Current Affairs of May 26, 2018, are as follows:-
1. Barbados Elects Mia Mottley As first Female Prime Minister:-
- The Caribbean island of Barbados elected Mia Mottley as its first female Prime Minister since gaining independence from the UK in 1966.
- Mottley's Barbados Labour Party won all 30 seats in the country's Parliament, coming to power for the first time in a decade.
2. Nipah Virus Outbreak in India:-
- Recently, the state Health Department has confirmed Nipah virus (NiV) infection for the first time in Kerala with the blood and body fluid samples of two persons who died of viral fever in the past fortnight in Kozhikode district indicating the presence of the zoonotic disease.
- This is the first time the Nipah virus has been detected in this state which has high fatality rate and spreads mainly through bats, pigs, and other animals.
- However, According to World Health Organisation (WHO), India has in the past documented human-to-human transmission of the rare Nipah virus.
3. I&B Minister Launches 6-Day ASEAN India Film Festival:-
- I&B Minister Col. Rajyavardhana Rathore launches six-day ASEAN India Film Festival in New Delhi. India and ASEAN share historical and cultural links.
- The Union Minister also stated that the Information and Broadcasting ministry is taking measures to create and promote film festivals with ASEAN, BRICS, and European nations.
4. US disinvites China from major military exercise:-
- The United States on May 23, 2018, uninvited China from one of the world's largest international maritime warfare exercises.
- An official statement from Pentagon read that “China's behavior is inconsistent with the principles and purposes of the RIMPAC exercise and so, it has disinvited the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy from the 2018 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise.”
- The exercise, held in every two years in Hawaii, involves more than 20 countries from across the world including India, Australia, Japan and the UK.
5. Mission Innovation Ministerial Meeting Held In Sweden:-
- The Third Mission Innovation Ministerial Meeting was held at Malmo, Sweden.
- The Indian delegation was led by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science, Technology and Earth Sciences.
- Mission innovation countries launched Mission Innovation Champions Programme to felicitate clean energy innovators.
- Dr. Harsh Vardhan inaugurated Smart Grid Workshop at Copenhagen and Chaired public-private roundtable on Strategies on Decarbonisation through innovations in Smart Grids.
- India announced setting up of First International Incubator for clean energy in a public-private partnership at a total investment of around US $ 5 million in Delhi.
6. Archery World Cup Stage II 2018 Starts in Turkey
- The second stage of Archery World Cup 2018 has been started in Antalya, Turkey. India opened its account with a silver and a bronze medal in the compound section.
- India’s women compound team of Jyothi Surekha Vennam, Muskan Kirar, and Divya Dhayal recovered from a poor start to lose to their Chinese Taipei opponents by three points to settle for a silver.
7. Chandramauli appointed as Chairman of PCI:-
- Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad, who was the former Supreme Court Judge has been appointed as the Chairman of the Press Council of India (PCI) for the second time.
- The decision was taken by a committee of three members, headed by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu.
8. Airtel Payments Bank Appoints Anubrata Biswas As MD And CEO:-
- Airtel Payments Bank appointed Anubrata Biswas as its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.
- Biswas fills the position, which was lying vacant since end-December after Shashi Arora quit the post.
- Prior to joining Airtel Payments Bank, he was the Joint General Manager and Retail Business Head - South India for ICICI Bank.
9. Nima Jangmu Sherpa scales 3 highest mountains sets world record:-
- Nima Jangmu Sherpa, a Nepali woman created a world record by scaling three highest mountains in a single climbing season.
- The28-year-old Nima Jangmu has become the only woman in the world to climb three highest peaks in Nepal above 8,000 meters in one season within 25 days.
10. Nepal is the first country In South-East Asia To Eliminate Trachoma: WHO:-
- The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Nepal as free from Trachoma, the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness.
- With this, Nepal becomes the first country in WHO’s South-East Asia Region to eliminate Trachoma.
- Trachoma was the second leading cause of preventable blindness in Nepal in the 1980s.