www.tnpsc.academy – TNPSC current affairs Apr 17, 2017 (17/04/2017)
Topic : General Administration, Public Awareness, Profile of States
Polythene Bags Banned in Madhya Pradesh from May 1
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced a total ban on polythene bags in the state from May 1.
Bengaluru, Maharashtra, Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan, Himanchal Pradesh, Goa and West Bengal.
These states were plastics banned states in India.
Topic : India’s Cultural Panorama
Rongali Bihu 2017 started in Assam
Bohag Bihu, also known as Rangoli Bihu or Haat Bihu is a seven-day long festival as per the traditional Assamese New year Calendar and starts from 15th April 2017 and goes on to 21st April 2017.
Each of the seven days of the Bohag Bihu is called as Chot Bihu, Goru Bihu, Manuh Bihu, Kutum Bihu, Senehi Bihu, Mela Bihu and Chera Bihu.
Each festival historically recognizes a different agricultural cycle of the paddy crops.
Bihu Festival is celebrated in three times in a year with different farming phases.
These are Bohag Bihu, Kongali Bihu, and Magh Bihu.
Topic : New Economy policy and Government sector
India’s First Private Railway Station
The first time in Indian Railways’ history, Habibganj station in Bhopal has been handed over to a private firm to be operated by it.
The station building will be developed in line with airport terminals and that trains at the station will still be run by the Railways.
Private Sector Name:
This private sector is formed by a consortium of Bansal Construction Works and Prakash Asphalting and Toll Highways has together.
And this special company named “Bansal Pathways Habibagnj Private Ltd”.
Topic : Public Awareness and General Administration
Third Gender formed by the SC
The Supreme Court created the “Third gender” status for hijras or transgenders.
Earlier, they were forced to write male or female against their gender.
The third gender people will be considered as OBCs.
The SC asked the Centre to treat transgender as socially and economically backward.
The apex court said that transgenders will be allowed admission in educational institutions and given employment on the basis that they belonged to the third gender category.
Topic : Awards and Honours
Cartier Women’s Initiative Award for Indian Engineer Trupti Jain
An Indian environmental engineer “Trupti Jain” has won this year’s “Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards” for the Asia-Pacific Laureate.
She was awarded for providing women working on farms with water management solutions and protecting small farmers against droughts and flash floods.
Topic : Awards and Honours
Aerospace Engineer Leadership Award for Arvind Sinha
An Indian-born aeronautics engineer Arvind Sinha from Australia has been honoured with the ‘World’s Outstanding Aerospace Engineer Leadership Award’ by the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International.
AHS selected Lt Col Dr Arvind Sinha (retd) for his contribution in vertical flight technology.
Sinha, who received the award recently in the US, was also bestowed the title of AHS Honorary Fellow in May 2016.
He is working on Australian Army and Navy Aviation platform and systems technologies.
He is an expert in Tactical Aerospace systems, covering helicopters and unmanned aircrafts.
Topic : Latest Diary of Events
Tropical cyclone “Maarutha” formed in Bay of Bengal
The depression over East-central Bay of Bengal has turned into the tropical cyclone ‘Maarutha’.
All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay and deep sea have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution till further notice.