Current Affairs – Today’s Headlines: May 23-24, 2021

Here are Today’s News Headlines by GK Today for May 23-24, 2021:

INDIA Current Affairs

  • Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat gives assent to Bill that penalises fraudulent conversion by marriage
  • Journalist Rajkumar Keswani, who warned of Bhopal gas tragedy (December 2-3, 1984), dies at 72 of post COVID-19 complications
  • Noted Sanskrit scholar Pandit Rewa Prasad Dwivedi dies
  • Telugu film producer and veteran journalist B. A. Raju passes away at 62
  • Cheetah to be re-introduced in India from Africa in November at the Kuno National Park: MP govt
  • Country’s last spotted cheetah died in Chhattisgarh in 1947 and it was declared extinct in the country in 1952.
  • Chhattisgarh: CM Bhupesh Baghel suspends Surajpur Collector Ranbir Sharma for slapping youth for violating Covd-19 rules
  • Haryana to launch anti-Covid ‘Sanjeevani Pariyojana’ for quick medicare access at home
  • Cyclone Yaas to intensify into a “very severe cyclonic storm” and cross the Odisha and the West Bengal coasts on May 26: India Meteorological Department (IMD)
  • Operation Samudra Setu II: INS Jalashwa reaches Visakhapatnam with 300 metric tonne oxygen
  • Former Atomic Energy Commission chairman Srikumar Banerjee dies in Mumbai; won Padma Shri in 2005 and the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in 1989
  • Kerala’s Shaji N.M. wins India Biodiversity Award 2021 in the individual category of ‘Conservation of domesticated species’

ECONOMY & CORPORATE Current Affairs

  • CSIR-CSIO (Central Scientific Instruments Organisation) transfer UV Disinfection technology to combat SARS-CoV-2 to indigenous manufacturers
  • India challenges $1.2 bn Cairn award, says never agreed on tax arbitration

WORLD Current Affairs

  • Nepal: President Bidya Devi Bhandari dissolves House of Representatives and announces mid-term polls in November
  • Pfizer-BioNTech pledge 2 billion Covid-19 vaccine doses to middle and low-income countries over the next 18 months
  • Commonwealth health ministers seek equal access to Covid-19 vaccines
  • Environment ministers from G-7 nations pledge to accelerate efforts to slow global warming
  • 0 magnitude earthquake rattles China’s Qinghai province, one dead
  • International Day for Biological Diversity celebrated on May 22; theme: “We’re part of the solution”
  • Yuan Longping, China’s “father of hybrid rice”, who revolutionised agriculture, dies at 91’ awarded World Food Prize in 2004
  • Nigeria’s army chief, Lt-Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, dies in plane crash at the age of 54
  • Volcano Mount Nyiragongo erupts in Democratic Republic of the Congo, 15 killed
  • Ana, first named Atlantic storm of 2021, forms near Bermuda
  • World Turtle Day celebrated on May 23
  • International Day to End Obstetric Fistula observed on May 23, theme: “Women’s rights are human rights! End fistula now!”
  • Obstetric fistula is an injury that can occur during childbirth

SPORTS Current Affairs

  • Incumbent Narinder Batra of India re-elected as the International Hockey Federation (FIH) President for a second term till 2024
  • Atletico Madrid clinches La Liga football title in Spain
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece wins men’s singles title at Lyon Open tennis in France
  • Norway’s Casper Ruud wins men’s singles title at Geneva Open Tennis
  • Red Bull’s Max Verstappen wins Formula One Monaco Grand Prix
  • Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar arrested in May 4 murder case in Delhi
  • Hockey India wins Etienne Glichitch Award of FIH (International Hockey Federation) for growth and development of the sport in the country
  • Odisha bureaucrat V. Karthikeya Pandian wins FIH (International Hockey Federation) President’s Award at the FIH Congress
  • Norway’s Casper Ruud wins men’s singles title at Geneva Open Tennis

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