Today’s top News

  1. Cyclone Tauktae : PM Modi discusses preparation with CMs of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa. PM Modi assured the state governments to provide all necessary assistance to deal with the severe cyclonic storm that is wreaking havoc in the region.
  2. According to a situation report by Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority officials, till this evening, 121 villages in seven districts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Kodagu, Chikkamagaluru, Hassan and Belagavi have been affected by the cyclone.
  3. Delhi airport to shut operations at T2 terminal. “All flight operations at #DelhiAirport will be shifted to T3 effectively from 18th May 00:01 hours. All passengers are required to complete their web check-in at home for a contactless journey.”
  4. First batch of DRDO’s anti-COVID drug 2-DG or 2-deoxy-D-glucose released : According to a report by PTI, the first batch of anti-COVID oral drug 2-DG, developed by the DRDO, was released today by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Health Minister Harsh Vardhan. The Drugs Controller General of India (DGCI) approved the 2-deoxy-D-glucose.
  5. Delhi court remands Navneet Kalra to 3-day police custody in oxygen concentrators black marketing case : Kalra has been accused of hoarding oxygen concentrators in three restaurants in South Delhi. The businessman was on the run for over a week since the seizure of more than 500 oxygen concentrators.
  6. Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy reviews COVID situation, orders curfew extension till May 31 : The Chief Minister directed the officials to bring Black Fungus under Arogyasri Scheme and prepare a protocol to identify Black Fungus at early stage.
  7. The second Pinarayi Vijayan government in Kerala, to be sworn in on May 20, will have a 21-member cabinet, Left Democratic Front convenor and Communist Party of India-Marxist acting state secretary A Vijayaraghavan said .
  8. Chandigarh Administration said on Monday it was extending its curfew restrictions by a week . Current curfew restrictions will be in force until 5 am on May 25, the Chandigarh Administration says in its new order.
  9. West Bengal: CBI court grants all four TMC leaders bail in Narada case : A virtual hearing was conducted at Bankshall Court in Kolkata in which special CBI court judge Anupam Mukherjee gave relief to the four – ministers Subrata Mukherjee and Firhad Hakim, MLA Madan Mitra and former minister Sovan Chatterjee.
  10. What is the Narada case?

The case relates to sting operations by Narada news portal that showed several West Bengal ministers and senior officials accepting bribes. Those conducting the sting operation approached the ministers as representatives of a fictitious firm and offered bribes in return of favours.

The Narada sting operation was a sting operation carried out by Mathew Samuel targeting high-ranking officials and politicians of the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC). It showed several politicians and a high-ranked police officer accepting cash bribes in exchange for providing unofficial favors to a company. it was published on a private news website Narada News months before the 2016 West Bengal Assembly elections. Samuel is the former managing editor of Tehelka.

  1. J&K: Security forces detect, neutralise IED in Shopian : Security forces detected and neutralised an improvised explosive device (IED) on Sunday following inputs about a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district.
  2. The Armed Forces are working on meeting the rising requirements of medical personnel at various Covid care centres across the country. While government decided to defer the retirements of the Military Doctors for seven months, 110 newly commissioned doctors joined on May 14 and forces are training support staff too.
  3. The Indian Army has projected a requirement of 50,000 new bulletproof jackets (BPJs) for its frontline troops , the procurement process for which is expected to commence in the next couple of months.


  1. India at Security Council calls for ‘immediate de-escalation’ of Israel-Palestine hostilities : India called for an immediate de-escalation of the situation between Israel and Palestine at the first public United Nations Security Council meeting held since the current surge in hostilities between the two parties entered its seventh day, killing at least 149 people in Gaza and 10 in Israel, including many children.
  2. Netanyahu thanked 25 nations for supporting Israel against Palestine but India wasn’t one
    Following renewed hostilities between Israel and Palestine and some of the deadliest air strikes on the Gaza Strip since the 2014 war, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to Twitter to thank the 25 nations that have come out in support of Israel’s “right to self defence against terrorist attacks”.
  3. Myanmar military takes control of rebel town of Mindat, Chinland near border with India
    The Myanmar military has taken control of a small town in western Chin state, close to the border with India. The town of Mindat had taken up arms against the junta just three weeks back.
  4. Indian navy getting MH-60R Seahawk from USA : The Indian Navy’s first MH-60R production helicopter conducted its maiden flight in Owego, New York in April 2021. The flight was carried out at Lockheed Martin’s Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS) plant. In February 2020, India and the US had signed a deal for the procurement of MH-60R Seahawk helicopters for the Indian Navy.
  5. Despite Covid, 100+ IAF personnel are in Russia on S-400 missile training as delivery nears. Over 100 personnel of the Indian Air Force (IAF) are being trained on the S-400 Triumf Air Defence System in Russia , as both countries eye delivery of the system by the end of this year.
  6. Lufthansa to operate flights between India and Germany via Bahrain Lufthansa said it will operate its 10 weekly flights between India and Germany via Bahrain instead of Dubai due to recent restrictions imposed by the UAE government to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
  7. At UNSC, India condemns rocket attack that killed Indian nurse
    While mourning the death of an Indian nurse in Israel, India’s Permanent Representative T. S. Tirumurti condemned the rocket attacks from Gaza that killed her. Speaking at a rare Security Council meeting held on a Sunday.
  8. 2.39 kg gold worth Rs. 1.18 crore seized under Custom Act from a passenger by Chennai Air Customs.The passenger who arrived from Sharjah had 18 rectangular gold plates concealed in emergency LED light.


  1. Andrea Meza of Mexico was crowned the Miss Universe, 2020 . The 69th edition of Miss Universe was held on May 16, 2021 in Florida.
  2. Lockdown restrictions ease in UK; All restaurants, bars, hotels, theatres and museums to reopen in Britain will reopen soon
  3. Turkey invited allies to strike Israel’ : Muslim countries must show a united and clear stance over Israel’s conflict with the Islamist Hamas movement in Gaza, Turkey’s vice president, Fuat Oktay, said, criticising world powers for condemning violence without acting.

Around 3,000 rockets fired towards Israel from Gaza: Army
Israel’s army said Sunday about 3,000 rockets had been fired from Hamas-controlled Gaza towards the Jewish state since conflict escalated seven days ago. “Hamas has been carrying out a very intense attack in terms of rate of fire.

  1. Israel conducted dozens of air strikes on the Gaza Strip after Palestinian militants fired barrages of rockets at southern Israeli cities. There were no immediate reports of casualties following the strikes. The Israeli military said more than 50 warplanes conducted a 20-minute attack on the Gaza Strip shortly before dawn.
  2. China slams ‘hasty’ withdrawal of US troops from Afghan; urges UN to play ‘due role’
    China has said that the “hasty” withdrawal of the US troops from war-torn Afghanistan has severely affected the peace process and the regional stability as it called on the UN to play its “due role” and urged the SCO to pay more attention to the situation.
  3. The Democratic Republic of Congo handed death sentence to thirty people after clashes between two rival Muslim factions On the Islamic holiday of Eid, that mark the end of Ramadan month, two Muslim groups clashed in front of the Martyrs stadium in the city of Kinshasa. The fight was over the right to hold Eid celebrations in the stadium. During the conflict, a policeman was beaten to death. Several others were wounded. The participants were charged of criminal conspiracy and attempted murder.
  4. Singapore to close schools from Wednesday as authorities warned new Coronavirus strains were affecting more children in city-state


  1. IPL 2021 Suspension Forces BCCI to Defer New IPL Team Tender for Three Months : The suspension of IPL 2021 has put a spanner in BCCI’s expansionist plan for the multi-million dollar league. The BCCI had planned to add a couple of teams in the roster with one of the teams based out of the mighty Narendra Modi Stadium in Amedabad. There were reports that the board would take out a tender regarding two new teams but now they have deferred it to July 2021. Earlier they were to release the tender in May 2021.
  2. Former India opener Shiv Sunder Das has been appointed the batting coach of the Indian women’s team for the tour of England and he is looking forward to use his coaching stint at the National Cricket Academy to guide the youngsters during the trip.
  3. Delhi Police on Monday announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh for information leading to the arrest of two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar and nine others in connection with the murder of former junior national wrestling champion Sagar Rana earlier this month.

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Facts about India

National Disaster Management Authority, (NDMA) is an apex Body of Government of India, with a mandate to lay down policies & Guidelines for disaster management like Earthquakes, cyclones, now COVID19 etc. NDMA exercise of powers under Section 6 (2) (i) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005. Decisions on quarantine, lockdown etc will taken by NDMA.

National Executive Committee (NEC) assist and is responsible for the preparation of the National Disaster Management Plan for the whole country. Decisions on restrictions will be taken by NEC under Home ministry.

Thought of the day

Learn everything that is good from others, but bring it in, and in your own way adsorb it; do not become others

Joke of the day

Munna Bhai – Circuit,bole to ye Ford kya hota hai?

Circuit – Bhai, gaadi hai.

Munna Bhai – To phir, ye Oxford kya hai?

Circuit – Bole to simple hai bhai, Ox ka matlab hai bail,

Ford ka matlab gaadi, isliye Oxford bole to Bailgaadi !!


why we get dreams while sleeping

Dreams are hallucinations that occur during certain stages of sleep. They’re strongest during REM sleep, or the rapid eye movement stage, when you may be less likely to recall your dream. Much is known about the role of sleep in regulating our metabolism, blood pressure, brain function, and other aspects of health. A dream is a succession of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that usually occur involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep.

Adults and babies alike dream for around two hours per night. During a typical lifetime, people spend an average of six years dreaming. The average person has three to five dreams per night, and some may have up to seven.

People who are blind from birth do not have visual dreams. Their dream contents are related to other senses like hearing, touch, smell and taste, whichever are present since birth

LEARN Sanskrit🙏🏻

आसिन {Asin} : बैठना seat

💁🏻‍♂️ GK TODAY

Authors of
Artha Shastra : Kautilya
BhagwatGeeta : Veda Vyas
Mahabarath : Veda Vyas

How it works ⁉

How a crayon is made
A crayon (or wax pastel) is a stick of pigmented wax used for writing or drawing. Wax crayons differ from pastels, in which the pigment is mixed with a dry binder such as gum arabic, and from oil pastels, where the binder is a mixture of wax and oil.

The two basic ingredients for a crayon are:

  1. Pigment
  2. Paraffin wax, stored in heated 17,000 gallon tanks

The mixture is heated until it melts into a liquid. Crayons melt at 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius). The mixture is heated to 190 F (82 C). The liquid is poured into a preheated mold full of hundreds of crayon-shaped holes. Cool water (55 F, 13 C) is used to cool the mold, allowing the crayon to be made in 3 to 9 minutes.

A single mold makes 1,200 crayons at a time, weighing a total of about 40 pounds. The operator uses hydraulic pressure to eject the crayons from the mold. Earlier mold designs used a hand crank to push up the crayons.


Markandeya The great sage Mrikandu rishi and his wife Marudmati worshipped Shiva and sought from him the boon of begetting a son. As a result, he was given the choice of either a righteous son, but with a short life on earth or a child of low intelligence but with a long life. Mrikandu rishi chose the former, and was blessed with Markandeya, an exemplary son, destined to die at the age of 16.

Markandeya grew up to be a great devotee of Shiva and on the day of his destined death he continued his worship of Shiva in his aniconic form of Shivalingam. The messengers of Yama, the god of death were unable to take away his life because of his great devotion and continual worship of Shiva. Yama then came in person to take away Markandeya’s life, and sprung his noose around the young sage’s neck. By accident or fate the noose mistakenly landed around the Shivalingam, and out of it, Shiva emerged in all his fury attacking Yama for his act of aggression. After defeating Yama in battle to the point of death, Shiva then revived him, under the condition that the devout youth would live forever. For this act, Shiva was thereafter also known as Kalantaka (“Ender of Death”).

This event, it is said, took place on the bank of river Gomati in Kaithi, Varanasi. An ancient temple Markandeya Mahadeva Temple is made on this site. It’s the place where river Ganga and river Gomati merge so being a Sangam area, its sacredness increases


(Note : These home tips followed in villages/ancient traditions, it is up to you to use it or not🙏🏻)

Cardamom may help lower blood pressure, most likely due to its antioxidant and diuretic properties.

Cardamom is often used to treat bad breath and is a component of some chewing gums. This is because cardamom might be able to kill common mouth bacteria and prevent cavities.

CH. Naveen Kumar