28TH  May Current Affairs 2019

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28TH  May Current Affairs 2019

Daily GK Updates & Current Affairs for Government Exams

 

Ministry of Petroleum appointed a high level committee to make strategies to reduce crude oil imports

A high-level committee appointed by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has recommended a higher natural gas price for producers from existing discoveries among measures to bring down India’s dependence on crude oil imports. Members of the committee: The High-Level Committee constituted by the Centre consisted of Dr. Anil Kakodkar, an eminent Scientist and Sidharth Pradhan, an expert on financial and tax issues. 

Khandu to swear-in as the CM of Arunachal Pradesh

24 May 2019 Current Affairs: Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed an agreement with Indian Railway Finance Corporation (IRFC), an entity owned by Government of India (GOI) to provide USD 750 million long-term financing for the Railways Track Electrification Project as part of a broad modernization program to reduce the dependence India’s railway sector on fossil fuels.

It is the largest single non-sovereign loan ever.

IRFC will use the proceeds from the loan to install electric traction equipment along about 3,378 kilometres of existing railway lines. 

Prem Singh Tamang sworn in as the Chief Minister of Sikkim

28 May 2019 Current Affairs: Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) president Prem Singh Tamang, who is famously known as P.S. Golay, took oath as the Chief Minister of Sikkim on 27th May. Fifty-one-year-old Tamang was administered the oath by Governor Ganga Prasad at Paljor Stadium in Gangtok, Sikkim. He took the oath in Nepali.

SKM won 17 seats in the 32-member assembly, ousting former CM Pawan Kumar Chamling-led Sikkim Democratic Front after over 24 years.

He succeeds Pawan Kumar Chamling, the founder president of the Sikkim Democratic Front.

Mr.Golay assured the people that his government would work to ensure peace in Sikkim, and for the welfare of all sections. He also announced that Saturdays would be a holiday for government employees. 

DRDO successfully test-fired the new version of the Akash

The Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO) successfully test-fired the new version of the Akash surface-to-air defence missile system with a new indigenously-developed seeker in Balasore off the Odisha coast on 27 May. This is the second successful test of the missile. The medium range multi-target engagement capable missile was developed as part of the Integrated Guided-Missile Development Programme (IGMDP) other than Nag, Agni, Trishul, and Prithvi missiles.

India elected to Executive Board of first UN-Habitat Assembly

28 May 2019 Current Affairs: First session of the UN-Habitat Assembly will be held from 27-31 May 2019, at the headquarters of UN-Habitat in Nairobi.

The Theme is: “Innovation for Better Quality of Life in Cities and Communities”.

The Sub-theme as: “Accelerated implementation of the New Urban Agenda towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals”.

During the first session, The Assembly is expected to establish the Executive Board of UN-Habitat and elect its members, to review and approve the UN-Habitat Strategic Plan 2020-2025 and also review the Progress in the implementation of New Urban Agenda, among other things.

A State which is a member of a Specialized Agency and the Observer Members States of the United Nations may participate in the deliberations of the UN-Habitat Assembly in the capacity of an observer.

The Assembly will also be attended by United Nations Agencies, Local authorities and non-state actors including civil society, youth and women group representatives, the private sector and the Academia.

Russia launched the world’s largest nuclear-powered icebreaker ‘Ural’

Russia launched the world’s largest nuclear-powered icebreaker ‘Ural’ at the Baltic Shipyard in St Petersburg in order to improve its ability to tap the Arctic’s commercial potential.  Russia is preparing for shipping via the Northern Sea Route (NSR). Main Aim: To renew and expand Russia’s fleet of vessels in order to improve its ability to tap the benefits of Arctic’s commercial potential and ensuring dominance of Russia in the Artic region.

UNSDG Ten Most Influential People in Healthcare Award conferred to Acharya Balkrishna of Patanjali Ayurved

28 May 2019 Current Affairs: Acharya Balkrishna, the Managing Director of Patanjali Ayurved won “United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG) 10 Most Influential People in Healthcare Award” in Geneva, Switzerland.

He received the award on behalf of Patanjali Group of Institutions He was a representative from India at LINSDG.

The award was conferred to him for the contributions made by Patanjali in curing lifestyle diseases with Yoga, Ayurveda and traditional Indian methods.

He dedicated the award to all those who contributed to mainstream Yoga and Ayurveda at the Global Level.

Orchha town of Madhya Pradesh added to the Tentative List of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites

28 May 2019 Current Affairs: The architectural heritage of Orchha town in Madhya Pradesh added to the Tentative List of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.

The architectural heritage of Orchha town depicts a unique style of the Bundela dynasty. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) had sent a proposal to UNESCO to include the architectural heritage of Orchha town in its list of World Heritage Sites on April 15, 2019.

For a historical site to be a part of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites, it must be first included in the tentative list. Once included another proposal is sent to UNESCO, only then the site is included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage sites.

 

AN-32 aircraft to fly on blended aviation fuel containing up to 10% of indigenous bio-jet fuel

28 May 2019 Current Affairs: The Russian made AN-32 aircraft, IAF’s formidable workhorse has formally been certified to fly on blended aviation fuel containing up to 10% of indigenous bio-jet fuel.

P.Jayapal, Chief Executive of the Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC) handed over the approval certificate to Air Commodore Sanjiv Ghuratia VSM, Air Officer Commanding at the aero-engine test facilities at Chandigarh.

This is a huge step in promoting the Make in India mission as this bio-fuel would be produced from Tree Borne Oils (TBOs) sourced from tribal areas and farmers, augmenting their income substantially.

NASA unveiled the plans about the Artemis program

28 May 2019 Current Affairs: NASA unveiled the calendar for the “Artemis” programme that will return astronauts to the Moon for the first time in half a century, including eight scheduled launches and a mini-station in lunar orbit by 2024.

Rahi Sarnobat clinched gold in the womens 25m pistol in 2019 ISSF World Cup

28 May 2019 Current Affairs: Rahi Sarnobat clinched gold in the women’s 25m pistol at the season’s third International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup in Munich, Germany. By this win, she sealed an Olympic quota place for India in style.

She secured 37 (out of 50 shots) in the final. This is India’s first Olympic quota spot in this event. Sarnobat, the Asian Games champion, was second in the final behind compatriot Bhaker. However, once she got the lead, she maintained it till the gold medal shot.

Olena Kostevych of Ukraine won silver with 36 hits while Bulgaria’s Antoaneta Boneva won bronze with 26.