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Current affairs on 26 May 2017

New Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO)  Appointed

  1. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is elected as the new Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) on 23 May 2017 and thus became the first-ever WHO Director-General from Africa.
  2. He will replace Margaret Chan (Hong Kong) who will retire from the post on 30 June 2017 after serving two terms. Chan’s first term began on 9 November 2006.

Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' resigned

  1. In order to craete space and opportunity for the Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba to become the next Prime Minister, Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' has resigned.
  2. The resignation is done as per the understanding in August 2016 when Prachanda was elected the prime minister with Deuba's support.

James Bond 007 Times passes away

  1. Actor Sir Roger Moore at the age of 89, best known for playing James Bond, has died.
  2. Sir Roger was also well known for his humanitarian work he was introduced to UNICEF by the late Audrey Hepburn and was appointed as a goodwill ambassador in 1991.

Current affairs on 25 May 2017

Japan cabinet approves bill allowing emperor’s abdication

  1. Japan's cabinet approved a bill that would allow Emperor Akihito to step down, paving the way for the first abdication by a Japanese emperor in nearly two centuries.
  2. Thus, now Abdication must take place within three years of the bill becoming law.
Posted on: 25th May 2017 Read complete Article →

Current affairs on 23 May 2017

International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed Pakistan’s execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav

  1. Judge Ronny Abraham gave the ruling that Pakistan cannot execute Indian national Jadhav until it makes a final decision in the proceedings of the case. 
  2. The ICJ granted these measures after a public hearing was conducted on 15 May 2017, as Pakistani military court had sentenced Jadhav to death in April 2017.
  3. Indian case was represented by senior lawyer Harish Salve, Pakistan was represented by Khawar Qureshi.
Posted on: 23rd May 2017 Read complete Article →

Japan’s Softbank Group in association with Saudi Arabia launched a $93 billion tech fund

  1. On 20 May 2017 during the visit of President Donald Trump to Riyadh, Japan’s Softbank and Saudi Arabia’s main sovereign wealth fund Public Investment Fund (PIF) raised over $93 billion to invest in technology sectors such as artificial intelligence and robotics.
  2. This fund has been claimed to be the largest private equity fund in the world.
  3. Softbank and Saudi Arabia’s PIF, the new fund’s investors include Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Investment, which has committed $15 billion, Apple Inc., Qualcomm, Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology and Japan’s Sharp Corp.

‘Solibacillus kalamii’ name given to this newly discovered organism 

  1. Scientists at US space agency NASA have named a new organism discovered by them after former Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam that was found only on the International Space Station (ISS) and has not been found on earth.
  2. The bacterium was found by researchers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the foremost lab of NASA, on the filters of the International Space Station (ISS). The filter on which the new bug was found remained on board the ISS for 40 months.

World faced ‘WannaCry’ massive ransomware cyber-attack

  1. On 12 May 2017, huge number of countries and several multinational companies including India were hit by a massive ransomware cyber-attack that infected tens of thousands of computers
  2. It primarily targeted Microsoft Windows systems and attack disrupted Britain’s health system and global shipper FedEx. The most disruptive attacks were reported in Britain, where hospitals and clinics were forced to turn away patients after losing access to computers. FedEx Corp said some of its Windows computers were also infected.
  3. Ransomware is a type of malicious software that infects a computer and restricts users’ access to it until a ransom is paid to unlock it. It spreads easily when it encounters unpatched or outdated software.
  4. Rumors are arround that one leaked tool of US National Security Agency (NSA), and exploit of Microsoft Windows called ‘EternalBlue’, was used in this attack.

Current affairs on 09 May 2017

Emmanuel Macron will be the new President of France

  1. Centrist independent candidate Emmanuel Macron won the historic French Presidential elections on 7 May 2017 and elected as President of France by defeating far-right candidate Marine Le Pen convincingly. 
  2. At the age 39-year old Macron, thus became the youngest president ever after he won 66.06% of the popular votes while Marine Le Pen of National Front who secured the remaining 33.94% votes.
  3. Macron is a former investment banker and one-time economy minister in the outgoing government of Francois Hollande.
  4. He resigned his post in August to run for the presidency, and becomes the first postwar head of state to be elected from outside the traditional party structure.
Posted on: 09th May 2017 Read complete Article →

China to launch its own Encyclopaedia as a Rival to Wikipedia

  1. China plans to launch its own online encyclopedia next year rivaling Wikipedia and Britain’s Encyclopedia Britannica.
  2. The Main objective of this project is to guide public thought.
  3. For the compilation of the project, nearly 20,000 Scholars and academics have been tasked to created more than 300,000 entries before its 2018 launch.
Posted on: 09th May 2017 Read complete Article →
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