Current Affairs: 12 May 2019

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12   May, 2019

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  1. WTO Ministerial meeting of developing countries to held New Delhi

A WTO Ministerial meeting of developing countries is being hosted by India in New Delhi. Sixteen developing countries, Six Least Developed Countries (LDC) (Argentina, Bangladesh, Barbados, Benin, Brazil, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Egypt, Guatemala, Guyana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Malawi, Malaysia, Nigeria, Oman, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, Uganda) and DG, WTO participated in the meeting.

Ministers from Bangladesh, CAR and South Africa have confirmed their participation. Vice Ministers, senior officials and ambassadors will be representing other countries. The two-day meeting was interactive in order to provide an opportunity to the Ministers to discuss various issues and the way forward.

Source: – PIB


  1. Indian Army to commemorate 2019 as ‘Year of next of kin’

The Indian Army is commemorating this year as the ‘Year of Next of Kin’ and plans to reach out to the next of kin of battle casualties, ex-servicemen and serving soldiers to inform them of entitled financial benefits, welfare schemes and help resolve pension-related problems. The Directorate of Indian Army Veterans will be the nodal agency.

Source: – Economic Times


  1. Facebook chooses London as base for WhatsApp Payments

Facebook has chosen London as the centre for the global roll-out of WhatsApp pay, before the social media giant launches its digital payments service on the mobile messaging platform in India.

WhatsApp would hire nearly 100 people in London to focus on the digital payments service and additional operations staff would be hired in Dublin. Facebook chose UK because it attracts a multicultural workforce from many of the countries where WhatsApp is widely used, such as India, the report said.

Source: – Business Standard


  1. Amul to sponsor Afghanistan in 2019 World Cup

Amul has been announced as the principal sponsor of the Afghanistan cricket team for the upcoming World Cup, slated to be held in England and Wales from May 30.

The logo of brand Amul will appear on the leading arm of the Afghanistan team playing jerseys as well as on the training kits throughout the showpiece event.

Source: – Business Standard


  1. 5th United Nations Global Road Safety Week

The 5th United Nations Global Road Safety Week is being observed from May 6 to 12, 2019. It is celebrated once in two years. The theme of the Road Safety Week is ‘Leadership for Road Safety’. The goal is to generate a demand for stronger leadership for road safety worldwide to help achieve SDG and other road safety targets.

Source: – WHO


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