Current Affairs in Short: 29 May 2019
PM Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony: BJP invited the families of the party workers, who were killed during clashes with ruling Trinamool Congress activists during the polling, for swearing in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan on May 30.
US removes India from currency practices watchlist
• The United States removed India from its currency monitoring watchlist.
• In recently released foreign-exchange report, the US Treasury Department did not mention India's name in the watchlist.
• India, China, Japan, Germany, Switzerland and South Korea were placed in this bi-annual currency watch list in October 2018.
• However, India and Switzerland were removed recently as the countries had met only one of three criteria necessary for inclusion on the monitoring list.
Naveen Patnaik takes oath as Chief Minister of Odisha
• Naveen Patnaik took oath as the Chief Minister for the consecutive 5 time in Odisha.
• Governor Proffessor Ganeshi Lal administered the oath-taking ceremony.
• Along with Patnaik, 11 Cabinet Ministers and 9 other Ministers have also taken the oath.
• The portfolio of the Ministers will be allotted soon.
• There are ten new Ministers in Patnaik’s cabinet.
Pema Khandu sworn-in as Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh
• BJP leader Pema Khandu was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh for his second term.
• Along with Pema Khandu, 11 state cabinet ministers were also sworn in.
• Arunachal Pradesh Governor Dr. BD Mishra administered the oath of office and secrecy to the council of ministers.
International Day of UN Peacekeepers observed globally
• The 2019 International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers was observed globally on May 29, 2019.
• The theme of the Day was “Protecting Civilians, Protecting Peace”.
• The Day aims to pay tribute to the invaluable contribution of the civilian personnel and honours the UN peacekeepers who have sacrificed their lives while rendering peacekeeping services.
• The Day also commemorates the first UN peacekeeping mission that was established on May 29, 1948.
Scott Morrison sworn in as Prime Minister of Australia
• Scott Morrison was sworn in as Prime Minister of Australia, 11 days after retaining the top position in the general elections.
• He was administered the oath by the Queen Elizabeth's official representative in Australia, Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove in Canberra.
• Morrison's new Cabinet includes 7 women.
• Australia's first Aboriginal federal Cabinet member took the oath.
Sri Lanka signs tripartite agreement with India and Japan
• Sri Lanka signed a tripartite agreement for development of eastern terminal of Colombo Port with India and Japan.
• In this regard, the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) was signed between Sri Lankan ports minister Sagala Ratnayake, a Japanese representative and Indian high commissioner to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu.
• The Sri Lanka Port Authority (SLPA) will hold 51 percent majority stake in the port; while Japan and India will have combined stake of 49 percent.
• All the parties will work out details of the project at joint working group meetings.
PM Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony: Mamata Banerjee cancels her plan to attend ceremony
• West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee cancelled her plan to attend the swearing-in ceremony of PM Narendra Modi to be held on May 30.
• The announcement came after the BJP invited the families of the party workers, who were killed during clashes with ruling Trinamool Congress activists during the polling, for swearing in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan.