16th & 17th May 2021 Current Affairs



GK Update of Sixteenth and Seventeenth May 2021 masking the next information headlines: 69th Miss Universe 2020, tenth Italian Open title, White House senior adviser, White House senior adviser, Whitley Awards 2021.

International News

1. China’s First Mars Rover ‘ZhuRong’ Successfully Lands on Mars

  • China efficiently achieved the feat of touchdown its first Mars Rover ‘Zhu Rong’ on the crimson planet, on May 15, 2021, changing into the one second nation to take action.
  • Till date, solely the United States has efficiently landed its rover on Mars. All different international locations which have tried have both crashed or misplaced contact quickly after reaching the floor.
  • The car used a mix of a protecting capsule, a parachute & a rocket platform to make the descent. Zhurong, which implies God of Fire, was carried to Mars on the Tianwen-1 orbiter.
  • China’s Mars rover, known as Zhurong after an historic hearth god in Chinese mythology, will half methods with the lander by driving down a foldable ramp. Once it has deployed, the rover is anticipated to spend at the least 90 Mars days. 

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • China National Space Administration Founded: 22 April 1993;
  • China National Space Administration Administrator: Zhang Kejian;
  • China National Space Administration Headquarters: Haidian District, Beijing, China.

State News

2. Himachal Government launches ‘Ayush Ghar-Dwar’ program

  • Himachal Government has launched the ‘Ayush Ghar-Dwar’ program to maintain the house remoted Covid-19 optimistic sufferers wholesome by practising Yoga. This program has been began by the Department of AYUSH in collaboration with the Art of Living organisation.
  • Yoga Bharti’s instructors would offer their companies in this system. During the launch, about 80 dwelling remoted Covid optimistic sufferers from everywhere in the state have been additionally linked just about.
  • Under this system, roughly 1000 digital teams on social media platforms like zoom, WhatsApp and Google meet might be shaped to attach with COVID optimistic sufferers in dwelling isolation. The initiative intends to supply a holistic healthcare strategy by means of AYUSH to make sure not solely bodily but in addition psychological, social and non secular wellbeing.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Himachal Pradesh Governor: Bandaru Dattatreya;
  • Himachal Pradesh CM: Jai Ram Thakur.

Appointments News

3. Indian-American Neera Tanden appointed as White House senior adviser

  • Indian-American Neera Tanden has been appointed senior adviser to U.S. President Joe Biden. She is at present the president and CEO of a progressive think-tank, Center for American Progress (CAP).
  • She withdrew her nomination as Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget on account of stiff opposition from Republican senators.
  • Ms Tanden beforehand served as a senior adviser for well being reforms on the US Department of Health and Human Services. She labored with Congress and stakeholders on explicit provisions of former President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act.

4. Footwear Brand Bata India appoints Gunjan Shah as new CEO

  • Footwear firm Bata India has appointed Gunjan Shah as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
  • He will be a part of Bata in his new function from 21 June 2021, for a interval of 5 years. Shah replaces Sandeep Kataria, who has been elevated because the Global CEO of Bata Brands in November 2020.
  • Prior to this, Shah was the Chief Commercial Officer (COO) at Britannia Industries. Bata Corporation is a multinational footwear and vogue accent producer and retailer, with its headquarter situated in Lausanne, Switzerland and an Indian department based mostly in Gurugram, Haryana.

Awards News

5. Andrea Meza topped 69th Miss Universe 2020

  • Miss Mexico Andrea Meza has been topped because the 69th Miss Universe 2020. On the opposite hand, Miss India’s Adline Quadros Castelino made it to the Top 4.
  • Brazil’s Julia Gama is the primary runner-up, Peru’s Janick Maceta is the second runner-up whereas India’s Adline Castelino and Dominican Republic’s Kimberly Perez are third runner-up and fourth runner-up, respectively.
  • This yr, the pageant is being held in Miami, Florida’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood. Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa crowns her successor within the occasion.

6. NBA creates social justice award, named for Abdul-Jabbar

  • The National Basketball Association (NBA) has introduced the creation of a brand new award — the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion Award, to recognise gamers who're making strides within the combat for social justice.
  • Each NBA staff will nominate one participant for consideration; from there, 5 finalists might be chosen and in the end one winner. The successful participant will obtain $100,000 for the charity of his selection.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • NBA Founded: 6 June 1946, New York, United States;
  • NBA Commissioner: Adam Silver;
  • NBA Headquarters: New York, United States.

7. Nagaland conservationist Nuklu Phom will get prestigious Whitley Awards 2021

  • An environmentalist from Nagaland’s distant Longleng district, Nuku Phom has received this yr’s Whitley Awards 2021, often known as the Green Oscar. Nuku Phom’s identify, together with that of 5 others, was introduced just lately in a digital award ceremony organized by the UK-based Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN).
  • Nuku and his staff need to provide alternate options that interact communities in conservation utilizing the Amur falcon as a flagship.
  • The award recognises Phom’s efforts at establishing a brand new biodiversity peace hall altering the destiny of Amur Falcons, which come to roost in Nagaland annually, from being hunted by locals.
  • Worth £40,000, the award is for creating a brand new community of community-owned forests to guard Amur Falcons and improve biodiversity in Nagaland.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Nagaland: Neiphiu Rio; Governor of Nagaland: R. N. Ravi.

Sports News

8. Rafael Nadal wins tenth Italian Open title

  • Rafael Nadal beat world primary Novak Djokovic to win a tenth Italian Open title. Second seed Nadal received by means of 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 in 2hr 49min towards the defending champion within the 57th profession showdown between the pair.
  • The victory additionally earned Nadal a thirty sixth ATP Masters 1000 crown, equalling Djokovic’s file because the collection was established in 1990.
  • In the ladies’s class, Polish teenager Iga Swiatek crushed Czech ninth seed Karolina Pliskova 6-0, 6-0 to win the Italian Open title. Swiatek, ranked 15, claimed her third WTA title.

Books and Authors News

9. A e book titled “Sikkim: A History of Intrigue and Alliance” launched

  • The e book “Sikkim: A History of Intrigue and Alliance”, revealed by HarperCollins India, launched on May 16, which is well known as Sikkim Day.
  • Former diplomat Preet Mohan Singh Malik combines insights into the distinctive historical past of the erstwhile kingdom of Sikkim with the intriguing story of the way it turned India”s twenty second state in his new e book. 
  • The goal of the e book, he says, is to make clear and set up the primacy of strategic points that lay behind India”s resolution to simply accept the demand that Sikkim is merged with India.
  • Sikkim stays vital from a strategic perspective, given its proximity to Tibet and the essential Siliguri Corridor that connects India”s northeastern states with the remainder of the nation.
  • Sikkim additionally stays an enigma for many, with many misconceptions about its historical past and its merger with India in 1975. 

Important Days

10. National Dengue Day: 16 May

  • In India, the National Dengue Day is noticed yearly on 16 May.
  • The day is an initiative by the Ministry of Healthy and Family Welfare, to boost consciousness about dengue and its preventive measures, and preparedness for management of the vector-borne illness earlier than the transmission season begins.
  • Dengue is unfold by means of the chew of the feminine mosquito (Aedes aegypti).
  • Dengue is a mosquito-borne illness that's attributable to the dengue virus of 4 distinct serotypes — DEN-1, DEN-2, DEN-3 and DEN-4.
  • Dengue, which is unfold by the Aedes albopictus species of mosquitos, can result in flu-like sickness corresponding to extreme muscle ache and nausea and may result in demise if not cured correctly.

11. International Day of Light celebrated on 16 May

  • The International Day of Light (IDL) is well known on 16 May annually to mark the anniversary of the primary profitable operation of the laser in 1960 by physicist and engineer, Theodore Maiman.
  • The day celebrates the function that gentle performs in science, tradition and artwork, schooling, and sustainable improvement, and in fields as various as drugs, communications, and power to assist obtain the targets of UNESCO – ‘schooling, equality, and peace. The message of 2021 International Day of Light is “Trust Science”.
  • The celebration of the International Day of Light will allow numerous sectors of society worldwide to get bask in actions that show how science, know-how, artwork and tradition might help in reaching the targets of UNESCO i.e. constructing the muse for peaceable societies.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • UNESCO headquarters: Paris, France.
  • UNESCO Head: Audrey Azoulay.
  • UNESCO Founded: 16 November 1945.

12. International Day of Living Together in Peace: 16 May

  • The International Day of Living Together in Peace is held on Sixteenth May yearly since 2018.
  • The UN General Assembly, declared 16 May the International Day of Living Together in Peace, as a way of repeatedly mobilizing the efforts of the worldwide group to advertise peace, tolerance, inclusion, understanding and solidarity.
  • The Day goals to uphold the will to reside and act collectively, united in variations and variety, in an effort to construct a sustainable world of peace, solidarity and concord.
  • The United Nations General Assembly determined to rejoice Sixteenth May because the International Day of Living Together in Peace on eighth December 2017.

13. World Telecommunication and Information Society Day: 17 May

  • The World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is noticed yearly on 17 May since 1969, to commemorate the founding of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
  • The theme of 2021 is “Accelerating Digital Transformation in challenging times​”​.
  • The ITU was based on 17 May 1865, when the primary International Telegraph Convention was signed in Paris.
  • The primary goal of the day is to boost world consciousness of the adjustments led to by the Internet and new applied sciences in societies and economies, in addition to of the way to bridge the digital divide.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • International Telecommunication Union Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland;
  • International Telecommunication Union Founded: 17 May 1865;
  • International Telecommunication Union  Secretary-General: Houlin Zhao.

14. World Hypertension Day: 17 May

  • World Hypertension Day (WHD) is well known on 17 May worldwide to advertise public consciousness of accelerating hypertension (BP) and to encourage residents of all international locations to forestall and management this silent killer. The day was held for the primary time in May 2005.
  • World Hypertension Day (WHD) is an initiative of the World Hypertension League (WHL), an affiliated part of the International Society of Hypertension.
  • The theme for World Hypertension Day 2021 is Measure Your Blood Pressure Accurately, Control It, Live Longer.

15. sixth UN Global Road Safety Week: 17-23 May 2021

  • The sixth UN Global Traffic Safety Week, which this yr is well known between 17 and 23 May, name for 30 km/h (20 mph) pace limits to be the norm for cities, cities and villages worldwide.
  • UN Global Road Safety Week (UNGRSW) is a biennial world street security marketing campaign hosted by WHO. Each UNGRSW has an advocacy theme.  The theme for the sixth UNGRSW is Streets for Life, beneath the tagline #Love30.
  • It brings collectively people, governments, NGOs, companies, and different organizations from all over the world to boost consciousness of street security and make adjustments that may scale back the variety of street deaths.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • WHO was established on 7 April 1948.
  • WHO is a specialised company of the United Nations answerable for worldwide public well being.
  • WHO is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • WHO present President is Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Obituaries News

16. Famous Mathematician MS Narasimhan Passes Away

  • Noted Indian mathematician, Professor MS Narasimhan has handed away. Professor Narasimhan, together with C. S. Seshadri, have been recognized for his or her proof of the Narasimhan–Seshadri theorem.
  • He is the one Indian to obtain the King Faisal International Prize within the area of science.
  • He was graduated from Loyola College, Chennai, and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bombay Narasimhan had additionally obtained PhD from Mumbai University.

Miscellaneous News

17. Cyclone Taukate hits many states

  • Cyclone Taukate has obtained its most depth within the wee hours of Sunday and has now change into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm (wind pace of 118 to 166 km/hr).
  • The newest cyclone alert issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has stated that this storm would attain near Gujarat coast, Maharashtra, Goa.
  • Light to average depth rainfall is anticipated to proceed over coastal Karnataka and Kerala until Monday.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • India Meteorological Department Headquarters: Mausam Bhavan, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.
  • India Meteorological Department Founded: 1875.


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