Daily Current Affairs 7th May, 2017
Former Gaza Chief, Ismail Haniyeh, Is the New Leader of Hamas
- Hamas has announced a new leader of its Qatar-based wing, in a significant win for the Gaza-based faction of the group.
- Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas’ former leader in the Gaza Strip, will replace Hamas’ current leader Khaled Mashaal who lives in exile in Qatar, after he completed the maximum two terms in office.
- Haniyeh’s election completes a complex internal political process that began five months ago. Part of that process involved the electionof Yahya Sinwar as the new leader of Hamas in Gaza and continued last week with the publication of a new document of political principles.
- Hamas experts have speculated that this is part of a strategy to reverse years of isolation in the Middle East by appearing to moderate its position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and distance itself from other Islamist groups in the region, especially the Muslim Brotherhood.
ECONOMY,BANKING AND FINANCE
Jharkhand announces Jan-Dec FY
- Jharkhand has decided to become the second state in the country to reschedule its financial year from January to December.
- As per the direction of the Chief Minister the new fiscal year for Jharkhand would commence from January 1, 2018 and end on December 31, 2018.
- In the earlier system, it commenced from April 1 and ended on March 31.
- Madhya Pradesh was first state to adopt the new financial year.
- In 2017, Jharkhand was the first state to table its budget in January.
Odisha to introduce boat ambulances in four districts
- Odisha 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 where people face problems in availing 108 ambulance service due to intervening large water bodies in the form of rivers and dams disrupting road communication.
- This is part of an MoU signed on Saturday between the State Government and the Ziquitza Health Care.
- IIT, Chennai is providing technical support to this project and the request for proposal (RFP) for the same is being finalised.
- In order to improve the response time, reduce cancellation calls and carter the needs of the current population and the geographical situation, the state government has sanctioned additional 92 Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulance out of the state funds at an investment of Rs 21,21 crore. The total number of ambulance under the 108 service would now become 512, Meherda said.
- This apart, the state government also signed another MoU with the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) for imparting post graduation diploma course to the serving doctors in different district headquarters hospital across Odisha. “This help us to meet the requirement of the specialists in remote areas.
Pakistani Sitar Maestro Ustad Raees Khan Passes Away
- Legendary sitar player Ustad Raees Khan died on Saturday. He was 77.
- He was reportedly diagnosed with an ailment and had been bedridden for quite some time. He breathed his last in Karachi.
- He is survived by his wife, renowned singer Bilqees Khanum, and four sons, according to Tribune Pakistan.
- Ustad Raees was born in 1939 in Indore, India in a family of musicians. He belonged to the Mewati Gharana of Indian classical music. His maternal grandfather Inayat Ali Khan was also considered one of the finest sitar players in the subcontinent.
PLACES IN NEWS
Hinduja brother top UK’s rich list
- The Hinduja brothers have topped the 2017 list of the richest people in the UK with an estimated fortune of 16.2 billion pounds, a massive 3.2 billion pound hike in their fortunes over the previous year.
- Besides the Hinduja brothers, there are over 40 Indian- origin super-rich in this year’s list of the UK’s 1,000 wealthiest people, who seem to be reaping a so-called “Brexit bonanza”.
- ‘The Sunday Times Rich List’ says that uncertainties triggered by Britain’s vote to leave the European Union (EU) last June have not impacted the country’s billionaires’ ability to make money, as they grew in numbers with a 14 per cent rise in their fortunes since last year to earn a record 658 billion pounds collectively.
- Srichand and Gopichand Hinduja, aged 81 and 77, lead an elite group of 134 UK-based billionaires in the list and have made their fortune from investments in industries such as oil and gas, automotive, IT, energy, media, banking, property and healthcare sectors.
Sachin Tendulkar awarded Asian Awards Fellowship
- India batting great and cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar added yet another award to his collection. The Indian cricketer was awarded The Fellowship Award at the Asian Awards in London on Friday. The former cricketer has become only the fourth person ever to receive The Fellowship Award since the inception of these awards seven years ago.
- Before Tendulkar, the Asian Awards have only recognized three people — the late Ravi Shankar, Sir Ben Kingsley and Jackie Chan for the award. The last recipient, Jackie Chan received it in 2014.
- This is not the first time Tendulkar is receiving an award at the Asian Awards. The Little Master was awarded the “Lebara People’s Choice” award at the inagural Asian Awards back in 2010.
Shiva Thapa bags silver at Asian Boxing Championships
- Indian boxer Shiva Thapa (60kg) had to settle for a silver medal after an injury-forced loss in the at the Asian Boxing Championships.
- However, with this medal Thapa became the first Indian to claim three back-to-back medals at the event.
- Fourth-seeded Shiva Thapa was facing second seed Elnur Abduraimov but lost in a split verdict after a head butt from his opponent resulted in a cut.It was in the final few seconds of the opening round when Shiva Thapa sustained a cut which forced the referee to stop the match.
Azlan Shah 2017: Great Britain Dethrone Australia to Reclaim Title After 23 Years
- Great Britain won the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup title after a gap of 23 years with a rousing 4 -3 victory in the final against defending champions Australia on Saturday.
- Entering the final for the first time since their lone title win in 1994, Great Britain led all the way after securing an early lead in the eighth minute.
- Nine-time champions Australia fought back to take the encounter to the wire, but the British team defended their citadel well and banked on brisk counters to assert pressure on the rivals.