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Current Affairs of 16th May

Anjali Singh, Published On:16-May-2019


                     Current affairs

1.The Website of the Lokpal was inaugurated by the Chairperson, Justice Shri Pinaki Chandra Ghose in presence of all the Members of Lokpal.

  • The DG, NIC, Smt. Neeta Verma was also present on the occasion.  
  • The Website has been developed by NIC and provides the basic information with respect to the working and functioning of the Lokpal. The Website can be accessed at

2.The joint meetings of three conventions on chemicals and waste which is the fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal was held along with the ninth meeting of the COP to Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade and the ninth meeting of the COP to Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

  • The theme of the meetings this year was “Clean Planet, Healthy People: Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste”.

3.Indian Coast Guard ship Vigraha was decommissioned at Visakhapatnam.

  • The  ICGS Vigraha that had served the Coast Guard for 29 years was decommissioned with full military honours at sunset.
  • ICGS Vigraha, the symbolic representation of the able ­minded warrior in the battlefield, was commissioned on April 12, 1990.
  • It was the seventh Offshore Patrol Vessel built by Mazagon Dock Ltd, Mumbai.

4.The Kerala Legislative Assembly hopes to go fully paperless and digital over the next 14 months.

  • Shifting completely into e­space is expected to save the Kerala Assembly printing costs to the tune of ₹35 crore to ₹40 crore annually
  • The project cost is estimated at ₹40 crore. The work had been awarded to the cyberpark run by the Uralungal Co Operative Society

5.The Alabama Senate has passed the most restrictive abortion Bill in the U.S., which places a near ­total ban on the termination of pregnancy — even in cases of rape and incest — and could punish doctors who perform the procedure with life in prison.

  • The text passed by the Republican ­led Senate has been sent to Governor Kay Ivey’s desk for signature into law and, if approved, is expected to trigger a legal battle.
  • Under the Bill, performing an abortion is a crime that could land doctors who perform it in prison for 10 to 99 years. Abortions would only be legal if the life of the mother is in danger or the foetus has a fatal condition.
  • The largest human rights defence organisation in the United States, the ACLU, promised to file a lawsuit to block its implementation

6.National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), HCL Foundation and Indian National Trust for Art and Culture Heritage (INTACH) signed tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Plantation of Rudraksha Trees in Uttarakhand under the ‘Namami Gange’ Programme.

  • The objective is to create a greener ecosystem in the Ganga Basin along the stretch of 97 towns and 4,465 villages.

7.The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has envisaged four times growth in digital transaction in two years, in the payment system vision document for 2019-­2021

            Appointment and Resignation

8.The Maharashtra government named new head for the State Anti Terrorism Squad in a reshuffle of 28 officers of the ranks of Deputy Inspector General of Police.

  • Joint Commissioner of Police (Economic Offences Wing) Deven Bharti, has been promoted as Additional Director General of Police and will head the State ATS.

9.The News Broadcasters Association (NBA) notified that Arjan Kumar Sikri, former Supreme Court judge has been appointed as the chairperson of the News Broadcasting Standards Authority.

               Awards and Recognition

10.Kami Rita climbed Mt. Everest for the 23rd time and broke his own record for most summits on Mt. Everest.

  • He successfully climbed the mountain from the Nepal side.


11.Manchester City defeated Brighton by 4-1 at the Amex Stadium, UK in Premier League title match. Manchester City became the first team to retain the title in last 10 years since Manchester United had done the same in 2009.

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

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