Daily Current Affairs 23rd May, 2019

Daily Current Affairs 23 May 2019 for Banking/Insurance/SSC and other related exams.


India ranked 117th in Kids Right Index

The annual global index named Kids Right Index has ranked countries on the basis of how much they are involved and equipped to improve child rights. India ranked 117th out of 181 countries.

  • Iceland topped the ranking followed by Portugal About Kids Right Index. Kids Rights Index is an initiative started by Kids Right Foundation with Erasmus University, Rotterdam.
  • Extra info.:
    Iceland Capital: Reykjavik
    Currency: Iceland Krona

Mumbai most vulnerable to cyberattacks, Delhi, B’luru next: Report

Mumbai topped the 15-city list of the most vulnerable cities to cyberattacks in 2019, followed by Delhi, Bengaluru and Kolkata, Quick Heal Security Labs revealed. The ‘Annual Threat Report 2019’ put Maharashtra, Delhi and West Bengal as the top three states at most risk.

  • The report compiled data from several cyberattacks that took place in 2018 on Windows and Android.

Sculptor Anish Kapoor ranks first on Hurun India Art list

With sales estimated at Rs. 168.25 crore, contemporary sculptor Anish Kapoor has topped the first edition of the Hurun India Art List. He is followed by artists Akbar Padamsee and Krishen Khanna.

  • The Hurun Research Institute has ranked the top 50 Indian artists alive based on the sales of their works at public auction from April 2018 to March 2019.

Flt Lt Bhawana Kanth becomes first Indian woman fighter pilot to undertake missions by day

Flt Lt Bhawana Kanth adds another feather to her cap by completing Day Operational syllabus on MiG-21 Bison aircraft. She is the first women fighter pilot to be qualified to undertake missions by day on a fighter aircraft.

  • Bhawana who is from the first batch of woman fighter pilots of the IAF joined the fighter squadron in Nov 2017 and flew the first solo on MiG-21 Bison in March 2018.


Gopal Shrestha becomes first HIV-infected climber to scale Mount Everest

A-56 year-old Gopal Shrestha from Pokhara in Nepal became first HIV infected climber to ascend world’s highest peak, the Mount Everest. Shrestha, once a former national football player climbed Everest in the second attempt. His first attempt was abandoned from the Everest Base Camp due to the earthquake of 2015.


Ruskin Bond launches new memoir titled Coming Round the Mountain on 85th birthday

India’s beloved children’s author Ruskin Bond is celebrating his 85th birthday, with the release of a new memoir set against the backdrop of the partition. The book titled Coming Round the Mountain, released officially by the author at Cambridge bookstores in Mussourie.

  • Coming Round the Mountain is the third installment of Bond’s award-winning memoir series for children that includes Looking for the Rainbow and Till the Clouds Roll By.


ADB plans to fund Rs 30,000 cr Delhi-Meerut rapid rail corridor, 4 metro projects

Asian Development Bank (ADB) has given in-principle nod for financing 4 metro rail projects and a Rs 30,000 crore rapid rail corridor between Delhi and Meerut as part of its effort to improve urban transport system in India.

  • Earlier this year, the government approved construction of a Rs 30,274 crore worth RRTS to connect the national capital with Meerut through Ghaziabad (in Uttar Pradesh). The 82 kilometer-stretch will be covered in less than 60 minutes.
  • Extra info.:
    ADB Headquarters: Mandaluyong, Philippines
    President: Takehiko Nakao
    Membership: 68 countries


Sethu FC crowned as Indian Women’s League champions

Sethu FC turned around a first-half deficit to clinch their first ever Indian Women’s League trophy after defeating Manipur Police 3-1 at the Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana. 

  • Radharani Devi had put Manipur in the lead towards the end of the first half. But an own goal by Umapati Devi put Sethu back in the game before their Nepal international Sabitra Bhandari turned up the heat to score two goals and win it for the Madurai-based side.

Anirudh and Niki won the 2019 ITF mens Futures tennis title

Top seeds Anirudh Chandrasekar and Niki Poonacha won the 2019 International Tennis Federation (ITF) men’s Futures tennis tournament title in Kampala, Uganda.

  • The pair defeated Simon Carr and Ryan James Storrie and secured 6-3, 6-4. It was the maiden international title for Anirudh, while it was fourth doubles title for Poonacha.


Shyam Saran to be conferred with Japan’s ‘Order of the Rising Sun’ award

Former foreign secretary Shyam Saran will be conferred with Japan’s second highest national award for his contributions to strengthen the strategic ties and enhancing mutual understanding between India and Japan.

  • The Government of Japan announced that in its 2019 Spring Imperial Decorations, it will confer 72-year-old Saran, ‘the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star’.


Documentary filmmaker Vijaya Mulay passes away

Renowned filmmaker and film historian Vijaya Mulay passed away. Mulay founded the Delhi Film Society in 1959, and later on became a joint secretary of the Federation of Film Societies.

  • In 2002, Vijaya Mulay was honoured with the prestigious V Shantaram Award for her work in documentary filmmaking. Her film Ek Anek Aur Ekta won the National Film Award for Best Educational Film.

Former Malaysian King Sultan Ahmad Shah passes away

Malaysia’s seventh King and football veteran Sultan Ahmad Shah passed away in Kuala Lumpur at the age of 88. Ahmad Shah was also the fifth Sultan of Malaysia’s central Pahang state.

  • Born in 1930, Ahmad Shah was proclaimed the fifth Sultan of Pahang in 1974. He became the seventh Yang di-Pertuan Agong, or the supreme head of state from 1979 to 1984.

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