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National Current Affairs | Access the Latest Happenings across India
1. Maharashtra becomes the first state to issue land document online
After issuing a crucial land ownership document online and accept a digital signature on it, Maharashtra has become the first state to use online platform for land documents.
The facility was inaugurated by CM Devendra Fadnavis.
Maharashtra generated eight lakh documents with space for digital signatures.
2. Swachh Bharat Summer Internship was Launched under Swachh Bharat Mission
The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS) in association with Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) has launched the Swachh Bharat Summer Internship program for each individual to devote at least 100 hours to Swachhata through the year.
The aim of the program was to engage millions of youngsters across the country, to encourage them to contribute to the Swachh Bharat.
Candidates who complete at least 100 hours of sanitation-related work in villages would be given a Swachh Bharat certificate under this internship.
The top performers would receive awards at the College and University / District, State and National Level.
3. 14 Cities of world’s 15 most polluted cities are from India- WHO Report
According to WHO global air pollution report, 14 out of the 15 most polluted cities in the world are Indian cities, with the worst being Kanpur.
Kanpur topped the list followed by Faridabad, Varanasi and Ali Subah Al Salem (Kuwait) ranked 15th.
The next 13 cities are Delhi, Varanasi, Kanpur, Faridabad, Gaya, Patna, Agra, Muzaffarpur, Srinagar, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Patiala and Jodhpur.
4. Biggest Airport to be developed in Mopa, Goa after Mumbai
One of the biggest airports is going to be constructed in Mopa, Goa after the Mumbai.
The four coastal states in the western part of the country, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Goa, will benefit greatly from the biggest airport, to be constructed in Mopa.
A joint team of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Commerce Logistics Department will visit Goa to facilitate the development of cargo hubs at the new airport.
5. Cabinet has given its approval for continuation of various Government Schemes
Extending the investment limit from INR 7.5 lakhs to INR 15 lakhs as well as an extension of time limits for subscription from 4th May 2018 to 31st March 2020 under the Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana (PMVVY) as a part of Government’s commitment for financial inclusion and social security.
Approved plan to set up 20 All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) across the country and upgrade 73 medical colleges.
Continuation of Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) beyond 12th Five Year Plan for a period 2017-18 to 2019-20 with a financial outlay of INR 14,832 crores.
Approved the Umbrella Scheme, “Green Revolution – Krishonnati Yojana” in agriculture sector beyond 12th Five Year Plan for the period from 2017-18 to 2019-20 with the Central Share of INR 33,269.976 crore.
Approved restructuring of Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) by upgradation, creation and abolition of certain posts of Joint Secretary-level and above.
6. GST Council has constituted Two Group of Ministers
Two Group of Ministers (GoMs) have been constituted in the 27th GST Council meeting held on 4th May. Both the GoMs will submit their reports within a period of 15 days.
The first GoM will look out the issues relating to ‘Incentivizing digital payments in the GST regime’. Shri Sushil Kumar Modi, Deputy Chief Minister, Bihar is the convenor of this GoM.
The Second GoM will handle issues relating to ‘Imposition of Cess on Sugar under GST’. Shri Himanta Biswa Sarma, Finance Minister of Assam is the convenor of this GoM.
7. Awards for Beautification of Station Premises
The Ministry of Railways has announced various awards for stations where beautification has been done with the participation of local artists to promote cleanliness with creativity across all Zonal Railways.
The first prize is given to Balharshah and Chandrapur stations (Nagpur Division) of Central Railway for depicting the best art & refurbishing itself as the most beautiful station across Indian Railways.
Madhubani Railway station (Samastipur Division) of East Central Railway in Bihar has been declared the second best along with Madurai Railway Station (Southern Railway).
The Third Prize Winning Stations are Kota Station (West Central Railway), Gandhidham Station (Western Railway) & Secunderabad Station (South Central Railway).
8. GOBAR-DHAN Scheme Launched to Promote Wealth and Energy from Waste
The Union Minister of Drinking Water & Sanitation, Uma Bharti has launched GOBAR (Galvanizing Organic Bio-Agro Resources) – DHAN scheme at National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) Karnal under Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin).
The GOBAR-DHAN Scheme aims to positively impact village cleanliness and generate wealth and energy from cattle and organic waste.
It also aims at creating new rural livelihood opportunities and enhancing income for farmers and other rural people.
9. CCEA renames Multi-sectoral Development Program as Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram (PMJVK)
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved proposal for renaming and restructuring of Multi-sectoral Development Program (MsDP) as Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram (PMJVK) during the remaining period of the 14th Finance Commission.
PMJVK aims to address development deficits in identified minority concentration areas.
10. SWAYAM: Government notifies 75 National Resource Centers for Higher Education faculty
Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has launched an initiative of online professional development of 1.5 million higher education faculty using Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform ‘SWAYAM’.
Under this program, all in-service teachers will get the opportunity to keep abreast of latest developments in their disciplines through a technology-based online refresher course.
Under its first phase of implementation, 75 discipline-specific National Resource Centers (NRCs) have been identified.
11. South Western Command’s Exercise Vijay Prahar
South Western Command is conducting an exercise VIJAY PRAHAR including more than 20000 troops in the Mahajan Field Firing Ranges close to Suratgarh in Rajasthan.
The exercise is aimed to compose wide spectrum of threats which are planned to be tackled through high tempo joint air and land operation.
The month-long exercise is essential to practice the troops in penetrative manoeuvres across the obstacle-ridden terrain under a nuclear umbrella.
International Current Affairs | Know What’s happening around the World
1. International Buddhist Conference conducted in Lumbini
International Buddhist Conference concluded on the occasion of 2562nd Buddha Jayanti celebrations in Lumbini, Nepal, which is the birthplace of Gautama Buddha.
The objective of the conference was to publicize teachings of Gautam Buddha and spread the messages of nonviolence, brotherhood, co-existence, love and peace to the international community.
2. India-China Informal Summit to discuss issues of bilateral and global importance
Indian PM Narendra Modi and President of China Mr. Xi Jinping joined their first Informal Summit in Wuhan to elaborate their respective visions and priorities for national development in the context of the current and future international situation.
The aim of the summit is to exchange views on main issues of bilateral and global importance.
3. Nobel prize in literature 2018 cancelled
The Swedish Academy has canceled Nobel Prize for literature this year for the first time since 1949, after sexual assault scandal.
The step is taken after the allegation on an academy member of a jury and author.
4. Special 301 Report: USTR again places India Priority Watch List
The Office of United States Trade Representative (USTR) has once again placed India on ‘Priority Watch List’ in its annual Special 301 Report on the state of intellectual property protection.
In 2018 Special 301 Report, the USTR has placed 12 countries on its Priority Watch List.
Other countries on list are Algeria, Argentina, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Indonesia, Kuwait, Russia, Ukraine, and Venezuela.
5. Peace Mission: India, Pakistan to participate together in SCO counter-terror exercise
India and Pakistan are taking part in Peace Mission, a multi-nation counter-terror exercise together for the first time in Russia.
The military exercise is going to take place under the framework of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) | Get the Best Information Out of Top Agreements
1. Maharashtra Government has signed an MoU with British Council
The Government of Maharashtra has signed an MoU with the British Council to strengthen educational and cultural cooperation between the two nations.
Under this agreement, British Council would be training 30,000 teachers in the English language in the state which will be funded by Tata Trusts, the Tata group’s philanthropic organization.
2. GAIL has signed INR 2,000-cr Loan Agreement with SBI
GAIL (India) Limited and State Bank of India have signed a Loan Agreement of INR 2,000 crores for a tenure of 15 years.
The purpose of the loan is for the general capital expenditure of GAIL, mainly in the gas pipeline projects, in the upcoming years.
3. NITI Aayog to Work in partnership with IBM to develop Precision Agriculture
NITI Aayog and IBM signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) to develop a crop yield prediction model using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to provide real-time advisory to farmers in Aspirational Districts.
The SoI was signed in the presence of Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog and Shri Karan Bajwa, MD, IBM India.
The partnership aims to work together towards the use of technology to provide insights to farmers to improve crop productivity, soil yield, control agricultural inputs with the overarching goal of improving farmers’ incomes.
4. Dalmia Bharat Group adopts Red Fort
Dalmia Group has signed an MoU with the Ministry of Tourism to adopt the iconic Mughal-era monument Red Fort for the next five years at a cost of INR 25 crore.
As per the agreement, the corporate giant would build basic infrastructure around the monument and maintain it.
Banking Awareness & Economics Current Affairs | Understand the Top Trends in India
1. Core Sector Growth Slows to 4.1% in March 2018
Core Sector Growth in March 2018 slowed to 4.1%, a three-month low due to weak performance in six sectors, according to the index of eight core industries released by Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
These sectors are coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, steel and
The growth was 4.8% in the previous fiscal. The previous low was 3.8% in December 2017.
2. Manufacturing growth improves slightly in April 2018: PMI
The Nikkei India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose to 51.6 in April 2018 form from 51 in March 2018.
This growth indicates faster improvement in the health of India’s manufacturing economy than in a prior month.
PMI is an indicator of the economic health and investor sentiments about the manufacturing sector.
3. HDFC Bank launched Interactive Humanoid IRA 2.0 in Bengaluru
HDFC Bank has unveiled Interactive Robotic Assistant (IRA) 2.0 at its Koramangala Branch in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
The interactive humanoid Robot aims to enhance user experience for customers visiting in this branch.
It can interact with customers, answer their bank-related queries, frequently asked questions (FAQs) and also guide them inside the branch with voice-based navigation.
Science & Technology Current Events | Stay Advanced with Latest Inventions
1. EPFO Introduces ‘View Pension Passbook’ Service through Umang App
Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) has introduced a new service through ‘UMANG app’ for pensioners to access the pension passbook.
The facility to download the financial year wise complete passbook details is also available.
2. InSight: NASA’s first mission to study deep interior of Mars
NASA has launched its first-ever mission InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) to study the deep interior of Mars.
InSight is stationary lander to place seismometer a device that measures quakes on the soil of another planet.
3. Global Warming Driving Harmful Algae Growth
According to Scientists, global warming is driving the proliferation of Noctiluca algae (commonly known as sea tinkle), harmful algae in the Arabian Sea responsible for glowing of Mumbai’s beaches in dark.
The study was jointly conducted by researchers from Indian National Centre for Ocean Information (INCOIS), a Ministry of Earth Sciences body and US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Noctiluca algae are a parasite and occur in patches or blooms in the northern Arabian Sea.
It has bioluminescence characteristic i.e. glow in dark and has earned the name ‘sea sparkle’.
4. China launches communication satellite APSTAR-6C
China successfully launched ‘APSTAR-6C’, a new communication satellite into orbit from Xichang Satellite Launch Center.
The satellite will provide TV transmission, Internet, communication and multimedia services to customers across Asia-Pacific region. provide high-power transponder services for video distribution, broadband internet access, and cellular backhaul.
Sports Current Affairs | Read all the Major Achievements in Popular Tournaments
|S. No.||Tournaments/Sports Names||Winners||
|1.||WBC Asia Boxer of the Year Award||Neeraj Goyat|
|2.||Australia’s Head Coach in All Cricket Formats||Justin Langer|
|3.||11th Barcelona Open title Winner (Tennis)||Rafael Nadal|
|4.||Azerbaijan Grand Prix||Lewis Hamilton|
|5.||Chief Coach of Indian Hockey Men’s Team||Harendra Singh|
Awards and Honours | Fetch the List of Top Awardees in Distinct Fields
|S. No.||Awards Names||Awardees Names||
|1.||Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation Awards 2018 – Best Actor||Akshay Kumar (for Padman)|
|2.||Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation Awards 2018 – Best Actress||Bhumi Pednekar (for Toilet)|
|3.||Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation Awards 2018 – Lifetime Achievement Award||Rakesh Roshan|
|4.||Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation Awards 2018 – Best Actress in a Leading Role||Sonam Kapoor (for Padman)|
|5.||Saraswatibai Dadasaheb Phalke Best Actress (Lifetime) Award||Farida Jalal|
|6.||15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019 will be held||Varanasi (in January)|
|7.||26th PC Chandra Puraskaar||Asha Bhosle|
|8.||Which Country has joined World’s Top 5 Defence Spenders list||India|
|9.||51st Annual Meeting of ADB was held in||Manila|
|10.||Longest Serving Chief Minister of an Indian State||Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling|
|11.||CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award||Diana Edulji|
|12.||PM Modi’s Excellence Award for Promoting Digital Payments and cashless economy||Budgam District (Jammu and Kashmir)|
Appointments Latest GK Updates | Upgrade Your Knowledge Cart with the List of Top Influencers
|S. No.||Position & Organization||Name||
|1.||MD & CEO of Kotak Mahindra Bank||Uday Kotak|
|2.||27th Principal Spokesperson of GoI and Director General of Press Information Bureau (PIB)||Sitanshu Ranjan Kar|
|3.||ICICI Bank Independent Director||Radhakrishnan Nair|
|4.||New IRDAI chairman||Subhash Chandra Khuntia|
|5.||Full-Time Member of 15th Finance Commission||Ashok Lahiri|
|6.||Acting Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court||Justice AK Mittal|
|7.||Acting Governor of Manipur||Jagdish Mukhi|
|8.||Next Ambassador of India to the Czech Republic||Ms. Narinder Chauhan|
|9.||Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Norway||Krishan Kumar|
|10.||Ambassador of India to Venezuela||Rajiv Kumar|
|11.||New Jammu and Kashmir Deputy CM||Kavinder Gupta|
|12.||MD and CEO of Adani Transmission Ltd.||Anil Sardana|
Important Days & Dates | Mark them to Boost up your General Knowledge
|S. No.||Important Days||Dates|
|1.||World Asthma Day||1 May|
|2.||International Labour Day||1 May|
|3.||World Press Freedom Day||3 May|
|4.||World Cartoonists’ day||5 May|
Recent Deaths of Famous Personalities | Know who died today?
|1.||Ravinder Sharma – Renowned Artist|
|2.||Ashok Mitra – Chief Economic Advisor|
|3.||Idris Hasan Latif – Former Chief of IAF|
List of Important Abbreviations asked in General Awareness | IBPS, SSC, RRB Exams
Fill up your knowledge cart with the Important Abbreviations that are asked in General Awareness & Current Affairs section of the competitive exams like – IBPS, SSC & RRB. Below, we are presenting you a list of Top Abbreviations that were used in this article. Please check it out –
|S. No.||Important Abbreviations||Full Forms|
|1.||MDWS||Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation|
|2.||MHRD||Ministry of Human Resource Development|
|3.||MYAS||Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports|
|4.||AAI||Airports Authority of India|
|5.||PMVVY||Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana|
|6.||AIIMS||All India Institute of Medical Sciences|
|7.||PMSSY||Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana|
|8.||IBM||Indian Bureau of Mines|
|9.||GoM||Group of Ministers|
|10.||GOBAR-DHAN||Galvanizing Organic Bio-Agro Resources-DHAN|
|11.||NDRI||National Dairy Research Institute|
|12.||PMJVK||Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram|
|13.||CCEA||Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs|
|14.||MsDP||Multi-sectoral Development Program|
|15.||PMJVK||Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram|
|16.||MHRD||Ministry of Human Resource Development|
|17.||MOOC||Massive Open Online Course|
|18.||NRCs||National Resource Centers|
|19.||USTR||United States Trade Representative|
|20.||SCO||Shanghai Cooperation Organization|
|21.||SoI||Statement of Intent|
|23.||PMI||Purchasing Managers’ Index|
|24.||IRA||Interactive Robotic Assistant|
|25.||EPFO||Employees’ Provident Fund Organization|
|26.||InSight||Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport|
|27.||INCOIS||Indian National Centre for Ocean Information|
|28.||NOAA||National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration|
|29.||PIB||Press Information Bureau|
|30.||IRDAI||Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority|
|31.||IAF||Indian Air Force|
|32.||NASA||National Aeronautics and Space Administration|
|33.||NITI Aayog||National Institution for Transforming India|
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