Current Affairs – May 31, 2019

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National - Current Affairs - May 31, 2019

Narendra Modi takes oath as PM for the second term

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi took oath for the second time on 30th May after a spectacular victory in the national election a week ago. Over 58 ministers joined him in the swearing-in held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Modi, 68, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by President Ram Nath Kovind at a glittering ceremony at the forecourt of majestic Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Top opposition leaders including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, corporate honchos, film stars, chief ministers, and a galaxy of leaders from Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand , Nepal and Bhutan (BIMSTEC) countries were part of the nearly 8,000 guests at the ceremony.


India Ranked 113 Global Childhood Report

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India finds space at 113 in Save the Children’s “End of Childhood Index 2018” which ranked 175 countries this year against indicators to determine the quality of childhood children have access to.
Ranked at 116 last year, the improvement in India’s overall score by 14 points from 754 to 768 on a scale of 1000, is being attributed to a reduced rate of child marriage. The study, however, puts India in the category of countries characterized by poverty and discrimination against girls.


IAF all-woman crew flies Mi-17 chopper for the first time

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The crew, comprising Flight Lieutenant Parul Bhardwaj (Captain), Flying Officer Aman Nidhi (co-pilot) and Flight Lieutenant Hina Jaiswal (flight engineer), flew a Mi-17 V5 helicopter for a Battle Inoculation Training Mission, taking off and landing from restricted areas at a forward air base in the South Western Air Command.
Flight Lieutenant Bhardwaj hails from Mukerian in Punjab and is incidentally also the first woman pilot to fly the Mi-17 V5. Flying Officer Nidhi hails from Ranchi and is also the first woman IAF pilot from Jharkhand while Flying Officer Jaiswal hails from Chandigarh and is the first woman Flight Engineer of the IAF.


IAF signs MoU with ISRO for crew selection, training for Gaganyaan Programme

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Indian Air Force has signed an MoU with ISRO for crew selection and training for the prestigious Gaganyaan Programme. Air Vice Marshal R G K Kapoor handed over the MoU to R Hutton, Project Director of Gaganyaan Programme.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Independence Day address last year, had announced the launch of Gaganyaan – India’s maiden human spaceflight program by 2022. This program will provide a unique micro-gravity platform in space for conducting experiments and test for future technologies.


Goa celebrates its statehood day on 30th May

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Goa is celebrated its statehood day on 30th May. It was on this day in 1987 Goa became the 25th state of the Indian Union. Before this, Goa, along with Daman and Diu, was a union territory. Statehood helped in shaping Goa’s distinct identity.
Goa became a full-fledged state on May 30, 1987. Goa, which was liberated from the Portuguese on December 19, 1961, which was until then a union territory.


Business - Current Affairs - May 31, 2019

RBI constitutes a committee to review mortgage securitization

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The Reserve Bank of India has constituted a six-member committee on Development of Housing Finance Securitisation Market to review the existing state of mortgage securitization in India and various issues constraining market development and to develop the market further.
The terms of reference of the committee, headed by Harsh Vardhan, Senior Advisor, Bain & Co, will review the regulations relating to mortgage-backed securitization (MBS) currently in place, and make specific recommendations on suitably aligning the same with international norms.


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Admiral Karambir Singh Takes Charge As New Navy Chief

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Admiral Karambir Singh on May 30 assumed charge as the 24th chief of the Indian Navy, becoming the first helicopter pilot to lead the force. He succeeds Admiral Sunil Lanba who retired after a distinguished career spanning over four decades. He is shifting from the Eastern Naval Command. Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain will be taking charge as the new Eastern Naval Commander.


Sports - Current Affairs - May 31, 2019

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

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The 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup, known as the ICC Cricket World Cup England & Wales 2019 began on 30 May 2019 and will continue up to 14 July 2019. The matches will be hosted by England and Wales. Hosts England has defeated South Africa by 104 runs in the opening match of the World Cup at the Oval in London.


International - Current Affairs - May 31, 2019

International Everest Day: May 29

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International Everest Day is being observed every year on May 29. Nepalese Tenzing Norgay and New Zealand’s Edmund Hillary had climbed Mt. Everest on this day in 1953, as the first humans, to achieve the feat.
Nepal decided to observe the day as International Everest Day since 2008 when the legendary climber Hillary passed away. Everest Day on May 29 every year in memory of the first summit of Mt. Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa on the day in 1953.


World No Tobacco Day: May 31

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Every year, on 31 May, the World Health Organization (WHO) and global partners celebrate World No Tobacco Day (WNTD). The annual campaign is an opportunity to raise awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure, and to discourage the use of tobacco in any form.
The focus of World No Tobacco Day 2019 is on “tobacco and lung health.”


Saudi Arabia lifts the export ban on fruits and vegetable from Kerala

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Kerala’s fruits and vegetable exporters have heaved a sigh of relief following the lifting of the export ban by Saudi Arabia after the Nipah virus attack last year. P.E. Ashraf Ali of Pomona Exports, Kozhikode, told that they have received a communication in this regard from the Saudi Arabian authorities during the second week of May that has led to the commencement of direct exports from the three airports in the State. Saudi Arabia is one of the major export markets of fruits and vegetables from Kerala and the presence of large floating population ensures a good volume of business from there.


James Marape sworn as the new prime minister of Papua New Guinea

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A former finance minister, James Marape has been sworn in as the 8th Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea by the National Parliament on 30 May 2019.
His appointment follows the resignation of Peter O’Neill upon having lost the support of the House after more than seven years in power.


Nigerian President Buhari was sworn in for the second term

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Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari took the reins of leadership for another term on 29th May, against a tense backdrop of insecurity and economic uncertainty.
The 76-year-old fought a fierce battle against one of the country’s foremost politicians and former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar to clinch victory in the February vote — a win that is still being challenged by the opposition.


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