Current Affairs Capsule: 16 May 2019
- May 16, 2019
- Posted by: Team CP
- Category: Current Affairs Capsule
- India’s Captain Aarohi Pandit became world’s first woman to cross Atlantic Ocean (AO) solo in a Light Sports Aircraft (LSA) named Mahi. She is a 23 year old commercial pilot and LSA licence holder from Mumbai, Maharashtra. This achievement is part of her ongoing Women Empower (WE) Expedition launched with her friend Captain Keithair Misquitta on July 30.
- Former Supreme Court judge, Justice A K Sikri is appointed as the chairperson of News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) by the News Broadcasters Association (NBA). He will succeed former Judge of Supreme Court Justice(Retd.) R.V. Raveendran, who will complete his term on May 25. NBSA is an independent body (free from any interference from NBA) for self-regulation of 24×7 news channels, who are members of NBA.
- The International Day of Families is observed on 15 May every year to promote awareness of issues relating to families and also aims to increase knowledge of demographic, economic and social processes affecting them. The theme for this year is “Families and Climate Action: Focus on (Sustainable Development Goals) SDG 13”. The Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993.
- According to Geological Survey of India (GSI), Arunachal has 35 percent of the country’s Graphite deposits that could make the state a leading producer of graphite in the country. The GSI also emphasised that the survey and drilling activities of the GSI should be moved towards the lndo-China international Border as China has been reportedly undertaking huge mining activities across the border in Tibet.
- CTBTO executive secretary Lassina Zerbo invited India to be an Observer in the meetings of Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). With this move, India would have access to data from the International Monitoring System which can detect even a small nuclear explosion using technologies like seismology, hydroacoustics, infrasound and radionuclide. International Monitoring System is a network of 337 facilities – 321 monitoring stations and 16 radionuclide labs.
- Victor Vescovo (53 years old) broke the world record for the deepest dive in history by diving 6.8 miles to a point in the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana trench. Vescovo set another record by becoming the first and only person who visited highest and deepest point of the world. He had climbed Mount Everest also. He found angular kind of plastic object at the bottom of Mariana Trench.
- A major global initiative ‘Christchurch call to action’ to combat terrorism and extremism online and secure the internet was launched in Paris on May 15, 2019 by India, France, New Zealand, Canada and several other countries. The initiative outlines collective, voluntary commitments from governments and online service providers intended to address the issue of terrorist and violent extremist content online and to prevent the abuse of the internet.
1. Who is the world’s first woman to cross Atlantic Ocean (AO) solo in a Light Sports Aircraft (LSA)?
- Keithair Misquitta
- Aarohi Pandit
- Mahi Sharma
- Nithya Verma
2. Who is appointed as the chairperson of News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA)?
- Justice A K Sikri
- Justice R.V. Raveendran
- Justice K S Mishra
- Justice M V Sharma
3. On which day International Day of Families is observed?
- May 12
- May 14
- May 15
- May 16
4. Arunachal Pradesh has ___ percent of the country’s Graphite deposits.
5. Who is the only person who visited highest and deepest point of the world?
- William Smith
- Victor Vescovo
- Michael smith
- None of the above
6. Where is the global initiative ‘Christchurch call to action’ launched?
- New Delhi
- New York