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20 May 2017 Current Affairs
1) India to host annual meet of AfDB will be inaugurated by Prime Minister
Prime Minister will inaugurate the annual meeting of African Development Bank (AfDB) on May 23 at Gandhinagar.
It is the first time in the history of AfDB Group that India will be hosting the annual meetings.
The core theme of the event is “Transforming agriculture for wealth creation in Africa”.
2) DRDO chief S Christopher got extension of term for one year
Eminent scientist S Christopher was given a one-year extension, till May next year, as chief of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
Christopher is also Secretary, Department of Defence Research and Development. He will continue to hold both the charges for one more year.
Christopher was appointed Director General of the DRDO.in May 2015 for a term of two years.
3) Indian-origin steel businessman bags global award in UK
Indian-origin steel tycoon Sanjeev Gupta has bagged a top global award for his successful acquisitions and drive to transform the steel industry in the UK, India and beyond.
Gupta, the executive chairman of the Liberty House Group received the title of ‘CEO of the Year’ at the prestigious Platts Global Metals Awards in London.
4) PM releases book series on M.S. Swaminathan
The Prime Minister has released a book series having two parts on the eminent agricultural scientist Dr. M.S. Swaminathan.
The series is titled – M.S. Swaminathan: The Quest for a world without hunger. Several Union Ministers and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
Praising the dedication and commitment of Prof. Swaminathan, the Prime Minister described him as a “Kisan Vaigyanik” – Farmers’ Scientist; rather than just a “Krishi Vaigyanik” – Agricultural Scientist.
5) Rank of India Improves in International Tourist
As per the UNWTO definition, International Tourist Arrivals (ITAs) comprises two components namely Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) and Arrivals of Non-Resident Nationals.
As per the latest UNWTO Barometer for March 2017, Rank of India in International Tourist Arrivals in both 2014 and 2015 is 24 as against the previous rank of 41 and 40 in the year 2014 and 2015, respectively.
6) Jordan’s refugee camp becomes first to run completely on solar energy
A refugee camp in Jordan has become the first in the world to be powered by renewable energy. About 20,000 Syrian refugees living in the desert camp of Azraq will be able to use electricity generated by a solar plant. A new $9.6m two-megawatt solar plant was built by the Ikea Foundation’s Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign and is expected to save $1.5m a year.