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4th,5th and 6th May Current Affairs

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1# US Air Force Gen. Tod Wolters sworn in as NATO commander

  • U.S. Air Force Gen. Tod D. Wolters has been sworn in as the top military officer of the 29-nation NATO military alliance.
  • The former pilot, who has served in Afghanistan and Iraq, became Supreme Allied Commander Europe at a ceremony at NATO’s military headquarters in Mons, southern Belgium.
  • Wolters, who replaces U.S. Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti for a term likely to run two to three years, will also be commander of U.S. forces in Europe.
  • NATO-: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization
    Headquarters-: Brussels, Belgium
    Founded-: 4 April 1949, Washington, D.C., United States .
  • Montenegro becomes NATO’s 29th member

2#VP Venkaiah Naidu releases postage stamp to commemorate 750th birth anniversary of Sri Vedanta Desikan

  • Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today released a postage stamp to commemorate the 750th birth anniversary of Sri Vedanta Desikan in New Delhi.
  • Speaking on the ocassion, Mr Naidu said, the textbooks must throw light on the lives of great saints and spiritual icons such as Sri Vedanta Desikan so that children internalize and practice the lofty ideals of humanism, peace and compassion propagated by them

3# Defence Ministry Approves Navy’s Rs 3,600-Crore Deal with Russia for 10 Kamov-31 Helicopters

  • Defence Ministry Nirmala Sitharaman approved Indian Navy’s proposal to acquire 10 Kamov-31 choppers from Russia at a cost of around Rs. 3,600 crore to strengthen its capability against aerial threats to its aircraft carriers and large warships.
  • They cleared the Rs. 3,600 crore proposal for buying around 10 Kamov-31 Airborne Early Warning and Control choppers for the aircraft carrier operations and deployment on future warships.
  • Indian Navy already has a fleet of 12 of these Kamov-31 choppers which sanitise the air space around the aircraft carriers and destroyers operating in open seas.

4#Asia-Pacific to grow 5.7% this year: ADB

  • According to the Asian Development Bank, Asia Pacific region is projected to grow at 5.7% in 2019.
  • ADB has said that most of the momentum for the region growth will come from higher consumption and investment levels. However, growth may be undermined due to trade tensions and the threat of climate change in the Asia Pacific region.
  • Further,he said that ADB has launched its Strategy 2030.This strategy will have six areas (a)poverty reduction (b)gender equality (c)climate mitigation and adaptation (d)regional cooperation and integration (e)extending private sector lending and (f)equity investments and guarantees.
  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is a regional development bank established on 19 December 1966.
  • ADB have headquarter in Manila, Philippines.It aims to promote social and economic development in Asia.
  • ADB has 67 members,of which 48 are from within Asia and the Pacific and 19 outside.

5#ADB and India Sign Loan Agreement for New Metro projects

  • Asian Development Bank (ADB), traditionally strong in funding social sector projects in education, water and irrigation in India, is moving into financing metro rail projects in the country in a big way.
  • Transport and energy are two of our biggest areas for funding. The announcement was made by Hun Kim, Director General, South Asia Department, ADB at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the ADB. 
  • The bank is involved with the $1 billion Mumbai metro .
  • ADB will be lending $500 million each for energy projects, and urban projects, apart from the Chennai Metro Phase II.

6# Coal Miners Day 2019 : 4th may

  • Coal Miners Day is observed on 4th May every year to highlight the toughest profession and the people working in coal mines.
  • On this day several organisations, communities raises funds and awareness for other organisations in the coal mining area and workers.
  • This day show appreciation for the sacrifices, honour the accomplishments and remember the tragedies that these hardworking individuals experience .

7#World Press Freedom Prize 2019 awarded to Myanmar Journalists

  • In 2019 World Press Freedom Prize would be shared by two jailed Myanmar journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo who reported on alleged human rights violations in the state of Rakhine, Myanmar.
  • The World Press Freedom Prize also known as UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2019 is formally conferred every year by Director-General of UNESCO, on occasion of World Press Freedom Day observed on 3 May.

8# New Canadian Currency Features Civil Rights Activist, Wins Innovation Award

  • Canada’s newest version of its $10 bill, a vertical format note released late last year and featuring a female civil rights activist, has won an international competition for innovative currency.
  • The Canadian bill featuring the image of Viola Desmond, a Nova Scotia businesswoman and social justice pioneer, was awarded “Bank Note of the Year Award” for 2018 by the International Bank Note Society.
  • Desmond is the first Canadian woman to appear on that country’s currency. The honor traditionally has been restricted to British royalty, such as Queen Elizabeth II.
  • The back of the note depicts the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

9#Malaysia Launching World’s First Crypto-Powered City

  • Malaysia is reportedly set to become the site of the world’s first crypto city, where cash will be shunned in favor of a new cryptocurrency called DMI .
  • DMI, a company which specialises in the provision of business intelligence, mobile enterprise and cybersecurity services is collaborating with the Melaka Straits City on this project .
  • The blockchain city which is located on an area of land spanning across 835 acres of land is being developed into a tourist destination for those who want to learn about cryptocurrency and blockchain technology.

10#World Laughter Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of May of every year.

  • World Laughter Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of May of every year. The first celebration was on May 10, 1998, in Mumbai, India. 
  • The celebration of World Laughter Day was meant to be a positive manifestation for world peace and to build up a global consciousness of brotherhood and friendship through laughter and run-on sentences .

11#Jaipur host the 8th Asian Youth Women Handball Championship 

  • Jaipur host the 8th Asian Youth Women Handball Championship in which 10 teams will be participating.It will be played in August 2019.
  • Earlier Delhi had hosted it in 2015 where the hosts India had finished 7th.The previous edition in 2017 was held at Jakarta in Indonesia where South Korea was the champion while Japan and China were placed second and third respectively.

12#RISAT-2BR1 will be launched using ISRO’s own Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) called PSLV-C46

  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to launch its Radar Imaging Satellite the RISAT-2BR1 at the end of may from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
  • The RISAT, a remote sensing satellite, provide all-weather surveillance using synthetic aperture radars (SAR) .
  • The RISAT (radar imaging satellite), will be carried by PSLV-C46. It is one of the reusable variants of ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket, which has offered significant progress and technology sophistication in terms of advancement in space technologies. 

13#Nepali Girl Dances For 126 Hours Straight To Set New World Record

  • An 18-year old girl from Nepal named Bandana set a Guinness World Records on ‘Longest Dancing Marathon by an Individual’. 
  • She danced exclusively to Nepalese music continuously for 126 hours (over five days). 
  • She broke the record set by India’s Kalamandalam Hemlatha, who danced continuously for 123 hours and 15 minutes in 2011.

14#Archery Association of India named Sunil Sharma as acting president to start with the polling procedure

  • The Archery Association of India has opted to name senior vice president Sunil Sharma as its acting president in order to begin the election process as per Supreme Court’s order.
  • Sharma added that the AA was in the process of searching an experienced Returning Officer to conduct elections.
  • The Executive Committee unanimously appointed Sunil Sharma as acting president of AAI being the senior vice president of the association in accordance with Article 24 of AAI Constitution (as approved by the Supreme Court on 4th December, 2017),” the AAI said in a release .

15#India slips to fifth spot in latest ICC T20I rankings

  • The world body governing cricket, ICC unveiled an expanded men’s Twenty20 International team rankings with 80 teams.
  • India with 260 points have dropped three places to fifth in the latest list. The ICC T20 World Cup champions of 2009, Pakistan have consolidated their top position with 286 points. The next three teams are South Africa (262), England (261) and Australia (261).

16#eGovernance Services India Ties up With IIT-Kanpur To Upscale Unnat Bharat Abhiyan

  • Ministry of Electronics & IT,(Information Technology) and CSC (Common Services Centre) e-Governance Services India Limited partnered with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)Kanpur to upscale ‘Unnat Bharat Abhiyan’.
  • ‘Unnat Bharat Abhiyan project’ led by Dr Reeta Singh, from IIT Kanpur.
  • Its objective is to find solutions to accelerate sustainable growth in rural India. Under the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, IIT-Kanpur has brought together 15 leading higher education institutions from Uttar Pradesh. These institutions have agreed to work with CSC for the development of villages under the scheme.

17#India and UK in talks to replicate HMS Queen Elizabeth supercarrier, to be named INS Vishal

  • The United Kingdom is in talks with India for building a new state-of-the-art aircraft carrier along the lines of Britain’s HMS Queen Elizabeth as part of the ongoing ‘Make in India’ negotiations.
  • The Indian Navy is in talks with the British government to buy detailed plans for the 65,000-ton British warship to build a so-called “copycat supercarrier” named INS Vishal in 2022.
  • “An Indian delegation has already visited Rosyth dockyard in Scotland where HMS Queen Elizabeth was assembled and where a second supercarrier, HMS Prince of Wales, is now being built .

18#Roger Federer jumps to third in men’s rankings

  • Former world number one Roger Federer has returned to third in the ATP Men’s rankings released , replacing Alexander Zverev after the reigning champion was knocked out of the Munich Open at the quarter-finals stage. 
  • Federer, who has won a record 20 Grand Slams, is making his return to clay at the Madrid Open this week after three years’ absence.
  • Novak Djokovic remains first ahead of Rafael Nadal to mark the Serb’s 250th week as world number one, a record only bettered on four occasions in the past.

19#Saurav Ghosal andJoshna Chinappa win Asian Championship titles

  • Joshna Chinappa, the second seed, successfully defended her title, beating top seed Annie Au of Hong Kong.
  • Saurav Ghosal, the top seed, downed fourth seed Leo Au Chun Ming, also of Hong Kong, in straight games.

20#Indian men’s hockey team leave for Australian tour

  • Indian Men’s Hockey team left for Australia today to play two matches each against the Australian national team and Australia A and a lone game against the Western Australia Thundersticks club. The first match will be played on Wednesday.
  • The tour, marked as a preparation for next month’s FIH men’s Hockey Series Final in Bhubaneswar, will be newly-appointed chief coach Graham Reid’s maiden assignment with the team. 

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