Top 5 Current Affairs: 16 May 2018

May 16, 2018 17:39 IST
Top 5 Current Affairs: 16 May 2018

Shashank Manohar re-elected as Chairman of International Cricket Council

Shashank Manohar was re-elected as the Independent Chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) for his second term.

He was the sole nominee for the post and was nominated by the ICC Board itself. Manohar became the first Independent Chairman of ICC in 2016. He was the one who introduced a revised governance structure, including the appointment of the ICC's first independent female director. Following which, Indra Nooyi was appointed as the first independent female Director of ICC.

Karnataka Elections 2018: Governor Vajubhai Vala to take the final call

The Bharatiya Janta Party emerged as the single largest party in Karnataka after the final votes were counted on May 15, 2018.

The BJP managed to grab 104 seats in the 224 seat assembly, much ahead of the ruling Congress which won 78 and Janta Dal (Secular), which won 37 seats. Though the mandate is clearly more in favour of the BJP, it has still left the party eight seats short of gaining full majority in the state.

The fractured mandate has raised hopes for Congress to still get a go at forming  government in the state by joining hands with the third largest party in the state- JD(S).

The Governor's Role in the Hung Assembly

The Assembly Elections in Karnataka produced an inconclusive verdict as no single party getting a simple majority to form the government. However, the BJP won 104 of the 222 constituencies and emerged as a single largest party. The Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) won 78 and 37 seats respectively.

With the results of the Karnataka assembly election throwing up a hung house, the role of the Governor has come into focus, in regard to whether the single largest party or the leader claiming majority with post-poll alliance should be invited to form the new government.

It triggered a debate about the role of the Governor in government formation when there is a hung assembly.


Union Environment Ministry launches Green Skill Development Programme

The Union Environment Ministry on May 15, 2018 launched the Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP) with an aim to train over 5.5 lakh workers in environment and forest sectors in the country.

The Green Skill Development Programme was initially launched in 2017 as a pilot project in 10 districts only wherein 154 youths, mainly school dropouts, were trained as parataxonomists and biodiversity conservationists.

WHO publishes its first Essential Diagnostics List

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on May 15, 2018 published its first 'Essential Diagnostics List', which is a catalogue of tests needed to diagnose the most common conditions along with a number of global priority diseases.

The list aims to address people's inability to access diagnostic services, which results in them failing to receive the correct treatment.

With the publication of the list, WHO aims to provide a tool that can be useful to all countries, not only to test and treat health complications better but also to use health funds more efficiently by concentrating on the truly essential tests.

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