On 21st May, the UAE celebrated World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development to highlight its efforts in promoting tolerance and cultural diversity. The event coincides with the country’s declaration of 2019 as the Year for Tolerance. The day provides an opportunity to help communities understand the value of cultural diversity and learn how to live together in harmony.
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and National Physical Laboratory, CSIR-NPL introduced redefined International System of Units for the country. The redefined systems are Kilogram, Kelvin, Mole and Ampere. The new SI is being implemented worldwide from 20th May 2019 i.e. the World Metrology Day. The purpose of a system of units is to enable world-wide coherence of measurements.
Myanmar Navy Ship UMS King TabinShweHtee (773) and UMS Inlay (OPV-54) have arrived Port Blair on 20 May for the ‘Opening Ceremony’ of the 8th Indo-Myanmar coordinated patrol (IMCOR), at Andaman and Nicobar Command. The CORPAT initiative between the two navies is meant to address issues of terrorism, illegal fishing, drug trafficking, human trafficking, poaching and other illegal activities inimical to the interest of both nations. Started in Mar 2013, the CORPAT series has enhanced the mutual understanding and fostered improved professional interaction between the two navies. The ships would patrol along the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) between the two countries covering a distance of approximately 725 Kms over a period of four days.
Volodymyr Zelenskiy took oath as new President of Ukraine, announcing snap parliamentary elections at the same ceremony. Jelensky has no experience of politics before, but she won a huge victory in the presidential election last month. Zelinskiy became Ukraine's youngest post-Soviet President after he scored a landslide election victory against incumbent Petro Poroshenko. Points to Remember Capital: Kyiv Currency: Ukrainian hryvnia
Pakistan has appointed career diplomat Mueenul Haq as the High Commissioner to India. Prime Minister Imran Khan approved appointments of over two dozen ambassadors in various countries including India, China and Japan. Haq, the current ambassador to France, has previously served as chief of protocol at the Foreign Office. The post of High Commissioner to India fell vacant after Sohail Mehmood was appointed Pakistan's new foreign secretary.
Indonesia's Joko Widodo has been re-elected as president of the country. The elections commission has said Widodo won the election by a 55.5 per cent to 44.5 per cent margin over Prabowo Subbiano. 57-year-old Widodo had been widely predicted to win according to unofficial results. Points to Remember Capital: Jakarta Currency: Indonesian rupiah
Comedian-actor Kapil Sharma has been acknowledged as the most viewed stand-up comedian in India and abroad by the World book of Records London. He started his career as a stand-up comedian, Kapil initially performed on several comedy shows. But it was his separate show Comedy Nights With Kapil which brought him immense fame. Not only comedy, but Kapil also tried his hand at acting with Bollywood films like Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon and Firangi. The 38-year-old is currently hosting The Kapil Sharma Show on television.
A three-member team led by 2010 Asian Games bronze medallist Ashish Kumar will represent India at the second World Challenge Cup Series gymnastics tournament in Osijek, Croatia from May 23 to 26. Besides Ashish, the Indian contingent will also have Rakesh Kumar Patra and Shraddha Talekar. The World Challenge Cup is a major FIG event with broader participation of 110 gymnasts from 30 different countries.
The former Formula One driver and three-time world champion Niki Lauda has died at the age of 70. Niki Lauda, who won titles in 1975, 1977 and 1984, was hugely admired, respected and liked within F1 community. He competed in 171 races and won 25. Post his racing career, he became an airline entrepreneur. Recently he was working as a non-executive chairman for the Formula 1 Mercedes team with British driver Lewis Hamilton.