Current Affairs May 2023

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Santiago Pena wins Paraguay vote, keeps rightwing party in power

On May 1, 2023, Paraguayans went to the polls to elect their next president. In a surprising turn of events, Santiago Pena of the right-wing Colorado Party emerged as the winner, defeating center-left challenger Efrain Alegre.
The election result has raised concerns about corruption within Paraguay’s political system, as the Colorado Party has been in power for almost eight decades and has been tainted by graft allegations.

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Prime Minister Inaugurates 91 FM Radio Transmitters, To Benefit Border, Aspirational Districts

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently inaugurated 91 FM transmitters in 18 states and two union territories, aimed at improving FM radio connectivity in border regions and aspirational districts.
The move is expected to benefit an additional two crore people who did not have access to the medium before.
The expansion of FM radio connectivity in India has focused on enhancing coverage in priority states, including Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Ladakh, and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

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Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar launches ‘Millets Experience Centre’ at Dilli Haat

India’s Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar recently launched the Millets Experience Centre (MEC) at Dilli Haat in New Delhi.
The National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd. (NAFED) established the MEC in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture to promote the adoption of millets among the general public.

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Indian Army Inducts First Women Officers into Regiment of Artillery

In a historic first, the Indian Army has inducted five women officers into its Regiment of Artillery. Lt Mehak Saini, Lt Sakshi Dubey, Lt Aditi Yadav, Lt Pious Mudgil, and Lt Akanksha have joined the Army’s premier artillery units after successfully completing their training at the Officers Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai.
Military sources have reported that three of the five women officers have been posted to frontline formations along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China, while the other two have been posted to “challenging locations” near the frontier with Pakistan.
The Regiment of Artillery is a major combat support arm, and it has around 280 units that handle various gun systems, including Bofors howitzers, Dhanush, M-777 howitzers, and K-9 Vajra self-propelled guns.

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Anji Khad bridge, first cable stayed rail bridge in India

India’s Union Railway Minister, Ashwini Vaishnaw, has shared a timelapse video showcasing the construction of the Anji Khad Bridge, the country’s first cable-stayed rail bridge.
With a total of 96 cables spanning a length of 653km, the bridge is part of the challenging Udampur-Srinagar-Baramulla-Rail Link (USBRL) Project in the Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir.

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Home Ministry cancels LIFE’s Foreign Contribution Registration Act (FCRA) licence

The Centre for Policy Research (CPR), a think tank based in Delhi, has had its Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) registration suspended by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for 180 days. A government official reported that the suspension was imposed due to initial breaches of FCRA regulations.

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