Daily Current affairs - May 25th, 2017 for all competitive exams

25 MAY International Missing Children’s Day
Every year, 25 May is now widely known as Missing Children’s Day, with the forget-me-not flower as its emblem. In 2001, 25 May was first formally recognized as International Missing Children’s Day (IMCD)
  • In 1983, U.S. President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25th “National Missing Children’s Day.”
  • The forget-me-not flower is the symbol of International Missing Children's Day.

Daily Current affairs - May 24th, 2017 for all competitive exams

Reader titled “Raising Happy Children and Providing Safe Childhoods” released
The Ministry of Women and Child Development has developed a reader titled “Raising Happy Children and Providing Safe Childhoods”
  • It provides advisory guidelines to parents, teachers and community to protect children from being involved in delinquent behavior through early detection, counselling and positive engagement.
  • It draws upon basic principles laid down in the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015 which provides a strong formal framework for dealing with children in conflict with the law throughout the criminal justice process.

Daily Current affairs - May 23rd, 2017 for all competitive exams

International Day for Biodiversity:
The International Day for Biodiversity (IDB) 2017 was celebrated all over the country on May 22, by different States and various organisations.
  • The International Day for Biological Diversity was first established in 1993, when the 29th of December was selected to serve as the day to educate the world of the importance of Biodiversity. This was later changed to the 22 of May in 2000. Too many winter holidays were interfering with countries holding meaningful celebrations.
  • 2017 Theme: “Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism”.

Daily Current affairs - May 21st and 22nd, 2017 for all competitive exams

May 21st is observed as Anti-Terrorism Day:
All over India, May 21st is observed as Anti-Terrorism Day in the memory of former Indian PM Mr Rajiv Gandhi who passed away on this day.
  • On this day in the year 1991, former India’s PM Rajiv Gandhi was killed brutally by terrorist attacks. Rajiv Gandhi, the former Prime Minister of India, while conducting an election campaign in Sriperumbudur (located near Chennai) in Tamil Nadu was assassinated by a suicide bomber on 21 May 1991.

Now, digital marksheets for ICSE, ISC candidates
ICSE and ISC candidates will now be able to have digital versions of their marksheets and certificates. 
  • All they have to do now is to open an account with http://digilocker.gov.in, give their mobile number and follow the steps thereafter.

Daily Current affairs - May 20th, 2017 for all competitive exams

GST Council finalises rates for services
The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council finalised tax rates for all services, except lottery, under the new indirect tax regime to be rolled out from July 1. Those services already exempted from tax, such as healthcare and education, will continue to enjoy the concession.
  • A tax of 18% will be levied for financial services and mobile services. 
  • The tax rate on non-AC restaurants will be 12%. It will be 18% on AC restaurants and those with a liquor licence. Restaurants in 5-star hotels will attract a 28% tax, the same as that applicable to these hotels itself.

Daily Current affairs - May 19th, 2017 for all competitive exams

International Court of Justice stays Jadhav execution
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed the execution of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, in a move swiftly welcomed by the government but dismissed by Pakistan as a “basic ruling” that said nothing about the merits or maintainability of the case.
  • The court accepted India’s argument that the failure by Pakistan to provide required consular notification and access fell under the scope of Article 1 of the Optional Protocol of the Vienna Convention of Human Rights.
  • ICJ president -  Ronny Abraham

Daily Current affairs - May 18th, 2017 for all competitive exams

UNESCO Celebrates International Museum Day with the Global Museum Community
International Museum Day Celebrated on May 18 in a year
  • Theme: “Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museum, highlights the essential role of museums as promotors of the free flow of ideas and knowledge, contributing to a more informed society.

Cabinet approves Pan-India implementation of Maternity Benefit Program
The Union Cabinet has given ex-post facto approval to Pan-India implementation of Maternity Benefit Program which now has been extended to all districts of the country.
  • The total cost of the proposal for the period from 01.01.2017 to 31.03.2020 including Central and State Government share is Rs.12,661crore.
  • The Maternity Benefit Program will provide compensation for the wage loss in terms of cash incentives so that the women can take adequate rest before and after delivery and not be deprived of proper nutrition.
  • It is a centrally sponsored scheme and the cost sharing between Centre and states is 60:40 for all the states and union territories (with legislature), 90:10 for NER and Himalayan States and 100% Centre share for union territories without legislatures.