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Current Affairs of 23rd May

Anjali Singh, Published On:23-May-2019


                       Current affairs

1.The State Bank of India (SBI) has announced a strategic partnership with the FMCG arm of The Art of Living.

  • Under this partnership, YONO users can avail a discount of 15 per cent on the entire range of products offered by Sri Sri Tattva such as food, personal care, healthcare, homecare, BYOGI apparels and Shankara skincare products.

2.Karnataka Bank launched a customized product for the salaried class.

The new savings bank product, KBL SB Salary has been designed with three variants namely SB Salary Executive, SB Salary Prime, and SB Salary Classic to cater the financial needs of the 'employer-employee ecosystem'.

  • Its major features include- No annual charge on Debit Cards, Unlimited free access to Karnataka Bank ATMs, Free Cash Deposit facility across all branches, Free Fund Transfer within the Bank, Free NEFT & RTGS through Internet and Mobile Banking, Free Outstation Cheque Collection, No Annual Fee on Demat & Trading Accounts.

3.The vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific that the United States and Japan share serves as the foundation for a global partnership that strengthens security, prosperity and order around the world.

  • In fact, the US-Japan alliance serves as the cornerstone of peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region,ahead of President Donald Trump's scheduled Japan visit beginning May 25.
  • The United States' and Japan's shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific serves as the foundation for a global partnership that strengthens security, prosperity, and a rules-based order around the world.

             Appointment and Resignation

4.South African lawmakers re-­elected Cyril Ramaphosa as the nation’s President, two weeks after the ruling ANC party returned to power in legislative elections.

  • Mr. Ramaphosa was duly elected President of the Republic of South Africa as he was the only name nominated by lawmakers in Cape Town.

               Awards and Recognition

5.Flight Lieutenant Bhawana Kanth became the first woman pilot of the IAF to be qualified to undertake combat missions on a fighter jet.

  • Flight Lieutenant Kanth completed the operational syllabus for carrying out combat missions on Mig ­21 Bison aircraft during day time.

6.The UN said late Malawian soldier Chancy Chitete will be honoured with the UN's highest peacekeeping award by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the UN headquarters in New York.

  • He will be honoured for his brave and selfless action and  sacrificed his life while saving his colleague during an operation against a local armed group last year.

                           Important Days

7.World turtle day is observed on 23rd May. It is sponsored yearly since 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue.

  • The aim is to bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for, turtles and tortoises, and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive. This year the day spotlights on freshwater turtles.

                  Books and Authors

8.Jokha Al Harthi and Marilyn Booth have won the 2019 Man Booker International Prize for "Celestial Bodies" a coming-of-age novel written by Alharthi and translated from Arabic by Marilyn Booth.

  • Alharthi is the first Omani woman to have a novel translated into English and also the first Arabic-language author to win the award.


9.Bangladesh all ­rounder Shakib Al Hasan has ascended to the top of the ICC ODI rankings for all ­rounders, ahead of the World Cup which begins in England and Wales.

10.Portland Trail Blazers’ head coach Terry Stotts has agreed a new multi ­year contract extension in the wake of the team’s NBA playoff exit to the Golden State Warriors.

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


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