Business & Economy
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- Today (15th May) is International Day of Families.
- The Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 and reflects the importance the international community attaches to families.
- This day provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families.
- 2016 Theme : Families, healthy lives and sustainable future
- The multilateral Red Flag Aerial combat exercises between US, NATO and allied forces and India Air Force (IAF) concluded in Alaska, US.
- The 4 week long (from April 28 to May 13, 2016) aerial combat exercises was held at the Nellis Air Force Base, Alaska.
- Nigeria is hosting talks on Boko Haram with regional and Western powers, as the United Nations warned of the terrorists' ties to ISIS group and its threat to African security.
- Rajasthan is set to become the first state to issue newspaper advertisements for the post of Vice Chancellor of state universities.
- More candidates will now be able to apply for the post leading to transparency and timely appointments.
Business & Economy
- India has been ranked 3rd in the Attractiveness of Renewable Energy, behind the US and China, according to a report by consulting firm Ernst & Young.
- Note : The report included a list of 40 countries.
Science & Technology
- India successfully test fired its indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile Prithvi-II today off the Odisha coast.
- The missile is capable of destroying hostile ballistic missile and will help in strengthening India's Missile Defence System.
- The interceptor missile is a single stage solid rocket propelled missile equipped with hi-tech computer systems and sophisticated radars.
- China today successfully launched Yaogan-30, a remote sensing satellite to carry out land surveys and disaster relief.
- The satellite was launched from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwestern China’s Gobi Desert by a Long March-2D rocket.
- It will be used for experiments, land surveys, crop yield estimates and disaster relief.
- The Indian Space Research Organisation is going to launch a Space shuttle that is completely made in India for the first time before the onset of monsoon this year.
- The indigenously made Reusable Launch Vehicle - Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD) will be launched from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
- Note : The reusable technology can reportedly help reduce launch costs by ten times.
- New York-based law firm BakerHostetler recently hired ROSS, 'the world's first artificially intelligent lawyer', which is powered by Watson, an IBM-developed AI system capable of processing natural language.
- After being asked a question, ROSS reads through the law and gathers evidence to give relevant and evidence-based answers.
- It also monitors the law for changes that can affect a certain case.
- The White House has launched the National Microbiome Initiative – a new initiative aimed at studying microbial communities that could aid in the development of useful applications in several areas.
- For the project, the government will invest over $121 million in federal money, while another $400 million will come from non-government organizations, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
- Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has developed the fastest elevator in the world, having achieved a top-speed of 1,230 meters per minute or 20.5 meters per second.
- It will be installed at the 632-meter Shanghai Tower (China's tallest building).
- Actress Celina Jaitly has been honoured by the Harvey Milk Foundation for her contribution to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) equality as a United Nations Equality Champion.
- Senior audit service officer Hindupur Pradeep Rao was today appointed as Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).
- Mumbai based India’s biggest exchange, NSE, had nominated Ashok Chawla as its new Chairman after obtaining a clearance from the market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India.
- Former IPL spot-fixing probe head, Justice Mukul Mudgal has been appointed as the Deputy Chairman of FIFA's governance committee.
- Important Points to Note :
- Former European Court of Justice Advocate General, Portugal's Luis Miguel Maduro will head the governance committee and the International Review Committee alongside Mudgal.
- Earlier Mudgal was also appointed by the Asian Football Federation in a similar role.
- Top-ranked women's doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis have clinched the Internazionali BNL d’Italia title in Rome today.
- This is Hingis' and Mirza's fifth title of the season and their first claycourt crown of 2016.
- Rio Olympics qualified sprinter, Sudha Singh set a new national record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase category by clocking 9 minutes and 26.55 seconds in the IAAF Diamond League race in Shanghai on Saturday. The 2010 Asian Games gold medallist broke the 9 minutes and 27.09 seconds national record timing set by another Rio Olympics qualified long-distance runner Lalita Babar.
- 18 year old Max Verstappen became the youngest driver in F1 history to win a Grand Prix as he finished first at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya today.
- Note : Ferrari drivers, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel finished second and third respectively.
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