17 May 2018 Current Affairs


B. S Yeddyurappa takes oath as Karnataka CM

  • B. S Yeddyurappa, Karnataka BJP President is sworn as Karnataka’s new Chief Minister on May 17th 2018.

  • After a one day full speculation, the Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala invited the BJP to form the new government in the state and asked Yeddyurappa to take the position of Karnataka CM.

  • The Governor has given 15 days of time to prove its majority in the legislative assembly.

Department of Commerce notifies creation of Office of Directorate General of Trade Remedies

  • The Department of Commerce issued a notification for the creation of the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) in the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry on 17th May 2018.

  • The Approval for the creation of DGTR was given by the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu.

Suresh Prabhu launches Intellectual Property Mascot “IP Nani”

  • Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu has launched the Intellectual Property (IP) Mascot named “IP Nani” on 16th May 2018

  • This mascot was launched during the Conference on National Intellectual Property Rights Policy in New Delhi.

  • At the same time, the Anti-Piracy Video featuring Bollywood Superstar Amitabh Bacchan was also launched.

  • Mascot IP Nani is a new tech-savvy grandmother who will help the Government and the Enforcement agencies in combating the Intellectual property crimes with the help of her Grandson “Chhotu” named Aditya.

Swacchh Surveshkan 2018: Indore, Bhopal and Chandigarh stated as Top 3 Cleanest Cities of India

  • The Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Puri released the results of Swacchh Surveshkan on 16th May 2018.

  • Indore came up to be the most cleanest city in India for second time in a row.

  • Chandigarh was ranked as the third cleanest city, moving from 11th Rank in 2017 to 3rd Rank in 2018.

  • Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad was named as the Fastest moving big city of Swacchh Surveshkan from 351 Rank to Rank 36.

  • Jharkhand was declared as the best-performing state followed by Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh.

Union Cabinet approves National Policy on Biofuels 2018

  • The Union Cabinet, approved the National Policy on Biofuels 2018 on 16th May 2018.

  • The policy categorizes the Biofuels into different groups such as First, Second and Third Generation to enable extension of appropriate financial and fiscal incentives under each category.

  • The Policy expands the scope of raw material for the production of ethanol by allowing use of the products that are unfit for human consumption for ethanol production.

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