Current Affairs Daily Digest – May 21 2019
1. Anirudh and Niki won the 2019 ITF mens Futures tennis title in Uganda
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.
2. Joko Widodo has been elected President of Indonesia for the second term
Joko Widodo has been elected President of Indonesia for the second term. Indonesia’s Joko Widodo has been re-elected as President of the country. He beat his rival Prabowo Subianto, a retired general.
Widodo and his vice-presidential running mate Ma’ruf Amin won the election by a 55.5% to 44.5% margin over Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno.
Widodo’s PDI-P finished first in the People’s Representative Council (DPR) election with 19.33%, followed by Prabowo’s Gerindra with 12.57%. The next top parties by the number of votes are Golkar, the National Awakening Party (PKB), the Nasdem Party, and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS).
3. PCT Humanity entered the Guinness Book of World Records for its hunger relief efforts
PCT Humanity entered the Guinness Book of World Records for its hunger relief efforts. PCT Humanity, a charity run by an Indian, in the UAE has entered the Guinness Book of World Records for its hunger relief efforts during the holy month of Ramzan in Abu Dhabi. The charity set the new Guinness World Records for “Longest Line of Hunger Relief Package” in Abu Dhabi.
Adjudicated by Douglas Palau, the attempt saw iftar meals containing seven items spread in a line without keeping any gap between the packages for a kilometre.
Joginder Singh Salaria’s, founder of PCT Humanity, efforts were in continuation to the vegetarian iftar held daily at the premises of his company Pehal International, Dubai Industrial Park. The main aim of the charity is to feed people pure vegetarian food to stay healthy and fit and also save animals.
4. May 21 is observed as Anti Terrorism day in India
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.
The Purpose of observing World Anti-Terrorism Day is:
To spread the message of global peace and non-violence
5. Facebook registers its new secretive cryptocurrency firm Libra Networks LLC in Geneva, Switzerland
Facebook Global Holdings registered a new cryptocurrency firm named ‘Libra Networks LLC’ in Geneva, Switzerland. It will provide financial and technology services by developing related hardware and software components. Facebook has been very secretive about its new cryptocurrency project.
Facebook had registered the trademark “Libra” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Facebook has hired 2 cryptocurrency compliance experts who formerly worked at the major crypto exchange Coinbase to assist in their work.
Headquarters: Menlo Park, California, United States
Founded: February 4, 2004
CEO: Mark Zuckerberg
6. Tripura Gramin Bank received Indias top three Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) in terms of profit, business and growth
Tripura Gramin Bank received Indias top three Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) in terms of profit, business and growth. 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.
About Tripura Gramin Bank
Founded :21 Dec 1976
Chairman: Mahendra Mohan Goswami
7. PNB may take control of 2-3 small state-run banks
State-run Punjab National Bank (PNB) could take control of two-three small state-run banks, according to reports. These small lenders could include Oriental Bank of Commerce, Andhra Bank and Allahabad Bank, reports added. The country’s third-largest public sector lender could start the process of taking control of the banks in the next three months, reports further said.
8. GoT finale gets over 19.3 mn viewers in US, sets new record
The final episode of ‘Game Of Thrones’ drew in over 19.3 million viewers in the US, setting a new series record, television network HBO announced. The record was previously held by last week’s episode, which was watched by over 18.4 million viewers. The final season of the show had an average of 44.2 million viewers per episode, HBO further said.
9. Reliance beats Indian Oil, becomes India’s biggest firm by revenue
Asia’s richest person Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries has toppled state-run Indian Oil to become India’s largest company by revenue. Reliance reported revenue of ₹6.23 lakh crore for 2018-19 compared to Indian Oil’s ₹6.17 lakh crore. With this milestone, Reliance has achieved the number one position in India in terms of revenue, profit and market capitalisation.
10. Filmmaker and film historian Vijaya Mulay passes away at 98
Filmmaker and film historian Vijaya Mulay passed away on Sunday at the age of 98. “She was not in pain, and it was an easy passage,” Vijaya’s daughter Suhasini Mulay said. The filmmaker was best known for her 7-minute animated film ‘Ek Anek Aur Ekta’, which was first aired on Doordarshan in 1974.
11. Niki Lauda, 3-time Formula One world champion, passes away at 70
Former Formula One driver Niki Lauda passed away at the age of 70 on Monday, after receiving a lung transplant last year. Lauda, who had suffered serious burns in a near-fatal crash at German Grand Prix in 1976, won three championships (1975, 1977 and 1984). The Austrian competed in a total of 171 races, winning 25.
12. Genpact’s India engineers to power world’s first electric car racing event
Business process management (BPM) major Genpact is helping the Envision Virgin Racing Team for the Formula E Championship — the world’s first fully electric car racing event.
The current fifth season differs from the very popular Formula One racing in the critical way that the participants do not race based on laps but in a 45-minute and 30-minute format with the only constant being the energy of the car battery. The drivers have to make real-time decisions on how to utilise the available power to be able to not just win, but also ensure that it lasts through the prescribed …