1. Corporation Bank launched ‘Corp SME Suvidha’ for MSMEs
Corporation Bank has launched ‘Corp SME Suvidha’, a product for GST-registered MSMEs.
- The product designed as part of the bank’s efforts to provide the best products to the MSME sector.
- PV Bharathi, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation bank, launched the product in Mangaluru.
2. Google bans 2nd largest phone maker Huawei from some Android updates
New Huawei smartphones are set to lose access to some Google apps like YouTube and Maps and the next version of Android to be launched later this year.
- This comes after the US government sought to blacklist Chinese company Huawei around the world.
- Google’s suspension follows a report calling for Huawei to be prevented from supplying 5G mobile networks in the UK because its operations are “subject to influence by the Chinese state”.
- Australia, which also shares intelligence with the UK, has already moved to ban Huawei as a supplier for its future 5G network.
- Huawei has always insisted it is a privately held company, independent of the Chinese state, owned largely by its employees, and has worked supplying phone technology in the UK for 15 years without problems.
3. Bong Joon Ho’s ‘Parasite’ strikes gold at Cannes this year
South Korean director Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” bagged the Palme d’Or at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival in France.
- Bong Joon Ho received the festival’s coveted top prize from French cinema icon Catherine Deneuve at a closing ceremony.
- Belgium’s Dardenne brothers won the best director award for their story of a radicalized Muslim youth “Young Ahmed”.
- British actress Emily Beecham won the best actress award for psychological chiller “Little Joe”.
- Antonio Banderas named the best actor for his role of a filmmaker in Pedro Almodovar’s self-reflexive “Pain and Glory”.
4. Sony to stop selling its smartphones in India
Japanese technology giant Sony has revealed it will stop selling its smartphones in several countries including India.
- Sony added it presently consider Japan, Europe, Taiwan, and Hong Kong as the “focus regions” — to drive profit for the smartphone business.
- Sony reported an operating loss of 97.1 billion yen ($879.45 million) in the year ended March.
- Samsung with a shipment of 71.9 million units, Huawei with 59.1 million, Apple with 36.4 million, Xiaomi with 25 million, Vivo with 23.2 million and Oppo with 23.1 million are the top smartphone brands in the first quarter of 2019.
5. India bagged 57 medals at India Open International tournament
India bags a total of 57 medals including 12 Gold, 18 Silver and 27 Bronze at India Open International Boxing tournament in Guwahati.
- MC Mary Kom, Shiva Thapa, L Sarita Devi, and Naman Tanwar won gold in their respective finals.
- This was Mary’s second gold in the tournament, having won in 48 kg last year in the capital.
6. Four new Supreme Court judges were sworn in making a strength of 31 judges
Four new Supreme Court judges were sworn in, raising the number of judges to the full sanctioned strength of 31.
Justices Aniruddha Bose, AS Bopanna, Bhushan Ramkrishna Gavai and Surya Kant were administered the oath of office by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.
- With this, the apex court attained its approved total strength of 31 judges.
- The five-member Collegium, headed by Justice Gogoi, had earlier this month overruled the Centre’s objection to the appointment of Justice Bose of the Jharkhand High Court and Justice Bopanna of the Gauhati High Court.
- The Collegium had recommended the names of Justices Bose and Bopanna on April 12. The Centre had, however, objected to their elevation citing seniority and representation of regions as the reasons.
7. Men’s compound team won bronze in Archery World Cup
The men’s compound team of Rajat Chauhan, Abhishek Verma, and Aman Saini earned India a solitary bronze medal in the Archery World Cup Stage III at Antalya in Turkey.
- The trio put up a solid performance to edge out higher seeded Russian team of Anton Bulaev, Alexander Dambaev and Pavel Krylov 235-230 in the bronze medal play-off.
- The Women’s compound team of Jyoti Surekha Vennam, Muskan Kirar and Swati Dudhwal lost to Great Britain’s Layla Annison, Ella Gibson and Lucy Mason by two points in the contention for a bronze medal.
- The third stage of the World Cup is the last meet before the World Championships in the Netherlands.
8. Anton Aditya Subowo re-elected as President of Badminton Asia
Indonesia’s Anton Aditya Subowo was re-elected as the President of Badminton Asia on.
- As a result, he will continue as the President for another four years.
- There were seven other people who were selected as the vice-presidents of Badminton Asia.
- The Badminton Association of India’s president Himanta Biswa Sarma has also been elected as the vice-president.
- Badminton Asia also got in a new Secretary-General in Moosa Nashid from the Maldives.
9. China beat Japan won 2019 Sudirman Cup
China won the badminton world mixed-team championship, Sudirman Cup 2019 in Nanning.
- They beat Japan in men’s doubles, women’s singles and men’s singles and won the title for the 11th time.
- In the latest Men’ singles match Shi Yuqi stunned world champion Kento Momota for 15-21, 21-5,21-11.
About 2019 Sudirman Cup
- Dates: 19–26 May
- Edition: 16th
- Level: International
- Competitors: 377
- Nations: 31
- Venue: Guangxi Sports Center
- Location: Nanning, China
- Capital: Beijing
- President: Xi Jinping
- Currency: Renminbi (yuan)
10. Artist Nalini Malani wins Joan Miró prize
Artist Nalini Malani has won the seventh edition of the Joan Miró Prize.
- Miro international award is considered one of the most prestigious art awards in the world.
- The recipient gets prize money of 70,000-Euro ($78,000) cash prize.
- Malani (born in Karachi in 1946) is a film, photography, installation, video art, and performance artist.
11. World Thyroid Day observed on May 25
World Thyroid Day is celebrated annually on May 25. It is observed to educate public on checking thyroid function regularly, awareness of the disease and to initiate precautionary action.
- This day was celebrated for the first time in 2008 by the American Thyroid Association(ATA) and the European Thyroid Association(ETA).
- The main focus of this year is on the children with or at risk of developing thyroid diseases due to the rising incidence of thyroid disease including pediatric thyroid cancer.
About Thyroid disorders:
- It is common worldwide and affects people of all ages. It is usually caused by iodine deficiency.
- The most common thyroid disorders are hypothyroidism, thyroiditis or Goitre.
About American Thyroid Association(ATA);
- Founded: 1923
- President: Elizabeth N. Pearce
About European Thyroid Association(ETA):
Chairman: Peter Smyth
12. Acharya Balkrishna receives ‘UNSDG 10 Most Influential People in Healthcare Award’
Acharya Balkrishna, the managing director and chief executive officer of Patanjali Ayurveda, was felicitated with ‘UNSDG 10 Most Influential People in Healthcare Award’ at UN Headquarters in Geneva.
- The United Nations had chosen Acharya Balkrishna, among the 10 most influential people in healthcare.
- He has been invited to Geneva on May 25 to deliver a talk among other speakers from UNICEF and WHO.
- For the first time, UNSDG felicitated renowned people from across the world in the health sector.
- Patanjali Ayurved is a company producing range Ayurvedic medicinal and personal care products, among other consumer items.
- Popular yoga guru Baba Ramdev co-founded the company along with Balkshrina.
13. Apurvi Chandela bags gold medal in 10m Air Rifle in ISSF World Cup
India won third International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Rifle and Pistol tournament in Munich, Germany.
Apurvi Chandela won gold in the women’s 10m Air Rifle competition after a closely-fought contest. She shot a score of 251 in the final to outshine Wang Luyao of China, who shot 250.8.
- This was Apurvi’s second ISSF World Cup gold of the year followed by a world record score in New Delhi.
- After the first round of qualifying in the women’s 25m Pistol, Asian Games champion Rahi Sarnobat stood in the second position with a score of 294.
14. India’s Mahesh Mangaonkar wins Sekisui Open
In squash, India’s Mahesh Mangaonkar triumphed for the second time in the Sekisui Open in Kriens, Switerzland.
- Sekisui Open is a Challenger tour event of the Professional Squash Association (PSA), the world body which governs the sports.
- Top-seeded Mahesh beat third seed Bernat Jaume of Spain in four games 11-9, 3-11, 11-5, 11-5 to win his 8th PSA title.
15. Prof. Bhargava awarded the 2019 Dr. Lee Jong-wook Memorial Prize
Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Professor Balram Bhargava jointly won the 2019 Dr. Lee Jong-wook Memorial Prize for Public Health at the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.
He bagged the award for his achievements as a clinician, innovator, researcher, and trainer.
Professor (Dr.) Balram Bhargava:
Professor (Dr.) Balram Bhargava, Secretary, Department of Health Research, (Ministry of Health & Family Welfare) and Director General of ICMR joined on 16th April 2018. He is Professor of Cardiology at AIIMS, New Delhi and also serves as the Executive Director for Stanford India Biodesign Centre, School of International Biodesign (SiB). He is an outstanding cardiologist, one of the foremost leaders in biomedical innovation, public health, medical education, and medical research.
Professor Bhargava has excellent leadership qualities and has established the India-Stanford Biodesign program, a unique interdisciplinary fellowship program to foster innovation, design in low-cost implants/devices. He set up the c-GMP Centre for Excellence for Stem Cell Studies, at AIIMS which has initiated treatment of patients with dilated cardiomyopathy which has benefitted a number of no-option heart failure patients waiting on the cardiac transplant list.
- He has been awarded the SN Bose Centenary award, Tata Innovation Fellowship and Vasvik Award for Biomedical Technology Innovation, Ranbaxy Award and the OP Bhasin Award in the field of Health and Medical Sciences.
- He has been awarded the Padma Shri high civilian award by the Honourable President of India and the UNESCO Equatorial Guinea International Prize for research in Life Sciences at Paris.
Dr. Lee Jong-wook Memorial Prize:
- The Dr. LEE Jong-wook Memorial Prize for Public Health was established in 2008. It is awarded to individuals, institutions, and governmental or nongovernmental organizations who have made an outstanding contribution to public health. The Prize aims at rewarding work that has extended far beyond the call of normal duties, and it is not intended as a reward for an excellent performance of duties normally expected of an official position of a governmental or intergovernmental institution.
- The prize is awarded once a year and consists of a plaque from the Founder and a sum of money which will not exceed US$ 100 000. It will be presented at a special ceremony during the World Health Assembly.
16. Bayern Munich clinched 2019 German Cup
Bayern Munich clinched German Cup 2019. Bayern Munich defeated RB Leipzig. Bayern Munich won the final 3–0 for their 19th DFB-Pokal title. With the win, Bayern completed their 12th domestic double.
Therefore the team will play away to 2018–19 Bundesliga runners-up Borussia Dortmund in the 2019 DFL-Supercup in August 2019. Because Bayern qualified for the Champions League through the Bundesliga, the sixth-place team in the Bundesliga, VfL Wolfsburg, earned qualification for the group stage of the 2019–20 edition of the UEFA Europa League, and the league’s third second-round spot went to the team in seventh, Eintracht Frankfurt.
2019 DFB-Pokal Final:
- Date: 25 May 2019
- Venue: Olympiastadion, Berlin
- Man of the Match: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)