Current Affairs of May 2015



The private sector bank which has launched a service where customers can make transactions using just their voiceICICI Bank
The year by which Indian is likely to become a water-scarce country due to demand supply mismatch as per a report published by EA Water2025
The IPL team captained by Rohit Sharma which has won the IPL-8 T20 tournament by defeating Chennai Super Kings in the finals at Eden Gardens in KolkataMumbai Indians
The Indian film directed by Neeraj Ghaywan which has won the prestigious critics prize in the Un Certain Regard category at the 2015 Cannes Film FestivalMasaan
The French drama film directed by Jacques Audiard which has been awarded the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film FestivalDheepan
The African country in which the oldest stone tools estimated to be about 3.3 million years old have been discovered (the surpass the next oldest tools found at Gona, Ethiopia estimated to be 2.6 million years old.)Kenya
The military exercise launched by Golden Arrow division of Indian Army in the plains of Punjab to practice the Army, Air Force and BSF in conducting joint operations is namedExercise Agnibaan
The valley in the Gangotri National Park in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand which has been opened to tourists for the first time after 1962Nelong Valley
The Russia-made seventh Sindhughosh class diesel electric submarine which was launched after retrofitting at Hindustan Shipyard Limited at VisakhapatnamINS Sindhukirti
The type of fighter aircraft which was used by the Indian Air Force in a trial on Yamuna expressway to use it as a runway in an emergencyMirage 2000
The historic city in Syria and a UNESCO World Heritage Site which has been seized by Islamic State militantsPalmyra
Bonsucro certification which was recently awarded to EID Parry (India) Ltd is certification of standard related toSugar production
The Hungarian writer who has been awarded the 2015 Man International Booker prize (awarded once in two years, is in recognition of a writer’s body of work and overall contribution to fiction rather than to a single novel, unlike Man Booker Prize for Fiction)Laszlo Krasznahorkai
The public sector bank which has decided to roll out e-huts across the country to provide services to people in rural areasIDBI Bank
The state which has been chosen by Indian Olympic Association to host the 12th South Asian Games in November-December 2015Kerala
India's first private greenfield airport developed by Bengal Aerotropolis (BAPL) with the technical expertise from Singapore based Changi Airports International at Durgapur, West Bengal which recently began its operations is namedKazi Nazrul Islam airport
The former MLA and minister from Odisha who has been sworn in as the first woman Governor of JharkhandDraupadi Murmu
The American Hall of Fame blues singer, songwriter and guitarist who passed away at the age of 89 on May 14, 2015Riley B. King (stage name B.B. King)
The Russian rocket carrying Mexican satellite MexSat-1 launched from Baikonour Cosmodrome which crashed soon after launch in SiberiaProton-M
The Indian private sector bank which has opened its first branch in China in the city of Shanghai, inaugurated by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra ModiICICI Bank
The former President of Egypt who has been sentenced to death over his part in a mass prison break in 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni MubarakMohammed Morsy
The Chairman of Indo-Arab League and also the Chief Editor of Urdu daily Rahnuma-e-Deccan who has become the first Indian to be awarded 'Star of Jerusalem', the highest civilian honour of PalestineSyed Vicaruddin
The public sector bank which has launched contactless debit card operating on Near Field Communication (NFC) technologyState Bank of India
World's first warm-blooded fish which has been discovered by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA is namedOpah
The 27 contested letters referred to as Black Spider memos, which are set to be released to the public by the British Government have been written byPrince Charles
The iconic Rajabai Clock Tower which was reopened after 2 years of restoration work by Tata Consultancy Service is located in the campus ofMumbai University
The two public sector undertakings in which the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved divestment of 10% and 5% respectivelyIOC and NTPC
The novel written by Neel Mukherjee which has won the £ 10000 Encore Award for the year's best second novelThe Lives of Others
Women of Algiers, the painting which set a record for an artwork sold at an auction, by selling for $179.3 milion at an auction by Christie's was the work ofPablo Picasso
The committee constituted by Govt of India to look into the issue of Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT) on FIIs is headed byJustice A.P. Shah
The Chairman of Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd, who has been appointed as the new chairman of the National Safety Council (NSC)K. Satish Reddy
The African country which has been declared Ebola free by World Health Organization after no new case was reported for 42 daysLiberia
The number of lions in the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, Gujarat (in 4 districts - Junagadh, Gir Somnath, Amreli and Bhavanagar) as per the latest census data523
The non-executive chairman of ICICI Bank and Infosys (former CEO and MD of ICICI Bank) who has been chosen to head the BRICS BankK.V. Kamath
The Indian tennis player who has won the Madrid Open Men's Double title along with his partner Florin Mergea defeating Nenand Zimonjic and Martin Matkowski in the finalsRohan Bopanna
The university of Belgium which has honoured India’s world renowned poet Rabindranath Tagore by erecting his statue presented by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in the university premisesCatholic University of Leuven
The regiment of the Indian Army whose contingent of 75 men participated in the Victory Day (May 9) parade in MoscowNine Grenadiers
The eminent historian, economist and author of acclaimed book Planter Raj to Swaraj who passed away on 07 May 15Amalendu Guha
The place in Gujarat at which a strategically important naval base INS Sardar Patel was commissioned by the Chief Minister Anandiben Patel Porbandar
The unmanned Russian spaceship with food and fuel supplies for the International Space Station which failed to reach the ISS and crashed back into the Earth ended burning up in the atmosphereProgress-59
The political party led by Mr. David Cameron which has won the recent general elections in the United KingdomConservative Party
The Iranian port on the coast of Gulf of Oman for the development of which India and Iran have signed an inter-Governmental Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Chabahar
Edu-cloud, a cloud-computing based solution for digital classrooms and virtual learning in schools has been launched by Microsoft
The French satirical magazine which has been awarded Freedom of Expression Courage Award by American PEN CenterCharlie Hebdo
The rank of India in the 2015 Mothers' Index Rankings in the report The Urban Disadvantage prepared by Save the Children and launched by Union Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla140
The indigenously developed surface-to-air missile with a range of 25 km which has been inducted into the Army (Developed by DRDO and built by BDL)Akash
The new species of caecilian (limbless) amphibian discovered by scientists from the Government College, Chittur, Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB), and Natural History Museum, London, in the southern part of the Western Ghats and named after a river in KeralaGegeneophis Tejaswini
The Syrian activist and journalist who has been awarded Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize 2015 by UNESCO for his work as president of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of ExpressionMazen Darwish
The venue of 19th Federation Cup National Senior Athletics Championship held from 01.05.15 to 04.05.15Manguluru, Karnataka
The US city which hosted the boxing duel in which the American boxer Floyd Mayweather defeated Manny Pacquiao (from Philippines) in what is being as the richest fight of all timesLas Vegas
The Indian airport which has been awarded the Best Airport Award in the 25-40 million category Airport Service Quality by Airports Council InternationalIndira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi
The well-known crime and mystery writer and creator of fictional Chief Inspector Wexford who passed away on 02 May 15Ruth Rendell
The acclaimed journalist and Magsaysay Award recipeint of 1961 for journalism and literature who passed away on 01 May 2015Amitabha Choudhary
The British six-time motorcycle Grand Prix road racing champion known as Iron Duke who passed away on 01 May 2015 Geoff Duke
The well-known historian, writer and theatre personality who has been chosen to be conferred the Maharashtra Bhushan award by Maharashtra GovernmentBabasaheb Purandare

Ceat Cricket Awards 2015

International Lifetime Achievement Award - Kapil Dev

International Cricketer of the Year – Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)

Indian Cricketer of the Year – Ajinkya Rahane

International Batsman of the Year – Hashim Amla (South Africa)

International Bowler of the Year – Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka)

T20 Player of the Year – Dwayne Bravo (West Indies)

Popular Choice Award – Kieron Pollard (West Indies)

Special Performance of the Year Award – Rohit Sharma

Domestic Cricketer of the Year – R Vinay Kumar

Young Player of the Year – Deepak Hooda

John Nash - American Mathematician

Born : 1928

Death : 23 May 2015 in a car crash in New Jersey

Nobel Prize : Shared the 1994 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences with game theorists Reinhard Selten and John Harsanyi.

Abel Prize : in 2015 (the prize is often described as Mathematician's Nobel Prize)

Biography : A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar. A film by the same name was directed by Ron Howard with Russel Crowe in the role of John Nash.



Indians in the list of Whitley Award Winners 2015 (also known as Green Oscars)

Whitley Award donated by WWF-UK - Ananda Kumar, for using innovative communication systems to enable human-elephant coexistence in southern India.

Whitley Award donated by The William Brake Charitable Trust - Pramod Patil for Community conservation of the great Indian bustard in the Thar Desert.

Awards are given by - London based organisation Whitley Fund for Nature



2015 General Elections of United Kingdom

Held on : 07 May 2015

Held to elect : 56th Parliament

No of Constituencies : 650

Seats Won : Conservative - 331, Labour - 232, SNP - 56 and Liberal Democrat - 8

Prominent Leaders : Conservative - David Cameron, Labour - Ed Miliband, SNP - Nicola Sturgeon and Liberal Democrat - Nick Clegg



New Governors

Jharkhand - Droupadi Murmu

Arunachal Pradesh - J.P. Rajkhowa

Tripura - Tathagata Roy

Meghalaya - V. Shanmuganathan

Mizoram - Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma

Manipur - Syed Ahmed



2015 Forbes 2000 Companies - Indian Companies in the list

Reliance Industries - Rank 142

State Bank of India - Rank 152

ONGC - Rank 183

Tata Motors - Rank 263

ICICI Bank - Rank 283

Indian Oil - Rank 349

HDFC Bank (376), NTPC (431), Tata Consultancy Services (485), Bharti Airtel (506), Axis Bank (558), Infosys (672), Bharat Petroleum (757), Wipro (811), Tata Steel (903) and Adani Enterprises (944)



Abbreviations in news

METIS - Materials Exposure and Technology Innovation in Space