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CURRENT AFFAIRS 01 TO 31 MAY

1st May

1)AFSPA continues in Nagaland.

Nagaland is the only state in the N.East India, apart from 8 police stations in Arunachal Pradesh under AFSPA under Home Ministry.

2)15th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas in Varanasi
To be inaugurated by PM Modi and his Mauritian counterpart Pravind Jugnauth.
◆Significance:To remember the favors and contributions made by Non Resident Indians to the welfare and development of the nation.
◆The day commemorates the return of M. Gandhi from South Africa to Mumbai on 9 Jan, 1915.

3)Modi honours Tibetan Institute.
₹360cr. to develop Buddhist circuit in 5 states UP, Bihar, MP, Gujarat, AP

4)25th La-Liga titled claimed by Barcelona, defeating Deportivo La Coruna by 4-2 in the final with Messi’s hat-trick.
5)HDFC launches interactive humanoid Intelligent Robotic Assistant (IRA) to assist branch staff in servicing customers.

6) International Buddhist Conference took place in Lumbini, Nepal.
Participation of representatives from 16 countries.

7)NASA to launch ‘Insight’ , first ever mission to study the heart of Mars on May 5.

2nd May

1)GST receipts crossed ₹1 lakh crore in April, 2018.

2)GAIL signs ₹2000 crore loan pact with SBI for a 15-year term.

3)Telecom panel okays post of ombudsman for resolution of grievances of telecom consumers.

4)Liverpool player Mohammad Salah of Egypt named as the Footballer Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year.

5)Neeraj Goyat is WBC ‘Asia Boxer of the Year’.

6)Gobardhan Yojna launches in Haryana.

7) Harendra Singh appointed new Chief coah of Indian Men’s Hockey team.

8)Shahzar Rizvi ranked World No. 1 in ISSF world rankings.
Won the silver in the 10th Air Pistol event at ISSF world cup in Changwon.

3rd May

1)Cambridge Analytica ceasing operations
The UK marketing Analytics firm has filed for bankruptcy.

2) Investment limit hiked for elderly
Increased limit from ₹7.5 lakh to 15 lakh under ‘Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojna’ for citizen age 60 years and above.

3)ICICI Bank’s board has appointed Radhakrishnan Nair as an additional (independent) director of the bank for five years.

4)14 Indian cities figure in the list of world’s 20 most polluted cities in terms of particulate matter PM2.5 levels in 2016:WHO

5)Justin Langer named to replace Darren Lehmann as Australian cricket coach.

6)Malayalam detective novelist Kottayam Pushpanath passed away at the age of 80 in Kottayam.

4th May

1)India is the 5th largest military spender.
According to the Stockholm Int’l Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
Toppers:US, China, S. Arabia, Russia, India

2) India’s GDP growth rate expected to 7.3% according to BMI Research.

3)157th birth anniversary of Tagore.
The 5-day festival will be held from from May 8-12 in Egypt.
Organised by Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture(MACIC).

4)ONV Literary Prize for M.T. Vasudevan Nair.
Noted Malayalam writer, prize carrying ₹3 lakh and citation.

5)Ajith on board Chennai MIT Mission for drone test.
Madras Institute of Technology appointed Tamil Superstar Ajith as its ‘Helicopter Test Pilot and UAV System Advisor’.

5th May

1)Vice President Naidu to leave for S. America tomorrow.
Maiden foreign tour to the S. American Countries of Guatemala, Panama, and Peru.

2)SEBI extends trade timings for derivatives.
Allowed stock exchanges to extend trading session for future and options(F&O) segment from the current 3:30pm to 11:55pm in the night beginning October 1.

3) Neeraj Chopra broke National record.
Shattered his own National record with 87.43m at the Diamond League, Doha.
Finished 4th in the league.

4)ISSF athletes committee brings out ‘Athletes Handbook’
The Athletes Committee of the Int’l Shooting Sport Federation(ISSF), with the Abhinav Bindra as the Chairman brouh out a comprehensive Athletes Handbook, for the benefit of shooters around the world.

5)Indian skipper Virat Kohli signed for top English County side Surrey, starting in July.

7th May

1) Patanjali become the India’s most trusted FMCG brand in the TRA’s Brand Trust Report 2018.

2) Chattisgarh government decided to recruit transgender in the police force.

3)India ranked 4th in the E & Y’s Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI)

4)First Dolphin Census in Punjab.
Punjab govt. along with WWF-India conducting the first organised census of Indus Dolphins-one of the world’s rarest mammals.

5)’APSTAR-6C’ Communication Satellite launched by China from Southwestern Xichang Satellite Launch Centre.

8th May

1)Design a logo for DGCA, prize ₹60,000.
The Director General of Civil Aviation decided to have an official logo and called for a national competition.

2) India gets $200mn loan for Nutrition Mission from World Bank.
Mission aims at reaching 10 crore beneficiaries, mainly children upto the age of 6 years, pregnant women and lactating mothers and adolescent girls across 325 districts.

3)Vladimir Putin sworn in for 4th term as Russian President.

4)Infibeam to buy arm of Snapdeal.
Ahmedabad-based Infibeam to acquire Snapdeal’s subsidiary Unicommerce in a deal worth upto ₹120 crore.

5)15th ASIA Media Summit In India.
Theme:”Telling Our Stories-Asia and More”
Organised by Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD).

6)Nestle to pay Starbucks $7.15bn for the rights to sell the US Coffee Chain’s products around the World.

7) Australia pledges $34 mn to save Koala population.

9th May

1)100 additional One Stop Centres in various states.
Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD), has formulated a Centrally Sponsored Scheme for setting up One Stop Centres (OSC), to be funded from the Nirbhaya Fund.

2)Van Dhan Vikas Kendras expansion.
Ministry of Tribal Affairs is planning to expand Van Dhan Vikas Kendras in Tribal Districts across the country.

3)Artificial intelligence (AI) setup.
Aiming to foster growth for India’s nascent artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) ecosystem, NITI Aayog and Google have signed a Statement of Intent (SoI).

4)Trump pulls out of Iran nuclear deal.
To begin the process of re-imposing sanctions against Iran that were lifted under the deal.

5) Commission approves modern animal free testing for drugs.
The Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC) replaced the Pyrogen test carried out on rabbits and the abnormal toxicity test carried out on guinea pigs and mice with tests that can be done in test tubes.

6)Balikatan: US and Phillipines Military Exercise
Combat drills in mock urban settings to tain special forces in battling terrorist.

10th May

1)Walmart to buy control of Flipkart.
To pay $16bn for about 77% stake in Flipkart, the biggest ever acquisition in India by a foreign firm.

2) World’s second oldest rock named Magmatic Zircon is from Odisha.
Recovered nearly 8 years ago from Champua in Odisha’s Kendujhar district.
Estimated to be 4,240mn years old.
Published in the Journal Scientific Reports.

3)PM Modi among top 10 on Forbes power list.
PM Modi=9th,
Topped by China’s President Xi Jinping=1st ,
Russian President Vladimir Putin=2nd.

4)Producers’ Price Index:Next Month.
It shall include 10 services, including telecom and railways on an experimental basis.

5)FB appoints Product Executive Chris Daniels to take over Whatsapp after the resignation of Jan Koum.

6) Google names new head of India Cloud Business, Nitin Bawankule=previously head of sales and its e-commerce, retail etc.

11th May

1)92 year old Mahathir Mohammad became the World’s oldest elected leader, new PM of Malaysian.

2)$1bn Israeli Aerospace contract with Haryana.
To setup ancillary units at an aviation hub, which is being setup at Hisar.

3) Arunachal’s biggest solar power plant inaugurated by CM Khandu at Energy Awareness Park in Itanagar.
Capacity=1MW, Investment=₹8.5crore

4) World’s largest Indian flag in Hyderabad.
Unfurled by Jana Sena Party President Pawan Kalyan on the occasion of anniversary of the revolt of 1857.

5) India’s biggest rail bridge(4.94km) on Brahmaputra.
Bogibeel Bridge, India’s longest rail-cum road bridge connecting Dibrugarh to Dehamji district in Assam.

6) Operation Insaniyat:India sends second relief consignment to Bangladesh for displaced Rohingyas.

7)India, Panama signs two agreements.
On exemption of Visas for holders of Diplomatic and Official Passports and in the field of Agriculture.

8)Sixth US-India Aviation Summit: Mumbai
Jointly organised by Ministry of Civil Aviation and US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).

12th May

1)’Ramayan Circuit’ gets a new bus service.
PM Modi and Nepalese PM KP Sharma Oli jointly inaugurated a direct bus service b/w Janakpur and Ayodhya.

2) RBI bars Dena Bank from fresh lending.
Curbs including on hiring, after the lender posts loss for third year in a row, net NPA close to 12%.

3)India’s Uvena Fernandez to officiate as an assistant refree in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France.

4)World University Champion Vinita Bhardwaj and Mukund Agarwal won the gold in mixed air rifle in the Int’l Shooting Competition of Hannover.

5) Musk’s Space-X launches Bagladeshi telecom satellite Bangabandhu-1 on the latest version of its Falcon 9 rocket, dubbed the Block 5 version.
Block 5 Falcon 9=reusable rocket, can do 10 launches, before needing to be refurbished.

14th May

1)ISRO making green propellant.
Environment-friendly propellant to power Satellites & Spacecraft.
To replace Hydrazine rocket fuel.

2)Historian Babasaheb Purandare given ₹5 crore for Shivshrushti Project.
Project proposes a thematic exhibition on the life of Shivaji, costing ₹300 crore.

3) China’s first indigenous aircraft carrier begins sea trial.
Name= ‘Type 001A’ ,set out for the trials from a port in NorthEastern China.

4)Work starts on shifting WPI Base Year to FY18 i.e. 2017-2018.

5)Gold for Gagan Narang.
Bagged Gold in men’s air rifle in the Int’l Shooting Championship, Hannover.

15th May

1)RBI bars Allahabad Bank from fresh lending.
Under the Prompt Corrective Action=lender fall short of minimum Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR).

2)Justin Thomas is the World’s top-ranked golfer, dethroned fellow American Dustin Jhonson.

3)Australian sets fastest summit record.
Steve Plain’s summit in 117 days broke the earlier record of 126 days.

4)Gold for Heena Siddhu, bronze for P. Shri Nivetha in 10m air pistol.

5) Brazilian star Footballer Neymar named France’s Player of the Year Award.

6) Cabinet reshuffle in Modi’s Ministry.
Col. Rajyavardhan S. Rathore replaced Smriti Z. Irani as new I&B Minister.
Piyush Goyal given charge of Finance Ministry till Jaitley recovers fully.

7)China to give $1 billion loan for Srilanka expressway, will link Colombo with Kandy in Srilanka.

16th May

1)Former Attorney General of India Mukul Rahtogi joins Lokpal Selection Panel.

2)Ambika Sharma to head USIBC in India.

3)Shashank Manohar re-elected Chairman of ICC for next 2 years.

4)4th meeting of SAWEN held in Kolkata.
SAWEN=South Asia Wildlife Enforcement.

5)First all-woman Post Office Passport Seva Kendra starts operation in Phagwara, Punjab.

6)Nikkei Asia Prize for Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of Sulabh Int’l.

17th May

1)Indore, the Cleanest city of India: Swachh Survekshan 2018
Best performing states:Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Chattisgarh

2)Homeo body to be revamped:Union Cabinet
Approved an Ordinance to replace the existing Central Council of Homeopathy (CCH) with a board of Governor.

3) Infosys sers up block chain-based trade finance network with seven banks p
Shall increase security and efficiency in the banking sector.

4)48 year old Sherpa Kami Rita scaled Mt. Everest 22nd time, setting the record for most climbs.

5)India is the 3rd largest solar market in the world behind China and US in 2017, a report by Mercon Communications India.

6) BSE is first Indian bourse to get SEC recognition.
To be recognized as a designated offshore securities market (DOSM) by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

18th May

1)Chinese pvt. firm OneSpace launches a 9 metre long suborbital space rocket.

2)New AIIMS setup in Deogarh, Jharkhand.
Under Pradhan Mantri Swasthaya Suraksha Yojna.

3) Guwahati’s Railway Station became the first Indian Solar Powered Station.

4)Atletico Madrid’s third Europa Leauge Trophy.

5) Zimbabwe Cricket names former Indian opener Lalchand Rajput as its Interim Head Coach.

6)Delhi, the most populous city by 2028 in the World:UN

19th May

1)NSE gets US regulator’s exemption for derivatives.
Members without CFTC registration can accept US Funds.

2)Pakal Dul Hydro Electric Project in J&K.
The Pakal Dul Dam is proposed on the Marusdar river, a tributary of the Chenab River in Kishtwar District, J&K.

3)Asia’s longest Bi-Directional Road (14.2km) Tunnel at Zojila Pass.
Connecting Ladakh with Srinagar and the rest of India.

21st May

1)A high tech tiger census in Andhra Pradesh at Nallamalla Hills.
The 3rd phasr of the fourth All-India Tiger Estimation(AITE).

2)Govt. earns ₹1400cr from e-Visa Scheme.
Launched in India, offered to citizens of 163 countries visiting India as tourists.

3)8th Italian Open Title for Rafael Nadal.

4)Rajinder Singh appointed new President of Hockey India.

5)Anil Kumar Jha appointed new Chairman-cum- MD of Coal India Ltd.

6) World’s first floating Nuclear Power Plant named Akademik Lomonosov at port city of Murmansk in Russia.

7)IIT Kanpur sets up India’s first Advisory Centre for Energy Regulation(CER) with the help of Government of UK.

22nd May

1) Arunachal enters India’s Commercial aviation map.
Became the last of the 8 North Eastern states to be on India’s Commercial Flight service map.

2) India’s first all-woman crew to circumnavigate the world returns home.
Led by Lt. Commander Vartika Joshi in INSV Tarini.
Expedition named ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’

3)Nicolas Maduro re-elected for 6-year term as the President of Venezuela.

4)China launches relay satellite to explore far side of moon.
Satellite named ‘Queqiao’ or ‘Magpie Bridge’

5) Haryana’s Shivangi Pathak became the youngest Indian woman to scale Mt. Everest.

6)India to host World Environment Day, 2018.
Theme”Beat Plastic Pollution”

24th May

1) Haryana signs 2 MOUs for revival of Saraswati.
With the help of National agencies like ISRO, National Institute of Hydrology and the Geological Survey Of India.

2)Man Booker Int’l Prize for Polish author Ms. Ogla Tokarczuk for ‘Flights’.

3) Finance Ministry ties up with 40 companies under MUDRA Scheme for extending loans to small entrepreneurs.

4)Pravin Agarwal appointed BHEL Director.

25th May

1)Orissa govt. to setup Mineral Police Stations.
In order to curb rampant theft of minor minerals from different districts.

2)’Clean Air India Initiative’ launched.
Launched by Netherlands PM Mark Rutte.

3)Sheikh Hasina to meet PM Modi in Shantiniketan, Kolkata.
Inauguration of Bangladesh Bhavan.
The two PM’s will attend the annual convocation of the Visva-Bharati University.

4)PM Modi to visit Indonesia, Singapore.
To upgrade ports and airports of Indonesia.
Modi will deliver the keynote address at Shangri La Dialogue on June 1 in Singapore.

5) Lebanon’s Saad Hadri re-elected as PM for third term.

6) Anubrata Biswas appointed MD, CEO at Airtel Payments Bank.

26th May

1)L&T arm bags ₹3191crore order for Dhaka Metro.

2)Surya Kiran-13:India-Nepal joint Battalion level exercise to be held in Uttarakhand from May 30 to June 12, 2018.

3)INSV Tarini team awarded Nari Shakti Puraskar 2017.

4) India’s first National Sports University in Imphal, Manipur: Union Cabinet
Approved in 2014-15 budget

5)4th Edition of Smart Cities India 2018 Expo Underway in New Delhi.
Vision to help develop attractive and safe cities

6)Nepal, 1st country in South-East Asia to eliminate Trachoma:WHO

28th May

1)Indigenously developed RUSTOM-2 drone to be delivered to armed forces by 2020:DRDO

2)US withdraws invitation to Chinese Navy to participate in 2018 RIMPAC maritime exercise.

3)TCS, first company to achieve 7 lakh crore market capitalisation milestone.

4)ASEAN India Film Festival held in New Delhi.
Tagline=”Friendship Through Films”

5)135-km Eastern Peripheral Expressway inaugurated by PM Modi.
Will reduce traffic and pollution in Delhi.

29th May
1) Odisha Police, UNICEF join hands against child abuse.
“Paree Pain Katha Tiye” a state-wide awareness campaign against child abuse.

2)Sudha Balakrishnan appointed RBI’s first CFO.

3) Colombia became first Latin American to join NATO as global partner.

4)UNEP recognized Cochin Int’l Airport world’s first fully solar energy powered airport.

5)Botanist Kamaljit S. Bawa became the first Indian to receive Linnean Medal by Linnean Society of London.

30th May

1)S.C. Sharma, new Director of NAAC(National Assesment and Accrediation Council) for 5 years.

2) Pankaj Saran appointed new Deputy NSA of India.
He is now Ambassador to Russia.

3)HDFC Bank MD Aditya Puri in Barron’s list of top 30 CEOs for the fourth consecutive year.

4)RK Agarwal appointed President of National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission.

5)Coal India’s first thermal power plant setup in Sundergarh.
NTPC Ltd , a joint venture with 49% stake.

6)2018 Int’l Yoga Day will be organised in Dehradun on June 21.

7)Yuvraj Singh awarded the most inspiring icon of the year for Social Welfare by Dadasaheb Phalke Int’l Film Festival.

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