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Current Affairs - May 2016 - Current Affairs for TNPSC Exams -

TNPSC Current Affairs May 2016

  • Important Days
    • May 1 - International Labour Day
    • May 5 - World Asthma Day
    • May 11 - National Technology Day
    • May 21 - Anti Terrorism Day
  • Awards
    • 63rd National Awards
      • Best Film - Baahubali
      • Best Featured Film - Bajrangi Bhaijaan
      • Best Director - Sanjay Leela Bansali 
      • Best Actor - Amitabh Bachchan
      • Best Actress - Kangana Ranaut
      • Manoj Kumar - was awarded the Dada Saheb Phalke Award for 2016 {VERY IMPORTANT}
    • 3 Indian Scientists Elected for the Royal Society
      • Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan
      • Sriram Ramaswamy
      • Ramanujan Hedge
    • North Star
      • It was the highest civilian award in Mongolia.
      • Lokesh Chandra and Mansura Haider was awarded North star award by the mongolian govt.
  • Guiness World Record
    • Pankaj Rarak from Maharashtra sets the guinness world record for 'man with the most expensive gold shirt worth 10 crore'
  • The Aguada Central Jail
    • It is located in Goa.
    • This jail was converted into a museum recently.
  • Namma Metro
    • South India's first underground metro rail services was flagged off in Bengaluru.
  • Vijay Mallya 
    • Indian Industrialist and Rajya Sabha Member sent his resignition letter to Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari.
    • His resignition letter was rejected citing the absence of his signature.
  • Important Committees
    • R M Lodha Committee - MCI
      • Supreme Court appointed a committee under the chairmanship of R M Lodha to monitor the functioning of the Medical Council of India for a minimum Period of one year.
  • Important Appointments
    • Sunil Lanba - to be appointed as the Next Navy Chief
  • Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana Scheme
    • PM Narendra Modi launched the New scheme to provide subsidised LPG connections to women of Poor households.
    • It aims to provide 5 Crore connection within next 3 years.
    • The total estimate of this scheme is 8000 Crore
  • UJALA Scheme
    • UJALA - Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for all.
    • This scheme was launched by the Union government for providing led at affordable prices for the domestic consumers.
Science and Tech
  • Bitcoin 
    • It is a digital virtual currency without a central repository.
    • It was invented by Satoshi Nakamoto.
    • Recently Craig steven Wright from Australia claims the invention of Bit Coin.
  • Huroof
    • It is the name of the Android app launched by the Islamic State exclusively for the children.
    • This app is to teach Arabic Alphabets to children.
    • It is the geo-portal of ISRO.
    • This portal helps the users to view the 2D picture of the earth particularly India in higher resolution.
    • It is tool for water resources evaluation and management at watershed level.
    • It is developed by CII - Confederation of Indian Industry.
    • It helps to identify the geographical areas in which the water is generated and losses occur.
  • Antonov An-225 Mriya
    • It is the world's largest cargo aircraft.
    • It was landed at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad
  • Prithvi-II - Test fired
    • India's indigenously developed nuclear capable missile.
    • Range - 350 KM
    • Payload - 500 to 1000 kg.
  • HIFiRE
    • Hypersonic International Flight Research Experimentation is a programme in which the scientists engaged to develop Hypersonic flight.
    • Hypersonic means five times the speed of sound or 5 Mach.
  • LIGO
    • LIGO - Laser Interferimeter Gravitationlal-wave Observatory was founded by Ronald W P Drever, Kip Thorne and Rainer Weiss.
    • They have been awarded the Special Breakthrough Prize for the detection of the gravitational force.
Environment and Health
  • Corono Effect
    • It is a devastating phenomenon on electrical components mainly electricity distribution system.
    • It is mainly caused by the Industrial pollution.
  • Global Urban Ambient Air Pollution Datebase 2016
    • It is a report released by WHO. HQ; Geneva
    • It released the report in two categories PM 2.5 and PM 10.
    • PM stands for the Particulate matter and the number denotes the size
    • PM 2.5 
      • 1st Place - Zambol,Iran
      • 2nd Place - Gwalior
      • 3rd - Allahabad
      • 11th -Delhi
    • PM 10
      • 25th place - Delhi
  • Project ReAnima
    • It is the world's first clinical trial to be conducted on the revival of the brain dead patients using stem cells.

  • Miss Africa
    • Miss Africa 2016 Contest is conducted for the first time.
    • Rebecca Asamoah (Miss Ghana) is crowned as Miss Africa.
  • Nepal President visited India.
    • Nepal President K P Sharma Oli participated in Simhastha Kumbh in Ujjain.
  • Hun Sen - Prime Minister of combodia
  • Tim Cook - Apple CEO

  • World Snooker Champion ship 2016
    • Location: England
    • Mark Delby of England won the title
  • Mike Powell
    • The World record holder in long jump (8.95m) event from America visited India.
  • Shashank Manohar
    • He was appointed as the New chairman of ICC - International Cricket council.
    • He is also served as the former President BCCI.
  • Nour El Sherbini
    • She was an egyptian squash player who became the youngest ever women's squash champion.

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