Current Affairs – May 16 2023
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Current Affairs – May 16 2023
1. FC Barcelona lifts 27th La Liga Title, First La Liga since 2019
Football Club Barcelona (FC Barcelona) has become the champions of Spain for the 27th time in the club’s 123-year history, securing their first title since 2019. They achieved this feat by winning against local rivals Espanyol with a score of 4-2, which helped them to move 14 points ahead of Real Madrid, who are in second place.
This win was accomplished with goals from Robert Lewandowski, Alex Balde, and Jules Kounde, and within just 53 minutes, Barcelona had taken a commanding 4-0 lead at the RCDE Stadium.
2. Gatka Martial Art to feature in 37th National Games
The traditional game of Gatka is set to receive a major boost on a national level as it has been officially included in the 37th National Games-2023, which are scheduled to take place in Goa in October of this year.
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) will be organizing competitions for a total of 43 disciplines during this national event, in collaboration with the Government of Goa.
Harjeet Singh Grewal, the President of the National Gatka Association of India (NGAI) and a State Awardee, expressed his appreciation to the IOA President, Rajya Sabha member PT Usha, and the Games Technical Conduct Committee (GTCC) Chairman, Amitabh Sharma, member Bhupiner Singh Bajwa, and other members for the inclusion of Gatka, a martial art, in the national games for the first time.
3. Duroflex appoints Virat Kohli as Brand Ambassador
The Indian mattress brand, Duroflex has appointed former Indian captain, and one of the best batters of the current era, Virat Kohli as its brand ambassador. Following this association with the 34-year-old star batter, the company would like to amplify the message of quality sleep to a wider audience.
4. International Day of Light 2023 celebrates on 16th May
The International Day of Light is observed on May 16 every year to commemorate Theodore Maiman’s successful operation of the laser in 1960. This day serves as a reminder to enhance scientific collaboration and leverage its capacity to promote peace and sustainable progress.
5. Pune: Asia’s first subsea research lab at MIT-World Peace University
Pune, India – In a groundbreaking development, MIT-World Peace University (WPU) has unveiled Asia’s first-ever subsea research lab, the Centre for Subsea Engineering Research (CSER).
The state-of-the-art facility, created in collaboration with Aker Solutions, aims to revolutionize training and education for the global oil and gas industry by providing real-world experience and fostering multi-disciplinary talent.
6. Manoj Soni to take oath as UPSC chairman
Educationist Manoj Soni will take oath as the chairman of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Soni, who joined the Commission as the member on June 28, 2017, has been performing the duties of the UPSC chairman since April 5, 2022. Prior to his appointment in the UPSC, Soni has served three terms as Vice-Chancellor.
7. International Day of Living Together in Peace 2023 observed on 16th May
The International Day of Living Together in Peace is celebrated annually on May 16 to encourage peace, tolerance, inclusivity, understanding, and solidarity among individuals and communities globally. Its goal is to emphasize the significance of cultivating peaceful coexistence, mutual respect, and harmony among people of different backgrounds.
The International Day of Living Together in Peace is an opportunity for people from all over the world to come together and celebrate peace. It is also a time to reflect on the challenges that we face in building a more peaceful world.
8. Geeta Rao Gupta appointed as US Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues
The US Senate has approved Geeta Rao Gupta, an Indian American, as the Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues in the State Department. In a tweet, the department expressed its eagerness for Gupta to use her efforts to advance women and girls’ rights through US foreign policy. With a vote of 51 to 47, the US Senate confirmed Gupta earlier this week.
Geeta Rao Gupta, who was born in Mumbai, India in 1956, is a prominent figure in matters of gender, women’s concerns, and HIV/AIDS.
9. Air Marshal Ashutosh Dixit takes over as Deputy Chief of Air Staff
Air Marshal Ashutosh Dixit took over as the Deputy Chief of the Air Staff, according to the Minister of Defence. Ashutosh Dixit, an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, was Commissioned in the fighter stream on December 6 in 1986.
Mr Dixit is a qualified flying instructor as well as an experimental test pilot, with over 3,300 hours of flying experience on fighter, trainer and transport aircraft. He participated in operations ‘Safed Sagar’ and ‘Rakshak’.
10. NASA Forms Association with IBM’s AI To Instigate Geospatial Model, Will Discover Climate Data
NASA together with IBM Company has come up with a new project that will be carried forward with the help of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning for building a sustainable foundation model. In May this year, these two big corporations formed an alliance with each other to collect geospatial data.
The atmospheric conditions on Earth are constantly changing and there is an immediate need to gear up and manage things before it becomes alarmingly perilous. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration aligned with the International Business Machines Corporation to design a Geospatial Foundation Model which will help to identify the key areas of fire, floods and other landscape formations.