Friday, 17 May 2019

18th May Current Affairs for Bank Exam

  • Sony, Microsoft partners to build future cloud solutions for gaming and content streaming 
  • Sony and Microsoft have announced a partnership to build future cloud solutions supporting both gaming and content streaming alongside AI solutions. PlayStation maker Sony will use Xbox maker Microsoft's data centres and Azure cloud computing service for its existing game and streaming platforms. In return, Microsoft will gain access to Sony's image sensors.
  • The partnership comes as Google works to disrupt the video game world with a Stadia platform that will let players stream blockbuster titles to any device they wish. The Stadia platform will open to gamers later this year in the United States, Canada, Britain and other parts of Europe.
  • Google is focused on working with game makers to tailor titles for play on Stadia. It has already provided the technology to more than 100 game developers. The Stadia tech platform aims to connect people for interactive play on PCs, tablets, smartphones and other devices. Streaming games from the cloud brings the potential to tap into massive amounts of computing power in data centers.


  • Sir Andy Murray received the knighthood award for services at Buckingham Palace
  • Sir Andy Murray, who is a Unicef UK ambassador, received the knighthood for services to tennis and charity at Buckingham Palace. The Honours award are used to recognise merit in terms of achievement and service. The three-time Grand Slam champion was named in the Queen's New Years Honours in 2016, following his second Wimbledon win and second Olympic gold.
  • Sir Andy revealed in January that he planned to retire after this year's Wimbledon, forcing back tears as he told reporters at the Australian Open that his hip injury was going to bring a premature end to his glittering career. He had surgery in January and has since begun his rehabilitation.
  • United Kingdom:
  • Monarch: Elizabeth II
  • Prime Minister: Theresa May
  • Capital: London
  • Currency: Pound sterling(GBP; £)
  • National/Official language: English
  • Sir Andrew Barron Murray:
  • He is a British professional tennis player from Scotland. He ranked No. 217 in men's singles (as of May 2019). 
  • Murray represents Great Britain in his sporting activities. He is a three-time Grand Slam tournament winner, two-time Olympic champion, Davis Cup champion, winner of the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals and former world No. 1.


  • New vine snake species discovered in Odisha after a gap of 113 years
  • A new vine snake species discovered from the eastern state of Odisha after a gap of 113 years.
  • Zoologists from different institutes have participated in the discovery and the research was published in the Journal of Natural History.
  • Zoologists have named snake species as Ahaetulla Laudankia of Laudankia.
  • This snake belongs to the family Colubridae.
  • It has a total of three prominent genera, Oxybelis found in the American continent,
  • About Odisha
  • Capital: Bhubaneswar
  • Chief Minister: Naveen Patnaik


  • Sikkim Statehood Day - 16th May
  • Sikkim celebrated its 43rd statehood day. It was on May 16, 1975 that Sikkim had officially become a state under the Union of India and Kazi Lhendup Dorjee became its first chief minister. Sikkim has the highest number of employees on the government payroll constituting about 14 percent of its population. It officially became the 22nd state of the country.
  • About Sikkim
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Chief Minister: Pawan Chamling


  • BSE launched BSE StAR MF app to help mutual fund distributors to accelerate transactions process 
  • ‘BSE StAR MF’ is BSE’s mutual fund platform which helps distributors in purchasing and redeeming the mutual fund units on behalf of their clients.
  • The ‘BSE StAR MF’ app that is downloaded from Google Play Store supports dynamic (real-time) client registration, digital transactions, creates and uploads mandate for SIPs (Systematic Investment Plans), generates multiple orders, tracks and permits the distributor in evaluating his business instantly.
  • The app is expected to drastically increase the number of its distributors.


  • World Hypertension Day is celebrated on 17th May
  • World Hypertension Day (WHD) is celebrated on 17th May. WHD was designated and initiated by the World Hypertension League (WHL). The day was initiated to increase the awareness of hypertension. This was especially important because of the lack of appropriate knowledge among hypertensive patients. 
  • The WHL launched its first WHD on May 14, 2005. Since 2006, the WHL has been dedicating May 17 of every year as WHD. The theme for World Hypertension Day 2019 is Know Your Numbers. The theme is with a goal of increasing high blood pressure (BP) awareness in all populations around the world. In 2019, WHL in conjunction with the International Society of Hypertension (ISH) will also promote May Measurement Month (MMM).
  • World Hypertension League (WHL):
  • It was established in 1966. WHL an umbrella to organizations of 85 national hypertension societies and leagues.


  • U.S. President Trump announced  a merit based immigration system
  • U.S. President Donald Trump on 16 May announced a merit-based immigration system from which foreigners, including hundreds and thousands of Indian professionals and skilled workers, waiting to get Green Cards or permanent legal residency stand to benefit. He made the announcement in his Rose Garden speech.
  • This will include significant changes to the way green cards are allocated, by dramatically reducing the number of family-based green cards, and will reward, among other factors, education, skills, and English language proficiency.
  • The plan with senior administration officials and influential Hill Republicans in attendance, sought to boost border security and tighten asylum procedures.
  • The overall number of green cards, just over 1.1 million in 2017, will remain the same. Currently about 12% of those receiving green cards entered the U.S. based on skill-based visas (such as the H1B), while some 66% are family-based green cards. The new proposal will increase skills-based green cards to 57%.
  • United States of America (USA):
  • President: Donald Trump
  • Vice President: Mike Pence
  • No. of States: 50
  • Capital: Washington, D.C.
  • Currency: United States dollar ($) (USD)
  • National language: English
  • Washington DC was formerly known as District of Columbia.

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