Daily Current Affairs – May 23, 2019
May 23 – International Day to End Obstetric Fistula
- May 23 is the United Nations’ (UN) International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, which promotes action towards treating and preventing obstetric fistula, a condition that affects many girls and women in developing countries. Since 2013, this day is observed and is meant to raise awareness of this issue and mobilize support around the globe.
Four Judges elevated to Supreme Court
- The Centre has cleared four names recommended by the Supreme Court Collegium for elevation as judges of the apex court. The four appointed judges are Justice Aniruddha Bose, Justice A S Bopanna, Justice B R Gavai and Justice Surya Kant.
- Supreme Court will reach its full sanctioned strength of 31 judges after the appointment of four new judges. As of now, the apex court is functioning with 27 judges including the Chief Justice.
India votes in favour of UNGA resolution demanding UK withdraw from Chagos Archipelago
- India was among 116 nations to vote in favour of a UN General Assembly resolution that demanded the UK withdraw its “colonial administration” from the Chagos Archipelago unconditionally within six months, supporting Mauritius in its quest for the restoration of sovereignty over the island chain in the Indian Ocean.
Pakistan successfully test-fires ballistic missile Shaheen-II
- Pakistan successfully test-fired surface-to-surface ballistic missile Shaheen-II, capable of hitting targets as far as 1,500 kilometers away, bringing major Indian cities under its range.
- “Shaheen-II Missile is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads upto a range of 1,500 km. Shaheen-II is a highly capable missile which fully meets Pakistan’s strategic needs towards maintenance of desired deterrence stability in the region”.
BUSINESS & ECONOMY
India to grow at 7.1% in FY’20: United Nations’ report
- A report by the United Nations says India’s economy is projected to grow at 7.1 per cent in the fiscal year 2020 on the back of strong domestic consumption and investment.
- Cyril Ramaphosa – Re-elected as South African president
- Akshay Kumar – TAFE’s brand ambassador
MOU, AGREEMENTS & CABINET APPROVALS
MoU for Joint Collaboration on Cancer Research
- The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), M/o Science and Technology and the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India signed an MOU for supporting joint collaborative research programmes in the area of Cancer.
IAF successfully fires BrahMos air version missile from Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft
- Indian Air Force successfully fired the BrahMos air version missile from its frontline Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft. The Indian Air Force became the first Air Force in the world to have successfully fired an air launched 2.8 Mach surface attack missile of this category on a sea target on November 2017. This was the second such live launch of the weapon.
U.S., Japan, S.Korea, Australia hold first naval drills in Western Pacific
- U.S. Navy ships conducted joint drills with warships from allies Japan, Australia and South Korea in their first combined exercise in the Western Pacific, the U.S. Navy. The Pacific Vanguard exercise took place near the U.S. island of Guam.
Indian women clinch 3-match series against South Korea
- Indian women’s hockey team beat South Korea in the second game and took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series in Jincheon.
- India crashed out of the Sudirman Cup mixed team badminton championships after losing 5-0 to 10-time champion China in the second and final group match.
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