Top 5 Current Affairs: 23 May 2018

HD Kumaraswamy sworn in as Karnataka Chief Minister

JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy was sworn in as the 18th Chief Minister of Karnataka on May 23, 2018.

The swearing-in ceremony was conducted at 4.30 pm on the steps of the state secretariat, Vidhana Soudha. Kumaraswamy was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala.

Karnataka Congress leader G Parameshwara was sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka.

National Convention on Rejuvenation of Krishna River held

The 'National Convention on Rejuvenation of the Krishna River' was held on May 22, 2018 in Hyderabad, Telangana. The convention was organised by the Indian Water Council (IWC).

During the convention, experts in water conservation from across the country deliberated on the ways to rejuvenate the Krishna River.The convention was IWC's first event which saw the participation of over 300 delegates of government organisations including Rajendra Singh, the 'Waterman of India'.

Everything Explained: Model Contract Farming Act 2018 finalised; Contract farming excluded from APMC Act

Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on May 22, 2018 released the final Model Act titled ‘The ….State/UT Agricultural Produce and Livestock Contract Farming and Services (Promotion & Facilitation) Act, 2018’.

The main motive behind drafting the Model Contract Farming Act is to integrate farmers with bulk purchasers for better price realization.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his budget speech 2017-18 announced the preparation of the Model Contract Farming Act and circulation of the same to the States for its adoption.

India ranks 145th among 195 countries in terms of healthcare access: Lancet Study

As per Lancet’s Global Burden of Disease study, India ranked 145th among 195 countries in terms of quality and accessibility of healthcare on the Healthcare Access and Quality Index (HAQ Index).

However, despite such low rankings, India saw improvements in healthcare access and quality since 1990. The five countries with the highest levels of healthcare access and quality in 2016 were Iceland (97.1 points), Norway (96.6), the Netherlands (96.1), Luxembourg (96.0), and Finland and Australia (each with 95.9).

Venezuela expels US diplomats in response to Trump’s sanctions

The newly re-elected President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro on May 22, 2018 ordered the expulsion of two top US diplomats in Caracas in retaliation to the new round of US sanctions imposed over Venezuela’s widely-condemned elections.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro won another six years of term on May 20 in an election that was called as a sham by the opposition and other countries including the United States. US President Donald Trump responded to the election results on May 21 by issuing an executive order limiting Venezuela’s ability to sell state assets.


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