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Current Affairs of 11th May

Anjali Singh, Published On:11-May-2019


                      Current affairs

1.Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella announced the launch of “ElectionGuard”, a free open-source Software Development Kit(SDK) to help nations to carry out secure and verifiable voting.

  • “Election Guard” is a supplement to paper ballots.
  • It is verifiable as it allows the voters and third-party organizations to verify election results.
  • “Election Guard” provides a voter a unique code.

2.Indian Staffing Federation (ISF), the apex body for the flexi working industry said that the Indian tech industry will add another three million new jobs in the next five years. With the additions, the size of the country’s tech army will be 7 million by 2023.

  • It also said that the new jobs would come up in digital technology areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, Internet of things (IOT), data science, analytics, big data, blockchain and augmented reality. Jobs would also be created in newer technology areas that are presently unknown but are expected to emerge and evolve in the next few years.

3.Vice President of India M.Venkaiah Naidu commenced his four-day official visit to Vietnam on 9 May 2019.

  • His visit comes after a series of high-level exchanges between India-Vietnam in 2018 which include visit of Vietnamese Prime Minister in January and President in March to India.
  • During his visit, the Vice President will be participating in 16th United Nations Day of Vesak (UNDV) at Tam Chuc pagoda in northern Ha Nam province of Vietnam. This visit is expected to enhance India's Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with Southeast Asian nation, Vietnam.

4.An asteroid 200 feet wide just plowed into a simulated New York City, sent there by NASA as part of an exercise to study what might happen if astronomers found a giant space rock heading toward Earth.

  • NASA scientists have revealed the outcomes of its asteroid impact drill where they simulated an asteroid heading towards Denver, US. The world's space powers collaborated to hit and deflect the 180-meter-wide asteroid. However, a 60-metre chunk broke off and hit New York City at 69,000 kmph destroying everything in a 15-km radius as political disagreements failed in nuking the rock.

5.Indian Army is commemorating ‘2019’ as the ‘Year of Next of Kin’.

  • As a part of this commemoration, the Army has planned to reach out to the next of kin of battle casualties, ex-servicemen and serving soldiers to resolve their pension-related issues and to let them know of their entitled financial benefits, welfare schemes.

  • Bipin Rawat, Army Chief General stated that the army will observe 2019 as the year for the next of kin. Last year, stress was laid on the disabled soldiers, while this year its on the next of kin of the deceased soldiers.

6.The Chhattisgarh police for first time inducted Anti-Naxal women’s commando unit named ‘Danteshwari Ladake’ or ‘Fighters of Goddess Danteshwari’.

  • This special raised squad was part of the security forces “short action teams” which inducted in the state’s Naxal-hit Dantewada district.
  • The unit comprised of 30 women commandos which led by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Dineshwari Nand. Out of these 30 women commandos, 10 are surrendered women Naxals and 10 are assistant constables, part of anti-naxal movement Salwa Judum.

7.Rajiv Gandhi International Airport of Hyderabad has been ranked as the world’s 8th Best Airport, according to survey conducted by Air Help.

  • The airports were rated on the basis of time performance, service quality and food & shopping options.
  • Air Help is an organization which is specialized in air traveler rights and gets compensation in cases of delays or cancellations of flights.

8.Tata Consultancy Services(TCS) again became the India’s most valued firm by market capitalisation.

  • The Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), led by Mukesh Ambani,slipped to number two.
  • As per BSE data, the market-cap of TCS stood at Rs. 8.13 trillion whereas the market-cap of RIL was Rs.7.95 trillion.

              Awards and Recognition

9. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi became the most-followed politician in the world on social media with a total audience of 110.9 million on platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as per the report released by Digital marketing platform SEMrush.

  • Former US President Barack Obama is at first position with 182.7 million followers.

             Appointment and Resignation

10. Balachandra Y V and Gokuldas Pai are appointed as Chief Operation Officer (COO) and Chief Business Officer (CBO) in Karnataka Bank Limited.

  • Earlier, both are General Managers of Karnataka Bank.

11.Nigerian Professor, Tijjani Mohammed Bande, has been appointed as the new President of the United Nations General Assembly(UNGA).


12.Tamil novelist and Sahitya Akademi Awardee Thoppil Mohamed Meeran passed away at Pettai in Tirunelveli district.


                      Important Days

13.National Technology Day is observed every year on the 11th of May in India.

  • It is a reminder of the anniversary of Shakti which is the first nuclear test done in Pokhran with a code named as ‘Smiling Buddha’ .
  • The aim of the celebration is to highlight the achievements of the scientists and engineers of India in the field of science and technology.  


14.Amul announced to sponsor Afghanistan team in World Cup 2019 which will held in England and Wales from May 30, 2019.  

  • Amul’s logo will be visible on the leading arm of jerseys of the Afghanistan players in an international match and also in training kit throughout the world cup.

Source: The Hindu, The Economic Times, The Indian Express, Press Information Bureau website



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