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Current Affairs 16-May-2019

International Affairs
May 16,2019

China has broadened its block of online encyclopedia Wikipedia to include all language editions. According to a report by the Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI) China has started blocking all language editions of Wikipedia last month. Previously, most editions of Wikipedia besides the Chinese language version were available. China's online censorship apparatus 'Great Firewall' blocks a large number of foreign sites in the country, such as Google, Facebook and The New York Times.


National Current Affairs
May 16,2019

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between National Mission for Clean Ganga, HCL Foundation and INTACH for taking up a project of Plantation of Rudraksha Trees in Uttarakhand. Trees will be planted as a part of CSR initiative under the Namami Gange Programme. The project aims at planting 10 thousand Rudraksha trees in the catchment area of river Ganga in Uttarakhand in association with the local community and other stakeholders. It will also help in generating income for people residing in those areas.

May 16,2019

Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone (AMTZ) has recently organized a one-day workshop on Organ Bio Printing at the Kalam Convention Center, AMTZ Campus in Visakhapatnam. The workshop aims to strengthen Indo-Australian Cooperation and achieve the development of the 3D printing industry in both countries. The workshop explored 3D printing, an innovative technology that covers all medical disciplines and offers new opportunities in diagnostics and therapy.

May 16,2019

To combat online extremism, India has decided to sign an international call initiated by the governments of France and New Zealand along with top social media companies after the Christchurch attacks. The document called "Christchurch Call To Action" was signed and adopted on with participation from 26 nations. Participants were asked to pledge to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content on social media and other online platforms.


Business,Economy & Banking Current Affairs
May 16,2019

Jet Airways Chief Executive Officer Vinay Dube resigned from the company with immediate effect on citing "personal reasons". He is the fifth top-level official to quit the company after its deputy CEO and Chief Financial Officer Amit Agarwal and company's Chief People Officer (CPO) Rahul Taneja put in their resignation papers. The airline ceased operations temporarily around mid-April due to the acute liquidity crisis. Most of the airline's board members have also quit in the last month. Former Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi had also resigned from the Jet Airways board as its Non-Executive and Non-Independent Director citing time constraints and personal reasons.

May 16,2019

Reserve Bank of India has released a vision document for ensuring a safe, secure, convenient, quick and affordable e-payment system. The document has been named as ‘Payment and Settlement Systems in India: Vision 2019 – 2021’. It said that the bank will implement the approach outlined in this Vision during the period 2019 - 2021. The 'no-compromise' approach towards safety and security of payment systems remains a hallmark of the vision.

May 16,2019

India’s overall exports, combining Merchandise and Services, in April this year is estimated to be around 44 billion US dollars. It showed positive growth of 1.34 per cent over April last year. Overall imports in last month are estimated to be around 53 billion dollars with a positive growth of 4.5 per cent over the corresponding period of last year. Taking merchandise and services together, the overall trade deficit for last month is estimated at around nine billion dollars as compared to around seven billion dollars in the same period last year.


Appointments
May 16,2019

Croatian World Cupper Igor Stimac has been appointed Indian football team head coach for a two-year term. The national team has been without a coach since the departure of Stephen Constantine in January 2019. The appointment was made by the All India Football Federation's Executive Committee. The 51-year-old Stimac was part of Croatia's 1998 World Cup squad and has over 18 years of coaching experience.

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