Current Affairs: 22 May 2019

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22 May, 2019

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  1. UAE celebrates World Day For Cultural Diversity on May 21

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 UAE has cultural relations with many countries and is an active member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO.

Source: – DD News

 

  1. NITI Aayog pushes for Rs 7,500 crore proposal for AI platform

Niti Aayog has circulated a cabinet note to provide Rs 7,500 crore for the establishment of AIRAWAT, a cloud computing platform along with research institutes.

This is part of the policy think tank’s proposal to create an institutional framework for artificial intelligence (AI) in the country. Niti Aayog would present the cabinet note to the new government as they want an institutional framework as well as a transparent policy in place for AI.

Source: – Business Today

 

  1. New definitions adopted for units of mass, current, temperature

Scientists worldwide adopted new hyper-accurate definitions for units of mass (kilogram), electric current (ampere), and temperature (kelvin) on World Metrology Day this Monday. Last November, the kilogram was redefined after 129 years and will now be derived from the Planck constant instead of referring to the metal cylinder stored near Paris, mass of which could vary due to surrounding dust.

Source: – Times Now

 

  1. Anti-Terrorism Day observed on 21st May

May 21 is chosen as Anti-terrorism day in India to commemorate the death Anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi died in a terrorist attack.

On this day Anti Terrorism pledge is taken in all the government offices and other public institutions. He served as the prime minister from 1984 to 1989.

Source: – NDTV News

 

  1. Joko Widodo elected President of Indonesia for 2nd term

Indonesia’s Joko Widodo has been reelected as president of the country, beating rival Prabowo Subianto, a retired general. Widodo and his vice-presidential running mate Ma’ruf Amin won the election by a 55.5% to 44.5% margin over Subianto and Sandiaga Uno.

Source: – News on AIR

 

  1. Reliance beats Indian Oil Corporation, becomes biggest Indian company

Reliance Industries has toppled state owned Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) to become the country’s biggest company by revenue. The Mukesh Ambani-led conglomerate, in the 2018-19 fiscal year that ended March 31, reported a turnover of Rs 6.23 lakh crore.

In comparison, IOC posted a turnover of Rs 6.17 lakh crore for the fiscal. It was also the most profitable company in the country with a net profit of more than double that of JOC in FY2019.

Source: – The Hindu Business Line

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