May 2019 - National News



  • The 5th Smart Cities India 2019 expo, including Transport India, Solar India, Buildings India and Water India expos, was inaugurated by Durga Shanker Mishra on 23 May 2019. It is organised by India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO) and Exhibitions India Group. The event displays a vast array of products and solutions relevant to building smart cities in India.


  • Narendra Modi will be sworn in as country's Prime Minister for the second term on 30 May, 2019. President Ram Nath Kovind will administer the Oath of Office and Secrecy to Mr Modi and other members of Union Council of Ministers at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan. India has invited the leaders of the BIMSTEC Member States for the swearing-in ceremony. The BIMSTEC, or the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation, member states are: Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan including India.


  • First all-women IAF crew fly Mi-17 V5 helicopter.  Three women Indian Air Force officers were part of the country's first all-women crew to fly a medium-lift helicopter. A defence release said, the ‘All women crew’ flew the helicopter for a Battle Inoculation Training mission taking off and landing from restricted areas at a forward airbase in South Western Air Command.


  • Pema Khandu will be sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh on 29 May 2019 for the second time. After having a landslide victory in the Assembly elections with 41 seats in the 60-seat house, the BJP held it's Legislature Party Meeting in Itanagar on 27 May 2019.


  • The National Small Industries Corporation Limited, NSIC signed an MoU with Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises for the year 2019-20. The MoU envisages provision of enhanced services by NSIC under its marketing, financial, technology and other support services schemes for MSMEs in the country.

    The Corporation projects to increase revenue from operation by 22 per cent from two thousand 540 crore rupees in the year 2018-19 to three thousand 100 crore rupees in the year 2019-20. The Corporation also plans to enhance its activities in the areas of imparting entrepreneurship and skill development training by targeting 45 per cent growth in the number of trainees.


  • Telangana to have 1st blockchain district. Land at subsidised rates, funding of research and regulatory and policy support are among the features of Telangana government's draft Blockchain Policy. It is aimed at wooing firms and startups in the field to set up shop in the state.


  • IAF signs MoU with ISRO for crew selection, training for Gaganyaan Programme. Indian Air Force has signed an Indian Air Force with ISRO for crew selection and training for the prestigious Gaganyaan Programme. Air Vice Marshal R G K Kapoor handed over the MoU to R Hutton, Project Director of Gaganyaan Programme.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Independence Day address last year (2018), had announced the launch of Gaganyaan - India's maiden human spaceflight programme by 2022. This programme will provide a unique micro-gravity platform in space for conducting experiments and test for future technologies.


  • Army Conducts Children Summer Adventure (CSA) Camp 2019. Western Command Children Summer Adventure Camp 2019 is being organised at Manali from 27 May to 02 June 2019. The seven day camp is being conducted under the aegis of Rising Star Brigade.
    This camp aims to provide a wholesome outdoor exposure to young boys and girls through educational, recreational and adventure activities.


  • Birender Singh Dhanoa will be Chairman COSC. Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa received the baton of Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee(COSC) from outgoing Chairman COSC.


  • Naveen Patnaik takes oath as Odisha CM. Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president Naveen Patnaik was sworn in as Chief Minister of Odisha for the fifth consecutive term in Bhubaneswar on 29 may, 2019.


  • Goa celebrated its statehood day on 30th May. It was on this day in 1987 Goa became the 25th state of the Indian Union. Before this, Goa, along with Daman and Diu, was a union territory. Statehood helped in shaping Goa’s distinct identity. It’s a day to reflect on people’s achievements and evolve a strategy to achieve a prosperous and advanced state - Pramod Sawant, Goa chief minister.


  • Admiral Karambir Singh took over as the Chief of Naval Staff on 31 May, 2019 with a career spanning over 37 years. Karambir Singh served as the Vice Chief of Naval Staff at the headquarters in New Delhi before moving to Vishakhapatnam last year (2018) as the Eastern Naval Commander.


  • The proposed Jewar airport in Uttar Pradesh is expected to begin operations from 2023 with a capacity to handle 1.2 crore passengers annually.


  • Newly appointed Ministers have started taking charge of their Ministries :

    Nirmala Sitharaman took the charge of Finance Ministry
    Santosh Gangwar took the charge of Ministry of Labour and Employment.
    Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has taken the charge of Jal Shakti Ministry
    Piyush Goyal has taken the charge of Commerce and Industry Ministry.
    Mr Goyal has also taken the charge of Railway Ministry.
    Dr S. Jaishankar has taken over as the External Affairs Minister.
    Prakash Javadekar took the charge of Information and Broadcasting Ministry.
    Ram Vilas Pawan has taken over as Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.
    Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi assumes the office of Ministry of Minority Affairs.
    Dr. Jitendra Singh took charge as the Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office.
    Piyush Goyal has taken the charge of Commerce and Industry Ministry.
    Shripad Naik took charge as Ministry of AYUSH. He has also been allocated the responsibility of minister of state for defence.


  • Airports Authority of India (AAI) signed an agreement with NTrust Infotech - Anarock Consortium for asset rationalization, lease administration and related services on a pan-India basis through cutting edge Lease Administration Technology. This agreement will help AAI in identifying the best potential of land asset which in turn will improve its revenue stream.


  • PM-KISAN Scheme extension to include all eligible farmer families irrespective of the size of land holdings. The key element of PM-KISAN is income support of Rs.6000/- to the small and marginal landholder farmer families with cultivable land holding upto 2 hectare across the country which has been now expanded. The amount will be released in three 4-monthly instalments of Rs.2000/- each year.


  • A new ‘Jal Shakti’ Ministry in which the Ministries of Water Resources and Drinking Water and Sanitation will be merged. Shekhawat took charge of the Ministry on 31 May, 2019, a day after he was sworn in as a Cabinet Minister. The Ministry will encompass issues ranging from international and inter-State water, the flagship initiative to clean the Ganga and the provision of clean drinking water.


  • AYUSH Ministry has launched a mobile application to enable people to locate yoga events and centres providing training and instructors. The mobile app was launched ahead of International Yoga Day on June 21.


  • The Centre has shortlisted five cities, Delhi, Shimla, Mysore, Ahmedabad and Ranchi to hold National Programme of the International Yoga Day this year (2019). It will be the government's first mega public event after Mr Narendra Modi became Prime Minister for the second consecutive term.

    In the lead-up to the event, a two-day Yoga Mahotsav is being organized in Delhi by the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga which started.


  • The Indian Navy conducted significant missile tests boosting its anti-air warfare capabilities. The first cooperative engagement firing of the Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) or Barak-8 was held on the Western Seaboard. The firing was undertaken on the western seaboard by the INS Kochi and the INS Chennai.


  • Maharashtra Cabinet approved to circulate an ordinance to amend the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Reservation Act, 2018. It also approved to recompense the fees to the general category-students, who will be affected after the promulgation of the ordinance.


  • Kerala State Assembly to go paperless under E-Vidhan initiative to digitize all records. The first phase of the project is expected to be completed in 14 months. The project is expected to cost around Rs.40 crore. Once the project is completed, all the Assembly proceedings will go paperless.


  • The National Cadet Corps (NCC) Girls’ Mountaineering Expedition to Mt. Tenchenkhang in Sikkim was ‘Flagged Off’ on 17 May 2019. The team is led by Lt Col Madhab Boro and constitute three officers, 17 PI staff and 20 NCC Girl Cadets. This is the first NCC cadets’ expedition in Sikkim ever since 1970.


  • India signed 'Christchurch Call To Action', an international call initiated by the governments of France and New Zealand along with top social media companies after the Christchurch attacks. The document was signed by 26 countries. Among the social media companies and IT enterprises were: Microsoft, Qwant, Daily Motion, Google, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Amazon.


  • Bandipora youth Mudasir Nazir Wani has been selected for the Asia Youth International Model United Nations (AYIMUN) conference. He was selected from more than 33,000 applicants across the globe. Mudasir is one of the 2,500 delegates who would be participating in the conference.


  • The government plans to introduce artificial intelligence system in the MCA 21 portal. This would make the compliance process easier as well as ensure routine enforcement activities are done round-the-clock on autopilot basis. MCA 21 is the electronic backbone for the dissemination of information to all stakeholders.


  • Noida to become Zero Discharge City. Noida is all set to outdo Nagpur by recycling 100 percent of the sewage water generated in the city. Nagpur, till now, is leading the efforts with recycling more than 90 percent of the sewage water it generates. Noida has a total of six STPs across Sectors 54, 50, and 123, 168, with the capacity to treat a total of 231 MLD of sewage, which is beyond the 175 MLD the city currently generates.


  • May 21 is observed as Anti-Terrorism day in India. The day is observed in the memory of former Indian PM Mr. Rajiv Gandhi who passed away on this day. Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated at an election rally near Chennai by a suicide bomber from the LTTE on 21 May 1991.


  • A 28-year-old Indian climber has scaled two mountains above 8,000 metres, including the Mt. Everest, in just six days. Keval Hiren Kakka touched the peak of MountLhotse, world's fourth highest mountain on 21 May 2019.


  • The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has reduced the prices of 9 non-scheduled cancer drugs by up to 87%. This decision is in continuation of nodal agency's efforts to bring down drugs prices. In February 2019, the government had capped about 42 cancer drugs at 30%.


  • Rajasthan Government set to revamp ‘Ujala Clinics’ for adolescents. It will appoint peer educators for counseling the youngsters in order to ensure coordination with other medical and health schemes. Ujjala Clinics function under Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK) in 10 districts of the state.


  • India stands in a lowly 117th position out of 181 countries in the KidsRight Index. It is an annual global index which ranks how countries adhere to and are equipped to improve child rights. Countries are judged on five indicators: right to life, right to education, right to health, right to protection and enabling environment for child rights. Iceland topped the index.


  • The Director Generals of Assam Rifles and Indian Coast Guard (ICG) signed an Affiliation Charter between 3rd (Naga Hills) Battalion of Assam Rifles and Indian Coast Guard Ship ‘Shaurya’. Assam Rifles have 46 Battalions manning the Indo-Myanmar border.ICG, with 142 ships & 62 aircraft is one of the youngest Armed Force under Ministry of Defence.


  • An MoU for supporting joint collaborative research programmes in the area of Cancer was signed on 22 May 2019. It was signed between the Department of Biotechnology and the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE). This MoU shall help strengthen the various initiatives specifically for cancer.


  • IAF's AN-32 fleet allowed to use bio-jet fuel. Indian Air Force formidable workhorse, the Russian made AN-32 aircraft was formally fleet certified to fly on blended aviation fuel containing up to ten per cent of indigenous bio-jet fuel.

    The approval certificate was received at the aero-engine test facilities at Chandigarh by Air Commodore Sanjiv Ghuratia. The IAF has undertaken a series of evaluation tests and trials with this green aviation fuel for the last one year. The scope of these checks was in consonance with the international aviation standards. This approval is an acknowledgement of the meticulous testing using the indigenous bio-jet fuel by the IAF.


  • DRDO test fires guided bomb from Sukhoi combat jet. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test-fired an indigenously-developed 500 kg class guided bomb from a Sukhoi combat jet at Pokhran in Rajasthan. The guided bomb achieved the desired range and hit the target with high precision.

    All the mission objectives have been met during the test firing of the bomb, adding it is capable of carrying different warheads. The test firing of the guided bomb came two days after the Indian Air Force successfully test fired the aerial version of the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile from a Sukhoi jet at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The 2.5-tonne air-to-surface missile has a range of around 300 km, and it will significantly enhance the IAF's combat capability.


  • 17th Lok Sabha to witness 78 woman MPs. Seventy-eight seats have been won by women candidates in the 17th Lok Sabha elections, the highest since the first Lok Sabha in 1952. Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal are sending the highest number of women to the house, 11 each. A total of 724 women candidates contested, with Congress fielding the maximum 54 women, followed by BJP at 53.


  • Chandrani Murmu became youngest Lok Sabha MP.  The 25-year-old BTech graduate won the reserved Keonjhar, Odisha's seat by defeating a two-time MP. The Keonjhar Lok Sabha seat is reserved for Scheduled Tribes.


  • International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) organized an international seminar-cum-workshop on Automotive Noise, Vibration and Harshness (iNVH). It was held on 23-24 May 2019 at ICAT, Manesar. This event was the fifth in a series of biennial training programmes on Automotive NVH, organized by ICAT.


  • The Second Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Mass Media Forum is being held at Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan from 23-26 May, 2019. A Delegation from I&B Ministry comprising of Shri TVK Reddy and Shri Ankur Lahoty is representing India at the Forum. The Forum was inaugurated by the President of Kyrgyz Republic Mr. S. Jeenbeko.


  • National Technology Day is observed every year on 11th May in India. It acts as a reminder of the anniversary of Shakti, the Pokhran nuclear test which was held on 11th May 1998. The aim of the celebration is to highlight the achievements of the scientists and engineers of India in the field of science and technology.


  • First AH-64E (I) - Apache Guardian helicopter was formally handed over to the Indian Air Force at Boeing production facility in Mesa, Arizona, USA on 10 May, 2019. Air Marshal AS Butola, represented the Indian Air Force and accepted the first Apache. IAF had signed a contract with US Government and M/s Boeing Ltd in Sep 2015 for 22 Apache helicopters.


  • A 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) and Director General of World Trade Organisation (WTO) are participating in the meeting. The Twelfth Ministerial Conference of the WTO to be held in Kazakhstan in June 2020.


  • Konkan Railways Corporation Ltd has signed a contract agreement with Nepal's Department of Railways to supply two 1600 HP DEMU train sets. These trains will be used to operationalise railway link between Jayanagar in India and Kurtha in Nepal. The train sets will be manufactured by the Integrated Coach Factory, Chennai.


  • The Indian Army is commemorating 2019 as the ‘Year of Next of Kin’. It plans to reach out to the next of kin of battle casualties, ex-servicemen and serving soldiers to inform them of entitled financial benefits, welfare schemes and help resolve pension- related problems. The issue gains importance in light of most next of kin of deceased soldiers being unaware of the financial benefits.


  • Chennai to get its first unmanned substation.  The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) has identified a substation to be upgraded into an unmanned substation- the first of its kind in the city. The 33 (KV)/11 KV substation is located right at the heart of the central business district of Anna Salai, near the Express Mall on Woods Road.


  • The World Trade Organisation ministerial meeting of developing countries began in New Delhi on 13 May 2019. The meeting will provide an opportunity for the Ministers to discuss various issues and way forward. 16 developing countries and 6 Least Developed Countries, LDCs are participating in the meeting including China, South Africa, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Kazakhstan and Bangladesh.


  • The Young Scientist Programme ‘Yuvika2019’ was inaugurated by Indian Space Research Organisation, ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan, through video mode in Bengaluru on 13 May, 2019.
    The two-week residential summer vacation programme spread over four ISRO centres in Bengaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, Ahmedabad and Shillong are attended by 110 students. The programme will help in inculcating scientific temper in the students.


  • Indonesian Coast Guard ship (BAKAMLA) ‘Tanjung Datu’ arrived in Port Blair on 13 May, 2019 along with a high-level delegation led by First Admiral Eko Murwanto. The aim of this goodwill visit is to enhance bilateral cooperation between the Coast Guards of two countries. The ship ‘KN Tanjung Datu’ is a Patrol Vessel. The ship has a complement of 25 officers and 40 sailors.

    During the stay in Port Blair, various professional exchanges including Table Top exercise and Sea Exercise will be conducted for enhancing domain expertise of personnel from both Coast Guards. Indian Coast Guard will also conduct a pollution response demonstration. Indonesian Coast Guard Ship ‘KN Tanjung Datu’ will depart Port Blair.


  • The executive secretary of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), LassinaZerbo, has invited India to be an observer in the CTBT. Being an observer would give India access to data from the International Monitoring System located in 89 countries. This system can detect even small nuclear explosions using seismology, hydroacoustics, infrasound and radionuclide technology.


  • DRDO conducted a successful flight test of ABHYAS - High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) from Interim Test Range, Chandipur in Odisha on 13 May 2019. The flight test was tracked by various RADARS & Electro Optic Systems and proved its performance in a fully autonomous waypoint navigation mode. The configuration of ABHYAS is designed on an in-line small gas turbine engine.


  • Seventeen developing countries have stressed on working collectively to strengthen the World Trade Organisation-WTO to promote development and inclusivity for the benefits of all members. A 13 point declaration was signed by these nations at the end of the two-day Ministerial meeting of developing countries in New Delhi . The countries include Egypt, Barbados, Jamaica, Malaysia, India, Indonesia and South Africa. A total of 22 countries attended the meeting.

    The process of WTO reform must keep development at its core, promote inclusive growth and fully take into account the interests and concerns of developing members The member nations who signed the document also pitched for filling vacancies in WTO's appellate body saying that the current impasse could completely paralyse the dispute settlement mechanism. They urged all the members to engage constructively to address the challenge without delay. The developing nations also agreed to consult with developing members on various issues of common interest.


  • India has been unanimously chosen as co-chair of the Consultative Group (CG) of Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) for the fiscal year 2020. The decision was taken during the meeting of GFDRR held in Geneva, Switzerland on the margins of the 6th Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.

    GFDRR is a global partnership that helps developing countries better understand and reduce their vulnerability to natural hazards and climate change. It is is a grant-funding mechanism, managed by the World Bank, that supports disaster risk management projects worldwide. India became a member of CG of GFDRR in 2015 and expressed its interest to co-chair during the last meeting of the group held in October 2018.


  • Admiral Sunil Lanba, the Chief of Naval Staff inaugurated Indian Navy’s first full-fledged Service Selection Board (SSB)at Diamond Harbour, near Kolkata on 14 May 2019. This is the fifth Service Selection Board of the Indian Navy and caters for selection of both Permanent and Short Service Commission officers.


  • The India Pavilion at Cannes Film Festival 2019 was inaugurated by Information and Broadcasting Secretary Amit Khare from 14th to 25th May, 2019. A special IFFI poster marking its Golden Jubilee Edition was also released, along with a comprehensive Film Guide to showcase the importance of the film ecosystem and government incentives to shoot in India.

    The India Pavilion has been set up to showcase Indian cinema across linguistic, cultural and regional diversity, with the aim of forging international partnerships in distribution, production, filming in India, development, technology, promoting film sales and syndication. It will serve as a platform for the Indian Delegates to meet International Delegates attending the Festival to promote networking with other countries and organizations

    The Pavilion will also serve as an information dissemination point about India and Indian Cinema for the Global Film Community. The Indian Delegation will interact with key stakeholders of Cannes as well as other members of the film fraternity during the Festival, along with promoting the Golden Jubilee Edition of IFFI to be held later this year. To take advantage of the availability of technicians and skilled professionals, the Delegation will showcase India as a post-production hub to promote collaborations for films with international production houses.


  • A MoU was signed between National Mission for Clean Ganga, HCL Foundation and INTACH for taking up a project of ‘Plantation of Rudraksh Trees in Uttarakhand’. It is a part of CSR initiative under the ‘Namami Gange’ Programme. The project aims at planting 10,000 Rudraksh trees in the catchment area of river Ganga in Uttarakhand.


  • India and the U.S. are cooperating to prevent all forms of terrorism both from land and sea, U.S. Chief of naval operations . The Admiral, who was in India earlier this week on a three-day visit Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba were especially concerned by the threat “coming from the sea”.

    The foundational agreement, Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA), which India signed last year (2018) would enable exchange of information on such threats. With COMCASA, India has signed three of the four foundational agreements with the U.S., and discussions are under way on the final one, Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geo-spatial Cooperation (BECA).

    COMCASA allows India to procure specialised equipment for encrypted communications from the U.S. origin military platforms. Two warships, INS Kolkata and INS Shakti, are also participating in IMDEX as also several Indian engineering and ship-building firms, including the Larsen & Toubro and the BrahMos aerospace corporation. After IMDEX, the Indian ships along with a Navy P-8I long range maritime surveillance aircraft will participate in the 26th edition of the Singapore India Maritime Bilateral Exercise (SIMBEX) scheduled from May 16 to 22. SIMBEX is the longest uninterrupted naval exercise that India has with any other country.


  • National Institute of Open Schooling-NIOS has signed a MoU with Indian Medical Association for imparting skill education in Paramedical Courses to the learners. The MoU is initially for period of three years for the paramedical courses all over the country through its Accredited Vocational Institutions. In the first Phase Diploma in Medical Imaging Technology and Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology are being offered.


  • Former ISRO chairman A S Kiran Kumar was conferred with France’s highest civilian honor, Chevalier de l’Ordre national de la Legion d’Honneur. He was awarded for his contribution to India-France space cooperation. He currently holds the Chair of the ISRO Committee on Earth Observation Satellites.


  • Ministry of Electronics & IT, and CSC e-Governance Services India Limited partnered with the IIT Kanpur to upscale ‘Unnat Bharat Abhiyan’. 'Unnat Bharat Abhiyan’ is the programme of the HRD (Human Resource Development) Ministry which is working towards achieving solutions for increasing sustainable growth in rural India.


  • INS Ranjit, a Rajput class destroyer was decommissioned at Visakhapatnam on 6 May 2019. The ship commissioned on 15 September 1983 by Captain Vishnu Bhagwat has rendered yeoman service to the nation for 36 years. The ship since her commissioning has sailed for 2190 days covering a distance of over 7,43,000 nautical miles.


  • Justice PR Ramachandra Menon was sworn in as Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court. He was earlier a judge in the Kerala High Court.


  • An Indian police officer Jitender Kumar and a consultant Shikha Garg are among 115 UN peacekeepers and staff honoured by UN for their sacrifice. They lost their lives in the service of peace between January 2018 and March 2019. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres paid tribute to 115 peacekeepers from 43 nations, who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty at the solemn ceremony.


  • India has been re-elected as an observer to inter-governmental forum Arctic Council. The Arctic Council promotes cooperation, coordination and interaction among Arctic states on common issues. India is committed to do more contributions in the Arctic Council.


  • The sea phase of the Indo-French naval exercise 'Varuna' began on 8 May 2019. This year's edition of the Indo-French naval exercise currently underway off the Goacoast is the largest ever undertaken by the two navies. The exercise, began on May 1, will culminate on May 10 after sea phase operations. The first bilateral naval exercise between India and France was held in 1983.


  • Hyderabad's International Airport Ranked 8th. With the eighth position, the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad has been ranked among the top ten best airports in the world. The survey was conducted by AirHelp. The Hamad International Airport in Qatar has topped the list followed by Japan's Tokyo and Greece's Athens International airports.


  • India’s first ‘mega-science’ exhibition ‘Vigyan Samagam’ was inaugurated in Mumbai. It is organised by the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), the Department of Science and Technology (DST), and the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM). After Mumbai, the exhibition will move to Bengaluru from 7 July, and on to Kolkata and then New Delhi.


  • Navy joins exercises in South China Sea.  Navy ships INS Kolkata and Shakti carried out Group Sail with the naval ships of Japan, the Philippines and the U.S. in the South China Sea (SCS) from 3 to 9 May 2019. The group sail exercise showcased India’s commitment to operating with like-minded nations to ensure safe maritime environment through enhanced interoperability. The ships undertook various exercises.


  • Konkani version of Constitution released.  A Konkani translation of the Indian Constitution was released by the Mangaluru Bishop Peter Paul Saldanha. The translation has been done by Professor Stephen Quadros Permude, author of several books in Konkani. The book was brought out by the Mangaluru Diocesan Commission, led by its convener Father J.B. Crasta.


  • World Immunization Week 2019 is observed from 24 to 30 April 2019 and the theme of this year's campaign is 'Protected Together: Vaccines Work'!


  • World Day for Animals in Laboratories (WDAIL) (also known as World Lab Animal Day) is observed every year on 24 April.


  • International Girls in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Day was observed on 25 April 2019.


  • The Fire Service Week (FSW) was observed nation-wide from 14 to 20 April 2019. FSW is observed under the guidance of the Fire Adviser, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. This is in remembrance of the lives lost in the devastating fire that erupted and the explosions that followed on 14 April 1944 at the Victoria Dock in the Bombay Port and also to prevent fire in all industries.


  • The Central Works Public Department (CPWD) constituted an expert committee to formulate a design policy for building construction and infrastructure development. The committee has been set up under the chairmanship of CPWD’s Additional Director General M K Sharma. The move is aimed at reviving building construction and infrastructure development at all levels in the CPWD.


  • Dentists can practice as General Physicians. Niti Aayog has agreed to the proposal of the Dental Council of India which had sought to allow dentists to practice as general physicians after a bridge course. The proposal was made to explore unconventional methods to address the shortage of doctors in the country, particularly in rural areas.


  • The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has launched the Malaria Elimination Research Alliance (MERA) India. It is a conglomeration of partners working on malaria control in order to eliminate the disease from India by 2030. The National Vector Borne Diseases Control Program (NVBDCP) of India has also developed a framework to achieve the target of Malaria free India by 2030.


  • Indian Army signed a MoU with National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) Limited. The agreement is to build four underground tunnels along China and Pakistan borders for storage of ammunition and other war-related equipment. 3 tunnels will be built along the Chinese border and one tunnel will be built along the Pakistan border. The tunnel can store 175-200 metric tonnes of ammunition.


  • 4 Indian academic qualifications will now be recognized by the French government with effect from May 1. These are Senior School Certificate (SSC), Bachelor's and Master's degrees and PhDs - from government-approved institutions. Similarly, the French equivalents of these qualifications will be recognized by the Indian government.


  • GRSE to build 8 ASWSWCs for Indian Navy. Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited (GRSE) has been awarded a Rs.6,311 crore contract to build 8 anti-submarine warfare shallow watercraft for the Indian Navy. These crafts are designed for a deep displacement of 750 tons, speed of 25 knots and complement of 57.


  • The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is developing India’s own certification facility for air pollution monitoring equipment. The move could boost the ‘Make in India’ initiative. At least 40,000 such machines are being used by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and other government agencies to monitor air pollution levels, including both ambient and source-based emissions.


  • India ranked 4th in SIPRI. Stockholm International Peace Research Institute's (SIPRI) report said that India is the world’s 4th biggest military spender in 2018. The United States topped the list followed by China and Saudi Arabia. France also figures on the list of top five spenders that together accounted for 60% of the global military spending in 2018.


  • As part of Gram Swaraj Abhiyan, Ayushman Bharat Diwas was celebrated across the country on April 30, 2019. During the event, information regarding Ayushman Bharat Scheme was provided to peopleduring health camps organised in rural areas. The Ayushman Bharat -National Health Protection Mission (AB- NHPM) was launched by PM Narendra Modi on April 14, 2018, at Bijapur, Chhattisgarh.


  • The country's manufacturing sector performance eased to an eight-month low in April as new business growth moderated. The Nikkei India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index declined from 52.6 in March to 51.8 in April. This is the 21th consecutive month that the manufacturing PMI remained above the 50-point mark.


  • IIT Indore in top 50 Asia University Rankings. The second generation Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Indore has yet again pipped its older peers like IIT Bombay, Delhi, and Madras to be the only IIT to rank in the top 50 Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University Rankings. The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru maintain its lead position at 29th, same as last year (2018).


  • Dredging Corporation of India Limited (DCIL) signed a MoU with WAPCOS Limited, WAPCOS is a mini-ratna PSU under Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation. The main objective is to jointly recognize suitable future projects and carry out geotechnical investigation and engineering consultancy in the fields like water resources.


  • Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has successfully commissioned 2 motor pump set units for the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme in Telangana. Under the scheme, 89 cumecs of water will beused for irrigation and water supply in nearby drought prone areas. BHEL is presently executing hydro-electric projects of more than 2,900 MW across the country, and 3,904 MW in Bhutan & Nepal.


  • Government and IIT-Delhi will set up a Centre of Excellence for Waste to Wealth Technologies to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. This will be done to implement sustainable, scientific and technological solutions for waste management. This will provide an effective platform to bring together integrated approaches for effective recycle, reuse & resource recovery of waste.


  • Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu unveiled a postage stamp to commemorate the 750th birth anniversary of Sri Vedanta Desikan in New Delhi on May 2, 2019. He was a poet, devotee, philosopher and master-teacher (desikan) in the post-Ramanuja period. The stamp was released by the Indian postal department to commemorate the great philosopher's life and highly valued works.


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Entry and Dressing up
How to prepare?, Qualities judged
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