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May 30, 2019

29th May 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (29th 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 29th May 2019

International Current Affairs
  • Today (29th May 2018) is International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.
    • The day was established to :
    • Honour the memory of the UN peacekeepers who have lost their lives in the cause of peace;
    • Pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in UN peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication and courage.
    • Theme of International Day of UN Peacekeepers 2019 :  “Protecting Civilians, Protecting Peace
  • The Maldives has invited Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address the Parliament during his upcoming visit to the country expected in June.
    • PM Modi will visit the Maldives in his first bilateral visit post assuming office for the second term. He had visited the Maldives in November 2018 to attend the oath-taking ceremony of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
  • The Philippines has proposed a law under which students will be required to plant at least 10 trees before they are allowed to graduate from primary school, high school and university. 
    • Lawmakers said 525 billion trees could be planted in a generation if the law is properly implemented. 
  • Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid is going to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony on May 30, Bangladesh's presidential palace said. 
    • India has invited leaders of BIMSTEC (The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) nations, the Prime Minister of Mauritius and President of the Kyrgyz Republic for the oath-taking ceremony.
National Current Affairs
  • A single bench of Rajasthan High Court has ordered the state government to withdraw all light motor vehicle driving licences of the illiterate
    • An illiterate is virtually a menace for the pedestrians as he wouldn't be in a position to understand road signs and notices of caution written on boards for human safety, the court added.
  • In a first-of-its-kind initiative, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to use cold mix tar and chemical concrete to fill the city's potholes and repair roads during monsoon. 
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • The US Treasury Department, in its semi-annual foreign-exchange report, removed India from the list of countries it scrutinizes for currency manipulation
    • India was removed given that it met only one of the three criteria, a "significant" bilateral surplus with US, for two straight reports.
    • The US again refrained from labelling China a currency manipulator but kept it on the watchlist.
  • Fugitive jeweller Nirav Modi will be produced before a London court on Thursday for a hearing in the extradition case in connection with the ₹14,000-crore PNB scam. 
    • The 48-year-old, whose third attempt at seeking bail was recently rejected, has been lodged in London's Wandsworth Prison. 
    • Nirav was arrested in March by Scotland Yard officers on an extradition warrant.
  • The Russian government has revealed it incurred a total loss of around 35 billion rubles (around $542 million) owing to failed rocket launches between 2010-18. 
    • The figure is around 13 times more than what was spent on insurance, with over 10 billion rubles uncovered by insurance. 
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has increased the Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) time window for customer transactions (initial cut-off) from 4.30pm to 6pm, effective June 1. 
    • The transactions will now take place under three windows – 8am to 11am, 11am to 1pm and 1pm to 6pm. 
    • The minimum amount to be remitted through RTGS is ₹2 lakh with no upper limit.
Awards & Honors
  • Indian music label T-Series has become the 1st YouTube channel to reach 100 million subscribers, beating its competitor PewDiePie, who has 96 million subscribers currently.
  • Indian writer Annie Zaidi was announced as the winner of the USD 100,000 Nine Dots Prize 2019.
    • The Nine Dots Prize is a book prize for creative thinking that tackles contemporary societal issues.
    • Mumbai-based Zaidi, a freelance writer whose work includes reportage, essays, short stories, poetry and plays, won for her entry 'Bread, Cement, Cactus' - combining memoir and reportage to explore concepts of home and belonging rooted in her experience of contemporar ..
MOUs & Agreements
  • The National Small Industries Corporation Limited (NSIC) signs the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) for the year 2019-20.
    • The MOU envisages provision of enhanced services by NSIC under its Marketing, Financial, Technology and Other support services schemes, for MSMEs in the country. 
  • The Indian Air Force has signed an MoU with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for crew selection and training for India's spaceflight programme Gaganyaan
  • Murray Gell-Mann (89), a physicist who theorized the existence of the quark and won a Nobel Prize for his method of classifying particles, has passed away.
    • Considered among the most important physicists of the 20th century, the American Jewish scientist theorized in the 1960s that subatomic particles — protons and neutrons — were composed of paired subunits he called quarks.
New Appointments
  • BJP leader Pema Khandu took oath as the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh along with Deputy CM Chowna Mein
    • Khandu was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Brigadier (Retd) BD Mishra
  • Biju Janata Dal (BJD) chief Naveen Patnaik took oath as Odisha Chief Minister for a 5th consecutive term. 
    • BJD came to power in the state after winning 112 of 146 seats in the state Assembly election.
  • Swedish caller ID service Truecaller has appointed former Flipkart executive Sandeep Patil as the Managing Director of its India operations
    • He became part of Truecaller's global management team effective May 28, 2019. 
  • Walmart announced it has appointed Suresh Kumar to new elevated Chief Technology Officer and Chief Development Officer role reporting directly to CEO Doug McMillon, effective July 8. 
  • IndiGo's Chief Operating Officer (COO) Wolfgang Prock-Schauer has been given additional charge as the low-cost airline's President
    • He will now be responsible for operational aspects such as flight operations, maintenance and engineering, inflight services and other management functions. 

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