May 2015 Current Affairs List

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Current Affairs Global - 3 May 2015

  1. Seychelles became the 161st member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) after a long wait of 20 years. With this, it has become one of the smallest nations among the WTO members.Seychelles also became the 33rd government to accede to the rules-based multilateral trading system through Article XII negotiations since the WTO was established in 1995.

  2. Mohammed bin Nayef has been appointed as Crown Prince and as Deputy Prime Minister of the country by King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud. Before that he was Interior Minister of the kingdom.




  1. Global Tech giantMicrosoft, has announced Edge as its next Web Browser's name at the Build Developer Conference held at San Francisco in California, USA. The new browser will feature new inking function, which allows users to draw or scribble directly on a Web page. The Edge browser will also allow users to save pages for offline reading.

  2. American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. has defeated Manny Pacquiao from Philippines to win the unified World Welterweight title of World Boxing Council, World Boxing Organisation and World Boxing Association.He defeated Manny Pacquiao on a unanimous decision with Judges Scores of 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112 in 12 rounds of intense boxing.


This fight, also termed as -Fight of the Century-, was also the highest watched and most revenue generating with almost 400 million dollars of all time.
Current Affairs India - 3 May 2015

  1. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has announced that an extremely simplified income tax return form will soon replace the existing 14-page ITR that sought information like all bank accounts and foreign trip details.The Finance Ministry is considering easy taxation form which an individual tax payer can fill up easily without taking help from other advisers.

  2. Indian government has announced to provide e-tourist visa to 31 more countries, including France and Canada.This will enable the citizens of these nations to get easy entry to the country. The e-tourist visa had been launched in November last year for 45 countries from nine designated Indian airports.

  3. The Department of Telecom has extended the deadline to fully implement the mobile number portability across the country by another two months till 3rdJuly 2015. The earlier deadline to implement the full MNP was 2ndMay 2015.

  4. Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in New Delhi was ranked as the world's best airport for the year 2014, under the category of handling 25 to 40 million passengers per annum, as per Airports Council International (ACI) report.


The Delhi airport scored 4.90 on a scale of 5 points measured by 300 members of the ACI ASQ benchmarking programme. Airports Council International (ACI) presented the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) award to IGIA at a ceremony of the ACI Asia-Pacific/World Annual General Assembly.

  1. Two Indians have been awarded with the prestigious Whitley Awards for their contribution to wildlife conservation. Dr Ananda Kumar was awarded the prize in recognition of his work using innovative communication systems to enable human-elephant coexistence in southern India. Dr Pramod Patil also won the Whitley Award, dubbed 'Green Oscar' for his work to protect the iconic great Indian bustard in the Thar Desert.

  2. The Whitley Award, also known as Green Oscar, was established in 1994 by Edward Whitley and given by the Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN). The award recognises and celebrates effective national and regional conservation leaders across the globe.

  3. The Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has appointed, actor and producer Mukesh Khanna as the Chairperson of the Children's Film Society of India (CFSI). He replaced Amole Gupte.Mukesh Khanna is known for his iconic role as Shaktimaan, a 1990s superhero series.

  4. IPS officer, Surender Singh took over as the new chief of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). He succeeds Arvind Ranjan who retired as the Director General of the CISF.


Surender Singh is a 1980-batch police officer of West Bengal cadre. Earlier, he served as a Special Director in the Intelligence Bureau (IB).

  1. Famousscientist and Bharat Ratna awardee Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao was conferred with Japan-s highest civilian award the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star. He was chosen for the award for his outstanding contributions to science and Indo-Japanese science cooperation.

  2. India's foreign exchange reserves jumped by USD 1.4 billion in the week ended April 24 to touch all time high value of USD 344.6 billion, as per the Reserve Bank of India weekly report. The rise in exchange reserves was mainly on account of a USD 1.4 billion jump in the foreign currency assets (FCAs) which was jumped to USD 320 billion.


The special drawing rights (SDRs) with the International Monetary Fund were marginally up by USD 0.2 million and reserve position with the IMF remained stable at USD 1.29 billion while gold reserves remained unchanged at USD 19.03 billion.
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Current Affairs Global - 5 May 2015

  1. World Asthma Day is observed toady (5thMay) across the world by the Global Initiative for Asthma, GINA. The theme for 2015 is -You Can Control Your Asthma-. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) there are about 300 million people suffering from asthma across the globe.

  2. World Press Freedom Day was observed on 3rdMay across the world to raise awareness about freedom of the press and freedom of expression are fundamental human rights. The theme of World Press Freedom day of year 2015 is -Let Journalism Thrive! Towards better reporting, gender equality and media safety in the digital age-.


World Press Freedom Day on 3rd May was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO's General Conference in 1991.

  1. Famous Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal received the Golden Medal for Merit in Work which is one of the top civilian honours of Spain. Nadal received the honour from the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy Brey at the PM-s official residence in Madrid.

  2. English football clubChelsea won the Barclays Premier League 2014-15 football title after defeating Crystal Palace 1-0 in the final match held at Stamford Bridge in London. This is their first premier title after winning it last time in 2009-10 season.


Current Affairs India - 5 May 2015

  1. The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, cleared the Bill to operationalize the Land Boundary Agreement with Bangladesh.It now includes territories in Assam along with those in West Bengal, Tripura and Meghalaya. The Bill that is likely to come up in the Rajya Sabha tomorrow.


Government will have to bring the Constitutional Amendment Bill for ratification of the Land Boundary Agreement with Bangladesh. It would require ratification by at least 50% of the state legislatures before it comes into effect.

  1. A surface-to-air missile named as 'Akash', indigenously developed by the Defence Research Development Laboratory (DRDL), under Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP), was inducted into Indian Army.Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL), in partnership with Bharat Dynamics Limited (BL), is supplying critical electronic systems for Akash Weapon System to Indian army.

  2. Future Retail has announced that it would merge its retail operations with Bharti Retail Ltd to create one of India's biggest retail chain with more than 570 stores across the country. Post this deal, the retail business of Future Retail will be merged with Bharti Retail and the combined entity will own the retail operations of both the companies.

  3. IndianRailway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) won the 5th National women hockey championship title after defeating Jharkhand teamby 12-2 goals in the final match played at the Master Chandgi Ram sports stadium at Saifai, Uttar Pradesh.

  4. The Indian Army team won the 19th Federation Cup national senior athletic championships. They scored 123.5 points at the end of the four-day event held at Mangaluru, Karnatakawhile Tamil Nadu team came second by securing 114 points. Kerala won the championship in the women's category with 86 points followed by Karnataka with 68 points.


 
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Current Affairs Global - 7 May 2015

  1. Syrian journalist and rights activist Mazen Darwish was awarded with the UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2015.The award was given by the UN's Cultural body for recognition of his work carried out in Syria for more than 10 years in spite of personal sacrifice, harassment, repeated detention and torture.

  2. Cisco Systems Inc CEO John Chambers, who has served as CEO since January 1995 and has grown the networking company-s revenue from USD 1.2 billion to USD 48 billion at present, will leave the CEO role. He will be replaced by Chuck Robbins as its next chief executive, effective July 26 this year.


Robbins was Cisco-s senior vice president of the Americas and was elected to the Board of Directors of Cisco effective 1st May 2015. Chambers will become the executive chairman and continue to serve as chairman of the company-s board.

  1. England batsman Jonathan Trott has announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect after a disappointing tour of the West Indies. He scored just 72 runs in test matches including three ducks.


Current Affairs India - 7 May 2015

  1. The Lok Sabha passed the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill,2014 today which will permit juveniles between the ages of 16 and 18 years to be tried as adults for heinous offences.


The nature of crime will be examined by the juvenile justice board whether it was committed as a child mind or as an adult mind and take the appropriate decision. The Bill also seeks to consolidate and amend the law relating to children alleged and found to be in conflict with law and children needing care and protection.

  1. The long-pending GST bill was approved by Lok Sabha after a walkout by Congress even as government promised to compensate states for any revenue loss and assured that the new uniform indirect tax rate will be much less than 27% recommended by an expert panel.


By subsuming most indirect taxes levied by the central and state governments like excise, service tax, VAT and sales tax, the pan-India goods and services tax (GST) regime has proposed to facilitate a common market in the country. This step is expected to boost GDP growth for India by around 1.5% once implemented.

  1. Bollywood actor Salman Khan was sentenced to five years for killing a person in a hit-and-run case in 2002.He was convicted by a session court today. Though he was granted interim bail by the Bombay High till Friday.


A Mumbai court rejected Mr Khan's claims that it was his driver who was at the wheel of his Toyota Land Cruiser when it ran into a group of homeless men sleeping outside a Mumbai bakery.

  1. Achal Kumar Jyoti, a former Chief Secretary during the tenure of Narendra Modi as Gujarat Chief Minister, was appointed as the Election Commissioner. With this he will fill one of the two vacancies in the three-member body. He will have a tenure of nearly three years, when he will turn 65, the retirement age as per constitution.

  2. 56 Indian companies are figured in the Forbes list of world's 2000 powerful companies published today. Reliance Industries is the topmost India Company which is ranked at 142ndpositionfollowed by State Bank of India. Other Indian companies include ICICI Bank, Axis Bank and HDFC Bank, PSUs like Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum, NTPC, Tata Motors, Tata Consultancy Services, Bharti Airtel, Infosys, Wipro, Tata Steel and Adani Enterprises etc. US holds the No 1 position with 579 companies in the list followed by China with 232 companies in the list.

  3. Indian rupee hit a 20 month low and closed at 64.34 per USD as foreign investors continued to sell in the equity markets. Indian rupee hit the intra-day low value of 64.28 during intraday trading.

  4. Famous investor and portfolio advisor who used behavioral finance and value investing as a strategy for his investment passed away in a car accident in Omaha, USA on Sunday. His wife, Geeta Parikh sustained critical head and chest injuries in the same accident. They were in the US to attend the Warren Buffett-controlled Berkshire Hathaway's annual shareholders meeting on Sunday.


 
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Current Affairs Global - 9 May 2015

  1. David Cameron has been re-elected as the Prime Minister of UK after winning election. With this he will return as PM for the second consecutive time.


With all 650 seats declared, the Conservatives had won 331, Labour won 232, the SNP won 56 and the Liberal Democrats won 8 seats. In practice 323 Members of Parliament is the number needed to form a majority government.

  1. The US economy created 223,000 new jobs in April which is a much better performance compared to last month. The USunemployment rate dropped to a seven-year low of 5.4% in April compared to 5.5% in March, as per US labor department.


Current Affairs India - 9 May 2015

  1. PM Narendra Modi has signed MoUsworth Rs 24,000 crore at Dantewada to boost infrastructure development in Chhattisgarh today.


He also launched three social security schemes pertaining to insurance and pension in Kolkata. While two insurance schemes - Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY) and Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY) will provide insurance cover in the unfortunate event of death by any cause or disability due to an accident, the pension scheme - Atal Pension Yojana (APY) will address the old age income security needs.

  1. A strategically important new Naval base -INS Sardar Patel- was commissioned in Porbandar by Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel. Gujarat has a coastline of 1600 km and this base will be strategically very important for India.

  2. Expelled JD(U) leader and former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi launched a new political party named as Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM)and he plans to contest alone in all the 243 seats in coming Bihar polls. He named former Bihar minister Shakuni Chaudhary as Bihar President of the HAM.

  3. A high level committee was formed by the Central Government on the controversial issue of payment of Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT) by foreign institutional investors. The committee will be headed by Justice A P Shah, as announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Finance Bill in the Rajya Sabha.

  4. Famous marksman Jitu Rai was declared the Sportsperson of the Year' at theTimes of India Sports Awardsin a ceremony that was graced by the legendary Carl Lewis. 'Flying Sikh' Milkha Singh was awarded with the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' from the 'Olympian of the century'.


The jury panel comprised of former Davis Cupper Ramesh Krishnan, Olympic gold medallist hockey player Zafar Iqbal, World championship bronze medallist long jumper Anju Bobby George and Former Indian cricket team captain Saurav Ganguly.

  1. Geeta Phogat won a bronze medal in the Women's Freestyle 58kg category in the Senior Asian Wrestling championship held in Doha. She defeated Vietnam's Thi Loan Nyguen in the bronze medal play-off.


 
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Current Affairs Global - 11 May 2015

  1. World Health Organization (WHO) had declared Libera Ebola free after appreciating Liberia-s Ebola eradication efforts to tackle with the deadly disease. Now, Liberia-s neighbous Guinea and Sierra Leone are only two countries fighting to stop Ebola outbreak since it began in December 2013.


WHO can declare a country Ebola free, if no new cases are reported over two incubation periods of virus i.e. 21 days. In case of Liberia, no new cases of Ebola were reported in past 42 days i.e. twice the number of days the virus requires to incubate.

  1. Mercedes driver Germany-s Nico Rosberg won the Spanish Grand Prix Formula 1 World Championship held at Barcelona in Spain yesterday.Lewis Hamilton finished at the second position followed by Sebastian Vettel. This is the ninth championship title for Rosberg in his Forumula 1 career and the first victory of the 2015 season.

  2. British Andy Murray defeated Spanish Rafael Nadal by 6-3 6-2 in the final to win the Madrid Masters Men's Singles Title.


Czech-s Petra Kvitova defeated Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova by 6-1, 6-2 in the final to win the Madrid Open Women's Singles title. This was her Madrid Open Women's Singles Title after winning the same in 2011.
India-s Rohan Bopanna and his Romanian partner Florin Mergea defeated Poland-s Marcin Matkowski and Serbia-s Nenad Zimonjic pair by 6-2, 6-7, (5-7) in the final match to win the Madrid Open Men's doubles Title 2015.
Current Affairs India - 11 May 2015

  1. National Technology Day is observed today (11thMay) across the nation. It has been observed on the same fday every year since 1999.


The first, indigenous aircraft "Hansa-3" was test flown at Bangalore on this day and India performed successful test firing of the Trishul missile on the same day. India also executed three successful nuclear tests, carried out at Pokhran, in Rajasthan May 11.

  1. The Karnataka High Court acquitted AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa in the 19-year-old disproportionate assets case. While acquitting, the Court concluded that the percentage of assets amassed by her in relation to her known sources of income was merely 8.12% in excess and not as claimed by the prosecution.


Post this, she will return as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu again which she had to leave after being convicted in the DA case by a lower session court.

  1. Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor was awarded with the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Award 2014  by Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley at a special function held in Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai. With this, he became the 46th film personality to receive this honour and third member of his famous Kapoor family after father Prithviraj Kapoor (1972- Posthumously) and elder brother Raj Kapoor (1987).

  2. The central government has launched a dedicated e-commerce Centre in New Delhi to cater the e-commerce business enterprises which was inaugurated by Communication and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

  3. ICICI Bank's non-executive chairman KV Kamath has been appointed as the first President of the New Development Bank of BRICS nations. The New Development Bank (NDB) is a proposed multilateral development bank operated by the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) as an alternative to the existing set up of World Bank and International Monetary Fund.


The New Development Bank headquarter will be in Shanghai, China. The Bank will have a rotating chair and its first President will be from India.

  1. K Satish Reddy, Chairman of Dr Reddy's Laboratories Ltd, has been appointed as the new chairman of the National Safety Council (NSC). He replaced Venu Srinivasan.


The NSC is the apex body set up by the Ministry of Labour and Employment, to generate, develop and sustain a voluntary movement on safety, health and environment at the national level.
 
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Current Affairs India - 13 May 2015

  1. President Pranab Mukheejee has appointed new four governors for four states Meghalaya, Jharkhand, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh while he has shifted two Governors for two states.


V Shanmuganthan was appointed as new governor of Meghalaya. J P Rakkhowa was appointed new governor of Arunachal Pradesh and He will replace Lt. General (Retd.) Nirbhay Sharma. Tathagata Roy was appointed new governor of Tripura and Draupadi Murmu was appointed new governor of Jharkhand.
At the same time, Nirbhay Sharma was shifted from Arunachal Pradesh to Mizoram and Syed Ahmed was shifted from Jharkhand to Manipur.

  1. The government has approved Rs. 20,000 crore budget for "Namami Gange" programme, which will integrate the efforts to clean and protect the River Ganga in a comprehensive manner. The programme will be implemented by the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), and its state counterpart organisations, the State Programme Management Groups (SPMGs).

  2. The government has agreed to form a select committee of the Rajya Sabha on the Goods and Services Tax, GST bill. The panel comprise of 21 - member and will be headed by BJP member Bhupendra Yadav. GST was first proposed 12 years ago but couldn't be approved as states feared reduction in their fiscal powers.

  3. Justice Cyriac Joseph was appointed as the interim Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) by the President Pranab Mukherjee.He succeeds KG Balakrishnan had completed his tenure as the sixth and the longest serving NHRC Chairperson.


Justice Cyriac Joseph will be act as an interim chairperson of NHRC till the appointment of the new Chairman.

  1. Indian-born Nikesh Arora was appointed as the President of Japan's multinational telecommunications and internet company SoftBank Corp.He succeeds Masayoshi Son. Before that he was the Vice Chairman of the company and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SB Group US, Inc.

  2. India-s retail inflation, measured by the Consumer price index, eased to a four-month low of 4.87% in April compared to 5.25% in previous month of March due to slower annual increases in food costs.Food inflation, based on Consumer Food Price Index, dropped to 5.11% in April compared to 6.14% in March.

  3. The Union Cabinet cleared 5% disinvestment in National Thermal Power Corporation Limited and 10% divestment in Indian Oil as a part of Government-s divestment strategy. It may fetch the government over 13,000 crore rupees at current market price.


 
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Current Affairs Global - 14 May 2015

  1. The economy of the euro zone grew by 0.4% in the first quarter of the year as per the official figure which was also the fastest quarterly growth rate in last two years.


Germany's economy grew by 0.3% which was lower than expectations while Frace grew by more than expected at less than expected while France-s economy grew faster than forecast.

  1. China overtook the United States to become the world's top importer of crude oil for the first time in April.As per the Reuters latest data, China's crude oil imports hit 7.4 million barrels a day (bpd) last month compared to United States' estimated imports of 7.2 million bpd in April.


Current Affairs India - 14 May 2015

  1. Global brokerage HSBC has downgraded India to -underweight- from -overweight- due to weak monsoon forecast and possibility of no further rate cut. This is the first major downgrade for Indian markets in the past one year. HSBC also added that India has become the second most expensive and one of the most over-owned markets in Asia.

  2. Indian-American student, Karan Menon, aged 14, has won the prestigious National Geographic Bee competition in the US.With this, he received a USD 85,000 college scholarship, lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and an expedition for two to the Galapagos Islands aboard the Lindblad ship National Geographic Endeavour.

  3. Indian author Neel Mukherjee was awarded with the 2014 Encore Award for his novel The Lives of Others. The Lives of Others was also shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize.

  4. Famous eminent Bengali author Suchitra Bhattacharya passed away following a cardiac arrest in Kolkata on 13thmay. She was one of the most popular novelists of Bengali literature in recent times.


 
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Current Affairs Global - 17 May 2015

  1. An Egyptian court has sentenced Egypt-s ousted President Mohammed Morsy to death along with 20 others.He is already serving a 20-year sentence following his conviction in April this year on charges linked to the killing of protesters outside a Cairo presidential palace in December 2012.


Current Affairs India - 17 May 2015

  1. India-s overall inflation, measured by Wholesale price index dropped to a new low of (-) 2.65% in April due to drop in prices of fuel and manufactured items. India-s overall inflation has been in negative zone since November 2014. It was 5.55% in April last year.


The manufactured products segment witnessed deflation for the second consecutive month as prices dropped to a record low of (-) 0.52% in April. Inflation in food articles category stood at 5.73% in April compared to 6.31% in March while inflation in fuel and power segment stood at (-) 13.03% in April.

  1. The Central Government was able to restrict the fiscal deficit to 4% during financial year 2014-15, which is much lower than the revised estimate announced in the budget. The fiscal deficit at the end of 2014-15, stood at Rs. 5,01,880 crore which is 98% of the projected figure in revised estimates of 2014-15. Also this is much lower compared to 4.4 fiscal deficit witnessed in the previous financial year of 2013-14.

  2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced to grant of e-visa (electronic visa also called visa on arrival)facility to the Chinese nationals in Beijing even as he urged China to "reconsider its approach" to issues that have long strained ties and complicated business between the two Asian giants.


India and China also signed 24 deals worth of more than USD 10 billion, including MOUs in the area of skill development, railways, establishing sister relations between cities of the two countries among others.

  1. Arun Shrivastava has been appointed as the new Managing Director and CEO of Syndicate Bank. He assumed charge of the bank. Earlier he was Executive Director of Bank of India, looking after Corporate Finance, Strategy & Planning, Publicity and Public Relations portfolios of the bank.

  2. Senior journalist and Editor-in-Chief of News - 24 Channel, Anurradha Prasad has been awarded with Pt. Haridutt Sharma Award for her contribution in the field of Journalism, Writing and Social Services. The award was named after Pt. Haridutt Sharma, a renowned journalist and eminent writer.

  3. Gagan Narang won the bronze medal in the 50m Rifle Prone Event of the ISSF World Cup at Fort Benning in USA. With this win, he earned himself a quota place for the 2016 Rio Olympics.He shot 185.8 overall to secure third place behind gold medalist Michael McPhail (208.8 points) of USA and Ole Kristian Bryhn (206.3) of Norway. He also won the bronze in 10m Rifle at the London Olympics.


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Current Affairs Global - 19 May 2015

  1. David Arthur Granger was sworn in as the 8th President of Guyana after the Guyana Elections Commission Chairman Dr. Steve Surujbally formally announced that his Coalition party had won the 2015 General and Regional Elections.

  2. Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has announced his retirement from ODI cricket just a day before leaving for Test tours of the West Indies and England.After winning the World Cup final match against New Zealand in Melbourne, he announced that he would not play in any One Day match in March.


Haddin played 126 ODIs and scored 3122 runs at an average of 31.53 with two centuries and 16 fifties. He also had 170 catches and 11 stumpings, the third-most dismissals for an Australia Wicket keeper after Adam Gilchrist and Ian Healy.
Current Affairs India - 19 May 2015

  1. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has notified that higher service tax of 14% which was proposed in the budget speech this year will be effective from 1stJune this year which will beinclusive of an education cess. Currently, the basic service tax rate is 12% and education cess is levied at the rate of 3% of the basis tax, which takes the total service tax rate to 12.36%. Service tax is levied on all services except those in the negative list.

  2. Sixth edition of National Conference on Nuclear Energy was held in New Delhi with the theme of -Nuclear Energy: a Clean Energy option.-It was organized by Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), which is one of the apex trade associations of India.

  3. Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Jagat Prakash Nadda, will join as President of the 68th Session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) at Genevaas India assumes the Presidency of the WHA, the high decision making body of the World Health Organisation (WHO). India assumed the presidency position after a long gap of 19 years.

  4. Draupadi Murmu was sworn in as the first woman Governor of Jharkhand. She succeeds Syed Ahmed, who was transferred as Manipur Governor.

  5. M J Joseph has been appointed as the Controller General of Accounts (CGA) by Union Ministry of Finance. He suceeds Jawahar Thakur.Before this appointment, he was Director General (DG) of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).


CGA is the principal Accounts Adviser to the Union Government. He is responsible for maintaining and establishing a technically sound management accounting system.

  1. Reliance Industries (RIL) owned Telecom Company Reliance Jio Infocomm has signed a pact with Chinese firm Huawei for sourcing various 4G devices including smartphones, tablets and Wifi dongles.Reliance Jio Infocomm plans to launch 4G service in around 5,000 towns and cities this year.


 
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Current Affairs Global - 22 May 2015

  1. As per the officials of AIIB, China will be the largest shareholder with a 30.85% in the newly initiative Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), followed by India and Russia. India will have 10.4% stake.


A total of 57 countries have joined AIIB as founding members, including 37 from Asia, which is set to mainly finance major infrastructure projects in Asia.

  1. An Indian American professor at Yale University, Akhil Reed Amar was nominated by President Barack Obama to the National Council on the Humanities, a key administration post. He has been a professor at both Yale Law School and Yale College since 1985 and has held various professorships, including Southmayd Professor from 1993 to 2008, professor from 1990 to 1993, associate professor from 1988 to 1990, and assistant professor from 1985 to 1988.


Current Affairs India - 22 May 2015

  1. Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam resigned as he submitted his resignation to Governor K Rosiah, making way for AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa to come back as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. All 151 MLAs of the party unanimously re-elected Jayalalithaa as the legislature party leader, paving the way for her to become the state chief minister for the fifth time. She is expected to be sworn in on 23rdMay.

  2. SS Ahluwalia has been appointed as the chairman of Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition Rehabilitation and Resettlement (LARR) (Amendment) Bill, 2015. The committee has 20 members from the Lok Sabha and 10 members from the Rajya Sabha.

  3. The finance ministry has constituted a panel, headed by chairman of the Law Commission of India A P Shah, to look into the applicability of Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT) on foreign institutional investors (FIIs) before April 2015. The panel comprises of three members including one Chairman. Other two members are Ashok Lahiri, former chief economic advisor and Girish Ahuja, former associate professor of commerce at Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi.

  4. Draupadi Murmu was sworn in as the first woman Governor of Jharkhand. Also she became the ninth Governor of Jharkhand. She succeeded Syed Ahmed who was recently appointed as Governor of Manipur.

  5. The Climate Group announced that Infosys, India-s leading Information Technology Company, has become the first Indian company to join RE100, a global platform for major companies committed to 100% renewable power. As part of its commitment to RE100, Infosys aims to become carbon neutral by 2018.

  6. Famouseconomist, academic and policy advisor, Mrinal Datta Chaudhuri passed away in Pune. He was 81. He was suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).


 
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Current Affairs India - 24 May 2015

  1. India has been ranked at the 6th place in the top rankings of space-faring nations as per a report published by a Chinese research institution.As per the report, India's accomplishment in becoming the only Asian country to send a spacecraft to Mars has earned it a place in the top rankings of space-faring nations.


United States secured the first rank in the list followed by Europe, Russia and China. The report also mentions emerging countries in space represented by Canada and the South Korea, which closely follow China, Japan and India.

  1. India was ranked at the 24th position out of 70 countries in the first Environmental Democracy Index 2015 published by Washington-based World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Access Initiative last week. Lithuania topped the list followed by Latvia and Russia. The index evaluates the environmental democracy in 70 countries based on recognized international standards.

  2. AIADMK Chief Jayalalithaa sworn in for the fifth time as Tamil Nadu chief minister by Governor K Rosaiah. With this she came back as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, nearly eight months after she was forced to quit over corruption charges.

  3. Private Sector Company Tata Power will move out of the stock market benchmark index Sensex and will be replaced by drug maker Lupin. Also Adani Power will be dropped from the S&P BSE 100 index.


The S&P BSE-100, an index of the top 100 listed companies in the country, will include Aurobindo Pharma and Tata Motors (DVR) while the S&P BSE-200 will include Ajanta Pharma , Suzlon Energy , Dewan Housing , NCC  India and Tata Motors (DVR).
 
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Current Affairs Global - 26 May 2015

  1. John Forbes Nash Jr., who won Nobel Prize for his famous Game theory, passed away along with his wife in a car crash. He was 86. His taxi crashed on the New Jersey Turnpike in Monroe Township when the driver lost control.


He was an American mathematician who became famous for his game theory, differential geometry, and partial differential equations.

  1. Mercedes formula 1 driver Germany-s Nico Rosberg won the Monaco Grand Prix Formula 1 World Championship title held in Monaco.Sebastian Vettel from Ferrari team secured the second position and Rosberg-s team mate Lewis Hamiltion of UK secured the third positon in the same race.


Current Affairs India - 26 May 2015

  1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched -Kisan TV- only for the farmers at a function held in Vigyan Bhawan.He also stressed on the need for improving farmers- condition in the country and said if country wants to progress, the elevation of villages and farmers is the stepping stone.


In his Union Budget 2014 speech, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had announced that a 24-hour TV channel will be dedicated to the agriculture sector, for which he had allocated Rs. 100 crore.

  1. Social media giant Facebook has gathered 8 lakh users in India for its Internet.org initiative. Facebook had partnered telecom company Reliance Communications to offer free access to over 30 websites without data charges to users in India.


Internet.org service is available for Reliance customers in seven telecom circles of Mumbai, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Chennai, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

  1. Indian filmmaker Neeraj Ghaywan's, 'Masaan' has bagged the international federation of film critics (Fipresci) award at the 68th Cannes International film festival. The film was screened in the Uncertain Regard section, the film received a standing ovation at the end of its screening.

  2. Mumbai Indians defeated Chennai Super Kings by 41 runs in the final to win the Indian Premier League 2015.This is Mumbai Indian-s second IPL title win after their first win in 2013. Rohit Sharma was awarded with Man of the Match Award while Andre Russell of KKR was awarded with the Player of the Tournament award.


 
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Current Affairs Global - 31 May 2015

  1. Sepp Blatter was re-elected as the President of FIFA for the fifth term amidthe ongoing corruption scandal affecting football's governing body. At the same time, FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke confirmed that Russia and Qatar will host the Football World Cups in 2018 and 2022 respectively amid.

  2. Brazil's economy contracted by 0.2% in the first quarter of the year due to severe droughts.It contracted by 0.2% compared with the previous three months which was better than economists- expectations of 0.5% contraction. Brazil is the seventh largest economy in the world.

  3. The US economy contracted by 0.7% in the first tquarter of 2015, compared to the same period last year. The US economy was last contracted in the first quarter of 2014, when it was contracted by 2.1%.


Consumer spending, which accounts for about 70% of US economic activity, slowed to 1.8% growth in the first quarter.
Current Affairs India - 31 May 2015

  1. India topped the list of World Hunger list with the highest number of hungry people in the world, at 194 million, as per a United Nations annual hunger report titled 'The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015'.Though at the global level, the corresponding figure dropped to 795 million in 2014-15, from 1 billion in 1990-92, with East Asia led by China accounting for most of the reductions. In India, the number reduced from 210.1 million in 1990 to 194.6 million in 2015.

  2. Tripura government has decided to withdraw the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), 1958 from the remaining areas of the state.  The decision was taken during the state cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Manik Sarkar in Agartala after Police in its latest half-yearly review had found no need to extend the act any further.

  3. Famous Scientist S Christopher has been appointed as the new DRDO chief and will be in charge of the day-to-day functioning of DRDO, technology development and co-ordination with the ministry. At the same time, G Satheesh Reddy has been appointed as the Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister. He would provide critical advice to the defence minister on technology and scientific and technological aspects of new acquisitions.


With this, the government has split the two posts for the first time. The posts are DRDO Chief and Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister.

  1. Retired Lt. General Nirbhay Sharma was sworn in as the Eighth Governor of Mizoram last week. He was transferred from Arunachal Pradesh and appointed Governor of Mizoram by President Pranab Mukherjee earlier this month.He replaced Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi who took additional charge of Mizoram.

  2. Manabi Bandopadhyay has been appointed the first transgender principal at a college in West Bengal, which is the first in India. Manabi will assume the role of Krishnagar Women-s College principal in West Bengal in June.She is currently an associate professor in Bengali at Vivekananda Satobarshiki Mahavidyalaya.

  3. India's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 7.5% in the last quarter of the financial year 2014-15. The GDP growth for the entire financial year FY 2014-15 now provisionally stands at 7.3%. Indian-s economic growth in FY 2014-15is higher compared to 6.9% GDP growth witnessed in the previous financial year of 2013-14. With this GDS growth rate, India outpaced China-s GDP growth rate.

  4. Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane was awarded with the CEAT Indian Cricketer of the Year award and the Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakara bagged the International Cricketer of the Year award in the 19th edition of CEAT Awards.


The former Indian cricket captain, Kapil Dev, was conferred the International Lifetime Achievement Award. Hasim Amla won the International Batsman of the Year award while Rangana Herath won the International Bowler of the Year award.

  1. Beijing Olympic medal winner Abhinav Bindra qualified for the Rio Olympics 2016 through one of the Olympic quotas.He shot 627.5 to qualify in the 10m air rifle event at the 1972 Olympic Shooting Range in Hochbrucke. With this he is now the fourth Indian shooter to qualify for Rio Games after he clinched one of the three quotas available to qualify for the games.