Current Affairs – May 11-13, 2019

Here’s your daily summary of Current Affairs – May 11-13, 2019

National - Current Affairs - May 11-13, 2019

IAF gets first Apache Guardian attack helicopter

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The first AH-64E (I) – Apache Guardian helicopter was formally handed over to the Indian Air Force at Boeing production facility in Mesa, Arizona, the US on May 10. The AH-64E Apache is a leading multi-role attack helicopter and is flown by the US Army.
The IAF had signed a multi-billion dollar contract with the US government and Boeing Ltd in September 2015 for 22 Apache helicopters. The first batch of these helicopters is scheduled to be shipped to India by July this year.


Konkan Railways signs contract agreement with Nepal

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Konkan Railways Corporation Ltd has signed a contract agreement with Nepal’s Department of Railways to supply two 1600 HP DEMU train sets. These trains will be used to operationalize railway link between Jayanagar in India and Kurtha in Nepal. The agreement was signed in Kathmandu today in the presence of Indian Ambassador Manjeev Puri and Nepal’s Secretary, Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport Madhusudan Adhikari. The 34 km Jayanagar-Kurtha Railway Link has been built by IRCON with Government of India financial grant under India-Nepal Development Partnership programme.


Indian Navy undertook group sail exercise with Japan, Philippines, and the US in the South China Sea

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Guided Missile Destroyer, INS Kolkata and Fleet Support Ship, INS Shakti participated in ‘Group Sail’ exercise with Helicopter Carrier JMSDF Izumo & Guided Missile Destroyer JMSDF Murasame of Japan; Frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio of Philippines and Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer USS Williams P Lawrence of the USA in the disputed South China Sea. This was 6-day long group sail exercise from May 3 to May 9 and objective was to deepen the existing partnership and foster mutual understanding among navies of friendly countries.


New Species Of Viper With Unique Heat-Sensing Ability Found In Arunachal

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A new species of snake has been found in Arunachal Pradesh’s West Kameng district. The new species of reddish-brown pit viper – a venomous snake with a unique heat sensing system was found in a forest in West Kameng district by a team of herpetologists led by Ashok Captain. The species is scientifically known as ‘Trimeresurus arunachalensis’. A research team from Pune-based Indian Institute of Science Education and Research found the snake while conducting biodiversity surveys in Eaglenest region of Arunachal Pradesh.


WTO Ministerial Meeting of Developing Countries in New Delhi

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A WTO Ministerial meeting of developing countries is being hosted by India in New Delhi on 13-14 May 2019. Sixteen developing countries, Six Least Developed Countries (LDC)(Argentina, Bangladesh, Barbados, Benin, Brazil, Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, China, Egypt, Guatemala, Guyana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Malawi, Malaysia, Nigeria, Oman, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, Uganda)and DG, WTO are participating in the meeting.
Ministers from Bangladesh, CAR, and South Africa have confirmed their participation. Vice Ministers, senior officials, and ambassadors will be representing other countries.


National Technology Day: May 11

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National Technology Day is Observed every year on May 11, National Technology Day acts as a reminder of India’s technological advancements. Notably, on this day, India successfully tested Shakti-I nuclear missile at the Indian Army’s Pokhran Test Range in Rajasthan.
The operation was led by late President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam and was called Operation Shakti or Pokhran-II. In a way, National Technology Day highlights the importance of science in daily life and encourages youngsters to embrace it as a career option.


Business - Current Affairs - May 11-13, 2019

TCS becomes India’s most valued firm again; surpasses RIL in market-cap

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Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) regained the status of the country’s most valued firm in terms of market capitalization (market cap), surging past Mukesh Ambani-controlled Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), which slipped to the number two position.
TCS market-cap stood at Rs 8.13 trillion, more than RIL’ of Rs 7.95-trillion valuation, as per BSE data. Over the past four days, RIL has lost 11 percent at the bourses.


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Karnataka Bank Appoints New COO & CBO

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Karnataka Bank Limited has promoted two of its General Managers, Balachandra YV and Gokuldas Pai, as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Business Officer (CBO), respectively.
Balachandra, in his new role, will be overall in-charge of treasury & accounts, credit monitoring, legal & recovery, IT & MIS, and HR & investor relations, according to the Bank’s press release. Pai will be in charge of credit marketing, credit sanctions, branch banking & digital channels and transformation cell.


Awards - Current Affairs - May 11-13, 2019

IPS officer who oversaw Nirbhaya rape case receives McCain Institute Award

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IPS officer Chhaya Sharma, who led the investigation team of the infamous Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case, has been awarded the 2019 McCain Institute Award for Courage and Leadership on May 10. She has also played a critical role in drafting Standard Operating Procedures and Guidelines to Combat Trafficking of Persons in India in 2017.
The award is given to those who show courage on behalf of human rights, humanitarian compassion, justice, freedom, and human dignity. Some of the famous awardees are-Malala Yousafzai (2015) and Dikembe Mutombo (2016).


Sports - Current Affairs - May 11-13, 2019

IPL 2019 final highlights: MI beat CSK by 1 run

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In the grand finale of VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL 2019), Lasith Malinga produced an incredible last over to defend nine runs as Mumbai Indians (MI) claimed undisputed supremacy in the Indian Premier League by securing their fourth title with a narrow one-run win over Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in a pulsating final at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad. Mumbai Indians become the 1st team to win the Indian Premier League 4 times.
Most Valuable Player: Andre Russell (KKR), 510 runs, 11 wickets
Fairplay: Sunrisers Hyderabad
Purple Cap: ImranTahir (CSK), 26 wickets
Orange Cap: David Warner (SRH), 692 runs
Emerging Player Award: Shubhman Gill (KKR)


Croatian Igor Stimac set to be appointed Indian football team coach

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Former Croatia international and manager Igor Stimac will be appointed as the Indian men’s team coach after the All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) technical committee recommended him for the post.
The committee, headed by Shyam Thapa, interviewed the four candidates for the post — Stimac, Albert Roca, Hakan Ericson, and Lee — on Thursday and zeroed in on Stimac.


World’s first women’s cricket magazine ‘CRICZONE’ hits stands

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The inaugural issue of world’s first exclusive women’s cricket magazine ‘Criczone’ was released here with Indian team vice-captain Smriti Mandhana featuring as the cover story. Saba Karim, BCCI’s GM (Cricket Operations) said that the T20 Challenge tournament has been a learning curve for the apex cricket body in the country.
Top international cricketers like Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana along with overseas players like Danielle Wyatt, Sophie Devine attended the event which is held on the sidelines of the inaugural women’s T20 challenge.


International - Current Affairs - May 11-13, 2019

World Migratory Bird Day: May 11

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The World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2019 is being observed on 11 May 2019. Every year people across the globe take action and organize public events like bird festivals, exhibitions, education programmes, and bird-watching excursions to celebrate WMBD. This year’s World Migratory Bird Day is dedicated to highlighting the problem of pollution with the theme, ‘Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution.’


UN to hold the 2020 ocean conference in Lisbon

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United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) decided to hold its 2020 high-level conference early June in Portugal’s Lisbon to support the sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources.
The UNGA “decides to convene the high-level 2020 United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development in Lisbon, from June 2 to 6, 2020,” according to a resolution adopted by the 80th plenary meeting of the UNGA 73rd session.


Japan Tests World’s Fastest-ever Alfa-X Bullet Train Capable of Reaching 400 kmph

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Japan has started testing its fastest-ever bullet train — capable of reaching 400 kilometers per hour (249 mph) — as it continues to develop the revolutionary mode of travel. The ALFA-X version of the Shinkansen train began three years’ worth of test runs on 10 May.
Once it enters operation sometime around 2030, it will run at speeds of up to 360 kph (224 mph), comfortably making it the world’s fastest bullet train. It will also outpace China’s Fuxing train, which runs at 10 kph slower despite being designed with the same top speed capabilities as the ALFA-X.


Actress Dia Mirza, Alibaba chief among 17 new ‘SDG Advocates’ of UN

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Indian actress Dia Mirza and Alibaba chief Jack Ma are among the 17 global public figures appointed by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as the new advocates to drive action and solidify global political will for the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The principles at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are also what drive the new class of SDG Advocates, appointed by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. These 17 influential public figures are committed to raising awareness, inspiring greater ambition, and pushing for faster action on the SDGs, which were adopted by world leaders on 25 September 2015.


Ireland declares a climate emergency

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Ireland’s parliament has become the second after Britain’s to declare a climate emergency, a decision hailed by the Swedish teenage environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg as “great news”. An amendment to a parliamentary report declaring a climate emergency and calling on the parliament “to examine how [the Irish government] can improve its response to the issue of biodiversity loss” was accepted without a vote late.


Professor Tijjani Bande Announced As President, UN General Assembly

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Professor Tijjani Mohammad Bande has been appointed as the new President of the United Nations General Assembly. His appointment was announced by María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, outgoing president of UNGA at a press conference in Abuja after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. Bande becomes the second Nigerian to be appointed President of UNGA after Mr. Joseph Nanven Garba who held the position between 1989 and 1990.



Obituary - Current Affairs - May 11-13, 2019

Tamil novelist and Sahitya Akademi awardee Thoppil Mohamed Meeran dies aged 74

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Noted novelist and Sahitya Akademi awardee Thoppil Mohamed Meeran, 74, died at his residence at Veerabahu Nagar in Pettai. Saaivu Naarkkaali (The Reclining Chair), released in 1995, bagged him the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award in 1997. In recognition, he received 8 awards including the Sahitya Akademi Award and Tamil Nadu Kalai Ilakkiya Perumantram Award in 1992.


ITC’s YC Deveshwar passed away at 72

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ITC’s longest-serving chief, YC Deveshwar, passed away this morning. He was 72 and is survived by his wife and two children. It was under his leadership that the company diversified from a cigarette major to other non-cigarette sectors that include FMCG, hotels, paperboards, agri and so on.
He joined ITC in 1968 and became its Executive Chairman in 1996. He received the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian award, in 2011.


Padma Shri awardee Bhojpuri singer Hiralal Yadav passed away

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Padma Shri awardee Bhojpuri vocal artist Hiralal Yadav passed away in Varanasi on 11 May at the age of 93. Yadav was a well known Bhojpuri folk singer from the ‘Birha’ genre, which revolves around the separation of a lover from his beloved. Yadav received a Padma Shri award, the country’s fourth highest civilian award, this year in January. In 2015, he was felicitated with the Yash Bharti award for his contribution in the field of music.


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