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1. Lt. General (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma has sworn-in as the 17th governor of Mizoram. Justice T Vaiphei, Judge of the Gauhati High Court administered him the oath of office as per provisions of Article 159 of Indian Constitution.
Nirbhay Sharma will succeed West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi who was given additional charge of Mizoram in April 2015. Prior to this appointment, he was serving as Governor of Arunachal Pradesh. He was transferred to Mizoram by President Pranab Mukherjee on 12th May 2015.
2. Gujarat Government has initiated Sloth Habitat Project in Jessore wildlife sanctuary to provide better habitat to sloth bears.
The project aims at restoring the ecology of sloth bears in the sanctuary by planting fruit trees and removing unwanted plant species that have intruded in the habitat. Unwanted encroached plant species like Lantenaspp and Prospisjuli-flora, which is called as Gando Baval in local language will be removed.
3. PM Narendra Modi launched India’s first television channel DD Kisan dedicated to farmers in New Delhi. The 24×7 channel is owned by public service broadcaster Doordarshan (DD) and is dedicated to agriculture and allied sectors.
Some features of DD Kisan:
» DD Kisan will disseminate real-time inputs to farmers on new farming techniques, water conservation and organic farming.
» The channel will also share best farm practices in different parts of the country, quiz shows for farmers, a bottoms-up approach involving agriculturists.
» Channel show will also invite programme suggestions from general public and real-time interaction with experts and farm scientists.
4. Forbes magazine’s 12th annual list of World’s 100 most powerful women: German Chancellor Angela Merkel (1st), Hillary Clinton (2nd), Melinda Gates (3rd), US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen (3th), GM CEO Mary Barra (5th), IMF Chief Christine Lagarde (6th), Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (7th), Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg (8th), YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki (9th) and US First Lady Michelle Obama (10th).
Four Indians have been named in Forbes magazine’s 12th annual list of World’s 100 most powerful women. They are:
» Arundhati Bhattacharya: First woman (and youngest) Chairperson of State Bank of India (SBI) was placed at 30th position.
» Chanda Kochhar: Managing Director (MD) and CEO of India’s largest private sector lender ICICI Bank was placed at 35th position.
» Kiran Mazumdar: Shaw: Founder, Chairman and MD of Biocon Limited was placed at 85th position.
» Shobhana Bhartia: Chairperson and Editorial Director of the Hindustan Times Group was placed at 93rd position. It should be noted she has appeared on the list for the first time.
Two women of Indian-origin PepsiCo Chief Indra Nooyi (15th position) and Cisco Chief Technology and Strategy Officer Padmasree Warrior (84th position) also have appeared in the list.
5. Union government has constituted a 10-member committee to review and revitalise public private partnership (PPP) mode of infrastructure development. The committee will be chaired by under former finance secretary Vijay Kelkar and submit its report within a period of 3 months from the date of its Constitution.
Members of Committee: C.S. Rajan, Dr. Shekhar Shah, S.B. Nayar, Pradeep Kumar, Vikram Limaye, Sudipto Sarkar, P.S. Behuria, Sharmila Chavaly, Representative of Ministry of Road Transport & Highways.
6. Vietnamese Defence Minister is on a 3-day official visit to India. India and Vietnam signed a Joint Vision Statement on Defence Cooperation for the period 2015-2020. It was signed by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and his Vietnamese counterpart Minister for National Defence General Phung Quang Thanh in New Delhi. Apart from this statement, a MoU on cooperation between the Coast Guards of the two countries was also signed.
7. Airtel’s chief product officer Anand Chandrasekaran has resigned after nearly a 13 month stint with the company.
8. Delhi Government approved mandatory Global Positioning System (GPS) in all public transport vehicles from June 2015. The decision was taken keeping in view the security and safety of commuters, especially women. The GPS devices will be available from Driving Licence Appointment and Payment System (DIMTS).
9. The Complete Story of Indian Reforms: 2G, Power & Private Enterprise: A Practitioner’s Diary: Pradeep Baijal, former Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) chairman. The author in the book has claimed that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had warned him of consequences if he did not co-operate in the 2G scam. He also claimed that even CBI warned him that he would be harmed if he did not cooperate.
1. An ancient aqueduct dating back 2,000 years ago was unearthed near Har Homa in in East Jerusalem city of Israel. The discovered lower aqueduct was used in ancient times to transport water into the city of Jerusalem.
2. Ciudad Acuna in Mexico was hit by a tornado killing at least 13 people and injuring several. It was the first tornado to hit Acuna since the city’s foundation, more than 100 years ago. The city Acuna lies on US-Mexico border.
3. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched a strategic framework for its newly-established Space Agency. The Director-General of UAE Space Agency is Mohammed Nasser Al-Ahbabi. The framework is aimed at launching satellite missions and the first Arab unmanned probe to Mars called Hope Probe by 2021.
Mergers & Acquisition:
1. Alibaba, the biggest e-commerce company in the world has tied up with Gurgaon-based Allcargo. This move will faster the deliveries for the Chinese etailer’s customers in India.
1. Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara was named as the International Cricketer of the Year 2015 while the middle order batsman Ajinkya Rahane was named as the CEAT Indian Cricketer of the Year 2015.
List of Award winners:
» International Lifetime Achievement Award: Kapil Dev
» International Cricketer of the Year: Kumar Sangakkara
» Indian Cricketer of the Year: Ajinkya Rahane
» International Batsman of the Year: Hashim Amla
» International Bowler of the Year: Rangana Herath
» T20 Player of the Year: Dwayne Bravo
» Popular Choice Award: Kieron Pollard
» Special Performance of the Year Award: Rohit Sharma
» Domestic Cricketer of the Year: R. Vinay Kumar
» Young Player of the Year: Deepak Hooda
Science & Technology:
1. ICICI Bank, India’s largest private sector bank, launched Voice Recognition Service (VRS), which authenticates customers based on their speech patterns. This service will allow customers to execute banking transactions through Bank’s call center in a quick, secure and convenient manner. With this, ICICI became the first bank in India to offer this service and it will be available to over 33 million customers of its savings account and credit card.
1. Sunil D’Souza was appointed as the Managing Director (MD) of Indian home appliances maker Whirlpool India Ltd. Prior to this appointment, he was the Head of PepsiCo’s VIMAPS Business Unit located in Malaysia. He has been with PepsiCo for about 15 years, holding various senior management positions in Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and India.
2. Switzerland in its official gazette that was released in the fourth week of May 2015 made public the names of two Indian women with Swiss bank accounts. These names were among the scores of foreign national names that were made public so that they can be probed in their respective countries. The two Indians named in the gazette are Sneh Lata Sawhney and Sangita Sawhney. The country has provided only date of births of these two women.
3. India get its first transgender college principal when Manabi Bandopadhyay takes charge of Krishnagar Women’s College in West Bengal. Manabi is currently associate professor in Bengali at Vivekananda Satobarshiki Mahavidyalaya.
1. Argentine footballer Cristian Gomez died during a game on 24th May 2015. Gomez, 27, of Atletico Parana collapsed on the pitch during a second-tier game against Boca Unidos. After collapse, the defender was taken to a hospital in the city of Corrientes, where doctors were unable to revive him.
2. The British actor Terry Sue-Patt passed away on 22nd May 2015 in east London. He was 50. He was found dead at his home, however the cause of his death was not known. Sue-Patt was best known for playing the role of school pupil named Benny Green in children’s TV series Grange Hill. He appeared in the show’s first episode in 1978 and left the show in 1982. He also did some minor roles in shows like General Hospital, Jackanory and The Bill.