May 2016 Current Affairs List

Current Affairs International - 2-3 May 2016

  1. The World Press Freedom Day was observed on 3rdMay across the world to raise awareness about Press and bring focus on the freedom of information, protecting journalism from censorship, and ensuring safety for journalists. The theme of 2016 was -Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms - This Is Your Right!- The day proclaimed by the United Nations in 1993.

  2. Global Tech Giant Google has acquired a business technology start-up 'Synergyse' founded by an Indian-origin entrepreneur in order to improve its training offerings for Google Apps to its customers and customers' users. The Toronto-based company is founded by Varun Malhotra in the year 2013 which aims to teach users how to use Google Apps.

  1. Leicester City won the English Premier League for the first time in the club's 132 year history after nearest challengers Tottenham Hotspur could only manage a 2-2 draw with Chelsea yesterday. With this, Leicester City emerged as the winner with 7 points lead compared to Tottenham.

Leicester City striker forward Jamie Vardy was named 2015-16 Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers Association (FWA). He will be honoured with the prestigious FWA accolade at a gala dinner in London on 12th May 2016.

  1. German driver Nico Rosberg of Mercedes team won the Russian Grand Prix held this weekend which was his fourth win in a row this season. British driver Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen finished second and third place in the same race respectively.

Current Affairs India - 2-3 May 2016

  1. Three famous Indian Born scientists are part of the fifty scientists elected as Fellows of the Royal Society, a premier scientific academy of the U.K and the Commonwealth. They are- Physicist Sriram Ramaswamy, Director of TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Hyderabad, Biochemist Ramanujan Hegde, MRC Laboratory of Microbiology, U.K. and Applied mathematician Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan, Harvard University.

  2. All four Southern languages Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Odia are now chosen as the classical languages of India, as announced by the Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma in Lok Sabha this week.Earlier, only Sanskrit had this status. Demands have come to grant the classical status to Marathi as well.

  3. Ajay Mittal, 1982 batch IAS officer of Himachal Pradesh Cadre, took charge as the Information and Broadcasting Secretary. He succeeded Sunil Arora who retired last weekend. Before this appointment, he was serving as Additional Chief Secretary for Transport, Social Justice and Empowerment Department in Himachal Pradesh.

  4. Indian American journalist Neela Banerjee and her colleagues from Inside Climate News, John Cushman Jr, David Hasemyer and Lisa Song, have been conferred with the Edgar Allan Poe award by the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA).The award was shared by Washington Post reporter Terrence McCoy, who explored the issue of lead poisoning among poor black children in Baltimore.

  5. Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has agreed to become India's Olympic goodwill ambassador after appointment of actor Salman Khan and Shooter Abhinav Bindra for the same purpose. AR Rahman was also approached by Indian Olympic Association to become goodwill ambassadors of Indian contingent for 2016 Rio Olympics.

  6. BCCI has nominated Indian Test captain Virat Kohli for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and has recommended Ajinkya Rahane for the Arjuna Award. Sports persons nominated for the Khel Ratna Award so far are Incheon Asian Games gold medallist shooter Jitu Rai, squash star Dipika Pallikal, athlete Tintu Luka and ace golfer Anirban Lahiri.Athletes Lalita Babar and OP Jaisha, shooters PN Prakash and Apurvi Chandela, and archer Laxmirani Majhi have been nominated for Arjuna Awards.

  7. Famous Indian boxer Vijender Singh won his 5th consecutive victory in Professional Boxing after he defeated Frenchman Matiouze Royer at London's Copper Box Arena via knock-out. Royer was Vijender's most experienced rival till date, with 44 bouts, including 14 wins, under his belt before the match.

Current Affairs India - 4 May 2016

  1. The Supreme Court formed a panel headed by former Chief Justice of India RM Lodha, to provide views to upgrade the functions of the Medical Council of India and possible reform. The three-member panel which also comprises former CAG Vinod Rai and Dr SK Sareen, will monitor the functioning of the medical regulator as well.

  2. Indian Information Service (IIS) officer Bhupendra Kainthola has been appointed as the new Director of Pune-based Film & Television Institute of India (FTII) for a tenure of three years. He replaced Prashant Pathrabe who retired recently.

  3. Future Group CEO Kishore Biyani has been appointed as the MD of Bharti Retail after Future group acquired Bharti Retail in May last year.Post-merger, the combined entity will be renamed as Future Retail Ltd which will be the biggest supermarket chains with Rs.15,000 crore turnover.

  4. Sameer Chadha has been appointed as the partner and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of KPMG's India operation.He joined KPMG Global Services (KGS) from Barclays Shared Services, where he was the Chief Executive Officer.

Current Affairs International - 5 May 2016

  1. Mexican diplomat Patricia Espinosa has been appointed as the next executive secretary of UNFCCCUN (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. She will replace the incumbent Christiana Figueres when her term ends in July this year. She will play an important role in implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change that was approved by 195 countries in Paris, France last month.

  2. The European Central Bank (ECB) has announced that it will permanently stop producing the 500 euro banknote by the end of 2018 amid concern of increasing illicit and money laundering activities.The issuance of the 500 euro note will be stopped around the end of 2018, when the 100 euro and 200 euro banknotes of the Europa series are planned to be introduced.

  3. Financial inequality is highest in India and China among Asia Pacific nations, as per a report published by the International Monetary Fund. As per the report, these two nations have witnessed sharp growth accompanied by high inequality. While China and Thailand have been able to uplift middle class in urban areas, India and Indonesia have struggled to lift sizeable portions of their populations toward higher income levels.

  4. Italian sports car manufacturer Ferrari has appointed its Chairman Sergio Marchionne as the new CEO with immediate effect.He replaced Amedeo Felisa, who retired from his post recently.

  5. English snooker player Mark Selby, who holds the World No. 1 rank, defeated China's Ding Junhui 18-14 to win his second World Championship title this week. He won his first World Championship in 2014 by beating Ronnie O'Sullivan 18-14.

Current Affairs India - 5 May 2016

  1. Vice-Admiral Sunil Lanba will be the next chief of the Indian Navy following retirement of current Navy Chief Admiral R K Dhowan. R K Dhowan will retire later this month. He will be the 23rd chief of Indian Navy.

  2. The Central government has approved the Memorandum of Cooperation between the Ministry of Women and Child Development and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on real-time supervision of the Integrated Child Development Services and allied matters. This will enable officials to ensure proper delivery of the service besides helping create a shared national communication campaign customised to local contexts.

  3. Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court KM Joseph has been transferred to Andhra Pradesh who has recently questioned the imposition of President's rule in Uttarakhand. Also Andhra Pradesh High Court's acting Chief Justice Dilip B Bhosale has been promoted and made Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court as part of the reshuffle.

  4. Radha Binod Barman took charge as the part-time Chairperson of the National Statistical Commission which is an advisory body on all statistical matters, established to enhance public trust in official statistics. Other part-time Members in the Commission include S Mahendra Dev, Rahul Mukherjee, Rajiv Mehta and Manoj Panda.

  5. Corporation Bank has been awarded -excellence award on empowering MSMEs- by the Federation of Industry, Trade and Services (FITS) for reaching the regulatory target of 7% of annual net bank credit under micro enterprises for 2015-16, as per notification released by the bank. Jai Kumar Garg, Managing Director and CEO of the bank, received the award from Kalraj Mishra, Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), in New Delhi.

  6. Late Bollywood director Yash Chopra, who captured the Swiss valley in his films, has been honoured with a special statue by the Switzerland government which was inaugurated this week. A sculpture is made of pure bronze and weighs about 350 kilos. The statue will be installed at the heart of Interlaken, inside the KURSAAL area, near the Congress Centre.

Current Affairs International - 6-7 May 2016

  1. Labour Party-s Sadiq Khan has been elected the new Mayor of London, also the first Muslim Mayor of London.Sadiq Khan, son of a Pakistani bus driver, defeated Tory Zac Goldsmith to secure his position as Mayor.

  2. Enda Kenny has been re-elected as Ireland's Prime Minister, creating a history of being Prime Minister for two terms.He secured the support of a diverse group of independents and managed to strike a deal with opposition party Fianna Fail to form minority government.

  3. Famous musician Angelique Kidjo along with three inspirational African youth activist movements have been declared the joint winners of the prestigious Amnesty International top 2016 human rights award.The award will be shared between the singer and the activist groups Y-en a marre from Senegal, le Balai Citoyen from Burkina Faso and Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA) from DRC, all of them will be honoured at the awards ceremony in Dakar, Senegal in May this year.

  4. Former South African cricketer Mickey Arthur has been appointed head coach of Pakistan Cricket team by the Pakistan Cricket Board. The post was left vacant after Waqar Younis resigned following Pakistan-s disastrous World Twenty20 performance in India.

  5. Pakistan defeated India in the final held in Islamabad this week to win the Asian Kabaddi championships. Pakistan defeated India by 50-31 to retain the title.

Current Affairs India - 6-7 May 2016

  1. The Lok Sabha has passed the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code Bill 2016 which is expected to improve India-s ranking in the World Bank-s -Ease of Doing Business- index.It aims to resolve the crisis of the looming bad loans in the banking sector and also aims to cover individuals, companies, and partnership firms during bankruptcy like other developed economies.

  2. India has been ranked at ninth position in the 2016 Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index, published by a global management consulting firm named AT Kearney. As per the report,India has emerged as the fastest growing economy in the world, surpassing all the other members of BRICS. The US and China secured top two positions for fourth straight year followed by Canada and Germany.

  3. Senior IPS officer Kumar Rajesh Chandra has been appointed as the new Chief of Bureau of Civil Aviation Society (BCAS),the aviation security wing of the government. The post was lying vacant since the previous Chief IPS officer G S Malhi resigned in November 2012.

  4. Indian author and Social Science professor Prashar Kulkarni won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for 2016, in the Asia region for his fiction -Cow and Company- about four men in search of a cow.The short story was adjudged the -best piece of unpublished short fiction in English- from Asia. The award carries cash price of 2500 pounds.

  5. India-s largest private sector lender ICICI Bank has signed a MoU with the BRICS Grouping-promoted New Development Bank (NDB) for a partnership in bond issuances, co-financing, treasury management and human resources. With this new MoU, ICICI Bank becomes first Indian financial institution to tie up with the BRICS Grouping-promoted NDB.

  6. India's Private sector bank Yes Bank has received a -Custodian of Securities- licence from the Capital Market regulator SEBI to offer custodial services to financial market participants, including FIIs and foreign portfolio investors (FPIs).The bank has now one year timeframe to establish the business by developing necessary infrastructure to provide the required service.

  7. India-s E-commerce marketplace Snapdeal has acquired Gurgaon-based predictive marketing technology startup TargetingMantra, founded by Saurabh Nangia and Rahul Singh in March 2013. TargetingMantra helps manage customer life cycle through personalization, targeting and big data analytics.

  8. Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor-s autobiography named as -Shashi Kapoor - the Householder, the Star- was released this week. The biography has been authored by film journalist Aseem Chhabra. It unveils the chapters of actor-s personal and professional life.

Current Affairs International - 9 May 2016

  1. United Nations (UN) has launched the UN Zika Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) to finance critical unfunded priorities in the response to the Zika outbreak.The fund was launched by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the UN Headquarters in New York this week. The fund will directly support the Zika Strategic Response Framework developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in consultation with UN agencies.

  2. World number one Novak Djokovic has defeated defending champion Andy Murray by 6-2 3-6 6-3 in the Men's Singles final held yesterday to win the Madrid Open Tennis title. With his win, Djokovic now crossed Spain's Rafael Nadal with a record 29 ATP Masters 1000 titles.

Current Affairs India - 9 May 2016

  1. India has been ranked at 9th position in the Crony Capitalism index released by Economist this week. Crony sector wealth accounts for 3.4% country's GDP while Non crony sector wealth in India accounts for 8.3% of the GDP.

Russia has been ranked at No 1 position followed by Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore. Russia's 18% of the GDP accounts for crony sector wealth. Germany is the cleanest with least number of crony capitalists, ranking at the bottom of the index, while China has the biggest concentration of crony wealth in the world at USD 360 billion.

  1. Number '112' will be launched as the emergency number across India on 1stJanuary 2017 and this can be dialed to get help of immediate services like police, ambulance and fire department. It will be similar to the all-in-one emergency number 911 in US. This number can be easily accessed even through SIMs and landlines whose outgoing call facility is stopped or temporarily suspended.

  2. The Gujarat government has granted minority status to Jain community after the decision was taken by Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel. This status will benefit the poor among Jain community where they will be benefited with various government welfare schemes and scholarships.

  3. Infosys Foundation, philanthropic arm of the IT services company, has signed a pact with Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, to support students from economically weaker section to pursue -high quality- education.As part of the MoU, the corpus fund of Rs. 5 crore named as -The Infosys Foundation Endowment Fund-, will continue in perpetuity to benefit a minimum of 50 students annually.

Current Affairs International - 10 May 2016

  1. The World Migratory Bird Day was observed today (10thMay) across the world in order to raise awareness and save migratory birds.The theme for 2016 was -Stop the illegal killing, taking and Trade of Migratory birds-.

  2. United States President Barack Obama has signed 'The National Bison Legacy Act' which makes Bison as US's first national mammal.With this, Bison has officially joined the 'Bald Eagle' as the official symbol of United States.

  3. Veteran American actor William Schallert passed away in California, US this week. He became famous for his role in popular TV series The Patty Duke Show in 1960sas Martin Lane. He was also among the founders of the Circle theatre with Sydney Chaplin (Charlie Chaplin's son) and other students in 1946.

Current Affairs India - 10 May 2016

  1. The Loksabha has passed theAnti-Hijacking Bill, 2014 which aims to modify the old Anti-Hijacking Act, 1982. As per the bill, even if the ground handling staff and airport personnel are killed during hijacking, the hijackers will be given death penalty.

The Bill defines hijacking as seizing control of an aircraft in service, unlawfully and intentionally, by coercion, technological means or by exercising force or any other form of intimidation. It covers several acts within the definition of hijacking. It includes (i) attempt and abetment of hijacking (ii) organizing or directing others to commit hijacking and (iii) making a credible threat to commit hijacking.

  1. The Union Government has launched nine projects initiatives for rural sanitation initiatives for conservation of river Ganga in Jharkhand which was launched by Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development Uma Bharti under Namami Gange Programme. Under this initiatives, villages located on the entire 83 Km. stretch of Ganga River in Jharkhand will be covered to improve the health and quality of life.

  2. Singapore's National Research Foundation granted Dr. Manavendra K Singh a grant of SGD 3 million for research in the field of congenital and adult cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Manvendra Singh works at Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore as an assistant professor in the cardiovascular and metabolic disorders programme.

  3. Atma Ram Nadkarni, a senior Judge of Bombay High Court has been appointed as Additional Solicitor General (ASG) in the Supreme Court for 3 years by The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.An Additional Solicitor General acts as law officer to advise the Central government on various legal matters. Solicitor General and Additional Solicitor General-s assist the government's top legal adviser Attorney General.

  4. Mrugank Paranjape took charge as MD and CEO of Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX), India-s largest commodity exchange, for 3 years. The post was lying vacant for past two years. Before that, He was working with Deutsche Bank for 14 years as Asia Pacific Head of Trust & Securities Services/Cash Management for Financial Institutions.

  5. The Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) under Union Ministry of Commerce & Industry has approved 100% FDI in asset reconstruction companies (ARCs) under the automatic route from the current FDI limit of 49%. Under the new rule, FII/FPIs have also been permitted to invest up to 100% of each tranche in security receipts issued by ARCs, subject to RBI directions/guidelines.

  6. Shashank Manohar has stepped down as BCCI president in order to contest election for ICC Chairman role. He was appointed as BCCI President last year after death of former BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya. Recently ICC passed a rule that ICC's chairman should be of independent nature and can't act in dual role which makes him resign from the BCCI Post.

Current Affairs International - 11-12 May 2016

  1. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was suspended today to face impeachment which ended her 13-year long leftist rule. Vice-president Michel Temer took charge as President of Latin America's biggest nation. After a 22-hour debate, senate voted 55-22 against her to complete the impeachment process.

Only a simple majority of the 81-member Senate was required to suspend Rousseff for six months pending judgment on charges that she broke budget accounting laws. A trial could now take months, with a two-thirds majority vote eventually needed to force her from office altogether.

  1. Rodrigo 'Digong' Duterte won the presidential election of the Philippines held earlier this month to become the new President of Philippines. He received a landslide victory with 15.36 million votes in his favour compared to 9.27 million votes received by his opposition Mar Roxas.

  2. Famous cricket commentator Tony Cozier, known as the Voice of West Indies, has passed away.He was 75. He was a cricket writer, commentator and journalist who began writing on cricket as a teenager in 1958. He was a member of the BBC's Test Match Special commentary team and covered every Wisden Trophy series except one.

Current Affairs India - 11-12 May 2016

  1. TheNational Technology Day was observed across the country on 11th May to commemorate India's technological advancements and expertise. This day was instituted in the year 1999 when on this day India achieved a great mark in its advancement of technology by testing first indigenous aircraft 'Hansa-3'. The theme of 2016 was 'Technology enablers of Startup India'.

  2. The Harish Rawat led government of Uttarakhand proved its majority in the Uttarakhand floor test in the state assembly with 33 votes in their favour, which was held as per the order of Supreme Court. With this, President-s rule will be revoked from the state and Harish Rawat will come back as Chief Minister.

  3. Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has formed a three-member committee headed by Union Road Transport Secretary Sanjay Mitra to frame policy regarding diesel cabs after the Supreme Court banned diesel-operated taxis in New Delhi.Supreme Court also refused to increase the earlier deadline of 30thApril for conversion of diesel taxis into CNG ones.

  4. India and Mauritius have signed the amendment of a two-decade-old Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) between these two countries which allows India to claim tax on capital gains arising from sale of shares acquired on or after 1st April, 2017 in Indian companies. Post this DTAA agreement, Mauritius will no longer be India-s most favorable FDI route as all investments will be taxable. Currently Mauritius provides more than 30% FDI in India.

  5. Indian American elementary teacher Revathi Balakrishnan has been honored as the 2016 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year by US President Barack Obama for her remarkable work in the field of education at Patsy Sommer Elementary School in Texas.

  6. Sanjay Kaul has been appointed as the new country Head of Apple India. Before that he was Sales Director of Apple India. Before joining Apple, he worked for Canadian handset manufacturer BlackBerry where he led the firm's channel sales division. He succeeds Maneesh Dhir who resigned in January this year to pursue other opportunities.

  7. India-s Industrial production measured by Index of Industrial production (IIP) grew by just 0.1% in March compared to 2% growth in February. The cumulative IIP growth for the period April-March 2015-16 stood at 2.4% compared to previous financial year.

  8. India-s Retail inflation, measured by Consumer price index, increased marginally to 5.39% in April compared to 4.83% in March due to higher food inflation.Food inflation for April jumped to 6.32% compared to 5.21% in March.

  9. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has published the 'draft guidelines for 'on tap' Licensing of Universal Banks in the Private Sector' while the final guidelines will be issued and the process of inviting applications for setting up of new universal banks in the private sector will be initiated after receiving feedback, comments and suggestions on draft guidelines from banks, non-banking financial institutions, industrial houses etc. Present guidelines include:

(i) Resident individuals and professionals having 10 years of experience in banking and finance as eligible persons to promote universal banks, (ii) large industrial/business houses are excluded as eligible entities but permitted to invest in the banks to the extent of less than 10%, (iii) Non-Operative Financial Holding Company (NOFHC) has now been made non-mandatory in case of promoters being individuals or standalone promoting/converting entities who/which do not have other group entities, (iv) The NOFHC is now required to be owned by the promoter/promoter group to the extent of at least 51% of the total paid-up equity capital of the NOFHC, instead being wholly owned by the promoter group, and (v) Existing specialized activities have been permitted to be continued from a separate entity proposed to be held under the NOFHC subject to prior approval from the Reserve Bank and subject to it being ensured that similar activities are not conducted through the bank as well.

  1. Veteran cricket administrator Shashank Manohar was elected unopposed as ICC-s first independent Chairman, two days after he resigned from the President post of BCCI.He was elected to the post after the ICC Full Council-s approval of constitutional amendments proposed by the Board following its April meeting. He will take charge immediately as Chairman of ICC and hold the post for 2 years.

  2. Oscar winning music composer A R Rahman agreed to be the Goodwill Ambassador of the Indian Olympic contingent today. With this he joins cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, ace shooter Abhinav Bindra and Bollywood star Salman Khan to be Goodwill Ambassador of the Indian Olympic contingent.

Current Affairs International - 13 May 2016

  1. US President Barack Obama has appointed an Indian-American engineer, Manjit Singh, as the member of President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He is the President of Agilious, a software technology consulting firm he founded in 2013. He is also the co-founder of the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund, a national Sikh American media, policy and education organization.

  2. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry has become the NBA's Most Valuable Player for the second straight year.Also, in 61 year old history of these awards he is the first player to be chosen unanimously. He received total 1310 points to top the list of basketball players.

Current Affairs India - 13 May 2016

  1. The Central government has decided to replace the five year plans with 15 year vision documents which will be framed to meet the country's social goals without wavering from the sustainable growth agenda. The NITI Aayog has been directed to prepare a vision document at the earliest as it will be implemented after the 12th five year plan which ends in 2017.

  2. A survey based on urban air quality database from WHO said that Delhi is no longer the most polluted city in the world though India is still a home to four of the five worst cities. Zabol, which frequently suffers from dust storms, has the dirtiest air in terms of PM 2.5 (fine particulate pollution) followed by four Indian cities Gwalior, Allahabad, Patna and Raipur. Delhi has been ranked at 11thspot.

  3. Maharashtra government declared drought in 29,000 villages most of which are located in the Marathwada and Vidarbha regions.Maharashtra has been allotted with Rs. 3,049 crores to fight against the drought.

  4. Uday Kotak, the CEO of Kotak Mahindra Bank has become the only Indian who has been ranked in the Forbes list of 40 most powerful people in the financial world, published by the magazine this week. He has been ranked at 33rdin the list called 'Money Masters: The Most Powerful People in the Financial World- while Stephen Schwarzman, CEO of the Blackstone Group topped the list.

  5. VR Raghunath, Dharamvir Singh and Ritu Rani have been recommended for the Arjuna Award, Sylvanus Dung Dung has been recommended for the Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award and veteran Coach CR Kumar is recommended for the Dronacharya Award by the Indian Hockey committee.

VR Raghunath was a part of the Indian team that won the bronze in the 2007 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, silver in 2008, gold in the 2007 Asia Cup and silver in 2013. Dharamvir was also a part of the Asian Games gold medal winning team. Coach CR Kumar served as the head coach for the junior men's hockey in 2011 and helped it achieve Junior world cup in Hobart.

  1. Former India captain Anil Kumble has been re-appointed ICC Cricket Committee chairman for a second term of three years till 2018. Another former Indian Cricket team captain Rahul Dravid and ex-Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene have been appointedto the ICC Cricket Committee.

  2. Indian spiritual guru and the head of Sant Nirankari Mission Hardev Singh passed away in a road accident in Canada. He was 64.He had been leading the organisation since 1980, after the assassination of his father, previous head of the Sant Nirankari Mission.

Current Affairs International - 14-15 May 2016

  1. World Football governing body FIFA has appointed Fatma Samoura, a Senegalese UN diplomat, as its first-ever female secretary general. Samoura has worked on humanitarian crises with the UN for 21 years.She replaced former secretary general Jerome Valcke of France who was sacked in January and banned from football for 12 years due to misconduct in television deals and World Cup ticket sales.

  2. World governing body FIFA has appointed Justice Mukul Mudgal as deputy chairman of its governance committee. Justice Mukul Mudgal, former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana, who headed the IPL spot-fixing probe.

Portuguese Luis Miguel Maduro, who is a former European Court of Justice Advocate General, will head FIFA's governance committee. Mudgal and Maduro will also head FIFA's International Review Committee, which will assess all major decisions.

  1. Spanish football club Barcelona won the La Liga championship title for the second consecutive time and the 24th time overallafter they defeated Granada by 3-0 in the last game of the season. All three goals came from striker Luis Suárez, who ended the season as the top goal scorer with 40 goals.

Current Affairs India - 14-15 May 2016

  1. India has successfully test fired an indigenously developed Advanced Air Defence interceptor missile today which is capable of destroying any incoming hostile ballistic missile. Named as Ashwin, the missile was test-fired from the launch complex of Abdul Kalam Island in Bhadrak district of Odisha. It will help India to join the list of other countries having interceptor missiles.

  2. Justice Naveen Sinha has sworn in as the 31st Chief Justice of Rajasthan after he was administered the oath to the office by Governor Kalyan Singh in Jaipur this week. He was appointed by President Pranab Mukherjee as per provisions Article 222 of Constitution after recommendation of the Supreme Court collegium headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) T.S. Thakur.  Before this appointment,hewas Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court.

  3. The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) will honour renowned space scientist Prof U R Rao with the 2016 'IAF Hall of Fame Award" for his remarkable contribution to the progress of astronautics.With this, he has also become the first Indian to be chosen for this honour. He is a former chairman of ISRO and under his leadership the first Indian satellite 'Aryabhata' in 1975 and more than 18 satellites including Bhaskara, APPLE, Rohini, INSAT-1 and INSAT-2, among others were designed and launched.

  4. Capital Market Regulator has approved the appointment of Ashok Chawla, former head of fair trade watchdog Competition Commission of India (CCI), as the Chairman of the National Stock Exchange. He will hold the post till March 2019.

  5. Hindupur Pradeep Rao has been appointed as the Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) from 1stJuly 2016, after receiving required approval from the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet. Heis a 1981 batch officer of Indian Audit and Account Service and currently working as Additional CAG.

  6. Anjali Chandrashekar, a 22-year-old Indian artist has been chosen among the three winners of a UN poster competition on creating awareness about nuclear disarmament. She was appreciated by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for the poster depicts a peace dove slicing through a nuclear weapon which won the 3rd prize in UN Poster for Peace contest presented by the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (ODA) to raise awareness of the need for nuclear disarmament.

Current Affairs International - 16 May 2016

  1. Red Bull's Max Verstappen has become the youngest F1 winner at the age of 18 after winning Spanish Grand Prix title held this Sunday. Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen finished second and teammate Sebastian Vettel finished third in the same race while Verstappen's teammate, Daniel Ricciardo finished fourth. Verstappen also became the first-ever Dutch driver to win a race ever.

  2. Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis pair has retained the world number one position by winning the women's doubles title at the 2016 Italian Open. They defeated Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova in the final match to win their 14th women's doubles title.

Serena Williams won the women's singles title after defeating Madison Keys and Andy Murray won his first-ever Italian Open men's singles title after defeating top-seeded Novak Djokovic
Current Affairs India - 16 May 2016

  1. Four Indian peacekeepers - Head Constable Shubhkaran Yadav, Rifleman Manish Malik, Havildar Amal Deka, Naik Rakesh Kumar and Gagan Punjabi will be honoured with the Dag Hammarskjold Medal on the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers which is on 19thMay by United Nations. They all have died while serving on peacekeeping missions last year. They will be honoured along with other 124 military, police, and civilian personnel with a prestigious U.N. medal awarded posthumously for their courage and sacrifice.

  2. India-s overall inflation, measured by the wholesale price index increased to 0.34% in April compared to (-) 0.85% in the previous month of March due to increase in food prices. With this, Overall Inflation ends 18thmonths of consecutive decline and turned positive.

Food inflation Jumped to 4.23% in April due to 2.21% rise in vegetables process and 36.36% jump in prices of pulses. Wholesale inflation in manufactured products stood at 0.71% in the same month. With this increase in overall inflation, RBI may not cut rates during its next policy review meeting scheduled to be held in June.

  1. Indian boxing star Vijender Singh won his sixth successive knockout victory by out-punching Andrzej Soldra of Poland in a Super Middleweight contest held at Boltan in UKlast week. He will now contest for the World Boxing Organisation's (WBO) Asia title to be held in New Delhi on 11thJune this year.

  2. India's oldest Test cricketer Deepak Shodhan passed away recently.He was 87. He had a long domestic career, playing for Gujarat and Baroda in the Ranji Trophy including title win in 1957-58.

Current Affairs International - 17 May 2016
1.The World Hypertension Day (WHD) is observed today (17th May) across the world to increase awareness about hypertension. The World Hypertension League (WHL) launched its first World Hypertension Day on 14th May 2005. Since 2006, the day has been observed on 17th May every year.

  1. The World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) was observed on today (17thMay) across the world with this year-s theme as 'ICT Entrepreneurship for Social Impact-. The day marks the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the International Telecommunication Union.

  2. South Korean author Han Kang won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize for his book 'The Vegetarian'. The book was translated by British translator Deborah Smith. The writer and translator will split the award's 50,000 GBP prize money. The novel is about a story of a wife, who gives up eating meat and seeks to become a tree.

  3. Global Pharma giant Pfizer Inc announced its acquisition of Anacor Pharmaceuticals Inc in a USD 5.2-billion deal. The acquisition will give Pfizer access to a non-steroidal topical gel, crisaborole, which is currently under review by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of mild to moderate eczema which has huge growth potential once approved by US FDA.

  4. French astrophysicist Andre Brahic, who was one of the discoverers of Neptune's rings, passed away in Paris. He was 73. Brahic, along with American astronomer William Hubbard, first spotted the rings in 1984, naming them Equality, Fraternity and Liberty.

Current Affairs India - 17 May 2016

  1. India-s renewable energy sector has been ranked at 3rdposition in the Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI) published by global consulting firmErnst & Young (EY) this week. The index ranks 40 markets on the attractiveness of their renewable energy investment and deployment opportunities, based on a number of macro, energy market and technology-specific indicators. USA topped the list followed by China in the second place.

  2. India and Bangladesh have signed a nuclear agreement with the focus areas of energy, connectivity, security. As a part of the deal, India will help Bangladesh to import their first nuclear power plant from Russia. Earlier in March 2016, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart, Sheikh Hasina inaugurated a 100 mw power transmission line from Palatana to Bangladesh. India is currently working on upgrading this power transmission line to 500 mw.

  3. Justice Tinlianthang Vaiphei of Gauhati High Court was sworn as the Chief Justice of Tripura High Court.He will succeed Justice Deepak Gupta, who has been transferred as the Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High Court.

  4. A three-member Indian women's archery team including Deepika Kumari, Bombayla Devi and Laxmirani Majhi has been named for the Rio Olympics after a series of selection trials in the last three months. They will compete in the individual events as well as team event at the Rio Games in August this year. The Archery Association of India also announced a three-member men's team consisting Jayanta Talukdar, Atanu Das, Mangal Singh Champia for the third stage World Cup in Antalya, Turkey, next month in order to have a shot at Olympic berths.

Current Affairs International - 18 May 2016

  1. British Royal family membersPrince William, Princess Kate and Prince Harry launched "The Heads Together" campaign to transform the national narrative on mental health and well-being this week. The campaign will be implemented by the Royal Foundation in collaboration with eight charities that have decades of experience in tackling stigma and raising awareness.

  2. US-based law firm BakerHostetler hired the world-s first robot lawyer ROSS this month to assist the company and its various teams in legal research.The law firm will licence artificial lawyer ROSS for use in its Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors- Rights team. ROSS has been built by ROSS Intelligence and is built upon IBM cognitive computer Watson.

Current Affairs India - 18 May 2016

  1. Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has unveiled 2016 Draft National Policy for Women for comments and consultation. The new policy aims to replace National Policy for Empowerment of Women, 2001 which will also guide Government-s policy and action on different Women-s issues over the next 15-20 years. The new policy aims to promote women empowerment and create a society in which women attain their full potential and participate as equal partners in all spheres of life.

  2. Finance Ministry has formed a five-membered committee headed by Former revenue and expenditure secretary N K Singh to suggest a roadmap for fiscal consolidation and change the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) act by 31stOctober this year. The other members include former finance secretary Sumit Bose, chief economic adviser Arvind Subramanian, RBI deputy governor Urjit Patel and National Institute of Public Finance and Policy director Rathin Roy.

  3. Apple CEO Tim Cook started his India tour today with a visit to the Shri Siddhivinayak Temple at Prabhadevi in Mumbai.He was accompanied by Apple India head Sanjay Kaul and other Apple executives. During his visit he also announced to set up offshore iOS apps design and development center of Apple in Bangalore to tap Indian talents.

  4. India-s largest airline by market share, IndiGo has appointed Rohit Philip as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO).Currently he is working as Corporate Vice President & Treasurer in Xerox Corporation and earlier he worked as senior vice-president of United Airlines. He will replace Pankaj Madan.

  5. Shell India has announced Nitin Prasad as its new India head effective from 1st October. He will replace current India head Yasmine Hilton whose 37 years of service ends on 30thSeptember this year.Currently Prasad works as the cluster general manager for lubricants sales and marketing for India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Current Affairs International - 19-20 May 2016

  1. Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has sworn in as the new president of Taiwan after winning the election held earlier this year.She has also become the first female President of the country. She took over from President Ma Ying-jeou, who completed two four-year terms since May 2008.

  2. UN General Secretary Ban-Ki-Moon has appointed Mexican diplomat Patricia Espinosa Cantellano as the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).She, currently working as Mexico's ambassador to Germany, will succeed Christiana Figueres of Costa Rica.

  3. European football club Sevilla has become the first football club to win the Europa League title three consecutive times after defeating Liverpool in the final match.With this, Sevilla won 5 Europa League titles, in 2006, 2007, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Current Affairs India - 19-20 May 2016

  1. Assembly election result of recent elections held in 5 states has been announced on 19thMay. TMC and AIADMK retained power in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu respectively. Mamata Banerjee and Jayalalitha will continue as CM for these two states.

BJP made its historical debut in Assam after winning 87 of 126 seats while CPI (M) led Left Democratic Front (LDF) came back to power in Kerala. In Puduchery INC and DMK won majority to form the next government.

  1. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has inaugurated the world's largest single rooftop solar power plant at Amritsar's Beas town this week. The plant has a capacity of 11.5 megawatt (MW) and stretches over 42 acres. The project also extends to another 40 acres and includes seven other rooftop solar plants of 8 MW capacities on multiple rooftops thus, taking the total power generation to 19.5 megawatt across a single campus.

  2. The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has appointed Dr. Rakesh Kumar as the new Director of the Hyderabad-based Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB).He is an expert in the study of function of genes and his research interests include investigating evolutionarily conserved features of genome organisation, chromatin structure and epigenetic regulation of genes during embryonic development stages.

  3. Indian-American biotechnologist Rupa Iyer was awarded with the Distinguished Leadership in Teaching Award by the University of Houston for her sustained and significant contributions in the field of education. She has been working as Associate Dean at Research and Graduate Studies at the University of the Houston College of Technology since 2014.

  4. An Indian American teenager Syamantak Payra won the prestigious Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award for developing a low-cost, electronically-aided knee brace which will enable an individual with a weakened leg to walk more naturally. He shared the prize amount of USD 50000 with Kathy Liu, who contributed toward developing an alternative battery component that could considerably improve battery performance and safety of the device.

  5. Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani has been awarded with the prestigious Othmer Gold Medal for his entrepreneurial leadership.He led the expansion of India-s petroleum refining industry including creation of the world-s largest petroleum refinery in Jamnagar, Gujarat.

The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) established the Othmer Gold Medal in 1997 to honour outstanding individuals who have made multifaceted contributions to the world's chemical and scientific heritage through outstanding activity in such areas as innovation, entrepreneurship, research, education, public understanding, legislation, or philanthropy.

  1. Global credit rating agency Moody's has Projected India-s GDP growth rate at 7.5% for the current financial year 2016-17 due to increase in private consumption.India's economic growth is supported by high consumer spending which makes up 55% of aggregate demand. With the introduction of the Seventh Pay Commission, private spending will increase further which will boost overall GDP growth.

  2. India-s largest bank State Bank of India (SBI) may merge its five associate banks and Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) with itself, as announced by SBI chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya this week. The other five associate banks of SBI are State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur (SBBJ), State Bank of Hyderabad (SBH), State Bank of Mysore (SBM), State Bank of Patiala (SBP) and State Bank of Travancore (SBT).

  3. Apple CEO Tim Cook, who is currently visiting India has announced to set up its technology development centre in Hyderabad that will focus on the development of maps for its mobile products like iPhones, iPads, Macs and Apple Watches.Apple will invest around USD 25 million to set up the centre which will employ up to 4,000 people.

  4. Popular Gujarati folk singer Diwaliben Bhil has passed away in Junagadh this week. She was 80. She sung numerous folk songs and bhajans in Gujarati and also lent her voice to several film songs. She was awarded with the Padma Shri award by the Indian Government in 1990.

Current Affairs International - 22 May 2016

  1. Transport Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim will be its Prime Minster after he was formally chosen for the post in a closed vote. Yildirim is the Turkey's minister of transport, maritime and communication as well as a founding member of the AKP. He will succeed Ahmet Davutoglu, who earlier stepped down due to differences with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

  2. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has appointed former Irish President Mary Robinson and Kenyan diplomat Macharia Kamau as special envoys for El Nino and climate.The El Nino weather phenomenon, which occurs every two to seven years, affects rainfall patterns and causes both drought and flooding.

Ms. Robinson had previously worked as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and as Ban's special envoy for climate change. Mr. Kamau is Kenya's ambassador to the United Nations and former president of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Board.
Current Affairs India - 22 May 2016

  1. Nitish Kumar led Bihar Government has announced the ban on sale, distribution, storage, manufacture, consumption and publicity of tobacco products like gutka and pan masala after imposing complete liquor ban in the state in last month. The ban on both packaged and unpackaged edible items containing tobacco content will remain effective for a period of one year.

  2. The US House of Representatives have given its nod to a bipartisan legislation to improve defence ties with India after an amendment to the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA) was approved by the House. The legislation, once approved by the Senate and the President, will make India on par with its NATO allies and Israel.

  3. BJP leader and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi has been appointed as the new Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry.Currently, Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Ajay Kumar Singh is holding the additional charge of Puducherry. With this, after a gap of almost two years, Puducherry will now have a full time Lt. Governor.

  4. Former Finance Secretary, Ratan P Watal has been appointed as the Principle Adviser for social sector in Niti Aayogfor three years. He is a retired IAS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre and had been Finance Secretary between August last year and April this year.

  5. UK based banking giant, HSBC Holding Plc announced its plan to close 24 branches in India as its strategic review of its retail banking and wealth management business showed customers are increasingly opting for digital banking services.This decision will lead to 300 jobs losses.

  6. BJP leader Anurag Thakur was unanimously elected as the BCCI president and Ajay Shirke was chosen as secretary of BCCI today, the youngest president of BCCI. Anurag Thakur replaced Shashank Manohar who quit the position recently to take up the ICC chairman's job.

Thakur got the signatures of all six east zone units in his BCCI presidential nomination form on Saturday, which makes him the unanimous choice as the 34th President of the Indian Cricket body.

  1. Bengal Football club Mohun Bagan won the Federation Cup title for the 14th time. After defeating Aizawl FC by 5-0 in the Final played at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati on Saturday evening. With this, Mohun Bagan won the tournament after a gap of 8 years.

Current Affairs India - 24 May 2016

  1. Sarbanand Sonowal was sworn in as the first BJP Chief Minister of Assam todayafter Governor P.B. Acharya administered the oath of office to him and 10 of his ministerial colleagues at a grand ceremony held in Guwahati. With this, the BJP has formed its first government in North-east.

  2. All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) chief J Jayalalithaa was sworn in as chief minister of Tamil Nadu after her party won the assembly election held recently. Also ministers of her government took oath at the same time at a function held in Chennai yesterday.

  3. India and Iran have signed the historic Chabahar Port agreement this week during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to Iran which will help India to increase trade with Afghanistan, Central Asia and Europe.The two nations have also agreed to cooperate on various other areas, including intelligence-sharing to combat terrorism, drug trafficking and cybercrime etc.

  4. India has successfully launched its maiden indigenous winged Reusable Launch Vehicle, RLV from Sriharikotaspaceport in Andhra Pradesh on 23rdMay. The Re-Usable Launch Vehicle - Technology Demonstrator, RLV-TD, that is ultimately aimed at putting satellites into orbit around earth and then re-enter atmosphere, was carried up on a solid rocket motor.

  5. Thirteen cities have been selected in the first phase of the government-s smart cities mission by the central government this week through a fast-track competition.The list includes Lucknow, Warangal, Bhagalpur, Raipur, New Town Kolkata, Chandigarh, Faridabad, Raipur, Ranchi, Warangal, Agartala, Imphal, Port Blair and Panaji

  6. Famousscientist S K Sharma has been appointed as the MD and Chairman of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India for a period of 5 years. In his new role, he will be in charge of design, construction, commissioning and operation of nuclear power reactors.

  7. India's famous cueist Pankaj Advani has created history after winning the Asian 6-Red Snooker title in Abu Dhabi yesterday. With this win, he became the first in the world to hold both world and continental titles in 6-red snooker at the same time.

Current Affairs International - 24 May 2016

  1. US President Barack Obama has announced an end to its embargo on sales of lethal weapons to Vietnam after a decade long ban during his state visit to the South East Asian country. Mr. Obama is the third US President to visit Vietnam since the end of the decade-long Vietnam War in 1975 after Bill Clinton and George W. Bush visited in 2000 and 2006 respectively.

  2. China defeated South Korea by 3-1 to win the Uber Cup championship for the 14th time. Olympic champion Li Xuerui and former world number one Wang Shixian won their singles matches and Cheng Qingchen with Tang Yuanting won the second doubles titles.

Current Affairs India - 26 May 2016

  1. Veteran CPI-M leader, Pinarayi Vijayan, was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Kerala and the oath was administered by the Governor P Sathasivam. CPM led LDF party secured majority seats in the assembly election held recently and formed the new government.

  2. The Union Cabinet has approved the National Capital Goods Policy with the aim to increase capital goods production from the current value of Rs.2,30,000 crore to Rs.7,50,000 crore by 2025. The policy will work towards encouraging exports of capital goods and promoting manufacturing activities in the Indian economy, while strengthening government's Make in India initiative.
    The policy aims to increase direct domestic employment from the current 1.4 million to at least 5 million and indirect employment from the current 7 million to 25 million by 2025, increase exports from the current 27 % to 40 % of production, the share of domestic production in India-s demand from 60 % to 80 % and the share of capital goods in total manufacturing activity from 12 % at present to 20 % by 2025.

  3. The Union Cabinet has also approved to amend The Institutes of Technology (IIT) Act, 1961 for incorporation of 6 new IITs. These six new IITs will come up at Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh), Palakkad (Kerala), Dharwar (Karnataka), Bhilai (Chhattisgarh), Goa, Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir). Also it has approved to convert of Indian School of Mines (ISM), Dhanbad into an IIT under the ambit of the IIT Act, 1961.

  4. The Ministry of Human Resource Development has launched a multilingual knowledge portal with the aim to ensure universalization of education and to create a knowledge society in the digital age. The idea behind the initiative is protection, preservation and inclusion of all Indian languages through technological development without discrimination.

  5. Lieutenant General SK Saini has been appointed as the 46th Commandant of the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun. He is an alumnus of National Defence Academy (NDA) and IMA, he was commissioned into the "7th Battalion the JAT Regiment'' in June 1981.

  6. Sikkim CM Pawan Chamling was awarded with the 'Yug Kavi Siddhicharan Award' by Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli for his contributions in promoting Nepali literature in India. He has authored many books in English, Hindi and Nepali. His works in Nepali include Prarambhik Kavita (1978), Antaheen Sapana: Mero Bipana (1985), Ma Ko Hoon! (1992) and Sikkim ra Nariko Maryada. He is also a publisher.

  7. Earlier he was conferred with the Sikkim Sahitya Parishad award twice, Chintan Puraskar for best poem and in 1987 and Bhanu Puraskar in 2010.

  8. Snapdeal-owner digital payments platform FreeCharge has appointed Kunal Shah as chairman, and Govind Rajan as Chief Executive Officer. Currently Kunal Shah is working as CEO while Rajan is chief operating officer of the company. FreeCharge was founded by Kunal Shah and Sandeep Tandon in 2010 and was acquired by Snapdeal in April 2015.

  9. The Capital market regulator SEBI has tightened its norms for Participatory note (P note) users to follow Indian anti-money laundering law and report any suspicious transactions immediately. Based on the recommendations of the Supreme Court SEBI has appointed a Special Investigation Team on black money and also tightened the due-diligence requirements for issuance and transfer of these instruments and put the onus on the original issuer for compliance to Anti-Money Laundering Regulations.

Current Affairs International - 29 May 2016

  1. President of Guinea Bissau has named Baciro Dja as the Prime Minister of the country, as per a presidential decree. He succeeds Carlos Correia, who was sacked earlier this month.

  2. An Indian American teen, Rishi Nair (12 years old) won the coveted USD 50,000 National Geographic Bee competition this year in which Indian-origin contestants won all the top three prizes. This is the fifth year in a row that an Indian-American has won the national tournament. 14-year-old Saketh Jonnalagadda from Massachusetts was the runner-up and winner of the USD 25,000 college scholarship and Kapil Nathan from Alabama won the third prize with USD 10,000 college scholarship.

Current Affairs India - 29 May 2016

  1. Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee has taken oath as the Chief Minister of West Bengal for the second consecutive five-year term this week as she was administer oath by West Bengal Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi.Also 42 ministers have taken oath along with her.

  2. India has been ranked at 5thplace in terms of Clean energy job creation list as per annual review published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) this week. China has been ranked at No 1 position followed by Brazil and the USA.

  3. The Reserve Bank of India has formed aseven-member committee headed by Neeraj Kumar Gupta to reduce cash transactions.This panel will check for different ways to increase the acceptance of card payments.

  4. Founder and chairman of Bharti Enterprises, Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal has been awarded with this year-s Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award, which has been presented annually since 1968. It is the highest honour to its alumni who have contributed significantly to their companies and communities while upholding the highest standards and values.

  5. Sunrisers Hyderabad led by David Warner won their Maiden IPL title today after defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore by 8 runs in a closely fought final match held in Bangalore. Sunrisers Hyderabad scored 208 runs in 20 overs while batting first. Royal Challengers Bangalore was able to score only 200 in 20 overs even after great start by its openers Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli.

Virat Kohli won the Orange cup for scoring 973 runs in the IPL season including 4 centuries and 7 half centuries.
Current Affairs International - 30-31 May 2016

  1. Spanish football club Real Madrid won its 11th European Champion title after defeating another Spanish club rivals Atletico Madrid through a penalty shoot-out after a 1-1 draw in the final match. Its striker Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winning penalty in a 5-3 shootout victory against Atletico Madrid.

  2. Lewis Hamilton won the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix held this Sunday.Australian Daniel Ricciardo finished second for Red Bull while Mexican Sergio Perez of Force India team finished third in the race. With this, Force India finished in top three for the first time in Formula one championship.

  3. England cricket team captain Alastair Cook has become the youngest ever batsman (31 years 5 months old) to cross 10,000 runs in Test cricket and also become the 12th man to join the elite 10,000-run club in Test cricket during second test against Sri Lanka.He broke the record of Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar who scored 10,000 runs at the age of 31 years and 10 months.

Current Affairs India - 30-31 May 2016

  1. President Pranab Mukherjee has presented the Malti Gyan Peeth Puraskar 2016 to 15 teachers for excellence in the field of academics this week. The award carries cash prize of Rs.1 lakh, a certificate of excellence, a Robe of Honour and a medal.

  2. Union Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar inaugurated a submarine assembly workshop in Mazgaon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai this week which is the second one. The new assembly workshop can assemble five submarines in the workshop at the same time.

  3. Pakke Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh won the India Biodiversity Award 2016 under the Conservation of Threatened Species category which was conferred on the Hornbill Nest Adoption Programme started by Pakke reserve. The biodiversity awards are given by the Union Environment, Forest and Climate Change Ministry, National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) and United Nations Development programme (UNDP).

  4. Ashok Lavasa, 1980 batch IAS officer who was recently appointed as the Secretary, Expenditure in the Finance Ministry has been appointed as the Finance Secretary. He succeeds Ratan P. Watal who retired on 30thApril.

  5. Oscar winner famous Indian music composer A. R. Rahman has been awarded with the Japan's Fukuoka prize 2016 for his outstanding contribution towards creating, preserving and showcasing South Asian traditional fusion music.Famous Indian Historian Ramchandra Guha was conferred with Fukuoka Prize in academic category for year 2015.

The Fukuoka Prize is an award established by the city of Fukuoka and the Yokatopia Foundation to honor the outstanding work of individuals or organizations in preserving or creating Asian culture.

  1. An Indian-American scientist Arnab De has been awarded with the Springer Theses Award for his research in developing transgenic mice to study a critical tumour-suppressor called A20. He also developed peptide-based prodrugs as therapeutics for diabetes and received the Young Investigator Award at the American Peptide Symposium.

  2. Indian author Aditi Krishnakumar won the Scholastic Asian Book Award for her 32,000-word manuscript 'Codex: The Lost Treasure of the Indus'.The manuscript is about the history of Indian civilization. Her manuscript was also shortlisted for the Scholastic Asian Book Award in 2014.

The Scholastic Asian Book Award (SABA) is the joint initiative of the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) and Scholastic Asia. The award was founded to promote reading and literature, and champion literary works of Asians.

  1. Bollywood Actor R Madhavan has been appointed as the goodwill ambassador of LEPRA India organization which fights against diseases like leprosy and tuberculosis. LEPRA India is a non-government organisation working in the fields of leprosy.