21 May 2024 current affairs

21 May 2024 current affairs


National News

IIT Delhi Abu Dhabi to commence its first Academic Session in 24-25 Academic Year

  • Campus Launch: IIT Delhi’s Abu Dhabi campus to commence its first academic session in 2024-25.
  • Courses Offered: Initial offerings will include undergraduate programs.
  • Admission Process: Students can apply via the Combined Admission Entrance Test 2024 or the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) 2024.
  • Internationalization Effort: Part of India’s strategy to internationalize its education sector.
  • MoU Signing: Agreement signed during PM Modi’s UAE visit with Abu Dhabi’s Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) and India’s Ministry of Education.
  • IIT Madras Zanzibar Campus: Another international campus by IIT Madras in Zanzibar, Tanzania, started in 2023-24.

United Arab Emirates

  • Abu Dhabi is the capital city 
  • Head:  Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Deepika Padukone Featured on Deadline’s Global Disruptors 2024 List

  • Deepika Padukone is the only Indian star on Deadline’s Global Disruptors 2024 list.  Joins international celebrities like Eva Longoria, Uma Thurman, and Lee Sung Jin.
  • Industry Impact: Celebrated for significantly contributing to the future of entertainment globally.
  • Career Highlights: Known for breaking boundaries and taboos, and representing India on global platforms.
  • Personal Reflection: Values experiences and interactions on set over box office success and accolades.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Receives Commemorative Stamp for Indian Origin Tamils in Sri Lanka

  • Commemorative Stamp: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar received the first stamp marking 200 years of Indian Origin Tamils (IOT) in Sri Lanka.
  • Presentation: The stamp was presented by Senthil Thondaman, Governor of the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka.
  • Significance: The stamp symbolizes long-overdue recognition for the IOT community, which has faced decades of neglect.
  • Acknowledgments: Governor Thondaman expressed gratitude to both the Indian and Sri Lankan governments for their support and assistance to the IOT community.
  • Event Highlights: The event highlighted the cultural and historical significance of the IOT community’s contributions to Sri Lanka.

Significant Growth in SC Student Enrollment in Higher Education

  • Increase in Enrollment: The enrollment of Scheduled Caste (SC) students in higher education institutions has seen a 44% increase from 2014 to 2022, rising from 4.61 million to 6.62 million.
  • Female SC Enrollment: SC female student enrollment has increased by 51% during the same period.
  • Scheduled Tribe (ST) Enrollment: ST student enrollment grew by 65.2%, with female ST enrollment surging by 80%.
  • OBC and Minority Female Enrollment: Other Backward Classes (OBC) and minority female student enrollment have also seen significant increases, with minority female enrollment rising by 42.3%​
  • This report is released by national backward class commission
  • NCBC Chairman Hansraj Gangaram Ahir highlighted the government’s efforts to enhance the constitutional rights of Other Backward Classes (OBCs), implementing a 27% reservation in educational institutions.

International news

Brazil to Host FIFA Women’s World Cup for the First Time in 2027

  • Historic Event: First time Brazil will host the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
  • Announcement: Made at the 74th FIFA Congress in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Vote Count: Brazil received 119 votes.
  • Competitors: Beat a joint bid from Belgium, Netherlands, and Germany.


  • Capital: Brasília
  • Official language: Portuguese
  • President: Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

Appointment News

Sanjiv Puri Elected CII President for 2024-25

  • Sanjiv Puri, ITC MD elected CII President for 2024-25 Chairman and Managing Director of ITC, has been elected as the President of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for 2024-25.
  • Sanjiv Puri replaces R Dinesh, Chairman of TVS Supply Chain Solutions as the President of CII. Rajiv Memani has been appointed as the new President-Designate, and R Mukundan has been elected as the new Vice President of the CII for 2024-2025

Sports News

Zverev and Swiatek Win Singles Titles at 2024 Italian Open:

  • German tennis player Alexander Zverev clinched his second Italian Open title by defeating Nicolas Jarry of Chile in straight sets 6-4, 7-5 in the 2024 final.
  • The 2024 Italian Open title is also Zverev’s eighth Masters 1000 title in his career, adding to his accomplishments, including a Tokyo Olympic gold medal.

Iga Swiatek wins her 3rd Italian Open title

  • World no.1 Iga Swiatek of Poland defeated Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus in straight sets 6-2 6-3 to win her 21st career title.
  • This was the third Italian Open title for Iga Swiatek in the last four years. Last year she failed to qualify for the final.

About the Italian Open 

  • The 81st Italian Open was held in Rome, the capital of Italy, from 6 -19 May, 2024.The Italian Open is for both men’s and women’s tennis players.
  • The Italian Open is the ATP Masters 1000 championship for the men’s and is a WTA 1000 event for the women’s tennis title.
  • It is one of the three Masters 1000 championships which is played on clay. Rafael Nadal of Spain has won the Italian open titles a record 10 times. 

Thailand Open: Satwiksairaj & Chirag Shetty wins 2nd title of 2024

  • The world no 3 ranked Indian badminton pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty won the Thailand Open 2024 badminton men’s doubles title by defeating the Chinese duo of Chen Bo Yang and Liu Yi in the final played on May 2024.
  • The Indian pair defeated the world’s 29th-ranked Chinese pair 21-15, 21-15, in 46 minutes in the final at the Nimibutr Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • The Thailand Open was held in Bangkok from 14 to 19 May 2024.

Nikhat, Meenakshi bag Gold, India finish with 12 Medals: Elorda Cup

  • Two-time world champions Nikhat Zareen and Minakshi won two gold medals for India in the 3rd Elorda Cup 2024. The Indian contingent finished the Elorda Cup with 12 medals—2 gold, 2 silver, and 8 bronze. The 3rd Elorda Cup was held in Kazakhstan’s capital city of Astana.
  • A 21-member strong boxing contingent was sent by the Boxing Federation of India to participate in the 3rd Elorda Cup. 

Gold for Nikhat and Minakshi 

  • India’s no.1 female boxer Nikhat Zareen defeated Kazakhstan’s Zhazira Urakbayeva 5-0 in the final to win her gold medal at the Elroda Cup. Nizamabad, Telangana born Nikhat Zareen was competing in the 52 kg category.
  • In another final, Hisar, Haryana’s Minakshi, eliminated Uzbekistan’s 20-year-old Saidakhon Rakhmonova 4-1 in the 48 kg category to win the first gold medal in the competition for India.

Medal winners for India at the 3rd Elorda Cup 2024

  • Indian men won 4 medals, while the women boxer bagged 8 medals. The following is the list of the medal winners at the Elorda Cup 2024.
Serial Number Medal Winner Category Medal 
1Minakshi48 kg (women)Gold
2Nikhat Zareen 52kg(women)Gold
3Anamika 50 kg (women)Silver
4Manisha 60kg (women)Silver
5Yaiphaba Singh Soibam48 kg (men)Bronze 
6Abhishek Yadav67 kg(men)Bronze
7Vishal 86kg(men)Bronze
8Gaurav Chauhan 92 +Kg (men)Bronze
9Manju Bamboriya66 kg (women)Bronze
10Shalakha Singh Sansanwal 70 kg (women)Bronze
11Sonu 63 kg (women)Bronze 
12Monika 81+kg(women) 

Australia announced as host country for 2026 Women’s Asian Cup

  • Australia has been named the host country of the 2026 edition of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup.
  • The 2023 Women’s FIFA World Cup was co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

Asian Football Confederation (AFC)

  • Founded: 07/05/1954
  • Headquarters: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • President: Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa

Deepthi Jeevanji Wins Gold and Sets World Record at World Para Athletics Championships 2024

  • Gold Medal Victory: Deepthi Jeevanji won the gold medal in the women’s T20 400m event at the World Para Athletics Championships 2024.
  • World Record: She set a new world record with a time of 55.07 seconds.
  • Qualification for Paris 2024: Her performance secured a quota for the Paris 2024 Paralympics.
  • Asian Record: Earlier in the competition, Deepthi set a new Asian record with a time of 56.18 seconds to qualify for the finals.
  • Historic Achievement: This marks India’s first gold medal at the 2024 World Para Athletics Championships.

Important days

International Tea Day 2024: Celebrating the Legacy and Impact of Tea

  • Date of Celebration: International Tea Day will be observed on Tuesday, May 21, 2024.
  • Historical Roots: Established in 2005 by trade unions, small tea growers, and civil society organizations in Asia and Africa.
  • Objectives:
    1. Raising Awareness
    2. Promoting Fair Trade
    3. Environmental Sustainability
    4. Cultural Preservation
    5. Economic
    6. Empowerment

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