Current Affair For Year “2016”

May 21:Buddha Purnima/Vesak

Date: May 21, 2016

Buddha Purnima or Buddha Jayanti is the most sacred day for the Buddhists.The Buddha Purnima falls on the full moon day of the lunar month Vaishaaka (that corresponds to the month of April-May) - a special time in Buddhism as it was on this day that the Buddha was born, gained enlightenment and attained Nirvana when he died.

Gautama Buddha, also known as Siddhārtha Gautama, Shakyamuni ...

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Cyclonic Storm ‘ROANU’ Over West Central Bay of Bengal

Date: May 20, 2016

The cyclonic storm ‘ROANU’ over west central Bay of Bengal remained practically stationary and lay centred at 1130 hrs IST of today, the 19th May, 2016 near latitude 15.6º N and longitude 81.6 ºE, about 80 km south-southeast of Machilipatnam, about 290 km south-southwest of Visakhapatnam & 160 km south-southwest of Kakinada. The system is likely to move initially north...

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Digital Silk Road

Date: May 19, 2016

Digitalisation is the theme of the season, so think the Chinese. China has initiated an international scientific cooperation programme for Earth observation to give digital support to its Silk Road Project. The Digital Silk Road is aimed at cementing ties in the fields of information and communication between nations. Thus it will support the Silk Road Project that ...

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Isro ex-chairman UR Rao becomes first Indian in International Astronautical Federation's 'Hall of Fame'

Date: May 16, 2016

Former Isro Chairman Prof UR Rao became the first Indian to be given the 'Hall of Fame' award by the International Astronautical Federation ( IAF ).An Isro press note issued in Bengaluru said that the award has been given for his "outstanding contribution to the progress of astronautics within the framework of the IAF activities."The IAF award is intended to reward personalities for their contr...

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“Creative India; Innovative India:Cabinet approves National Intellectual Property Rights Policy

Date: May 13, 2016

The Union Cabinet yesterday approved the National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy that will lay the future roadmap for intellectual property in India. The Policy recognises the abundance of creative and innovative energies that flow in India, and the need to tap into and channelise these energies towards a better and brighter future for all.

The National IPR Policy is a vi...

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Delhi not ‘most polluted’:World Health Organization (WHO)

Date: May 13, 2016

Delhi is no longer the most polluted city in the world, the latest air quality report from the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

The national capital which earned notoriety for the state of its environment now stands 11th among 3,000 cities in 103 countries in terms of fine particulate matter or PM 2.5. The ‘Global Urban Ambient Air Pollution Database (update 2016)’ rele...

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Changes To India-Mauritius Tax Treaty: move aimed at tackling black money, round tripping

Date: May 12, 2016

The government has decided to amend a three-decade old treaty with Mauritius, which will enable India to impose capital gains tax on investments coming from the African island nation starting next year.India and Mauritius signed the protocol for amendment of the convention for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income and capital ...

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National Technology Day - May 11

Date: May 11, 2016

Every year, `National Technology Day' is celebrated across India on May 11; being commemorated to memorize the anniversary of Shakti, the Pokhran nuclear test held on 11 May 1998. Also first, indigenous aircraft "Hansa-3" was test flown at Bangalore on this day and India also performed successful test firing of the Trishul missile on the same day.The day glorifies the importance of science in d...

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Steps by Government to curb the menace of Black Money

Date: May 10, 2016

The present Government has taken various decisions and steps to curb the menace of black money both within and outside the country in last two years. Some of the major decisions and actions taken in this regard are given below:

1. Sustained steps taken for curbing black money:-

(a) A new Black Money Act has been enacted with strict penalty provisions.
(b) Spec...

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India’s single emergency number ‘112’ to be active from January 1

Date: May 09, 2016

The single emergency number ‘112’ will be operational throughout India from January 1 to help people reach immediate services of police, ambulance and fire department.

Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has approved the provision of a single number for various emergency services that would be similar to the '911' all-in-one emergency service in the US.

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