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Current Affairs May 24, 2019

1. US, Japan, South Korea, Australia Hold 1st Naval Drills In Western Pacific

  • U.S. Navy ships conducted joint drills with warships from allies Japan, Australia and South Korea in their first combined exercise in the Western Pacific, the U.S. Navy said on Thursday
  • The six-day exercise involves two Japanese destroyers, two Australian frigates and a destroyer from South Korea, with as many as 3,000 sailors participating.
  • US State Department approved to sell air-defense missiles for worth of more than USD 600 million to Japan and South Korea.This approval was result of rising tension with North Korea when a pair of missile was tested by North Korea last week.
  • The US government has approved sale of 94 SM-2 missiles used by ships against air threats along with 12 guidance systems for a total cost of USD 313.9 million.

Foot Notes:

About South Korea
? Capital: Seoul
? Currency: South Korean Won
? President: Moon Jae-in

About Japan
? Capital: Tokyo
? Currency: Japanese Yen
? Prime Minister. Shinzo Abe

About USA
? Capital: Washington D.C.
? Currency: United States Dollar
? President: Donald Trump

2. Microsoft stopped online sale of Huawei laptops after US ban on Chinese tech companies

  • Huawei is set to face yet another major setback after President Trump's executive order called for a clampdown on Chinese technology companies. Less than a week after Google announced that it would revoke Huawei's Android licence; two leading tech giants are about to follow suit.
  • Currently searching for any Huawei hardware on Microsoft's online store in the US won't yield any results. On the other hand, Microsoft has remained silent on whether it would allow Huawei to obtain Windows licenses for its laptops. Revoking Huawei's Windows OS license would have more adverse effects in Huawei's server solutions.
  • For now, Huawei has been granted a 90-day extension to provide software updates to Android-powered handsets and maintain continued operation of existing networks and equipment. However, this narrow extension does not seem to apply to Windows licenses for laptops.

Foot Notes:

About Google
? Founded: 04 Sep 1998
? Headquarters: Mountain View
? CEO: Sundar Pichai (Since 2015)
? Founders: Sergey Brin ,Larry Page ,Dred Hoang ,Ralia Shop

About Microsoft
? Founded: 04 Apr 1975
? Headquarters: Redmond
? CEO: Satya Nadella (Since 2014)

About Huawei
? Founded: 1987
? Headquarters: Shenzhen, China
? CEO: Ren Zhengfei
? Founder: Ren Zhengfei

3. International Day to End Obstetric Fistula 23 May

  • Obstetric fistula is one of the most serious and tragic injuries that can occur during childbirth. It is a hole between the birth canal and the bladder or rectum caused by prolonged, obstructed labour without treatment.
  • The condition typically leaves women incontinent, and as a result they are often shunned by their communities. Sufferers often endure depression, social isolation and deepening poverty. Many women live with the condition for years - or even decades - because they cannot afford to obtain treatment.
  • The theme for 2019 is "Fistula is a human rights violation, end it now". In 2012, United Nations announced to celebrate May 23 as International Day to End Obstetric Fistula every year starting from 2013.

Foot Notes:

About United Nations
? The United Nations is an intergovernmental organization tasked with maintaining international peace and security,
? Founded: 24 Oct 1945
? Headquarters: New York
? Founders: Denmark . Turkey . Norway . Panama . Saudi Arabia . United Kingdom . Poland . Netherlands . Dominican Republic . Argentina

About Obstetric fistula
? An obstetric fistula is a hole between the vagina and rectum or bladder that is caused by prolonged obstructed labor, leaving a woman incontinent of urine or feces or both. Obstructed labor means, labor that goes unattended, the labor can last up to six or seven days

4. MoU signed between DBT and DAE on Cancer Research

  • The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) under Ministry of Science and Technology and Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), under Prime Minister of India has signed an memorandum of understanding (MoU) for supporting a joint collaborative research programmes in area of Cancer.
  • The MoU for Joint Collaboration on Cancer Research was signed between DBT and DAE. The DAE was represented by its Tata Memorial Centre, which also functions as coordinating centre on behalf of The National Cancer Grid of India.

MoU shall help strengthen various initiatives mandatorily for cancer by:

  1. Strategizing and prioritizing cancer research.
  2. Developing new and affordable technologies.
  3. Jointly designing and funding clinical trials.
  4. Coordinating and collaborating for translational research, interventions, training of manpower and infrastructure development.

Foot Notes:

About Department of Biotechnology (DBT)
? Formed on: 1986
? Headquarters: New Delhi
? Secretary: Dr. Renu Swarup
? Affiliated with: Ministry of Science and Technology
? The Ministry is responsible for administrating development and commercialization in the field of modern biology and biotechnology in India.

About Department of Atomic Energy (DAE)
? Formed on: 3 August 1954
? Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
? Minister responsible: Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India
? Deputy Minister responsible: Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for PM's Office
? Secretary and Chairman: Dr. K.N.Vyas
? Parent Department: Prime Minister's Office
? DAE is engaged in the development of nuclear power technology, applications of radiation technologies in the fields of agriculture, medicine, industry and basic research.

5. WHO declares Algeria and Argentina as malaria-free countries

  • World Health Organization officially declared Algeria and Argentina as malaria-free countries after recording no new cases for more than three years. Now, the numbers of malaria free countries increased to 38 from 36.
  • Argentina reported the last indigenous case in 2010 while in Algeria it was reported in 2013. Algeria is the second African nation to have eliminated the disease after Mauritius which achieved the goal in 1973.

Foot Notes:

About WHO
? Founded: 7 April 1948
? Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
? Head: Tedros Adhanom

6. Volodymyr Zelensky sworn in as the 6th President of Ukraine

  • Ukrainian TV star Volodymyr Zelensky won the presidential election in April 2019 and sworn in as 6th President of Ukraine recently. He succeeded Petro Poroshenko.
  • According to the Central Election Commission, Zelensky won the second round with 73.22% of the votes.
  • In his speech, he announced the dissolution of the parliament. It is a strategic move to bring the October 27 parliamentary elections forward to boost his party's chances of securing a majority at the height of his popularity.

Foot Notes:

About Volodymyr Zelenski
? He hails from the south-eastern city of Krywyi Rih.
? His election campaign slogan was 'unify Ukraine'.
? During his first address as president, he pledged to protect the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

About Ukraine
? President: Volodymyr Zelensky
? Prime Minister: Volodymyr Groysman
? Capital: Kyiv
? Currency: Ukrainian hryvnia

7. Researchers suspects gas insulation could be protecting an ocean inside Pluto

  • Researchers said that computer simulations provide compelling evidence that an insulating layer of gas hydrates could keep a subsurface ocean from freezing beneath Pluto's icy exterior. The researchers conducted computer simulations covering a timescale of 4.6 billion years when the solar system began to form.
  • The simulations showed the thermal and structural evolution of Pluto's interior and the time required for a subsurface ocean to freeze and for the icy shell covering it to become uniformly thick.
  • They simulated two scenarios: one where an insulating layer of gas hydrates existed between the ocean and the icy shell, and one where it did not.

Foot Notes:

About Sputnik Planitia
? In July 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flew through Pluto's system, providing the first-ever close-up images of this distant dwarf planet and its moons. The images showed Pluto's unexpected topography, including a white-colored ellipsoidal basin named Sputnik Planitia, located near the equator and roughly the size of Texas.

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Current Affairs May 23, 2019

1. ISRO chairman flags off shipment of India's largest liquid hydrogen storage tank

  • ISRO Chairman K Sivan flagged off the shipment of India's largest liquid hydrogen storage tank at the VRV Asia Pacific's manufacturing plant at Sri City in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh.
  • The storage capacity of the tank is 120 kilo liters. Liquid hydrogen is used as fuel for satellite launch vehicles
  • VRV Asia Pacific manufactured the storage tank with a (LIN) shield, in a collaborative effort with SDSC SHAR, under the Make in India initiative.

Foot Notes:

About Andhra Pradesh
? Capitals: Hyderabad -Amaravati.
? Chief Minister: N. Chandrababu Naidu
? Governor: E.S.L Narsimhan.

2. Asian Development Bank to provide USD 750 million loan to India for railway track electrification project

  • Multilateral funding agency Asian Development Bank (ADB) said it has signed an agreement to provide USD 750 million equivalent in Indian rupee long-term financing to electrify railway tracks in India.
  • It is the largest single non-sovereign loan ever committed by ADB to Indian Railway Finance Corporation (IRFC) to fund the railways track electrification project, ADB said in a release.

Foot Notes:

About Indian Railway:
? Railway Minister : Piyush Goyal
? Headquarters : New Delhi, India
? About Asian Development Bank
? Founded: 19 Dec 1966
? Headquarters: Mandaluyong, Philippines
? President: Takehiko Nakao

3. Shakib tops ODI all-rounders list, no Indian in top 10

  • Senior Bangladesh cricketer Shakib Al Hasan jumped to the top of the latest MRF Tyres ICC ODI rankings for all-rounders, which doesn't feature a single Indian in the top-10 chart.
  • In the three matches of the series, Shakib totalled 140 runs, including two unbeaten half-centuries and also picked up two wickets.
  • Shakib now has 359 points, 20 clear of Afghanistan's Rashid Khan, the previous holder of the top ranking, who has now slipped to No. 2.

Foot Notes:

About Bangladesh
? Capital: Dhaka
? Currency:Bangladeshi taka
? Prime Minister:Sheikh Hasina

4. IAF successfully test fires aerial version of BrahMos missile

  • The Indian Air Force has successfully test fired the aerial version of the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile from a Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft.
  • 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, military officials said.
  • The BrahMos cruise missile travels at a speed of Mach 2.8, nearly three times that of sound.

Foot Notes:

About Indian Air Force
? Founded: 08 Oct 1932
? Headquarters: New Delhi, India
? Air Chief Marshal :S. Krishnaswamy

5. Amazon likely to get the .amazon domain name

  • Jeff Bezos-led Amazon has bagged a seven-year dispute over the '.amazon' domain name from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organisation (ACTO), a group with member countries including Brazil backed the dispute.
  • The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) decided to proceed with designation requested by Amazon pending a 30-day period of public comment.
  • Amazon intends to use the domain with its multiple business streams so internet addresses like 'books.amazon' and 'alexa.amazon' can be used by 2019.

Foot Notes:

About Amazon
? Founded: 05 Jul 1994
? Headquarters: Seattle
? CEO: Jeff Bezos

6. World Tortoise Day is observed on 23rd May

  • World turtle day is observed on 23rd May. It is sponsored yearly since 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue.
  • The aim is to bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for, turtles and tortoises, and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive. This year the day spotlights on freshwater turtles.
  • The herpetologists, one who studies about amphibians and reptiles, have launched a unique initiative to gather more information about India's freshwater turtles and tortoises.

Foot Notes:
? American Tortoise Rescue (ATR) is an animal rescue organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, adoption and protection of all tortoise and turtle species, and the protection of their environments. Located in Malibu, CA, ATR is a United States nonprofit corporation.
? Founded: 1990

7. UAE launched the Gold card visa scheme for expatriates

  • The UAE has launched a Golden Card visa scheme, a permanent residency scheme, for expatriates. The announcement was made by the country's Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.
  • The scheme is open to investors and exceptional talents such as doctors, engineers, scientists, students and artists as it will grant permanent residency.
  • The scheme will attract greater foreign investment and stimulate the local economy, making it more efficient and attractive for investors.

Foot Notes:

About UAE
? The United Arab Emirates, sometimes simply called the Emirates, is a country in Western Asia at the southeast end of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman to the east and Saudi Arabia to the south, as well as sharing maritime borders with Qatar to the west and Iran to the north.
? Founded: 02 Dec 1971
? The Indian expatriate community is the largest ethnic community in the UAE
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Current Affairs May 22, 2019

1. ISRO launches 'cloud-proof' earth observation spy satellite RISAT-2B to keep an eye on Pakistan

  • Indian space research agency (ISRO) today successfully launched an earth observation spy satellite RISAT-2B that can take high resolution images of the earth during day and night, and also under cloudy conditions to keep an eye also on terror camps across the border in Pakistan.
  • This would enhance the country's surveillance capabilities many times. The satellite is equipped with a synthetic aperture radar that can take pictures in any condition.
  • 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. The RISAT-2B is a radar imaging earth observation satellite, weighing about 615 kg.

Foot Notes:

About ISRO
? The Indian Space Research Organisation
? ISRO Director: K. Sivan,
? Headquarters: Bengaluru,
? Established in: 1969.

2. Saray Khumalo First Black Woman To Climb Mount Everest Says It "Needed To Be Done"

  • South African climber Saray Khumalo, 47, reached the peak of the 8,848-metre mountain last week after three previous failed bids to conquer the world's highest peak.
  • She has also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Aconcagua in Argentina and Mount Elbrus in Russia.
  • In 2003, South African park ranger Sibusiso Vilane became the first black person to summit Mount Everest.

Foot Notes:

About Mount Everset
? Mount Everest is the world's highest mountain
? First ascenders: Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay Trending
? Elevation: 8,848 m
? First ascent: 29 May 1953
? Countries: Nepal, China
? Mountain range: Himalayas, Mahalangur Himal

About South Africa
? President: Cyril Ramaphosa Trending
? Capitals: Cape Town, Pretoria, Bloemfontein
? Currency: Currency: South African rand

3. International Day for Biological Diversity: 22 May

  • The UN General Assembly proclaimed 22 May, the date of the adoption of its text, as the International Day for Biological Diversity on 20 December 2000.
  • The theme for International Day for Biological Diversity 2019 is 'Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health'.

Foot Notes:

About UN General Assembly
? President: María Fernanda Espinosa
? Headquarters: New York, New York, United States
? Founder: United Nations
? Founded: 1945, New York, United States
? Abbreviation: GA; UNGA; AG
? Subsidiaries: UNICEF, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations System Staff College

4. Oman Author Jokha Alharthi Wins Booker International Prize

  • Omani author Jokha Alharthi has become the first Arabic-language writer to win the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for Celestial Bodies, a novel that deals with family connections and history in the coming-of-age account of three sisters.
  • Alharthi's book beat five other shortlisted novels from Europe and South America to take the prize, which celebrates translated fiction from around the world and included a $64,000 award divided equally between author and translator.

Foot Notes:

About Oman
? Capital: Muscat
? Currency: Omani rial
? Government: Absolute monarchy, Parliamentary system, Unitary state, Islamic state
? Points of interest: Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Sharqiya Sands.

5. World Bank, CommBank Team Up for 'World First' Blockchain Bond Transaction

  • The World Bank and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CommBank) have teamed up to enable recording of secondary market bond trading using blockchain tech.
  • The institutions announced that their successful recording of a secondary transaction for bond-i, a blockchain-operated debt instrument, on a distributed ledger shows the "vast potential" of the technology, and marks the first bond to have both issuance and trading recorded on a blockchain platform.
  • Bond-i was first issued last year in August by the World Bank, with the CommBank being a sole arranger. The experiment helped the World Bank raise $81 million at the time.

Foot Notes:

About World Bank
? Motto: Working for a World Free of Poverty
? CEO: Kristalina Georgieva
? Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States
? Membership: 189 countries (IBRD); 173 countries (IDA)
? Parent organization: World Bank Group
? Subsidiaries: International Finance Corporation, MORE
? Founders: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White
? Type: Monetary International Financial Organization
About CommBank
? CEO:Matt Comyn
? Founded:22 December 1911
? Headquarters:Sydney, Australia

6. Mumbai at topmost risk of cyber attack

  • In India, the financial capital Mumbai faces the highest highest threat from cyberattacks, which makes Maharashtra to which makes Maharashtra top the list of Indian states vulnerable to risk.
  • Top 15 Indian Cities At Most Risk

1. Mumbai
2. Delhi
3. Bengaluru
4. Kolkata
5. Pune
6. New Delhi
7. Hyderabad
8. Jaipur
9. Ahmedabad
10. Chennai

7. Tech Mahindra signs Rs 300 crore defence contract with Indian Navy

  • IT major Tech Mahindra said it has signed a defence contract worth Rs 300 crore, its biggest till date.
  • As part of the 'Armed Forces Secure Access Card' (AFSAC) Project, Tech Mahindra will implement RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) based access control system across all naval bases and ships, a statement said.
  • The new AFSAC card will replace the existing paper based identity card for all Navy personnel, including dependents and ex-servicemen, it added.

Foot Notes:

? Defence Minister: Nirmala Sitharaman

About Tech Mahindra
? CEO: C. P. Gurnani
? Headquarters: Pune
? Parent organization: Mahindra Group
? Founder: Anand Mahindra

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Current Affairs May 21, 2019

1. May 21: celebrated as Anti-terrorism day

  • May 21, is chosen as Anti-terrorism day in India to commemorate the death Anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi died in a terrorist attack.
  • On this day Anti Terrorism pledge is taken in all the government offices and other public institutions.
  • Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in 1991 by a woman operative of the separatist Lankan Tamil outfit LTTE, who greeted him at a rally in Tamil Nadu's Sriperumbudur town with a bomb strapped to her chest.

Foot Notes:

About Rajiv Gandhi
? Mr. Rajiv Gandhi was the youngest Prime Minister of India.
? Born: 20 August, 1944
? Place of Birth: Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra
? Parents: Feroze Gandhi (Father) and Indira Gandhi (Mother)

About Tamil Nadu
? Capital and Largest city: Chennai( Madras )
? Districts: 33
? Governor: Banwarilal Purohit
? Chief Minister : Edappadi K. Palaniswami
? National Parks : Indira Gandhi, Gulf of Mannar Marine, Mukurthi

2. Indian peacekeeper to be honoured posthumously with UN medal

  • Police Officer Jitender Kumar made the supreme sacrifice while serving in the UN Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).
  • He will be honoured with the Dag Hammarskjold Medal on Friday as the world organisation observes the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.
  • An Indian peacekeeper is among the 119 military, police and civilian personnel who will be honoured this year with a prestigious UN medal this year for courage and sacrifice in the line of duty.

Foot Notes:

About United Nation Organisation
? Headquarters: New York, New York, United States
? Founded: 24 October 1945,
? Official languages: Arabic; Chinese; English; French; Russian; Spanish;
? Secretary general: António Guterres

3. 2nd India Open Int'l Boxing Tournament begins in Guwahati

  • The Second India Open International Boxing Tournament began at Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor Stadium in Guwahati from Monday. The five-day boxing tournament will continue till Friday.
  • With the international boxing tournament being held in a northeastern state of the country, the people of the region awaiting participation of a lot star boxers like Mary Kom, Shiva Thapa and Lovlina Borgohain.

Foot Notes:

About Assam
? Capital: Dispur
? Chief minister: Sarbananda Sonowal
? Official song: O Mur Apunar Desh
? Governor: Jagdish Mukhi

4. IMCOR: 8th Indo-Myanmar Coordinated Patrol Begins

  • The 2019 Indo-Myanmar coordinated patrol (IMCOR) is taking place from 20 May to 28 May 2019. This is the 8th edition of coordinated patrol (CORPAT) be.
  • The coordinated patrol (CORPAT) initiative between the Indian Navy and Myanmar Navy seeks to address issues of terrorism, human trafficking, poaching, illegal fishing, drug trafficking and other illegal activities harmful to interest of both nations.
  • The Indo-Myanmar coordinated patrol IMCOR will be conducted from 20 May 2019 to 28 May 2019. For the 'Opening Ceremony' of 2019 edition, Myanmar Navy Ship namely UMS King TabinShweHtee (773) and UMS Inlay (OPV-54) arrived on 20 May 2019 in Port Blair at Andaman and Nicobar Command.

Foot Notes:

About Myanmar
? Capital: Naypyitaw
? Currency: Burmese kyat
? President: Win Myint

5. Google has barred the world's second biggest smartphone maker, Huawei.

  • Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. is a Chinese multinational telecommunications equipment and consumer electronics manufacturer
  • New designs of Huawei smartphones are set to lose access to some Google apps.The move comes after the Trump administration added Huawei to a list of companies that American firms cannot trade with unless they have a licence.
  • Google said it was "complying with the order and reviewing the implications".
  • Future Huawei devices may no longer have apps such as YouTube and Maps.

Foot Notes:

About Huawei.
? CEO: Ren Zhengfei (1988-)
? Headquarters: Shenzhen, China
? Founder: Ren Zhengfei
? Founded: 15 September 1987, Shenzhen, China
? Parent organization: Huawei Investment andamp; Holding Co., Ltd.

6. Brooks Koepka returns to world No. 1 after fourth major golf title.

  • Brooks Koepka returned to the top of the world golf rankings, after his US PGA Championship victory at Bethpage Black.
  • He has now won 4 major titles in his last 8 starts and is the 1st man to ever hold back-to-back titles in two majors at the same time.

Foot Notes:
? Dustin Johnson andamp; Justin Rose: at 2nd andamp; 3rd ranks respectively.

7. Joko Widodo secures second term as Indonesia's president

  • Indonesia's Joko Widodo has been re-elected as president of the country, beating rival Prabowo Subianto, a retired general.
  • Widodo and his vice-presidential running mate Ma'ruf Amin won the election by a 55.5% to 44.5% margin over Subianto and Sandiaga Uno.
  • The presidential inauguration is expected to be held in October.

Foot Notes:

About Indonesia
? Capital- Jakarta,
? Currency- Indonesian rupiah.
? Ambassador of India to Indonesia: Pradeep Kumar Rawat.

8. Reliance beats Indian Oil Corp to become biggest Indian company by revenue.

  • Richest Indian Mukesh Ambani's oil-to-telecom conglomerate Reliance Industries has toppled state-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC) to become the country's biggest company by revenue.
  • Reliance Industries has toppled state-owned Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) to become the country's biggest company by revenue

Foot Notes:

About Reliance
? CEO: Mukesh Ambani
? Owner: Mukesh Ambani
? Founder: Dhirubhai Ambani
? Founded: 8 May 1973, Maharashtra
? Subsidiaries: Jio, JioSaavn, Indiavidual Learning.

9. SBI ties up with FMCG arm of The Art of Living

  • The State Bank of India (SBI) has announced a strategic partnership with the FMCG arm of The Art of Living - Sri Sri Tattva.
  • Under this partnership, YONO users can avail a discount of 15% on the entire range of products offered by Sri Sri Tattva such as food, personal care, healthcare, homecare, BYOGI apparels and Shankara skincare products.

Foot Notes:

FMCG stands for Fast Moving Consumer Goods.
? SBI Chairperson: Rajnish Kumar
? Headquarters: Mumbai
? Founded: 1 July 1955.

10. Niti Aayog pushes for Rs 7,500-crore proposal for AI platform, research institutes.

  • Niti Aayog has circulated a cabinet note to provide Rs 7,500 crore for the establishment of AIRAWAT, a cloud computing platform along with research institutes.
  • This is part of the policy think tank's proposal to create an institutional framework for artificial intelligence (AI) in the country.

Foot Notes:

About NITI Aayog
? NITI Aayog: National Institution for Transforming India.
? NITI Aayog CEO: Amitabh Kant.
? Vice Chairman: Rajiv Kumar.

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Current Affairs May 20, 2019

1. SIMBEX-2019: scheduled from 16 May to 22 May 2019

  • After the completion of naval exercise IMDEX-19 recetly, the Kolkata Class Destroyers Indian Naval ships namely INS Kolkata and INS Shakti are participating in SIMBEX-2019.
  • SIMBEX (Singapore India Maritime Bilateral Exercise) is an annual bilateral naval exercise between India and Singapore. It is being held from 16 May to 22 May 2019.

Foot Notes:-

? Capital : Singapore

? Official languages : English,Malay,Chinese,Tamil

? President : Halimah Yacob

? Currency : Singapore dollar

2. 26 Maharashtra dams hit zero water storage level

  • In a far cry from last year's situation, 26 reservoirs in Maharashtra have reached "zero storage" as on May 18, according to statistics put out by the Water Conservation department of the state government.
  • The dams in these division are Paithan, Manjara, Majalgaon, Yeldari, Siddeshwar, Lower Terna, Sina Kolegaon and Lower Dhudna, all of which have zero storage at the moment, the department informed.

Foot Notes:-

? Capital : Mumbai

? Governor : C. Vidyasagar Rao

? Dams : Dhamapur, Vihar, Ekrukh , Shirsufal

3. Tripura Gramin Bank among top RRB performer in country

  • Tripura Gramin Bank is among India's top three Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) in terms of profit, business and growth. Currently India has 46 Regional Rural Bank out of which Tripura Gramin Bank ranked 3rd in the country. Tripura Gramin Bank has posted a profit for 7 successive years to Rs 125.45 crore in the fiscal 2018-19.
  • The Tripura Gramin Bank is the first RRB in India which have been granted a permission by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to start treasury function of the Tripura government and open a currency chest.

Foot Notes:-

? Headquarter : Agratala

? Chairman : Mahendra Mohan Goswami

4. Kapil Sharma is the Most Viewed Stand-up Comedian in India and Abroad

  • The King of Comedy, Kapil Sharma, has been named as most viewed stand-up comedian in India and abroad by World Book of Records London.
  • He had started his career as a stand-up comedian from different comedy shows and got fame from "Comedy Nights with Kapil".

5. National Cadet Corps Girls expedition team of 20 from Sikkim flagged off to Mt Tenchenkhang

  • On May 17, 2019, National Cadet Corps girls mountaineering expedition team of 20 from Sikkim was flagged off to Mt Tenchenkhang, situated in Western Sikkim. This is the first girls expedition team ever since 1970. This expedition was flagged off by Additional Director General Major General Sanjay Gupta in New Delhi.
  • The expedition team is led by Lt Col Madhab Boro. It constitutes 3 officers (including Medical Officer), 17 Permanent Instructional staff and 20 NCC Girl Cadets from All India NCC directorates.

Foot Notes:-

? Sikkim Capital : Gangtok

? Chief Minister : Pawan Kumar Chamling

? Governor : Ganga Prasad

? National Parks - Khangchendzonga National Park

? Wildlife Sanctuaries : Barsey Rhododendron WLS, Fambong Lho WLS, Kitam (Bird) WLS, Kyongnosla Alpine WLS, Maenam WLS, Pangolakha WLS, Shingba (Rhododendron) WLS

6. Badminton World Federation launched 2 new formats of Badminton

  • Recently, Badminton World Federation (BWF) launched two new formats of Badminton named as Air Badminton andamp; Triples. BWF launched Air Badminton at Guangzhou with new dimensions of the court and an innovative shuttlecock called Air shuttle.
  • The Air Badminton will be an outdoor game as compared to traditional badminton which is indoor games.
  • In new Triples format, the match will be played between a team which consists of three players each with at least one female player in both the team.

Foot Notes:-

? Badminton World Federation (BWF)

? Headquarter : Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

? President : Poul-Erik Hoyer Larsen

7. May 20 observed as World Metrology Day

  • World Metrology Day is observed on May 20, 2019 with a theme "The International System of Units - Fundamentally better". This theme was chosen because last year on 16th November 2018, the General Conference on Weights and Measures agreed to revise the International System of Units (SI).
  • The World Metrology Day was celebrated every year because of the signature of the Metre Convention on May 20, 1875.

Foot Notes:-

? International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML)

? Headquarter : Paris, France

? International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM)

  • Location : Sevres, France
  • Director : Martin Milton
  • Motto : Use the measure

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