12th May Current Affairs 2019
Daily GK Updates & Current Affairs for Government Exams
International Nurses Day is celebrated on 12 May
International Nurses Day (IND) is an international day observed around the world on 12 May of each year, to mark the contributions that nurses make to society. It was first observed in 1965. ICN commemorates this important day each year with the production and distribution of the International Nurses’ Day (IND) resources and evidence. The theme for the year 2019 is “Nurses: A voice to lead – Health for All”.
Indian Navy joins Group sail in South China Sea
12 May 2019 Current Affairs: Two Indian Navy ships INS Kolkata and INS Shakti carried out a six-day long ‘Group Sail’ with naval ships in the South China Sea (SCS). The exercise was held from 3rd May to 9th May.
The Group Sail was aimed at deepening the existing partnership and fostering mutual understanding among participating country’s navies. Four countries namely, US, India, Japan, and the Philippines participated in the naval exercise.
Six Naval combatants from participating countries included India’s INS Kolkata (Guided Missile Destroyer) and INS Shakti (Fleet Support Ship), Japna’s JMSDF Izumo (Helicopter Carrier) and JMSDF Murasame (Guided Missile Destroyer), Philippines’s BRP Andres Bonifacio (Frigate and offshore patrol vessel) and USA’ USS Williams P. Lawrence (Arleigh Burke Class guided Destroyer).
The exercise included formation exercises, communication drills, passenger transfers, cross-deck flying, replenishment runs, and exchange of Sea Riders. It showcased India’s commitment to enhance interoperability with like-minded countries for ensuring a safe maritime environment.
Fifteenth Finance Commission hold meetings with Eminent Economists
12 May 2019 Current Affairs: 15th Finance Commission held a two-day meeting with eminent economists, top executives of leading banks at RBI headquarters in Mumbai.
Addressing the media today Chairman of Finance Commission Mr N.K. Singh said that last two days meeting with top economists, Panel of experts from RBI and bankers, the Finance commission explored issues pertaining to state leadership, development, better governance and its connection with the market mechanism.
Mr Singh the experts also discussed on the future of Centrally Sponsored Schemes-CSSs and attempts by which rationalization and simplification were done in the past and overall situation at present.
The obligation for the recapitalization of Prompt Corrective Actions of Public Sector Banks is upon the Central Government; hence the action would be taken only upon a Memorandum is submitted by the Union Government.
The panel expected that the Centre and states would conform to the targets stipulated in their respective Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Acts. He added that the experts unanimously agreed that the quality of the budget needs to improve.
UN Report stated that the Royal Bengal Tigers may not survive Climate Change
12 May 2019 Current Affairs: Recent UN report said that Climate change and rising sea levels may eventually wipe out The Sundarbans, which is one of the world’s last and largest tiger strongholds. The report rely on climate change scenarios was developed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for its simulation models.
MIT developed a system that tracks health from bounced back radio signals
12 May 2019 Current Affairs: MIT scientists have developed a movement-tracking system ‘Marko’ based on wireless radio-frequency signals, which collects health and behaviour data after the signals bounce off a human. The system is trained using sensors worn by users for a few days.
The system is originally based on algorithms that detect changing reflections and associate them with specific individuals. The system then checks whether each individual’s movement around a digital floor plan. Comparing their movement patterns, scientists can get insights on how people interact with each other and the environment.
Scientists describe the system and its real-world use in six locations: two assisted living facilities, three apartments inhabited by couples, and one townhouse with four residents. The case studies demonstrated the system’s ability to distinguish individuals based solely on wireless signals, and revealed some useful behavioral patterns.
Facebook Chooses London As Base For WhatsApp Payments
Facebook chosen London as the centre for the global roll-out of WhatsApp pay, before the social media giant launches its digital payments service on the mobile messaging platform in India. WhatsApp would hire nearly 100 people in London to focus on the digital payments service and additional operations staff would be hired in Dublin. Facebook chose UK because it attracts a multicultural workforce from many of the countries where WhatsApp is widely used, such as India.
Human rights groups urge Sri Lanka to protect asylum seekers
12 May 2019 Current Affairs: Sri Lanka to protect asylum seekers and not deport them following the Easter Sunday attacks.
In a joint appeal, the organizations raised concerns over the safety of the refugees and asylum seekers saying they have been unfairly targeted and displaced after the attacks, with landlords under local pressure to evict them from their homes. 1,200 people from Pakistan and Afghanistan have fled their homes due to the fear, threats and intimidation they experienced in their neighbourhoods.
The appeal signed by several organisations including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch also urged the authorities to urgently relocate the refugees sheltering in a police station and places of worship to appropriate locations with adequate sanitation, sleeping space, and security. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been bullish on the firm’s push into payments.
Jeff Bezos has unveiled a a new lunar lander spacecraft
12 May 2019 Current Affairs: Amazon entrepreneur Jeff Bezos has unveiled a mock-up of a new lunar lander spacecraft that aims to take equipment and humans to the Moon by 2024. The aim is for Blue Moon to land on the south pole of the Moon, where ice deposits have been found in craters. The water derived from that ice can be broken down to produce hydrogen, which could then fuel up the spacecraft for further missions across the solar system.