator from California. She is the first Indian American to serve in the US Senate. In the House of Chambers, four Indian Americans Raja Krishnamoorthi, Tulsi Gabbard, Ro Khanna and Ami Bera were sworn in as its members. Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, who won the election from Illinois and Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii took the oath on Gita. Congressman Ami Bera was re-elected for the third consecutive term. Tulsi Gabbard is the first ever Hindu to be elected to the US Congress, was sworn-in for the third consecutive term. Ro Khanna had won form Silicon Valley (California).

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