Following is the 19 May 2018 Current Affairs For Government Exam
1. India Post customises affordable life policies.
India Post plays an important role in financial services, reaching out in the rural areas with its large and efficient network.
Postal Life Insurance extended insurance cover to the rural population under the banner ‘Rural Postal Life Insurance’ (RPLI) in 1995.
This scheme is primarily meant for people residing in rural areas, especially women and small and marginal farmers.
2. Tamil Nadu to build India’s next generation aircraft.
The Aeronautical Development Agency has set the ball rolling for building the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft by extending an invitation to private players in Tamil Nadu (TN).
It is the first time an indigenous military aircraft programme is seeing the involvement of private players.
It is also the first time a defence plane development project is proposed to be executed outside Bengaluru.
3. Government creates DG for trade remedies.
Ministry of Commerce has issued a notification for a unified Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR).
DGTR will be the apex national authority for all trade remedial measures including anti-dumping, countervailing duties and safeguard measures.
It will also provide trade defence support to domestic industry and to exporters in trade remedy investigations instituted by other countries.
4. India saw 211 tuberculosis cases per 1 Lakh.
According to the ‘World Health Statistics 2018’ released by World Health Organisation (WHO), India saw an estimated 211 cases of tuberculosis (TB) per 1,00,000 people in 2016,
Nepal and Bhutan recorded fewer number of TB cases per 1,00,000 population than India.
India has pledged to eradicate tuberculosis by 2025, five years ahead of the global target set by WHO.
5. Centre launches clean-up drive for beaches.
The Union Environment Ministry has launched a drive aimed at cleaning 24 beaches and water bodies as well as 24 polluted river stretches in the run-up to the World Environment Day on June 5.
The theme of the World Environment Day, to be hosted by India this year, is ‘Beat plastic pollution’.
The Ministry has formed 19 teams to implement the campaign.
6. Freshwater decline in India.
India is among the hotspots where overuse of water resources has caused a decline in the availability of freshwater, according to study using an array of NASA satellite observations of Earth.
The study found that Earth’s wetland areas are getting wetter and dry areas are getting drier.
In northern India, groundwater extraction for irrigation of crops has caused a decline in available water.
7. MPC to meet for three days from June 4.
The Reserve Bank of India has advanced the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting by a day to June 4 and also increased the duration to three days.
It is for the first time that the MPC will meet for three days.
The six-member MPC, headed by the RBI Governor, sets the benchmark interest rate.
MPC was set up by amending the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934, through the Finance Act 2016.
8. Workshop on countering online radicalisation.
European Union and National Investigation Agency organised a workshop in New Delhi in which Indian & European experts discussed various aspects of online radicalisation.
The officers from both sides deliberated upon the processes that lead to radicalisation and recruitment.
This workshop is the clear reflection that the EU and India are joining hands in the fight against terrorism.
9. Himanta elected Vice-President of Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC).
The President of Badminton Association of India (BAI), Himanta Biswa Sarma was elected as the Vice-President of Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC).
The election took place during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the continental body in Bangkok, Thailand.
Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma became president of the Badminton Association of India in April 2018.
10. Lalit Kala Akademi gets new Chairman.
Artist and sculptor Uttam Pacharne has been appointed as the chairman of the Lalit Kala Akademi.
Currently, he is a member of the advisory committee, Kala Academy, Goa.
He is the recipient of National Lalit Kala Award and Maharashtra Gaurav Puraska from Government of Maharashtra.
The Lalit Kala Akademi or National Academy of Art is India’s national academy of fine arts.
11. Ramalingam appointed as Chief Justice.
Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar was sworn-in as the Chief Justice of the High Court of Manipur.
The acting Governor of Manipur Jagdish Mukhi administered the oath of office to Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar.
Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar was appointed as Chief Justice of Manipur High Court by the President of India.
12. Shivangi Pathak from Haryana is Youngest woman to scale Mt. Everest.
Shivangi Pathak from Haryana has become youngest women of the country to scale Mt Everest.
16-year-old Shivangi climbed the Mt Everest to spread the message that women could overcome any obstacle to achieve their goals.
In 2014, 13-year-old Malavath Poorna from India had climbed Mt Everest from Tibet side and became the youngest girl in the world to the summit at Everest.
13. First South Asian to be elected in Oregon.
Indian American Susheela Jayapal has been elected as a member of the Board of Commissioners of Multnomah County in Oregon, USA.
With this Susheela becomes first South Asian to be elected in Oregon.
Susheela, a political newcomer, will represent North and Northeast Portland commissioner’s seat.
14. Swraj Paul wins lifetime achievement award.
NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul has received a lifetime achievement award for his contributions towards promoting brand India in UK.
The founder of Caparo Group of industries, Paul was recognised at a UK & Asia Business Awards ceremony, organised by World Consulting & Research Corporation.
He has also served as the deputy speaker of the Lords & was appointed to the Privy Council in 2009.
15. RBI slaps fine on South Indian Bank.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has slapped a penalty of ₹ 50 million on South Indian Bank Limited for non-compliance with the directions issued by it.
The non-compliance pertains to Income Recognition and Asset Classification (IRAC) norms, Know Your Customer norms and treasury function.
Further, the bank is also pulled up for deficiencies in its compliance function and compliance culture.
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