Current Affair For Month “May, 2017”

May 31:World No Tobacco Day

Date: May 31, 2017

World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed around the world every year on May 31. It is intended to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption around the globe. The day is further intended to draw attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and to negative health effects, which currently lead to nearly 6 million deaths each year worldwide, including 60...

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Darwaza Band national campaign against open defecation

Date: May 31, 2017

The centre today launched an aggressive new campaign titled 'Darwaza Band' to promote toilet use and freedom from open defecation across the country's villages. The campaign produced by the MDWS under Swachh Bharat Mission was launched in the presence of iconic actor, Shri Amitabh Bachchan, Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Chief Minister of Maharashtr...

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‘Deep Ocean Mission’:Ministry of Earth Sciences

Date: May 31, 2017

Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India is all set to launch ‘Deep Ocean Mission’ by January 2018. This will improve India’s position in ocean research field. Shri M Rajeevan, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences announced today. Secretary was speaking through video conference in the workshop arranged by National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula. Shri M S Nagar, ...

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Rising CO2 emissions may increase global iron deficiency risk

Date: May 29, 2017

Increased level of CO2 in atmosphere not only causes polar ice to melt and coastal food web to collapse, but it is also directly linked to iron deficiency in human beings. According to a study published by the researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, about 1.4 billion children below five years and women of childbearing age in some parts of Asia ...

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Climate change to affect rice productivity, TNAU study

Date: May 29, 2017

Global climate change is projected to have wide ranging effects on environment, socio-economic and related sectors. Indian agriculture scientists have found that rising temperature will adversely hit rice productivity in the country.

Experiments done in Tamil Nadu show that elevated temperature will have a negative impact on rice...

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Solar trees: Beneficial in a land-scarce economy

Date: May 29, 2017

A solar tree is a structure incorporating solar energy technology on a single pillar, like a tree trunk. It may be a solar artwork or a functional power generator.Solar trees are intended to bring visibility to solar technology and to enhance the landscape and architecture they complement, usually in a commercial or public context. An objective of many solar tree in...

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Dhola-Sadiya Bridge: India’s longest river bridge

Date: May 26, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge in Assam, which is India's longest river bridge.

Here are 10 things to know about the bridge:

1. Spanning 9.15 km, the bridge is built across the Lohit river, which is a tributary of the Brahmaputra. It will connect Assam and eastern Arunachal Pradesh. The total length of the project, including the approa...

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Anshu Jamsenpa: 1st woman to conquer Mt Everest twice within 5 days

Date: May 22, 2017

India’s Anshu Jamsenpa has become the first woman to conquer Mt Everest twice within five days.

Dawa S Lama, Managing Director, Dream Himalaya Adventures told AIR that Anshu Jamsenpa along with Nepali climber Furi Sherpa scaled the peak at 8:00 am on Sunday.

Earlier, the Arunachal Pradesh mountaineer stood atop of world’s highest mountain on May 16.

Jamsenpa ...

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22 May:International Day for Biological Diversity

Date: May 22, 2017

The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.The theme for this year is Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism. The theme is in sync with the observance of 2017 as “International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development” as proclaimed by the United Nations General As...

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Cabinet gives nod to setting up of 10 new indigenous nuclear reactors

Date: May 19, 2017

Seeking to ramp up India's domestic nuclear power production, the Union cabinet on Wednesday cleared a proposal to indigenously build 10 atomic reactors, the largest ever approval granted for such facilities in one go.A proposal to construct 10 indigenous pressurized heavy water reactors with a total capacity of 7000MWe was cleared by the Union cabinet. The existing operational capacity in Indi...

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