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1. Infosys announced to become carbon neutral by 2018. For this the company earmarked an amount of Rs. 400 Cr.
The company announced to achieve carbon-neutrality on commuting and travel by its nearly 1.8 lakh employees. The company will offset 3.74 lakh tonne of carbon dioxide attributed to employees’ travel, and it will spend Rs. 70 Cr. in 2015 on initiatives such as installing solar projects for rural electrification, biogas plants and distribution of smokeless cook-stoves in villages, besides afforestation.
2. West Bengal’s town of Bishnupur, which is famous for terracotta temples, is all set to become the state’s first heritage city. Around 150 km away from Kolkata by road, Bishnupur was the seat of power for Malla dynasty, which built the famous terracotta temples during the 17th and 18th centuries.
3. The Scientists from the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) discovered a new species of catfish named Glyptothorax senapatiensis in the Chindwin river drainage in Senapati district of Manipur.
The people of the Chindwin river drainage region used to have this 6 cm long freshwater fish as food. They called this fish as Ngapang. It is edible fish with high nutritional value and has high oil content. It has thoracic adhesive apparatus with U-shaped median depression opening caudally that helps the fish to cling on rocky riverbed in mountains against strong currents.
4. Infosys became the first Indian Company to join RE100 Renewable Energy Campaign. RE100 is a global platform for major companies committed to 100% renewable power.
Infosys joined some of the world’s most influential companies such as IKEA, Swiss Re, BT, Formula E, H&M, KPN, Mars, Nestlé, Philips, among others, which are taking bold steps to create transformative change needed to drive a clean energy revolution.
5. Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries sanctioned proposals for setting up 30 new cold storage chains in the country. The total expected grant-in-aid to be released by the Ministry is 274.9 crore rupees which would attract an investment of 470 crore rupees.
These 30 new cold storage chains were sanctioned under the Integrated Cold Chain project. So far, 138 cold storage chains under the project have been sanctioned out of which 108 are under implementation. Out of these 52 cold storages have been completed and are operational.
6. V. Shanmuganthan was sworn in as the 15th Governor of Meghalaya at the oath taking ceremony held at Raj Bhawan in Shillong.
1. Ranjit Boparan is nicknamed Chicken King for running UK’s largest poultry business has topped this year’s Asian Rich List for the Midlands region of England with an estimated wealth of £1.35 billion.
2. Researchers have discovered the driest location on Earth in the Atacama Desert in Chile. The site discovered is called as Maria Elena South (MES).
1. United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) released a report titled Global Investment Trends Monitor.
Objective: The report highlighted that developing Asia now invests more abroad than any other region. This UNCTAD trends monitor analyses the most recent trends in global outward investment and assesses its prospects for 2015. It covers outward FDI trends in developed, developing and transition economies.
According to the report: Hong Kong (China) and China were the second and the third largest investors in the world, after the United States which remains the largest single source of outward foreign direct investment (FDI). Developing Asia has become, for the first time, the world’s largest investor region with 440 billion US dollar invested, followed by North America and Europe.
2. The new service tax rate of 14% will come into effect from June 1, in a move that will make eating out in restaurants, insurance and phone usage expensive, among many other things. The service tax is currently levied at the rate of 12.36% including education cess.
Awards & Recognition:
1. Six Indian-Americans and a British-Indian were presented prestigious 2015 Ellis Island Medals of Honor in United States for their contributions to America. They were among nearly 100 individuals who were presented this prestigious award recently in New York.
About Ellis Island Medals of Honor:
» It is an American award founded by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations.
» The award pays homage to the immigrant for their experience and contribution made to America.
» It is awarded to native-born and naturalized US citizens.
Indian-American winners include
» Meera Gandhi: Founder of The Giving Back Foundation. It had played important role alleviating poverty illness, and suffering and also had addressed education issues which affect women and children around the world.
» Chad P. Gehani: Former president of the New York State Dental Association. In 2006, was honored with Foundation of Excellence in Community Service Award by the New York State Dental Foundation.
» Rahul M. Jindal: Presently he is a Staff Transplant Surgeon at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. In 2013, he was awarded Leadership Award by the International Leadership Foundation in Washington.
» S. Mona Sinha: Chairperson of the Asian Women’s Leadership University (AWLU) Project, and is founding member of AWLU that focuses on empowering women as future leaders of Asia.
» K. V. Kumar: He is managing partner of Kumar & Talvadkar Associates, a Management Consulting Company. He was instrumental in successfully implementing various projects in different fields.
» Baroness Sandip Verma: Member of the House of Lords of United Kingdom. He is a former junior minister at the Department of Energy and Climate Change in the UK.
» Rajdeep K. Dhami
2. Shivani Agarwal and Maharaja Pandit are two Indians who have been selected for the prestigious Radcliffe Fellowship by Harvard University.
Shivani Agarwal is from Indian Institute of Science has been selected as William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Fellow for learning to make choices in the era of big data. Maharaja Pandit from University of Delhi has been selected as Hardy Fellow for his project life in Himalaya.
3. Snapdeal names Silicon Valley veteran Gaurav Gupta as Vice-President, Engineering.
1. Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) MP Surendrajeet Singh Ahluwalia has been appointed chairman of a Joint Committee of Parliament that will look into the provisions of the Land Acquisition Amendment Bill, 2015.
2. BJP leader Tathagata Roy took charge as the 16th governor of left-ruled Tripura.
1. Joe Root was named as England men’s cricketer of the year 2014-15 and Charlotte Edwards was named as women’s cricketer of the year 2014-15.
Science & Technology:
1. INS Kavaratti, Indian Navy’s latest anti-submarine warfare class stealth corvette was launched in Kolkata.
Kavaratti is the last of the four anti-submarine warfare class stealth corvettes being built for India under Project 28. It weighs 3,300-tonne and has a length of 109.1 metres and measures 13.7-m at beam.
Propelled by four diesel engines and can reach a speed of over 25 knots. It has an endurance of more than 3,400 nautical miles.
1. Sudha Shivpuri, the actor known for essaying the character of Baa in Ekta Kapoor’s family saga, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi died on 20th May 2015 at the age of 78.