Politics


1. Tamil Nadu to Build India’s Next Generation Defence Aircraft

The Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), which had conceived and designed the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, has set the ball rolling for building the next generation defense aircraft, the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA), by extending an invitation to private players in Coimbatore to build a technology demonstrator.

The project to be implemented in Sulur in Coimbatore district which may house the permanent base of the Tejas squadron marks Tamil Nadu’s first major defense aircraft project.

 

2. PM Modi Leaves for Sochi for Informal Summit with Russian President

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has left on a day-long visit to Russia. Mr. Modi will hold an informal summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi. The interaction will be part of regular consultation between the leadership of the two countries.

The two leaders will meet in an informal atmosphere where they will discuss several regional factors of the bilateral relations.

Russia Capital- Moscow, Currency- Russian ruble, President- Vladimir Putin.

 

3. Russia Unveils World's 1st Floating Nuclear Power Station

Russia unveiled the world's first floating nuclear power station at a ceremony in the port of the far northern city of Murmansk, where it will be loaded with nuclear fuel before heading to eastern Siberia. Built in Saint Petersburg, the Akademik Lomonosov arrived in Murmansk where it was moored in the port and presented to the media.

Constructed by the state nuclear power firm Rosatom, the 144 by 30 meter (472 by 98 foot) ship holds two reactors with two 35 megawatt nuclear reactors that are similar to those used to power icebreaker ships.

Russia Capital- Moscow, Currency- Russian ruble, President- Vladimir Putin.

 

4. Anti Terrorism Day: 21 May

The Anti Terrorism Day is observed on 21 May every year in our country to make the people aware of the anti-social act of terrorism and its impact on human suffering and lives. The official announcement of National Anti Terrorism Day was made after the assassination of India's seventh Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on 21 May 1991.

He was killed in Tamil Nadu in a campaign by the terrorist. Then, under V.P. Singh government the center has decided to observe 21st May as Anti Terrorism Day. 

 

5. Japanese Director Wins Cannes' Top Award

 

Asian, Arab, and women filmmakers scored big at the closing ceremony of the 71st Cannes Film Festival, while Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda took home the top prize -- the Palme d'Or. Kore-eda, in the festival's main competition for the fifth time, won the Palme d'Or for 'Manbiki Kazoku' (Shoplifters).

Kore-eda is only the second Asian Palme d'Or winner this millennium (after Thailand's Apichatpong Weerasethakul for 'Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives', 2010). This is the seventh time that a director from Asia has bagged the coveted trophy. 

 

6. Venezuela's President Maduro Wins Re-election

 

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro was reelected for a second six-year term in presidential elections, according to the National Electoral Council (CNE). Mr. Nicolas had replaced Hugo Chavez after his death from cancer in 2013.

Venezuela Capital- Caracas, Currency- Venezuelan bolívar.

 

7. Anil Kumar Jha Appointed CMD of Coal India

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved the appointment of Mahanadi Coalfields chief Anil Kumar Jha as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Coal India. Jha had replaced Coal Ministry's Additional Secretary Suresh Kumar. Jha has been appointed till his superannuation on January 31, 2020.

 

8. Telugu Writer Yaddanapudi Sulochana Rani Passes Away

Veteran writer, novelist Yaddanapudi Sulochana Rani, who along with her women counterparts Arikepudi Kousalya Devi and Ranganayakamma, heralded a new era in Telugu fictional literature, passed away at California. Some of Sulochana's famous novels include Murali Krishna, Radha Krishna, Jeevana Tarangalu, Premalekhalu, Secretary, Aathmeeyulu to name a few..


Sports


1. Lionel Messi Wins European Golden Shoe For The 5th Time

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has won the European Golden Shoe for the fifth time. The Argentina international claimed the prize after scoring 34 goals in La Liga this season, helping his club to a 25th league triumph.

Messi also won the award last year, as well as in 2010, 2012 and 2013. Four-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo finished ninth in the rankings after scoring 26 goals for Real Madrid in La Liga.


Technology


1. India Successfully Test-Fires BrahMos Missile Along Odisha Coast

India successfully test-fired the Indo-Russian joint venture BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from a test range along the Odisha coast to validate some new features. The missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher stationed at Launchpad 3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, according to DRDO. The trial was conducted to validate its “life extension” technologies developed for the first time in India by DRDO and team Brahmos.

DRDO Chairman- S Christopher, Headquarters- New Delhi.