21st May 2019 Current Affairs

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Joko Widodo re-elected as president of Indonesia

  • Joko Widodo (57-years) has been re-elected as Indonesia’s president after last month’s vote, beating former general Prabowo Subianto
  • According to the elections commission, Widodo and his vice-presidential running mate Ma’ruf Amin won the election by a 55.5% to 44.5% margin over Subianto and Sandiaga Uno.
  • Joko Widodo’s challenger Subianto (67-years) has vowed to challenge any victory for Widodo, alleging widespread voter fraud, and warned that it could spark street protests across the country.
  • On 20 October 2014, Joko Widodo (also known as Jokowi) became the seventh president of Indonesia.

Pakistan appoints Mueenul Haq as High Commissioner to India

  • Pakistan has appointed career diplomat Mueenul Haq (current ambassador to France) as the High Commissioner to India.
  • Earlier, Mr Haq has served as chief of protocol at the Foreign Office.
  • The post of High Commissioner to India fell vacant after Sohail Mehmood was appointed Pakistan’s new foreign secretary.
  • Prime Minister Imran Khan approved appointments of over two dozen ambassadors in various countries including India, China and Japan.

Volodymyr Zelenskiy takes oath as Ukraine's new President

  • In Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskiy (41-years) took oath as the country’s new President.
  • Zelenskiy announced the dissolution of the parliament in his speech.
  • The election was expected to take place in October 2019.
  • Zelinskiy became Ukraine’s youngest post-Soviet President after he scored a landslide election victory against incumbent Petro Poroshenko.
  • Mr Zelensky a former television star, acted the part of the Ukrainian president in a popular comedy series. He scored a landslide victory in last month’s presidential election.

Reliance Beats Indian Oil Corporation, Becomes Biggest Indian Company

  • Reliance Industries has toppled state-owned Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) to become the country’s biggest company by revenue.
  • The Mukesh Ambani-led conglomerate, in the 2018-19 fiscal year that ended March 31, reported a turnover of Rs 6.23 lakh crore.
  • In comparison, IOC posted a turnover of Rs 6.17 lakh crore for the fiscal.
  • It was also the most profitable company in the country with a net profit of more than double that of IOC in FY2019.

Anti-Terrorism Day being observed today

  • Today, the nation is paying homage to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 28th death anniversary.
  • The Anti -Terrorism Day is observed on 21st May every year in our country to make the people aware of the anti-social act of terrorism and its impact on human suffering and lives.
  • 0n 21st May 1991 the seventh Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was killed in Tamil Nadu in a campaign by the terrorist and then, V.P. Singh government has decided to observe 21st May as Anti-Terrorism Day.

UAE celebrates World Day for Cultural Diversity today

  • On 21st May, the UAE is celebrating World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development to highlight its efforts in promoting tolerance and cultural diversity.
  • The event coincides with the country’s declaration of 2019 as the Year for Tolerance and its hosting of many related events.
  • The UAE has cultural relations with many countries and is an active member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO.

21st May: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

  • The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is observed on 21st May every year.
  • The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development”, is an opportunity to help communities understand the value of cultural diversity and learn how to live together in harmony.
  • The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed this holiday due to UNESCO’s Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity in November 2001.
  • This day was created as a result of the destruction of the Buddha statues of Bamiyan in Afghanistan in 2001.

Evidence of water found on Ultima Thule

  • NASA has found evidence for a unique mixture of methanol, water ice, and organic molecules on Ultima Thule’s surface-the farthest world ever explored by mankind.
  • Researchers are also investigating a range of surface features on Ultima Thule, such as bright spots and patches, hills and troughs, and craters and pits.

Three-time Formula 1 World Champion Niki Lauda passes away

  • Austrians former Formula One driver Niki Lauda (70-years) passed away.
  • Three-time world champion Niki Lauda was hugely admired, respected and liked within F1.
  • He won two titles for Ferrari and one for McLaren.
  • He came back from a horrific accident that left him severely burned and injured in 1976.
  • He competed in 171 races and won 25.

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.

The kilogram to be redefined

  • The kilogram will be redefined by a fundamental property of nature known as Planck’s constant.
  • For 130 years, this golf-ball-sized hunk of 90% platinum and 10% iridium has served as the international prototype kilogram.
  • The microscopic contaminants in the air caused Le Grand K to grow a bit heavier, thus the kilogram itself grew a bit heavier.

Try out the quiz ?

1. Who has been re-elected as president of Indonesia?

Correct! Wrong!

Joko Widodo (57-years) has been re-elected as Indonesia's president after last month's vote, beating former general Prabowo Subianto

2. Pakistan has appointed Mueenul Haq as the High Commissioner to which country?

Correct! Wrong!

Pakistan has appointed career diplomat Mueenul Haq (current ambassador to France) as the High Commissioner to India.

3. Volodymyr Zelenskiy has taken oath as the new President of which country?

Correct! Wrong!

In Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskiy (41-years) took oath as the country's new President.

4. After beating Indian Oil Corporation which company has become biggest Indian Company by revenue?

Correct! Wrong!

Reliance Industries has toppled state-owned Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) to become the country’s biggest company by revenue.

5. Anti -Terrorism Day has observed on which day?

Correct! Wrong!

The Anti -Terrorism Day is observed on 21st May every year in our country to make the people aware of the anti-social act of terrorism and its impact on human suffering and lives.

6. On which day UAE is celebrating World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development to highlight its efforts in promoting tolerance and cultural diversity?

Correct! Wrong!

On 21st May, the UAE is celebrating World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development to highlight its efforts in promoting tolerance and cultural diversity.

7. Which space agency has found evidence for a unique mixture of methanol, water ice, and organic molecules on Ultima Thule?

Correct! Wrong!

NASA has found evidence for a unique mixture of methanol, water ice, and organic molecules on Ultima Thule’s surface-the farthest world ever explored by mankind.

8. Which city has become Zero Discharge City?

Correct! Wrong!

Noida is all set to outdo Nagpur by recycling 100 percent of the sewage water generated in the city.

9. The kilogram will be redefined by a fundamental property of nature known as..........

Correct! Wrong!

The kilogram will be redefined by a fundamental property of nature known as Planck’s constant.

10. Niki Lauda has passed away. He was a famous.......

Correct! Wrong!

Austrians former Formula One driver Niki Lauda (70-years) passed away.

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