May 19, 2018

NATIONAL NEWS

  1. India’s Shivangi Pathak has become youngest women of the country to scale Mt Everest from Nepal side.
  2. Green Good Deeds, the societal movement launched by Environment, Forest & Climate Change Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan to protect the environment and promote good living has found acceptance by the global community.
    • These small deeds to be performed by individuals or organisations to participate in environmental protection has been put up in a mobile application named “Dr Harsh Vardhan App
  3. NITI Aayog, in association with Vision India Foundation, is organising the Venture Capital Symposium 2018 to deepen the economic relationships between France and India.
  4. The Commission for Scientific and Technical Terminology has decided to adopt the word ‘AYUSH’ in Hindi and English languages for scientific and technical purposes.
    • AYUSH is the acronym of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy 
  5. India’s economy is projected to grow 7.6% in fiscal year 2018-19, remaining the fastest growing economy in the world, according to UN World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP)
  6. BS Yeddyurappa resigned 55 hours after taking oath as the Karnataka CM
  7. Workshop on Challenges and Opportunities of Arbitration in SAARC region was conducted in collaboration with FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry), ICA (Indian Council of Arbitration) and SAARC Arbitration Council in New Delhi.
  8. The Northeast Frontier Railway flagged off its first Parcel Cargo Express Train (PCET) that will be connecting the Northeast to the West Coast.
  9. Tripura Horticulture Corporation Limited (THCL) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Spicejet Merchandise Pvt Ltd to boost Pineapple export.
    • The ‘Queen’variety of pineapples is considered as the pride of Tripura and approximately, more than 1 lakh metric of ‘Queen’ and ‘Kue’ pineapple is produced in Tripura annually.
  10. Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu launches LED Solar Street Lighting System in 4 Districts.
    • Tirap, Longding, Namsai and Tawang.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  1. Prime Minister of The Netherlands, Mark Rutte, will be on a two-day official visit to India with an aim to boost the economic and political cooperation between the two countries
  2. Russia unveiled the world’s first floating nuclear power station at a ceremony in the port of the city of Murmansk where it will be loaded with nuclear fuel before heading to eastern Siberia.
    • This is called Akademik Lomonosov and was built by Rosatom in Saint Petersburg.
    • It is a 144 by 30 metre (472 by 98 foot) ship holds two reactors with two 35 megawatt nuclear reactors.
  3. The World Health Organization (WHO) held an emergency meeting to discuss on the outbreak of Ebola in Congo.
    • WHO has declared the risk to the public in Congo “very high” and the regional risk “high.”
  4. A Chinese based space start-up named OneSpace launched its OS-X rocket.
    • This was a 30 feet long satellite named “Chongqing Liangjiang star” 
    • It is the first private Chinese firm to launch a commercial rocket.
  5. On 19th May, National Aeronautics Space Association (NASA) spotted a Pac-Man shaped crater on Mars.
    • Pac-Man is a video game character from the 80s.
  6. According to World Health Statistics 2018 released by World Health Organisation (WHO), India saw estimated 211 cases of tuberculosis (TB) per 1,00,000 people in 2016.
    • India has pledged to eradicate tuberculosis by 2025, five years ahead of global target set by WHO.

APPOINTMENTS

  1. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has appointed Anil Kumar Jha as full time Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Coal India Limited (CIL)

 

AWARDS

  1. The Yatra, an Indian charity that organises 15-day train journeys around India to understand and build the India of smaller towns and villages through enterprise has won charity award in London.  
  2. NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul was presented a lifetime achievement award for his contributions in promoting brand India in the UK, at a UK & Asia Business awards ceremony in London.
  3. Bengaluru FC (Football Club)’s Awards night was held in Bengaluru.
    • Top scorer: Sunil Chhetri
    • Players’ Player of the year: Sunil Chhetri
    • Fans’ Player of the Year: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu
    • Goal of the Season: Miku
  4. The Minister of IT, Panchayat Raj and Rural Development of Andhra Pradesh Shri Nara Lokesh has received an award for ‘Digital Leader of the Year’.
    • For development of the rural sector and water supply departments.
  5. The founder, promoter and director of Continental Hospitals Guru N Reddy was presented with the UK & Asia Inspirational Business Leaders Award in London, UK.
    • He will be featured in WCRC Leaders Magazine in June 2018
  6. Justice C K Prasad is likely to become the chief of Press Council of India for the second time.
  7. Non-executive Chairman of TATA Sons Harish Manwani has been appointed as an Independent Director to the firm.
  8. Rajinder Singh has been named Hockey India’s President.

 

SPORTS

  1. Tennis Star Simona Halep of Romania retains her Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) ranking at the number one
    • The WTA top ranking are as follows:
      1. Simona Halep
      2. Caroline Wozniack
      3. Garbine Muguruza

MISCELLANEOUS

  1. The lone freedom fighter of Muzaffarnagar district Mr. Raghubir Singh passed away
  2. He was a part of Subhas Chandra Bose’ Azad Hind Fauj