News Burger – Your Weekly Prep Diet – Week #1 (June)
(This edition will consist of news from 28th-31st May as well)
This week’s News Burger is:
- Chennai Super Kings Lift IPL Trophy 2018
This is the 3rd IPL Trophy for the Chennai Super Kings.
- Sudha Balakrishnan Appointed As RBI CFO
In related news – Mahesh Shah was appointed as Deputy Governor of RBI.
- Oldest Indian Woman To Scale Everest
Sangeeta Sindhi Bahl, aged 53, broke the previously held record by Premlata Agarwal, who scaled the tallest peak in the world at the age of 48. Mrs. Bahl is also the first woman from Jammu & Kashmir to scale Mount Everest.
- IMD To Collaborate With BSNL For Weather Warnings
This comes after the Indian Meteorological Department faced criticism for inaccurate weather predictions. The IMD has also come out with the latest technology to predict weather accurately for a 10-day bracket.
- Air India Express, IndiGo Amongst The Cheapest Airlines In The World
Air India’s budget subsidiary Air India Express and IndiGo Airlines are amongst the top 5 low-cost airlines in the world, according to a report by an Australian travel website. Air India and Jet Airways are in the top 15 of the list.
- Microsoft Becomes 3rd Most Valuable Firm, Surpasses Alphabet
Microsoft’s valuation stands at $753 Billion, while Google’s stands at $742 Billion.
Apple and Amazon top this list, with a valuation of $924 Billion and $783 Billion.
- FIFA Lifts Suspension On Guatemala
In related news – Guatemala’s Fuego volcano eruption claimed over 60 lives.
- PM Narendra Modi Launches 3 Payment Apps In Singapore
PM Modi launched BHIM, RuPay and SBI app during his visit to Singapore.
- Indian Oil Corporation Becomes India’s Most Profitable Public Sector Undertaking
Indian Oil has replaced ONGC for the 2nd consecutive year as the most profitable state-owned company. It has a net profit of Rs. 21,346 Crores in 2017-2018, up by 12% from last year.
- Swearing In Of World Leaders:
Egypt – President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi
Italy – Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte
Spain – Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez
- IRCTC Rolls Out Trapigo For Food Delivery Service
Trapigo is a start-up which provides food and logistics services. In collaboration with IRCTC, Trapigo will deliver food to passenger seats. Passengers can even place orders for mangoes which will be delivered by a self-help group.
- NCERT Syllabus To Be Halved
The MHRD has taken a decision to cut the NCERT syllabus by half, as the Union Ministry feels that the syllabus in its current form is too cramped.
- Flower Named After PM Modi
An Israeli Chrysanthemum flower has been named after Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Currently, PM Modi has 3 flowers named after him in India and abroad.
- Shimla Water Crisis
Read all y0u need to know about the Shimla Water Crisis in the link above.
Across the globe, Cape Town was a major city which faced severe water shortage in 2015 and continues to face this shortage even now.
- India Test-fires Agni-5
The Agni-5 is a long-range ballistic missile and has a strike range of 5000 kilometres. According to the DRDO, the Agni-5 is the most technologically advanced missile in the Agni-series of ballistic missiles.
- Virat Kohli One Of The Highest Paid Athletes In The World
The cricketer is the only Indian athlete in the list released by Forbes and is ranked 83rd. The list is topped by Floyd Mayweather, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. No women featured in this year’s list.
- India Ranks 137th On Global Peace Index-2018
India’s rank has actually improved by 4 places this year, according to an Australian think-tank. Iceland is the most peaceful country in the world, and Syria currently ranks last in the Global Index.
- WHO Commends India’s Drop In Maternal Mortality Rate
There has been a 22% drop in the maternal mortality rate in India. Read more about it in the detailed explanation by The Wire in the link above.
- Varanasi Airport The First Indian Airport To Have Facial Recognition System
Under the DigiYatra scheme, the Lal Bahadur Shastri airport will be the first airport in the nation to have an automated smart facial recognition system.
- India’s First Indigenous Artillery Gun Ready To Be Inducted
“Dhanush”, the indigenously developed 155mm x 45mm artillery weapon will soon be inducted into the Indian armed forces in the near future.
Know more about it in this video by India Today.
Which news item did you find the most interesting?
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The next News Burger will be published on the 18th of June, 2018.