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17 MAY Current Affairs from The Hindu

Kunal Kumar, Published On:17-May-2017

                     CURRENT AFFAIRS: 17.05.2017

1.    World hypertension day

·       It is celebrated every year on 17th May.

·       Its objective is to raise the public awareness about  hypertension, its preventive measures, and complications.

·       It was first celebrated on 14th May in the year 2005 organized by the World Hypertension League (WHL).

·       The theme for 2017 is “Know Your Blood Pressure

·       The theme for 2018 would be same “Know Your Blood Pressure”.

·       Hypertension: it is a condition called high blood pressure during which the arterial blood pressure raises to high level from normal level.


·       The Normal level of blood pressure of human body is 120/80 mmHg (millimetres of mercury).

·       Blood pressure is measured by an instrument called Sphygmomanometer.

·       International day against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia is also celebrated on 17th May.

·       Homophobia: dislike against homosexual people.

Source: The Indian Express


2.    Telangana to adopt calendar year format for budget from 2018

·       Madhya Pradesh was the first state to make a calendar year as the financial year, replacing the present April-March cycle.

·       Now Telangana will also be shifting to the calendar year from 2018.

·       Prime Minister had also made the proposal at the third governing council meeting of NITI Aayog in April this year.

·       Recently, the centre also sought the opinion from states regarding the shift.

·       This shift will help in better allocations towards agriculture sector, in the case of drought or crop failures, which is common in Telangana.

Source: The Indian Express


3.    Dilbaghsinghathwal died

·       Pioneer plant breeder from Punjab Dr Dilbagh Singh Athwal died in New Jersey on May 14.

·       He laid the foundation of Green Revolution in India in the 1960s.

·       He holds the credit for the amber color wheat foodgrainIndia is fond of today.

·       Through his research, he modified Mexican wheat varieties according to Indian needs and changed them from red to amber.

·       He was the first Indian scientist who collaborated with American scientist Dr Norman Borlaug to bring Green Revolution in India.

·       He was the founder head of the Plant Breeding Department at the Punjab Agricultural University.

Source: The Indian Express


4.    Southern bird wing butterfly

·       Southern Bird Wing butterfly officially designated as ‘state butterfly’ of Karnataka.

·       Karnataka is the second state in the country to adopt a state butterfly after Maharashtra.

·       Maharashtra had chosen the Blue Mormon in 2015.

·       Southern Bird Wing is the largest butterfly in India, and endemic to south India.

·       The declaration of state butterfly is to raise awareness of the importance of butterflies in the ecosystem.


(i)              Butterflies can't hear, but they can feel vibrations.

(ii)            Butterflies taste with their feet.

(iii)           Butterflies don't have lungs.

(iv)           Butterflies breath through openings on their abdomen called 'spiracles'.

(v)            Butterflies smell with their antennae.

(vi)           Millions of shingle like overlapping scales give butterfly wings their colour.

(vii)         Butterflies are still able to fly if their scales are removed, they are just less colourful!

(viii)       Butterflies are divided into two main groups called skippers (hesperidia) and true butterflies (papilionoid).

(ix)           Female butterflies are usually bigger and live longer than male butterflies.

Source: The Hindu


5.    Indian army attempts to indigenise items

·       Super high altitude clothes and snow goggles to be made in India.

·       Over the last two years five items costing Rs100 crore has been indigenised.

·       The target is to indigenise other items too such as super high altitude clothing like rucksack special socks, thermal insoles, snow goggles and High Altitude Pulmonary Oedema(HAPO) bag which are currently imported.

·       For this, the third Defence-Indian Technical Textile Association (ITTA) joint seminar and exhibition is scheduled to be held on May 22-23.

·       The theme of this seminar and exhibition will be ‘Indigenization and Provision of improved products to our soldiers’.


·       Siachen Glacier is the world’s most-highest and most extreme war zone.

·       Soldiers at this war zone serve amidst a temperature ranging from -500C to -600C.

·       Most of the soldiers die because of extreme weather conditions rather than cross firing.

·       In Siachen, the weather is so harsh that you are at the risk of getting a deadly frostbite if your bare skin touches steel (gun trigger, for example) for just over fifteen seconds.

·       The normal oxygen level in this war zone is just about 10% of the oxygen levels at the plains.

Source: The Hindu


questions based on

                     Current affairs: 17.05.2017


1.    The theme for 2017 World Hypertension Day is?

(a)            Know your sugar level

(b)            Know your blood pressure

(c)            Know your stress level

(d)            Know your tension level


2.    Which is the first state to make a calendar year as financial year in India?

(a)            Rajasthan

(b)            Haryana

(c)            Telangana

(d)            Madhya Pradesh


3.    Who is the ‘father of green revolution’ in the world?

(a)            Dr Norman Borlaug

(b)            Dr Dilbagh Singh Athwal

(c)            Dr M.S Swaminathan

(d)            Dr M.V Rao


4.    Which is the first and second state in India to adopt a state butterfly respectively?

(a)            Karnataka and Maharashtra

(b)            Maharashtra and Karnataka

(c)            Tamil Nadu and Kerala

(d)            Kerala and Tamil Nadu


5.    Which instrument is used to measure Blood Pressure?

(a)            Glucometer

(b)            Endoscope

(c)            Sphygmomanometer

(d)            Endoscope



1.    (b)

2.    (d)

3.    (a)

4.    (b)

5.    (c)



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