Daily Current Affairs Digest – May 19

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Daily Current Affairs Digest- April 19th, 2017

1. India again on No. 1 in ICC test rankings.
2. GST rates announced by GST Council
3. Bilateral Exercise SIMBEX-17 between Indian & Republic Of Singapore Navy Commences
4. Scientists discover First Natural Human Antibodies against Ebola Virus
5. National Green Tribunal Bans Open Defecation and Waste Dumping on Yamuna Floodplains

India again on No. 1 in ICC test rankings.

  • Indian cricket team has retained its top position in the latest ICC Test rankings with 123 points.
  • Indian team is six points ahead of second placed South Africa.
  • While Indian and South African teams have improved their performance, Australia, England and Pakistan have made downward movements.

 

GST rates announced by GST Council

  • The GST Council headed by finance Minister Arun Jaitley has finalised tax rates and has approved all the seven rules for the GST regime that is scheduled to be implemented from July 1.
  • Out of 1211 items, 81% of the items will attract tax of 18% or less. Only the remaining 19% of items will attract a highest rate of 28%

 

Bilateral Exercise SIMBEX-17 between Indian & Republic Of Singapore Navy Commences

  • The 24th bilateral exercise involving Indian Navy and Republic of Singapore Navy has commenced in South China Sea. SIMBEX stands for “Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercises“.
  • The exercise will be held from May 18, 2017 to May 24, 2017.
  • This edition of the bilateral exercise aims at increasing the interoperability among the two navies as well as developing a common understanding and procedures among the two navies for maritime security operations

 

Scientists discover First Natural Human Antibodies against Ebola Virus

  • A team of scientists from the United States have discovered a possible cure for Ebola viruses.
  • They have discovered the first natural human antibodies that are capable of neutralizing and protecting animals against all three major disease-causing ebola viruses. The findings could lead to the discovery of first effective ebolavirus therapies and vaccines.

 

National Green Tribunal Bans Open Defecation and Waste Dumping on Yamuna Floodplains

  • A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar has banned open defecation and waste dumping on the floodplains of the Yamuna.
  • The tribunal has also ordered the Delhi government and the municipal corporations to immediately take action against those polluting industries which function in residential areas. These industries are held as the major source of pollution to the river.

 

The above daily current affairs digest has been compiled by Sagrika Mehta

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