Latest Current Affairs 21st May 2018

Delhi Metro: Magenta Line’s Janakpuri-Kalkaji section to be operational from next week: The 25.6 km-long Janakpuri West-Kalkaji Mandir stretch of the Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line is all set to be inaugurated next week. Once opened, it will take the total length of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) network to 278 km with 202 stations.

Congress-JD(S) govt in Karnataka betrayal of people’s mandate: Amit Shah: With the JD(S)-Congress alliance set to come to power in Karnataka, BJP president Amit Shah on Monday asserted that such a government will be a “betrayal” of people’s mandate and questioned its fate, saying it is already “destabilised” with the two parties forced to keep their MLAs “locked in hotels” undemocratically.

Use education to create self employment: President Kovind to students: President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday exhorted the farm scientists to use their education to create self-employment ventures.

Kumaraswamy meets Rahul, Sonia Gandhi ahead of swearing-in: As swearing-in day of Wednesday approaches, Janata Dal (Secular) Chief Ministerial nominee H D Kumaraswamy met both Congress President Rahul Gandhi and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi on Monday.

Mercury settles at 44.2 deg Celsius on hottest day in Delhi: The national capital recorded the hottest day of the season on Monday with the mercury touching 44.2 degrees Celsius, four notches above normal.

India successfully test-fires BrahMos supersonic cruise missile: India on Monday successfully test-fired the Indo-Russian joint venture BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from a test range along the Odisha coast to validate some new features.

Ravi Shankar Prasad visits digial village Dhanauri Kalan in UP: Minister for Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad visited Digi Village Dhanauri Kalan in Gautam Buddha Nagar District of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday.

10 killed, 47 hurt as bus rams into truck in MP: Ten people, including an infant, were killed and 47 others injured when their bus rammed into a stationary truck in the district in the early hours today.

ND-Vizag AP Express catches fire in MP; no injuries reported: Two coaches of the New Delhi-Visakhapatnam AP Express on Monday caught fire near Birlanagar station in Gwalior district of Madhya Pradesh, but no one was injured, a police official said.

Centre reviews Nipah virus situation in KeralaP: At least three people have died due to high fever caused by Nipah virus in Changaroth village of Kozhikode district of Kerala.

Pakistan violates ceasefire along IB in Jammu & Kashmir: Pakistan’s chicanery knows no bounds. After pleading with India’s border troops to stop their precision firing in retaliation to its ceasefire violations which claimed both military and civilian lives, Pakistan renewed violating the ceasefire yet again at the international border on Sunday night.

INSV Tarini: All-women Navy crew reach Goa after circumnavigating globe: An all-woman crew commanding the INSV Tarini on Monday returned to Goa after successfully circumnavigating the globe in a 55-foot sailboat in more than eight months, the first-ever Indian expedition steered by women sailors.

Pakistan violates ceasefire along IB in Jammu & Kashmir: Pakistan’s chicanery knows no bounds. After pleading with India’s border troops to stop their precision firing in retaliation to its ceasefire violations which claimed both military and civilian lives, Pakistan renewed violating the ceasefire yet again at the international border on Sunday night.

INSV Tarini: All-women Navy crew reach Goa after circumnavigating globe: An all-woman crew commanding the INSV Tarini on Monday returned to Goa after successfully circumnavigating the globe in a 55-foot sailboat in more than eight months, the first-ever Indian expedition steered by women sailors.

Kanpur hooch tragedy: 11 killed after consuming spurious liquor: At least 11 people died and 16 and around 15 taken seriously ill after allegedly consuming spurious liquor in this district and its neighbouring Kapur Dehat.

Prime Minister Modi holds informal summit with Russian Prez. Vladimir Putin in Sochi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said he had “extremely productive” discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin and they reviewed the complete range of India-Russia relations as well as other global subjects during their first ever informal summit in this Black Sea coastal city.

Syria says capital ‘completely secure’, IS ousted: The Syrian army pushed Islamic State militants out of a south Damascus pocket on Monday (May 21), effectively clearing all insurgents from around the capital, state television said.

US will put ‘unprecedented financial pressure’ on Iran: Pompeo: The United States will increase the financial pressure on Iran with the “strongest sanctions in history,” after Washington pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday.

Lava from Kilauea volcano enters ocean, creates toxic cloud: White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass billowed into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano poured into the ocean, creating yet another hazard from an eruption that began more than two weeks ago.

Trump demands Justice Department to probe if it or FBI spied on his election campaign: President Donald Trump has asked the US Department of Justice to investigate whether the FBI spied on his 2016 election campaign for “inappropriate purposes” on the orders of people in the Obama administration.

Venezuela’s President Maduro wins reelection: Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro was reelected for a second six-year term in presidential elections on Sunday, according to the National Electoral Council (CNE).

China, US avert trade war: Beijing agrees to import more from America: Averting a trade war, China and the US on Sunday struck a deal under which Beijing will “significantly increase” its purchases of American goods and services to reduce the whopping USD 375 billion trade deficit with Washington.

Exciting CSK-SRH battle on cards for spot in IPL final: An intriguing and no-holds-barred battle between two former champions is on the cards when table toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad clash with second-placed Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League Qualifier 1 at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday.

Alvaro Morata misses out on Spain World Cup squad: Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata was left out of Spain’s World Cup squad, announced on Monday.

Women cricketers excited ahead of historic IPL exhibition match: Stage is set for a historical IPL exhibition match between Trailblazers led by Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur’s Supernovas at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday and players believe it would be a stepping stone for the launch of a women’s T20 league in the country.

India demolish Australia in Thomas and Uber Cup Final: Indian men’s and women’s badminton teams expectedly dumped a lowly Australia 5-0 and 4-1 respectively on the second day of the prestigious Thomas and Uber Cup Final but the road to the quarterfinals still remain a difficult one.

Iniesta and Torres depart Barcelona and Atletico in style: Two Spanish giants bid farewell to their boyhood clubs on Sunday as Andres Iniesta waved goodbye to Barcelona and Fernando Torres went out with a bang at Aletico Madrid.

Rafael Nadal defeats Alexander Zverev to clinch eighth Italian Open title: Rafael Nadal made the best of a rain delay to come from behind in the deciding set and beat defending champion Alexander Zverev 6-1 1-6 6-3 in the Italian Open final on Sunday .

CSK’s five-wicket win eliminates Punjab, sends Royals into Play-offs: Young paceman Lungi Ngidi conceded only 10 runs and took four wickets before Suresh Raina hit a measured 61 as Chennai Super Kings eliminated Kings XI Punjab from the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a five-wicket win, a result which sealed Rajasthan Royals’ place in the Play-offs, in Pune Sunday night.

Indian film ‘Nakkash’ showcased at Cannes festival: Indian film ‘Nakkash’, focussed on communal harmony, made it to the recent 71st Cannes film festival which concluded on Saturday.

Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran win big at Billboard awards: Ed Sheeran emerged as the big winner as the singer-songwriter bagged five top honours, including the Top Artist recognition, at this year’s Billboard Music Awards.

Novel robotic system can grow mini human organs: Scientists have developed an automated robotic system that can rapidly produce mini human organs required for medical research and drug testing.

China launches relay satellite to explore Moon’s far side: China launched a relay satellite early Monday to set up a communication link between Earth and the planned Chang’e-4 lunar probe that will explore the mysterious far side of the Moon, which cannot be seen from Earth.

Learn music, new language to make your brain more efficient: Learning to play a musical instrument or speaking another language can train your brain to be more efficient, according to a study which has found that musicians and bilingual people have a better working memory.

‘Removing shoes outside house can help prevent obesity’: Removing your shoes when entering the house can help you stay slim as it prevents hormone-altering chemicals from accumulating indoors, a study suggests.

Tea leaf extract can destroy cancer cells: Study: Nanoparticles derived from tea leaves can inhibit the growth of lung cancer cells, destroying up to 80 per cent of them, a team of Indian and British scientists has found.

Towards a better health! Ayushman Bharat to provide cashless treatment to 40% of Indians: With an aim to create a ‘healthy India’ towards achieving the goal of a ‘New India’, Modi government announced to launch one of the biggest ever health programme – Ayushman Bharat.