31st May Current Affairs 2019
Daily GK Updates & Current Affairs for Government Exams
Narendra Modi took oath as the Prime Minister of India
31 May 2019 Current Affairs: Narendra Modi, who was elected for a second term at the Centre, took oath as the Prime Minister at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on 30 May. President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office and secrecy at the function.
Delegations: The oath-taking ceremony was attended by leaders of the BIMSTEC member countries (Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal, and Bhutan). Several foreign and Opposition leaders attended the ceremony including Congress’ Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
Y S Jaganmohan Reddy was sworn in as second Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh
31 May 2019 Current Affairs: Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, who got a massive mandate for his party YSRCP in the Assembly elections, was sworn in as second Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh after bifurcation on 30 May. Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan administered the oath to Mr. Jagan at the Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh.
Military tribunal allows Karambir Singh to take charge as new Navy Chief
31 May 2019 Current Affairs: The Armed Forces Tribunal made Vice Admiral Karambir Singh to become the next Navy Chief while it deferred for four weeks the matter of Vice Admiral Bimal Verma which seeks to quash Singh’s appointment.
Karambir Singh, who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command, will take over as the Navy Chief on 31st May 2019.
He was commissioned into the Indian Navy in July 1980 and earned his wings as a helicopter pilot in 1982.
He has extensive experience with the HAL Chetak, Kamov Ka-25, and Kamov Ka-28 helicopters.
SC extends tenure of NCDRCs judicial member by one year
31 May 2019 Current Affairs: Supreme Court May 29 extended the tenure of Justice V K Jain, a judicial member of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC), which was expiring.
A vacation bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Aniruddha Bose said the extension of tenure would be for one year or till the process of fresh appointment is completed.
The bench was dealing with an application seeking an extension of Justice Jain’s tenure. He had joined the Delhi Judicial Service on May 20, 1977, and was later appointed as a judge of the Delhi High Court on May 14, 2009.
He had demitted the office on May 14, 2014, after which he was appointed as a judicial member of the NCDRC.
ISS spacewalk successfully carried out for the 217th time by 2 cosmonauts
31 May 2019 Current Affairs: Two Russian space agency Roscosmos’ cosmonauts have successfully carried out the 217th spacewalk for International Space Station’s support, maintenance and upgrade. The spacewalk, fourth for 2019, was done by Expedition 59 Commander Oleg Kononenko and Flight Engineer Alexey Ovchinin and lasted six hours and one minute.
This was Commander Kononenko’s fifth spacewalk and the first-ever for Ovchinin.
The cosmonauts retrieved science experiments, install handrails on the Russian segment of the complex, and conduct maintenance on the orbiting laboratory.
Operations of Jewar airport in Uttar Pradesh is expected to begin from 2023
31 May 2019 Current Affairs: The proposed Jewar airport in Uttar Pradesh is expected to begin operations from 2023 with a capacity to handle 1.2 crore passengers annually. It will serve as the second airport for the National Capital Region. The State government floated a tender document regarding the project.
The last date for submission of bids by interested bidders is October 30 and the financial bids will be opened on November 29. The concession period for the airport is for 40 years, which can be extended by another 30 years.
Mississippi River flood becomes the longest-lasting in over 90 years
31 May 2019 Current Affairs: Flooding in the Mississippi River is on the record for being the longest-lasting in more than 90 years since the “Great Flood” of 1927.
It is due to relentless, record-breaking spring rainfall. In the month of June also, Mississippi River will continue to rise as runoff from snowmelt upstream in combination with rainfall runoff moves through the river system.
Along several parts of the river, water levels have been at flood stage for nearly 4 months. It is the longest stretch of time since the Great Flood.
The reason for this drastic flood is climate change, as planet is getting warmer which is resulting in rise of heavy downpours.
Gujarat traffic police to use laser guns to curb overspeeding
The Gujarat government has decided to equip the traffic police with ‘laser guns’ for detection of over-speeding by vehicles. The state police’s traffic branch has purchased 39 such high-tech guns at a cost of Rs.3.9 crore. Five of these US-made devices will be given to the Ahmedabad city police, and every district police force will also be provided one of these guns.
Sandeep Patil appointed as India Managing Director of Truecaller
Former Flipkart Executive Sandeep Patil appointed as India Managing Director of Truecaller. He served as the head of consumer and commercial lending vertical at Flipkart until his new appointment with Truecaller. Sandeep Patil will be leading business strategies to expand the company and increase its revenue. He will be supervising the teams based in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. India is the largest market for Truecaller with 60-70% of global revenue and user base. Truecaller has more than 100 million daily active users in India.
It started out as an online directory for mobile phone numbers and also expanded into payments space via Unified Payments Interface (UPI) as well as instant messaging platform.
Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport of Indore Gets International Status
Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport of Indore, Madhya Pradesh was declared as International Airport. It was given the International status as per sub-rule (b) of rule 3 of the Passport (Entry into India) Rules, 1950 by the Central Government. The Indore airport facilitates round the clock operations and was given its World Standardization Certificate by the UK. About Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport The airport is named after Maharani Ahilya Bai Holkar of Indore.
James Marape appointed as the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea
Lawmakers of Papua New Guinea elected James Marape as its 8th prime minister. He belongs to Pangu Party. He succeeded Peter O Neill of People’s National Congress party, who was pressured to resign by a series of political defections in recent days, and tensions over a multi-billion-dollar gas project signed this year with French company Total and the US firm ExxonMobil. Marape earlier served as the finance minister of Papua New Guinea.