21 May Current Affairs 2019
Daily GK Updates & Current Affairs for Government Exams
May 20 observed as World Metrology Day
21 May 2019 Current Affairs: World Metrology Day was observed on May 20, 2019 with a theme “The International System of Units – Fundamentally better”.
This theme was chosen because last year on 16th November 2018, the General Conference on Weights and Measures agreed to revise the International System of Units (SI).
The World Metrology Day was celebrated every year because of the signature of the Metre Convention on May 20, 1875.
May 21 is observed as Anti Terrorism day in India
Every year May 21 is observed as Anti-Terrorism day in India. The day is observed in the memory of former Indian PM Mr. Rajiv Gandhi who passed away on this day. Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated at an election rally near Chennai by a suicide bomber from the LTTE on 21 May 1991. On this day the Centre intends to spread awareness among the people about the danger of terrorism and violence and its effect on the people, society and the country as a whole.
ISRO announced Seven Mega Missions in next 10 years
21 May 2019 Current Affairs: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced to conduct seven Mega Missions for the upcoming 10 years and also prepared a roadmap for the next 30 years.
The seven Mega Missions includes India’s second moon mission Chandrayaan-2, XPoSaT and Aditya L-1.
ISRO categorized its six Mega Missions (excluding Chandrayaan-2) in two broad categories-
Defined Missions: The mission includes XPoSaT and Aditya L-1.
Undefined Missions: The missions which are still in planning stage.
These missions are: Mangalyaan-2, Venus Mission, Lunar Polar Exploration and Exoworlds.
Tripura Gramin Bank received India top three Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) in terms of profit, business and growth
21 May 2019 Current Affairs: Tripura Gramin Bank received India’s top three Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) in terms of profit, business and growth.
Currently India has 46 Regional Rural Bank out of which Tripura Gramin Bank ranked 3rd in the country. Tripura Gramin Bank posted a profit for 7 successive years to Rs 125.45 crore in fiscal 2018-19.
The central government has a 50% stake, the Union Bank of India has 35% stake and rest 15% is held by the Tripura government.
Government issued drought advisory in 6 states as water levels in dams dip to critical level
21 May 2019 Current Affairs: Centre has issued a drought advisory to six southern and western states and has asked them to use water judiciously as the water storage in dams dropping to a critical level. The 6 states are Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu.
The drought advisory is issued to states when the water level in reservoirs is 20% less than the average of live water storage figures of the past 10 years. Water falls under the state list and the advisory recommends states to use it for drinking purpose only till the dams are replenished.
The ‘Water’ subject falls under the state list mentioned in the Indian Constitution and recent drought advisory recommends states to use water for drinking purpose only till dams are replenished. The drought advisory is issued to states when the water level in reservoirs is about 20% less than the average of live water storage figures of the past 10 years.
World Book of Records named Kapil Sharma as most viewed stand-up comedian in India and Abroad
21 May 2019 Current Affairs: Kapil Sharma named as most viewed stand-up comedian in India and abroad by World Book of Records London.
He had started his career as a stand-up comedian from different comedy shows and got fame from “Comedy Nights with Kapil.
Badminton World Federation launched 2 new formats of Badminton
21 May 2019 Current Affairs: Recently, Badminton World Federation (BWF) launched two new formats of Badminton named as AirBadminton & Triples.
BWF launched AirBadminton at Guangzhou with new dimensions of the court and an innovative shuttlecock called Airshuttle.
The AirBadminton will be an outdoor game as compared to traditional badminton which is indoor games.
India allowed refurbished mobile imports certified by Bureau of Indian Standards(BIS)
India allowed the import of refurbished mobile phones or second mobile phones only if they are certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards(BIS). Earlier, the Government of India didn’t give its assent to refurbished mobile imports with the fear of dumping and negative effect to Make In India initiative.
Anirudh and Niki won the 2019 ITF mens Futures tennis title in Uganda
Top seeds Anirudh Chandrasekar and Niki Poonacha won the 2019 International Tennis Federation (ITF) men’s Futures tennis tournament title in Kampala, Uganda. The pair defeated Simon Carr and Ryan James Storrie and secured 6-3, 6-4. It was the maiden international title for Anirudh, while it was fourth doubles title for Poonacha.
Rajasthan Government to revamp Ujala Clinics for adolescents
21 May 2019 Current Affairs: Rajasthan Government set to revamp ‘Ujala Clinics’ for adolescents.
It will appoint peer educators and shadow educators for counseling the youngsters in order to ensure coordination with other medical and health schemes. Ujjala Clinics function under Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram(RKSK) in 10 districts of the state.
They are established at district hospitals, community health centers and selected primary health centers in Udaipur, Rajsamand, Banswara, Dungarpur, Jaisalmer, Barmer, Jalore, Bundi, Karauli and Dholpur districts.
Adolescent health strategy is aimed at reducing malnutrition and anemia. It will improve the knowledge and behavior of adolescents with regards to sexual and reproductive health