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National – Across the India:
1. The Punjab and Haryana High Court has stayed the reservation for Jats and five other communities provided by the Haryana government.
These communities were provided reservation under a newly carved Backward Classes (C) category as per provisions of Backward Classes (Reservation in Services and Admission in Educational Institutions) Act, 2016.
The court gave its ruling on a petition challenging the constitutional validity of the above Act which was passed unanimously by the Haryana Assembly in March 2016.
The five other communities which were provided reservation under the Act were Jat Sikhs, Bishnois, Muslim Jats, Rors and Tyagis.
They were entitled to 10 per cent reservation in government services and also admission to educational institutions.
2. The Union Ministry of Railways has launched Rail Humsafar Saptaah, a week-long initiative to highlight significant achievements made by Indian Railways in all spheres.
It will start on 26th May 2016 and will conclude on 1st June 2016.
Each day of the week will focus on a particular theme and the days have been named as below:
26th May (Swachchta Diwas)
27th May (Satkar Diwas)
28th May (Sewa Diwas)
29th May (Satarkata Diwas)
30th May (Saamanjasya Diwas)
31st May (Sanyojan Diwas)
1st June (Sanchaar Diwas)
International – Across the Globe:
1. Barack Obama became the first incumbent US president to visit Hiroshima memorial, site of the world’s first atomic bombing dropped on August 6, 1945.
He paid tribute to the 140,000 people killed by the world’s first atomic bomb attack and laid wreath at Hiroshima nuclear memorial.
In the guest book of the memorial President Obama wrote “We have known the agony of war. Let us now find the courage, together, to spread peace, and pursue a world without nuclear weapons.”
Awards & Recognition:
1. Bioengineer Frances Arnold from United States (US) has won the prestigious 2016 Millennium Technology Prize.
By receiving this award 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.
2. Indian-American students have won the prestigious 2016 National Geographic Bee championship, securing the first three positions.
It was 28th annual edition of National Geographic Bee Competition which was held in at the National Geographic headquarters in Washington.
This is the fifth consecutive year of National Geographic Bee championship in which an Indian-American has won the prestigious national tournament.
Indian American Winners are Rishi Nair, Saketh Jonnalagadda, Kapil Nathan.
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU):
1. China and Sudan signed a memorandum of understanding to build 600-megawatt (MW) atomic reactor.
Sudan is China’s its close ally in Africa.
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.
Economics & Banking GK:
1. Saudi Arabia’s Islamic Development Bank (IDB) is about to open its first branch in India at Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
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.
This announcement comes as part of MoU signed between IDB and India’s EXIM Bank during Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit to United Arab Emirates (UAE) in April 2016.
Science & Technology:
1. A new NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)-led study has found that sea ice cover surrounding Antarctica has been increasing slightly.
By this study it can be understand that the sharp contrast to the drastic loss of sea ice occurring in the Arctic Ocean to global temperature rise.
The research study was based on data collected from satellite radar, ocean depth, temperature at sea surface and also consisted land form to study.