#1. Government issued drought advisory in 6 states as water levels in dams dip to critical level
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Centre has issued a drought advisory to six southern and western states and has asked them to use water judiciously as the water storage in dams dropping to a critical level. The 6 states are Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu.
The drought advisory is issued to states when the water level in reservoirs is 20% less than the average of live water storage figures of the past 10 years. Water falls under the state list and the advisory recommends states to use it for drinking purpose only till the dams are replenished.
The 'Water' subject falls under the state list mentioned in the Indian Constitution and recent drought advisory recommends states to use water for drinking purpose only till dams are replenished. The drought advisory is issued to states when the water level in reservoirs is about 20% less than the average of live water storage figures of the past 10 years.
Central Water Commission (CWC):
The Central Water Commission (CWC) is a technical organization in the field of Water Resources. It monitors water storage available in 91 major reservoirs across the country. CWC functions as an attached office of Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India.
According to recent figures released by CWC, total water storage available is only 22 % (it was 24% in May 2019) of total storage capacity (which is 161.993 BCM) of these reservoirs.
The western region includes Gujarat and Maharashtra. There are 27 reservoirs: 10 in Gujarat and 17 in Maharashtra, having a total live storage capacity of 31.26 BCM.
The southern region includes states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu. There are 31 reservoirs: two of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana together, Andhra Pradesh (1), Telangana (2), Karnataka (14), Kerala (6) and Tamil Nadu (6), under CWC monitoring having a total live storage capacity of 51.59 BCM.
#2. World Book of Records named Kapil Sharma as most viewed stand-up comedian in India and Abroad
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Kapil Sharma 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”.bout Kapil Sharma
Occupation: Comedian, Actor, Anchor, Singer, Film & Television Producer
Years active: 2007
Known for: The Kapil Sharma Show, Comedy Nights with Kapil, Comedy Circus
#3. May 20 observed as World Metrology Day
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World Metrology Day was 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.
About International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM)
Location: Sevres, France
Director: Martin Milton
Motto: Use the measure
About International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML)
♦ Headquarter: Paris, France
#4. Badminton World Federation launched 2 new formats of Badminton
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Recently, Badminton World Federation (BWF) launched two new formats of Badminton named as AirBadminton & Triples.
BWF launched AirBadminton at Guangzhou with new dimensions of the court and an innovative shuttlecock called Airshuttle.
The AirBadminton will be an outdoor game as compared to traditional badminton which is indoor games.
About Badminton World Federation (BWF)
Headquarters: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
President: Poul-Erik Hoyer Larsen
#5. India allowed refurbished mobile imports certified by Bureau of Indian Standards(BIS)
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India allowed the import of refurbished mobile phones or second mobile phones only if they are certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards(BIS).
Earlier, the Government of India didn’t give its assent to refurbished mobile imports with the fear of dumping and negative effect to Make In India initiative.
♦ Headquarters: Manak Bhawan, New Delhi
♦ Founder: Parliament of India
♦ Founded: December 23, 1986
♦ Parent Organization: Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Government of India.
♦ President: Shri Ram Vilas Paswan, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Government of India.
♦ Director General: Surina Rajan
#6. Anirudh and Niki won the 2019 ITF mens Futures tennis title in Uganda
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Top seeds Anirudh Chandrasekar and Niki Poonacha
won the 2019 International Tennis Federation (ITF) men
’s Futures tennis tournament title in Kampala, Uganda.
The pair defeated Simon Carr and Ryan James Storrie and secured 6-3, 6-4. It was the maiden international title for Anirudh, while it was fourth doubles title for Poonacha.
$15,000 ITF men, Kampala, Uganda:
Anirudh Chandrasekar & Niki Poonacha bt Simon Carr (Irl) & Ryan James Storrie (GBr) 6-3, 6-4
#7. Joko Widodo has been elected President of Indonesia for the second term
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Indonesia’s Joko Widodo has been re-elected as President of the country. He beat his 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 Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno.
Widodo's PDI-P finished first in the People's Representative Council (DPR) election with 19.33%, followed by Prabowo's Gerindra with 12.57%. The next top parties by the number of votes are Golkar, the National Awakening Party (PKB), the Nasdem Party, and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS).
Joko Widodo is an Indonesian politician who is the seventh and current President of Indonesia.
Elected in July 2014 as the first Indonesian president to not come from an elite political or military background, he was previously the Mayor of Surakarta from 2005 to 2012, and the Governor of Jakarta from 2012 to 2014.
He belongs to the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle.
Indonesia General election:
General elections were held in Indonesia on 17 April 2019.
For the first time in the country's history, the president, the vice president, members of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR), and members of local legislative bodies were elected on the same day with over 190 million eligible voters.
Sixteen parties participated in the elections nationally, including four new parties.
The election was a re-match of the 2014 presidential election, in which Widodo defeated Prabowo. The election was described as "one of the most complicated single-day ballots in global history".
#8. Rajasthan Government to revamp Ujala Clinics for adolescents
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Rajasthan Government set to revamp ‘Ujala Clinics’ for adolescents.
It will appoint peer educators and shadow educators for counseling the youngsters in order to ensure coordination with other medical and health schemes.
Ujjala Clinics function under Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram(RKSK) in 10 districts of the state.
They are established at district hospitals, community health centers and selected primary health centers in Udaipur, Rajsamand, Banswara, Dungarpur, Jaisalmer, Barmer, Jalore, Bundi, Karauli and Dholpur districts.
Adolescent health strategy is aimed at reducing malnutrition and anemia.
It will improve the knowledge and behavior of adolescents with regards to sexual and reproductive health.
About Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram(RKSK):
It is a health program launched by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for adolescents between the age group 10 and 19 years.
The aim of this programme is the adolescent participation and leadership, equity and inclusion, gender equity and strategic partnerships with other sectors and stakeholders.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare along with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) developed a National Adolescent Health Strategy.
It focuses on age groups 10-14 years and 15-19 years with universal coverage
males and females, urban and rural, in school and out of school, married and unmarried and vulnerable and underserved.
♦ Capital: Jaipur
♦ Chief Minister: Ashok Gehlot
♦ Governor: Kalyan Singh
#9. Moin ul Haque appointed as Pakistans High Commissioner to India
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Pakistan announced career diplomat Moin ul Haque as its new High Commissioner to India. The appointment was formally approved by Prime Minister Imran Khan. He is the current ambassador of Pakistan in France.
Haque replaces Sohail Mehmood. The post of High Commissioner to India fell vacant after Sohail Mehmood was appointed Pakistan's new foreign secretary.
Pakistan has announced new ambassadors to 18 countries including China, Japan, and Brussels. The decision came after a detailed meeting with Prime Minister Khan, who formally approved the new appointments.
In Beijing, Naghmana Hashmi will replace Masood Khalid, the incumbent envoy to China, after completion of his tenure. Additional Secretary Imtiaz Ahmad has been appointed Ambassador to Japan, while Zaheer Janjua, currently serving as additional secretary in Europe, will look after the Pakistani mission in Brussels.
Sarfaraz Ahmad was appointed as ambassador to Sudan, Imran Haider as ambassador in Tajikistan, Major General Abdul Aziz Tariq in Brunei and Major General Muhammad Khalid Rao in Bosnia Herzegovina.
Ambassador in Kuwait Ghulam Dastagir will replace Muazzam Ali Khan in Abu Dhabi, while Qazi Khalilullah, serving as ambassador in Russia, was being given an extension of six months.
The newly-appointed ambassadors and consul generals will play a pivotal in promoting the soft image of Pakistan and will adopt the best behaviour with Pakistani community living abroad.
Ambassador: An ambassador is an accredited diplomat sent by a state as its permanent representative in a foreign country.
#10. NPPA reduces prices of 9 non scheduled cancer medicines
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The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), India’s drug pricing regulator, has reduced the prices of 9 non-scheduled cancer drugs by up to 87%, capping their trade margin at 30%. This decision is in continuation of nodal agency's efforts to bring down drugs prices.
In February 2019, the government had capped about 42 cancer drugs at 30%. This new anti-cancer non-scheduled medicine list is in continuation of efforts to curb profiteering on these vital drugs and to make a cure for cancer affordable for patients as well as for their families.
More than 390 brands and about 72 formulations have reduced costs following the NPPA order. This price reduction is expected to benefit more than 22 lakh cancer patients in India and will result in annual savings of around Rs.800 crore rupees to patients.
NPPA issued an office memorandum which mentioned that said the Maximum Retail Price (MRP) of:
- 500 mg chemotherapy injection called Pemetrexed which is used to treat lung cancer has been reduced from Rs.22000 to Rs.2800.
- 150 mg Erlotinib tablets will now cost Rs.2400 instead of Rs.8800.
NPPA has also approved a formula which restricts trade margin of selling price by up to 30%.
National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) was constituted in 1997.
MNPPA function under the Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers.
It is an independent Regulator for pricing of drugs and to ensure availability and accessibility of medicines at affordable prices.
The functions of NPPA are:
- To implement and enforce the provisions of the Drugs (Prices Control) Order
- To monitor the availability of drugs, identify shortages, if any, and to take remedial steps
#11. Sri Lanka marked 10 years since the end of civil war
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Sri Lanka marked 10 years since the end of a decades-long civil war that left more than 100,000 people dead. The United Nations has urged Sri Lanka to investigate alleged war crimes committed by both sides.
But disputes among communities continue to limit progress as 10 years has not diminished the grief for the survivors of Sri Lanka's civil war.
Sri Lankan Civil War:
The Sri Lankan Civil War was an armed conflict fought on the island of Sri Lanka. It began on 23rd July 1983 and ended on 18 May 2009. There was an intermittent insurgency against the government by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (the LTTE, also known as the Tamil Tigers), which fought to create an independent Tamil state called Tamil Eelam in the north and the east of the island. After a 26-year military campaign, the Sri Lankan military defeated the Tamil Tigers in May 2009, bringing the civil war to an end.
#12. US approved sales of air defense missiles to South Korea and Japan
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The U.S. State Department has cleared $314 million in possible sales of air defense missiles to South Korea as tensions re-emerge on the Korean peninsula.
South Korea, a key Asian ally of the United States, asked to buy up to 94 SM-2 missiles used by ships against air threats, along with 12 guidance systems and technical assistance for a total cost of $313.9 million. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), a unit of the Department of Defense, delivered certification notifying Congress of the possible sale.
South Korea already uses SM-2 missiles developed by Raytheon Co but is building more missile defense-capable destroyers equipped with the weapon.
North Korea's Criticism:
The proposed sale comes after North Korea recently criticized South Korea’s defense purchases from the United States, including the arrival of the first F-35 stealth aircraft. North Korea has boasted about its indigenous surface-to-air missiles.
With denuclearisation talks stalled after a second summit between North Korea and the United States broke down in Hanoi in February, North Korea went ahead with more weapons tests in May month.
North Korea and South Korea are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, rather than a peace treaty.
US's sale to Japan:
Also, the DSCA reported that separately, Japan, another key U.S. ally in the region, was also cleared to buy $317 million worth of medium-range air-to-air missiles from Washington.
#13. ISRO announced Seven Mega Missions in next 10 years
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Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced to conduct seven Mega Missions for the upcoming 10 years and also prepared a roadmap for the next 30 years.
The seven Mega Missions includes India’s second moon mission Chandrayaan-2, XPoSaT and Aditya L-1.
ISRO categorized its six Mega Missions (excluding Chandrayaan-2) in two broad categories-
Defined Missions: The mission includes XPoSaT and Aditya L-1.
Undefined Missions: The missions which are still in planning stage.
These missions are: Mangalyaan-2, Venus Mission, Lunar Polar Exploration and Exoworlds.
It is also known as X-ray Polarimeter Satellite.
The main aim of this mission is to study polarisation.
It will be launched in 2020 and the life of the mission will be of 5 years till 2025.
The payload for XPoSaT was developed by Bengaluru-based Raman Research Institute.
The spacecraft which will carry Polarimeter Instrument in X-rays (POLIX) payload study the degree and angle of polarisation of bright X-ray source in the energy range between 5 to 30 keV (Kilo electron volt)
The mission was planned to launch in 2021 which will study the solar corona.
The spacecraft of this mission will be placed in a halo orbit around the Sun-Earth Lagrangian point (L1) which is about 1.2 million km away from the earth.
Formation: 15 August 1969
Headquarter: Bengaluru, Karnataka
Director: K Sivan
#14. PCT Humanity entered the Guinness Book of World Records for its hunger relief efforts
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PCT Humanity, a charity run by an Indian, in the UAE has entered the Guinness Book of World Records for its hunger relief efforts during the holy month of Ramzan in Abu Dhabi. The charity set the new Guinness World Records for “Longest Line of Hunger Relief Package” in Abu Dhabi.
Adjudicated by Douglas Palau, the attempt saw iftar meals containing seven items spread in a line without keeping any gap between the packages for a kilometre.
Joginder Singh Salaria's, founder of PCT Humanity, efforts were in continuation to the vegetarian iftar held daily at the premises of his company Pehal International, Dubai Industrial Park. The main aim of the charity is to feed people pure vegetarian food to stay healthy and fit and also save animals.
#15. May 21 is observed as Anti Terrorism day in India
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Every year May 21
is observed as Anti-Terrorism day in India
. The day is observed in the memory of former Indian PM Mr. Rajiv Gandhi
who passed away on this day. Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated at an election rally near Chennai
by a suicide bomber from the LTTE
on 21 May 1991
. On this day the Centre intends to spread awareness among the people about the danger of terrorism and violence and its effect on the people, society and the country as a whole.
The Ministry of Home Affairs
requested all Varsities and affiliated colleges to observe the day. The objective behind the observance of Anti-Terrorism Day is to wean away the people from terrorism and violence.
Its motive is to promote unity, peace and harmony across the nation.
The Purpose of observing World Anti-Terrorism Day is:
- To spread the message of global peace and non-violence
- Deter vulnerable youth from following cult practices and being misguided
- Commemorate and honor the sacrifices made by thousands of soldiers who battled against terrorism
- Pay homage to the victims who lost their lives in terrorist attacks
- Device ways and hold awareness programs to protect future generations from radical influence.
On this day Anti- terrorism pledge
is taken in all government offices, PSU and in other public organisations. Events like debates, discussions, symposiums, seminars lectures will be held in schools, colleges and in universities on dangers of terrorism.
#16. US warship sails in South China Sea amid trade tensions
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One of the United States military warships, the US destroyer Preble, sailed near the disputed Scarborough Shoal claimed by China in the South China Sea. This is a move likely to anger Beijing at a time of tense ties between the world's two biggest economies.
The operation was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing's efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters, where Chinese, Japanese and some Southeast Asian navies operate.
China claims almost all of the strategic South China Sea and frequently lambasts the US and its allies over naval operations near Chinese-occupied islands. Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam have competing claims in the region.
China and the US have repeatedly traded barbs in the past over what Washington says is Beijing's militarisation of the South China Sea by building military installations on artificial islands and reefs.
China defends its construction as necessary for self-defence and says the United States is responsible for ratcheting up tension in the region by sending warships and military planes close to islands Beijing claims.
US-China trade war:
US President Donald Trump has complained about China's trading practices since before he took office in 2016. The US launched an investigation into Chinese trade policies in 2017.
It imposed tariffs on billions of dollars worth of Chinese products last year, and Beijing retaliated in kind. After months of hostilities, both countries agreed to halt new trade tariffs in December to allow for talks.
The US has more than doubled tariffs on $200bn (£153.7bn) worth of Chinese products. Beijing retaliated three days later with tariff hikes on $60bn of US goods. The US and China are locked in an escalating trade battle.
Tariffs imposed on Chinese goods, in theory, make US-made products cheaper than imported ones, and encourage consumers to buy American. They are also increasingly seen as a negotiation tactic in the trade war.
#17. Facebook registers its new secretive cryptocurrency firm Libra Networks LLC in Geneva, Switzerland
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Facebook Global Holdings registered a new cryptocurrency firm named ‘Libra Networks LLC’ in Geneva, Switzerland. It will provide financial and technology services by developing related hardware and software components. Facebook has been very secretive about its new cryptocurrency project.
Facebook had registered the trademark “Libra” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Facebook has hired 2 cryptocurrency compliance experts who formerly worked at the major crypto exchange Coinbase to assist in their work.
♦ Headquarters: Menlo Park, California, United States
♦ Founded: February 4, 2004
♦ CEO: Mark Zuckerberg
#18. Tripura Gramin Bank received Indias top three Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) in terms of profit, business and growth
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Tripura Gramin Bank received 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 posted a profit for 7 successive years to Rs 125.45 crore in fiscal 2018-19.
The central government has a 50% stake, the Union Bank of India has 35% stake and rest 15% is held by the Tripura government.
About Tripura Gramin Bank
Founded 21 Dec 1976
Chairman: Mahendra Mohan Goswami