DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS MAY 31 2018

1) World No Tobacco Day: 31 May Every year, on 31 May, World Health Organization and partners mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD).  The theme of World No Tobacco Day 2018 is “Tobacco and heart disease”. The day highlights the health and other risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. 2) Indian Botanist Kamaljit Bawa first Indian to receive Linnean Medal for Botany On May 30, 2018, Indian Botanist Mr. Kamaljit Bawa was awarded the Linnean Medal in Botany from Linnean Society of London. He is the first Indian to receive this award. He is the president of Bengaluru based non-profit Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE). ATREE has been ranked 2nd in Asia and 18th globally among the world’s environmental… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS MAY 30 2018

1) Virat Kohli as International Cricketer of Year : CEAT Cricket Ratings On May 29, 2018, Virat Kohli named the International Cricketer of the year at CEAT Cricket Ratings. Shikhar Dhawan has been awarded International Batsman of the Year. New Zealand player Trent Boult named International Bowler of the Year. T20 Bowler of the Year award was given to: Rashid Khan from Afghanistan. T20 Batsman of the Year award: Colin Munro of New Zealand. Outstanding Innings of the year award: Harmanpreet Kaur. Domestic Player of the Year award: Mayank Agarwal. U19 Player of the Year award: Shubhman Gill. Popular Choice award: Chris Gayle. Lifetime Achievement Award: Farokh Engineer. 2) Alicia Pucheta first woman interim president of Paraguay On May 29, 2018, Alicia Pucheta (68) has been named as the first woman President of Paraguay. She has been named the interim president after the current President Mr. Horacio… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS MAY 29 2018

1) Sangeeta Bahl Becomes Oldest Indian Woman To Scale Mount Everest Sangeeta Bahl, a 53-year-old former model, has become the oldest Indian woman to conquer Mount Everest. Bahl, who currently resides in Gurugram, scaled the peak with the help of two Sherpas and was felicitated at the Indian embassy in Kathmandu. She has already conquered six out of the seven highest peaks in the world. 2) Queen Maxima Of Kingdom Of Netherlands On 4-Day Visit To India Queen Maxima of the Kingdom of the Netherlands who is also the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development has arrived in New Delhi on a four day visit to India. During the visit, Queen Maxima will meet… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS MAY 27 & 28 2018

1) Real Madrid Lifts Champions Trophy Defeating Liverpool Real Madrid has lifted Champions Trophy defeating Liverpool 3-1 in Kiev, Ukraine. A sensational overhead strike from Real Madrid substitute Gareth Bale and two calamitous errors by Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius gave the Spanish side a third straight Champions League title in an incident-packed final. 2) Japan Win Uber Cup To End 37-Year Drought Japan’s women clinched the Uber Cup, breezing by surprise finalists Thailand 3-0 in Bangkok to end a 37-year wait to regain the title. With a team stacked with top-ranked players in both the singles and doubles, Japan made light work of the hosts, who entered the finals for the first time after stunning China in the semis. It ends an Uber Cup drought for Japan that… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS MAY 26 2018

1) India among top 3 countries most targeted for phishing: Report India has been listed as one of the top three target countries for Phishing and malware-based attacks as per the RSA Quarterly Fraud Report. The RSA Quarterly Fraud Report for the period from January 1 to March 31, 2018, says that phishing contributed for 48 per cent of total cyber-attacks. The report stated that Canada, the United States, India and Brazil were the countries highly targeted by phishing. Other major phishing-targeted countries are: Brazil (4th), Netherlands (5th), Colombia (6th), Spain (7th), Mexico (8th), Germany (9th) and South Africa (10th). The report says that, in the first quarter, 55 % of transactions originated from the mobile channel and 65 % of… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS MAY 25 2018

1) Dr. Harsh Vardhan leads Indian delegation in Mission Innovation (MI) Ministerial at Malmo, Sweden On May 24, 2018, India launches  international incubator for clean energy innovators in MI3 at Malmo , Sweden. India announces its plan for hosting MI clean energy materials Workshop in October-November, 2018 at New Delhi. At the Solutions Summit, the MI 2020 Solutions booklet was launched, showcasing over fifty cutting-edge breakthroughs emerging from MI members investments ranging from blockchain technologies to the world’s first commercial passenger electric boat. A World Economic Forum White paper on public-private cooperation was also released. India announced setting up of First International Incubator for clean energy in public-private partnership at a total investment of around US $ 5 million in Delhi. 2) Nepal: first country in South-East Asia validated for eliminating trachoma On May 24, 2018, The World Health Organization (WHO)… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS MAY 24 2018

1) India Ranks 145th In Healthcare Access, Quality, Iceland Tops: Lancet Report India ranks 145th among 195 countries in terms of quality and accessibility of healthcare, according to a Lancet study. In 2016, India’s healthcare access and quality scored at 41.2 (up from 24.7 in 1990). India lags behind China (48), Sri Lanka (71), Bangladesh (133) and Bhutan (134). The top 3 countries with the highest levels of healthcare access and quality in 2016: 1. Iceland (97.1 points) 2. Norway (96.6) 3. The Netherlands (96.1) The countries with the lowest scores: 1. The Central African Republic (18.6) 2. Somalia (19.0) 3. Guinea-Bissau (23.4) The study found that China and India had the widest disparities… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS MAY 23 2018

1) India receives the 1st cargo of ADNOC crude oil for its Mangalore StrAtegic Petroleum Reserve  On May 22, 2018, India received the 1st cargo of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) crude oil for its Mangalore Strategic Petroleum Reserve. In February 2018, during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to UAE, ISPRL and ADNOC signed an Agreement for storing 5.68 million barrels of crude oil. This is to be stored in the Mangaluru facility of India SPR for emergency and distribution purposes. Apart from this the minister of oil Dharmendra Pradhan flagged off 2 million barrels of oil for India. The centre has built crude oil storage facilities with total capacity of 5.33 Million Tonnes (MT) at three locations under phase I of the ‘SPR programme’ including 1.33 MT at… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS MAY 22 2018

1) 26th BASIC Ministerial meeting of Environment Ministers in Durban On 20th May 2018, the 26th BASIC Ministerial meeting of Environment Ministers was held in Durban, South Africa. Brazil, South Africa, India and China are termed as the BASIC countries. Union Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Dr Harsh Vardhan participated in the meeting on behalf of India. The meeting was chaired by South Africa’s Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa. The meeting was attended by environment ministers of BASIC countries and Michal Kurtyka of Poland, who will be the next president of Conference of Parties (COP-24). In a joint statement, the ministers said that, the countries are committed to work together with other… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS MAY 20 & 21 2018

1) India sixth wealthiest country with total wealth of USD 8,230 bn According to AfrAsia Bank Global Wealth Migration Review 2018, India is the sixth wealthiest country in the world with a total wealth of $8,230 billion. In the context of this report, “Total wealth” refers to the private wealth (assets viz. property, cash, equities, business interests, less any liabilities) held by all the individuals living in a particular country. India emerged as the “Best Performing Wealth Markets” registering 25% growth in total wealth for the year 2017. 2) Visit of Indian Naval Ships to Danang, Vietnam Three Indian Naval Ships Sahyadri, Shakti and Kamorta under the command of Rear Admiral Dinesh Kumar Tripathi shall be making… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS MAY 19 2018

1) Visit of M J Akbar to Austria and the Slovak Republic Minister of State for External Affairs, M.J. Akbar was on an official visit to Austria and Slovak Republic from 15th to 17th May, 2018. On May 15, 2018, Mr. Akbar had a meeting with Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria, Ms. Karin Kneissl, where in entire gamut of India-Austria bilateral relations were discussed. In Austria, Mr. Akbar also had a meeting with President of STRATEG (Society for Political & Strategic Studies), Lt. General Christian Segur Cabanac. STRATEG is a leading think tank of Austria. On 16th and 17th May, 2018, Mr. Akbar visited the Slovak Republic to participate at the GLOBSEC 2018… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS MAY 18 2018

1) Guatemala 2nd nation to open embassy in Jerusalem after US On 16th May, the President of Guatemala Jimmy Morales inaugurated Guatemalan embassy in Jerusalem. It is the second country after US to do so. In a ceremony held during the visit of the president of Guatemala, the Prime Minister of Israel expressed his content on the growing friendship of the three countries viz. Israel, Guatemala and US. Morales stated that this embassy would be beneficial for Guatemalans and it signifies strong link between the two nations. Talks of trilateral relationships are on among the three countries. Apart from this, other Latin American countries like Paraguay and Honduras are next on opening their embassies in Jerusalem in the next few weeks as per reports. 2) 15th Meeting of SCO Cultural Ministers at Sanya,… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS MAY 17 2018

1) WHO publishes its first essential diagnostics list World Health Organisation (WHO) has published its first ‘essential diagnostics list’, a list of tests needed to diagnose the most common conditions as well as a number of global priority diseases. Objective behind publishing this list is to address the problem of people’s inability to access diagnostic services. WHO outlined that an estimated 46 percent of adults with Type 2 diabetes worldwide were undiagnosed, thereby facing serious health risks and complications. WHO’s essential diagnostics list concentrates on in-vitro tests like tests of blood and urine. tests have been enlisted for detection and diagnosis of a wide range of common conditions while 55 tests are… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS MAY 16 2018

1) India 3rd largest solar market in world: Mercom As per a report by Mercom Communications India, India emerged as the third largest solar market in the world in 2017 behind China and the US. In 2017, India set a new record with 9.6 GW of solar installations, which was more than double the 4.3 GW installed in 2016. On account of this stellar growth, India’s total solar installed capacity reached 19.6 GW as of December 2017. Out of the 19.6 GW installation, 92% is on account of large-scale project development. Mercom Communications India is the Indian subsidiary of Mercom Capital Group, a global clean energy consulting firm. 2) Lewis Hamilton wins Spanish Grand Prix to stretch lead in F1 title race On 14th May, Mercedes and british driver Lewis Hamilton won the Spanish… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS MAY 15 2018

1) Visit of Vice President to Guatemala, Panama and Peru Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu was on an official visit to Guatemala, Panama and Peru in Latin America from 6th -12th May, 2018. This was Mr. Naidu’s first official overseas visit. On this visit, Mr. Naidu was accompanied by a high-level delegation including Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Shri Jasvantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor. On May 8, 2018, India and Guatemala agreed to support each other’s candidature for the non-permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). On May 8, 2018, India and Guatemala signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for expanding cooperation in the area of diplomatic training through their respective Foreign Service Institutes. Panama has welcomed India’s proposal for setting up a Telemetry, Tracking… Read More

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