Current Affairs for 9 May 2019






  1. 4th Serendipity Arts Festival organized by Serendipity Arts Foundation (SAF) will take place between December 15-22, 2019 in Goa.
  • It is a multi-disciplinary arts festival across seven disciplines — craft, music, theatre, dance, culinary arts, visual arts and photography.

  1. National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS)under Ministry of Human Resource Development and National Health Mission of Public Health Department (NHMPH), Government of Maharashtra signed an MoU.
  • Reason: – To provide vocational programme to Health Service Providers of National Health Mission (NHM) with the help of NIOS.

  1. Ministry of Home Affairs has put an end to the local adverse lists also known as ‘Black Lists’ of Indian-origin people.
  • Black Lists of Indian-origin people is a list which contains records of the Indian-origin people who have taken asylum (i.e. right to seek international protection in the other country) abroad under plea of alleged persecution in India.
  • It is kept by Indian Embassies in different countries and posts abroad.
  • Those who are in list are denied visa services by Indian missions and posts in respective country.


  1. A new species of reddish-brown Arunachal pit viper (a poisonous snake with a unique heat-sensing system) has been discovered in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • It is a fifth brown pit viper (Trimeresurus arunachalensis) apart from Malabar, horseshoe, hump-nosed and Himalayan.
  • Arunachal Pradesh state is the first state to have a pit viper being named after it.

  1. Rajasthan ILD Skill University (the first Government Skill University of the country) has signed an MoU with Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments to provide skill development to rural youth.
    • Scope:- Training in dairy technology, solar energy, security equipment maintenance and electric vehicle charging stations will be provided.


  1. Japanese company ISE Foods and India have signed an MoU for setting up two processing units in Surat, Gujarat and Siddipet, Telangana each to improve conditions of poultry farming.
  • Purpose: – To improve the quality of eggs, waste management and disease diagnosis in poultry farms across the country.
  • ISE Foods is Japan’s largest egg producer.

  1. Chennai’s Neela Bhaskar has become India’s first Full Cave and Technical Diver after diving inside the flooded cavern ‘Angelita’ in the Mayan city of Tulum, Mexico.


  1. The International Spy Museum will be inaugurated at new address on May 12 in L’Enfant Plaza, Washington DC, USA.


  1. Iran threatens to pull out of the nuclear deal following the US’s last year’s withdrawal from the 2015 multilateral deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and sanctions on Iran.
    • JCPOA, also known as Iran Nuclear deal, is an agreement between UN security council’s 5 permanent members (US, UK, Russia, China, France) + 1 (Germany) and Iran to limit the uranium enrichment programme of Iran.


  1. Australia’s Qantas Ariways flew world’s first zero-waste commercial flight as part of its plan to eliminate 100 million single-use plastics by end-2020 and cut 75% of the airline’s waste by end-2021.


  1. Singapore has recently passed the “Anti-fake News” bill which will allow the government to delete or modify the “inappropriate or false” content from social media platforms including private chats.



  1. The Ministry of Commerce and Indian High Commissions and embassies of 11 African countries organized an interaction over Digital Video Conference (DVC) over 2 days with the Indian business community in Africa.
  • Reason:- To deepen and strengthen India-Africa trade ties.
  • 11 countries that participated:-









South Africa





  1. The trade between India and S. registered growth of 12.6% from $126 billion in 2017 to $142 billion in 2018 in bilateral Goods and Services, according to the data released by Ministry of Commerce and Industry.


  1. Reliance Brands (Reliance Industries Ltd. subsidiary) buys a 100% stake in British toy major Hamleys from the C Banner International, a Hong Kong listed company.



  1. Visa Card today announced the appointment of Sujatha V Kumar as Head of Marketing for India and South Asia


  1. UN’s International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) has re-elected Jagjit Pavadia for a five-year term beginning 2nd March 2020. 


  1. World Red Cross Day or Red Crescent Day celebrated on 8th May observed by International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC).
    • Theme of 2019: – #Love


  1. World Thalassemia Day is observed on May 8 every year in commemoration of all patients with thalassemia who never gave up despite all odds.
    • Thalassaemia is a disease that affects the production of hemoglobin in blood.
    • Theme for 2019: – “Universal access to quality Thalassaemia healthcare services: Building bridges with and for patient”.


  1. Two Indians- Jitendra Kumar and Shikha Garg were honoured by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres for their sacrifice in Line of Duty while contributing towards the peacekeeping mission of the UN.
    • UN honoured a total of 115 personnel (peacemakers and staff) for the same.


  1. ISCH International Shooting Competitions held inHanover in Germany.





Anmol Jain and Annu Raj Singh

Air Pistol Mixed Team Competition


Gagan Narang and Shriyanka Sadangi

Air Rifle Mixed Team Competition


Esha Singh and Akull Kumar 

10 M Air Pistol Mixed Team Junior


  1. ISSF World Cup, Shotgun is being held in Changwon, Republic of Korea.


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