15th May 2019 Current Affairs

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The Union Government extends the ban on LTTE for five years

  • The Union Government has extended the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for another five years.
  • The ban has been extended under sub-sections (1) and (3) of section 3 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 with immediate effect.

BharatPe Ropes In Salman Khan as Brand Ambassador

  • Merchant service and UPI payments app BharatPe has roped in Bollywood actor Salman Khan as its brand ambassador.
  • The new brand campaign with Khan will be focused towards educating merchants and users about UPI payments along with driving adoption of BharatPe app for all their business needs.

India's GS Lakshmi first woman on ICC international panel of match referees

  • India’s G.S. Lakshmi (51-years) has become the first woman to be appointed to ICC’s international panel of match referees
  • Now, she will be eligible to officiate in international games with immediate effect.
  • Earlier, Claire Polosak had become the first ever woman umpire to stand in a men’s ODI,
  • Lakshmi first officiated as a match referee in domestic women’s cricket in 2008-09.
  • She has overseen three women’s ODI matches and three women’s T20 International matches.

Lewis Hamilton wins Spanish Grand Prix

  • British racing driver Lewis Hamilton (34-years) has won the Spanish Grand Prix for a third consecutive year.
  • He overtakes Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas at the first turn in Barcelona.
  • Red Bull’s Max Verstappen clinched the 3rd spot and was voted as the F1 driver of the day.
  • Hamilton’s win at the Spanish Grand Prix brings his tally to 76 F1 victories in all.

IPS Officer Chhaya Sharma receives McCain Institute Award 2019

  • IPS officer Chhaya Sharma has been awarded the 2019 McCain Institute Award for Courage and Leadership.
  • Chhaya Sharma led the investigation team of the infamous Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case.
  • The award is given to those who show courage on behalf of human rights, humanitarian compassion, justice, freedom, and human dignity.
  • She has also played a critical role in drafting Standard Operating Procedures and Guidelines to Combat Trafficking of Persons in India in 2017.

RBI Appoints R Gandhi on YES Bank Board

  • The Reserve Bank of India has appointed its former Deputy Governor, R Gandhi, on the board of private sector lender YES Bank as an additional director.
  • The appointment has been done in exercise of powers conferred under sub-section (1) of Section 36AB of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.
  • The RBI has the power to appoint additional directors on the board of a bank if it feels it is in the interest of the banking company or its depositors.

1st woman astronaut to go on Moon

  • Mission Artemis will likely carry the first woman astronaut to the Moon.
  • The mission has been named after the Greek Moon goddess who was also the twin sister of the Apollo.
  • The first men to walk on the Moon did so under the Apollo missions between 1960 and 1972.
  • Now, 50 years later, NASA has planned to send the first woman to the Moon in a manned lunar mission in 2024.

Indian Navy’s 1st Full-Fledged SSB Opened at Kolkata

  • The Indian Navy’s first full-fledged Services Selection Board (SSB) was inaugurated by Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba at Diamond Harbour near Kolkata, West Bengal.
  • Spread over 27 acres on the banks of Hooghly, the SSB (Kolkata) has the capacity to screen 5,000 officer-candidates annually.
  • The SSB (Kolkata) is located at a place that was previously occupied by a Naval Coastal Battery.
  • This is the fifth SSB of the Indian Navy and will cater for a selection of both permanent and short service commission (SSC) officers.
  • The other boards are located in Bhopal, Bengaluru, Visakhapatnam and Coimbatore.

Paytm Partners With Citibank to Launch 1st Credit Card- ‘Paytm First Card’

  • Digital payments company Paytm, in association with Citibank, launched its first credit card called Paytm First Card.
  • Paytm First Card comes with unlimited cash back and will be accepted in India as well globally.
  • The card is issued by Citibank and doesn’t involve any hidden fees or charges.
  • An annual fee of Rs 500 will be fully waived off on expenses above Rs 50,000 per year.

Try out the quiz ?

1. The Union Government has extended the ban on the LTTE for another five years. What is the full name of LTTE?

Correct! Wrong!

The Union Government has extended the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for another five years.

2. Who is the brand ambassador of payments app BharatPe?

Correct! Wrong!

Merchant service and UPI payments app BharatPe has roped in Bollywood actor Salman Khan as its brand ambassador.

3. Who has become first Indian woman to be appointed as ICC international panel of match referees?

Correct! Wrong!

India's G.S. Lakshmi (51-years) has become the first woman to be appointed to ICC's international panel of match referees

4. Lewis Hamilton has won the Spanish Grand Prix for a third consecutive year, who has achieved the third place in the same event?

Correct! Wrong!

British racing driver Lewis Hamilton (34-years) has won the Spanish Grand Prix for a third consecutive year. Red Bull's Max Verstappen clinched the 3rd spot and was voted as the F1 driver of the day.

5. Chhaya Sharma has been awarded with the 2019 McCain Institute Award for Courage and Leadership, she was leading which of following investigation team?

Correct! Wrong!

IPS officer Chhaya Sharma has been awarded the 2019 McCain Institute Award for Courage and Leadership. Chhaya Sharma led the investigation team of the infamous Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case.

6. Who has been appointed as an additional director of YES Bank?

Correct! Wrong!

The Reserve Bank of India has appointed its former Deputy Governor, R Gandhi, on the board of private sector lender YES Bank as an additional director.

7. The Indian Navy’s first full-fledged Services Selection Board has inaugurated at Diamond Harbour. Diamond Harbour is situated in which state?

Correct! Wrong!

The Indian Navy’s first full-fledged Services Selection Board (SSB) was inaugurated by Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba at Diamond Harbour near Kolkata, West Bengal.

8. Paytm has launched its credit card. What is its name?

Correct! Wrong!

Digital payments company Paytm, in association with Citibank, launched its first credit card called Paytm First Card.

9. Which mission will likely carry the first woman astronaut to the moon?

Correct! Wrong!

Mission Artemis will likely carry the first woman astronaut to the Moon.

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