22 MAY 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

National News ISRO Successfully Launched Earth Observation Satellite ‘RISAT-2B’ i. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched the ‘RISAT-2B’ Satellite from the Sriharikota’s, Satish Dhawan Space Centre, SHAR.  ii. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C46) lifted-off from the First Launch Pad and injected RISAT-2B into an orbit of 556 km, about 15 minutes and 25 seconds after lift-off. iii. The RISAT-2B is a radar imaging earth observation satellite, weighing about 615 kg. The satellite is intended to provide services in the field of agriculture, forestry and disaster management.  iv. The all-weather, radar imaging satellite has the capability to observe and image the earth from about 500 kms. Useful info: ISRO Director: K. Sivan, Headquarters: Bengaluru, Established in: 1969. 2019 Lok Sabha Polls Record Highest Ever… Read More

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21 MAY 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

Awards Indian Peacekeeper To Be Honoured Posthumously By UN i. Police Officer Jitender Kumar, an Indian peacekeeper is among the 119 military, police and civilian personnel who will be honoured with a prestigious UN medal 2019 for courage and sacrifice in the line of duty. ii. Police Officer Jitender Kumar made the supreme sacrifice while serving in the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Central African country of Congo.  iii. He will be honoured posthumously with the Dag Hammarskjold Medal as the world organisation observes the International Day of UN Peacekeepers.  Useful info: India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin. India is the fourth largest contributor of uniformed personnel to the UN peacekeeping. Kapil Sharma… Read More

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20 MAY 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

NATIONAL NEWS Kerala becomes first Indian State to tap into Masala Bond Market Kerala became the first state to tap into masala bond market by listing the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB)’s masala bond worth of USD 312 million (Rs 2,150 crore) in London Stock Exchange (LSE)’s International Securities Market (ISM). It has a fixed interest rate of 9.723% per annum. The bond issue builds on the Kerala government’s focus to get multinational corporations to invest in the state. INTERNATIONAL NEWS TAPI meeting took place in Turkmenistan A meeting on the development of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline, also known as Trans-Afghanistan pipeline held in Turkmenistan recently. Groundbreaking of the TAPI gas pipeline will be… Read More

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19 MAY 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

NATIONAL NEWS ISRO Director K Sivan inaugurates Young Scientist Programme Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Director K Sivan inaugurated the Young Scientist Programme (YUVIKA). The programme is aimed at imparting basic knowledge of science and space technology to school-going students from different states and Union Territories (UT) of the country in order to arouse their interest in space related activities. The participants will be attending a residential training programme at 4 ISRO centres – Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram; U R Rao Satellite Centre (URSC), Bengaluru; Space Applications Centre (SAC), Ahmedabad, and North Eastern Space Applications Centre (NESAC), Shillong. India sets Guinness World Records of ‘largest laundry lesson’ With 400 young Indian men participating… Read More

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18 MAY 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

Defence News Indian Navy Successfully Test-Fires MRSAM Missile  i. The Indian Navy has successfully test-fired a Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM), achieving a significant milestone to enhance its anti-air warfare capability. ii. The test-firing of the missile was undertaken on the western seaboard by Indian naval ships Kochi and Chennai. Useful info: The ship was commissioned on April 12, 1990. Indian Coast Guard Ship Vigraha Decommissioned i. The Indian Coast Guard ship (ICGS) Vigraha was decommissioned atVisakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. It is a frontline offshore patrol vessel (OPV).  ii. It was commissioned into service on April 12, 1990. It has played an instrumental role in protecting the east coast of India for 29 years of service from 1990 to 2019.… Read More

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17 MAY 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

National News NSG Commandos Summit Mount Everest In Maiden Attempt i. Commandos of the premier counter-terror force National Security Guard (NSG) created history as they scaled the Mount Everest (world’s highest peak) in their maiden attempt.  ii. A seven-member team of NSG, led by Lt Col J P Kumar, successfully unfurled the Indian flag at the 8,848-metre tall peak.  Useful info: A bill for the creation of NSG was introduced in the parliament in August 1986. It received the assent of the President on September 22, 1986, and it formally came into being from that date. Sudeep Lakhtakia is the Director General of NSG. International News Donald Trump Unveils Merit-Based Immigration System i. US President Donald Trump has rolled out a merit-based… Read More

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16 MAY 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

National News India Signs ‘Christchurch Call to Action’ i. India signed the ‘Christchurch Call to Action’ in Paris. The agreement came in the backdrop of the attacks on mosques in March and is aimed at stopping the abuse of the Internet by extremists. ii. India was represented by Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. Lokpal Website Launched i. The website of the Lokpal www.lokpal.gov.in has been launched. It was inaugurated by Chairperson Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose in presence of all the Members of Lokpal in New Delhi. ii. It provides basic information about the working and functioning of the anti-corruption ombudsman.  iii. The Lokpal is the first institution of its kind in India established under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 to… Read More

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15 MAY 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

National News India To Co-Chair Consultative Group Of Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery i. India is unanimously chosen as co-chair of the Consultative Group (CG) of Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR)for the fiscal year 2020.  ii. The decision was taken during the CG meeting of GFDRR held in Geneva, Switzerland, on the margins of the 6th Session of the GPDRR 2019. iii. The CG Meeting was co-chaired by Africa Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, the European Union (EU) and World Bank. This is the first time that the country has been afforded the opportunity of co-chairing the CG meeting of GFDRR. Useful info: GFDRR is a global partnership that helps… Read More

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14 MAY 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

National News DRDO Successfully Conducts Flight Test of ABHYAS i. India successfully conducted the flight test of ABHYAS – High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) from a test range in Odisha.  ii. The trial, carried out by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Balasore, was tracked by various radars and electro-optic systems. Useful info: DRDO Chairman: G Satheesh Reddy, Estd. in: 1958, Headquarters in: Bengaluru. Doordarshan Launches Online Souvenir Store In Partnership With Amazon India i. Doordarshan has launched an online souvenir store for its viewers on Amazon India so that one can easily access it.  ii. Doordarshan is India’s first broadcaster which has started Souvenir store. A. Surya Prakash Chairman, Prasar Bharati launched… Read More

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13 MAY 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

BOOKS & AUTHORS World’s first women’s cricket magazine “CRICZONE” launched The inaugural issue of world’s first exclusive women’s cricket magazine ‘Criczone‘ was released in Jaipur with Indian team vice-captain Smriti Mandhana featuring as the cover story. Top international cricketers like Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur, Smiriti Mandhana alomg with overseas players like Danielle Wyatt, Sophie Devine attended the event which is held on the sidelines of the inaugural women’s T20 challenge. SPORTS Sana Mir becomes highest wicket-taking spinner in ODI Pakistan off-spinner Sana Mir has become the most successful women’s ODI spinner in history after she took her 147th wicket, highest ever by any spinner in One-day International (ODI) cricket. It was her 118th appearance for Pakistan… Read More

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12 MAY 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

NATIONAL NEWS UNEP Report states that India & China tops a list of nations for illegal sand mining India and China top a list of countries where illegal sand mining has become a major environmental problem, according to a report released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). While we cannot do without sand, responsible mining should be incentivised, said the report, ‘Sand and Sustainability: finding new solutions for environmental governance of global sand resources’. Unsustainable sand mining was being fed by growth of construction work in China, followed by India, the report said. Useful info: UNEP Headquarters: Nairobi, Kenya SPORTS Manchester City legend Yaya Toure retired from Football Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has announced… Read More

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11 MAY 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

National News 1st Apache Helicopter Formally Handed Over To IAF i. First AH-64E (I) – Apache Guardian helicopter was formally handed over to the Indian Air Force at Boeing production facility in Arizona, USA.  ii. IAF had signed a contract with US Government and M/s Boeing Ltd in Sep 2015 for 22 Apache helicopters. The first batch of these helicopters is scheduled to be shipped to India by July 2019. Useful info: Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa is the present chief of Air Staff of Indian Air Force. Konkan Railways Signs Contract Agreement With Nepal To Supply DEMU Train Sets i. Konkan Railways Corporation Ltd has signed a contract agreement with Nepal’s Department of Railways to supply… Read More

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10 MAY 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

National News Indian Army To Commemorate 2019 As ‘Year of next of kin’ i. The Indian Army is commemorating this year as the ‘Year of Next of Kin’ and plans to reach out to the next of kin of battle casualties, ex-servicemen and serving soldiers to inform them of entitled financial benefits, welfare schemes and help resolve pension-related pro kiblems. ii. The Directorate of Indian Army Veterans will be the nodal agency. Useful info: Chief of the Army Staff – General Bipin Rawat. WTO Ministerial Meeting of Developing Countries To Held New Delhi i. A WTO Ministerial meeting of developing countries is being hosted by India in New Delhi.  ii. Sixteen developing countries, Six Least Developed Countries (LDC) (Argentina,… Read More

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09 MAY 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

National News India Re-Elected As Observer To ‘Arctic Council’ i. India was re-elected as Observer to the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum. The decision was taken during the 11th Arctic Council ministerial meeting at Rovaniemi, Finland. ii. The Council also appointed the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) as a new Observer. India successfully got the Observer status in 2013 during the Kiruna Ministerial meeting held in Sweden. Useful info: The Arctic Council, a high level intergovernmental organisation set up in 1996 to promote cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic States and protect the Arctic environment. The Arctic Council is formed of eight circumploar countries- Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Denmark, Canada, US and Russia. India has its Arctic research… Read More

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08 MAY 2019, CURRENT AFFAIRS

National Summits 15th Finance Commission’s Meeting With RBI Held In Mumbai i. The 15th Finance Commission headed by Chairman, N.K. Singh held a detailed meeting with the Governor and Deputy Governors of RBI in Mumbai.  ii. Key issues raised by RBI Governor, Shaktikanta Das and Finance Commission Chairman, N.K. Singh were discussed in detail at the meeting. iii. These issues included the following:– The necessity of setting up State Finance Commissions for respective State Governments. Public Sector Borrowing Requirements. Continuity of the Finance Commission. Need for Expenditure Codes, especially given that expenditure norms vary from state to state. Role of States in Growth and Inflation, for instance, role of states in Ease of doing Business. Meeting of Regional Heads… Read More

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