Current Affairs for 18, 17, 16, 15 May 2016 & Gk Updates

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Current Affairs 18 May 2016 & Gk Updates

NTPC tied-up with Coal India Limited to foray into Fertilizer Sector

State-run power producer NTPC Limited on 16 May 2016 signed a Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) with state-run miner Coal India limited to foray into the Fertilizer Sector and revive plants of the Fertilizer Corporation of India Limited (FCIL).

Australian researchers built world’s first scanning helium microscope

Australian researchers built the world’s first scanning helium microscope (SHeM). An announcement in this regard was made by the scientists belonging to the University of Newcastle in the third week of May 2016.

China launches Yaogan-30 remote sensing satellite

China on 15 May 2016 launched the Yagoan-30 remote sensing satellite. It was placed in the sun-synchronous orbit (SSO) by using the Long March 2-D rocket.The satellite was launched from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center located in Gobi desert in northwest China’s Gansu Province.

New fund Education Cannot Wait to be launched at UN World Humanitarian Summit

A new fund “Education Cannot Wait” will be launched at UN World Humanitarian Summit. It aims at assisting millions of children whose education has been disrupted by conflicts and natural disasters.

Living Library, a project that helps displaced people and communities to live together

Living Library: A UNDP project to turn testimonies of displaced persons in Ukraine into “books”
The project Living Library was in news in May 2016. It is a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) project for the displaced people in Ukraine. Under the project, the testimonies of displaced persons are turned into books in a so-called Living Library.

UNICEF, EU launch #EmergencyLessons campaign on Education in Crisis Zones

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the European Union (EU) on 16 May 2016 announced the launch of #EmergencyLessons campaign on education in crisis zones.The campaign is a social media-driven public awareness campaign. It is aimed at reaching 20 million Europeans and highlighting the importance of education for children affected by emergencies.

British Royals launched Heads Together campaign to tackle stigma of mental health

British Royals Prince William, Princess Kate and Prince Harry on 16 May 2016 launched the Heads Together campaign at Queen Elizabeth Park in East London.

2016 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day observed with theme ICT entrepreneurship for social impact

The 2016 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) was observed on 17 May 2016.
This year, WTISD focused on the theme ICT entrepreneurship for social impact. The theme was in accordance with Resolution 68 and as endorsed by International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Council 2015.

IIT student Nandini Bhandaru wins Young Scientist Award of European Material Science Research Society

Nandini Bhandaru, a doctoral researcher at IIT-Kharagpur, bagged the European Materials Research Society’s (EMRS’s) Young Scientist Award at the EMRS 2016 Spring Meeting Lille France.
She was awarded for her outstanding contribution to material science and nano technology, particularly nano patterning of soft films and surfaces.

World Bank approved 625 Million US dollars support for Rooftop Solar Program in India

The World Bank Board on 13 May 2016 approved a 625 million US dollars loan to support the India’s program to generate electricity from widespread installation of rooftop solar photo-voltaic (PV).

5 Indians posthumously awarded with Dag Hammarskjold Medal of UN

The United Nations in the third week of May 2016 announced that four Indian peacekeepers and a civilian will be honoured along with other 124 personnel with a prestigious U.N. medal.

Women Archers Deepika, Bombayla, Laxmirani named for 2016 Rio Olympics

A three-member Indian women’s archery team comprising Deepika Kumari, Bombayla Devi and Laxmirani Majhi was on 16 May 2016 named for the Rio Olympics.
The women’s trio will compete in the individual events as well as team event at the Rio Games in August 2016.

India, US held first Maritime Security Dialogue

India and the United States (US) on 16 May 2016 held the first round of discussions under the recently-constituted Maritime Security Dialogue. The dialogue was held between the officials of Defence and External Affairs ministries and their US counterparts.

Justice Deepak Gupta sworn-in as Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High Court

Justice Deepak Gupta on 16 May 2016 was sworn-in as the new Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court.
Chhattisgarh Governor Balram Das Tandon administered the oath of office to Justice Gupta at a function at Raj Bhawan in Raipur. Justice Gupta earlier served as the Chief Justice of the Tripura High Court.

Current Affairs 17 May 2016 & Gk Updates

South Korean author Han Kang wins 2016 Man Booker International Prize for ‘The Vegetarian’

South Korean author, Han Kang, on 16 May 2016 won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize for her novel ‘The Vegetarian’. The prize ceremony was held at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London Han is the first South Korean to win the prize. The writer and her British translator will share the 72000 Dollar prize money. The book was translated by Deborah Smith.

Union Government launches ePACE, INFRACON and up-Scaled INAM PRO for Road Transport Sector

Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari on 16 May 2016 launched three initiatives for best practices in road transport sector. These three innovative IT initiatives are: INFRACON, ePACE and up-Scaled INAM PRO.

US launched Phase 2 of EPAA missile defence system in Romania

The USA on 11 May 2016 launched the Phase 2 of the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) missile defence system in Romania.
As part of this, a new ground-based missile defense system will be set up at the US naval support facility in Deveselu, Romania.

Renewable energy country attractiveness index 2016 released: India Placed at 3rd Position

Global organization EY on 10 May 2016 released the Renewable energy country attractiveness index 2016. The report reveals 40 countries on the attractiveness of their renewable energy investment and deployment opportunities based on a number of indicators.

UR Rao becomes first Indian to be given IAF Hall of Fame Award

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced on 14 May 2016 that noted space scientist Udupi Ramachandra Rao, popularly known as U. R. Rao, will be honoured with the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Hall of Fame Award for 2016.

Deepak Shodhan, India’s oldest living Test cricketer died

Former Test cricketer Deepak Shodhan, the first Indian to score a memorable ton in his debut innings, died on 16 May 2016. He was 87.
India’s oldest living Test cricketer died due to cardiac arrest after a brief battle with lung cancer at his residence in Ahmedabad.

Income Declaration Scheme for domestic black money to start from June 1

Income Declaration Scheme of the Union Finance Ministry will start from 1 June 2016 and will remain in force till 30 September 2016. The scheme is also called four month window for declaring black money.

Justice Navin Sinha sworn in as Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court

Justice Navin Sinha on 14 May 2016 was sworn-in as the new Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court.
Governor Kalyan Singh administered the oath to the new Chief Justice of the state High Court.

Dutchman Max Verstappen became youngest winner of F1 at Spanish Grand Prix

Dutch teenager, Max Verstappen, on 15 May 2016 became Formula One’s youngest race winner after winning the Spanish Grand Prix. Red Bull’s Verstappen defeated Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen by 0.616 seconds.

India, WHO signed agreement for Global promotion of Traditional Systems of Medicine

The Union Ministry of AYUSH and the World Health Organization (WHO) on 13 May 2016 signed the Project Collaboration Agreement (PCA) for cooperation on Global promotion of Traditional Systems of Medicine.

Rahul Dravid and Mahela Jayawardena appointed to ICC Cricket Committee

Former India captain Rahul Dravid and ex-Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardena were on 13 May 2016 appointed to the ICC Cricket Committee for a 3-year term.
While Rahul Dravid was chosen by current test captains to represent the interests of the current players, Mahela Jayawardena will represent the interests of past players.

Current Affairs 16 May 2016 & Gk Updates

Indian women win silver medal at 18th Asian Team squash Championships 2016

Indian women’s squash team on 15 May 2016 won the silver medal at the 18th Asian Team squash championships. In the final played at Taipei in Chinese Taipei, Indian team lost to the Malaysian team by 0-2 margin.

NITI Aayog to prepare 15-year vision documents by replacing 5-year plans

The Union Government in the second week of May 2016 decided to replace 5-year plans with 15-year vision documents.
The long-term perspective plans will be prepared by the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog beginning from 2017-18 financial year.

FIFA appoints Justice Mukul Mudgal as Deputy Chairman of its Governance Committee

World governing body for football, FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) on 14 May 2016 appointed Justice (retd) Mukul Mudgal as deputy chairman of its Governance Committee.

2016 Red Flag Aerial combat exercises conclude in Alaska

The Air Forces of India and the U.S. on 13 May 2016 concluded the 2016 Red Flag aerial combat exercises at Alaska in the U.S.
A successor to the Cope Thunder exercise series, the main phase of the Red Flag exercises had commenced on 28 April 2016 with a mix of combat and support elements from the Indian Air Force (IAF), US Air Force (USAF) and US Navy (USN).

Indian short film ‘Beti’ to be screened at Seattle International Film Festival

Beti, a four minute documentary film on girl child education from India, has been invited for special screening at the 42nd Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), Washington DC.

Andy Murray beats Novak Djokovic to win first Italian Open title

Andy Murray on 15 May 2016 won his first Italian Open Men’s Singles Tennis title. In the final played in Rome, third-ranked Murray defeated the top-ranked Djokovic 6-3, 6-3.
It is Murray’s first title in Rome and it comes exactly a week before the French Open begins on 22 May 2016.

Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis clinch 2016 Italian Open title

World No. 1 women’s doubles team of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis on 15 May 2016 captured the Italian Open title. The pair defeated Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova 6-1, 6(5)-7, 10-3 in the final to clinch the title.

India successfully test fires indigenous Advanced Air Defence interceptor missile, Ashwin

India on 15 May 2016 successfully test fired an indigenously developed Advanced Air Defence interceptor missile, Ashwin. It was launched from the complex of Abdul Kalam Island (formerly known as Wheeler Island) off Odisha coast.

Current Affairs 15 May 2016 & Gk Updates

Modi, Maithripala Sirisena released ‘Simhastha Declaration’ in Ujjain

The Prime Minister along with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on 14 May 2016 released ‘Simhastha Declaration’ at Ninora village in Ujjain.

Supreme Court upholds validity of Criminal Defamation Law

The Supreme Court on 13 May 2016 upheld constitutional validity of penal laws on defamation. The two-judge bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Justice Prafulla C Pant said the right to life under Article 21 includes the right to reputation. The apex court was hearing the matter based on 24 petitions alleging that the provisions of criminal sanction act as a censoring device, violates the freedom of speech guaranteed by the Constitution. They argued that criminal defamation travels beyond the Constitution’s article 19(2) that imposes reasonable restrictions on the freedom of speech and expression.

Parkash Singh panel submits report on Jat quota Agitation

Parkash Singh committee constituted to inquire into the omission and commission on part of all officers and officials of police and civil administration during Jat Quota agitation submitted its report to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. The report was submitted on 13 May 2016.

Fatma Samoura named first female secretary general of FIFA

FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) Council on 13 May 2016 named a Senegalese UN diplomat Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura as its first female Secretary General (SG).

Current Affairs 14 May 2016 & Gk Updates

Union Cabinet approves National Intellectual Property Rights Policy

The Union Cabinet on 12 May 2016 approved the National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy that will lay the future roadmap for intellectual property in India.

Haryana Backward Classes Act 2016 notified

Haryana Government on 13 May 2016 notified the Haryana Backward Classes (Reservation in Services and Admission in Educational Institutions) Act 2016.
The act was enacted to provide reservation to Jats and four other castes in services and admission in educational institutions in the state.

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