Top 5 Current Affairs: 21 May 2018
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro re-elected, opposition cries foul
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro won another six years of term on May 20, 2018 in an election that has been called as a sham by the opposition and other countries including the United States.
According to the electoral authorities, Maduro won 68 percent of the votes cast, while his closest contender- former governor of Lara State Henri Falcon won 21 per cent of the votes and Javier Bertucci won 11 per cent of the votes.
Explained: Nipah Virus Outbreak in India
Recently, the state Health Department has confirmed Nipah virus (NiV) infection for the first time in Kerala with the blood and body fluid samples of two persons who died of viral fever in the past fortnight in Kozhikode district indicating the presence of the zoonotic disease.
This is the first time the Nipah virus has been detected in this state which has high fatality rate and spreads mainly through bats, pigs and other animals. However, According to World Health Organisation (WHO), India has in the past documented human-to-human transmission of the rare Nipah virus.
Russia on May 19, 2018 launched 'Akademik Lomonosov', the world's first floating nuclear power plant at the St Petersburg shipyard.
The ‘Akademik Lomonosov’ is to be the first of a fleet of floating nuclear power stations to be stationed in the Russian Arctic. Russia’s main objective behind the development is to meet its growing electricity needs in its drive to develop oil resources in remote Arctic regions.
The plant is capable of producing enough electricity to power a town of 200,000 residents.
Home Minister commissions anti-Naxal 'Bastariya' battalion
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on May 21, 2018 commissioned into service the 'Bastariya' battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), in Raipur.
The anti-Naxal battalion, created for the first-time with more than 534 tribal youth from Chhattisgarh, has 33 per cent representation of women combatants with 189 women constables.The localised battalion of the young combatants will be immediately deployed for anti-Naxal operations in some of the worst Naxal-hit areas such as Sukma, Dantewada and Bijapur.
H D Kumaraswamy to take oath as Karnataka CM on May 23
With the resignation of BS Yeddyurappa from CM’s post after failing to gather the required numbers to form a majority government, H D Kumaraswamy who heads the Congress-JDS coalition is set to become the chief minister for a second time on May 23, 2018.
Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala invited Kumaraswamy, the leader of Congress-JD(S) joint legislature party, to form the government on May 19 after BJP withdrew its claim before the scheduled SC-ordered floor test.