Current Affairs, News & Facts of 05 May 2016

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  • Trump emerges as lone Republican Presidential candidate

    Trump emerges as lone Republican Presidential candidateDonald Trump became the last man standing in the race for the Republican U.S. presidential nomination as Ohio Governor John Kasich the last challenger to stand in Donald Trump's path to the Republican nomination, has dropped out of the U.S. presidential race. 

    Kasich’s departure comes a day after Trump’s victory in the Indiana primary. He was viewed as a 2016 dark horse running for the presidential race with other candidates such as Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.

    Trump holds a commanding lead and is very near to get nominated and is now certain that he will have the 1,237 delegates needed to become the nominee before the July convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

  • Air India no longer making losses : Government

    Air India no longer making losses : GovernmentEfficient functioning and reduction in operational costs has turned National flag carrier Air India from a loss-making airline into an "operational profit unit" for the first time in last 10 years, said  Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju.

    By cutting its operational expenses by almost 11 per cent, Air India has turned from a Rs.2,636 crore loss making unit in 2014-15 to a Rs.8 crore operational profit unit in 2015-16.

    Air India  has also made significant contribution during the "hour of crisis" as it evacuated about  6,000 nationals from Yemen, 1,300 from Iraq and Libya and 17,500 passengers from quake-affected Nepal.

    Passenger safety : During the last two years and the current year, a total of 120 incidents of emergency landing due to medical emergency and technical reasons have been reported to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in which 102 were due to medical emergency and 18 due to technical reasons. Of the 120 incidents of emergency landing only  23 are attributed to Air India and the rest to other airlines.

  • Scientists built the world's smallest light powered  nano-engine

    Scientists built the world's smallest light powered  nano-engineResearchers  from University of Cambridge have developed the world’s smallest engine - just a few billionths of a metre in size and uses light to power itself.

    The engine may help develop nano-machines that can navigate in water, sense the environment around them and even enter living cells to fight disease. 

    The prototype of the engine  is made of tiny charged particles of gold, bound together with temperature-responsive polymers in the form of a gel -like polymer called pNIPAM.

    How the engine works ?

    When the ‘nano-engine’ is heated to a certain temperature with a laser, it stores large amounts of elastic energy in a fraction of a second as the polymer coatings expel water from the gel and collapse. This stored energy generates a propulsive force on a microscopic scale that is a hundred times greater per unit weight than any known motor or muscle.

  • Collegium recommends four judges for SC

    Collegium recommends four judges for SCThe Supreme Court collegium headed by Chief Justice of India T S Thakur, has recommended elevation of three High Court Chief Justices and a senior lawyer to the apex court. 

    The collegium has recommended the elevation of Justice A M Khanwilkar of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, Justice D Y Chandrachud of the Allahabad High Court and Justice Ashok Bhushan of the Kerala High Court to the Supreme court.

    A senior lawyer and former Additional Solicitor General L Nageshwar Rao has also been recommended for appointment as a Supreme Court judge.

    It should be noted that this is the first set of recommendations made by the SC Collegium for appointment as judges of the apex court after the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act was struck down by a Supreme Court bench on October 16 last.

  • Radha Binod Barman to head National Statistical Commission

    Radha Binod Barman to head National Statistical Commission

    Eminent statistician Radha Binod Barman took over as part-time Chairperson of the National Statistical Commission (NSC). S Mahendra Dev, Rahul Mukherjee, Rajiv Mehta and Manoj Panda are the other part-time Members in the Commission.

    The post of chairperson was lying vacant as Pronab Sen's term as NSC chairman had ended on 2 nd February 2016.  Barman joins NSC  at a time when many analysts have expressed doubts over the methodology of new gross domestic product (GDP) numbers.

    National Statistical Commission (NSC)

    The commission is an advisory body on all statistical matters, set up to enhance public trust in official statistics. It was formed in July 2006  on the recommendation of C. Rangarajan Commission.The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog is the ex-officio Member in the Commission.

  • Rare sighting of Amur Falcon at the Umred Karhandla wildlife sanctuary

    Rare sighting of Amur Falcon at the Umred Karhandla wildlife sanctuaryBirdwatchers were thrilled by the recent sighting of the migratory Amur falcon at the Umred Karhandla wildlife sanctuary near Nagpur. The raptor (bird of prey) was threatened due to indiscriminate hunting in the north-east.

    The bird  makes its home in the North-eastern State of Nagaland, before traversing a staggering 22,000 km from there to South Africa then onto Mongolia and back to Nagaland. The bird has one of the longest and most fascinating migratory paths in the avian kingdom.

    The bird wa hunted for food in Nagaland, which sparked off concerns  leading to poaching being banned in 2013. Three Amur falcons – Naga, Pangti and Wokha – were tagged with satellite chips in 2013 to track their migration routes.

  • China to invest $11.9 bn in aviation infrastructure in 2016

    China to invest $11.9 bn in aviation infrastructure in 2016This year China will invest 77 billion yuan (USD11.9 billion) in building aviation infrastructure and particularly airports.

    China will begin with 11 key construction projects and 52 aviation-related upgrades. The aviation sector will get preferential treatment as it will improve transportation, foster new growth engines, and boost employment and the service sector.

  • 63rd National Film Awards 2015

    63rd National Film Awards 2015President Pranab Mukherjee conferred 63rd National Film Awards for the year 2015 in various categories at the function held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. The Directorate of Film Festivals announced the winners of the National Film Awards on 28 March 2016.

    Legendry actor Manoj Kumar was conferred 2015 Dada Saheb Phalke Award, highest official recognition (award) in Indian cinema.

    Baahubali: The Beginning (Tamil, Telugu) directed by S. S. Rajamouli was selected as the Best feature film.

    Bajrangi Bhaijaan (Hindi) directed by Kabir Khan was selected as the Best Popular film providing wholesome entertainment. 

    Click here for the complete list of winners

  • Rich tributes paid to V K Krishna Menon in UK

    Rich tributes paid to V K Krishna Menon in UKRich tributes were paid to former defence minister and India's first high commissioner to the UK V K Krishna Menon (1896-1974), at a function held in London on his 120th Birth Anniversary' organised by the V K Krishna Menon Institute at the Nehru Centre, London.

    In early days he served as co-founding editor of Penguin Books and led the overseas wing of the Indian independence movement.

    He also launched India League in London and campaigned for India's independence in UK and the Soviet Union.

    In 1957, Menon set the record for the longest speech before the U.N. Security Council while defending India's rights to the disputed territory of Kashmir and became famous as "Hero of Kashmir" in India.

  • Cabinet approves currency swap deal with UAE

    Cabinet approves currency swap deal with UAEThe Union Cabinet has given it's approval to the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Reserve Bank and the Central Bank of United Arab Emirates (UAE) on co-operation on currency swap agreement. The MoU was signed in Feb 2016 between RBI and the Central Bank of UAE.

    According to MoU the RBI and the Central Bank of UAE will consider signing a bilateral Currency Swap Agreement on mutually agreed terms and conditions after undertaking technical deliberations, subject to concurrence of respective governments. 

    The Mou will strengthen the close economic relationship and cooperation between India and the UAE and further  facilitate invoicing of bilateral trade in local currencies.


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