Current Affairs – May 18 2023
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Current Affairs – May 18 2023
1. Union cabinet reshuffle: Arjun Ram Meghwal becomes Law Minister
Arjun Ram Meghwal will be Law Minister, Kiren Rijiju gets Ministry of Earth Sciences
In place of union Minister Kiren Rijiju, Arjun Ram Meghwal has been given the charge of Law Ministry. While Kiren Rijiju has been given the responsibility of the Ministry of Earth Sciences, reported HS.
Information in this regard was given by the press secretary of the President. Press Secretary Ajay Kumar Singh said that President Droupadi Murmu has given permission to reshuffle the ministries on the advice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
2. Siddaramaiah gets command of Karnataka & DK Shivakumar will be his deputy
Senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah will be the next chief minister of Karnataka and DK Shivkumar will be his deputy. Finally, the Congress party has reached the decision. The swearing-in ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 20, 2023.
The Congress party has handed over the command of Karnataka to Siddaramaiah, while DK Shivakumar has been made the Deputy Chief Minister, according to party general secretary KC Venugopal at the Congress headquarters on Thursday, reported HS.
3. Global Accessibility Awareness Day Celebrates on 18th May
The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) will be celebrating the Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) on 18th May 2023, with the vision to build an inclusive society in which equal opportunities are provided for the growth and development of Persons with Disabilities so that they can lead productive, safe and dignified lives.
DEPwD, under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India is the nodal body to look after all the development agenda of Persons with Disabilities of the country.
4. Hinduja Group chairman SP Hinduja passes away
Srichand Parmanand Hinduja, the eldest of the four Hinduja brothers and chairman of Hinduja Group, died in London. He was unwell for some time. He was 87. They grew their family business, which includes commercial vehicle maker Ashok Leyland and private bank IndusInd, to several businesses across 38 countries, in sectors such as oil lubricants, chemicals, energy and IT. The group employs more than 200,000 people.
5. Nepali Climber Makes Record, Climbs Mount Everest For 27th Time
Nepali climber Kami Rita Sherpa reached the top of Mount Everest for the 27th time, reclaiming the record for the most summits of the world’s highest mountain.
The 53-year-old had held the title since 2018, when he ascended Everest for the 22nd time, passing the previous mark he shared with two other Sherpa climbers, both of whom have since retired.
6. Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran Conferred With France’s Highest Civilian Award
Tata Group Chairman N Chandrasekaran has been given France’s highest civilian award Chevalier de la Legion d’honneur for his contributions to strengthen the trade relationship between India and France. French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna gave the award to Chandrasekaran on behalf of the French President.
7. Mumbai Ranks Sixth In Annual Housing Price Growth Among 46 Cities Globally
Mumbai has moved up to the sixth rank among 46 global cities in terms of annual price growth of high-end residential properties, with an appreciation of 5.5%, according to a report by real estate consultant Knight Frank India.
The report, titled ‘Prime Global Cities Index Q1 2023‘, notes that Bengaluru and New Delhi have also registered an increase in average annual prices in the first quarter of 2023.
8. World Hypertension Day 2023 observed on 17th May
World Hypertension Day 2023: World Hypertension Day in 2023 was observed on May 17th. This annual event aims to raise awareness about hypertension, its causes, and the importance of prevention and management.
It serves as a platform to educate the public about the risks associated with high blood pressure and to promote healthy lifestyle choices, regular physical activity, and proper medical care to prevent and control hypertension.
9. Zomato Partners with ICICI Bank to Launch Zomato UPI, Streamlining Payments for Users
Food and grocery delivery company Zomato has announced its partnership with ICICI Bank to introduce its own unified payments interface (UPI) offering called Zomato UPI.
With this new feature, Zomato aims to enhance the payment experience for its users by allowing them to complete orders and make payments seamlessly within the Zomato app, without the need to switch to a separate payment app.
10. World Bank Approves $82 Million Loan For Controlling Zoonotic Diseases in India
The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved an $82 million loan to support India’s efforts in adopting global best practices for animal health management. The loan aims to prevent, detect, and respond to endemic zoonotic, transboundary, and emerging infectious diseases, recognizing the interconnectedness of people, animals, and the environment.
With India being home to the largest livestock population in the world, the risks associated with animal disease outbreaks are particularly high. These outbreaks not only pose risks to public health systems but also have significant economic costs. For instance, foot and mouth disease alone costs the country over $3.3 billion annually.
11. International Museum Day 2023 Observed on 18th May
International Museum Day, observed on Thursday, May 18, 2023, serves the purpose of increasing recognition for the vital role that museums play in fostering cultural exchange, enhancing diverse cultures, and fostering mutual understanding, cooperation, and peace among different communities.
This day, as stated by the International Council of Museums, aims to raise awareness about the significance of museums as valuable platforms for promoting global harmony and development.