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Latest Current Affairs of May 2018

The web portal and app launched by the Ministry of Power which aims at bringing transparency in power sector of India is namedPraapti
The former NSDL executive who has been appointed the first ever Chief Financial Officer of the Reserve Bank of IndiaSudha Balakrishnan
The former Chief Justice of Pakistan who has been named the interim Prime Minister until the general elections in July 18Nasir ul Mulk
The place in Uttarakhand where India and Nepal are conducting 13th edition of joint military exercise Surya Kiran XIIIPithoragarh
The country which has won the Uber Cup badminton tournament (women's) for the first time after 1981 defeating Thailand in the finalsJapan
The country which has won the Thomas Cup badminton tournament (men's) for the 10th time defeating Japan in the finalsChina
The State in which the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has laid the foundation stone for NTPC's Patratu Super Thermal Power ProjectJharkhand
The State in which setting up of India's first central sports university has been approved by the Union CabinetManipur
The former actress who has been conferred BRICS Business Forum Leadership Award for lifetime achievement in Indian cinemaSridevi
The noted media personality and entrepreneur with whom NITI Aayog has signed a Statement of Intent to collaborate and support Women Entrepreneurship PlatformSushant Singh Rajput
The integrated Scheme for school education extending support to States from pre-school to senior secondary levels launched by the Central Govt for the first time in New Delhi is namedSamagraShiksha
The venue of 2018 ASEAN Indian Film Festival being held from 25 to 30 May with the tagline 'Friendship through Films'New Delhi
The South African cricketer and former Captain who has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket with immediate effectAB de Villiers
The Polish writer who has been awarded the 2018 Man Booker International Prize for her book FlightsOlga Tokarczuk
The team which has won the 5th Champions Trophy (Women) hockey tournament defeating India in the finals at Donghae city (South Korea)South Korea
The headquarters building of Central Railway designed by Frederick William Stevens, which completed 130 years of its construction on 20th May 2018Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus)
Russia's first floating nuclear power plant developed by Rosatom which made its maiden voyage in the Arctic Ocean is namedAkademik Lomonosov
The commonly used acronym which has been adopted by the Commission for Scientific and Technical Terminology to mean "Traditional and non-conventional system of health care and healing which include Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha, Homeoeopathy etc."Ayush
The US based Kathak dancer who has been awarded the Sri Jaydev Rastriya Yuva Pratibha Puraskar 2018 at Jayadev International Dance Festival in BhubaneshwarAnindita Aanam
The railway station in Assam which has become the first in the country to run on solar powerGuwahati
The intellectual property mascot launched by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry for creating awareness about intellectual property crimes is named IP Nani
The founder of Sulabh International who has been chosen for the Nikkei Asia Prize 2018 in culture and community categoryBindeshwar Pathak
The joint annual air exercise conducted by the United States and South Korea from May 14 to May 22 in South Korea is named Max Thunder 2018
The place in Andhra Pradesh where setting up of Central University of Andhra Pradesh has been approved by the Union CabinetJanthaluru, Ananthapur
The place in Jharkhand where setting up of All India Institute of Medical Sciences has been approved by the Union CabinetDeoghar
The city in which setting up of National Institute of Mental Health Rehabilitation has been approved by the Union CabinetBhopal
The noted poet, lyricist and former Rajya Sabha MP who passed away on 13 May 2018Balkavi Bairagi
The Nobel laureate from Bangladesh who has been awarded the 11th Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences Humanatarian Award 2018Muhammad Yunus
The first high resolution satellite for atmospheric observation launched by China from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre is namedGaofen-5
The former Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1981 to 2003 who has been re-elected to be its seventh Prime Minister (thus becoming the oldest Prime Minister in the world)Mahathir Mohammad
The Jnanpith Award winning author who has been conferred the ONV Literary Prize for his contribution to Malayalam literatureMT Vasudevan Nair
The former Australian cricketer who has been appointed the coach of Australian cricket team in place of Darren Lehmann, who resigned following the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.Justin Langer
The State which has become the first in the country to issue land ownership document online and accept digital signature on it as validMaharashtra
The veteran singer who has been awarded the PC Chandra Puraskar by PC Chandra JewellersAsha Bhosle
The first ever joint military exercise by the armies of India and Malaysia conducted at Wardieburn Camp in Setapak, Malaysia is namedHarimau Shakti 2018
The former Chief of Air Staff, Governor of Maharashtra and Ambassador to France who passed away on 30 April 2018I.H. Latif
The investment limit for senior citizens under the Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandan Yojana has been increased from Rs. 7.5 lakhs to 15 lakhs

Visitor's Award 2018

Visitor’s Award for Research in the field of Basic and Applied Science: 1. Prof. Sanjay K. Jain, Department of Pharmaceutical Science, Dr Harisingh Gour Vishwavidyalaya, Sagar, Madhya Pradesh, for his contribution to the development of a drug delivery system using folic acid conjugated liposomes containing oxaliplatin for targeted delivery of colon tumors and 2. Prof. Ashis Kumar Mukherjee, Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Tezpur University, Assam, for his research leading to clarity on the molecular complexicity and toxicity of the components of the snake venom from different locales of India.

Visitor’s Award for Research in the field of Humanities, Arts and Social Science: Prof. Pramod K Nayar, Department of English, School of Humanities, University of Hyderabad, Telangana, for his research and publications particularly covering the important areas of poetry for the underprivileged, memoirs and fiction, the Bhopal gas tragedy and other episodes.

Visitor’s Award for Technology Development: Prof. Ashwani Pareek, School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, for developing Stress Tolerant Rice of the Next Generation (STRONG).

Note: The President of India is the Visitor of all Central Universities. Visitors awards were instituted by the former President Shri Pranab Mukherjee in 2015.


Dadasaheb Phalke Foundation Awards 2018

Best Actor: Akshay Kumar

Best Actress: Bhumi Pednekar

Best Singer Male: Armaan Malik

Best Singer Female: Neeti Mohan

Lifetime Achievement Award: Rakesh Roshan

Saraswati Dadasaheb Phalke Best Actress Award (Lifetime): Farida Jalal

Most Versatile Actress: Manisha Koirala

Most entertaining film: Sonu ki Titu ki Sweety



Cannes Film Festival 2018 - Awards

Palm d'Or: Shoplifters directed by Hirokazu Kore-Eda

Best Actor: Marcello Fonte for Dogman

Best Director: Pawel Pawlikowski for Cold War

Best Actress: Samal Yeslyamova for My Little Onek


New Governors of States

Odisha: Ganeshi Lal

Mizoram: Kummanam Rajasekharan


CEAT Cricket Awards 2018

CEAT International Cricketer of the Year : Virat Kohli

CEAT International Batsman of the Year : Shikhar Dhawan

CEAT International Bowler of the Year : Trent Boult

CEAT T20 Bowler of the Year : Rashid Khan

CEAT T20 Batsman of the Year : Colin Munro

CEAT Outstanding Innings of the Year : Harmanpreet Kaur

CEAT Domestic Player of The Year : Mayank Agarwal

CEAT U 19 Player of The Year : Shubhman Gill

CEAT Popular Choice Award : Chris Gayle

CEAT Lifetime Achievement Award : Farokh Engineer


Important Days of May

World Asthma Day: 02 May 2018

Designated by: Global Initiative for Asthma

Theme: It's always the right time to address airways disease

World Press Freedom Day: 03 May 2018

Designated by: UN General Assembly

First Observed in: 1994

Theme: Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law

World Red Cross and Crescent Day: 08 May 2018

Designated by: International Committee of the Red Cross

First Observed in: 1948

Theme: Memorable Smiles from around the World

World Migratory Bird Day: 12 May 2018

Designated by: AEWA Secretariat

First Observed in: 2006

Theme: Unifying our voices for bird conservation

Note: International Migratory Bird Day started in 1993 is observed in Canada, Mexico, US and Central America.

International Nurses Day: 12 May 2018

Designated by: International Council of Nurses

Theme: Nurses: A voice to lead - Health is a human right

International Day of Families: 15 May 2018

Designated by: UN General Assembly

Theme: Families and Inclusive Societies

First Observed in: 1994

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day: 17 May 2018

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

Theme: Enabling Positive Use of Artificial Intelligence for All

First Observed in: 2007

International Day for Biological Diversity: 22 May 2018

Designated by: UN General Assembly

Theme: Celebrating 25 years of action for biodiversity

First Observed in: 2001

World Turtle Day: 23 May 2018

Designated by: American Tortoise Rescue

First Observed in: 2000

International Day for UN Peacekeepers: 29 May 2018

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

First Observed in: 2003

Theme: UN Peacekeepers: 70 Years of Service and Sacrifice

World No Tobacco Day: 31 May 2018

Designated by: World Health Organisation

First Observed in: 1987

Theme: Tobacco and heart disease


Everest Achievers

First Indian father-daughter to climb Mt Everest: Ajeet Bajaj and Deeya

Oldest Indian woman to climb Mt Everest: Sangeeta Bahl

Most number of times scaling of Mt Everest: Kami Rita Sherpa (22 times)


Indian Premier League 2018

Held from : 7 April to 27 May 2018

Participants : 8 teams

Winners : Chennai Super Kings

Runners up : Sunrisers Hyderabad

Player of the series (Most Valuable Player) : Sunil Naraine (KKR)

Leading run scorer (Orange Cap) : Kane Williamson (SRH)

Leading wicket taker (Purple Cap) : Andrew Tye (KXIP)

Emerging Player of the tournament : Rishabh Pant (DD)

Media rights purchased by : Star Sports

IPL Fairplay Award : Mumbai Indians

Opening and Final match played at : Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Number of times CSK has won the trophy : 3 times (2010, 2011 and 2018)


BCCI Annual Awards

Col CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award (2016-17): Pankaj Roy

Col CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award (2017-18): Anshuman Gaekwad

BCCI Lifetime Achievement Award (Women) (2016-17): Diana Eduljee

BCCI Lifetime Achievement Award (Women) (2017-18): Sudha Shah

BCCI Special award (2016-17): Abbas Ali Baig and Naren Tamhane

BCCI Special award (2017-18): Budhi Kunderan


Cabinet Reshuffle

Finance Minister: Shri Piyush Goyal (in addition to Coal, Railway, Corporate Affairs)

Information and Broadcasting Minister: Rajyavardhan Rathore (in addition to Youth Affairs and Sports)


REPLACE action package by WHO

Launched by: World Health Organization

Aim: to eliminate industrially-produced trans-fatty acids from global food supply.

Risk of Transfats: WHO estimates that every year, trans fat intake leads to more than 500,000 deaths of people from cardiovascular disease. Industrially-produced trans fats are contained in hardened vegetable fats, such as margarine and ghee, and are often present in snack food, baked foods, and fried foods. Manufacturers often use them as they have a longer shelf life than other fats.

REPLACE provides six strategic actions to ensure the prompt, complete, and sustained elimination of industrially-produced trans fats from the food supply:

REview dietary sources of industrially-produced trans fats and the landscape for required policy change.

Promote the replacement of industrially-produced trans fats with healthier fats and oils.

Legislate or enact regulatory actions to eliminate industrially-produced trans fats.

Assess and monitor trans fats content in the food supply and changes in trans fat consumption in the population.

Create awareness of the negative health impact of trans fats among policy makers, producers, suppliers, and the public.

Enforce compliance of policies and regulations.


Passing away of EC George Sudharshan (14.05.18)

Theoretical Physicist at: University of Texas

Awards: Padma Vibhushan (2007), CV Raman Award (1970)

Known for: V-A theory of weak interactions and Sudarshan-Glauber representation in quantum optics. Recommended for Nobel prize several times but never awarded.




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Current Affairs Questions

1. Who of the following has been appointed the Chief Coach of Indian men's hockey team?

  1. Harendra Singh
  2. Harmanpreet Singh
  3. Harjot Singh
  4. Harjeet Singh

2. Cambridge Analytica the political consulting firm which was in news recently was headquartered in -

  1. U.S.A.
  2. France
  3. United Kingdom
  4. Italy

3. Which of these aircraft was added to the vintage fleet of Indian Air Force recently?

  1. Packet
  2. Dakota
  3. Wapiti
  4. Gnat

4. Nobel Prize in which of the following fields will not be awarded in 2018?

  1. Literature
  2. Peace
  3. Medicine
  4. Economics

5. In which river in India is the Indus dolphin found?

  1. Jhelum
  2. Ganges
  3. Yamuna
  4. Beas

6. Which of these has developed atomic clocks for use in satellites by ISRO?

  1. Space Applications Centre
  2. National Remote Sensing Centre
  3. Antrix Corporation Limited
  4. National Aeronautical Laboratory

7. Legislation of which State allowing former CMs to occupy govt bungalows was struck down by the Supreme Court recently?

  1. Uttar Pradesh
  2. Karnataka
  3. West Bengal
  4. Bihar

8. Which Indian wrestler was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame recently?

  1. Gama
  2. Dara Singh
  3. KD Jadhav
  4. Khali

9. What percentage of stake in Flipkart is being acquired by Walmart?

  1. 51%
  2. 63%
  3. 77%
  4. 83%

10. Who was the first President of India to visit Siachen?

  1. Shri VV Giri
  2. Giani Zail Singh
  3. Mrs Pratibha Patil
  4. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

11. USA recently moved its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. In which city was its embassy prior to this?

  1. Tel Aviv
  2. Nazareth
  3. Eilat
  4. It did not have any embassy in Israel

12. On which river is the Pakal Dul Hydro Electric project being constructed?

  1. Jhelum
  2. Punjnad
  3. Marusadar
  4. Chenab

13. Of which country was Nicolas Maduro re-elected the President for the second six-year term?

  1. Bolivia
  2. Philippines
  3. Columbia
  4. Venezuela

14. Which of the following parties won a single seat in the recent assembly elections of Karnataka?

  1. Samajwadi Party
  2. Bahujan Samaj Party
  3. Aam Aadmi Party
  4. Trinamool Congress

15. With which company has Patanjali tied up to Swadeshi Samriddhi SIM Cards?

  1. BSNL
  2. Airtel
  3. Jio
  4. Vodafone

16. With which of the following events was Vikas Gowda associated?

  1. Javelin
  2. Discus
  3. Shot put
  4. Long jump

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