Current Affairs May 11 2019

11 May, 2019
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  • Question 1: The World Trade Organisation, WTO, ministerial meeting of developing countries will take place on 13-14 May in...?
  • Explanation:The meeting is being held at a time when the multilateral rule-based-trading system is facing serious and grave challenges. It will provide an opportunity to the Ministers to discuss various issues and the way forward. On the first day, there will be a meeting of senior officers of the participating countries. On the 2nd day, the Ministerial Meeting will be held.
  • Question 2: ___ has signed a contract agreement with Nepal's Department of Railways to supply two 1600 HP DEMU train sets?
  • Explanation:Konkan Railways Corporation Ltd has signed a contract agreement with Nepal's Department of Railways to supply two 1600 HP DEMU train sets. These trains will be used to operationalise railway link between Jayanagar in India and Kurtha in Nepal. The agreement was signed in Kathmandu today in the presence of Indian Ambassador Manjeev Puri and Nepal's Secretary, Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport Madhusudan Adhikari.
  • Question 3: Houthi is a rebel group in ...
  • Explanation: In Yemen, the rebel Houthi group has agreed to withdraw forces from three key ports in a move to pave the way for negotiations to end the country's four-year war. United Nations has said in a statement that the group will redeploy its fighters from the ports of Hodeidah, Saleef and Ras Isa over four days, starting today.
  • Question 4: National Technology Day is observed on...
  • Explanation:National Technology Day marks the anniversary of the Pokhran nuclear Tests of 1998. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted the nation on the occasion.
  • Question 5: Indian Air Force has got its first Apache Helicopter from...?
  • Explanation:The first Apache Helicopter AH-64E(I) was formally handed over to the Indian Air Force, IAF at Boeing production facility in Mesa, Arizona, USA. Air Marshal A S Butola, accepted the helicopter yesterday. An official release said that the IAF had signed a contract with the US Government and Boeing Company in September 2015 for 22 Apache helicopters. The first batch of the helicopters is scheduled to be shipped to India by July this year.
  • Question 6: Rani Rampal is related with...?
  • Explanation:Hockey India announced that striker Rani Rampal will lead an 18-member Indian women's hockey team for the three-match series against hosts Korea, starting on May 20.
  • Question 7: Ankita Raina is related with...?
  • Explanation: In Tennis, India's top singles player Ankita Raina progressed to the quarterfinals of the ITF women's event in Luan, China with a straight sets win over Yue Yuan.
  • Question 8: __ is the study of medicine involving study and treatment of the blood?
  • Explanation: Today is the 131st birth anniversary of leading English haematologist, Lucy Wills who was the pioneer in tackling prenatal anaemia during pregnancy. Lucy's seminal work in India in the late 1920s and early 1930s helped identify folic acid supplementation to prevent anaemia in pregnant women. Wills spent her life traveling the world and researching on the health of pregnant women until her death in 1964.
  • Question 9: Where is Pakkamalai Reserve Forests?
  • Explanation:For the first time, researchers have recently sighted nests of the grizzled giant squirrel (Ratufa macroura) at Pakkamalai Reserve Forests near Gingee (Tamil Nadu) in the Eastern Ghats. It is an endangered species listed under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972.
  • Question 10: Number of members in Arctic Council ?
  • Explanation:On 7th May 2019, India has been re-elected as an observer to inter-governmental forum Arctic Council at the 11th Arctic Council ministerial meeting at Rovaniemi, Finland. The Arctic Council is a high-level intergovernmental forum that addresses issues faced by the Arctic governments and the indigenous people of the Arctic. Eight member countries constitute the council: Canada, Kingdom of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the United States as these are the eight countries with sovereignty over the lands within the Arctic Circle
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