Exam Power: 24 May 2018 Today Current Affairs

Exam Power: 24 May 2018 Today Current Affairs

HD Kumaraswamy took oath as New Karnataka Chief Minister
The JD(S)-Congress coalition government head HD Kumaraswamy was sworn-in as the New Chief Minister of Karnataka. 

Governor Vajubhai Vala administered the oath of office and secrecy to Kumaraswamy.

Congress Leader G. Parameshwara was sworn in as Deputy Chief Minister.

There are 221 elected members in the Legislative Assembly, and the coalition partners have 117 members, including one BSP and two independents.

Smart Cities India 2018 Expo Underway In New Delhi

A three-day Smart Cities India 2018 Expo, began in New Delhi.

The mega event, consisting five expos is being held with a vision to help develop attractive and safe cities that evoke pride, passion and a sense of belonging among citizens.

The five expos are Building India Expo, Solar India Expo, Transport India Expo, Smart Cities India Expo and Water India Expo.

Over 300 exhibitors from different countries are participating in the 4th edition of this event

Pravin Agrawal Appointed BHEL Director

State-run power equipment maker Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) appointed Pravin L. Agrawal as a part-time official director on its board.

An Indian Forest Service officer, Agrawal is presently joint secretary in the Department of Heavy Industry (DHI), Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.

India ranks 145th among 195 countries in terms of healthcare access: Lancet Study

As per Lancet’s Global Burden of Disease study, India ranked 145th among 195 countries in terms of quality and accessibility of healthcare on the Healthcare Access and Quality Index (HAQ Index).

However, despite such low rankings, India saw improvements in healthcare access and quality since 1990.

The five countries with the highest levels of healthcare access and quality in 2016 were Iceland (97.1 points), Norway (96.6), the Netherlands (96.1), Luxembourg (96.0), and Finland and Australia (each with 95.9).

The countries with the lowest scores were - Central African Republic (18.6), Somalia (19.0), Guinea-Bissau (23.4), Chad (25.4), and Afghanistan (25.9).

Bank Of Baroda Locates Major Operations At GIFT City

Bank of Baroda successfully located most of its operational activities at a shared service center (SSC) at the GIFT City near Ahmedabad.

The bank will now offer its services including retail loan processing, deposit account opening, forex and call center from the SSC, which will have a staff strength of 200.

The bank will thus become one of the largest employers in the Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar region.

The bank had taken 20,000 sq, ft of office space in GIFT City, making it the first Indian bank to move several key operations to the smart city.

MCX Launches India's 1st Copper Options

India's Multi Commodity Exchange launched the country's first copper options contracts.

Three contracts with a lot size of 1 tonne were launched.

The option contract will provide physical market participants an additional instrument to hedge their risk.

English Translation Of Polish Novel Flights Wins Man Booker Prize

Polish author Olga Tokarczukwon the Man Booker International Prize for her novel ‘Flights’.

The novel, translated by Jennifer Croft, interweaves narratives of travel with explorations of the human body.

It bagged the 67,000 US dollar prize after topping a shortlist of six titles, with Tokarczuk becoming the first Polish writer to win the award.

The awards were announced at a ceremony in London. The head judge of the awards was Lisa Appignanesi.

AB De Villiers Retires from International Cricket

Star South African batsman AB de Villiers announced his decision to retire from international cricket with immediate effect.

In his 14-year career, he played 114 Tests, 228 One-Day Internationals (ODI) and 78 T20 Internationals. 

Some of the Phenomenal Records of ABD are:

The World Record for the fastest ODI 50 (16 balls), 100 (31 balls) and 150 (64 balls), the second highest individual Test score for South Africa (278*), the highest points (935) by a South African on the ICC Test rankings and has claimed the coveted SA Cricketer of the Year award twice (2014 and 2015).

Sources : The Hindu, TOI,PIB, Economic Times, ANI, Indian Express, NDTV

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