Current Affairs May 16 2019

Current Affairs May 16 2019

National

  1. Advisory Council of the 15th Finance Commission meet
    • Place: New Delhi
    • RBI, Bankers and Financial Institutions were consulted
  1. Lokpal website launched (www. Lokpal.gov.in)
    • Inaugurated by Chairperson Justice Pinaki Chandra Bose in New Delhi
    • It provides basic functioning about the working and functioning of the anti- corruption ombudsman
    • Lokpal is the first institution established under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act 2013
  1. India joins Global initiative to combat extremism Online
    • The initiative named Christchurch call to action
    • Launched in Paris by India, France, New Zealand, Canada and other countries
  1. India had the highest mortality rate among children under five years of age in 2015
    • Research conducted by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, US
    • The research studies were published in the Lancet Global Health
    • It covered 25 states in India
  1. India to host 5th Army International Scout Masters Competition in International Army Games
    • India to host the game for the first time
    • The event is named as Army Scout Masters Competition
    • Even took place in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

International

  1. Two day Nepal- India Franchise investment Expo and Conclave
    • Place: Kathmandu
    • Event organised by Indian embassy in collaboration with the Federation of Nepalese chamber of Commerce and Industries
  1. 11th Joint Consular Committee meet
    • Held between India and Iran
    • Ongoing Cooperation in Consular and Visa Related issues were discussed
  1. Severe drought in North Korea
    • Worst drought in 37 years
    • North Koreans have been surviving on just 300 grams of food a day
  1. Third Round of Foreign office Consultants
    • Held in Delhi
    • Between Indian and Botswana
    • Bilateral relations and Cooperation in development projects were discussed
  1. National emergency over IT threats
    • Declared by US President Donald Trumph
    • To protect computer networks from foreign adversaries
  1. Mint Globetrotter Index notifies Dubai costlier than Delhi
    • Zuirch topped the list
    • Amsterdam is the most expensive city
    • Bali is the cheapest city
    • Index has multifarious categories namely accommodation, Shopping, Market and Food

Science and Technology

  1. Brain waves during sleep strengthen memories
    • Study conducted by Concordia University in Canada and the University of Liege in Belgium
    • Brainwaves called sleep spindles are fast burst of electrical activity produced by neurons during stage 2 prior to deep sleep
  1. LED lighting can damage eye’s retina, disturb natural sleep Rhythms
    • France government run health watchdog confirmed the information
    • Blue light from LED light is photo toxic leading to the loss of irreversible loss of retinal cells and diminished sharpness of vision
    • LED uses only a fifth of the electricity needed in compared to Incandescent bulb
  1. New Vine snake species discovered in Odisha after a gap of 113 years
    • Found in the regions of Similipal, Balasore and Boudh
    • Research published in the Journal of Natural History
    • Zoologists have named the snake species as AhateullaLaundankia of Laudankia
  1. Scientist of Germany found a new bird like Dinosaur AlcmonavisPoeschi
    • Found in Bavaria, Germany
    • Named as AlcmonavisPoeschli
    • The lead author of the study is Oliver Rauhaut
  1. BSE Launched BSE StAR MF app
    • StAR MF is BSE’s Mutual Fund Platform
    • To help mutual funds distributors to accelerate transaction process
  1. Doordarshan launched online Souvenir store on Amazon India
    • Tag line: I am in your DNA, I am your Doordarshan
    • Initiative is to establish a stronger relationship with viewers of Doordarshan Channel

Business& Economy

  1. RBI releases Vision document for E payment system
    • Payment and settlement systems in India Vision 2019-21
    • Theme of the vision : Empowering Exceptional E payment Experience to achieve a highly digital and cash lite society through 4C’s (Competitiveness, Cost- Effectiveness, Convenience and Confidence)

Awards and Honours

  1. Anil Kapoor to be honoured by CEUCC
    • CEUCC- Council of European Chambers of Commerce
    • Honoured for his efforts to protect the right of girls

Sports

  1. 2023 Asian Football Cup
    • To be hosted by China
    • Korea withdraw from the bidding leaving China to be the sole bidder
  1. SRFI- HCL tie up to improve Indian Squash
    • Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI)
    • This was under HCL Squash Podium Programme for both Senior and Junior Level

Appointments

  1. Cyril Ramaphosa re-elected as president of South Africa
    • Belong to African National Congress
  1. Next High commissioner of India to the Republic of Nauru
    • Currently she is serving as the High commissioner of India to the Republic of Fiji
    • She has succeeded VishvasVIduSapkal

Important Days

  1. Sikkim Statehood day : May 16th
    • Greeting was given by President Ram NathGovind
    • Sikkim became a part of India on this day in 1975
  1. International Day of Living Together in Peace
    • Celebrated first time in 2018 may 16th
    • UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) celebrates this day be Releasing doves to symbolize peace
  1. The second International Day of Light
    • Observed by UNESCO ( The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations)
    • Special focus is on – Illuminating Education conference
  1. National Dengue Day : May 16th
    • To create awareness about Viral diseases dengue and its preventive measures

Obituaries

  1. MB Balakrishnan passed away in a road accident in Chennai, Tamilnadu
    • Former South Asian Games Swimming Champion
    • He held a national record in 50 m backstroke at the senior National Championship 2010 in New Delhi
  1. Bob Hawke Passed away at 89 at Sydney, Australia
    • 23rd prime minister of Australia
    • He is from the Labor Party
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