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    Current affairs MAY 2010

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    Current affairs MAY 2010

    Post  arjun_vij on Thu Apr 14, 2011 11:29 am

    GK UPDATES - MAY 2010
    NATIONAL
     Nuclear capable Intermediate Range Ballastic Missile (IRBM) – Agni – II test fired successfully from Wheelers Island, off the coast of Orissa. Range: 2000 Kilometers.
     India and Venzuela sign agreement to develop $ 20 million oil project in Venzuela.
     Govt. decides to set up the New Defence Technology Commission to boost research in Defence.
     Govt. approves setting up of Indian National Defence University (INDU), first of its kind, at Binola, near Gurgaon, Haryana.
     Justice M M Punchhi, Chairman, Punchhi Commission submits its report on review of Centre State Relationships.
     Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), Hyderabad, declared World’s best airport in 5 to 15 million passenger traffic per year category by Airports Council International (ACI).
     “Delhi Declaration” adopted at Indo Pak business meet under the aegis of project ‘Aman ki Asha’ at Delhi.
     Indian president visits China for 6 days; to mobilize support for permanent seat in UN Security Council.
     State Bank of India gets Asian Banker Achievement Award for being the strongest bank in Asia Pacific region.
     Royal Rajasthan on Wheels – a super luxury tourist train by Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation to start in Sep 2010, covering Delhi, Agra, Varanasi, Khajuraho and several cities of Rajasthan

    ECONOMY
     Government gathers whooping Rs. 67,710 crore from the auction of 3G mobile licence spectrum.
     Indian exports estimated at $ 176.6 billion for the year 2009-10. Target for 2010-11: $ 200 billion.
     Govt. plans to award ‘Maharatna’ status to 4 PSUs – ONGC, SAIL, NTPC and IOC.
     Bank of Rajasthan to be merged with ICICI.
     The Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) for sugarcane for 2010-11 fixed at Rs 139.12 / quintal.
     Govt to promote Secondary Agriculture, i.e. value addition to farm products such as extracting medicines from herbs, vitamins from foodgrains, oil from rice bran etc.
     Commerce Ministry proposes 74% FDI in defence sector.

    INTERNATIONAL
     Russia celebrates 65th anniversary of World War II victory.
     Russia to develop a Lander that will ferry a rover to explore moon’s surface for India’s Chandrayaan – II Mission, to be launched in 2013.
     14 th G – 15 Nations Conference concludes in Tehran. (G-15 actually is a group of 17 developing countries from around the world).
     North Korea severs all ties with South Korea.
     63rd Cannes Film Festival concludes at Cannes, France.
     Belgium: First European Country to ban burqa.
     Pakistan test fires nuclear capable ballistic missiles – Hatf III and Shaheen I.
     USA marks end of its space shuttle programme by the last flight of its last space shuttle – Atlantis.

    PERSONS / PLACES IN NEWS
     Commader Dilip Donde: of Indian Navy, becomes first Indian to go around the world in a solo sail boat; completing the circumnavigation in 276 days, covering 21,600 nautical miles.
     Dr. Shah Faesal : A doctor from Srinagar, has topped in Civil Services Exam -2009
     Bhairon Singh Shekhawat: Former Vice President of India and three times Rajasthan CM passes away.
     Acharya Mahapragya: 10th Acharya (Guru) and supreme head of the Jain Swetamber Terapanth Community, passes away at the age of 90 at Sardarshahar, Distt. Churu, Rajasthan.
     Jordan Romero: 13 year old American boy becomes world’s youngest person to conquer Mount Everest.
     Arjun Bajpayee: 16 years old boy from Noida, UP becomes youngest Indian to conquer Mount Everest.
     Scot John Shepherd Barron: Father (Inventor) of ATM passed away in Scotland; (of Indian origin)
     Sudarsan Patnaik: wins People’s Choice Gold Medal at the 2nd World Sand Sculpture Championship held at Moscow.
     Jessica Watson: 16 yrs Australian Schoolgirl becomes world’s youngest person to go around the world in a solo yacht; completing the circumnavigation in 210 days, covering 23,000 nautical miles.
     Mangalore: The airport site in Karnataka, place of Air India’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft crash, coming from Dubai, killing 158.


    AWARDS / HONOURS
     CIF Chachalani Global India Award: Ratan Tata by Canada India Foundation at Vancouver, Canada.
     Sydeny Peace Prize: Vandana Shiva, for her work on empowerment of women by Sydney University, Australia.

    APPOINTED / ELECTED
     David Cameroon: of Conservative Party, elected PM of UK; at 43, he is youngest ever PM of UK.
     Goodluck Jonathan: President of Nigeria
     Baroness Sayeeda Hussain Warsi: First ever Muslim lady to become part of British Cabinet.
     Ratan Kumar Sinha: Director, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Trombay.
     Sarosh Homi Kapadia: Chief Justice of India

    ABBREVIATIONS
     IFC : Infrastructure Finance Companies
     NCPCR : National Commission for Protection of Child Rights
     NCW : National Commission for Women
     NHRC : National Human Rights Commission
     UIDAI : Unique Identification Authority of India, new name: AADHAAR

    BOOKS AND AUTHORS
     Losing Control: The Emerging Threats to Western Prosperity -- Stephen King
     Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East --Isobel Colmen
    SPORTS WORLD: ‘Wenlock’ unveiled as mascot for 2012 London Olympics


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