Current Affairs, May 2015
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• World No Tobacco Day observed today.
• The Finance Ministry introduced new ITR forms, which extended the deadline for filing returns to August 31.
• The Union Government cleared the contentious land ordinance
for the third time after failing to win parliamentary approval.
• A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the Japanese coast.
• India's economy grew 7.5 per cent year-on-year in the last quarter, outstripping China's 7 per cent growth in the same quarter.
• A case lodged against Nestle India over safety standards of its Maggi product by the UP food regulator FSDA (Food Safety and Drug Administration).
• Alastair Cook is now England's leading Test match run-scorer after crossing Graham Gooch's 8, 900 runs in 118 Tests.
• Power Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha appointed as the next
• Muhammadu Buhari sworn in as new President of Nigeria.
• Sepp Blatter has been re-elected as president of FIFA for a fifth term.
• CBSE class 10 examination results declared today.
• AFSPA act removed in Tripura after 18 years.
• Swiss authorities arrested seven top FIFA football official following a US request in a corruption probe.
• NDA Government completes one year in office.
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Doordarshan's farmer-centric channel known as DD Kisan.
• Industrialist Yash Birla, Gurjit Singh Kochar, Ritika Sharma, Sneh Lata Sawhney and Sangita Sawhney are the five Indians whose names have been disclosed by Switzerland as account holders in Swiss Bank.
• The middle order batsman Ajinkya Rahane was named as the CEAT Indian Cricketer of the Year 2015.
• The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) declared the results for class XII examination, with 82 per cent students passing the exam.
• More than 368 people died in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana
in the ongoing heat wave.
• Director Neeraj Ghaywan's film Masaan has bagged two awards at the prestigious 68th Cannes International Film Festival.
• Ireland becomes the first country to Legalize Gay Marriage by Popular Vote.
• Mumbai Indians wins the Indian Premier League 2015 after defeating Chennai Super Kings by 41 runs.
• Dwayne Bravo wins the Purple Cap as highest wicket taker with 26 wickets. David Warner wins the Orange Cap as he scores highest total of 562 runs.
• J Jayalalithaa sworn in as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister for a record fifth term.
• For the first time, a Mirage 2000 fighter jet of the Indian
Air Force (IAF) test-landed on the Yamuna Expressway near Delhi
as part of a drill for emergency landings on national highways.
• Barcelona wins the Spanish La Liga title for the 23rd time.
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrapped up his three-nation
visit and return back India from the Korean capital city of
• Now callers can call STD Mobile Numbers without adding '0' or '+91' as Prefix.
• Draupadi Murmu sworn in as first woman Governor of Jharkhand.
• India announced a USD 1 billion credit line to Mongolia to support its infrastructure development during Prime Minister visit.
• An Egyptian court sentenced deposed Islamist president
Mohamed Morsi and more than 100 other defendants to death over
jail breaks during the 2011 uprising.
• Indian and Chinese companies signed 21 agreements worth about 22 billion dollars in Shanghai during PM Narendra Modi's visit.
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for Mongolia, on the second leg of his three-nation tour which is a first visit by an Indian prime minister to Mongolia.
• Infosys announced establishing its first overseas centre outside India in China.
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi starts three days official
visit to China.
• The Supreme Court has suspended an order issued by Delhi government that called for criminal defamation cases against the media.
• Supreme Court orders investigation on the former chief Ranjit Sinha for abusing the powers of his office.
• In a attack on a Kabul guesthouse 4 Indians killed along with 10 others.
• 47 Killed as Gunmen open fire inside a Bus in Karachi.
• The Supreme Court has said that government ads can feature pictures of only the Prime Minister, the President, and the Chief Justice of India with the approval from them.
• Barcelona reaches the final of Champions League with 5-3 on aggregate win over Bayern Munich.
• In a series of four earthquakes measuring 7.4, 6.3, 5.6 and
5.2 in Nepal, 42 peoples died in Nepal and 17 peoples in India
while another 1000 peoples are injured.
• Rashtrapati Bhavan announcing the appointments V Shanmuganthan as Governor of Meghalaya, J P Rakkhowa as the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh. Lt Gen(retd) Nirbhay Sharma, who was serving as Governor of Arunachal Pradesh transferred and appointed as Governor of Mizoram. The Governor of Jharkhand Syed Ahmed has been shifted to Manipur as new Governor.
• Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa has been
acquitted by a Bangalore Court in a corruption case that had led
to her being jailed.
• The Black Money Bill passed in Lok Sabha.
• KV Kamath who is presently non-executive Chairman of ICICI Bank, appointed as the President of the New Development Bank of the BRICS.
• Today is celebrated as Mother's Day across the globe.
• Actor and filmmaker Shashi Kapoor received the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke award by Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley at Prithvi theatre in Mumbai.
• Three social security schemes-"Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana" (accident insurance), "Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Yojana" (life insurance) and "Atal Pension Yojana" launch nationwise, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagging off the process in Kolkata.
• The 5-Year sentence against Bollywood Actor Salman Khan is
suspended by Bombay High Court.
• British Prime Minister David Cameron and his Conservatives Party wins in the British general election.
• A Pakistan military helicopter carrying diplomats crashed in northern Pakistan killing six people, including the ambassadors of Norway and the Philippines.
• Microsoft confirms that Windows 10 will be its last Operating System.
• Lok Sabha passed Juvenile Justice Bill that will allow
children who are 16 and above to be tried as adults in serious
crimes to become a law.
• Former Gujarat Chief Secretary Achal Kumar Jyoti appointed as the Election Commissioner.
• British voters votes in General Election.
• The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill passed in the Lok
• The Rajya Sabha passed a bill to operationalise the Land Boundary Agreement with Bangladesh for disputed land exchange between the two countries.
• Bollywood Actor Salman Khan sentenced to five years in jail for killing a homeless man in a hit-and-run case in 2002.
• England batsman Jonathan Trott has retired from international cricket.
• Eight Assam Rifles personnel were killed and four others
injured by militants attack in Nagaland.
• Floyd Mayweather Jr. of America defeated Manny Pacquiao in a championship boxing match in Las Vegas by unanimous decision.
• Chelsea wins the English Premier League title as they defeated Crystal Palace 1-0 in Stamford Bridge with three more match to play.
• World Labour Day celebrated today.
• The death toll in Nepal's earthquake which struck on last Saturday rose to more than 6,000.
• Microsoft announced Edge as its next Web Browser’s name which will replace the Internet Explorer as default browser.
• Telecom operators Airtel, Vodafone, Idea and Reliance Communication slashed their roaming call rates by upto 40 percent and SMS rates by upto 75 percent.