Current Affairs Miscellaneous

  Indian filmmaker, Achyutanand Dwivedi’s film, “Seed Mother”, won the third prize in the international section of Nespresso Talents 2019 in Cannes. The three-minute film celebrates the exceptional spirit of Rahibai Soma Popere, a woman who champions the use of local seeds and traditional methods of farming in villages of Maharashtra. This year’s theme was ‘We Are What We Eat’, aimed at exploring the world, experiencing diversity, and sharing experiences and knowledge through food.
Source- News on AIR

  The 2019 Italian Open was a professional tennis tournament played on outdoor clay courts in Rome, Italy. It was the 76th edition of the Italian Open. Rafael Nadal was the winner in Men’s singles category while Karolina Pliskova won the Women’s singles title. 
Here is the complete list of winners of 2019 Italian Open:
Sl No Event Winner Runner-Up
1. Men’s singles  Rafael Nadal(Spain) Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
2. Women’s singles Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) JohannaKonta (United Kingdom)
3. Men’s doubles Juan Sebastián Cabal and Colombia Robert Farah (Colombia) Raven Klaasen (South Africa) and Michael Venus (New Zealand)
4. Women’s doubles Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) and Australia Ashleigh Barty Anna-Lena Grönefeld (Germany) and Demi Schuurs (Netherlands)
 Source- The Hindu

  The world body governing Badminton, BFA, has launched two new formats of the game AirBadminton and Triples with new dimensions of the court and an innovative shuttlecock called Airshuttle. Traditional competitive badminton has been an indoor game. AirBadmintion will be outdoor sports. In Triples format, the match will be played between a team of three players each with the presence of at least one female. India’s top shuttlers have endorsed AirBadminton.
Source- News on AIR

  Germany’s double Olympic biathlon champion Laura Dahlmeier announced her retirement at the age of just 25 after struggling with health issues. She has won seven world championship gold medals, and in 2018 in Pyeongchang, she became the first female biathlete to win both the sprint and the pursuit at the same Olympics. 
Source- Business Standard

 External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will attend the foreign ministers’ meet of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. Swaraj’s Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi will also attend the meeting. This will be the second Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) meeting that India will be attending as a full member of SCO. External Affairs Minister had also attended the last CFM meeting in Beijing (China) in 2018.
Source: Business Standard

  State-run telco BSNL has announced that it has joined hands with internet major Google to expand its WiFi footprint across the country. The new initiative will help the customers to use BSNL high-speed internet services on WiFi. Google has previously completed the rollout of RailWAccording to an Analysys Mason study, public Wi-Fi will connect 40 million new users to the internet by 2019.
Source- The Economic Times

 The 26th Edition of Singapore India Maritime Bilateral Exercise (SIMBEX)-19 has commenced in the South China Sea. In addition to IN Ships Kolkata and Shakti, Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft P8I will also participate in the exercise. The naval exercise will include various maritime combat drills such as advanced aerial tracking, coordinated targeting tactical exercises and weapon firing on aerial and surface targets.
Source: Business Standard

 Kerala became the first state to tap into masala bond market by listing the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB)’s masala bond worth of USD 312 million (Rs 2,150 crore) in London Stock Exchange (LSE)’s International Securities Market (ISM). It has a fixed interest rate of 9.723% per annum. The bond issue builds on the Kerala government’s focus to get multinational corporations to invest in the state.
Source: Indian Express

  The Meghalaya government has approved setting up of a commission to look into the problem faced by farmers. The proposal was made by the Agriculture Department to set up the Farmers’ Commission in line with the resolution passed at the ‘farmers’ parliament’. The ‘farmers’ parliament’, first of its kind in the country, was organised in December 2018 and was attended by scientists, bureaucrats, apart from farmers, to discuss issues related to the agri situation in the state.
Source: Business Standard

  To raise awareness of the importance of pollinators (such as bees, butterflies, bats and hummingbirds), the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development, the UN designated 20 May as World Bee Day. 20 May coincides with the birthday of Anton Janša, who in the 18th century pioneered modern beekeeping techniques in his native Slovenia and praised the bees for their ability to work so hard, while needing so little attention.
Source- The United Nations



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