19th May 2021 Current Affairs


 GK Update of nineteenth May 2021 masking the next information headlines: Prime Minister of Mali, Medicine from the sky, Digital Transformation of Tribal Schools, Simorgh, Reliance Jio.

National News

1. India’s First Agriculture Export Facilitation Centre Launched in Pune

  • The Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture (MCCIA) has launched India’s first agro-export facilitation centre in Pune, in collaboration with National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).
  • The new Facilitation Centre will work as a one-stop-centre for the exporters within the agricultural sector in addition to increase agricultural exports from the area, as per international requirements.
  • The Center would information the possible exporters on varied related points of the ‘farm-to-fork chain of agro-exports by means of its consultants. It would set up consciousness packages, coaching packages and workshops on the associated points, organise visits to export homes for getting sensible steering, organise buyer-seller conferences and so forth.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • NABARD Founded: 12 July 1982;
  • NABARD Headquarters: Mumbai;
  • NABARD Chairman: G R Chintala.

International News

2. Penpa Tsering elected president of Tibetan exile authorities

  • The former speaker of Tibet’s parliament-in-exile, Penpa Tsering, has been elected the brand new president of the exile authorities.
  • Nearly 64,000 Tibetans dwelling in exile in India, Nepal, North America, Europe, Australia and elsewhere voted within the election, which was held in two rounds in January and April.
  • It was third direct election of management after the withdrawal of Dalai lama from politics.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Tibet Capital: Lhasa;
  • Tibet  Currency: Renminbi.

3. Moctar Ouane reappointed as Prime Minister of Mali

  • Moctar Ouane is reappointed as Prime Minister of Mali. He was appointed as Prime Minister of the caretaker authorities in August 2020 after the elimination of Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
  • Ouane should type a brand new authorities with room for the political class, beneath the directions of President Bah N’Daw.
  • In April 2021, Mali’s interim authorities had introduced that it could maintain a constitutional referendum on October 31 and an election in February 2022.
  • Mali is dealing with a political disaster as a result of disputed legislative elections and financial disaster as a result of financial stagnation, corruption, and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • It is a landlocked nation in West Africa;
  • It is the eighth-largest nation in Africa;
  • Its capital is Bamako and the foreign money is the West African CFA Franc.

4. Atlas V rocket launches SBIRS Geo-5 missile warning satellite tv for pc for US Space Force

  • The United Launch Alliance launched the Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida.
  • The Atlas V rocket carried SBRIS Geo-5 Missile Warning Satellite. The full type of SBRIS is the Space-Based Infrared System. It is designed for missile warning, missile battlespace and defence characterization.
  • SBRIS is mainly a Space Tracking and Surveillance System. SBRIS was designed to fulfill the Infrared Space Surveillance of the United States Space Force System. In 2020 alone, the SBRIS satellites detected greater than a thousand missiles.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • United Launch Alliance CEO: Tory Bruno;
  • United Launch AllianceFounded: 1 December 2006;
  • United Launch Alliance Headquarters: Centennial, Colorado, United States.

State News

5. ‘Medicine from the sky’ pilot at Vikarabad space hospital

  • The Telangana authorities has chosen 16 major healthcare centres (PHCs) unfold round Vikarabad space hospital for pilot testing the bold ‘Medicine from the sky’, the first-of-its-kind mission involving supply of medicines by means of a number of drones.
  • The space hospital has been chosen because the central level owing to the presence of chilly chain amenities and the chosen PHCs are each inside the Visual Line of Sight (VLOS) and Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) vary.
  • A consortium of seven operators headed by Blue Dart Med-Express had been chosen for the mission to be launched within the VLOS vary of 500 metres initially and shall be scaled up regularly to a 9 km vary.
  • The mission could be launched in three waves beginning with a pilot adopted by mapping the route community for the operation of drones for delivering vaccine/drugs within the desired neighborhood well being centres and PHCs.
  • The mission is being launched following the approval granted by the Civil Aviation Ministry to the request made by the State to grant conditional exemption from the Unmanned Aircraft System Rules 2021 for conducting experimental BVLOS drone flights for supply of vaccines.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Telangana Capital: Hyderabad.
  • Telangana Governor: Tamilisai Soundararajan.
  • Telangana Chief minister: K. Chandrashekar Rao.

Economy News

6. India’s WPI Inflation Surges To 10.49% For April 2021

  • The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade not too long ago launched Wholesale Price in India for the month of April 2021. The annual charge of inflation for the month of April 2021 was 10.49%.
  • The WPI for the month of April 2021 stood at 128.1. The base 12 months in calculating WPI is fastened as 2011-12.
  • The WPI Food index consists of meals merchandise from the manufactured merchandise group and meals articles from the first articles group. The WPI Food Index elevated from 153.4 in March 2021 to 158.9 in April 2021. The enhance charge in April is 7.58% and that of March is 5.28%.

Agreements News

7. India-Microsoft MoU on Digital Transformation of Tribal Schools

  • The Ministry of Tribal Affairs and Microsoft signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the joint initiative for Digital Transformation of Tribal Schools.
  • This contains the introduction of Ashram Schools and Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) in tribal areas.
  • Microsoft will make an Artificial Intelligence curriculum accessible for the tribal college students in Hindi and English.
  • In the primary section of the programme, 250 EMRS are to be established. Out of those 250 colleges, 50 colleges shall be given intensive coaching. And 5 hundred grasp trainers shall be skilled within the first section.
  • The academics are to be skilled in a phased method to make use of Artificial Intelligence software and manufacturing applied sciences equivalent to Office 365. This will introduce the academics to the world of collaboration and assist them perceive how educating shall be elevated with digital discipline journeys.
  • The academics can even be supplied with E-Certificates and E-badges from the Microsoft Education centres on the finish of the programme.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Minister of Tribal Affairs: Arjun Munda;
  • Microsoft CEO: Satya Nadella;
  • Microsoft Headquarters: Redmond, Washington, United States.

Science and Technology News

8. Reliance Jio joins international consortium to construct undersea cable community

  • Telecom operator Reliance Jio is establishing the most important worldwide submarine cable system centred on India with international companions and submarine cable provider Subcom to cater to elevated knowledge demand.
  • The two submarine cable methods which the corporate plans to deploy will join India with Asia Pacific markets (Singapore, Thailand & Malaysia) and others with Italy & Africa.
  • Submarine cable networks join a number of nations for the move of web & telecom companies. This excessive capability and high-speed methods will present greater than 200 Tbps (terabits per second) of capability spanning over 16,000 kilometres.
  • The IAX system that may join India from Mumbai and Chennai to Thailand, Malaysia, and is predicted to be prepared for service by mid-2023 and the IEX system that may prolong India’s connectivity to Italy, touchdown in Savona and extra landings within the Middle East and North Africa is predicted to be prepared for service in early 2024.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Reliance Jio President Infocomm: Mathew Oommen;
  • Reliance Jio Founder: Mukesh Ambani;
  • Reliance Jio Founded: 2007;
  • Reliance Jio Headquarters: Mumbai.

9. Iran Develops Its Most Powerful Supercomputer “Simorgh”

  • Iran has unveiled a brand new supercomputer named ‘Simorgh’, which is 100 occasions extra highly effective than the earlier supercomputer of the nation thus far.
  • The supercomputer has been developed indigenously by Tehran’s Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT). It has been named after a legendary Phoenix-like hen ‘Simurgh’.
  • Currently, Simorgh has a efficiency capability of 0.56 petaflops,
  • However, the nation claims this capability to succeed in one petaflop in two months.
  • The supercomputer shall be used for synthetic intelligence workloads, visitors and climate knowledge, and picture processing.

Summits and Conferences News

10. twenty sixth Meeting of Group of Ministers on COVID-19

  • The Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan chaired the twenty sixth assembly of the Group of Ministers on COVID-19.
  • CoWIN platform-the authorities developed a web site for the registration and reserving of vaccine appointment- shall be quickly accessible in Hindi and 14 different regional languages, knowledgeable within the twenty sixth GOM assembly.
  • Around seventeen extra laboratories shall be added to the INSACOG (Indian SARS CoV-2 Genomics Consortium) community.
  • These laboratories are being added to watch COVID-19 variants. Currently, there are ten laboratories within the community.
  • The manufacturing of Amphotericin-B is to be elevated to deal with COVID-19 black fungal infections referred to as Mucormycosis.

Sports News

11. Arjan Bhullar turns into first Indian-origin fighter to win MMA title

  • Arjan Bhullar turned the primary Indian-origin fighter to win a world title in a top-level MMA promotion when he beat Brandon Vera to grow to be the heavyweight world champion on the Singapore-based One Championship.
  • By defeating Vera, Bhullar ended the Filipino-American’s five-year championship-winning run. Bhullar had received the commonwealth video games gold medals in 2010 and 2012.
  • He turned the primary Indian-origin freestyle wrestler to symbolize Canada on the Olympics.

Obituaries News

12. Former President of Indian Medical Association Dr. KK Aggarwal Passes Away

  • Renowned heart specialist and former nationwide president of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Dr KK Aggarwal, has handed away battling with Covid.
  • He was an eminent doctor and heart specialist, who additionally has served as the pinnacle of the Heart Care Foundation of India.
  • He was honoured with the Dr BC Roy Award in 2005 and the Padma Shri in 2010, India’s fourth-highest civilian award, for his contributions to the sector of medication.

13. Renowned Tamil Writer and Folklorist Ki. Rajanarayanan Passes Away

  • Noted Tamil folklorist and acclaimed author Ki. Rajanarayanan has handed away.
  • Famously referred to as by his Tamil initials as KiRa, he was often called the pioneer of ‘Karisal Literature’.
  • KiRa was honoured with the Sahitya Academy award in 1991 for his novel ‘Gopalapurathu Makkal’. He was an eminent author of quick tales, novels, folklores and essays and has revealed over 30 books.

14. Former Union Minister Shri Chaman Lal Gupta Passes Away

  • Senior BJP chief and former union minister, Chaman Lal Gupta has handed away. He had an illustrious political profession spanning over 5 many years, starting with changing into a member of the J&K Legislative Assembly in 1972.
  • He was a member of the eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth Lok Sabha from the Udhampur constituency of Jammu.
  • Besides this, Chaman Lal Gupta was Union Minister of State, Ministry of Civil Aviation between October 13, 1999, and September 1, 2001, Union Minister of State (unbiased cost), Ministry of Food Processing Industries (September 1, 2001, to June 30, 2002) and Union Minister of State for Defence (July 1, 2002 to 2004).


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