Current Affairs Daily Digest – May 25 2019
1. 25-yr-old mechanical engineer Chandrani to become youngest MP ever
BJD’s Chandrani Murmu, a 25-year-old mechanical engineer who won Odisha’s reserved Keonjhar seat by defeating two-time BJP MP Ananta Nayak, will become the youngest member in Lok Sabha history. Chandrani won the seat by 66,203 votes. She will replace JJP founder Dushyant Chautala, who had become the youngest parliamentarian at 26 after being elected to 16th Lok Sabha from Hisar.
2. Naveen Patnaik to be sworn in as Odisha Chief Minister on May 29
Biju Janata Dal (BJD) chief Naveen Patnaik will be sworn in as Odisha Chief Minister on May 29 for a fifth consecutive term. The BJD won 112 of the 146 Assembly seats for which elections were held. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 23 seats, Congress bagged nine seats, the CPI(M) one and an Independent candidate was also elected.
3. SCO Meeting Of Council Of Foreign Ministers Held In Bishkek
SCO Meeting Of Council Of Foreign Ministers Held In Bishkek. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj represented India in the meeting of Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation to be held in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic.
During the meet, she discussed several pressing issues including the threat of terrorism are expected to be discussed. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also attended the meeting.
4. British PM Theresa May Announces Resignation
British PM Theresa May Announces Resignation. British Prime Minister Theresa May announces resignation from her post. She will resign on 7 June. Her announcement triggers the start of a contest to replace her as Conservative leader and Prime Minister.
About Theresa May
Born: 1 October 1956
Political party Conservative
Parents: Hubert Brasier, Zaidee Mary Barnes
5. FIFA drops plans to expand Qatar World cup 2022 to 48 teams
FIFA drops plans to expand Qatar World cup 2022 to 48 teams. FIFA has dropped the plan to include a total of 48 teams at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The 2022 edition will remain as originally planned with 32 teams.
The expansion proposal was proposed and pressed by FIFA’s president, Gianni Infantino. In January 2017, FIFA voted unanimously in favour of increasing the World Cup to 48 teams for the 2026 event – which will be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
6. ICC Rankings: Shakib becomes No.1 ranked ODI all-rounder ahead of World Cup
Shakib becomes No1 ranked ODI all rounder ahead of World Cup. Senior Bangladesh cricketer Shakib Al Hasan jumped to the top of the latest MRF Tyres ICC ODI rankings for all-rounders, which doesn’t feature a single Indian in the top-10 chart.
He grabbed the top spot just ahead of the ODI World Cup after showcasing fine form during the tri-nation series in Ireland, which Bangladesh famously won to claim their first title in a multi-nation tournament.
7. German payments company Wirecard teams up with India to issue PAN cards
German payments company Wirecard teams up with India to issue PAN cards. German payments company Wirecard would work with India to simplify the process of issuing tax identity cards required to open bank accounts, transfer money or complete business transactions.
The deal, with state company UTI Infrastructure Technology and Financial Services, seeks to widen the distribution of so-called PAN cards in India of 1.3 billion where most people still live and work in the informal economy. Wirecard, which is already present in India, with its network of 15,000 retail agents in 350 cities would help collect and scan in the documents that people need to apply for a PAN card.
8. NGT directed NHAI to furnish fresh details on green cover
NGT directed NHAI to furnish fresh details on green cover. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) informed the National Green Tribunal (NGT) that around 1 crore trees have been planted across the country along highways in the past three years to maintain ecology and environmental balance.
9.Indian Army officer appointed head of UN Mission in South Sudan
Lieutenant General Shailesh Tinaikar has been appointed as the new Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) by UN Secretary-General António Guterres. He served in the UN Angola Verification Mission III from 1996 to 1997, and in the UN Mission in Sudan from 2008 to 2009. Lieutenant General Tinaikar is currently Commandant of The Infantry School.
10. Messi finishes as Europe’s top scorer for 3rd straight year
Barcelona’s Argentine forward Lionel Messi has become the first player to win Europe’s Golden Shoe award for three straight years. Messi scored 36 times for Barcelona, while PSG’s French forward Kylian Mbappe ended at the second spot after finishing the campaign on 33 goals. Messi’s Barcelona is set to face Valencia in the final of the Copa del Rey.
11. ₹14.7 crore gene therapy approved by US becomes most expensive drug
US’ Food and Drug Administration has approved Swiss drugmaker Novartis’ $2.1-million (₹14.7-crore), one-time gene therapy Zolgensma for treatment of a rare disease that afflicts infants, making it the world’s most expensive drug. Defending the price, Novartis executives said that a one-time treatment is better than expensive long-term treatments that cost several hundred thousand dollars a year.
12. Mary Kom, Sarita Devi win gold at India Open
Six-time world champion MC Mary Kom and Sarita Devi won gold medals at the second India Open boxing tournament, which concluded on Friday. India won medals in 52 kg, 81 kg, 91 kg and +91 kg men’s categories and 51 kg, 57 kg and 75 kg in women’s to conclude the campaign with 12 of the 18 gold medals available.