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Current affairs of 21st May

Anjali Singh, Published On:21-May-2019


                       Current affairs

1.Boeing announced that it is launching a Boeing University Innovation Leadership Development (BUILD) programme for university students, faculty and early stage start­ups to nurture innovation and skill development in the country.

  • The BUILD program will help innovators convert their ideas into viable business offerings that have the potential to shape the future of Indian aerospace and defence

2.The feasibility report for the 531­km semi ­high speed railway line from Thiruvananthapuram to Kasaragod, estimated to cost ₹56,000 crore, prepared by the Paris­ based engineering and consulting group Systra, was submitted to Minister for Public Works and Railways G. Sudhakaran

3.A Maldives court set aside the conviction and 15 ­year prison term given to former Vice ­President Ahmed Adeeb on allegations that he conspired to assassinate former President Abdulla Yameen.

  • The High Court annulled the Criminal Court’s conviction and ordered a new probe.

4.The rupee declined 6 paise to 69.80 against the US dollar in early trade following increased demand for the greenback from importers and banks.

  • A strong US dollar against major global currencies and rising crude prices influenced the domestic unit.

5.The governments of Japan, India and Sri Lanka have agreed to develop a container terminal at the Port of Colombo, which has attracted major investment from China under its Belt and Road initiative.

  • The three will sign a memorandum of understanding in the coming months for the east container terminal, located at the newly expanded south part of the Port of Colombo, to deepen it and develop a facility to allow large container ships to enter.

6.Tripura Gramin Bank is among India’s top three Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) in terms of profit, business, and growth.

  • Currently, India has 45 Regional Rural Bank out of which Tripura Gramin Bank ranked 3rd in the country.  
  • Tripura Gramin Bank has posted a profit for 7 successive years to Rs 125.45 crore in fiscal 2018-19.
  • The Bank also registered the business of Rs. 9,000 crores, with net Non-Performing Asset (NPA) of zero percent and gross NPA of 8.94 percent.

             Appointment and Resignation

7.Indonesia's Joko Widodo has been re-elected as president of the world's third-biggest democracy beating rival Prabowo Subianto, a retired general who has vowed to challenge any victory for the incumbent leader.

  • The commission was expected to announce the official results of the April 17 poll on Wednesday in the Southeast Asian nation of 260 million.

8.Sourav Ganguly has joined as the brand ambassador for My11 Circle, a fantasy cricket platform from Play Games24x7 Pvt. Ltd. is coming up with something exciting and challenging this cricket season.

  • It has committed to give every cricket fan the best experience of fantasy cricket in India, My11 Circle brings loads of fun and excitement to the table with Sourav Ganguly.

9.Career diplomat Moin-ul-Haq has been appointed as Pakistan's new High Commissioner to India to start a new process of engagement with the country where a new government will be formed soon, amid strained relations between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.

               Awards and Recognition

10.The King of Comedy, Kapil Sharma, has been named as most viewed stand-up comedian in India and abroad by World Book of Records London.

                               Important Days

11.May 21 is observed as Anti-Terrorism Day, the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.  

  • Rajiv Gandhi became the youngest prime minister of the country when he was sworn in at the age of 40 as the sixth Prime Minister of India after his mother Indira Gandhi's assassination in 1984.
  • He served as the prime minister from 1984 to 1989.
  • The Anti-Terrorism Day is observed to spread the message of peace and humanity and to promote unity among the people.

                   Books and Authors

12.Politician, philanthropist and poet Karan Singh launched his book “An Examined Life, Essays and Reflections”

  • Mr. Singh’s book is a collection of writings about the 49 years he had spent in the public eye that include momentous events drawn from the history of Jammu and Kashmir as well as essays and letters on subjects, ranging from politics to political science, metaphysics and spirituality to religion.


13.Legendary stand-up comedian Sammy Shore, the Co-Founder of Comedy Store, passed away at home from natural causes in Las Vegas, USA.

  • He is the father of actor and comedian Pauly Shore. Both spent the past 20 years together as a father-son comedy team. He hails from in Las Vegas, USA.


14.India spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in association with High Times Solutions (HTS) has started lifestyle brand "CheQmate".

  • This is Chahal's maiden entrepreneurial venture.


15.Badminton World Federation (BWF) launched two new formats of Badminton named as Air Badminton & Triples.

  • BWF launched Air Badminton at Guangzhou with new dimensions of the court and an innovative shuttlecock called Air shuttle.

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


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