18th May 2021 Current Affairs


GK Update of 18th May 2021 masking the next information headlines: International Museum Day, World AIDS Vaccine Day, Basketball Hall Of Fame, International Invincible Gold Medal, Suzuki Motorcycle India.

National News

1. India loses ONGC-discovered Farzad-B fuel area in Iran

  • India misplaced the ONGC Videsh Ltd-discovered Farzad-B fuel area within the Persian Gulf after Iran awarded a contract for growing the large fuel area to an area firm.
  • The National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) has signed a contract value USD 1.78 billion with Petropars Group for the event of Farzad B Gas Field within the Persian Gulf.
  • The area holds 23 trillion cubic ft of in-place fuel reserves, of which about 60 per cent is recoverable. It additionally holds fuel condensates of about 5,000 barrels per billion cubic ft of fuel.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Iran Capital: Tehran;
  • Iran Currency: Iranian rial;
  • Iran President: Hassan Rouhani.

State News

2. Manipur CM launches ‘MOMA Market’ for vegetable

  • Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh has launched a smartphone software “Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA) Market” for residence supply of contemporary greens to make sure that folks get contemporary greens at their doorsteps in the course of the COVID-19 induced curfew.
  • MOMA a unit of the state horticulture and soil conservation division launched the app underneath the CM’s supervision to make contemporary greens obtainable for day-to-day consumption and to cut back the misery gross sales of farm produce in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
  • MOMA has been assigned to work within the space and channel farm produces to customers through residence supply with the intention to forestall vegetable losses and COVID-19 unfold.
  • Farmers Producer Companies (FPCs) working with MOMA will harvest greens from varied farms. It will then be transported to chilly storage and warehouses on the division’s advanced in Sanjenthong and different areas.
  • Finally, the buyer’s MOMA Market order will likely be shipped to their doorstep.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Manipur: N. Biren Singh; Governor: Najma Heptulla.

3. Haryana Declares Black Fungus A Notified Disease

  • Black Fungus has been categorised as a notified illness in Haryana, making it crucial that authorities authorities learn about every case. This will enable within the monitoring and administration of an outbreak.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic in India has catalysed the unfold of black fungus or mucormycosis, which might disfigure folks even when it’s not deadly. Declaring a illness notifiable helps collate data and lets authorities monitor the illness and set off early warnings.
  • “Black fungus” primarily impacts folks on remedy for different well being issues that scale back their skill to battle environmental pathogens, in keeping with the Indian Council of Medical Research.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic in India has catalysed the fungal an infection right into a harmful illness disfiguring scores and even killing some.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Haryana Capital: Chandigarh.
  • Haryana Governor: Satyadev Narayan Arya.
  • Haryana Chief Minister: Manohar Lal Khattar.

Appointments News

4. Satoshi Uchida appointed as Suzuki Motorcycle India’s new Company Head

  • Suzuki Motorcycle India has appointed Satoshi Uchida as the brand new Company Head. He has changed Koichiro Hirao as a part of Suzuki Motor Corporation’s world revamp.
  • Suzuki Motorcycle India registered its highest-ever month-to-month gross sales in April 2021, dispatching as many as 77,849 items in the course of the month. Suzuki Motor Corporation is a Japanese multinational company primarily based in Minami-Ku.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Suzuki Motor Corporation Founder: Michio Suzuki;
  • Suzuki Motor Corporation Founded: October 1909;
  • Suzuki Motor Corporation CEO: Osamu Suzuki.

Agreements News

5. Google Cloud partnered with SpaceX for offering satellite tv for pc web service

  • Google Cloud and SpaceX signed a deal for offering web service by Starlink satellite tv for pc.
  • Google will present the Cloud infrastructure for this connectivity Project, whereas Space X will set up floor terminals in Google’s cloud knowledge centres for connecting Starlink satellites. It will assist in offering quick web service to the agricultural areas. This service will likely be obtainable to clients earlier than the finish of 2021.
  • The first Starlink terminal will likely be established in a Google knowledge centre in Ohio, United States. Earlier, Microsoft has additionally signed an identical settlement with SpaceX to attach its Azure cloud to Starlink.
  • Starlink is a mission underneath which SpaceX goals to ship 12,000 satellites to offer space-based web.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • SpaceX founder & CEO: Elon Musk.
  • SpaceX Founded: 2002.
  • SpaceX Headquarters: California, United States of America.
  • Google CEO: Sundar Pichai.
  • Google Founded: 4 September 1998, California, United States.
  • Google Founders: Larry Page, Sergey Brin.

Science and Technology News

6. IIT Ropar developed transportable eco-friendly cell cremation system

  • IIT Ropar has developed a conveyable eco-friendly electrical cremation system. It is one among its sort of know-how that produces no smoke regardless of utilizing wooden for cremation. It is predicated on wick-stove know-how.
  • The cart has been developed in collaboration with the corporate Cheema Boilers Limited.
  • The cart-shaped cell cremation system has stainless-steel insulation on either side of the cart for lowering warmth loss and wooden consumption. It takes much less time to get rid of the physique completely as in comparison with regular wood-based cremation. It makes use of half wooden than regular wood-based cremation, so it’s an eco-friendly know-how.

Awards News

7. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank receives ‘International Invincible Gold Medal’

  • International Invincible Gold Medal of this yr has been conferred on Union Education Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank. He has been recognised for his extraordinary dedication and excellent service to humanity by his writings, social and illustrious public life.
  • The determination was made after due deliberations by a high-powered committee duly constituted underneath the management of Dr Tony Nader who’s the worldwide head of the Maharshi organisation. This honour will likely be given by the worldwide Maharishi Organization & its universities.

8. Kobe Bryant Inducted Posthumously Into Basketball Hall Of Fame

  • Los Angeles Lakers legend, Kobe Bryant has been posthumously inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
  • He was introduced on the ceremony in Connecticut by NBA nice Michael Jordan and his widow, Vanessa, accepted his induction on his behalf.
  • Los Angeles Lakers nice Bryant retired in 2016; he was the NBA Most Valuable Player in 2008.
  • The five-time NBA champion died, aged 41, in a helicopter crash in January 2020.

Sports News

9. India’s Tejaswini Shankar Wins Consecutive High Jump Titles In USA

  • Representing Kansas State University, India’s Tejaswini Shankar gained back-to-back males’s excessive leap titles within the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Manhattan, USA.
  • He is the third Indian to compete within the extremely aggressive USA circuit, the breeding floor for a lot of US observe and area Olympians. Shankar had additionally gained the lads’s excessive leap title within the 2019 version of the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships whereas the 2020 version was cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Important Days

10. World AIDS Vaccine Day: 18 May

  • World AIDS Vaccine Day, (also called HIV Vaccine Awareness Day), is noticed yearly on May 18 to advertise the continued pressing want for a vaccine to stop HIV an infection and AIDS.
  • The first World AIDS Vaccine Day was thus noticed on May 18, 1998, to commemorate the anniversary of Clinton’s speech.
  • The idea of World AIDS Vaccine Day was proposed on May 18, 1997, throughout a graduation speech at Morgan State University made by then-President Bill Clinton, which underlined the necessity for a vaccine to curb the unfold of HIV.

11. International Museum Day: 18 May

  • The International Museum Day is widely known on 18 May, since 1977, to boost consciousness about the truth that “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples”.
  • The theme of International Museum Day 2021: “The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine”. It is coordinated by the International Council of Museums (ICOM).

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • President of International Council Of Museums: Suay Aksoy;
  • International Council Of Museums Headquarters: Paris, France;
  • International Council Of Museums Founder: Chauncey J. Hamlin;
  • International Council Of Museums Founded: 1946.

Obituaries News

12. BCCI referee Rajendrasinh Jadeja passes away

  • Former Saurashtra pacer and BCCI referee, Rajendrasinh Jadeja has died as a result of COVID-19.
  • He was one of many most interesting right-arm medium pacers and a outstanding all-rounder.
  • He performed 50 first-class matches and 11 List A video games, taking 134 and 14 wickets respectively. He had scored 1,536 runs in first-class matches and 104 runs in List A cricket.

13. Congress MP Rajeev Satav Passes Away

  • The senior Congress chief and Rajya Sabha MP, Rajeev Satav has handed away, days after recovering from a coronavirus an infection.
  • He was a member of the Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra and the in-charge of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) affairs in Gujarat. Formerly, he was the Member of Parliament within the sixteenth Lok Sabha from Hingoli in Maharashtra.

Miscellaneous News

14. IDRBT constructing National Digital Financial Infrastructure (NADI)

  • The Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT) is constructing a next-generation Digital Financial Infrastructure named National Digital Financial Infrastructure (NADI). NADI would offer a roadmap and framework for future digital monetary companies development in India.
  • NADI will consist of recent community infrastructure which incorporates 5G/Edge Cloud with SDNs (software-defined networking) for connecting to the crucial knowledge centre infrastructure on the back-end.
  • IDRBT is an arm of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
  • It may even have the middleware infrastructure for supporting each digital id verification, digital id evaluation and digital asset administration with the help of environment friendly digital ledger applied sciences and AI/ML applied sciences.”

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • IDRBT Headquarters location: Hyderabad;
  • IDRBT Founded: 1996.