Current Affairs – May 19 2023
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Current Affairs – May 19 2023
1. TN CM Stalin Inaugurates one of India’s Biggest Skywalk Bridge
The recently inaugurated one of India’s biggest Skywalk bridges, spanning 570 meters in length and 4.2 meters in width, was officially opened by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin.
This skywalk bridge serves as a crucial connection between the Mambalam railway station and T Nagar bus terminus. The project is part of a larger multi-modal initiative aimed at facilitating pedestrian movement.
2. Bhopal becomes 1st city to measure Sustainable Development Goals progress
Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, has become the first city in India to measure its progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The city has adopted a Voluntary Local Review (VLR) process, which is a tool that helps cities to assess their progress on the SDGs and identify areas where they need to improve.
3. South Asian Youth TT Championship 2023: India bags 16 gold medals
The South Asian Youth Table Tennis Championship 2023, a three-day international event, came to a close on May 17 in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh. Over 100 athletes from six countries, including Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Sri Lanka, and Nepal, participated in the championship.
Lt. General KT Parnaik (Retd.), the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, graced the closing ceremony as the Chief Guest at the Dorjee Khandu Indoor Stadium in Itanagar. On the final day, the host nation India achieved a remarkable feat by winning all the available gold medals at the tournament.
4. FIFA World Cup 2026 Official Brand Unveiled
The FIFA World Cup Trophy, which is widely regarded as the most prestigious and recognized sporting symbol worldwide, has been revealed as a prominent feature of the official brand for the FIFA World Cup 2026.
In a groundbreaking move, the brand incorporates an image of the actual trophy along with the specific year of the tournament, resulting in an innovative design concept that forms the foundation of the FIFA World Cup emblem for the 2026 edition and future events.
This combination of the trophy and the hosting year allows for customization to showcase the distinctiveness of each host country while establishing a consistent and recognizable brand structure for the years ahead.
5. Amazon Web Services Announces $12.7 Billion Investment in India’s Cloud Infrastructure by 2030
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has revealed plans to invest $12.7 billion into cloud infrastructure in India by 2030, aiming to meet the increasing demand for cloud services in the country.
The investment is projected to contribute $23.3 billion to India’s economy over the same period, building upon AWS’s previous investment of $3.7 billion between 2016 and 2022.
With this latest commitment, AWS’s total investment in India will reach $16.4 billion by 2030. The company is focused on fostering positive social and economic impact in India, as demonstrated by its efforts in digital skills training and renewable energy projects.
6. KV Viswanathan, Prashant Mishrato take oath as Supreme Court judges
Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra and senior advocate KV Viswanathan will be sworn in as Supreme Court judges, after the Central government cleared the appointment of the advocates. Their names were recommended to the Centre by the Supreme Court Collegium, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud.
7. World AIDS Vaccine Day Or HIV Vaccine Awareness Day 2023
World AIDS Vaccine Day: May 18 is recognized as World AIDS Vaccine Day, an occasion that emphasizes the importance of creating a vaccine for the incurable illness. This day, also known as HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, not only raises awareness but also pays tribute to the dedicated scientists and researchers who are committed to developing a vaccine to prevent HIV/AIDS.
According to the World Health Organization, HIV has resulted in the loss of 40.1 million lives thus far. HIV transmission is occurring globally, with certain countries observing a rise in new cases.
8. PM Modi inaugurates International Museum Expo 2023
During the inauguration of the International Museum Expo 2023 at Pragati Maidan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasized his government’s commitment to safeguarding India’s heritage. However, he regretted that insufficient efforts were taken towards this cause following Independence.
The theme for IMD this year is “museums, sustainability, and well-being.” The expo aims to initiate a comprehensive dialogue on museums with professionals that will help them develop as cultural centres contributing greatly to India’s cultural diplomacy.