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Current affairs on 26 May 2017

India’s first underwater rail tunnel was completed

  1. The work of India’s first underwater rail tunnel in West Bengal under the Hooghly River (West Bengal) for establishing metro link between Howrah and Kolkatawas completed ahead of its schedule during May 2017 that was was July 2017.
  2. This portion of East-West Metro is being implemented by Afcons Transtonnelstroy and Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation Ltd and the entire project is 16.6 km long, out of which 10.8 km runs under the ground. Of this 10.8 km, 502 metres is under the water and connects Howrah to the west and Salt Lake to the east.
  3. The tunnel runs through 502 metres under the Hooghly River and for this a giant tunnel-boring machine (TBM) named ‘Rachna’ was employed.

Japan to build war museum in Manipur

  1. During world war II nearly 70,000 Japanese soldiers had died in battles from March to June 1944 in Imphal and Kohima.
  2. In respect to these soldiers, Japan is going to build a war museum at the hillock at Maiba Lokpa in Bishnupur district in Manipur where a Japanese camp was located during World War II. 

World's first philosophical novel on God unveiled

  1. A young Indian IAS officer, Haulianlal Guite from Manipur state has recently published a book titled "Confessions of a dying mind: the blind faith of atheism" in New Delhi.
  2. The book was unveiled by Union Minister Kiren Rijiju in presence of David Syiemlieth, Chairman, UPSC in august gathering at Civil Services Officers' Institute.

Current affairs on 25 May 2017

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performed last Act

  1. Iconic 146-year old American circus that was promoted as ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ by its promoters and presented its last show on 21 May 2017
  2. The circus that was established on 10 April 1871 went out of business responding to a prolonged slump in ticket sales that has rendered the business unsustainable.
Posted on: 25th May 2017 Read complete Article →

First woman to scale Mt Everest twice in 5 days

  1. Arunachal Pradesh mountaineer Anshu Jamsenpa has become the world’s first woman to scale Mt Everest twice in five days.
  2. Her ascent of the world’s tallest peak in the Himalayas at 7.45 am on 21st May 2017 was her fifth overall and the second after 16th May 2017.

India's Rohan Chakravarty won WWF International President’s Award 2017

  1. Rohan Chakravarty, a wildlife and environment cartoonist from India, has won WWF International President’s Award 2017 in a ceremony that was held recently in Manado, Indonesia for his efforts to change attitudes towards nature.
  2. The award is the top accolade given by WWF (World Wildlife Fund) to recognize leadership in young conservationists who are under the age of 30 from around the world.

Cochin Port Trust bags two awards

  1. Cochin Port Trust has received two Best Performance Awards from Ministry of Shipping for the highest growth in operating surplus and also for achieving third highest growth in cargo traffic among the major ports in the year 2016-17.
  2. The awards were received from Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari by P Raveendran, Chairman, and A V Ramana, Deputy Chairman, Cochin Port Trust at a function held at Goa Port Trust.

Current affairs on 23 May 2017

The 1888 hailstorm of Moradabad in India included among the five all-time deadly weather events

  1. Hailstorm of Moradabad (Uttar Pradesh) in India that was came in 1888 has been identified by the United Nations weather agency – World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), as one of the five all-time deadly weather events of the world.
  2. This destructive hailstorm came on 30 April 1888 and killed 246 people and 1600 farm animals on this day. The hailstorms were as huge as the size of oranges and were to up to 2 feet in height at some places.
  3. In 1970, tropical cyclone of Bengladesh, which killed around 300,000 people was declared as extreme deadly weather condition in the world.
  4. In 1994 lightning-caused oil tank fire in Dronka, Egypt, which took 469 lives, while 21 people were killed by a single lightning bolt to a hut in the Manica Tribal Trust Lands in what was then Rhodesia.
Posted on: 23rd May 2017 Read complete Article →

India’s first uterus transplant was successfully done in Pune 

  1. On 18 May 2017, a team of doctors led by Dr. Shailesh Puntambekar successfully conducted India’s first uterus (womb) transplant at Pune’s Galaxy Care Hospital.
  2. The uterus was transplanted to a 21-year old woman who was born without it. The uterus was donated by her 41-year old mother.

SS Rajamouli’s magnum-opus Baahubali 2 became the first Indian film to earn Rs. 1,500 crore

  1. It also became the most successful Indian film overtaking Salman Khan starrer ‘Dangal’ that was released in 2016 and had grossed over Rs. 800 crore.
  2. The Hindi version of the film collected more than Rs. 508 crore in ten days. This is the sequel of “Baahubali : The Beginning” that was released in 2015.
Posted on: 23rd May 2017 Read complete Article →
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