Exam Power: 12 May 2018 Today Current Affairs

Exam Power: 12 May 2018 Today Current Affairs
International Nurses Day is celebrated on 12 May

International Nurses Day (IND)is celebrated every year all around the world on 12th of May to commemorate the birth anniversary of the Florence Nightingale and to mark the nurse's contributions towards people’s health.

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) chosen the theme “Nurses A Voice to Lead – Health is a Human right” for IND 2018. 

Nurses Day was first proposed by the Dorothy Sutherland in the year 1953 and first proclaimed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

It was first celebrated by ICN in the year 1965.

India Pavilion Inaugurated At Cannes Film Festival 2018

The inaugural session of theIndian Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival 2018 was held at Cannes, France. It was hosted by noted actor Sharad Kelkar.

A meeting between the Indian delegation and Ms. Isabelle Giordano, Director General, Unifrance, M. Loic Wong, Director of International Department, CNC, France was held to explore co-production opportunities between India and France.

Telangana government launches Rythu Bandhu Scheme  for farmers
Telangana Government launched Rythu Bandhu Scheme an investment support scheme to support the livelihood of farmers.it is first of kind investment support scheme for farmers to be launched by any state in India.

Under this scheme, farmers will directly get financial training support twice every year. 

About 58 lakh farmers who till over 1.42 crores acres of land in the state are expected to be benefited from the initiative.

World's second oldest rock discovered in Odisha

Scientists have discovered world's second oldest grain of magnetic zircon ( a mineral that contains traces of radioactive isotopes ) from champuna from Singhbhum rock sample in Odisha's Kendujhar district.

It is an estimated 4, 240 million years old, making it world's second oldest rock ever to be discovered.

It is oldest magnetic zircon on earth.

Book Release By Chief Of Army Staff

General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army the Staff released the book 'Across the Bench - Insight into the Indian Military Judicial System' by Lt Gen Gyan Bhushan, former Army Commander, and Member 'A', Armed Forces Tribunal, Lucknow Bench.

The book deals with military judicial system vis-a-vis command and management issues within the military establishments besides the whole gamut of issues relating to veterans, their families, and dependents.

Prof Muhammad Yunus Conferred KISS Humanitarian Award 2018

Nobel laureate and noted economist Muhammad Yunus was honored with the 11th KISS Humanitarian Award 2018 at a function held in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. 

Yunus is the founder of Grameen Bank and is known as the Father of Microfinance.

China's Alibaba Buys Pakistan E-Commerce Firm Daraz

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba purchased leading Pakistani online retailer 'Daraz',continuing its overseas expansion by gaining a foothold in the growing South Asian consumer market.

China is seeking closer economic ties with Asian neighbors including Pakistan through its Belt and Road initiative, a strategy to increase trade links that are led primarily by infrastructure projects.

Daraz, founded in 2012, was purchased from Rocket Internet, a Berlin-based incubator of online startups

SpaceX Launches Most Powerful Falcon 9 Rocket

The California-based aerospace company, SpaceX has blasted off its most powerful Falcon 9 rocket, which is certified to carry humans to space later this year.

The Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket’s main goal for its maiden mission is to propel the first high-orbit communications satellite for Bangladesh, called Bangabandhu Satellite-1.

The Block 5 Falcon 9 is eventually meant to carry astronauts to the International Space Station, with the first launch tentatively planned for December 2018.

Donald Trump cuts funding to NASA system that monitors greenhouse gases

US President Donald Trump’s administration has cut off the funding for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Carbon Monitoring System (CMS).

The move comes at a time when the world is struggling to combat climate change.

According to Science Magazine, the United States has repeatedly proposed cuts to NASA's earth science budget, including NASA's Carbon Monitoring System (CMS).

The NASA system monitors the flow of greenhouse gases.

The system had till now used satellite and aircraft instruments to monitor carbon dioxide and methane levels remotely, spending $10m each year.

However, it had been an obvious target considering Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the landmark 2015 Paris agreement to fight climate change.

Sources : Indian Express, The Hindu, Economics Time, PIB, Business Standard, ANI

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