Current Affairs Daily Digest – May 27 2019
1. Kalpana Dash, Odisha’s first woman mountaineer passed away at the age of 50 near Balcony area of Mount Everest
Kalpana Dash, Odisha’s first woman mountaineer passed away at the age of 50 near Balcony area of Mount Everest. Kalpana Dash, Odisha’s first woman mountaineer passed away at the age of 50 near Balcony area of world’s highest peak Mount Everest. She hailed from Dhenkanal district in Odisha. She accompanied with Kanchimaya Tamang of the Himalayan Kingdom and Liamu Mank of China to scale Mount Everest.
The team was lead by the veteran mountaineer Pemba Dheeraj Sherpa. Earlier, she claimed Mount Everest in the year 2008 and scripted history. She was climbing the mountain for the past 1 5 years during which she claimed mountains in Europe, America, Australia, and India.
2. Lieutenant General Shailesh Tinaikar of India appointed to head UN peacekeeping operation in South Sudan
Lieutenant General Shailesh Tinaikar of India appointed to head UN peacekeeping operation in South Sudan. The commandant of the Indian Army Infantry School, Lieutenant General Shailesh Tinaikar, aged 57 appointed as the new force commander of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
About Shailesh Tinaikar
He will succeed Lieutenant General Frank Kamanzi of Rwanda.
He will command over 1 6,000 peacekeepers which include nearly 2,400 from India.
He has an experience with the Indian Armed Forces for more than 34 years. ii. In 1 983, he graduated from the Indian Military Academy.
He obtained a Master of Philosophy degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from the University of Madras.
He served the UN Angola Verification Mission Ill from 1996 to 1997 and UN Mission in Sudan from 2008 to 2009
3. Sweden to host World Leaders Conference to Combat Anti-Semitism in October 2020
Sweden to host World Leaders Conference to Combat Anti-Semitism in October 2020. Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven announced that Sweden will host an International Conference against Anti-Semitism in memory of the Holocaust in October 2020. It will be held in Malmo, Southern Sweden, on October 27 and 28, 20 years after the Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust and 75 years after the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp.
The decision to fight against anti-Semitism is taken after the relations with Israel have been in trouble since the Nordic state’s recognition of a Palestinian state by Lofven’s Government in 2014. After the attacks in Paris and Copenhagen in 201 5, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre had called for a European conference against anti-Semitism.
4. India’s Mahesh Mangaonkar won Sekisui Open
India’s Mahesh Mangaonkar won Sekisui Open. India’s Mahesh Mangaonkar for the second time in the Sekisui Open in Kriens, Switzerland. Three years back he had won it the first time. Sekisui Open is a Challenger tour event of the Professional Squash Association (PSA), the world body which governs the sports. Top-seeded Mahesh beat third seed Bernat Jaume of Spain in four games 11-9, 3-11, 11-5, 11-5 yesterday to win his 8th PSA title.
5. Prof. Bhargava awarded 2019 Dr Lee Jong-wook Memorial Prize
Prof. Bhargava awarded 2019 Dr Lee Jong-wook Memorial Prize. Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Professor Balram Bhargava jointly won the 2019 Dr. Lee Jong-wook Memorial Prize for Public Health at the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. He bagged the award for his achievements as a clinician, innovator, researcher, and trainer.
6. Apurvi Chandela bags gold medal in 10m Air Rifle in ISSF World Cup
Apurvi Chandela bags gold medal in 10m Air Rifle in ISSF World Cup. India won third International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Rifle and Pistol tournament in Munich, Germany. Apurvi Chandela won gold in the women’s 10m Air Rifle competition after a closely-fought contest.
She shot a score of 251 in the final to outshine Wang Luyao of China, who shot 250.8. This was Apurvi’s second ISSF World Cup gold of the year followed by a world record score in New Delhi. After the first round of qualifying in the women’s 25m Pistol, Asian Games champion Rahi Sarnobat stood in the second position with a score of 294.
7. Donald Trump becomes first foreign leader to meet new Japanese emperor
Donald Trump becomes first foreign leader to meet new Japanese emperor. US President Donald Trump became first foreign leader at Japan’s Imperial Palace where he made history becoming the first world leader to meet with the new emperor of Japan. Emperor Naruhito ascended to the throne on May 1, opening what is called the era of “Reiwa,” or “beautiful harmony”. US President who is on a four-day state visit to Japan was treated to a welcome ceremony full of pomp and pageantry.
8. World Thyroid Day observed on May 25
World Thyroid Day observed on May 25. World Thyroid Day is celebrated annually on May 25. It is observed to educate public on checking thyroid function regularly, awareness of the disease and to initiate precautionary action.
This day was celebrated for the first time in 2008 by the American Thyroid Association(ATA) and the European Thyroid Association(ETA). The main focus of this year is on the children with or at risk of developing thyroid diseases due to the rising incidence of thyroid disease including pediatric thyroid cancer.
9. China beat Japan won 2019 Sudirman Cup
China beat Japan won 2019 Sudirman Cup. China won the badminton world mixed-team championship, Sudirman Cup 2019 in Nanning. They beat Japan in men’s doubles, women’s singles and men’s singles and won the title for the 11th time. In the latest Men’ singles match Shi Yuqi stunned world champion Kento Momota for 15-21, 21-5,21-11.
10. Pema Khandu to be sworn-in as Arunachal Pradesh CM on May 29
Pema Khandu will be sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh on May 29, Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs informed on Twitter. This comes after Arunachal Pradesh BJP MLAs on Monday unanimously selected Pema Khandu as the leader of BJP Legislature Party. BJP had won 41 seats in the 60-member Arunachal Pradesh Assembly.
11. Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize 2019: Guy Gunaratne
Sri Lankan writer Guy Gunaratne was announced as the winner of 2019’s Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize and received the winning prize sum of £30,000. He won the award for his debut novel ‘In Our Mad and Furious City’.
About Guy Gunaratne
He is a 35 years old British-Sri-Lankan human rights documentary filmmaker, turned debut novelist. He won over 5 other shortlisted authors.
12. Corporation Bank launches Corp SME Suvidha for MSMEs
Corporation Bank launches Corp SME Suvidha for MSMEs. Corporation Bank launched ‘Corp SME Suvidha’, a product for GST-registered MSMEs. The product has been designed as part of the bank’s efforts to provide the best products to the MSME sector. PV Bharathi, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation bank, launched the product in Mangaluru recently.
About Corporation Bank
Founded:12 March 1906
Founder: Khan Bahadur Haji Abdullah
Headquarters: Mangalore, Karnataka, India
Revenue: ₹19,411.24 crore
13. P.S. Golay sworn in as Sikkim Chief Minister
Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) president Prem Singh Tamang, popularly known as P.S. Golay, took oath as the Chief Minister of Sikkim. He was administered the oath by Governor Ganga Prasad at Paljor Stadium here. Mr. Golay is not a member of the State Assembly at present as he did not contest the polls. The SKM, founded in 2013, won a slender majority in the 32-member Sikkim Legislative Assembly by bagging 17 seats against 15 won by the SDF. The Chamling government was ousted by the SKM after over 24 years.
14. India bags 57 medals at India Open International tournament
India bags 57 medals at India Open International tournament. India bags a total of 57 medals including 12 Gold, 18 Silver and 27 Bronze at India Open International Boxing tournament in Guwahati. MC Mary Kom, Shiva Thapa, L Sarita Devi, and Naman Tanwar won gold in their respective finals. This was Mary’s second gold in the tournament, having won in 48 kg last year in the capital. On the other hand, Deepak defeated Govind Kumar in 49 kg final while in 52 kg category- Amit Panghal defeated Sachin.
15. Ajay Devgn’s father, action director Veeru Devgan, passes away
Actor Ajay Devgn’s father, veteran action director Veeru Devgan, passed away on Monday morning after reportedly suffering a cardiac arrest. He was admitted to a hospital in Mumbai this morning after he complained of breathlessness. Veeru Devgan is known for his work in films like ‘Dilwale’ (1994), ‘Himmatwala’ (1983) and Shahenshah (1988) among others.
16. Lewis Hamilton wins Monaco GP, extends championship lead
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton extended his lead at the top of the Formula One championship table after winning the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished second while Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas was third. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen had finished the race in the second position but was placed fourth due to a five-second penalty.