12-13 May 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

12-13 May 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

12-13 May 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

1. Mumbai Indians win Record 4th IPL title

  • Mumbai Indians (MI) became IPL champions for the fourth time after defeating Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by one run in a thrilling final in Hyderabad.
  • Last ball dismissal of Shardul Thakur by paceman Lasith Malinga registered a final win for Mumbai over Chennai.
  • Chasing a victory target of 150 set by Mumbai, Chennai Super Kings were restricted to 148 for 7 in stipulated 20 overs.
  • Earlier, Mumbai made 149 for 8 in stipulated 20 overs.
  • CSK Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has become the most successful wicket-keeper in the history of IPL by taking his dismissals tally to 132, surpassing Dinesh Karthik (KKR).
Complete list of Awards at PL 2019:
S. No Award Winner (Team)
1. Man of the Match (Final) Jasprit Bumrah (MI)
2. Orange Cap (Most Runs) David Warner (SH) 692 runs
3. Purple Cap (Most Wickets) Imran Tahir (CSK)- 26 wickets
4. Emerging Player (future star of International Cricket) Shubman Gill (KKR)
5. Stylish Player KL Rahul (KXIP)
6. Perfect Catch Kieron Pollard (MI)
7. Super Striker Andre Russell (KKR)
8. Most Valuable Player (earning more points in the whole season) Andre Russell (KKR)
9. Fair play Award (best spirit of the game throughout the season) Sunrisers Hyderabad
10. Gamechanger of the Match Rahul Chahar (Mumbai Indians)
Source: AIR News

2. Novak Djokovic wins 2019 Madrid Open title

  • Top seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia has won the 2019 Madrid Open title at the Park Manzanares in Madrid, Spain.
  • He defeated Tsitsipas (Greece) 6–3, 6–4 in the final.
  • Djokovic tied Nadal's record with 33 Masters 1000 singles titles.
  • Dutch Kiki Bertens beat two-time Madrid Open champion Simona Halep (Romania) 6-4, 6-4 to take the women's title.
Note:
  • The 2019 Madrid Open is a professional tennis tournament (sponsored by Mutua) played on outdoor clay courts at the Park Manzanares in Madrid, Spain (from 3 May–12 May 2019).
  • It is classified as an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event on the 2019 ATP World Tour and a Premier Mandatory event on the 2019 WTA Tour.
Source: AIR News

3. Pakistan Sana Mir becomes highest wicket-taking spinner in ODI

  • Pakistan’s off-spinner Sana Mir has become the highest wicket-taking spinner in women’s One-day International (ODI) history.
  • She claimed her 147th ODI wicket in her 118th appearance.
  • Currently, Mir is placed on the third position in the ICC’s ODI bowling ranking, which is topped by Indian pacer Jhulan Goswami (218).
Source: Gulf News

4. Indian racer Jehan Daruvala wins an inaugural round of FIA Formula 3 Championship

  • Indian racer Jehan Daruvala (20-years) has won the inaugural round of the FIA Formula 3 Championship, one of the support events to Formula One in Barcelona.
  • The all-new FIA F3 Championship was created by merging the erstwhile GP3 Championship and FIA F3 European Championship, resulting in an ultra-competitive 30 car grid.
  • Jehan is the only Indian to win a Grand Prix when he won the New Zealand Grand Prix and later went on to become the only Indian to win a race in the erstwhile FIA F3 European Championship, which used slower cars.
  • Earlier this year, Jehan was selected by Prema Racing, one of the world's most successful Junior Racing teams' to drive for them in this year's new, FIA F3 Championship.

Important Dates

5. 11th May: World Migratory Bird Day

  • The World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is being observed across the world on the second weekend in May to raise awareness and highlight the need for the protection of migratory birds and their habitats.
  • This year, WMBD is being observed on 11th May.
  • It has a global outreach and is an effective tool to help raise global awareness of the threats faced by migratory birds, their ecological importance, and the need for international cooperation to conserve them.
Source: UN.Org

6. 12th May: International Nurse day

  • International Nurses Day (IND) is an international day celebrated around the world on 12th of May every year to mark the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale.
  • Florence Nightingale (the foundational philosopher of the modern nursing) was born on 12th of May in 1820.
  • The theme of 2019 is “Nurses – A Voice to Lead – Health for All."
Source: UN. Org

7. 12 May: Mother’s Day

  • Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of every May (12th May 2019) to honour motherhood and pay homage to mothers who have and continue to inspire us all.
  • It is believed that the bond between a mother and her child is the strongest, and Mother’s Day appreciates the same.
Source: UN. Org
International Affairs

8. WTO ministerial meeting of developing countries begins in Delhi

  • Today, The World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial meeting of developing countries has begun in New Delhi.
  • The Two-day meeting will provide an opportunity for the Ministers to discuss various issues and the way forward.
  • Sixteen developing countries and six Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are participating in the meeting.
  • The Director-General of WTO Roberto Azevedo is also participating in the meeting.
  • The meeting is an effort to bring together the developing and the Least Developed Countries on one platform to share common concerns on various issues affecting the WTO and work together to address the issues.
Source: AIR News

9. The US approves dengue vaccine Dengvaxia

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced to approve the first vaccine for dengue, ‘Dengvaxia’.
  • FDA has also placed significant restrictions on its use because the vaccine has been shown to put some people at heightened risk.
  • Dengvaxia is produced by the French pharmaceutical firm Sanofi Pasteur.
  • It can be only given to the people aged 9 to 16 who live in areas where dengue is endemic and who are shown by lab testing already to have been infected with the disease.
  • The Philippines, which became the first country to approve it in 2016, was also the first to ban it in February this year over safety concerns.
Source:  The daily star

10. World’s 1st complete parent-wise genome for buffaloes developed

  • The National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) has developed the world’s first complete parent-wise genome assembly called “NDDB_ABRO_Murrah” of riverine buffaloes.
  • This comes after the successful launch of INDUSCHIP, a customized genotyping chip for indigenous cattle and their crosses.
  • Buffaloes contribute more than 50% to the total milk production in India which is the world’s largest milk producer.
  • The development of genome assembly will help in improving the genetics of the buffaloes and enhancing their productivity further.
Source: The Business Line
Banking and Finance

11. BharatPe launches India’s first UPI Bahi Khata for merchants

  • India's first Fintech start-up ‘BharatPe’ has announced its foray into merchant services with a new app.
  • ‘BharatPe’ enabling payments for merchants through interoperable UPI QR codes,
  • The app allows merchants to record their cash/credit (Udhar) sales customer wise, request accounts receivable from customers via SMS payment links, and keep track of accounts payable to suppliers, among other services.
  • The BharatPe app also serves as a networking platform for merchants to connect with other BharatPe merchants near them.
  • Prominent features on BharatPe's app for merchants include UPI Khata (Ledger), Managing Supplier Bills, Cashback, Settlements and Refer and Earn.
Source: Business Standard
Obituaries

12. Bhojpuri Singer & Padma Shri awardee Hiralal Yadav passes away

  • The veteran Bhojpuri vocal artist Hiralal Yadav (93-years) passed away in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
  • He was a well-known Bhojpuri folk singer from the ‘Birha’ genre.
  • In January 2019, He received the Padma Shri award.
  • In 2015, he was felicitated with the Yash Bharti award for his contribution in the field of music.
Source: Times Of India
  Appointment

13. Professor Tijjani Bande announced as UN General Assembly President

  • Nigerian Professor Tijjani Mohammad Bande has been appointed as the new President of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
  • His appointment was announced by María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, outgoing president of UNGA at a press conference in Abuja.
  • Bande is the permanent representative of Nigeria to the UN.
  • He holds an M.A in Political Science from the Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA (in 1981) and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto, Canada (in 1987).
  • He was the Vice-Chancellor of Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, between 2004 and 2009.
Source: Daily Post

14. Actress Dia Mirza appointed as SDGs advocate by UN

  • Indian actress Dia Mirza (38-years) has been named as one of the 17 advocates for the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by United Nations.
  • The new group of ‘SDG Advocates’ appointed by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
  • It will be committed to raising awareness, inspiring greater ambition and pushing for faster action on the SDGs, which were adopted by world leaders on September 25, 2015.
  • The SDG Advocates will be co-chaired by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (President of Ghana) and Erna Solberg (Prime Minister of Norway).
  • Jack Ma (Alibaba Group founder and Executive Chairman) has been an SDG Advocate since 2016.
Source: AIR News

15. Subhash Chand appointed next ambassador of India to the State of Eritrea

  • Shri Subhash Chand has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the northeast African country Eritrea.
  • Currently, Mr.  Subhash Chand is the Deputy High Commissioner in the High Commission of India, Abuja.
  • Eritrea shares borders with Ethiopia, Sudan and Djibouti.
  • The Asmara (capital city) is known for its Italian colonial buildings, like St. Joseph's Cathedral, as well as art deco structures.
Note:
  • Ambassador an important official who works in a foreign country representing his or her own country there, and who is officially accepted in this position by that country.
Source: Africa News
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