Current Affairs

18 May, 2021

International

Mexican Model Andrea Meza of Mexico Crowned with Miss Universe 2020

l Andrea Meza was crowned as the Miss Universe 2020 at the televised event held in Florida, US. She became the 3rd Mexican woman to be crowned as Miss Universe. She is a software engineer. Miss Universe 2020 was the 69th Miss Universe pageant.
Miss Universe 2020:
Final Results Contestants
Miss Universe 2020 Andrea Meza – México
1st Runner-up Julia Gama – Brazil
2nd Runner-up Janick Maceta del Castillo – Peru
3rd Runner-up Adeline Castelino – India
About Miss Universe Organization:
Miss Universe is an annual international beauty pageant run by the Miss Universe Organisation, Currently owned by the WME/IMG talent agency.
Establishment – 1952
Headquarters – New York City, USA

India & Mongolia renew Cultural Exchange Program until 2023

During a virtual meeting between India’s Minister of State for Culture & Tourism (Independent Charge) Prahlad Singh Patel & Mongolia’s Minister of Culture, Chinbat Nomin the Cultural Exchange Program (CEP) between the two countries was renewed until 2023. The CEP was signed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Mongolia in May, 2015. The cooperation under the program will be discussed in meetings between senior officers of the Culture Ministries of India & Mongolia.
About Mongolia
President – Khaltmaagiin Battulga
Capital – Ulaanbaatar
Currency – Togrog or Tugrik (MNT)
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National

Pune ranks 1st among urban cities of India with adequate Health Infrastructure – Housing.com Report

According to ‘State of Indian Healthcare – Indian Cities through the lens of healthcare 2021’ report released by Housing.com, an real estate portal – Pune, Maharashtra is the healthiest city among the top 8 urban cities of India with regard to parameters like number of hospital beds, ease of living, water quality, and local body performance. The top 3 cities are – Pune, Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Bengaluru (Karnataka). At 8th, Delhi NCR (National Capital Region) was ranked the least among the 8 cities. The other cities are Mumbai Metropolitan Region – MMR (4th Rank); Hyderabad, Telangana (5th); Chennai, Tamil Nadu (6th); Kolkata, West Bengal (7th). The report also states that India has the lowest number of doctors (0.86) per 1, 000 people (Developed economies have between 2-4 doctors per 1, 000 people).

MCCIA, NABARD launch India’s 1st Agriculture Export Facilitation Center in Pune

Mahratta Chamber of Commerce Industries & Agriculture (MCCIA) in partnership with National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has launched India’s 1st Agriculture Export Facilitation Center (AEFC) in Pune, Maharashtra. AEFC will help in boosting Maharashtra’s agricultural and food exports and wil help in meeting Global Standards. It will act as a one-stop-shop for the export of agri-food productions. The center was virtually inaugurated by Dr G.R. Chintala, Chairman of NABARD.
About Mahratta Chamber of Commerce Industries & Agriculture (MCCIA)
Director General (DG) – Prashant Girbane
Headquarters – Pune, Maharashtra
About National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)
Chairman – Dr. G.R. Chintala
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra

Economy

In April 2021 India’s Export rise to $ 30.63 billion; Trade Deficit rise to $15.10 billion

In May 2021, the Union Ministry of Commerce & Industry reported a 3-fold increase in India’s export for the month of April 2021, to $30.63 billion from $10.36 billion of April 2020, due to healthy growth in sectors like gems and jewellery, and engineering.
Comparison between Exports and Imports in April 2020 and 2021:
April 2021 April 2020
Trade deficit $15.10 billion $6.76 billion
Imports $45.72 billion
(3 fold increase) $17.12 billion
Oil imports $10.8 billion $4.66 billion
Non-oil imports $34.85 billion $12.46 billion
Gold imports $6.12 billion $2.83 million

About Ministry of Commerce & Industry:
Union Minister – Piyush Vedprakash Goyal (Rajya Sabha, Maharashtra)
Minister of State (MoS)– Hardeep Singh Puri (Rajya Sabha, Uttar Pradesh), Som Parkash (Lok Sabha – Hoshiarpur, Punjab)

Jana Small Finance Bank, launched a Feature – ‘I choose my number’

In order to make banking to be simple and personalised, Jana Small Finance Bank, came up with a feature called ‘I choose my number’, that allows its customers to choose their favourite numbers for their savings or current account. The bank customers can choose their favourite numbers as the last 10 digits of their bank account (savings/current) subject to the availability of the requested number. As per the bank, this added feature is intended to relate the customers closer to the bank as they choose their auspicious or lucky numbers.

Sports

World Boxing Championships to be held in Belgrade, Serbia

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has announced that the 2021 AIBA Men’s World Boxing Championships is scheduled to be held in Belgrade, Serbia from October 26 to November 6,2021. The previous edition of Championships was hosted by Ekaterinburg, Russia in 2019.
About AIBA : Headquarters – Lausanne, Switzerland; President – Mr Umar Kremlev.

Table Tennis – ITTF partners with Stupa Sports Analytics to provide performance analytics

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has entered into a partnership with Stupa Sports Analytics, an Indian start-up company to provide Artificial Intelligence (AI)-enabled real-time match and practice solutions to leading players in all its 226 member associations. AI will help in taking Table Tennis to the next level by providing real time and in-depth analysis. During COVID-19 pandemic, ITTF collaborated with Stupa Analytics to provide online training lessons. AI analytics will help players to optimise their training, unearth new revelations, patterns and discover data driven insights. This collaboration also helps in strengthening the performance of ITTF’s “With The Future in Mind” scholarship holders for the upcoming Olympic and Youth Olympic Games.
About International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF)
President – Thomas Weikert
Headquarters – Lausanne, Switzerland
About Stupa Sports Analytics
CEO – Megha Gambhir
Headquarters – Delhi

Cricket : England player Harry Gurney announces Retirement

England’s Fast bowler Harry Frederick Gurney announced his retirement from Cricket at the age of 34. He has represented the England Cricket Team in 10 One Day Internationals (ODIs) & 2 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). He picked up 11 wickets in 10 ODIs & 3 wickets in his T20I career. He has played for clubs like Nottinghamshire, Melbourne Renegades ( BBL – Big Bash League), Quetta Gladiators (PSL – Pakistan Super League), and Kolkata Knight Riders (IPL – Indian Premier League).

Tennis – Overview of 2021 Italian Open

Spain’s Rafael Nadal defeated Serbia’s Novak Djokovic to win the Men’s Singles Title of 2021 Italian Open (78th Edition), also known as Rome Masters. This is Nadal’s 10th Italian Open Title. In the Women’s Category, Iga Swiatek (Poland) defeated Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) to win the Women’s Singles Title of Italian Open 2021. The Italian Open 2021 (also known as Rome Masters or Internazionali BNL d’Italia) took place at the Foro Italico venue in Rome, Italy from May 8-16, 2021. The Clay court Tournament is an ATP Tour Masters 1000 event & a WTA 1000 event. Nadal’s 1st Italian Open Title came in 2005.
Category Winner Runners-up
Men’s Singles Rafael Nadal (Spain) Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
Women’s Singles Iga Swiatek (Poland) Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic)
Men’s Doubles Nikola Mektic & Mate Pavic
(Croatian Pair) Rajeev Ram (US) & Joe Salisbury (UK)
Women’s Doubles Sharon Fichman (Canada) & Giuliana Olmos (Mexico) Kristina Mladenovic (France) & Marketa Vondrousova (Czech Republic)

Miscellaneous

Moctor Ouane reappointed as Prime Minister of Mali

Moctor Ouane was reappointed as Prime Minister of Mali by President Bah Ndaw.
Moctor had submitted his resignation letter on May 14, 2021. He will be incharge of forming a new cabinet. He was appointed as Prime Minister of Mali in September 2020, following the military coup which overthrew President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in August, 2020. The Interim Government of Mali is set to hold a constitutional referendum on October 31, 2021 followed by elections in February, 2022.
About Moctar Ouane:
He also served as the permanent representative of Mali to the United Nations(UN) from 1995 to 2002. He was the diplomatic adviser to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the West Afrcian regional economic bloc.
About Mali
President – Bah Ndaw
Capital – Bamako
Currency – West African CFA Franc

Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank gets ‘International Invincible Gold Medal 2021’

Union Education Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank was awarded International Invincible Gold Medal 2021 by Maharshi Organisation.He has been recognised for his extraordinary commitment and outstanding service to humanity through his writings, social and illustrious public life.

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