26th May Current Affairs 2019
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RBI Allows Modern Currency Chests To Hike Service Charges
26 May 2019 Current Affairs: Reserve Bank of India announced that it will allow large modern currency chests to increase the service charges on cash deposited by non-chest bank branches from the existing rate of Rs5 per packet of 100 pieces to a higher rate subject to a maximum of Rs8 per packet.
For this, only a currency chest (CC) that fulfils the minimum standards will be eligible to be classified as a large modern CC.
The increased rates can be charged only after such classification by the issue office concerned.
BJD wins 112 seats in Odisha, Patnaik set to be CM for 5th time in row
26 May 2019 Current Affairs: BJD won 112 seats out of 146 in 2019 Odisha Assembly polls, with party President Naveen Patnaik set for a fifth consecutive term as CM.
Patnaik becomes only the third CM after Sikkim’s Pawan Chamling and West Bengal’s Jyoti Basu to achieve the feat. BJP won 23 seats, Congress 9, and CPI(M) and an independent candidate won one seat each.
The Polling was held in 146 of the state’s 147 assembly seats as election in Patkura was postponed twice, first after the death of a candidate and then due to Cyclone Fani.
Four new Supreme Court judges were sworn in making a strength of 31 judges
26 May 2019 Current Affairs: Four new Supreme Court judges were sworn in, raising the number of judges to the full sanctioned strength of 31.
Justices Aniruddha Bose, AS Bopanna, Bhushan Ramkrishna Gavai and Surya Kant were administered the oath of office by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.
With this, the apex court attained its approved total strength of 31 judges. The five-member Collegium, headed by Justice Gogoi, had earlier this month overruled the Centre’s objection to the appointment of Justice Bose of the Jharkhand High Court and Justice Bopanna of the Gauhati High Court. The Collegium had recommended the names of Justices Bose and Bopanna on April 12. The Centre had, however, objected to their elevation citing seniority and representation of regions as the reasons.
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu has called for protecting Ongole cattle breed
Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has called for protecting Ongole cattle breed on May 20, 2019. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu released a compendium on Ongole breed of cattle at Vijayawada recently. He also stressed that cattle wealth was national wealth. Mr.Naidu highlighted that Brazil has imported these cattle breeds and produced hybrid Ongoles to earn huge revenue through export. While in India this cattle is neglected.
One billion year old fungi is found to be earths oldest fungus
26 May 2019 Current Affairs: Microfossils of a globular spore connected to a T-shaped filament excavated in an Arctic region of northwestern Canada represent the oldest-known fungus. This discovery sheds light on the origins of an important branch in earth’s tree of life.
Scientists said that the multicellular fungus that they named Ourasphaira Giralda, a forerunner to an immensely diverse group that today includes the likes of mushrooms, yeasts, and molds, lived in an estuary environment about 900 million to 1 billion years ago. Until now, the oldest-known fungus fossil was one about 410 million years old from Scotland.
The microscopic fossils, contained in shale rock from the Northwest Territories of Canada, date back to the Proterozoic era, before the advent of complex life forms. The study was published in Nature.
SpaceX successfully launches, deploys 60 internet satellites
26 May 2019 Current Affairs: SpaceX sent a packed rocket of 60 satellites into space. The launch was “the heaviest payload a Falcon 9 rocket has ever launched.
The satellites represent the company’s ambitious plan to build an interconnected satellite network to beam high-speed internet to anywhere on the planet.
The Falcon 9 rocket launched from the company’s pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida. SpaceX deployed the 60 Starlink satellites in a “very low Earth orbit” of 440 kilometers above the surface.
The full Starlink network would consist of 11,943 satellites flying close to the planet, closer than the International Space Station.
Adani to set up container terminal in Myanmar
26 May 2019 Current Affairs: Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone signed an agreement to develop and operate a container terminal at Yangon Port in Myanmar.
It will act as a network point to feed into our upcoming transshipment hub at Vizhinjam.
The proposed container terminal will be integrated with our Ports/Terminals along the east and south coast of India, unlocking synergies by offering multiple entry/exit points for the shipping lines which wish to call on this region.
The project site is located at city cluster & inner harbor of Yangon Port. The site is ideally placed to serve the traffic from industries surrounding the city with adequate storage and good evacuation channel for the port.
The estimated cost for implementing phase I of 0.5 Mn TEUs is between the US $ 220- 230 Mn and phase II expansion to 0.8 Mn TEUs is expected to cost between the US $55-60 Mn
The terminal will have a quay length of 635 meters with the capability to handle three vessels at a time
Kalpataru introduces Launch Code Starlight homes in Thane
Kalpataru presents 2, 3 BHK homes and 3 BHK sky loft at Kolshet Road, Thane. It is equipped with a host of amenities like racquet club, clubhouse, Olympic-length swimming pool, 20.5-acre park and more. Priced at ₹85 lakh, the apartments offer vitrified tile flooring, gypsum finished walls, video door phone, and integrated intrusion alarm system.
Sony to stop selling its smartphones in India
26 May 2019 Current Affairs: Japanese technology giant Sony has revealed it will stop selling its smartphones in several countries including India.
Sony added it presently considers Japan, Europe, Taiwan and Hong Kong as the “focus regions” — to drive profit for the smartphone business.
Sony reported an operating loss of 97.1 billion yen ($879.45 million) in the year ended March.
Samsung with shipment of 71.9 million units, Huawei with 59.1 million, Apple with 36.4 million, Xiaomi with 25 million, Vivo with 23.2 million and Oppo with 23.1 million are the top smartphone brands in the first quarter of 2019.
Google bans 2nd largest phone maker Huawei from some Android updates
26 May 2019 Current Affairs: New Huawei smartphones are set to lose access to some Google apps like YouTube and Maps and the next version of Android to be launched later this year. This comes after the US government sought to blacklist Chinese company Huawei around the world.
Google’s suspension follows a report calling for Huawei to be prevented from supplying 5G mobile networks in the UK, because its operations are “subject to influence by the Chinese state”. Australia, which also shares intelligence with the UK, has already moved to ban Huawei as a supplier for its future 5G network.
Huawei has always insisted it is a privately held company, independent of the Chinese state, owned largely by its employees, and has worked supplying phone technology in the UK for 15 years without problems.
Vedanta bags two copper blocks in Maharashtra
Mining and metals major Vedanta Ltd has been declared the final bidder for two copper mining blocks in Maharashtra’s Chandrapur district. The blocks, located in Thanewasna and Dubarpeth, are spread over 768.62 hectares and 816.29 hectares respectively. To ensure transparency in the mineral sector, the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill was passed by the Parliament in 2015.