DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS : May 28, 2019
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Orchha town of Madhya Pradesh added to the Tentative List of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites
- The architectural heritage of Orchha town in Madhya Pradesh added to the Tentative List of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. The architectural heritage of Orchha town depicts a unique style of the Bundela dynasty.
- The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) had sent a proposal to UNESCO to include the architectural heritage of Orchha town in its list of World Heritage Sites on April 15, 2019.
About Orchha town
- Situated on the banks of the Betwa river, Orchha is around 80 km from MP’s Tikamgarh district and 15 km from Jhansi district of UP.
About UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites List:
- UNESCO inaugurated the list by adopting a treaty known as ‘The World Heritage Convention’ in 1972.
- It aims is to identify and protect the world’s natural and cultural heritages.
About Archaeological Survey of India (AS’):
- Founder: Alexander Cunningham
- Headquarters: New Delhi
PM Narendra Modi to swear in on 30th May
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take the oath of office on May 30 (Thursday) at 7 pm at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
- The President will administer the oath of Office and secrecy to the Prime Minister and other members of Union Council of Ministers.
- The names of ministers who will constitute NDA’s new cabinet are yet to be announced.
- The BJP on May 23 got an overwhelming majority in the Lok Sabha, crossing on its own the 300 marks while storming back to power for the second consecutive term.
- Modi was appointed as Prime Minister for the second term by President Ram Nath Kovind after he was unanimously elected as the leader of the NDAO at a meeting in which he asked its members to work without discrimination, stressing on the need to win over the trust of minorities.
India’s first Tree Ambulance initiated in Chennai by Green man of India
- International Day for Biological Diversity tree ambulance was inaugurated in Chennai, Tamil Nadu by Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu.
- The initiative was proposed by Green man of India, Dr K Abdul Ghani and it is sponsored by the SASA Group.
- The ambulance can be availed through the number 9941006786 and volunteers can register on www.treeambulance.org.
About Tamil Nadu:
- Capital – Chennai
- Governor – Banwarilal Purohit
- CM: Eddapadi K Palaniswami
Russia launched the world’s largest nuclear-powered icebreaker ‘Ural’
- Russia launched the world’s largest nuclear-powered icebreaker ‘Ural’ at the Baltic Shipyard in St Petersburg in order to improve its ability to tap the Arctic’s commercial potential.
- Russia is preparing for shipping via the Northern Sea Route (NSR).
- The Ural will be given to Russia’s state-owned nuclear energy corporation Rosatom in 2022 after the other 2 ice-breakers Arktika (Arctic) and Sibir (Siberia) enter into service.
- The Arktika was floated in 2016.
- Capital: Moscow
- Currency: Russian ruble
India elected to Executive Board of first UN-Habitat Assembly
- First session of the UN-Habitat Assembly will be held from 27-31 May 2019, at the headquarters of UN-Habitat in Nairobi.
- The Theme is: “Innovation for Better Quality of Life in Cities and Communities”.
- The Sub-theme as: “Accelerated implementation of the New Urban Agenda towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals”.
- During the first session, The Assembly is expected to establish the Executive Board of UN-Habitat and elect its members, to review and approve the UN-Habitat Strategic Plan 2020-2025 and also review the Progress in the implementation of New Urban Agenda, among other things.
BUSINESS & ECONOMY
Yamaha opens first India unit to make musical instruments
- Yamaha Corporation of Japan opened its first factory in India for musical instruments with a view to make it an export hub.
- The facility can produce 1.50 lakh portable keyboards and two lakh acoustic guitars annually.
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
UNSDG Ten Most Influential People in Healthcare Award conferred to Acharya Balkrishna of Patanjali Ayurved
- Acharya Balkrishna, the Managing Director of Patanjali Ayurved won “United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG) 10 Most Influential People in Healthcare Award” in Geneva, Switzerland.
- He received the award on behalf of Patanjali Group of Institutions. He was a representative from India at LINSDG.
- Founded: January 2006
- Headquarters: Haridwar, Uttarakhand
- Founders: Baba Ramdev & Acharya Balkrishna
- It produces Ayurvedic medicinal and personal care products and other consumer items.
Guy Gunaratne received the 2019 Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize
- Sri Lankan writer Guy Gunaratne was announced as the winner of 2019 Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize.
- He won the award for his debut novel ‘In Our Mad and Furious City’. Guy Gunaratne is a 35 years old British-Sri-Lankan human rights documentary filmmaker, turned debut novelist. He won over 5 other shortlisted authors.
- The other titles shortlisted for the Swansea prize were: House of Stone by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Trinity by Louisa Hall, FOLK by Zoe Gilbert and Melmoth by Sarah Perry.
About Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize:
- It is awarded every year for the best published literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under.
- The prize includes a prize sum of £30,000 and celebrates the international world of fiction in all its forms including novels, poetry, drama, and short stories.
- The year 2019 marks the 11th year of world’s largest English language literary prize for young authors.
APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNS
Prem Singh Tamang sworn in as the Chief Minister of Sikkim
- Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) president Prem Singh Tamang, who is famously known as P.S. Golay, took oath as the Chief Minister of Sikkim on 27th May.
- Fifty-one-year-old Tamang was administered the oath by Governor Ganga Prasad at Paljor Stadium in Gangtok, Sikkim. He took the oath in Nepali.
- SKM won 17 seats in the 32-member assembly, ousting former CM Pawan Kumar Chamling-led Sikkim Democratic Front after over 24 years.
- He succeeds Pawan Kumar Chamling, the founder president of the Sikkim Democratic Front.
- Capital: Gangtok
- Governor: Ganga Prasad
Khandu to swear-in as the CM of Arunachal Pradesh
- Pema Khandu will be sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh onMay 29.
- This comes after Arunachal Pradesh BJP MLAs unanimously selected Pema Khandu as the leader of BJP Legislature Party on 27 May.
- BJP had won 41 seats in the 60-member Arunachal Pradesh Assembly.
- On the other hand, the Janata Dal-United (JDU) won seven seats, while Congress and National People’s Party (NPP) could manage to win only four seats each.
- Capital: Itanagar
- Chief minister: Pema Khandu
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
DRDO successfully test-fired the new version of the Akash
- The Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO) successfully test-fired the new version of the Akash surface-to-air defence missile system with a new indigenously-developed seeker in Balasore off the Odisha coast on 27 May.
- This is the second successful test of the missile.
- The medium range multi-target engagement capable missile was developed as part of theIntegrated Guided-Missile Development Programme (IGMDP) other than Nag, Agni, Trishul, and Prithvi missiles.
- The supersonic missile has a range of around 25 km and up to the altitude of 18,000 metres.
- The missile uses high-energy solid propellant for the booster and ramjet-rocket propulsion for the sustainer phase.
- The missile system is said to be highly mobile.
- Several variants of the missile, Akash MK1, Akash-MK2, with improved accuracy and higher ranges are under development by the DRDO.
AN-32 aircraft to fly on blended aviation fuel containing up to 10% of indigenous bio-jet fuel
- The Russian made AN-32 aircraft, IAF’s formidable workhorse has formally been certified to fly on blended aviation fuel containing up to 10% of indigenous bio-jet fuel.
- P.Jayapal, Chief Executive of the Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC) handed over the approval certificate to Air Commodore Sanjiv Ghuratia VSM, Air Officer Commanding at the aero-engine test facilities at Chandigarh.
- This is a huge step in promoting the Make in India mission as this bio-fuel would be produced from Tree Borne Oils (TBOs) sourced from tribal areas and farmers, augmenting their income substantially.
Saurabh Chaudhary won his second gold medal in 10m Air Pistol event in 2019 ISSF Gold Cup
- India’s 17-year-old shooterSaurabh Chaudhary broke his own junior and senior world record to win his second gold medal in 10m Air Pistol event in ISSF Gold Cup 2019.
- Saurabh won 10m Air Pistol event with 246.3 points, breaking his own senior record of 245 points and junior record of 245.5 points. This is Saurabh’s second gold in the same event.
- Saurabh had booked a quota for 2020 Olympics during his maiden World Cup in February.
- Earlier, in February 2019 he had bagged gold during the ISSF World Cup in Delhi.
- The youngster shot 246.3 in the finals fetching gold while Russia’s Chernousov Artem won silver with 243.8 and China’s Pang Wei had to settle with bronze with a score of 220.7.
Lewis Hamilton won Monaco Grand Prix
- Lewis Hamilton won the Monaco Grand Prix to extend his championship.
- Hamilton struggled with grip and was under constant pressure from Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
- But earlier he picked up a five-second time penalty.
About Monaco Grand Prix
- Number of times held: 77
- First held: 1929
May 28 – Amnesty International Day
- Amnesty International Day is being observed on May 28. It has been observed annually on May 28th since 1962.
- Amnesty International is a non-governmental organization that focuses on the protection of human rights working to prevent abuses to human rights, to fight for justice for those whose rights have been violated, and to expand and enforce human rights protections in international law.
- Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
- Founder: Peter Benenson
- Founded: July 1961
Stunt and Action choreographer Veeru Devgan passes away
- Bollywood’s most famous stunt and action choreographer, Veeru Devgan passes away in Mumbai.
- Born in Amritsar, Devgan was behind the fight and action scenes for over 80 Hindi films including ‘Phool Aur Kaante’ (1991), ‘Mr. India’ (1987), and ‘Himmatwala’ (1983) among various others.
- He was 85. Mr Devgan was the father of actor Ajay Devgan
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