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May 17, 2019

17th May 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (17th May 2019) Important Current Affairs updates. You can download the pdf version of these current affairs from below link. Check complete Daily Current Affairs of the year 2019 from HERE. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 17th May 2019

International Current Affairs
  • Today (17th May) is World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD 2018).
    • This day was proclaimed to be on 17 May by United Nations General Assembly resolution, following the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis. 
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Theme of WTISD 2019 :  "Bridging the standardization gap"
  • Taiwan has become the 1st Asian country to legalise same-sex marriage
    • In the year 2017, the island's constitutional court ruled that same-sex couples had the right to legally marry. 
    • Taiwan's parliament was given a two-year deadline and was required to pass the changes by May 24.
  • US President Donald Trump has rolled out a merit-based immigration system from which foreigners, including hundreds and thousands of Indian professionals and skilled workers, waiting to get Green Cards or permanent legal residency stand to benefit. 
    • Under the proposed system permanent legal residency would be given based on points for their age, knowledge, job opportunities and civic sense.
    • The proposals significantly increase the quota for skilled workers from the existing nearly 12 per cent to 57 per cent. 
    • Besides, immigrants will be required to learn English and pass a civics exam prior to admission.
National Current Affairs
  • The Kerala Legislative Assembly recently announced an initiative to Digitize all its records and proceedings under its ambitious project called E-Vidhan which enables state legislature to go fully digital and completely paperless.
  • Milk and Milk products are more likely to be unsafe or substandard than other food products sold in Delhi, according to test reports of food samples analysed by the Delhi food safety department.
    • Of the 2,880 food samples tested between January 2018 and April 2019, milk products accounted for 161 of the total 477 failed tests.
  • Rajasthan government has introduced Balakot airstrike and IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as topics in Class 9 Social Science textbooks. 
    • Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education included it in a chapter titled 'Rashtriya suraksha evum shaurya parampara'. The content deals with India's Balakot airstrike on Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp and Abhinandan's role in the IAF operation the next day.
Science & Technology
  • India's fastest train Vande Bharat Express has completed 1 lakh running kilometres without missing a single trip.
    • The train, which can achieve a top speed of 160 kmph, was flagged off by PM Narendra Modi from New Delhi to Varanasi on February 15. 
    • The train has been manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai.
  • China's Chang'e-4, the 1st-ever lander on the Moon's far side, has found materials believed to have been part of its mantle, the layer beneath the surface.
  • Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Vigraha, a frontline offshore patrol vessel, decommissioned after 29 glorious years of service from 1990 to 2019.
      • ICGS Vigraha was the 7th offshore patrol vessel built by the Mazagaon Dock Limited, Mumbai and it was commissioned on April 12, 1990. 
      • The ship was later based at Visakhapatnam and has been instrumental in protecting the east coast in general and Andhra Pradesh coast in particular since then.
      • During the 29 years of service, the ship has participated in major coast guard operations involving search and rescue, anti-poaching, pollution response, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, repatriation and joint exercises among others.
    Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
    • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) directed Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) with asset size of over ₹5,000 crore to appoint a Chief Risk Officer (CRO) to better manage risk. 
      • The officer is required to function independently to ensure the highest standards of risk management.
      • They will report directly to the MD and CEO or risk management committee of the board.
    • Pakistan's currency hit an all-time low against the US dollar after it dropped to Rs 148 per dollar in the inter-bank market.
      • The devaluation followed bailout package by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the weekend. 
    • IM Pei (102), the Architect behind buildings including the glass pyramid outside the Louvre in Paris, has died today.
      • Pei was born in Guangzhou, China and moved to the US at the age of 17 to study architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. 
      • His other work includes Dallas City Hall and Japan's Miho Museum.
    Awards & Honors
    • 3-time Grand Slam champion Sir Andy Murray today received his Knighthood at Buckingham Palace, more than two years after he was awarded the honour. 
      • Murray received his knighthood from Prince Charles.
    • India's 19-year-old YouTuber Ajey Nagar, who runs the YouTube channel 'CarryMinati', has been named among TIME Magazine's 10 Next Generation Leaders for 2019
      • The list also features Sweden's 16-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg and America's 35-year-old actor-singer Tessa Thompson.
    New Appointments
    • Justice (retired) Madan B Lokur has been appointed to the Supreme Court of Fiji as a judge of its non-resident panel for a period of three years.
      • Himalaya Men announced Virat Kohli, captain of the Indian cricket team, and Rishabh Pant, "ICC Emerging Player of the Year 2018", as the official brand ambassadors for Himalaya Men Face-Wash range
      • In the United States, the Senate has voted to confirm Jeffrey Rosen as Deputy attorney general, the second-ranking official at the Justice Department. 
        • Rosen is going to replace Rod Rosenstein, who left the department last week.
      Sports Current Affairs
      • Bangalore-based footballer Brishti Bagchi is going to become the 1st Indian woman to play in the Spanish League
        • The 25-year-old is one step closer towards making her dreams come true after being picked to play for the reserve team for Madrid Club de Futbol Femenino (CFF), a team that competes in the Spanish La Liga Division-1 league.

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