Daily Current Affairs and GK | 15 and 16 May 2022

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Topic: International Appointments

1. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan becomes new President of UAE.

  • Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has been elected the President of the UAE in place of Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
  • Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan died recently at age of 73.
  • He was unanimously chosen as President by a council of the rulers of the seven emirates.
  • Sheikh Mohammed has been ruling the Emirates since 2014.
  • Sheikh Mohamed is the third son of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahayan. He was named crown prince of Abu Dhabi in 2004.
  • United Arab Emirates:
    • It is located in Western Asia at the northeast end of the Arabian Peninsula.
    • Abu Dhabi is the capital and UAE Dirham is the currency of UAE.
    • Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the Prime Minister of UAE.

Topic: Personality in News

2. Australian Cricketer Andrew Symonds died in a car accident.

  • He was a two-time World Cup winner for Australia.
  • He played 198 ODIs. He scored six centuries and 30 half-centuries.
  • He was the third former Australian cricketer who passed away in 2022.
  • Leg-spinner Shane Warne and wicketkeeper Rod Marsh also passed away in 2022.

Australian Cricketer Andrew Symonds

(Source: News on AIR)

Topic: Space and IT

3. Scientists have for the first time successfully grown plants in lunar soil.

  • This soil was brought to Earth by astronauts in the Apollo Missions.
  • This is the first step toward growing food and creating oxygen on the Moon and during future space missions.
  • The researchers at the University of Florida in the US have grown the plants in lunar soil.
  • The researchers also planted Arabidopsis in JSC-1A, a terrestrial substance that mimics real lunar soil.
  • Moon's soil is also called lunar regolith. It is very different from soil found on Earth.
  • Apollo program:
    • Apollo program or Project Apollo was third US human spaceflight program.
    • It was conducted by NASA from 1968 to 1972. Apollo 11 for the first time landed humans on the Moon in 1969.

Topic: Important Days

4. Sikkim Statehood Day: 16 May

  • Sikkim Statehood Day is observed on 16 May. Sikkim became 22nd state of India on 16 May, 1975.
  • 16 May 2022 marks 47 years since Sikkim became a state of India.
  • Sikkim became 22nd state of India through 36th Amendment Act in 1975.
  • Sikkim was for the sometime having a status of protectorate state within Union of India as per the treaty signed between Sikkim and Union of India in 1950.
  • Sikkim:
    • It is a state in northeast India. It borders Bhutan in the east, Tibet in the north and northeast, West Bengal in the south and Nepal in the west.
    • It is the second smallest state of India in terms of area. Its capital is Gangtok.
    • The Chief Minister of the state is Prem Singh Tamang and Governor is Ganga Prasad.
    • The state animal of Sikkim is the Red Panda. Khangchendzonga National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site is located in Sikkim.

Topic: State News/ Tripura

5. Manik Saha sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Tripura.

  • Dr. Manik Saha, a Rajya Sabha MP from BJP, has sworn in as Tripura's new Chief Minister a day after his predecessor Biplab Kumar Deb resigned.
  • Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya administered the oath of secrecy to Dr. Saha.
  • 11 councils of Ministers were sworn-in in his cabinet.
  • Biplab Kumar Deb was the first BJP Chief Minister of Tripura.
  • Chief Minister:
    • Chief Minister is the elected head of the government of a state.
    • Article 164 states that the Chief Minister shall be appointed by the Governor and the other ministers shall be appointed on the advice of the Chief Minister.
    • He advises the Governor regarding the appointment of other Ministers and decides the portfolios for them.

Topic: State News / Telangana

6. National Cyber Forensic Laboratory inaugurated at the CFSL campus in Hyderabad.

  • The 'National Cyber Forensic Laboratory' (NCFL) has been inaugurated at the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) campus in Hyderabad by Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
  • In Telangana's Thukkuguda municipality in the Tukkuguda area, the Home Minister addressed "Praja Sangram Yatra" (Phase-2).
  • On the occasion of Dr. BR Ambedkar Jayanti, the second part of the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) 'Praja Sangrama Yatra' began in April 2022.
  • The first phase of the Yatra was conducted for 36 days in August 2021 covering 19 assembly constituencies in eight districts.
  • Central Forensic Science Laboratory, Hyderabad was established in 1967 and it is one of the six Central Forensic Science Laboratories in India.
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Topic: Sports

7. Indian Men's Badminton team has won Thomas Cup for the first time ever.

  • It has defeated 14 time Champions Indonesia in Bangkok on 15 May 2022.
  • India had never reached the Thomas and Uber Cup final before now.
  • It has become 6th nation to win the Thomas Cup title after China, Indonesia, Japan, Denmark, and Malaysia.

Winner Country



Gold Medal


Silver Medal

Denmark and Japan

Bronze Medals

  • Thomas Cup (World Men's Team Championships):
    • It is an international badminton competition. It is currently held every two years.
    • It was first held in 1949 in Preston, England. The 2022 edition of Thomas Cup was 32nd edition of the Thomas Cup.
    • It was hosted in Bangkok, Thailand from 8 to 15 May 2022.

Indian Men's Badminton team has won Thomas Cup

(Source: News on AIR)

Topic: Sports

8. Liverpool Football Club defeated Chelsea Football Club and won FA Cup title.

  • Liverpool Football Club has won the English FA Cup for the eighth time.
  • Liverpool won by 6-5 in a penalty shootout at the Wembley stadium, London.
  • Liverpool is now the most successful club in the world.
  • The Football Association Challenge Cup is commonly known as the FA Cup. It is an annual knockout football competition in men's domestic English football.

Topic: Agriculture and allied sectors

9. Government banned export of wheat after new output estimate.

  • The government has banned the export of wheat with immediate effect.
  • The heatwave in northern parts of the country has curtailed the output of wheat.
  • The Directorate General of Foreign Trade said that the step has been taken in the interest of national food security.
  • As per the government notification, the government will allow only those export shipments for which letters of credit have been issued before the notification.
  • In April, Wheat prices have risen to record levels. India’s consumer inflation has reached an eight-year high of 7.79% in April 2022.
  • India is the world’s second-largest wheat producer and it has 10 percent of the world’s grain reserves.
  • Russia and Ukraine are two of the world’s biggest wheat suppliers. The war has interrupted wheat production.

Topic: Government Schemes and Initiatives

10. Department of Telecommunication launched the “GatiShakti Sanchar” Portal.

  • “GatiShakti Sanchar” Portal has been launched to streamline the process of Right of Way (RoW) applications and permissions.
  • This portal has been launched to achieve the “Broadband for All” goal envisaged in the National Digital Communication Policy-2.
  • The Portal will help in achieving the objective of “Ease of doing business” for telecommunications infrastructure works.
  • Applicants from various Telecom Service providers (TSPs) and Infrastructure providers (IPs) can now apply for Right of Way (RoW) through this single platform.
  • Timely disposal of RoW applications will enable quick infrastructure creation which will also help in the timely launch of 5G networks.
  • The portal has been developed by MP State Electronics Development Corporation.

GatiShakti Sanchar

(Source: News on AIR)

Topic: New Development

11. National Aerospace Laboratories approved Digital anti-skid brake management system developed for SARAS Mark 2.

  • National Aerospace Laboratories has developed wire electro-hydraulic braking system for the first time in India for civil aircraft.
  • The trials of the anti-skid brake system were conducted at a speed of about 30 knots.
  • Digital Anti-Skid Braking System integration on SARAS Mark 2 will help in the operation of aircraft with short runways.
  • SARAS Mark 2 is a 19 seater Light Transport aircraft. It is developed by National Aerospace Laboratories.
  • It is the most versatile aircraft of its class for connecting remotely located Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities.
  • The government approved the SARAS-Mk2-19 seat Light Transport project to NAL in June 2019.
  • Indian Air Force has already announced that it will induct 15 SARAS Mk 2 aircraft.
  • The first flight of SARAS Mk 2 is scheduled to take place in December 2024.

Digital anti-skid brake management system

(Source: News on AIR)

Topic: State News/ Chhattisgarh

12. Chhattisgarh becomes first state to restore old pension scheme.

  • Chhattisgarh has become the first state to notify the restoration of the old pension scheme (OPS).
  • The Chhattisgarh government has sent a detailed proposal to Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA).
  • The Old pension scheme will be effective from April 1, 2022.
  • The 10% monthly contribution deduction from government employees' salaries as a contribution to the new pension scheme will be abolished from April 1, 2022.
  • However, a minimum of 12 per cent of the basic salary will be deducted as per the General Provident Fund rule.
  • The old pension scheme provided a pension equal to 50% of the employee's salary.
  • National Pension System (NPS), was introduced for Central Government employees in 2003.

Topic: Important Days

13. International day of families: 15 May

  • The International Day of Families is observed every year on 15 May.
  • It is observed to raise awareness about the issues related to families.
  • In 1993, UNGA (United Nations General Assembly) adopted 15 May as the International day of families.
  • “Families and Urbanization” is the theme of this year’s International day of families.
  • "Families and New Technologies" was the theme of International day of families in 2021.

Topic: Indian Economy/Financial Market

14. CPI-based retail inflation reached eight-year high level of 7.79% in April 2022.

  • This is eight-year high level of retail inflation since May 2014. In May 2014, the retail inflation rate reached 8.33%.
  • Inflation in oils and fats (edible oil), vegetable, spices, footwear and fuel and light reached to double-digit level in April.
  • In April 2022, the gross GST collections were recorded at all-time high level of ₹1.68-lakh crore.
  • Direct taxes collection also showed a growth of 49% in FY22.
  • CPI-based retail inflation for rural areas is higher than for urban areas for four continuous months.
  • In April 2022, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Haryana recording double-digit rural retail inflation.
  • In Karnataka, Kerala, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi, urban inflation is higher than rural inflation.





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