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31 May 2019

Two Russian space agency Roscosmos' cosmonauts have successfully carried out the 217th spacewalk for International Space Station's support, maintenance and upgrade. The spacewalk, fourth for 2019, was done by Expedition 59 Commander Oleg Kononenko and Flight Engineer Alexey Ovchinin and lasted six hours and one minute.  This was Commander Kononenko's fifth spacewalk and the first-ever for Ovchinin. The cosmonauts retrieved science experiments, install handrails on the Russian... Read More

31 May 2019

China accused the US of provoking trade disputes and engaging in naked economic terrorism, economic chauvinism, and economic bullying. The Country also said that they oppose a trade war but are not afraid of a trade war. The statements come as the US raised tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods, following which China retaliated. The comments came after financial markets around the world suffered when Beijing signalled a readiness to strike back at Washington in their escalating trade... Read More

category: International

31 May 2019

Flooding in the Mississippi River is on the record for being the longest-lasting in more than 90 years since the "Great Flood" of 1927. It is due to relentless, record-breaking spring rainfall. In the month of June also, Mississippi River will continue to rise as runoff from snowmelt upstream in combination with rainfall runoff moves through the river system. Along several parts of the river, water levels have been at flood stage for nearly 4 months. It is the longest stretch of... Read More

category: International

31 May 2019

The Gujarat government has decided to equip the traffic police with 'laser guns' for detection of over-speeding by vehicles. The state police's traffic branch has purchased 39 such high-tech guns at a cost of Rs.3.9 crore. Five of these US-made devices will be given to the Ahmedabad city police, and every district police force will also be provided one of these guns. A three-day workshop was organised recently at the Karai Police Academy here to impart training to over 200 traffic... Read More

31 May 2019

Former Flipkart Executive Sandeep Patil appointed as India Managing Director of Truecaller. He served as the head of consumer and commercial lending vertical at Flipkart until his new appointment with Truecaller. Sandeep Patil will be leading business strategies to expand the company and increase its revenue. He will be supervising the teams based in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. India is the largest market for Truecaller with 60-70% of global revenue and user base.  It has 100 million... Read More


31 May 2019

The proposed Jewar airport in Uttar Pradesh is expected to begin operations from 2023 with a capacity to handle 1.2 crore passengers annually. It will serve as the second airport for the National Capital Region. The State government floated a tender document regarding the project. The last date for submission of bids by interested bidders is October 30 and the financial bids will be opened on November 29. The concession period for the airport is for 40 years, which can be extended by another... Read More

category: Indian Affairs

31 May 2019

Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa received the baton of Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee from outgoing Chairman COSC and Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa will be the Chairman COSC with effect from May 31, 2019, consequent to relinquishment of charge by Admiral Sunil Lanba upon superannuation. Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, an alumnus of Rashtriya Indian Military College and the National Defence... Read More

category: Defence

31 May 2019

Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) launched a data platform called Integrated Database on Infrastructure Projects (IDIP) on 29th May. IDIP is aimed at enhancing the efficiency of infrastructure development in India and to enable effective decision-making among different stakeholders involved in the infrastructure sector.  Reason to build Database: The quality data on infrastructure projects in the country is scarce. While data sets provided by the government are... Read More

31 May 2019

The Indian Air Force(lAF) and Indian Space Research Organization(lSRO) signed an agreement with the selection of crew and training for Gaganyaan Programme. It was signed between Air Vice Marshal(AVM) RGK Kapoor, Assistant Chief of Air Staff(ACAS) Operations (Space) IAF and Shri R Hutton, Project Director of Gaganyaan Programme. The Institute of Aerospace Medicine ('AM) will lead the selection and training of astronauts on behalf of IAF. ii. Gaganyaan Programme was announced the Prime... Read More

category: Defence

31 May 2019

Supreme Court May 29 extended the tenure of Justice V K Jain, a judicial member of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC), which was expiring. A vacation bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Aniruddha Bose said the extension of tenure would be for one year or till the process of fresh appointment is completed. The bench was dealing with an application seeking an extension of Justice Jain's tenure. He had joined the Delhi Judicial Service on May 20,... Read More

31 May 2019

Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, who got a massive mandate for his party YSRCP in the Assembly elections, was sworn in as second Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh after bifurcation on 30 May. Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan administered the oath to Mr. Jagan at the Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh.  His immediate announcements: In his first major announcement after taking the oath, Reddy immediately announced Rs.3,000 as pension per month for senior citizens in the state. The... Read More

category: Indian Affairs

31 May 2019

Binny, a 41-year-old orangutan, at Odisha's Nandankanan Zoological Park died on 29 May following a prolonged illness. She was suffering from cold and old age related respiratory tract issues. Accordingly, the treatment was going on. The lone female orangutan Binny was brought to Nandankanan Zoo from Pune's Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park on 20 November 2003, when she was 25 years old. Since her arrival, she has been alone in her zoo enclosure and zoo officials failed to arrange a male... Read More

category: Indian Affairs

31 May 2019

Former American professional basketball player, Lamar Odom, aged 39, launched a new book titled 'Darkness to light'.  The book reveals the dark secrets of his life. He is the ex-husband of Khloe Kardashian, an American media personality, socialite, model, businesswoman and entrepreneur.  In his book, he has opened up about his relationship with ex-wife Khloe Kardashian, his difficult childhood, past overdoses and addictions to drugs, alcohol, and sex. As a member of the... Read More

category: Books & Authors

31 May 2019

The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) approved the resolution plan of Tata Steel to acquire debt-ridden Bhushan Energy Ltd. for about Rs.800 crore on 30 May. The principal bench of NCLT-Delhi also rejected objections from Bhushan Energy’s former promoter Neeraj Singal opposing Tata Steels’ bid. Resolution plan: Under the resolution plan, Tata Steel will offer an upfront payment of Rs.730 crore. It would also pay Rs.50 crore additionally to operational creditors of the... Read More

category: Business & Economy

31 May 2019

New York-based investment and financial services major Goldman Sachs have pumped in $250 million to construct one of its largest global workspaces in Bengaluru. Bengaluru workspace: Bengaluru, with 2,500 techies, is the second-largest engineering talent base of Goldman Sachs after New York.  Goldman Sachs Service, Bengaluru has become one of the firm’s global centres of innovation focused on the development and application of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data... Read More

31 May 2019

Lawmakers of Papua New Guinea elected James Marape as its 8th prime minister. He belongs to Pangu Party. He succeeded Peter O Neill of People's National Congress party, who was pressured to resign by a series of political defections in recent days, and tensions over a multi-billion-dollar gas project signed this year with French company Total and the US firm ExxonMobil.  Marape earlier served as the finance minister of Papua New Guinea while he was a member of the People's... Read More

31 May 2019

Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport of Indore, Madhya Pradesh was declared as International Airport. It was given the International status as per sub-rule (b) of rule 3 of the Passport (Entry into India) Rules, 1950 by the Central Government. The Indore airport facilitates round the clock operations and was given its World Standardization Certificate by the UK. About Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport   The airport is named after Maharani Ahilya Bai Holkar of Indore It is the busiest airport... Read More

category: Indian Affairs

31 May 2019

Narendra Modi, who was elected for a second term at the Centre, took oath as the Prime Minister at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on 30 May. President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office and secrecy at the function. Delegations: The oath-taking ceremony was attended by leaders of the BIMSTEC member countries (Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal, and Bhutan). Several foreign and Opposition leaders attended the ceremony including Congress' Sonia Gandhi and Rahul... Read More

category: Indian Affairs

31 May 2019

The Armed Forces Tribunal made Vice Admiral Karambir Singh to become the next Navy Chief while it deferred for four weeks the matter of Vice Admiral Bimal Verma which seeks to quash Singh’s appointment. Karambir Singh, who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command, will take over as the Navy Chief on 31st May 2019. He was commissioned into the Indian Navy in July 1980 and earned his wings as a helicopter pilot in 1982. He has extensive experience with the HAL Chetak, Kamov... Read More

category: Defence

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