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May 12, 2015

12th May 2015 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • A major earthquake (7.4 magnitude) has struck eastern Nepal, near Mount Everest, two weeks after more than 8,000 people died in a devastating quake.
    • At least 37 people have been killed and more than 1,000 injured. 
    • Tremors also felt in North and Eastern parts of India, and at least 16 killed in Bihar.
  • The first International Day of Yoga would be celebrated at the historic National Mall of Washington on June 21st featuring yoga demonstrations by experts and Indian dance and music, Indian envoy to the US Arun K Singh has said today.
    • This event is being organized by the Indian Embassy in the US in association with the 'Friends of Yoga',
  • British Prime Minister David Cameron forms first all-Conservative Cabinet in nearly 20 years.
    • Note : The newly re-elected British prime minister appoints Indian-origin MP Priti Patel as new Employment Minister.

National Affairs
  • Today (12th May) is International Nurses Day.
    • Florence Nightingale, founder of modern nursing, was born on May 12, 1820 and hence this day is celebrated as International Nurses Day all over the world to mark the contributions nurses make to society.
  • President Pranab Mukherjee today presented the National Florence Nightingale Awards to 35 nursing professionals on the eve of International Nurses Day.
    • The Health Ministry had instituted the awards in 1973 as a mark of recognition for the meritorious services of nurses.
    • Until 2014 a total of 306 nurses were decorated with this award. This year, 35 nursing personnel are conferred with these awards.
    • The Award carries Rs 50,000 cash, a certificate, a citation certificate and a medal.
    • Health Minister : J P Nadda
  • Worried over depleting groundwater levels in the national capital, National Green Tribunal (NGT) today imposed hefty fines on five-star hotels, malls and hospitals for not installing proper rainwater harvesting systems in their premises.
    • NGT Chairperson : Justice Swatanter Kumar
Awards & Honors
  • Sivanadane Mandjiny, An Indian-American Chemistry Professor at the University of North Carolina (US) has been named the University of North Carolina Pembroke’s recipient of the UNC Board of Governors 2015 Award for Excellence in Teaching.
    • Annually, the Board of Governors names one professor at each of the 17 UNC campuses to receive the award. 
    • The award winners will collect a commemorative bronze medallion and a $12,500 cash prize.

Science & Technology
  • Preparations for Chandrayaan-2, the second lunar exploration mission of the country, is progressing well and is expected to be ready for launch by 2017, Anil Bhardwaj, Director, Space Physics Laboratory, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has said today.

Business & Economy
  • Leading global rating agency Moody's today said that India's gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to grow by a solid 7.5 percent in the current financial year, the highest among G20 economies, aided by reforms and cheap crude oil prices.

  • Ananta Bijoy Das, a secular blogger from north-eastern bangladesh, has been hacked to death in the country's third such deadly attack since the start of the year.
    • Mr Das wrote blogs for Mukto-Mona, a website once moderated by Avijit Roy, himself hacked to death in February this year.
New Appointments
  • President of India appoints Governors in 6 states
    • Former Odisha Minister Droupadi Murmu will be the new Governor of Jharkhand
    • She will replace Dr Syed Ahmed who has been transfered to Manipur for remaining period of his term.
    • Mr J P Rajkhowa has appointed as the new Governor of Arunachal Pradesh who will replace Lt. General (Retd.) Nirbhay Sharma who has been transferred and appointed as Governor of Mizoram for the remainder of his term.
    • Tathagata Roy will be the Governor of Tripura.
    • V. Shanmuganthan has been appointed as Meghalaya Governor.
  • National Human Rights Commission Member Justice Cyriac Joseph was today authorized to act as the Chairperson of the Commission until the appointment of a new Chairperson in place of Justice K.G. Balakrishnan who has completed his tenure.
  • Satish Reddy, Chairman, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, has been appointed as the new Chairman of the National Safety Council (NSC).
    • He takes over the Chairmanship from Venu Srinivasan, who steered the workings of the Council since July 2011. 
    • Note : The National Safety Council is the apex body set up by the Govt. of India, Ministry of Labour and Employment, to generate, develop and sustain a voluntary movement on safety, health and environment at the national level.

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