Current Affairs This Week (22-05-2016)

  • Nandini bags European Materials Research Society award
    The PhD student of IIT-Kharagpur , Nandini Bhandaru has bagged the European Materials Research Society’s (E-MRS’s) Young Scientist Award for her contribution to materials science.
  • NTPC partners Coal India to foray into fertilizer sector
    State-run power producer NTPC signed a joint venture agreement (JVA) with state-run miner Coal India to revive plants of the Fertilizer Corporation of India Limited (FCIL).
  • $625-million aid for India’s solar programme
    The World Bank’s Board has approved $625 million loan to support India’s grid connected rooftop solar programme to generate clean energy.
    It will also strengthen the capacity of key institutions.
  • World Telecommunication and Information Society Day – May 17
    The Day being celebrated each year on 17 May to mark the anniversary of the signature of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865 which framed to the creation of the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
  • India, US hold first Maritime Security Dialogue
    In order to promote the partnership in the Maritime Field, India and US made the successful first round of discussion under the Maritime Security Dialogue. issues discussed were Asia-Pacific maritime challenges and naval cooperation.
  • The Vegetarian wins the Man Booker International Prize 2016
    South Korean Novelist Han Kang has been awarded the Man Booker International Prize for his Novel ‘The Vegetarian’ deals with a woman’s rejection of Human Brutality and giving up of eating meat.
  • World’s first robot lawyer hired by US firm
    The world’s first artificial intelligence lawyer has been employed by a law firm in the US, which will use the robot to assist its various teams in legal research.The robot called ‘ROSS’ is built upon Watson, IBM’s cognitive computer.
  • Indo-Bangla Power Ties With 21st-Century Nuclear Deal
    India has concluded a nuclear agreement with Bangladesh in a sign that the bilateral neighbourhood relationship is becoming special. The core of the new engagement is all 21st century — energy, connectivity, security.
  • Indian wins award at UN’s poster contest
    Anjali Chandrashekar, a New York-based designer and ‘artivist’, won the third 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.
  • Five-year Plans out, 15-year vision
    NDA Government decided to liberate of the Nehruvian five year plans and replace the plans with 15 year vision credentials. These will be framed keeping in mind the country’s social goals and the sustainable development agenda.
  • Uday Indian financier in Forbes’ most powerful list
    Kotak Mahindra Bank Chief Uday Kotak, is the sole Indian in Forbes’ list of 40 of the most powerful people in the financial world who control the flow of trillions of dollars around the global economy.
  • Country’s first ‘driverless’ train
    The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) today conducted the trial run of the country’s first ever Metro train equipped to run in the ‘Unattended Train Operation’ or driverless mode.
  • World’s largest Single Rooftop Solar Power Plant
    World’s largest single rooftop solar power plant of 11.5 Mw capacity was inaugurated in Beas near Amritsar in Punjab. Beas Dera campus making this place the highest single campus generating solar power at multiple rooftops in the country.
  • UR Rao – ‘Hall of Fame’ Award
    Former Isro Chairman Prof UR Rao became the first Indian to be given the ‘Hall of Fame’ award by the International Astronautical Federation ( IAF ) for outstanding contribution to the progress of astronautics.
  • Fatma : first female secretary general of FIFA Council
    Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura of Senegal, the United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative in Nigeria, was appointed as secretary general and will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the organisation.
  • Odisha to launch Green Passage Scheme for orphan students
    As per the scheme, orphan students pursuing higher education from Plus-II level to post-graduation level, will no longer have to bear the education expenses.
  • Country’s first contactless credit card for SMEs
    ICICI Bank, India’s largest private sector bank, has announced the launch of contactless business credit card in association with Jet Airways for small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) and their employees.
  • Modi, Sirisena release ‘Simhastha Declaration’
    The PM along with Sri Lankan President have released ‘Simhastha Declaration’ at Ninora village in Ujjain. This has 51 sacred points for betterment of mankind that will start new discourse not only in India but around the world.
  • 2016 Red Flag Arial Combat
    Red Flag Alaska 16-1, which was an advanced aerial combat training exercise hosted at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska (a successor to the previous COPE THUNDER exercise series) held in the Alaska region.
  • Andre Brahic, Discoverer of Neptune’s Rings, Dies
    Andre Brahic, one of the people who discovered the rings of Neptune. The Frenchman was one of the team who first spotted the rings in 1984, naming them Equality, Fraternity and Liberty after the motto of the French Republic.
  • World-first scanning helium microscope
    The World-first scanning helium microcope has been built by Australian researchers who feel it could “open doors” for many new discoveries by allowing scientists to scrutinise materials without disturbing them.
  • Rare sighting: Brown bears return to Kargil
    The J&K Wildlife Department has recorded its first ever sighting of a group of eight Himalayan brown bears in Kargil’s Drass Sector, where the 1999 war had wreaked havoc with their habitats.
  • Superjet Technology Nears Reality After Australia Test
    It is a game-changing technology that could revolutionise global air travel, and also provide cost-effective access to space. It can be very useful as an alternative to a rocket for putting satellites into space.
  • Philip Abraham Elected Deputy Mayor Of Loughton In UK
    An Indian journalist has been unanimously elected the Deputy Mayor of Loughton town. Abraham, a journalist from Kerala, had in 2012 won the election to the Loughton Town Council in the Epping forest district of Essex.
  • India, Slovenia Sign Pact To Amend Tax Treaty
    India and Slovenia have signed a protocol to amend the bilateral double taxation avoidance agreement, broadening the pact to include exchange of information to curb tax evasion.
  • Reliance Industries Gets Green Nod For Drilling Project
    The Centre’s green panel has given its nod to Reliance Industries for carrying out well-drilling to ascertain reservoir capacity and commercial viability of hydrocarbons at block CY-III-D5 in the Bay of Bengal off the coast of Tamil Nadu.
  • Indian Women’s 4 x 100m Relay Team breaks national record
    The Indian 4 x 100 m women’s relay team broke the 18-year-old national record to finish in 4th position at the IAAF World Challenge held in Beijing, China.The China A and B team grabbed the 1st and 3rd position, while Japan finished 2nd.
  • India, China home to one-third of mentally ill people
    India and China are home to more than a third of the global burden of mental illnesses. It was revealed by the Lancet journal to mark the launch of China-India Mental Health Alliance Series.
  • India successfully test fires Prithvi-II missile
    India test fired indigenously developed Prithvi-II missile from the Chandipur, off Odisha coast. As part of a user trial, the surface-to-surface missile was fired from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range.
  • UN chief picks Mexican diplomat to head UNFCCC
    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Patricia Espinosa Cantellano of Mexico as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
  • Sudha Singh breaks 3000m steeplechase national record
    Steeplechase athlete Sudha Singh set a national record in women’s 3000m steeplechase event to finish eighth at the IAAF World Diamond League held at Shanghai.
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