11 May 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

11 May 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

11 May 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

1. National Technology Day being celebrated in India

  • The ‘National Technology Day’ is observed every year on the 11th of May in India, acting as a reminder of the anniversary of Shakti.
  • On May 11, 1998, India successfully test fired the Shakti-I nuclear missile at the Indian Army's Pokhran Test Range (in Rajasthan) in an operation led by aerospace engineer and late President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
  • India conducted five underground nuclear tests at Pokhran test range in Rajasthan, on 11th and 13th of May in 1998.
  • The first nuclear test Pokhran with a code-named as ‘Smiling Buddha’ was carried out in May 1974.

Science & Defence

2. NASA to crash spacecraft into an asteroid in 2022

  • The US space agency ‘NASA’ revealed its plan to hit a small moonlet target in a double asteroid system with a spacecraft in 2022.
  • It is its first mission to demonstrate a planetary defence technique.
  • The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) will get one chance to hit its target.
  • The asteroid, called Didymoon or Didymos B, is a moon asteroid around 150 meters tall orbiting a larger body Didymos A.
Source: Indian Express

3. IAF gets first Apache Guardian attack helicopter


  • The first Apache Helicopter AH-64E (I) formally handed over to Indian Air Force (IAF) at Boeing production facility in Mesa, Arizona, USA.
  • The first batch of the helicopters is scheduled to be shipped to India by July this year.
  • The helicopter has been customized to suit IAF’s future requirements and would have significant capability in mountainous terrain.
  • It has the capability to carry out precision attacks at standoff ranges and operate in hostile Airspace with threats from the ground.
  • They have the ability to transmit and receive battlefield picture to and from the weapon systems through data networking
Note:
  • IAF had signed a contract with the US government and Boeing for 22 Apache helicopters in September 2015.
Source: AIR News

National Affairs

4. CBIC organises a meeting of WCO’s Asia Pacific Region in Kochi

  • Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) organised a meeting of the Regional Heads of Customs Administration of Asia Pacific Region of the World Customs Organisation (WCO) in Kochi.
  • India is hosting this meeting in its capacity as Vice Chair of the Asia Pacific region that it assumed on 1st July 2018 for a two-year period.
  • The meeting will take stock of the progress being made in carrying forward the programmes and initiatives of WCO.
  • This meeting is being chaired by Mr Pranab Kumar Das, Chairman, CBIC.
Source:  AIR News

5. SC refuses to regularise 4 lakh contractual teachers of Bihar

  • Supreme Court has refused to regularise the services of nearly four lakh contractual teachers of Bihar and set aside the Patna High Court ruling that they were eligible to get equal pay for equal work.
  • A bench of Justices Abhay Manohar Sapre and U U Lalit allowed the plea of the Bihar government challenging the October 31, 2017 high court order and declined to treat contractual teachers at par with regular educators.
  • The apex court said, Bihar government is justified in having two different streams or cadres for teachers and there has been no violation of the rights of contractual teachers nor has there been any discrimination against them.
Source: AIR News

6. Air India offers hefty discounts on last-minute flight bookings

  • National carrier ‘Air India’ has decided that very last moment available seats within three hours of departure will be sold at a hefty discount.
  • The decision was taken during a commercial review meeting at Air India headquarters.
  • According to Air India Spokesman, Tickets can be purchased from all outlets including Air India Booking Counters, Air India Mobile App, Air India website and Travel Agents.
  • The discount will normally be exceeding 40% of the selling price.
  • The aviation sector prices generally increase steeply closer to the departure and the move by AIR India will be a big boon to the last minute travellers.
Note:
  • Air India Limited is a government-owned enterprise and operates a fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft serving 94 domestic and international destinations, headquartered in New Delhi.
Source: AIR News

7. Konkan Railways signs contract agreement with Nepal to supply two 1600 HP DEMU train sets

  • Konkan Railways Corporation Ltd has signed a contract agreement with Nepal's Department of Railways to supply two 1600 HP DEMU train sets.
  • These trains will be used to operationalise railway link (34 kms) between Jayanagar in India and Kurtha in Nepal.
  • Each train set will comprise of one driving power car, three trailer cars with one air-conditioned, one driving trailer car with standard accessories.
Note:
  • Jayanagar- Kurtha Railway Link has been built by IRCON with Government of India financial grant under India-Nepal Development Partnership programme.
  • The train sets will be manufactured by the Integrated Coach Factory, Chennai.
Source: DD News

Appointments

8. Gates Foundation names Hari Menon as Country Director in India

  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has appointed named M Hari Menon as the Country Director in India effective from May 24.
  • Menon will replace Nachiket Mor, who held this position for the past three years and resigned last month.
  • With an endowment of USD 50.7 billion, Gates Foundation is the world’s largest private philanthropic organisation and has offices in Delhi and Patna.
  • It plays an influential role in India in public policy, funding research and providing aid and grants towards rolling out projects in public health, sanitation, digital financial inclusion, agriculture, and gender equality.
Note:
  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is a private foundation founded by Bill and Melinda Gates based in Seattle, Washington.
  • The foundation is controlled by its three trustees: Bill and Melinda Gates, and Warren Buffett.
  • The primary aims of the foundation are, globally, to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty, and, in the U.S., to expand educational opportunities and access to information technology.
Source: The Economic Times

9. BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta to be new Maharashtra chief secretary

  • BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta (1984 batch officer) will be Maharashtra's new chief secretary.
  • Out-going chief secretary UPS Madan will be the chairman of SICOM and would be also an advisor to chief minister.
  • Meanwhile, Additional chief secretary Praveen Pardeshi will be appointed as the new BMC chairman.
Note:
  • Chief Secretaries are members of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) who are the administrative head of state governments.
  • Chief Secretary considered to be the Chief Executive of the state government and considered to be 'a linchpin' in the administration.
Source: ND TV
Obituaries

10. Acting Guru Roshan Taneja passes away

  • Roshan Taneja (87-years) known as the 'pioneer of method acting' in India passed away in Mumbai.
  • Roshan Taneja trained scores of Hindi film actors like Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Jaya Bachchan and Anil Kapoor
  • He had been training talent first at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune and later at his private school in Mumbai, the Roshan Taneja School of Acting.
Source: The Hindustan Times

11. ITC's longest-serving chairman YC Deveshwar passes away

  • ITC’s longest-serving corporate chief YC Deveshwar (72-years) passed away at a private hospital in Gurugram after a brief illness.
  • Deveshwar stepped down from executive role (on 4th February 2017) but remained as a chairman in a non-executive capacity, spearheaded the diversification of ITC to an FMCG company.
  • In 2011, Deveshwar received India's third-highest civilian award ‘Padma Bhushan’.
  • In June 2018, conglomerate ITC decided to extend the tenure of non-executive chairman YC Deveshwar by another two years from 2020 to 2022.
Note:
  • ITC Limited is an Indian multinational conglomerate company headquartered in Kolkata, West Bengal.
  • The company was renamed as the 'India Tobacco Company Limited' in 1970 and later to 'I.T.C. Limited' in 1974.
Source: The Economic Times
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