#1. Assam Rifles signed the charter of affiliation with the Indian Coast Guard
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In a first, the Assam Rifles (AR) signed the charter of affiliation with the Indian Coast Guard to enhance inter-forces cooperation and interoperability. It is a permanent affiliation of Assam Rifles with the Coast Guards.
The charter of affiliation was signed by the Director General (DG) of the Indian Coast Guard, Rajendra Singh and DG, Assam Rifles Lt Gen Sukhdeep Sangwan on 22 May 2019.
The objective of the affiliation is to promote bilateral cooperation between the two Services and contribute to joint capacity for training, sports, adventure, and sustainable development.
The affiliation includes:
The training will involve the exchange of information and personnel of the two Forces and building camaraderie. The two will work together in humanitarian missions and other areas.
A combat battalion of Assam Rifles will soon be training onboard ICGS Shaurya (16), an offshore patrol vessel in Chennai.
In due course of time, arrangements will be made for the exchange of personnel including those with an understanding of Land Border Management (LBM) with Assam Rifles battalions.
Over-Seas Deployment (OSD) of AR personnel on board an ICG ship, bilateral meetings between the two forces, and participation of experts from both sides in such meetings.
#2. Amazon likely to get the .amazon domain name
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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. The company is likely to get control of its internet namesake soon.
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.
Domain name dispute:
The e-commerce giant first applied for this domain in 2012 but its approval took seven years because a group of South American countries through which the river Amazon flows, raised objections.
The Board found the Amazon corporation proposal of April 17, 2019, acceptable, and therefore directed the ICANN organisation’s President and CEO to continue the processing of the ‘.amazon’ applications according to the policies and procedures of the New gTLD Programme.
#3. HDFC Group Overtakes Tata Group As Indias Most Valuable
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HDFC group overtaken the 151-year-old Tata group to emerge as India’s most valuable by way of market capitalization (m-cap).
The combined market value of the five listed companies of the HDFC group – HDFC, HDFC Bank, HDFC Life, HDFC Asset Management and Gruh Finance stood at Rs 11.66 lakh crore while the combined m-cap of 29 Tata group companies stood at Rs 11.64 lakh crore, about Rs 2,000 crore less than that of the HDFC group.
About HDFC group
CEO: Aditya Puri
Founded: August 1994, India
Subsidiaries: HDFC securities, HDB Financial Services
#4. FSSAI permitted 'Small Organic Growers' to sell produce without certification till April 2020
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Food safety regulator FSSAI permitted small organic producers having annual turnover of over Rs 12 lakh to sell their produce directly to end-consumers without certification till April, 2020.
Such producers, however, will not be able to use ‘Jaivik Bharat logo’ on their products.
The organic food retail firms have to comply with the certification norm.
Under the 2017 organic regulation, sale of organic produce directly to end-consumer has been allowed only with the certification of the National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP) and Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) India.
Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSAI) in an order said the norms were relaxed after it examined several representations regarding challenges faced in the implementation of regulations by organic food business operations, including small original producers.
About the Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSAI)
Founded: August 2011
Sector: Food safety
Headquarters: New Delhi
#5. SBI has joined hands with FMCG Arm of The Art of Living Sri Sri Tattva
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State Bank of India (SBI) tied up with the FMCG arm of The Art of Living, Sri Sri Tattva under which SBl's YONO users can avail a discount of 15% on the entire range of products offered by Sri Tattva such as food, personal care, healthcare, homecare, BYOGI apparels and Shankara skincare products.
YONO is an integrated digital banking platform of Sal.
About Sri Sri Tattva
Managing Director - Arvind Varchaswi
Managing Director - PK Gupta
Tagline - With you all the way, Pure Banking Nothing Else, The Nation's banks on us.
#6. Not all animals migrate by choice Campaign inaugurated
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United Nation (UN) Environment India and Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) of India, for the International Day of Biological Diversity, which was celebrated on 22 May, initiated an awareness campaign by the name of 'Not all animals migrate by choice' to be displayed at major airports across India. The campaign was inaugurated by Dia Mirza, the UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador (and also UN Secretary-General's SDG Advocate), in presence of officials from Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Wildlife Crime Control Bureau of India (WCCB), UN Environment, UN agencies, and GMR Group.
Wildlife Crime Control Bureau is a statutory multi-disciplinary body established by the Government of India under the Ministry of Environment and Forests, to combat organized wildlife crime in the country.
The aim is to raise awareness on illegal wildlife trade, to garner public support for conservation and protection of wildlife, prevention from smuggling and for the reduction in demand for wildlife products. It also complements worldwide action taken on illegal trade in wildlife via UN Environment's global campaign called Wild for Life.
WCCB and UN Environment started a comprehensive approach with a focus on awareness building towards the issue of prevention of illegal trade, smuggling of wildlife (and wildlife products) through exit points.
Phases of the initiative:
In the first phase of the campaign, Tiger, Pangolin, Star Tortoise and Tokay Gecko have been chosen as they are highly endangered due to illegal trading in International markets.
- Tiger is traded for its skin, bones and body parts
- Pangolin, the most illegally traded wild mammal on the planet is trafficked for its meat and its scales are used in traditional medicines
- Star Tortoise for meat and pet trade
- Tokay Gecko in traditional medicine mostly into South East Asia and particularly Chinese Markets.
Phase two will see more threatened species and explore other routes of trafficking.
Need for the initiative:
Illegal wildlife trade drives a species to the brink of extinction. India is also seeing a sharp rise in its illegal trade in wildlife. There is an urgent need for awareness, action and stringent law enforcement to curb illegal wildlife trade which is threatening biodiversity and conservation in wild.
Conservation is natural to India's ethos. Although, while wildlife faces global threat and India's flora and fauna's demand continues to rise in illegal global markets, India's stringent provisions for protection of wildlife under its Wildlife Protection Act (WPA), 1972, and efforts towards creating awareness among public at large would still have to go a long way to help protect our wildlife.
#7. Chancy Chitete conferred with the UNs highest peacekeeping award
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The Malawian soldier Chancy Chitete will be honoured with the United Nation's (UN) highest peacekeeping award, dubbed as "Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage". He will be awarded posthumously during the Peacekeepers’ Day commemorations at UN Headquarters in New York, the US on May 24, 2019.
Despite the nomination of several peacekeepers for exceptional service over the past four years, the awarding of the Medal to Private Chitite will mark the first time the actions of a UN peacekeeper have been found to meet the standard set by Captain Diagne.
Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage Award:
The award is officially named as the Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage. The award is named after the late UN peacekeeper Captain Diagne. Diagne served with former UN Mission in Rwanda (UNAMIR) and saved thousands of Rwandans from death in the 1994 genocide.
It was established in 2014.
It is awarded to uninformed (police, military) and civilian personnel who have demonstrated exceptional courage, in face of extreme danger, and fulfilled mandate of their missions in service of humanity and United Nations.
In an operation undertaken in November 2018, he sacrificed his life while saving his fellow comrade 'blue helmet' during an operation against local armed group named Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).
The ADF is an armed force in DRC which had been terrorizing civilians and disrupting the UN's ongoing efforts to halt and treat the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. The remarkable actions of Private Chitete helped protect many lives, both civilian and military.
#8. World Tortoise Day is observed on 23rd May
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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.
The India Biodiversity Portal has initiated a ‘Turtle Spotting Week’ as part of a unique exercise to document the creatures across India. The week began on 17th May and ends on 23rd May 2019.
There are at least 28 species of freshwater turtles which can be spotted across the country and we felt that not enough attention was being given to them. Research and conservation activities in particular are limited and we wanted to encourage more people to document their findings.
#9. UAE launched the Gold card visa scheme for expatriates
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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.
Aim of the Scheme:
The scheme will attract greater foreign investment and stimulate the local economy, making it more efficient and attractive for investors. It will also increase the UAE's competitiveness and reaffirms the country's position as a global incubator. It aims to attract wealthy individuals and exceptional talents, a move that could attract more Indian professionals and businessmen to the Gulf nation.
The move will see permanent residency granted to exceptional professionals. The fifth category, outstanding students, will also be permitted residency visas for five years. All categories of visas can be renewed upon expiry.
The benefits of the permanent residency also include the spouse and children of the cardholder to ensure cohesive social ties.
5 categories of Golden Card visa:
The Golden Card visa includes five categories. They are:
1. General investors who will be granted a 10 year permanent residency visas .
2. Real Estate Investors, who can get a visa for 5 year visa.
3. Entrepreneurs and Talented Professionals like doctors, researchers and innovators can get 10 years Visa.
4. The fifth category is 'outstanding students'. These will also be permitted 5 years permanent residency visas.
5. All mentioned categories of visas can be renewed upon expiry.
Indians in UAE:
The Indian expatriate community is the largest ethnic community in the UAE. It constitutes roughly about of country's population, which is around 9 million. Although most of the Indians living in the UAE are employed, about 10% of the Indian population constitutes dependent family members. This Golden Card programme could attract more Indian professionals and businessmen to the Gulf nation.
#10. Mumbai tops the list of most vulnerable cities to cyberattacks in 2019
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Recently, Quick Heal Security Labs in its report titled "The Annual Threat Report 2019" has disclosed that Mumbai topped the list of 15-city which are more vulnerable to cyber attacks in 2019.
The other two cities which followed Mumbai are Delhi and Bengaluru.
The report has also revealed that Maharashtra, Delhi and West Bengal which are prone to cyber attacks.
About Quick Heal
Parent organization: Quick Heal Technologies Limited
Headquarter. Pune, Maharashtra
#11. Indra Nooyi was presented with an honorary degree by the prestigious Yale University
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Former PepsiCo chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi was presented with an honorary degree by the prestigious Yale University, her alma mater. The degree is to recognize her achievements in business and for being a global role model who encouraged women and girls to see themselves as top corporate executives. She is celebrated for her leadership and her commitment to helping women achieve success.
Nooyi, She received a degree in Master of Public and Private Management from the university's Yale School of Management in 1980, was presented with the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.
Nooyi was among 11 individuals to be presented with the honorary degrees for achieving distinction in their fields.
Others who received the honorary degrees included author and feminist activist Gloria Steinem, wildlife researcher Cynthia Moss, entrepreneur and philanthropist Strive Masiyiwa and Harvard University president Lawrence Bacow.
In 2006, Nooyi became the first woman to helm the global food and beverage giant PepsiCo. She stepped down in October 2 last year as PepsiCo's CEO, after 24 years with the company, the last 12 as CEO of the global beverage giant.
Nooyi was recently elected to the board of Amazon, on whose audit compensation committee she sits. She is a member of the World Economic Forum board of trustees and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
She is also an independent director of the International Cricket Council and chair of the compensation committee at Schlumberger, an oilfield services company, on whose board she serves.
One of 25 women to have led a Fortune 500 company, Nooyi has appeared frequently on the Forbes and Fortune rankings of the world's most powerful women.
#12. Shyam Saran will be conferred with Japans second highest national award
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Former foreign secretary Shyam Saran is to be awarded Japan's second highest national award The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star. He will be awarded in 2019 Spring Imperial Decorations for his contributions to strengthen strategic ties and enhancing mutual understanding between India and Japan.
Saran was India's Foreign Secretary from 2004 to 2006. He had played an important role to elevate Japan-India relationship to a strategic partnership.
During his tenure, the then Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi had visited India for the first time in 5 years.
When he was Deputy Chief of Mission of Embassy of India in Japan he contributed to strengthening mutual understanding between Japan and India includes India Festival, which was held in Japan in 1988.
Since 2017, he has been enhancing mutual understanding between two countries, such as by hosting an India-Japan Colloquium.
The Order of the Rising Sun
It is a Japanese government honour established in 1875 by Emperor Meiji. It was the first national decoration awarded by the Japanese government. It is awarded to those who have made distinguished achievements in international relations, promotion of Japanese culture, advancements in their field, development in welfare or preservation of the environment.
It consists of badge featuring rags of sunlight from the rising sun. Its design symbolizes energy as powerful as the rising sun in parallel with the "rising sun" concept of Japan (Land of the Rising Sun).
#13. India ranked 117th in Kids Right Index
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The annual global index named Kids Right Index has ranked countries on the basis of how much they are involved and equipped to improve child rights. India ranked 117th out of 181 countries.
Iceland topped the ranking followed by Portugal
About Kids Right Index
Kids Rights Index is an initiative started by Kids Right Foundation with Erasmus University, Rotterdam.
The index is prepared on the basis of five indicators
Right to Life
Right to Education
Right to Health
Right to Protection
India scored 0.64 out of 1 in the overall category
Iceland has scored 0.967 and Portugal has scored 94.8.
Currency: Iceland Krona
President: Guoni Th. Johannesson
Prime Minister. Antonio Costa
#14. Karnataka Bank introduced Savings Bank product named "KBL SB Salary" for salaried class
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Karnataka Bank launched a customized product for the salaried class.
The new savings bank product, KBL SB Salary has been designed with three variants namely SB Salary Executive, SB Salary Prime, and SB Salary Classic to cater the financial needs of the 'employer-employee ecosystem'.
All three variants do not have the minimum balance criteria instead they have Digitally Powered features.
Its major features include- No annual charge on Debit Cards, Unlimited free access to Karnataka Bank ATMs, Free Cash Deposit facility across all branches, Free Fund Transfer within the Bank, Free NEFT & RTGS through Internet and Mobile Banking, Free Outstation Cheque Collection, No Annual Fee on Demat & Trading Accounts.
About Karnataka Bank:
Headquarters - Mangaluru
CEO - Mahabaleshwara M S
Tagline - Your Family Bank, Across India
#15. Sculptor Anish Kapoor ranked first on Hurun India Art List 2019 with estimated sales of Rs. 168.25 crore
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Sculptor Anish Kapoor ranked first on Hurun India Art List 2019 with estimated sales of Rs. 168.25 crore.
Hurun India Art List 2019 was released by Hurun Research Institute.
The ranking of the top 50 Indian artists alive based on the sales of their works at public auctions from April 2018 to March 2019.
The next positions were held by Akbar Padamsee whose 38 works were sold for Rs. 45.84 crore.
He was followed by Krishen Khanna with sales of 44 works of Rs. 9.48 crore.
The Fourth position was held by Jogen Chowdhury with the sales of Rs. 7.78 crore and New Delhi based sculptor Subodh Gupta in the fifth place with sales of Rs. 6.55 crore.
There were 605 lots sold in the year by the listers and it was topped by Anish Kapoor with 102 lots.
#16. Flight Lieutenant Bhawana become the countrys first woman fighter to undertake to missions by day
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Flight Lieutenant Bhawana Kanth has become the country's first woman fighter be qualified to undertake to missions by day on a fighter aircraft in the IAF. This comes after she completed her day operational syllabus as a fighter pilot on the MiG-21 Bison supersonic aircraft.
Bhawana, from Darbhanga in Bihar, has become the first of the three in her batch of women fighter pilots to successfully complete her day operational syllabus on the MiG-21s at the Nal airbase in Bikaner. The other two women fighter pilots in the batch are Flight Lieutenants Avani Chaturvedi and Mohana Singh.
IAF's induction of women fighter:
The IAF has so far inducted six women into its fighter flying stream on an experimental basis for five years. It took around Rs.15 crore to train a single fighter pilot.
IAF had for long resisted inducting women in the combat stream because it felt it would disrupt tight fighter-flying schedules if they got married and had children.
IAF's training for the 3 fighters:
IAF posted the women fighter batch to MiG-21 squadrons rather than the easier-to-handle modern fighters like Sukhoi-30MKls or Mirage-2000s to ensure they undertake air defence missions over Indian territory in the event of war (MiG-21s are basically meant to intercept incoming enemy aircraft), and not go for strike missions deep into enemy territory.
The next woman fighter pilot to undertake missions by day is Flight Lieutenant Avani Chaturvedi. Flight Lieutenant Mohana Singh is also expected to reach this stage soon. The three women pilots were commissioned into the IAF’s fighter stream in June 2016.
#17. IAF successfully test fired the aerial version of the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile
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The Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully test fired the aerial version of the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile from a Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The test marked a major milestone to enhance its precision strike capability. The capability of the missile coupled with the superlative performance of the Su-30MKI aircraft gives the IAF the desired strategic reach.
Supersonic BrahMos cruise missile:
The supersonic BrahMos cruise missile is a 2.5 tonne air-to-surface missile and it has a range of around 300 km, and it will significantly enhance the IAF's combat capability. The BrahMos cruise missile travels at a speed of Mach 2.8, nearly three times that of sound. The missile follows the desired trajectory before directly hitting the land target.
The BrahMos missile provides the IAF a much-desired capability to strike from large stand-off ranges on any target at sea or on land with pinpoint accuracy by day or night and in all weather conditions.
The IAF became the first air force in the world to have successfully fired an air-launched 2.8 Mach surface attack missile of this category on a sea target on November 22, 2017. BrahMos cruise missile, which was test now, was the second such live launch of the weapon.
Developers of BrahMos, 2.8 Mach surface attack missile:
The software development of the aircraft was undertaken by IAF engineers, while the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd carried out mechanical and electrical modifications on it.
Despite such complex integrations, IAF, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd and HAL have proven the capability by dedicated and synergetic efforts.
BrahMos Aerospace, an India-Russian joint venture, produces the supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft, or from land platforms.
The IAF has already begun work to integrate the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile on 40 Sukhoi combat aircraft. Once the project to integrate the weapon on the combat fleet is over, the IAF capability to strike from large stand-off ranges on any target in sea or land is expected to go up manifold.