Current Affairs – May 14, 2018

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Voter turnout in Karnataka highest since 1952 assembly polls: CEO

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The 72.13 percent voter turnout in the Karnataka assembly elections has broken all records and is the highest since the 1952 state polls, Chief Electoral Officer Sanjeev Kumar said on 13th May. Women and young voters exercised their franchise in large numbers yesterday, he told PTI.

First defence ship by private company ICGS Vikram under ‘Make in India’ docks at New Mangalore Port

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ICGS Vikram, the first in the class of seven new generation offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) contracted by the ministry of defence (MoD) in March 2015 under the government’s initiative of ‘Make in India‘, arrived at its base port – the New Mangalore Port, on 13th May. The 98.2 meter long and 15-meter wide vessel has been designed and built indigenously by Larsen and Toubro. Subash Bhamre, the junior defence minister, had commissioned the ship in Chennai on April 11.

Iconic singer Lata Mangeshkar honored with Swara Mauli award

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Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar was recently honored with “Swara Mauli” title by spiritual guru Vidya Narsimha Bharati Swami at her residence in ‘Prabhu Kunj‘. Her sister singer Asha Bhosle, Usha Mangeshkar and brother Hridaynath Mangeshkar were present at the occasion. Dressed in her signature white sari while receiving the honor, the “Paani Paani Re” famed singer told media that it was an honor for her for being considered for the title.

RBI’s corrective action against Dena Bank

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Reserve Bank has initiated Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) against public sector lender Dena Bank in view of high non-performing loans, restricting the bank from giving fresh credit and new hiring. The public sector lender on 11th May reported widening of its net loss to Rs 1,225.42 crore in the March quarter on mounting bad loans and higher provisioning to cover them.

India witnessed highest number of Internet shutdowns in 2017-18: UNESCO report

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People in South Asian countries experienced at least 97 instances of Internet shutdown, a barometer on freedom of press and expression, between May 2017 and April 2018, with India alone accounting for 82 such cases, according to a UNESCO report. According to the Clampdowns and Courage-South Asia Press Freedom Report, 2017-18, released recently by the UNESCO-International Federation of Journalists, Pakistan witnessed 12 instances of Internet shutdown, while Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka reported one such case each.

India largest remittance-receiving country in the world: Report

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India was the largest remittance-receiving country in the world, with migrant workers from the country sending home $69 billion in 2017, according to a report which said remittances to the Asia-Pacific region amounted to $256 billion last year. The report ‘RemitSCOPE – Remittance markets and opportunities – Asia and the Pacific‘ said India ($69 billion), China ($64 billion) and the Philippines ($33 billion) are the three largest remittance-receiving countries in the world in 2017. Pakistan ($20 billion) and Vietnam ($14 billion) are also in the top 10.

India okays MoU to tackle oil spills

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The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and South Asian Cooperative Environment Programme (SACEP) for co-operation on the response to oil and chemical pollution in the South Asian seas in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo. The MoU intends to promote closer cooperation between India and other maritime nations comprising the South Asian seas region namely Bangladesh, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka for protection and preservation of the marine environment in the region.

China’s first home-built aircraft carrier begins sea trials

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China’s first home-built aircraft carrier began sea trials on 13th May, a major step for Beijing as it ramps up its military might. The carrier will be the second to enter the Chinese navy, and comes as Beijing seeks to modernize its armed forces. The ship, which is known only as “Type 001A“, set out for the trials from the north-eastern port of Dalian, where it was built. The country’s first carrier, the Liaoning, was bought second-hand from Ukraine in 1998, refitted in China, and commissioned in 2012.

Zverev crushes Thiem to win Madrid Open title

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Alexander Zverev showed his clay-court class by blowing away Dominic Thiem to win the Madrid Masters on 13th May. Zverev has long been marked out as a future star of the men’s game and his 6-4, 6-4 victory over Thiem suggests the German can be a major threat at the French Open later this month. Thiem had ousted Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals on 11th May and he too will be among the small group capable of preventing the Spaniard from claiming an 11th Roland Garros crown.

Learn Two a day:
Van Vihar National park: Madhya Pradesh
Rumtek Buddhist Monastery: Sikkim

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