Latest Current Affairs 31st May 2019

J&K: Security forces gun down one terrorist in Shopian encounter: In Jammu and Kashmir, a gunfight broke out between the security forces and terrorists in Shopian district on Friday. A terrorist was killed and a soldier was injured in an encounter.

PM Modi holds bilaterals with BIMSTEC leaders: Meeting with BIMSTEC leaders who came to New Delhi to attend on Friday’s swearing in ceremony was also packed into the Prime Minister’s busy scheduled on Saturday. He held bilateral meetings with his Mauritian counterpart, Presidents of Bangalesh and Sri Lanka & the Nepalese PM. The emphasis remained on strengthening the wide ranging ties between the neighbouring countries..be it in keeping terrorism at bay or boosting trade & people to people contact.

Modi Govt 2.0: Ministers take charge of their responsibilities; hold meetings with officials: A flurry of activity unfolded soon after the announcement of the portfolios. Majority of the ministers stepped out to reach their respective ministries to take charge of their responsibilities. Many held meetings with their department’s officials to get a head start on the job and even briefed the media about how they intend to fulfil their assigned roles. They all pledged to work untiringly for the people’s benefit..

List of portfolios undergoes significant changes in Modi Govt 2.0: The second term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi brings fresh opportunities and challenges. The allocation of portfolios to ministers who took oath on Friday at Rashtrapati Bhawan..reflects how the PM intends to tackle them.The man who helped him win the unprecedented mandate in the general elections. Amit Shah..has been put in charge of Home Affairs. Nirmala Sitharaman has been transitioned from Defence to Finance while Rajnath Singh keeps the national security thinking cap on by taking charge of the Defence portfolio. But the most remarkable portfolio allocation after last night’s induction..is that of former Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar as the country’s External Affairs Minister.

Key portfolio to new faces, major reassignments: Another keenly awaited decision of the day was the allocation of portfolios and when the communique was issued from Rashtrapati Bhawan, it reflected the vision of Prime Minister Modi in terms of the colleagues he has chosen to helm key ministries such as Home, Finance, Defence, External Affairs. Thrust has also been given to water-related matters with a new ministry dubbed Jal Shakti & allied activities that supplement farmers’ income such as animal husbandry, dairying & fisheries.

Team Modi 2.0 fulfils major electoral promises in its first cabinet meeting: Path-breaking decisions were taken in the first Cabinet meeting of Modi Govt 2.0 on Friday. Welfare of farmers, traders and livestock were at the center of the decisions taken by the Union Cabinet. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted after the meeting…a report card of the first day of his govt…highlighting how promises made in BJP’s Sankap Patra were fulfilled in the govt’s first Cabinet meeting itself…Here’s more on the key decisions of the Union Cabinet…

PM Modi holds bilateral meetings with leaders of BIMSTEC countries: In the first of a series of bilateral meetings with foreign leaders lined up today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a warm meeting with President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena, at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.

Portfolios announced for new council of ministers: BJP President Amit Shah will be the new Home Minister while Rajnath Singh has been given the charge of Defence Ministry.

Bhupinder Singh Hooda appears before CBI special court in Panchkula: Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today appeared before a CBI Special Court in Panchkula, in Haryana in connection with Associated Journals Ltd (AJL) plot allotment case and Manesar land scam case.

Abu Dhabi celebrates PM Modi swearing-in, lights up Adnoc tower in tricolour: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi took oath of office for a second term, the iconic Adnoc Group headquarters in Abu Dhabi was lit up with India and United Arab Emirates flags and the portraits of PM Modi and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE’s Armed Forces HH Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Heat wave grips North, Central India: Temperatures are soaring above 40 degrees in some parts of the country.

Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa participates in NDA’s passing out parade: Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa on Thursday participated in Passing Out Parade of the 136th course of the National Defence Academy (NDA) in Pune.

PM Modi begins 2nd term with 57 member team: Narendra Damodardas Modi was sworn-in as the Prime Minister for the second time at a grand and star-studded ceremony in the sprawling forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhawan on Thursday evening.

Trump announces tariffs on all Mexico goods: US President Donald Trump has announced tariffs on all goods coming from Mexico in a bid to curb illegal immigration.

Sri Lanka: Political and social spectrum greets PM Modi for second term: In Sri Lanka, the taking over of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his second term has been greeted from across the political and social spectrum.

Steps must be taken to ensure terrorist organizations do not raise its head again; says Sri Lankan Prime Minister: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has stressed that steps must be taken to ensure terrorist organizations do not raise its head again in the country.

Yoga is very necessary in today’s world: Nepal Minister: Nepal’s Minister for Education, Science and Technology Giriraj Mani Pokhrel has said that Yoga is very essential in today’s world.

Domestic stocks witness losses snapping three sessions’ record-breaking rally: Domestic stocks today witnessed losses snapping three sessions’ record breaking rally. Benchmark indices fell around 0.6 per cent amid weak global cues and fresh foreign fund outflow.

High-level committee submits its recommendations on crude oil imports: A High-Level Committee constituted by the Centre has submitted its recommendations to bring down India’s dependence on crude oil imports. The Committee submitted its report to Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan in New Delhi yesterday.

RBI extends RTGS timings from 4:30 pm to 6 pm: To facilitate high-value fund transfers, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced an extension of timings for customer transactions through Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) by one and half hours from 4:30 PM to 06 PM.

French Open: Defending champ Simona Halep enters 3rd round: Defending champion Simona Halep made it through to the French Open third round. World number three Halep overcame illness to beat Poland’s Magda Linette 6-4 5-7 6-3 in two hours 11 minutes.

ICC World Cup 2019: West Indies beat Pakistan by 7 wickets: In Cricket World Cup, West Indies defeated Pakistan by 7 wickets in Nottingham on Friday.

ICC world cup begins in UK; England beat S Africa by 104 runs in opener: 12th edition of ICC Cricket World Cup begins in the United Kingdom. In the opener at London, hosts England beat South Africa by 104 runs.

Yoga is very necessary in today’s world: Nepal Minister: Nepal’s Minister for Education, Science and Technology Giriraj Mani Pokhrel has said that Yoga is very essential in today’s world.

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