Latest Current Affairs – May 11 2018
1. Rolls-Royce launches its first-ever SUV at ₹2.1 crore
Luxury automaker Rolls-Royce has launched its first-ever SUV named Cullinan after the largest diamond ever discovered. Priced at over ₹2.1 crore, the all-terrain car is powered by 6.75 litre twin-turbo engine delivering 563 horsepower of torque. The two rear seats are separated by a console incorporating a drinks cabinet with Rolls-Royce whisky glasses, decanter, and champagne flutes.
2. Indonesia’s most active volcano erupts, spews ash 5 km high
Mount Merapi, the most active of over 120 Indonesian volcanoes, has erupted, sending an ash column as high as 5,500 metres into the sky. People living within 5 kilometres of the crater were evacuated while there are no immediate reports of casualties. Its last major eruption in 2010 killed 347 people and caused the evacuation of 20,000 villagers.
3. MOS I&B Rajyavardhan Rathore presents World Television Awards 2018
Union Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Youth Affairs & Sports, Rajyavardhan Rathore presented the World Television Awards 2018 at the concluding session of two-day 15th Asia Media Summit in New Delhi. The awards were given in three categories including humanity, science and environment. Over 300 representatives and delegates from 41 nations attended the summit.
The theme of the two-daySummit was ‘Telling Our Stories – Asia and More.’
4. PM Modi, Nepals’ PM Oli hold bilateral & delegation level talks
Fruitful talks took place in Kathmandu between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart K P Sharma Oli. Both leaders held bilateral and delegation level talks. The leaders jointly laid the foundation stone for the 900 megawatt Arun-3 hydropower plant. Arun-3 is the largest capacity project in the history of Nepal. The venture will transform the Nepalese economy by generating 900 MW of power as it aims to provide billions of dollars to the Nepal government in the form of free electricity, royalty and tax.
5. National Technology Day 2018 – May 11
The National Technology Day was observed across India on May 11, 2018 to commemorate the anniversary of Pokhran nuclear tests of 1998. The day also marks India’s scientific prowess and technological advancements.
On May 11, 1998, India successfully test-fired nuclear missile Shakti-I at the Pokhran Test Range of Indian Army in Rajasthan in an operation administered by late president and aerospace engineer Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
6. 7.6 million babies are not breastfed each year: UNICEF
The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) on May 10, 2018 released a report titled ‘Breastfeeding: A Mother’s Gift, for Every Child’, claiming that over 7.6 million babies are not breastfed each year.
Despite the fact that breastmilk saves lives, protects babies and mothers against deadly diseases and leads to better intellectual and educational outcomes, 21 percent of babies are never breastfed in high-income countries and in low-and-middle-income countries, the rate is 4 percent.
7. Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal quits after Walmart deal
Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal announced his exit from the company on May 9, 2018, hours after the news of American retailer Walmart acquiring Flipkart broke in the nation. Bansal stated in a post on social media that it was time for him to hand over the baton and move on. Bansal’s decision comes after Walmart’s condition that it could accommodate only one of the Flipkart founders in the board.
Binny Bansal, on the other hand, will retain his 5.5 per cent stake in the company and remain Flipkart Group CEO. Kalyan Krishnamurthy will also continue as CEO of Flipkart.com.
8. Naval Commander’s Conference concludes
The first biannual Naval Commander’s Conference of 2018 concluded on May 11, 2018 after four days of intense deliberations on a wide range of issues. The conference was inaugurated by Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who set the tone for the deliberations stating that the Indian Navy is a force to reckon with in the Indo-Pacific region.
9. Rythu Bandhu Scheme: Telangana government launches investment support scheme for farmers
The Telangana government has launched a new scheme in which the farmers in the state will get Rs 8,000 per acre each every year as crop investment support. The government plans to spend Rs 12,000 crore every year under this scheme, benefiting 58 lakh farmers. The financial assistance will be for two crops each year. KCR, as Rao is popularly known, distributed cheques among the farmers to formally launch the scheme.
10. IAF for first time successfully conducts online scheduled test for airmen recruitment
The Indian Air Force successfully conducted scheduled test for airmen recruitment (STAR) online last week for the first time. A total of 4,09,169 candidates had registered for the online examination for airmen. The online examination was successfully conducted at 439 centres spread over 102 cities across the country from May 3-6.
The exam was conducted in collaboration with the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) Pune, an organisation functioning under the ministry of electronics and information technology.
11. 6th US-India Aviation Summit held in Mumbai
The US-India Aviation Summit is being hosted next month in Mumbai as a technical, policy and commercial forum by the Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation and the US Trade and Development Agency. The summit from May 9 to 11 will include sessions on India’s projected aviation growth in next five years, aviation security, aviation and runway safety, technologies for worldwide airspace management, and regional connectivity using linking hubs for underserved/unserved airports.