Sunday, May 15, 2016

Weekly Current Affairs : 2nd week of May important news

• The Spiritual leader and chief of Nirankari Mission who died on 13 May 2016 in a road accident in Montreal, Canada was - Baba Hardev Singh 
• The state that on 13 May 2016 notified its Backward Classes (Reservation in Services and Admission in Educational Institutions) Act 2016 - Haryana
• The Union Cabinet on 12 May 2016 approved the National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy that will endeavor for - a Creative India; Innovative India: रचनात्मक भारत; अभिनव भारत
• First female secretary general of FIFA - Fatma Samoura
• The committee of Haryana that on 13 May 2016 submitted its report on Jat Quota agitation to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal was headed bny - Parkash Singh
• In Himachal Pradesh, Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Science under the Union Ministry of AYUSH, have begun the Tribal Health Care Research Project in - Lahaul-Spiti District
• The famous Indian music composer who agreed to be the Goodwill Ambassador of the Indian Olympic contingent is - AR Rahman
• The city declared as the world’s most polluted in terms of air quality is - Zabol
• The awards that were given by Union Health Ministry to mark the meritorious services of nursing professionals in India on 12 May 2016 - Florence Nightingale Awards 2016
• International Nurses Day is celebrated across the world on – 12 May
• Yesh Subramanian was appointed the Senior Vice President and Head of Digital of - Mphasis
• The country that granted final parliamentary approval to a bill to legalize same-sex civil unions is – Italy
• Union Cabinet approved SEBI to sign MoU with this country’s Financial Services Regulatory Authority on 12 May 2016 - Abu Dhabi
• The country with which India got its Union Cabinet’s approval to sign the inter-governmental agreement on 12 May 2016 – Mauritius
• He became the interim President of Brazil following the suspension of Dilma Rousseff on 12 May 2016 - Michel Temer
• Maharashtra government on 12 May 2016 declared drought in over 29000 villages of the state, most of them in - parched Marathwada and Vidarbha regions 
• The Indian-American engineer, who was appointed as the member of President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships by President Barack Obama is - Manjit Singh
• Six countries that signed a Multilateral Competent Authority agreement for the automatic exchange to boost transparency by multinational enterprises (MNEs) in Beijing on 12 May 2016 are - India, China, Israel, New Zealand, Canada and Iceland
• Four people who were administered the oath of office by CJI Thakur as Judges of Supreme Court of India are - Justices A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and L Nageshwar Rao 
• The newly nominated member of the Rajya Sabha whose resignation was accepted by Chairman Mohammed Hamid Ansari is - Pranav Pandya
• The French socialist government on 12 May 2016 survived the no-confidence vote put forward by the opposition in protest over - controversial labour reforms
• The Supreme Court upheld constitutional validity of penal laws on defamation by saying the right to life under Article 21 includes - the right to reputation
• The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sent red corner notice to Interpol for publication on the name of - Vijay Mallya
• The author of the novel named The Drowned Detective is - Neil Jordan
• The only Indian to figure in the Forbes Money Masters: Most Powerful People in the Financial World list is – Uday Kotak, CEO Kotak Mahindra Bank
• He was unanimously elected as the Chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) by the Board on 12 May 2016- Shashank Manohar
• The two Harbour Defence Systems to enhance the Navy's surveillance capability and response to security threats were commissioned at Vizag on 11 May 2016- IUHDSS & MWDC
• The law that got President of India’s assent on transfer of captive mines without auction on 8 May 2016- Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Act, 2016
• She is the captain of Indian women hockey team and was recommended by Hockey India for Arjuna Award - Ritu Rani
• He was the member of Indian hockey team that won the gold at 1980 Moscow Olympic Games and was recommended for Major Dhyanchand Lifetime Achievement Award by Hockey India - Sylvanus Dung Dung
• The Parliamentary Committee that recommended an authority on Ganga Rejuvenation with Prime Minister as its head on 11 May 2016- Estimates Committee of Parliament
• The community in the western part of India which has the roots of Jewish as per the study from Tel Aviv University that was published on 10 May 2016- Bene Israel
• A group of scientists unearthed a fragment of the world’s oldest known ground edge axe in - Australia
• The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code Bill 2016 incorporates recommendation of the Joint Parliamentary Committee headed by - Bhupender Yadav
• The book titled Chaos and Caliphate: Jihadis and the West in the Struggle for the Middle East is authored by - Patrick Cockburn
• The International Cricket Council lifted the provisional suspension on this Sri Lankan circketer- Kusal Perera
• The famous West Indian commentator who died on 11 May 2016 in Barbados is - Tony Cozier
• He will head the Group of Ministers (GoM) set up to recommend if the Pune-based drug maker, Hindustan Antibiotics Ltd., can be shut down - Arun Jaitley
• The Uttar Pradesh government on 11 May 2016 gave its nod to develop nearly 200-km long bicycle highway from - Taj Mahal of Agra to the lion safari in Etawah
• England’s women cricket team captain, who on 11 May 2016 announced her retirement from international cricket - Charlotte Edwards
• Number of drug formulations on which the ceiling price was fixed by National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority on 11 May 2016 - 54
• Golden State Warriors guard who on 10 May 2016 was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for the second straight year - Stephen Curry
• The government of Nagaland and National Stock Exchange on 11 May 2016 launched a program to inculcate financial understanding among - Students of the State
• A special court in Pakistan on 11 May 2016 declared former president, an absconder in an ongoing treason case - Pervez Musharraf
• Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on 11 May 2016 inaugurated the Center of Perishable Cargo complex at - Ahmedabad Airport 
• Report of the financial institution says that bribery and corruption cost the world economy asmuch as 2 trillion dollars every year - International Monetary Fund
• The theme of National Technology Day that was observed across the nation on 11 May 2016 - Technology enablers of Startup India
• The country with which India signed a protocol to amend the convention for the avoidance of double taxation with respect to taxes on income and capital gains on 10 May 2016 - Mauritius
• The Supreme Court on 11 May 2016 struck down the order of this regulatory body making it mandatory for telecom companies to compensate subscribers for call drops - Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)
• An Indian-American woman elementary teacher from Texas who was honored by US President Barack Obama for her excellent work in the field of education on 11 May 2016- Revathi Balakrishnan
• Chief Minister of Uttarakhand who won the composite floor test in the legislative assembly on 11 May 2016 – Harish Rawat
• Mrugank Paranjape took charge as Managing Director and CEO of this organisation - Multi Commodity Exchange
• Name of the world's first holographic flexible smartphone developed by the Canadian researchers is – Holoflex
• This Indian state tourism is the winner of the Best Indian Destination for Wildlife Award - Madhya Pradesh Tourism
• The Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademark granted the patent to Gilead Sciences for its drug named Sovaldi used in the treatment of - Hepatitis C
• Nickname of the fighter aircrafts Sea Harriers, which was decommissioned by Indian Navy on 11 May 2016 - White Tigers
• The decommissioned fleet of iconic Sea Harriers of Indian Navy was replaced by - MIG 29 K
• The inset letter that will be provided on both number panels in the 1000 rupees denomination banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi Series – 2005 - R
• Author of the book Who Killed Swami Laxmanananda? was released on 5 May 2016 - Anto Akkara
• The Supreme Court bench headed by Justice MB Lokur asked the Union Government to create a disaster mitigation fund to tackle - Drought- like situation
• The scheme of Europe adopted by Argentina to overcome the increasing specter of inflation and poverty – Social Fridge Scheme
• Reserve Bank of India (RBI) cancelled the registration of this many non-banking financial companies on 10 May 2016 – Four
• As per a study of ASSOCHAM the drought in 10 Indian states may lead to this much losses to the Indian economy – 650000 crore rupees
• Name of the malaria vaccine that according to study done by American researchers can offer protection against malaria for more than a year – PfSPZ vaccine
• World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) was observed across the world on 10 May 2016 with theme - Stop the Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade of Migratory Birds
• In Philippines, maverick anti-crime candidate who won the Presidential elections, following the withdrawal of his opponents - Rodrigo Duterte
• He resigned as the President of Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) on 10 May 2016 – Shashank Manohar
• The Union Government on 9 May 2016 released a commemorative coin of hundred rupees and a circulation coin of ten rupees on - Maharana Pratap
• President Obama on 9 May 2016 signed a National Legacy Act into law officially making an animal as country’s first national mammal - American Bison
• The Lok Sabha on 9 May 2016 passed the Anti-Hijacking Bill, 2014 that seeks to repeal - The Anti-Hijacking Act, 1982
• The three member committee constituted by the Union Government to prepare a policy framework for taxi and other transport operators will be headed by - Sanjay Mitra, the Road Transport Secretary
• The three-member State Food Commission constituted by Odisha Government in May 2016 will be headed by - Ranglal Jamuda, former Union secretary, Food Processing Industries
• Austrian Chancellor who resigned after losing the support of Social Democratic party colleagues - Werner Faymann
• The famous American actor best known for his work as Martin Lane on the hit series The Patty Duke Show who died on 8 May 2016 is - William Schallert
• The senior advocate of Bombay High Court who was appointed as Additional Solicitor General in Supreme Court is - Atma Ram Nadkarni
• The Indian scientist who won a grant of SGD 3 million by Singapore’s National Research Foundation to pursue research in the field of congenital and adult cardiovascular diseases is - Manvendra K Singh
• The Ministry of Environment and Forests launched a web-based application on - Integrated Waste Management System
• The company that announced the launch of its free high-speed public WiFi service at railway stations of Ujjain, Jaipur, Patna, Guwahati, and Allahabad on 9 May 2016- Google
• An initiative of the RailTel that was in news in the first week of May 2016 as Google launches Free Public Wi-Fi Service at 5 Railway Stations as part of it- Railwire
• He resigned from the post of president of Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) on 9 May 2016- Michael Platini
• The position that India finished in the overall standings of 7th Asian Youth Championships held in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan on 9 May 2016 - Third
• In Mizoram, the administration of a district on the Mizoram-Bangladesh border issued an order prohibiting import of chicken, bird, duck and eggs from Bangladesh and Tripura – Mamit
• The company that won the trademark case in China on 9 May 2016 – Facebook
• India vs Pakistan: Why Can’t we just be Friends is a book written by - Husain Haqqani
• Who killed Swami Laxmananada is a book written by - Kuldip Nayar
• The pharmaceutical company that got the patent for Hepatitis C drug Solvadi – Gilead
• The meeting of South Asia Initiative to End Violence against Children (SAIEVAC) began on 9 May 2016 in – New Delhi, India
• This tennis pair won the doubles title of Busan Open Challenger tennis tournament - Leander Paes and Sam Groth
• The number one seed tennis player who won 2016 Mutua Madrid Open men’s singles title - Novak Djokovic
• The author of Shashi Kapoor’s biography titled ‘Shashi Kapoor – the Householder, the Star’ - Aseem Chhabra
• The first Muslim Mayor of London who assumed the office on 9 May 2016 - Sadiq Khan
• A bug found in China was declared as the world's longest insect in the first week of May 2016 is - Chan's megastick
• Gujarat Government on 7 May 2016 accorded minority status to this community by issuing a government resolution (GR) to this effect - Jain
• Biologists of this University on 5 May 2016 released a report titled ‘Why vultures matter – and what we lose if they’re gone’, highlighting ecosystem and human impacts of vulture declines - University of Utah
• Atomic Oxygen was detected in the upper layers of the Martian atmosphere known as - Mesosphere
• The instrument that helped NASA in detecting presence of Atomic Oxygen in the upper layers of the Martian atmosphere - Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA)
• 112, the single emergency number that will help people to reach immediate services of police, ambulance and fire department will be operational throughout India from - 1 January 2017 
• To help the budding entrepreneurs to set up their business without any delays, Union Government started the process for issuance of - Unique Business Identification Number (UBIN)
• The disease for which the United Nations on 6 May 2016 announced the establishment of the UN Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) - Zika
• India’s rank in crony-capitalism index that was released by the Economist in the first week of May 2016- Ninth
• The Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion allowed 100% foreign direct investment (FDI) into this sector on 6 May 2016 - Asset Reconstruction Companies (ARCs) 
• The epidemic that needs an urgent action to end within the next five years, as per the new report released by United Nations on 6 May 2016- AIDS
• The Reserve Bank of India released Draft Guidelines for on tap licensing of Universal Banks on 6 May 2016 in - Private Sector
• The Reserve Bank of India placed Consultation Paper on 28 April 2016 regarding - Peer to Peer Lending