Current Affairs – May 29, 2019

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National - Current Affairs - May 29, 2019

India elected to Executive Board of first UN-Habitat Assembly

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India has been elected to the Executive Board of the first UN-Habitat Assembly. Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in a tweet said the nation’s global clout continues to grow significantly.
The Ministry said, in an extremely proud development, India has been elected to the Executive Board of the first UN-Habitat Assembly at the Plenary Session of the Assembly started on May 27 at the headquarters of UN-Habitat in Nairobi.
The special theme for the UN-Habitat Assembly is “Innovation for Better Quality of Life in Cities and Communities”.

 

DRDO successfully test fires Akash-1S surface to air defence missile

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The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Monday successfully test fired the Akash-1S surface to air defence missile system. This is a new version of the missile fitted with an indigenous seeker. Developed by the DRDO, the Akash missile system has the capability to neutralize aerial targets such as fighter jets, cruise missiles, and air-to-surface missiles as well as ballistic missiles.
The Akash-1S is capable of striking down enemy fighter jets and drones very effectively and accurately. The Akash surface-to-air missile was designed to intercept enemy aircraft and missiles from a distance of 18 to 30 km.

 

India’s ranking in mobile broadband speed dips to 121st spot: Ookla’s Speedtest

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India witnessed a dip in mobile speeds in April 2019 with its rank remaining at 68th position in fixed broadband speeds globally and has decreased in ranking to 121 in mobile speeds, Ookla, the company behind Speedtest, said on Monday in updates to its Speedtest Global Index for April 2019.
The April Speedtest Global Index shows Norway at pole position globally for mobile internet with an average download speed of 65.41 Mbps. Singapore takes the top spot for fixed broadband with an average download speed of 197.50 Mbps.

 

Madhya Pradesh’s Orchha makes it to the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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The architectural heritage of Orchha town in Madhya Pradesh which depicts the peculiar style of the Bundela dynasty has been included in UNESCO’s tentative list of world heritage sites following a proposal sent by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to the U.N. body.
Orchha is situated on the banks of the Betwa river. It is located around 80 km away from Tikamgarh district in Madhya Pradesh and 15 km from Jhansi of Uttar Pradesh. Orchha was built by king Rudra Pratap Singh of Bundela dynasty in the 16th century. The ancient town is famous for its Chaturbhuj Temple, Orchha fort complex, Raja Mahal among others.

 

25 states miss the deadline for plan on plastic disposal, face Rs 1-cr penalty

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Over 25 state governments may have to pay environment compensation of Rs one crore each for not submitting their respective action plans on systematic disposal of plastic waste to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) as the April 30 deadline set by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has passed by.
The states had to submit action plans by April 30 to the CPCB, failing which they would have to pay the pollution body a compensation at the rate of Rs one crore per month, as per the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order.

 

Govt sets up a tribunal for adjudicating ban on LTTE

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The Centre set up a tribunal for adjudicating whether or not there is sufficient reason to continue the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a fortnight after it extended for five years the proscription of the terror group that was behind the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.
India had banned the LTTE after Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination in 1991. Since then the ban imposed on the group has been extended after every five years.

 

Awards - Current Affairs - May 29, 2019

Statue of Unity features in World Architecture News Awards 2019

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The world’s tallest, the Statue of Unity in Gujarat — constructed by Larsen and Toubro in a record time of 33 months — has been featured in the 2019 World Architecture News Awards.
The prestigious and internationally acclaimed award showcases the best international design in both current and future projects.
The world’s tallest statue stands at 182 meters as a memorial to the contributions of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in the country’s freedom struggle and the role he played in unifying the country into a nation.

 

ICMR head Balram Bhargava wins Dr. Lee Jong-wook Prize for Public Health

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Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Professor Balram Bhargava won the 2019 Dr. Lee Jong-wook Memorial Prize for Public Health at the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva earlier this week. He bagged the award for his achievements as a clinician, innovator, researcher, and trainer.

 

Business - Current Affairs - May 29, 2019

RBI extends RTGS timings for customers, to be effective from June 1

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The Reserve Bank of India has extended the timings for customer transactions through Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) system. With effect from June 1, the RTGS timings for customer transactions (initial cut-off) will be 6:00 pm, instead of the present 4:30 pm.
The RTGS system is meant for large-value transactions and can be used for remitting funds more than Rs 2 lakh. There is no upper ceiling on the value of funds that can be transferred via the RTGS system.

 

Indian Overseas Bank launches ‘Bank on Wheels’ facility

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Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) announced that it has launched ‘Bank on Wheels’ facility in 14 of its lead districts in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, besides Vijayawada. The bank said the mobile van facility will enable the public, especially senior citizens, conveniently get door-step banking facility available at identified locations of the lead districts.

 

International - Current Affairs - May 29, 2019

International Day of Action for Women’s Health: May 28

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The International Day of Action for Women’s Health or International Women’s Health Day is celebrated on May 28 every year since 1987. It is a special day on which women’s health takes a center stage. The main goal of the celebration of this day is to raise awareness on the issues related to women’s health and well being, including Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR).
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), deep-rooted gender inequality makes women and girls disproportionately vulnerable to HIV infection, as well as weakens efforts to prevent AIDS.
Theme 2019: Our Health, Our Rights, Our Lives! Women’s Health Matters

 

Russia Launches world’s largest Nuclear Ice-Breaker Ural

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Russia’s nuclear energy agency, Rosatom launched the nuclear-powered ice breaker Ural at the Baltic Shipyard in St. Petersburg- another step towards ensuring all-year round navigability of the Northern Sea Route.
The 173 meters (568-foot) Ural is equipped with two nuclear reactors on board, capable of generating up to 350 MW combined, allowing the ship to break through ice as thick as three meters. The RITM-200 type reactor makes its world debut on the Ural and on sister ships Arktika and Sibir before Rosatom deploys it in floating and landlocked nuclear power plants.

 

Nobel-winning Physicist Murray Gell-Mann dies at 89

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Murray Gell-Mann, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist who brought order to the universe by helping discover and classify subatomic particles, has died at the age of 89. In 1969, Gell-Mann was honored with the Nobel Prize in Physics “for his contributions and discoveries concerning the classification of elementary particles and their interactions.”

 

Action director Veeru Devgan died in Mumbai

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Veteran action choreographer Veeru Devgan died in Mumbai. He was 85. Mr. Devgan was the father of actor Ajay Devgan. Veeru had worked on 80 films such as Lal Baadshah and Ishq. He even directed Hindustan Ki Kasam in 1999, which starred Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay, and Manisha Koirala.

 

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