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Current Affairs of 20th May

Anjali Singh, Published On:20-May-2019

                       Current affairs

1.National Awards for Senior Citizens 2019 for individuals/institutions should be sent by 31st May, 2019. The Department of Social Justice And Empowerment had invited nominations for the awards on 17th April, 2019.

  • The Ministries/Departments of Government of India and their autonomous organisations/State Govts. or UT Administration can nominate the suitable individuals/institutions for the Awards.
  • The National Awards are conferred by the President of India on the International Day of Older Persons i.e. 1st October every year.

2.A rocket was fired into the Iraqi capital's heavily fortified Green Zone, landing less than a mile from the sprawling US Embassy, an Iraqi military.

  • The apparent attack, which Iraq's state-run news agency said did not cause any casualties, came amid heightened tensions across the Persian Gulf, after the White House ordered warships and bombers to the region earlier this month to counter an alleged, unexplained threat from Iran.
  • It was the first such attack since September, when three mortar shells landed in an abandoned lot inside the Green Zone.

3.Political parties have spent over Rs 53 crore on digital platforms like Google and Facebook between February and May, with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) accounting for a lion's share of the spending.

  • According to Facebook's Ad Library Report, there were 1.21 lakh political ads with a total spending of more than Rs 26.5 crore between February and May 15 this year.
  • Similarly, ad spend on Google, YouTube, and partner properties since February 19 stood at Rs 27.36 crore with 14,837 ads.

4.External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will attend a two-day meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), in Kyrgyz capital Bishkek, during which several pressing issues including threat of terrorism are expected to be discussed.

  • The External Affairs Ministry said the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) will exchange views on topical issues of international and regional importance, besides reviewing the preparation for the SCO Summit in Bishkek from June 13-14.

5.State-owned Bank of Baroda (BoB) is considering the option of rationalising 800-900 branches across the country to improve operational efficiency, following its merger with Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank.

  • The merger of Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank with BoB became effective from April 1.
  • It does not make sense to have branches of Dena and Vijaya at the same location when both have been merged into BoB

6.Kerala became the first state to tap into masala bond market by listing the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB)’s masala bond worth of USD 312 million (Rs 2,150 crore) in London Stock Exchange (LSE)’s International Securities Market (ISM). The masala bond has a tenor of 5-year and a 9.723% coupon.

             Appointment and Resignation

7.The Jet Airways board became dysfunctional after Etihad Airways’ representative Robin Kamark resigned, the fourth director to quit in less than a month, leaving it with only two members.

  • The board of a publicly listed company requires a minimum of three members

               Awards and Recognition

8.A counter terror force National Security Guards (NSG) commandos have created the history by scaling the Mount Everest in the first attempt.

  • Lt. Col J P Kumar led 7-member team of the NSG and successfully unfurled the Indian flag at the Mount Everest which is 8,848 metre tall. The 7 member team has adopted the south-eastern approach via south Col in Solukhumbu region of Nepal.

                               Important Days

9.International Museum Day 2019 is celebrated on May 18 annually. It is observed to create awareness on the importance of museums for the development of society.

  • The theme of International Museum Day 2019 is “Museums as Cultural Hubs: The future of tradition”.


10.Internet star "Grumpy Cat" has died at the age of seven. The mixed-breed cat, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, found fame when a photo of her as a kitten was posted on Reddit in September 2012.

  • Grumpy Cat has 8.5 million fans on Facebook, 2.5 million followers on Instagram and 1.5 million on Twitter.


11.Former West Indies allrounder Phil Simmons will step down from his position as Afghanistan coach after the end of the ICC men's World Cup.

  • Simmons, who took over the position in December 2017, said he has achieved his target of taking Afghanistan to the World Cup and the time is ripe for him to leave.


12.Former West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo, who had announced his retirement from international cricket in October 2018, has been included in the team’s list of reserve players for the World Cup.


13.Vincent Kompany announced he would leave Manchester City after 11 trophy ­laden years to become player manager of Anderlecht.

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

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