Current Affairs 19 May 2018

Current Affairs of May 19, 2018, are as follows:-

1. 'AYUSH' Finds A Place In the English Language:- 

  • The Commission for Scientific and Technical Terminology decided to adopt the word ‘AYUSH’ in Hindi and English languages for scientific and technical purposes.
  • The “AYUSH” became popular as the acronym for five traditional and complementary systems of medicine, namely Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy and successfully adopted and used in all Government communications.
  • The decision follows a proposal from the Ministry of AYUSH in this regards.

2. Gina Haspel confirmed as first female director of CIA:-

  • The US Senate confirmed Gina Haspel as the first female director of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Haspel’s nomination was confirmed in a 54-45 vote, following a difficult nomination process that reopened an emotional debate about brutal interrogation techniques in one of the darkest chapters of CIA’s history.

3. NASA to fly a helicopter on Mars:-

  •  NASA is planning to send a small helicopter to Mars, in the first test of a heavier-than-air aircraft on another planet.
  • The Mars helicopter will be bundled with the US space agency’s Mars rover when it launches in 2020.
  • The helicopter would be specifically designed to fly in the atmosphere of Mars, which is 100 times thinner than Earth’s.

4. Indias Jagriti Yatra Wins Charity Award In United Kingdom:-

  • The Yatra, an Indian charity that organizes 15-day train journeys around India to understand and build the India of smaller towns and villages through enterprise has won an award in London.
  • Jagriti Yatra was among a series of worldwide charities and individuals recognized for their impact within their communities at the Asian Voice Charity Awards.
  • Jagriti Yatra organizes 15-day train journeys, covering 800 km for 400 young change-makers across India every year.
  • It has created some of India’s foremost social entrepreneurs and pioneers of enterprise-led development that cuts across socio-economic boundaries in India.

5. First Para-National Games To Be Held Under Khelo India Scheme:-

  • The inaugural National Para Games, on the lines of National Games for able-bodied athletes, will be held under the Khelo India Scheme in June-July 2018 in Bengaluru. 
  • The Games will be held for the age group of 16 to 40 (men and women) in 10 disciplines namely para-athletics, badminton, chess, blind judo, para powerlifting, shooting para-sport, para-swimming, table tennis, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair fencing.

6. World Bank to provide a grant to Bangladesh:-

  • The World Bank (WB) is going to provide Bangladesh with a grant to meet the basic needs of around one million Rohingyas who fled from Myanmar in August 2017.
  • A World Bank team would be visiting Bangladesh to discuss the issue with the government.
  •  As per the bank’s conditions, the entire fund that the WB has finally agreed to provide Bangladesh will have to be spent for the Rohingyas only.

7. RBI imposed the penalty on the Cooperative bank:-

  • The Reserve Bank of India has imposed a penalty of Rs. 50,000/- on Universal Co-operative Urban Bank, Mancherial, Telangana.
  • The penalty has been imposed on the bank as it had violated RBI’s directive and guidelines on loans and advances to directors and their relatives.

8. Prime Minister Narendra Modi To Lay Foundation Stone Of Indias Longest Road Tunnel In J&K:-

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a day-long visit to Jammu and Kashmir.
  • During his visit, Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of 'Zojila Tunnel' on the Srinagar-Leh National Highway in Leh.
  • The 14-kilometer long Zojila tunnel will be India’s longest road tunnel and Asia’s longest bidirectional tunnel.
  • It will provide all-weather connectivity to the whole Ladakh region and Kargil in particular which remains cut off from rest of the world for more than 5 months of the winter.
  • Prime Minister Modi will dedicate to the nation a 330 MW Kishenganga hydroelectric project from Srinagar. There are 7 functional NHPC power projects in J&K.

9. NITI Aayogs 3-Day Venture Capital Symposium 2018 Begins:-

  • NITI Aayog, in association with Vision India Foundation, is organizing the Venture Capital Symposium 2018 to deepen the economic relationships between France and India.
  • The Venture Capital Symposium 2018 is a three-day event where the French investors will be interacting with 100 early to mid-stage Indian start-ups.
  • Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, along with Atul Chaturvedi, Additional Secretary, DIPP addressed the inaugural address of the Symposium, which was attended by Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India.

10. Union Minister Suresh Prabhu Launched Intellectual Property Mascot IP Nani:-

  • Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu launched the Intellectual Property (IP) mascot ‘IP Nani’. 
  • The mascot was launched during a conference on the National Intellectual Property Rights Policy in New Delhi. 
  • On the same occasion, an anti-piracy video featuring the Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan was also launched.
  • The first and foremost objective of the Policy is “IPR Awareness: Outreach and Promotion”, aimed at raising awareness on IPR for school children to nurture creativity and the ability to innovate from a very young age.

11. Sridevi Honoured At Cannes Film Festival:-

  •  Veteran Bollywood actor Sridevi was honored with the TITAN Reginald F Lewis Film Icon Award at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival.
  • The award traditionally celebrates women of the film industry all over the world and also salute the multi-cultural impact on the world of cinema.
  • Veteran filmmaker Subhash Ghai and producer Namrata Goyal received the award on behalf of Sridevi's family. 

12. NMDC bags S&P PLATTS Global Metals award 2018:-

  • NMDC (National Mineral Development Corporation) Limited has bagged the prestigious S&P Global PLATTS Global Metals Award 2018 in corporate social responsibility (CSR) category held at London.

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