Current Affairs for 7 May 2019






  1. Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship is setting up a National Skills Registry (database) to match skilled job seekers and apprentices with employers.
  • The database is created by IBM Company.
  • Reason:- To increase job opportunities.


  1. All electric vehicle and hybrid manufacturers will have to localize manufacturing of wheel rims integrated with hub motor and HVAC units (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) for electric cars from 1 October 2019 under FAME II.
  • FAME- Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles schemes was adopted on 1st April 2015 under Department of heavy Industry, to boost clean energy transport mobility in the country.


  1. National Green Tribunal has formed a committee to present factual report on the illegal road construction in the buffer area for commercial purpose amid Rajaji Tiger Reserve in Uttarakhand.


  1. The IBSA (India, Brazil & South Africa) Sherpas’ Meeting, following the 9th IBSA Trilateral Ministerial Meeting, was held in Cochin.
  • IBSAMAR (India-Brazil-South Africa Maritime) is the joint trilateral naval exercise which was last held in October 2018.


  1. India with French collaboration has launched the fourth of six underwater warships- Scorpene-class submarine INS Vela of Project 75 at the Mazagon Dockyard in Mumbai.
  • INS Vela was first commissioned in
  • Under Project 75, Indian Navy intends to acquire six diesel electric submarines.


  1. Khadi and Village Industries Commission(KVIC) has distributed more than 1 lakh bee-boxes in less than two years among farmers and unemployed youths across the country as part of its Honey 
  • ‘Honey Mission’ was launched in 2017 following the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for ‘Sweet Revolution’ to promote beekeeping.


  1. GRIHA Council launched its rating system ‘GRIHA for Existing Day Schools’ for evaluation of ‘greenness’ of existing day schools.
  • Parameters for ratings are: – Energy, Comfort, Water, Sustainable Waste Management, Trees, Social.
  • GRIHA- Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment is a tool of rating adopted by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy to ‘rate’ a building on the degree of its ‘greenness’.


  1. US is planning to issue 30,000 more H-2B visas to non-farm foreign workers.
  • H-2B allows foreign workers to work temporarily in US in nonfarm sector.


  1. SpaceX has launched its “Dragon Spacecraft” with cargo (filled with supplies) to International Space Station (ISS) on a Falcon 9 rocket, as part of its CRS-17 mission.
  • CRS-17 Mission of SpaceX is a Commercial Resupply Service mission to the ISS.


  1. US successfully tested the laser weapons systemSelf-Protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) to shoot down multiple missiles while in flight.
  • SHiELD will be later added to aircrafts.


  1. Rating Agency ICRA has downgraded Yes Bank’s ranking from AA to AA- (negative) to fix Yes Bank at 10th spot below Bank of Baroda and Punjab National Bank at a capitalization of 38.515.71 crore.
  • HDFC Bank is the India’s most valuable bank at Rs 6.34 trillion, followed by State Bank of India and Kotak Mahindra Bank with valuation of ₹2.76 trillion and 2.68 trillion, respectively.


  1. Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma have been appointed as the First official brand Ambassadors of Flipkart owned Myntra.


  1. G D ‘Robert’ Govender, an Indian-origin journalist in South Africa, has been honoured with V K Krishna Menon award 2019 in London.
  • Reason: – For his outstanding contribution as a pioneer of decolonised journalism.


  1. Gaurav Solanki and Manish Kaushik won Gold medal each at the 36th Feliks Stamm International boxing tournament concluded in Warsaw, Poland.
  • India won 1 silver and 3 bronze at this tournament.


  1. Vaidehi Chaudhari won the $3000 FinIQ–ATT Asian Ranking Women’s tennis


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