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May 19, 2015

19th May 2015 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • During his Korea visit, the final destination of his three-nation tour, Modi and President Park Geun - hye held discussions and resolved to add "new substance, speed and content" covering defence, trade and investment, and regional cooperation to take the bilateral ties to a qualitatively higher level.
    • South Korea decided to provide $10 billion to India for infrastructure, development of smart cities, railways, power generation and other diversified areas as the two countries agreed to upgrade their bilateral relationship to a "special strategic partnership"
    • Modi invites Korean companies to invest in India's infrastructure sector; assures them of business friendly environment
  • Modi today Concluded his Three Nation visit to China, Mongolia and South Korea where he held bilateral talks and signed several pacts to bolster India's relations with the three countries.
National Affairs
  • The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee paid homage to Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, former President of India on his Birth Anniversary at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (May 19, 2015).
    • Sanjeeva Reddy was the sixth President of India, who served from 1977 to 1982.
  • Gujarat government has decided to form a high-level task force to study the growing habitat of Asiatic lions.
    • This was decided after the latest census revealed that population of Asiatic lion has increased outside the protected area of Gir National Park and Sanctuary.
    • This task force will analyze the census data in the wake of growing lion population outside Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, the only adobe of Asiatic lions.
    • The aim of the task force will be to prepare a report about growing habitat of lions outside the sanctuary and suggest measures to reduce man-animal conflicts.
  • Infosys has become the first Indian company to join the RE100 renewable energy campaign, a global initiative where companies pledge to use only renewable power.
    • The initiative was launched in New York in September 2014 and has already seen global giants, such as IKEA, Swiss Re, Formula E, H&M, Mars, NestlĂ©, Philips, make a commitment to use only clean energy.
    • Note : Infosys met 29 percent of its electricity needs through green power in the fiscal year 2015.

New Appointments
  • Former Union minister and BJP MP S S Ahluwalia was today appointed Chairman of a Joint Committee of Parliament that will go into the provisions of the controversial land acquisition bill.
    • The Joint Committee of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha consisting of 30 members will submit its report on the first day of Monsoon Session on the land bill which has  been already passed by the Lower House.

People in News
  • Delhi High Court issues notice to TERI Director General RK Pachauri on a plea seeking cancellation of his anticipatory bail in a sexual harassment case.
    • TERI - The Energy and Resources Institute

Business & Economy
  • Telecom arm of Reliance Industries (RIL), Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJio), has signed a pact with Chinese firm Huawei for sourcing various 4G devices, which includes smartphones, tablets and mifi dongles. 
    • RJio plans to launch 4G service this year in around 5,000 towns and cities, accounting for over 90 per cent of urban India and over 2.15 lakh villages.

Science & Technology
  • The 4th and last anti-submarine warfare ship being made for the Indian Navy was launched at Kolkata today, adding a feather to the cap of domestic manufacturing for naval forces.
    • The ship named as ‘Kavaratti`has been built by GRSE. 
      • GRSE : Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited.
    • Kavaratti is the last of four ASW class stealth corvettes being built for the Indian Navy under Project 28.
    • Important Points to Note : 
      • The other three ships of the same class are INS Kamrota, Kadmatt and Kiltan.
      • Of the three, Kamrota was delivered to the navy in 2014, and has been commissioned.
      • Kadmatt and Kitan are expected to be delivered between 2015 and 2017.
      • Chief of Naval Staff : Admiral R.K. Dhowan
      • Minister of State for Defense : Rao Inderjit Singh

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