Daily Current Affairs: May 21, 2018
Dear readers, This post contains important current affairs. It includes all Major National, International, Business and Sports related current affairs. A brief explanation of every current affair is provided to further enhance your general knowledge.
China launches satellite to explore dark side of moon
• China on May 21, 2018 launched a relay satellite designed to establish a communication link between earth and a planned lunar probe that will explore the dark side of the moon.
• The satellite, known as Queqiao, or Magpie Bridge, will settle in an orbit about 455,000 km from earth and will be the world’s first communication satellite operating there.
• China aims to catch up with Russia and the United States to become a major space power by 2030.
• The nation is also planning to launch construction of its own manned space station in 2019.
Paraguay inaugurates embassy in Jerusalem
• Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes inaugurated his country’s Israel embassy in Jerusalem on May 21, 2018.
• With the decision, the nation becomes the third one to take the controversial step of moving its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
• The first move was made by the United States and Guatemala followed suit just days later.
• While the move was welcomed by Israel, it received widespread criticism from the international community.
India successfully test-fires BrahMos supersonic cruise
• India on May 21, 2018 successfully test-fired the Indo-Russian joint venture BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from a test range along the coast of Odisha.
• The missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher stationed at Launch pad 3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur.
• The trial was conducted to validate its life extension technologies developed for the first time in India by DRDO and team BraHmos.
• The successful test will result in huge savings of replacement cost of missiles held in the inventory of the Indian Armed Forces.
Kumaraswamy to take oath as Karnataka CM on May 23
• With the resignation of BS Yeddyurappa from CM’s post after failing to gather the required numbers to form a majority government, H D Kumaraswamy who heads the Congress-JDS coalition is set to become the chief minister for a second time on May 23, 2018.
• Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala invited Kumaraswamy, the leader of Congress-JD(S) joint legislature party, to form the government on May 19 after BJP withdrew its claim before the scheduled SC-ordered floor test.
• The Governor has directed Kumaraswamy to prove the majority on the floor of the House in 15 days but he plans to do it much before.
UN to send War Crimes Investigators to Gaza
• UN Human Rights Council has voted to send a team of international War Crimes Investigators to probe the deadly shootings of Gaza protesters by Israeli forces.
• The resolution was backed by 29 members while 2 members US and Australia voted against and 14 abstained.
• Israel has defended the killing of protesters, saying it was acting in self-defence to protect its borders and communities.
Anil Kumar Jha appointed CMD of Coal India
• Anil Kumar Jha has been appointed as the Chairman-Cum-Managing director (CMD) of Coal India Limited.
• Anil Kumar is at present the CMD of Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd.
• Anil Kumar would be replacing acting chairman Suresh Kumar, an IAS officer, who has been holding the post of additional secretary at the ministry of coal.
• CIL is a state-owned coal mining company, which is headquartered in Kolkata.