Daily GK Current Affairs – 8th May 2017

Daily GK Current Affairs - 8th May 2017
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Following are the Current Affairs for 8th May 2017:

Below you will find Daily current affairs for 8th May 2017 divided into various categories.


1. India organizes festival in Egypt to mark Tagore’s Birth anniversary

  • India has organized a cultural festival in Egypt to mark the 156th birth anniversary of the famous Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore. The Tagore festival is being organized by the Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture, the cultural wing of the Indian Embassy in Cairo, from today.
  • The festival will conclude on May 12 with ‘Rituranga – Play of Seasons’ which will be performed by members of the Indian community at the Hanager Theatre.
  • Rabindranath Tagore received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. He was the first non-European to win this prestigious award, in recognition for his collection of poems ‘Gitanjali’.

2. Odisha to introduce boat ambulances in four districts

  • Ambulance BoatOdisha will introduce boat ambulance service in four districts where people face difficulties in getting health service.
  • The boat ambulance service will be available in the districts of Koraput, Malkangiri, Kendrapara and Kalahandi.
  • In these districts, people face problems in availing 108 ambulance service due to intervening large water bodies in the form of rivers and dams disrupting road communication, as stated by Health and Family Welfare secretary P K Meherda.


3. India unanimously elected to head UN-Habitat

  • India UN-HabitatIndia has been unanimously elected as the President of the UN-Habitat, an organ of the United Nations’ Organisation (UNO) that promotes socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements across the world, after 10 years. UN-Habitat reports to the United Nations General Assembly.
  • Minister of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu will chair the four day meeting of the 58 member Governing Council of UN-Habitat in Nairobi, Kenya. Since the UN-Habitat came into being in 1978, It is only the third time that India has been elected to lead this important organization after 2007 and 1988.
  • As an inter-governmental policy making and decision making body, the Governing Council of UN-Habitat seeks to promote integral and comprehensive approach to human settlements, assist the countries and regions in addressing human settlement problems and strengthen cooperation among all countries on human settlement issue.

4. Emmanuel Macron elected as President of France

  • Emmanuel MacronPro-European centrist leader Emmanuel Macron has been elected as President of France. 39-year-old former investment banker, who has never held elected office, becomes the youngest President and occupant of the Élysée Palace (official residence of the President of France).
  • Mr. Macron will also become the first President from outside the two traditional main parties since the modern republic’s foundation in 1958.
  • The French Interior Ministry said with 93 percent of the votes counted, Mr. Macron had about 19.3 million votes, while Ms. Marine Le Pen secured about 10.4 million was the close rival in elections.


5. SBI cuts low-cost home loan rates by 0.25% to 8.35%

  • SBI Logo NewState Bank of India has announced a 25 basis points cut in home loans rate to 8.35 per cent per annum, the lowest in the market. The new rate is effective from May 9.
  • The bank said the effective interest rate for all eligible salaried customers will be 8.35 per cent for loans up to Rs. 30 lakhs. Besides, an eligible home loan customer can also avail of an interest subsidy of Rs. 2.67 lakhs under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana scheme.
  • India’s largest bank also said the interest rates for customers availing of home loans over Rs. 30 lakhs has also been reduced. Further, to supplement the affordable housing push, SBI has come out with special offerings for Construction Finance to builders for affordable housing projects.


6. Sachin Tendulkar conferred with Fellowship Award in UK

  • Sachin Tendulkar with AwardsIndia’s cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar has received the Fellowship Award at the 7th annual Asian Awards in UK. Now retired, he plans to support charities and various initiatives to help the under-privileged people.
  • The ceremony, which celebrates excellence in the global Asian community, also paid tribute to Indian actor Om Puri. The award for outstanding achievement in Cinema was posthumously conferred on Om Puri who died earlier this year at the age of 66.
  • India’s playback singer Adnan Sami won the award for ‘Outstanding achievement in Music’.


7. India’s 1st Bio-refinery plant inaugurated in Pune

  • Petrochemical Refinery PlantUnion Minister for Road Transport and Highway Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the country’s first bio-refinery plant which produces ethanol from the variety of biomass.
  • The project is situated at Rahu in Pune district.
  • Mr. Gadkari stated that Plant can produce one million litre of ethanol per annum by processing a variety of agro-residue like rice and wheat straw, cotton stalk, cane trash, corn cobs with superior product yields.

Important Days

8. World Red Cross Day: 8th May 2017

  • Red Cross BuildingWorld Red Cross Day is observed on May 8 every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of Henry Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross as well as the founder of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
  • The theme for this year (2017) is “Less Known Red Cross Stories”.
  • He was the most famous person and became the recipient of 1st Nobel Peace Prize. World Red Cross Day 2017 will be celebrated all across the world by the National Societies affiliated to the ICRC on 8th of May.


9. Pakistani sitarist Ustad Rais Khan dies

  • Ustad Raees KhanLegendary sitar player Ustad Rais Khan died. He was 77.
  • He was reportedly diagnosed with an ailment and had been bedridden for quite some time. He breathed his last in Karachi.
  • Ustad Rais was born in 1939 in Indore, India in a family of musicians. He belonged to the Mewati Gharana of Indian classical music.


10. Great Britain wins Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament

  • Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2017 WinnersGreat Britain beat Australia 4-3 in a thrilling hockey final of the 26th edition of the Azlan Shah Cup at Ipoh, Malaysia. This victory came to Great Britain in the Azlan Shah Cup after 23 years.
  • Australia is the world champions and had won the Azlan Shah title nine times. Great Britain becomes the first team from the British Isles to win the Azlan Shah title since 1994.
  • Earlier in the day, India outclassed New Zealand 4-0 to clinch a bronze medal in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. India gave an improved display to clinch the bronze after failing to earn a place in the final after a listless show in the last preliminary league encounter against Malaysia.


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