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National – Across the India:
1. Indian Army had conducted major military training exercise ‘2016 Chakravyuh-II’ in Suratgarh, Rajasthan.
Purpose of the exercise is to “Validate battle readiness and operational effectiveness of the Pivot Formation and Rapid Division of Indian Army along with all its affiliated components”.
The Chakravyuh-II exercise involved rapid mobilisation and execution of battle plans in conjunction with the Indian Air Force (IAF).
2. The Union Government has launched nine projects initiatives for rural sanitation initiatives for conservation of river Ganga in Jharkhand.
It was launched by Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti under Namami Gange Programme in Sahibganj, Jharkhand.
Under this programme, villages located on the entire 83 Km. stretch of Ganga River in Jharkhand will be covered to improve the health and quality of life.
It will be carried out under the overall guidance of the Ministry with the support from UN Development Programme (UNDP), community organizations and NGOs.
International – Across the Globe:
1. The fourth edition South Asia Initiative to End Violence Against Children (SAIEVAC) Ministerial Meeting has begun in New Delhi.
The 3 day landmark meeting (from 9 to 11 May 2016) is being hosted by the Union Ministry of Child and Women Development.
The meeting will assess progress and developments of the past decade of regional effort of SAIEVAC and identify priorities for SAIEVAC for the next five years.
SAIEVAC is apex body of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations created to bring governments of the region into active engagement for child protection against violence.
2. United Kingdom’s first baby named Biagio Russo was born in Oxford using Next-generation DNA sequencing (NGS) method.
This method uses a revolutionary In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) technique resulting in better selection of embryos to transfer during the treatment.
NGS also known as high-throughput sequencing is bio medical process that allows doctors to easily choose the embryos which have the strongest chance of growing into healthy babies.
Appointments & Resignations:
1. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has appointed Senior Advocate of Bombay High Court Atma Ram Nadkarni as Additional Solicitor General.
He will have tenure of three years and an order in this regard was issued by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).
Earlier he had served as Advocate General (highest law officer of the state) of Goa.
2. Mrugank Paranjape took charge as managing director (MD) and chief executive officer (CEO) of Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX), country’s largest commodity exchange.
His appointment fills the vacancy of the post which was vacant for past two years.
Mrugank Paranjape was working with Deutsche Bank for 14 years as Asia Pacific Head of Trust & Securities Services/Cash Management for Financial Institutions.
The MCX is country’s first listed commodity futures exchange that facilitates online trading, and clearing and settlement of commodity futures transactions.
2. Shashank Manohar has stepped down as President of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) with immediate effect.
He also has resigned as the representative of BCCI on the International Cricket Council (ICC) and also from the Asian Cricket Council
BCCI is the national governing body for cricket in India and is considered as world’s richest cricket board. It was established as BCCI in 1928 by replacing Calcutta Cricket Club.
Bills – New & Amendments:
1. Parliament has passed the Anti-Hijacking Bill, 2016 to widen ambit of law dealing with this anti-hijacking crime.
The Bill was first passed in the Rajya Sabha and later in the Lok Sabha in May 2016.
Now the Bill will go for Presidential assent as per Article 111 of Indian Constitution.
The Bill defines hijacking as seizing control of an aircraft in service, unlawfully and intentionally, by coercion, technological means or by exercising force or any other form of intimidation.
Science & Technology:
1. Scientists from the Queen’s University (Canada) have developed the world’s first holographic flexible smartphone named HoloFlex.
The HoloFlex smartphone lets users to interact with 3D (Three dimensional) videos and images without using any headgear or glasses.
HoloFlex features a high-definition Flexible Organic Light Emitting Diode (FOLED) touch-screen display.
It renders images into 12-pixel wide circular blocks that allow the full view of the 3D object from a particular viewpoint.
1. World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is being observed across the world on the second weekend in May.
This year, WMBD is being observed on 10th May. The day seeks to raise awareness and highlight the need for the protection of migratory birds and their habitats.
2016 Theme is “Stop the Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade of Migratory Birds”.
On this day people around the world organize public events such as bird festivals, education programmes, exhibitions and bird-watching excursions to celebrate WMBD.