Current Affairs May 2016 - Miscellaneous


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  • The World Press Freedom Day was observed across the world on 3 May 2016. The theme was Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms - This Is Your Right!

  • Former Chief Justice of India (CJI) RM Lodha is appointed as the head of a three-member panel by the Supreme Court of India to oversee the functions of the Medical Council of India.

  • European Commission will grant conditional approval for visa-free travel within the EU's Schengen area to Turkey.

  • The combined output of eight Core Sector accelerated in March 2016 to 16-month high of 6.4%.

  • INA Airavat will participate in the ADMM Plus (ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting Plus) Exercise on Maritime Security and Counter Terrorism (Ex MS & CT) from 1 May to 9 May 16.

  • The United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has called for immediate transfer of refugees and asylum seekers out of the Australian-run detention camps on both - Manus Island and Nauru.

  • World Asthma Day was observed globally on 3 May 2016. The theme was You Can Control Your Asthma.

  • Uber will allow Paytm wallet users to pay for their cab rides abroad in Indian rupees by the end of May 2016.

  • A mango that fights night blindness and found in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh saves high-value ‘nutraceutical’ plants is Manoranjitam.

  • The world's largest unmanned surface vessel, Sea Hunter, was tested by United States of America (US) Navy in San Diego.

  • Madhya Pradesh Government will launch Nagaroday Abhiyan on the lines of Gramoday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan.

  • Eduardo Cunha, Brazil’s Lower House Speaker, was suspended by Brazil's top court from his mandate, following a request by the country's Attorney General.

  • Infosys proposal to set up an IT/ITeS special economic zone in Bengaluru was approved by Union government.

  • Leander Paes and Sam Groth won the doubles title of Busan Open Challenger tennis tournament.

  • Novak Djokovic won 2016 Mutua Madrid Open men’s singles title.

  • Atomic Oxygen was detected in the upper layers of the Martian atmosphere called as Mesosphere and the instrument used was Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA).

  • The Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion allowed 100% foreign direct investment (FDI) into Asset Reconstruction Companies (ARCs) sector.

  • The Union Government constituted the three member Sanjay Mitra committee to prepare a policy framework for taxi and other transport operators.

  • The 3-member State Food Commission headed by Ranglal Jamuda, former Union secretary, Food Processing Industries was constituted by Odisha Government in May 2016.

  • Werner Faymann, Austrian Chancellor, resigned after losing the support of Social Democratic party colleagues.

  • India finished third in the overall standings of 7th Asian Youth Championships held in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan.

  • In Mizoram, the administration of Mamit district on the Mizoram-Bangladesh border issued an order prohibiting import of chicken, bird, duck and eggs from Bangladesh and Tripura.

  • Facebook won the trademark case in China.

  • Who killed Swami Laxmananada is a book written by Kuldip Nayar.

  • The Supreme Court struck down the order of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) making it mandatory for telecom companies to compensate subscribers for call drops.

  • An ASSOCHAM study indicates the drought in 10 Indian states may lead to a Rs. 650000 crores losses to the Indian economy.

  • The author of the novel named The Drowned Detective is Neil Jordan.

  • The Union Government has declared May 16 as National Dengue Day.

  • The Union Government has asked the Odisha government to lay aerial Optical Fibre Cable on electric poles in rural areas so that internet connections can be provided to gram panchayats at a lower cost under the Digital India scheme.

  • The Maharashtra Ex-Servicemen's Corporation recently launched a military tourism initiative in Pune, named Veer Yatra.

  • Chief of Air Staff Arup Raha became the first CAS to fly the indigenously designed and produced Light Combat Aircraft Tejas.

  • Himalayan brown bears came into news after being sighted for the first time after 1999 in Kargil.

  • Draft National Policy for Women that was unveiled for consultation by Union Government seeks to replace National Policy for Empowerment of Women, 2001.

  • NK Singh heads the five-member committee to give recommendations on the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM).

  • The British publicist who coined the phrase "Fab Four" to describe the early Beatles, and died in May 2016 is Tony Barrow.

  • The 27th series of CORPAT was conducted between the Indian Navy and Indonesian Navy.

  • Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer A V S Ramesh Chandra was appointed as the Ambassador of India to Romania.

  • The cyclonic storm over the west central Bay of Bengal that will strike Andhra Pradesh coast is ROANU.

  • As per the World Health Statistics 2016, the life expectancy for children born in India in 2015 is 68.3 years.

  • India signed 4 MoUs/Agreements on defence cooperation with Oman.

  • Delhi's Sir Ganga Ram Hospital has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for opening an Ayurvedic centre in China.

  • S K Sharma was appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited.

  • The Indian para-athlete who clinched gold medal in the men’s club throw F-51 event at the 2016 French Open Athletics Championship is Amit Kumar Saroha.

  • A jury in San Francisco cleared Google of copyright infringement in a case brought by Oracle over - Google’s use of Java in Android.

  • Sanjay Bangar was appointed as the head coach of Indian Cricket team for Zimbabwe tour.

  • The National Academy For Training & Research In Social Security (NATRSS) has been renamed as Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya National Academy of Social Security (PDUNASS).

  • “Mission 11 Million” to engage more than 11 million children in activities relating to Football to be launched in October, 2016.



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