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Current affairs on 29 May 2017, Latest May Current Affairs

 Dr. Najma Heptulla appointed as new Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia

  • 77-year old Dr. Najma Heptulla, the Manipur Governor and former Minority Affairs Minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet, was appointed as the Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) on 29 May 2017 and has succeeded Lt. Gen. (Retd.) M.A. Zaki, who completes his five-year term this month.
  • She has been a five-time member of the Rajya Sabha, and its Deputy Chairman for sixteen years.  
  • Jamia Millia Islamia was established during British rule in 1920 and was accorded the status of central university in 1988.

Three cases of Zika virus were reported in Gujarat

  • The Union Health Ministry on 27 May 2017 confirmed that three cases of Zika were reported from Bapunagar area of Ahmedabad (Gujarat) in January 2017.
  • The case was confirmed by the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune on January 4 this year. Two additional cases were identified through surveillance.
  • The Zika virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito, which also transmits dengue and chikungunya.

Pune city police receive FICCI Smart Policing Award 2017

The Pune city police have received the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) Smart Police Award for the year 2017.

Priyanka Chopra nominated for Dadasaheb Phalke Award 

  • Actress Priyanka Chopra will be honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award for being an international icon award in the ceremony will be held on June 1, 2017 in Mumbai.
  • The board of trustees for Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards include Johny Lever, Pahlaj Nihalani, Mithun Chakraborty and TP Agrawal. The 
  • The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India's highest award in cinema and it was established in 1969 and first recipient of this award was Devika Rani.

Dailong village in Manipur declared Biodiversity Heritage Site

  • The Manipur government has declared area of 11.35 sq km in Dailong village of Tamenglong district as a Biodiversity Heritage Site of the state under Section 37(1) of Biological Diversity Act, 2002.
  • The declaration was made after the recommendation of Manipur Biodiversity Board, the state government has stated in the notification.

Vadodara creates Guinness record for most people sweeping street

  • Vadodara in Gujarat created a new Guinness world record for the maximum number of people sweeping a single venue as 5,058 residents of the city came together to achieve the feat at the venue which was a bridge that connected Akota, an urban area.
  • Vadodara was also declared the 10th cleanest city in the country
  • The event was organised as a tribute to prime minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ initiative.

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.
Posted on: 26th May 2017 Read complete Article →

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 →
Posted on: 25th May 2017 Read complete Article →
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