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Current Affairs of 12th May

Anjali Singh, Published On:12-May-2019


                      Current affairs

1.First AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopter was formally handed over to the Indian Air Force at Boeing production facility in Mesa, Arizona, USA.

  • Air Marshal AS Butola, represented the Indian Air Force and accepted the first Apache in a ceremony at Boeing production facility, representatives from US Government were also present.
  • IAF had signed a contract with US Government and M/s Boeing Ltd in Sep 2015 for 22 Apache helicopters.

2.The civil aviation ministry has asked Air India to prepare 2018-19 financials for itself and its subsidiaries by end of June as the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has decided to speed up the disinvestment process of three of its wings.

  • After an attempt to sell Air India in May last year, a panel led by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had decided in June to scrap the stake-sale plan for the time being.
  • It was then decided to infuse more funds into the carrier and cut down debt by raising resources by selling land assets and other subsidiaries.
  • Air India has a total debt burden of around Rs 55,000 crore.

3.Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis approved 28 new works, including those related to water and soil conservation, under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee (MGNREGA) in drought-hit areas.

  • The approval was given during a review meeting of Dhule, Buldhana and Jalgaon districts held with the sarpanchs (village heads) and gram sevaks through the 'audio bridge' system.


4.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would make his maiden trip to Russia next week to meet his counterpart Sergei Lavrov and Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss bilateral relationship between the two countries and a wide range of other issues including arms control, Iran, N Korea, Ukraine and Venezuela.

5.Jeff Bezos, who heads both Amazon and space company Blue Origin, unveiled a lunar lander that he said that it would be used to transport equipment, and possibly human beings, to the south pole of the Moon by 2024.

  • The vehicle has been under development for the past three years. It will be capable of carrying scientific instruments and also rovers for humans.

6.Facebook chosen London as the centre for the global roll-out of WhatsApp pay, before the social media giant launches its digital payments service on the mobile messaging platform in India.

  • WhatsApp would hire nearly 100 people in London to focus on the digital payments service and additional operations staff would be hired in Dublin.
  • Facebook chose UK because it attracts a multicultural workforce from many of the countries where WhatsApp is widely used, such as India.

             Appointment and Resignation

7.L&T Technology Services (LTTS) has appointed Abhishek Sinha as Chief Operating Officer (COO)

  • Previously, He was an executive board member and chief people and operations at KPIT technologies.

8.India's Jagjit Pavadia was re-elected to the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) for another term, getting the highest number of votes.


9.Yogesh Chander Deveshwar, the ITC’s longest­ serving chairman, passed away.

  • An alumnus of IIT ­Delhi and Harvard Business School, Mr. Deveshwar joined ITC in 1968 and rose to become its CEO and chairman of the board in 1996.

                      Important Days

10.International Nurses Day (IND) is observed on 12th May of each year, to mark the contributions that nurses make to society.

  • The theme for the year 2019 is "Nurses: A voice to lead - Health for All".  


11.Croatia's World Cupper and former manager Igor Stimac is set to become Indian football team's head coach after the AIFF Technical Committee recommended his name for the top job


12.The International Cricket Council charged Sri Lankan performance analyst Sanath Jayasundara with two counts of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.

  • Jayasundara, a performance analyst at Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), has been provisionally suspended with immediate effect

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


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