IMPORTANT CURRENT AFFAIRS MAY [01ST MAY- 15TH MAY] 2018
IMPORTANT NATIONAL NEWS:
Q-15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas to be held in ———– in January 2019?
The 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will be held in holy city if Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) from January 21 to January 23, 2019. Its theme will be “Role of Indian Diaspora in building a New India”.
The mega event will be organised by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in association with Uttar Pradesh government. It will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Mauritian counterpart Pravind Jugnauth.
Q-The Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation has launched GOBAR DHAN scheme at National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) Karnal.Full form of GOBAR?
Ans-Galvanizing Organic Bio-Agro Resources
The GOBAR-DHAN Scheme aims to positively impact village cleanliness and generate wealth and energy from cattle and organic waste. It also aims at creating new rural livelihood opportunities and enhancing income for farmers and other rural people.
Q-Core sector growth slows to ———– in March 2018?
According to the index of eight core industries released by Ministry of Commerce and Industry, core sector growth in March 2018 slowed to 4.1%, a three-month low due to weak performance in six sectors.
These sectors are coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, steel and electricity. Cumulatively, the eight core sectors grew 4.2% in 2017-18. The growth was 4.8% in the previous fiscal.
Q-South Western Command conducts Exercise Vijay Prahar in ?
South Western Command of Indian Army is conducting ‘Vijay Prahar’ exercise in Mahajan area close to Suratgarh in Rajasthan.In this exercise, over 20,000 troops are participating with fighting equipment for couple of weeks o fine-tune jointmanship with the Indian Air Force.
Q-Cabinet approves setting up of how many AIIMS as per Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana?
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved plan to set up 20 All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) across the country and upgrade 73 medical colleges. The decisions are part of the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY), which has been extended by two years till 2020 with financial outlay of Rs.14,832 crore.
Q-How many Indian cities figure in World’s 20 most polluted cities list as per WHO report?
According to Global Urban Air Pollution database released by World Health Organisation (WHO), 14 Indian cities have figured in list of world’s 20 most polluted cities in terms of particulate matter PM2.5 levels in 2016.
These 14 cities include Delhi, Varanasi, Kanpur, Faridabad, Gaya, Patna, Agra, Muzaffarpur, Srinagar, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Patiala and Jodhpur.
Q-CCEA approves continuation of ——— Scheme in agriculture sector as per Green Revolution-Krishonnati Yojana?
Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved continuation of Umbrella Scheme, Green Revolution – Krishonnati Yojana in agriculture sector beyond 12th Five Year Plan from 2017-18 to 2019-20. The Umbrella scheme comprises of 11 Schemes and Missions.
Q-EPFO launches View Pension Passbook Service on ——- App?
Retirement fund body Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has launched View Pension Passbook Service for pensioners on Umang App.This facility was launched part of EPFO’s plan to go paperless by August this year and provide all services online.
Q-First organised census of Indus Dolphins begins in ?
Punjab government along World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-India are conducting first organised census of Indus Dolphins, one of the world’s rarest mammals found only in India and Pakistan. The organised census aims at conservation of the species.
Q-Which state has become the first Indian state to provide digitally-signed land record receipts?
Maharashtra has become the first Indian state to provide digitally-signed land record receipts (also known as 7/12 receipts). The 7/12 receipt is the most important document which establishes the ownership of the land, and is primarily used by farmers while applying for loans.
Q-The 4th Regional Conference on ‘Futuristic, Resilient and Digital Infrastructure’ was held in which city?
The 4th Regional Conference on ‘Futuristic, Resilient and Digital Infrastructure’ was held in Bengaluru on May 4, 2018. The 2-day Conference was organized by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), and Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS).
Q-The 19th edition of TOONZ Animation Masters Summit 2018 was held in which state?
The 19th edition of TOONZ Animation Masters Summit 2018 was held in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on May 4-5, 2018. It was inaugurated by Ashish Kulkarni, Chairman of FICCI for Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comics Forum, and was organized by the Technopark-based Toonz Media Group. \
Q-Which state government has launched ‘Go To Village’ Mission?
On May 1, the Government of Manipur has launched ‘Go to Village’ mission across the State from Konuma ground of Komlakhong gram panchayat in Imphal West district. The mission was launched simultaneously in 60 villages in all 60 constituencies.
Q-First Apex Conference for CEOs of Smart Cities held in ?
The First Apex Conference for CEOs of Smart Cities was held in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. It was organised by Union Urban Affairs Ministry and inaugurated by Minister of State (I/C) for Housing & Urban Affairs.
Q-Border Roads Organisation celebrated——— Raising Day?
Border Roads Organisation (BRO) celebrated its 58th Raising Day on 7 May 2018. BRO is leading government organisation in arena of infrastructural development in the border areas of the country.
Q-Government to set up additional ———-One Stop Centres for women safety?
Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) in its Programme Approval Board (PAB) meeting has approved setting up additional 100 One Stop Centres (OSCs) for women affected by violence. These OSCs will be set up in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.
Q-Naval Commanders’ Conference held in ?
The first edition of this year’s bi-annual Naval Commanders’ Conference was held in New Delhi from 8 to 11 May 2018.It discussed aspects concerning country’s maritime security, analyse mission-based deployments and larger issues of geo-strategic Indian Ocean Region (IOR), a region witnessing increasing Chinese presence.
Q-The 15th Finance Commission has constituted an Advisory Council to advise and assist the Commission. It will be headed by whom?
The 15th Finance Commission has constituted an advisory council to advise and assist the commission. The 6-member council will be headed by the President of Forum for Strategic Initiatives, Arvind Virmani. The role and functions of the council will be to advise the commission on any issue or subject related to the Terms of Reference (ToR) of the Commission.
Q-Which state launched India’s first Integrated Control and Command Centre for its smart cities?
Bhopal Smart City Development Corporation Ltd. (BSCDCL) has launched India’s first cloud-based Common Integrated Data Centre, Disaster Recovery Centre and Integrated Control and Command Centre (ICCC).It is powered by Hewlett Packard (HP) Enterprise’s Universal Internet of Things (IoT) Platform.
Q-Government approves ——— color licence plates for private electric vehicles?
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has approved green licence plates bearing numbers in white fonts for private e-vehicle and yellow for taxis to promote electric vehicles (e-vehicles) in India.
Q-Which state to host the International Children’s Theatre Festival 2018?
The 2018 International Children’s Theatre Festival will be held at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kolkata, West Bengal from June 17 to 21.The participating countries are France, Slovenia, Swaziland, Mexico, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. Children of theatre groups from Indian states such as Kerala, Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Manipur, Odisha and West Bengal will also be participating in the 5-day festival.
Q-Which city is hosting the 6th US-India Aviation Summit 2018?
The 6th US-India Aviation Summit was formally inaugurated by Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu in Mumbai on May 10, 2018. The biennial Summit is jointly organised by Ministry of Civil Aviation and US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).
Q-Skill India Organized ‘Aajeevika and Kaushal Vikas Mela’ held in ?
Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), together joined hands to amplify the “Gram Swaraj Abhiyaan” of the current incumbent government which is promoting social harmony and awareness around the pro-poor initiatives of the government.
Q-Who has been conferred with the ‘Excellent Woman of Excellence’ award at the Women Economic Forum (WEF) 2018
Nisha Bhalla, a holistic coach & consultant from Mumbai, has been conferred with the ‘Excellent Woman of Excellence’ award for her spiritual service at the Women Economic Forum (WEF) 2018 in Delhi. The WEF is the largest global gathering of women entrepreneurs and leaders worldwide.
Q-Which state Government Launched Rythu Bandhu Scheme For Farmers ?
The Telangana government introduced Rythu Bandhu, a scheme to provide Rs4,000 per acre each to land-owning farmers for Rabi and Kharif seasons, and issued special passbooks for them.
The programme was flagged off by chief minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, who distributed 298 cheques to farmers at Huzurabad Mandal in Karimnagar district. The state government has set aside Rs12,000 crore in the 2018-19 budget for Rythu Bandhu.
Q-Who Inaugurates Arunachal Pradesh’s Biggest Solar Plant?
Ans-CM Pema Khandu
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu inaugurated the state’s biggest solar power plant at Energy Awareness Park in the presence of Power Minister Tamiyo Taga in Itanagar.
ii. The plant, with a capacity of 1 MW, was commissioned on April 1 at an estimated investment of Rs 8.50 crore.
Q-Indian tea industry has recorded the highest ever production of——– Kg as exports in FY18?
Indian tea industry has recorded the highest ever production as well as exports in FY18. The total tea production was 1325.05 million kgs, an increase of 74.56 million kgs as compared to 2016-17. In percentage terms, the increase is around 6%.
Q-Who became the 2nd President to Visits Army Base in Siachen ?
Ans-Ram Nath Kovind
President Ram Nath Kovind visited the Army base camp in Siachen, becoming the first President of India to visit the world’s highest battlefield in 14 years.The previous visit was undertaken by former president APJ Abdul Kalam in April 2004.
Q-Customs and Which Department Hold 1st Ever Joint Conference ?
Indian Customs and Department of India Posts held a first-ever Joint Conference in Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi to deliberate on streamlining of imports and exports by post.Imports and exports by post are the 6th highest cited citizen grievances under Centralized Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMs).
Q-UNDP to Set Up Skill Development Centre in ?
Aimed at empowering vulnerable and marginalised women by imparting skills training, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has announced to set up a skill development centre at ‘Bharosa,’ an integrated support centre for distressed women and children in Hyderabad.Bharosa,’ an initiative of Hyderabad City Police, is a state-of-the-art centre to support women and children who are victims of violence.
Q-Army Finalises ———- crore Ammunition Production Project ?
Ans-Rs 15,000 crore
Indian Army has finalised a mega 15,000 crore rupees project under which a range of ammunition for its critical weapons and tanks will be produced indigenously. 11 private firms would be involved in the ambitious project.
Q-Which Singer Conferred With Swara Mauli Award ?
Melody queen Lata Mangeshkar was honoured with the Swara Mauli title by spiritual guru Vidya Narasimha Bharati Swami. Mangeshkar, 88, was conferred with the award at her residence in Mumbai.
Her sisters Asha Bhosle and Usha Mangeshkar and brother Hridaynath Mangeshkar were also present.
Q-Who Inaugurates Global Exhibition On Services- 2018 in Mumbai ?
Ans-Ram Nath Govind
President Ram Nath Kovind has inaugurated the 4th edition of Global Exhibition on services in Mumbai. He has also released the logo for Services and launched the portal.25 Indian states and around 100 countries are expected to participate in Global Exhibition on Services, this year, with 625 exhibitors and 500 overseas delegates.
Q-Which IIM Institute Launched Bharat Inclusive Initiative ?
IIM-Ahmedabad’s Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) has launched a Bharat Inclusion Initiative to build knowledge and foster innovation and entrepreneurial activity across areas such as financial inclusion, livelihood, education and health. CIIE at IIM Ahmedabad helps entrepreneurs turn ideas into viable businesses.
Q-The world’s second oldest rock has discovered from which district of Odisha?
Scientists have discovered the world’s second oldest grain of magnetic zircon from the Singhbhum rock at the Champua in Kendujhar district of Odisha. The zircon is a mineral that contains traces of radioactive isotopes. It is an estimated that the magnetic zircon in the rock is 4, 240 million years old that will offer fresh clues about the earth’s origins.
Q-Which Telecom Company Completes Acquisition Of Telenor India ?
The government has approved the merger of the local unit of Norway’s Telenor with Bharti Airtel, clearing the last hurdle for the deal to go through. The Department of Telecom (DoT) had transferred all licences and liabilities of Telenor India to Bharti Airtel. Airtel will begin integrating Telenor India’s operations across seven circles- Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Gujarat, UP (East), UP (West) and Assam.
IMPORTANT INTERNATIONAL NEWS:
Q-India and Malaysia joint military exercise begins in Malaysia named?
Ans-HARIMAU SHAKTI 2018
The first ever bilateral joint military training exercise HARIMAU SHAKTI 2018 between India and Malaysia began in dense forests of Sengai Perdik, Hulu Langat, Malaysia.The exercise will be held from 30 April 18 to 13 May 2018.
Q-Who will launch its first mission to study deep interior of Mars?
NASA will launch its first-ever mission InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) to study the deep interior of Mars on May 5, 2018. It will be launched from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California aboard United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket.
Q-9th India-Japan Energy Dialogue held in ?
The 9th India Japan Energy Dialogue was held in New Delhi. Both countries issued Joint Statement at the conclusion of the meeting, agreeing to work together for energy security, energy access and climate change issues.The meeting was chaired by Minister of State (MoS) for Power and New & Renewable Energy R.K Singh and Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Hiroshige Sekosigned.
Q-India, US hold round 3 of Maritime Security Dialogue in ?
India and United States held the third round of the India-US Maritime Security Dialogue in Goa from April 30 to May 1, 2018 focussing on cooperation and developments in the Indo-Pacific region.
Q-India ranks ——— in the FDI Confidence Index 2018?
India was ranked 11th position in the FDI Confidence Index 2018 released by global consultancy firm A T Kearney.It has slipped by three notches in 2018 as it was ranked 8th in 2017 and 9th in 2016.
Top 10 countries in FDI Confidence Index 2018 are United States (1st), Canada (2nd), Germany (3rd), United Kingdom (4th), China (5th), Japan (6th), France(7th), Australia (8th), Switzerland (9th) and Italy (10th).
Q-India emerges as ——- largest military spenders in 2017 as per SIPRI?
According to the recently released report of Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), India has emerged as fifth largest military spender in 2017. India had spent $63.9 billion on defence in 2017, an increase of 5.5% compared with 2016 when it was in the sixth spot overall.
Q-Which country launched APSTAR-6C communication satellite?
China successfully launched “APSTAR-6C”, a new communication satellite into orbit. It was launched onboard of Long March-3B carrier rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center. This was overall 273rd mission of Long March rocket series. Both satellite and rocket were developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.
Q-Which country hosted the 12th informal meeting of SAARC finance Ministers?
The 12th informal meeting of SAARC Finance Ministers was held in Manila, Philippines on May 4, on the sidelines of the 51st Annual Meeting of Asian Development Bank (ADB). The meeting was attended by the Finance Ministers / Heads of Delegations from the SAARC member states. Finance Minister of Nepal Yuba Raj Khatiwada chaired the meeting.
Q-Which country to host the 15th Asia Media Summit (AMS-2018)?
The 15th Asia Media Summit (AMS-2018) will be held in New Delhi on May 10-12 with theme “Telling our Stories- Asia and More”. The summit will provide a unique opportunity for broadcasters in Asia to share their thoughts on broadcasting and information.
Q-Which country’s state Surpasses UK to Become World’s 5th Largest Economy?
US state California’s economy has surpassed that of the UK to become the world’s fifth largest, according to new federal data released. With a GDP of $2.7 trillion, California is now only behind the US, China, Japan and Germany.
Q-Which Country To Host World Robot Conference?
The 2018 World Robot Conference (WRC) will be held in Beijing, China in August 2018. The event will see over 12,000 competing teams and 50,000 participants from more than 10 countries and regions.
Q-CBDT notifies Protocol amending DTAA between India and ?
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has notified protocol to amend existing Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) between India and Kuwait.The DTAA between both countries was signed in June 2006 for the avoidance of double taxation and for prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes.
Q-The third edition of United Nations Peacekeeping Course for African Partners (UNPCAP) was held in ?
The third edition of United Nations Peacekeeping Course for African Partners (UNPCAP) was held in New Delhi from May 7 to 25, 2018.he course was conducted by Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping in India (CUNPK) in partnership with United States.
Q-September 2019 Climate Summit to be Held in ?
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced to hold a climate summit in September 2019 in New York to review the commitments of the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
Q-Which country Launched Gaofen-5 to Monitor Air Pollution?
China has successfully launched a hyperspectral imaging satellite ‘Gaofen-5’ for comprehensive observation of the atmosphere, including air pollution which is one of the country’s major problems. The Gaofen-5 satellite was launched off the back of a Long March 4C rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center.
Q-India slips to———-position on Global Optimism Index in first quarter of 2018 ?
India was ranked 6th on Global Optimism Index released as part of Grant Thornton’s International Business Report (IBR) in the first quarter of 2018.The top five nations are Austria, Finland, Indonesia, the Netherlands and US. India with a score of 89 was ranked at the sixth place in the index.
Q-India ranks ——- in Asia-Pacific region in Asia Power Index?
India was ranked fourth out of 25 nations in Asia-Pacific region in the inaugural Asia Power Index released by Australian think tank Lowy Institute.It measures overall power of countries and territories in Asia-Pacific region.
Q-India to grow ——–in 2018 IMF’s Asia & Pacific Regional Economic Outlook report?
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its Asia and Pacific Regional Economic Outlook report has reaffirmed that India will be the fastest growing major economy in 2018, with growth rate of 7.4% and 7.8% in 2019.
Q-NASA and ——– Team Up to Make Flying Cars a Reality?
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) signed a space act agreement with Uber Technologies to explore concepts and technologies related to Urban Air Mobility (UAM) for future air transportation such as flying cars in populated areas.
Q-President Donald Trump withdraws US from ——– country nuclear deal?
United States President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew US from historic 2015 Iran nuclear deal or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) deal signed between Iran and P5+1 countries. It also re-imposed sanctions on Iran that were lifted by the JCPOA.
Q-Walmart Buys ———- company in World’s Largest e-Commerce Deal?
US-based retail giant Walmart has confirmed that it will buy 77% stake in India’s largest e-commerce startup Flipkart for $16 billion. Walmart bought the stake in Flipkart for 16 billion dollars.
Q-India and which country Agree on Information Exchange for Drug Control?
Ans- Sri Lanka
India and Sri Lanka agreed on cooperation on exchange of information and other aspects to tackle smuggling of drugs in both countries.A decision to this effect was taken at the third bilateral meeting between delegations from India’s Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and Sri Lanka’s Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) on narcotics, drugs and psychotropic substances and related matters in New Delhi.
Q-SCO Tourism Ministers’ Conference Held in Which Country?
The Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism and Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, K. J. Alphons attended the Tourism Ministers’ conference by Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Wuhan, China.
Q-China’s Alibaba Buys Which Country’s e-Commerce Firm Daraz?
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba had purchased leading Pakistani online retailer ‘Daraz’, continuing its overseas expansion by gaining a foothold in the growing South Asian consumer market.
Q-India Pavilion Inaugurated at Cannes Film Festival 2018 held in ?
The inaugural session of the Indian Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival 2018 was held at Cannes, France. It was hosted by noted actor Sharad Kelkar.
A meeting between the Indian delegation and Ms. Isabelle Giordano, Director General, Unifrance, M. Loic Wong, Director of International Department, CNC, France was held to explore co-production opportunities between India and France.
Q-Which aerospace company Launched Most Powerful Falcon 9 Rocket ?
The California-based aerospace company, SpaceX has blasted off its most powerful Falcon 9 rocket, which is certified to carry humans to space later this year.The Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket’s main goal for its maiden mission is to propel the first high-orbit communications satellite for Bangladesh, called Bangabandhu Satellite-1.
Q-Who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)?
Ans-Pawan Kumar Agarwal
Pawan Kumar Agarwal, a 1985-batch IAS officer of West Bengal cadre, has been given 3 months extension beyond May 15, 2018 as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). He was appointed as the CEO of the FSSAI in December 2015.
The FSSAI is an autonomous body established under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. It is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety.
Q-Who has taken charge as the new Minister of Information and Broadcasting (I&B)?
Rajyavardhan Rathore has taken charge as the new Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) on May 15, 2018. He replaced Smriti Irani. Mrs Irani will now only hold the portfolio of Minister of Textiles. A communique from the office of President Ram Nath Kovind said, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has been given an additional charge of Ministry of Finance and Minister of Corporate Affairs
Q-India, and which country agreeto expand their partnership for socio-economic development?
India and Nepal have agreed to expand their partnership for socio-economic development on the basis of principles of equality, trust, respect and mutual benefit.
In a joint statement issued after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day visit to Nepal. Mr. Modi and his Nepalese counterpart KP Sharma Oli emphasized the need for the regular convening of bilateral mechanisms to review the overall state of bilateral relations.
Q-Dharmendra Pradhan, and Which Country’s Minister Flag Off 1st Consignment of ADNOC Crude For India?
Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and UAE Minister of State & Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) Group CEO Dr. Sultan Al Jaber flagged off the first consignment of 2 million barrels of ADNOC crude for Mangalore Cavern.
Q-Which International Organisation Launched ‘REPLACE’ To Eliminate Trans Fat In Foods By 2023?
The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a comprehensive plan to eliminate industrially-produced artificial trans fats from the global food supply by 2023. WHO calls on governments to use the ‘REPLACE’ action package to eliminate industrially-produced trans-fatty acids from the food supply.
Q-China approves ——- billion loan for Sri Lanka expressway?
China has approved a USD 1 billion loan to revive a long-delayed expressway in central Sri Lanka.
Q-Which of the following is China’s first home-built aircraft carrier that recently started sea trials?
China’s first domestically developed aircraft carrier “Type-001A” has recently started sea trials. The aim of trials is to demonstrate the reliability and capability of the ship’s propulsion systems.
Q-Who has been chosen for the 2018 RedInk award for lifetime achievement in journalism?
Ans-William Mark Tully
Sir William Mark Tully, the veteran British journalist and former BBC India correspondent, has been chosen for 2018 RedInk award for lifetime achievement in journalism. Tully worked with the BBC for 30 years before resigning in July 1994.
IMPORTANT APPOINTMENT NEWS:
Q-Who has been appointed as new chairman of IRDAI?
Ans-Subhash Chandra Khuntia
The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has appointed former chief secretary of Karnataka, Subhash Chandra Khuntia as new chairman of Chandra Khuntia as new chairman of Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI).
Q-Who has become the principal director general of the Press Information Bureau (PIB)?
Sitanshu Kar, a 1983-batch Indian Information Service (IIS) officer, has become the principal director general of the Press Information Bureau (PIB). He succeeded Frank Noronha, who had held the post since 2014.
Q-Who has been appointed the new chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament?
Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, an MP from Gulbarga (Karnataka), has been re-appointed chairman of the 22-member Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament for its fresh term starting on May 1.
Q-Who has been sworn-in as the acting governor of Manipur?
On May 2, Jagdish Mukhi has been sworn in as the acting governor of Manipur by the Acting Chief Justice of Manipur High Court, Justice N Kotiswar Singh. As per the official release, Mukhi, who is the governor of Assam and Meghalaya, will hold office in the absence of Governor Najma Heptullah.
Q-Facebook Appoints Product Executive ————- to Take Over WhatsApp?
Facebook has announced that the company’s Vice President of Product Chris Daniels will be taking over Whatsapp after Co-founder Jan Koum announced his departure, recently.
Q-Who has been appointed to ICICI Bank’s board as an Additional (Independent) Director?
Radhakrishnan Nair, the former IRDAI member, has been appointed to ICICI Bank’s board as an Additional (Independent) Director. His appointment will be for a period of five years and is subject to shareholders’ approval.
Q- Who was Sworn-In as Russian President for 4th term ?
Vladimir Putin was sworn-in as the President of Russia for the fourth time, renewing another six-year term in office.Putin, who has ruled the country as either President or Prime Minister since 1999, won the presidential elections in March with over 76% of the votes.
Q-Who has been appointed the new Cabinet Secretary of India?
Ans-Pradeep Kumar Sinha
Pradeep Kumar Sinha, a 1977-batch IAS officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre, has been given one year extension to the post of Cabinet Secretary. With this, he will continue as cabinet secretary till June 12, 2019 as against his current retirement date of 12th June 2018.
Q-Who has been named the new Prime Minister of Armenia?
Nikol Pashinian has become the new Prime Minister of Armenia ,when a Parliament dominated by his political foes elected him by a 59-to-42 vote.
Q-Who has been sworn-in as the new President of Costa Rica?
Journalist Carlos Alvarado has been sworn-in as the new President of Costa Rica on May 8, 2018. In April 2018, he won the presidential election (second round) with 61% votes. Alvarado swept to victory against conservative Protestant singer Fabricio Alvarado Munoz. At 39, Alvarado is the country’s youngest president in modern history.
Q-Who has been appointed as the country head for Google Cloud business in India?
Google has appointed Nitin Bawankule as the country head for its cloud business in India. He will take over from Mohit Pande who has quit the company. Bawankule will report to Rick Harshman, Managing Director of Asia Pacific, Google Cloud.
Q-Who has become the new Prime Minister of Malaysia?
Ans-Mahathir bin Mohamad
Mahathir bin Mohamad has become the new Prime Minister of Malaysia on May 10, after scoring a historic victory at the 14th general election 2018. With this, 92-year old Mahathir became the oldest living Prime Minister of Malaysia and the world’s oldest head of government.
Q-Who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)?
Ans-Pawan Kumar Agarwal
Pawan Kumar Agarwal, a 1985-batch IAS officer of West Bengal cadre, has been given 3 months extension beyond May 15, 2018 as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). He was appointed as the CEO of the FSSAI in December 2015. The FSSAI is an autonomous body established under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. It is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety.
Q-Who has taken charge as the new Minister of Information and Broadcasting (I&B)?
Rajyavardhan Rathore has taken charge as the new Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) on May 15, 2018. He replaced Smriti Irani. Mrs Irani will now only hold the portfolio of Minister of Textiles. A communique from the office of President Ram Nath Kovind said, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has been given an additional charge of Ministry of Finance and Minister of Corporate Affairs.
IMPORTANT MOU AND AGREEMENT NEWS:
Q-NITI Aayog ink SoI with which company to develop Precision Agriculture using Artificial Intelligence?
NITI Aayog has signed Statement of Intent (SoI) with IBM to develop crop yield prediction model using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to provide real time advisory to farmers in Aspirational Districts.
Q-NITI Aayog ink SoI with ———to help grow AI ecosystem in India?
The NITI Aayog has signed Statement of Intent (SoI) with search engine giant Google to work together to foster growth for India’s nascent artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) ecosystem,Under the aegis of this program, Google will train and incubate Indian AI startups in accelerator program.
Q-India inks million loan agreement with World Bank for National Nutrition Mission (POSHAN Abhiyan) ?
The Union Government has signed $200 million loan agreement with World Bank for National Nutrition Mission (POSHAN Abhiyan) for 315 districts for 315 districts across all states and union territories.The loan proceeds will be used for reducing stunting in children 0-6 years of age from 38.4% to 25% by 2022 under POSHAN Abhiyan.
Q-Which two country have signed two agreements on exemption of Visas for holders of Diplomatic and Official Passports and in the field of Agriculture?
Ans-India and Panama
These agreements were signed in the presence of Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and President of Panama Juan Carlos Varela Rodrigues in Panama city.It was second leg of Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu’s his first official foreign visit to three countries Guatemala, Panama and Peru to strengthen India’s relations with them.
Q-Gujarat and Which Country signed MoU on Organizing Independence Centenary?
The department of youth and cultural affairs of the Gujarat government will be co-organisers for the centenary celebrations to mark the independence of Poland in Delhi and other parts of the world.
Q-How many states inked MoUs With Centre On Health Protection Mission ?
The states of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana and Uttarakhand agreed to implement the ambitious national health protection mission, which aims to provide an annual coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family.
The four states and the Union Territory of Chandigarh inked MoUs with the Union Health Ministry for the implementation of Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Swasthya Suraksha Mission.Union Health Minister J P Nadda presided over the MoU signing ceremony at a regional workshop for northern states in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.
IMPORTANT DAYS NEWS:
Q-What is the theme of 2018 International Labour Day?
Ans-Uniting Workers for Social and Economic Advancement
The International Labour Day, also known as International Workers Day or May Day, observed every year on May 1 to promote and encourage the international labour associations. The 2018 theme “Uniting Workers for Social and Economic Advancement” motivate workers all over the world to unite for their rights and demand social and economic advancement from the governments and capitalists.
Q-The World Press Freedom Day is observed every year on?
The World Press Freedom Day is observed every year on May 3 to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives while following their profession. The 2018 theme “Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law”.
Q-The 2018 International Firefighters’ Day (IFFD) is observed on which date?
The International Firefighters’ Day (IFFD) is observed every year on May 4 to thank all firefighters for their extraordinary commitment, exceptional courage and for their selfless service.
Q-The 2018 World Cartoonist’s Day is observed on which date?
The World Cartoonist’s Day is celebrated every year on May 5 to honour all those creative ink-stained artists, past and present, the fascinating pieces they have created and the humour they have brought into our lives.
Q-The 2018 World Athletics Day (WAD) is observed on which date?
The World Athletics Day (WAD) is observed every year on May 7 to popularize sports among the youth, to promote athletics as the primary sport in schools and institutions and to encourage and introduce new talent and youngsters in the field of athletics.
Q-World Red Cross Day observed every on?
May 8 is celebrated globally as the World Red Cross Day. The day is celebrated on this day because it marks the birth anniversary of Henry Dunant, founder of the Red Cross and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). World Red Cross Day theme of 2018 is “Memorable smiles from around the world”.
Q-National Technology Day observed every on ?
National Technology Day’ is celebrated across India on May 11 to memorize the anniversary of Shakti, the Pokhran nuclear test held on 11 May 1998. The National Technology Day 2018 theme is “Science and Technology for a Sustainable Future”.The first nuclear test Pokhran with a codenamed as ‘Smiling Buddha’ was carried out in May, 1974.
Q-International Nurses Day observed every year on ?
International Nurses Day (IND) is celebrated every year all around the world on 12th of May to commemorate the birth anniversary of the Florence Nightingale and to mark the nurse’s contributions towards people’s health. The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has chosen the theme “Nurses A Voice to Lead – Health is a Human right” for IND 2018.
Q-The International Day of Families is observed every year on ?
The International Day of Families is observed on the 15th of May every year. In 1993, the General Assembly of United Nations decided that 15 May of every year should be observed as The International Day of Families. This year (2018), the theme for the event is ‘Families and inclusive societies’.
IMPORTANT SPORTS NEWS:
Q-Which Indian boxer has been conferred with the WBC Asia Boxer of the Year Award?
Indian pugilist Neeraj Goyat has been conferred with the WBC Asia Boxer of the Year Award. Neeraj is the current WBC Asia champion in welterweight category. Since turning pro in 2011, Neeraj has won nine fights including two knockouts.
Q-Who Becomes World No.1 in 10m Air Pistol?
Ans-Shooter Shahzar Rizvi
Indian shooter Shahzar Rizvi became the world number one shooter in the 10-metre air pistol category after having won a silver medal at the recently concluded shooting World Cup in South Korea. Russia’s Artem Chernousov is on top spot and Japan’s Tomoyuki Matsuda on second.
Q-Who has been named the Football Writers’ Association (FWA) Footballer of the Year for 2017-18?
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah from Egypt has been named the Football Writers’ Association (FWA) Footballer of the Year for 2017/18. With this, Salah became the first African to be given the accolade after edging out Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne by less than 20 votes in a ballot of more than 400 FWA members.
Q-The sports initiative ‘Star Khel Mahakumbh’ has launched from which state?
On May 4, the sports initiative ‘Star Khel Mahakumbh’ was launched by BJP MP Anurag Thakur and cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar at Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh in the presence of 1,500 athletes. The athletes will compete in volleyball, basketball, cricket, football, kabaddi and athletics.
Q-Hockey India Appoints —————– as Chief Coach of Men’s Team?
Hockey India has appointed Harendra Singh as coach of India’s men’s team, while Sjoerd Marijne will take over as chief coach of women’s side.The decision to change coaches comes on the backdrop of men’s hockey team having a disappointing run at the recently-concluded Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
Q-Wimbledon Champions’ Prize Money Hiked by ———— money?
According to the Wimbledon officials, the 2018 men’s and women’s singles champions will receive £2.25 million, an increase of £50,000 on last year. Lower-ranked players at Wimbledon will enjoy a greater uplift, with an increase of 10% across qualifying and the first to fourth rounds of the singles, boosting the overhaul prize money total to £34 million this year.
Q-Which Indian squash player has won the 2018 Abu Dhabi Open squash title?
Ramit Tandon from India has won the Abu Dhabi Open squash title on May 6, 2018. In an exciting one-hour final in Abu Dhabi, Ramit toppled number one seed Omar Abdel Meguid of Egypt with scores of 11-6, 6-11, 11-3, 11-2.
Q-Which Indian shooter has won gold in the women’s 10m air pistol event at the International Shooting Competitions of Hannover in Germany?
Indian Shooter Heena Sidhu clinched the gold medal while compatriot P Shri Nivetha settled for bronze in the women’s 10m air pistol event at the International Shooting Competitions of Hannover, Germany.
IMPORTANT BANKING AWARENESS NEWS:
Q-What is India’s GDP growth rate for 2018-19, as per latest economic data by Asian Development Bank (ADB)?
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has projected India to remain the fastest growing Asian nation with 7.3% growth in 2018-19, and 7.6% in 2019-20.
Q-RBI Announced ———Crore Bond Purchases via open market operation (OMO)?
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced that it would buy Rs. 10,000 crore ($1.50 billion) of government bonds via open market operation (OMO), after failing to sell all the debt it had offered to bidders.The 10-year government bond yield rose to 7.75% from 7.74% before the auction result was announced.
Q-Which Bank Set to Launch Water-Security Programme?
YES Bank is all set to roll out a capacity building project with farmers in Haryana and Rajasthan under its ‘Livelihood and Water Security’ CSR initiative.The overall focus of the programme would be on sustainable agricultural practices and digital literacy.
Q-Which Payment Bank Introduces Automatic Recurring Payments?
Ans-Paytm Payment Bank
Paytm introduced automatic recurring payments, a new feature that lets users configure the payments app to pay for periodic recurring expenses automatically.
ii. Similar to standing instructions for bank accounts, the ‘My Payments’ feature can be used for high-value payments for a variety of cases.
Q-Which Payments Bank Launched Digital Suite ?
Fino Payments Bank launched a suite of digital products that can be accessed online and through mobile phones with the focus to build the transaction platform. Fino had launched its mobile banking app BPay in 2017.
Q-RBI bars Which Bank from giving fresh loans?
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has barred state-run Allahabad Bank from extending fresh loans, under it’s prompt corrective action (PCA) framework, after the lender fell short of minimum capital adequacy ratio (CAR) requirement.The bank’s CAR was 8.69% as on March 31, 2018 against the regulatory minimum requirement of 9%.
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