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May 19, 2017

19th May 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (19th May 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 19th May 2017

International Current Affairs
  • The Japanese government today approved a one-off bill allowing ageing Emperor Akihito to step down from the Chrysanthemum Throne, in the first such abdication in two centuries.
  • SIMBEX, the 24th bilateral exercise involving Indian Navy and Republic of Singapore Navy has commenced in South China Sea.  
    • SIMBEX - Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercises“. 
    • The exercise will be held from May 18, 2017 to May 24, 2017. 
National Current Affairs
  • Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has today launched a new scheme titled 'She Pad'
    • Under this scheme, the the government will distribute sanitary pads to girls in all the schools in the state.
  • The Election Commission will hold a live demo of EVMs and voter-verifiable paper audit trails tomorrow at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. 
    • The EC will also give a press conference on the "EVM Challenge" hackathon, announcing its date and venue. 
    • This comes after the AAP gave an EVM tampering demonstration on a dummy device in Delhi Assembly.
New Appointments
  • Minister of Earth Sciences and Science and Technology, Harsh Vardhan, has been given additional charge of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF) after the demise of Union Minister Anil Madhav Dave. 
    • Dave (60), who was given the charge of MoEF on 5 July 2016, passed away at his official residence on Thursday.
  • The US Justice Department today appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller as special prosecutor to oversee the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election
    • Mueller, who is seen as a nonpolitical investigator, vowed that his highest priority would be "to restore the public's confidence in the FBI".
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • The GST Council today finalised tax rates for services under the GST regime, scheduled to be rolled out from July 1. 
    • There will be four rates for services at 5%, 12%, a standard rate of 18% and luxury rate of 28%
    • The 5% rate will be levied on transport services. 
    • Healthcare and education will be exempted from GST.
    • The tax rates for 1,211 items with a majority of items being kept under 18%.
    • Foodgrains will get cheaper, milk and cereals will be exempted, while sugar and edible oil will attract 5% tax. 
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) today urged the banks to appoint qualified Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) and Chief Technology Officers (CTOs).
Awards & Honors
  • Sanjay Gubbi (Karnataka) Purnima Barman (Assam) have won the prestigious Whitley Award for their contributions in wildlife conservation. 
    • Important Note : Whitley awards are popularly known as Green Oscars.
Science & Technology
  • Doctors at a Pune hospital successfully conducted India's first womb transplant by transferring a woman's uterus to her 21-year-old daughter, who was unable to conceive a child. 
    • The procedure was carried out in nine hours using a laparoscopic technique.
  • Fox News has revealed that its former Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes (77) died today. 
    • He joined the network in 1996 and helped create it with billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch.
Sports Current Affairs
  • Indian cricket team has retained its top position in the latest ICC Test rankings with 123 points. 
    • Top 10 in ICC Test Rankings :
      • India
      • South Africa
      • Australia
      • England
      • New Zealand
      • Pakistan
      • Sri Lanka
      • West Indies
      • Bangladesh
      • Zimbabwe
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