Monday, 15 May 2017

Daily Update On Current Affairs - May 15, 2017

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Monsoon Arrives In Andaman And Nicobar Island Three Days Ahead Of Normal Onset Date

The Southwest Monsoon has covered the Nicobar Islands and the entire south Andaman Sea. It arrived three days ahead of its normal onset date. India Met Department Director General K G Ramesh, however, today said it was too early to forecast whether the monsoon would hit the Kerala coast ahead of schedule. The normal onset date over Kerala is 1st June. This date is termed as the official arrival of the seasonal rainfall in India.

First Underground Section Of Chennai Metro Rail Inaugurated

In Tamil Nadu, the Metro Train service in a 7.4 km long underground stretch in Chennai was inaugurated on the 14th May 2017. The stretch, inaugurated by Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu and Chief Minister EK Palaniswamy, is the first full underground passage in the state. The operationalization of the new stretch covering 7 stations has made travel to Airport from many of Chennai’s posh localities comfortable and hassles-free, saving precious time. In July 2015, the nearly 10-km long Koyambedu to Alandur sector was thrown open for public use. On 21st September last, two segments from Airport to Little Mount and Alandur to St Thomas Mount were inaugurated. With today’s inauguration, 28 kms of the total of 54 kms in the first phase have been made operational. The remaining works are expected to be over by this year end. 

In Nepal, 71 Percent Voter Turnout For Election Of Local Bodies Held After 20 Years

In Nepal polling of the election of local bodies, after 20 years, concluded peacefully. In the first phase on the 14th May 2017, polling was held for 281 local bodies out of 283 in 3 provinces. Representatives for two local bodies have been elected unopposed. As per preliminary reports, 71 percent voters exercised their franchise.

Emmanuel Macron Sworn In As The Youngest President Of France; Vows To See A Reformed European Union

Emmanuel Macron was sworn in as France's youngest president today. Macron, a 39-year-old centrist, took the reins of power from Francois Hollande a week after he recorded a resounding victory over far-right leader Marine Le Pen. In his first speech, Macron said the French people had chosen hope and shown a willingness to change in the election. He promised that the European Union, hit by the imminent departure of Britain, would be rejuvenated and relaunched during his time in office. He said the world and Europe need France now more than ever and they need a strong France with a sense of its own destiny. Macron's first week will be busy. On the 15th May 2017, he is expected to reveal the closely-guarded name of his prime minister and later he will visit German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. 

North Korean Missile Lands 97 Km Short Of Vladivosk In Russia

North Korea carried out another ballistic missile test today, days after a new President took office in South Korea. Pentagon said the missile was launched near north-western Kusong, flying hundreds of miles then landing into the Sea of Japan. After hosting an emergency meeting of his Security Council, new South Korean President Moon Jae-in condemned the latest launch as a provocation. He said, South Korea remains open to the possibility of a dialogue with North Korea, but it is only possible when Pyongyang shows a change in attitude. The US has also described the test as a provocative behaviour and called for stronger sanctions against North Korea.

Eleven PIOs In Forbes’ List Of Best Venture Capitalists

Neeraj Agarwal, Sameer Gandhi, Ashim Chandra, Salil Deshpande, Aneel Busri, Gaurav Garg, Pramod Haque, Hemant Taneja, Navin Chadda, Ravi Mhatre and Devan Parekh are eleven PIOs who have been named in the world’s 100 best venture capitalists by the Forbes Magazine.

May 14th - International Mother’s Day

International Mother's day is being celebrated on the 14th May. The day cherishes motherhood, honouring the maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. Most religions give utmost importance to the role of mothers in their upbringing of the children. The tradition of celebrating Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May was first adopted by the US which is followed by many countries now. The day was first celebrated in 1908 when peace activist Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton in West Virginia. The church now holds the International Mother’s Day Shrine. Anna Jarvis dedicated her life to fulfil her mother's dream of the recognition of day for honouring mothers.

India Claims Two Medals In World Para Athletics Grand Prix

India has claimed 2 medals at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix being held in Beijing. Ramudri Someshwara Rao won a gold medal in the 200-meters race and Hokato Sema bagged a bronze in shot put. Both have qualified to represent the country in the IPC Para Athletics World Championships to be held in London later this year.

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