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10th,11th and 12th may Current Affairs

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1#WTO Ministerial Meeting of Developing Countries To Held in New Delhi

  • WTO Ministerial meeting of developing countries is being hosted by India in New Delhi on 13-14 May 2019.
  • Sixteen developing countries, Six Least Developed Countries (LDC)(Argentina, Bangladesh, Barbados, Benin, Brazil, Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, China, Egypt, Guatemala, Guyana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Malawi, Malaysia, Nigeria, Oman, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, Uganda)and DG, WTO are participating in the meeting.
  • The two-day meeting will be interactive in order to provide an opportunity to the Ministers to discuss various issues and the way forward.

2#WHO welcomes industry action to align with global trans fat elimination targets

  • World Health Organisation (WHO) welcomes the commitment by the International Food and Beverage Alliance (IFBA) to align with the WHO target to eliminate industrially produced trans fat from the global food supply by 2023.
  • The commitment made by IFBA is in line with WHO’s target to eliminate industrial trans fat from the global food supply by 2023, Dr Tedros said. “WHO will be monitoring the next steps to be taken by companies to help ensure the commitment is realised.
  • WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus met with IFBA representatives, including chief executive officers from several of the 12 companies comprising the alliance to discuss actions to take to eliminate industrial trans fats, and reduce salt, sugar and saturated fats in processed foods.

3# Narendra Modi second most followed politician globally on social media

  • Digital marketing platform SEMrush reported that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the most-followed politician in the world on social media with a total audience of 110.9 million on platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Former US President Barack Obama was ranked first with 182.7 million followers.
  • US President Donald Trump, who has 96 million followers, is the second second-most followed politician on the American online news and social networking service, Twitter.

4#Indian Army is commemorating 2019 as “the Year of Next of Kin” to reach out to the next of kin of battle casualties

  • Indian Army is commemorating ‘2019’ as the ‘Year of Next of Kin’.
    As a part of this commemoration, the Army has planned to reach out to the next of kin of battle casualties, ex-servicemen and serving soldiers to resolve their pension-related issues and to let them know of their entitled financial benefits, welfare schemes.

5#United Nations Global Road Safety Week

  • The 5th United Nations Global Road Safety Week is being observed from May 6 to 12, 2019. It is celebrated once in two years.The theme of the Road Safety Week is ‘Leadership for Road Safety
  • WHO Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Director-General: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

6#Bank credit grows 13.2 percent in 2019 financial year

  • Bank credit grew by 13.2% in the financial year 2018-19 as compared to 10.3% in the previous financial year, mainly aided by loans to services and retail sector.
  • Deposit growth also gained momentum, growing by 10% as compared to 6.7% a year ago. Banks typically tend to push for more loan disbursement and also try to get more deposits ahead of the end of a financial year to shore up their balance sheet and meet year-end targets.
  • The RBI’s data on deployment of gross credit across different sectors shows healthy credit growth in the services sector followed by retail sector.
  • Credit growth in services sector till the middle of February was 23.7% and in retail sector it was 16.7%. Credit growth in the industry sector was 5.6%. 

7#Dairy major Amul will be the principal sponsor of the Afghanistan cricket team 

  • Amul has been announced as the principal sponsor of the Afghanistan cricket team for the upcoming World Cup, slated to be held in England and Wales from May 30.
  • The logo of brand Amul will appear on the leading arm of the Afghanistan team playing jerseys as well as on the training kits throughout the showpiece event .
  • This is the third time that Amul is sponsoring a cricket team in the World Cup , the company had associated with New Zealand and Holland teams in earlier World Cup tournaments.
  • Afghanistan Capital: Kabul, 
  • Currency: Afghan Afghani.
  • President : Ashraf Ghani .

8# National Technology Day: 11th May

  • National Technology Day is celebrated annually on May 11, the day on which India successfully test fired its first nuclear bombs in 1998. During the nuclear tests in Rajasthan’s Pokhran, five explosives of the same nature were tested between May 11 and May 13, 1998 .
  • The tests were conducted by the prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, who had led the scientific team that made preparations for the tests. After Pokhran, Vajpayee had declared India a nuclear state — the sixth country in the world to join this league .

9#Ireland Becomes 2nd Country To Declare Climate Emergency

  • Ireland has become the second country in the world to declare a climate and biodiversity emergency.
  • Ireland followed in the footsteps of the United Kingdom, which declared a climate emergency earlier this month after 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg addressed MPs urging more climate action and in the wake of protests by climate action group Extinction Rebellion.

10# BharatPe launches UPI Bahi Khata for merchants for seamless networking and business expansion

  • BharatPeIndia’s first Fintech start-up enabling payments for merchants through interoperable UPI QR codes, has announced its foray into merchant services with a new app .
  • The app allows merchants to record their cash/credit (Udhar) sales customer wise, request accounts receivable from customers via SMS payment links, and keep track of accounts payable to suppliers, among other services.
  • The BharatPe app also serves as a networking platform for merchants to connect with other BharatPe merchants near them and to collaborate with them to both sources and expand their businesses.

11# Bengal Tigers may not survive the upcoming climate change

  • UN report said that Climate change and rising sea levels may eventually wipe out The Sundarbans, which is one of the world’s last and largest tiger strongholds
  • climate change scenarios was developed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for its simulation models. 
  • If greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions continued at the current rate, the atmosphere would warm as much as 1.5C (above preindustrial levels) by 2040. This climate change would lead to rising sea level and existential threat to the Sundarbans.

12# International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world on 12 May

  • International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world on 12 May. It celebrates the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale.
  • The theme for 2019 International Nurses Day 2019 is – “Nurses – A Voice to Lead – Health for All”.

13# Hyderabad airport among top 10 airports in the world

  • The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Hyderabad was ranked among one of the top 10 airports in the world after a survey conducted by AirHelp, a company which deals with the rights of air passengers. The Hyderabad airport was ranked eighth.
  • According to the survey, Hamad International Airport in Doha in Qatar was rated the world’s best airport , followed by Tokyo International Airport in Japan and Athens International Airport in Greece.

14#World Migratory Bird Day -11th May

  • World Migratory Bird Day is celebrated on May 11 and October 12. 
  • The theme for World Migratory Bird Day 2019 is ‘Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution’.

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