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Current affairs on 29 May 2017, Latest May Current Affairs

“The Square” film won the Golden Palm award

  • In the 70th edition of Cannes Festival. Swedish art satire “The Square” directed by Ruben Ostlund, won the prestigious Palme d’Or (Golden Palm).
  • The best director award went to Sofia Coppola for ‘The Beguiled’, a drama about an injured soldier.
  • Grand Prix award was won by “BPM (Beats per Minute)”.
  • Best actor was won by Joaquin Phoenix for ‘You Were Never Really Here’ while  Diane Kruger won the Best Actress award for her role in ‘In the Fade’.

Amul Thapar became only the second Indian-American judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals

  • On 26 May 2017 47-year old Amul Thapar became only the second Indian-American judge of an appeals court as his appointment was confirmed by a 52-44 vote.
  • Earleir Shri Srinivasan, who was appointed to the DC circuit court of appeals by President Barak Obama and confirmed in 2013, is the first Indian American ever to be named as judge to the American counterpart of India’s High Courts.

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

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.
Posted on: 23rd May 2017 Read complete Article →
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