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May 16, 2015

16th May 2015 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • Chinese and Indian companies signed 26 agreements for 22 billion US dollars investment in India.
    • Prime Minister inaugurates a Centre for Gandhian and Indian Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai.
  • Narendra Modi concludes his China tour and reaches Mongolia on second leg of his three-nation tour.
    • This is the first ever Prime Ministerial visit from India to Mongolia.
    • Civil nuclear energy, IT and cyber security likely to be high in agenda.
    • About Mangolia :
    • Mongolia, a landlocked country between China and Russia, has a population of over 2.9 million. 
    • Nick name : Land of Blue Skies
    • Capital : Ulan Bator (Ulaanbaatar)
    • Prime Minister : Chimed Saikhanbileg
    • President : Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj
    • Currency : Tögrög
  • India has asked Switzerland to share information on Indians who have admitted to having accounts in Swiss banks.
    • It also expressed readiness to sign a bilateral pact on automatic sharing of information with Switzerland.
    • This was conveyed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley when the visiting Swiss Economic Affairs Minister Johann N Schneider-Ammann met him in New Delhi yesterday evening.
  • Ahead new US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter's visit to India, the House of Representatives today passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorisation Act ( NDAA) 2016, calling for expansion of the Indo-US defence cooperation and welcoming India's role in providing security in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond.
  • Canada announced it plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 amid international efforts to create a new framework for addressing climate change.
    • Prime Minister : Stephen Harper
    • Environment Minister : Leona Aglukkaq
Awards & Honors
  • Vice President Mohammed Hamid Ansari conferred the "Pt. Haridutt Sharma Award" in the field of journalism, writing and social services to Anurradha Prasad, the editor-in-chief of News-24 Channel today.
    • In the memory of Pt. Haridutt Sharma, a renowned journalist and eminent writer., this annual award is given in the field of journalism, writing and social services for the outstanding contribution in their respective field. 
    • This award consists of cash prize of Rs. 51000/-, citation, trophy, shawl and souvenir. 
People in News
  • An Egyptian court today sentenced ousted President Mohammed Morsi to death over his part
    in a mass prison break that took place during the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.
    • Morsi is already serving a 20-year prison term for ordering the arrest and torture of protesters while in power.
    • Note : Morsi was Egypt's first freely elected president. 
  • A US jury has sentenced Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death by lethal injection.
    • Three people were killed and 260 were injured when Tsarnaev, now 21, and his brother placed bombs at the finishing line of the Boston Marathon in 2013.
New Appointments
  • The government today appointed M J Joseph as the Controller General of Accounts (CGA) in the Ministry of Finance.
    • Joseph, a 1979 batch Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS) officer, was the Director General of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).
    • He succeeds Jawahar Thakur (ICAS-1979) who has been appointed as OSD (Accounting Reforms) in the office of CGA
  • Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis reclaimed the number one spot in the teams ranking after reaching the final of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia today.
    • They won titles in Indian Wells, Miami and Charleston Doubles titles this year.

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