Top 5 Current Affairs: 29 May 2018

May 29, 2018 17:37 IST
Top 5 Current Affairs: 29 May 2018

Explained: Shut down of Sterlite Copper plant

The Tamil Nadu government issued an order on May 28, 2018 demanding the permanent closure of the controversial Sterlite Copper factory in Thoothukudi or Tuticorin, which was the centre of violent protests last week that led to the killing of 13 people and left around 100 wounded.

Though protests against the plant have been going on since over two decades, they grew in intensity in the past three months after Sterlite Copper applied for approval to double the capacity of the plant to 800,000 metric tonnes per annum.

Now, IRCTC will predict your waitlisted tickets will get confirmed or not

The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) on May 28, 2018 launched its refurbished website that will let passengers know the probability of confirmation of wait-listed tickets.

Though passengers may not get confirmed berths while booking train ticket every time, but, they can now find out whether their ticket stands a chance of being confirmed. The prediction regarding the confirmation of tickets will be based on a new algorithm developed by the Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS).

India, World Bank sign USD 21.7 million loan agreement for Rajasthan Project

India on May 29, 2018 signed a loan agreement with the World Bank for IBRD Credit of USD 21.7 million for the strengthening public financial management in Rajasthan Project.

The project aims to improve budget execution, enhance accountability and greater efficiency in revenue administration in Rajasthan. It will be implemented at a total cost of around USD 31 million, of which USD 21.7 million will be financed by the World Bank, and the remaining amount will be funded-out of the State Budget.

Indians travel more in airplanes than AC trains: Government

The number of Indians travelling in airplanes is more than those travelling in AC coaches of trains, revealed a document by the Union Government, on the occasion of its fourth anniversary.

According to the document titled 'saaf niyat, sahi vikas', for the first time, more people travelled in airplanes than in AC trains. The document stated that domestic air passenger traffic crossed 100 million in 2017.

With India emerging as the third largest aviation market, air passenger traffic growth has been in the range of 18-20 per cent over the past three years.

International Day of UN Peacekeepers 2018 observed globally

The International Day of UN Peacekeepers was observed across the world on May 29, 2018 with an aim to honour more than 3700 peacekeepers who have lost their lives while serving the United Nations since 1948, including 129 who died in 2017.

The date, May 29, marks the anniversary of the creation of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) in 1948 to monitor the ceasefire after the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, which was the first ever UN peacekeeping mission.


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