26-27 May : Current Affairs for SSC CGL-2018 Tier-1
Japanese women’s badminton team has clinched the Uber Cup
Japanese women’s badminton team has clinched the Uber Cup for the first time since 1981 when they defeated hosts Thailand 3-0 at the IMPACT Stadium on May 26, 2018.
- Ranked two in world singles, Akane Yamaguchi began Japan’s title got off to a flying start as she beat World No. 4 Ratchanok Intanon 21-15, 21-19.
- Earlier Japan lifted this coveted cup in 1966, 1969, 1972 and 1978. China won the title 14 times.
- The Uber Cup is also known as the Women’s World Badminton Championship.
- It is second in prestige only to the Olympics as a national team event.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Bangladesh Bhawan in West Bengal
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina jointly inaugurate Bangladesh Bhawan at Shanti Niketan in West Bengal.
- The two leaders then paid floral tributes to Rabindra Nath Tagore.
- This is the first time in Indian history, that two prime ministers attended a convocation ceremony.
Manipur gets first solar toilet
Manipur has become the first state in the Northeast and the third state in India to have solar toilets, which were inaugurated at Ibudhou Marjing hill Heingang by Tourism Director, Waikhom Ibohal.
Mission Innovation (MI) Ministerial Held at Malmo, Sweden
The third edition of the Mission Innovation Ministerial Meet was held in Malmo, Sweden. Ministers and delegates from around 23 countries participated in the meeting.
- The Indian delegation was led by the Union Minister for Science, Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr Harsh Vardhan.
- The Minister and other delegates participated in several discussions with business leaders, clean energy innovators and policy makers to discuss plans, progress, country highlights etc.
- Mission innovation countries launched Mission Innovation Champions Programme to felicitate clean energy innovators.
Mia Amor Mottley has become the first female PM of Barbados
The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) has won the country’s 2018 General Elections claiming all 30 seats in the country’s House of Assembly and unseating the Democratic Labour Party (DLP), which has governed the country since 2008.
- Mia Amor Mottley will be sworn in as Barbados’ first female Prime Minister since the country gained independence from Britain in 1966.
- Mottley, 52, becomes Barbados’ eighth Prime Minister and the fifth female head of government in the English speaking Caribbean.
9th edition of ‘Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav’ inaugurated in Tehri , Uttarakhand
The 9th edition of ‘Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav’ under the Ministry of Culture, has started in Tehri, Uttarakhand on May 25, 2018.
- The 3-day Mahotsav will provide an opportunity to citizens specially youths to experience true spirit of “Ek Bharat Shreshta Bharat”.
- It will showcase the rich cultural heritage of the Country in all its rich and varied dimensions, viz Handicrafts, Cuisine, Performing Arts-Folk, Tribal, Classical and Contemporary- all in one place.
Telangana govt announces unique life insurance scheme for farmers
Under the scheme, the government will provide life insurance facility of Rs 5 lakh to the nominee, after the death of the insured farmer.
- The entire premium will be paid by the government to the insurance agency and the nominee will get the amount within 10 days of the claim after the death of the farmer.
- With this, the dependent family will get the benefit irrespective of the reason for the death of the farmer.
- The farmers in the age group of 18 to 60 are eligible to enroll their names to get benefit from it.
Alan Bean, the 4th man to walk on the Moon has passed away
Former US astronaut Alan Bean (86), who was the fourth man to walk on the Moon, has passed away in Texas, United States. Bean went into space twice, the first time in November 1969 as the lunar module pilot on the Apollo 12 moon-landing mission.
- In 1973 he was commander of the second crewed flight to Skylab – America’s first space station.
- Bean retired from NASA in 1981 and carved a successful career as an artist.
- His paintings, inspired by space travel, featured lunar boot prints as well as small pieces of his mission patches which were stained by Moon dust.
WHO has recently validated Nepal for having eliminated from Trachoma
The World Health Organization (WHO) has validated Nepal for having eliminated trachoma as a public health problem.
- With this, Nepal has become the first country in WHO’s South-East Asia Region to defeat the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness.
- Trachoma, an eye disease caused by infection with the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis, is spread through contact with infective eye or nose discharges.
India launches 2nd IT corridor in China
India has launched its second IT corridor in China to cash in on the burgeoning Chinese software market.
- The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) has established one more Digital Collaborative Opportunities Plaza (SIDCOP) platform in China in an effort to provide market access to Indian IT firms in the huge Chinese market.