1st May 2019 Current Affairs 2019
Daily GK Updates & Current Affairs for Government Exams
May 1: International workers day
International Worker’s Day also known as Labour Day and May Day, is observed on 1st May every year, to promote and encourage the international labour associations.
The theme of Labour Day 2019 is ‘Uniting Workers for Social and Economic Advancement’.
Labour Day provides the Labours their right to work for only 8 hours a day.
India ranks 4th in biggest millitary spender
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s (SIPRI) report said that India is the world’s fourth biggest military spender in 2018. The United States topped the list and it is followed by China and Saudi Arabia.
India was the fifth largest military spender in 2017. France also figures on the list of top five spenders that together accounted for 60% of the global military spending in 2018.
India accounts for 3.7% of the global defence spending. In contrast, India’s military spending went up by 3.1% to $66.5 billion. Beijing increased its military expenditure by 5% to $250 billion in 2018. It accounted for 14% of global military spending.
The SIPRI report comes at a time when India is investing heavily in building its military capability with new fighter jets, warships, helicopters, artillery guns and infantry weapons.
BCCI recommends Bumrah, Shami, Jadeja, Poonam for Arjuna Award 2019
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recommended four Indian cricketers – Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja and Poonam Yadav – for the Arjuna Award 2019.
Bumrah is currently the world number one ODI bowler, while Jadeja is the world number three Test all-rounder.
Shami and Bumrah were also instrumental in India’s first ever Test series win in Australia earlier this year.
Poonam Yadav is ranked second in women’s T20I rankings for bowlers.
Bajrang Punia becomes First Indian Wrestler to fight at New Yorks Iconic Madison Square Garden
Bajrang Punia is set to become the first wrestler from India to fight at the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York.
He is currently the World No.1 in the 65-kg weight category. Bajrang Punia will be up against two-time US national champion Yianni Diakomahlis at the “Grapple at the Garden — Beat the Streets” event. He will be among other top wrestlers selected by American governing body for 6 May 2019 tournament.
American wrestler Kyle Snyder, who won the 97kg title at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and Jordan Burroughs — 2012 London Olympics gold winner — are the other top attractions at the event. Bajrang Punia has eight gold medals from his previous nine international tournaments including last year’s Commonwealth and Asian Games.
Wipro acquired Philippines-based personal care company Splash
Wipro Consumer Care and Lighting (WCCL), the consumer care business of software provider Wipro Ltd, has acquired the Philippines-based personal care maker Splash Corporation for an undisclosed amount to enter the country which has a consumer base of around 100 million.
Splash Corporation is among the top five local companies in the Philippines, where it gets 85% of its annual revenue of around $80 million.
Its product categories such as exfoliants and leave-in hair care range are new for WCCL. With this deal, the Philippines will become WCCL’s fourth largest market, after India, China and Malaysia.
Over the past 15 years, WCCL has bought 11 companies, mostly in Southeast Asia. Its largest deal was in 2007, when it acquired Singapore’s Unza Holdings for about Rs 1,000 crore.
Claire Polosak became the first female umpire to officiate in a men’s ODI
Australia’s Claire Polosak will become the first female umpire to officiate in a men’s one-day international at the ICC World Cricket League Division 2. Polosak stood in the final between tournament hosts Namibia and Oman. The 31-year-old became the first woman to umpire an Australian men’s domestic fixture in October 2017.
Polosak has overseen 15 women’s ODIs and stood in the semi-final of the Women’s World Twenty20 in 2018. She and Eloise Sheridan became the first female umpires to officiate on-field together in a professional match in Australia in last year’s Women’s Big Bash League.
AIFF recommends names of Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and Jeje Lalpekhlua for Arjuna award 2019
All India Football Federation (AIFF) recommended the names of Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and Jeje Lalpekhlua for the prestigious Arjuna award this year.
The federation had been pushing the cases of the two footballers since 2017 but the Arjuna award committee continued to ignore their claims. In 2017, the AIFF recommended the two footballers along with then Indian women`s team captain Bembem Devi but only the last named was conferred with the award. Sandhu and Jeje`s names were sent again last year but they did not receive the approval.
Raheem Sterling named 2019 FWA footballer of the year
Raheem Sterling named the 2019 footballer of the year by the Football Writers’ Association (FWA). The Manchester City and England forward topped the poll of the 400-strong FWA membership as a clear winner, with 62 per cent of the votes.
It was more than 100 votes ahead of Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk. Sterling lost out to Van Dijk in the race for the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) award, but was announced PFA young player of the year.
List of the awardees:
PFA Player’s Player of the Year: Virgil van Dyjk, Liverpool | Vivianne Miedema, Arsenal
PFA Young Player of the Year: Raheem Sterling, Manchester City | Georgia Stanway, Manchester City
PFA Special Achievement Award: Steph Houhgton: Former England and WBA
A 3,000kg of solid waste collected from Mt. Everest under Nepals clean up campaign
A total of 3,000 kg of solid waste has been collected from the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest, since April 14 when Nepal launched an ambitious clean-up campaign aimed at bringing back tonnes of trash left behind by climbers. The campaign seeks to bring back and safely dispose of a total of 10,000 kg of waste.