16 May 2024 Current affairs

16 May 2024 Current affairs


National news

India grants $ 1 million humanitarian assistance to flood hit Kenya

  • India pledges $1 million in humanitarian aid to Kenya to address flood devastation, with over 267 casualties and 380,000 displaced.
  • Indian Air Force dispatches 22 tons of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief items, including sanitary utilities, hygiene kits, tents, sleeping bags, blankets, power generation sets, and ready-to-eat meals.
  • Additionally, 18 tons of medical aid, containing life-saving drugs and surgical equipment for critical care and wound management, are sent to provide emergency medical relief.

Republic of Kenya Overview:

  • Located in East Africa, Kenya is renowned for its scenic landscapes and diverse wildlife.
  • President: William Ruto
  • Capital: Nairobi
  • Currency: Kenyan Shilling

IndiaSkills 2024: Nation’s Premier Skill Competition

  • IndiaSkills 2024, the largest skill competition in the nation, commenced in New Delhi on May 15, 2024, and will run for four days.
  • Held at Yashobhoomi, Dwarka, New Delhi, the event will feature competitions across 61 categories, testing the skills of students from across India.
  • Organized by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), under the Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE).
  • Supported by state governments, industry, Sector Skill Councils (SSCs), State Skill Development Missions (SSDMs), corporates, and partner institutes.
  • Offers a platform for youth to showcase their talents at both national and international levels.

Special Commemorative Coin Released on MDL Shipyard’s 250th Anniversary

  • Defence Secretary Giridhar Aramane unveils a commemorative Rs 250 coin to mark the 250th anniversary of Mazagaon Dock Limited (MDL).
  • MDL, established in 1774 as a dry dock in Mumbai, was nationalized by the government of India in 1960 and is now a premier naval shipyard under the Union Ministry of Defence.
  • Awarded Mini-Ratna 1 status in 2006, MDL specializes in building warships, submarines, and various vessels for the Indian Navy and Coast Guard.
  • Notable projects include the construction of the Sagar Samrat offshore oil platform for ONGC and being the sole Indian shipbuilding yard for constructing submarines since 1960.
  • MDL’s extensive portfolio comprises 801 vessels, including warships, submarines, cargo ships, passenger ships, and more, serving both domestic and international clients.

Who issues Coins in India?

  • Under the Coinage Act 1906(last amended in 2011), the government of India has the power to issue coins and Re 1 notes. However, RBI is responsible for circulating coins minted by the government in the market through banks.
  • Under the Reserve Bank of India Act 1934, the RBI has the power to issue currency notes in denominations of Rs 2 to Rs 10,000.
  • The government of India can issue coins in the denomination of 50 paise to Rs 1000.
  • Coins up to 50 paise are called ‘small coins‘, and coins of Rupee one and above are called ‘Rupee Coins’. 

Minting of Coins 

The Coins are minted by the Government of India at 

  • Mumbai, 
  • Alipore(Kolkata),
  • Hyderabad 
  • NOIDA (UP).

Commemorative Coins 

  • Commemorative coins are issued by the government of India to mark some special events.
  • Commemorative coins have a distinct design which highlights the occasion on which they are issued.  
  • Commemorative coins are issued for collection purposes and are not legal tender unless the government notifies them.
  •  Legal tender means they can be used to purchase goods and services from the market.
  • The first commemorative coin in India, bearing the image of Jawaharlal Nehru, was issued in 1964 to commemorate his birth anniversary.

Google Arts & Culture Presents “Millets: Seeds of Change” Exhibition

  • Google Arts & Culture collaborates with India’s Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare to launch a digital exhibition celebrating the historical importance and modern relevance of millets.
  • Titled “Millets: Seeds of Change,” the exhibition explores the journey of millets from ancient staples to contemporary superfoods, highlighting their nutritional value, climate resilience, and potential to address global food security challenges.
  • The exhibition showcases diverse millet varieties, cultivation techniques, and culinary versatility, featuring contributions from renowned chefs like Chef Thomas Zacharias, who provide millet recipes to drive the millet revival movement.

Ministry of agriculture and farmers welfare:

Ministers responsible: Arjun Munda, (Cabinet Minister); Kailash Choudhary, (Minister of State); Shobha Karandlaje, (Minister of State)

Banking news

HDFC Bank Unveils Pixel Play: India’s First Virtual Credit Card with Visa

  • HDFC Bank launches Pixel Play, India’s inaugural virtual credit card in collaboration with Visa, accessible through the PayZapp mobile app.
  • The innovative Pixel Play card comes in two variants: Pixel Play and Pixel Go, offering personalized benefits and seamless digital management.
  • Users can customize their cards based on lifestyle preferences and chosen merchants, enjoying features like card controls, rewards, and EMI dashboards.
  • Application process is hassle-free with minimal documentation, and users can conveniently manage repayments and billing cycle preferences via PayZapp.

HDFC bank:

  • CEO: Sashidhar Jagdishan (27 Oct 2020–)
  • Founded: August 1994, Mumbai
  • Headquarters: Mumbai

Summit news

4th Technology Innovation in Cyber-Physical Systems (TIPS) workshop organised at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

  • The 4th Technology Innovation in Cyber-Physical Systems (TIPS) workshop organised at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.
  • It is a two-day bi-annual workshop wherein each of the 25 Technology Innovation Hubs TIHs demonstrates the progress and achievements made.
  • It is a platform for all the stakeholders including the government, startups, investors, academia, and industry, to interact, exchange ideas and witness the cutting-edge technology development in Cyber-Physical Systems domain.

Appointment news

Singapore’s Deputy Leader Lawrence Wong to Be Sworn In As Fourth PM

  • Singapore’s deputy leader Lawrence Wong is set to be sworn in as the nation’s 4th Prime Minister.
  • He will succeed Lee Hsien Loong.


  • Capital Singapore City
  • Currency: Singapore dollar (Currency)
  • President: Tharman Shanmugaratnam (President)

Ranking and report news

Mahatma Gandhi University (MGU) Leads Indian Universities in THE Young University Rankings 2024

  • According to the Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings 2024, Mahatma Gandhi University (MGU) in Kottayam, Kerala, ranked 81(globally)
  • has emerged as the highest-ranking Indian university.
  • Nanyang Technological University(NTU), Singapore has topped the global ranking for the 2nd consecutive year.
  •  Apart from MGU, Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu(TN) ranked 96th is the only Indian University featured among the top 100 on the 2024 ranking.

Defence news

Indian Air Force Tests BHISHM Cube: Innovative Mobile Hospital for Airdrop

  • Indian Air Force conducts tests on BHISHM Cube, an indigenous mobile hospital, for airdrop capability in Agra.
  • Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya praises the technology for providing rapid and comprehensive medical aid during emergencies.
  • BHISHM Cube is part of Project BHISHM, designed to treat up to 200 casualties and is robust, waterproof, and light, suitable for diverse emergency scenarios.

Indian air force:

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Founded: 8 October 1932, India
  • Head: Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari,

India-U.S. Joint Counter-Terrorism Exercise ‘Tarkash’ 2024: Strengthening Bilateral Cooperation

  • The 7th edition of the India-U.S. joint counter-terrorism exercise ‘Tarkash’ was held between the National Security Guard (NSG) and United States (US) Special Operations Forces (SOF) from April 22 to May 15, 2024 in Kolkata, West Bengal(WB).
  • This three-week exercise involved intense training and mock drills in urban counter- terrorism scenarios.
  • The 6th edition took place in Chennai, Tamil Nadu (TN), in January 2023. Aim: To improve bilateral cooperation between India and the U.S. in combating terrorism in all its forms

Important Days

2024 International Day of Family: Families and Climate Change

  • Observed annually on May 15th, the International Day of Family highlights the significance of families as the basic unit of society.
  • Established by a United Nations General Assembly resolution in 1993, the day aims to raise awareness about family-related issues and promote support and assistance for families.
  • The 2024 edition marks the 30th anniversary of the International Day of Family, focusing on the theme “Families and Climate Change” to address the impact of environmental challenges on family dynamics and well-being.

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