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Chennai to get its first unmanned substation

  • The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) has identified a substation to be upgraded into an unmanned substation- the first of its kind in the city.
  • The 33 (KV)/11 KV substation is located right at the heart of the central business district of Anna Salai, near the Express Mall on Woods Road.
  • It has been chosen for the upgrade.

WTO meeting began in Delhi

  • The World Trade Organisation ministerial meeting of developing countries began in New Delhi on 13 May 2019.
  • The meeting will provide an opportunity for the Ministers to discuss various issues and way forward.
  • 16 developing countries and 6 Least Developed Countries, LDCs are participating in the meeting including China, South Africa, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Kazakhstan and Bangladesh.

India, Iran to discuss impact of US ending waivers on import of Iranian oil

  • Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif will hold talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi .
  • The talks will primarily focus on the impact of the US ending waivers on import of Iranian oil and ways to deal with it. Both the leaders are expected to discuss the latest developments pertaining to the Iran nuclear deal also known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
  • Mr Zarif arrived in New Delhi yesterday on a two-day visit to India
  • India is one of the most important partners of Iran and both countries have regular consultations on various issues.

Young Scientist Programme ‘Yuvika2019’ inaugurated today

  • The Young Scientist Programme ‘Yuvika2019’ was inaugurated by Indian Space Research Organisation, ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan, through video mode in Bengaluru today.
  • The two-week residential summer vacation programme spread over four ISRO centres in Bengaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, Ahmedabad and Shillong are attended by 110 students.
  • The programme will help in inculcating scientific temper in the students.
  • Science and Technology is an essential component for the development of any country, they play a major role in improving the quality of life including safety and security of human beings.
  • How the applications of Space technology is helping in the day to day activities of common man besides ensuring the safety of life and property during disaster situations.
  • That programmes like this will lead to national integration and nation building.
  • The participants will be visiting the spaceport of India, Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Shriharikota during this programme.

Indonesian Coast Guard ship arrives in Port Blair today

  • Indonesian Coast Guard ship (BAKAMLA) ‘Tanjung Datu’ arrived in Port Blair today along with a high-level delegation led by First Admiral Eko Murwanto.
  • The aim of this goodwill visit is to enhance bilateral cooperation between the Coast Guards of two countries.
  • The ship ‘KN Tanjung Datu’ is a Patrol Vessel.
  • The ship has a complement of 25 officers and 40 sailors.
  • During the stay in Port Blair, various professional exchanges including Table Top exercise and Sea Exercise will be conducted for enhancing domain expertise of personnel from both Coast Guards.
  • Indian Coast Guard will also conduct a pollution response demonstration.
  • Indonesian Coast Guard Ship ‘KN Tanjung Datu’ will depart Port Blair on Thursday.

US Navy Chief holds discussion with Indian Naval Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba

  • Admiral John Michael Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations, US Navy held discussions with Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff.
  • Mr Richardson also interacted with Defence Secretary, Vice Chief of the Army Staff, Chief of the Air Staff and the National Security Council Secretariat.
  • Mr Richardson, who is on an official tour to India, intends  to further consolidate bilateral naval relations between India and USA and also to explore new avenues for naval cooperation.
  • Indian Navy and US Navy interact regularly at bilateral and multilateral forums.
  • After being accorded Major Defence Partner status by USA in 2016, India – US ties have grown significantly in recent years.

 Centre extends ban on LTTE

  • Centre extended the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on Tuesday for violent and disruptive activities which are prejudicial to the integrity and sovereignty of India.
  • The Ministry of Home Affairs renewed its 2014 notification to declare LTTE as an “unlawful association” for another five years.
  • “continues to adopt a strong anti-India posture as also continues to pose a grave threat to the security of Indian nationals.
  • it is necessary to declare LTTE as an unlawful association with immediate effect”.
  • “diaspora continue to spread through articles in the Internet portals, anti-India feeling amongst the Sri Lankan Tamils by holding the Government of India responsible for the defeat of the LTTE and such propaganda through Internet, which remains continued, is likely to impact Very Very Important Persons (VVIP) security adversely in India”.
  • That even after its military defeat in May, 2009 in Sri Lanka, LTTE has not abandoned the concept of ‘Eelam’ (separate land for Tamils) and has been clandestinely working towards the cause by undertaking fund raising and propaganda activities.
  • “The remnant LTTE leaders or cadres have also initiated efforts to regroup the scattered activists and resurrect the outfit locally and internationally”.


1st women’s cricket magazine launched

  • World’s first exclusive women’s cricket magazine CRICZONE has released.
  • It has Indian women’s cricket team vice-captain Smriti Mandhana featured as the cover story.
  • The publisher of the magazine is Yash Lahoti.
  • The objective of this magazine is to empower young aspiring women cricketers to take the sport as a profession and able to make a sustainable living.

Hinduja brothers named UK’s wealthiest people

  • The billionaire Hinduja brothers have been named as the wealthiest people in the UK for a third time, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.
  • Sri and Gopi Hinduja saw their fortune increase by 1.356 billion pounds ($1.7 billion) in the last year to 22 billion pounds.
  • The Hinduja Group was founded in Mumbai in 1914.

US President to meet his Chinese counterpart amid escalating trade war

  • US President Donald Trump will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit at Osaka in Japan next month amid latest escalation in trade tensions between the two countries.
  • Trump expressed hope that his meeting with Xi will be very fruitful.
  • China increased tariffs on 60 billion dollars worth of American goods in a tit-for-tat to US move to raise tariffs on 200 billion dollars worth of Chinese imports.
  • After the near collapse of trade talks with China, US on Friday imposed punitive duties on 200 billion dollars worth of Chinese imports, raising them to 25 per cent from 10 per cent.
  • China’s retaliation came hours after the US President warned China not to impose retaliatory tariffs on American products.


Asian economies to dominate 7%

  • The 2020s are set to be the Asian decade, with the continent dominating an exclusive list of economies expected to sustain growth rates of around 7%.
  • Ethiopia and Cote d’Ivoire are also likely to reach the 7% growth pace.
  • India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Myanmar and the Philippines should all meet that benchmark, according to a research note.


International Nurses Day: 12 May

  • International Nurses Day (IND) is an international day observed around the world on 12 May each year.
  • It marks the contributions that nurses make to society.
  • It was first observed in 1965.
  • The theme for the year 2019 is Nurses: A voice to lead – Health for All.


Jehan won FIA Formula 3 Championship

  • Indian racer Jehan Daruvala, won the inaugural round of the FIA Formula 3 Championship, one of the support events to Formula One in Barcelona on 12 May 2019.
  • The FIA F3 Championship was created by merging the erstwhile GP3 Championship and FIA F3 European Championship.
  • Jehan is the only Indian to win a Grand Prix when he won the New Zealand Grand Prix.

Novak won Madrid Open Title

  • Novak Djokovic of Serbia beat Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 6-3, 6-4 to win his third Madrid Open title on 12 May 2019.
  • Djokovic lifted the title in Madrid and has now won 33 Masters 1000 titles – the same number as Rafael Nadal and five more than Roger Federer.

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