DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 11 JULY 2019

National News

“Operation Thirst”  launched by RPF

i. RPF launched “Operation Thirst” to crack down selling of unauthorised Packaged Drinking Water in the railway premises. During the operation, 1371 persons were arrested for selling of packaged drinking water of unauthorised brands.

Extra Info-

  •  Union Minister for Railways: Piyush Goyal.

Government waives duty on products imported for nuclear plants

i. GoI has waived off basic customs duty (BCD) on products imported for nuclear plants. “All goods for use in generation of nuclear power” and “all forms of uranium ores and concentrates for generation of nuclear power” will now have to pay no basic customs duty.

International News

Ukraine inaugurates world’s largest Metal Dome

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i. Ukraine has inaugurated the world’s largest movable metal dome encasing the destroyed reactor at the infamous Chernobyl plant. It is a 108-meter high dome which weighs 36,000 tonnes.

Extra Info-

  • Capital of Ukraine: Kyiv; Currency of Ukraine: Ukrainian Hryvnia.

Agreements

Defence Ministry signs MoU with IPFC and NRDC

i. Defence Ministry has signed an MOU with the Intellectual Property Facilitation Cell and National Research Development Corporation in connection to the mission Raksha Gyan Shakti.

ii. The MoU will bridge the capacity shortfall and provide a major fillip to the ongoing efforts of the Defence Ministry towards promoting a culture of Innovation and Intellectual Property Rights in the Defence industry.

iii. The aim of Raksha Gyan Shakti is to inculcate Intellectual Property culture in Indian defence manufacturing ecosystem.

Extra Info-

  • Union Defence Minister of India: Rajnath Singh.

Prasar Bharati and IIT Kanpur signs MoU for research collaboration

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i. Prasar Bharati and IIT Kanpur signed an MoU for research collaboration in newly emerging technologies and broadcasting-related areas in New Delhi

ii. The move is likely to boost research activities in the broadcasting field.

Extra Info-

  • CEO of Prasar Bharati:  Shashi Shekhar Vempati; Prasar Bharati HQ: New Delhi.
  • Established in: 23 Nov1997.

State News

MP Govt announces cow welfare fund, hikes Haj committee grant

i. Highlights of the state budget presented by Madhya Pradesh government:

  • Allocation of Rs 8,000 crore has been made to waive loans of 20 lakh farmers of the state.
  • The grants for the Madhya Pradesh Waqf Board and the Haj committee have been hiked.
  • A grant of Rs 132 crore has been proposed for the welfare of cows.

Extra Info-

  • Madhya Pradesh CM: Kamal Nath, Governor: Anandiben Patel.

Economy and Business News

ICSI launches UDIN to improve corporate governance

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i. The Institute of Company Secretaries of India has rolled out an initiative a Unique Document Identification Number to pursue heightened sense of self-governance and strengthen the practising side of company secretaries. 

ii. UDIN will provide ease of maintaining register of attestation and certification servicesThe ICSI functions under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

Extra Info-

  • Union Minister of Corporate Affairs: Nirmala Sitharaman.

RBI panel moots changes in timings for foreign exchange market

i. Internal committee of the RBI has suggested that the foreign exchange market could function from 9 am to 9 pm. At present, the currency market works from 9 am to 5 pm. The panel suggested call money market timings could be extended till 6 pm instead of the 5 pm now.

ii. The extension of market timings is expected to provide benefits such as better pricing of post-market hours information/data, improved onshore price discovery and a possible shift of offshore volumes to onshore.

Extra Info-

  • RBI 25th Governor: Shaktikant Das; Headquarters: Mumbai; Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata.

Appointments

MN Rao appointed DG of Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guard

i. The Central government appointed M Nageswar Rao, as the Director General of Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guard. Rao will replace former CBI Chief Alok Verma.

LinkedIn appoints Ashutosh Gupta as country manager for India

i. LinkedIn has appointed Ashutosh Gupta as the new country manager for India operations. Gupta will replace Mahesh Narayanan, who was the country manager for India for period from January-June 2019.

Extra Info-

  • LinkedIn’s CEO: Jeff Weiner; HQ: California, United States.    

Summits & Conferences

36th Meeting of the Central Apprenticeship Council (CAC)

i. The Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship organised the 36th meeting of the Central Apprenticeship Council (CAC) in New Delhi

ii. The 36th CAC meet under the chairmanship of Minister of MSDE, aims to meet the aspirations of the Indian youth who strive to gain on-the-job training and secure better opportunities for employment.

Extra Info- 

  • Minister of Skill development and Entrepreneurship: Mahendra Nath Pandey.

14th conference of Parties to be hosted by India

i. India will host the 14th conference of the parties from September 02 to 13 in Greater Noida. 197 countries are expected to participate in the conference.

ii. Three crucial issues in this conference are desertification, land degradation and drought. 

Extra Info-

  • Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change: Prakash Javadekar.

India-Myanmar: Exchange crucial information on drug trafficking

i. 4th Director General level talks between Narcotics Control Bureau (India) and Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control (Myanmar) was held in New Delhi. 

ii. India and Myanmar have resolved to exchange crucial information relating to drug trafficking and precursors.

Extra Info-

  • Capital of Myanmar: Naypyitaw; Currency of Myanmar: Burmese Kyat.

Sports

Fergus Kavanagh to conduct camp for Indian hockey defenders

i. Fergus Kavanagh has been roped in to conduct a 7 day camp with Indian defenders at the Sports Authority of India Centre in Bengaluru

ii. He will be working closely with 14 Indian defenders identified by Hockey India.

iii. Kavanagh was part of the Australian dream team that won the 2010 World Cup in New Delhi and the 2014 World Cup in The Hague.

Gold medals for India in Commonwealth Championships

i. Rakhi Halder and Davinder Kaur has won a gold medal each in the senior women’s section of weightlifting in the Commonwealth Championships.

ii. Davinder Kaur has won the gold medal in women’s 59kg event. While Rakhi Halder has won the gold medal in the 64kg category. The Championship is taking place in Apia, Samoa.

Important Days

World Population Day: 11 July

i. The United Nations observes 11 July every year as World Population Day. This year’s World Population Day calls for global attention to the unfinished business of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development.

Extra Info-

  • United Nations Headquarters: New York, USA; Founded: 24 October 1945.
  • Antonio Guterres is the Secretary General of the United Nations.

Miscellaneous

Taylor Swift Topped 100 highest-paid Forbes Celebrity list

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i. Singer Taylor Swift has topped the Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list and emerged as the highest-paid celebrity with her 2019 estimated earnings of over USD 185 million. 

ii. Taylor Swift replaced Kylie Jenner. Jenner is now 2nd in the list.

iii. India’s Akshay kumar is placed 33rd in the list.

Isha Kanth bags ICJ internship programme

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i. Indian girl, Isha Kanth is one of the two persons in the world to have bagged an internship programme at the International Court of Justice.

ii. She has earlier worked in rural Bihar spreading awareness on the right to education and women empowerment among children belonging to the marginalised sections.

Extra Info-

  • Headquarters: The Hague (Netherlands); Established: June 1945.
  • President: Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf (Somalia).

Obituaries

Brazilian bossa nova pioneer Joao Gilberto passes away

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i. The legendary Brazilian musician and songwriter Joao Gilberto passed away. He was the pioneer of the lilting, melodious and famous music known as Bossa Nova.

 

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International News

North Korea revises the constitution

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ii. Earlier Kim ruled as a chairman of state Affairs Commission. The previous constitution stated that the chairman of SAC served as a Supreme Leader. 

Imp Info:

  • North Korea Capital: Pyongyang; Currency: North Korean won.

The 2019 global Multidimensional Poverty Index

i. UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released the 2019 global Multidimensional Poverty Index. Highlights of the reports are:

  1. India’s MPI value reduced from 0.283 in 2005-06 to 0.123 in 2015-16.
  2. India has lifted 271 million people out of poverty between 2006 and 2016, recording the fastest reductions in the multidimensional poverty index.
  3. India and Cambodia has reduced their MPI values the fastest among the 10 selected countries for which changes over time were analysed.
  4. Gains for India according to the report:
  • deprivation in nutrition from 44.3% in 2005-06 to 21.2% in 2015-16.
  • child mortality dropped from 4.5% to 2.2%.
  • people deprived of cooking fuel reduced from 52.9% to 26.2%.
  • deprivation in sanitation from 50.4% to 24.6%.
  • people deprived of drinking water reduced from 16.6% to 6.2%.

Imp Info:

  • The administrator of UNDP: Achim Steiner.

Agreements

Kalyani JV gets missile kits order

i. A joint venture of a Kalyani group firm and Israel’s Rafael Advanced Systems has secured a $100 million contract for manufacturing 1,000 Barak-8 MRSAM missile kits.

ii. Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems will manufacture the kits at its production facility near Hyderabad and supply them to Bharat Dynamics for further integration. The product will be used by the Indian Army and the Air Force.

Imp Info:

  •  Capital of Israel: Jerusalem; Currency of Israel : Israeli New Shekel.

India hands over pre-fabricated houses to Myanmar

i. India handed over 250 pre-fabricated houses to Myanmar in Maung Daw for use of displaced returnees from Bangladesh. 

ii. The Indian government had taken up the project under its Rakhine State Development Programme for $ 25M for a period of five years.

Imp Info:

  • Capital of Myanmar: Naypyitaw; Currency of Myanmar: Burmese Kyat.

BCC signs MoU with BRICS chamber to promote trade

i. The Bharat Chamber of Commerce and the BRICS Chamber of Commerce and Industry, New Delhi, signed an MoU  for promoting trade and investments between the BRICS countries and the eastern part of India.

Imp Info:

  • BRICS Headquarters: Shanghai, China; President of BRICS: K V Kamath.
  • Members of the BRICS: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

State News

 Rajghat coal plant to be turned into solar park

i. The Delhi government has announced that the Rajghat thermal power plant will be officially shut and turned into a solar park. A 5,000 KW of solar power will be produced at the 45 acre plant site.

ii. The coal-based plant, whose current units were commissioned in 1989, has been lying in a shutdown mode from 2014. 

Imp Info:

  • Chief Minister of Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal; Lieutenant Governor of Delhi: Anil Baijal.

Appointments

Vikas Swarup appointed as Secretary of Overseas Indian Affairs

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i. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Shri Vikas Swarup, High Commissioner in Ottawa as Secretary (Consular, Passport, Visa and Overseas Indian affairs) in the Ministry of External Affairs with effect from 01.08.2019.

Imp Info:

  • Capital of Canada: Ottawa; Currency of Canada: Canadian dollar.
  • Minister of External Affairs: Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.

Summits & Conferences

First Global Conference for Media Freedom in London

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i. The first Global Conference for Media Freedom co-hosted by the UK and Canada in London.

ii. A three members Indian media delegation, including Prasar Bharati Chairman A.Surya Prakash, Rajya Sabha MP and journalist Swapan Dasgupta, and journalist and political analyst Kanchan Gupta, have attended the first Global Conference for Media Freedom.

Imp Info:

  • World Press Freedom Index 2019: Rank of India 140th out of 180.

USISPF second annual leadership summit held in Washington

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i. The US India Strategic and Partnership Forum 2nd annual leadership summit held in Washington. “US India Bilateral Trade Report” was released on the occasion.
ii. Some findings of the report are:

  • US India bilateral trade could reach USD 238 billion by 2025.
  • Sectors such as defence trade, commercial aircrafts, oil and LNG, coal, machinery and electronics are areas of potential growth.
  • The US-India trade balance has grown 3.8 per cent on an average in favour of India.

Imp Info:

  • President of United States: Donald Trump; Capital: Washington, DC.

19th Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting in London

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i. The 19th Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting was held in LondonExternal Affairs Minister conveyed India’s stand at the meet.

Imp Info:

  • External Affairs Minister of India: S. Jaishankar.
  • UK Capital: London; Currency: Pound sterling.

Sports

4 gold medals for India in Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships

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i. India has won 4 gold medals in Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships held in Apia, Samoa. The Indian medallists are:

  • Men (Elite and junior): Achinta Sheuli has won 2 gold medals in the 73kg event.
  • Junior: Gulam Navi has won a gold medal in 67kg event.
  • Junior and youth: L. Sadananda Singh has won Bronze & Gold medals in the 73kg event.
  • Women (Elite): Manpreet Kaur has won silver medal in 76kg event.
  • Junior: R. Arockiya Alish has won a silver medal in 76kg event.

Mexico wins CONCACAF Gold Cup final

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i. Mexico defeated USA  to claim their eighth CONCACAF Gold Cup titleJonathan Dos Santos scored the winning goal in 73rd min for Mexico in the thrilling final.

Imp Info:

  • Capital of Mexico: Mexico City; Currency of Mexico: Mexican peso.

Miscellaneous

Film Divisions to launch documentary film club in Mumbai

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i. Film Divisions will launch documentary film club “KSHITIJ” in Mumbai. The club will be launched by Films Division, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, in association with Indian Documentary Producer’s Association (IDPA).

ii. The acclaimed documentary film “Secret Life of Frogs” by Ajay & Vijay Bedi will be screened as the inaugural film. 

Obituaries

Soumendranath Kundu passes away

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i. Former Bengal and Railway leg-spinner Soumendranath Kundu passed away. Kundu was conferred the CAB Kartick Bose lifetime Achievement Award 2014.

ii. Kundu took 127 wickets in 30 First Class matches between 1958-59 and 1968-69. He also took 10 wickets in a match thrice.

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Agreements

Airtel Payments Bank to sell Bharti AXA Life’s term insurance

i. Airtel Payments Bank has partnered with Bharti AXA Life Insurance to offer a life term insurance plan. 

ii. The product, Bharti AXA Life (Point of Sale) Saral Jeevan Bima Yojana, is a pure life term insurance plan which is aimed at the under insured and uninsured segments in India.

Useful Info-

  • MD & CEO of Bharti AXA Life Insurance: Vikas Seth.
  • MD & CEO of Airtel Payments Bank: Anubrata Biswas.

AYUSH, MeitY ministries collaborates for digitisation of AYUSH sector

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i. The Ministries of AYUSH and Electronics and Information Technology have signed a MoU to collaborate on the digitization of the AYUSH sector.

ii. The ministry aims to digitize the entire AYUSH, leading to transformation in the field of health care delivery at all levels, along with greater research, education, delivery of various health care programmes and better drug regulations.

Useful Info-

  • Minister of State (Independent charge) of AYUSH Ministry: Shripad Yesso Naik.
  • Minister of Communications and Information Technology: Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Delhi Police signs pact with SECI for rooftop solar energy systems

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i. Delhi Police has signed a pact with Solar Energy Corporation of India. Under this, the  SECI will support the implementation of grid-connected rooftop solar photovoltaic systems on the establishments of Delhi police.

ii. The Delhi police will set up rooftop solar energy systems in over 200 of its buildingsacross the city.

Useful Info-

  • Chairman of SECI: Praveen Kumar.

Awards

Ajay Banga, Azim Premji to receive excellence awards from USISPF

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i. The US-India Strategic Partnership Forum has announced that Mastercard CEO and President Ajay Banga and Wipro Chairman Azim Premji will receive the 2019 Global Excellence Awards.

ii. This is the Second Annual Leadership Summit of USISPF.

iii. They have been honored with the awards for their significant contribution to strengthening economic ties between the US and India.

Business and Banking News

Ola gets green light for London taxi business

i. India’s biggest ride-hailing platform Ola Cabs, has received approval from London’stransport regulator to start private hire vehicles (PHV) in the capital city of the UK. 

ii. Ola will be the first ever platform to offer both PHVs and black cabs in the UK.

Useful Info-

  • CEO of OLA: Bhavish Aggarwal; Headquarters: Bengaluru.

‘Vasool So-Ft’ launched to digitize NPA recovery process

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i. Karnataka Bank Ltd has launched the web tool ‘Vasool So-Ft’ (Vasool So-Fast) for digitalising the Non Performing Asset recovery process of the bank.

ii. The digital tool for the recovery of stressed assets will provide an end to end digital solution. It will enable easy and faster processing, real time information and immediate decision making in the recovery area.

Useful Info-

  • MD & CEO of Karnataka Bank Ltd: Mahabaleshwara MS; Headquarters: Mangaluru.

Appointments

Ursula von der Leyen elected as next EU president

i. European Commission has elected Ursula von der Leyen as its new president

ii. She will replace Jean Claude Juncker. She has become the first woman to be elected to lead the EU’s executive arm.

Useful Info-

  • Headquarters of European Commission: Brussels, Belgium.

Miscellaneous

Duty Free shops at Dubai airports to accept Indian currency

i. Dubai Duty Free has announced that Indian Rupee will now be an accepted currency at all the retail outlets of the Dubai airport.  

ii. The move makes the Indian rupee the 16th international currency to be accepted at Dubai’s airports.

iii. Stores at the Dubai Airport will accept notes of various denominations, including 100s, 200s, 500s and 2000s.

First ‘Aadhaar Seva Kendra’ in Delhi and Vijayawada

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i. Unique Identification Authority of India has opened its first ‘Aadhaar Seva Kendra’ in Delhi and Vijayawada.  

ii. The Aadhaar card issuing authority has an ambitious plan to set up 114 such centresby the year end.

iii. These centres will provide the facility to apply for a new Aadhaar card or update the existing ones. These centres are similar to Passport Seva Kendras run by the Ministry of External Affairs.

Useful Info-

  • CEO of UIDAI: Ajay Bhushan Pandey; Founded: 12 July, 2016.

Sports News  

Arjen Robben announces retirement from football

i. Dutch winger Arjen Robben has announced his retirement from football at the age of 35 after a 10-year spell with German giants Bayern Munich. 

ii. He has played 96 international matches for the Netherlands, scoring 37 goals, and starred in the team which reached the 2010 World Cup final.

 

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National News

India’s first Design Development Centre launched in Gujarat

i. India’s first Design Development Center ‘Fashionova’ was launched in the Textile city Surat.  

ii. The centre will promote the city in the field of the fashion design sector. 

iii. It will also fulfill the business needs from co-working space, technicians, expert advises to cognitive workshops and exposure to the industry.

Useful Info-

  • Gujarat CM: Vijay Rupani; Governor: Om Prakash Kohli; Capital: Gandhinagar.

Longest electrified railway tunnel in India commissioned

i. The South Central Railway has commissioned the longest electrified tunnel of India

ii. The tunnel which is between Cherlopalli and Rapuru stations is 6.6 km long, is built at a total cost of ₹460 crore. 

iii. The horse shoe shaped tunnel is of 6.5 metres height with ballastless track and LED lighting provided at 10 metre intervals inside.

Army Chief releases Kargil Tribute Song

i. Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has released a Kargil Tribute Song to honour, salute and pay homage to the Kargil martyrs and war veterans

ii. The song has been composed by eminent Hindi lyricist Sammer Anjaan and sung by Shatadru Kabir.

iii. The song was released as part of the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas to be celebrated on 26th of July.

Agreements

Cabinet approves India-Maldives MoU for passenger, cargo services

i. The Union Cabinet has approved the pact signed between India and Maldives to start passenger and cargo services via sea route. 

ii. The MoU will pave way for ferry services between Maldives and India. The proposed ferry service would contribute in a big way to promote people to people contact and to boost bilateral trade.

Useful Info-

  • Capital of Maldives: Male; Currency: Maldivian Rufiyaa.
  • President: Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

CCMB and CDFD sign MoU to improve genetic disease diagnostics

i. An MoU has been signed between CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) and Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD). 

ii. The aim of the MoU is to enable better ways of diagnosis and treatment of genetic disorders.

State News

Tripura gets Rs 358 crore from GoI for road projects

i. The GoI has sanctioned an additional amount of Rs 358 crore for the construction of new roads in rural areas of Tripura.

Useful Info-

  • Capital of Tripura: Agartala, CM: Biplab Kumar Deb, Governor: Kaptan Singh Solanki.

Hong Kong govt grants over $9 million for cyclone-hit Odisha

i. The Hong Kong government has approved over $9 million for relief and rehabilitation work in cyclone-hit Odisha. 

ii. The grants will benefit around 45,100 victims of “Fani cyclone” and will be used to provide hygiene kits, kitchen kits, water, education, household items and shelter kits.

Useful Info-

  • CM of Odisha: Naveen Patnaik; Governor: Ganeshi Lal.

Banking News

Punjab & Sind Bank sets up Cen-MARG

i. Punjab & Sind Bank has set up a centralised hub “Centralised MSME & Retail Group”. It will process retail and MSME loans for the better efficiency of branches in business acquisition. 

ii. The Cen-MARG has been envisioned to ensure qualitative improvement in credit appraisal, improved turnaround time, uniform documentation, and efficient monitoring.

Useful Info-

  • MD & CEO of Punjab & Sind Bank: S. Harisankar.

Ranks & Reports

India ranked 86th in the Henley Passport Index 2019

i. The Henley Passport Index 2019 have ranked the Indian passport on the 86th positionwith a mobility score of 58

ii. The score points out that Indian passport holders can access 58 countries around the world without a prior visa. Japan and Singapore holds the top spot with a score of 189.

iii. The index includes 199 passports and 227 travel destinations including micro-states and territories. 

Miscellaneous

Nasscom, NSDC launch Global Cloud Computing challenge

i. Nasscom partners with National Skill Development Corporation to organise ‘World Skills India’s International Cloud Computing Challenge 2019’. 

ii. Ten countries including India are participating in the competition, along with New Zealand, Belgium, Japan, China, South Korea, Russia, Oman and Ireland.

iii. “WorldSkills India” is an NSDC initiative launched in 2011.

Useful Info-

  • President of NASSCOM: Debjani Ghosh.
  • Chairman of NSDC: A M Naik; MD & CEO: Manish Kumar.

 Iraq’s Babylon listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO

i. UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has listed Iraq’s Babylon as a World Heritage Site

ii. Babylon is developed as a walled city of mudbrick temples and towers, constituting the Tower of Babel, and the Ishtar Gate. 

iii. The city was the centre of the ancient Babylonian empire more than 4,000 years ago.

Useful Info-

  • Capital of Iraq: Baghdad; Currency: Iraqi dinar.
  • Headquarters of UNESCO: Paris, France; Director General: Audrey Azoulay.

Important Days

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i. The United Nations observes first Saturday of July every year as International Day of Cooperatives.  

ii. The day is celebrated to increase the awareness of cooperatives. The event underscores the contributions of the cooperative movement in resolving the major problems addressed by the United Nations.

iii. Theme for 2019: COOPS 4 DECENT WORK.

Useful Info-

  • United Nations Headquarters: New York, USA; Founded: 24 October 1945.
  • Secretary General of the United Nations: Antonio Guterres.

 

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NATIONAL

PM Narendra  Modi launches plantation drive in Varanasi

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a mega plantation drive in Uttar Pradesh.
  • Modi unveiled a tall bronze statue of late Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, outside the terminal building of the Varanasi Airport.
  • The plantation drive was launched at Harahua primary school Anand Kanan forest on the Panch Kosi Marg .
  • A total of 27 lakh saplings and trees were being planted with the help of farmers and residents to increase the green cover.

Extra Info:

  • Uttar Pradesh- Capital City (Lucknow) CM (Yogi Adityanath) Governor (Ram Naik)

Govt to invest 50 lakh crore rupees in railways by 2030

  • Railway Minister Piyush Goyal announced that the government is eyeing investment of 50 lakh crore in railways by the year 2030 to make it the best in the world.
  • the rail infrastructure in the country increased by mere 30 per cent in the last 65 years due to the lack of adequate investment, while freight and passenger traffic increased by 1500 per cent
  • The entire Konkan Railway route from Mumbai to Mangaluru via Goa would be electrified at the cost of 11,000 crore rupees.

Extra Info:

  • Railway Minister- Piyush Goyal

Assam Govt to develop over three hundred tourist spots

  • Assam government has taken a step to develop 316 tourists spot in the state.
  • Managing Director of Assam Tourism Development Corporation Bhaskar Phukan announced that 150 crore rupees will be spent to develop these locations under Axom Darshan.

Extra Info:

  • Assam- Capital City(Dispur) CM(Sarbananda Sonowal) Governor(Jagdish Mukhi)

Central Govt to set up three CoE in Sports at Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh

  • Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju has announced that central government is going to set-up three Sports Centre of Excellence in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh.
  • The three centre of excellence will be for Martial Arts, Weight Lifting and Boxing. These centres will have a capacity of 300 sportspersons with residential facility.
  • The government will also set up 12 to 15 football stadiums with Astro-turf football pitches across the state in the next three years.
  • This year Arunachal Pradesh will host the North East Youth Festival.

Extra Info:

  • Arunachal Pradesh- Capital City (Itanagar) CM(Pema Khandu) Governor(B. D. Mishra)

Smriti Irani lays foundation stone of Govt Girl’s Degree College at Jagdishpur in Amethi

  • Union Minister for Women and Child Development and Textile Smriti Irani laid the foundation stone of Government Girl’s Degree College at Jagdishpur in Amethi district of Uttar Pradesh.

Extra Info:

  • Uttar Pradesh- Capital City (Lucknow) CM (Yogi Adityanath) Governor (Ram Naik)

CM Bhupesh Baghel inaugurates ‘Jan Choupal’ programme in Raipur

  • CM Bhupesh Baghel inaugurates ‘Jan Choupal’ programme in Raipur,Chattisghar.
  • Under this new ‘Jan Choupal program, public meetings will be held once every week to discuss the issues of the people.
  • The concept of ‘Jan Choupal’ has been taken from the practices of our ancestors in the village, who used to gather and solve the issues faced by them.

Extra Info:

Chhattisgarh- Capital City(Raipur) CM(Bhupesh Baghel) Governor(Anandiben Patel)

Telangana government has introduced the Miyawaki method of afforestation

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  • Under the Telangana ku Haritha Haaram (TKHH) Telangana government has introduced the Japanese Miyawaki method of afforestation to grow urban forests and expand the green cover as well as to meet the stipulated plantation target.
  • Telangana Ku Haritha Haram or Haritha Haram was launched by Chief Minister Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao on July 2015.
  • Miyawaki is a Japanese technique introduced by Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki, that helps build dense, native forests in a short time.

 Extra Info:

  • Telangana- Capital City (Hyderabad) CM (K. Chandrashekar Rao) Governor (E. S. L. Narasimhan.)

BUSINESS & ECONOMY

Ola gets green light for London taxi business

  • India’s Ola Cabs received approval from London’s transport regulator to start private hire vehicles (PHV) in the capital city of the UK.
  • Ola UK Pvt. Ltd received a one-year carriage licence from TFL to operate “PHV vehicles” across London.
  • Ola would become the biggest threat to Uber in the UK, since it has raised far more capital than the rest of the app-based taxi operators
  • It is raised around $190 million to $280 million in funding Ola’s massive war chest of $3.8 billion.

Extra Info:

  • Ola first entered the UK in August 2018.
  • They got with licences to operate across south Wales.
  • It has a presence in 150 cities across India
  • It operations in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Ola: Ola Cabs, is an Indian origin online transportation network company.

  • Founded: 3 December 2010, Mumbai
  • Headquarters: Bengaluru
  • Founders: Bhavish Aggarwal, Ankit Bhati
  • CEO: Bhavish Aggarwal

Reliance Jio partners with Facebook to launch literacy drive MDigital Udaan” for first-time internet users in India

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  • Indian mobile network operator, Reliance Jio partnered with Facebook to launch a digital literacy initiative named “Digital Udaan”
  • The main aim is to empower first-time internet users with digital literacy and understanding of the Internet in real time.
  • Jio will engage with its users to help them learn about features of JioPhone, apps and Internet safety, including the use of Facebook.
  • The initiative is launched in nearly 200 different locations across 13 states.
  • It is expected to reach over 7,000 locations in the country.
  • Through this program, it has audio-visual training in 10 regional languages.

Extra Info:

Facebook:

  • Founded: February 2004
  • Headquarters: Menlo Park, California, United States
  • CEO: Mark Zuckerberg

Tata Steel Kalinganagar included in WEF’s Global Lighthouse Network

  • Tata Steel Kalinganagar (TSK) has been included in World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Lighthouse Network.
  • TSK in Odisha’s Jajpur district is the first and the only Indian manufacturing plant to be included in the WEF’s Lighthouse Network.
  • The factories join a network of 16 existing lighthouses across multiple geographies and industries.

Extra Info:

Tata Steel:

  • Founded: 25 August 1907, Jamshedpur
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • CEO: T. V. Narendran

BANKING & FINANCE

Punjab & Sind Bank sets up centralised hub ‘Cen-MARG’ to process retail and MSME loans

  • Punjab & Sind Bank set up a centralized hub named “Centralised MSME & Retail Group” (Cen-MARG).
  • The purpose is to process retail and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) loans for better efficiency of branches in business acquisition.
  • It will ensure qualitative improvement in credit appraisal, improved turnaround time, uniform documentation, and efficient monitoring.
  • They will help branches focus better on lead generation for retail lending and MSME and enhanced customer service.
  • It is headquartered in New Delhi.

Extra Info:

Punjab & Sind Bank: Punjab & Sind Bank is a government-owned bank

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • MD & CEO: S Harisankar
  • Tag line: Where service is a way of life

APPOINTMENT & RESIGNATION

Dr.Nalin Shinghal appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited(BHEL)

  • Nalin Shinghal appointed as its chairman and managing director for five years.
  • The appointment of Nalin Shinghal as chairman and managing director BHEL.

Extra Info:

BHEL: Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited owned and founded by the Government of India, is an engineering and manufacturing company

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • CEO: Atul Sobti
  • Founder: Government of India

SPORTS

Virat Kohli retains top position among batsmen in latest ICC rankings

  • Team India skipper Virat Kohli has retained the top position among batsmen in the latest ICC rankings.
  • Rohit Sharma bridged the gap at No. 2 following his record five World Cup tons.
  • Babar Azam of Pakistan ranked third.

Extra Shots:

The International Cricket Council is the global governing body of cricket. It was founded as the Imperial Cricket Conference in 1909 by representatives from Australia, England and South Africa.

  • It was renamed as the International Cricket Conference in 1965, and took up its current name in 1989.
  • Founded: 15 June 1909
  • Chairperson: Shashank Manohar
  • Headquarters: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • CEO: Manu Sawhney

 

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UNESCO report says, 1 in 4 children in Pakistan would be uneducated by 2030: UNESCO

•    According to the report by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) every one in four children in Pakistan will not be able to finish their primary education by 2030. 
•    Apart from that 50% of youth still not completing upper secondary education in Pakistan at the current rates.
•    UN’s 2030 agenda for sustainable development (SDG) emphasis on no one behind yet only four percent of the poorest 20 percent complete upper secondary school in the poorest countries compared to 36 percent of the richest.

Crime kills more people than armed conflict: UN Report

•    The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) published a study on homicides which states that people killed in homicides across the world are five times higher than those killed in armed conflicts and that the organised crime is responsible for 19% of homicides.
•    Globally, young men aged 15–29 years face the highest risk of homicide, with a rate of 16.6 per 100,000 males in that age group; while men aged 30–44 years face the second-highest risk, at 14.7 per 100,000.
•    About India, the report states that the overall homicide rate decreased by 10 per cent over the period 2009–2015, from 3.8 to 3.4 per 100,000 population.

Kim Darroch, UK ambassador to US, resigns

•    British ambassador to the USA, Kim Darroch, has resigned after series of leaked diplomatic information revealed he told 10 Downing Street that the Trump administration was “inept” and “clumsy.”
•    In a letter to Simon McDonald, the permanent under secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Darroch said he wanted to “put an end to speculation” about his position and remaining term as ambassador.
•    The resignation, which was announced by the UK Foreign Office, came after US President Donald Trump said that the White House would no longer deal with Darroch.

India’s lowest power-play score in WC2019

•    India scored 24/4 in the first 10 overs against New Zealand in the semi-final match. It is India’s lowest power-play score in this world cup.
•    Three top batsmen of Indian cricket team got out for 1 run each in India’s inning. Earlier, New Zealand scored 239 in first innings.
•    The previous lowest power-play score in 2019 World Cup was recorded by New Zealand (27/1) in the same match.

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National News

UAE Foreign minister arrives in India

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i. United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan arrived in India. He will hold talks with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar to boost cooperation in key sectors such as trade and energy.

ii. The UAE is India’s third-largest trade partner and fourth-largest energy supplier.

Imp Info-

  • President of the UAE: Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Capital of the UAE: Abu Dhabi.
  • Currency of the UAE: Dirham.

Tata Steel Kalinganagar joins WEF’s Global Lighthouse Network

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i. Tata Steel Kalinganagar has been included in World Economic Forum’s Global Lighthouse Network. TSK in Odisha’s Jajpur district is the first and the only Indian manufacturing plant to be included in the WEF’s Lighthouse Network.

ii. Global Lighthouse Network is a community of manufacturers showing leadership in applying Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies to drive financial and operational impact.

Indian Haj mission adopts Digital India, equality of women

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i. Indian Haj mission in Saudi Arabia adopts Digital Indiaequality of women. It aims to reach out to a large number of pilgrims as part of the Government of India’s initiative of Digital India.

ii. The App ‘Indian Haj Information System‘ developed by the consulate will receive feedback and grievances from Hajis. Another app E-MASIHA will retrieve pilgrims’ health information to apply appropriate treatment whenever he or she visits Indian medical facilities during Haj.

Imp Info-

    • Saudi Arabia Capital: Riyadh, Currency: Saudi Riyal.

Agreements

ISRO ties up with Russian agency to select, train Indian astronauts

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i. Indian Space Research Organisation has signed a contract with Russia’s Glavkosmosfor selection support, medical examination and space training of Indian astronauts. 

ii. ISRO has planned to send two unmanned missions before the mission ‘Gaganyaan-1’.

Imp Info-

  • ISRO Director: K Sivan, Headquarters: Bengaluru, Established: 1969.

State News

Meghalaya fined Rs 100 cr for illegal coal mining

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i. The Supreme Court of India has directed the Meghalaya government to deposit the Rs 100 crore fine

ii. The fine was imposed by the NGT for failing to curb illegal coal mining with the Central Pollution Control Board.

Imp Info-

  • Meghalaya Capital: Shillong; Chief Minister: Conrad Sangma; Governor: Tathagata Roy.

Bonalu festival kicks off in Telangana

i. The annual Bonalu festival kicked off at the Jagadamba temple in historic Golconda Fort, Telangana. 

ii. Bonalu is celebrated every year in the state during the first month of the monsoon season.  Bonalu is the “state festival” of Telangana.

Imp Info-

  • CM of Telangana: K Chandrashekhar Rao; Capital of Telangana: Hyderabad.
  • Governor of Telangana: ESL Narasimhan.

J&K govt approves Aadhaar-linked payment for pension disbursal

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i. The Jammu and Kashmir government approves Aadhaar-linked payment mode for pension disbursal. 

ii. The aim is to distribute pension to the beneficiaries under various central and state sponsored schemes in order to ensure transparency and to avoid delay.

Imp Info-

  • Governor of Jammu & Kashmir: Satya Pal Malik.

Defence News

DRDO successfully tested Nag missiles in Pokhran

i. DRDO successfully tested Nag missiles in Pokhran ranges. The system includes a third generation Anti-Tank Guided Missile, the NAG, along with the Missile Carrier Vehicle (NAMICA).

ii. The Nag Missile has top attack capabilities that can effectively engage and destroy all known enemy tanks.

Imp Info-

  • DRDO Chairman: G Satheesh Reddy, Established: 1958, Headquarters: New Delhi.

Operation ‘Sudarshan’ launched along the Pakistan border

i. BSF has launched the operation ‘Sudarshan’ to fortify the ‘anti-infiltration grid’ along the Pakistan border in Punjab and Jammu. 

ii. It was launched on July 1 and will cover the entire 1,000-kms length of the India-Pakistan International Border.

iii. The Border Security Force is the primary force guarding this frontier as the ‘first line of defence’.

Appointments

Nalin Shinghal appointed CMD of BHEL

i. Nalin Shinghal has been appointed as the chairman and managing director of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited. 

ii. He will replace Atul Sobti as the chairman and managing director of BHEL.

Harideesh Kumar appointed as Director of IBPS

i. B Harideesh Kumar has been appointed as director of Institute of Banking Personnel Selection for a period of three years. Earlier, he was the Executive Director of Canara Bank.

Imp Info-

  • Chairman of IBPS: Rajkiran Rai G.

Books and Authors

 “Vivekadeepini” book released by the Vice President of India

i. The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has released the book ‘Vivekadeepini’ in ten languages. 

ii. It is a concise book of aphorisms that contains glimpses of India’s wisdom. The book will be published by Vedanta Bharati.

Sports

21st Commonwealth Table Tennis C’ship to be hosted in Odisha

i. Odisha will host the 21st Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship in  Cuttack, from July 17 to 22.

ii. The tournament has received entries from 14 associations, consisting of India, Singapore, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, England, Scotland, Wales, Jersey, Australia, Cyprus, South Africa, Nigeria, Pakistan.

Imp Info-

  •  CM of Odisha: Naveen Patnaik; Governor of Odisha: Ganeshi Lal.

U.S. wins FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019

i. United States wins FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 held in Lyon, France. 

ii. They defeated the Netherlands with a scrore of 2-0. This is the 4th world cup title for the US’s women football team.

Rohit Sharma records maximum hundreds in the single World Cup

i. Rohit Sharma has set a world record of maximum hundreds in the single World Cup. 

ii. He has become the first batsman in the world to score five hundreds in a single World Cup and break the record of Former Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakarra.

iii. He has also equalled Sachin Tendulkar’s record of the total number of World Cup hundreds.

Imp Info-

  • Venue of ICC World Cup 2019 : England and Wales.

4 Gold medals for India in Kutno Athletics Meet

Indian athletes have won 4 gold medals in the Kutno Athletics Meet held in Poland.

Following is the list of winners in the different categories:

  • Hima Das won the gold while V.K. Vismaya bagged the silver in the women’s 200m race.
  • Muhammed Anas won the gold in men’s 200 m race.
  • M P Jabir won the gold while Jithin Paul bagged the bronze medal in the men’s 400m hurdles.
  • P Saritaben (gold), Sonia Baishya (silver) and R Vithya (bronze) won the women’s 400 m race.

Canada Open Badminton: Li Shi Feng won the men’s singles title

i. Li Shi Feng has won the men’s singles title of Canada Open Badminton. He defeatedIndia’s Parupalli Kashyap in the title clash.

Copa America 2019: Brazil wins Title on home soil

i. Ten-man Brazil held on to win the Copa America on home soil despite Gabriel Jesus’s dismissal with a 3-1 victory over Peru. 

ii. Jesus scored the decisive goal after a penalty from Peru captain Paolo Guerrero canceled out Everton’s opener for hosts Brazil at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium.

iii. A last-minute penalty from substitute Richarlison sealed a win for Brazil which handed the South American giants their ninth Copa triumph and first since 2007.

World Youth Cup: Arinjeeta Dey wins silver medal

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i. Arinjeeta Dey, a 10-year-old girl, has won a silver medal in the World Youth Cup held in Umag, Croatia
ii. The tournament was organised by World Karate Federation affiliated to the International Olympic Association.

Imp Info-

  •  Capital of Croatia: Zagreb; Currency of Croatia: Croatian kuna.

 

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International News

Kyriakos Mitsotakis becomes Greece’s new PM

i. Kyriakos Mitsotakis was sworn in as the prime minister of Greece.

ii. Mitsotakis is the son of former prime minister Constantine Mitsotakis, one of the country’s longest serving parliamentarians.

Imp Info-

  • Capital of Greece: Athens, Currency: Euro.

 Sri Lanka inaugurates model village built with Indian assistance

i. Sri Lanka has inaugurated first model village built with Indian assistance. The village is a part of housing project meant for war affected people.

ii. India has partnered with the ministry of housing and construction and cultural affairs of Sri Lanka to build 100 model villages with Indian grant of Rs 1,200 million. 

Imp Info-

  • Capitals of Sri Lanka : Colombo, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte; Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee.

 Sharjah issues 1st permanent residency visa to Lalu Samuel

i. Sharjah’s first Golden Card visa was issued to an Indian expat businessman Lalu Samuel.

ii. The move is a part of the permanent residency system tailored for investors.

iii. The Golden Card is a 10-year long-term visa eligible for investors and entrepreneurs to engage them in the renaissance and development of the UAE.  

iv. Lalu Samuel is a Chairman and Managing Director of Kingston Holdings and Chairman of Sharjah Industry Business Group.

Imp Info-

  • Capital of UAE: Abu Dhabi; Currency: Dirham.

Agreements

 NHAI and NIIF Signs MoU for funding highway projects

i. National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) signed an MoU for funding highway projects.

ii. The MoU is related to co-operation in formation of SPVs to execute the fund arrangement for large size road projects particularly green field projects to be executed by NHAI in future.

Imp Info-

  • Minister of road and highway: Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari.

State News

 316 tourist spots to be developed by Assam Govt

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i. Assam Tourism Development Corporation will spent 150 crore rupees to develop the 316 locations under Axom Darshan.

Imp Info-

  • Assam Capital: Dispur; CM: Sarbananda Sonowal; Governor: Jagdish Mukhi.

 10k monthly allowance to Padma Shri awardees by Odisha govt

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i. Odisha government has decided to give monthly allowance of Rs 10,000 to Padma award winners of the state facing financial problems. 

ii. The decision has been taken on the basis of the Culture Department’s report on the economic conditions of the Padma award winners of the state.

Imp Info-

  • CM of Odisha: Naveen Patnaik; Governor of Odisha: Ganeshi Lal.

Banking News

 RBI board finalises ‘Utkarsh 2022’

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i. The Reserve Bank of India board has finalised a three-year roadmap ‘Utkarsh 2022’.

ii. It is a three-year road map for medium term objectives to be achieved for improvingregulation and supervision of the central bank.

Imp Info-

  • RBI 25th Governor: Shaktikant Das; Headquarters: Mumbai; Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata.

Defence News

 Indian Naval Ship Tarkash arrives in Morocco

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i. Indian Naval Ship Tarkash arrived at Tangier, Morocco. The visit is part of an ongoing Overseas Deployment by the Indian Navy to the Mediterranean Sea, Africa and Europe.

ii. On its departure, INS Tarkash will carry out a Passage Exercise at sea with ships of the Royal Moroccan Navy.

Imp Info-

  • Chief of the Naval Staff: Karambir Singh.

 India successfully tests a new version of Brahmos missile

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i. India has successfully tested the vertical steep dive version of the Brahmos supersonic cruise missile. 

ii. Made in India ‘Brahmos Aerospace’ is also ready with a longer 500 km range version of the Brahmos missile that can be fired from Sukhoi 30 fighter jets.

iii. BrahMos Aerospace is a joint venture company owned by the governments of Indiaand Russia and its missiles are produced in India.

Imp Info-

  • CEO of BrahMos Aerospace: Sudhir Mishra.

Appointments

 Shailesh Tinaikar assumes charge as Force Commander of UN mission

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i. Lieutenant General Shailesh Tinaikar of India assumes charge as Force Commander of United Nations Mission in South Sudan.

ii. Shailesh Tinaikar has been awarded the Sena Medal and the Vishisht Seva Medal for Distinguished Service.

Imp Info-

  • UN Secretary-General: António Guterres; Headquarters: New York, United States; Established: 24th October 1945.

 Rahul Dravid appointed NCA’s Head of Cricket

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i. BCCI has formally appointed Rahul Dravid as the National Cricket Academy’s Head of Cricket.

ii. Dravid will oversee all cricket related activities at NCA and will be involved in mentoring, coaching, training and motivating players, coaches and support staff at the NCA.

Sports

Magnus Carlsen won the 2019 Croatia Grand Chess Tour title

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i. Magnus Carlsen won the 2019 Croatia Grand Chess Tour title. He scored 8 points.

ii. Wesley So finished second with 7 points. India’s Viswanathan Anand ended up with 4.5 points and finished 11th.

 Commonwealth Senior Weightlifting Championships

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i. 4 gold medals for India in Commonwealth Senior Weightlifting Championships.

ii. Following is the list of winners in the different categories:

  • Mirabai Chanu wins gold in the senior women’s 49 kg event.
  • Jhilli Dalabehra wins gold in the senior women’s 45 kg event.
  • Soroikhaibam Bindyarani Devi wins gold while Matsa Santoshi wins the silver medal in the senior women’s 55kg event.
  • Rishikanta Singh grabbed the gold in the senior men’s 55kg event.

 Vinesh, Divya wins gold at Wrestling Grand Prix of Spain

i. Wrestler Vinesh Phogat has won a gold medal in the 53kg category, while Divya Kakranhas won the gold medal in the 68kg category at the Grand Prix of Spain.

ii. Pooja Dhanda (57kg) has won a silver after losing the title clash to Russia’s Veronika Chumikova.

Imp Info-

  • Capital of Spain: Madrid; Currency of Spain: Euro.

Awards

 ‘Gully Boy’ wins NETPAC award in Bucheon film festival

i. Filmmaker Zoya Akhtar’s directorial ‘Gully Boy’ has won the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) Award at the 23rd Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN) in South Korea.

Imp Info-

  •  Capital of South Korea: Seoul; Currency of South Korean: South Korea won.

 

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National News

Union Cabinet Ministers Portfolio 2019: Check Complete List Here

Image result for Union Cabinet Ministers Portfolio 2019: Check Complete List Herei. A day after the incoming Union Council of Ministers was sworn in,  the portfolios of ministers were announced. Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier sent the list of portfolios for his Council of Ministers to President Ram Nath Kovind, after which the same was unveiled.

ii. Modi took oath as the PM for a second consecutive term. 57 other members of the Council of Ministers, including Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Nitin Gadkari, and Sadananda Gowda, also took the oath. A total of 24 Cabinet Ministers took oath at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, followed by nine Ministers of State (Independent Charge) and 24 Ministers of State. 

iii. Here’s the full list of the Union Council of Ministers and their portfolios, under the Modi Government 2.0.

Narendra Modi – Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy; Department of Space; all important policy issues; and all other portfolios not allocated to any minister

 Cabinet Ministers

  • ‏Rajnath Singh – Defence
  • Amit Shah – Home Affairs 
  • Nirmala Sitharaman – Finance; Corporate Affairs
  • Subrahmanyam Jaishankar – External Affairs
  • Nitin Gadkari – Road Transport and Highways; Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
  • DV Sadananda Gowda – Chemical and Fertilizers
  • Ram Vilas Paswan – Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
  • Narendra Singh Tomar – Agriculture and Farmers Welfare; Rural Development; Panchayati Raj
  • Ravi Shankar Prasad – Law and Justice; Communications; Electronics and Information Technology
  • Harsimrat Kaur Badal – Food Processing Industries
  • Thawarchand Gehlot – Social Justice and Empowerment
  • Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank – Human Resource Development
  • Arjun Munda – Tribal Affairs
  • Smriti Irani – Women and Child Development; Textiles
  • Dr. Harsh Vardhan  Health and Family Welfare; Science and Technology; Earth Sciences
  • Prakash Javdekar – Environment, Forest and Climate Change; Information and Broadcasting 
  • Piyush Goyal – Railways; Commerce and Industries
  • Dharmendra Pradhan – Petroleum and Natural Gas; Steel 
  • Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi – Minority Affairs
  • Prahlad Joshi – Parliamentary Affairs; Coal; Mines
  • Mahendra Nath Pandey – Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
  • Arvind Sawant – Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise
  • Giriraj Singh – Animal Husbandry, Dairying, and Fisheries 
  • Gajendra Singh Shekhawat – Jal Shakti

 Ministers of State (Independent Charge)

  • Santosh Kumar Gangwar – Labour and Employment
  • Rao Inderjit Singh – Statistics and Programme Implementation; Planning 
  • Shripad Yesso Naik – Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH); MoS Defence
  • Dr. Jitendra Singh – Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region; MoS PMO; Personnel, Public Grievances, and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy; Department of Space
  • Kiren Rijiju – Youth Affairs and Sports; MoS Minority Affairs
  • Prahalad Singh Patel – Culture; Tourism
  • Raj Kumar Singh – Power; New and Renewable Energy; MoS Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
  • Hardeep Singh Puri – Housing and Urban Affairs; Civil Aviation; MoS Commerce and Industry
  • Mansukh L Mandaviya – Shipping; MoS Chemicals and Fertilizers

 Ministers of State

  • Faggansingh Kulaste- Steel
  • Ashwini Kumar Choubey – Health and Family Welfare
  • Arjun Ram Meghwal – Parliamentary Affairs; Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
  • General (Retd) VK Singh – Road Transport and Highways
  • Krishan Pal – Social Justice and Empowerment
  • Danve Raosaheb Dadarao – Consumer Affairs, Food, and Public Distribution
  • G Kishan Reddy – Home Affairs
  • Parshottam Rupala – Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
  • Ramdas Athawale – Social Justice and Empowerment
  • Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti – Rural Development
  • Babul Supriyo – Environment, Forest and Climate Change
  • Sanjeev Kumar Balyan – Animal Husbandry, Dairying, and Fisheries
  • Dhotre Sanjay Shamrao – Human Resource Development; Communications; Electronics and Information Technology
  • Anurag Singh Thakur – Finance; Corporate Affairs
  • Angadi Suresh Channabasappa – Railways
  • Nityanand Rai – Home Affairs
  • Rattan Lal Kataria – Jal Shakti; Social Justice and Empowerment
  • V Muraleedharan – External Affairs; Parliamentary Affairs
  • Renuka Singh Saruta – Tribal Affairs
  • Som Parkash – Commerce and Industry
  • Rameswar Teli – Food Processing Industries
  • Pratap Chandra Sarangi – Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises; Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries
  • Kailash Choudhary – Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
  • Debasree Chaudhuri – Women and Child Development

entre launches song ‘Hawa Aane De’ on air pollution

Related imagei. As the World Environment Day is approaching, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change launched a theme song ‘Hawa Aane De’ on air pollution. The song was launched in the national capital. The aim is to spread awareness regarding protecting the environment. Secretary of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change launched the song in the presence of actor Shekhar Suman and singer Shaan. World Environment Day is celebrated on June 05.

Binny, India’s Only Orangutan Dies In Odisha Zoo

Image result for Binny, India’s Only Orangutan Dies In Odisha Zooi. A 41-year-old orangutan at Odisha’s Nandankanan Zoological Park died following a prolonged illness. ”Binny”, the country’s lone orangutan passed away around 9:40 pm due to old-age related ailments followed by respiratory tract infection.

ii. The great ape was under treatment for the last one year by experts from the College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry OUAT who were under constant advice of the Orangutan experts from UK and Singapore.

Narendra Modi takes oath as PM for the second term

Image result for Narendra Modi takes oath as PM for the second termi. National Democratic Alliance leader Narendra Modi was sworn in as Prime Minister for the second consecutive term. President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of Office and Secrecy to him and a team of 57 ministers at a glittering ceremony on the forecourts of the Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi.

ii. Besides 24 Cabinet ministers including Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Nirmala Sitharaman, Nitin Gadkari, Smriti Irani, and Piyush Goyal, 9 were sworn in as Minister of State with Independent charge and another 24 as Minister of State.

Useful info:

1. After Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi, Narendra Modi is the third prime minister of the country who has been able to retain power for a second term with full majority in Lok Sabha.

2. The NDA together has a strength of 353 MPs in the 543-member Lok Sabha out of which the BJP has a majority of 303 MPs.

Agreement

IIT Guwahati signs MoU with ISRO to set up space technology

Image result for IIT Guwahati signs MoU with ISRO to set up space technologyi.Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati has signed an MoU with The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to set up an IITG-ISRO Space Technology Cell (STC) at the institute where Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi inaugurated a new academic complex and research and development building.

ii.IITG-ISRO STC would be first of its kind in the North-east region to augment research and capacity building processes in the field of space technology.

Useful info:

1. The ISRO is the space agency of the Government of India headquartered in Bengaluru.

2. Kailasavadivoo Sivan is the chairperson of ISRO.

Important Days

World No-Tobacco Day: 31st May

Image result for World No-Tobacco Day: 31st Mayi. Every year, on 31st May, the World Health Organization (WHO) and global partners celebrate World No Tobacco Day (WNTD). The annual campaign is an opportunity to raise awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure, and to discourage the use of tobacco in any form.

ii. The focus of World No Tobacco Day 2019 is on “tobacco and lung health.”

Economy/Banking/Financial News

FICCI survey forecasts India’s GDP growth at 7.1% for FY20

Image result for FICCI survey forecasts India’s GDP growth at 7.1% for FY20i. The country’s median GDP is forecast at 7.10 percent for Financial Year 2020 and 7.20 percent for Financial Year 2021. The industry body FICCI’s economic outlook survey stated that the minimum and maximum growth estimate stood at 6.80 per 0cent and 7.3 percent for 2019-20.

ii. The survey was conducted in May 2019 among economists belonging to the industry, banking, and financial services sectors. Inflation is expected to remain moderate and the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) based inflation rate is projected at 3.1 percent in 2019-20, While, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) based inflation has a median forecast of 4 percent for 2019-20.

Useful info:

1. FICCI stands for Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

2. Headquarters of FICCI is in New Delhi.

3. FICCI established in 1927.

International 

Trump announces tariffs on all Mexico goods

Image result for Trump announces tariffs on all Mexico goodsi. US President Donald Trump has announced tariffs on all goods coming from Mexico in a bid to curb illegal immigration. From 10th June 2019, a five percent tariff would be imposed and slowly raised until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied.

ii. President Trump has declared a national emergency to tackle what he claims is a crisis at the US southern border.

Useful info:

1. President of Mexico is Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

2. Capital of Mexico is Mexico City.

3. The Mexican peso is the currency of Mexico.

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States in News

Goa celebrates its statehood day

Image result for Goa celebrates its statehood dayi. Goa celebrates its statehood day on 30th May. It was on this day in 1987 Goa became the 25th state of the Indian Union.2 It was a Union Territory along with Daman and Diu from December 1961 onwards when Goa was liberated from the colonial rule.

ii. Once Goa was liberated there was a controversy regarding merging Goa with the neighbouring state of Maharashtra or Mysore. However, an opinion poll of 1967 suggested that Goa, Daman, and Diu be Union Territory.

Useful info:

1. Pramod Sawant is the 13th and current Chief Minister of Goa.

2. Panaji is the state capital of Goa.

3. Mridula Sinha is present Governor of Goa.

Jagan Reddy sworn in as Andhra Pradesh CM

Image result for Jagan Reddy sworn in as Andhra Pradesh CMi. YSR Congress party president YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has taken oath as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. Governor ESL Narasimhan administered him the oath of office and secrecy at Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium in Vijayawada. Mr. Reddy is the second Chief Minister of the bifurcated Andhra Pradesh.

ii. In the presence of a large number of his followers who came there to witness his swearing-in-ceremony, Jagan Mohan Reddy has put his first signature on the file hiking social security pensions from next month.

Appointments 

Military tribunal allows Karambir Singh to take charge as new Navy Chief

Image result for Military tribunal allows Karambir Singh to take charge as new Navy Chiefi. The Armed Forces Tribunal cleared the way for Vice Admiral Karambir Singh to become the next Navy Chief, while it deferred for four weeks the matter of Vice Admiral Bimal Verma which seeks to quash Singh’s appointment.

ii. Karambir Singh, who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command, will take over as the Navy Chief on 31st May 2019.

Useful info:

1. Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba will retire on 31st May after completion of his tenure.

2. The President of India is the Supreme Commander of the Indian Navy.

SC extends the tenure of NCDRC’s judicial member by one year

Image result for SC extends the tenure of NCDRC’s judicial member by one yeari. The Supreme Court has extended the tenure of Justice VK Jain, a judicial member of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC), which was expiring on 30th May 2019. A vacation bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Aniruddha Bose stated the extension of tenure would be for one year or till the process of fresh appointment is completed.

ii. Justice Jain was appointed as a judicial member of the NCDRC on 30th May 2014.

Useful info:

1. The NCDRC is a quasi-judicial commission in India which was set up in 1988 under the Consumer Protection Act, 1986.

2. The head office of NCDRC is in New Delhi.

Banking/Economy/Financial

RBI sets up committee on corporate loans

Image result for RBI sets up committee on corporate loansi. RBI has constituted a six-member committee on the Development of Secondary Market for Corporate Loans to come up with recommendations to increase the efficiencies of the debt market and aid in the resolution of stressed assets.

ii. The committee, headed by TN Manoharan, Chairman, Canara Bank, will make recommendations on required policy/regulatory interventions for facilitating the development of the secondary market in corporate loans, including loan transaction platform for stressed assets.

Important Days

International Everest Day: 29th May

Image result for International Everest Day: 29th Mayi. International Everest Day is being observed on 29th May. Nepalese Tenzing Norgay and New Zealand’s Edmund Hillary had climbed the Mt. Everest on this day (29th May) in 1953, as the first humans to achieve the feat.

ii. Nepal decided to observe the day as International Everest Day since 2008 when the legendary climber Hillary passed away. Everest Day on May 29 every year in memory of the first summit of Mt. Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa on the day in 1953. The day is celebrated with memorial events, processions, and special events in Kathmandu and the Everest region.

Useful info:

1. Mount Everest, known in Nepali as Sagarmatha and in Tibetan as Chomolungma, is Earth’s highest mountain above sea level, located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas.

2. The international border between Nepal and China runs across its summit point.

Awards

Indian Writer Annie Zaidi Wins USD 100,000 Global Book Prize ‘Nine Dots’

Image result for Indian Writer Annie Zaidi Wins USD 100,000 Global Book Prize ‘Nine Dots’i. Indian writer Annie Zaidi was announced as the 2019 winner of the USD 100,000 Nine Dots Prize, a prestigious book prize created to award innovative thinking that addresses contemporary issues around the world.

ii. Mumbai-based Annie Zaidi, a freelance writer whose work includes reportage, essays, short stories, poetry, and plays, won for her entry ‘Bread, Cement, Cactus’- combining memoir and reportage to explore concepts of home and belonging rooted in her experience of contemporary life in India.

Agreements

US-UAE defense agreement comes into force

Image result for US-UAE defense agreement comes into forcei. The United States and the United Arab Emirates have announced that mutual defense cooperation agreement had come into force, amid increasing tensions between Washington and Tehran. The DCA (Defense Cooperation Agreement) will enhance military coordination between the United States and the United Arab Emirates, further advancing an already robust military, political, and economic partnership at a critical time.

ii. US President Donald Trump bypassed Congress to sell USD 8.1 billion in arms to Saudi Arabia and other Arab allies, citing the alleged threat from Iran.

Useful info:

1. Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan is President of the UAE.

2. Washington, D.C. is Capital of the USA.

3. Abu Dhabi is the Capital of the UAE.

4. The United Arab Emirates dirham is the currency of the UAE.

International News

James Marape elected new Papua New Guinea PM

Image result for James Marape elected new Papua New Guinea PMi. James Marape, a former finance minister and critic of a major global gas development deal, has been elected by parliament as the prime minister of Papua New Guinea.

ii. His election came after weeks of political turmoil that saw his predecessor, Peter O’Neill, resign having lost the support of the House after more than seven years in power.

Useful info:

1. The kina is the currency of Papua New Guinea.

2. Port Moresby is the capital of Papua New Guinea.

Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari sworn in for second term as president

Image result for Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari sworn in for second term as presidenti. Muhammadu Buhari has been sworn in for a second term as Nigeria’s president, following a campaign that focused on tackling security threats and rooting out corruption. He did not make a speech during the low-profile event attended by members of the diplomatic community.

ii. Buhari, a former military ruler, won 56 percent of the votes to defeat his main challenger, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 2019 election.

Useful info:

1. Abuja is the capital city of Nigeria.

2. The naira is the currency of Nigeria.

Nepal celebrates its 12th Republic Day

Image result for Nepal celebrates its 12th Republic Dayi. Nepal is celebrating its 12th Republic Day on 29th May 2019. A number of programmes are being organized in different parts of the country to mark the occasion. The main function was held at Army Pavilion in Kathmandu, which was attended by the President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Prime Minister K.P.Sharma Oli, cabinet ministers, senior government officials, heads and representatives of various diplomatic missions and other dignitaries.

Sports

ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 begins today

Image result for ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 begins todayi. The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 will begin today (30th May 2019). England will open the tournament at The Oval in London when they will take on South Africa.

ii. The World Cup will span 48 matches in all, of which 45 will make up the group stage. Each team will play nine group stage matches, and the top four will progress to the semifinals, similar to how the 1992 World Cup was held.

Europa League final: Chelsea beat Arsenal 4-1

Image result for Europa League final: Chelsea beat Arsenal 4-1i. Chelsea got the better of its English Premier League rivals to win the Europa League final, beating Arsenal 4-1 in the Baku Olympic Stadium, Azerbaijan. Despite a bright start from the Gunners, Chelsea ran riot in the second half with three goals in quick succession.

ii. Chelsea won their fifth major Uefa European competition final, with only Liverpool winning more among eight English clubs.

Obituaries 

Godfather actor Carmine Caridi dies aged 85

Image result for Godfather actor Carmine Caridi dies aged 85i. Carmine Caridi, known for roles in The Godfather franchise, has died at the age of 85. The veteran actor also appeared in the final part of “The Godfather” trilogy in a different role – Albert Volpe, an investor in Michael Corleone’s casinos who is killed in an attack at a hotel in Atlantic City.

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National News

NSIC signs MOU with Ministry of MSME

Image result for NSIC signs MOU with Ministry of MSMEi. The National Small Industries Corporation Limited (NSIC) signed an MoU with Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) for the year 2019-20. The MoU envisages provision of enhanced services by NSIC under its marketing, financial, technology, and other support services schemes for MSMEs in the country.

ii. The Corporation projects to increase Revenue from Operation by 22% from Rs. 2540 crore in the year 2018-19 to 3100 crore in the year 2019-20.

Useful info:

1. NSIC Limited is established by the Government of India in 1955.

2. NSIC falls under Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises of India.

3. Headquarters of NSIC is in New Delhi.

US removes India, Switzerland from its currency monitoring list

Image result for US removes India, Switzerland from its currency monitoring listi. The Trump administration removed India from its currency monitoring list of major trading partners, citing certain developments and steps being taken by New Delhi addressing some of its major concerns. Switzerland is the other nation that has been removed from the list. However, the list includes China, Japan, South Korea, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Singapore, Malaysia, and Vietnam among others.

India moves up to 43rd in competitiveness; Singapore tops chart

Image result for India moves up to 43rd in competitiveness; Singapore tops charti. India has moved up one place to rank 43rd most competitive economy in the world on the back of its robust economic growth, a large labour force and its huge market size, while Singapore has toppled the US to grab the top position, a global study showed.

ii. Singapore has moved up to the top, from the third position last year, while the US has slipped to the third place in the 2019 edition of the IMD World Competitiveness Rankings. Hong Kong SAR has held onto its second place, helped by a benign tax and business policy environment and access to business finance.

Record 78 women MPs elected to 17th Lok Sabha

Image result for Record 78 women MPs elected to 17th Lok Sabhai. Record 78 women candidates have been elected to the Lok Sabha in the recently held general elections. According to the Election Commission, the number has grown from the previous 62 women who were elected to the 16th Lok Sabha in 2014.

ii. In the country’s first general elections in 1951, twenty-four women were elected to the Lower House, and since then, the number has been increasing.

Banking/Economy/Financial News

RBI extends timings for RTGS from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Image result for RBI extends timings for RTGS from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pmi. RBI has extended timings for customer transactions in the Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) system to 6:00 pm from 4:30 pm. The new time window for RTGS will come into effect from 01st June 2019.

ii. The customer is charged a ‘time-varying charge’ on each outward transaction in addition to the flat processing charge. The fee for transfers between 8 am to 11 am is nil, from 11 am to 1 pm is Rs 2, and from 1 pm to 6 pm is Rs 5. The fee for transfers made after the initial cut off of 6 pm will be Rs 10. The initial cut off for customer transactions will be 6 pm and the final cut off for inter-bank transactions will be 7:45 pm. The IDL reversal will take place between 7:45 pm and 8 pm.

Useful info:

1. The RTGS is an online fund transfer system, supported by the RBI.

2. RTGS enables transmission on a real-time basis.

3. The minimum amount for the transaction to be eligible as an RTGS transfer is Rs 2 lakh.

Corporation Bank launches loan scheme for MSME sector

Image result for Corporation Bank launches loan scheme for MSME sectori. State-owned Corporation Bank has launched ‘SMESuvidha’ scheme to provide loans to the GST-registered MSMEs at affordable interest rates. The product is designed as a part of the lender’s efforts to improve service and provide the best products to the MSME sector. This is a unique product for GST-registered Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

ii. The bank is actively participating in the government’s flagship programmes including ‘MUDRA’ and ‘Stand-up India’ to provide the much-needed push to the MSME sector.

Useful info:

1. Headquarters of Corporation Bank is in Mangaluru.

2. PV Bharathi is Managing Director and CEO of Corporation Bank.

Saudi Arabia lifts export ban on fruits and vegetable from Kerala

Image result for Saudi Arabia lifts export ban on fruits and vegetable from Keralai. Kerala’s fruits and vegetable exporters have heaved a sigh of relief following the lifting of the export ban by Saudi Arabia after the Nipah virus attack last year. With the lifting of the embargo, he said Kozhikode airport was alone handling 20 tonnes of fruits and vegetables per day valued at $50,000 to various destinations in Saudi.

ii. Kerala ships around 150 tonnes of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis to various gulf countries and of this, the consignment to Saudi alone was 30-40 tonnes.

Naveen Patnaik takes oath as Odisha CM for 5th term

Image result for Naveen Patnaik takes oath as Odisha CM for 5th termi. Naveen Patnaik took oath as the Chief Minister of Odisha for the fifth time after a decisive victory in the state elections that were held along with national elections. The 72-year-old is the longest-serving chief minister of the coastal state.

ii. Odisha Governor Prof. Ganeshi Lal administered the oath of office and secrecy to Mr. Patnaik and his twenty councils of ministers. The council of ministers comprises 11 cabinet and nine state rank ministers.

BJP leader Pema Khandu sworn-in as Arunachal CM

Image result for BJP leader Pema Khandu sworn-in as Arunachal CMi. Pema Khandu was sworn- in as the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh for a second term. Along with Pema Khandu, 11 other ministers of the cabinet were also sworn in.

ii. Governor Dr. BD Mishra administered the oath of office and secrecy to the council of ministers.

International News

Scott Morrison sworn in as Australia’s PM

Image result for Scott Morrison sworn in as Australia’s PMi. Scott Morrison has been sworn in as Australia’s Prime Minister, 11 days after retaining the position in the country’s general election. Along with Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, Morrison was sworn in by Queen Elizabeth’s official representative in Australia, Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove, in the capital, Canberra.

ii. Also sworn in was Morrison’s revamped Cabinet, which includes a record seven women, and Australia’s first Aboriginal federal Cabinet member, Indigenous Affairs Minister Ken Wyatt, who wore a traditional kangaroo skin.

Awards 

Horticulture award for TNAU V-C

Image result for Horticulture award for TNAU V-C

i. N Kumar, Vice-Chancellor of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University has been conferred the lifetime recognition award by the Confederation of Horticulture Association of India. The award has been conferred for his outstanding contribution in the field of horticulture and academic leadership focussed on human resource development in agriculture.

Appointments News

Walmart Appoints Suresh Kumar as Chief Technology Officer

Image result for Walmart Appoints Suresh Kumar as Chief Technology Officeri. US-based retail chain Walmart has appointed Suresh Kumar, an IIT Madras graduate and former Google executive, as chief technology officer and chief development officer. The appointment comes at a time when Walmart is transforming its customer and associate experiences.

Agreements News

Sri Lanka signs tripartite agreement with India and Japan

Image result for Sri Lanka signs tripartite agreement with India and Japani. Sri Lanka has signed a tripartite agreement with India and Japan for development of eastern terminal of Colombo port. The Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) was signed in Colombo by Sri Lankan ports minister Sagala Ratnayake, Indian high commissioner to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu and a Japanese representative.

ii. As per the agreement, Sri Lanka Port Authority (SLPA) will hold 51 percent majority stake in the port development while Japan and India will have combined stake of 49 percent.

Sports

ICC launches criiio campaign on eve of World Cup

Image result for ICC launches criiio campaign on eve of World Cupi. The ICC has launched the criiio campaign on the eve of the men’s World Cup, bringing together 460 million people playing cricket globally to celebrate the magnificent diversity of cricket. The ICC asked the fans to join the social cricket tribe by sharing pictures and videos of where and how they play cricket across the world using the newly launched #criiio and visiting criiio.com.

ii. This builds on the success of the recent user-generated social media initiative #WorldWideWickets and is the first of a series of programs that will be launched by the ICC over the next 12 months.

Saurabh Chaudhary wins 10m Air Pistol gold; beats own World record

Image result for Saurabh Chaudhary wins 10m Air Pistol gold; beats own World recordi. In ISSF shooting World Cup, in Munich Germany, India’s Saurabh Chaudhary has won 10m Air Pistol Gold beating his own World Record. The 17-year old Chaudhary scored 246.3 bettering his previous best of 245 points that was set in New Delhi World Cup Shooting in February this year.

ii. Chaudhury has already secured a berth for the Tokyo Olympics. This is India’s second Gold in the championship.

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National News

India elected to Executive Board of first UN-Habitat Assembly

Image result for India elected to Executive Board of first UN-Habitat Assemblyi. India has been elected to the Executive Board of the first UN-Habitat Assembly, announced by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. India has been elected to the Executive Board of the first UN-Habitat Assembly at the Plenary Session of the Assembly being held in Nairobi.

ii. The first session of the UN-Habitat Assembly started on May 27th at the headquarters of UN-Habitat in Nairobi and will go on till May 31st. The special theme for the UN-Habitat Assembly is “Innovation for Better Quality of Life in Cities and Communities”.

Pema Khandu to take oath as Arunachal Pradesh CM for 2nd term

Image result for Pema Khandu to take oath as Arunachal Pradesh CM for 2nd termi. Pema Khandu will be sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh for the second time on 29th May. After having a landslide victory in the Assembly elections with 41 seats in the 60-seat house, the BJP held it’s Legislature Party Meeting in Itanagar.

ii. Mr. Khandu met Governor Dr. BD Mishra and staked claim to form the government.

Madhya Pradesh to tentatively have new UNESCO heritage site

Image result for Madhya Pradesh to tentatively have new UNESCO heritage sitei. Orchha town in Madhya Pradesh has a plethora of historical sites with the Bundela dynasty architectural style. The Archaeological Survey of India has included that heritage town of Orchha in a tentative list of UNESCO world heritage sites. It was included in the proposal sent by the ASI to the UN body in April 2019.

ii. UNESCO’s rules state that to be a part of the World Heritage sites, the heritage or historical site must first be on the tentative list. After making it to that list, yet another proposal is sent to the UNESCO. In their initial proposal, the ASI had requested that Orchha be included as a cultural heritage site.

Government invites BIMSTEC leaders for the swearing-in ceremony on May 30

Image result for Government invites BIMSTEC leaders for the swearing-in ceremony on May 30i. Leaders of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) have been invited for PM Modi’s swearing-in ceremony to be held on 30th May. However, Bangladesh premier Sheikh Hasina will not attend the event due to her prior commitments. Myanmar State Councillor Aung Saan Suu Kyi’s presence is also uncertain as she is travelling overseas. Kyrgyzstan, the current chair of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), too, has been invited for the event.

ii. Apart from India, BIMSTEC comprises Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar. Indian-origin Mauritius PM Pravind Jugnauth, who visited India for Pravasi Bhartiya Divas in January, has also been invited for the May 30 event.

VD Savarkar’s birth anniversary being celebrated

Image result for VD Savarkar’s birth anniversary being celebratedi. Swatantryaveer Vinayak Damodar Savarkar’s birth anniversary is being celebrated on 28th May. Born on 28th May in 1883 near Nasik in Maharashtra, Savarkar was popularly called Veer Savarkar.

ii. He was a revolutionary who fought against the British Government. On the occasion, a function to pay floral tributes to him will be held in the Central Hall of Parliament House.

India’s first all-women medium-lift chopper crew flies the battle mission

Image result for India’s first all-women medium-lift chopper crew flies the battle missioni. Two women IAF officers from Punjab were part of the country’s first all-women crew to fly a medium-lift helicopter Mi-17 V5.

ii. Flight Lieutenant Parul Bhardwaj (Captain), Flying Officer Aman Nidhi (co-pilot) and Flight Lieutenant Hina Jaiswal (Flight Engineer) flew the chopper, which took off from a forward air base in South Western air command.

Govt sets up tribunal for adjudicating ban on LTTE

Image result for Govt sets up tribunal for adjudicating ban on LTTEi. The government has constituted the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal to adjudicate whether or not there is sufficient cause for declaring the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as an unlawful association. The Tribunal is comprised of sitting Judge of Delhi High Court Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal.

ii. LTTE was banned in India after the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991.

New version of Akash missile test-fired successfully

Image result for New version of Akash missile test-fired successfullyi. The DRDO successfully test-fired the new version of the Akash surface-to-air defence missile system with a new indigenously-developed seeker in Balasore off the Odisha coast.

ii. The medium range multi-target engagement capable missile was developed as part of the Integrated Guided-Missile Development Programme (IGMDP) other than Nag, Agni, Trishul, and Prithvi missiles. The supersonic missile has a range of around 25km and up to the altitude of 18,000 meters.

Appointments News

Maldives Ex-Leader Mohamed Nasheed Tipped As New Speaker

Image result for Maldives Ex-Leader Mohamed Nasheed Tipped As New Speakeri. The former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed has been nominated as the country’s parliamentary speaker. Nasheed was unanimously chosen to head the People’s Majlis, or the parliament, by his Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) which won a near three-quarter majority in the 87-member assembly in April.

Useful info:

1. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih is the current President of the Maldives.

2. Male is the capital of the Maldives.

3. The Maldivian rufiyaa is the currency of the Maldives.

Indian Army officer appointed the commander of UN Mission in South Sudan

Image result for Indian Army officer appointed the commander of UN Mission in South Sudani. UN Secretary, General Antonio Guterres, has appointed Indian Army officer, Lieutenant General Shailesh Tinaikar, as the new Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

ii. Mr. Tinaikar graduated from the Indian Military Academy in 1983 and is currently serving as the Commandant of the Infantry School since July 2018.

International News

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz ousted in the no-confidence vote

Image result for Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz ousted in the no-confidence votei. Austrian Parliament has removed Chancellor Sebastian Kurz from office as he lost the no confidence in a special Parliamentary session. His previous coalition ally, the far-right Freedom Party (FPO) and the opposition Social Democrats (SPO) backed the no-confidence motions.

ii. Austria’s President Alexander Van der Bellen named Vice Chancellor Hartwig Loger as the interim leader. Loger will serve until a new transitional government can be appointed ahead of elections expected in September.

Russia launches new nuclear-powered icebreaker in bid to open up Arctic

Image result for Russia launches new nuclear-powered icebreaker in bid to open up Arctici. Russia launched a nuclear-powered icebreaker, part of an ambitious programme to renew and expand its fleet of the vessels in order to improve its ability to tap the Arctic’s commercial potential. The ship, dubbed the Ural and which was floated out from a dockyard in St Petersburg, is one of a trio that when completed will be the largest and most powerful icebreakers in the world.

ii. The Ural is due to be handed over to Russia’s state-owned nuclear energy corporation Rosatom in 2022 after the two other icebreakers in the same series, Arktika (Arctic) and Sibir (Siberia), enter service.

Useful info:

1. Vladimir Putin is President of Russia.

2. Moscow is the capital city of Russia.

3. The Russian ruble is the currency Russia.

4. Dmitry Medvedev is PM of Russia.

Banking/Economy/Financial 

Indian Overseas Bank launches ‘Bank on Wheels’ facility

Image result for Indian Overseas Bank launches ‘Bank on Wheels’ facilityi. Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) has announced that it has launched ‘Bank on Wheels’ facility in 14 of its lead districts in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, besides Vijayawada. The mobile van facility will enable the public, especially senior citizens, conveniently get door-step banking facility available at identified locations of the lead districts.

ii. A dedicated banking correspondent will accompany the vehicle with a micro-ATM inside the van to take care of services such as account opening, enrollment of customers in Social Security Scheme, passbook printing, and other financial inclusion activities.

Useful info:

1. R Subramaniakumar is MD & CEO of IOB.

2. The headquarters of IOB is in Chennai.

27 MAY 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

NATIONAL

PM reiterates commitment to regional peace

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  •  Prime Minister Narendra Modi told his Pakistani counterpart, Imran Khan, that creating trust and an environment free of violence and terrorism is essential for fostering peace and prosperity in the region.
  •  External Affairs Ministry said, it was Mr Khan who called up Mr Modi to congratulate him on his re-election.Recalling his initiatives in line with his government’s neighbourhood first policy, Mr Modi referred to his earlier suggestion to Mr Khan to fight poverty jointly.
  •  Mr Modi also received telephone calls from the former president of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed and former prime minister of Nepal Madhav Nepal on his poll victory. Former Maldivian president congratulated Mr Modi on the historic mandate and noted that the relationship between the Maldives and India had deepened in recent times.
  •  Mr Nasheed stressed the importance of close cooperation to fight the forces of extremism and radicalisation in the region.
  •  On his part, Mr Modi thanked Mr Nasheed for his felicitation and reiterated his commitment to continue fostering a strong, mutually beneficial and all-round partnership between the two countries.

IMD claims unfavourable flow of air hindering progress of Monsoons

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  •  The India Meteorological Department today said, unfavourable cross-equatorial flow over the Arabian Sea that aids in the progress of the monsoon is one of the reasons for its delay.
  •  It said, monsoon reached the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on 18th May but it is yet to cover the entire region.
  •  The IMD said, conditions are likely to become favourable for the movement of the southwest monsoon into some more parts of south Bay of Bengal, Andaman Islands and north Andaman Sea during Wednesday-Thursday.
  •  On the other hand, heatwave conditions are very likely to continue over Vidarbha and at isolated pockets over central Maharashtra, Telangana, east Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, east Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Odisha during the next four-five days.

ECONOMY

IRDAI to simplify norms for fire cover

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  •  A working group of insurance regulator IRDAI, that revisited the structure of products providing cover to homes, offices, commercial establishments and MSMEs, has recommended many changes, from simplification of the policy wordings and provision of adequate cover to insuring homes in multi-storeyed apartments for total saleable price.
  •  Seeking comments on the group’s report, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) said wordings and terms and conditions of the basic policy for fire and allied perils for all categories of risks are driven by the erstwhile All India Fire Tariff, 2001.
  •  Insurers, however, have been permitted to sell add-ons to the basic cover. IRDAI had set up the group in view of the huge gap between economic losses and insured losses, post catastrophic events, for homes, offices, commercial establishments and MSMEs. The group submitted its second and last part of the report in November.
  •  Towards this, it wanted the General Insurance Council or the IIB (Insurance Information Bureau) to create a database of cost of construction for each square feet of carpet area for different geographies and construction types.

Renewable energy sector struggling due to lack of support

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  •  When the BJP Government assumed office in 2014, the Indian solar industry was on tenterhooks. The Ministry of Commerce had recommended anti-dumping duties ranging between ₹6 and ₹47 per watt of solar modules imported from China, Malaysia, Taiwan and the U.S., and the recommendation had to be only formally notified by the Ministry of Finance.
  •  Solar power had barely begun to take roots in India, and the country had a total installed solar power capacity of 2,632 MW. The industry was taking baby steps with the aid of cheap, imported modules.
  •  The anti-dumping duty was going to kill it. On the other hand, a clutch of domestic players had set up module manufacturing plants in India, eyeing business from a sunrise industry. Crushed by cheap imports, they looked up to the government for protection.
  •  The way the government handled a rather ticklish problem engendered confidence, which strengthened soon when the government set up an ambitious target of 175 GW for renewable energy — 100 GW for solar, 60 GW for wind and the rest for biomass and small hydro — to be met by 2022. Since the solar target was five times that set earlier by the previous government, it caused ripples of excitement around the world.

INTERNATIONAL

European parliament votes for people’s party group

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  •  European Parliament published the provisional results for this year’s elections, showing the European People’s Party group winning 178 seats and remaining the largest political group in the legislature.
  •  The second largest group is the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) with 152 seats, in the 751-member legislature.
  •  The combination of two largest parties, traditionally forming a grand alliance big enough to be in the control in the legislature, fell short of a majority.
  •  The third largest group is the ALDE group plus France’s Renaissance with 108 seats. The group of Greens and European Free Alliance came in fourth place with 67 seats. The European Conservatives and Reformists group is the fifth-largest with 61 seats.
  •  European Parliament announced that EU-wide turnout has risen over 50 per cent, the highest in 20 years and the first significant increase in turnout since 1979.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Sea water from ice age era discovered from Indian ocean

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  •  In a first, scientists have discovered the remnants of seawater dating back to the Ice Age, tucked inside rock formations in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Researchers from the University of Chicago in the U.S. made the discovery during a months-long scientific mission exploring the limestone deposits that form the Maldives.
  •  The ship, the JOIDES Resolution, is specifically built for ocean science and is equipped with a drill that can extract cores of rock over a mile long from up to three miles beneath the seafloor.
  •  When they extracted the water, they noticed their preliminary tests were coming back salty much saltier than normal seawater.
  •  Further studies showed that the water was not from today’s ocean, but from the last remnants of a previous era that had migrated slowly through the rock.
  •  Scientists are interested in reconstructing the last Ice Age because the patterns that drove its circulation, climate and weather were very different from today’s.
  •  Understanding these patterns could shed light on how the planet’s climate will react in the future.

SPORTS

Indian Men’s team wins medal in archery worldcup

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  •  The men’s compound team of RajatChauhan, AbhishekVerma and AmanSaini earned India a solitary bronze medal in the Archery World Cup Stage III at Antalya in Turkey yesterday.
  •  The trio put up a solid performance to edge out higher seeded Russian team of Anton Bulaev, Alexander Dambaev and PavelKrylov 235-230 in the bronze medal play-off.

26 MAY 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

National News

Narendra Modi to be sworn in as PM for 2nd term on May 30

Image result for Narendra Modi to be sworn in as PM for 2nd term on May 30i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be administered the oath of office for his second term along with his new council of ministers on 30th May. President Ram Nath Kovind will administer the oath of office and secrecy to the prime minister and other members of the Union Council of Ministers at a ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhavan.

ii. Modi is the first BJP leader who has been elected for the second time after completion of his five-year tenure. From BJP, Atal Bihari Vajpayee was also elected as a prime minister for two consecutive terms, but his first stint had lasted only for one year and seven months.

Useful info:

1. The NDA together has a strength of 353 MPs in the 543-member Lok Sabha out of which the BJP has a majority of 303 MPs.

Nation pays homage to first PM Jawaharlal Nehru on his 55th death anniversary

Image result for Nation pays homage to first PM Jawaharlal Nehru on his 55th death anniversaryi. The nation pays homage to first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his 55th death anniversary on 27th May 2019. Jawaharlal Nehru was the first Prime Minister of India. Jawaharlal Nehru emerged as an eminent leader of the Indian independence movement under the tutelage of Mahatma Gandhi.

ii. Nehru held the post from its establishment as an independent nation in 1947 until his death on 27th May 1964. Shantivan is the Samadhi of India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.

25 states miss the deadline for plan on plastic disposal

Image result for 25 states miss the deadline for plan on plastic disposali. Over 25 state governments may have to pay environment compensation of Rs one crore each for not submitting their respective action plans on systematic disposal of plastic waste to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) as the April 30 deadline set by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has passed by.

ii. The states had to submit action plans by April 30 to the CPCB, failing which they would have to pay the pollution body a compensation at the rate of Rs one crore per month, as per the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order.

PS Golay was sworn in as Sikkim Chief Minister

Image result for PS Golay was sworn in as Sikkim Chief Ministeri. Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) president Prem Singh Tamang, popularly known as PS Golay took oath as the Chief Minister of Sikkim. He was administered the oath by Governor Ganga Prasad at Paljor Stadium in Gangtok. Mr. Golay is not a member of the State Assembly at present as he did not contest the polls. The 51-year-old party chief when he was taking the oath in the Nepali language.

ii. Former Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling and senior Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) leaders were conspicuous by their absence at the swearing-in ceremony. The SKM won a slender majority in the 32-member Sikkim Legislative Assembly by bagging 17 seats against 15 won by the SDF.

Useful info:

1. Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim.

2. The Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) was founded in 2013.

3. The PK Chamling government was ousted by the SKM after over 24 years.

High-level committee recommends strategy to reduce crude oil imports

Image result for High-level committee recommends strategy to reduce crude oil importsi. In a report submitted to the oil ministry, a high-level committee (HLC) of companies has recommended strategies to reduce import dependency. The committee was formed to discuss research-related synergies and tax issues for state-run oil companies.

ii. The committee consisted of Anil Kakodkar (scientist) and Sidharth Pradhan, an expert on financial and tax issues. “They also looked into mergers, acquisitions and consolidation of oil and gas public sector undertakings (PSUs) and the joint ventures”. During 2018, India consumed 204.92 MMT petroleum products and 58.64 billion cubic meters (BCM) natural gas, whereas the domestic production of crude oil and natural gas has almost stagnated.

International News 

Trump becomes the first foreign leader to meet new Japanese emperor Naruhito

Image result for Trump becomes the first foreign leader to meet new Japanese emperor Naruhitoi. US President Donald Trump got the red carpet treatment at Japan’s Imperial Palace where he made history, becoming the first world leader to meet with the new emperor of Japan Naruhito.

ii. The US President is on a four-day state visit to Japan. Trump will go to the Japanese state guest house later for meetings and joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Useful info:

1. Japan is an island country in East Asia.

2. Tokyo is the capital city of Japan.

3. The yen is the official currency of Japan.

Cyril Ramaphosa takes oath as South Africa’s President

Image result for Cyril Ramaphosa takes oath as South Africa’s Presidenti. Cyril Ramaphosa, the head of the African National Congress, was sworn in for a five-year term as South Africa’s president after being elected unopposed by Parliament following the sixth general elections.

ii. He was elected earlier this month with a majority of 57.50%, the smallest since the party came to power 25 years ago. Mr. Ramaphosa initially took over from Jacob Zuma in 2018 after Mr. Zuma was accused of corruption. Mr. Ramaphosa is the country’s fifth democratically elected president since apartheid ended in 1994.

Useful info:

1. Capitals of South Africa: Cape Town, Pretoria, Bloemfontein.

2. The rand is the official currency of South Africa.

NASA unveils schedule for ‘Artemis’ 2024 Moon mission

Image result for NASA unveils schedule for ‘Artemis’ 2024 Moon missioni. NASA unveiled the calendar for the “Artemis” program that will return astronauts to the Moon for the first time in half a century, including eight scheduled launches and a mini-station in lunar orbit by 2024. The original lunar missions were named for Apollo – Artemis was his twin sister in Greek mythology, and the goddess of hunting, wilderness, and the Moon.

ii. Administrator Jim Bridenstine confirmed that Artemis 1 will be an uncrewed mission around the Moon planned for 2020. Next will come Artemis 2, which will orbit Earth’s satellite with a crew around 2022; followed finally by Artemis 3 that will put astronauts on lunar soil in 2024, including the first woman.

Sri Lankan navy launches extra vigil over terrorists

Image result for Sri Lankan navy launches extra vigil over terroristsi. Sri Lankan navy has launched extra vigil on its northern seas in wake of media reports that some terrorist elements may have left the country to land on Indian shores.

ii. Earlier, several media outlets reported that a group of 15 suspected Islamic State terrorists were fleeing Sri Lanka towards the Kerala Coast. Coastal security has been beefed up across the Kerala coast in wake of reports.

Sports News 

Lewis Hamilton wins Monaco Grand Prix

Image result for Lewis Hamilton wins Monaco Grand Prixi. Lewis Hamilton won the Monaco Grand Prix to extend his championship lead over Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas. Hamilton struggled with grip in the latter stages and was under constant pressure from Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

ii. But Verstappen had earlier picked up a five-second time penalty. So even though he finished just behind Hamilton, Verstappen was fourth overall behind Bottas in third and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in second.

Apurvi Chandela bags gold medal in 10m Air Rifle in ISSF World Cup

Image result for Apurvi Chandela bags gold medal in 10m Air Rifle in ISSF World Cupi. Indians had a good day at the year’s third International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Rifle and Pistol tournament in Munich, Germany. Apurvi Chandela grabbed a gold, winning the women’s 10m Air Rifle competition after a closely-fought contest. She shot a score of 251 in the final to outshine Wang Luyao of China, who shot 250.8.

ii. This was Apurvi’s second ISSF World Cup gold of the year followed by a world record score in New Delhi in February. This was also her career’s fourth ISSF medal.

China beat Japan to win 2019 Sudirman Cup

Image result for China beat Japan to win 2019 Sudirman Cupi. China won the badminton world mixed-team championship, Sudirman Cup 2019 in Nanning, China. They beat Japan in men’s doubles, women’s singles and men’s singles to clinch the title for the 11th time.

ii. In the latest Men’ singles match, Shi Yuqi stunned world champion Kento Momota 15-21, 21-5,21-11. Japan have never won the Sudirman Cup.

Miscellaneous News 

Facebook plans to launch ‘GlobalCoin’ cryptocurrency in 2020

Image result for Facebook plans to launch ‘GlobalCoin’ cryptocurrency in 2020i. Facebook is planning to launch its own cryptocurrency in early 2020, allowing users to make digital payments in a dozen countries. The currency, dubbed GlobalCoin, would enable Facebook’s 2.4 billion monthly users to change dollars and other international currencies into its digital coins. The coins could then be used to buy things on the internet and in shops and other outlets or to transfer money without needing a bank account.

ii. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder, and chief executive of Facebook, last month met the governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, to discuss the plans.

Obituaries 

Action choreographer-filmmaker Veeru Devgan passes away

Image result for Action choreographer-filmmaker Veeru Devgan passes awayi. Bollywood’s most famous stunt and action choreographer, Veeru Devgn passes away in Mumbai. Born in Amritsar, Devgan was behind the fight and action scenes for over 80 Hindi films including ‘Phool Aur Kaante’ (1991), ‘Mr. India’ (1987), and ‘Himmatwala’ (1983) among various others.

ii. He even acted in three films and worked as a director on ‘Hindustan Ki Kasam’ (1999).

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National News 

Naveen Patnaik set for the fifth term as Odisha CM

Image result for Naveen Patnaik set for the fifth term as Odisha CMi. Odisha’s ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) headed by incumbent Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is all set to form a government for a fifth consecutive term. The new Cabinet is likely to be sworn-in on 27th May.

ii. The final Election Commission (EC) tally shows that the BJD won 112 of the 146 Assembly seats for which elections were held. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) bagged 23, the Congress nine, the CPI(M) one and a solitary Independent was also elected.

Useful info:

1. Bhubaneswar is the capital city of Odisha.

2. Professor Ganeshi Lal is the present Governor of Odisha.

3. Utkal Divas or Odisha Day falls every year on 01st April.

India bans Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh terror outfit

Image result for India bans Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh terror outfiti. The Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh also called as Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen India or Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Hindustan has been declared as a banned terrorist organization by the government of India.

ii. The home ministry stated the outfit has committed acts of terrorism, promoted acts of terrorism and has been engaged in radicalization and recruitment of youths for terrorist activities in India. Therefore, the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh or Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen India or Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Hindustan and all its manifestations have been inserted in the First Schedule to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

NSA Ajit Doval addresses 17th Investiture Ceremony of BSF in New Delhi

Image result for NSA Ajit Doval addresses 17th Investiture Ceremony of BSF in New Delhii. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval has stated that technology will play a pivotal role in guarding the borders in days to come as security challenges are increasing day by day. Doval was addressing 17th Investiture Ceremony of Border Security Force, BSF in New Delhi.

DRDO test fires guided bomb from Sukhoi combat Jet

Image result for DRDO test fires guided bomb from Sukhoi combat Jeti. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test-fired an indigenously-developed 500 kg class guided bomb from a Sukhoi combat jet at Pokhran in Rajasthan.

ii. The test firing of the guided bomb came two days after the Indian Air Force successfully test fired the aerial version of the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile from a Sukhoi jet at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The 2.5-tonne air-to-surface missile has a range of around 300 km, and it will significantly enhance the IAF’s combat capability.

Banking/Economy 

RBI releases draft norms on liquidity risk management for NBFCs

Image result for RBI releases draft norms on liquidity risk management for NBFCsi. RBI stated that all non-deposit-taking non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) with an asset size of Rs 5,000 crore and above, and all deposit-taking NBFCs irrespective of their asset size, have to maintain a liquidity buffer in terms of a Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR).

ii. In a draft on liquidity risk management framework for NBFCs and core investment companies, these measures will promote resilience of NBFCs to potential liquidity disruptions by ensuring they have sufficient High-Quality Liquid Asset (HQLA) to survive an acute liquidity stress scenario lasting for 30 days. The banking regulator proposed that it will implement LCR through a glide path from 01st April 2020 to 01st April 2024.

Corporation Bank launches ‘Corp SME Suvidha’ for MSMEs

Image result for Corporation Banki. Corporation Bank has launched ‘Corp SME Suvidha’, a product for GST-registered MSMEs. The product has been designed as part of the bank’s efforts to provide the best products to the MSME sector.

ii. PV Bharathi, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation bank, launched the product in Mangaluru recently.

Sports 

India bags 57 medals at India Open International tournament

Image result for India bags 57 medals at India Open International tournamenti. India bags a total of 57 medals including 12 Gold, 18 Silver and 27 Bronze at IndiaOpen International Boxing tournament in Guwahati. MC Mary Kom, Shiva Thapa, L Sarita Devi, and Naman Tanwar won gold in their respective finals. The London Olympic bronze medallist blew away the challenge of Vanlal Duati in a facile 5-0 win.

ii. This was Mary’s second gold in the tournament, having won in 48 kg last year in the capital. On the other hand, Deepak defeated Govind Kumar in 49 kg final while in 52 kg category- Amit Panghal defeated Sachin.