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Liberation Tigers Of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)

Why is it in News?

The Union government on 14th May renewed its 2014 notification for another 5 years to declare the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as an “unlawful association” for violent and disruptive activities that are detrimental to the integrity and sovereignty of the nation.


New Parasitic Plant

Why is it in News?

An orchid, which is a variant of a Japanese orchid, has been found in Assam which is a mycoheterotroph.


Atal Pension Yojna (APY)

About the Scheme:

  • It is a pension scheme that has been launched by the Ministry of Finance to provide pensions to all citizens of the country with focus on the unorganized sector.

Thrissur Pooram Festival

Why is it in News?

The temple festival of Thrissur Pooram was held in Thrissur, Kerala on 13th May, 2019


Lecanorchis Taiwaniana

Why is it in News?

A Conservator of forests has discovered ‘Lecanorchis taiwaniana’ in Assam, which is the smallest orchid in terms of size and duration of bloom to be recorded ever botanically.


Bt Brinjal Cultivation

Why is it in News?

A legal notice to the Union Environment Minister has been sent by Prashant Bhushan, asking for a freeze on all genetically modified organisms, including field trials after reports of illegal Bt Brinjal cultivation in Haryana were cited.


IMF Loan To Pakistan

Why is it in News?

  • Pakistan has reached an agreement with the IMF to receive $6 billion over the next three years to meet its foreign debt obligations.

Sabotage Attacks On Saudi Arabia’s Oil Tankers

Why is it in News?

Saudi Arabia’s two oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates on 13th May in attacks that caused “significant damage” to the vessels, one of them as it was en route to pick up Saudi oil to be transported to the US.


WTO’s Assessment Of Trade Policies

Why is it in News?

India hosted a two-day WTO ministerial meet of 16 developing and six least developed countries at New Delhi from 13 May-14 May. In the meeting India highlighted the issue of WTO’s assessment of a country’s services trade.


Karnataka Reservation Act, 2018

Why is it in News?

  • The SC on 10th May backed the constitutional validity of the Karnataka Extension of Consequential Seniority to Government Servants Promoted on the Basis of Reservation (to the Posts in the Civil Services of the State) Act, 2018.

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