May 2018 Current Affairs

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May 2018 Current Affairs
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May 2018 Current Affairs

National Current Affairs:

*      Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Netherlands Mark Rutte arrived in India for a two-day official visit. Rutte is scheduled to meet a Business Delegation at Hotel Taj Diplomatic and then participate in the Clean Ganga Event.

*      Queen Maxima of the Kingdom of the Netherlands who is also the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development has arrived in New Delhi on a four-day visit to India.
*      India launched its second IT corridor in China to cash in on the burgeoning Chinese software market. The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) has established one more Sino-Indian Digital Collaborative Opportunities Plaza (SIDCOP) platform in China.
*      Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on a three-nation visit to Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. During his five-day visit, the PM will hold delegation level talks with the leadership of the three countries, on matters of mutual interest.
*      PM Modi and Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte held wide-ranging discussions on bilateral and international issues at the Hyderabad House. The Netherlands has become the 64th signatory member of the International Solar Alliance. PM Modi noted that the first Indo-Dutch Centre of Excellence CoE in Vegetables had started in Baramati, Maharashtra. India also welcomed the Netherlands as the Partner Country for the TechSummit in 2019.
*      In New Delhi, Prime Minister of Netherlands Mark Rutte inaugurated the Indo-Dutch Ganga Forum to take forward an MoU signed between the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, and the Ministry of Infrastructure & Environment of the Netherlands in June 2017.
*      India will be the host country for celebrations of World Environment Day 2018. The theme for this year is 'Beat Plastic Pollution'. The World Environment Day will be celebrated on 5th of June.
*      Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina jointly inaugurate Bangladesh Bhawan at Shanti Niketan in West Bengal. This is the first time in Indian history, that two prime ministers attended a convocation ceremony.
*      Prime Minister Narendra Modi has dedicated to the nation its first smart and green highway, the Eastern Peripheral Expressway at Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh. The 135-kilometer six-lane access-controlled expressway is eco-friendly and has world-class safety features. It envisages signal-free connectivity between Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Gautam Budh Nagar and Palwal. It has been built at a cost of 11,000 crore rupees. It is India's first highway to be lit by solar power besides provisions of rainwater harvesting.
*      Bhubaneswar (capital city of Odisha) becomes the fourth National data centre of National Informatics Centre (NIC) after Delhi, Hyderabad and Pune.
*      Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a day-long visit to Jammu and Kashmir. During his visit, Prime Minister laid down the foundation stone of 'Zojila Tunnel' on the Srinagar-Leh National Highway in Leh. The 14.2-kilometre long Zojila tunnel will be India’s longest road tunnel and Asia’s longest bidirectional tunnel.
*      India's Shivangi Pathak has become youngest women of the country to scale Mt Everest from Nepal side.
*      Prime Minister of The Netherlands, Mark Rutte, will be on a two-day official visit to India with an aim to boost the economic and political cooperation between the two countries.
*      Prime Minister chaired twenty-sixth interaction through PRAGATI. He Reviewed progress of handling and grievance redressal related to post offices and railways.
*      United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has recognised Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) in Kerala as the world’s first fully solar energy-powered airport. CIAL is India’s first airport to be constructed in public-private-partnership (PPP) model in 1999.
*      In the Cabinet rejig, Piyush Goyal to take additional charge as Finance Minister until Finance Minister is under treatment. Smriti Irani to handle only the Ministry of Textiles & Rajvardhan Rathore has been given the charge of Information & Broadcasting Ministry.
*      15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will be held in the holy city of Varanasi in January 2019 with the Indian diaspora having an option to participate in Kumbha Snan & attend the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. This year’s event would be inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi & his Mauritian counterpart Pravind Jugnauth. The theme will be “Role of Indian Diaspora in building a New India”.
*      India surpassed France to become one of the world's five largest military spenders, as per Sweden's Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) Report. India spent $63.9 billion on its military in 2017. The other countries in top five include the US, China, Saudi Arabia, & Russia.
*      India signed a loan deal worth $ 200 million with the World Bank for the National Nutrition Mission (POSHAN Abhiyaan). The loan would help India in achieving its goal of reducing stunting in children 0-6 years of age from 38.4% to 25% by the year 2022.
*      A pact signed between India & Guatemala for strengthening diplomatic cooperation through Respective Foreign Service Institutes in the educational field. The agreement was inked after a meeting between Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu & his Guatemala counterpart, Jafeth Cabrera Franco in Guatemala city.
*      India & Panama signed 2 agreements on the exemption of Visas for holders of Diplomatic & Official Passports & in the field of Agriculture. These agreements were signed during the second leg visit of  Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu to Panama.
*      India has released grant of Nepalese Rupees (NRs) 18.07 crore for river training & construction of embankments along Lalbakeya, Bagmati & Kamla rivers in Nepal. Indian Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri handed over a cheque.
*      In a first, a Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) run by an all-woman team has started operations in Phagwara, Punjab. It was 192nd POPSK in the country, but the first one to be operated by an all-woman team.
*      Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, laid the foundation stone of various projects of the Government of India and Government of Jharkhand, at an event in Sindri. The total cost of these projects is Rs. 27,000 crores.
*      The Gujarat government unveiled its 'Reuse of Treated Waste Water Policy' which aims to reduce the state's dependence on freshwater sources like the Narmada river. The policy will promote the use of treated wastewater and will see the setting up of sewage treatment plants (STP) in all major towns and cities of Gujarat.
*      Himachal Pradesh government will spend 25 crore rupees on renovating and developing the historic British Raj 'Bantony Castle Estate as a major tourist attraction.
*      Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issued an advisory to Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra and the Lakshadweep archipelago over cyclonic storm ‘SAGAR’.
*      Guwahati now has India's first railway station run by solar power. Around 2352 solar modules with a capacity of generating 700 kwp has been set up over the roof of the Guwahati railway station.
*      Goa celebrates its Statehood Day as people’s demand for full statehood was attained on 30th May 1987, when Goa became India’s 25th state. Daman and Diu were separated from Goa and continue to be administered as a union territory.
*      Maharashtra became the first state to provide digitally-signed land record receipts (also known as 7/12 receipts), which would check irregularities & bring in transparency. The 7/12 receipt is the most important document which establishes the ownership of the land & is primarily used by farmers while applying for loans.
*      Madhya Pradesh government launched the country's first Integrated Control & Command Centre (ICCC) for all 7 smart cities of the state, in Bhopal. Bhopal, Indore, Ujjain, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Satna, & Sagar are the seven smart cities under SCM in Madhya Pradesh.
*      Telangana government introduced Rythu Bandhu, a scheme to provide Rs. 4,000 per acre each to land-owning farmers for Rabi & Kharif seasons, & issued special passbooks for them.
*      Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu inaugurated the state’s biggest solar power plant at Energy Awareness Park in the presence of Power Minister Tamiyo Taga in Itanagar. It has a capacity of 1 MW.
*      The department of youth & cultural affairs of the Gujarat government will be co-organisers for the centenary celebrations to mark the independence of Poland in Delhi & other parts of the world.
*      The states of HP, J&K, Haryana & Uttarakhand agreed to implement the ambitious national health protection mission, which aims to provide an annual coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family.
*      Rishad Premji is the chairman of NASSCOM. China Capital- Beijing, Currency- Renminbi, President- Xi Jinping.

International Current Affairs:

*      Guatemala has opened an embassy in Jerusalem two days after the U.S. moved its embassy to the contested capital city.

*      Russia unveiled the world's first floating nuclear power station at a ceremony in the port of the far northern city of Murmansk, where it will be loaded with nuclear fuel before heading to eastern Siberia. Built in Saint Petersburg, the Akademik Lomonosov arrived in Murmansk where it was moored in the port.
*      World Health Organization (WHO) declared Nepal as free from Trachoma, the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness. With this, Nepal becomes the first country in WHO’s South-East Asia Region to eliminate Trachoma.
*      Colombia would be formally joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The announcement was made by the Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. With the move, Colombia will become the first Latin American nation to be a part of the alliance.
*      On the first leg of 3-Nation visit, PM Modi has visited Indonesia. India and Indonesia signed 15 MoUs in the fields of defence, scientific and technological cooperation, railways and health, among others. PM Modi and Indonesian President Joko Widodo in a joint statement also agreed to develop further cooperation in maritime sector for "immense stability" in the region.
*      India has released 33.10 Crore rupees to Nepal towards the cost of two road packages of Birgunj-Thori Road being implemented under Postal Highway Projects in Nepal with Government of India’s grant assistance.
*      As many as 26 countries, including India, will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific, RIMPAC military exercise, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. It is the world’s largest international maritime exercise. 
*      The Dominican Republic & China established diplomatic relations as the Caribbean country becomes the latest nation to dump Taiwan in the face of Beijing's growing influence. With this, Dominican Republic has broken a 77-year alliance with Taiwan.
*      The bilateral trade between India & China through Nathu La border has resumed. The announcement was made by the General Secretary of the Indo-China Border Traders’ Welfare Association, Tenzing Tsepel.
*      India is organising a cultural festival in Egypt to commemorate the 157th birth anniversary of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. An exhibition on the paintings of Tagore titled ‘Rabindranath Tagore: Rhythm in Colours’ will be held in Giza.
*      New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that he would be resigning from office hours after 4 women accused him of physical violence.
*      Israel withdrew from a race against Germany & Belgium for two seats on the United Nations Security Council in 2019-20.
*      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. Guterres appointed former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg as his Special Envoy for Climate Action.
*      President Trump announced US withdrawal from the 2015 landmark nuclear deal with Iran. Mr Trump signed a fresh set of sanctions against Iran & warned countries against any cooperation with Tehran on its controversial nuclear weapons programme.
*      The leaders of China, Japan & South Korea met in Tokyo against the backdrop of historic diplomatic moves by North Korea & a push for the isolated country to give up its nuclear weapons. Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang & South Korean President Moon Jae-in held talks in the first three-way summit in two-and-a-half years.
*      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. The global health body estimates that every year, trans fat intake leads to over 5,00,000 deaths worldwide from cardiovascular diseases.
*      Presently, there are 193-member countries in the UN General Assembly.

Defence Current Affairs :

*      India successfully test-fired the Indo-Russian joint venture BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from a test range along the Odisha coast to validate some new features. It was conducted to validate its “life extension” technologies developed for the first time in India by DRDO and team Brahmos.

*      Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) set the ball rolling for building the next generation defence aircraft, the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA), by extending an invitation to private players in Coimbatore to build a technology demonstrator.
*      Indian Air Force Chief Marshal Birendra Singh Dhanoa left to Israel on a four-day tour of the country. In Israel, the Chief of the Air Staff will be attending a conference on ‘Air Superiority as a Bridge to Regional Stability’.
*      Home Minister Rajnath Singh announced that the family of a paramilitary jawan who dies in action will be given a minimum compensation of one crore rupees.
*      Joint Military Exercise SURYA KIRAN-XIII between India and Nepal will be conducted at Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand. Exercise SURYA KIRAN is a biannual event which is conducted alternatively in Nepal and India.
*      Indian Navy commissioned the IN LCU L54, the fourth ship of Landing Craft Utility MK-IV, into its fleet at Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar.
*      Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, met in New Delhi and accorded approval for the procurement of equipment for the Defence Forces valued at over Rs. 6900 crore.
*      The joint military exercise SURYA KIRAN-13 between India and Nepal began at Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand. The military exercise is a biannual event which is conducted alternatively in Nepal and India every six months.
*      India & Pakistan will be part of a multi-nation counter-terror exercise in Russia under the framework of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in September 2018. It will be held in Ural mountains of Russia & almost all SCO member countries China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan & the new members India & Pakistan will be part of it.
*      Indian Army’s month-long Vijay Prahar exercise concluded in Suratgarh, Rajasthan.
*      President Kovind visited the Army base camp in Siachen, becoming the first President of India to visit the world’s highest battlefield in 14 years.
*      Indian Army has finalised a mega 15,000 crore rupees project under which a range of ammunition for its critical weapons & tanks will be produced indigenously. 11 private firms would be involved in the ambitious project.
*      General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army the Staff released the book 'Across the Bench - Insight into the Indian Military Judicial System' by Lt Gen Gyan Bhushan, former Army Commander & Member 'A', Armed Forces Tribunal, Lucknow Bench.
*      General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff was on an official visit to Sri Lanka.
*      DRDO Chairman- S Christopher, Headquarters- New Delhi.
*      The Border Security Force came into existence on 01 Dec 1965, and Mr K F Rustamji was the 1st chief and founding father.
*      BSF Headquarters in New Delhi.
*      KK Sharma is the present Director General of BSF.

Miscellaneous Topics :

*      Union Minister of Commerce and Industry launched the Intellectual Property (IP) mascot ‘IP Nani’.

*      Minister of State for External Affairs General VK Singh visits North Korea, the first high-level visit from India in 20 years. General VK Singh held talks with his North Korean counterpart and a host of other leaders.
*      Prime Minister Narendra Modi has left on a day-long visit to Russia. Mr Modi will hold an informal summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi. The interaction will be part of regular consultation between the leadership of the two countries.
*      The Fifteenth Finance Commission has constituted a High-Level Group consisting of eminent experts from across the country to examine the strengths and weaknesses for enabling balanced expansion of Health Sector. High-Level Group on Health Sector will have Convenor by Dr. Randeep Guleria, Director, AIIMS (New Delhi).
*      Sangeeta Bahl, a 53-year-old former model, has become the oldest Indian woman to conquer Mount Everest.
*      Film actor Akshay Kumar launched the twin pit toilet technology campaign in New Delhi. The actor appealed everybody to spread the awareness on the issue and make the cleanliness drive more effective. The twin pit toilet technology is an Indian invention that collects defecation for a period of five years and then it turns into a valuable organic compost.
*      Yoga guru Baba Ramdev's Patanjali launched a new swadeshi messaging application called 'Kimbho' to compete with WhatsApp.
*      VP Naidu visited South America's Guatemala, Peru & Panama. Bilateral trade & investments are expected to be mainly discussed during the visit.
*      Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Secretary-General Rashid Kutbiddinovitch Alimov arrived in New Delhi to hold talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj & other Union ministers. Sushma Swaraj will hold a bilateral meeting with Alimov in Delhi.
*      Sushma Swaraj left on a visit to Myanmar. The visit is part of ongoing high-level interaction between the governments of India & Myanmar.
*      PM Modi visited Nepal to take forward the issues of mutual interest & partnership across diverse sectors. This is Mr Modi’s third visit to Nepal as PM. Both the leaders will jointly lay the foundation stone for Arun 3 hydropower project. PM Modi will visit historic Janaki temple. Both the PMs will inaugurate Janakpur-Ayodhya bus service & the inclusion of Janakpur in Ramayana circuit.
*      PM Modi will visit Russia on for an informal Summit with President Vladimir Putin in Sochi city. As per the External Affairs Ministry, this informal Summit is in keeping with the tradition of regular consultations between India & Russia at the highest level.
*      ISRO has developed an atomic clock to be used in navigation satellites. It is supposed to measure precise location data.
*      NASA signed a space act agreement with Uber Technologies to explore concepts & technologies related to Urban Air Mobility (UAM) for future air transportation such as flying cars in populated areas.
*      China 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.
*      California-based aerospace company, SpaceX blasted off its most powerful Falcon 9 rocket, which is certified to carry humans to space later this year.
*      Scientists discovered the fastest-growing black hole known in the universe, describing it as a monster that devours (eats) a mass equivalent to our Sun every two days. The discovery of the new supermassive black hole was confirmed using the spectrograph on the Australian National University (ANU) 2.3-metre telescope to split colours into spectral lines.
*      Telecom Commission approved a proposal for allowing people to make phone calls & use internet services in domestic & international flights in India, with certain riders. Telecom Commission (the highest decision-making body of telecom department) also approved regulator TRAI’s recommendations on internet telephony in its meeting in New Delhi.
*      The government has released the draft of the new Telecom policy named National Digital Communications Policy, 2018. The policy aims at creating 40 lakh new jobs by 2022, attracting 100 billion US dollars investment in the sector & ensuring broadband coverage at 50 mbps for every citizen. It proposes one Gbps connectivity to all Gram Panchayats by 2020 & 10 Gbps by 2022.
*      Cabinet given the approval to accede to the Protocol under WHO Framework Convention on tobacco control to eliminate illicit trade in tobacco products.
*      Minister of Commerce & Industry & Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, attended India- South Africa business summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.
*      15th Finance Commission has constituted an advisory council to advise & assist the commission. The six-member council will be headed by the President of Forum for Strategic Initiatives, Arvind Virmani.
*      A parliamentary panel headed by veteran BJP leader Murali Manohar Joshi decided to study the recovery of black money & performance of public sector banks (PSBs) among a host of subjects.
*      Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh chaired a meeting of the High Level Committee (HLC) in New Delhi for Central Assistance to the States/ UT of Assam (affected by floods during 2017-18), HP (affected by floods/ landslides during 2017-18), Sikkim (affected by floods/ landslides during 2017-18), Lakshadweep (affected by cyclone Ockhi during 2017) & Rajasthan (affected by Kharif drought during 2017).
*      IIM-Ahmedabad’s Centre for Innovation, Incubation & Entrepreneurship (CIIE) has launched a Bharat Inclusion Initiative to build knowledge & foster innovation & entrepreneurial activity across areas such as financial inclusion, livelihood, education & health.

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