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CURRENT AFFAIRS: IMPORTANT DAYS

National Missing Children’s Day – Observed on May 25

  • National Missing Children’s Day has been commemorated in the United States on May 25, since 1983, when it was first proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan.
  • It falls on the same day as the International Missing Children’s Day, which was established in 2001.
  • The 2021 National Missing Children’s Day poster contest winner is Heidy Jimena Perez Veleta from Sunnyside Elementary School in Dodge City, Kansas.
  • Heidy’s poster represents the theme “Bringing Our Missing Children Home,” through her colorful representation of two hands forming a heart.
  • Missing Children’s Day with a ceremony honoring the heroic and exemplary efforts of agencies, organizations, and individuals to protect children.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL NEWS

Union Health Minister chaired 74th World Health Assembly

  • Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan chairs 74th World Health Assembly.
  • Director-General of the World Health Organization Dr Tedros was also present on the occasion.
  • Highlighting the achievements of the 148th session, which was held from 18th January to 26th January 2021, Dr Harsh Vardhan noted that the Board called for further efforts to ensure fair and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX Facility and encouraged WHO to work closely with World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to identify the zoonotic source of the virus.
  • The Board emphasized the importance of adopting a ‘One Health’ approach following consideration of a report on anti-microbial resistance and welcomed Member State’s participation in the revision of the Codex Code of Practice to Minimize and Contain Foodborne Antimicrobial Resistance.”

About World Health Assembly:

  • The World Health Assembly is the forum through which the World Health Organization is governed by its 194 member states. 
  • It is the world’s highest health policy setting body and is composed of health ministers from member states.
  • Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland

CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATE NEWS

Jharkhand becomes 1st rank for implement Smart City Mission schemes

  • Jharkhand has clinched the first position in the recent ranking released by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India, based on the progress of the implementation of the Smart City Mission’s schemes running in different 100 cities of the Country’s 36 states and union territories.
  • At the same time, Jharkhand’s Capital Ranchi has risen to 12th position in terms of progress of the ongoing mission plans in 100 cities.
  • On the other hand, Delhi is at number 11 in the list of States and Union Territories and Bihar at number 27 and New Delhi Municipal Corporation is at number 41 and Bihar Capital Patna at 68th position in the list of cities.
  • The Urban and Housing Development Department, Government of Jharkhand informed this through a press note.

About Jharkhand:

  • Capital: Ranchi
  • Chief minister: Hemant Soren
  • Governor: Draupadi Murmu

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BUSINESS NEWS

TCS CodeVita won Guinness title for world’s largest programming competition

  • Tata Consultancy Services’ programming contest, TCS CodeVita, has won a Guinness World Records title for the world’s largest computer programming competition.
  • “The ninth season of TCS CodeVita has won a Guinness World Records title as the world’s largest computer programming competition with 136,054 participants from 34 countries“.
  • The 2021 TCS CodeVita competition invited college students from around the world to pit their programming skills against each other to be ranked among the top student programmers globally.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPOINTMENT AND RESIGNATION NEWS

BBB recommends BoB’s ED Jain as MD & CEO of Indian Bank

  • The Banks Board Bureau (BBB) has recommended the name of S L Jain for the post of managing director (MD) of state-owned Indian Bank.
  • The term of incumbent MD of the Chennai-based lender, Padmaja Chunduru, would superannuate later this month.
  • The bureau interviewed nine candidates from various public sector banks on May 24 for the forthcoming vacancy of managing director and chief executive officer in the Indian Bank.

About Indian Bank:

  • Headquarters: Chennai
  • Tagline: Your Own Bank, Banking That’s Twice As Good

CURRENT AFFAIRS: AWARDS AND HONOURS

Manchester City boss Guardiola bags England’s manager of the year award        

  • Guardiola’s awardcame just days after it was announced that City defender Ruben Dias had been voted the footballer of the year by England’s Football Writers Association.
  • London Manchester City’sPep Guardiola has been named manager of the year by England’s League Managers‘ Association.
  • City finished 12 points ahead of second-placed Manchester United and also won a fourth consecutive League Cup, beating Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at Wembley in April.
  • Guardiola’s team takes on Chelsea in the Champions League final.

ICCR to honour ‘Annapurna Award’ for Indian restaurants abroad

  • The Indian Council for Cultural Relations is likely to institute ‘Annapurna Award’ for Indian restaurants abroad that attract the highest footfall of local non-NRI people.
  • ICCR president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe recently made the announcement on the occasion of the fourth Deendayal Upadhyay Memorial International Oration, it said, noting that Chicago-based food historian Collin Taylor Sen also spoke on India”s culinary culture as soft power.
  • Observing that India’s influence on world’s cuisine is greater than that of any other civilization, Sen said vegetarianism and Ayurveda-based food are two most significant contributions of the country to global food traditions.

Dr D Nageshwar Reddy bags first Indian to win Rudolf Schindler Award

  • Padma Bhushan awardee Dr D Nageshwar Reddy, who is also the chairmanof AIG Hospitals, has won the highest honour from the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) — the Rudolf V Schindler Award.
  • Dr D Nageshwar Reddy has received the Rudolf V Schindler award in the annual Crystal Award of American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), one of the apex bodies of GI Endoscopy, a press release said.
  • Named after Dr Schindler, who is widely considered as ‘father of gastroscopy’, the Rudolf V Schindler award is the highest category in the Crystal Awards of ASGE.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: MOU’s AND AGREEMENTS

NHA signs MoU with Telangana Govt 

  • The National Health Authority, NHA has signed an MoU with Telangana Government for implementation of Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY) in the state with immediate effect.
  • The Ayushman Bharat scheme has been integrated with the existing state scheme ‘Aarogyasri’ and this converged scheme is being called Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY Aarogyasri.
  • NHA will provide several auxiliary support to State Health Agency including related to fraud and abuse control.

About Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana:

  • Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana of the Government of India aims to provide free access to healthcare for 50 crore people in the country.
  • People using the program access their own primary care services from a family doctor.
  • Launched: 23 September 2018
  • Ministry: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

CURRENT AFFAIRS : RANKING & INDEX

Forbes Highest-Paid Athletes for 2021 : UFC Champion Conor McGregor Tops              

  • The 2021 Forbes‘ list of the world’s highest-paid athletes, the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and renowned mixed martial arts superstar Conor McGregor, has been ranked top position.
  • This is the first time when McGregor has topped the coveted Forbes list.
  • From May 1, 2020 to May 1, 2021, as measured he earned a massive $180 million.
  • Followed by Professional Footballer Lionel Messi stood second place with an earning of $130 million and Cristiano Ronaldo earned $120 million he was in third place.

Note :

  • The total earnings of the top ten highest-paid athletes in the world was $1.05 billion during the past 12 months, which is 28% more than 2020 top earners.

Top 10 Forbes Highest-Paid Athletes for 2021 :

Rank Name Sports Total Country
1 Conor Mc Gregor Mixed Martial arts $180 million Republic of Ireland
2 Lionel Messi Association Football $130 million Argentina
3 Cristiano Ronaldo Association Football $120 million Portugal
4 Dak Prescott American Football $107.5 million United States
5 LeBorn James Basketball $96.5 million United States
6 Neymar Association Football $95 million Brazil
7 Roger Federer Tennis $90 million Switzerland
8 Lewis Hamilton Auto racing $82 million United Kingdom
9 Tom Brady American Football $76 million United States
10 Kevin Durant Basketball $75 million UnitedStates

CURRENT AFFAIRS : BOOKS & AUTHORS

Book titled “India and Asian Geopolitics: The Past, Present” Authored by Indian Diplomat Shivshankar Menon

  • A new book titled “India and Asian Geopolitics: The Past, Present which has been authored by Indian diplomat Shivshankar Menon has been released.
  • The book is published by Brookings Institution.

About the book :

  • The book describes the changes in Independent India’s foreign policy choices throughout its history, maps its present-day challenges, and also analyzes how India’s policies are likely to evolve in response to new challenges.

About the author :

  • Previously, Shivshankar Menon served as the Foreign Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs from 01 October 2006 – 31 July 2009.
  • He was the former National Security Adviser of India under Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh (2010-2014).

CURRENT AFFAIRS : ENVIRONMENT

New species of snake Discovered From Tuticorin, Tamilnadu : Platyceps josephi

  • A group of researchers has discovered a new species of racer snake named Platyceps josephi from Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu 
  • The new species is named after late herpetologist Naveen Joseph.
  • It is published in Vertebrate Zoology.

About Platyceps josephi :

  • Platyceps josephi, colubrid medium sized (maximum total length 951 mm) snake.
  • It can be seen in the open grasslands with rocky and scrub habitats.
  • It has distinct white bands on its body and irregular white spots on its head.
  • It is a non-venomous terrestrial snake.

Note :

  • Platyceps josephi should be considered a species in the Vulnerable category according to the IUCN criteria.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SPORTS NEWS

PGA Championship: Phil Mickelson becomes oldest major winner

  • On May 23, 2021, Phil Mickelson won the PGA Championship by two shots over Brooks Koepka and South African Louis Oosthuizen.
  • Mickelson (50 Years old) is the oldest winner in the 161 years of major championship golf.
  • He sealed the deal with a one-over-par 73 at the Ocean Course that left him at six under on the week.
  • The victory by Mickelson marked the sixth major championship win of his career and first since the 2013 British Open.
  • Mickelson became the 10th player to win majors in three decades, an elite list that starts with Harry Vardon and was most recently achieved by Tiger Woods.

About PGA Championship :

  • The PGA Championship is an annual golf tournament conducted by the Professional Golfers’ Association of America.
  • It is one of the four men’s major championships in professional golf.
  • Established : 1916

Atletico Madrid Win 2020-21 La Liga Title

  • On May 22, 2021, Atletico Madrid won the 2020-21 La Liga title.
  • Since 2013–14 It was their first title.
  • This was their eleventh overall La Liga title.
  • Atletico Madrid secured a 2-1 goal victory over Real Valladolid to clinch the title.
  • Suarez ended the season with 21 league goals, taking his team to the title, 7 points ahead of his former team Barcelona.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : OBITUARIES

Indian Boxing’s First Dronacharya Awardee Coach, OP Bhardwaj, Passes away                  

  • India’s first Dronacharya awardee coach in boxing, O P Bhardwaj, Passed away.
  • He was 82.

About OP Bhardwaj :

  • Bhardwaj was India’s national boxing coach from 1968 to 1989 and also served as a national selector.
  • He was the first chief instructor for the sport at the National Institute of Sports India in Patiala.
  • Under Bhardwaj’s coaching stint, India boxers won medals at the Asian Games, the Commonwealth Games and the South Asian Games.

Achievements :

  • Bharadwaj also got the Best Coach in Asia award around the 1990s
  • Prakash Bhardwaj was awarded India’s highest award in the field of coaching of sports and athletics the Dronacharya Award, in 1985.

Daily CA On May 23 & 24 :

  • World Turtle Day Observed on May 23. The theme for this year “Turtles Rock!” encourages a worldwide audience to see turtles as more than just rocks with legs.
  • International Day to End Obstetric Fistula Observed on May 23. The theme for this year is “Women’s rights are human rights! End fistula now!”.
  • The Ministry of Ayush is organizing various activities in the run up to the International Day of Yoga, 2021. One among these is a series of five webinarsthat the Ministry is organizing under the broad theme of “Be with Yoga, Be at Home. 
  • The Supreme Court E-committee released a manual for its free e-courts mobile application in 14 languages for better reach among litigants and lawyers.
  • The Ministry of Culture announced Six Indian sites, including the temples of Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu, the Ganga ghats in Varanasi, and the Satpura Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, have been added to the tentative list of UNESCO’s world heritage sites. 
  • The World Bank approves 600 million US Dollars for two projects in Bangladesh. It is for to help over 1.75 million poor and vulnerable people in the country.
  • UttarakhandChief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat has announced Chief Minister Vatsalya Yojana for orphaned children who have lost their parents due to Covid-19.
  • Corona patients in Jharkhand can book hospital beds online through ‘Amrit Vahini’ App launched by CM Hemant Soren.
  • The Madhya Pradesh government announced the launch of Ankur, a scheme under which citizens will be awarded for planting trees during monsoon.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will transfer Rs 99,122 crore as surplus to the central government for the nine months ended March 31 (July 2020-March 2021).
  • Aditya Birla Sun Life Insurance (ABSLI), the life insurance subsidiary of Aditya Birla Capital Limited (ABCL), announced the launch of a hyper-flexible savings plan – ABSLI Vision Life Income Plus Plan that provides guaranteed regular income plus flexible bonus pay-outs.
  • An Indian-origin Human Sciences student from Magdalen College at the University of Oxford has been declared the winner at the end of a Student Union (SU) byelection.
  • The John Templeton Foundationhas awarded the 2021 Templeton Prize to world-renowned ethologist and conservationist Jane Goodall, whose groundbreaking discoveries have changed humanity’s understanding of its role in the natural world.
  • Dun & Bradstreet Information Services India, a global provider of B2B data, insights, and AI-driven platforms, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with BSE to create an ecosystem for promoting, aiding, and fostering the growth of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the country.
  • On May 19, 2021, China successfully launched a new ocean-monitoring satellite Haiyang-2D (HY-2D) into orbit. The satellite was launched by a Long March-4B rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China.
  • The 2022 FIFA under-17 Women’s World Cup will be held in India from October 11 to 30, 2022. Earlier this event was scheduled to be held in India in 2021, but it was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • On May 23, 2021, Max Verstappen won the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix. Carlos Sainz Jr. came second place and Lando Norris came third place.
  • On May 23, 2021, former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, Srikumar Banerjee Passed away.
  • On May 22, 2021, Veteran music director Raam Laxman Passed away.
  • The former NSG director-general JK Dutt, Passed away.

Daily CA On May 25 :

  • National Missing Children’s Day has been commemorated in the United States on May 25, since 1983, when it was first proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan.
  • Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan chairs 74th World Health Assembly.
  • Jharkhand has clinched the first position in the recent ranking released by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India, based on the progress of the implementation of the Smart City Mission’s schemes running in different 100 cities of the Country’s 36 states and union territories.
  • Tata Consultancy Services’ programming contest, TCS CodeVita, has won a Guinness World Records title for the world’s largest computer programming competition.
  • The Banks Board Bureau (BBB) has recommended the name of S L Jain for the post of managing director (MD) of state-owned Indian Bank.
  • Guardiola’s awardcame just days after it was announced that City defender Ruben Dias had been voted the footballer of the year by England’s Football Writers Association.
  • The Indian Council for Cultural Relations is likely to institute ‘Annapurna Award’ for Indian restaurants abroad that attract the highest footfall of local non-NRI people.
  • Padma Bhushan awardee Dr D Nageshwar Reddy, who is also the chairmanof AIG Hospitals, has won the highest honour from the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) — the Rudolf V Schindler Award.
  • The National Health Authority, NHA has signed an MoU with Telangana Government for implementation of Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY) in the state with immediate effect.
  • The 2021 Forbes‘ list of the world’s highest-paid athletes, the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and renowned mixed martial arts superstar Conor McGregor, has been ranked top position.
  • A new book titled “India and Asian Geopolitics: The Past, Present which has been authored by Indian diplomat Shivshankar Menon has been released. The book is published by Brookings Institution.
  • A group of researchers has discovered a new species of racer snake named Platyceps josephi from Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu . The new species is named after late herpetologist Naveen Joseph. It is published in Vertebrate Zoology.
  • On May 23, 2021, Phil Mickelson won the PGA Championship by two shots over Brooks Koepka and South African Louis Oosthuizen.
  • On May 22, 2021, Atletico Madrid won the 2020-21 La Liga title. Since 2013–14 It was their first title. This was their eleventh overall La Liga title.
  • On May 21, 2021, India’s first Dronacharya awardee coach in boxing, O P Bhardwaj, Passed away.

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