Current Affairs This Week (15-05-2016)

  • Gujarat govt announces its ‘Agri Business Policy-2016’
    This Policy with a special emphasis on promoting food processing industry, applying new techniques to convert agriculture waste into value-added products and developing the entire value chain of exporting locally grown farm produces.
  • US-India Defence Cooperation Act introduced in Senate
    This bill supports strengthening bilateral relationship partner in promoting security in Asia. The bill puts India equal with America’s closest defence partners, including NATO member states and Israel.
  • Mauritius investors to be taxed from Apr 2017
    India and Mauritius signed a protocol for amendment of a three-decade-old double taxation avoidance agreement. During a transition period of two years, the tax will be limited to half the Indian tax rate.
  • Kew report makes new tally for number of world’s plants
    Scientists have estimated that there are 390,900 plants known to science.
    The new tally is part of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kews report. It is its first global assessment of the world’s flora. 2,034 new plant species were discovered in 2015.
  • UN launches multi-partner trust fund for Zika virus response
    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon initiated the constitution of the UN Zika Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) to finance unfunded priorities in the response to the Zika outbreak.
  • India ranks ninth in crony – capitalism index
    India is ranked at 9th position in crony­-capitalism with crony sector wealth accounting for 3.4 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP). Germany is the cleanest with least number of crony capitalists. Russia fares worst in the index.
  • First green corridor rail track
    Manamadurai­ – Rameswaram rail track to become first green corridor.
    To make rail tracks discharge free zones
    Indian Railway will convert into green corridor and zero toilet discharge section.
  • Festival to Mark Tagore’s Birth Anniversary
    A five-day cultural festival in Egypt organised by India to mark the 155th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore has been inaugurated aiming to build connections between the people of the two countries who share strong cultural bonds.
  • India’s single emergency number ‘112’
    The single emergency number ‘112’ will be functioning throughout India from January 1, 2017. The main purpose is to help people reach immediate services of police, ambulance and fire department.
  • Indian-American teacher honoured by US President
    Revathi Balakrishnan, an Indian-American elementary school teacher from Texas, was recently honoured by U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House for excellence in education. Terming her style of teaching as ‘no nonsense’.
  • Virtual heart tool to predict sudden cardiac death risk
    Scientists have developed a non-invasive, personalised 3-D virtual heart assessment tool to help doctors determine whether a patient faces a risk of life-threatening arrhythmia, a condition when the heart rhythm is irregular or abnormal.
  • National Technology Day observed – 11th May
    This Day is being commemorated to celebrate the anniversary of first of the five tests of Operation Shakti (Pokhran-II) nuclear test held at Pokhran, Rajasthan in 1998. 2016 Theme: ‘Technology enablers of Startup India’.
  • Oxygen on Mars detected by flying space observatory
    For the first time in 40 years, NASA researchers have detected atomic oxygen in Mars‘ atmosphere, thanks to the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), which soars on a plane 13.7 kilometres (45,000 feet) above Earth.
  • Reliance Jio launches Jio Money Wallet service
    JioMoney is a semi-closed prepaid wallet that aims to enable mobile-based transactions, where customers can store money and use it for purchasing goods and services.
  • UP govt approves ‘bicycle highway’
    With a view to encourage eco-tourism in the vicinity of the Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh Cabinet gave its nod to develop over 197 km long ‘bicycle highway’ from Agra up to the lion safari in Etawah.
  • Indian Navy launches underwater vigil system
    This underwater vigil system is capable of detecting, identifying, tracking and generating warnings for all types of surface and underwater threats to Visakhapatnam harbour.
  • MP Tourism wins ‘Best Indian Destination for Wildlife’ award
    Madhya Pradesh Tourism (MPT) has received the ‘Best Indian Destination for Wildlife’ award by the Lonely Planet Group.MP has 25 wild life sanctuaries including nine National Parks.
  • World’s first holographic flexible smartphone
    Canadian researchers have developed the world’s first holographic flexible smartphone, with a bendable display that allows multiple people looking at the device to see different 3D images depending on their perspective.
  • 4th SAIEVAC Ministerial Meeting
    The discussion to set strategies and identify priorities to end violence against children ahead of the 4th South Asia Initiative to End Violence Against Children(SAIEVAC) Ministerial Meeting.
  • Baby born in U.K. through new DNA method
    UK’s first baby named Biagio Russo was born using Next-generation DNA sequencing method. This method uses a revolutionary In Vitro Fertilization technique resulting in better selection of embryos to transfer during the treatment.
  • Exercise Chakravyuh-II Concludes In Rajasthan
    The exercise ‘Chakravyuh-II’ was held by the pivot formations of the Indian Army. It validated the battle readiness and operational effectiveness of the RAPID Division along with all its affiliated components.
  • Atma Ram Nadkarni appointed as Addl SG
    Senior advocate of Bombay High Court Atma Ram Nadkarni was today appointed as Additional Solicitor General. An Additional Solicitor General acts as law officer to advice the Central government on various legal matters.
  • Novak Djokovic wins 2016 Mutua Madrid Open
    Serbian Tennis player Novac Djokovic (World no. 1) won the 2016 Mutua Madrid Open title in the men’s single category,
    Ranked fifth internationally.
  • NASA unveils first global topographic model of Mercury
    The model was unveiled by NASA’s MESSENGER ((MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) mission. scientists has constructed the first complete digital elevation model (DEM) of the planet Mercury.
  • Union Government releases coins to honour Maharana Pratap
    To celebrate the 476th birth anniversary of one the greatest warriors of Indian history Maharana Pratap , the Union Government has released a Maharana Pratap commemorative and circulation coin of Rs 100 and Rs 10.
  • Cyient wins the Supplier of the Year Award 2015 by Boeing
    Cyient has bagged the 2015 Supplier of the Year Award by Boeing.
    It is a Hyderabad-based Engineering services firm. formerly named as Infotech Enterprises, which has received the award for the third time in Seattle (the US) recently.
  • Karnataka Bank launches cash back offer
    cash back campaign for VISA debit cardholders. The cardholders who do a minimum of five swipes at point-of-sale (POS) terminals or five online transactions with a minimum value of ₹200 each will qualify for this campaign.
  • Shashank Manohar resigns as BCCI president
    Shashank Manohar has resigned as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and (ICC). His move comes in anticipation of him being re-nominated as ICC chief during the governing body’s annual board meeting.
  • Gujarat Government to Start Solar Rooftop Project
    Gujarat government is now all set to launch its much awaited project of grid-connected rooftop solar power units, where in residential property owners will be encouraged to install this new system.
  • Rwanda hosts 26th World Economic Forum(WEF) in Africa
    Rwanda is hosting the 26th WEF, in its capital Kigali. Promoting innovation is being high on the agenda. The theme of this 26th World Economic Forum on Africa is – Connecting Africa’s Resources through Digital Transformation.
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