Daily Current Affairs - 06th May 2019

51 Lok Sabha seats across seven states would go for polls today in the fifth phase

  • In the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections, 51 Lok Sabha constituencies across seven states would be voting. After completion of phase five, elections would be completed for 426 Lok Sabha elections. Phase five is the smallest phase as in all the previous phases, elections have taken place on more than 70 constituencies in each phase.

Anti-dumping duty put on saccharine

  • The Finance Ministry has, on the recommendations of the Commerce Ministry, imposed an anti-dumping duty of $1,633.17 per tonne on the import of saccharine from Indonesia. The product under consideration has been exported to India from subject country below their normal values and consequently, the domestic industry has suffered material injury.
  • Indonesia, until recently, accounted for a large chunk of India’s saccharine imports. In 2017-18, India imported $4.36 million worth of saccharine from Indonesia, which is 43% of the total imports of the sugar-substitute compound.
  • Saccharine is a compound most commonly used in sugar-substitute sweeteners.

Campbell and Hope set up Windies’ big win

  • West Indies crushed Ireland by 196 runs, in the triangular ODI series also featuring Bangladesh. Windies openers John Campbell (179) and Shai Hope (170) shattered the record for the highest first-wicket ODI partnership by scoring 365 in a total of 381 for three; Ireland was then dismissed for 185.

Divij-Demoliner pair loses in final

  • Divij Sharan and Marcelo Demoliner of Brazil were beaten 6-4, 6-2 by Frederik Neilsen and Tim Puetz in the final of the €586,140 ATP Tour event. This title was worth 250 ATP points and € 29,650 The Indo-Brazilian pair had to be content with 150 points and €15,200.

Grand Prix of Liberation: Narang-Shriyanka bag silver in mixed air rifle

  • Indian shooters made advances in the Grand Prix of Liberation international shooting competition in Plzen. Gagan Narang won the mixed air rifle silver along with Shriyanka Sadangi. Rudrankksh Patil won silver medal behind Filip Nepejchal of the Czech Republic. Hriday Hazarika won the bronze medal.

India, U.K. in talks to build a naval supercarrier: report

  • The United Kingdom is in talks with the Indian government on building a new state-of-the-art aircraft carrier along the lines of Britain’s HMS Queen Elizabeth as part of the ongoing ‘Make in India’ negotiations.
  • The talks are under way for the Indian Navy to buy detailed plans for the 65,000-ton British warship to build a so-called “copycat supercarrier” to be named INS Vishal in 2022. If a deal can be agreed, the new warship would be built in India but UK companies could supply many of the parts.

Indian boxers win six medals at 36th Feliks Stamm International Boxing

  • Indian boxers finished with a rich haul of six medals, including two gold at the 36th Feliks Stamm International Boxing Tournament in Warsaw, Poland. Gaurav Solanki and Manish Kaushik bagged one gold each.
  • The six-day competition saw boxers from all over the world participating in 10 categories in the men's section and in five categories in the women's section as they gear up for the World Championships later in the year.

Momo-3 is Japan's first private rocket to reach space

  • A Japanese aerospace startup has successfully launched a small rocket, making it the country’s first privately developed model to reach outer space. The unmanned Momo-3 launched from its test site in Hokkaido and reached about 110 kilometers (68 miles) in altitude before falling into the Pacific Ocean after 10 minutes of flight time.
  • It was the venture company’s third launch attempt after previous tries failed in 2017 and 2018.

Morgan stars for England

  • England captain Eoin Morgan led his side to a seven-wicket win over Pakistan with four balls to spare in a lone Twenty20 International on Sunday with an unbeaten innings of 57. Batting first Pakistan scored 173 for six in 20 overs with contributions from Babar Azam 65, Haris Sohail 50. England chased the target in 19.2 overs.

North Korea fires several short-range projectiles into the Sea of Japan

  • North Korea has fired several short range projectiles into the Sea of Japan. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has oversaw the drill. The purpose of this drill was to test the operating ability and accuracy of multiple rocket launchers and tactical guided weapons by the defence units.
  • This is North Korea's first short range missile launch for more than a year as it seeks to up pressure on US with nuclear talks deadlocked.
  • North Korea
  • Supreme leader: Kim Jong-un
  • Capital: Pyonyang
  • Currency: North Korean won

North Macedonia votes in presidential runoff

  • The runoff election for a new president was held on Sunday in the newly-named North Macedonia amid deep divisions over the change in country's name to mollify Greece and pave the way for NATO and European Union (EU) memberships.
  • A total of 1.8 million eligible voters will choose between the governing Social Democrats' (SDSM) candidate Stevo Pendarovski and the opposition favourite Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova of the nationalist VMRO.
  • The small, landlocked state has weathered repeated bouts of political turmoil in recent years, with nearly 10 elections in the past decade.
  • North Macedonia
  • Capital: Skopje
  • Currency: Macedonian denar

Saurav Ghoshal & Joshna Chinappa win Asian Individual Squash Ch'ship titles

  • Indian squash players Saurav Ghoshal and Joshna Chinappa won their respective Asian Individual Squash Championship titles in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Saurav Ghoshal defeated Leo Au Chun Ming of Hong Kong 11-9, 11-2, 11-8 to win the men's title.
  • While, Joshna Chinappa on the other hand retained her title as she beat top seed Annie Au of Hong Kong, 11-5, 6-11, 11-8, 11-6 in the women's final event.

Services to take up concerns on upgrade

  • The Union government has announced the setting up of a high-level expert committee to examine the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) on Non-Functional Upgradation (NFU). However, with no Services representative on the committee, the three Services are expected to make a representation to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on the issue, which has been a core demand of the military.
  • Earlier the Department of Personnel and Training announced the setting up of a seven-member high-level expert committee headed by Ratan P. Watal, former Finance Secretary and principal adviser, NITI Aayog to examine various aspects of the recommendation of 7th CPC on NFU.
  • Separately, a case regarding granting NFU to the Services is currently pending in the Supreme Court.

SpaceX Launches Cargo Mission To ISS

  • SpaceX has successfully launched a cargo mission for NASA to the International Space Station (ISS), its fifth launch of the year, after being delayed by a few days due to a couple of issues. Loaded with about 2,500 kg of research, supplies and hardware for crew members living and working on the orbiting laboratory.
  • The spacecraft will remain at the space station for about four weeks before returning to Earth with more than 1,900 kg of research and return cargo.

U.S. to hike tariffs on $200 bn of Chinese goods

  • President Donald Trump announced on Sunday that the U.S. would raise tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods to 25% this week, because trade talks are moving too slowly. For the last 10 months, China has been paying Tariffs to the USA of 25% on 50 Billion Dollars of High Tech, and 10% on 200 Billion Dollars of other goods. With this action of Trump the 10% rate will go up to 25%.
  • The two sides have imposed tariffs on $360 billion in two-way trade since last year. But Mr. Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping agreed to a truce in December to refrain from further escalation.