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TNPSC Current Affairs May 2016 (English)

TNPSC CURRENT AFFAIRS MAY 2016

CURRENT AFFAIRS - WORLD

1. Google Acquires startup “Synergyse” of Varun Malhotra
  • The Google has acquired business technology startup Synergyse founded by an Indian-origin entrepreneur Varun Malhotra. With this acquisition, Synergyse will be joining the Google Apps team and help it to accelerate its mission and build Google Apps. 
  • Synergyse was launched in 2013 with an aim to teach users how to use Google Applications.
2. United Nations launches Multi-Partner Trust Fund for Zika Virus Response
  • The United Nations has launched UN Zika Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) to finance critical unfunded priorities in the response to the Zika outbreak. 
  • The fund was launched by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York, United States.
3. 2015 Crony-Capitalism Index: India Ranks Ninth 
  • India is Ranked Ninth in 2015 Crony-Capitalism Index with crony sector wealth accounting for 3.4 % of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). 
  • The index was based on new study by The Economist which had used data from a list of the World’s Billionaires and their worth published by Forbes.
4. First Muslim Mayor of London is Sadikh Khan 
  • Sadiq Khan of the British Labour party has been elected the New Mayor of London. Sadiq Khan became London’s First Muslim Mayor. 
  • Sadikh Khan is the son of bus driver, immigrants from Pakistan who settled in London in the 1960s. 
5. Delhi No Longer the World's Most Polluted City: WHO 
  • World Health Organization has said that India is home to four of the five cities in the world with the worst air pollution. The dirtiest air was recorded at Zabol in Iran, which suffers from months of dust storms in the summer. 
  • The next four are all Indian cities - Gwalior, Allahabad, Patna and Raipur. From the No. 1 position in 2014, India's capital New Delhi is the ninth worst city, measured by the amount of particulate matter under 2.5 micro grams found in every cubic meter of air. 
6. Obama Honors Indian-American Elementary Teacher
  • An Indian-American woman elementary teacher from Texas has been honored by US President Barack Obama at the White House for her excellent work in the field of education. 
  • Revathi Balakrishnan, a gifted teacher at Patsy Sommer Elementary School, was also named 2016 'Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year'. O
  • riginally from Chennai, Balakrishnan was a systems analyst with Liberty Mutual, managing databases and programming for about 12 years before becoming a teacher.
7. Kenya to Close World's Biggest Refugee Camp in Dadaab
  • The Kenyan government has decided to close World's biggest refugee camp in Dadaab. An estimated 3,28,000 refugees mostly from Somalia are staying in Dadaab camp. 
  • The UN has urged Kenya to reconsider its decision to close Dadaab camp. US Secretary of State John Kerry said, he was concerned by the decision to close the camps.
8. Dilma Rousseff to Face Trial after Impeachment in Brazil
  • Brazil President Dilma Rousseff to face trial after the Senate votes to impeach and suspend her;Rousseff accused of illegally manipulating finances to hide a growing public deficit;Rousseff says victim of a great injustice.
5. SAARC Countries to Set up a Uniform Toll Free Helpline for Children Across the Region 
  • Member countries to cooperate on ICT initiatives to trace missing children, on the lines of Track child and Khoya paya. 
  • The three day historic meeting of South Asia Initiative to End Violence Against Children (SAIEVAC) ended in New Delhi today with a stepped up commitment to promote child rights and safety and security of children in the SAARC region. 
6. CASA-1000 Power Project Launched in Tajikistan
  • Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and Pakistan launched the construction of an electricity power grid today to link the four nations to a jointly operated power supply and promote regional stability, security and prosperity. 
  • Officials say the so-called CASA-1000 project comprises the development, financing, construction, ownership and operation of a 750-kilometer high voltage direct current transmission system between Tajikistan and Pakistan via Afghanistan. 
7. An Islamist Leader has been Hanged in Bangladesh 
  • Motiur Rahman Nizami had been convicted of genocide, rape and torture. Nizami had led Bangladesh's largest Islamist party, Jamaat-e-Islami. 
  • He is the fourth leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party to have been executed since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina set up a war crimes tribunal to look into abuses during the independence war. 
  • Nizami was the fifth and highest-ranked opposition leader to be executed since December 2013 for war crimes. 
8. Google Acquires Startup “Synergyse” of Varun Malhotra
  • The Google has acquired business technology startup Synergyse founded by an Indian-origin entrepreneur Varun Malhotra. 
  • With this acquisition, Synergyse will be joining the Google Apps team and help it to accelerate its mission and build Google Apps. Synergyse was launched in 2013 with an aim to teach users how to use Google Applications.
9. United Nations Launches Multi-Partner Trust Fund for Zika Virus Response
  • The United Nations has launched UN Zika Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) to finance critical unfunded priorities in the response to the Zika outbreak. 
  • The fund was launched by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York, United States.
10. India Ranks Ninth in 2015 Crony-Capitalism Index 
  • India is Ranked ninth in 2015 Crony-Capitalism Index with crony sector wealth accounting for 3.4 % of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). 
  • The index was based on new study by The Economist which had used data from a list of the world’s billionaires and their worth published by Forbes.
11. First Muslim Mayor of London is Sadikh Khan 
  • Sadiq Khan of the British Labour party has been elected the new Mayor of London. Sadiq Khan became London’s first Muslim mayor. Sadikh Khan is the son of bus driver,  immigrants from Pakistan who settled in London in the 1960s. 
12. Indian Artist Wins Award at UN Poster Contest on N-Disarmament 
  • A 22-year-old Indian artist, Anjali Chandrashekar, a New York-based designer and "artivist", won the third prize in UN Poster for Peace contest presented by the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (ODA) to raise awareness of the need for Nuclear Disarmament. 
  • Titled 'Cutting Barriers through Peace', the poster features a peace dove slicing through a nuclear weapon.
13. G-7 summit 2016
  • G7 Finance Ministers and central bank governors have held discussions on the world economy, ahead of next week's G7 summit to be held in Ise-Shima, central Japan. 
  • The first day of the 2-day meeting ended in the northern Japanese city of Sendai 19.05.2016.  Among world economic issues that they have discussed are the slowing Chinese economy and lower crude oil prices. 
  • They also discussed ways of dealing with tax evasion and questionable tax avoidance in reaction to disclosures in the Panama Papers.
14. UN Honours over 100 Peacekeepers who Lost lives while Serving
  • The United Nations has honored peacekeepers, who lost their lives while serving under the UN flag around the globe. 
  • A wreath-laying ceremony in honor of all men and women who lost their lives in peacekeeping operations worldwide was held at UN headquarters in New York. More than 3,400 United Nations peacekeepers have died since 1948.
15. Billion people face global flooding risk by 2060
  • A British aid charity is warning that by 2060 more than a billion people worldwide will live in cities at risk of catastrophic flooding as a result of climate change. 
  • BBC reports quoting a study by Christian Aid that the US, China and India are among the countries most threatened. It says the Indian cities of Kolkata and Mumbai will be most at risk. The eight most vulnerable cities on the list are all in Asia, followed by Miami in the US. 
  • The study says that the priority should be to rapidly reduce carbon emissions and limit temperature increase by switching from fossil fuels to low-carbon energy.
16. Egypt Air crash
  • Egyptian military found the wreckage of the crashed Egypt Air aircraft in the Mediteranean Sea. The ill-fated plane flying to Cairo from Paris went down with 66 people on board 19.05.2016.
17. ROANU’ cyclonic storm moves towards Bangladesh
  • The cyclonic storm “Roanu” has been named by Maldives.The word “Roanu” means “coir rope” in Maldivian.
  • The cyclonic storm ‘ROANU’ over northwest and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal moved east-northeastwards and lay centred at about 160km east of Paradip in Odisha and 435 km southwest of Chittagong in Bangladesh over northwest Bay of Bengal.
18. Indian-American student wins prestigious Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award
  • 15-year old Indian-American student has won the prestigious Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award for creating a device for people who can not walk well through disease or injury. 
  • Syamantak Payra, a student at Clear Brook High School in Friendswood, Texas, received one of two Intel Foundation Young Scientist Awards worth 50,000 dollars for developing a low cost electronically aided knee brace that allows an individual with a weakened leg to walk more naturally. 
19. World Hypertension Day being observed on 17.05.2016
  • Nearly one billion people are estimated to be affected by Hypertension worldwide, and this figure may increase to 1.5 billion by 2025; right treatment and lifestyle can help in containing hypertension. 
  • 20. India and Iran sign 12 bilateral agreements in various areasIndia and Iran signed 12 Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) and Agreements in various areas including building and operating the Chabahar port by India. 

  • The other agreements include cooperation in science and technology, culture, library sciences, and cooperation between the EXIM banks of both the countries. These agreements were signed after the delegation level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
20. Indian-American scientist wins Springer Theses Award
  • An Indian-American scientist,  Arnab De has received the prestigious Springer Theses Award in recognition for his outstanding research in which he developed transgenic mice to study a critical tumor-suppressor called A20. 
  • The thesis prize is awarded by Springer, a leading global publisher of renowned scientific journals and books, to recognize outstanding PhD research. Internationally top-ranked research institutes select their best thesis annually for publication in the book series: "Springer Theses: Recognising Outstanding PhD research"
21. The Millennium Technology Prize Award 2016
  • Bio-engineer Frances Arnold from United States (US) has won the prestigious 2016 Millennium Technology Prize. With this she becomes first female to be awarded with this prestigious biennial award in its 12-year history. 
  • The Technology Academy Finland (TAF) had chosen Frances Arnold for this award in recognition of her discoveries that launched the field of directed evolution. Her discoveries mimic natural evolution to create new and better proteins in the laboratory.
22. Indian author Aditi Krishnakumar wins Scholastic Asian Book Award.
  • Indian author Aditi Krishnakumar has won the prestigious 2016 Scholastic Asian Book Award. She has won the award for her 32,000-word manuscript titled Codex: The Lost Treasure Of The Indus. 
  • The manuscript will be now published by Scholastic Asia. Presently Aditi Krishnakumar is working with Agent Lila Raman to decipher the mysterious script of the Indus Valley civilization. 
23. The China Agreements with Sudan to build Nuclear Reactor
  • China has signed two agreements with Sudan, its close ally in Africa to build 600-megawatt (MW) atomic reactor. It was the first of its kind project to be built by China in African country. 
  • The two framework agreements in this regard have been signed by state-owned China National Nuclear Corp (CNNC) with Sudan. These agreements include nuclear power development and building a 600 MW atomic reactor.
CURRENT AFFAIRS - INDIA

24. New Chief of the Naval Staff is Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba 
  • Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba has been appointed as next Chief of the Naval Staff. He will be 23rd chief of Indian Navy and 21st as an Indian. 
  • He will assume the charge on 31 May 2016 and shall have full three-year-term in office till 31 May 2019. He will succeed incumbent Navy Chief Admiral Robin K. Dhowan, who will superannuate from the post on 31 May 2016.
25. The Central Government launches Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY)
  • The Central Government launched Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) for providing free of cost LPG (Cooking Gas) connections to women from BPL Households. 
  • It was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Maldepur Morh, Ballia in Uttar Pradesh. 
26. Now RM Lodha to oversee the functions of the Medical Council of India (MCI)
  • The Supreme Court has appointed a 3 member high-powered committee headed by former Chief Justice of India (CJI) RM Lodha to oversee the functions of the Medical Council of India (MCI). 
27. The Central Government launches UJALA Scheme
  • The Union Government has launched National LED programmeUnnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA). 
  • It was launched by Union Minister for State (IC) for Power, Coal and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
28. Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra top 2015 Road Mishap Chart
  • Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra are among five states that recorded the highest number of road mishaps for the second consecutive year but Uttar Pradesh has reported the highest number of fatalities in 2015, provisional data compiled by the Transport Research Wing (TRW) of the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways indicates.
  • TRW’s provisional data for 2015 showed an increase of 4.6% in Nationwide road mishap fatalities, from 1,39,671 in 2014 to 1,46,133 deaths in 2015.
  • In 2015, Tamil Nadu reported the highest number of road accidents followed by Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala. These states contributed 29.66 per cent of total accidents and also the highest number of injuries at 2,75,873.
29. Asia’s first Rice Technology Park at Gangavati in Karnataka
  • Karnataka Government has decided to go ahead with the establishment of Asia’s first Rice Technology Park at Gangavati in Koppal district
  • Apart from it state government has decided to set up a Maize Technology Park at Ranebennur in Haveri district.
30. The Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill, 2015
  • The Lok Sabha passed the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill, 2015 for the establishment of funds under the public accounts of Centre and each State towards compensatory afforestation. 
  • It also provides for additional afforestation and penal compensatory afforestation to regulate collected funds.
31. 34 Satellites are Operational in India
  • The Central Government has announced that currently 34 Indian satellites are operational in the space. 
  • It was announced by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.
32. Number ‘112’ Single Emergency Number to be operational throughout India
  • The single emergency number ‘112’ will be operational throughout India from January 1, 2017 to help people reach immediate services of police, ambulance and fire department. 
  • In this regard, Union Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad approved the provision of a single number for various Emergency Services.
33. The Mines and Minerals Amendment Bill, 2016
  • The Parliament has passed Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2016. The Bill amends the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957. 
  • The amendment Bill was first passed in the Lok Sabha in March 2016 and later in the Rajya Sabha in May 2016.
34. The Gujarat Government accorded Minority Status to the Jain Community
  • The Gujarat Government has accorded Minority Status to the Jain community in the state. In this regard state government has issued a government resolution (GR) giving minority status to the Jain community.
35. The President Pranab Mukherjee presents 63rd National Film Awards 2015
  • President Pranab Mukherjee has conferred 63rd National Film Awards for the year 2015 in various categories at the function held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. 
36. The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2015
  • The Lok Sabha has unanimously passed Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2015 by a voice vote. The code seeks to ensure time-bound settlement of insolvency, faster turnaround of businesses and create a unified database of serial defaulters.
37. The Union Cabinet approves India-UAE Currency Swap Agreement
  • The Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval for the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and Central Bank of United Arab Emirates (UAE) on co-operation concerning Currency Swap Agreement. 
  • The Decision in this regard was taken at the Union Cabinet Meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. The Agreement was signed in February, 2016 during the official state visit of Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to India
38. The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 
  • The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 came into force on 01 May 2016. In this regard, Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) had notified 69 of the total 92 sections of the Act to bring it into force from 1 May 2016.
39. PM Narendra Modi, Sri Lankan President Release Simhastha Declaration 
  • The Prime Minister along with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena have released ‘Simhastha Declaration’ at Ninora village in Ujjain on May 13, 2016.
  • Both leaders addressed the concluding session of the three day International Vichar Mahakumbh held on side-lines of the month-long Simhastha mela. 
40. Railways Sets up Two New Directorates
  • Railways has constituted a new directorate named as Non-Fare Revenue Directorate (NFR) to increase revenue by 10 % to 20 % from non-tariff sources like advertising and commercial exploitation of vacant rail land.
  • The public transporter has also set up another directorate to focus on areas like speed enhancement as part of the Mission Raftaar announced in the budget. The Mobility Directorate will address various factors affecting train movement at enhanced speeds in a focused manne
41. President gives away National Florence Nightingale Awards 2016
  • The National Florence Nightingale Awards were given away by the President Pranab Mukherjee to thirty-five nursing personnel at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan on the occasion of International Nurses Day. The Award carries a cash award of 50 thousand rupees, a certificate, a citation and a medal.
  • The International Nurses Day is celebrated all over the world on 12th May every year to commemorate Florence Nightingale's birthday.
42. President gives away National Technology Day awards 2016
  • President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday conferred the National Technology Awards on National Technology Day. 
  • At a function in Vigyan Bhavan, the President awarded Bangalore's Racil Chemicals, Coimbatore's Aitom Electric and Tejas Network again from Bangalore with awards for the year 2016.
43. Padma awards for Rajnikanth, Sania Mirza 
  • President Pranab Mukherjee presented Padma awards to 56 eminent personalities in a Civil Investiture Ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan on 10.05.2016, Tuesday. While Padma Vibhushan has been conferred on 10 persons including a posthumous award for Dhirubhai Ambani.
  • Padma Bhushan has been conferred on 29 persons including a posthumous award late Swami Dayanand Sarawasati and Padma Shri on 112 persons.
  • Padma Awards one of the highest civilian Awards of the country, are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. 
  • The Awards are given in various disciplines/ fields of activities, viz. art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc. 
44. Parkash Singh Panel Submits report on Jat Quota Stir
  • In Haryana, Parkash Singh committee, headed by former DGP of Uttar Pradesh retired IPS Officer Parkash Singh today submitted its report on Jat Quota agitation to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal. Prakash Singh Committee submits report to Haryana government
45. PM Modi Bids Farewell to 53 Retiring Rajya Sabha MPs
  • Polling will be held for a total of 57 seats representing 15 states. The Election Commission has fixed the 24th of May as the date of filing of nominations.
  • Voting will be held on the 11th of June and the result will be declared the same day.
  • The highest number of vacancies are being created in Uttar Pradesh numbering 11,  Bihar will have 5 vacant seats6 seats each are becoming available for contest in Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.
46. ISRO set to undertake Maiden Launch of its Own Version of 'Space Shuttle'
  • For the first time in its history, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to undertake the maiden launch of its very own version of a 'space shuttle', a fully made-in-India effort. 
  • Very soon and if all goes well possibly before the monsoon sets in, India's space port at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh will witness the launch of the indigenously made Reusable Launch Vehicle - Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD). 
  • After launch, it will be glided back onto a virtual runway in the Bay of Bengal. This flight will test the capability of the vehicle to survive a re-entry at speeds higher than that of sound, so it is called a Hyper Sonic Experiment (HEX). 
  • A sleek winged body almost the weight and size of a Sports Utility vehicle (SUV) is being given final touches at Sriharikota. 
  • Scientists at ISRO believe that they could reduce the cost of launching the vehicle into space by as much as 10 times if the reusable technology succeeds.
  • K Sivan, director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, says, these are just the first baby steps towards a big leap.
47. Income Declaration Scheme for domestic black money to commence from June 01, 2016
  • The 'Income Declaration Scheme' or four month window for declaration of domestic black money will commence from 1st of next month.It will remain in force till 30th of September. 
  • The scheme is part of Finance Act, 2016 which seeks to provide an opportunity to all persons who have not declared their income correctly in previous years to come forward and declare their undisclosed incomes. 
  • Under this scheme, the declared income would be taxed at the rate of 30 per cent plus 'Krishi Kalyan' cess of 25 per cent on taxes payable and a penalty at the rate of 25 per cent of the taxes payable.
48. Industrial Output Growth Down to 0.1% in March
  • Growth in the country's industrial production slowed to 0.1 % in March this year, due to poor performance of the manufacturing and mining sectors, and a sharp fall in capital goods output. 
49. General Framework Agreement on Renewable Energy Cooperation
  • The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi was apprised of a General Framework Agreement (GFA) on Renewable Energy Cooperation between India and United Arab Emirates (UAE). 
  • The GFA was signed, in New Delhi on 11th February this year during the state visit of Crown Prince of UAE.
50. Presidential Proclamation in Relation to Uttarakhand Revoked 
  • The President of India on 11th May, 2016 revoked the Proclamation issued under the Article 356 of the Constitution on 27th March, 2016 in relation to the State of Uttarakhand. 
51. UP Government Approves Bicycle Highway between Taj and Lion Safari
  • The Uttar Pradesh government has given its nod to develop nearly 200-km long bicycle highway from Agra to the lion safari in Etawah to encourage eco-tourism in the vicinity of the Taj Mahal. 
  • Starting from eastern gate of the Taj Mahal, it will cover areas such as Raja Bhoj ki Haveli, Bateshwarnath Temple, Mela Kothi Jarar, Naugava ka Quila and other rural areas to reach lion safari in Etawah.
52. RBI to issue Rs 1000 Banknotes with Inset letter R
  • Reserve Bank of India will shortly issue banknotes of 1000 rupees denominations with inset letter 'R' in both the number panels. In a release, RBI said that the banknotes will also have on the obverse, all the other security features, including ascending size of numerals, bleed lines and enlarged identification mark.
  • It added that the banknotes bearing signature of RBI Governor Raghuram G Rajan, will also have the year of printing '2016' printed on the reverse. It also added that All the banknotes in the denomination of 1000 rupees issued by RBI in the past, would continue to be legal tender.
53. Civil Services Exams 2015 Results Announced
  • Twenty-two-year-old Tina Dabi from Delhi has topped the prestigious Civil Services Exams 2015.
  • In the second position is Athar Aamir Ul Shafi Khan from Jammu and KashmirJasmeet Singh Sandhu, who is also from Delhi, has secured the third position. This time, 1,078 candidates were recommended for the appointment.
54. New Chief of the Naval Staff is Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba 
  • Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba has been appointed as next Chief of the Naval Staff. He will be 23rd chief of Indian Navy and 21st as an Indian
  • He will assume the charge on 31 May 2016 and shall have full three-year-term in office till 31 May 2019. He will succeed incumbent Navy Chief Admiral Robin K. Dhowan, who will superannuate from the post on 31 May 2016.
55. The Central Government launches Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY)
  • The Central Government launched Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) for providing free of cost LPG (Cooking Gas) connections to women from BPL Households. It was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Maldepur Morh, Ballia in Uttar Pradesh. 
56. Now RM Lodha to oversee the functions of the Medical Council of India (MCI)
  • The Supreme Court has appointed a 3 member high-powered committee headed by former Chief Justice of India (CJI) RM Lodha to oversee the functions of the Medical Council of India (MCI). 
57. The Central Government Launches UJALA Scheme
  • The Union Government has launched National LED programme. Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA). 
  • It was launched by Union Minister for State (IC) for Power, Coal and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
58. Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra top 2015 road mishap chart
  • Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra are among five states that recorded the highest number of road mishaps for the second consecutive year but Uttar Pradesh has reported the highest number of fatalities in 2015, provisional data compiled by the Transport Research Wing (TRW) of the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways indicates. 
  • TRW’s provisional data for 2015 showed an increase of 4.6 per cent in nationwide road mishap fatalities, from 1,39,671 in 2014 to 1,46,133 deaths in 2015.
  • In 2015, Tamil Nadu reported the highest number of road accidents followed by Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala. These states contributed 29.66 per cent of total accidents and also the highest number of injuries at 2,75,873.
59. Asia’s First Rice Technology Park at Gangavati in Karnataka
  • Karnataka Government has decided to go ahead with the establishment of Asia’s first Rice Technology Park at Gangavati in Koppal district. 
  • Apart from it state government has decided to set up a Maize Technology Park at Ranebennur in Haveri district.
60. The Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill, 2015
  • The Lok Sabha passed the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill, 2015 for the establishment of funds under the public accounts of Centre and each State towards compensatory afforestation. 
  • It also provides for additional afforestation and penal compensatory afforestation to regulate collected funds.
61. Total 34 Satellites are Operational in India
  • The Central Government has announced that currently 34 Indian satellites are operational in the space. 
  • It was announced by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.
62. Number‘112’ Single emergency number to be operational in India
  • The single emergency number ‘112’ will be operational throughout India from January 1, 2017 to help people reach immediate services of police, ambulance and fire department. In this regard, Union Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad approved the provision of a single number for various emergency services.
63. The Mines and Minerals Amendment Bill, 2016
  • The Parliament has passed Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2016. The Bill amends the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957. The amendment Bill was first passed in the Lok Sabha in March 2016 and later in the Rajya Sabha in May 2016.
64. The Gujarat Government accorded Minority Status to the Jain Community
  • The Gujarat Government has accorded Minority Status to the Jain community in the state. In this regard state government has issued a Government Resolution (GR) giving minority status to the Jain community.
65. The President Pranab Mukherjee presents 63rd National Film Awards 2015
  • President Pranab Mukherjee has conferred 63rd National Film Awards for the year 2015 in various categories at the function held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. 
66. The  Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2015
  • The Lok Sabha has unanimously passed Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2015 by a voice vote. The code seeks to ensure time-bound settlement of insolvency, faster turnaround of businesses and create a unified database of serial defaulters.
67. The Union Cabinet approves India-UAE Currency Swap Agreement
  • The Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval for the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and Central Bank of United Arab Emirates (UAE) on co-operation concerning currency swap agreement. 
  • The Decision in this regard was taken at the Union Cabinet Meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. The Agreement was signed in February, 2016 during the official state visit of Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to India
68. The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 
  • The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 came into force on 1 May 2016. In this regard, Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) had notified 69 of the total 92 sections of the Act to bring it into force from 1 May 2016.
69. 3D structural analysis of Jagannath Temple in Odisha 
  • The Centre has said it would like to undertake a 3D structural analysis of the over 800-year-old Jagannath Temple in Puri to further strengthen it and assured the Odisha government that the 12th century shrine will remain intact.
70. Six central universities likely to start department of yoga
  • Six central universities, one each in the north, south, east, west, central and northeast are likely to start department of yoga from the forthcoming academic session.
  • These are Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University in Uttarakhand, Visva Bharati in Shantiniketan, Central University of KeralaIndira Gandhi National Tribal University in Amarkantak, Manipur University in Imphal and, either the Central University of Rajasthan in Ajmer or Central University of Gujarat in Gandhinagar.
71. President Pranab Mukherjee to visit China from May 24
  • President Pranab Mukherjee will be on a state visit to China from May 24 to May 27.
  • He will be accompanied by a high level delegation which includes Union Minister for Textiles, Santosh Gangwar, 4 members of Parliament and heads of prominent higher education institutes of the country. 
  • During the visit the President will be holding bilateral meetings with top Chinese leadership including his counterpart Xi Jin Ping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang. President will also address a gathering of academicians and students in Beijing.
72. Buddha Purnima being celebrated on 21.05.2016
  • Buddha Purnima is being celebrated 21.05.2016. Many Buddhists visit temples on Vesak to listen to monks give talks and recite ancient verses. 
73. World's Largest single rooftop solar power plant 
  • World's largest single rooftop solar power plant of 11.5 Mw capacity has been inaugurated in Beas near Amritsar in Punjab.
  • Spread at a single rooftop stretch of 42 acre at Dera Baba Jaimal, the project was synchronised earlier this year. The plant was dedicated to the people of the state by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. The project would generate clean and green energy sufficient to power approximately 8000 homes. 
74. Prime Minister Narendra Modi  two-day visit to Iran on 22nd of this month. 
  • During the visit, the Prime Minister will call on the Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and will hold talks on a wide range of subjects of mutual interest with President Dr. Hassan Rouhani. 
  • The visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Iran will provide a timely thrust to the ongoing efforts of the two countries and their business entities to expand bilateral cooperation and mutually benefit from new opportunities in the wake of lifting of secondary sanctions against Iran earlier this year. India and Iran share longstanding civilization ties.
75. Draft National Policy for Women 2016 out
  • The policy, Draft National Policy for Women 2016  has been released for the first time since 2001. The policy has been placed in public domain for consultation with all stakeholders including NGOs and civil societies among others.
  • The policy will address issues related to widows and universal health benefits for all women apart from dealing with issues of single women will act as a roadmap over the next 15-20 years for dealing with women's issues, ranging from discrimination against women to the expectations of the new emerging aspirational woman.
76. Vai charik Mahakumbh at Ninaura, Ujjain
  • An International Conference on the Right Way of Living, a three-day (12.05.2016 -14.05.2016) Vai charik Mahakumbh has been organised in Ninaura, Ujjain from Thursday. 
  • The scholars gatherd at Ujjain says that Kumbh is not only a fair but a congretaion of diverse thoughts that need to be disseminated. Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena is a special invitee. Dignitaries from 41 countries will be attending the conclave.
77. ISRO Chairman UR Rao honoured with  'International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Hall of Fame'. 
  • Eminent space scientist Prof UR Rao will be honoured by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) with the 2016 'IAF Hall of Fame Award" for his outstanding contribution to the progress of astronautics within the framework of the IAF activities.
  • The IAF award is intended to reward personalities for their contributions to the progress of astronautics and the Federation.
78. BJP govt completes its two years of governance 
  • BJP govt completes its two years of governance On 16th May, 2016, BJP-led NDA under the leadership of Narendra Modi registered a landslide victory, virtually decimating the Congress in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. 
  • As the leads poured in on May 16, 2014, it was clear that BJP was steaming ahead to country's biggest election victory in 30 years. As results for all 543 Lok Sabha seats were announced, the NDA secured 336 seats, not only far ahead of the half-way mark but also relishing a victory whose scale they had not themselves anticipated.
79. Trial run of Delhi Metro's new driverless trains flagged off
  • Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal flagged off the trial run of Delhi Metro's new driverless trains 18.05.2016. This train equipped to travel on Unattended Train Operations mode. 
  • The new trains will undergo rigorous trials to ensure that they are ready for smooth operations after the commissioning of the 58-km-long Mukundpur- Shiv Vihar and the 34-km-long Janakpuri (West)- Botanical Garden corridors, by the end of this year, although initially, train operators will run them.
80. India successfully test fires Supersonic Prithvi-II missile
  • India has successfully test-fired its indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile Prithvi-II from a test range off Odisha coast. 
  • The missile was launched at 11.15 a.m. on 15.05.2016, from the launching complex off the coast of Odisha. With a strike range of 350 km, the surface-to-surface Prithvi-II is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1,000 kg of warheads and is thrusted by liquid propulsion twin engines. 
  • The success of Advanced Air Defence interceptor missile test now strengthens India's position in the very exclusive Ballistic Missile Defence club of the US, Russia and Israel.
81. National Dengue Day observed on 16.05.2016
  • The Government of India has declared May 16 as National Dengue Day, a day to mark the toll the deadly disease has been taking in terms of lives and to reaffirm nationwide efforts to tackle the scourge by using both education and medical intervention. 
82. Center spent over Rs 500 crore on saving desi cows in country
  • Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said the Center has spent more than Rs 500 crore on saving desi cows in country. Addressing a national conference on Gaushalas in New Delhi 16.05.2016, Mr. Singh said the present government started National Gokul Mission. 
  • He said first time after independence Gokul village has been established in the country. On the occasion, Minister of Environment Prakash Javadekar said he has ordered Animal Welfare Board to check and report how cruelty can be stopped against cows during transportation.
83. Sikkim celebrated statehood day
  • Sikkim on 16.05.2016 celebrated its 41st anniversary of joining the Indian Union..
  • It was on this day in 1975 that this erstwhile kingdom joined the Indian Union as its 22nd State following the 36th Constitution Amendment. A function was held in capital Gangtok to mark the day.
84. The First Multilingual Knowledge Portal  in India
  • The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has launched the multilingual knowledge portal (www.bharatvani.in). 
  • It was launched by Union HRD Minister Smriti Zubin Irani at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh as part of Union Government’s Digital India Mission. The first knowledge portal of its kind in India will help the government to showcase the Indian culture and heritage to the world.
85. IDB Open its first branch in India
  • Saudi Arabia’s Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has decided to open its first branch in India at Ahmedabad, Gujarat. In this regard, IDB and its private sector arm, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), already have met with top officials of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), EXIM Bank and India’s other nationalized banks.
86. The National Capital Goods Policy 2016
  • The Union Cabinet has given its approval for National Capital Goods Policy 2016 to give an impetus to the capital goods sector and the Make in India initiative. 
  • This is first ever policy for Capital Goods sector framed by the Union Government (Ministry of Heavy Industry & Public Enterprise). It aims Increase production of capital goods from 2,30,000 crore rupees in 2014-15 to 7,50,000 crore rupees in 2025.
87. J Jayalalithaa sworn-in as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister for sixth time
  • Ms. J Jayalalithaa has sworn in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for record sixth time after winning 2016 state assembly election with absolute majority. 
  • State Governor Dr.K. Rosaiah administered the oath of office and secrecy to her at oath taking ceremony held at the Centenary Auditorium, Madras University. This is J Jayalalithaa’s second consecutive term as chief minister and sixth overall.
88. Mamata Banerjee sworn-in as West Bengal Chief Minister for a second term
  • Mamata Banerjee was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of West Bengal for second successive five-year term at oath taking ceremony held on Red Road. 
  • State Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi administered her oath of office and secrecy along with the 42 ministers of her government. Mamata Banerjee is eighth chief minister of West Bengal and the first CM of the state.
89. Sarbananda Sonowal sworn-in as Assam Chief Minister
  • BJP leader and former Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal (54) was sworn-in as the 14th Chief Minister of Assam after winning 2016 state assembly election with absolute majority. 
  • State Governor Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya administered the oath of office and secrecy to Sarbananda Sonowal at the oath taking ceremony held in Khanapara, Guwahati.
90. Pinarayi Vijayan sworn-in as Kerala Chief Minister
  • CPI (M) leader Pinarayi Vijayan was sworn-in as 12th Chief Minister of Kerala after the left Democratic Front (LDF) had won 2016 state assembly election. 
  • State Governor P Sathasivam administered his oath of office and secrecy to him along with other 18 ministers of his government in Thiruvananthapuram. In the 2016 state assembly election, the CPI (M)-led coalition of LDF had emerged victorious after winning 91 seats in the 140 member Assembly. 
91. Union Cabinet gives approval to 6 new IITs
  • The Union Cabinet has given its approval to amend The Institutes of Technology (IIT) Act, 1961 for incorporation of 6 new IITs. This amendment will declare these 6 IITs as the institutions of national importance.
  • The Six new IITs will come up at: Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh), Palakkad (Kerala), Dharwar (Karnataka), Bhilai (Chhattisgarh), Goa, Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir). 
  • Union Cabinet also gave its approval to convert of Indian School of Mines (ISM), Dhanbad into an IIT under the ambit of the IIT Act, 1961.
92. The Central Government approves NIMZ in in Kalinganagar, Odisha
  • The Central Government has given its final approval to setting up of National Investment & Manufacturing Zone (NIMZ) in Kalinganagar, Odisha. It will come up on a massive area of 163 square kilometres and on completion will be the third NIMZ of India.
93. The Ordinance for official use of Odia
  • Odisha Governor Dr SC Jamir has promulgated Odisha Official Language (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016 to ensure use of Odia in all government systems. The ordinance was promulgated as per provisions of the Article 213 of the Constitution. 
  • It empowers the state government to formulate laws to implement Odisha Official Language Act, 1954. It will amend the Language Act and use Odia in the official businesses of the Government including in writing files, letters and all other official documents.
94. The Amendments in the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950
  • The Union Cabinet has given its approval for introduction of two Bills in the Parliament for certain amendments in the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950. These bills seek to modify the list of Scheduled Tribes in respect of five States, namely, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, Tripura. They also seek identification of new communities in the Union Territory of Puducherry.
The Bills add the following communities to the list of Scheduled Castes:
  • Assam: Inclusion of Boro, Boro Kachari, Bodo, Bodo Kachari and Karbi (Mikir) communities in the list.
  • Chhattisgarh: Inclusion of Bhuinya, Bhuiyan, Bhuyan, Dhanuhar/Dhanuwar,Kisan, Saunra, Saonra and Dhangad communities in the list.
  • Jharkhand: Inclusion of Bhogta, Deshwari, Ganjhu, Dautalbandi (Dwalbandi), Patbandi, Raut, Maajhia, Khairi (Kheri) and Puran communities in the list.
  • Tamil Nadu: Inclusion of Malayali Gounder, Narikoravan and  Kurivikkaran communities in the list.
  • Tripura: Inclusion of Darlong community in the list.
  • Puducherry: Identification (First Order) of Irular (including Villi and Vettaikaran).
95. ISRO to test  Reusable launch Vehicle- Technology Demonstration (RLV-TD)
  • The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has decided to test an Air-breathing Propulsion System after successful test of Reusable launch Vehicle- Technology Demonstration (RLV-TD). 
  • The testing of air-breathing propulsion system aims to capitalize on the oxygen in the atmosphere instead of liquefied oxygen while in flight. 
  • ISRO is evolving and testing various technologies to bring down the cost of launch vehicles and the air-breathing propulsion system is part of its new space endeavor.
96. ASMITA, The Student Tracking System in India
  • The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD)  has decided to launch ASMITA, a student tracking system programme. 
  • ASMITA is acronym for All School Monitoring Individual Tracing Analysis and shall be launched under Shala Asmita Yojana (SAY). 
  • Key facts SAY aims to track the educational journey of school students from Class I to Class XII across the 15 lakhs private and government schools in the country.
97. Indian Air Force successfully test fires Brahmos missile at Pokaran
  • The Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully test-fired a land-attack version of the supersonic cruise missile, BrahMos at the Pokaran field firing range in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. 
  • During the flight trial, the missile met its mission goals and destroyed a designated target. IAF is deploying this version of the missile in the border areas to take out the enemy’s communication towers, runways, and radar in case of a conflict.
98. NGT bans light and heavy diesel vehicles over 10 years in six major cities of Kerala
  • The National Green Tribunal (NGT) Circuit Bench of Kochi has banned light and heavy diesel vehicles which are more than 10 years old in six major cities of Kerala. These six major cities are: Thiruvananthapuram (state capital), Kochi (commercial capital), Kollam, Thrissur, Kozhikode and Kannur.
  • The bench issued the order while hearing a petition filed by Lawyers’ Environmental Awareness Forum (LEAF) which had sought action against highly polluting diesel vehicles such as trucks and buses.
99. Pakke Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh wins 2016 India Biodiversity Award
  • Pakke Tiger Reserve in East Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh has won the ‘India Biodiversity Award 2016’. The tiger reserve was selected in the conservation of threatened species category for its Hornbill Nest Adoption Programme.
100. May 22: International Day for Biological Diversity
  • Every year May 22 is being observed as International Biodiversity Day (IDB) across the world to promote conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. The 2016 theme: “Mainstreaming Biodiversity; Sustaining People and their Livelihoods”
101. Kiran Bedi as Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry.
  • President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed BJP leader and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi as the Lieutenant Governor (LG) of Puducherry as per Article 239 of the Constitution
  • The a post LG was vacant for the past two years after the Union Government had sacked Virendra Kataria from the post in July 2014. Since then, it was under the additional charge of Ajay Kumar Singh, Lt. Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands
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102. Mark Selby won 2016 World Snooker Championship 
  • Ace snooker player Mark Selby from England has won the 2016 World  Snooker Championship title of Snooker. In the final match played in Sheffield, Selby defeated China’s Ding Junhui by 18-14 score. 
103. Seven Indian Badminton players qualify for 2016 Rio Olympics
  • Seven Indian Badminton players have officially earned the qualification for the forthcoming Rio Olympics scheduled to be held in August 2016 in Brazil. 
  • They are Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, K. Srikanth, Jwala Gutta, Ashwini Ponnappa, Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy.
104. ISSF Junior World Cup: Indian wins 3 Gold, 1 Bronze medals in 
  • Indian shooters have won three Gold medals and one Bronze on the opening day of the ISSF (International Shooting Sport Federation) Junior World Cup held in Suhl, Germany. 
  • Indian shooters won two Gold medals in the team events of men’s 25m standard pistol and women’s 50m rifle prone competitions respectively. 
  • The men’s team comprised of Rituraj Singh, Shivam Shukla and Arjun Das. The women team comprised of Gaayathri Nithyanadam, Sonika and Ayushi Podder. 
105. Two Indian women wrestlers Qualified for 2016 Rio Olympics 
  • Two Indian women wrestlers Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik have qualified for 2016 Rio Olympics scheduled to be held in August 2016. 
106. Asia Kabaddi Championship Cup 2016: Pakistan Champion
  • Pakistan has won the 3rd edition of the Asian Kabaddi Championship 2016 (Circle Style) by defeating India. 
  • In the final match held at Pakistan Ordinance Factory Sports Complex in Wah Cantonment, Pakistan defeated India by 50-31 points. This is Pakistan’s second successive win in the Asian Kabaddi title as they had won it in 2012.
107. Leicester City wns English Premier League Champion
  • Leicester City FC was win the championship of the of English Premier League title for 2015-16 season without playing as nearest challenger Tottenham Hotspur FC. 
  • This is the first time in the Leicester City FC’s 132-year history it became the champion of the England.
108. Archery World Cup India wins 1 silver, 2 bronze 
  • Indian women’s team has won silver medal in the recurve team final of Archery World Cup held at the Yuanshen Stadium in Shanghai, China. Women’s team comprised of Deepika Kumari, Bombayla Devi Laishram and Laxmirani Majhi. 
109. Mark Selby won 2016 World Snooker Championship 
  • Ace snooker player Mark Selby from England has won the 2016 World Championship title of Snooker. In the final match played in Sheffield, Selby defeated China’s Ding Junhui by 18-14 score. 
110. Seven Indian Badminton players qualify for 2016 Rio Olympics
  • Seven Indian Badminton players have officially earned the qualification for the forthcoming Rio Olympics scheduled to be held in August 2016 in Brazil. 
  • They are Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, K. Srikanth, Jwala Gutta, Ashwini Ponnappa, Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy.
111. ISSF Junior World Cup: Indian wins 3 Gold, 1 Bronze medals in 
  • Indian shooters have won three gold medals and one bronze on the opening day of the ISSF (International Shooting Sport Federation) Junior World Cup held in Suhl, Germany. 
  • Indian shooters won two gold medals in the team events of men’s 25m standard pistol and women’s 50m rifle prone competitions respectively. 
  • The men’s team comprised of Rituraj Singh, Shivam Shukla and Arjun Das. The women  team comprised of Gaayathri Nithyanadam, Sonika and Ayushi Podder. 
112. Two Indian Women Wrestlers Qualified for 2016 Rio Olympics 
  • Two Indian women wrestlers Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik have qualified for 2016 Rio Olympics scheduled to be held in August 2016. 
113. Asia Kabaddi Championship Cup 2016: Pakistan Champion
  • Pakistan has won the third edition of the Asian Kabaddi Championship 2016 (Circle Style) by defeating India. In the final match held at Pakistan Ordinance Factory Sports Complex in Wah Cantonment, Pakistan defeated India by 50-31 points. 
  • This is Pakistan’s second successive win in the Asian Kabaddi title as they had won it in 2012.
114. Leicester City wns English Premier League Champion
  • Leicester City FC was win the championship of the of English Premier League title for 2015-16 season without playing as nearest challenger Tottenham Hotspur FC. 
  • This is the first time in the Leicester City FC’s 132-year history it became the champion of the England.
115. Archery World Cup India wins 1 silver, 2 bronze 
  • Indian women’s team has won silver medal in the recurve team final of Archery World Cup held at the Yuanshen Stadium in Shanghai, China. Women’s team comprised of Deepika Kumari, Bombayla Devi Laishram and Laxmirani Majhi. 
116. Vijender Singh beats Andrzej Soldra to win sixth pro fight
  • Indian boxing star Vijender Singh's rampaging winning streak remained intact as he carved out a sixth successive knockout victory by battering Poland's Andrzej Soldra.
  • Fighting the first eight-round contest of his fledgling pro career, Vijender completed yet another dominating win barely a minute into the third round.
117. Anil Kumble retained ICC Cricket Committee head, Rahul Dravid made member
  •  Former India captain Anil Kumble has been re-appointed ICC Cricket Committee chairman for a second term of three years while his one-time team-mate Rahul Dravid was named member of the top panel.
118. Shashank Manohar elected as Chairman of ICC
  • Former BCCI President Shashank Manohar has been elected unopposed as the first independent Chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC). 
119. Ritu Rani, Raghunath & Dharamvir recommended for Arjuna Award
  • Hockey India has recommended Women's Hockey Team captain Ritu Rani, VR Raghunath and Dharamvir Singh for the Arjuna Award. Hockey India said in a statement that the players have been recommended as they have done India proud by earning several accolades internationally. 
  • Hockey India has also recommended Sylvanus Dung Dung for the Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award. Veteran Coach C. R Kumar has been recommended for the Dronacharya Award.
120. Wrestlers Ravinder Khatri, Babita Kumari bag Rio Olympic berths
  • Wrestlers Ravinder Khatri and Babita Kumari have secured Rio Olympic berths. Khatri was awarded the berth in the Greco-Roman 85 kg category after Kenzheev Zhanarbek of Kyrgystan failed the dope test at the Asian Olympic qualifier.
  • Babita also booked a ticket to Rio after Sumiya Erdenechimeg failed the test in 53kg freestyle division.The qualification of the two grapplers took India's quota to Rio from Wrestling to eight.Rio Games begin on the 5th of August.
121. Indian women win silver medal in Asian Team squash Championships
  • Indian women's squash team have won the Silver medal in the Asian Team squash Championships. In the final played at Taipei in Chinese Taipei today, they lost to Malaysia by a 0-2 margin. India's performance was better than their bronze-medal finish in the earlier edition of the championship.
122. Max Verstappen becomes youngest F1 winner in history at Spanish Grand Prix
  • Dutch teenager, Max Verstappen, became Formula One's youngest race winner. Max Verstappen won the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix in his debut race for Red Bull at the age of 18, becoming the youngest-ever winner of a Grand Prix and the first racing under the Dutch flag. 
  • Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel came second and third after Verstappen. It was a close competition all through the race in barcelona and verstappen made his two stop strategy work to seal a thrilling victory. 
123. India lose to China in semi-final of Uber Cup
  • Indian women's team settled for a bronze medal after suffering a 0-3 defeat at the hands of defending champions China in the semifinals of the Uber Cup badminton championship, at Kunshan in China.
  • After top shuttlers Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu went down narrowly against their respective opponents in the two singles match, Jwala Gutta and N Sikki Reddy also bit the dust in the first doubles, ending India's campaign. 
124. Andy Murray beats Novak Djokovic to win first Italian Open title

  • Andy Murray defeated Novak Djokovic on clay for the first time to win the Italian Open Men's Singles Tennis title. The third-ranked Murray defeated the top-ranked Djokovic 6-3, 6-3 yesterday. It's Murray's first title in Rome and it comes exactly a week before the French Open begins. 
125. Taiwan Open Athletics Championship: Dutee bags second gold
  • Dutee Chand has bagged her second gold by winning the women's 200 metres race at the Taiwan Open Athletics Championships. At Taoyuan City in Taiwan 20.05.2016, India made a clean sweep of medals in the race. 
  • Dutee clocked 23.52 seconds in the 200 metre sprint final to win the gold while compatriots Srabani Nanda and H M Jyothi accounted for the silver and bronze. Dutee had won a gold in the women's 100 metre dash 19.05.2016 in a slow time of 11.50 seconds, thereby failing to qualify for Rio Olympics, for which she needed to touch 11.32 seconds.
126. Federer pulls out of French Open 2016
  • World number three and former champion Roger Federer pulls out of the French Open tennis tournament, citing fitness issues.
  • Federer's withdrawal ends his record streak of playing at 65 consecutive grand slam tournaments. 
127. Pankaj Advani wins Asian 6-Red Snooker title
  • India’s Pankaj Advani has created history by clinching the Asian 6-Red Snooker title held in Abu Dhabi. With this victory, Advani became the first cueist in the world to hold both world and continental titles in 6-red snooker at the same time. 
  • In the Asian 6-Red Snooker title held in Abu Dhabi, Advani defeated top seeded Malaysian cueist Keen Hoh Moh by 7-5 score. Advani is 14-time World Billiards and Snooker Champion. He is only player in the world to win world titles in all formats of both, Billiards and Snooker. He is the first cueist in the world to win the Grand double three times in 2005 and 2008 respectively
128. Anurag Thakur elected as BCCI President
  • Anurag Thakur (41) was unanimously elected as President of BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) by the board’s special general meeting (SGM) held in Mumbai. He is 34th BCCI President and shall have tenure till September 2017.
129. Real Madrid FC wins UEFA Champions League 2016  
  • Real Madrid FC won the 2016 UEFA Champions League for the record 11th time by defeating Atletico Madrid FC by 5-3 goals in penalty shootout. In the final played, both teams scored 1–1 goals in regulation period leading to draw.  
  • For the Real Madrid goal was scored by captain Sergio Ramos (15 minutes) and for Atletico Madrid was scored by Yannick Carrasco (79th minutes). In tie-breaker penalty shootout Real Madrid FC scored 5 goals against Atletico Madrid which scored only 3 goals. Earlier Real Madrid FC had won UEFA Champions League in 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2014.



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