1. Alapan Bandyopadhyay appointed as new Home Secretary for West Bengal
Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee appointed Alapan Bandyopadhyay, an IAS officer of the 1987 batch, as the new Home Secretary for West Bengal. He succeeds Atri Bhattacharya
- Alapan Bandyopadhyay was in charge of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Department with the additional charge of Industry, Commerce and Enterprises Department.
- Ajit Ranjan Bardhan as the new principal secretary of the North Bengal Development Department (NBDD)
- Bardhan was earlier in charge of Youth Services and Sports department.
- Barun Kumar Ray, who was in charge of the NBDD with an additional charge of Jalpaiguri Commissioner was transferred as the Commissioner of Malda.
- Choten D Lama, Secretary of the Panchayat & Rural Development Department (P&RD) was shifted to the Backward Classes Welfare Department with an additional charge of the Tribal department.
- Gyanwant Singh was appointed as the new ADGP (Law and Order).
- Jayanta Kumar Basu was appointed as the director of the Directorate of economic offenses.
About West Bengal
- Capital: Kolkata
- Governor: Keshari Nath Tripathi
- Chief Minister: Mamata Banerjee (AITC)
2. P S Golay sworn-in as Sikkim Chief Minister along with 11 Cabinet ministers
Sikkim Krantikari Morcha, SKM President Prem Singh Golay (Tamang) took oath as the New Chief Minister of Sikkim.
- Governor Ganga Prasad administered the oath of office and secrecy to Mr. Golay and his council of ministers at Paljor Stadium in Gangtok.
- Along with Mr. Golay, 11 cabinet ministers were also administered the oath.
3. Ivo Karlovic-Oldest Man to win a match at the French Open 2019 for 46 years
Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic became the oldest man to win a match at the French Open 2019 for 46 years on 28 May. He beat Spain’s fellow veteran Feliciano Lopez in a first-round duel.
- Forty-year-old Ivo Karlovic became the oldest player to win a match at Roland Garros and defeated 37-year-old Feliciano Lopez to secure 7-6(4), 7-5, 6-7(7), 7-5 in three hours and six minutes to reach the second round at the clay-court Grand Slam for the sixth time.
- This was the oldest men’s match in combined age at Roland Garros during the Open Era, and the seventh-oldest match at a Grand Slam. Karlovic hit 35 aces and saved five of the six break points he faced to win his first match since Indian Wells.
- The last player to contest a Grand Slam singles match having turned 40 was American Jimmy Connors at the U.S. Open in 1992.
4. Saurabh Chaudhary wins 10m Air Pistol after beating his own World record
In ISSF shooting World Cup, in Munich Germany, India’s Saurabh Chaudhary has won 10m Air Pistol Gold beating his own World Record.
- The 17-year-old Chaudhary scored 246.3 bettering his previous best of 245 points that were set in New Delhi World Cup Shooting in February this year.
- Chaudhury has already secured a berth for the Tokyo Olympics.
- Also, India’s Rahi Sarnobat won the gold in 25m pistol event at the ISSF World Cup in Munich.
- She also sealed a quota place for India in the event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
5. Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika re-elected for the second term
Malawi’s president Peter Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party won the re-elections with 38.5% votes.
- The victory was announced in Blantyre, Malawi by the head of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Jane Ansah.
- He won the elections against the opposition candidate Lazarus Chakwera from the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) who secured 35.4% of the votes.
- Former Vice President Saulos Chilima secured the third position with 20% votes.
- Malawi has been independent since 1964 and it was the 6th presidential election held since single-party rule ended in 1994
- Capital: Lilongwe
- Currency: Malawian Kwacha
6. Malaysia to send back hundreds of tonnes of imported plastic waste
The Malaysian government said that hundreds of tonnes of imported plastic waste will be shipped back to where it came from insisting that the country did not want to be a global dumping ground. The announcement was made by the Malaysian Minister for Energy, Science, Technology, Environment, and Climate Change Yeo Bee Yin.
- The Ministry said 450 tonnes of contaminated plastic waste in 10 containers from Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, China, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and the United States will be shipped back. Plastic imports to Malaysia have tripled since 2016, to 8,70,000 tonnes in 2018. The Malaysian government also urged the developed countries to review their management of plastic waste and stop shipping garbage to developing countries.
- Processing such materials produce toxic fumes. Villagers near the recycle plant are suffering from asthma and itchiness.
Steps taken by the Malaysian government:
- Malaysia sent back five containers filled with plastic waste to Spain in April.
- 150 illegal waste recycling plants had been shut down.
- As little as nine percent of plastic produced between 1950 and 2015 has been recycled.
- Pictures of coral reefs smothered in plastic bags and river systems choked with PET bottles are produced to create awareness of the need to deal with the problem.
The country is able to do this through the Basel Convention, an international waste treaty meant to prevent developed countries from dumping their rubbish in the Global South. World leaders came together last year to add plastic, but the U.S. didn’t sign off on that.
China had previously taken a large amount of waste for recycling but abruptly stopped in 2018, saying it wanted to improve its own environment.
Southeast Asian countries that stepped in to plug this gap say they have had enough.
7. Motilal Oswal AMC become the first Indian fund house to introduce WhatsApp transaction platform
Motilal Oswal Asset Management Company (AMC) become the first Indian fund house to launch WhatsApp transaction platform for mutual fund transactions for new as well as existing investors.
This enables investors to use WhatsApp to invest in any scheme from Motilal Oswal AMC.
Investors can either invest a lump sum or through SIPS.
The platform works
- An investor should add Motilal Oswal AMC number (+91 9372205812) to his/her contact list.
- Then on WhatsApp, type ‘Hi’ on the above number.
- After sharing the PAN details, the investor should share his/her mode of investment, fund, amount.
- Finally, authorize payment for the transaction through the payment link sent
Motilal Oswal AMC
- Establishment: 2008
- Headquarter: Mumbai, Maharashtra
- Chairman: Raamdeo Agrawal
8. Guy Gunaratne received the 2019 Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize
Sri Lankan writer Guy Gunaratne was announced as the winner of 2019 Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize.
- He won the award for his debut novel ‘In Our Mad and Furious City’. Guy Gunaratne is a 35 years old British-Sri-Lankan human rights documentary filmmaker, turned debut novelist. He won over 5 other shortlisted authors.
- The other titles shortlisted for the Swansea prize were: House of Stone by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Trinity by Louisa Hall, FOLK by Zoe Gilbert and Melmoth by Sarah Perry.
- 2018’s winner Kayo Chingonyi won for his critically-acclaimed debut poetry collection, Kumukanda, which explores black masculinity.
About Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize
- It is awarded every year for the best published literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under.
- The prize includes a prize sum of £30,000 and celebrates the international world of fiction in all its forms including novels, poetry, drama, and short stories.
- The year 2019 marks the 11th year of worlds largest English language literary prize for young authors.
9. Rahi Sarnobat clinched gold in the women’s 25m pistol in 2019 ISSF World Cup
Rahi Sarnobat clinched gold in the women’s 25m pistol at the season’s third international Shooting Sport Federation World Cup in Munich, Germany. By this win, she sealed an Olympic quota place for India in style.
- She secured 37 (out of 50 shots) in the final.
- This is India’s first Olympic quota spot in this event.
- Sarnobat, the Asian Games champion, was second in the final behind compatriot Bhaker. However, once she got the lead, she maintained it till the gold medal shot.
- Olena Kostevych of Ukraine won silver with 36 hits while Bulgaria’s Antoaneta Boneva won bronze with 26.