Current Affairs: 22 October 2017

Oxford college drops Suu Kyi from common room name

The students at the prestigious Oxford University college where Myanmar’s de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi studied have voted to remove her name from the title of their Junior Common Room for her inability to condemn severe human rights abuses against Rohingyas in Myanmar.

Students of St Hugh’s College voted to remove the Nobel Peace Prize laureate’s name from the junior common room with immediate effect. Ms. Suu Kyi had graduated from St. Hugh’s in 1967 and was granted an honorary doctorate from the university in 2012.

The JCR resolution by undergraduates at her former alma mater becomes the latest move against the de-facto leader of Myanmar by UK institutions to revoke honours bestowed upon her in the wake of the Rohingya crisis, which has displaced tens of thousands from their homes as they flee to safety across the border to Bangladesh.

 

Astronauts spacewalk to install new camera system on ISS

Two astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have completed a spacewalk to install a new camera system on the orbiting laboratory’s robotic arm. They replaced a blown fuse and installed a new high definition camera on the starboard truss of the station.

In a blog post, the NASA scientists wrote that the spacewalk lasted for six hours and 49 minutes. Space station crew members have conducted 205 spacewalks in support of assembly and maintenance of the orbiting laboratory. Spacewalkers have now spent a total of 53 days, 6 hours and 25 minutes working outside the station.

 

RBI clarifies that linking Aadhaar to bank accounts is mandatory

The Reserve Bank of India has clarified that linking of Aadhaar to bank account is mandatory under the Prevention of Money-Laundering (Maintenance of Records). The clarification comes after a section of the media reported while quoting a reply to a Right to Information Act application that linking of bank accounts with Aadhaar is not mandatory.

The Reserve Bank clarifies that, in applicable cases, linkage of Aadhaar number to bank account is mandatory under the Prevention of Money-Laundering (Maintenance of Records) Second Amendment Rules, 2017 published in the Official Gazette on June 1, 2017. These Rules have statutory force and, as such, banks have to implement them without awaiting further instructions.

RBI had not issued any separate directions to banks for linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts after the government revised the Prevention of Money-Laundering Act.

 

Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan to get Lata Mangeshkar Award

Noted music composers Usha Khanna, Bappi Lahiri, Anu Malik and playback singers Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan have been selected for the Madhya Pradesh governments prestigious National Lata Mangeshkar Award. The artistes will be honoured for their contribution in the field of music composition and singing.

The award, instituted in the honour of Mangeshkar, will be presented on October 26 at a function in Indore, the birthplace of the 88-year-old legendary singer.

The award is given every year alternatively to music directors and playback singers. Each award winner will get a cash prize of Rs two lakh, shawl, shreephal (coconut) and a citation.