1. ICC Rankings: Shakib became No.1 ranked ODI all-rounder ahead of World Cup
Senior Bangladesh cricketer Shakib Al Hasan jumped to the top of the latest MRF Tyres ICC ODI rankings for all-rounders, which doesn’t feature a single Indian in the top-10 chart.
- He grabbed the top spot just ahead of the ODI World Cup after showcasing fine form during the tri-nation series in Ireland, which Bangladesh famously won to claim their first title in a multi-nation tournament.
- In the three matches of the series, Shakib totaled 140 runs, including two unbeaten half-centuries and also picked up two wickets.
- Shakib now has 359 points, 20 clear of Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan, the previous holder of the top ranking, who has now slipped to No.2.
- Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi completes the top three, with 319 points.
- Pakistan is the only other team to have two players in the top 10, with Imad Wasim at No.4 and Mohammad Hafeez claiming the seventh spot.
- India’s Kedar Jadhav, who is part of India’s World Cup team and is recovering from a shoulder injury, is the best-placed Indian at joint 12th spot.
- Hardik Pandya completes the top 20 list.
2. Africa Day: 25 May
25 May is observed as Africa Day every year.
- It commemorates the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) on 25 May 1963, which is now known as the African Union.
- May 25, 2019, will mark 56 years since Africa Day was conceived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
- African Union HQ: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
- Members: 55
3. FIFA drops plans to expand Qatar World cup 2022 to 48 teams
FIFA has dropped the plan to include a total of 48 teams at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
- The 2022 edition will remain as originally planned with 32 teams.
- The expansion proposal was proposed and pressed by FIFA’s president, Gianni Infantino.
- In January 2017, FIFA voted unanimously in favor of increasing the World Cup to 48 teams for the 2026 event – which will be held in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
About 2022 FIFA World Cup:
- Edition: 22nd
- Host country: Qatar
- Dates: 21 November – 18 December
This will be the first World Cup ever to be held in the Arab world and the first in a Muslim-majority country.
The reigning World Cup champions are France.
4. British PM Theresa May announces the resignation
British Prime Minister, Theresa May announced that she is quitting as UK Conservative leader on June 7 in the best interests of the country.
- She is paving the way for a contest to decide the new Prime Minister after she failed to win over her ministers with a revised strategy to withdraw Britain from the European Union.
- She had kept Queen Elizabeth II informed of her exit timetable, meaning she would be presiding over US President Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK in early June.
5. Pakistan successfully testfired Shaheen-II
Pakistan has successfully test-fired a land-based ballistic missile named ‘Shaheen-II’ on 21st May 2019. The impact point of the missile was in the Arabian Sea.
Shaheen-II is an intermediate-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile which could 2,000 km (1,250 miles). The test was conducted to ensure operational readiness of the Pakistan Army’s Strategic Forces Command.
- Shaheen missile series is named after a Falcon (bird) species that lives in Pakistan’s mountains.
- Shaheen-II is a highly capable missile as it fully meets Pakistan’s strategic needs towards the maintenance of desired deterrence and stability in the region.
- It is a land-based supersonic intermediate-range surface-to-surface guided ballistic missile. It is capable of carrying all kinds of warheads i.e. both conventional (high explosive) as well as nuclear warheads.
- It is capable of hitting targets up to 1,500-2000 kilometers. Thus is capable of reaching major cities in neighboring India.
In the past:
It should be noted that on 9 March 2004 Pakistan successfully test fires a medium- range nuclear-capable ballistic missile Shaheen-ll from an undisclosed location.
6. Sahara – A Hostel for the Veer Naris
Hon’ble Lt Governor of Delhi Shri Anil Baijal inaugurated the Sahara Naval Hostel for the ‘Veer Naris’ at Vasant Kunj, New Delhi.
- The unique project steered by the Indian Navy for ‘Naval Veer Naris’ has been built in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) partnership with National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC).
- The hostel addresses a long term need felt towards the rehabilitation of Naval ‘Veer Naris’ and provide them with a safe and secure environment which will help them rebuild their lives.
7. PSG chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi charged with athletics corruption
A French judge has charged the president of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) football club, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, with corruption over Qatari bids to host the world athletics championships 2019.
- Two payments totaling $3.5m (£2.8m), made in 2011, are under scrutiny.
- London won the bidding to host the championships in 2017, but Qatar is hosting this year’s championships in September – October.
- It is alleged that the payments were made by Oryx Qatar Sports Investment – of which Nasser Al-Khelaifi is chairman – to another firm run by the son of Lamine Diack, ex-president of the IAAF, the world athletics governing the body.
About 2019 World Championships in Athletics:
- Edition: 17th
- Dates: 27 September and 6 October 2019
- Host City: Doha, Qatar
- Venue: Khalifa International Stadium
8. 3 Indian boxers win Gold medal in 2nd India open International Boxing tournament
3 Indian boxers have won Gold medal so far in the second India open International Boxing tournament in Guwahati.
- Deepak defeated Govind Kumar in 49 kg final while in 52 kg category, Amit Panghal defeated Sachin.
- In women’s 54 kg, local favorite Jamuna Boro defeated Sandhyarani and also qualified for the World Championship.
- In 56 kg, Kavinder Singh Bisht lost to Thailand’s opponent in the final.
- Matches are being held in 18 categories.
9. Standard Chartered partners with IBM to launch Trade AI Engine
Standard Chartered has officially launched the Trade AI Engine, a joint solution developed in partnership with IBM.
- It has been launched to enhance the client experience in trade document processing through increased operational efficiency and strengthened operational control.
- Traditional documentary trade requires millions of data elements in paper-based, unstructured documents that are often issued by various companies and needs to be reviewed through a largely manual process.
- With the implementation of the Trade AI Engine powered by IBM, this time-consuming and high-risk process is now significantly automated.
10. CSIR Bags Clarivate Analytics India Innovation Award 2018
Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) has been awarded the Clarivate Analytics India Innovation Award 2018 in the Government Research Organizations Category.
- Every year, Clarivate Analytics (formerly the IP & Science division of Thomson Reuters) recognizes the most innovative companies in India according to patent-related metrics that get to the essence of what it means to be truly innovative.
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- According to the SCImago Institutions Ranking World Report 2017, CSIR has been ranked 9th in the world amongst the 1207 government institutions, with an overall global ranking of 75 in the world.