22nd May 2019 Current Affairs

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CSIR-NPL introduce Redefined International System of Units

  • On World Meterology Day, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and National Physical Laboratory (CSIR-NPL) has introduced redefined International System of Units for the country.
  • The redefined systems are kilogram, Kelvin, mole and ampere.
  • CSIR-NPL has also prepared documents on NPL policy on Meterology Traceability and recommendations on proposed changes to be incorporated in the National Council of education Research and Training textbooks.
  • The International system of Units-SI was formalised in 1960 and has been d several times to account for advances in measurement technology.

Saray: 1st black woman to climb Mt. Everest

  • Saray Khumalo became the first black African women to conquer Mt. Everest in her fourth attempt.
  • She has also conquered Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, Aconcagua in Argentina and Mount Elbrus in Russia.
  • She is on a hunt to conquer the highest peaks on each continent.

Bangladesh stopped Visas for Pakistanis

  • The Bangladesh High Commission in Islamabad has stopped issuing visas to Pakistani nationals for one week.
  • This is a mark of protest as a Bangladeshi diplomat’s visa-extension application has not been cleared by the Pakistan government for the last four months.
  • In 2018, Dhaka denied a visa to the Pakistan High Commissioner.

Oman author Jokha Alharthi wins Booker International Prize

  • Oman author Jokha Alharthi (first Arabic-language writer) has won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for “Celestial Bodies”, the story of three sisters of a desert country confronting its slave-owning past and a complex modern world.
  • Jokha Alharthi will split the 50,000 pounds or 64,000 US dollar purse with her UK-based translator, Marilyn Booth.
  • The winning novel was a book to win over the head and the heart in equal measure.
  • “Celestial Bodies” beat five other finalists from Europe and South America, including last year’s winner, Poland’s Olga Tokarczuk.

Shyam Saran to be Conferred Japan’s Order of the Rising Sun

  • Former Indian foreign secretary Shyam Saran (72-years) has been chosen to be conferred with Japan’s second highest national award in its 2019 Spring Imperial Decorations
  • Saran will be awarded ‘the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star’ for his contributions to strengthen the strategic ties and enhancing mutual understanding between India and Japan.
  • Shyam Saran was India’s Foreign Secretary during 2004-2006.

22 May: International Day for Biological Diversity

  • The United Nations (UN) has proclaimed 22nd May ‘The International Day for Biological Diversity’ (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.
  • The theme of 2019 is ‘Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health’.

ISRO launches earth observation satellite RISAT-2B

  • Today, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched its earth observation satellite RISAT-2B (latest radar imaging satellite) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre Sriharikota (90 km north of Chennai).
  • It will replace the RISAT-2, which was launched in 2009.
  • The 615 kg satellite was released into the orbit 15 minutes after the lift-off.
  • RISAT-2B meant for application in fields such as surveillance, agriculture, forestry and disaster management support.
  • RISAT-2B expanded Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) making it an advanced earth observation satellite, operating in spotlight mode, mode and mosaic mode.

Renowned filmmaker & film historian Vijaya Mulay passes away

  • Renowned filmmaker, researcher and educationist Vijaya Mulay (98-years) passed away.
  • Vijaya Mulay founded the Delhi Film Society in 1959, and later became a joint secretary of the Federation of Film Societies.
  • She is most famously known for her 1974 film Ek Anek Aur Ekta, which was awarded the National Film Award for Best Educational Film.
  • In 2002, Vijaya Mulay was honoured with the prestigious V Shantaram Award for her work in documentary filmmaking.

Comedian and Co-Founder of ‘The Comedy Store’, Sammy Shore Passes Away

  • Sammy Shore, an actor and stand-up comedian who co-founded the Comedy Store, passed away.
  • He was 92.
  • Shore co-founded The Comedy Store with screenwriter and actor Rudy de Luca in 1972.

Bengaluru doctor got Global Asian award

  • Bengaluru-based medical doctor Hema Divakar was honoured with the ‘Global Asian of the Year 2018-19’ award in Dubai recently.
  • She was awarded for her yeomen services and contributions to the women’s healthcare ecosystem, in India,
  • She received the award at the Asian Business & Social Forum 2019 under the ‘In Service of the Society and the Nation’ category.

Kapil Sharma is the most viewed stand-up comedian in India and Abroad

  • Comedian-actor Kapil Sharma (38-years) has been acknowledged as the most viewed stand-up comedian in India and abroad by the World book of Records London.
  • Kapil Sharma started his career as a stand-up comedian and performed on several comedy shows.
  • But it was his separate show ‘Comedy Nights With Kapil’ which brought him immense fame.
  • Kapil also tried his hand at acting with Bollywood films like Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon and Firangi.
  • The is currently hosting The Kapil Sharma Show on television.

Try out the quiz ?

1. Which agency has redefined International System of Units?

Correct! Wrong!

On World Meterology Day, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and National Physical Laboratory (CSIR-NPL) has introduced redefined International System of Units for the country.

2. Who has become the first black african women to conquer Mt. Everest in her fourth attempt?

Correct! Wrong!

Saray Khumalo became the first black African women to conquer Mt. Everest in her fourth attempt.

3. Which nation has stopped issuing visas to Pakistani nationals for one week?

Correct! Wrong!

The Bangladesh High Commission in Islamabad has stopped issuing visas to Pakistani nationals for one week.

4. Who has won the Man Booker International Prize for Celestial Bodies?

Correct! Wrong!

Oman author Jokha Alharthi (first Arabic-language writer) has won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for "Celestial Bodies", the story of three sisters of a desert country confronting its slave-owning past and a complex modern world.

5. Japan’s second highest national award 'the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star' has given to.....

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Former Indian foreign secretary Shyam Saran (72-years) has been chosen to be conferred with Japan’s second highest national award in its 2019 Spring Imperial Decorations.

6. What is the theme for 2019 of International Day for Biological Diversity?

Correct! Wrong!

The United Nations (UN) has proclaimed 22nd May ‘The International Day for Biological Diversity’ (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. The theme of 2019 is ‘Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health’.

7. ISRO has successfully launched its earth observation satellite RISAT-2B, this satellite will replace which of the following.....

Correct! Wrong!

Today, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched its earth observation satellite RISAT-2B (latest radar imaging satellite) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre Sriharikota (90 km north of Chennai). It will replace the RISAT-2, which was launched in 2009.

8. Vijaya Mulay has passed away. She was related with which field?

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Renowned filmmaker, researcher and educationist Vijaya Mulay (98-years) passed away.

9. Co-Founder of ‘The Comedy Store’, Sammy Shore has passed away. He was a ...........

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Sammy Shore, an actor and stand-up comedian who co-founded the Comedy Store, passed away.

10. Global Asian award has won by.....

Correct! Wrong!

Bengaluru-based medical doctor Hema Divakar was honoured with the ‘Global Asian of the Year 2018-19’ award in Dubai recently.

11. Who has been acknowledged as the most viewed stand-up comedian in India and abroad?

Correct! Wrong!

Comedian-actor Kapil Sharma (38-years) has been acknowledged as the most viewed stand-up comedian in India and abroad by the World book of Records London.

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