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Daily Current Affairs 21st May, 2024: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation

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This post contains important current affairs of 21st May, 2024. It includes all Major National, International, Business and Sports related current affairs of 21st May, 2024. A brief explanation of every current affair is provided to further enhance your general knowledge. Once you have gone through these current affairs we would recommend to you to try 21st May, 2024 Current affairs test.

National News

Gopi Thotakura Becomes First Indian Space Tourist

  • Gopi Thotakura, an Indian expatriate, has achieved the milestone of being the first Indian to travel into space.
  • As part of the NS-25 mission of Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin program, Thotakura was one of the six astronauts aboard the New Shepard spacecraft, which launched from a private site in West Texas.

Significant Increase in SC Student Enrollment

  • The National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) has reported a substantial increase in the enrollment of Scheduled Caste (SC) students from the academic year 2014-15 to 2021-22.
  • The figures show a rise from 4.61 million to 6.62 million, marking a 44% increase.
  • Enrollment among SC females rose by 51%. Similarly, the enrollment of Scheduled Tribe (ST) students increased by 65.2%, from 1.641 million to 2.71 million, and female ST enrollment saw an 80% increase.
  • There was also a 42.3% rise in the enrollment of minority females, from 1.07 million to 1.52 million.

International News

Mohammad Mokhber: Iran’s Acting President

  • Mohammad Mokhber, born in Dezful, Iran, on June 26, 1955, holds two doctoral degrees in international law and management, and a master’s degree in management. He is a significant political figure in Iran.

Death of Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi and Its Geopolitical Impact

  • Iran is mourning the death of President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and other officials who perished in a helicopter crash in northwest Iran.
  • This tragic event occurs amidst escalating tensions in West Asia, including the ongoing Israel-Gaza conflict and larger geopolitical strife involving Iran, Israel, and the United States.

Lai Ching-te Takes Office as Taiwan’s President

  • Lai Ching-te has been inaugurated as the new President of Taiwan following his electoral victory earlier this year.
  • He takes over from Tsai Ing-wen, who served during a period of economic growth and social advancement despite challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic and increased military threats from China.
  • Lai, known for his moderate stance, seeks to maintain Taiwan’s unofficial independence while enhancing its defense capabilities.

Appointments News

Sanjiv Puri Takes Helm as CII President for 2024-25

  • Sanjiv Puri, the Chairman and Managing Director of ITC Ltd., has been elected President of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for the 2024-25 term, succeeding R Dinesh, Chairman of TVS Supply Chain Solutions.
  • Rajiv Memani will serve as President-Designate, and R Mukundan as Vice President.

Banking News

YES Bank Introduces Premium Service for Elite Customers

  • YES Bank has launched ‘YES Grandeur,’ a premium banking service aimed at meeting the specific needs of affluent and elite customers through customized financial and lifestyle solutions.

Bank of Maharashtra Outperforms in FY24

  • In the fiscal year 2024, Bank of Maharashtra led the growth among public sector banks, achieving a 15.94% increase in total business and excelling in deposit mobilization.
  • The Pune-based lender also recorded a 52.73% growth in low-cost CASA deposits, demonstrating a strategic edge in managing cost of funds.

Awards News

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Honored With Commemorative Stamp

  • Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was honored with the first stamp commemorating the 200-year presence of Indian Origin Tamils in Sri Lanka.
  • The stamp was presented by Senthil Thondaman, Governor of the Eastern Province, to acknowledge the contribution of the Indian Origin Tamils community, which has historically been overlooked.

Sports News

Indian Para Athlete Deepthi Jeevanji Triumphs at World Championships

  • Deepthi Jeevanji, an Indian para-athlete, made history by winning the gold medal and setting a new world record in the women’s T20 400m event at the 2024 World Para Athletics Championships, recording a time of 55.07 seconds.

Indian Badminton Duo Wins at Thailand Open 2024

  • Indian badminton pair Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty secured the Thailand Open 2024 men’s doubles title, defeating the Chinese team of Chen Bo Yang and Liu Yi with scores of 21-15, 21-15, in a match lasting 46 minutes.

Alexander Zverev and Iga Swiatek Triumph at Italian Open 2024

  • Alexander Zverev clinched his second Italian Open singles title and his eighth Masters title by defeating Nicolas Jarry of Chile in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5.

Neeraj Chopra Excels at Federation Cup 2024

  • Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra won the gold medal in the men’s javelin throw at the Federation Cup 2024 in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, with a throw of 82.27m, marking his first competitive event in India since his Olympic win.

Important Days

International Tea Day 2024 Celebrations

  • International Tea Day is celebrated on May 21, 2024, to recognize the cultural, economic, and environmental importance of tea worldwide.
  • This day focuses on appreciating the historical and ongoing contributions of tea to global culture.

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 2024

  • May 21st marks the celebration of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, a UNESCO-designated day aimed at promoting cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue for peace and sustainable development.

Obituaries News

Banking Pioneer N Vaghul Passes Away

  • The Indian banking sector is mourning the death of N Vaghul, former chairman of ICICI Bank, who passed away at the age of 88 in Chennai. His visionary leadership greatly influenced the banking industry.


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