24th May 2019 Current Affairs

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BJP led NDA set to form new govt at Centre

  • The BJP has surpassed its previous record of 282 Lok Sabha seats in 2014, winning 302 constituencies and leading in one in the 543 member house.
  • Elections were held in 542 constituencies. All the results have come in except Arunachal West.
  • The election to Vellore parliamentary constituency was cancelled by the Election Commission on allegations of money power.
  • The Congress failed to make a mark and the party could hardly improve its tally of 44 in the previous Lok Sabha and secured 52 seats in 2019 elections.

4 Judges Elevated To Supreme Court of India

  • The Centre has cleared four names recommended by the Supreme Court Collegium for elevation as judges of the apex court.
  • The four appointed judges are Justice Aniruddha Bose, Justice A S Bopanna, Justice B R Gavai and Justice Surya Kant.
  • Law Ministry has issued the notification after President Ram Nath Kovind signed their warrants of appointment.
  • Supreme Court will reach its full sanctioned strength of 31 judges after the appointment of four new judges.
  • As of now, the apex court is functioning with 27 judges including the Chief Justice.

WHO declares Algeria, Argentina malaria-free

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Algeria and Argentina as malaria-free, with no recorded cases of indigenous transmission of the disease since 2013 and 2010 respectively.
  • Contracted through the bite of an infected mosquito, malaria remains one of the world’s leading killers. It accounted for an estimated 219 million cases from 87 countries and over 400,000 related deaths in 2017.
  • Over 60 per cent of fatalities were among children under five years, and caused 266,000 of all malaria deaths worldwide, according to WHO’s World malaria report 2018.
  • Malaria parasite was first discovered in Algeria by French physician Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran in 1880.
  • With 92 per cent of malaria cases and 93 per cent of malaria deaths recorded from Africa, the region had a high share of the global malaria burden in 2017.

Adani Ports to set up first container terminal outside India in Myanmar

  • Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone will set up its first container terminal outside India in Myanmar at an estimated cost of USD 290 million (over Rs 2,000 crore).
  • The company signed an agreement to develop and operate a container terminal at Yangon Port in Myanmar.
  • Construction for phase one of the project will commence next month and will be completed by June 2021.

Justice D N Patel appointed as Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court

  • The Centre has cleared the appointment of Justice D N Patel as the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court.
  • He will succeed the present Chief Justice Rajendra Menon, who will retire on June 6, 2019.
  • He hails from Gujarat High Court and is presently at Jharkhand High Court on transfer.

British PM Theresa May Announces Resignation

  • British Prime Minister Theresa May announces resignation from her post.
  • She will resign on 7 June.
  • Her announcement triggers the start of a contest to replace her as Conservative leader and Prime Minister.

Scientists broke superconductivity record

  • International researchers have broken the record for superconductivity at the highest temperature recorded to date at around -23°C.
  • They created a new material, called lanthanum superhydrides, to achieve the same.
  • The material was, however, placed under extremely high pressure ranging between 150-170 gigapascals to reach the new record.

Jagan Mohan Reddy to be sworn in as CM of AP on May 30

  • In Andhra Pradesh, YSR Congress Chief Jagan Mohan Reddy will be sworn in as chief minister of Andhra Pradesh on 30th of this month at Vijayawada.
  • Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy has announced this following his party achieving inching towards a landslide victory in the legislative elections for Andhra Pradesh Legislative assembly held on April 11th.

Remya: Kerala’s only Dalit woman MP

  • Remya Haridas has created history by becoming the only woman to have elected to parliament from Kerala.
  • She is also the second ever Dalit woman MP to have elected from Kerala.
  • She was one of the toppers of Gandhi’s ‘Talent Hunt’ in search for upcoming leaders held in 2010.
  • She has won against nearly insurmountable odds from Alathur, Kerala.

NHA to collaborate with cancer grid

  • In the first such move to bring in uniform standards of patient care to battle cancer, the National Health Authority (NHA) and National Cancer Grid (NCG) have signed an MoU under the Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY).
  • The NHA and NCG will now jointly review existing cancer treatment packages, pricing of services, and standard treatment workflows covered under the AB-PMJAY, and plug-in necessary gaps to ensure enhanced quality of cancer care.
  • Indu Bhushan is a Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY and the National Health Authority.

Try out the quiz ?

1. The Congress has secured how many seats in Lok Sabha elections 2019?

Correct! Wrong!

The Congress failed to make a mark and the party could hardly improve its tally of 44 in the previous Lok Sabha and secured 52 seats in 2019 elections.

2. The Centre has cleared four names as judges of the apex court. These four names have recommended by....

Correct! Wrong!

The Centre has cleared four names recommended by the Supreme Court Collegium for elevation as judges of the apex court.

3. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Algeria and Argentina free from which disease?

Correct! Wrong!

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Algeria and Argentina as malaria-free, with no recorded cases of indigenous transmission of the disease since 2013 and 2010 respectively.

4. In which country Adani Ports will set up its first container terminal outside India?

Correct! Wrong!

Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone will set up its first container terminal outside India in Myanmar at an estimated cost of USD 290 million (over Rs 2,000 crore).

5. British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced his resignation from her post. She is from which party?

Correct! Wrong!

British Prime Minister Theresa May announces resignation from her post. Her announcement triggers the start of a contest to replace her as Conservative leader and Prime Minister.

6. International researchers have broken the record for superconductivity at which temperature?

Correct! Wrong!

International researchers have broken the record for superconductivity at the highest temperature recorded to date at around -23°C.

7. Who will sworn in as new chief minister of Andhra Pradesh?

Correct! Wrong!

In Andhra Pradesh, YSR Congress Chief Jagan Mohan Reddy will be sworn in as chief minister of Andhra Pradesh on 30th of this month at Vijayawada.

8. What is the name of the only Dalit woman MP elected from Kerala?

Correct! Wrong!

Remya Haridas has created history by becoming the only woman to have elected to parliament from Kerala.

9. NHA and National Cancer Grid (NCG) have signed an MoU under the Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY). What is the full name of NHA?

Correct! Wrong!

In the first such move to bring in uniform standards of patient care to battle cancer, the National Health Authority (NHA) and National Cancer Grid (NCG) have signed an MoU under the Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY).

10. Who is the new Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court?

Correct! Wrong!

The Centre has cleared the appointment of Justice D N Patel as the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court.

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