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Sunil Bharti Mittal receives 2016 Harvard Alumni Award

Published on: 28-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The award confers on who have contributed significantly to their companies and communities while upholding the highest standards and values.

Land-attack version of BrahMos missile successfully test-fired by Indian Air Force

Published on: 28-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

The flight conducted met its mission parameters in a copybook manner and the weapon hit and annihilated the designated target.

India’s first integrated web portal to promote Net Zero Energy Buildings launched

Published on: 28-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The portal (www.nzeb.in) was designed to promote and mainstream Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) in India.

Indian Coast Guard Ship ARUSH Commissioned

Published on: 28-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

ARUSH is the seventeenth ship in the series of twenty Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs), designed and built by M/s Cochin Shipyard Limited.

Committee for Evolution of a National Education Policy submits report to Union HRD Ministry

Published on: 27-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The Committee examined the large body of outcome documents, recommendations and suggestions received from the various consultations.

Book Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up authored by Rana Ayyub released

Published on: 27-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The book is an account of an eight-month long undercover investigation by journalist, who posed herself as Maithili Tyagi, a filmmaker to investigate the Gujarat riots.

Noted Marathi writer RG Jadhav died

Published on: 27-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

He received many awards and wrote more than 45 books which includes Anandacha Doh (a study of saint Tukaram), Nilee Pahat (a critique of Dalit literature) and Bapu (a collection of 91 reflective poems on Mahatma Gandhi).

Indian-American Rishi Nair wins 28th annual National Geographic Bee Competition

Published on: 27-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

As National Geographic Bee champion, Nair received a 50000 US dollars college scholarship and a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society.

Baciro Dja named Prime Minister of Guinea Bissau

Published on: 27-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

Dja succeeds Carlos Correia, who was sacked earlier this month in a move that threatened to deepen political turmoil in the tiny West African nation.

India emerges as 5th largest producer of e-waste in world: ASSOCHAM-KPMG study

Published on: 26-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

India discards roughly 18.5 lakh metric tonnes of electronic waste each year with telecom equipment alone accounting for 12 percent of the e-waste.

Veteran Communist leader KC Mathew died

Published on: 26-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

He was the prime accused in the attack on the Edappally police station in February 1950, which resulted in a witch-hunt of the communists by the police.

India’s first ever Passenger Satisfaction Survey conducted at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport

Published on: 26-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The scope of the Survey was to assess Passenger Satisfaction levels with the Customs Clearance Process, focusing on three aspects. Those three aspects were Information, Behaviour and Process.

US engineer Frances Arnold becomes first woman to win Millennium Technology Prize

Published on: 26-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

The 1 million euro prize is awarded biennially and Arnold is the first female winner in its 12-year history.

UNEP releases report titled Actions on Air Quality

Published on: 26-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

As per the report, with the decline of the global air quality, action in some air quality areas points to political will to tackle this global public health emergency although current efforts still fall short.

United Nations World Humanitarian Summit concluded in Istanbul

Published on: 25-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

More than 50 heads of state and government attended the summit, which commenced on 23 May 2016. However, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon voiced his disappointment at the absence of world leaders from G7 countries.

A Call to Mercy: Hearts to Love, Hands to Serve by Mother Teresa

Published on: 25-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The book is a collection of previously unreleased writings by Mother Teresa. The book was compiled by the Rev. Brian Kolodiejchuk, who has led the case for Mother Teresa’s sainthood.

BJP forms NEDA to boost development agenda in North-East India

Published on: 25-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

BJP leader and Cabinet Minister in newly formed Assam government Himanta Biswa Sarma will be Convener of the alliance.

UNODC launches inaugural World Wildlife Crime Report

Published on: 25-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

The report is a part of UNODC's ongoing Global Programme on Wildlife and Forest Crime.

Veteran CPI (M) leader K Anirudhan passes away

Published on: 25-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

Anirudhan was known for his significant contribution to build the Communist party movement in southern parts of the state.

Pink Panther star Burt Kwouk passes away

Published on: 25-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

He was best known for playing Inspector Clouseau's manservant Cato in the Pink Panther films.

Lieutenant General SK Saini takes over as 46th Commandant of Indian Military Academy

Published on: 25-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The Indian Military Academy, Dehradun is the officer training Academy of the Indian Army.  It was established in 1932.

Prime Minster Narendra Modi visited Iran

Published on: 24-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

During the visit, Modi met Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and gifted him the reproduction of the seventh-century manuscript of the Holy Quran attributed to Hazrat Ali, the fourth caliph.

INS Tarmugli commissioned into Indian Navy

Published on: 24-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

INS Tarmugli will be based in Visakhapatnam under the Naval Officer-in-Charge (Andhra Pradesh) and will be deployed for coastal patrol and surveillance operations along the East Coast of India.

Sikkim CM Pawan Chamling conferred with Nepal’s Yugkavi Siddhicharan Prize

Published on: 24-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

The prestigious literary prize was bestowed upon him for his commendable contributions in promoting Nepali literature in India.

Director Ken Loach's film I, Daniel Blake wins 2016 Palme d'Or

Published on: 24-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

It was Loach's second award for best picture at the festival after 2006's The Wind That Shakes the Barley.

S K Sharma appointed CMD of Nuclear Power Corporation of India

Published on: 24-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

Sharma will be responsible for design, construction, commissioning and operation of nuclear power reactors. He has been appointed to the new post for a period of five years.

Mukesh Ambani awarded with Othmer Gold Medal for Entrepreneurial Leadership

Published on: 23-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

Ambani was presented the award by Carsten Reinhardt, President & CEO of Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF).

UN appoints Mary Robinson and Macharia Kamau Special Envoys on El Nino and Climate

Published on: 23-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The United Nations Special Envoys will provide the leadership required to tackle the challenges, raising the profile and sounding the alarm.

Rakesh Kumar Mishra appointed Director of Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology

Published on: 23-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

Mishra had joined CCMB in 2001 as a senior scientist after stints at the IISc, Bangalore, the University of Bordeaux, France, Saint Louise University, USA and the University of Geneva, Switzerland for post-doctoral experience.

Union Government constituted DB Shekatkar Committee on defence spending

Published on: 23-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The committee will also recommend measures to enhance the combat capabilities of the over 13-lakh strong armed forces.

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