Daily Current Affairs 28th May 2018

National News

1. Queen Maxima of Kingdom of Netherlands On 4-Day Visit To India

i. Queen Maxima of the Kingdom of the Netherlands who is also the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development has arrived in New Delhi on a four-day visit to India.

ii. During the visit, Queen Maxima will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog Rajiv Kumar and CEO Amitabh Kant.

Static/Current Takeaways Important for NABARD Grade-A Exam 2018-
  • Netherlands Capital- Amsterdam, Currency- Euro, USD, Prime Minister- Mark Rutte.

2. Sangeeta Bahl Becomes Oldest Indian woman to Scale Mount Everest

i. Sangeeta Bahl, a 53-year-old former model, has become the oldest Indian woman to conquer Mount Everest.
ii. Bahl, who currently resides in Gurugram, scaled the peak with the help of two Sherpas and was felicitated at the Indian embassy in Kathmandu. She has already conquered six out of the seven highest peaks in the world.
Static/Current Takeaways Important for NABARD Grade-A Exam 2018-
  • Shivangi Pathak (16 Years) from Haryana recently became India’s youngest woman to climb the Everest from Nepali side.
3. BCCI, UN Environment Sign Agreement To Promote ‘Green’ Cricket
i. The BCCI and UN Environment signed an agreement to promote ‘green’ Cricket in India. BCCI acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary and Erik Solheim, Executive Director of UN Environment, signed a letter of intent in Mumbai.
ii. The partnership aims to spread greater awareness about key environmental challenges facing the country, and highlight alternate and more sustainable solutions.
Static/Current Takeaways Important for NABARD Grade-A Exam 2018-
  • BCCI Acting Secretary- Amitabh Choudhary, Headquarters in- Mumbai.
4. Akshay Kumar Launches Twin Pit Toilet Technology Campaign
i. Film actor Akshay Kumar launched the twin pit toilet technology campaign in New Delhi. The actor appealed everybody to spread the awareness on the issue and make the cleanliness drive more effective.
ii. The twin pit toilet technology is an Indian invention that collects defecation for a period of five years and then it turns into a valuable organic compost.

International News

5. India Launches Its 2nd IT Corridor In China
i. India 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 Sino-Indian Digital Collaborative Opportunities Plaza (SIDCOP) platform in China.
ii. In December 2017, the NASSCOM established its first SIDCOP platform in the Chinese port city of Dalian, which is India’s first IT hub in China.
Static/Current Takeaways Important for NABARD Grade-A Exam 2018-
  • Rishad Premji is the chairman of NASSCOM.
  • China Capital- Beijing, Currency- Renminbi, President- Xi Jinping.
6. Colombia to be NATO’s 1st Latin American ‘Gobal Partner’
i. Colombia would be formally joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The announcement was made by the Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.
ii. With the move, Colombia will become the first Latin American nation to be a part of the alliance. It would be joining the bloc as a ‘global partner’, which means it will not necessarily have to take part in any joint military action and will be fully accredited in Brussels.
7. Hamburg To Host 2018 Global Wind Summit
i. The first edition of the Global Wind Summit will be held in Hamburg, Germany in September 2018. The four-day event will see speakers from about 100 countries, including India, China, the US, Spain and Denmark.
ii. The conference on wind is the largest and most important meeting of the wind industry worldwide. The event combines two conferences, WindEnergy Hamburg and WindEurope.
Static/Current Takeaways Important for NABARD Grade-A Exam 2018-
  • India is fourth largest country, after China, the US and Germany, in terms of wind energy installation capacity.
8. Pakistan Names Former Chief Justice As Caretaker PM
i. Former Pakistan Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk was appointed as the interim Prime Minister of the country until the general elections are held on July 25.

ii. The decision comes ahead of the dissolution of the current government and parliament.
Static/Current Takeaways Important for NABARD Grade-A Exam 2018-
  • Pakistan Capital- Islamabad, Currency- Pakistani rupee.

Sports News

9. Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018: Complete Highlights
It has been the season full of ups and downs for the 11th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018. Chennai Super Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 8 wickets in the final of the 2018 Indian  Premier League at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. It was the sensational knock of 117 runs off 57 balls by the experienced Shane Watson that led CSK to lift their third IPL trophy. Reinstated into the IPL after a two-year ban for their team management’s role in the 2013 spot-fixing scandal, CSK won their third IPL trophy after a gap of seven years.
With this, Chennai Super Kings equalled Mumbai Indians’ record for winning the most number of Indian Premier League titles. Notably, Chennai Super Kings defeated SunRisers Hyderabad in each of their four encounters this season.
Here is the complete list of Awards that were announced at the closing ceremony of IPL 2018:

S. No Award Winner (Team)
1. Man of the Match (Final) Shane Watson (CSK)
2. Orange Cap (Most Runs) Kane Williamson (SRH)
3. Purple Cap (Most Wickets) Andrew Tye (KXIP)
4. Emerging Player Rishabh Pant (DD)
5. Stylish Player Rishabh Pant (DD)
6. Perfect Catch Trent Boult (DD)
7. Super Striker Sunil Narine (KKR)
8. Valuable Player Sunil Narine (KKR)
9. Fairplay Award Mumbai Indians
10. CSK defeat SRH to clinch record-equalling third IPL title
i. Playing in their seventh Indian Premier League final, Chennai Super Kings has defeated SunRisers Hyderabad to clinch their third Indian Premier League title.
ii. Player of the Match award goes to Chennai Super Kings’ Shane Watson in IPL Final 2018.
11. Daniel Ricciardo Wins Monaco Grand Prix 2018
i. Australian Formula One racer Daniel Ricciardo handed Red Bull a victory in their 250th race in the Formula One at Monaco GP.
ii. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, last year’s winner at the Monaco GP, finished second while Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton was third.

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