Latest Current Affairs of 15th May 2018

Prime Minister Modi terms Karnataka victory as extraordinary, thanks the citizens of the state:Prime Minister Narendra Modi has termed the victory in Karnataka as extraordinary. Addressing party workers in New Delhi on Tuesday evening, PM Modi said, opposition tried to deceive people during the polls with lies but people have given them a befitting reply.

Several feared drowned as boat capsizes in Andhra Pradesh:Several persons were feared drowned when a boat capsized in river Godavari in East Godavari district on Tuesday.

Rajyavardhan Rathore takes charge as I&B Minister, stresses on self-regulation by media:Newly appointed I&B Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Tuesday stressed on media adopting self-regulation and asserted that the government has no plans to regulate news portals and media websites.

JP Nadda, Dharmendra Pradhan to attend Karnataka MLAs meet on Wednesday as central observers: BJP:Senior leaders J P Nadda and Dharmendra Pradhan will attend a meeting of the newly-elected BJP MLAs in Bengaluru on Wednesday as the party’s central observers.

Road rage case: Navjot Sidhu acquitted of culpable homicide, fined Rs 1,000:The Supreme Court on Tuesday set aside a Punjab and Haryana High Court order convicting cricketer-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu of culpable homicide and awarding him three-year jail term in a 30-year old road rage case, but held him guilty of causing hurt to a senior citizen.

What are Sarkaria Commission recommendations in case of a hung assembly!:In case of a hung assembly, the spotlight is on the Governor. But what exactly are the rules or the convention in such a case?

At least 18 killed as under-construction flyover collapses in Varanasi:A portion of an under-construction flyover near the railway station in Varanasi collapsed on Tuesday killing at least 18 persons while more were feared trapped under the debris, officials said.

Janakpuri West-Kalkaji Mandir metro section gets approval to start passenger services:The commissioner for metro rail safety has given the mandatory approval to start passenger services on the 25.6-km-long section between Janakpuri West and Kalkaji Mandir, which will soon be thrown open for public, an official said on Tuesday.

PM Modi to hold informal summit with Putin on May 21:Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Russian city of Sochi next week for an informal summit with President Vladimir Putin on May 21 to deliberate on pressing global issues and explore ways to further boost the already close bilateral ties.

Nirav Modi, bank’s ex-chief among 22 named in CBI charge sheet:Billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi, Allahabad Bank MD and CEO Usha Ananthasubramanian and 20 others have been charge-sheeted by the CBI in connection with the alleged issuance of fraudulent guarantees of Rs 6,498.20 crore to Modi’s companies by the PNB.

Major changes in Union Cabinet; Piyush Goyal gets finance:In a major cabinet reshuffle at Centre, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal given additional charge of finance till Minister Arun Jaitley recovers.

Karnataka votes out Siddaramaiah; BJP emerges as single largest party in the state:Karnataka voters have voted out Siddaramaiah as Chief Minister. He lost the Chamundeshwari seat to GT Deve Gowda of the Janata Dal secular by over 35,000 votes.

BJP national office bearers meeting held in New Delhi:Modi govt completes 4 years at centre this month, to apprise the countrymen of the govt’s achievements in various fields and to formulate a strategy for the upcoming 2019 lok sabha polls, BJP chief Amit Shah presided over BJP’s office-bearers meet  in the national capital.

North Korea wants to join global effort to ban all nuclear weapons tests:North Korea plans to join international efforts to implement a total ban on nuclear weapons tests, it told the United Nations disarmament body Tuesday.

Vladimir Putin drives truck across new bridge linking Crimea to Russia:Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday drove a truck across a new bridge linking mainland Russia to Moscow-annexed Crimea, triggering a fierce reaction from Kiev.

India releases grant for river training & construction of embankments in Nepal:India has released grant of NRs. (Nepalese Rupees) 18.07 crore for river training and construction of embankments along Lalbakeya, Bagmati and Kamla rivers in Nepal.

Portugal braces for wildfire season after 106 died last year:Almost 6,300 firefighters are on standby in Portugal as the country gears up for the annual wildfire season amid controversy over whether enough has been done to prevent a repeat of last year’s unprecedented 106 deaths.

Taliban battle into west Afghan city in new crisis for government:Taliban fighters with heavy weapons and night-vision equipment fought their way close to the centre of the western city of Farah on Tuesday (May 15) as Afghan government forces battled to keep control, officials and residents said.

Differentiate between legal, illegal immigration: India tells UN:Differentiate between legal and illegal migration or risk hurting immigrants who follow the law while benefiting criminal human trafficking networks, India has told the UN.

US blocks call for independent Gaza inquiry at UN:The United States on Monday blocked the adoption of a UN Security Council statement that would have called for an independent probe of deadly violence on the Israel-Gaza border, which erupted as the new US embassy in Jerusalem was opened, diplomats said.

India’s exports grow 5.17 pc to USD 25.9 bn in April:Exports grew by 5.17 percent to USD 25.91 billion in April compared to the same month last year on account of the healthy performance by engineering, chemicals and pharmaceutical segments, according to the commerce ministry data.

India 3rd largest solar market in world: Mercom:India emerged as the third largest solar market in the world in 2017 behind China and the US, Mercom Communications India said in a report.

Govt unveils National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy:In yet another effort to boost clean energy generation, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) on Monday unveiled a National Wind-solar Hybrid Policy that which seeks to promote new projects as well as hybridisation of the existing ones.

Shahank Manohar elected unopposed, to serve 2nd term as ICC chairman:Former BCCI president Shashank Manohar will expectedly serve a second term as the independent chairman of the International Cricket Council after he was elected unopposed by the governing body’s Board.

IPL 2018: Kuldeep sets up KKR’s 6-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals:Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav starred with an impressive four-wicket spell as he set up Kolkata Knight Riders to a comfortable six-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in their Indian Premier League match at Eden Gardens on Tuesday.

Heena bags gold, Nivetha bronze in Hannover:Indian shooter Heena Sidhu clinched the gold medal while compatriot P Shri Nivetha settled for bronze in the women’s 10m air pistol at the International Shooting Competitions of Hannover (ISCH) ahead of next week’s ISSF Munich World Cup.

‘Some Like It Hot’ headed to Broadway in 2020:A musical adaptation of Marilyn Monroe’s film “Some Like It Hot” will bow out on Broadway in 2020.

Smart wristbands, rings allow users to type with gestures:Scientists have developed smart rings and wristbands that can allow users to type on mobile devices using hand gestures.

AI robot can help people dress up:Scientists have developed a robot with artificial intelligence that taught itself to help humans wear clothes, and could assist people with injuries or disabilities.

Body odour may help identify malaria: study:Changes in the body odour may help identify people infected with malaria, even when they show no symptoms of the disease, a study has found.

WHO launches ‘REPLACE’ to eliminate trans fat in foods by 2023:The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a comprehensive plan to eliminate industrially-produced artificial trans fats from the global food supply by 2023.

4 states ink MoUs with Centre on health protection mission:The states of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana and Uttarakhand agreed on Monday to implement the ambitious national health protection mission, which aims to provide an annual coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family.

Long term, short-term relationships initially identical: study:Long-term and short-term relationships may look more or less identical in the beginning, a study has found.

Renowned physicist E C G Sudarshan passes away at 86:The cremation of eminent Indian-American theoretical physicist, EC George Sudarshan who passed away on Sunday in Austin, Texas will be held on Thursday. According to the family sources and close friends, Sudarshan, 86, died of natural causes. He is survived by his wife Bhamathi Sudarshan and two children. The cremation services will be held in Austin, Texas on Thursday.