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Daily Current affairs for 20 th May 2017( English)

1.     “M.S. Swaminathan: The Quest for a world without hunger” written by Dr. M.S. Swaminathan, the eminent agricultural scientist  popularly known Father of the Green Revolution in India. A two part book series has been released by the Prime Minister  of India Narendra Modi.
2.     The scientists have observed a sharp increase in biological activity in Antarctica in the last 50 years, a new study conducted by a team of scientists from the University of Exeter in the UK revealed that plant life on Antarctica is growing rapidly due to climate change.
3.     The four member committee is headed by Madhav Chitale (Expert Member of National Ganga River Basin Authority) has recommended a series of measures that includes creation of sand registry for de-silting of the Ganga, study to guide de-silting activities and establishment of a technical institute to conduct the sediment budget.The committee was constituted as per the commitment made by Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti.
4.     Air Marshal PN Pradhan has been appointed as the Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Operations)
5.     The GST Council  has finalised a 4-slab service tax structure at the rates of 5, 12, 18 and 28 per cent as against the single rate of 15%. GST regime is scheduled to be implemented from July 1.
6.     Hassan Rouhani has been re-elected as the President of Iran. He was elected as president for his first term in 2013. 
7.     Indian archery team were represented by Abhishek Verma, Chinna Raju Srither and Amanjeet Singh. has managed to win gold after defeating Columbia 226-221 in the archery World Cup stage 1 championships held in Shanghai, China. The women’s team, however, failed to shine in the event. In the Women’s event, South Korea, Denmark and Russia emerged as winners in that order.
8.     India along with solar rich countries has jointly commissioned a study to define and structure a Common Risk Mitigation Mechanism (CRMM) for solar power generation projects in solar rich countries.
9.     Bhindawas Bird Sanctuary in Jhajjar, a heaven for the migratory birds would be developed  as a beautiful tourist destination announced by Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar. He also said that the youth of the area would be trained to offer their service as guides for the tourists visiting the sanctuary.

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