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1. The Delhi High Court allowed Greenpeace India to operate two of its domestic accounts and access its fixed deposits. The court said it was giving the interim relief to the Non-Government Organisation (NGO) so that it can continue to work at the moment. The court clarified that the NGO cannot utilise the amount frozen by the government.
The court was hearing a plea of Greenpeace India to de-freeze its international and national bank accounts. The high court bench of Justice Rajiv Shakdher also allowed Greenpeace to encash its fixed deposits and utilise the funds for running the organisation.
2. The Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT) conducted the tiger estimation study in non-protected areas of Maharashtra. It claimed that as many as 48 tigers have inhabited outside the protected areas in forests of Chandrapur district.
The survey claims that total number of such animals has now increased to 120 in the zone which is home to Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR). As per the survey, the number of big cats in the district stands at 120, including 60 in core area and 12 in buffer area of TATR.
3. State forest department of Himachal Pradesh has set up the satellite tracking system to check the forest fire incidents during summer season, which aims to preserve the precious forest fire incidents during summer season. In case of any fire incident, the forest officials will immediately receive SMS on their mobiles.
4. Tripura government has decided to withdraw the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), 1958 from the remaining areas of the state.
Union Government had enforced AFSPA in Tripura after the relentless violence and bloodshed in tribal areas of state in February 1997. Since then, it was reviewed and extended in every six months as per the provisions of the Act.
The last six-month extension was given in November 2014 and its term ends by the end of May 2015. At the time of imposition of Act in the state, there were only 42 police stations and two-third of the entire police station areas were under this Act. Presently, the number of police station areas are 74 and out of them 26 police stations are fully and four police stations partly under this Act.
5. Mango, Jackfruit mela will be held at Lalbagh in Karnataka from 29th May to 26th June is set to be inaugurated by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. The mela, apart from having nearly 100 stalls, will also have an exhibition of varieties of mangoes.
1. NATO launched the Arctic Challenge Exercise based in the north of Norway, Sweden and Finland. The exercise involves 115 fighter planes and 3600 troops from nine countries. The participant countries include all NATO members like the US, Britain, Germany, France and the Netherlands as well as neutral Switzerland.
2. Glaciers in the Everest region of the Himalayas could shrink at least 70% or even disappear entirely by 2100 due to global warming as per the study that was undertaken by team of researchers from International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). For this study, ICIMOD researchers from Nepal, France and Netherlands had studied glaciers in the Dudh Kosi basin in the Nepal Himalaya.
3. United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has unanimously adopted a resolution on the protection of journalists in conflict zones. The resolution has urged member nations, governments and armed groups to take appropriate steps in order to ensure accountability for crimes committed against journalists, media professionals in situations of armed conflict.
4. “3 Bahadur” becomes Pakistan’s first computer-animated feature-length film. It is directed by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy. The film is produced by Waadi Animations which is a join-venture of SOC films and ARY Films. Film’s plot focuses on three eleven-year-old friends, Amna, Saadi and Kamil, who set out to save their community from the evils that plague it. The film is set in a fictional town called Roshan Basti (Town of light). The film was released by ARY Films on 22nd May 2015 in Pakistan.
Awards & Recognition:
1. Gurnimrat ‘Nimmy’ Sidhu, an Indian-origin teacher, has been honoured by Oxford University for helping one of her students get into the world-famous varsity. She is the head of science at Oaks Park High School in north-east London, is among 12 teachers to win the ‘University of Oxford Inspirational Teacher Award’ set up to encourage more state-funded schools to connect with the university.
1. Paytm is set to allow 1,00,000 sellers from Chinese etailer Alibaba’s online shopping portal AliExpress to start retailing on its platform in India from August 2015. The Delhi-based company, which crossed $1.5 billion (about Rs 9,600 crore) in gross merchandise value (GMV) during the year till April end, expects an additional $1.5 billion from AliExpress business alone in the next six months.
1. Trevor Bayliss was appointed as the head coach of England cricket team. With this appointment, Bayliss became the first Australian to coach England.
Bayliss has led Sri Lankan team from 2007 to 2011 and later in 2014 took temporary charge of Australia for their Twenty20 series in South Africa. He has coached Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Sydney Sixers in Australia’s Big Bash League.
Science & technology:
1. NRI scientist Latha Venkataraman created first single-molecule device. The electronic device has a potential of real-world technological applications for nanoscale devices. Under the direction of Venkataraman, researchers created a single-molecule diode which performs 50 times better than all prior designs.