Current Affairs in Short: 31 May 2019
The first-time Union Ministers, Amit Shah and S Jaishanker are expected to be the new faces of Modi’s Cabinet Committee on Security.
First-time Ministers Amit Shah, Jaishanker enter Modi’s CCS
• The two first-time Union Ministers, Amit Shah and S Jaishanker are expected to be the new faces of Modi’s Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS).
• The CCS, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is the final decision-making body on matters related to country's security, including defence policy and internal security.
• Besides the prime minister, the ministers of defence, home, external affairs and finance are members of the committee.
• Shah is joining the Union home ministry for the first time. He had earlier served as home minister during Modi's tenure as chief minister of Gujarat. Jaishankar, who had briefed the CCS on many occasions during his stint as foreign secretary from January 2015 to 2018, will now also be part of the body
Nirav Modi approaches UK High Court for bail
• Nirav Modi, who is wanted in India for fraud and money-laundering-related cases amounting to almost USD 2 billion, applied for bail in the UK High Court on May 31, 2019.
• The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said the hearing for his bail petition will take place on June 11.
• Modi was on May 30 remanded till June 27 by a UK court, which directed the Indian government to confirm within 14 days which prison will he be held in if he were to be extradited.
• Modi was arrested by Scotland Yard officers on an extradition warrant from a Metro Bank branch in central London on March 19 and has been in prison since.
Chandrayaan-2 to launch in July: ISRO
• ISRO is planning to launch its complex mission to moon, Chandrayaan-2 between July 9 and 16.
• According to ISRO chairman K Sivan, the lander is expected to touch down on Moon’s surface on September 6.
• ISRO has prepared to land its rover at a location where no country has gone before. The mission will mark a new landmark for Indian Space Science.
• The Chandrayaan-2 is the second lunar mission and has three modules Orbiter, Lander (Vikram) and Rover (Pragyan).
BJP ally JD(U) refuses to join new Modi govt
• BJP ally JD(U) has refused to join the new Narendra Modi government, stating that BJP wanted only one person from JDU in the cabinet, which would have been just symbolic participation.
• However, JDU chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar clarified that his party is fully with NDA.
• With 16 MPs, JD(U) is the third largest party in NDA in the Lok Sabha after BJP and Shiv Sena.
Kiren Rijiju replaces Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore as new Sports Minister
• Kiren Rijiju was on May 31, 2019 named as the Sports Minister in the new Modi Government.
• He replaces Olympic medallist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, who had held the post in Modi’s first term.
• Rijiju was also named as the Minister of State for Minority Affairs. Rathore, was left out of Modi’s new council of ministers for unknown reasons.
India’s Anita Bhatia appointed new Deputy Executive Director of UN Women
• India’s Anita Bhatia has been appointed as the new Assistant Secretary-General for resource management, sustainability and partnerships and Deputy Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).
• The announcement was made by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Bhatia has previously served at several senior leadership and management positions at the World Bank.
• Hence, she brings with her extensive experience in the area of strategic partnerships, resource mobilization and management. The UN Women is dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women.
• Bhatia holds a BA in history from Calcutta University, an MA in political science from Yale University and a Juris Doctor in law from Georgetown University.