Hello and welcome to exampundit. Here are the important Current Affairs of 21st May, 2016. These are important for the upcoming UIIC AO 2016, SBI PO & SBI Clerk 2016 Mains Exams.
India and Slovenia sign Protocol amending India-Slovenia Double Taxation Avoidance Convention
- India and Central European country Slovenia on 17 May 2016 signed a protocol to amend an existing double taxation avoidance treaty in Ljubljana. This new agreement will curb tax avoidance and tax evasion.
- The protocol was signed by Indian ambassador to Slovenia Sarvajit Chakravarti, and Slovenian Finance Minister Dusan Mramor on behalf of Slovenia.
About India and Slovenia Protocol
- This agreement will widen the scope of the existing framework of exchange of tax related information.
- The framework is likely to help curb tax evasion and tax avoidance between the two countries.
- It will also enable mutual assistance in collection of taxes.
Kayakalp Fortnight initiative launched at AIIMS New Delhi by JP Nadda
- Union Health Minister on 20 May 2016 launched the ‘Kayakalp Fortnight’ at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. It has to be observed from the date of launch to 3 June 2016 throughout the country in various Central Government hospitals.
- The aim of the Kayakalp Fortnight is to intensify Kayakalp initiative under the Swachch Bharat Abhiyaan.
- Under the initiative, various activities towards cleanliness will be undertaken during the fortnight.
- As part of it senior officers of the Ministry will be inspecting various Central Hospitals in the country to take stock of the existing status and to intensify the Swachhta drive.
India lauded for Medicines with the Red Line campaign on antibiotics
- The term Medicines with the Red Line was in news on 19 May 2016 as the campaign was appreciated by the Global Review on Antimicrobial Resistance.
- The review was commissioned by the UK Prime Minister David Cameron in 2014 and chaired by economist Jim O’Neil.
- As per the review, India led the way so far with its idea of a ‘Red Line Campaign’ for antibiotics packaging.
27th India-Indonesia CORPAT concludes in Belawan
- The 27th edition of the India-Indonesian CORPAT (Coordinated Patrol) concluded on 19 May 2016 in Belawan, Indonesia.
- The closing ceremony Belawan saw the two navies conducting interactive session on measures to enhance inter-operability.
- The 27th CORPAT was conducted from 29 April to 19 May 2016.
Key highlights of closing ceremony of 27th CORPAT
- The closing ceremony was held from 16 May to 19 May 2016.
- Indian Naval Ship Karmuk entered Belawan harbour on 16 May 2016 with the Senior Officer Commodore Girish Kumar Garg.
- The ship was escorted by Indonesia Navy ship KRI Imam Bonjol into the harbour.
- The first woman IFS officer from Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dr Shalia Shah, Counsul General of India in Medan (Indonesia), was present to receive the Port Blair based ship.
US House of Representatives gave nod to bolster defence ties with India on par with NATO
- The US House of Representatives on 20 May 2016 gave its nod to a bipartisan legislation to improve defence ties with India.
- In this regard, an amendment to the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA) was approved by the House. The amendment is dubbed as ‘Enhancing Defence and Security Co-operation with India’.
Outcomes of the legislation
- The legislation, once approved by the Senate and the President, will bring the country’s bilateral relations with India on par with its NATO allies and Israel.
- It seeks to promote greater defence trade and encourage additional military cooperation between the United States and India.
- The legislation is primarily aimed at easing restrictions on sale of defence equipment and technology transfer to India.
- It encourages the executive branch to designate an official to focus on US-India defence cooperation.
Anurag Thakur set to become youngest BCCI President
- Anurag Thakur is set to be unanimously elected as the BCCI's youngest President in the Board's Special General Meeting (SGM) here tomorrow, replacing Shashank Manohar who quit the position to take up the ICC chief's job.
- Thakur, who resigned as the Secretary of the Board, got the signatures of all six east zone units in his BCCI presidential nomination form as he completed the formalities in presence of former India captain and CAB president Sourav Ganguly here.
- Just to show solidarity, all the six east units, Cricket Association of Bengal, Assam CA, Tripura CA, NCC and Jharkhand SCA signed his nomination papers even though the rules require only one unit to nominate the name for presidential candidate.
Binali Yildirim set to become Prime Minister of Turkey
- Transport Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim on 20 May 2016 emerged as the country’s Prime Minster. He was named as the prime minister after he was formally chosen for the post in a closed vote.
- He will be the sole candidate for the Justice and Development Party (AKP) leadership at a special party congress on 22 May 2016.
- He will succeed Ahmet Davutoglu, who earlier stepped down from the post following an increasing public rift with Erdogan.
- The AKP will hold the special congress to elect a new leader on 22 May 2016.
HIFiRE hypersonic superjet technology successfully tested in Australia
- A team of scientists on 18 May 2016 successfully tested hypersonic superjet technology as part of the Hypersonic International Flight Research Experimentation (HIFiRE) program.
- As part of the test, scramjet attached to a rocket booster was successfully sent to an altitude of 278 km at Mach 7.5 (seven times the speed of sound).
- The test was conducted in the world's largest land-based testing range in Woomera, South Australia.
Features of HIFiRE program
- It is one of the largest collaborative research programs between Australia and the USA.
- It aims to explore the fundamental science of hypersonics and the potential for next generation aeronautical systems.