Current Affairs in Short: 22 May 2019

The IAF has successfully test fired the aerial version of the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile from a Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft.

May 22, 2019 18:21 IST

Indian and Chinese armies conduct border meet in Ladakh

• The border personnel of India and China held a border meet at the Daulat Beg Oldi meeting point in eastern Ladakh sector of Jammu and Kashmir on May 21, 2019.
• The Indian delegation was led by Major General Arvind Kapoor from the Fire and Fury Corps, while the Chinese delegation was led by Senior Colonel Gan Wei Han.
• During the border meet, both Indian and Chinese armies reiterated the mutual desire of maintaining peace and tranquility and improving relations at the functional level at the border areas.
• The delegations interacted in a free, congenial and cordial environment and parted amidst a feeling of friendship and commitment towards enhancing the cordial relations and maintaining peace along the border areas.

IAF successfully test fires aerial version of BrahMos missile

• The Indian Air Force on May 22, 2019 successfully test fired the aerial version of the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile from a Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft.
• The 2.5 tonne air-to-surface missile has a range of around 300 km and it will significantly enhance the IAF's combat capability.
• The BrahMos cruise missile travels at a speed of Mach 2.8, nearly three times that of the sound.
• The IAF had become the first air force in the world to have successfully fired an air-launched 2.8 Mach surface attack missile of this category on a sea target on November 22, 2017.

Shipment of India's largest liquid hydrogen storage tank flagged off

• ISRO Chairman K Sivan on May 22, 2019 flagged off the shipment of India's largest liquid hydrogen storage tank at the VRV Asia Pacific's manufacturing plant at Sri City in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh.
• The storage capacity of the tank is 120 kilo liters. Liquid hydrogen is used as fuel for satellite launch vehicles.
• The storage tank was manufactured by VRV Asia Pacific in collaboration with Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR under the Make in India initiative.

Moon’s formation brought water to Earth?

• The results show, for the first time, that carbonaceous material from the outer solar system arrived on Earth late.
• According to a new study, the formation of Moon around 4.4 billion years ago may have contributed to the large quantities of water on Earth, making it habitable.
• The Earth is the only terrestrial planet with a large amount of water and a relatively large moon, which stabilises the Earth's axis. The study reports that both were essential for Earth to develop life.
• The Moon was formed when Earth was hit by a cosmic body about the size of Mars, also called Theia. Till now, scientists had assumed that Theia originated in the inner solar system near the Earth.
• The study, published in the journal Nature Astronomy, showed that Theia comes from the outer solar system, and it delivered large quantities of water to Earth.

BCCI to conduct elections in October

• The Committee of Administrators(CoA) announced on May 21, 2019 that the much-awaited elections of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)  will be held on October 22.
• The elections date was announced after consultation with the Supreme Court appointed amicus curiae P S Narsimha.
• The CoA was appointed by the Supreme Court in January 2017 to oversee the sweeping reforms recommended by the Lodha panel.

ICC announces plans for digital distribution, broadcast of World Cup 2019

• The International Cricket Council on May 22, 2019 announced plans for digital distribution and broadcast of upcoming Men's cricket World Cup that will be broadcasted live to more than 200 territories.
• This would enable cricket fans from across the globe to tune into the World Cup with the widest range of platforms.
• The matches would accessible on various platforms including television, radio and digital platforms, as well as news, cinemas, at Fan Parks and through other media rights partners.
• The tournament will also be broadcasted across seven regional language feeds in India.

India crashes out of Sudirman Cup mixed team badminton championships

• The Indian team has crashed out of the Sudirman Cup mixed team badminton championships after losing 0-5 to China in the second and final Group -1D match at Nanning, China on May 22, 2019.
• The Indian mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy lost to Chinese combination of Wang Yilyu and Huang Dongping 5-21 11-21 to trail 0-1.
• Sameer Verma, who took the court after Kidambi Srikanth suffered a minor injury during practice sessions, lost to Olympic champion Chen Long 17-21 20-22 in the men's singles as India slumped to 0-2 deficit.
• Indian pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty was also beaten by the world no. 7 doubles team of Han Chengkai and Zhou Haodong in the men's doubles.