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As the Union Public Service Commission of UPSC exams approach next month, candidates must have stepped up their speed to prepare for it. It is important that the candidates taking the exam are aware of the latest happenings in the country and in the world. To help them prepare.
1. The first Hindi novel to win the International Booker Prize
‘Tomb of Sand’ is the first Hindi novel to win the International Booker Prize. The writer of the novel is Geetanjali Shree from New Delhi. The original name of the novel in Hindi is ‘Ret Samadhi’ which has been translated into English as ‘Tomb of Sand’ by Daisy Rockwell. Notably, it is also the first book in Hindi to receive a nomination in the worldwide literary awards ceremony.
2. Global Cases of Monkeypox Virus
According to the World Health Organization, Monkeypox is a member of the Orthopoxvirus genus in the Poxviridae family. It is transmitted when someone comes into contact with people who have already contracted the virus or with material contaminated with the virus. So far, about 200 cases of monkey pox have been found in more than 20 countries.
3. Updates on the Covid-19 situation in India
According to the Union Ministry of Health, there are currently 16,308 active cases of Covid-19 in the country. Data from the Ministry of Health shows that active cases of the virus represent 0.04% of the total number of infections. Moreover, the recovery rate of COVID-19 in India is 98.75%.
4. India’s Biggest Drone Festival – Bharat Drone Mahotsav 2022
Bharat Drone Mahotsav 2022, a two-day event that started on May 27 and ended on May 28. The Mahotsav was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Speaking at the event on Friday, the Narendra Modi expressed his optimism about the growing drone industry in the country. He predicted the rise of the use of drones in every sector in the country including agriculture, defense, sports, etc. The Prime Minister launched 150 certificates for remote pilots during the two-day Bharat Drone Mahotsav 2022 in Delhi.
5. The countries attended the Quad Summit 2022
As the leaders of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue grouping of Australia, Japan, India and the United States — also known as the Quad — meet in Tokyo on May 24 for their second in-person summit, following the last in Washington in September 2021 (they had met once during a virtual summit in March 2021). On Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the Quad Summit with the leaders of Japan, Australia and the United States.
6. Indian officer Anwar Hussain Shaik is the new chairman of the WTO committee
Indian government official, Anwar Hussain Shaik, has been appointed chairman of the World Trade Organization’s Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade. He is the first Indian representative to head the committee after 10 years. Elisa Maria Olmeda de Alejandro from Mexico was the head for Shaik.
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