Current Affairs This Week (29-05-2016)

  • Union HRD Minister Launches Bharatavani Portal
    One Point language resource : Bharatavani is the first knowledge portal of its kind in India which focuses on becoming a single point source for multiple language learning, content and technology.
  • India fifth largest producer of e-waste: study
    As per recent study conducted by Assocham-KPMG, India has emerged as the world’s fifth largest electronic waste (e-waste) producer. India discards roughly 18.5 lakh tonnes of e-waste each year and telecom equipment accounts for 12% of it.
  • Frances Arnold Wins 2016 Millennium Technology Prize
    Frances Arnold, has been awarded the Millennium Technology Prize for her ‘directed evolution’ method which creates new and better proteins in the laboratory. Is the world’s most prominent award for technological innovations.
  • Cabinet approves Capital Goods Policy-2016
    Govt approved India’s first-ever national capital goods policy that intends to make the country a world-class hub. It aims to encourage exports of capital goods and promote manufacturing activity in the Indian economy.
  • Sarbananda Sonowal to be sworn in as Assam CM
    BJP government formed the Legislative Assembly and Sarbananda Sonowal took charge as the Chief Minister of the state along with 11 ministers.
  • Mukesh Ambani honored with Othmer Gold Medal
    United Based Chemical Heritage Foundation honored the Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani with prestigious Othmer Gold Medal for his entrepreneurial leadership.
  • GOI Constitute NK Singh Committee to review FRBM Act
    A new committee, led by former Member of Parliament and revenue and expenditure secretary NK Singh, will now review the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Act, and suggest a future road map.
  • Lt General Saini new commandant of Indian Military Academy
    Lt General S K Saini has taken over as the new commandant of prestigious Indian Military Academy (IMA). Lt General Saini assumed the office of commandant on May 21. Earlier, he was a senior directing staff in National Defence College (NDC).
  • Draft model rules of Juvenile Justice Act
    Children aged between 16 and 18 years who have been charged with crime will not be sent to jail or lock-ups; neither will they be handcuffed under draft model rules of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015
  • faecal incontinence management device ‘Qora’ launched.
    Faecal incontinence is a medical condition marked by inability to control one’s bowel movements, causing stools (faeces) to leak unexpectedly from the rectum. It affects nearly 100 million bed-ridden patients worldwide.
  • Sherpa Lakhpa first woman to scale Mt. Everest seven times
    Nepalese woman Sherpa Lakhpa has scaled the Mt. Everest for the seventh time, breaking her own record for the most summits of the world’s highest mountain by a woman. The 42-year-old,reached the peak of the 8,850-metre Everest.
  • ISRO plans to test air-breathing propulsion system
    Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning to test an air-breathing propulsion system, which aims to capitalise on the oxygen in the atmosphere instead of liquefied oxygen while in flight.
  • Vinod Rai appointed Chairman of Banks Board Bureau
    Former CAG Vinod Rai was on Sunday appointed first Chairman of the Banks Board Bureau, which will advise the government on top-level appointments at public sector lenders and ways to address the bad loans problem among other issues.
  • Telangana Household survey enters Limca Book
    The Survey by the Telangana government has entered the Limca Book of Records as the govt created a national record with an elaborate exercise undertaken by nearly four lakh employees who covered 1.09 crore households in a single day.
  • MoU between ISRO and UAE space agency
    The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the United Arab Emirates Space Agency (UAESA) for cooperation in the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes
  • Pinarayi Vijayan sworn-in as Kerala Chief Minister
    Veteran CPI (M) leader Pinarayi Vijayan was sworn-in as 12th Chief Minister of Kerala after the left Democratic Front (LDF) had won 2016 state assembly election.
  • Centre sets up panel to relook defence spend
    The 11-member committee led by Lt Gen D B Shekatkar (retd), to ensure India’s combat capabilities and potential are enhanced, with a better teeth-to-tail combat ratio, within budgetary constraints.
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