Latest Current Affairs of May 2021

The Prime Minister's Scheme for mentoring young authors launched by the Ministry of Education is namedYUVA
The veteran journalist, freedom fighter and activist who passed away on 26 May 2021 in BengaluruShri HS Doreswamy
The Indian scientist who has been awarded the Energy Frontiers Award 2020 by the Rome based multinational oil and gas company EniProf CNR Rao
The severe cyclonic storm which arose in Bay of Bengal and made landfall in Odisha caused destruction of crops in Odisha, West Bengal and Jharkhand was namedYaas
The IPS officer of 1985 batch who has been appointed the Director of Central Bureau of InvestigationShri Subodh Kumar Jaiswal
The present President of International Hockey Federation who has been re-elected for the second term till 2024 Narinder Batra
The antibody detection-based kit developed by Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences (DIPAS), a laboratory of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is named DIPCOVAN
The dedicated community support helpline operationalised by the Union Ministry of Ayush to provide AYUSH-based approaches and solutions for the challenges raised by Covid-1914443
The first destroyer of Indian Navy, built in Russia under the name Nadezhny which was decommissioned at Naval Dockyard in VisakhapatnamINS Rajput
The Indian state which has approved the setting up of Legislative Council in the StateWest Bengal
The veteran cardiologist and former national president of Indian Medical Association and also the recipient of BC Roy Award and Padma Shri, who passed away on 17.05.2021Dr. KK Aggarwal
The Indian activist who has been chosen for the 2021 Whitley Awards for his efforts in preserving rare Amur falconsY. Nuklu Phom
The former Chief Minister of Rajasthan and former Governor of Haryana and Bihar who passed away on 19 May 2021Shri Jagannath Pahadia
The severe cyclonic storm of Arabian Sea which caused heavy rainfall in Kerala, Karanataka, Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat and also caused loss of lives and property was named Cyclone Tauktae
The theme of UN Global Road Safety Week observed from 17 to 23 May 2021Streets for Life #Love30
The contestant from Mexico who has been crowned Miss Universe 2020 at the beauty pageant held in Hollywood, Florida on 16 May 2021Miss Andrea Meza
The new motto of Go Air airlines which has rebranded itself as Go First airlinesYou Come First
The new and 23rd district created out of Sangrur district in Punjab Malerkotla
The well-known philanthropist and Chairperson of Times Group who passed away on 13 May 2021Smt Indu Jain
The global nutrition expert (dual national of Trinidad and Tobago and Denmark) who has been chosen for the 2021 World Food Prize for trailblazing research on small native fish species in BangladeshDr Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted
The sherpa guide from Nepal who has broken his own record of climbing Mt Everest by doing it for the 25th timeKami Rita
The Rajya Sabha MP and well-known sculptor, recipient of Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan, who passed away on 09.05.2021Shri Raghunath Mohapatra
The veteran music composer, winner of Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and Padma Shri who passed away on 07.05.2021Shri Vanraj Bhatia
The founder and chief of the Rashtriya Lok Dal and son of former Prime Minister of India late Chaudhary Charan Singh who passed away on 06 May 2021Shri Ajit Singh
The freedom fighter and former personal secretary of Mahatma Gandhi who passed away on 04 May 2021 at the age of 99 yearsShri V Kalyanam
The English professional snooker player who has won the 2021 World Snooker Championship held in England from 17 April to 03 May 2021Mark Selby
The former Lt Governor of Delhi and Goa and former Governor of Jammu and Kashmir who passed away on 03 May 2021Shri Jagmohan
The mission launched by Indian Navy for transportation of relief materials like Oxygen tankers for Covid-19 patients is namedOperation Samudra Setu II
The well-known sitar maestro, recipient of Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan who passed away on 01 May 2021 Pandit Devabrata Chaudhuri

Assembly Elections 2021

#StateParty/Alliance WonChief Minister
1.West BengalAll India Trinamool CongressMs. Mamata Banerjee
2.Tamil NaduDravida Munnetra KazhagamShri M.K. Stalin
3.KeralaLeft Democratic FrontShri P Vijayan
4.AssamBharatiya Janata PartyShri Himanta Biswa Sarma
5.PuducherryAll India NR Congress & Bharatiya Janata PartyShri N Rangaswamy

Shri Sundarlal Bahuguna

Born: 9 January 1927; Passed away: 21 May 2021

Noted Indian environmentalist and Chipko movement leader.

Awards

  • 1981: Padma Shri Award
  • 1987: Right Livelihood Award (Chipko Movement)
  • 1986: Jamnalal Bajaj Award for constructive work.
  • 2009: Padma Vibhushan Award

Books Written

  • India's Environment: Myth & Reality with Vandana Shiva, Medha Patkar
  • Environmental Crisis and Humans at Risk: Priorities for action with Rajiv K.Sinha
  • Bhu Prayog Men Buniyadi Parivartan Ki Or (Hindi)
  • Dharti Ki Pukar (Hindi)


Vaccines for COVID-19

#Brand NameTypeDeveloped byManufactured by
1.Comirnaty (Tozinameran)mRNABioNTech (German companyPfizer
2.Vaxzevria, Covishield (AZD1222)Viral vectorOxford University and AstraZeneca (British-Swedish MNC)AstraZeneca at 25 sites including Serum Institue of India
3.Gam-COVID-Vac, Sputnik-VViral VectorGamaleya Research Institute Gamaleya Research Institute, Russia
4.Janssen COVID-19, Ad26.COV2.SViral VectorJanssen Vaccines, Netherlands & Janssen Pharma, Belgium (subsidiaries of Johnson & Johnson, USA) Johnson & Johnson
5.COVAXINInactivated VirusBharat Biotech, ICMR and National Institute of Virology, IndiaBharat Biotech, India
6.CoronaVac, SinovacInactivated VirusSinovac Biotech Ltd, ChinaSinovac Biotech (China), Bio Pharma (Indonesia), Instituto Butantan (Brazil)
7.Moderna COVID-19 vaccine/mRNA-1273mRNAModerna Inc, The US National Inst of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) and Biomedical Advance Research and Development Authority (BARDA)Modern Inc (USA)

Important Days of May

World Press Freedom Day: 03 May 2021

Designated by: UN General Assembly

First Observed in: 1994

Theme: Information as a Public Good

World Asthma Day: 05 May 2021 (1st Tuesday of May)

Designated by: Global Initiative for Asthma

Theme: Uncovering Asthma Misconceptions

First observed in: 1998

World Red Cross and Crescent Day: 08 May 2021

Designated by: International Committee of the Red Cross

First Observed in: 1948

Theme: Together we are unstoppable

World Migratory Bird Day: 08 May 2021

Designated by: AEWA Secretariat

First Observed in: 2006

Theme: Sing. Fly, Soar - Like a Bird

International Nurses Day: 12 May 2021

Designated by: International Council of Nurses

Theme: Nurses: A Voice to Lead - A vision for future healthcare

International Day of Families: 15 May 2021

Designated by: UN General Assembly

Theme: Families and New Technologies

First Observed in: 1994

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day: 17 May 2021

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

Theme: Accelerating digital transformation in challenging times

First Observed in: 2007

International Day for Biological Diversity: 22 May 2021

Designated by: UN General Assembly

Theme: We’re part of the solution #ForNature

First Observed in: 2001

International Day of Vesak: 26 May 2021 (Full Moon day of May every year)

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

First Observed in: 2000

International Day for UN Peacekeepers: 29 May 2021

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

First Observed in: 2003

Theme: The road to a lasting peace: Leveraging the power of youth for peace and security.

World No Tobacco Day: 31 May 2021

Designated by: World Health Organisation

First Observed in: 1987

Focus: Commit to Quit


2021 Laureus Sports Awards

Awarded by Laureus Sport for Good Foundation

Sportsman of the Year Award: Rafael Nadal

Sportswoman of the Year Award: Naomi Osaka

Team of the Year Award: Bayern Munich

Breakthrough of the Year Award: Patrick Mahomes

Comeback of the Year Award: Max Parrot

Sport for Good Award: KICKFORMORE by KICKFAIR

Lifetime Achievement Award: Billie Jean King

Athlete Advocate of the Year Award: Lewis Hamilton

Sporting Inspiration Award: Mohamed Salah




2021 International Booker Prize shortlist

  1. At Night All Blood is Black by David Diop, (translated from French by Anna Moschovakis)
  2. The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enríquez, (translated from Spanish by Megan McDowell)
  3. When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamín Labatut, (translated from Spanish by Adrian Nathan West)
  4. The Employees by Olga Ravn, (translated from Danish by Martin Aitken)
  5. In Memory of Memory by Maria Stepanova, (translated from Russian by Sasha Dugdale)
  6. The War of the Poor by Éric Vuillard, (translated from French by Mark Polizzotti)

Books in News

Star Gazing – The Players in My Life by Ravi Shastri

Abbreviations in News

YUVA: Young, Upcoming and Versatile Authors


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