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Current Affairs of 13th May

Anjali Singh, Published On:13-May-2019


                     Current affairs

1.After taking valuable lessons from the Cyclone Ochi disaster and the 2018 floods, the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) has updated standard operating procedures (SOP) and adopted new protocols for disaster management in the State.  

  • The State government has approved KSDMA’s updated ‘Orange book of disaster management — Kerala — SOP and emergency support functions plan’ and a new, separate document, ‘Monsoon preparedness and emergency response plan.’
  • The revision is meant to enhance the capacity of government departments to handle emergencies effectively.  
  • The orange book was earlier known as the ‘Handbook on disaster management — Volume 2 — emergency operations centres and emergency support functions plan.’ It describes incidence response mechanisms to be adopted at the State.

2.Commerce Secretary, Dr. Anup Wadhawan, welcomed senior officials of participating delegations from Developing and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) who are meeting in New Delhi over two days to discuss key issues and challenges facing the multilateral trading system.

  • The existential challenges to the multilateral rules based trading system are manifestina spate of unilateral measures and countermeasures, deadlock in key areas of negotiations and the impasse in the Appellate Body.  
  • The logjam in the Appellate Body is a serious threat to the dispute settlement mechanism of the WTO and the implementation function of the Organization.                

              Appointment and Resignation

3.The United Nations Secretary–General Antonio Guterres has appointed 17 new advocates to achieve Sustainable Development Goals. These include the Indian actress Dia Mirza and the Chief of Alibaba Group, Jack Ma.

  • The newly appointed UN advocates are the 17 influential global figures. It is the responsibility of these advocates to raise awareness, inspire greater ambition and strive hard for the faster action on the SDGs, which were adopted by the world leaders.

4.Ajoy Mehta, the municipal commissioner of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)has been appointed as the new Chief Secretary (CS) of Maharashtra.

                Awards and Recognition

5.IPS officer Chhaya Sharma, who headed the investigation team of the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case, has been conferred with the McCain Institute Award for Courage and Leadership in 2019.

  • She has guided teams in the detection and investigation of sensitive criminal cases and protection of human rights.


6.Padma Shri awardee Bhojpuri folk singer Hiralal Yadav died at the age of 93.

  • He was famously known as ‘Birha Samrat’.The veteran musician passed away after prolonged illness at his residence in Chaukaghat.                                           

                   Important Days

7.The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, paid homage to Shri Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, former President of India on his Birth Anniversary at Rashtrapati Bhavan on May 13, 2019.

  • The President, officers and staff of Rashtrapati Bhavan paid floral tributes in front of a portrait of Shri Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed.


8.The world’s first exclusive women’s cricket magazine “CRICZONE” released with Indian women’s cricket team vice-captain Smriti Mandhana featured as the cover story. The publisher of the magazine is Yash Lahoti.

9.Novak Djokovic joined Rafael Nadal as a 33­time Masters champion when he swept to a 6­3, 6­4 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas to claim a third Madrid Open title.


10.Mumbai Indians defeated Chennai Super Kings by 1 run to become the 1st team to win the Indian Premier League 4 times.

  • Orange Cap (most runs) : David Warner (SRH) 692 runs
  • Purple Cap (most wicket) : Imran Tahir (CSK) 26 wickets
  • Most Vulnerable Player : Andre Russell (KKR)
  • Emerging Player : Shubman Gill (KKR)
  • Best Catch : Kieron Pollard (MI)
  • Fair Play Award : Sunrisers Hyderabad
  • Best Ground and Pitch: Punjab Cricket Association & Hyderabad cricket Association

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



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