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May 22, 2017

22nd May 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (22nd May 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 22nd May 2017

International Current Affairs
  • Today (22nd May) is International Day for Biological Diversity.
    • The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.
    • Theme of International Day for Biological Diversity 2017 : “Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism
  • In a Global Healthcare Access and Quality Index study, India was ranked 154 among the 195 countries surveyed between 1990-2015. 
    • Europe's Andorra topped the list followed by Iceland, and Switzerland, while the US was placed 35th.
  • Japan is going to build a war museum at the hillock at Maiba Lokpa in Manipur, Japanese ambassador to India Kenji Hiramatsu has announced today. 
    • Hiramatsu said that around 70,000 Japanese soldiers had died during World War II in Imphal and Kohima, between March and June 1944.
MOUs & Agreements
  • During his first overseas trip as US President, Donald Trump today signed arms deals worth almost $110 billion with Saudi Arabia to strengthen the security of the Gulf region in the face of "Iranian threats". 
    • The deals involved arms that former President Barack Obama was not prepared to sell to Saudi Arabia.
National Current Affairs
  • The Indian Railways' Mumbai-Goa luxury train Tejas Express, which has features like LCD screens, on-board infotainment, Wi-Fi, CCTV, and tea/coffee vending machine, was flagged off by Union Minister Suresh Prabhu today. 
    • The 20-coach train is the first Indian Railways' train to have automatic doors for all coaches. The premier train can reach speeds of up to 200 kmph.
  • The Centre is going to permit Internet on flights in India by end of August.
    • International airlines, which have to switch off Wi-Fi in Indian airspace as in-flight Internet is banned on security grounds, are also in talks with the government.
Science & Technology
  • US and Indian space agencies, NASA and ISRO will jointly develop and launch the world's biggest and most expensive earth imaging satellite, costing $1.5 billion.
    • The satellite has been named NISAR - NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar
    • The radars on the satellite will take snapshots of the earth every week, helping scientists study changes in climate and environment.
Awards & Honors
  • Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud today presented US President Donald Trump with the Gold King Abdulaziz medal, the kingdom's top civilian honour. 
    • The King declared that Trump was being honoured for "his quest to enhance security and stability in the region and around the world".
  • Canadian rapper and singer Drake today won 13 awards at Billboard Music Awards, making him the biggest single-year winner in the history of the annual event.
    • He surpassed the 12-award record set by Adele in the 2012 edition of the awards. 
  • 2nd Annual Asian Voice Charity Awards 2017 Winners
    • Bollywood Actress Jacqueline Fernandez received the International Humanitarian Award.
    • Bestselling author Jeffrey Archer was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
New Appointments
  • Dr. Harsh Vardhan takes over additional charge of Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Government of India after demise of former minister Anil Madhav Dave.
  • Saurabh Agrawal, head of corporate strategy at the Aditya Birla group, has been appointed the group Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Tata Sons.
    • Agrawal, an investment banker, was previously regional head of corporate finance (South Asia) for the Standard Chartered Bank.
  • Rehana Ameer, a 43-year-old UK entrepreneur, has become the first Indian-born woman to be elected as a Councillor to the City of London Corporation
    • Ameer, who was born and raised in Chennai, aims to promote the city's businesses in international markets and focus on road safety, improved air quality and developing the city's presence overseas.
Sports Current Affairs
  • Mumbai Indians defeated Rising Pune Supergiant by 1 run to win their third Indian Premier League title.
  • India's premier squash player Harinder Pal Sandhu has won the Makati Open (Squash) title by beating Mohd Syafiq Kamal.
  • Bengaluru FC lifts Federation Cup by beating defending champions Mohun Bagan.
  • Sweden won the Ice hockey world championships for the 10th time with a 2-1 victory over 2016 champions Canada after the final was settled by a penalty shoot-out.
  • Indian-origin wrestler Jinder Mahal beat Randy Orton at the pay-per-view event 'Backlash' on Sunday, to become the WWE Champion for the first time in his career. 
    • Note : The Great Khali was the first, winning the now-defunct World Heavyweight Championship in 2007.
  • World number two Serbia's Novak Djokovic has appointed former world number one Andre Agassi as his new coach, after having parted ways with another former world number one Boris Becker earlier this year. 
  • Germany's 20-year-old Alexander Zverev became the 1st player born in the 1990s to earn an ATP Masters title after defeating Serbia's Novak Djokovic in straight sets at the Italian Open in Rome today.
  • India's R Vaishali won the women's title with eight points from nine rounds in the Asian Continental Blitz Chess Championship in Chengdu, China, on Sunday.
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